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el_zorrowVancouverSince September 12, 20079 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Wine pairings
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 12:09am [Dine in]

I had no previous conceptions as to what Rare offered. However when I arrived at the restaurant with my exceptional date (wifey) I discovered that Rare provided rare service.

The maitre'd was attentive. The waiter was knowledgeable and caring. Service overall was unusually good. I guess I've been numbed by other restaurants in the past.

The food was presented with an artistic eye that led me to believe Picasso lived in the elk. I had a 6 course menu that included morsels of elk, duck, pork belly, oysters (with an unusual amount of foam). I was overwhelmed by the different sauces and tastes. I really appreciated the complexity.

THe waiter introduced me to the wine pairings (the $65 version). I had not had these wines before even though I have been told I am an alcoholic. My wife had the chef's 6 course menu. She seemed to enjoy herself. She remarked on the scallop item and the pine mushroom creation.

Notwithstanding the extraordinary dishes and wine pairing, the night melted around her smile. My concern was more with what she thought. She was beautiful. The food accentuated her beauty. This is a restaurant which offers excellent service, food, & wine at a reasonable price.

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Kaplan's Star Deli1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
For a few dollars more
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

Just for a few dollars more you McDonald's worshippers can have fine dining with thick meat sandwiches that taste like you spent a chunk of change at Safeway for 500 grams of meat put between two tiny slices of bread (to make it look even bigger).

I eat here when I am in a hurry. I do takeout since the ambiance is zilch. The sandwich, however, is really good compared to the less healthy fast food chains. However, if you do have time, you wouldn't eat their sandwiches since you can get more value in the sushi restaurant next door--and it comes with soup. As such, I recommend this place to anyone who has no time and wants a good sandwich. The pickles are their way of telling you you're special. I'm glad they're in the neighborhood, though.

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Ichiro Japanese Restaurant12011 2nd Avenue, #110, Richmond
Toro, Chu-toro, O-toro
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 1:09am [Dine in]

If you don't know what the difference is in the toro references then you need to go to sushi school and should be writing reviews about wonton houses instead of real japanese restaurants.

As a suhi afficionado, I cannot but say that this restaurant is a gem of a small pleasant family-oriented japanese restaurant in Nowheresville Richmond. Let's face it: this is one of the few restaurants can tell the difference in the toros and as such shows that it knows its raw fish.

I had the sole sashimi. It was excellent. I had the red tuna toro. It was excellent. I had the local tuna toro. It was really good. Finally. I had the chu-toro and o-toro. I would highly recommend the deep-fried sole, sukiyaki beef and udon.

Make sure you have reservations as the place is crowded (that's because it is in fact very good). This is the best Japanese restaurant west of No. 3 Road. Try it. You'll agree. Otherwise, go to sushi school.

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Flamingo Chinese Restaurant3469 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Bang for the buck
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 12:58am [Dine in]

If you're hungry and have a big crowd to feed and you don't mind going into the East End, I would recommend you try this Flamingo.

The food is inexpensive and pretty decent for the price (make sure you keep to the set menus). The place is almost always empty so you don't need reservations. The service is exceptional if you speak Chinese; they also speak English but with difficulty.

I love the fried oysters, sweet and sour pork and the fish and tofu hotpot. Overall I would recommend this to any family interested in a good Chinese restaurant at a reasonable price. They even give you free fortune cookies and oranges for dessert. I like this restaurant. It is not pretentious. But it does not rank with "fine dining" Chinese restaurants.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
A fistful of dollars
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 12:46am [Dine in]

I go there a lot. It's an upscale Earls. The service is good. The food is one up on Whitespot and Earls.

The pulled pork sandwich is the only dish that deserves a mention. This is referred to as a steakhouse but anyone knows that there is no skill in cooking steak. The barbaric palate is easily satisfied by a soft piece of tenderloin or NY cut thrown over a grill, salted and peppered and served with unhealthy potatoes. However, this is a good place to go for a pleasant meal, good drinks and hot waitresses to look at. Don't try to mix this with a fine dining restaurant otherwise call yourself I-D-I-O-T.

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Wow!
Submitted Thursday, September 13, 2007 - 12:32am [Dine in]

A beautiful hot woman insisted that I try this restaurant (my wife). As a result we turned up unannounced--to an empty restaurant. The ambiance was pleasant. The waitress (she was the only one and probably married to the chef/owner) was really good.

The menu was inventive and smacked of creative French cuisine that I had been looking for on my last trip to Paris. To my surprise, the food was as good as any I have tried in Vancouver and am amazed that there weren't too many other customers. This is a real gem of a restaurant.

Foie gras, lamb on a ratatouille-like bed of vegetables, and the nougat ice cream will not fail to please. It is DAHT GOOD!

The chef really knows his stuff. As a result the hot chick was right.

Now I would consider this restaurant before any of the other super-expensive restaurants. So eat your heart out Feenie, Bishop, Umberto & the Guy from Whitespot! All I can say is ratatouille to you!

Try this restaurant and your Other Half might metamorphosize into a beautiful woman satisfied by the orgasmic tastes from the food.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Too much cologne
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I had lunch with a VIP and decided to take him to the Joe Fortes patio. It turned out that it was quite lovely. It was a sunny day. It was perfect--being September, it wasn't too hot.

The hostess seated us at a 2-seater table as opposed to a 3-seater table--which reminds me never to book a 3-seater to ensure you are seated with comfort. As a result, we sat right next to another pair. I could tell they were on a date. The male had too many buttons unbuttoned on his silk shirt. The cologne he was wearing was having an effect. It was musky. His lady companion had severe cleavage. I tried not to look but could not help but notice the black lace under her dress.

Having suffered the visual effects, I ventured to order but had lost my appetite because of the smell of the cologne. It wasn't my taste. As a result I decided to order ceasar salad and thought that the extra shrimp would kill the cologne smell. My guest ordered the cobb salad which turned out to be quite impressive in its presentation. Both dishes were excellent.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. It is excellent.

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Kitto Japanese House833 Granville Street, Vancouver
Too hot...
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

I went there for lunch with a buddy of mine. The service was good. The ambiance OK except that the air conditioning was non-existent and it was darned hot! Exascerbated by the miso soup!

I had combo #3 which had tempura (too much batter), teriyaki beef (not sweet enough and rubbery), and salad (OK with the dressing). Because I was hungry I swallowed most of it and drank the miso soup which was OK.

To finish off the meal was green tea ice cream (could not have been made by the restaurant because it was good). I would never take anyone to this restaurant. I perspired drastically into my suit. The steam and stir fry fumes from the open kitchen acted as a sauna as I ate. I reeked of teriyaki beef and was dying to leave and breathe some fresh air. The restaurant needs a new vent.

I recommend you take someone you don't like to this restaurant and sit at the sushi/open kitchen bar and let him/her have a facial.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Lovely surprise
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

Took a friend to lunch. Did not have any expectations particularly since I can cook pasta myself. But I thought it would be a cool idea. We both ordered a pasta dish each and a bottle of mineral water.

To my surprise, half an hour later, we both consumed every morsel in the pasta bowls. It was really tasty. The meatballs were delicious. The presentation was excellent. I would have given an "outstanding" for my food rating, but pasta can't be outstanding when compared to French or Chinese food creations. But for comfort food, there is nothing bettter.

The dessert menu is impressive. My coffee was perfect. Overall, I was more than pleasantly surprised. I would go back. Definitely.

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