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babyrichievancouverSince November 22, 20089 Reviews
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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
The Best Pasta!
Submitted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went to Cioppino's tonight and I can say that it surpassed my expectations. I'm not the biggest Italian food fan or the biggest pasta fan (I won't usually order pasta at a restaurant), but my sister had bought us a gift certificate here. Furthermore, I had heard that it was the best restaurant in Vancouver according to Vancouver Magazine, so we went with high expectations. The restaurant ambiance itself is really nice. It's romantic but lively, a perfect date night combination.

Our waiter was great - friendly and informative. He helped me decide on a wine (I got a red wine from Argentina which I was pleased with while my boyfriend got the Cioppino's martini, which was a citrus-flavoured type of martini that he enjoyed) and was overall attentive without being fawning. We were served bread right away with some kind of spread that reminded me of hummus. I thought it was pretty good, but my boyfriend wanted some butter. He flagged down a waiter but Chef Pino himself came by and so my boyfriend had to sheepishly ask him for the butter. Chef Pino was really good about it, but I was laughing inside. He was probably thinking, "The nerve! He wants butter instead of my delectable spread?!" Ha ha! A funny moment.

Anyway, I had done some research before going so I had heard about what the critics had recommended ordering - and I'm so glad I did because they were bang on. I started with the "Porcini and chestnut soup, vanilla chantilly" which Chef Pino had apparently won a gold medal for, while my boyfriend ordered the "Classic lobster bisque served with Pacific crab rémoulade", both of which were $14.95. My soup was so good - rich and flavourful, and I savoured every bite. My boyfriend's soup was excellent, too. For our mains, I ordered the "Pappardelle with 4-hour-braised veal cheeks and porcini mushrooms" ($25) because the critics had raved about that particular dish, while my boyfriend ordered the "Risotto of Carnaroli rice, wild porcini mushrooms and herbs" ($25). Oh my gosh, I cannot get over how amazing my pappardelle was! It was the best pasta I have ever had. I can't even explain what they put in it to make it so delicious - all I know is that I'd definitely order it again. It was the highlight of the whole dinner for me and I highly, highly recommend it. My boyfriend's risotto was wonderful as well and he really enjoyed it. Finally, for dessert, we ordered the "Limoncello cheese-cake, citrus-vanilla confiture, aged Balsamico caramel, mascarpone-citrus sorbet" ($12), something I had read that Chef Pino had served at the James Beard Award dinner. It was the perfect ending to dinner, almost with a palate-cleansing quality.

I know the prices at Cioppino's are quite expensive, but this is a place you go for special occasions or for when you want top-notch food. Honestly, the food was incredible and I still can't forget the taste of the pappardelle. I need to start dropping hints to my friends to buy me gift certificates to Cioppino's so I can go back!

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Jang Mo Jib8320 Alexandra Street, Richmond
The Best Pork Bone Soup
Submitted Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 3:14am [Dine in]

I tend to go to Jang Mo Jib quite regularly these days (I've been going once a week for the past month). I actually like the atmosphere of the Richmond restaurant the best - maybe because it's the newest one. Anyway, Jang Mo Jib is my favourite place for Pork Bone Soup, which is what I always end up getting. One order is meant for two people but usually three of us can share it and end up full and satisfied. With tax and tip, we usually end up only paying $12 a person. We always ask for ours "extra spicy" because my friends and I like spicy food (plus, we're Korean so we're used to the spice). I find that the extra spice tends to make the soup more flavourful.

As for service, I'm used to Korean restaurants and their bad service - I guess as Koreans, we're not surprised by this. So I don't think Jang Mo Jib necessarily has bad service - it just has the kind of service you'd usually expect to find at Korean restaurants. Sorry if this sounds stereotypical, but I guess that's just my take on things. The service we get there actually isn't bad (maybe because, once again, we're Korean) and our side dishes, water, etc. are always refilled promptly when we ask. Don't expect four star service from this place because you aren't going to get it. The wait staff also aren't going to be super friendly or polite - that's just the way service is in Korean restaurants.

So, I highly recommend Jang Mo Jib for some good Korean food, especially for some great stews that are perfect in winter. Just know that they won't exactly give you "service with a smile". They're not McDonald's, after all. But then again, McDonald's doesn't have Pork Bone Soup.

