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charmingvancouverSince January 6, 20095 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2.2)
  • Food2 (2.2)
  • Service2 (2.2)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
The love affair might be ending!
Submitted Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 11:45am [Dine in]

After years and years of great, exceptional food, I must lower my recommendation of Il Giardino's rating both for quality and value. Service remains excellent, as does ambiance, but........! On a fairly quiet evening recently I have to say I was disappointed for the first time. We ordered the antipasto to start as we usually do, deciding to forego an additional plate of mussels. The antipasto was of minimal quantity, and of minimal quality. One piece of tomato with mozzarella for a serving for four! Two slices of meat, a couple of olives.... really not even enough for two, aside from the fact that it was all tasteless.

Having been an avid proponent of Il Giardino for so long, I wasn't going to let the antipasto dampen my enthusiasm. My main course was the rack of lamb, one of the restaurants' key signature dishes for years, always of consistent quality. Alas, it is now down to three thin pieces of lamb, not the usually meaty-succulent-cooked to perfection four pieces. I also found the sauce to be lacking both in flavour and smoothness.

In fairness, my guests were satisfied with their dishes of fish. But when I consider the current prices per plate and the diminishing helpings and quality, I must truthfully, albeit sadly, lower my rating.

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Al Porto Ristorante321 Water Street, Vancouver
nothing out of the ordinary
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 11:28am [Dine in]

I ordered a tenderloin and subbed the veggies for a linguine pseto. Wife had slamon with veggies. My tenderloin arrived with very skinny asparagus stalks that were somewhat warm and stringly. The tenderloin was served on top of the linguine in a wide bowl, and horrors, it had been cut into 3 pieces. I hate when they do that! It too was warm only and tough. After dinner I mentioned to the waiter that the tenderloin was dry because it hadn't been served with the peppercorn sauce, he replied that the chef didn't want the sauce to run over the linguine! To which I replied that if the meat had been served on a plate, instead of a bowl, that wouldn't have been a problem!

The wife didn't complain about her fish, but her meal included some kind of bread like cake substance that was at best tasteless. All in all we didn't stay for desert cause the culinary experince was boring.

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Seb's Market Cafe592 East Broadway, Vancouver
Neighborhood gem
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

I'm glad to say that Seb's is close enough to my business that I can go there almost everyday for lunch. Chef Francoise Gabot is the secret ingredient to Seb's success. A one man cooking machine, handling all of the breakfast and lunch orders by himself. Plus a prep staff and good, solid waiting staff make Seb's a valuable find for decent food at decent prices.

Specifically, a friend of mine & I usually have the home made soup, served with a couple of slices of hearty bread. The soup changes daily, but is always worth ordering.

Another good lunch item is the vegetarian sandwich (eggplant, peppers...), nice and light on the stomach, but delicious!

My friend prefers the BLT. I've never had it, but he has never complained!

For breakfast a variety of Eggs Bennys, omelttes, or eggs any style.

Reservations aren't accepted so beware because Seb's is extremely popular locally. Open Saturday and Sunday, but don't expect to be seated right away.

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Incendio103 Columbia St, Vancouver
Will be missed!
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

Sadly, Incendio is out of business due to an early morning fire, as of January 5th, 2009. I can only hope the rebuild at this location. Incendio Gastown had none of the west side pretentions. Decor was eclectic instead of designer. Customers were the same. Food was always good, as was the overall value and service.

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Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse750 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Morton's of Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

It's not often I am disappointed at a restaurant when the final bill comes to close to $500.00, but..... Years ago, on my wife's birthday, which she shares with a close friend, we were so anxious to eat at a Mortons to enjoy great steak that we drove 3 hours to Seattle from Vancouver, dined, and returned. At the time I remember enjoying the meal, but always wondered about being charged extra for a potato, or mushrooms, after paying $50-$65 for the meat. But, I digress!

So it was that this year my wife expressed her desire to eat at our local Mortons, but keep in mind, it isn't for lack of funds that we haven't returned to Mortons over the years, rather it is that Vancouver has so many fine dining restaurants at very resonable prices that we never felt the need to eat over priced meat.

Our valet at Mortons on November 28, 2008, was a very cheerful young man (good sign), but as we entered the front door, the patrons that were leaving were unimpressionably shabby (bad sign)! First impressions matter and to say that the foyer of this particular Mortons was drab would be an understatement (also a bad sign)! Who knew it was a taste of what would greet us in the main dining room?

Let me be polite about this, the decor of Mortons of Vancouver's main dining room would do a Greyhound bus terminal proud! Wow, white walls, no art, white table cloths, ordinary chairs, and all the tables lined up to maximize profitability and minimize ambience (bad sign)!

After being seated I reviewed the wine list and enquired about the absence of some notable local wines which are readily available at other fine dining establishments around town. I was told that, since Mortons was "corporate" by its nature, it wasn't practical to order good wines that might not be available all of the time, so Mortons chooses to list only wines that are offered in abundance by its supp;iers (bad sign).

On to the dinner...to begin let me say the service was abysmally slow, even during the ritual Presentation of the Meat, there just didn't seem to be any excitement instilled by the waitress, like we were just another bunch of customers that were going to order meat. And speaking of meat, my wife and I settled on the Chicago Style Rib Eye (bone in), something I have been meaning to eat again since the heavenly rib eye served at Aqua in SF by chef Minos, for the same price by the way. We were very careful to ask the waitress how we could expect their chef to cook a medium-rare steak. Would med-rare be bloody in the middle or rare? We agreed on medium-rare plus, assured by the waitress that the steak "would not be raw in the middle".

To my dismaym after an interminnably long wait for our meals to arrive, as I made the first cut into my rib-eye, it was completely raw in the middle! In addition, it wasn't accompanied by any sauce, not even a demi-glace. My wife mentioned that on the menu it indicated I would have to pay more for a sauce! Back goes the steak to the kitchen (bad sign)!

My understanding of restaurant protocol is that if I return a steak (one that costs $55) it shouldn't simply be put in the microwave, it should be tossed and a new steak should be cooked. Aparently Mortons doesn't subscribe to that protocol (bad sign)!

To make a long winded story palatable (pun intended), no one enjoyed their food. Basically Mortons is a steak production house, not fine dining. It is a boring place to eat, service is slow and uninspiring, and the food is over priced and bland (bad signs, all of them)!

In a city like Vancouver where fine dining is the norm, Mortons is simply not sophisticated enough for our culinary tastes, better suited to the unappreciative tastes (or lack thereof) of the young with money who simply want to brag about the size of their meat, in a city where it is the motion of the ocean that matters!

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