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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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Le Gavroche Restaurant1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Always a classic
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Went here with my group of 6 for a birthday. It's been about a year since I've eaten here, and I love what they have done with the menu. The 3 or 4 course dinners with wine pairings are an excellent choice - and value - for trying an assortment of foods and wines.

Food was outstanding, as usual. We had an assortment of lobster, salmon, tuna, and steak appies and entrees, and all were tasty and well-prepared. Dessert was served with an 87 year old port that was out of this world.

Service was pretty good. Our server has worked there for a long time so I recognized her from past visits, and normally she is great. I think they had some timing problems in the kitchen, because one of us didn't get our appetizer until the rest of us were finished eating. A restaurant of this caliber needs to do better.

Ambiance is French country, and the restaurant is beautiful. I love being able to peer into the wine cellar on the bottom floor.

Will return (again) for a special occasion.

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Uva Wine Bar900 Seymour St, Vancouver
Hip
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Went here last night for a post-symphony cocktail. It's a very hip little joint, beautifully decorated, and a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail. I found the room to be a bit loud.

Drinks list is, as expected, huge. They list mostly classic cocktails and a fantastic variety of spirits, wines by the glass, port, aperatifs and digestifs. I had the French 75 and my partner had a Sidecar. Both were good and strong and very well-made. Service was friendly and attentive.

Prices are about on par with downtown, maybe a touch on the high side. I wouldn't really go beyond one or two drinks.

Food menu is small, mostly nibbles to accompany the drink list.

Lovely place - recommended.

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Heritage Grill447 Columbia, New Westminster
My favourite in the summer
Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 11:16am [Dine in]

Since moving to New West, I've eaten here a few times. I love sitting on their patio when they have live jazz on the weekends, watching the traffic go by on Columbia Street.

Service is usually very accommodating and friendly, even when I ask to see the dinner menu at lunch. I usually have some sort of sandwich and draft beer with a side salad. The last time I was there I had their portobello mushroom sandwich. Delicious with mushrooms, grilled veg, goat cheese, and cranberry mayo. I left full and satisfied.

The inside of the restaurant isn't as nice as the outside, so try to grab a table outdoors if the weather cooperates. Ambiance-wise, it's the live music that makes this place special.

Recommended if you're in the area.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar4420 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Needs to renovate
Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 11:06am [Dine in]

Went here for lunch with my friends on Saturday. I worked in the area 12 years ago and it was like stepping back in time since almost nothing had changed, so for me, this Milestone's looks dated.

I had the California salad, which is mixed greens, pecans, strawberries, and goat cheese. At $10.99, I would have liked to see more strawberries, but there was plenty of goat cheese, which was a welcome addition. I added a piece of grilled salmon for $5.99. It was unseasoned and about the size of a credit card--disappointing! The salad was tasty, but the value wasn't there.

Our server was mediocre and never smiled. Waters weren't refilled. She perked up a bit when we ordered a round of bellinis. Otherwise, she was blah and seemed almost annoyed at our presence.

It's a good standby, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Great for lunch!
Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 10:55am [Dine in]

I work in the area and like coming here for lunch in the winter as opposed to the summer, when it's very crowded and it takes an hour to get your food. Usually order the salmon tacone, which comes with a nice light cup of coleslaw, and the soup of the day, which is always delicious. It's a hot, filling lunch for under $10.

They encourage calling ahead to order. Do that--it will save you time. The folks working there are as nice as they can be, even when it's super busy. There is no real ambiance to the place, other than it being a shack on Fisherman's Wharf in the middle of beautiful False Creek.

It's charming nonetheless, and very much recommended.

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Cockney Kings Fish & Chips66 10th St, #130, New Westminster
Seemed like a good idea at the time
Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 10:45am [Dine in]

Was craving F&C, and decided to pay Cockney Kings a visit.

The restaurant looks kind of like a cafeteria and does a swift takeout business, with a large dining area for eat-in patrons like myself. They have AYCE F&C Monday-Wednesday, which is awesome value.

The food was delicious while we were dining. I had cod and my partner had halibut. Service was fast, efficient, and friendly.

Problems came a little later when we were both up all night with food poisoning. Either the fish wasn't held at the right temperature, or it wasn't cooked all the way through. Either way, I had to take time off work to recover and will therefore never return.

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Gramercy Grill2685 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Average, sadly
Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 10:36am [Dine in]

I went in really wanting to like this place. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the menu looks so yummy at first blush.

Sadly, the service and mediocre food preparation killed it for me.

Went here with the usual group of 6 hungry folks on a Saturday night. We learned early on that the owners were away on vacation, so perhaps that explains the lackluster evening.

Menu is full of bistro classics like steak, roasted chicken, rack of lamb, etc.

Appies were delicious, but felt... cheap. We ordered a variety of share plates, among them tiger prawns. There were 6 of us, and you would think that a restaurant of this caliber (and high prices) would ensure we have at least one each. Nothing doing, we got 5. Points off for service.

I ordered the sirloin at $34 a plate (!). It was a good size, but cut poorly: it was overdone on one side and rare on the other. Sorry folks, but that doesn't equal medium rare. Other meals had similar flaws: chicken overdone and dry, lamb underdone and raw, things like that. I enjoyed the mash and crisp veggies that came with my meal, and the little pat of butter that topped the steak. Good concept, bad execution. At $34 a plate, they need to do better.

Dessert was yummy. Coffee was served lukewarm.

Cognac wasn't available because the owners were away and took the key to the "expensive" liquor vault with them. Big red flags here--don't they trust their staff?

It was clear that our server didn't want to work that evening. He was mostly efficient, but had almost zero personality, which was unfortunate and spoiled the evening. It look a long time for him to come around and take more drink orders, do quality checks, refill waters, things like that.

Not a great evening, but with some work, this could be an excellent restaurant. Not recommended, for the time being.

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Section 31039 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Ugh
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Went here for my friend's stagette last night. When we arrived around 7, the restaurant was almost empty. This should have been a very good indication of the tediousness to come. If I wasn't in a group of 15, I would have left: the restaurant has a very dirty feel to it, like it needs a good scrub-down but can't be bothered because it's too busy trying to be hip. I think they are having an identity crisis--trying to be a lounge that just happens to serve food and call itself a restaurant but looks like a bachelor pad.

Our server was not interested in doing his job. Although he was very nice when we could get his attention, he spent most of the night chit chatting with his buddies at the bar. Waters were never refilled unless someone was flagged down. Drink orders barely taken--we would have been happy to drop $500 on alcohol, but no one was around to take our orders. Some of my friends' food didn't arrive. However, he felt justified in helping himself to an 18% gratuity when the bill arrived. Must be nice to get paid to not do your job. Oh, and no, they can't be bothered to split the bill. The "gratuity for large parties" was not stated anywhere on the menu and we were not informed of this when making our reservations or at any time during the meal. What a scam.

To be fair, the food was GOOD. I very much enjoyed my appetizer of baked brie and my tenderloin main, cooked to a perfect medium rare with mashed potatoes and crisp veggies. The other ladies in my party felt the same--we all thought the food was fantastic. At least the kitchen is being run properly.

The prices are obscene for what you get, though. $30 for a 7oz steak? Pinky's down the street charges $22 for 8oz, same cut, better quality and service.

Had the service been better, I would have enjoyed my evening more and would have been happy to spend the $70 for my meal. There are many better options, even in Yaletown, which are better priced. I would never return here.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Kobe meatballs, we love you!
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 10:41am [Dine in]

Went here sat night for my friend's birthday and had an excellent time!

Our servers (there were two) were tons of fun: great sense of humour, attentive, prompt, responsive, made excellent recommendations. No complaints there at all. My friend's drink was made with the wrong water--no problem, they took it right back and exchanged her vodka soda for the (ordered) vodka tonic. No arguments, no problem.

Food was delicious!! Those Kobe beef meatballs are divine. Appy platter was a great way to start the meal--we ordered a platter for two and shared it between 5 for pickings with cocktails. Italian-style tapas: perfection.

After falling in love with those meatballs, most of had the spaghetti and meatballs topped with ricotta cheese. Mmm. I had the lamb shank cooked in barollo with a side of arugula and peccorino cheese, which was divine. The food was very fresh and very tasty. Not authentically Italian, but nowhere do they make such a claim.

I found the food to be well-priced: most entrees are about $16 including side-order, which isn't bad for Kits. Portions were generous. Cocktails were around $6-8, so not bad. The wines were obscene: $70 for a bottle that costs $25 from the winery is too much of an upcharge.

