Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

chris84bloomVancouver, BCSince October 12, 200617 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 17 of 17 Reviews Found
Kyung Bok Palace5300 No. 3 Road, #720, Richmond
Don't expect too much
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 3:38am [Dine in]

I'm definitely not a big fan of Kyung Bok but don't think it's a horrible place either. I've been here several times and found the food to be consistently pretty good. It's very westernized, however - which is quite typical in Vancouver/Richmond. Food is a bit pricey but if you go in groups I think you'll get your money's worth.

But service is quite poor. Waiters have virtually no idea what's going on in the kitchen. They don't know much about the food they have on the menu, either. They take a lot of time putting in orders and bringing them. It's faster to grab things yourself, if you can. Unfortunately they don't have those buzzers you can press to get waiters to come.

I like the way that the restaurant is laid out, how tables are set within partitions and patrons can enjoy some privacy, but that's about it.

If you're expecting decent customer service, this place isn't for you. If you, however, have some extra time in your hands and would be willing to give this a try with friends, there's no reason not to visit.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Closed
Miki's Restaurant2106 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Money down the drain
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 3:23am [Dine in]

I always walk by this place and saw how they had food ranging from Western to Japanese. I wondered if they'd be any good at any one of those. My doubts were fully justified.

Service is substandard. Even though the waitress asked us several times to confirm our orders, she brought the wrong food for my friend. She didn't apologize at all or didn't seem to feel bad about it. It took another half an hour to bring the right order.

For food - I ordered Malaysian dishes which were okay. They were far from impressive but I didn't regret choosing them. My friend, on the other hand, asked for pasta. It was supposed to be spaghetti with tomato sauce but we were shocked to see that the pasta was just tossed in with ketchup. I'm serious - ketchup. It wasn't even murky tomato liquid. Portions were generous but they couldn't be appreciated because of their low quality.

Had we had some decent food, we wouldn't have felt cheated for the price we paid - or maybe if we saw some nice service. We had neither in this place. I wouldn't recommend Miki's to anyone. If by any chance you feel like trying your luck here, I hope you pick the right dish. It's just beyond me how the restaurant can keep up with high rent in this neighbourhood.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Quite a special place
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

I'd seen how hard it is to make a reservation at Chambar through Opentable.com and it made me wonder how good it really was. Chambar wasn't anything like I had imagined, but I enjoyed it anyway. I was expecting some traditional Belgian/French cuisine but it turned out to be a pleasant mixture of contemporary & fusion food.

I really liked apple salad, which was sour just a bit, but it was a great starter for heighten our appetite. We ordered tomato & peach salad as well and it turned out to be pretty different, but in a good way. What really surprised me was that all dishes were very fragrant and one of the cocktails we ordered (it was customized and didn't have a name) had peach, chamomile and lavender and it smelled and tasted very nice.

Unfortunately the lamb I ordered turned out to be a bit of a let-down but steak bourguignon and the salmon was excellent. All of them were cooked medium rare and it was just perfect.

the dessert section was also different from traditional ones. We were a party of four and each of us ordered a different dish. Mine was a parfait and tasted like yogurt and gave a perfect finish to the main course.

Since the main meal I ordered was less than great so I'm still undecided regards to the matter of returning to Chambar. Still considering the excellent service and other main meals I sampled from my friends, I may venture once again into Chambar. I think the place deserves a second chance.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Crowded but worth it.
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 4:34am [Dine in]

Like many people who already left reviews, I must the location is really convenient. It's actually larger than it looks and even if it's a peak hour you're more likely not to wait that long. The waitresses so far have been quite friendly ones. I've tried chicken quesadilla and raincoast greens so far, with Hpnotiq breeze, which I adore always. Food is never disappointing and the dessert (chocolate lava cake, among others) is to die for. I always share one with friends and it's just enough to have a little bit of sweetness after satisfying meals. It's really a nice place to hang out with your friends just for a drink, too; their cocktails are awesome!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Don't miss out!
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 4:27am [Dine in]

My friends decided to try this place out for a lunch without knowing anything about it and absolutely loved it! Four of us got there around 1:30 and we were almost immediately seated in the patio, which was quite nicely done. I ordered the pasta with beef underneath and really enjoyed it. Cosmos were well made as well. The waitress was very friendly although she was a bit late with the service. The price is reasonable, too! I would definitely come back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Good food but worth the money?
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

I had a great time at Gotham last week with my friends. We actually hadn't planned on going there and found the place purely by accident. We went there near 5 and the place was quite empty. The hostess was helpful and friendly.

I had a filet mignon with sides of creamed corn and mashed potatoes, which were shared by my friends as well. (We were a group of 4; 3 side dishes could've been more sufficient.) The filet mignon was, if I'm not mistaken, about $50 and I ordered medium. I believe it was closer to medium well. But it was by all means enjoyable and done beautifully. The seasoning was light yet just enough. The side dishes were very nice as well. I had a glass of vueve du vernay with them - which was acceptable.

