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diner40VancouverSince January 22, 200895 Reviews
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James Joyce Bistro1175 C Douglas, Victoria
Great Food & Pool Too, Who knew
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

I have been to James Joyce Bistro a few times in the past and have been very impressed on every visit. Went to JJB on Sunday for a quick bite by myself. Again, it was good. The place was empty at 6pm on a Sunday, hey it's summer time and the sun was out. The girl behind the bar was excellent. Super friendly and effecient. My chicken wrap was tasty, not your average wrap it had a "high quality taste" to it, sort of difficult to explain.
I've had their tapas as well in the past, very nice.
Don't be put off by the pool cue's , head down sometime for a snack or dinner you will be pleasantly surprised. Chicken wrap and a beer plus tip $21.00

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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouse308 Catherine St., Victoria
Great Views not so great artisan platter
Submitted Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

Went to Spinnakers today with three friends for a late lunch and to enjoy a beautiful sunny day on their deck. I really enjoy the beer they brew here although one of my favorites sadly, the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" has been taken off the menu for now and replaced with something else. I ordered the something else and was quite disappointed however what really sort of ruined my visit was what I ordered. Reading the menu the artisan platter sounded very good, it wasn't. The platter, a smallish plate, came with a very small piece of salmon, trout , smoked oyster, three thumbnail pieces of cheese, about six olives and some sort of pickeled thing that no one could figure out what the heck it was. The pickeled thing tasted sort of like a radish but actually still not sure what it was, the waitress was pretty much MIA during our visit so I didn't ask.
The big beef about the platter was the size, very small and the quality of what was on it. The fish was quite dry, the oyster was fine , the cheese nice as well but there was just not enough of it.
For $12.00 I expected a whole lot more to be honest. I have eaten here before and it was excellent. The fish and chips are very good so is the falafel burger. I should of gone with one of those two choices but live and learn I guess. I will be back for something else next time and to soak up the sun on their beautiful deck overlooking Victoria's Inner Harbour, a great way to spend an hour or two in the summer sunshine. I hope to have a more positive review next time, we'll see.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Hot Diggity
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

After reading all of the great reviews for Japa Dog I just had to try one before taking in an utterly terrible movie at Scotia Theatres on Burrard Sunday, don't see The Love Guru, by the way.
Anyway back to the Japa Dog. Yes, it is very tasty. Enjoyed the teriyaki dog my friend the miso dog. Both packed with hot doggy goodness. It's a hot dog with a Japanese twist like the dried seaweed on the teriyaki dog. Couldn't eat a bag of the stuff but a little sprinkled on my hot dog really created a different taste that I like. This little stand is a gold mine for $4.50 the three cheery Japanese girls running the operation were worked off their feet. I'll be back for another Japa Dog soon.

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Simpatico Ristorante2222 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Maybe an off day
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I figure that I've been going to this restaurant for almost 20 years most times it is excellent. I am afraid to say that today's lunch was a disappointment. I ordered the roast lamb my dineing partner the calamari. Our meals arrived in a resonable amount of time, about twenty minutes which I figure is not that long a wait.
My lamb was a little on the fatty side but it was at least warm. The potatos and rice with taziki dip were cold. Had I not been so hungry and in a bad mood I would of sent it back were they could of at least nuked the thing. I was actually surprised because every time I have been here in the past I have walked away a happy camper. The service was decent, the waitress effecient and pleasant. I guess everyone has a bad day, maybe this was the cooks bad day. I will be back in the future however if I experience a meal like that again it may be my last. Roast lamb dinner, calamari and a couple of beers $41.00

