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billie_jvancouverSince January 10, 20074 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value5 (5)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Outstanding food experience
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 11:34am [Dine in]

My friends and I decided to give Pied-a-terre a try; we'd been a huge fan of Parkside and spent a lot of time staring at the menu onlline. We called to make a reso for 8pm and strangely we were told that if there was a late rush, we may need to leave at 10pm (which we found odd because their website said they closed at 10:30... how quickly would they need to eat ?!).

The room was very small but nicely decorated (very modern bistro feel). Music was playing but it was barely audible (not that I'm suggesting that it be all you can hear but I would've liked to drown out everyone else's conversation).

The food was phenomenal - better than I expected (although I don't know why - Parkside has been my favourite restaurant for years).

We ordered the french onion soup, onion tart and foie gras parfait for appetizers (the parfait was so light and rich - just as I remembered it). For entrees, we had a beef bourgignon, the poulet roti and I chose the veal chop feature - the best veal chop I've ever had - perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth tender. The only downside was that it was overly drowned in a delicious shallot sauce/gravy. Desserts included the chocolate mousse, the pot de creme (which turned out to be my favourite) and a half order of the cheese plate.

The service was incredible - all 3 on the floor looked after us and their knowledge, suggestions and overall service didn't miss a beat. One more suggestion though - they should get an espresso machine. It would satisfy those of us who aren't fans of drip coffee and would likely minimize the number of patrons who stick around for free refills (and make the needed turnover an easy one).

We will definitely be back (already looking forward to it!).

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Me & Julio2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Fantastic every time
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 1:42am [Dine in]

I was at the edge of my seat when I heard that the group behind Lolita's was going to be opening a 2nd location; adding more seats, a patio and the return of the Brunch menu whose loss at Lolita's I'd been mourning for ages. My first experience was at dinner, shortly after their opening and I was pleasantly surprised that they included new dishes to try. We started with the ceviche - generous portions and very flavourful; a bit tricky to eat (served on a tortilla) but delicious nonetheless. The ribs were tender and succulent and the sauce was beautifully carmelized and were served with the best mac and cheese I've ever had. I've also had brunch - I highly recommend the shrimp benny served on cornbread with a smokey chipotle hollandaise - my only complaint is that 9/10 it comes out on the cool side. The cocktail list is varied and creative. Decor and atmosphere all around is very inviting and festive - makes me wish i was on a tropical island. I can't wait for summer to sip on a Pink Taco on their patio!

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Desi Lounge & Restaurant911 Denman St, #200, Vancouver
Decent flavours but not enough value
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 1:32am [Dine in]

I've eaten in and taken out and experienced some disappointments in both. Many places I've been start you off with complimentary pappadums and chutney and include rice with your curry dish. Here everything needs to be ordered and portion sizes on curry dishes were small for $16+ (compared to elsewhere) and again require you to order your rice. Meanwhile the veggie pakora plate was overflowing; very tasty, fluffy and crispy without being greasy - excellent value for $8. If you order takeout you do get more in terms of portion size however you also get a blander and seemingly watered down (to fill the takeout container?) version with little meat. The decor could use some work - paintings, lighting, table fixtues. Wine menu is reasonably priced. I've never been to their other location however I would imagine that they offer better value in all areas there. Hopefully they'll last long enough to make some changes as it is a nice change from the fast-food fare that makes up most choices on Denman.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Cheap eats but could be more
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

I've been to Ebisu several times since it opened. The menu has a lot of great deals on drinks and cheap tapas and while they seem to have streamlined their menu since opening, it is not on par with Hapa and Guu's inventiveness and creativity. Many of the dishes are tasty though - their teriyaki steak is one of the most tender and flavourful we've ever had, the seafood and sashimi satsify and they have a chocolate mousse cake that is heavenly. Service is seriously lacking - drinks take longer than the food, table maintenance is abysmal, and we even had to get up to ask for our bill on a quiet night. A restaurant offering a wine list which ranges from $30 - 100+ a bottle needs to train their staff on wine service etiquette (ex. topping up guests' glasses). The restaurant itself looks fantastic - dark lighting and booths, funky music and great energy. Beware on hockey nights - they play the game on every screen and blast the volume; a very sports bar-like atmosphere. We were there during one game and we looked around the relatively empty restaurant - no one seemed to be paying attention to the game but it was so loud that you almost had to yell to hear eachother talk. There are so many izakayas in town and many Vancouverites have high expectations on food and service which with some work and effort they could achieve. They just need to decide who and what they want to be and run with it; they could be so much more than just a "cheap place to eat".

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