Our waitor was very amiable and helped us choose our dishes. His descriptions of stakes were very comprehensive... (Perhaps more than enough?) 5 o'clock is not at all a prime time for dinner so I'm not sure if I would've gotten the same quality of service had it been very busy.

Our overall experience at Gotham was pleasant but even now I'm not sure the food was worth all that money. I'd like to think I paid for the great atmosphere... but even so.

I'd say try Gotham if you have a special occasion to celebrate. But visiting more than twice? They will have to impress me more at the second time around.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Irashai Sushi2260 41st Ave, Vancouver
Tired of waiting
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 3:38am [Dine in]

The food is great. I'll give them that... but that's it. Their portion is not proportionate to the price.

Like other reviewers here have mentioned, there's a lot of waiting. If you're not that hungry and with friends you can talk to without checking your watch so much, this place is a good option to consider. I left once because I was so sick and tired of waiting. If Irashai had a quality service that could go with the food, I would probably wait... but they don't!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
Okay... I guess
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 3:25am [Dine in]

The reason I keep returning to this place even though I detest their service is that I like the food. I can't help it. I eat chinese food occasionally and I really like their fried rice and crab & tofu soup.
I visited this place several times when I went to Richmond but I'm not willing to do that anymore because of their low quality service. Now I just turn to take-out.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Dae Bak Bon Ga1323 Robson Street, #201, Vancouver
If you can choose the right food...
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 3:16am [Dine in]

My best friends were craving some Korean food and beer so I decided to answer her demand although I wasn't really willing to go in.

We ordered four dishes that we can all share. My favorite among them was galbitang. It was so much better than I expected. I pretty much ignored all the other food just to eat this one. The side dish salad was great too. A bit of bitter aftertaste but it went nicely with the main course. Ddokboggi was tender and spicy. I found it okay. Pageon (Korean seafood pancake) was not really my favorite but my best friend liked it a lot.

But the service... man, where should I begin? From the moment we arrived, it was very indifferent and not satisfactory. Sure, they filled up our water pretty attentively... But they weren't kind or friendly. We ordered a spicy chicken with cheese topping (didn't know what it was, and wanted to try something new) and it took such a LONG time. And I mean more than an hour. We wanted it to be our main course but even after we finished all the other food it didn't arrive. When we asked the waiters when they were coming, they just said it just takes a long time to prepare. We asked them again later and they told us to be patient, as though we were nagging on them. We were really upset to find them so unfriendly considering the price. It finally arrived on our table when we decided to leave, so we asked to pack it up. And we found the package broken and leaking right after we left so we had to asked to double wrap it again. We had the chicken a day later and it was okay - just not what we expected. Although the cheese was in the name, I didn't even taste it.

If I am to go back there, it would just because I want some good galbitang. - that is, if I can withstand their horrible service.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
A great place for all occasions
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 2:50am [Dine in]

I've been there three times and I haven't been disappointed yet.

I always have a rack of lamb there because it's simply the BEST lamb I've tasted. When I ordered it for the first time, I was a bit disappointed with how small it is because I was starving that day. But it turned out to be quite a full meal. The presentation of the dish is wonderful and the quality is superb. My mom once ordered spicy pasta (with sea food, I think) and it was great too. The size was pretty big and the family shared it - which went nicely with other menues. But when I had a piece of pork from what my friend ordered, I didn't like it much. It was plain tasteless. Thank goodness I didn't order it... Others ordered the cod, the chicken and other dishes and they didn't complain about a thing so I guess they found it okay. But I doubt if their cocktails are as great as the food is. I ordered a cosmopolitan once and it was just drink-able. I didn't even finish it in the end.

The service was attentive but I think this solely depends on whom you're getting for waiters as I've had different experiences. But when my friend found her steak undercooked, they apologized and cooked it again, deliciously, and well-presented again.

And I suppose it's meaningless to describe how wonderful the restaurant and the view are because everyone already knows. Even the bathroom is designed beautifully, too! The only complain I have is that it's really loud in the peak hour. I had to yell almost in order to talk to the person right in front of me. - Not really the restaurant's fault, of course.

All and all, Seasons is a top notch. Highly recommended indeed.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Avenue Grill, The2114 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
My favorite...
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 2:27am [Dine in]

I live pretty nearby, about 15 min. bus ride. I've been coming here for almost 2 years and I wish I'd discovered it earlier.

I haven't seen this place packed yet (meaning I've never had to wait to be seated) and I guess that means not many people know how great this place is. The exterior design is not that great but the appearance is certainly deceiving; once you're inside, you'll realize it has much more to offer.
For a small place, the Avenue Grill has a nice setting inside. It has some abstract and landscape art pieces and they are different everything I visit.
The food and service are great. I must say that I am a bit picky when it comes to judge the quality of service but this place has met my standard. There was one occasion when I was dissastifed but I never saw the waiter again so I guess he's been replaced.
Their steak is well-cooked and is highly recommended. It used to be my favorite menu until I discovered chicken pasta with sundried tomatoes and mushroom. You can make a variety of combination with different kinds of pasta, sauce, etc. (So far I haven't tried many variants because I love those two selections so much.)

