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chowdawgvancouverSince December 10, 200718 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Displaying 1 - 18 of 18 Reviews Found
GoodWolfe Kitchen & Bar1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Great addition to Yaletown
Submitted Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

My wife and I have eaten here on several occasions now and always leave raving about the meals and service.
We have enjoyed the Coq au Vin made with Cornish game hens - lots of meat and an incredible sauce, the Braised beef cheeks - fall apart tender - served with a creamy risotto just the way we like it, unlike the dried out version served by some other restaurants and last night I had the ratatouille lasagna which was superb. I should add that the seafood chowder is one of the best in town.
We both agreed that we would like to see some lower priced wine options offered but at the expensive lease rates for Yaletown space this is not unique to this restaurant.
We were also very impressed with how open and receptive the proprietors were to customer feedback, something that is not the case with many other restaurants. Our experience is that long term success in the restaurant trade can often be predicted by how amenable the owner/chefs are to encouraging and responding to what their customers are saying.
Highly recommended.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House430 Robson Street, Vancouver
Not so good anymore
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2012 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

I had good memories of this chain after eating at their first location on Broadway when they opened years ago. Unfortunately the Robson location leaves much to be desired. I first ate here shortly after they opened and was underwhelmed. I recently decided to give them another try to see if they had improved and unfortunately they have not. The pulled pork was dry, the beans uninspired and the bun on which the sandwich was served was cold as if it had just been taken out of the fridge.
I notice that his chain was #1 for it's type as judged by readers of the West Ender paper. I can only assume that the ratings weren't based on this location or I would advise the people who voted for this chain to get out more often to see what this city has to offer for pulled pork and home made beans specifically. Before its demise the Tap taphouse offered the best beans and pulled pork and both Peckinpah and the food cart Re Up are head and shoulders above this location of the Memphis Blues restaurants.
The sole good news is that the service was friendly and welcoming.

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Cactus Club Cafe357 Davie St, Vancouver
Haute cuisine for the masses
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

I have been eating at this location from the day it opened and while it has been consistently above average in that time it's now obvious that the hiring of Rob Feenie to head up their menu development was a stroke of genius on the part of ownership and has paid huge dividends.
Mr Feenie has raised the bar considerably in that the food preparation, presentation and quality of ingredients has not only separated CC from the other chains but has placed it closer to some of the finer restaurants in town at an affordable price point - not an easy thing to accomplish.
The staff are attractive, energetic and well trained and add considerably to the dining experience. Yes the restaurant can be a bit noisy at times but that's part of the appeal. Oh and by the way I don't have an equity position in this chain of restaurants.
The only sour note here is that the best dessert in town, their apple galette - another Feenie specialty - has gone AWOL. Oh well, it's not something I should be eating any way so I'll overlook this faux pas.

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Black & Blue1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

Having eaten in many of Mr Yacoub's restaurants over the years and having eaten at this restaurant in its previous incarnation I decide to treat myself to lunch.
The decor has been updated and is still spectacular and the service was friendly and attentive. The wine list is extensive, especially with reds, as one would expect in a steakhouse. My concern was with the food, which is unfortunate, as I am a big fan of Mr Yacoub and his wife Shannon Bosa and In fact delayed posting this review for some time. I ordered the Beef Wellington and although the beef was excellent and cooked to order (medium rare) I was most disappointed with the crust and frankly Bin 941 does a far better job on this dish with more of a puff pastry type of crust. The green beans that came with the dish were terrible - tough and tasteless. I'm not sure whether this was due to their supplier or the method of preparation - probably a bit of both. This complaint on the quality of side dishes applies to all of the steak houses in Vancouver and is by no means unique to Black and Blue. For some reason the steak houses - from The Keg to Glowball - think their emphasis on the quality of their food only applies to the steaks they serve and their side orders are an afterthought. Check out the way in which vegetables should be prepared at the Cactus Club under the tutelage of Rob Feenie.
Everything considered I wouldn't recommend Black and Blue but I'm sure Mr Yacoub will up his game as time goes on.

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Minami Japanese Restaurant1118 Mainland, Vancouver
Nearly perfect
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

We had eaten here when Bud Kanke's Goldfish was here and enjoyed the ambience, although unless there is a breeze coming through it can get a little warm as there is no air conditioning. The decor is still stellar with current ownership having put their own stamp on it.
The service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable with Katie, who looked after us, adding to our favourable impressions. The wine list was quite extensive with a few less expensive options for both the white and red wines, something I like to see in Yaletown as many of the restaurateurs don't see the necessity to offer at least a few reasonable alternatives.
The food, with one exception, was top notch. For appetizers we had the prawn fritters (ebi fritters) and the prawn gyoza, both of which I would recommend. My wife had the sable fish which was delicious as I managed to steal a bite when she wasn't looking. The only disappointment was the salmon which was purportedly prepared in the "sous vide" method. I had expected this to result in a tender, moist piece of salmon but what resulted was very dry and tasteless. Unfortunate.
Overall I would certainly recommend this restaurant which I'm sure will only improve the longer they are in business.

