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AussieFoodiesInVanDenman & RobsonSince March 20, 200913 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Royal Thai Restaurant770 Bute Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly good thai take-out
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

Had a hankering for some thai take-out, but most of the places we regularly frequent had either slipped in quality or increased in price without any benefit.

Decided to try Royal Thai. Menu is pretty standard, but when you're after a thai fix you want to recognise the meal options.

Panag curry was creamy and spicy, and the chili basil pork was tender and flavourful.

Thai food is a staple in Australia, but not so here, so finding a good eatery has been a challenge. This isnt blow-your-mind sensational, but does the trick.

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L'Altro Buca1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Simply Fantastic Birthday Dinner
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I took my fiancee here for a special birthday dinner and we had a fantastic time.

We went on a Sunday night, so it was a little quieter than usual which worked in our favour i believe. When making the booking i mentioned it was for my fiancee's birthday and we were treated to some of the best service we have received in Vancouver in the 3 years we have lived here. 2 free glasses of champagne and a free dessert were nice touches that made the evening all the more enjoyable.

Don't be fooled by the small menu online, they have at least 3 times more choices than that with the specials and daily fresh plates. The choice was quite difficult actually but we were overwhelmed with the quality of the food.

I could go on, but suffice to say this was a top-shelf experience that I would definatley recommend.

Enjoy.

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Century Restaurant & Bar432 Richards Street, Vancouver
Party at Heist
Submitted Monday, November 9, 2009 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

We booked out the Heist Lounge above Century House for a private function recently after searching all over town for a bar/lounge that accommodated a stand-up cocktail party. Too many places are sit-down only.

Mike was very helpful in organising and setting up the night, and Jonnie worked hard all night keeping us up to date with what was going on. Thanks guys. The barstaff were ok, but i did hear back from some guests that they had a couple of issues throughout the night. There was no room hire charge (just a minimum spend), which was a great change from most of the places we looked at, and the DJ was happy to accommodate our many musical requests.

The appetizers were very tasty, coconut prawns, calamari, beef sliders, roast vegetable tapenade, although despite being promised "healthy" size serves, we found the $14 per head didnt go anywhere near far enough unfortuantely.

The room itself is newly renovated and looks great. It was the perfect size for our 85 guests and we received a lot of compliments for our choice. So it seems the reno money was well spent.

Overall, it was a great night, the staff worked hard and everyone had a fantastic time. So thanks to Century and Heist. I would definately recommend Heist for private parties for 75-100 ppl.

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
Great Casual Mexican Eats
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

I've said before that i'm a massive Mexican fan, and Ponchos is my staple. Not least the fact that we live half a block from the place, but the music, the great authentic food and the friendly staff make it a great casual night out.

Unfornately their Margheritas are rubbish, but the flaming coffee that Mamma wheels out 3-4 times a night is well worth it for first timers.

The food is solid and i keep going back. Tick.

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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Solid new addition
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

We visited LB for dinner recently on a whim while walking towards 941.

The funky, small french and german combo had a great feel about it instantly and the service was spot on.

We shared the house-made pate to start and moved onto the Steak Onclet and the Mussels. The pate was very good, although not what you'd expect. It was a very large serving too, glad we shared. I had heard the Onion Tart is excellent, but our waitress sold us on the pate.

The mussels were very good, but heavy on the garlic, which is good if you're like us and dig the Big G. The Steak, which was highly recommended by our waitress, was unfortunately way too salty. Plus, if you like your meat dead then you're out of luck as they only do a very bloody med-rare at the most.

Both meals we paired with excellent French wines (a Pino Grio for the Mussels and a Cab Sav from Bordeaux for the Steak). Again, thanks to the knowledgable staff.

Finally, the decor and ambiance were very good, but spoilt by the fact the music was too loud. I dont want to sound like a old man at 27, but if i have to yell across a table for two in a restaurant then its a touch too loud.

Overall, its worth the visit for the vino and the staff alone.

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Speakeasy On Granville921 Granville Street, Vancouver
Rudest Waitress of all time
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

As you know, this is a standard sports bar, i just want to share this story.

After enjoying a Canucks game with a large group of friends and paying a $700 bill, most people stood up to wander and socialise. The few ppl left at our table were asked to move to a smaller table, fair enough.
Two of our female friends, after moving, were then told that they needed to purchase another alcoholic drink or they would have to leave. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? I will remind the reader that we had paid a $700 bill 20mins earlier.
After poiting out that it was illegal to force ppl to drink more alcohol if they didnt want to, the waitress proceeded to start SCREAMING at out friends to get out. We politley asked to talk to the manager.
The 20-something manager came over and joined in with the waitress, for some reason SCREAMING at my friends to leave.
We were eventually escorted out, while we observed a group of ridiculously drunk fellas hurling glasses across the bar without so much as a second look from management. Apparently this is acceptable behaviour if you continue to purchase alcohol.

