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antonGreater VanSince February 21, 200823 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Pretty close to perfection
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 12:20am [Dine in]

We came to celebrate the new year in advance, and it definitely did not disappoint.

Having perused the menu, we decided to try out their 6-course tasting menu as it consists of 3 items from the appy selection, 2 from main course, and 1 dessert.

The place is beautifully designed, leaning towards a contempary and modern ambiance. We sat at the private dinning area with some nice chandeliers hanging over us. However, it could be quite noisy if one is seated in the open dinning room.

Appy dishes are on the small size. However, it still gives a good enough portion to truly enjoy each dish, especially the foie gras, very yummy. The main dishes are more generously sized. The venison is cooked to perfection. But I personlly love the sablefish the most. Every dish is very unique in flavour. If I have to complain about something, it would be the temperature of the hot dishes. It tasted luke-warm when I had my first bite. I suppose when it came to a 6-course meal, it is difficult to gauge the time between each course, and serve immediately after it's cooked (we didn't have to really wait between each course).

Service is wonderful. Our waitress was warm, knowledgeable and considerate, making suggestions without being pushy. I was concerned the reputation may make the staff there to be snotty or something like that. But it's not the case at all. Service standard is high as bread is offered whenever the plate is empty, cutlery is replaced after each course if it had been used. And wine is poured when the glass is near empty.

And a big plus in my book is value. Other similar establishments would charge at least $100 for such menu. But Market's is priced at $72. I would not hesitate in recommending this restaurant to anyone who wants a fine-dining experience.

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G-Men3778 Sexsmith Road, #1101, Richmond
Good for once-in-a-while
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 11:50am [Dine in]

Been there a couple of times. I really like their noodle texture which does not get soggy as you comsume, I think it's even better than Bankei's. The soup base is also pretty good. However, it leans towards rich and heavy. The other items in the soup are fresh and cooked well. But one complaint is the pork is way too fatty, probably with a 1:3 fat to meat ratio. As a result, the soup gets even greasier.

Yes, the selection is quite limited. But this is not unlike other ramen shops in town like Menya or Benkei. The side orders are just OK. So only go if you have a craving for noodles.

Typical Japanese service standards: smiley polite and efficient, can't complain there. And both times I went was during the workweek, so the wait time was not bad.

So if you like rich soup-based noodle, I recommend this place. If you like a lighter type, I think Menya is a more suitable choice.

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Cimona Cafe3791 Bayview Street, #210, Richmond
Charming neighbourhood cafe
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

I came here with friends for breakfast. Luckily people were just about leaving so we only had to wait a few minutes before a table became vacant. As the place is relatively small, the wait can be unpleasantly long especially if you have more than 4 people.

The breakfast menu is consisted of mostly eggs items: about 8 different types of omelettes, 4/5 kinds of eggs benny, with choice of free range eggs and vegetarian options! And they are all priced reasonably (less than Whitespots or other similar chains).

My bacon eggs benny came with some very nicely done potato hash (cube-sized and nicely seasoned and pan-fried). The eggs are poached perfectly with yolks still running. And 2 full strips of bacon for each egg benny.

Service is efficient and friendly. Food all arrived in less than 10 mins, waitress came to check on us twice afterwards.

I would definitely go back next time I am in the area for brunch.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
a cheaper version of pied-a-terre
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 11:04am [Dine in]

It's amazing how many these French bistros popped up in Vancouver in the last couple years.

Anyway, my friend and I went there for a early Friday dinner with no reservation (we got there before 6pm and was allowed a table for until 7pm). And the restaurant was packed by 6:30pm, so definitely make reservation.

Service was good, very friendly staff, although I think they should have a f/t host person. The room is rustic, got a lot of original architectural details that are quite charming (the tile floors, the exposed wood beam ceiling).

The food is the basic French bistro fare. We ordered the onion tart and onion soup for starters. And they are both good. For main, we both had the duck confit. I liked the crispy style duck, but my friend said it could be crispier. However, we both agreed the complementary sides (green salad and roasted potato) did not go well with the duck. The dish lacks the flavors that usually come with this traditional comfort food.

