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aaunheimVancouverSince May 29, 200613 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
great view and patio
Submitted Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

We went to Raincity at the end of the summer for a nice dinner out. We both did the tasting menu paired with the wines. Our server was great, very informative and attentive, and we were seated on the patio which was amazing. Seeing the sun go down while having dinner was a great experience.

The tasting menu portions I found very small, even for a tasting menu. It was 5 courses, all of which were good, but none really blew me away. I would say the dessert was the best of the 5, a nice ricotta cheesecake. As I said, the food was good, nothing wrong at all, just not outstanding or overly impressive. 4 out of the 5 wine pairings were perfect, there was only 1 that I did not agree with.

All in all the experience was nice, we had a great evening, but based on the food alone I would try a lot of other places before returning to this vancouver classic.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
I guess I'll be the first to disagree...
Submitted Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 11:33am [Dine in]

Went to Guu last night to check it out, since we usually go to Hapa or Gyoza King. I guess there is a reason for that. We got seated promptly and the waitress took our drink order. We then noticed that our table was dirty from teh people before us. Our drinks arrived and we ordered food.

The "fresh salted squid" which apparantly means raw squid in its own liver, not too tasty; we had the roasted duck breast, which we expected to be warm, but instead was chilled and definitely dried out. It seemed to have been around for a while. We had the pickled rice, which was fine, but nothing compared to the rice at Hapa or G.K. Then came the ebi mayo with calimari. Again, overcooked, dried out, and too crunchy. Hoping for something more exciting we tried the Ling Cod, which was the only saving grace of the night. It was cooked perfectly and was nice and hot, and the sauce was delicious.

We ordered another round of drinks somewhere in there, and only one of them showed up, and we also had to ask twice for water. The time that we were there was not that busy, the bar was full but most of the tables were empty, so there was no real excuse for this. All in all I was quite disappointed with this experience, and would not return. Check out the other izakaya style restaurants before you go here.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
mixed feelings
Submitted Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - 10:14am [Dine in]

I went to Feenie's for lunch yesterday for the first time, and we sat on the patio because it was a nice day. The first ten minutes that we were there did not put me in the best of moods, since no one came to talk to us. We were in a very visible spot, and 2 or 3 different people came out to serve there tables, but no one greeted us. I had to get up and go inside to ask for someone to come out and serve us. Being in the industry myself, this is very bad.

Once we did get a server, he was very nice, prompt and friendly, and told us that the manager would take care of our first round of drinks. This was appreciated. We ordered a few things to share. The charcuterie platter, which was good, but I thought would have been bigger. The steak tartare was amazing, with a quail's egg, one of the best I've tried. The onion tart was very nice, the bacon on top a nice touch. Also a side of green beans, cooked perfectly and a nice amount of spice. They have a nice beer list, wine list is ok, and overall a nice time, after the first 10 minutes! I would go back eventually, but not for a while.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
good sushi
Submitted Monday, June 12, 2006 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

I visited this restaurant for lunch today, and it was a good experience. Much better than similar retaurants in the same area. The service was very friendly and prompt, water and tea refills frequently. We had many rolls which were tasty and fresh, as well as some tempura and some sashimi. Even the miso soup was very good. My only complaint would be that the room was very hot, but other than that I would return here for a quick and well prepared lunch any time.

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
great sandwiches and cheeses
Submitted Friday, June 9, 2006 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

This is the place to go for a fresh made sandwich. Fresh bread, you choose the meat, cheese, and toppings, such as red peppers, artichokes, pickled eggplant, pesto mayo.... awesome! Great value too. While you're in there, pick up some great cheese, or some fresh italian pasta an other specialty items. Olive oils, vinegars, etc. Great little shop all around.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
nice lunch
Submitted Friday, June 9, 2006 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

Just came back from lunch at Wild Rice. We were greeted promptly at the door and once seated the waiter came over quickly to offer drinks. Got some tea which was delicious. The watier was nice, but it seemed like there was no system to their service. We had two people who kept coming over and asking the same questions right after the other one just did. ie. how is everything? I don't need to be asked twice, thank you! Once is great.

We shared the spring rolls which were a good size and very flavourful, aswell as a peashoot salad, which was nice, but I thought would have more peashoots. The cucumber in the salad was slightly mushy too. Good flavours though. For our mains we each had a bowl. I had the chinatown sweep, which was good, but i liked my friends' bowls better. they had the kung pow chicken with rice, nice coconut milk and peanut flavours, and the braised vegetables with rice noodles. Again, i prefered the preparation and flavours of these dishes. I found my noodles a little too crispy and something about the sauce just didnt grab me.

