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christinCvancouverSince April 11, 200716 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2 (2.2)
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  • Value2 (1.8)
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Beecher Street Cafe12302 Beecher Street, White Rock
Mediocrity in Crescent Beach
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 10:03am [Dine in]

Dined there with a group of friends. The special halibut of the day was in Chinese five spice smothered in sweet sticky sauce, with orange peel on the top. Atrocious. Clearly prepared by someone whose ambitions run higher than their skill level. Started with calamari, which, had I been blindfolded, I wouldn't have known what it was. The service was a combined effort of several people who seemed to be floating around not really knowing what the other one was doing. Overpriced for a failed attempt at being fine dining. If this place is popular I can only guess it's because there is limited choice in the Crescent Beach area. Oh, and they apparently have good live music on Wednesdays. They will never see me here again.

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Abigail's Party1685 Yew Street, Vancouver
Not My Scene
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 2:24pm [Dine in]

Went for brunch. I had heard good things. First off, what a tiny, dingy little place - maybe could have made a funky wine bar/cellar out of it, but a restaurant? Hated the throbbing nightclub-volume music! For brunch? Come on! Maybe the rest of Vancouver enjoys screaming over their eggs, but not me. I would have hated to come here with a hangover. Now I know eggs benedict is hit and miss, but this was definitely a miss for me. A huge chunk of ham-like stuff that was supposed to be bacon, put me off instantly. Then the sauce was very thick, and very minimal. More like eggs benedict without the benedict. Hard bland potatoes, and there you have it, your $11 breakfast. I'm all for a party any day, but I hope no one every invites me to this one again.

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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
All round.....Terrible!
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 2:27am [Dine in]

Went there with a party of 10 people. Ordered veal cannelloni which for $24 was shamefully tiny! Smothered in mozzarella, with noodles that were too al dente, I had to send it back. The chef's response, via the waiter, was that veal is expensive, that's why the portion was small. I wondered if they thought Capones was the first restaurant I had ever eaten in! My husband's pizza made Pizza Hut look gourmet, and it took an AGE before the food came out. All the while, we had to sit there and listen to very second rate jazz. If you just want live music (and aren't picky whether it's good or terrible) and you've never eaten in a good restaurant before and just want to feel you've been somewhere for a night out, then this is the place to go. But if you feel you work hard for your money and you expect a certain standard when you eat out and pay anything over $20 per entree, then be warned.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Very reliable, great dining experience
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

Talk about terrific professional service! Had dinner there on Saturday night with three friends. Sat on the patio. The place was busy but the waiter answered all our menu questions with the utmost interest, knowledge and patience. His recommendations were spot-on. The food was great - lovely mushroom risotto, a taste of my friend's ahi tuna that was delicious. Enjoyable melting pudding for dessert. Great wine that was well-priced. Not so crazy on the satays that we had inside, at the bar, first. The calamari was barely there - about the size of a loonie and the salmon was a bit on the boring side. But those are minor criticisms. Seems the Glowbal group know how to serve decent food at respectable prices and of course deliver on a great atmosphere without fail.

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Cielo's Tapas and Oyster Bar15069 Marine Drive, White Rock
A Cool place I'm Luke Warm About
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times in the past. For this neighbourhood, the restaurant definitely offers something a little fresh and it's open year-round - and popular too. The food is decent - I've had great spring rolls, decent lamb, generous salad, watery warm creme brulee, and tasteless steak. But I go because it's a cool place when you're in the mood for that atmosphere. But there is ALWAYS something about the service that bothers me, even though I am not especially picky about service, like some. My latest experience left a sour taste. After a bunch of appetizers, my friend and I had ordered two other main dishes. Hers came first, and she'd eaten it all and I was sat there still waiting. A polite query about when my food might be expected resulted in a visit to the table from the lady manager (at least, I presume she was the manager). I don't like being addressed from the outset in a very dramatic and insincere "MY DEAR..." Nor did I appreciate the patronizing explanation of "this is the way we do things here". I happen to know the concept of tapas - and it's naive of her to assume I would not. I've eaten at many tapas places in Vancouver, and, no less, in Spain, in Andalucia,where tapas were invented. It made me wonder if this person had ever set foot outside of White Rock.

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Cascade Room, The2616 Main Street, Vancouver
Best on Main
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2008 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

I can't say I've ever been impressed with any restaurant on Main Street - of the few I've been to. Did Cascade do it for me? Erm,,, almost. On a Friday night, when I went, the place has a good buzz in there - a sort of slightly more individual-looking Cactus Club ambience I thought. The drinks list I'd heard so much about didn't disappoint, although a few too many drinks had egg white or egg yolk in them, which put me off, so I settled on white wine, which was well-priced for a New Zealand Stoneleigh. Ordered cod cakes to start, which were adequate without being special, followed by the halibut. The portion of the main course was decent, especially for $17, and it was simply prepared and nicely cooked. Could have used salt. Friend ordered the pork chop that she enjoyed.My only real complaint is the noise in there. The acoustics are one thing, but add to that some awful, nightclub-volume music and well.... if you don't mind screaming at your dining partner as you eat, you'll have a great time. Didn't stick around for dessert (which sounded lovely and was well-priced)... my eardrums had had enough.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Bravo Brix!
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

I've never eaten here before. Now I can't wait to go back. Had the sablefish -- excellently cooked, simply cooked, thoroughly enjoyable. This was followed by the sticky toffee pudding on a chocolate caramel sauce with a yummy ice-cream and thin shortbread cookie - ahhh! Very home-made, good ingredients. My husband had the molten pudding with caramelised bananas which was great too. This place has a terrific ambience - lovely room, quite unusual outdoor courtyard concept that will be great in the summer... And you can get a really decent glass of wine for $8.50. All in all, whether you want a trendy experience that's still a quality one, or a romantic night out, I'd pick here over a bunch of more 'in' restaurants around town.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
All that glitters is not gold...
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 11:32am [Dine in]

Went with a female friend. This is a vast room that is too big to have any real atmosphere. Ordered the arctic char with the side of "hand cut fries". The fish was generous enough but it was very overcooked and dry - when the waiter asked how the meal was and i told him, he asked if I wanted more sauce. Hardly the point. It came with a snow pear salad, that one of the waitresses got very excited about in describing it to me. I had to as our waiter to point out the pear as all I could see and taste was onion, and peppers. He made a point of trying to find one piece of pear on my plate, but I'm still not convinced it wasn't onion. And the fries, well, sorry guys, they were your regular old fries - hand cut? Sounds great on a menu, doesn't it? Overall - we did sit there a long time and the wine selection was fantastic although not cheap, but the least pricey bottle we had was nice. Not the worst place I've been to, but was I surprised to be underwhelmed? Not really. Vancouver has so many sexily designed restaurants that are owned by people with more money than they have knowledge about good food. All that glitters is not gold...

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Most down-to-earth spot in Yaletown
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 7:27pm [Dine in]

I go here often and am never disappointed. The scallops are fantastic, and the potato-crusted halibut is certainly very good. All the reviews say this place is pricey but I don't think it really is when you see what other places with far less atmosphere charge. One picky point though.... I usually think the service is fantastic, but last week, when I went with a girlfriend, something odd happened. My very pretty friend meant to ask for a glass of water as our waiter walked away from our table. It's loud in there and hard to get their attention, so she tapped him on his very muscular arm. He turned around and started poking her arm repeatedly while he said something like "see... you don't like people doing that to you so you shouldn't do it to them...' It was very strange. He seemed genuinely annoyed. What's wrong with the guy? Did she hurt your big bicep? Dude, if a pretty girl happens to poke you gently in arm, and that's something that upsets you, you need to get a life - but I can certainly understand why you might have a hard time getting a girlfriend!

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Star Anise1485 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
A Dine-Out Vancouver Dud
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 10:27am [Dine in]

This restaurant is small and cute, and absolutely freezing on a cold January night. We went for Dine Out Vancouver. We ordered the stilton and goat's cheese cheesecake for appy, and when we saw it, I all but laughed. The 'cheesecake' resembled a knob of butter in a butter dish -- tiny - an inch big at most. It came with a cracker and a few greens. Then waited an age for our lamb shank, which when it did finally arrive, was adequate, but lamb shanks are pretty easy to make -- you'd have thought they'd have done more than the very basic. The sauce wasn't tasty at all, and the meat needed salt. Then ordered the chocolate torte which was actually a melting chocolate pudding. So pleased we did. It was very good, but the other desert, was as tiny as the appy.
I know it's only $25 a person, but dine out is supposed to be a value experience for the customer. Lamb shanks are very cheap cuts of meat, and the appetizer probably cost them twenty cents to make. So in this case, their Dine Out is more about getting customers in the door and paying their lease - interesting how they run it for 2 months, instead of 3 weeks.

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
What a disappointment!
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 10:22am [Dine in]

Went for dine out 2008 and for a friend's birthday... It stuns me that this restaurant gets good reviews. Nu? More like old remodelled. This place has the feel of a restaurant that's trying to be cool but just isn't quite there with the ambience/design (look at the carpet and grotty corridor to toilets). I had the caesar salad with pork belly, which sounded creative and wasn't. This followed by the duck leg. The duck skin was sweet, and it was served on sweet potato with an absolute mountain of sweet picked cabbage... More like a giant dessert with meat on the top. Revolting. The dessert, sticky toffee pudding was really just cake with toffee sauce on the side (not bad but again, no indication of any culinary skill). Another gripe - we waited 1.5 hours before our main course arrived. I would have certainly sent my food back if it weren't for not wanting to spoil my friend's birthday. She had the lobster and said it was sweet as well.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Disappointing food
Submitted Friday, December 7, 2007 - 10:04am [Dine in]

My first visit here was six months ago. I had the pate to start followed by mussels. The pate was not really the texture of a pate, and the mussels sauce not especially tasty. Then I went back and had the Alaska black cod and really did not like this. The fish itself was placed on a bed of very bitter vegetables - I forget what the menu said, either braised celery or endive... the bitterness overwhelmed everything, and the fish, obviously not smoked, was very much in need of a little salt. The side of scalloped potatoes was dry, the potatoes a little hard and the portion only enough for one (usually a la carte sides are enough for two to share). The creme brulee was very good though. And this place gets top marks for atmosphere - very European and no loud music like in so many Vancouver eateries. I would go back and try one more dish, but if that disappointed, then here is yet another Vancouver restaurant that has let me down.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
No More Mussels For Me
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here a couple of times before. The first time, a long time ago, was forgettable, the second time (recently) I had the mussels Normande, which were very good. But I went back there and had them again this week, and was so put off that I don't think I'll ever eat mussels again. When the waitress set the bowl down I could smell that they weren't fresh - they have a distinct taste and smell when they're not fresh, and any chef should know that in an instant, and should not have served them (I mean, come on! They're so cheap in any case!). After I'd forced my way through about half of them, I regretted not sending them back. I know mussels can be hit and miss. But these were a definite miss, and you don't expect that in a restaurant that has a decent reputation. In fact, speaking of misses... I won't be back here.

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Harbour House12233 Beecher St., #101, Surrey
Unimaginably rude service!
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

I came here for Sunday brunch with my husband. The waiter informed us that the chef hadn't arrived yet, so we ordered coffees that took 20 minutes to come - no sugar, no spoons. My husband eventually got up and got them himself (we overlooked the fact that he forgot my husband had asked for very little milk in his latte -hey, everybody makes mistakes). The chef then arrived, so we placed our order. The eggs came after an hour's wait! Yet there was hardly anybody in the restaurant. Mine were hard and dry-looking. I politely told him, and he took my plate and just walked off, looking irritated. I had to walk up to the counter to ask him if he was getting my breakfast remade, and I said, 'Do you really think that was the proper way to respond to my complaint?' Then he lost it. Got very irritated, told me that he had another customer's coat in his hands at the time and that's why he just took my plate and walked off - with a 'didn't I get it?' attitude. I wasn't sure how the other customer's coat stopped him from apologizing and telling me that he would have my breakfast remade, but clearly he thought it did. He became furious kept going on about this coat - it was a total farce, like a Seinfeld episode. I told him that I was not prepared to argue with him and the chef who was standing right there said he really didn't understand what my problem was! When I explained, about the service, the long wait, the hard eggs, he was even ruder than the waiter. He then said he was the owner (!)and kept repeating that he didn't know what it was I was complaining about or what I was asking him to do! I was pretty speechless now, and just wanted to leave. I was just walking away when he said to my back, argumentatively, 'So why did you come here complaining then?' Needless to say, we walked out and will never be back.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
poor pasta
Submitted Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Lasagne came floating in what looked like a carton of half and half cream that had been emptied onto it. I've never had lasagne floating in cream before! And I don't want it again. The pasta itself was tasty enough... but is that their idea of a bechemel sauce? Seems like the place for budget conscious people to go before a movie. Other than that... nothing to get excited about.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Good food. Good value.
Submitted Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

I am amazed by so many negative comments about the service here. I have been eating at M's for several years. I have rarely, if ever, found fault with the service. The staff are young, and they work hard to turn tables, but they are always friendly, and do a very adequate job of looking after you. The atmosphere is always lively - isn't it nice to dine in a place that's full, and popular, and and has a good buzz? The pizzas and pastas and appetizers are very home-made - delicious, simple, fresh, good-quality ingredients - no compromise there - large portions, very authentic "Italian". (I have had far worse food in Italy, and rarely found a pizza quite as good) And for the price.... what's to complain about?

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