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colbsterKitsilano, VancouverSince February 12, 200715 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar, The905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Great decor, crummy food
Submitted Monday, December 2, 2013 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

The oysters were a larger variety and kinda fishy, but the bacon condiment was a nice twist. My date and I ordered a steak and a chopped chicken salad, both were a mess. The way they cut the steak is completely messed up and creates a bunch of medallions which are tough and get cold very quickly. Her chopped salad was mostly tasteless and the chicken was hidden in tiny unpleasant chunks. We also tried the crab and avocado which were kinda gnarly. I don't know why there are so many sandwiches on the menu, but I guess I should have ordered one. I just really don't want to eat a beef dip when I'm out for a formal birthday dinner. Improve the menu and we might come back.

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Shaughnessy Restaurant5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Wasted potential
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

I made a reservation for mothers day at this restaurant. I can see now why it was so easy to get a table. I understand that the real estate here is very expensive and such a large restaurant would be very expensive to operate. That does not excuse skimping on certain key details, and overlooking others. When my mother and I arrived, we were greeted by a charming manager, but that was the last of the experienced service. We sat at the table for 10 minutes before I had to flag down our server to ask for a wine list. Suggestion #1: if you want to make more money by selling alcohol, then give the customer a wine list and take their drink order. It's mother's day, chances are I'm willing to spend money on champagne or at least some nice wine. Ask.

Once we ordered our meals, they came so quickly is seemed like they had been pre made. My salad was edging on soggy and actually had store bought pitted olives. I couldn't believe it! What kind of chef would use canned pitted kalamata olives? After that, my halibut was colourless and not seared properly. Fortunately, it wasn't overcooked. Suggestion #2: use quality ingredients and prepare them properly. If you want people to remember your food, come back and pay top dollar, then cook it properly. If you're not willing to do that, stay home and reheat your tv dinner in the microwave and spare us the incompetence.

restaurant has a picturesque location (although many of the flowers were dying) but even on mother's day the place was half full. Obviously wealthy people who live in the area don't want to put up with a crummy dining experience when there are so many better options. We will be going somewhere else next year, so the room will be even emptier.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Great oysters and sushi!
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

I wrote another review last year or so, but i went back to coast and had an absolutely fantastic experience. The oysters were fresh and delicious, with the proper mignonette dressing and shaved horseradish. The sushi platter was fantastic and interesting. Great food!

The only complaint was for a hostess that had a little attitude, and the menus are still ridiculously large. Otherwise a great experience.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Interesting food, noisy scene
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

My last review was erased, so I am forced to evaluate this restaurant again. Sigh.

The decor is fantastic at Sanafir, the high ceilings and northern African details make this restaurant truly special. The dishes done 3 ways are mostly great, but difficult to share. They do have healthily-portioned sharing plates for larger groups if you ask, the steak and chinese long beans is a personal favorite. If you don't like a noisy, nightclub atmosphere however, then this might not be the best restaurant for you.

The upstairs area is great too, sharing a bottle of champagne with a charming while lying in a Moroccan styled bed is quite a treat.

PS. Try the Marrakesh Mint cocktail... you'll thank me later.

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Ocean West Coast Japanese Bistro3121 Granville St., Vancouver
Great menu... kind of
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

I love a new sushi restaurant, especially when it's in my neighbourhood. Ocean West is a great improvement on the spotty yet cleverly names "Chow" the asian fusion restaurant that once shared this location. Japanese food is a great art, and the talented chef that has designed Ocean West's menu is certainly a talented artist, and most likely will enjoy the company of many food lovers at this conveniently located south Granville restaurant.

The actual graphic design of the menu, however, leaves much to be desired. As a professionally trained graphic designer myself, I would need much more real estate to describe the problems with the photograph-smothered offense that was presented to me when I sat down at our table with my lovely guest. Personally, a menu should not have photographs, unless it's the menu from your local Denny's where the patrons are so blind drunk that they need pictures to see what they're ordering. Technically, if images are used, they should at least be print resolution. The 72 dpi smeary excuses for food representation was at best confusing, and at worst an insult to the delicious cuisine that arrived to our table. Typographically, the zapf chancery typeface should not be used, ever, and ideally should be erased from all computers and printed record in a typographic holocaust that would ultimately make the world a better place. Unfortunately, the designer of the menu does not share my views on this issue, yet she did feel perfectly justified in giving credit to herself at the back of the menu. An interesting decision, not unlike the decision to publicly defecate in one's trousers and then promptly announce to all within earshot that you just did it.