I've tried both their brunch and dinner and I'm very content with them. The Avenue Grill certainly is a hidden gem. I will miss it dearly when I leave for England for a year.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great cosmo!
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 2:10am [Dine in]

My family decided to meet our friends to give them a farewell party as they were going to the U.S.. One of them suggested O'Doul's, telling us she had quite a dinner there. The place was even in the magazine so we figured, how bad could it be?

Overall, O'Doul's was not that impressive. We got chicken pate and house salad for appetizer - which were quite nice. The baguette was tasty but it was cold for some reason. I got a chance to taste the jambalaya and clams with cream sauce. I found both disappointing. For myself, I ordered a sirloin stake and it was below my expectation. It was tasteless and was not worth the price.

But I do recommend their cosmopolitan and lemon tarte. They were simply great. And I was there while they had a jazz festival event and I really loved the music. I was sitting a bit far from the band but there was a screen with a projector so I could watch them without being crammed by people. It cost us an extra $5 each but I'd say it was too cheap for such wonderful music.

I wouldn't be willing to go back there for dinner but will definitely do so for dessert and drinks!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Vina Vietnamese Cuisine851 Denman Street, Vancouver
Sorry, but...
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 1:50am [Dine in]

I was in the area for a hair cut and afterwards I decided to try some place new. I love Vietnamese cuisine so in I went...

The only thing that can be salvaged from this restaurant is the food. I found it okay... not great, but good to eat. But sadly, the service and the atmosphere of the place ruined everything. I was there with a friend and we just finished eating without many words because we just wanted to get out of there.

I certainly do not recommend this place, but if you want to appreciate other great Vietnamese eateries even more, maybe you should pay a visit...

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Romano's Macaroni Grill1523 Davie Street, Vancouver
Long walk... but worth all the labour!
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

One of my friends suggested this place and we went to have our dinner. We kind of got lost (having a bad sense of direction,) and had to take a long walk before we actually found the place. We arrived there 45 minutes earlier than the time for our reservation, but we were greeted warmly and found a seat. Although the interior was not as impressive as the outside look, it was very unique.

I had Penne Arrabbiata and my friends had Fetuccini Alfredo and Mama's Trio. We were pretty hungry from that walk but the food was enough to fill our void and beyond. We also had a cheese cake for dessert. It went very nicely with the cappucino I ordered.

The service was not impressive, but more than satisfactory. Maybe it's because it was before the peak hour. Our waitress was very kind and amiable. I wouldn't call her attentive, but I think it is better than checking on us all the time.

Overall, I give Macaroni Grill 4 because it was just what I expected. If you want to have a pleasant experience like I did, I advise you to avoid the peak hour (like after 7 o'clock for dinner, for example...). Then you might not have the worst experience like some of the reviewrs here... ;)

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Cho Sun Korean Restaurant3486 Kingsway St., Vancouver
simply great food
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 2:21am [Dine in]

chosun is quite far from my house so it's hard to go here frequently, but i would really like to do so.

it's hard to evaluate their service. nothing really memorable, but i'd say they are nice, pleasant and accomodating. they offer some great suggestions from time to time.
the food is well-cooked and is very delicious. i really enjoy their lunch menu! nice side dishes too.

chosun is definitely one of the most enjoyable korean restaurants... it's worth a visit.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Kyung Bok Palace143 West 3rd St., North Vancouver
high expectation?
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 2:07am [Dine in]

i've visited Kyungbokgoong a couple of times.
sadly i don't think their service improve over the time.

the food is pretty okay, considering my high expectation as a korean. their kimchi is better than the most. the portion is usually a lot for me - which i can't really complain.
and as long as you avoid the peak hour, it's not too overcrowded.

what really annoys me is their service... they always make excuse whenever they can't serve certain food. i don't know if there are enough waiters, but most of the time they are not attentive. it's even worse when the place is filled with people. you have to wait half an hour to get some water. (eventually i had to go get it myself.)

i know it's just a beginning for them... so i intend to wait a while. but if this inadequate service continues, i doubt if i'd want to go back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Closed
Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
a pleasant surprise...
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 1:24am [Dine in]

i went out with my family and friends for thanksgiving dinner thing and i must admit i didn't expect much. but i was really surprised to find great food, great service and great atmosphere all at the same time. we made a reservation before six on sunday and the place wasn't really crowded. we ordered different things and they all turned out to be superb. the portion was just a right amount so we actually had some room for dessert. i was impressed by the interior and design of the restaurant as well... it was really beautiful.

one thing i really found annoying was the music. (although the music itself was okay) it was really loud... and the speaker was right above my head. also i don't think we would've gotten our food right on time if the place had been filled with people.

other than that, my experience at Feenie's was a great one.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance