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dragondreaVancouverSince February 16, 200746 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
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Fox's Reach Pub and Grill20398 Dewdney Trunk Rd, #300, Maple Ridge
Good times
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 9:26am [Dine in]

My friends and I stopped by for a bite to eat after catching a matinee. It was a beautiful say and we sat on the back patio because it was just too nice to stay inside. I liked that the deck was glass-covered and had a separate, enclosed smoking area. There were tons of fireplaces, so the space can be used all year round.

The whole establishment is clean and tidy, right down to the staff, who are very friendly, albeit a tad inattentive and forgetful at times. Everyone was polite and nicely dressed, which elevates the restaurant to a high-end pub feel. Bathrooms are extremely clean and even have a small lounge area.

The food was definitely more upscale than you standard pub grub, but the prices were very reasonable. $36 for a bottle of Seven Deadly Zins is a very good price. We shared some blue cheese flatbread (yum!), pulled pork sliders on soft heavy buns (amazing!), burgers, salads, etc. I had the Greek salad for an entree and found it fresh, delicious, and well-portioned.

We'll be back.

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Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
Fantastic
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

My partner and I were in Whistler for the day and wanted a great dinner before heading back into Vancouver.

We were warmly greeted at the door and immediately shown to our tables and offered beverages. My partner and I had been at the restaurant earlier in the day to make reservations. It amazed me how much it changed for dinner service: lights were dimmed, spotlights were on, candles were all lit. It was lovely.

The Dine in Whistler event was on, similar to DOV, so we had the option of a $98 5-course menu or a $45 3-course menu. We chose the 3 course option and asked our server to pair each selection with wines (which ended up doubling the price, but well worth it).

The food was awesome, awesome, awesome! I had a salad to start, bouillabaisse for my main and creme brulee for dessert. Partner had Waygu beef to start, tenderloin for the main, and creme brulee for dessert. Our dishes were all amazing, especially the Waygu beef that just melts like good prosciutto. Each dish was tasty, fresh, and clean, and expertly paired with delicious wine. We did not like the pairing for dessert, so it was immediately replaced without a problem.

Our server was attentive, gracious and professional and there wasn't a single moment where we felt we weren't being taken care of.

The next time we're in Whistler, we'll be back.

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
Disappointing
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

My family and I were here for a birthday the other night. I think the ghost of Feenie's past haunts this place, because the restaurant itself is gorgeous and so beautifully decorated, but is soulless. By the end of the night, we couldn't wait to leave.

The food sounds great on the menu and does indeed look great, but the value is abysmal. Portions for some items are way too small. Some of my companions' dinners did not arrive as ordered: burgers undercooked, extra sauce when no sauce was requested, etc. Bread arrived cold and with frozen butter.

DB was unaccommodating of substitutions and modifications. At this high price point, such a policy is unacceptable.

I ordered my entree and they kicked up a fuss when I wanted a substitution; instead they did not substitute anything but charged full price for half a meal by omitting what I did not want. I was shocked that my $28 dinner was the size of an appetizer, and was so upset that the food could have been amazing and I still would have hated it. Everything tasted okay, but not even close to being worth such trouble. Fortunately my dining companions shared parts of their meals with me. Never have I felt so cheated at a Vancouver restaurant.

Our server was nice enough but I think he may have been new. Waters were consistently refilled but no quality checks were done on the food until the very end when our plates were being taken away. Complaints either went unheard or unacknowledged.

We were not impressed and won't be back.

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Society Restaurant & Lounge1257 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Fantastic
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

When I eat here in the evening, I love the patio because it's quieter than the inside, which has a very luxe, lounge feel. The menu is full of modernized poshed-up comfort food, very appropriate to Yaletown.

I feel that the menu is too small and somewhat limiting and would like to see even more options, but the food is very well-prepared and darned tasty. I had the meatballs and then the blackened salmon during my last visit and they were fabulous. The bread pudding is made with brioche and has a better texture than traditional bread pudding. The junk food platter is too sweet for my taste, but is an awesome idea nonetheless.

Service is consistently well-timed and very helpful without being pretentious or solicitous. I love it. The value is about on par with other restaurants in the area; we have a 15% off bracelet so we always get at least a small discount.

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Yianni's Greek Taverna543 Sixth Street, New Westminster
S'ok
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

We stopped in for a quick lunch after 'hiking' up and down the hills in New West.

The service was pretty good. Our server was nice enough and her timing was great.