All in all it was a good lunch, and I would go back, but to try some other stuff. The food of the poeple around us looked really good.

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Bacchus845 Hornby St, Vancouver
same menu?
Submitted Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

I have eaten lunch at Bacchus twice, and my visits were at least a year apart. The lunch menu was exactly the same the first time and the second time! I find it strange when a retaurant doesn't do things seasonally (resulting in frozen fish or fish not in season?) resulting in a somewhat boring experience.

The service was fine, not super attentive, but pleasant. The room is great; it has a wonderful vibe, very classic, comfortable decor. The food was good, but as I said, choices were limited. I would go back again, and hopefully to see a new menu!

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Diner1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
good food
Submitted Friday, June 2, 2006 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

Well I have been do Diner twice, once for lunch and once for brunch. The food has been really great both times; big time comfort food. I did try the milkshake, and it was good, but I agree with the previous reviewer, it took WAY too long to come out. We were also already eating when it arrived. The service is ok, not great, slightly inattentive if anything. I found the booth benches fairly uncomforable, and the cash only policy is frustrating for some if you are not used to carrying cash. Just remember, take it for what it is, a diner. The food is great.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
great deal!
Submitted Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

We were at Rodney's for an afternoon snack yesterday, and it was fun. We got there around 330, too early for the oyster specials yet, so we started with some beer (a true 20 oz pint for 5.50!!) and some chowder. The chowder was nice and thick, with lots of clams, but the bacon flavour really came through a little too strongly. I still liked it.

Once 4pm hit we got some oysters. There were 2 choices available for the buck a shuck, out of about 6 or 7 that were available that day. We chose some and they appeared quite quickly. They had been expertly shucked and came with a nice variety of sauces. AFter the oysters we had more oysters, and some steamed clams. The clams were a nice size and very tender, but the broth was a little bland. Nice fresh bread to go wtih it though, and all in all a fun place. I will definitely be back between 4-6 on another day!

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
are we talking about the same place?
Submitted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

Two other reviews here state that Brix is pricey... I would have to disagree entirely. The food prices are below average for the quality that you get, compared to other similar type restaurants in the area. Remember, it is Yaletown. They have a great late night menu too that is very reasonably priced.

Their wine list is excellent, and also very well priced. They have MANY wines by the glass, starting from 5.95 all the way up to about 15, which is a great selection. The atmostphere is excellent, and although service may drag a little when it gets busy, the servers are always very pleasant and helpful.

I would definitely recommend Brix to any one looking for a nice dining experience in a beautiful setting.

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New Town Bakery & Restaurant148 E Pender Street, Vancouver
fun place
Submitted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

We discovered this place accidentally while walking through china town, and then found out what a great reputation they have for their bakery. The spicy pork steamed bun is really the best around, and their coconut buns are great for dessert or a snack. One day we decided to sit in the restaurant, and it was a fun experience. I think we were the only non-chinese people in the place, but the server was nice when she took our order and packed up our extras. We had steamed buns, shrimp dumplings, hot and sour soup, and chow mein , all for $24! And it was very good, not too heavy or greasy. If you want a quick meal on a budget, this is the place.

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
loved the food and drinks
Submitted Monday, May 29, 2006 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

Lolita's is great for a bite to eat after work, as we discovered last night. Their cocktail list is solid and tasty, and the food is amazing. We had the fish tacos, the beef taquitos (awesome) and a salad. The salad was slightly overdressed but that would be the only thing I would change about the food.

Our server was really nice and friendly, but it was a slow time so she seemed busy doing cleaning or other work. The atmosphere is nice, good melo music, the only complaint would be that the tables are slightly too small and close together. I guess they are going for the friendly talk to your neighbour kind of experience, but a little to tight for me (i'm tall...).

Lolita's is a great place, and I will definitely be back to check out the brunch and some other menu items. It's quite affordable too for what you get.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
great dining
Submitted Monday, May 29, 2006 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

We went to Parkside for the first time during Dine Out this year and were blown away. It was great service, and excellent food for the $25 menu. We went back for the first time a few weeks ago, and the experience was similar.

I like how you get to choose the 3 courses for $45, it is a great deal. I had the onion tart to start, delicious, not too heavy, and then the veal saltimboca with truffle gnocchi. Outstanding. The sauce was incredible and the meat was cooked perfectly. For dessert I had the lemon cigars, they were good but not as good as the rest of the meal. The cocktails here are amazing so be sure to have one, and the wine list is very nice. Anyone looking for a romantic evening, a great patio, or a nice dinner out with friends should visit Parkside!

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