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borg44VancouverSince May 30, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Yummy...
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2007 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

"Yummy"... the best word I can come up with to describe the mussels I had at Crave last night for dinner. Started with the roasted mushroom and celery root soup which was delish. Mussels were fresh, large, plump and cooked perfectly with butter/wine/tomato/herb broth. Dinner partner had burger/fries which were also excellent. Service was quite good as well considering that the place was full. Only restaurant drawback was the proximity of adjacent tables... no privacy and lots of opportunity to eavesdrop whether you want to or not.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
A Nice Patio Dinner..
Submitted Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 11:49am [Dine in]

It was a nice sunny calm evening so I drove some visiting friends out to Steveston to experience patio dining at Tapenade. We had eaten a late lunch so opted only for Sangria and main courses then post-dinner explored the pier with Blends coffee in hand. The Sangria ($24 pitcher) was very refreshing and perfectly blended with a delicious dry fruity aftertaste. The mains we tried were bouillabaise, lamb sirloin, sockeye salmon, NY steak and braised beef short ribs. Everything received praise, however, the lamb was a little dry (although, to be fair, it was ordered well done). The accompanying vegetable was asparagus which all enjoyed. I had the bouillabaise which contained bite-sized potato chunks, three clams, two large scallops, five full plump mussels, several salmon morsels and halibut chunks and two large shrimp. The tomato-saffron broth was flavorful but not overpowering and was perfectly seasoned with a selection of herbs. For $180 (incl gratuity) the five of us felt that this was good value for money. We would definately return.

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Samurai Japanese Restaurant1108 Davie Street, Vancouver
Consistently Good
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Brought some visiting friends to Samurai for dinner last night as they wanted "Japanese". Best deal is one the 3 dinner specials that includes miso soup, green salad, sunomono salad, dynamite roll, chicken or beef teriyaki, vegetable tempura, brocoli/carrot and mixed cooked bean sprouts all for $10.95 This is great for sharing by adding on some sashimi, another roll or gyoza. For 5 of us we ordered 2 dinners as above, 2 california roll and teppa makki. Timing seems to be an issue at this restaurant as everything seems to come at the same time in random order. The japanese tea is excellent and the wait staff are constantly circling the restaurant refilling cups. For $40 for 5 of us, we were very full and satisfied. Will definately return again and again for this good value.

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Nice Cafe154 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Excellent Brunch option
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 11:40am [Dine in]

My friends (6 of us) popped into Nice for Friday brunch based on the recommendation(s) here on dinehere.ca. It was a busy time so rather than wait for a table for 6 we opted for a "4" and a "2" in close proximity. Service was friendly and efficient. Prices were more than reasonable. Eggs benedict wih hashbrowns were tasty althought the hollandaise had kind of a fluorescent glow... all other brunch options were tasty and filling. Will definately return.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Great Patio Experience
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 11:34am [Dine in]

Treated some visiting friends to dinner here this past Thursday evening. Table for 6 on the patio was waiting for us. A round of drinks (house lager, pomegranite mojito, daiquiris) were well received and needed after a day of sightseeing. The bread was warm and very tasty. The waiter was excellent, catering to our "allergy" issues (honey, shellfish) quickly and without question. The prime rib was very tasty although a thinner cut than I had expected. The Halibut and Salmon were beautifully presented and not overcooked. The chicken was flavorful and the roast potatoes accompanying many of the dishes were very nice. We passed on Dessert. For $225 we felt we received very good value and were very satisfied. Would definately return.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Healthy and Yummy
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 11:23am [Dine in]

Treated some visiting friends to dinner at Tomato last night. First comment is that in the dinehere price guide, this place should be $20-$30, not $10-$20. 90% of the main dishes are between $20-$30. The new site is modern looking and quite pleasant overall. The bouillabaise was tasty with salmon, clams, mussels, scallops, potato, fennel (I think) and a rich saffron creamy broth. The 6oz filet was perfectly cooked and very satisfying. The canneloni was also excellent (<$20). The service was a little off but to counter this we got seated immediately without a reservation (for 6) on a Sunday evening. We passed on dessert and opted for gelato elsewhere. Overall, a pleasant experience.

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
What's all this Stephos bashing...
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

After reading the Takis reviews, almost every one bashes Stephos in comparison. Being diehard Stephos fans for many years we ventured out last night to Takis and got a table for two by the window. The restaurant was full and had the occasional brief line-up. We started with the mussels. At $9.50, the serving size was about 2/3 of Stephos but the preparation was basically the same (garlic, butter, tomato, onion & mussel broth). Although, if you like the bite that hot chili peppers provides, Stephos is the way to go. Also, the mussels themselves were small and dry, not the big plump variety one occasionally gets at some restaurants; however, Stephos is also guilty of serving mussels of the small variety... not sure if it's a seasonal thing or supplier issue.