The food reminded me of what you'd get at any other good Greek restaurant. My butter garlic prawns were tasty and generously portioned, and my Greek salad was yummy and covered in feta cheese (yay!). My partner enjoyed his souvlaki, and the nice assortment of vegetables that came with it.

What bothered me was the absence of bread. I'm used to getting a stack of bread with my meal, and we got two pieces with our order. Additional pita is $2.

As for ambiance, well, it's in uptown New West, in a mall. We sat outside, which was lovely on a sunny day.

Our meal was good, but not quite enough to make us go out of our way to come back.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Pretty good
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

My partner and I stopped in for a quick lunch.

You can't beat the view from this place. It looks right over False Creek and is stunning.

The staff were all very nice, albeit our server took a little too much time. If we weren't in a hurry, I would have been very happy with the service. Once we mentioned that we were pressed for time, she was great.

My Aztec salad was delicious and very filling, but overpriced at $16. It reminded me of something I would be able to get at Cactus Club; meaning good, but not amazing. My partner's clubhouse sandwich was reported to be very good.

This is the only place on GI that offers Jamaican hibiscus beer (it's pink!), and is it delicious, so I'd come back for that reason alone, just not on a regular basis.

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UnWine'd Restaurant on Howe1180 Howe Street, Vancouver
Stellar
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

My friends and I came here for tapas and drinks a couple of weeks ago and had an amazing time.

I booked a table for 10, which is indeed difficult to do in downtown Vancouver on a Saturday night, and the staff were kind enough to call me beforehand and see if we had any special requests, what the occasion was, etc.

When we arrived, our table was set and ready to go. The restaurant is lovely, warm and cozy. I would happily come here for a romantic dinner for two.

We had a wonderful server all to ourselves who was so helpful, kind and attentive. She recommended the $60 special to be shared between two people - any two items from the starter list and any four from the charcuterie/cheese list, plus a bottle of wine. Awesome! The food was great, and I found it to be well-portioned for our purposes (drinks and tapas, not looking for a big sit-down meal).

They added an autograt on the bill, and she made sure to mention that there was an autograt, and we were not required to leave any additional tip money. This has never happened to me in a restaurant before (usually I have to hunt for the gratuity, and sometimes they add it without indicating this in the menu); I was floored.

We had such a wonderful time - I'll definitely be back soon.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Awesome
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

My partner and I stopped in on a whim Friday night. We were about to take the Skytrain home and I saw this Cactus Club location from Burrard St. You can't miss it really--it's huge and very sparkly. So we went in for drinks and appies.

I remember Cactus Club of old being good but not great; the food consistent and enjoyable, but not amazing. Maybe it's just this location, but they've really stepped up their game.

Service was 100% exceptional. The hostess was kind and hospitable, and our server was superb. I like how they recommend items on the menu if you're stuck deciding what to choose.

We started with tuna tataki and yam fries. The tuna was delicious, served with an astringent and fruity sauce. Yam fries aren't really my taste, but my partner loved them. I loved dipping them in the dressing on the tuna. Very good.

I also like the lounge feel of the whole restaurant, and that they were playing Star Wars. Music was great. Bathrooms on the 2nd floor was annoying, but the screens in the stalls were very cool.

I'll definitely be back.

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Burrito Bros. Taco Company, The2209 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Oh so good
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 12:18am [Dine in]

Best place for a burrito and beer! I was here on Friday after walking on Kits Beach and ordered the steak burrito bomber, which comes with chips and fresh tasty salsa, and a beer. Their burritos are huge and come packed with steak, hot peppers, rice, beans, and veggies. Delicious!

Bathrooms are spotless--excellent. Service was very kind and welcoming. Despite this being a Mexican restaurant, it reminded me of Cuba, with the music and the bright colours and the friendly people, which was awesome.

Absolutely recommended.

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Cats Socialhouse1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
It's gotten better
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

Once in awhile a bunch of us from work will head here for Friday night drinks. Since my review last year, things have really improved.

I like the new drink menu--shots can be ordered in 4's, mojitos by the pitcher, and the wine list is much better than it used to be. The beer is still overpriced by the pitcher, but it just tastes so darned good.

The interior is much more chic but still has the eclecticism of the original Cats, so hats off to Browns for not making this place too generic.

Appy menu isn't bad--I like the salt and pepper ribs. Meal-wise, the pizza offerings are exceptional and I love their linguine.

