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eugeneRichmondSince November 30, 200519 Reviews
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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Sure bet
Submitted Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Good solid food at reasonable prices. Deconstructed sheppards pie is good as is the Cobb salad. Some items are a miss, such as the crab cake. While the crab cake is really good, it is served with an apple & parmesan cheese salad: tastes as weird as it sounds, plus I thought Kraft parmesan cheese out of a can was over in the 80's, and for $12, perhaps I deserved two patties?

I fully understand that it's a small place on a small budget. But the chef cannot have it both ways: either you're a solid neighborhood joint, or a Lumiere/West-type place. Both are good, but you cannot be both.

As of now, when you go (and you should) stick with the cannot-screw-up items, like the organic burger, ribs, salads, pasta. Stay away (for now) from items that usually appear at a hoity-toity place. Also, needs a bit bigger wine/drink menu. Really good service. Good place for a casual date as it is too loud and cramped for a romantic date.

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Century Restaurant & Bar432 Richards Street, Vancouver
Not worth the $$
Submitted Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

First of all, I got really drunk there, so my review is tainted from the start. Also, we waited to be seated for about an hour because we did not have resos; our fault entirely. The staff did their outmost and were very gracious.
The room is spectacular, really pretty and hip. However, as happens often, more money is spent on the decor instead of the food. The wine list is extensive, however the drink menu is poor, especially since most of the drinks are muddled and they were out of blueberries and strawberries that night and half of the drinks on the menu contain one of those. If you go, opt for wine, which is at reasonable $$.
I have not had a caesar salad in a long time, and I wanted to try theirs. While $8 is cheap for a place like that, it left A LOT to be desired, like flavour. Also, I guess $8 is not enough to get croutons these days. I had the seafood platter for main. Ditto. Flavour and quality was missing ($19).
I don't mind short menus (as it is here), but I mind places that charge higher than average prices (around $28-32 for mains) and do not deliver for quality. There are many other places that do much better food, especially downtown. Save your money. Check out the decor, have some red wine, and go somewhere else for food.

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New management
Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Hell's Red Hot
Submitted Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

This is a short review. This place is basically Earls. But with more fun and hotter crowd. Anyway, good Kits standby. Good pizzas, nice short wine list, salads, burgers, etc. Good service, hot servers. You should go.

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Best burger in town
Submitted Monday, January 23, 2006 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

By far, best burger joint in town. What a burger joint should be. Go early, as it's always packed. If you're a couple, only order one burger platter because it comes with a few pounds of fries.

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Main, The4210 Main St., Vancouver
Needs a lot of improvement
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 11:56am [Dine in]

Went there during the fall. Very uninspiring menu and the guy who was serving us was probably 12. Maybe 13. While the food is the harmless version of everyday Greek which I have had many times are other places, the quality/flavour could be much better. Its really just meh. Find other places to go.

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Cactus Club Cafe4653 Kingsway, Burnaby
Its a cacatai kind of Christmas!!
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 11:33am [Dine in]

There is something to be said about chain restaurants. While they don’t offer exotic culinary adventures, they do offer solid gastronomic experiences. I have never had a bad experience at Cactus Club. This was my first excursion to the Kingsway location, as I live in Richmond and frequent the Cactus Club there. I had the naked shrimp and the zone salad. The shrimp were big, properly cooked and chilled with cocktail sauce. Basically the same as getting a shrimp ring at Superstore. For main I had the “Zone” salad. Veggies, greens, and chicken with plum vinaigrette. It was pretty good (just like other times) however the salsa which accompanied the salad had gone bad as the tomatoes had the battery-acid flavour. The waitress was cheery, quick, and helpful. The atmosphere was loud and fun (it was lunch time). All and all, a fairly decent lunch experience, on par with other Cactus Club/Earls/Milestones experiences I’ve had. Rock on and Merry Christmas!!

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Its Grrrrrrrrrrreat!!
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

You like fish? You’ll love the Sandbar. It’s a big raucous fun place to visit. Our birthday party lucked out and got the table facing the night city lights. Too bad I was too drunk not appreciate the view. Our server was excellent. Free bread + butter appeared out of no where. Water glasses were refilled without asking.

Their martini list was succinct and excellent, with quality ingredients. The wine list could use a little work, only because there few BC wines, and a small by-the-glass selection.

The food was above par. I had the wok squid, which you GOTTA have. Tender meat, in a light batter, with a spicy garlic and chillis vinaigrette on top. Really good quality, and by far the best I’ve ever had; way better than any Greek place, a bargain at $8.

