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evolMarpoleSince October 27, 20088 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance4 (3.8)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Smooth Operator
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 12:31am [Dine in]

Both times I've been to Salt have been at my boss's invitation, I doubt I would have gone to a place like this otherwise. Being a poor university student, my "cool-factor" doesn't usually qualify me as a purveyor of establishments such as Salt. In any case, it really is a hipster's dream - all chic and industrial. The room itself is beautiful, but not really designed for comfort. I also found the acoustics of the room really strange. Everything seems to echo yet I found it difficult to hear what the person across from me was saying.
The menu, in the same style, is all elegance but no substance. The meats and cheeses are all top quality, I'm sure, but does not constitute a hearty meal by any means. I can't really comment on the wine menu as I've only dined here and not wined - although I did enjoy the non-alcoholic fizz that I tried.
The ambiance is clearly geared towards a certain crowd, one who thinks that dining in an alleyway only adds a certain "je ne sais quoi" rather than being a detriment. For me, it was a tad bit offsetting to walk down a syringe littered alleyway only to step into such a contrasting setting.
In conclusion, I would say that if you have the money and the cool, Salt is a fine place to spend both. But for the more average, meats and cheeses can be gotten elsewhere - you'll have to bring your own chic though.

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Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant736 East Broadway, Unit 5, Vancouver
A Good Kind Of Different
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

My sister was visiting from out of town and I wanted to take her for a totally different dining experience. She's vegetarian, so after browsing some reviews on this website I decided on Fassil, since previous reviewers had mentioned a great selection for vegetarians. We made reservations for a Friday evening but when we arrived it turned out to be totally unnecessary - there was only one other table dining. The place is on the small end and slightly dingy-looking, but in a homey sort of way.
My dear sister ordered the special vegetarian platter, while I ordered a chicken dish and my boyfriend selected a beef dish. Service was EXCELLENT - the gentleman who was helping us (perhaps Fassil himself?) was so kind and helpful, explaining everything in a non-overbearing way. Our food came hot and fresh and I quite enjoyed it. There were certain items included in the vegetarian platter that my sister wasn't fond of but my boyfriend LOVED his beef. Ultimately I think it's a matter of personal preference, but I would recommend at least giving this place a try if not just for the warm and friendly service.

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Vinada Vietnamese Restaurant1260 Robson Street, Vancouver, Vancouver
Spontaneous Lunch
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I were shopping on Robson one day when hunger struck. Overwhelmed with choices, we happened upon this place...their menu was posted outside and we thought, hey, why not. We were just going to have a quick lunch so we didn't order a ton of food or anything, he got a sandwich and I got vegetable pho. The food was okay but not great or even good. It was passable, as was the service. We were one of the only tables dining so I don't think it was so unreasonable to expect a bit more service-wise. Luckily the bill for both of us came to less than $20. Won't be back, and won't miss the bizarre decor either.

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Milestone's Grill & Bar2966 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver
So.....Unimpressive
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

Went to Milestone's for a dinner gathering with a bunch of friends. Ambiance is what you'd expect from a chain restaurant, plain and safe, far from breathtaking. Our server was friendly to the point of being almost overly so...it almost felt like she was trying to wring tips out of us with smiles.
The food was really bland and unimpressive, and overpriced for what you get. I don't think anyone in the group was wowed with their entrees, and between us we probably tried most of the menu. My bellini (with a little plastic elephant for garnish) was my favourite part of the evening.
The strangest part of the evening was the soundtrack of...broken glass. I didn't stay very long, but during the time I spent there I probably heard about three different glasses break, which was alarming to say the least. I left extremely unimpressed.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
I Like It!
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Stumbled into Sala Thai one evening by accident...loved it so much that I've been back on several occasions! I almost always get a noodle dish so I can't really judge what the quality of their other menu items are like, but I've always thoroughly enjoyed my Pad Thai or Spicy Drunken Noodles and always come away STUFFED - most times I can't finish my plate and have some to take home for the next day. I've brought a lot of different people here and it seems like they're all enjoyed their meals as well, and they have branched out further into the menu than I have. Nobody I've dined with at Sala Thai has been really disappointed in their meal.
My biggest gripe here is with service, which can be a bit surly at times, and it's also easy to be ignored when it's really busy.
I would say that the value is pretty good, my boyfriend and I are usually surprised when both of us come away stuffed and the bill came to less than $30..maybe it's just our selections.
I would recommend this restaurant, especially for their Pad Thai. Also, their Long Island Iced Teas are quite strong haha.

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Gelarmony1222 Robson Street, Vancouver
Mmm Gelato!
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Granted, I'm not some sort of gelato expert or fanatic, so I can't speak with any real authority on things gelato-related. However, I really do enjoy the gelato I've had at Mondo (especially the watermelon flavour..mmm). It's a great treat after a long day of shopping, especially when you're with friends and can get a bunch of different flavours to share.
Service is geared towards being quick and efficient when it's busy, but when I've dropped in during non-peak times the employees have generally been quite friendly and accomodating - offering samples of any flavour we wanted to try, allowing us ample time to make our choices, etc.
The ambiance is not spectacular but for what it is, it's not bad. I've always had a good time when I come here and will certainly be back when I'm in the area.

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Village Taphouse900 Main Street, #1C, West Vancouver
Hit And Miss
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

I've been to Steamworks on a few different occasions and find it to be a mixed bag - good food, bad service, bad food, good service - the only thing that remains relatively consistent is the ambiance, as even their beers (seasonal selection) are on a rotating menu.
Generally, I would recommend not to come to Steamworks on an empty stomach...their selection seems vast but none of it is really original or well-executed. Plus their entree items seem really overpriced for what you get. Their appetizer dishes are okay to snack on which you drink, which is really the only thing I would go out of my way to go to Steamworks for. Their beer is reasonably priced (somewhat saves their value rating) and fairly good. I'm a big fan of the raspberry beer myself, it's a shame it's not available year round!
The ambiance is decent, it's a pretty nice room but some of the tables can be uncomfortably close and it does get a little loud and rambunctious at times. Basically a relatively straightforward go-to place for drinks and hanging out with friends.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
A Happy Anniversary
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

Tonight my boyfriend and I celebrated our one year anniversary at Afghan Horsemen. It was our first time at the restaurant, and we basically chose it because of the good reviews on here and because of the fact that my boyfriend is Middle Eastern and was really craving some good kebab.
Anyway, we arrived early for our reservation but were accomodated nicely. We were seated in the cushion room (as per our reservation) which was really beautiful and comfortable to boot. Our server was pleasant and everything came out really quickly - it hadn't been very busy when we arrived. The food was all delicious, but we were expecting a bit more for our money so for value we didn't think it was the greatest. The kebabs were really moist and nicely cooked which we were pleased with (I had the chicken and he had the lamb).
Unfortunately a large party (20+) arrived in the middle of our meal and there was a lot of confusion about their reservation...this was probably the most unpleasant part of our meal, and was in no way the fault of the establishment. We will definitely be back to try the other items on their menu.

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