But I digress.

The food is fantastic, of good value, and the chef did the dining room the courtesy of escaping the kitchen to greet each table, making sure we were all enjoying our meals. I can assure you, chef, that my breathtakingly beautiful date and I certainly did enjoy ourselves and your delicious food, and we will be back, en masse. On our next visit, I will also bring an old dog-eared graphic design textbook for the benefit of your menu designer.

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Royal Restaurant1855 Burrard, Unit 1, Vancouver
Yay! Thai basil!
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

I consider myself somewhat of a Phở connoisseur, and I have to say I found this conveniently located Pho restaurant a great relief. I wasn't sure what to expect - there are so many great Pho restaurants on Main street, I thought this west side Vietnamese soup restaurant might not measure up, and I'd have to continue to battle with traffic and bad parkers on Main street to get great Pho. I ordered a Pho and some Vietnamese spring rolls to go, and was impressed with the price and the wide variety of fixings I was supplied. Hoisin sauce, sprouts, lime, and of course... Thai basil! I had to add my own sambal (next time I'll ask for a little tub of Sriracha). The broth was tasty and fragrant, and the beef was nice and thin, the only mild argument was that the noodles were a little too soft, but that might have been a result of the take out - they weren't freshly added.

The spring rolls aren't my favorite, and could have been cheaper. I'm not a fan of the way they deep fry them, but it's similar to other Pho restaurants, so if you like the way you've had them elsewhere, you'll probably like these.

Overall very impressive, and if you like Pho at all, give this place a try!

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Very impressed! No wonder it's so busy.
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

A friend and I tried to get a table on Friday, and all we could manage was a quick drink in the waiting room - which was comfortable and coincidentally right next to the bartender. I persevered and was able to get a table for 2 on Sunday night, and was glad I did! Everything was very enjoyable.

Upon a quick glance of the menu, I was blown away at the reasonable prices listed - a rare thing to find at a new Vancouver restaurant. Thinking it might be as a result of incredible small portions, (another bad habit of new Vancouver restaurants) I knew I'd soon find out.

Despite a slight bit of slow service at first due to the fact it was so busy, the waitress soon found time to impress me with a simple bit of over-the-top service. Half way through drinking my Moretti beer, I noticed a small chip in the glass. Instead of just pouring the remainder of my beer into a new glass, the waitress brought me a new beer and an immaculate glass. It was a nice touch I was not expecting.

When the food arrived, I was impressed again by the healthy serving and the great presentation. My Kobe beef lasagne was tasty, as was the salad. My friend's trout was served whole in a sizzling pan, yet was fillet'd perfectly. In addition, salt is offered, and ground right off a whole chunk of rock salt from Bolivia. I'd never seen this before and it was very cool.

The decor is very modern, fortunately I love red and it creates a warm and sophisticated atmosphere. I highly recommend you take the time and have the patience to wait out the lineup at this hot new Kitsilano restaurant.

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Taco Shack1937 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
I like this place
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 7:16pm [Dine in]

I go to Taco Shack all the time to get burritos to go. The food is tasty, and the burritos are a good size, if the person working has some skills. The girls who work there are a bit jail baity but cute, and you're in and out in a few minutes.

My favorite offering is their beef burrito, it has the most flavor. You can ask for extra meat and extra spicy if you can handle it! Great place.

I like it!

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Pepitas Restaurant2015 Burrard, Vancouver
Best thing was the music
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

I went to Pepitas the other day for a large birthday party. I remember going years ago and having a good time, but since then many excellent Mexican restaurants have opened. From the start I was disappointed with the sangria, which tasted like soda pop. The margaritas weren't much better. The appetizers were fairly tasty, the cavice and guacamole in particular were very tasty. The bill was extravagantly expensive despite the average quality of the entrees and the non-authentic tasting drinks, which I could have made better myself.