Even though they have a daily feature sheet with “catch of the day” ($18-$23) with snapper, monkfish, trout, and others, I wasn’t that hungry, so I ordered the warm beet salad with a champagne vinaigrette with blue cheese and walnuts, plus rare seared tuna on the side. Both were excellent.

By bill included 3 drinks and 2 food items and came to just above $50 (plus $10 tip since the service was excellent). Couple of my friends had the salmon burger, which was very good and juicy. One ordered half of roasted chicken, was moist and flavorful. Also seen on the table were a really good fisherman’s stew and a salmon dish.

If you want great seafood at a bs-free place, this would be the one. While this is not the cheapest of places, the quality, the view, and the service make up for the cost. The only time I would not come here would be for a date, as it is a big and open room that is often loud with no table to have an intimate conversation with your partner.

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Fiction3162 W Broadway, Vancouver
Fiction - the other white meat
Submitted Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

I agree with the crappy reviews of Fiction.

However, I have to disagree with the comments about the service. Nobody should be allowed to complain unless they’ve experienced working in that type of environment. However, if the service is truly shitty, there is nothing stopping you, the patron, to say screw you, and get up and leave. I wouldn’t even bother paying for the meal since I’m not planning on coming back. Don’t wait until the END of your meal to have your evening ruined, but do something about it after it takes 30 minutes for them to get you a beer.

Anyway, back to Fiction. I remember their food being ok. Nothing too spectacular, but seriously over priced. Either reduce the price by half, or increase the portion size by half. I don’t consider 1/3 of a scallop to be an appetizer unless I’m a squirrel. The drinks were good though. I’m not sure why it was so packed and busy, maybe Kits has a lack of good place to go. Oh wait, nevermind.

I would NOT recommend going there for food.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
I just don't get it!!
Submitted Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

I agree with the other reviews. I just don’t understand what’s so freaking special about this place that people line up for hours to get in. Is it the mob mentality at work? Maybe they are ALL tourists, sent by the various hotels around town? Or perhaps they are just too lazy to think for themselves. How can such an ordinary place be so packed all the time? Even the waitress are not hot.

The food is fair to ok, even though my friend found a LONG BLACK hair with some fried calamari around it. But I am not complaining about that; in fact I love when the chef puts himself into his dish.

Despite of what you might have heard, the portions are NOT that huge, they are normal size for a Greek restaurant. So do yourself a favour, and don’t believe the hype. Hell, I don’t even wait in lines for clubs, so I don’t see why I should wait in line for a mediocre food joint, considering there are SO MANY OTHER places to go in the downtown core. But that’s just my opinion.

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Urban Well1516 Yew St., Vancouver
Almost Craptacular!
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2005 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

Went on Sat to the Urban Well in Kits. I was surprised to see that the place was not packed. Maybe it was the cold weather outside, or maybe it’s that the Urban Well has gone down hill.

The service was poor. I don’t usually bitch about the service because I know what it’s like to serve wild animals, excuse me, people. But getting milk and sugar for my friend’s tea should not take 30 minutes. In the waitress’s defense, I told her she was good looking, so maybe that slowed her down.

The food was good for a lounge, although I would not go there for a regular dinner. I had duck confit spring rolls, which were good, even though the plum sauce came out of a can. If making a plum sauce from scratch is too hard for you guys, then open a cooking book and create a different sauce, but the only condiment that should be allowed to be ready-made is ketchup.

Speaking of which, I had the steak sandwich for main. The steak was good, cooked perfectly medium rare, but the fries were OLD and FRIED until there was nothing inside the fry, just the crunchy outer layer. My friends had a shrimp thingy which was ok and chicken satay which looked like it was boiled and accidentally fell on the grill to get the obligatory charcoal marks.

All and all, an alright place to hang out when you’re drunk, but since they are pretending they are in Yaletown maybe they should hire some more servers and look at their menu again, because quantity is rarely better than quality.

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Flying Beaver Bar & Grill4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
You'll have a blast!
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2005 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

Flying Beaver is located at the floatplanes terminal at the airport. The upside is the view. The downside is that its near nothing and there is usually a roadblock on the only road that leads in and out of it. Also, it pretty much dies down after midnight or 1am, since you cant really “drop by”.