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Paul's Motor Inn1900 Douglas Street, Victoria
Welcome to the 60's ?
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Went to Paul's on Saturday prior to taking in the Cirque du Soliel show at the Memorial Centre by default. My friend and I were going to go to White Spot for a quick bite before the show however the place was packed, go figure, next closest thing was Paul's.
Entered the restaurant and quickly discovered that we would most likely be the only patrons in the entire place with our own teeth.
It was like entering an old folks home at dinner time.
We proceeded up the "red carpet" to the upstairs dining area. Back in the day this must of been some impressive spot but in the year 2008 it is anything but. I don't think the decor in this place has been touched since Bob Hope came by, who is pictured in their menu sipping coffee from a Paul's Cup , and the photo is of a youngish Bob Hope so you do the math.
This is an oldie but not really a goodie.
Their specials were written on a dry erase board as you walked up the stairs, delicacies like "Denver Sandwich with Potato Salad" and
"Liver and Onion's". A fine dining establishment this is not and if you plan to impress someone you won't be coming here.
Because we didn't have plenty of time before the show we both ordered something we thought would only take a couple minutes.
I ordered a grilled cheese sandwhich, my friend the Denver special. Can you screw up a grilled cheese sandwhich, the answer is yes. My sandwich arrived burnt and not really all that cheesy.
The only saving grace were the fries. Paul's make very good french fries, those I do recommend.
My friend commented that the Denver was 'edible', not exactly a ringing endorsement.
The waiter/bartender was wearing one of those "hokey" old vests from , well, the Bob Hope days. A friendly enough guy who really was run off his feet. The sandwiches didn't really arrive in a timely manner. The waiter/bartender said it was a busy night. There were about five other tables with at least two people at each table, I would hate to see what a slow night is like.
I must say it was cheap. So if you want to go back in time, eat either cafeteria style downstairs or kick it up a notch and follow the red carpet upstairs and order a plain jane sandwhich that may or may not be good Paul's is the place.
All this being said if I am in the area and hungry for a good order of fries Paul is the man.

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Bartholomews English-Style Pub777 Douglas St., Victoria
Outstanding/Consistant Pub Food
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 11:57am [Dine in]

I have been going to Bart's now for several years and I must say it is one of the best Pub's in Victoria. Their food is always good, I have never been disappointed. Met a freind there after work last night for a quick meal. I ordered the Bart's Pub Burger, once again a delicious burger. Along with the burger a crispy mixed green salad with their own balsamic vinegar dressing. The portions are huge, you will not go away hungry. Turns out Wednesday is their Wing Night and word certainly has gotten around as the pub was packed, we lucked out and got one of the last tables. Despite the place being full to capacity I received my burger in record time along with my friends order of Lemon Pepper and Teriyaki Wings. He had so many that I dove in to help with the wings as well. You go to some pubs "Wing Nights" and they serve up these things that look like the chicken's have been on a 6 month low carb diet, skin and bones. The Bart's Wings are big and meaty. I have to admit I do prefer the teriyaki wings, the lemmon pepper were a little on the tasteless side.
Going to Bart's I also recommend their fries and onion rings, truly some of the best I have ever had. I have also enjoyed their Shepherds Pie and Curry Chicken dish.
The prices for food and drink at Bart's are very very resonable, probably the best prices in town.
Their service is always consistantly good, I have never had a complaint. One other thing about the place, Bart's is one of the few venue's in Victoria with Live Music. Walked by the other night and the place was rockin'.
Great pub food, inexpensive and Live music, you just can't go wrong with Bart's.

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Cupcakes on Denman1168 Denman Street, Vancouver
Cupcake Craving!!!!
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

Just surfin' dineheredotca reviews and have to add my two cents, or make that $2.50, on Cupcakes. I have been to this location and the West Broadway location. I absolutely love the lemon cupcake. They are moist, decadent and all and all deeeeelish.
I have only had the lemon cup cake as lemon frosting on a vanilla cupcake is my favorite. I have never been disappoited. I have to say that the frosting is what really makes the cupcake. I could eat a bowl of that stuff, if there is ever an opportunity to come by and lick the spoon I am there.
One day this coming summer when I am feeling real naughty I am going to buy a half dozen of the lemon cupcakes, walk a little further down Denman to get my Starbucks coffee and inhale all half dozen cupcakes while sitting on a bench at English Bay. Oh summertime, can't wait for you!