The restaurant has learned from the unfortunate purse-grabbing incident described below: one of the staff came around and told us about what happened and graciously recommended moving our bags off the backs of our chairs, which was very much appreciated.

Ambiance is busy! I like the decor and the seating, round tables, and dark colours. The metallic red wall at the back reminds me of the Studio 54 disco era. I found it distracting but most people thought it was cool. If I was looking for a romantic meal, I'd insist on sitting at the front of the restaurant rather than the back.

Highly recommended.

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Narita Sushi100 Schoolhouse Street, #408, Coquitlam
Quick pre-movie sushi
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 10:48am [Dine in]

Was going to see a movie at the SilverCity next door and wanted a quick bite before the show. This is a small Japanese restaurant, more like a cafe, that seats about 20 people. The hardwood floors were a nice touch, although the floor under our table was sticky, which turned me off. Decor is typical with Japanese beer posters and wall hangings, trying to make the restaurant look a little more authentic.

Our waitress was very nice and worked hard to ensure meals were served as quickly as possible. She was the sole waitress and the restaurant was packed, but still all the dishes were cleared away ASAP, tea was delivered and refilled--quick efficient service.

Food was pretty good, arrived quickly, and was well-presented. I had an Alaska roll and a California roll, and my partner had a dynamite roll, beef teriyaki roll, and Cali roll. I liked that the rolls were small with minimal, well-seasoned rice. Yum. They weren't spectacular and super fresh, but they were tasty and well-constructed.

I found the basic rolls (Cali, kappa) to be OK priced. The more 'exotic' rolls, like the Alaska roll, were a touch expensive at $7.50 each. It's a California roll with smoked salmon--come on.

If I were to come here for another movie, I would probably pop in for a quick bite.

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Genji Japanese Restaurant7533 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Really overpriced fare
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

The food is very good but much too expensive for where and what it is. A strip mall in Burnaby does not quality for downtown Vancouver pricing. The specialty rolls are very unique and creative, so I give them points there. But as they ARE sushi, little bits of food surrounded by rice (and not even the freshest or more expensive ingredients), the cost cannot be justified. They don't even use wild salmon.

I like the decor for the most part: the glass boat lights are cool, and the red walls are very chic. That Korean writing on the wall needs to go, however: it's a Japanese restaurant. it's super clean and the bathrooms are lovely. The chairs are horribly noisy against the floor, which I find annoying and gives an otherwise classy cafe more of a cafeteria feel.

Mixed feelings about this place; may or may not return.

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1265 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Mmm, steaaaak!
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

Went here for my friend's birthday, all 15 of us. We were seated outside since it was such a lovely evening.

Even though we were outside I still took a peek inside: the inside of the restaurant is gorgeous! It has a very cozy, modern, yet romantic feel to it. I find it difficult to describe, but rest assured it is lovely.

Our server, Andrew, was exceptional. Serving large tables is never easy. When it's full of half-tipsy women on a Saturday night, it can be even more challenging. He was patient, helpful, efficient, very friendly, and lots of fun. Yes, our food was somewhat slow, but it *is* meat, and they brought everything out at the same time, so thumbs up there. Drink orders were taken promptly throughout the evening, and water was refilled on a regular basis. He even waived the mandatory gratuity at the end of the night--very gracious! So naturally we tipped above and beyond.

It's no secret from my other reviews that I hate mandatory gratuities since I believe they give restaurants an excuse to under-staff and NOT to provide good service. They also serve to absolve the dining public of their choice to tip and how much, which I don't appreciate. By waiving the gratuity tax, not only did he get himself a larger tip, but Pinky's has become forever endeared to me, and I'm happy to come back and dine here again.

Onto the food--the steaks were good, as they should be at a steakhouse. Juicy, tasty, tender, perfectly cooked. It's Yaletown, so the food is expensive for what it is, but that comes with the territory. The onion rings on the side were a nice touch, and the sides were all tasty steakhouse classics (mashed potatoes, asparagus, etc.). They emphasize quality over quantity, so no, this isn't the place to get a 72oz sirloin.

Recommended for steak lovers.

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Oyaji Zushi1542 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Fresh, tasty, and quick
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

I love eating here, and come by at least once a week.

