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diningdavekitsilanoSince February 14, 200611 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance4.5 (4.3)

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Oakwood, The2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Second visit, disappointing and now probably the most expensive breakfast in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, April 29, 2013 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

I've been twice. First visit was mixed, but I saw potential I liked. Second visit, new menu, prices up by 30 to 40%. They are trying to do a quality job here, but it just didn't work. Too many weird things and ends up one of the most expensive breakfasts in Vancouver.

First time, I had brunch and I did enjoy it, but left feeling that it wasn't quite right. Let's be clear though, the quality of the food here is very good. I love the homemade ketchup, hot sauce and jam. That's classy and appreciated. Good, strong coffee too. And the room is lovely. We sat at a booth that is nice and spacey and has really cushy benches. Service is very friendly and attentive too.

So I ordered the corned beef hash. I love a hash and with home made corned beef, that just sounded awesome. It was very good, but at the same time, not how I would have preferred it. It came with a good portion of sauerkraut which was under the eggs. I get it, corned beef and sauerkraut are meant to go together, but here it made the eggs taste very vinegary and I didn't like that. Easy option, ask for it on the side, but it's just a bad idea in the first place.

The other thing was that the corned beef was a big pile separate to the rest. For a hash, I expected it to be chopped up and fried with the potatoes and probably some onions too. On the side meant that really, it was a case of putting the hash together on your plate. Missing was the kind of cooked hash experience that I love. It's also served in a bowl, which I didn't prefer.

This sounds like a lot of complaints, but the ingredients and the the cooking were still very good. I wouldn't hesitate to come back here, but would try something else, and so I did...

So second time. Turns out, they changed the menu recently. They no longer have bacon and eggs. No bacon at all, which is a little odd for a place with a pig sign outside, but whatever. Prices are much higher now. All breakfasts used to be $11, which to be fair, was pretty reasonable. Now they are around $14 or $15. On top of that, you don't get toast with most options, so buying toast is another $5. That makes a $14 breakfast $19. Wow! That is one expensive breakfast!

We ordered the the short rib with sous vide eggs. What the heck is "sous vide eggs"? Well, it's eggs poached in a slightly different way that had them delivered near raw and all slimy. Really horrible. Appreciated that they swapped them for us, but really, these pretentiously named eggs are just a bad idea.
The warm kale breakfast was unusual and very nicely prepared. If you like vege for breakfast, this was a winner, but again, no toast. I had pork belly and eggs (no bacon!) The pork belly was really tasty though. Eggs were over easy and were overcooked. Almost hard. The idea is that they are flipped over for a second and served. These were cooked on the other side. Cooking easy over eggs is pretty basic stuff for a brunch place.

As I said earlier, great room and nice service, but sadly, this is now a miss for me. Way too expensive and feels like the chef is just trying too hard to impress. Sad about that as I was kind of in love with the place the first time.

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La Grotta Del Formaggio1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Wonderful little place
Submitted Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 10:55pm [Take-out]

I don't know what the other reviewer is on about regarding bad service. I have only ever found the staff here incredibly helpful and friendly. Great sandwiches, wonderful Italian stuff and they sell Brio! I only wish they had more seating for eating sandwiches, but what are you going to do?

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High Mountain Brewing Co.4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Too classy to serve a burger???
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

Nice atmosphere and great service, but oh, the food! Really sub par. Giant ribs look pretty cool, but are dry and lacking in flavour. Sliders were like little shrivelled pieces of coal on a bun. A nice bun, but really, the meat was terrible. Pizza might be good, but really odd flavours. Decent crust, but just not quite right.

We sat in the bar at first and was attracted by the burger, but when we moved to the restaurant, turns out the burger is the only thing not on the menu. Why? Well, the servers were perplexed, but the manager told me that the owner, Mark James, feels that burgers lower the tone of the restaurant. Huh? This place serves chicken wings and poutine! What a stupid reason to not serve the burger. Could it be that the rest of the menu is way over priced? This place is more expensive than Milestones and Earls, but not near in quality.

Another odd thing. Canucks game was on, but they decided not to show it. I asked. After about ten minutes into the game, they switched over. Then they switched back to basketball and then eventually back to Canucks. That was pretty annoying.

Beer is interesting, so go for a pint, by all means, but otherwise, best to avoid this rather pretentious and overpriced bar type restaurant.

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Nook781 Denman St., Vancouver
Great Pizza, but otherwise...
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

First of all, the pizza is first rate. Great crust and lovely flavour. Definitely one of the best pizza's in Vancouver. Sadly, it was my wife who had the pizza (well, she did share it with me), but I had the pasta.

It was the orechietti with sausage, fennel, rapini and chili. Sounded good because I like fennel, but whoops, they've run out of fennel. Okay, can I have a little of that nice roasted garlic instead? No. Okay then, I'll take it as it comes, sans fennel.
Of the more reasonably priced wines served by the glass (under $10 a glass) two were not available. That actually left only one wine. Okay, so short on wine and short on fennel. Big deal, what's the food TASTE like?

Already said the pizza was great, but sadly, the pasta was a disaster. Horribly over salted (and this coming from a person who likes salt) and a big pool of water at the bottom of the dish. It wasn't inedible because I was hungry, but really, I should have sent it back. I just had a horribly salty taste for the rest of the night and the wateryness was just not nice.

