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148julesQuebec & 18thSince June 11, 200633 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
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Displaying 21 - 33 of 33 Reviews Found
Hachibei778 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Under new ownership - so another review!
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

Been twice since it's been under new management and kitchen staff. I've noticed that it is not as busy as it used to be and that the menu has slowly reintroduced items from the "old" menu! Yes the delicious Hire-katsu is is back!!! Alas I do miss the Happy and Hachibei boxes.
The quality of the food is excellent. The price point is higher than other Japanese restaurant but this is indeed one of the "authentic" ones like Toshi, Zest and others that are staffed with Japanese chefs in the kitchen. (Don't get me wrong I also patronize other Japanese restaurants owned and runned by Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese et al when I want a cheaper Japanese meal and quality is just so-so.)
The interior has been renovated simply and attractively with the same layout. The TV monitor in one corner is not necessary and quite distracting. I suppose when there is a hockey game on it serves its purpose.
Service is very attentive by the young servers. The tall Japanese male is proficient in Japanese and English. His explanation of many dishes (that needed to be elaborated on) was greatly appreciated.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Ideal neighbouhood bistro!
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

My companion and I have been to Trafalgars Bistro a few times this year alone.
The food ... well I am working my way down the menu. The quality and portion size are superb. Prices a la carte are a bit expensive so I've often ordered the prix fixe menu (3 courses for $35 during the week only).
As mentioned by other reviewers do save room for dessert. The dessert menu is pages long! I am partial to the Lemon Dacquoise - light, tangy and yummy!!!
And the service is excellent. The server remembered us from over 4 months ago in the summer when they are usually busier so I was most impressed!

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Subeez Cafe891 Homer Street, Vancouver
Disappointing :(
Submitted Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Finally made it to Subeez for a birthday party. First impression was that it was going to be a great night but I was sadly underwhelmed.

Appetizer: mussels in green curry and coconut milk to start. It was simply mussels in fragrant broth served with stale baguette slices. No garnish or anything else in the broth - absolutely not visually appealing. However it was tasty. Mussels were extremely small.

Main course: Maple Soy Wild Salmon served with shitake sushi PLUS another starch choice(?!) and seasonal vegetables. I chose butternut squash/mascarpone cheese risotto (the ingredients sounded delicious but the risotto was undercooked and not very good). The salmon was overcooked and dry. I was with 10 other friends so it may have been difficult to get the entrees out at the same time. But overcooked fish is a no-no.
Other dishes mostly pastas were not great and friends who had been to Subeez before said to just come for breakfast!
Didn't bother with dessert.

So as others have suggested ... stick to burgers and starters. Entrees were sadly disappointing. Obviously more of a place to drink than eat.

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Lounge or restaurant???
Submitted Tuesday, April 3, 2007 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Went to NU after reading many rave reviews including Air Canada's Enroute Magazine Restaurant of the Year! Well it was an interesting evening. 4 of us were seated by the window towards the back in very funky and trendy chairs and very small table.
Ordered appies and entrees as well as wine and cocktails. Noticed that the noise level was loud and as the evening went on ... excrutiatingly so! I couldn't even have a conversation with my friends without constantly asking them to repeat themselves!!!

Food was exquisite and unbelievably so (considering that it seems NU must make its money on drinks alone). The unfortunate aspect of the food was plating - huge white plates that could not fit on the small round table. We were juggling wine glasses and putting 2 entrees onto 1 plate and also trying to eat quickly just to make room on the table.
Server and buspeople were exceptional. I have nothing but compliments for them.
I find it frustrating to have such a wonderful meal in a "bar" setting. I will definitely return but sit near the entrance where the noise level wasn't as loud. I don't know if it was the fact there were more couples than the large groups sitting at the back?!

