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bitemebabyKitsilanoSince June 19, 20067 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2.1)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2 (2.1)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Aisha Tandoori Restaurant514 W Broadway, Vancouver
Stepping Up to the Plate
Submitted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

Ignore the ambiance rating since we got delivery. We ordered really late and so the "driver" had a hard time finding our place. I was amused when this sweet lady showed up with our food ... she definitely did not look or dress like a delivery driver. It was the owner. I think any restaurant where the owner is willing to step up to the plate gets my vote. She was very refined and I was very thankful to have my food. She even gave me a beautiful pen. Oh ... and the food was excellent. We ordered Tandoori chicken and Mutter Paneer. Top marks and I can be really picky :-)

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
End of an Era
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

It's really sad ... but our last two meals here have been bad. The new tables have killed the mojo. The food tonight was just plain bad. The crab cakes were plain. The Risotto was under cooked and tasted bland. The beef tenderloin was just bad and even the Navajo bread was over fried. This place has really fallen from grace. If the owners don't restore it and lower the prices it will lose all of it's former fans. I will wait 6 months and give it one more try. Tonight was our 6th anniversary and we both left wondering why all the once great Bin mojo had gone.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
First Time for Everything
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to Aphrodite's for lunch today. We waited in their smoke filled (due to cook burning something) dining area for 35 minutes with a water girl stopping by once. Finally I went up to the front and politely asked when our food would be coming out. The waitress looked annoyed and went into the back and asked the frantic chef when our food would be ready. "I have no idea" he said in an exasperated voice. She returned and basically told me she had no idea and walked off. The younger girl at the till then looked at me like ... why are you still standing here? I told her that I couldn't wait as we were on a lunch break and that she could cancel our order. She replied "what do you mean? You can't do that". My reply was "watch me" and my wife and I got up to leave. She yelled across the restaurant in front of everyone "DON'T COME BACK!". I turned in a relaxed but loud voice and said "Don't worry ... I won't". I walked away shaking my head. We probably spend at least $100 there every month mostly on pie (which is great). I will never go back or bother to write the owner. With staff like that ... I have no interest in giving them any money. I encourage everyone who reads this review to think twice about supporting a place (no matter how good the pie) that treats its customers like that. I don't think it's fair for a restaurant to use under staffing as an excuse to hold me hostage until they are ready to serve me. I think its unforgivable to react that way when I choose to leave. It also makes no business sense ... they just lost constant revenue and earned a critic for life. I can't wait to share this with anyone who will listen.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Great ... but you get what you pay for
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

If you spend $80,000 you get a great car. If you spend $300 you get a great meal. Don't freak when you get the bill. It is expensive but the food is fantastic. The Tuna tartare for example is the best I have tasted. The sushi puts the beats on other high-end places like Tojo (which serves their sushi too cold). The entrees were all great. The service is excellent and holy smokes do they have a big scotch list. Very impressive. I live on an expense budget so I am fine with dropping $300 every now and again ... but once again ... don't be fooled by "cafe" in the name. This ain't no cafe ... its valet.

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Avenue Grill, The2114 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Brutal
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 7:16pm [Dine in]

Kerrisdale in general is a bad place to eat (not very good restaurants) ... but the Avenue Grill is laughable. I had a boring breakfast there the first time I went. The second time we went in there (because we were lazy) recently and sat for 20 minutes. No one came over. I tried to flag down the server and she managed to avoided eye contact about 6 times. Were the three tables she was waiting on too taxing? The place is the size of a small apartment ... how on earth could she be too busy? We got up and left ... so I could care less how good the food is. For a place that small and forgettable I will never be back for a second look.

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Tojo's Restaurant1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
Give me a break: Tojo's sucks
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

I finally went to Tojo's last night for the first time. I have lived in Kits for about 20 years and I have heard that the food here was excellent. I had a wide sampling of the menu (not the Omikase) but Tuna Sushi Tataki, Agedashi Tofu, Gomae, Sablefish, Magnum PI roll, etc. The food was definitely good ... BUT ... not for the price. The portions were pitiful (my wifes dynamite roll had four small peces and it was $12). I am normally happy to blow $150+ on a meal for two at Bin 942 or Vij's because he food and the experience are awesome. Tojo's was crap ... plain and simple starting at the door. We sat in the bar on these cheap leather seats and waited for 15 minutes ... past our reservation time. I sipped on a $14 Grey Gose martini (easily $2 over what it should have cost). When we were finally seated ... our server was annoying and had a really "canned japanese" schtick. Yeah ha ha ... get me my beer please. Half of our our food literally arrived in about 5 minutes. It was way too fast. It threw our whole meal out of tempo ... there was no tme to sit and chat with apps arriving. Some mains arrived, then apps, then mains ... and above all we had to wait for booze. How can a restaurant that is so diorganized stay in business? Okay back to my scathing review. The decor is brutal ... cold grey tones and high ceilings. It actually feels opressive for a Japanese restaurant which should be closed in and warmer (try finding 20 foot ceilings in Tokyo). The borthday singing was the only thing that made me smile ... at least even Japanese waiters can't sing karaoke. In the end ... if you want to spend a ridiulous amount of money for bad service, cld ambiance and acceptable food ... head to Tojo's. If you want to get your moneys worth ... go elsewhere (Bin 942 and Vij's are about two blocks away each and way higher on the scale).

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Brutal Timing and Worse Service
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

Nothing will ruin your lunch faster than watching two tables who came in 20 minutes after you get served the same pizza that you ordered 25 minutes before. This is what happened to my wife and her brother today while they tried to take an hour for a nice lunch. When they complained the manager said "let's not go back in time". I kid you not. Marcello is consistently off with timing ... and my wife and I have had this problem there in the past (I almost wrote about it last time) ... but today was it for our whole family - we will not go there again and we will tell every one of our friends this story. The manager who was working (a woman) was totallyt unprofessional "do you want me to put the pizza in the oven or not" and no food is worth that kind of bad service ... especially overpriced dough with sauce and a few pieces of prociutto on it for $14. You will be hard pressed to find a restaurant in Vancouver that will treat you as badly as Marcello (based on going there about 5 times). To give you some idea of what I consider exemplary ... try Bin 942, Vij's, (The Tea House before it closed), the Zen Cafe, Savoury Island Pie Company, The Locus and Budapest. Those restaurants help set the service and food standard in our city. Marcello is the worst kind of restaurant ... stuck up staff ... with bad timing and no professionalism whatsoever. Avoid them at all costs if you don't have 2 hours to kill and don't mind being totally uncared for.

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