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curmudgeonDowntown VancouverSince November 23, 2006Favourite List (1)100 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Campagnolo Roma2297 Hastings Street East, Vancouver
Such wonderful pizza
Submitted Monday, October 17, 2011 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

We stopped in for an early weekend dinner, and were seated immediately.

We ordered the margherita pizza and the caneloni al forno (see uploaded images).

The pizza is thin, with a slightly firm crisp crust (this appears to be the characteristic of roman style pizza), with a slight char on the bottom. As with margherita, the toppings were just enough to punctuate the pizza crust with flavor, but not overwhelm.

The caneloni was just fabulous. The pasta was al dente, filled with a creamy garlic sauce swiss char and sausage, topped with a parmesan & bread crumble that added a savoury crunch.

Our server was patient (explaining the menu to us), warm and pleasant.

The ambiance is warm with lots of wood tones.

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Trilussa Pizza and Pane4363 Main Street, Vancouver
Terrific Roman Pizza
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

When we found out a new pizza place offering "Pane Romano" opened, we had to give it try. There are only a handful of places in Vancouver that claim to make pizza this way, so it was worth making the comparison.

We arrived and seated ourselves, and observed the counter where there were a dozen or so "pane romano" already waiting to be sliced and served. Instead we ordered something from the menu (so that it would be hot out of the oven).

We opted for the Garbatella pizza (sausage and mozarella) and the "Vancouver Pizza" (cold pizza with mescalin greens, cold smoked salmon, aioli, and lemon). We also ordered a bowl of garden vegetable soup (see the attached photographs).

The soup arrived quickly. It was quite good (seemed to be made from scratch), tasty, and fresh, a couple of slices of house made bread.

The "pane" arrived about 10 minutes later.

The Garbatella was savoury, and delicious, the crust was firm with a light crunch.

The "Vancouver" was wonderful, with the smooth silky smoked salmon, the hint of lemon, and the tang of the aioli, and the freshness of the greens. Likewise, the crust was firm and slightly crunchy.

The value rating assigned here, I rate compared to the other "Roman" style pizza places, it's quite reasonable here.

The room is clean and simple, almost cafe like, but with rich colors.

The server, and the pizzaola were both pleasant and charming.

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Save on Meats43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
good value
Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 8:29am [Dine in]

Stopped for a weekend lunch at the re-opened Save On Meats diner.

I ordered the burger with fries and a cup of vegetarian chili, my companion ordered the club sandwich (see the attached images).

The service was friendly, but a little slower than I liked.

The burger was very good, using fresh ground beef, the fries were crisp, but seemed to be from frozen.
The vegetable chili was decent, but I would have preferred a little more spiciness.

The value is excellent though.

I love the retro look of the place, the only thing missing is servers on roller skates :p

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Shanghai Kitchen, The2106 West 41st Street, Vancouver
light dinner at shanghai kitchen
Submitted Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

A few weeks ago, we stopped in at The Shanghai Kitchen for a quick dinner before the rest of the evening's events.

We were immediately seated, and offered menus.

We ordered the stir fried shanghai thick noodles, the spicy long beans, and the crispy chicken in shanghai sauce (see photos attached).

The noodles were very good, I'm told they noodles are prepared in house, which is a plus. They were tasty with a rich sauce, with just the right about of firmness (al dente).

The spicy long beans were excellent just the amount of heat we like, and came with a surprisingly generous amount of minced pork.

The chicken was a little disappointing. The chicken itself was prepared well, but the sauce was not what we expected. Where we'd ordered this dish before, the sauce was usually a combination of sweet and salty. This sauce had no perceptible sweetness.

The servers were reasonably attentive and service was quick (by the standard I use to judge chinese restaurants).

Room was clean, simple and elegant,

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
dinner at les faux...
Submitted Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 8:59am [Dine in]

We arrived a little late for our reservations, but the restaurant held our table and seated us immediately (was a full house).

My dinner companion ordered a glass of wine (sauvignon blanc) which was delivered promptly.

We ordered the salade de chevre chaud, and the season spot sprawns provencal. The salad was crisp, fresh with crunch toasted walnuts, sweet roasted beets, and tangy raspberry viniagrette. The prawns were fabulous, seared tender and sweet, prepared with lemon butter, tomatoes and capers.

Our entrees were the saumon poele (pan roasted salmon) and the cabillaud (ling cod). Both were very good, prepared just right with a light charred crust.

Did not stay for dessert, as we were out of time and had other commitments.

Our server was attentive, without being intrusive, and very helpful with explaining the menu choices.

Room was simple, clean, lots of wood tones... room is a little compact, but acceptable.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
neapolitan style pizza
Submitted Monday, May 16, 2011 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

Had a weekend lunch at Nicli Antica. We were quickly seated in the last empty table in the house.

We ordered the "Insalata Prosciutto e Rucola" (arugala salad with roasted pear, gorgonzola, and fig and balsamic vinaigrette) and a Margherita Pizza.

The salad was crisp, fresh, with a rich blend of salty prosciutto and gorgonzola, and sweet pear and figs.

The pizza was thin, crisp & charred and the edges, with fresh soft cheese, and the hint of herb from the basil and olive oil.

Our server was attentive and courteous.

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Athene's3618 West Broadway, Vancouver
tasty lunch
Submitted Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

We stopped for a weekend lunch at Athene's.
It was quiet, and the server while pleasant and helpful, seemed distracted. He didn't notice us for several minutes when we entered.

We ordered the spinach & feta pizza, and the roasted lamb platter (with roasted potatoes and vegetables).

The pizza was tasty, and the lamb was tender, lucious and delicious. The roasted potatoes and vegetables were okay, but definitely second fiddle to the roast lamb.

The room is bright, airy, and abounds with hellenic decor.

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Factory, The1017 Granville Street, Vancouver
decent pub fare
Submitted Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for a work lunch on a weekday. The place was relatively quiet, but the server was attentive.
I ordered the santa fe chicken sandwish with salad, and I had a taste of shared appys (lettuce wraps, and bbq chicken wings).

The food was reasonably good, as pub fare goes, and the price is certainly right.

Given that the restaurant was quiet, the wait for the food seemed rather long.

As for ambiance, it's a pub. It looks like any pub you'd see anywhere.

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Prince Chinese Seafood Restaurant2881 Grandview Highway, Vancouver
Good food, otherwise not so good
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 11:10am [Dine in]

Went for dinner with the family.
We made reservations at 2 pm for a 6pm seating. When we arrived, the place was less than 25% capacity, but the few servers that were present barely acknowledged us. When we mentioned we had reservations, we still had to wait for 10-15 minutes while they prepared the table (inspite of the fact that the place was not full, and we'd made reservations 4 hours earlier).

Order 5 dishes. One of which, the server got wrong (they wrote down the correct menu item, but called the wrong item in the kitchen). We mentioned it to the waiter, who confirmed that they got it wrong, but we decided to eat it anyways, because we didn't feel like waiting for the kitchen to prepare it over again.

The food was actually good, albeit somewhat pricey, but service was substandard (slow and aloof), even by the lenient standards that I use to judge service at chinese restaurants.

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Pacifico Pizzeria & Ristorante970 Smithe Street, Vancouver
good pizza
Submitted Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for a weekend lunch.

The server was prompt and pleasant.

We ordered the spinachi salad and the classica pizza. The salad was served quickly, fresh crisp, delicious.

The pizza was a fabulous thin crust, with a slight char around the edges with a slight chew. Toppings were also light, but in balance with the thin crust and fresh tomato sauce

The room is a bright warm, with reds, yellows, and wood tones.

Good choice for those that enjoy thin crust pizza.

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Patterson Wonton House917 Davie Street, Vancouver
amended review
Submitted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 7:11am [Take-out]

I'm going to amend my review of this establishment.

I went back and ordered from the made-to-order menu, specifically the beef & veg chow mein, and it was much better. And the portion is quite generous.

Perhaps that's to be expected..... 'buffet' style fare has limits.

I would recommend using the made-to-order menu unless you're in a rush.

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Patterson Wonton House917 Davie Street, Vancouver
Food court chinese, without the food court
Submitted Friday, September 3, 2010 - 1:56pm [Take-out]

This small place, kinda out of the way, hidden off street, in a minimall.
In addition to the standard chinese take out that you see in any shopping center food court, they also have a small menu of made to order dishes.

I had the sweet & sour pork, spicy sichuan green beans, on fried rice.

It's certainly comparable to the chinese food you'd fine in a food court in Vancouver, although the prices are probably a little better here. I haven't tried the made to order menu yet.

The servers are pretty efficient, they want to serve you and quickly move on to the next.

There's seating for about a dozen people.

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
fabulous prix fixe meal
Submitted Friday, April 2, 2010 - 10:39am [Dine in]

Lumiere has been on my "to do" list for ages, and I finally checked it off.

We arrived about 25 minutes early for our seating, but our table was ready and waiting, so we were seated immediately. Our server gave us the regular menus and asked what we'd like from the bar. I declined, but my dining companion ordered a dirty martini.

The regular menu consisted of the various 5-course, 7-course, and grand tasting menus, which looked extraordinary, but we specifically came for the seasonal prix fixe menu. When we asked about this, our server graciously brought us a copy of the seasonal prix fixe menu.

From this I chose a cured salmon starter, a spinach ravioli main, and the opera cake for dessert. Also asked for a the wine pairing.

While we were waiting, we were brought a sample taster of a squash trio which was delicious.

The cured salmon was silky smooth and delicate, and beautifully presented.