The service is always fast and friendly. I've never seen takeout so neatly packed! Cooked and raw sushi is fresh, tasty, beautifully presented, and delicious. I recommend the mango salmon roll and rainbow roll--yum! I love when a sushi restaurant tells you exactly what's in their rolls, and this one does just that. And they only serve wild salmon--yes!!

As other reviewers have noted, the atmosphere is not much. It's a concrete space in the Waterfall Building, and feels very post-industrial Japanese. Pipes and concrete everywhere. Don't expect much in the way of authentic Japanese atmosphere.

I find the food to be well-priced for what it is. I am willing to pay more for fresh food and good service, and Oyaji always delivers on those two points.

Happy to return, again and again.

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Kishu Sky1815 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Plain old bad service. Food is still pretty good.
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

I used to come here often because I work in the area. It seems that they've had a change of servers, though, and since then the service has been bad. Really bad.

Last time we were there, the server impatiently kept coming to our table asking for our order every 10 seconds while we were still perusing the menu. It was 5pm and the restaurant was empty--give me a break. So I asked him what was in a few rolls, since I like to try new things when I go out. "I have no idea" with a blank stare is not an acceptable answer when I ask what's in the house roll.

So I ordered a couple of rolls and some miso soup, and my partner placed his order. His food came out after a few minutes. And so we waited. And waited. And waited some more.

Ten minutes go by. I can see the sushi chefs working away--no problem. Then I can see my food sitting on the bar. I can also see our waiter standing around chit chatting. By this time, we have no soy sauce, one of us has a meal, and our teacups are empty. So I went to the bar and got my food myself because I had an appointment and very limited time, then I pilfered a bottle of soy sauce, sat down and ate quickly. He saw what I was doing and just kept chatting away.

We waited another 10 minutes for our bill (still no tea refills, btw) which never came, so we just went to the til, paid, left no tip, and left, never to return.

Although the food was good, the lack of service just ruins the whole experience. Not recommended.

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
Awesome food, attentive service, relaxed atmosphere
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

I was very very impressed with this restaurant, and will happily return for a special occasion.

We were a group of 6, dining out for my father in law's birthday. The first thing that struck me was the beautiful design of the restaurant. It's decorated in soft colours and is supposed to evoke the sensation of being in Southern France: warm and friendly, formal yet relaxed. I love the draperies on the ceiling--those are a very nice touch! The restaurant is almost all windows, so it's very bright with a beautiful view of False Creek.

Our server was friendly, professional, attentive, and very helpful when we asked for help navigating the menu. Serving large parties requires a certain amount of panache, and she had that in spades. Our water and wine glasses were constantly filled throughout the evening. Plates were cleared away promptly. I had a small complaint about my dessert (more to come on that) and she fixed it right away. Excellent!

We all shared appies: mussels, scallops, salads, and other yummy bits of goodness. Everything was fresh and tasty. Very simply prepared and beautifully presented so you tasted the food, not the concoction of sauce.

Mains were the same. I had Ahi Tuna, and it was served quiveringly rare, just as I like it. Fresh and tasty with delicious sides. My companions' meals of lamb, halibut, and salmon were equally delicious. The dessert menu needs to be longer. I love dessert and three items to choose from is just not enough! I would also like to see the inclusion of a cheese and fruit plate. Regardless, I had the nut and fruit tart with ice cream for dessert. My ice cream was missing its promised chunks of chocolate; however, so my server brought out a couple of extra scoops, no problem. Yum!

Highly recommended for a special occasion!

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Cambie Vietnamese Restaurant4136 Main Street, Vancouver
Mmm Mmm Pho!
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:27am [Dine in]

I had a hankering for pho on my way home the other day and decided to stop in here, based on the previous positive reviews. I'm so glad I did.

The owner was there when I walked in and, as stated, he is extremely friendly. I told them I wanted some takeout and they invited me to have a seat and peruse the menu. I ordered the rare beef pho to go. The first thing they asked is: "are you going to eat it right away, or save it for lunch tomorrow?" Awesome! Soggy noodles suck, so they pack everything separately if you want to reheat your meal the next day.

Turns out I ate it when I got home, and I loved the little baggie of garnishes they included: fresh sprouts, fresh lime wedge, chili, and kaffir lime leaves. Everything fresh!

