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bobovancouverSince June 19, 200647 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
A bit cold by the door
Submitted Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

4 to dine out. For starters, the pasta dishes were the best I've ever tasted. The pasta were all perfectly cooked, the sauces and seasoning authentic and absolutely delicious. The restaurant then threw in a free salad which had really good balsamic vineger. The main dishes, however, weren't to my liking. The veal and fillet of sole both had some kind of sticky sauce on them neither of which were particularly appealing. The chicken was fairly good if only they would remove the thigh bone. For desserts, the tiramisu and orange were both good. The pear tart unfortunately had a thick glaze that was too sweet. Highly recommend their coffees. Service was good but intruding at times.

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good dine out choice
Submitted Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

6 of us did dine out here. The decor was modern yet warm with great service. Food was good but some dishes were definitely better than the others. The starters weren't remarkable. For main, the arctic char was way better than the slightly dry pork chops. Desserts on the other hand were all excellent. The one complaint I had about this place is the fact that my top 2 picks of wine were both no longer available. So why not take them off the menu??? I'd go back even though this place is not really Italian.

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Le Gavroche Restaurant1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Great food, bad service (but in a funny way)
Submitted Saturday, November 25, 2006 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

The food was no doubt excellent. The 6 of us all went for the tasting menu but with varying courses and some without wine pairing. I really enjoyed my beef tartar, duck and souffle. The duck was especially memorable. I aslo thought the wine pairings were clever. However, my friend's lobster carppacio appy and grilled sablefish main were extremely small.

Service on the other hand was a different story. While very passionate, our waitress made mistakes after mistakes. Screwing up 2 people's orders, taking away unfinished wines, serving the wrong dishes (and wine) to the wrong person, to name a few. It got to the point we were watching it as an entertainment. Betting on if she would produce the right dishes the next round. It is exactly this entertainment value that she received a decent rather than poor.

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Savory Coast1133 Robson St., Vancouver
Worst service ever
Submitted Saturday, October 21, 2006 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

We had a large group (12), so we expected things to be a bit slow but the waiter was beyond awful. While people were introducing themselves, exchanging pleasantries, and waiting for the latecomers to show up, the waiter insisted that everyone present order without the rest. We had only been seated for 5 minutes.

The waiter didn't ask me if I wanted a drink and I had to ask for the wine menu. I ordered tomato soup and rare albacore tuna. When he brought the soup, he proceeded to spill half of it on the table and left it that way. He then brought eveyone a soup spoon except me. The funny thing is I was the only one having soup. Came main meal time, it took several waiters and a good 10 minutes to sort out which meal was going where. Why was it so hard to serve main1 to seat1 and so on?

The soup was good and so was the tuna. I wouldn't say they were spectacular but at least they were decent. However, 3 people told me their food was not palatable. Our waiter never once showed up to ask how the food was or to refill the water glasses, and he took some people's plates away before they were finished! Dessert and a second round of drinks were never offered, and we were hit with a 15% service charge automatically which he clearly did not deserve. After we sorted out the bill and were saying goodbyes, the waiter then came and told us we had to leave or move to the bar. Seeing they had plenty of tables sitting empty, we had to wonder why he did that.

The room was nicely decorated but extremely noisy, so carrying a conversation was tough. Overall, this was a horrific experience. I've never been rushed through a meal to that extent.

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Very pleasant
Submitted Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

A tiny little restaurant with so much to offer. The dishes were awesome. I had the goat cheese salad to start and then steamed smoked sablefish as main. The salad was not very salad like due to the lack of greens, but other than that the taste, the visual appeal, and the aroma were all great. The steamed smoked sablefish made me cough a little, but the fish was tender and absolutely delicious. My friend's starter, scallop, was also excellent. The only dish I didn't fully enjoy was my friend's main, lamb in 4 ways. The chop was excellent but the other 3 ways were okay.

Very attentive service with knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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Tojo's Restaurant1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Sunday, August 20, 2006 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

There were 6 of us. We all went with the $80 chef special. The special included 5 dishes and a dessert.

The first dish was a tuna/blue fin tuna salad. The tuna was raw. The dish was very fresh and tasty though the sauce (soy sauce?) was too salty. Unfortunately, this is where the good food ended.