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Fall wild mushroom and game festival a keeper!
Submitted Saturday, November 4, 2006 - 1:06am [Dine in]

Parkside's 1st annual wild mushroom and game festival during the last 2 weeks of October looked interesting on paper and after sampling a 3 course meal: starter of Wild boar bacon/wild mushrooms cream sauce with fettucine; Rabbit cacciotore main course and Panna cotta dessert ... it was absolutely delicious although way too rich for my stomach.
The portions were surprisingly huge and filling. A $49 four course prix fixe menu is an option and I'm glad I only went for only 3 for $39! (I've eaten here once before during DineOut and it was equally as good with lighter fare - again 3 course prix fixe at a bargain price of $25.)

Service is attentive and servers very observant. I was here with 2 others and most of the time in deep conversation and appreciated the non-intrusive service.

I like the design of the space. On cold windy days the front door curtain needs to be heavier or drawn more due to the strong draft blowing into the restaurant everytime customers arrived or departed. The lack of tablecloths is a minor flaw in an otherwise elegant and well lit room.

I would also recommend taking a taxi here as it is hard to find parking - I suppose one could always use the valet service.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
On a downhill slide
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 2:41am [Dine in]

Like others below me Stephos has sadly gone from average to poor and I say that mostly in terms of service.
I will only come here if I can walk in and be seated right away - the incredible long line-ups are ridiculous - many years ago I waited for over 45 minutes and ended up not enjoying my meal because I was absolutely starving by the time the food came!
Food is good but definitely not great. I have memories of melt in your mouth roast lamb and potatoes but the other day it was dry and the potatoes just okay - what happened??!! Portions have also shrunken. Kalamari appetizer is now half Greek salad and half kalamari (a total rip off) and way too many onions. Roast lamb shank was also smaller than I remember :(
Service was TERRIBLE!!! Our server started off okay but afterwards it was other staff that came around to drop food off and bus tables. When I ordered another beer it never made it to our table - and this is how restaurants are supposed to make money??!! Then it took forever to get our bill settled. You'd think they want to turn over the tables as quickly as possible.
Don't think I'd go back to eat in - will probably just order take out and go to the beach like someone previously suggested.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Overrated sushi joint
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 2:19am [Dine in]

The long line-ups in front of this place all night long is only an indication that the restaurant is small and that people have read the many raves by food critic Mia Stainsby in the Sun.
I have been 4 times towards closing when the wait is very short (I personally will not wait 30 minutes to get a table when I am hungry like people do at this place and at Stephos - there are other restaurants to support that make equally good food).
Ambiance: small crowded room very clean and brightly lit. Have sat at the sushi most times and a great view of the sushi being made.
Service: attentive and friendly.
Food: generally well presented and beautiful dishes. Menu alas is limited - no tonkatsu??!! And portions too small; my tempura udon came with one shrimp & two small vegetable tempura, udon noodles, broth and some scallion garnish - a simple elegant dish but hardly filling. Sushi is not particularly outstanding although very fresh because of the high volume. Baked eggplant with sweet miso paste (not on the menu) is very good.
Overall a good sushi joint (2 & 3 stars are decent and solid) but quite overrated and this is also what some of my friends think.

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9th Avenue Grill1822 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Hit and miss!
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Yes this place is getting very popular and with summer almost over the 2 outside tables will be gone; therefore more of a wait :(

SERVICE: If busy once you're seated it may take over 5 minutes to get any service besides water. Perhaps the servers are delaying passing orders to the busy kitchen but the wait to take one's order is too long - at least take orders and warn of the delay ... one can drink coffee and read the paper or catch up with friends. The followup service is on the other hand too much as though they are compensating for the lack of it beforehand!

FOOD: Standard breakfast menu. Excellent poached eggs. Home fries are actually panfried potatoes (order them well done for a nice crispy texture otherwise the potatoes are too starchy). Crispy Bacon Hash consists of burnt bacon bits - very disappointing dish. The bacon in general is overcooked so stick with the sausages or ham.

AMBIANCE: This is really a greasy diner at heart despite its looks. Room is attractive. The "entry" are is messy: empty water dishes for pets inside the front door is unappealing and the misc piles of newspaper and such very untidy.

