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Ah_beeVancouverSince January 15, 20078 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
Lovely as Always
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

Ambiance: We brought family from overseas here for their final dinner in town and they enjoyed themselves immensely. The room was warm, dim, and cozy. We had a window seat where the view was spectator as always.

Food: There were 5 in our group and our guests weren't familiar with West Coast dining, we wanted to split our meals: the manila clam chowder and shucked oyster appetizer, then wild mushroom risotto, smoked black cod linguini, salmon wellington, and the chef special for the evening cedar plank grilled salmon with prawn & scallop sauce. Each dish was cooked perfectedly, although the vegetable sides were a little boring - cooked well and tasted great but still boring.

Service: We were greeted by the friendly hostess and seated promptly. Our server was a consummate proffessional and gave us a brief explanation of the sustainable 'Ocean wise' dining choices, and suggestions for the evening. When our food arrived, we were suprised our dinners had been split and so that each person had their own individual plate with a portion of each dish. It was so much easier and less messy than trying to serve ourselves.

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WaaZuBee Cafe1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
...late night bad decision
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Food: We've been here before and didn't have much of a problem, not great but not gross. Last night was definitely disappointing; their fries (which used to be great) came once again oilly and soggy, the crab dip was dripping off the bowl oilly. I should have learned my lesson last time when our chicken burger was cold and way undercooked in the middle.

Service: We didn't wait long to be seated, our server was friendly, and the food didn't take long to arrive. Unfortunately the table was sticky and a few of the dishes had dried food stuck to them.

Ambiance: Funky space, getting kind of dated and dirty but the dimness of the place hides most of it. I wouldn't come back during the day...in fact, I don't think I'll be coming back again unless I'm very drunk. The music was quite loud and random - think 60's followed by early 90's.

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Enough salt to give you kidney stones
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

We meant to try Bogart's during DOV but just couldn't fit it in so we decided to visit them Thursday evening.

Service: We received a pleasant greeted and was seated promptly in a comfy booth. Both the host and server were fairly attentive and friendly.

Food: Altough the steaks came out as we ordered them, they were incredibly salty. I wish they had told us the pepper grinder doubled as a salt grinder! I ended up grinding even more salt onto my steak without even realizing it. At first I thought I had ruiined my meal, but nope the underside of my steak which didn't see any freshy ground pepper/salt was saltier than the dead sea. Our drinks were also disappointingly watered down.

Ambiance: The decor was a throw back to the art deco period, with rich dark woods and leather booths. A great atmosphere until the 'jazz band' began playing caribbean music. Good thing the hockey game was able to drown them out.

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
(Sweet Obsession) Lovely to look at BUT...
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

Fairly plain but cramped shop which looks more like a shop than a cafe. The tables are too close together and the seats are not particularly comfortable.

We came about 45 minutes before closing on a Saturday night and waited quite a while to be seated. It was fairly busy but there were a few open tables that had yet to be been cleared so we thought it was just a matter of a server cleaning up then we would be seated. However, after about 10 minutes or so of waiting we got pretty fed up and went to the counter where we were rudely told that they close in half an hour so if we want anything it would have to be to go and they wouldn't seat us. Since we just wanted a quick dessert, we decided to have our cakes to go and sit outside (we cleared a table ourselves, finished our dessert before they closed and then left).

The concorde was far too sweet and cut quite poorly. The white chocolate raspberry mousse was pretty good. The Neopolitan was a little dry and even though it usually comes with coulis, the server said she couldn't do it for take out orders. Most cakes cost around $6 but with service like this Ganache would be a much better choice.

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Nick's Spaghetti House631 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Seems to have gone downhill
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

I've also been going to Nick's since high school and it used to be really great but now it's just mediocre. Can’t say much about the décor, but it does bring back some good memories. I’ve been holding back on reviewing Nick’s for a while now; I was hoping it was just a faze…too bad it wasn’t.