The pho was delicious. Hot, tasty, light yet filling. The broth was so rich and flavourful. The beef was tender and perfectly finished in the hot broth. Noodles were awesome. Think Vietnamese comfort food.

The ambiance of the restaurant is certainly... unique. Actually, I was very amused for the 3 minutes I stood waiting for my food. It is uber cheesy; decor, music, the whole nine. But very clean, which is the most important thing IMO.

This is a no-frills restaurant with great food and excellent service at a good price. Will definitely return for more pho!

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Hanako Japanese Restaurant15135 101 Avenue, #205, Surrey
Fresh, Delicious Sushi
Submitted Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

I love eating here for lunch or dinner. The sushi is so fresh, so tasty, so perfectly sized. Never too much rice, always delicious, and the service is outstanding. The servers are very sweet ladies and are extremely friendly and efficient.

I love the sushi bar with its dark laquered wood and fine details. It was obviously a labour of love to create it. The rest of the restaurant is very cute. There are paper cutouts of different sushi and sashimi rolls on the walls, which makes me smile.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Great on a rainy day (or even a sunny day)
Submitted Monday, April 16, 2007 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

The first time I ate here was on a rainy day, in search of some (as advertised) comfort food. I was not disappointed.

The restaurant is dimly lit and looks like a cellar--lots of wood. I felt very cozy and embraced. Music was great, people were enjoying their food and chatting and lingering by candlelight, very soothing.

I ordered the butternut squash soup and diablo sandwich combo. Mmmmm! The soup was sweet and creamy and a little spicy and served in a HUGE bowl. Oh yeah! I love butternut squash, so big thumbs up there. My sandwich was spicy but not too spicy, with big pieces of chorizo, melted cheese, lettuce, mayo, etc. It's easiest to eat this with a knife and fork.

My partner ordered coq au vin, which which was VERY tasty (yes, I pilfered). Lots of good stewed chicken with veggies and rice in a very tasty wine sauce. Good hearty food.

Our server was a lovely young woman, very kind, genuinely interested in how we were doing and how our dining experience was going. In fact, they were busy when we came in but we were warmly greeted by two passing servers while the hostess seated a couple of other tables. Great, relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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Amadeus Pizza1833 Anderson St., 106, Vancouver
Excellent Pizza
Submitted Monday, April 16, 2007 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

I love the pizza here. The crust is thin like a cracker and the toppings are fresh, plentiful, and delicious. The pepperoni and mushroom is one of my favourites; nice smoked pepperoni and big slices of fresh mushrooms. Mmmm. The vegetarian offerings are also great, esp. the grilled veggie pizza, which tastes fresh and is very filling.

I've eaten in the restaurant and, well, it's just a pizza joint, very bare-bones, and very clean, which is awesome. Don't go for the atmosphere, go for the food. Small TV in the corner, ovens going full-bore and a couple people behind the counter making fresh pizza. Amadeus does not put on airs or pretend to be anything fancier than a good ole pizza place, and what they do, they do very well.

Service is always prompt, polite, and efficient. The owners are always around, and it's obvious that they care about their pizzeria and their clients.

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Hermitage1025 Robson Street, #115, Vancouver
Oh Wow!
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

I dined here last night with a group of 6 people. What a lovely evening! We were warmly greeted when entering the restaurant, seated, and offered apperatifs and cocktails. Menus and the wine list were all distributed. We were waited on by a fellow in his 40s or 50s--a professional server who was very elegant and polite. Wine was expertly poured, our meal was timed perfectly, and our server glided through the dining room, ready to help if needed.

It was so difficult to choose a meal. The food is all hearty classic French fare. In the end I chose the table d'hote; 3 courses for $36. Appetizer was a refreshing tomato and blue cheese salad, top sirloin for an entree, and profiteroles for dessert.

My meal was fantastic, as were the meals of my fellow diners. Everything was perfectly cooked (or chilled, in the case of the tomato salad) and very tasty. The meat had not an ounce of fat on it, meaning the entire piece was edible. The sauce was tangy and flavourful. The scalloped potatoes and roasted vegetables were delightful. The portion sizes were perfect.

For a warm, enjoyable, TASTY dining experience, definitely have a meal here.

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