The second course was Pacific cod salad with sesame sauce. The cod was cooked. This dish was very bland. The sauce didn't taste like sesame and was bland too.

The third and fourth courses were grilled salmon steak and grilled halibut cheek. Both were overcooked. Following this was a plate of sushi & nigiri. The raw seafood on the nigiri were all very dry, which was odd. Can't say they didn't taste fresh but the lack of moisture made us think it's been sitting there for a while. The last course was a pineapple yogurt dessert which was unremarkable.

The dishes were all tiny and poor value for money. No one in our group enjoyed the meal and wanted to return.

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
Not consistent
Submitted Monday, July 17, 2006 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Go here a lot because I live close by. My favourite is the English trifle. A little cup packed with cake, fruits, and custard. The sherry is a great touch. However, I find that the quality is not consistent. Usually the server asks me if I want whipped cream on top and I don't take any. The last time I went, she didn't ask and I forgot to mention it. When I took off the whipped cream, I found that it hid a multitude of sins. She had butchered the dessert into a disgusting mix of the forementioned. The sherry was also missing. The service was absent despite the place having only 2 customers. I was very disappointed and wouldn't go there again anytime soon.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
I've had better
Submitted Monday, July 17, 2006 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Went there for dinner late at around 9PM. I was pleased to see no line up and plenty of tables available. It took a while for the Matire'D to see us but she assured us that we would get seated very soon. Wrong! We waited 20 minutes just at the door. And waiting seemed to be the story of the night. It took 15 minutes for the waitress to come by and by then we were ready to order drinks and food altogether. Another 30 minutes before the food came. Another 20 to get the bill. Even though the service was friendly, there was simply too much waiting.

The food portion was huge but that's about the only good thing. I ordered gnocchi, and they were like little frozen rocks. Not the soft, melt in your mouth variety. The sauce was not bad but too little to be noticed. My friend's pasta was the same. However, the cannelloni my other friend ordered was quite tasty though a bit salty. Value for money is good but I'd rather pay more for better quality.

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Tandoori Palace1439 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Real Indian food
Submitted Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

WARNING: not a place for people who don't like garlic and onions.

The best Indian in town. I've been to the restaurant many times and tried a variety of dishes. The naan, lightly buttered, fresh out of the clay oven, is a must. Their rice paled in comparison. What I've had that are very good: lamb curry, tandoori palace's thali (a bit of everything, good for sampling), spinach with cheese, mixed veg, bhindi subzl (okra, potatoe, onions, tomatoes), chickpea, samosa, mango lassi, spicy green chutney. The dishes that are not as good: chicken curry (boney chicken), tandoori chicken (small piece of chicken, not good value). One thing about this place is, the women are much better cooks than the men. You'll find the food tastier if the women are in.

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Maria's Taverna2324 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Overpriced for what you get
Submitted Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

I had Kleftiko (lamb shoulder) and a glass of retsina. The restina came in a larger glass than Stepho's but was definitely not as good. The food was also not as good as Stepho's yet the price twice. The lamb shoulder was huge, but the meat was tough. There was way too little rice and pita. I still have a chunk of lamb sitting in my fridge and nothing to go with it. The greek salad was not bad. For that price, I was expecting better quality. They made me want Stepho's so bad.

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Samurai Japanese Restaurant1108 Davie Street, Vancouver
Bad tuna
Submitted Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

Their lunch special looked good, so I became their first customer of the day at 11:10am. For $6.95 you get, miso soup, green salad, beef teriyaki, tempuras, 1 apicy tuna cone, and agedashi tofu.

The green salad and miso soup were typical and unremarkable. The tofu was surprisingly good though I only got 2 pieces. The beef teriyaki was very tiny and covered in a sickeningly sweet sauce. Not my favourite. The tempura had 2 shrimps, of which one was not cooked (gray in colour). There was also a piece of carrot, zuchinni, and eggplant, none of which I liked. I was surprised there was no yam or squash.