The portions are always large and quite impressive; however the taste just isn’t there anymore. Everyone once in a while the dishes will come out and be tasty and flavourful but most of the time it seems bland. Yesterday we had the pork chops and spaghetti, a veal dish, and the meatballs. The pork chops were overcooked and tasteless, the veal was pretty much what another reviewer noted—gross, and the meatballs were dry but passable. None of the pasta dishes had enough sauce but there was lots of cheese covering each plate. Even though you’re getting two meals, it just doesn’t seem worth it for the price they charge. There are so many great Italian places on the Drive that I don’t think I’ll be going back anymore.

On to the service…our server came to the table to take our drink order 15-20 minutes after we were seated and let us know that she had forgotten us. Everyone makes mistakes so no biggie here, but after she took our drink order she didn’t bring any drinks. After another 15 minutes we flagged her down and ordered our meals as well as reminded her of our drinks but I guess she forgot again. Our food came fairly promptly but the drinks didn’t materialize until well after we started dining. The same can be said about the bill and our change. If the restaurant was busy, this would at least be understandable but there were only a handful of other diners. Really too bad about this place, I used to like going there for a quiet evening.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Decent with healthy portions
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

I know I should have had a steak but I just wasn't in the mood for one and had the risotto instead. It was kindof odd having bak choi in risotto so I'd definitely choose a steak next time. The ahi tuna salad was tasty but was too salty. The portions are fairly large and everyone was full afterwards. We ordered the pumpkin gingerbread dessert but was too full to really enjoy it. I wouldn't recommend getting both a starter and dessert unless you're really hungry or want to share. The atmosphere is casual and fun; it's a great place for a nice relaxing night out.

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Sip Resto Lounge1117 Granville Street, Vancouver
Excellent Dine Out Vancouver Experience
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

We decided to try Sip as part of Dine Out Vancouver based on their menu selection and were quite pleased by our experience. The ambiance has a trendy upscale lounge feeling without being pretentious, which was evident in the mix of patrons, both dressy club hoppers and those in casual jeans. The music really added to the atmosphere but wasn't so loud that you couldn't hear the person sitting across from you.

We arrived for our reservations at 7 but the previous diners were still on dessert so we were offered a seat at the bar. Even though it was obviously busy the bartender brought us menus and water as we sat down but before we even had time to look it over our server had a table cleared and ready for us.

The food was incredible and we didn't find it overly salty (perhaps they've remedied that issue). We had the seared ahi tuna and baked perogies for starters, the filet, and the mango cheesecake, and the creme brule. I really like the tuna, the filet, and the cheesecake but the creme brule was too sweet for me. My friend really like them and ate both dessert dishes.

All of our dishes came fairly quickly and the servers were quite attentive. The manager or possibly one of the owners also stopped to chitchat, and we noticed he did the same for everyone around us as well. I'd definitely recommend SIP even though their regular menu does look a little limited (maybe they'll add seasonal dishes).

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Shota Sushi and Grill127 3rd Street East, North Vancouver
Over poor dining experience
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 2:55am [Dine in]

Ambiance:
As we typically frequent Vancouver restaurants we decided that maybe we should expand our dining horizon and picked the first Japanese restaurant we came across in North Vancouver. From the outside the restaurant is quite appealing and seems quite charming from the foray with a water feature and a private room to the side, unfortunately the food was not nearly as appetizing.

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The servers when they came to our table were friendly and polite but tended to confuse our order. While behind the sushi counter or in the kitchen they loudly joked and hurled obscenities at each other in Chinese, which was quite distracting. The sushi chef also ate at the counter in between preparing sushi without washing his hands.

Food:
We ordered a wide range of nigiri, maki, and hot food but was quite disappointed in the quality. The maki rolls had an overabundance of rice while the fish or whatever roll filling could barely be seen. The spicy tuna maki was both crunchy and oily, which is something I personally would not like to try again. The majority of kitchen food was also oily and less than spectacular.

Overall the food was presented nicely but was not very good to eat. The hot water taps were also turned off in the washroom and the restaurant was extremely cold.

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