One major pet peeve for me is messy restaurant wahsroom/lavatories and sadly the 9th Ave Grill needs to pay more attention to its washrooms - quite disgusting actually.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Filipino cuisine in a trendy setting
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 2:24am [Dine in]

The menu is varied and mostly tapas style - dishes to share. Ordered the lumpia shanghai (pork eggroll) to see if it stood the test of good filipino cooking and yes this was a winner: hot, crispy and dense filling of pork & veggies. Tokwa (deep fried tofu) was another tasty dish served with a delicious spicy sauce. Adobo Special (filipino national dish) grilled chicken and braised pork in sauce with a marvelous hint of coconut milk was truly a comfort food and the sauce combined with rice ... so good. Sweet Kamote (potato) fries were not greasy at all but somehow bland and uninteresting compared to the other dishes we tried.

Service is definitely mediocre ... server brought my friend's beer but not my glass of ice water (had to remind her after a long while) and also not very helpful with explaining the menu or offering suggestions. I noticed with the arrival of subsequent customers there is no acknowledgement by the many staff so one is not sure if you seat yourself or not. And the entrance area needs to be looked into ... maybe a low wall/divider, a welcome mat, a stand that holds menus or a sign that says either seat yourself or please wait to be seated - something that says you are welcome and wait here until the host(ess) comes along!

Price point is high for filipino cuisine but expected in this trendy and bright space. Tables with votive candles are set out as though in a cafeteria (which I find typical of Filipino restaurants)! I suppose the tables can therefore be easily arranged for larger parties this way - just that it doesn't look very attractive after all the work that went into designing this space. And I would highly recommend that all the brown tables have settings placed on them to add interest (tables that were reserved had them and they looked very welcoming).

Overall a good addition to the Main Street restaurant scene.

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Szechuan Chongqing Seafood1668 West Broadway, #205, Vancouver
Cockroach under dim sum!
Submitted Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 1:08am [Dine in]

Another of our regular dim sum haunts but no more. Last time I ate here with 3 friends there was a cockroach under one of the shiu mai dumplings! The manager was alerted but all he did was laugh it off, took away the offending basket and contents and provided another. He did come around often to see how we were doing but we expected was our lunch to be comped or at the very least discounted by 25% to placate the one diner who picked up the steamed dumpling with cockroach.
So despite having many enjoyable dim sums at this restaurant which is why I've still given the restaurant a "2" rating we will sadly not go back.

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Queen's Park Chinese Restaurant4818 Main, Vancouver
Now CLOSED!
Submitted Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 12:59am [Dine in]

My friends and I loved coming here for our yearly reunions as it was one of the few dim sum joints that allowed you to sit forever (over 2 hours+) to eat and socialize - to the chagrin of others waiting for a table. I personally would leave after the meal was over if there were people waiting for a table but my friends are another story! Anyway dim sum was cheap and cheerful but the one thing that bothered me was cleanliness; washrooms were atrocious: dirty and smelly :(

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Pho Thang Long3710 Main St., Vancouver
Now closed!
Submitted Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 12:23am [Dine in]

This place was ranked high on critics' lists over the years due to their superb broth. But all of a sudden the restaurant shut down with no warning. I am guessing exorbitant rent increase as the next door business is also out of business.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
CRAVE not Clews anymore!
Submitted Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 12:06am [Dine in]

Had a very good breakfast at CRAVE which is now run by a former Four Seasons Hotel chef(!) Hashbrowns were the highlight of my meal as I am very fussy about hashbrown/potatoes: I want crunch and crispy texture but not overly deep fried potatoes and these were obviously parboiled and then fried hence buttery texture! Mediterranean chicken sausages were not very good - too big, dense and process-y - they should have been sliced first then panfried or grilled. Poached eggs were excellent.
The space needs to be reconfigured: banquettes should be on the long wall so that patrons/staff can access the toilets and patio w/out having to shuffle around the chair as it sticks out too far. Decor is NOT pleasing nor arranged well. Otherwise comfort of furniture and colours are great. Service is good (some ex-Clews staff on board and much better this time).

To the dinehere administrators: please change the name of the restaurant to CRAVE.

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