The spicy tuna cone was the main problem. I took one bite of it and I knew the tuna was bad, so I had to spit it out. Not very nice at all. The taste is undescribable. It was very salty, fishy, stinky, and not spicy? The waitress never came to ask how things were, so I complained about the tuna when she came to collect the dishes. What did she say? Nothing. So I said it again: The tuna was bad. And once again, nothing. At this point I decided it's not worth it, so I paid and put "Your tuna was bad" on the bill hoping the message would get through. The fact that I needed to look for a toilet 10 minutes later confirmed my finding.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
15% gratitute for party of 2?
Submitted Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 12:48am [Dine in]

Yup, that's what happened to me and my friend. We've been there a dozen times and never had this problem. Was their service bad? Not really. But I surely don't feel good about this forced tipping. Food as always is good.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House1725 Robson Street, #1, Vancouver
Disgusting
Submitted Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 12:31am [Dine in]

This turns out to be a much more expensive version of the real thing in the Netherlands. The crepe is authentic enough, but they do cheap out on the toppings. What really turned me off was the poor service and the carelessness of the waitress. While I was eating in a half empty restaurant, she decided to seat the next customers right next to me where dishes were still piled up. To clean it, she sprayed some really strong cleaner not only on the neighbouring table but my food as well. When I complained, she stressed that she was very careful and what I was smelling and tasting was all imaginery and should soon disappear. Needless to say I haven't mustered up enough courage to go back again. I'm not sure my stomache can handle another pancake with extra topping.

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Black Tuna Japanese Bistro1184 Denman, 202, Vancouver
Average food, view is better on the patio
Submitted Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 12:19am [Dine in]

I had high expectations for this place after reading the good reviews, but I was disappointed. I'm not saying the food is bad. In fact, I think the lunch specials are quite good value considering how much you get. However, there's nothing separating this Japanese place to any other average ones. The teriyaki was overly sweet and oily. The tempura is nothing special. The batter is nice and fluffy but the taste doesn't quite live up to the look. I hate carrot tempuras and sure enough, there is one piece in the basket.

The tapas menu on the other hand is overpriced. I ordered toro jalapano. For $7, I was not expecting 4 thin slices of toro. The fact that this dish did not come with wasabi was a major drawback. It was way too fishy. The equally thin jalapano pieces and the sweet sauce could not mask the taste. I'm not impressed. I suppose I'm expecting authetic Japanese food when they clearly advertise Japanese fusion. I don't think they'll see me again.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Excellent beer and that's it
Submitted Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 12:08am [Dine in]

I've been here a few times. Every time the story is the same. The food is mediocre and overpriced but the beer is excellent. This is a great place for people watch and relaxing after a long week with a cold one in hand. But if you are hungry, don't go here.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Butter beef
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 4:16am [Dine in]

I'm a sucker for rare beef and their butter beef tops my list. This is beef carpaccio with asian flavours. Simply mouth watering. Their dry stir-fried prawns (I think they are called grandma's prawns) are very good too.

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Ho Yuen Kee6236 Fraser, Vancouver
This is where I go for crabs
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 4:09am [Dine in]

The steamed fresh crabs over sticky rice is to die for. It took a while to get use to them bringing the live crabs out to show us but once cooked, they sure lived their full purposes. Their baked tapioca dessert which you need to order one day ahead of time is really good. However, service seemed rushed all the time but judging by the line outside the door I could see why.

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Taste of Portugal, A2141 Kingsway, Vancouver
Good food
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 4:03am [Dine in]

Honestly I don't know why everyone else loved the peri peri prawns. I thought they were okay. However, I did like what I ordered both times. The first time, the veal was tender and nicely done. The second time, I tried their daily special which happened to be rabbit stew. It was so tasty that I wish it's a regular menu item.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Interesting decor but that's about it
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 3:55am [Dine in]

I've been there a couple times both with the same experience. The food was always big in portion but not so well cooked. I found charred and blackened fries mixed in with my not so over easy eggs.

The service team may be too old for this trade. You can save any special request (standard anywhere else) to yourself because they won't remember. I don't eat mayo and told the waitress that but found lots of it anyway. My friend is allergic to tomatoes and sure enough her salad had lots of it when mine had none.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Average food
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 3:48am [Dine in]

The food was not bad but not good either. It was definitely not worth the price. After dining there, I was left wondering what could have been that I made my own salsa, gucamole and chicken AND beef burrito. Mine were definitely tastier, fresher, and more satisfying. The snooty blonde waitress didn't help one bit.

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