Servers are the same, minus some of the attitude. Sometimes it's hard to get someone's attention, but I've found this varies quite a bit from server to server.

Will be heading back soon.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tasty
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

I grabbed some takeout from RMF yesterday for lunch. I like that they have a delivery option, which is very convenient.

The lady on the phone was very nice, so points to her for service. When I went to pick up my food, service was apathetic. They gave me my takeout (in recyclable containers, very nice) and left me alone with the bill. No thank you, no "do you need anything else while you're here", no nothing. And it wasn't busy.

The restaurant was lovely inside. The abundance of rustic wood gave it a comfortable, warm feel.

I ordered the blackberry and basil salad with maple smoked salmon. Oh my, it was good. I almost balked at the $14 price tag (including carbon offset--which you don't have to pay, according to their signage), but on closer inspection, it was huge, and packed with juicy mango pieces and roasted peppers and other veggies, and they did not skimp on the salmon, so I was happy. It comes with a piece of warm flatbread. I found the bread too bland for my taste. I was hoping for a little pizzaz--some sea salt on top, or rosemary, or something to give it a little oomph.

Overall, recommended.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good stuff
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 11:50am [Dine in]

When I'm in Yaletown and hungry, this is where I go to eat. The staff are super friendly and very social, when time permits, and the food is fresh, delicious and plentiful.

My partner and I usually the dinner specials for 2, which are decent value and let us try a variety of dishes. We usually end up taking some home, and the leftovers are always excellent the next day for lunch!

The interior is clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated.

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Marble Slab Creamery805 Boyd Street, Unit J150, New Westminster
Pricey
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2009 - 10:59am [Dine in]

Armed with a 2 for 1 coupon, we stopped by on Saturday for a couple of cones. I've had their cakes before, which are delicious, but never a cone with mixin, so I was really looking forward to this!

The ice cream is delicious, no doubt about it. Because they work the ice cream, it's just slightly melted, which is awesome. Cones are made in-store and are fantastic.

I love that this location is nice and clean. Music was a nice touch. Staff were all teenagers, who did a fine job of explaining the concept, how to order, and such, but were eager for their shifts to end.

Value is non-existant. $7 for a large cone and one mixin? Ouch. Certified organic ice cream costs less.

This location arbitrarily decided to change the terms of the 2 for 1 coupon we had. It stated we could buy 1 cones with 1 mixin and get another one free of equal or lesser value. The staff at this location informed us that the free cone could ONLY be a small. This was not stated on the coupon.

I wouldn't return to this location, but might try another one when the craving strikes.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
C'est magnifique!
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 10:38am [Dine in]

My partner and I went here over the weekend to have a lovely dinner for two. We had an awesome time!

It looks like a true French bistro where things are worn and have lots of character. Restaurant is super clean, as are the washrooms.

Service was attentive and very helpful. There was always someone walking by to refill water, wine, get bread, see if we needed anything, etc. They had run out of our chosen wine, so they suggested another at the same price point, and brought out a generous sampler to see if we liked it. That alone qualifies for excellent service.

Food was awesome. Bread was soft and chewy and the butter was sweet and rich. I had the goat cheese salad with beets and my partner had the french onion tart for appetizers; followed by lamb and beef for mains; and creme brulee and the lemon tart for dessert. All the food was fresh, expertly prepared, and delicious. I was delighted that my lamb came with lots of vegetables.

Bill with tax and tip came to about $130. For the quality and quantity of the food, wine and cocktails we had, I consider this exceptional value. If I lived in the area, I would be back every week for moules frites and wine at the bar.

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Big Olive, The13845 104 Ave, Surrey
Middle of the road
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 8:49am [Dine in]

Mediocre describes this place best.

The restaurant hasn't been renovated since it opened and the decor is very dated. It feels dark and institutional with a thin veneer of Greek decor.

Food is average. Our calamari had a hair in it (!) but the server quickly remedied this by bringing us a new batch, with apologies. Our server was very gracious throughout the meal, though not quite as attentive as I would have liked.

My soutsoukia wasn't bad, and neither was anyone else's souvlaki, calamari, or other main dish. Potatoes tasted like they had been reheated a couple of times. Vegetables were tasty, and the bread and tzaziki were good. Nothing spectacular, but not horrible.

Can't recommend, and apparently, neither can many other people. The restaurant was empty save for one other table throughout our stay.