At $13.50 the specialty half-chicken wasn't so special... reminiscent of the Safeway lemon-herbed whole cooked chickens you get for $7.99. The greek salad was passable, although the tomatoes were not as fresh as they could have been... at Stephos it is rare not to find firm ripe tomatoes in their salads. The rice was not nearly as flavorful and didn't have the seasoning and nice perfectly cooked texture that Stephos rice has. Roasted potatoes were okay, although a tad mushy and without the distinctive mustard zing of the Stephos version. The (small) lamb souvlaki came with the same sides and at $9.95 (about $1-$2 more than Stephos) was 3/4 the serving size. Also, pita bread does not accompany the main dishes but can be ordered for a few bucks more.

The service was quite good considering that the restaurant was full the entire time we were there and there appeared to be only two servers and one busser. Our water glasses were constantly full; only 15 minutes from ordering to receiving food and we were asked if things were okay a few times.

Overall, not disappointed for $40, but would wait 45 minutes for a table at Stephos and a $30 bill before venturing to Takis Taverna as an alternative.

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Moxie's Classic Grill1160 Davie St, Vancouver
Bit of a surprise...
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

We weren't expecting much out of Moxies on Davie when we booked a B-day dinner for a group of ten of us fro 8:00pm on a Friday night. Originally booking for 10 at the beginning of the week, we changed the reservation to 8 on the day of the event and were given the same great semi-private table (just to the right of the entrance). Our group arrived on a scatterred basis from from 8:00 - 8:30 and we were not chastised by the staff for this. The drinks were fresh and tasty and an error was taken back immediately and replaced with the correct drink without question. Appetizer wings were yummy and the main courses (mostly salad variations on our table) were plentiful and well-received. Accompanying my full rack of ribs (tasty) were carrots (undercooked) and asparagus (overcooked) but the stuffed double-baked potato was excellent. We brought our own B-day Carrot Cake (Capers) and they served it up with plates/Knife/forks without batting an eye. Service was very attentive and friendly. At $280 including tax/tip we felt there was definately good value for money at this outing. We will return.

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El Nopalito Mexican Restaurant149 3rd Street West, North Vancouver
In Search of Great Mexican Food...
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

In anticipation of some friends visiting from Mexico in late August, we've been checking out a few Mexican/Spanish restaurants in Vancouver. Last night, based on fairly positive reviews, it was El Nopalito in North Van. The litre of Mango Margaritas for $26 was fresh-tasting but we were hard-pressed to discern the presence of tequila. There are no complimentary chips/salsa and even tortillas are extra ($2). The tortilla soup and consomme were quite good at around $5/serving. The mains we chose varied in price from $11 - $18. Each came with mixed green salad, rice and refried beans. The steak/onions I had were tasty and there were no complaints with the other mains. In comparison to similar restaurants the serving sizes would be considered small but adequate. The Churro/ice cream dessert we shared was fresh and tasty ($5.50)

The Sombrero lamps are funky, the colors of tradional mexico and the display of bottled spices at the entry is interesting.

We (4) were the only patrons (8:00pm on a Thursday) and as a result the service was fine. Overall, I felt that we didn't get $120 (including tip) worth of value because of the low-alcohol-content drinks and the relatively small serving sizes. I would return but won't be bringing my mexican visitors to experience El Nopalito in August.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
High Hopes Daunted
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

The starter martinis were refreshing. I was eager to try the french onion soup and bouillabaisse. My partner chose the organic greens and daube de boeuf. The other couple had the gruyere fondue, brie crepe, paella and daube de boeuf with yukon potato pave side dish.

Rave: The daube de boeuf and the cheesy appys were excellent and the Pinot Noir was pleasant. The staff are all very attentive, attractive and professional. There is a section at the back for a large group and a narrow patio off the alley that looks cozy. The martinis/wine and main courses are reasonably priced but I feel that the tapas-style appys and the side dishes are probably over-priced by $2-$4.

Rant: The french onion soup had a very strong peppery aftertaste that completely obliterated the other flavours. I should have been suspicious of $15 Bouillabaisse but I thought that maybe this was a loss-leader on the menu... wrong, 3 VERY salty prawns, 1 overcooked nickel-sized scallop and a 3" square portion of unidentifiable white fish with the usual concoction of herbs/veggies/tomato-based broth. Note to website developer... change the bouillabaisse-for-website.jpg on the main menu page... there are no clams, lobster tail or asparagus in your bouillabaisse! The edible portion of the Paella was quite tasty; however, that was only about 60% of the dish because the remainder was burnt and had fused with the metal pan and, in sharp contrast to the paella picture in the website photo gallery... yours has no mussels! We perused the dessert menu but having risked enough for the evening, we declined.

Overall, we had mixed feelings about the experience but I did not have a sense of good-value-for-money as we didn't get $250 (including Tip/Valet) worth of value from Cassis. I think that the Owner/Exec Chef should focus more on the FACT that Cassis needs some work rather than on his other project, FICTION.

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