At the end, we both feel that maybe the expectation was a bit high before coming, so I am not sure I would be rushing back. However, I can see that in this economy, a lot of people who want to have a nice night out for dinner, but don't want to break their budget to choose a restaurant like this one.

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Amadeo Bakehouse And Coffees1468 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Support Local Business
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

Hmm, I am surprised no one had reviewed this place as it does not look like a new establishment.

Anyway, I came with my friend here for lunch after some Grouse Grind action. We didn't want to go to the standard fares like White Spot or Earl's, so we decided to drive a bit further. Walked by this place and decided to give it a try. First impression is that it looks spacious and cozy. A good selection of freshly made panini sandwiches and baked goods. We both ordered the veggie panini, It's got lots of filling, roasted eggplant, pepper, arugula, capers and more). I also had their soup of the day (leek and potato), looked homemade and tasted delicious. 2 sandwiches and 1 small bowl of soup came to $17+. Not the cheapest, but I think it's worth it.

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Roundel Cafe2465 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Need some real wait staff
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

Went today for the first time, as I live just on the Burnaby side of town and also always try to support local business, instead of big chain restaurants.

It's around 10:15 on Friday morning when I got there, so no probably grabbing a seat. I'm also a big fan of egg bennys, so ordered the bacon one (9:75) with blueberry shake ($5).

Food came quickly. The bennys look good, eggs done perfectly, the sauce tasted great (wish there's more). It came with side of roasted potatoes (actually mix of sweet and regular potatoes, which is great), and a little of green salad. BTW, the bacon is not the Canadian back bacon one, it's 2 strips of long one.

Another 10 mins passed by, and my milkshake never came. I kept eyeing the waitress to get her attention, but she never came by to check on me. Finally she approached my table with a milkshake cup in hand. Then she kept looking at another table before telling me that she gave my order to another customer who ordered vanilla, but was drinking my blueberry shake anyway. She then told me she will just add blueberry into it, and it would only take a minute. I was having a hesitant moment, but she didn't wait for my answer. So I saw her go back to the bar area and started pouring some sort of syrup into it, and stirring it by hand. When she came back, she said if I don't like it, she would cancel it. Hmm, ok. So I took a sip, but the vanilla taste was too overpowering. As much as I wanted to be nice, I don't want to spend $5 and have vanilla icecream in the morning, so I told her it's no good. She said ok and cancelled my order. And then she added a snippy comment "oh, you shouldn't have milkshake with your bennys anyway. It's bad for your digestion".

Anyway, not sure if this middled-aged woman is the owner, but obviously she's not cut out to be a waitress. She was very disorganized through out. I saw people going to the counter to get their own refills. Maybe she can help in the kitchen or just be the cashier.

The food is good, but with the prices they charge, I can easily find something as good, but much better service.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
top quality
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

I have been to Toshi a few times. Yes, it's a drag to only be allowed to get a table til the whole party shows up. But when there is such a long lineup waiting, one can understand the reason for this policy. And there's a good reason for such lineups. The main draw is definitely the sushi. All very fresh, all nicely crafted, so satisfying. We also ordered the tuna tataki. Yum-my! the sasame adds a nice texture to the dish. But the tempura was a bit on the soggy side, and not something I would recommend.

Service during the meal is pretty good, food came pretty quickly and my tea cup was never left empty.

It's not an AYCE place, so don't expect to pay $20 and get stuffed. Our bill came to $70 for two. I would consider it a nice treat once in a while.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
DOV experience
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

So many people already commented on their DOV experince, so I will try not to repeat. Yes, the tuna tataki was divine. So fresh, and the dressing complements very nicely with the fish. The pork did seem to be on the dry side, but mainly due to the part of the pig it came from, and the BBQ sauce did tasta a bit store-bought. Desserts are not bad, but I was not wow-ed by it. However, no one had mentioned the complimentary bread basket, and the delicious chick-pea dip, with free refill. I got to say, they definitely did not skimp on the food portion. I was really full after. I personally quite like the decor of the restaurant. You can see the details, but you don't feel a ounce of pretention, and you can get into a lively conversation with friends without being afraid of disturbing other patrons. Although it was very very busy, with continuous line-up, we never felt any pressure to get the bill and give back the table.