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Dunn's Famous827 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Disappointing
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2012 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

I am a huge fan of Montreal smoked meat and while attending McGill in the 60's I ate at Schwartzs, Dunns and Bens (now closed) on many occasions, so I was eagerly awaiting the opening of Dunns in Vancouver.

While I found the staff to be enthusiastic and the decor reminiscent of an old diner I was sorely disappointed with the smoked meat as it was certainly not as I remembered it to be. I found the meat to be extremely dry even when I ordered it sliced "fat". Part of the problem may be that we now serve meat so lean that the taste has been sacrificed in favour of health. Oh for the good old days!! When I go to Dunns I don't think of a healthy meal but instead I want something that tastes good with all of the fat that is entailed in that.

Won't be back unfortunately

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Two Chefs and a Table305 Alexander Street, Vancouver
A primer on how NOT to treat a single diner
Submitted Friday, December 9, 2011 - 10:50am [Dine in]

I debated for some time before posting this review as I tend to only post reviews that are positive as I believe that most restaurateurs do the best they can to be successful in an industry that has a very high failure rate. I can only hope that the owners of this establishment monitor these sites so as to glean any information they can to improve their business.
I was looking forward to lunching at this establishment as I had heard many positive comments about it, including those made on this site. Having walked from Yaletown and arriving at their opening time at 11:30 I entered and pointed to a table for 2 to have the young lady respond with; "are you going to be long?" I replied that I had arrived early and did not intend to linger beyond lunch with a couple of glasses of wine. The young lady pointed to the bar area where 4 backless stools were crammed together and said that by noon they might be slammed and she might have to move me. I ordered promptly and halfway through my meal and second glass of wine - excessively marked up but more fool me for ordering them - she again pointed to the barstools and asked if I would move over there. As a senior with a back that has seen better days I allowed that if I were as young and lithe as she was I would normally oblige her but to do so now would entail having someone carry me home as my back would probably seize up on me. I also said the the bill for my table would be as significant or more so were there 2 people at the table. I then offered that if another single diner was to come in she should feel free to seat them with me at my table for 2. At that point she was most apologetic and admitted that she was just doing what she had been instructed to do.
I don't know if this is policy at this restaurant or not but if it is it is extremely short sighted and counterproductive to you long term interests. The owners should realize that they have a small restaurant and need to deal with its consequences in a better way than inflicting their current attitude on its customers. By 12:15 I was outta there with 2 people waiting to be seated. Thanks for nothing folks!

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100 Days350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Won't be back
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

Not very good on all counts. The room is very cramped with tiny fold out chairs that are very uncomfortable and detract from the dining experience. The music is incredibly loud and everyone was shouting at their dinner mates which just added to the overall din. The food was mediocre at best and, as is usual in Yaletown, the wine was marked up well in excess of 100% of the liquor store price.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Outrageous wine markups
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 1:25pm [Dine in]

I love these guys. They have always treated me and the missus well and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. the menu allows diners to choose healthy options if they wish and the food is tasty and well prepared. The seafood is especially well prepared with a deft hand in the kitchen. The restaurant is one of the nicest looking in town with comfortable chairs that enhance the dining experience.
What I don't like, however, are the excessive markups on their wines, which in some cases are close to 3 times what the private wine stores charge. This unfortunately leaves me only 2 options - I can either stop eating here or stop ordering wine when I do. If you folks can't make a decent profit on your operations with a 100% markup on your wine list I will have to give you a miss. Either way everyone loses.

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Soup Meister123 Carrie Gates Court, #103, North Vancouver
Consistently excellent
Submitted Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 9:48am [Dine in]

I have been coming here virtually from the day they opened and continue to do so even though I no longer live on the North shore. The proprietor Mr Ralf Dauns is an accomplished chef and this is apparent in the quality of the various items he prepares.
The soups are all excellent and my personal favourites from his other offerings are the demi glace, as good as one would get in a top end restaurant, the roasted garlic hummous, head and shoulders above any other on the lower mainland and his Belgian chocolate sauce will set you free! I now live in Yaletown and keep pestering Ralf to set up down there but of course the prices would then go through the roof. Currently The Soup Meister offers exceptional value. For those who patronize The Stock Market on Granville Island try the Soup Meister instead - you will be duly impressed.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Overhyped or underappreciated?
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

To be fair I should preface my review by saying that this restaurant is very successful and has been a neighbourhood haunt for 11 years and all this in a part of Yaletown that is generally the death knell for restaurants. I mention this because my review may be in the minority of reviews.
Dropped in for lunch recently and started with the New England clam chowder. Really bland with lots of cream and flour and a couple of diced potatoes but darned if I could locate any clams. Earls has a far better New England clam chowder packed with clams, potatoes and assorted diced vegetables for a dollar less and a bigger serving.
I then had the crab cake which was dry and tasteless although to be fair the green salad which accompanied it was fresh with a decent dressing. I also expected something more substantial given the price that was charged.
The wine pour was small but the price was not indicative of this and only added to my perception of mediocre value at this restaurant.

