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dkona2west vancouverSince February 10, 20074 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value5 (5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Has not failed to impress
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

We have patronized this incredible restaurant four times. It is an incredible restaurant because Chef Benoit's meals are well prepared, Minna's detail to service is always reliable and the value is excellent relative to costs at other Vancouver "bistros".

Our server was very well informed about the regular and daily special menus. We were uncertain about some of the wines available by the glass, and when the selection narrowed down to two wines, the server offered small sips of each to assure we would make a choice to our liking.

The daily specials highlight food in season, and during our visit last week. wild salmon was one of the the features. We shared an appetizer of lightly seared wild salmon that was previously marinated in maple syrup and spices, The flavours were very pleasant and we could have eaten more.
For a main course, my wife again had wild salmon. The salmon was properly cooked (an option of rare or medium cooked salmon was offered) with an accompanying morel sauce. The sauce was on par and reminiscent of sauces we had in better restaurants in France. Choosing from the regular menu, I had a mouth watering rib eye steak with an excellent red wine reduction. We then shared a soft centered chocolate cake, which was a great finish to a wonderful meal. All portions were generous, and we felt "well fed" after the meal.

The restaurant is usually busy, and it certainly deserves to be.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
First tasting here- not impressed
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 12:12am [Dine in]

This is a busy restaurant. We found a table for two on a late Saturday night and the place was still humming. I don't know why. Did we order the wrong items?
We started with the special Cambodian beef soup. It was similar to Vietnamese pho, except the broth was bland. The beef was very chewy. We then tried the dish that contained the word "Amok" and it consisted of seafood, chilis and coconut milk. The resulting dish was essentially one solid mass in a bowl, and it was difficult to discretely identify all that was in the dish (except for the two scallops on top and the cuttlefish inside). Our best dish was the gai lan with beef. The sauce was good and the gai lan was crispy. Again the beef was chewy (sinewy). We both went home on the hungry side as our appetites were somewhat discouraged.
The service was reasonable for a busy place.
The ambience was average and acceptable.
I give this restaurant an overall two star rating because of the food served during our visit. The food was not worth the price of the meal (about $35 with taxes).

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Shanghai Chinese Bistro1124 Alberni Street, Vancouver
A good downtown Chinese restaurant
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

Good quality food and good cooking techniques at this restaurant, make it one of our favorite downtown Vancouver restaurants. For example, the beef and cilantro soup contains a exceptional tasting broth. All vegetables in main dishes are excellently cooked-a bit crunchy and not soggy. Likewise, meats and seafood are cooked "just right". Although much of the menu caters to tourists, non-menu items are available- particularly for vegetables such as gai lan and baby bok choy.
We enjoy the service- it is highly attentive. The ambience is good- in particular the lighting where the table is highlighted and you can actually see all your food.

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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Good quality chinese food
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

After we pick up friends at the airport, they are generally hungry and a good Chinese meal is a good introduction to Vancouver. Most often we go to Empire Seafood. The prices are a bit higher than many Chinese restaurants, however the quality is also high. The dim sum for lunch is tasty. If it is dinner time, our order will include one of the soups, shrimp and scallops with baby bok choy (instead of shrimp and scallops in birds nest- if requested the restaurant will prepare or modify a dish to your liking).
When it was Alaska king crab season, we splurged and tried the king crab. The presentation and taste were both excellent.
Service has always been excellent and the ambience is that of a "nice" restaurant.

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