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Less fuss, more value
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

This restaurant offers a selection of menu items, both drinks and food. My friends tried the rabbit (quite flavourful), and seafood stew (lots of seafood, but would be nicer if it was warmer), and I tried the 3-course dinner set (nice texture on the arctic char, but the sauce could use some kick to it, but the chocolate mousse is very yummy). Overall a solid pick for a semi-casual type restaurant. Portion size is quite generous (and yes, the fries with the set dinner is enough for 3, same as the desert), even though you may not get wowed by the food presentation or the setting/decor.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Ultimate comfort food
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

When it's rainy and cold outside, this is always the place that pops up in my mind. It's just so cozy, and everything in the menu calls out to me. Not a lot of items on the menu, but if you are in the mood for some comfort food, you will find something you like.

I gave a good rating for ambiance due to it's cozy log cabin interior. Food was great, I had the Irish lamb stew, and the meat was so tender. However, the mash potato that came with it was at room temp. only. Need to pay more attention to the details (i.e. don't scoop up the mash potato too early before the stew is ready). Also, the presentation is lacking. Stew can be quite boring looking, so a dash of julienned red pepper or so on could've made it more visually appetizing. The price is of mid range, nothing to complain about. They don't accept reservation, but you can go to JJ Beans or Starbucks for a coffee (less than a block away), and they will call your cell when your table is ready.

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Secret Garden Tea Room, The5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver
breakfast time
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 12:31am [Dine in]

This place is famous for high tea, so I thought I'd change it up and review their breakfast menu.

The service and atmoshpere need no introduction as they are consistently good. They really pay attention to the details.

The breakfast menu is not huge, about 6-8 items, ranging from French toast, omlette, to oatmeal. My friend and I both love their apple pancake, which is light and fluffy. And their tea selection is extensive and my selection of Secret Garden's secret was delicious.

Yes, price is a little high, but it's a pampering (my bill comes to $11 plus tips for just the tea and pancake). One should take the time to absorb the atmosphere, leisurely consume your meal and enjoy the company of your friends. I may not come back the next couple of days, but definitely will be back.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Lively happening place
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is located at the old Chianti restaurant. FYI, they have plenty of rooftop parking available.

The interior is nicely designed, great balance between intimacy and liveliness. The place is doing very good business, we went on a Monday night and the place was packed.

Service was good as waiter was attentive and patient. However, food is not consistent. The pizza was very nice, the crust is perfect, but would have wanted to have more cheese on it. The pasta dish I had was excellent, all ingredients seemed very fresh. However, I was let down by their tiramisu, very runny and lacked any liquer flavour nor mascaporne taste. A lot of places make better tiramisu than here.

Overall, a great addition to the 4th avenue eateries, just don't order tiramisu.

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Paesano's Fine Italian Cuisine4800 No. 3 Road, #133, Richmond
Great Service, OK food
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

Like many previously mentioned, this restaurant is tucked away in a corner of a street mall, so it's not easy to find.

I was quite impressed when I walked in as the decor is quite nice, very cozy and authentic tuscan villa feel (it may look quite differently if brightly lit).

The servers there are all very pleasant and professional, a big plus to the rating. My dinner partner and I both ordered a pasta dish. Price is moderate ($18-19 each), but you can tell the ingredients are very fresh, and the pasta is home-made (could be a little more al dente though).

All is all, not bad. Can be a great option for a romantic date in the neighbourhood.

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Koon Bo Restaurant5682 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Crowd favourite
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I am surprised that no one had reviewed this restaurant as it had been operating for years.

Many dishes are outstanding, including shredded chicken appetizer, roasted goose, seafood dishes. Not the cheapest, but consistently good quality.