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Hermitage1025 Robson Street, #115, Vancouver
Shady Business Practice
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

After this visit to Hermitage, I know why no one ever talks about this restaurant and why it's never on the radar as to good French restaurants. Honestly, it was my first and definitely my last time there, and the only reason why I'm not more put off by my experience is because I had a gift certificate. If it had been my own money I had wasted, I would definitely be a lot more disgruntled.

Anyway, my boyfriend and I decided to go there (this is his account but I'm writing the review because that's how put off I was by the whole experience) for our anniversary tonight. I hadn't heard great things about this restaurant and so didn't have the highest expectations for the place (which turned out to be a good thing). First off, don't expect anything from the ambiance - they seriously haven't updated the place in years. Maybe that's why there were more people sitting outside on the patio than inside! My bf and I decided to have the mussels as an appetizer and then I had the ribeye steak while he had the filet mignon. We then had the chocolate mousse cake and hazelnut ice cream cake for dessert.

Honestly, the food was average. The mussels were okay - nothing to write about. My bf liked his filet mignon, but my ribeye was just okay. Plus, the fries were a disappointment; honestly, if I order a steak frites in a French restaurant, I'm expecting the fries to be pretty good. Unfortunately, they were a bit soggy and very underwhelming. And just a heads-up, the portions here are small. Our chocolate mousse cake was almost laughable - it was honestly a sliver of a piece. And for $10, it was definitely not worth it.

Now, as for the shady part (as per my review title), it had to do with the bread (what is it with this restaurant and their bread problems?!). They didn't bring any out so we asked for some. They brought it out and then brought out another basket when we asked for some more. At the end of our meal, we look at our bill and see that they had charged us for our bread! We're like, umm, you never told us there was a charge, to which the condescending waiter replied, well, that's just standard practice. Really? Is it standard practice to a) charge for bread and b) not warn the customer of this beforehand? We've been to both Le Crocodile and Le Gavroche (which are far superior French restaurants, btw) and they have never charged us for bread. What bothered me more than the charge, though, was the waiter's attitude. He was being a total jerk about the whole thing and said, well, we never tell you the price on the specials but you still know there's a charge for them...?! What the freak kind of logic is that?! If you're interested in keeping customers, at least comp the bread or else respond in a more respectful manner.

Anyway, we shouldn't have been surprised by the waiter's response as the service was probably the worst part of our evening. They are very slow at Hermitage and our waiter never once asked us how everything was. He hardly ever came by our table at all. Let me just say this - you just don't feel like they value your business. Which is fine because we won't be giving them our business anymore anyway.

The name of this restaurant totally suits this place because only a hermit would ever want to eat there! Don't bother going out of your way to go there.

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Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
Oysters galore!
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 3:53am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I went here for my birthday because she had heard that it was rated the number one place in Whistler. When we arrived, we were asked whether we wanted to eat in the Champagne Lounge or in the Dining Room because they have two different menus. After perusing both menus, we decided on the Champagne Lounge, in no small part because of the oyster special they had. If you go between 5-7 pm, you get a dozen oysters for only $9.95, which is a crazy deal! (However, I just checked on their website and it now says that you only get half a dozen for $9.95 - perhaps it's because we made them re-think their oyster deal! Seriously, we ordered 36 of them! More on that later...)

So we were seated in the Champagne Lounge, and something I liked about this place was that it wasn't very snooty, even though it's supposed to be the number one restaurant. We even saw a couple beside us who were in shorts and jeans, dressed really casually, and the servers didn't treat them any differently. Anyway, our waiter was great - attentive and funny. He told us about their specials, two of which were the oyster deal and this lobster deal they were having: for $29.95, you get either soup or salad, a one-pound lobster, and dessert, which was a flourless chocolate cake. We decided to order 24 oysters to start (hey, it's such a great deal and we're oyster lovers!), while I ordered the lobster special and my gf ordered the flat iron steak, which was $18.

