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clau_foodieVancouverSince November 11, 200917 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Ensemble850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Popular Restaurant Opening - The Restaurant to Try
Submitted Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:03am [Dine in]

For the second day of Ensemble being opened this restaurant was busy. Every table was taken, luckily we made reservations.

The décor and layout remained pretty much the same as the previous restaurant Corner Suite Bistro.
All dishes are to be considered small plates and meant to be shared. So now that you are warned don’t react like me and balk at the tiny portion sizes. All dishes are under $20. Their menu is not up on their website yet so I’ve taken pictures of it below.

We started with the sweet and sour eggplant stuffed with baba ganoush, yogurt and tomato -$7.50 My friend couldn’t stop craving about it. There was a teaser of mushroom and anise spread gave it a nice earthy licorice taste. We gave it a 4.5/5

Pulled pork sandwich, apple horseradish slaw, watermelon -$8.50. This was exactly what was written on the menu. I thought, “hey, watermelon that’s an interesting, how are they going to incorporate it in the sandwich. It was a freaking slice a watermelon on the side of the dish, like a garnish. The presentation was compared to a elementary school cafeteria This was disappointing, a 2/5. The sandwich itself was uninspiring and comparable to what could have gotten from Re-Up (pulled pork sandwich food cart)

Five spice pork belly with cauliflower, pear and cashews – $13. It was a little sweet, probably due to the pear juices. The meat was tender and flavourful. Overall, this was a flavorful dish we but, would not reorder. 3/5

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Cafe Regalade2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Scrumptious Brunch Service - Kitsilano Brunch Hotspot
Submitted Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

The selection of terrine was creative and tasty. Terrine’s include duck hazelnut, rabbit, veal appricot and champagne (pork). We ordered the duck hazelnut and the champagne terrine. I am a big fan of duck, dishes with duck fat mmmmm… This was our fave of the two, it was moist and the hazelnut taste added an extra intense layer of flavour. The champagne terrine was a bit dry, probably because pork meat is a lot tougher.

Basque Breakfast - $13.25, 2 sunny side up eggs, piperade (onions and peppers), chorizo, aioli sauce, potatoes, salad and two pieces of the obsessively delicious aioli and saffron toast. They loved it, the portions was huge, potatoes flavourful and perfectly cooked. The piperade and chorizo went so well together.

Lyon Breakfast -$12.75, 2 poached eggs, mushrooms, bacon, pearl onions, spinach,potatoes, and red wine sauce, salad. Red wine sauce made with veal bone and bacon. The smell was so rich and the taste perfect.

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La Bretagne Creperie795 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Frustratingly Slow Service
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 12:11am [Dine in]

Food
The breakfast crepes are good,. I always order the breakfast crepe, scrambled eggs, cheese, ham and apple. The apple gave it a hint of citric sweetness and the eggs, I know it's just eggs but it was so fluffy and moist.

Their daily soup creation at that time cream of cauliflower tasted homemade

Service

A year ago the breakfast and service was great, recently the last 3 times I was here the service was frustratingly slow. She forgot what we ordered and had to ask each person at our table what we ate. It took them 10 minutes just to get a refill coffee.

Customers were walking out frustrated that they have yet to receive any service since they sat down. Rumors have it management changed, if anyone can confirm that?

Recommendation
If you have at least 1.5 hours to burn and want great scrambled eggs this is your place otherwise, do yourself the favour and go elsewhere.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Put on your fancy scrubs and your designer shoes
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

Atmosphere:

Wow Wee one of the few restaurants in Vancouver that has a Lambo's and Ferrari's club parked outside their restaurant. Spotting the restaurant from afar you get a sense of dread..oooo this is going to be an expensive night.

Well it is affordable in the sense of Starbucks, overcharged but, the atmosphere is chic, hip and makes a statement.Yes, look at me, I know this is ridiculously priced but, hey I can afford it!

Food:

Overall the quality of the dishes were decent, we started with the fish bruschetta, that was a bit dry with pieces of stringy fish sprinkled ontop. Followed by the seafood platter which was a above average compared to similar dishes found at other seafood restaurants in Vancouver.

Now their extensive wine list is superb, a bit pricey but, hey you are there to be seen with either a drink.

Service:
Our server was very knowledgeable of their food and drinks, their recommendations were spot on.

Recommendation:
Put on your fancy scrubs and your designer shoes, if you want to be seen this is Vancouver's #1 lookout spot.

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Patisserie Lebeau1728 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Waffle –icious!!
Submitted Monday, March 15, 2010 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

For $3 I got one of the best waffles in the city. I started off with the lemon glazed waffle sprinkled with white chocolate. Followed by an apple custard filled waffle, usually I find this too glaringly sweet but, this was the right amount of sweetness.

Atmosphere:
Very cozy and, friendly kits like atmosphere.

Recommendations:
I am a fan!

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L'Artista Ristorante Italiano3891 E. Hasting Street, Burnaby
Best Fish Soup in Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

Food:
I had the fish soup, it was flavourful, chock full of mussels, clams, prawns for $8 it was definitely a good value.
We had the special seafood linguine for the entree $18, this was dissapointing, especially after the fish soup. Half a can of cream mixed with some salt dumped on to cheap linguine. For desert we had the tiramisu, it was decently average, a typical tiramisu.

Ambiance:
The room was a dark and dingy and a little dirty, not a place to chill

Recommendation:
I would definitely go back for their amazing fish soup but, pass on the entrees and desert.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Successful Opening - One of the better Ramen Noodles in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, March 8, 2010 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

Granted they just opened 25% of their menu has "coming soon" splattered across the menu item.

Food:
Pretty decent, the noodle quality was decent, a bit rubbery. It tastes like good quality instant ramen noodles. The soup was flavourful although too salty for my taste buds. I had the miso, salmon combo. The portions were filling.

Atmosphere:
One of the better ramen places downtown in terms of style and atmosphere. Although it was a Monday night it was a full house and the only available seat was at their long communal tables.

Price:
Compared to their biggest competitor across the street, at $8 versus Santouka at $11, it is very pricey.

Recommendation:
In terms of their value I prefer the ramen noodle across the street but, be prepared to wait at least 30mins. The atmosphere in this restaurant is so much better and no wait!

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Charlie's Restaurant & Bar1265 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Underwhelming Experience
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

Food
Absolutely an underwhelming experience, bruschetta was basically a bun sprinkled with raw tomatoes, onions, olive oil and balsalmic vinegrette, it was bland. The Salmon Appy, $16 was a portion of an amuse-bouche. The Beef appy with the raw egg on top, was so terrible, it was bland.

Mussels $17, were decent, bland nothing special. Their pizza was actually pretty decent considering the rest of our entrees.

The drink I ordered had some kind of herb, in which case, it tasted like gin infused curry/licorice.

Service
It took 20 minutes for them to take our order, no water nothing. 40 minutes for the food to come out, the server never came around to ask us if we needed anything else. My friend's beer took 25 minutes. We had to go up to the server and ask her to run my visa card, she never came back after she dropped off the bill.

Ambiance
It was pretty decent Whistler meets Yaletown, we were so put off by the food and service that I really did not pay that much attention to this, so because of that I give it a solid 3/5

Recommendation
We were a party of 8 so she charged us an automatic 18% gratuity, which was unfortunate, she paid no attention to us and the food was absolutely horrible. Will not be back

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Great French Boutique Restaurant - Incredible Value
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

Food:
Great Food and Incredible vaue
We had their fixed prie - starting with greens, which were alright
Boulibase soup for the entree, this now was delicious and finished off with a delicious tarte.

Although, the only downside was their very limited wine menu, that was quite dissapointing.

Ambiance:
It is a tiny, hidden gem for the locals. Very granville cafe atmosphere, if you are a vancouverite you would know what I mean. Relaxing, leisurely, friendly atmosphere. They also have a charming patio, probably 10 seats.

Service:
It was Solid, they do alright, not the most friendliest of service. We definetly felt the pressure when they came around to ask us what we wanted to order.

Recommendation: definitely be back

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Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, The850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Huge martini list - good atmosphere
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

Food
This place should be known for the oustanding drinks menu, the variety of drinks was amazing. I had the steak, it was pretty decent, nothing that special. I recommend ordering the veal cheeks, very juicy.

Atmosphere
The atmosphere is a chic/hipster kind of vibe. A place where you can relax and have a few, or many martini's.

Service
It was a bit slow, granted it was a packed house and during the olympics but, it should not take more than 10 minutes to get another set of utencils.