This place can get busy, even for weekdays, so definitely make a reservation. Also, the waiters can be a bit standoff-ish, and the decor is nothing to write home about. Translation: nothing fancy, good for friends/family regualy dinner gathering.

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Posh6462 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
Restaurant looks good, but that's it
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

The ambience of the restaurant is great. But other than that, there's nothing good about it.

Service is subpar. The servers prefer chatting among themselves than actually serving. We had to ask 2 or 3 times to get a liddle, and same thing again for tea, and then sauce....

The food selection may seem ample, but the only meat selection is pork or beef. The rest is veggie items. So either one has to be vegetarian or beef/pork lover, otherwise, you may have a hard time trying to order a second round.

Also, the cost may be misleading. $13.99 is the base cost. If you want the special spicy soup base, it's extra 6 bucks. And they only provide you soy sauce. If you want satay sauce, it's extra dollar.

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Jane's Restaurant4217 Hastings Street, Burnaby
It's alright
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2008 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

I live in the neighbourhood so decided to come check it out. I didn't feel like breakfast at 2pm, so tried their chinese 3-item combo. The quality is pretty good, all freshly made (crunchy lemon chicken and fried prawn). It's definitely better quality than the food-court standards. But it's also more expensive ($8).

Service is OK (basically the waitress just took my order and gave me what I asked), can't expect much.

Breakfast is now listed as $3.5.

I can't really recommend it, unless all you care is not spending more than $5 for your meal or if you have a craving for greasy spoon stuff.

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Sweet Revenge Patisserie4160 Main Street, Vancouver
quint little place to chill
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

This is a pretty cool place with cozy Victorian decor. About 15 various choices of dessert, especially great if you don't feel like having just a piece of cheesecake. Also, a long list of choices for tea, coffee and liquer

The only downside is the place can get packed during weekends, so bring along a lot of patience as you might have to wait a long time for a table and service. I'll go back, but will avoid peak time period.

By the way, the place is not easy to find. No awning with name, just a small sign on the front window. So FYI, it's on the east side of Main around 26th.

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Pho 66 Vietnamese Noodle House3663 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Not bad
Submitted Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Interesting, I had quite an opposite experience as the last reviewer. I have cravings for pho from time to time, and this place is in my neighbourhood, so I come here once in a while.

I ordered the house special 66 pho and the ingredients are all very fresh. The raw beef is tender and juicy. And unlike some places I went before, the basil leaves are all green (no dark spots which indicate it's been in the fridge for a while). And I received all the basic condiments that accompany pho: basil, chilli, bean sprout and lemon (should be lime).

However, there is still room for improvement. Service can be slow at times. And I wish the portion can be a little more generous.

I'm not saying it's the best pho I have ever tried before. But for a neighbourhood restaurant, I can't complain.

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Hot Plate Bistro, The1205 Madison Ave., Burnaby
I tried to love it!
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

I'm all for small, independent business, so I decided to come check it out today for lunch. I experienced the same problems that others mentioned. As friendly as the owner/waitress is, the service was very slow. I waited over 20 mins for the daily special sandwich to arrive. Also, the ventilation was really bad. I was there for only 30 mins, but I already had the greasy smell all over my clothes when I left. On the other hand, the food is quite good (but on the small side portion-wise), and the lady there was very friendly. I will go back again, but will pick a non-peak period to go, and will leave my jacket in the car or sit on the outside.

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Musashi780 Denman Street, Vancouver, Vancouver
Not as good as before
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 10:24am [Dine in]

I've been here a couple of times over the last few months. This place used to be really good in terms of food quality and service. But last couple times, it's more hit-and-miss. Last time the octopus sushi we ordered was not thoroughly thawed yet (tasted quite icy). But their uni (sea urchin) is consistently great and relatively cheap. Geoduck sushi is another one of my favorites there. And since they only have 1 sushi chef, orders can take a while to come, so order some hot items so you can have something to munch on while waiting for the sushi.

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