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Society Restaurant & Lounge1257 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Exceptional
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

Just returned from having lunch at Society in Yaletown (which used to be Coast restaurant, now on Alberni street and thriving ) and I believe this was their first opening for lunch which made my experience even more impressive. The menu could best be described as upscale comfort food. Their grilled caesar salad was excellent with home made croutons and what appeared to be pork belly cubes, well priced for a large helping, something I hesitate to mention to restaurateurs in case they start to reduce the quantity, which they assured me they would not! I then had their meatloaf which was wrapped in bacon and also exceptional with a side order of cauliflower gratin which they were happy to substitute for the mashed potatoes shown on the menu. .They were also happy to accommodate my request for a 1/2 litre of wine instead of by the glass which allows me to pour at my own pace without having to bother the server to continually bring me another glass.
The only reason I didn't give Society 5 stars across the board is because it was their first opening for lunch and I'm sure they will improve, although I'm not sure how that is possible. Oh and by the way I am not related in any way to the ownership group (they also own Sanafir, Glowball and Coast among others) or to any of the the staff. These folks have another winner here and that is no accident.
Glad to see them in Yaletown

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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
French gem on Davie
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

We really are blessed in this city with an excess of fine small restaurants. The missus and I just returned from eating here and I felt compelled to submit this review.
The food, although rich, is truly French. The pomme frites, accompanied by aoili, are the real thing and the burger is house made and fresh and not mass produced and frozen ahead of time as are so many in town. My wife ordered the steak onglet which was tender and perfectly cooked medium rare. The peppercorn au jus was excellent as were the mashed potatoes with garlic and thyme ( I'm guessing here ). The wine list has a number of well priced French wines by the glass and the service was attentive and friendly and not at all pretentious.
The seating was comfortable and not cramped as can be the case with many of the small restaurants in town.
We would, without hesitation, highly recommend this restaurant and we will be returning here often.

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Rehanah's Roti & Trinidadian2518 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Best roti
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 8:27am [Dine in]

The roti here is easily the best in town. The ambiance may be nothing special but the quality of food more than makes up for it.

I have always ordered the shrimp roti and it has always been outstanding. As a bajan man I can only say that Rehanah's roti is "sweet fuh so..."

For those who want authentic trini roti stay away from the Reef and head for Rehanah's

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Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Sublime
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:30am [Dine in]

The food was exquisite the service friendly and engaging. The chef uses the freshest, highest quality ingredients and uses a deft hand to let the ingredients speak for themselves without masking the flavours with too many herbs and spices.

Ingredients such as the pastas used in a number of dishes are all made on the premises and it shows in the quality of the dishes offered.

While I would recommend this restaurant without reservation I wish the wine offered by the glass was of a more substantial pour. This criticism is by no means unique to this restaurant but is a continuing rant of mine.

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Mythos Taverna1811 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Authentic Greek food
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

It's ironic that the best greek food on the lower mainland is on the North shore and no longer on the west side of the broadway corridor or the west end. The food here is always authentic, fresh and well prepared and the service and ambiance conducive to an enjoyable night out.

Their lamb, spinach and chick pea casserole will set you free!

I'm downtown now and I miss you Angelo and Dede (sp?)

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Pasparos Taverna132 W 3rd St, North Vancouver
Reason for success
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

There is a reason this restaurant has enjoyed it's long term success. The owners ( Greg and Katya are still at the helm I assume ) are professional restaurateurs who offer well prepared, aurhentic greek food at prices, which to me, represent good value. The ambience has always been cozy and welcoming and the service attentive.

I moved to Yaletown years ago and I miss these guys as this is one of the 2 best Greek restaurants on the lower mainland, with Mythos being the other.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Outstanding but....
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2007 - 8:28am [Dine in]

First time here for me and the missus and as with their other small restaurant ( la Buca ) we were duly impressed. The food is sublime, the service friendly and informed and the ambience cozy. Nothing is perfect in life however. My wife ordered a glass of wine and we were both shocked at how small a pour it was! If it was 3 ozs that would be pushing it. We are accustomed to this in Yaletown and refer to it as the "Yaletown pour" You folks need to offer better value in this end of things and then my review would be 5 stars all the way

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