This was an extremely disappointing end to what was a fun night, and our group has not returned.

If you like being abused by waitresses, go to the Elbow Room, at least there you can have a laugh about it.

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Latin Quarter1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Best of the Drive
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

The LQ provides a great spot for some authentic latin food, but most importantly, genuine music and dancing.

The place seems somewhat formal when entering, but soon you're as relaxed as the regulars and happily chatting with the barman about which vino roco to try next.

Go for the food, stay for the late night live music and spontaneous dancing from customers and staff alike.

Genuine, friendly, fun place. Keep it up.

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Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
Fantastic new addition
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

The young couple who have opened this little gem on Main are working their butts off, and its shows.

The cocktails are sensational (and well priced), and the shifting fresh sheet keeps the punters coming back. We had the steak and the sablefish, both immaculately presented with a taste to match. The service was good, although the poor fella did seem a little lost in his own place. Like i said, they're working hard to make this a great spot and so far its working.

Its small, get there early or book.

One thing, its loud and drafty, so if thats not your thing, then your loss.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
My Number 1 (so far)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

I had to choose one great seafood restaurant to take my parents to when they were in town visiting. I had heard great things (thanks to all you reviewers) and decided to head to the docks.

I wont reiterate what has been said, but simply, the food, the service, the view were all unbeatable.

I want to specifically thank our waiter (who's name i forget) who happily moved us to a prime table on the front window when another party left. He was suberb all night and deserves a special mention.

Get there before it moves.

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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
Tourist Trap
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

If you like bland food, overpriced wine, slow service and view of your cruise ship, then by all means visit Aqua Riva.

If you have taste buds and like a little bit of value for your food money, keep walking.

Van has a plethora of quality restaurants that deserve your business more than this place. All they want is American tourists off the boat and their greenbacks.

You have been warned.

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Don Guacamoles1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Can't fault a Mexican Restaurant full of Mexicans
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

I am a MASSIVE Mexican fan and was straight onto this place.

Firstly, i understand its "the rules", but there's something cruel about putting my Dos Equis up on the bar, within sight but out of reach, and then proceed to make my gfs Margherita. TORTURE!! ;)

On that, the cocktails were made from scratch and were the best we've tried in Van, so it was worth the wait.

We shared the sizzling parilla plate - MEAT!! an assortment of beautifully flavoured meats and chilis on a small bbq hot plate. Note, you need to move the meat around, or whatevers on the bottom will burn and have to be wasted. :(

It is also essential in any mexican restaurant to supply a tortilla plate upon arrival. Don's have a great selection of salsas and guacamole and the staff are happy to explain the differences, as well as translate the espanol on the menu if you need it.

Ambiance - freezing breeze from the heavy front door that doesnt close quickly and the ubiquitous plasma screens were an unfortunate distraction during the meal.

Last point, any Mexican restaurant full of Mexicans is worth popping in to.

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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Beats Italian Kitchen hands-down.
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

I took my gf here for her bday recently.

Loved it. Better than Italian Kitchen by far.

The food was devine (we are big garlic fans), the serves were a great size for the price (wine list is overpriced and it cost them here). The pasta dishes are simply massive. if you can finish one you are an eating machine. Forget that place out in east van with the line up (you know the place), this is quality AND quantity.

Service was prompt and very friendly. they were happy to make small adjusments to the menu and supply oil and balsmic on request.

Will return.

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Toratatsu735 Denman, Vancouver
Loving the J-Tapas
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

We were lucky enough to finally go to Tora after almost a year at D&R. Down here we are spoilt for choice with regards to really good Japanese Tapas (Guu, Kingyo, Hapa etc), and after trying all of these i can say Tora is the best.

The food is magnificent. Menu is what you'd expect from a JTapas place, but the attention to detail and flavour fusions are mouthwatering.

The service at these places is always friendly and vocal, and this experience did not disappoint, from the boistrous greeting to the special touch of a mini mandarin to take for the walk home.

The ambience is superb (i very rarely give 5s for anything). mood lighting, quiet music, great decorations, AND NO TVs TO BE SEEN!! Take note Vancouver.

So, in short, next time you're in line for Guu w Garlic, head a block towards Denman, take a right and its a block on your left. Just do it, you will not regret it.

PS. Biggest Ebi Mayo ever.

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