However, it is a blast. It has really really good pub food at pub prices. Food and drink specials every day. Good looking servers. Always busy with good-looking crowd. Good breakfasts on the weekends. It is by far the best pub in Richmond! Done by the Mark James Group, same people that own Yaletown Brewery, Lotus Hotel, Dix, Mark’s Fiasco and others.

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Denman St. Free House1780 Davie Street, Vancouver
English Bay beauty
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2005 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Walk too fast and you might miss it. Small place, right next to Milestones on Denman. The only reason I walked in was because Milestones had a 40 minute wait and I don’t do waiting, especially for Milestones. Run by the same company that does Bimini’s and The Granville Room.

This place is similar to Tatlows on Kits and/or The Granville Room on Granville in many ways. The décor is contemporary with lots of leather, wood, and metal. The windows face spectacular English Bay.

The food is a more upscale version of the restaurants mentioned above, which is to say it’s not only good but rather innovative. All the mains are below $23. The service is rather short and to the point, but not everybody responds well to being flirted with.

I would definitely recommend this place if you are up for good-quality food, but not quiet hungry/patient enough for a proper sit down dinner since it is first of all a bar.

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Elbow Room, The560 Davie St, Vancouver
I love it
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2005 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Any time I end up being downtown during the morning hours, I go here for breakfast. If you get there early enough, you can park on Davie right in front of Elbow Room. And why do I go there? Because I don’t like bullshit, and neither do the people who work there. You want coffee, you know where the cups and your hands aren’t broken, so go get it yourself. You want water? Ditto.

The food is solid breakfast food. Its not dirt cheap, but its greasy, filling, wholesome, and good. Just like mom used to make. Leave your attitude at the door and enjoy the gay atmosphere. It’s the most fun you’re going to have on Davie (well ok, maybe not the MOST). Make sure to finish what you ordered, or you going to donate money to the Loving Spoonful. And that’s always a good incentive to eat at the Elbow Room.

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Rugby Beach Club Grille950 W Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Meh
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2005 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

I’ve been to the Rugby club many times. To me going there is like going to MacDonald’s when you’re starving: you know what you’re going to get but you hope it will be better this time, and when the experience is over, you regret going there all these times.

I never had bad service at the Rugby. Most of the time, I’ve had good service, sometimes great. Finding parking is not that big of an issue, compared to some Kits/Downtown places. They take reservations, which is always good.

However, it tries to be a better Earls, and it can’t, because Earls is pretty damn good at being Earls. Sure you can get a martini for 3 dollars. But the list of their martinis/cocktails sucks (there are only like 6 of each to choose from), and it’s a single, if that. However, the beers are cheap, and a normal size.

The food is ok at best. Sure, it’s a great idea that you can order your main (fish/chicken/meat) separate from your veggies and carbs but by the time you’re done assembling your plate it ends up being the same price as ONE dish at a normal restaurant (and sometimes even more). And shouldn’t the chef do the thinking for you?? What is this, Subway? Moreover, they have a good list of appies but they cost the same as at other places. Most of the time I find their food amateurishly made, with flavours coasting on top of the dishes. Sometimes having too many options is as bad as having too few. Nevertheless, the place is always packed, and a billion customers cant be all wrong, can they?

I think the Rugby is a stepping stone for all the teenyboppers who want to experience something a bit more upscale from Cactus Club and Milestones and Boston Pizza. I would suggest going to Earls instead. Sure it’s a chain, but so what?

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Tatlows Broiler Bar2741 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Tatlows Rules
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

It is ironic that this place is right across from the Naam. Tatlows has great carnivore food, great atmosphere, leather couches, a fireplace, awesome looking staff. Everything that the Naam doesn't (PUKE!).

I've been to Tatlows several times and never had a bad experience with either the food or the service. The prices are extremely reasonable, the portions are huge, and most importantly they have awesome-tasting food. For bar fair, it tastes pretty damn good. And if you can get the couch by the fireplace, it's a fantastic place for a date. YUMMM!

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Big Fish Sushi3311 East Broadway, Vancouver
Yummy sushi!
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

This place is near my work, so I go there at least once a week for lunch. It is standard sushi food, but VERY GOOD. Its relative new and lets be honest, it is a hole in the wall. But that’s not the point. Everything is very fresh, made to order, big portions, and its CHEAP.

Their dynamite rolls are so fresh that the shrimp inside is still warm from the fryer. Unlike some places in the city, they are not stingy with the salmon in the sushi. You know you’re eating CHUNKS of salmon, not slivers of something. For under 11 bucks ($2.95 for a California roll, $3.75 for Alaska roll, $3.95 for Dynamite roll), I don’t have to eat until the next day.

