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bearpawWest End, VancouverSince February 16, 200723 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.6)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Main Dining Room833 Denman Street, Vancouver
Very greasy
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant once and was unimpressed, and went again after some American friends were up visiting and wanted to go there. They were in the mood for some chinese food, and I couldn't talk them out of it.

The staff is nice, very friendly. The ambience is what you'd expect, a low-budget chinese restauarant. Not bad at all.

The food is fairly inexpensive, but it is extremely oily. And oily food does not allow flavors to bind to the ingredients. I would not go here again, there are much better choices in the West End for flavorful Asian food. One of my friends felt rather ill after the experience, too much oil!

I am sure there are several options on the menu that are good, if you want to try it, but we didn't find any. Greasy noodles, fairly tasteless dishes.

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Kam's Place1043 Davie Street, Vancouver
Decent food
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant several times. I have always been treated well by the servers, and I enjoy the food. I don't know what Singaporean food should taste like, I figure this is a nice Asian-food place. I enjoy the peanut-sauce beef and broccoli, whatever the ethnicity may be. And the 2-for-1 coupons make dining in very inexpensive. Though the food sometimes comes to the table rather luke-warm so you must eat fast before it goes cold.

Though I enjoy the food and price, I haven't been back to this place in a long time. There is something "wrong" about this place, and the owner can be strange. If he likes you, you'll be fine, but I can believe the other reviews that he's kicked people out or has been rude. I appreciate his restaurant is busy, and it must be tough to own a place on Davie Street, but if so many reviewers have a problem with him it doesn't bode well for your own experience.

Most reviews mention the guy has been shut down by health department, give that a rest. You can review a restaurant's report at http://www.foodinspectionweb.vcha.ca/ and it seems that he came off mostly satisfactory. In any event, the inspector notes no followup required.

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Like many people I was intrigued to try Rob Feenie's food. Since he's a famous chef and people rave about his restaurant, it must have something to it. I believe people are over-awed by the celebrity since the meal I had at Lumiere was an absolute disappointment. Do not believe the hype, avoid this restaurant in favor of other high-end places around town.

The "Amuse Bouche" served was a rubbery, overripe oyster. Seafood should smell like the ocean, and not have the overpowering fishy smell and taste that this had!

Tthe sprigs of herb in the second dish were incredibly hard and sharp in my mouth. I had to spend several minutes removing them from the dish, else the dish was a painful experience.

The foie gras was not very enjoyable. I question the choice to serve rich foie gras with an equally rich bread. I would have preferred some drier type of bread to counterbalance the foie gras. Having a fatty oily bread to serve the foie gras was not pleasant to me, I found myself unable to finish the dish.

Speaking of breads, with our meal we were served a selection of breads, mostly COLD bread from Terra Breads from Granville Island. Terra does make good breads, but I would never serve it cold to my guests. To be fair, Lumiere did offer 1 selection of their own bread - a warm circular bun, which was decent.

The main meal was a raw-beef tartare dish. Had very little flavor at all. Tartares usually come with some flavor infused in the preparation, or (as you would expect in a French restaurant like this) a superb sauce. This had neither.

The cold ginger melon soup was lovely, I enjoyed it. But only 1 course out of 5 was a success. Hardly a "world class" restaurant experience.

Lumiere is overpriced, and the menu selection is extremely limited. If I am to be provided with a Prix Fixe meal, I expect the flavours to be harmonious and not the discordant trash I was served at Lumiere.

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