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DizavinVancouver (Commercial Drive)Since December 13, 20078 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
great indian in the burnaby area
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

after reading many reviews of this restaurant I decided to give it a shot. the first thing I came to understand was that service IN the dining room left a lot of people wishing for more. now, if this was because of a poor floor staff or if it was because the place is so busy that they have trouble keeping up is open to speculation and i didn't really feel like finding out for myself.

so I opted for delivery and I have to say, it was good. I mean, it doesn't really compare to somewhere like The Tandoori Kitchen out in white rock, but for the location it's alright.

beware of the spices, though. if you order a hot dish... it is HOT.

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Ocean Beach Club and Grill, The14995 Marine Drive, White Rock
Personifies the young white rock crowd to a T. (that's a bad thing, by the way)
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

what do you get when you try to mix a daytime restaurant, an evening pub and a nightclub? a trainwreck.

during the day you are seated in a dimly lit and awkwardly laid out restaurant where they serve pub food, at best. during the evening you have a fairly typical pub environment, except that the eager-beavers for a night of drinking and dancing start showing up early and try haplessly to get "hyped" with their "girlfriends" with flat response. during the night they try desperately to pass off the place off as a nightclub with a DJ, drinks and dancing.

but its more like they're taking a restaurant and once it gets dark, they play "pretend nightclub" with it. you couldn't get a decent scotch-and-coke if your life depended on it and the music they play sounds more like a junior-high dance than anything else.

if you want to go clubbing, go downtown. don't even waste your time with the O.B.

unless you live in white rock, then there is a stong chance that the concept of going to a real-live city is probably frightening to you and I suggest sticking with the Ocean Beach Club and Grill.

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Iguana's Beach Grill14985 Marine Drive, White Rock
I am amazed this place is still around.
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

the memories I have of Iguana's are more of bafflement than anything else. When I was growing up in white rock, damn near all of the friends I had in highschool at one point worked at Iguana's as cooks or waiters or something along the like.

so when I came back, years later.. I wasn't surprised to see that it was still the case: Kids working a restaurant run by old people that were never around and had no idea what can capture someone's dining experience and keep them coming back. I only really say this because the pricing makes you think you are dining at a semi-upscale beach-front icon. but I cannot stress this enough: you aren't.

The service was laughable, the food was mediocre and every time I went there on the weekend, there was some kind of goofy gimmick that they were attempting to pass off as entertainment. so I dunno. I guess if you are into that kind of thing, you'll probably like it.

but if you are, you are probably LIVING in white rock. and that explains a lot.

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Cosmos Greek Restaurant14871 Marine Drive, White Rock
it's okay, if your into that kinda thing.
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

what can I say? I've never really been into greek food all that much, but the times I went to Cosmos I enjoyed the food and the service was good enough to keep us from thinking about it, so I guess it's done it's job as a stereotypical "okay place to eat".

my big beef was that the ambiance of the place was non-existent.

nothing really jumped out at you that made you want to go there, outside of the good food and wait staff that had a remote idea of what they were doing.

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Sandpiper Pub15595 Marine Drive, White Rock
I am frustrated because there is no rating between Decent and Poor
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

you know.. I used to work close to Marine Drive a number of years ago and the co-workers I had at the time would occasionally stop at this pub for drinks and snacks at the end of the day. and I guess it served it's purpose, even though there was absolutely nothing that jumped out at us to think "lets go to the SANDPIPER". we went simply because it was close and we didn't have to drive anywhere, in case we drank a little too much.
and in retrospect, that is the ONLY thing it has going for it. a great spot on the main strip in white rock, but no identity or personality whatsoever. they could have changed the name and the staff and we would have still just called it "The Pub" and wandered in at 6:30pm.
I guess it's no surprise that I've now moved away and haven't been to it, since.

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Joey's Seafood Restaurant1724 152 Street, White Rock
it's alright, I guess.
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

this seems as if a hole opened up in a mid 90's after-school sitcom and Joey's Only was what fell out. If you were ever to see a scene in "saved by the bell" where the zany cast were to meet up in a funky "oceanic" themed restraunt, Joey's Only would be that resturaunt.

that would be a funny idea in itself that could be turned around to be alright in a cool, quirky way.. but the staff are, for the most part, totally oblivious to such a notion. so in turn you are left with a run-of-the-mill Fish n' Chips joint that's a little on the greasy side.

they do take out, though. that's nice.

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Shin Ji Ru15171 Russell Avenue, White Rock
not quite so standard
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

if you are looking for decent sushi in white rock... For a decent price, you really can't do better. The food itself isn't really anything to do backflips over, bit the price and casual attitudes are. And for that, I bumped the rating up a bit. White Rock is notorious for bieng a cullinary wasteland. Most of all resturants in the area are extremely overpriced and have an unwarranted upscale attitude about themselves, all the while equivalent shops in the downtown Vancouver area completely decimate what white rock has to offer on allmost every convievable way.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Incredible restruant, amazing staff, under appreciated by ignorant restranteurs
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

The Salt Tasting Room is a bit of an enigma, for me. You see, I am one of the few people who like everything about it and understand the idea behind the resturant. I'd have to open with saying the food they serve is not, by any stretch of the imagination, meant to be considered a "meal". (If you are looking to gourd yourself on cheeses and meats, then head on down to Anton's. You won't be dissapointed.) The concept behind the food is that it's more about taking in the flavours of these, assuredly, exquisite items than it is about feeding a hungry stomach. This can throw a few people off, at first so don't expect heaping plates of cheese and salami.
Also, the location is brilliant and nothing short of it. It serves as an amazing form of juxtaposition between the semi-upscale tasting bar and the dark alley leading up to it. If any of you visit their website, you can see that it is a very, very photogenic area if you are in any way artistically inclined. Witch, really is the clientel that would really appreciate this place for what it truly is. Suburbanites and the Blue-Collar crowd will almost certainly find this place odd and overpriced, as well as frightened by the location.
But if you are familiar with the downtown core of Vancouver, are at least a little understanding of artistic integrity, are capable of wearing a nice evening outfit and have a little bit of.. wait.. scratch that, a lot of money to spend on a nice night out, you really can't go wrong with the Salt Tasting Room.

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