Finally, the chef rocks! He was trained in Japan and thanks you every time you come in and every time you leave.

If you live or work around the area, go, you wont be disappointed.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Speechless
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

**Disclaimer: I do not work for Parkside, nor do I have any friends who work there, etc.

The reason I gave this place a 5 out of 5 is because my first and only experience to Parkside was, for a lack of a better word, perfect. While I have not had the pleasure to dine at Lumier, West, Cin Cin, or other places as such, I have visited a myriad of restaurants in this city, and Parkside has set the bar, at least for myself. I visited Parkside during the summer of 2005, so my memory might be a little tainted.

The restaurant has valet parking, which is a pure blessing, since its located on Haro, West of Denman, in a residential area, where finding parking for outsiders is equivalent to finding a vegetarian item at Memphis Blues Barbeque House.

When I called to place reservations, I asked them to print me a menu without prices so my date will not feel bashful about ordering anything. They obliged absolutely without sneer or contempt.

The décor is modern and yet warm and very romantic. Even though it’s a small place, every table seems like its in a world of its own. I remember having a frisse with duck confit roulades, which was excellent. Then I had a rib eye with a wild mushroom sauce. Obscenely good. My date had a salad and a mushroom dish. Pure heaven.

Our waitress was a pro. Right away, I felt like I was very welcomed, appreciated, and given respect. She was anything but pretentious and provided us with a warm, friendly, non-rushed but prompt service.

While I spent a considerable amount of money at Parkside (around $120), it was worth it. The food, the service, and the ambiance were all excellent (my date went REALLY well, thank you for asking).

If you are looking for a romantic evening, where the restaurant experience compliments the date, not overpowers it, this is the perfect place. Over and above that however, Parkside is for anybody who wants to have an excellent dining experience. I will defiantly come back.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good beer, good time!
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

I visited Stella’s on November 11. We arrived at 8pm and the place was packed to the brim. We stood around for a few minutes with our beers until two seats became available at the bar. Waited another 20 minutes and got a table. The menu had 30 or so tapas, I ordered duck sausage with white bean hummus and the beef carpaccio dish. My friend had miso soup and salmon done three ways. All the dishes were great, if a little on the expensive side given the size of the portions and that they were tapas. Also, there were actually no “regular-size” dishes. Lastly, my biggest pet peeve is that they don’t take reservations.

I would suggest to fix two problems: First, add a few TV sets, since its supposed to be a “sports bar”, and from where I was sitting I could not watch the Canucks game. And second, decrease the price of the tapas by a buck or two. A bowl of miso soup for 6 dollars is not my idea of bar-food pricing.

I would recommend this place to anybody who loves good beer (and they have boatloads of good beer) and likes to have a variety of different foods in a loud, fun atmosphere. I will return to Stella’s, if I get my ass to the Drive again.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Worth every penny!
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

First of all, I would like to support Neil. I had my birthday celebration at the Hami on Nov 19, and had excellent time/food.

If somebody wants to experience pretentious attitude, they should try making reservations at Wild Rice. Wild Rice doesn’t take reservations, but if you "talk to the manager" they might and only if you pluck down $400, just in case you don’t show up. Which is the biggest load of BS I have ever experienced in my dining adventures. If you are SO busy that you don’t take reservations, then you shouldn’t have a problem giving my table away in case I don’t show up, instead of fleecing me for $400.

But anyway, but to the Hami. My review is slightly skewed due to the amount of wine and liquor I consumed. I had the beef capriccio, which was good, and I had the hanger steak, which was delicious, very deeply flavored. And their sweet potato fries ROCK (even though they are a tad on the limp side). I believe some of the other dishes around the table were mussels, pasta, salmon, salad, and New-York steak. All of which were excellent. The wine/liquor list is reasonably priced. Most importantly, the portions were a GOOD size and nobody remained hungry at the end of the dinner.

I only have two pet peeves about my experience at the Hami. Even though the staff knew it was my birthday, I didn’t get a free birthday cake!! But then again, it aint Denny’s, so no big deal. However, what I really hated is that the gentleman who was serving us was riding my ass like we were dating. Being asked if I decided what to drink/eat every 2 seconds is not my idea of good service. However, he was prompt at bringing us our dishes/drinks. So the service was fine, albeit boring and a little pretentious.

I would definitely recommend the place. Keep up the good job Neil!

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