Maybe I had bad luck, but that was my experience. The pasta was really bad, but the pizza was great, although it was also on the salty side, but not so much of a problem (honestly, I'm not obsessed with salt!)

Service was interesting. Kind of aggressive in a friendly way. Like when they were out of fennel, no apology or offer to adjust, just 'that's the way it is, so what?' Kind of attitude.

Nook is obviously using quality ingredients and they take their food seriously, but they need work. Good, reasonably priced Italian is not so common in Vancouver so I hope this place improves. Having said that, it isn't actually that cheap. Single pizza or pasta for $16 each. Starters at $10 and $12. Limited menu. No green salad. I'm not saying it's expensive, but it's not cheap and the lowest price glass of wine is $8.50, if they have it.

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Migz BBQ2884 West Broadway, Vancouver
Amazing burgers
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 10:36am [Dine in]

I love the burgers here. One of the best I have ever had and I'm fussy about my burgers. The fries are fantastic too. The Canucks game special is amazing value. Burger, fries and beer for $10! Nachos with pulled pork is also fantastic. I recommend this place as a really good local sports bar. Well, local if you live in Kits.

Really nice place to watch a game. Lots of screens, but kind of intimate. Very nice service too.

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Watermark1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
One of my favourite restaurants
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

The location is spectacular, but I wouldn't go if the food was sub par. I've been quite a few times and have found the food and service to be very good every time. Desserts are a particular highlight. I've taken out of town guests who have loved it as well.

Watermark is not cheap, but really worth it in my opinion. Having said that, you can spend as much at Cactus Club. Such a wonderful place to eat dinner as the sun sets over Kits beach.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Best Benny ever!
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

I went for brunch with trepidation, having read a number of bad reviews. Well, after my wife and daughter went a few days earlier and reported that it was good, we all went for Saturday morning brunch. I don't take my brunch lightly. I hate bad breakfasts and poor service, as I have seen described, but my experience was entirely the opposite.

Tomato is a beautiful, relaxing restaurant with light pouring in through skylights. Lots of space, much more than the old Cambie location. Service was fast, attentive and polite. Seated quickly, no wait, service was great. Coffee topped up frequently. Fresh fruit smoothie was wonderful. I had the signature benny and it was honestly the best benny I have ever had, and I've had a few.

The eggs were perfect, the ham was a good portion, but the main thing was the sauce. Not lurid yellow and gloppy, but a light, fresh tasting hollandaise with a notable lemon zing and fresh pepper. This is my new favourite breakfast place, well, for benny's at least.

The other important thing about any breakfast is the potato. Don't want them too dry or too greasy. These potatoes were perfect. Red skinned, moist, crunchy and a good portion.

I don't know what took me so long to try Tomato as I live in Kits. I had such a horrible experience at it's predecessor in the location, but that's a really stupid reason. I also read bad reviews, which put me off. I'm glad I finally went. Can't wait to go again.

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Crave1362 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Nice place, but food is a bit disappointing
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Ate on the patio, which was nice. Service was excellent. Waitresses very friendly and very attractive too! For a kind of casual place, not actually that cheap. For four of us, the bill was $180, all in. And for that, we shared only two starters and two desserts.

Shortrib poutine was good, but really lacking in cheese, which was not the case when I had it before on Main. Beet salad was quite boring and lacking in dressing. Mains were pretty good, but my meatloaf arrived cold and was sent back. Salmon was extremely underdone and also sent back. A bit rare is good, but this was really raw inside. Accompanying veg was a very dull bit of salad. Salmon flavour was really dull. Just roast with a bit of a sauce, but really under flavoured to me. Ribs were quite good and a big portion. Shortrib pasta was enjoyed by my daughter.

All in all, a nice enough experience, but not impressed with food or price. Probably wouldn't go back, despite really good fries and service that was really nice and doing there best to help.

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Slickety Jim's Chat n' Chew2513 Main St., Vancouver
Shame about the slow service
Submitted Sunday, November 12, 2006 - 9:35am [Dine in]

Fantastic atmosphere, great food, funny menu, but does it really take forty minutes to cook an egg? I've been three times and each time it took ages to take my order and ages for the food to arrive. And this on a weekday. It's such a shame because I love the place, but I can't understand why they can't do what most other restuarants do, just make the food fresh and get it out in a reasonable amount of time. Service is very personable despite this. Go, by all means, but be prepared to wait to get in, wait to get served and wait for your food.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria2684 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Sadly, misses the mark
Submitted Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 11:22am [Dine in]

The potential is there and a lot of people seem to rave about this place, but it is disappointing. The crust is hard like cardboard and the flavour is kind of bland. Oh why is decent Pizza in Vancouver so hard to find?

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George's Pizza6109 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Thick and doughy
Submitted Tuesday, February 14, 2006 - 11:16am [Dine in]

Nice place, but this is very thick and doughy pizza. Vancouver doesn't have great pizza and this is a case in point. Call it bread with cheese and stuff, but it's not really pizza. Charming place otherwise and very nice staff, but it can't be called great pizza.

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