We probably won't be back for any birthdays, but if you have to go, stick to bottled beer.

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Aurora Bistro2420 Main, Vancouver
Not good value
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:30am [Dine in]

I went with a few friends last night and was hoping to enjoy great food at good prices, which is what you can usually expect from dining on Main Street. There are dozens of interesting places without the pretention or small portions for extravagant prices that are so common downtown.

Aurora Bistro, unfortunately, follows the latter format. The appetizers were basically two bites, and the entrees were average. The duck appetizer in particular, was a complete insult. 4 thin, small strips of duck cooked poorly and covered in truffle oil in an attempt to make up for the slap in the face the dish represents. When I say small and thin, imagine two strips of juicy fruit cut in half, and you'll get the idea of the size of this dish.

For almost $400 for 4 people, I would expect great food, a great view and an exciting atmosphere. Instead the place was almost empty, I had a view of the crummy kitchen and decor that looks like it was designed at hardware store. The plywood walls and other wood motifs belong in an unfinished basement, not at a restaurant trying to charge $30 per entree.

If you want to spend this kind of money, go to Blue Water Cafe or Goldfish and enjoy better food and ambience.

The wine list was pretty good though!

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Won't be around long...
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

If this restaurant doesn't improve their food, service, or reduce the bloated prices of their wine list, they'll be toast. The room is attractive and the location is great, guaranteeing them a thriving lunch crowd, but the restaurant in general is just not up to snuff. It may be good enough for the plastic surgery'd cougars and idiot, greasy brokers, but it does not do its name justice. I'm sure any italian foody would be insulted that this half-assed trend-fest decided to insult the italian kitchen by taking it's name.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
Change your menu
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2007 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

I've been coming to Feenies for years, but everytime I go the menu is exactly the same. That's pathetic. I don't want to eat the same food every season, so why would you serve the same food at all times of the year? This is basic restauranteur-y that needs to be addressed. Rob is asleep at the wheel. Everything else is great though. A little expensive considering they offer less variety than the local fast food joint. Even Wendy's comes up with new sandwiches every month or so. C'mon Rob! Wake up! Stop resting on your laurels before people forget you have them.

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Dairy Queen2601 West Broadway, Vancouver
Crappy Burgers
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

I went in there today to take advantage of their 2 double cheeseburgers for 4.99 deal and was extremely dissappointed. The burger patties were small and overcooked. Spend the same amount on a Whopper or a Teen Burger from A&W, and you'll get more beef and toppings for the same price.

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Monsoon East West Brasserie2526 Main, Vancouver
They had an off night
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I went in there with a date to meet up with some friends and ordered only a glass of wine and some fries - the paprika fries. The male server said my wine choice was a good one, and a female server delivered the fries. It was a slow night so I guess we had the luxury of two servers. The wine was undrinkable. It tasted like crap, and the fries had an odd fishy taste. I sent back the wine and said I'd pay for it, but I couldn't drink it. I never thought they'd take me up on my offer. When we inquired about mysterious fish taste of the fries, the server simply denied our cross-contamination theories and did not offer to replace it. I paid for them too. When I suggested the idea of not tipping, my date became quite irate and I haven't talked to her since. Thanks a lot, Monsoon.

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Watermark1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
Terrible Tourist Trap
Submitted Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Although the waitress was charming and attentive, and the view what you'd expect being on the beach, every other detail of this restaurant dissapointed. I ordered the special tuna entree, which was essentially appetizer-sized with a few extra vegetables. It was unseasoned, completely encrusted with black sesame seeds which had been charred an unappealing amount which contributed only a pulpy crusty texture. The sauce provided on the plate also had a tasteless effect. The plate was attractively laid out, but it was as though the chef had no functioning tastebuds or the dish had been hastily conceived. For the $26 price tag, I would have like to have been reimbursed. I probably wouldn't eat it again if they paid me. Previous visits have only provided terrible appetizers and a sense of being let down. This restaurant has such potential due to its location. What a shame.

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