Recommend:
Veal cheeks, and their large martini list.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good Appies, Great Coffee, Service Outstanding
Submitted Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times, the lunch menu and dinner menu is almost the same as their sister restaurant trattoria in kits.

Appies: bone marrow with beef tenderloin tartare was was delicious! It is not a big plate, the flavours just came together so well.

Mussels was ok I have had better, it was not as fresh and a bit smaller. This of course will depend on the season, stock etc and it just wasn't good enough compared to restuarants like sandbar.

Chickpea bruschetta: for the price this is a definite must try, drizzled with a sweet basamic vinegar sauce.

Entrees: I had the steak and it was very mediocre. Overall, all of our entrees were mediocre, rissoto, lasagna, kobe meatball spaghetti.

Coffee: I am a coffee fanatic, everyone just try the cappuccino. It was so frothy and light, they get this imported from Italy. The beans are called Miscelad'oro Espresso gran Crema. If they ever setup shop next to Starbucks, Starbucks is going down.

Service: I am very picky when it comes to service quality. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. She went beyond her service to write down the coffee brand, beans, where it's from and, where I can purchase it. Her name escapes me so if her manager is reading this, kudos to her.

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Simple but pricey"
Submitted Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

Overall it was an ok experience, the service took a while, we sat there at 11:45AM and the food was not served till 12:30PM.

Mussels - $13, not that great. the chili sauce was good and very flavorful but the quality of the mussels were subpar. They were tiny and a bit chewy.

OYSTER MOTOYAKI - $13, delicious, juicy and fresh. There were 3, so the portions were relatively small

PACIFIC SWORDFISH | GRILLED - $24 ok, it was a bit over cooked. The simplicity of the dish was great, many other restaurants butter and sauce it up so much that it really overpowers the fish.

SMOKED ALASKAN BLACK COD | STEAMED - my friend though this was really well done, perfectly cooked and very simple flavours. the quality of the cod was great.

Seafood Pasta - alright, nothing special.

All in all the experience was alright, better than some casual restaurants but, it can be a bit pricey for lunch

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Mosaic Bar and Grill655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Christmas Dinner Buffet was a deal
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2009 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

At $65/ person this buffet was a very good deal. The variety of food from smoked salmon, prime rib to cocktail shrimp and a plethora of salad was very surprising. To be honest, I was expecting the usual Christmas fare turkey, ham and some mash, this far exceeds my expectation.

The service was attentive and friendly and the setting was festive.

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Mosaic Bar and Grill655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Christmas Dinner Buffet was a deal
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2009 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

At $65/ person this buffet was a very good deal. The variety of food from smoked salmon, prime rib to cocktail shrimp and a plethora of salad was very surprising. To be honest, I was expecting the usual Christmas fare turkey, ham and some mash, this far exceeds my expectation.

The service was attentive and friendly and the setting was festive.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Diner Food and Poor Service
Submitted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Went last Saturday and it was a full house.

Food: Portobello mushroom risotto – risotto was overcooked, a bit mushy and the asparagus was limp

Prime rib – it was cooked pretty well but for $38 but, it was average compared to all of other Griffins competitors, Sandbar does a really good job actually

Seafood Pasta – bland, absolutely bland.

Service: It took her 15 minutes to take our payment. Don’t expect there to be good service just because the restaurant is situated inside Hotel Vancouver. One of my dining pet peeves is having the desert served while having our entrée’s leftovers still sitting at the table. We finished our deserts before she came back around to take our dishes. Major service faux pas.

Ambiance – 1960’s diner, family

Final: would not go back

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Freshest Mussels in Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

Went there last Sunday and we had the best mussels we have had for a longtime. They were big, juicy and simply so delicious that we ordered a second.

Presently they have a Sunday special, 3-course meal for $28, Cesar salad, juicy prime rib and a chocolate desert. The portions were quite good and it is definitely one of the better amongst the usual 3 course menu fixed menus around Vancouver.

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Society Restaurant & Lounge1257 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Another Yaletown hotspot
Submitted Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

The ambiance was great, fun, loud, dark; it’s a lounge restaurant in Yaletown. The service was great. The food was kind of lacked inspiration; the dishes were seemed too similar to all the other menu’s in the global group restaurant chain. Like I said it is a new Yaletown hotspot so the drinks are good and the people are good looking.

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