Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

djeatBurnabySince November 25, 20077 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
DOV experience
Submitted Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

I am almost embarrassed to write this review because Trafalgar's has a very strong consistency in its revviews. I was expecting just a little bit more as far as the food which turned out to be a BIG hit in some things and ok to bad in others.

For DOV with a table of 4 we had for starters, 3 scallops and 1 meatballs. I did not try the meatballs, but my wife who, strangely, doesn't like pork very much, decided to order it anyway. I can't really say good or bad about the meatballs especially considering her bias against pork in general.

The scallops though were NOT good. It's my fault that I did not say anything to the staff, but the scallops were most definitely undercooked. The portion size is 2 scallops on a cauliflower puree I think. My scallops were seared like you would tuna, but raw inside. Mother in law had the same issue and I presume without knowing that they might prepare these in larger quantities than normal because of DOV. Maybe it was intentional, but I've never had scallops rawish (rubbery and translucent color and texture inside) unless it was at a sushi restaurant.

For mains, we had steelhead, 2 mushroom risottos and 1 tuna. Steelhead was very good. The risotto was liked by everyone, but a bit too much of a sharp cheese taste that seemed to cover the mushroom flavor a bit. I ate mushroom risotto for lunch at cru the day before and, to my taste was better.

The tuna entree was not good. I don't turn back hardly ever, but the tuna had a bit too much of a fishy taste to it. Not quite fresh, so I did have it returned. i should say reluctantly, because the kale potato chorizo and tomato sauce was sooo good. I switched to the beef pappardelle (sic) and it was excellent. meat fell apart with a fork and good portion size.

For dessert, we had chocolate ganache cake, passion fruit flan and 2 creme brulees. The brulees were awesome. the ganache was very good if not excellent. The passion fruit flan was out of sight sublime and my sister in law, who ordered it, raved to the waitress and the man managing the floor (owner?) while leaving we were trying to figure out the logistics of driving to sweet obsessions just to order it again.

Service was very attentive. Water glasses refilled frequently, but not suffocating. They told us 1 hr 45 minutes to turn the table when I made reservation whereas the high top tables did not have this restriction. I think that is quite fine considering DOV and appreciated the forewarning with option to choose.

In summary, I can't wait to go back to try Trafalgar's again for non-DOV dining. I will make any due modification to my review then and I think it will improve.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Kafka's Coffee and Tea2525 Main St, Vancouver
Great Coffee
Submitted Monday, December 20, 2010 - 3:05am [Dine in]

The staff is chatty and friendly. The atmosphere is more or less what they are going for, so no complaints there. it's comfy and there iss free internet, so I have brought the laptop in a couple of times. The muffins are great, but the coffee is just superb. Kafka's uses beans from 49th parallel which is my favorite. I frequent a few places that use their beans, but the baristas at kafka's are very attentive to the quality, so the coffee is that much better. While I don't live or work near Kafka's I will drive out of the way if I am anywhere nearby to grab a latte.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Benkei Ramen1741 Robson St, Vancouver
I miss the old Benkei Ramen
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I completely agree with Ror. The wheels have come off at benkei in a major way. I've eaten here since the day after opening day and I had been coming back regularly. I loved everything about their food although I noticed the quality of the chashu went a little downhill first earlier on. Nevertheless, I still liked their ramen overall. That all changed dramatically about the time they started opening other locations it seemed. Despite my bad experiences, I told myself, I was just unlucky or it was the particular location (I've eaten at 2 other locations) but sadly, after a string of poor meals I have to say goodbye to Benkei. I still like Kintaro's noodles and the small hoel in the wall diner ambiance, but Santouka Hokkaido is my new personal fave. I like Miki on kingsway also. Even ezogiku is better than Benkei these days.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Juno Vancouver Sushi Bistro572 Davie Street, Vancouver
perfect niche
Submitted Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

not izakaya and not just another ho hum, cheap sushi/teriyaki joint. Juno does a great job of using quality ingredients to serve food that is exceptionally consistent. I eat lunch here at least once a week with a colleague and have tried everything on their lunch menu. Seriously, Vancouver does not have another Japanese restaurant with this mix of food and price. At $15 or less I don't think this place can be beaten. If I had any complaint, it would be nice to have a coke every once in a while or a glass of kirin on Fridays.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Dragon Ball Tea House1007 W King Edward, Vancouver
best bubble tea
Submitted Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

i love bubble tea and dragon ball tops my list. The place is always jammed even though the location is lacking. I always get their supreme bubble tea. Served hot, it is unbeatable. At one point, the dining room had an awful smell from a hidden spill or bad fridge. This has been fixed.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
hopelessly bad chef
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

I went a few Sunday's back for lunch. It was a very bad weather day, so I am fairly sure they were understaffed as nearby businesses were closed due to weather.

I ordered the halibut with curry. The food came out after more than 30 minutes, but again given the weather, I didn't mind at all.

The halibut came out and was basically a large piece of hard rubber. I took a bite and it was extremely fishy tasting. Definitely not anywhere hear being a fresh piece of fish. I braved a small second bite from the middle of the fish and it was equally tough and disgusting. Completely inedible.

The curry was not even a mild curry, but more like a pool of melted butter.

The rice tasted like soap and given the quality of the meal so far I wouldn't be surprised if it did have soap in it. It was certainly not rinsed.

The vegetables were the only edible part of the meal. Even this was ridiculously overcooked and was smothered in butter.

The waitress basically ignored us despite being 1 of 2 tables and looking at my untouched plate asked if I wanted a to go box. The food was so hopeless on multiple levels I couldn't see the point of complaining. I looked for a manager but no one else was on the floor.

If they have a problem rotating stock with regard to the fish, then never ever eat here. If the caliber of the cooks are anything like the person that prepared my plate, never eat here. This was a shame because I had heard this was a decent place to eat, but instead got the worst plate of food I have seen in a very long time. To note, I had halibut at Water Street Cafe 2 weeks later and the food for me was absolutely unbeatable.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hit and miss
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

That's the best way to describe it. Sometimes some pieces are dry and other times not. Very unpredictable. After 4 visits and always ordering the large platters, I will still go back cause I haven't found anything better. Brisket is probably my favorite as it should be. After 20 years in the South and long stints in Seattle and here, I like this place for one reason. They don't think the chili has to be flaming hot like most people in the NW. Good chili can be hot but it's not a prereq. Still looking for a place that puts mesquite and hickory chips to proper use.

Ambiance I gave a 2 but this is bbq not tapas in yaletown. I've got no complaints about the service.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance