Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 10:41pm [Dine in]
I was taken here for my birthday and the five of us sat at the sushi bar. I was told that when you are at the bar, you don't order off the menu - which was refreshing! Tojo came and asked us if we have any food allergies and then he started doing his thing. He was so nice and down to earth, and I heard that New York and LA tried to recruit him but he stayed loyal to Vancouver. So Vancouverites, stop being cheap about the price! If you have to think about the cost, this is not the place for you. I did ask to see the cocktail menu and all the martinis looked incredible... I settled on Carmen's Guava which was divine and so fresh. I also had a glass of Tojo's select white wine which was awesome. We started with the marinated Tojo tuna - the best raw fish you could ever have! We gave Tojo a challenge - we told him we are big steak eaters and we'd love some beef! He rose to the occasion with the most flavourful and delicious beef I have ever had. We had so many courses, I won't describe everything, but it was all intricate, with different flavours and textures, and made with the freshest most quality ingredients. This restaurant is the best of the best, so don't come here if you are expecting large portions and lots for your money. You are paying for exciting, fine food - it is not for the masses.
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Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 1:19am [Dine in]
We were torn between doing brunch at a diner on Dunsmuir and this place, but seeing the French on the menu and the cute Quebec touches I convinced my boyfriend we should give it a try. Being ignored, I asked the girl behind the counter if we should just grab a table, and she snapped at me to order at the counter. Under the huge sign that said "TAKE OUT ORDERS HERE" and we were going to eat in. Anyways, I followed her unfriendly instructions, and ordered "Le Savoureux" in my best French accent (feeling all Canadian with the Olympic spirit in town), but the staff were definitely NOT familiar with the language - "Oh do you mean The Savory?" ... disappointment. I was hoping for some charm, some culture! They only offer 2 toppings per hot dog, which is crazy... even Costco $1 hotdogs give you as many toppings as you want. My boyfriend got onions and mayo, and I went for onions and saurkraut, although I really wanted mustard or something but could not bring myself to pay extra for something so basic. The rude daughter/waitress said I should hurry up and decide because 2 toppings really isn't that complicated. When our order came up the daughter called out" The Savory" and said something like "it's for some chick"... my boyfriend was really offended about how she was speaking and mentioned it to the owner. He was nice enough but kept saying people don't come for the service, they come for the food. What a joke. They were serving poutine sauce out of a jar and the hot dogs were ghetto - like worse than 50cent ikea hot dogs. A very annoying experience, avoid this place, the hot dog stands in town have better "steamies" and treat you like they appreciate your business!
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