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cwm_2355VancouverSince March 27, 20097 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Had a good time
Submitted Monday, September 26, 2011 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

I was at Campagnolo the other night for a friend's birthday dinner. Never heard much about it but was pleasantly surprised when I walk in. It isn't in the nicest part of town but the interior is tastyfully decorated and well thought out.

The food itself was okay, the spaghetti noodles was fresh and tasty but the portion was pretty small. We also had a pizza and again it was tasty, but small portions. Good thing we had the chorizo sausage as the appetizer as well.

This is the kind of place where you enjoy your experience, but it isn't particularly memorable and you wouldn't really go out of your way just to come back here.

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Bard & Banker Pub, The1022 Government Street, Victoria
Never going back
Submitted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 12:21am [Dine in]

As a Victoria boy coming home for the holidays one of the things I had on my to-do list was check out The Bard and Banker. Well aware that it was the same ownership group as Irish Times, I thought maybe I would have a better experience here. Unfortunately, it was not to be.

Everything about my experience except the decor was terrible. I've been to some seedy bars which had better service, and way better prices. The waitress was downright disinterested, with gaps of over 20 minutes between checking in to see how we were doing (it was not a busy night, maybe half full). The times she did come by she had a bad, almost sarcastic attitude towards us. The food is extremely overpriced, and tastes terrible. The only redeeming quality about this establishment was the decor, which is beautiful, some of the best I've seen in a pub.

Verdict? Never going back, ever. Overpriced, terrible food, with even worse service. If you're downtown and looking for somewhere to have a drink, go to Darcy's instead.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Yes!!
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

This is a great place to go if you're looking for somewhere to hang out that's fun, relaxed, loud, with great food.

Like many in Vancouver I'm a big fan of Japanese cuisine, despite being allergic to seafood. There's typically a great variety at restaurants such as Hapa, Zakkushi, or Ebisu and Guu is absolutely no different. We ordered the two udon dishes, the deep fried brie, grilled beef ribs, and the raw tuna plate. Every dish was unique (especially the deep fried brie, never had that before. Highly recommended) and delicious.

Service was typical for a lot of high energy Japanese restaurants in Vancouver such as Gyoza King or Zakkushi on Denman, lots of shouting, smiles, broken English, and quick service. The place was packed but we were quickly seated at the bar, our order was taken promptly and our food and drinks came surprisingly fast.

Layout of the place is excellent, it's two levels with most of the seats on the upper level and the main level being the bar and kitchen. Very open design, great use of lighting, music, and design to come together for a welcoming and casual environment.

I would definitely come back here, it's a great place to spend some time with friends and have some drinks, eat some delicious food.

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Elbow Room, The560 Davie St, Vancouver
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2009 - 11:57am [Dine in]

After reading the mixed reviews I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I have to say I enjoyed my experience here. Let's start with the infamous service. Our server was an older woman who was very casual and relaxed, with just enough of an edge to make it fun and unique. No sign of the abuse I've read so much about, though I did overhear somebody at a nearby table say to our waitress "You're so much nicer than that other guy, the short french guy" so maybe we just lucked out (or didn't, depending on what you want).

Food was hearty and flavourful, definitely don't come here if you're on a diet or watching your calories. I had the New Yorker eggs benny and it was delicious, I'd definitely recommend it. Not sure if I'd have it again though because there's so many other things to choose from (the menu is expansive).

In terms of value, it was pretty much what I expected. I suppose a few dollars cheaper would have been nice but you get generous portions and I think the price was fair. Ambience, the decor is nothing to write home about and there's lots of pictures of "famous" people who I've never heard of on the walls, but it suits the laid back theme of the place.

All in all I'd recommend it and will probably go back.

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Koreana BBQ & Shabu Shabu Restaurant1163 Pinetree Way, #2048, Coquitlam
Definitely recommended
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:58am [Dine in]

I came across this restaurant by chance yesterday, I was out in Coquitlam with plans to go to H&M and I saw this across the street so I decided to try it. I was not dissapointed at all.

First of all, the food was excellent. I've eaten at quite a few Korean restaurants in the lower Mainland and this was one of the best. The BBQ beef was so tender you barely had to chew. The appetizer dishes were excellent (especially the potato) and the noodles were fantastic. I have absolutely no complaints about the food whatsoever, we ordered the set BBQ menu for 3 and we were very happy with everything that came out.

Service was also top notch. We didn't need to ask for more of the appetizer dishes, they simply noticed we were low on certain ones and brought more out without asking. Staff had limited English but was very polite and we had no issues whatsoeve.r

Ambiance was fine, but not spectacular. There are a lot of windows in the restaurant which give it a nice open feeling but it isn't as large as you would think when you see the sign outside. It's a comfortable place to be in.

All in all, I would definitely come back here. If you're looking for a nice change from Insadong or Jang Mo Jib, give this a shot.

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Chivana Restaurant & Lounge2340 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Overall, a big meh
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 8:44am [Dine in]

Went here for a large get together on the weekend, we had reservations for about 30 people, which they said they could handle. First problem we noticed when we walked in, they don't have square tables so their solution was to put together 8 round tables in two row. If you've ever tried to eat at a bunch of round tables lined up you know how much of a pain this can be.

The decor is interesting, I think the best way to describe it is it feels like you're in somebody's house. I don't mean this in a bad way because it feel like you can really settle in there and feel comfortable, but it doesn't really feel like a place of business. Has a bar on one side, the patio on the other, then couches and booths on either end and tables on the floor.

Food was decent, which is the description for 2 stars hence the rating. Nothing spectacular, I ordered 3 tapas for $24. Beef skewers, chicken skewers, and chicken wings. Mashed potatoes that came with the skewers were cold and lumper but the beef was tender. Chicken skewers weren't very flavourful but the dipping sauce was. And the wings were just very vinegary. My favourite part of their menu was they had Granville Island Winter Ale on tap still, one of my favourites.

Biggest complaint? They crank up the music pretty loud at 10pm, which would be fine but they have terrible terrible speakers. The music just becomes distorted noise and it's not even enjoyable.

All in all I wouldn't go out of my way to come here, but if a group of friends wanted to get together and they said let's meet at Chivanas I wouldn't object. There are better places to eat, and better places to drink, so I can't see myself coming here on my own.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Why are they still in business?
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 9:08am [Dine in]

This is a terrible restaurant. I don't know anyone who has been there and enjoyed their experience.

The chefs clearly have no concept of what Asian cuisine is. I can honestly have a more authentic experience at a mall food court (which tastes better for half the price). I ordered a spicy beef dish which came burnt and dry, and was almost chewy to the point of being similar to beef jerky. Rest of the dishes were equally as unappetizing, and the problems ranged from poor/not fresh ingredients to using way too much sauce to compensate.

I've been to quite a few restaurants in Vancouver and this has to be near the bottom in terms of value for money, quality of the food, and overall dining experience. If you're honestly looking for Asian cuisine go anywhere else, even a little mom and pop operation on Kingsway. You will find infinitely more character, and a much better experience then you will at Red Door.

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