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Jimmy's Tap House & Restaurant783 Homer St., Vancouver
Great Place To Street People Watch
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

To be fair went here yesterday and just ordered beer and yam fries so I really can't comment much on their food. Just a couple of observations about Jimmy's. They have a great patio with a very eclectic mix of people walking by. In the span of about an hour and a half we experienced a number of interesting souls walking by the patio including one guy who dropped down on the sidewalk and proceeded to do a half dozen push up's and then went on his way. We were asked for spare change while sitting curbside on the patio twice, not too mention a couple of odd souls who stopped in front of where we were sitting and starred at us. Of course can't blame the social ills of Vancouver on Jimmy's.
As for the yam fries, well they were yam fries, if you can't cook yam fries you may as well close up shop. Our $7.00 order of yam fries came on a rather small white plate, think they may of counted them out in the kitchen like dealing cards. Come on guys, be a little more generous with the portion size.
Our waitress had zero, zip, nada personality. A nice looking order taker with little else to offer.
The beer was nice and cold. I want to try Jimmy's again this summer on the patio and order lunch or something to really see what the food is like however next time I think we'll sit back from the curb a bit. A very nice patio right across from the beautiful public library with "weirdness" all around. Two pitchers of Russell Cream Ale and yam fries, $48.00

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Maria's Taverna1037 Denman Street, Vancouver
Melt In Your Mouth Lamb
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 11:11am [Dine in]

Went for lunch here yesterday because the friend I was with wanted Greek. We both ordered the lamb souvlaki and I must say it was very good. Sometimes I have found the lamb at Greek places a little on the over cooked/dry side but this was cooked perfectly. The meat was tender and just the way I like it, a little pink in the middle.
The meal came with those lemon Greek potato's , although my portion of potato's was smaller than his, potato envy. The meal came with that signature Greek rice. I swear there must be a big Greek Rice warehouse around where all Greek restaurants go for their weekly rice trips because no matter where I have eaten Greek Rice it is always exactly the same. Pretty standard stuff.
Despite being the only diners in the entire restaurant for much of the time we were there the service was okay. The server didn't dazzle us with overly attentive service then again she was pleasant enough but had a bad memory. We asked for separate bills when we ordered , when the bill came everything was together on one.
Lamb lunch with a glass of pinot grigios $20.00, I'll be back for the lamb.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Got those dry meat Blues
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 11:12am [Dine in]

I had been to the Memphis Blues BBQ House on West Broadway a couple of years ago and remember that it was very good so on my suggestion me and three friends decided to try Memphis Blues On Commercial yesterday for lunch. It was just after 2pm, beautiful sunny day , found a spot outside on one of two picnic tables that they have , so far so good until the food came. We ordered the BBQ Meat Platter which for $35.00 is huge and more than enough for four. Problem is there is more moisture in the sands of the Mojave Desert in mid-August than found on that platter. Everything, save for the pulled pork which was covered in BBQ Sauce was dry. The ribs were so dry they could of been mistaken for jerky. The chicken had to be choked down with my glass of beer and the fries were simply crunchy and dry. As mentioned we sat down for lunch after 2pm on a Saturday, was everything in the oven or on the warming racks since noon, yesterday? A big disappointment in Memphis Blues. Seems like it may be a case of quantity over quality, sure you get a ton of food but if you can't eat half of it what is the point.
We shared a pitcher of beer, for 17.00 not bad however one of my friends decided to have a glass of their house red wine. At almost $9.00 for this glass and not even a proper wine glass , we all had a look of disbelief when he told us how much it cost. What is that all about? I still think the guy made a mistake at the till regardless we won't be rushing back to this Memphis Blues anytime soon to find out if he was overcharged. At this point I am still trying to wash down a chicken leg.

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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St, Vancouver
Their Tapas Are Tops
Submitted Monday, March 24, 2008 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I have been to Bin twice now the last time this past long Easter Weekend. First let me say that if you can't see that this is a small restaurant by simply looking through the window then get a clue. Yes , it is small, you'll be elbow to elbow with other diners so if you are claustrophobic or shy take a pass on this restaurant.
The food is very very good. Ordered the Habanero Mussells, very tasty , if you like hot food these really pack a punch, plenty of them too. Also had the flatbread with their humous, again very pleasant. They put some sort of spice on the flatbread that makes it different and good, I believe it might be paprika.
We also ordered the mini beef Wellington which was good , meat was nicely done and it came with some garlic mashed.
In addition to this had to have an order of the Frites. They put a balsamic vinegar reduction on this heaping plate of Frites to give it that extra zing. You have to order these Frites, addictive.
Had a bottle of white wine with the meal, total bill $94.00, very resonable.
As for the service the first time there we sat up by the bar and the girl behind it seemed somewhat standoffish and indifferent.
This last time had a very good waitress. She was super friendly , prompt and made the dinner a pleasure.