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Suvai Restaurant2279 West 41st Vancouver, Vancouver
Getting there
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 9:50am [Dine in]

Supposedly Suvai is under new ownership after the aforementioned teething troubles and some nasty court cases involving the staff. This info comes by way of a relative, who lives closeby and goes so often they have her drink order ready as soon as she sits down.

I ate there a couple of years ago and hated it. The food, the service, it all sucked.

I'm happy to say that I ate at Suvai yesterday and had a lovely meal. The room is small and cozy, which I like. Bread was delivered hot to the table, and butter was at room temp. Starting off well.

They tried to upsell us on wine, which was annoying. I know what I like to drink--just leave me be with my bottle. Other than that, the service was excellent: attentive, professional, and fun.

Starters were all good. I like their take on 'deconstructed' Caesar salad. Dressing is good and garlicky. My fellow diners had an assortment of soups and salads and all were tasty.

Mains were all excellent as well. I had the seared halibut, which was incredible, served with risotto and steamed veggies. Steaks were all reported to be excellent. Vegetarian pasta (for the veg among us) was full of flavour and fresh veg.

Dessert menu was limited, but there was a nice assortment nonetheless. Orange cheesecake, chocolate cake, or ice cream with fruit. They were all very rich and very good.

Does Suvai still need a little work? Yes. The restaurant could use a fresh coat of paint and some new tables. I'm told they are planning to spruce up the restaurant soon, so I'm looking forward to dining there again once the renos are complete.

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Moose Vancouver, The724 Nelson St., Vancouver
Moose!!
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

I was here with my friends after work for a drink. The atmosphere is very down to earth, not stuffy or pretentious, which is rare and welcome in the downtown core. It's a bar, and doesn't pretend to be anything else. They play classic rock and have a great mural of Eddie from Iron Maiden in the back.

Keiths was on special, so that's what we ordered for $4 a pint. Great value for DT Van.

Service was apathetic. Our server was attentive when we first got there but became less so as the night wore on and the place became busier. I hate having to wave my hands like a madwoman to get another beer. It would have been nice to see her crack a smile and not slam things on the table either.

Nachos were yummy and piled high with goodness (cheese, hot peppers, etc). Some of my friends had burgers and fries, which were tasty. I had a quesadilla which would have been tasty had it not arrived burnt. The salad it came with was fresh and light.

For an after-work watering hole, it's excellent. Recommended.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Yes!
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I grew up eating schnitzel made by my mom, and the Old Bavaria Haus is the closest thing to her food. It's not for the diet conscious--it's fried meat and it's GOOD.

Schnitzels are AMAZING. I had the cordon bleu--it was crispy, perfectly done, and absolutely stuffed with cheese and ham. Came with panfries, red cabbage, a little sauce, and veggies. My codiners had similar meals and everyone was happy. Our food was fresh and delicious and unbelievably well-portioned--there is no excuse for starving here.

Our server was hilarious and very efficient. Excellent conversationalist and made us feel right at home. The staff are all dressed in crisp white shirts and black pants, which gives a nice, clean look to the restaurant. The decor is what you'd expect from a German bier haus, short of lederhausen and a live band.

Definitely recommended.

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Irashai Sushi2260 41st Ave, Vancouver
tough call
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 12:41am [Dine in]

I'm torn here between the great food and the mediocre service. They are super busy and the servers are run off their feet so the service is slow. Takeout orders are addressed before dine-in patrons, which annoys me.

Ambiance is... busy. Irashai is a small restaurant with a ton of traffic including dine in, take out, and lots of families with kids going out for dinner.

Prices are on the high side. When thinking back on the dining "experience" as a whole, the value just wasn't there.

All that being said, the Food. Is. So. Amazing. Fresh, delicious, innovative and well-portioned. Real crab is available upon request. Yum!

I would get take out perhaps, but probably would not dine in again.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Exceptional
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 12:27am [Dine in]

Had takeout delivered to my home on a Sunday night. The people taking the order were very helpful with the menu and pronunciation. Our food arrived within the promised time and the delivery fellow was super nice. I can't really speak to the ambiance of the restaurant, but from my limited experience with the staff and the other reviews below, it seems like a wonderful place.

Food was absolutely spectacular. We had spring rolls, satay, masi goreng, beef curry, and veggies. Plenty for dinner and leftover lunch the next day. Everything was fresh, tasty, and delicious. The food is moderately priced for the portion sizes and quality.

Absolutely 100% recommended.

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