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DaisyMillerFairview, VancouverSince February 1, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Bizarre-looking Appetizer
Submitted Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

We went here for DOV. The food was a let down. It seems like food created for people who were so bored with dining out that they needed their food to be extra weird to have something to talk about. Contrast this with better fine dining, where the food is rich and satisfying with interesting flavouring. Case in point: we started with the squid appetizer. This dish consisted of a couple coils of squid coated with black tempura. What does that look like? A big turd. I can't help but this that this was an inside joke from the kitchen team to stick it to the dine out Vancouver crowd. It tasted fine--like any other tempura. Next, the arctic char was prepared by wrapping it in a thin, taught leaf of chard. Interesting, but again, not particularly tasty. The grapefruit curd dessert was good. At the end of the night, I felt like something had been taken from me. On the plus side, service was extremely attentive.

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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
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Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

The group who runs the Sequoia Grill also manages the Sandbar, Seasons in the Park, and Carderos. What do they all have in common? Overpriced, comical food served in beautiful locations. (To be fair, I haven't eaten at the Sandbar or Carderos recently). It is so annoying to be at the bad end of a restaurant (e.g. the customer end) who knows it can keep serving terrible food because the location brings in a steady stream of tourists that may never be in the city again.

The menu items ring of fine dining: frisee greens, braised lambshake with reduction, blah, blah. It is all empty rhetoric. The ingredients were sub-par. My spouse had the lamb, which was dry and grisly. We shared the frisee greens ($13) appetizer which literally consisted of 4 frisee leaves circling a little bite of goat cheese we had to fight over. If you ordered a similar appetizer at Bishop's, for instance, you would get three times the amount of food on your plate. How can they not be laughing in the kitchen? It is like a bunch of people are playing make-believe, a dress-up game they like to call "fine dining restaurant". We are not oblivious.

For my main course, I ordered the lobster special. It was served with green ooze pouring out of its innards and stale butter. What ever happenened to presentation? We were not satisfied with our dish, so the waitress was hostile to us. I mean, who are we to complain? Oh yes, the customers spending a couple hundred dollars.

On the plus side, I drank wine by the glass that night and the selection was amazing. The Sauvignon Blanc was probably the nicest I have ever tried. And the dessert was pretty good, too. So, if you want a place to go for wine and dessert after dinner, I definitely recommend the Sequoia Grill. You can see a beautiful view of the the city from your table.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Return to Kalamata
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

After a lackluster take-out experience here a few years ago, I never went back--until recently. With the snow preventing us from going farther afield, we decided to give it a shot again. Besides, as the Rapid Transit Line construction continues to decimate the neighbourhood and send many businesses packing, Kalamata has managed to hang on. There must be a reason.

Service was slow that night because of a large Christmas party combined with understaffing. Oh well. Our waitress was great. At least we kept getting our drinks and water, if not our food.

The calamari appetizer was great--fresh and not too greasy. My spouse had the lamb and commented that it was "the best lamb he has ever had in his life". In reality, likely it was the best lamb he has had in recent memory. I had the spanakopita, and it was also delicious. Everything on my vegetarian platter (potatoes, greek salad, etc.) tasted the way you would want it to taste. Of course, it wasn't fine dining, but it was significantly better than your average Greek food.

1 appetizer + 2 drinks + 2 entrees + taxes = $50. I also had enough food to bring half of my meal home for lunch the next day.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Barnyard Bite
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

Without the great service we had fromour cheery waitress, our night would have been a blowout. The fondu appetizer was pretty good, but after that, it went downhill. I make a much better ratatouille at home, and the goulash my spouse had was sub-par. In his words, it was not much better than something you would get out of a can. Bland. Boring. And really not that cheap.

I guess you could call it "comfort food" if your mom or dad served you similar food growing up, e.g. campbell's soup, and you want to bring those memories back. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good.

The mood of the place is easy going, filled with the noise of people chatting away and enjoying themselves. But the barnyard feeling is a bit of a miss. The chairs are made of hard, uncomfortable wood, intrusive potlights shine down on you face, and it has a bit of a dingy "college rock" feel to it. Maybe it would seem cool if I hadn't been to places that can pull off the cozy ski lodge look; this place misses on the cozy factor.

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