Our waiter brought out yummy bread and then the oysters, which really were the highlight of our dinner. They were so fresh and tasty that we were done with our two dozen in a flash. My gf usually can't eat too many oysters because the oyster taste starts to get to her after awhile. However, these oysters were so fresh that we decided to order another dozen! Honestly, I still can't get over what a deal these were (which is why they probably smartened up and changed the deal to only a half dozen).

Then my soup came out, which was a mushroom soup. Really tasty but small portioned. Then out came my lobster and my gf's steak. The lobster was great, too, and my gf enjoyed her steak and fries. The portions aren't very big, but after all our oysters and bread, we were pretty satisfied. Finally, it was the dessert - once again, yummy but small. Overall, though, we had a great meal and were pleasantly surprised by our experience. Definitely recommended but it's just unfortunate that they might have changed their oyster deal. Oh well, it's still a great restaurant and we might just have to try the dining room side next time (which is a set three-course menu for $39). However, we were so impressed by the prices and food in the Champagne Lounge that we might just stick with it again next time! (Fyi, they also have free valet parking, which is handy because there's not that much parking around.)

If you're in Whistler, I highly recommend trying out Bearfoot Bistro - it won't disappoint!

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Marine Pub and Brewhouse5820 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby
Great Specials
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 1:28am [Dine in]

My gf and I decided to try this place, as I had been here a long time ago and we were both craving some cheap wings. Fridays are definitely a great night to go because wings are only 30 cents each and the pizza is 1/2 price.

We ordered the terriyaki, honey garlic, and barbecue wings and the New York pizza. The wings were great and, like a previous reviewer already mentioned, are not your typical pub wings. They actually had meat on them and were really tasty. Definitely a great value for wing lovers. My gf really loved the pizza, which was loaded with toppings and tons of cheese. We also ordered soft drinks (we don't drink - ironic, I know, for going to a pub), which we didn't think were refillable, but which the waitress came and refilled out of nowhere. That's anothe plus in my book.

As for the ambiance, on Fridays, they have a live band playing. They were good and played some good riffs; the only problem is that it's really hard to hear each other and you find yourself shouting to be heard. Other than that, the place wasn't too packed, and has a better atmosphere than your usual pub. Not too crazy and rowdy, but a good place to just get some cheap food and unwind.

Overall, we were stuffed and happy, and will definitely be coming back for their Friday specials. This is definitely one of the better pubs out there.

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Rakuraku Korean Cuisine1126 Austin Ave, Coquitlam
Amazing Korean food!
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2009 - 4:57am [Dine in]

I've never been to the Rakuraku in Burnaby, but I have read some of the reviews, and they haven't been that great. However, let me tell you that the new Rakuraku in Coquitlam is amazing! I'm Korean and my gf and I love the food there. We were quite pleasantly surprised by the food, and my gf keeps wanting to go back there.

When we got there, it wasn't too crowded (we were there around 6 pm) and the ambiance was okay - kind of bar-like, nothing too special. Anyway, we were quite hungry (my gf's sister was with us too) so we decided to order three dishes, not knowing what the portion sizes would be like. We ended up ordering the Kimchi Fried Rice, the Boodae jjeegae (a spicy soup with spam, ramen noodles, vegetables, sausage), and the Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork.

After we ordered, the waitress brought out a complimentary dish of mackerel and bean sprout soup. The mackerel was really good and a great (free!) starter. Then the Kimchi Fried Rice came out and, let me tell you, it's the best Kimchi Fried Rice we ever had! Seriously! I know you might be thinking, "What's the big deal? It's only Kimchi Fried Rice; it can't be that hard to make." But coming from 3 Koreans, there was definitely a difference. My gf and her sister were raving about it and couldn't get enough of it. It came with an egg on top and was quite a good-sized portion. We were thinking that they must be using some amazing gochoo-jang (spicy red pepper paste) because it just tasted so different from other ones we had tried.

Anyway, after that, the Boodae jjeegae came out and that's when we knew we were in trouble - the portion was huge! It, too, was really good and filling, and made us question once again this amazing gochoo-jang of theirs. We couldn't finish the whole thing and were actually thinking of cancelling our Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork. But then it came out and, again, great portion size and really good! Seriously, there is something in Rakuraku's spicy red pepper paste that just made all three dishes taste so good. My gf raved through the entire meal and just kept on commenting on how good the food was (she loves spicy food, so she was very happy!).

We had to take the majority of the Spicy Sweet and Sour Pork to go because there was no way we could finish it - we were stuffed (and we're big eaters!). When the bill came, we were pleasantly surprised to see that they had taken 30% off! We then noticed a sign at the front of the restaurant stating that, in celebration of their first 100 days of opening (it's a fairly new restaurant), if you came in before 8:30 pm, you would receive 30% off your bill. So you can imagine how that was just the icing on the cake to a great dining experience and made us love this Rakuraku even more. Unfortunately, I don't know if that 30% off discount still remains, as we went around Christmastime. However, it's still well worth it, even without the discount.

If you love spicy (they also have many non-spicy dishes; we just didn't try any), tasty Korean food with big portions, you should definitely try this Rakuraku. We will definitely be going back!

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Cheon Ji3055 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
The Best Jjajangmyun!
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

I saw that the previous reviewer was talking about how Cheonji has the best jambong (which is true - it's very good), but it also has the best jjajangmyun, too! My girlfriend is a huge jjajangmyun fan and has tried almost all of the well-known jjajangmyun places around. However, when she found Cheonji, she declared it to be her favourite.

I have to agree that the jjajangmyun there is excellent - very tasty, with an assortment of varieties. We've tried the regular jjajangmyun (the best I've had and far better than other places) and the gan jjajang (also our favourite). My girlfriend has also tried the "Cheonji teug-myun", which is not jjajangmyun, but is basically noodles served with jambong sauce. She loved that, and also loved the "Golden jjajang" (I think that's what it's called); that one is jjajamyun with an extra side of jambong sauce, which tastes really good when eaten together. Just beware that this one is a little more expensive, around $15.

Overall, though, if you love jjajangmyun, this is THE place to go! We're Korean, so we're very picky about our Korean food; however, we highly recommend this place to all our jjajangmyun-loving friends!

Just note that the ambiance is not great in this place. Whenever we go, the place is usually almost empty (perhaps people do take-out, which is what we do and which is what I recommend). Furthermore, when my girlfriend's family had a party there, she said the food took almost 2 hours to come out! So skip the dining in and do take-out instead. The food is definitely worth it and comes out quickly when you do take-out.

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Connor Butler2145 Granville St, Vancouver
Nice. Cozy Upscale Restaurant
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

Went here with my girlfriend for our anniversary dinner near the end of summer and had a great time. The food was excellent. We started with a complimentary platter of hors d'oeuvres which was composed of crostini with assorted cheeses and spreads - very tasty and a nice touch on Connor Butler's part. We then had 2 appetizers: Seared Queen Charlotte Salmon and the Dry Aged Beef Tartare. The salmon came out on a covered plate that was literally smoking as the waiter uncovered the dish! Pretty cool! Also, the Beef Tartare was one of my favourite dishes because I'm a red-meat lover and this hit the spot really nicely. We then had another complimentary palate cleanser (cannot remember the ingredients). The main dishes were superb! My girlfriend ordered the Dry Aged BC Beef Tenderloin and I got the 1 1/2 Inch Cut Langley Double Loin Pork T-Bone. My girlfriend loved her dish; I tried some as well and as I mentioned earlier, this fully satisfied my red-meat craving and was one of the better-tasting tenderloin dishes I've had. My pork chop was thick and juicy (usually, pork chops tend to be a little dry). The portion sizes were bigger than I expected for an upscale restaurant. The food was so filling, in fact, that we couldn't even fit in dessert, which is unheard of for us. Even the great dessert menu couldn't temp us, as that's how full we were. However, I know we'll eventually get to try it as we plan on returning there. =)

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Menya401 West Broadway, Vancouver
great ramen place
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

Been there twice now; both times were very good and the food was very tasty. I had the Miso Ramen once and the regular soy sauce-based one (forgot the name). My friend had the "Jam pon", which is similar to the Korean dish but not as spicy. I also tried their gyozas and they were great as well. They weren't as oily or greasy like some other places. Menya is an authentic, Japanese-owned place with good service and a nice interior. The prices are good and cheap, too. I will most likely return and plan on trying the Tonkatsu next time around.

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