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Aria Restaurant & Lounge433 Robson, Vancouver
Glad I Wasn't Paying For The Meal
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

Went to the Aria last night prior to a show in town and really wasn't very impressed. I ordered the Seafood Linguine in Pesto. My order came with one very fishy tasting mussel, two scallops , two or three prawns and some bits of fish. The dish was rather tasteless and all in all somewhat ho hum. Our meal came with a very small basket of bread that was nothing to rave about, although it was accompanied by a olive/tuna spread that was quite nice. I was dining with two other friends who ordered the same thing and no one commented that it was a great meal. Service was friendly enough and quick off the start, however later in the meal our server was a little hard to find and when I asked for more bread it took longer than I think it should have. With a bottle of $50.00 wine, no appetizers or dessert and just one of us ordering coffee the bill came to $139.00 which I thought was a little much for what we got. No raves and won't be rushing back to dine here anytime soon.

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Kam's Place1043 Davie Street, Vancouver
Always Good & Great Service !!!!
Submitted Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I just don't get it. I have been to Kam's on several occasions and have never had a bad experience. In fact, I find Kam to be one of the most gracious and generous owner/operators of a restaurant that I have been to. He always seems to be cheery and in a good mood, greeting customers, joking and having fun.
I was just at Kam's on Monday night and once again had a great dinner. The portions are huge and although not upper end cuisine
very tasty. My dining partner and I enjoyed the lettuce wraps, a generous portion of curried chicken with lot's and I mean lot's of chicken, no holding back here. We also orderd two Singhia Beer and an order of coconut rice and plain rice, all of that for a mear $38.00, heck there was enough left over to give to some street people afterwards.
At the end of the meal Kam came up to us and said hold on I will bring you dessert, of course we were too stuffed to even think about dessert. What he brought were a couple of shots of Orange liqueur, on the house and this isn't the first time he has done this. Maybe some reviewers are overly critical, petty or very demanding or a combination of all of those things.
I can honestly say that Kam's is a great place to eat.

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Wild Saffron Bistro1605 Store St, Victoria
Wild About Wild Saffron !!
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 8:14am [Dine in]

I have wanted to go here for quite sometime and finely did last evening. We took adavantage of the "Dine Around & Stay In Town" $35.00 menu , just a great deal.
We began our meal with five very plump prawns , the "prawntini" that was delicious. For our entree my partner and I selected the same thing, a seafood dish that was also very nice. It came with prawns, scallops , pieces of halibut and salmon in a very nice broth along with some rice that was incredibly tasty.
What I liked about the evening were the little touches. They have this great bread that they serve with an olive tapanade instead of butter which is quite different. Asked for another basket of bread it was soooo good.
While waiting for our entree a server came by with some "tuna tartar" on a small croustini, something we didn't order and weren't charged for , just a little something for us to try, again nice touch.
After our desserts that included a very nice flourless chocolate cake and a sour cherry crumble type thing with ice cream we were both stuffed. Another nice touch at the end of the meal they bring you a couple of "mocha truffles".
This is the kind of restaurant I like. They offer great value, fantastic food and something a bit different like the tapanade, tuna tartar and truffles.
Our server was very attentive and pleasant, the wait for our meal was reasonable considering the restaurant was packed.
My only little complaint is that the restaurant was a little on the warm side, then again I was wearing a sweater.
All in all very impressed with Wild Saffron Bistro and can't wait to go back!!!

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Majestic Restaurant & Lounge, The1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
Worth A Visit
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

I have now been to The Majestic several times and each time have enjoyed it. The food is basic but good, really enjoy the way they serve the chicken wings , the nachos are big and tasty.
Really enjoy the shows and as someone mentioned ask for Ken's section as he is truly the best waiter there. You have to appreciate a server who remembers your name after your second visit. Could use a little less attitude from Joan-E, come on girl, at least try to acknowldege return customers who tip well.

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