The spinach ravioli was perfect, well prepared, tasty, accompanied with the smokiness of pork rillons, the earthiness of the mushrooms, and the crunch of sliced almonds.

The opera cake with maple ice cream was sweet and rich and fabulous.

Our server was superb, friendly, charming, and inviting.

The room was surprisingly small and subdued, but elegant and romantic.

A fabulous experience all around.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good food, great dessert...
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 10:28am [Dine in]

Went to the Italian Kitchen to celebrate a birthday.

I arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation, but was seated immediately.

We ordered the bone marrow, and the bruschetta sampler for starters.
The spaghetti with kobe meatballs and the carne piatta sharing plate for the mains.
And the tiramisu, zeppole ci cioccolato and the mille folglie for dessert.

All of the starters and mains were good to excellent. In particular, the rib-eye steak (in the carne piatta) and the spaghetti w/ meat balls were fabulous. We found the veal piccata (also part of the carne piatta) to be good, but it's mild flavors were over powered by the bolder flavors around it.

Of particular note, the desserts were all superb. The zeppole ci cioccolato was a stand out.... slightly crisp to the bite, but warm, rich and sooo chocolately on the inside.

Our server was excellent... warm, friendly, charming and helpful.

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 West Broadway, Vancouver
pretty good shanghainese cuisine
Submitted Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

I stopped for dinner on a friday night. The place was almost full, I think we got the last empty table.

We ordered the mushu pork, the shanghai juicy dumplings, and the schezchuan style fried green beans.

The dumplings arrived first, the wrappers are perfect, and the filling was sweet, juicy and tasty (alhtough slightly coarse). The mushu pork was rich and delicious (again the wrappers were perfect). The beans arrived last and were aromatic, spicy and wonderful.

The servers were pretty friendly and attentive (by the standard of most chinese restaurants, they were fabulous).

The room in unremarkable, but this place is about the food, rather than the scenery.

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BBQues1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver
great lunch special
Submitted Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

I passed by on a sunny weekend, and a server was offering samples of sangria and pulled bbq chicken with coleslaw. I sampled the chicken and decided that I would have lunch here on the patio.

They were offering a terrific special of a half chicken or a half-order of pork ribs with a side dish for $8. I ordered the ribs with roasted potatoes (and an additional mixed green side salad).

The salad arrived first, a large generous bowl of fresh leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and shredded carrots, dressed lightly with a vinagrette. It was fresh, crisp and tasty.

The pork ribs with roasted fingerling potatoes arrived shortly after. The ribs were tender and delicious with a sweet tangy sauce, and the potatoes were roasted just right.

The servers were very attentive and friendly. And the patio atmosphere was excellent (it helped that it was a sunny day)

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Sushi Star750 Nelson Street, Vancouver
sushi lunch
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

This tiny little establishment opened before Christmas, and I finally got around to stopping in for lunch.

The servers immediately greeted me, friendly and beaming with enthusiasm.

I ordered take out consisting of gomae and a sushi roll (can't remember the name, but it was a dynamite roll, with avocado and unagi slices, drizzled lightly with teriyaki sauce and mayo).

The food was very good. The gomae has a fresh light hint of lemon, and the sushi was fresh and made-to-order.

The room is very small and compact, but nice enough.

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East Fusion Food88 West Pender Street, #1021, Vancouver
lunch combos
Submitted Monday, January 18, 2010 - 11:26am [Dine in]

I stopped in for lunch on the weekend. The little place was packed, and had to wait for table.

I'm not sure where the "fusion food" fits in. Looking at the menu, it looks pretty contemporary chinese. That said what I ordered (curried beef brisket, spring rolls, and the hot & sour seafood soup) was pretty good.

The curried brisket & the seafood soup was very good. The spring rolls were a little greasy. The portions were quite generous.

The service, by the standards of a chinese restaurant, was okay. ie. Efficient and quick, but not especially warm or friendly.

The ambiance was that of a hong kong style cafe... but at least it's clean.

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Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
sunday night dinner special
Submitted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for the sunday night dinner fixed price menu special (butternut squash soup, lobster tail with veg, and a strawberry terrine) and also ordered off the regular menu (gruyere & onion tart, and braised lamb shank with polenta).

Everything was fresh and tasty. The soup and the onion tart were excellent, as was the braised lamb. The lobster was quite good.

Our server (all the serving staff, for that matter) was delightful, helpful and friendly.

The room is simple and understated, with a warm inviting feel.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
quick lunch
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

I stopped in for a quick lunch at Stephos on the weekend.
I was promptly seated and given a menu and ask if i wanted anything to drink.

I ordered a small lamb souvlaki (with rice, roasted potatoes, and greek salad). The order arrived fairly quickly (less than 10 minutes).

Everything was okay, nothing standing out as noteworthy... it's decent food at a very reasonable price (ie. value dining).

There was no line-up at the time, I'm not sure the fare is line-up-worthy.

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