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fallonbowmanWest End, VancouverSince August 4, 20088 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Big Disappointment
Submitted Friday, February 5, 2010 - 11:42am [Dine in]

My husband and I were given a gift certificate from my employer to try out La Quercia for christmas, knowing how much we love little boutique restaurants we had been wanting to go for a while. Problem being I have some (still relatively new to me) dietary restrictions, and I'm a vegetarian. Before she purchased the gc she went in to the restaurant in person and spoke with the people there letting them know all the things I can't have and asked if it would be possible to accommodate me or if she was best to try some place else. They were enthusiastic in promising if we booked our reservation a few days in advance they would work their daily specials around to have something on the menu for me and create me something special. Let me tell you... we booked on a Sunday afternoon and dined on a thursday night. Upon arrival our server asked me what I wanted, much to my surprise. I told her again the items I could not have and said my only request is that I don't get a plate of vegetables, because I could make that at home and is typically a big disappointment when eating out.

The only thing on the menu that was vegetarian was pasta. Any other veggies out there know, nothing is a bigger let down when eating out. Just because I have ethics, doesn't mean I don't like good food! Any well rounded chef should have the ability to produce something else.

I get the feeling the girl serving us was relatively new, because wasn't much help with the wine list. If I say I'm looking for something like a Viognier don't drink me a chard. For our starter I ordered an arugula salad with pine nuts and parmesan, tasty but incredibly boring. The cheese was quite mild and there were few pine nuts. I ended up just chewing miles of arugula and couldn't finish it, the salad was definitely missing something. My husband ordered off the fresh sheet; pulled pork tortellini with pork belly. He said it was good but boring as well, was ultimately disappointed with it.

Then the main course, the look on her face said it all as she was approaching the table with our dishes... He had the rabbit wrapped in prosciutto. Me, a plate with some green bitters (that tasted like gasoline, literally), 3 baby potatoes (1/2 inch each), 10 green beans, some soggy spinach, and a cut up radish. No puree, no sauce, no salt or pepper.... NOTHING. I nearly cried at the table, I was SO let down. I ate a couple beans and asked her to take it away. The rabbit was good apparently, but the rabbit at La Brasserie (Monday night special) still beat it by a long shot.

We decided to drown our sorrows (and use the damn gift certificate) so we ordered desert. One of each (as I has still hungry) and shared them. They were TO.DIE.FOR. And almost, just almost, made up for the rest of the meal. We had a poached pair and a flourless chocolate cake with pistachio gelato. Really really tasty!

So the bill arrives. They comp us one of our $7 deserts for the disappointment with my meal, and in turn charge that pathetic plate or flavourless steamed veg; $21 (That I didn't even eat)! What a joke! The snooty man server (who really reminds us of that old ass kisser from Parkside who used to drum on about "the flavours") then steps in and tries to get confrontational saying "oh, well when you made the reservation I said it was an italian restaurant"... OK. You don't go claiming to be so accommodating and eager to please someone with dietary restrictions if you can't!! It's as simple as that.

So he claims he must talk to the chef/owner about it, struts into the kitchen to fill him in. The chef/owner then tells him to take it off (not only can we see them, but they're a mere 5 feet away in the kitchen and we can hear them too) the chef then turn around towards us and mumbles "why the f* did you come here then?!"

We won't be back, that's for sure.

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Bandidas Taqueria2781 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Delicious, even for meat lovers
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Tasty vegetarian tacos! Went and ordered 2 of everything and shared! Surprisingly filling and even the meat lovers weren't missing the meat. Healthy and affordable, what's not to love? Try the sweet potato and pumpkin seed, will not disappoint!

Very casual setting, typical east van hipster decor (think; foundation, little nest, zubees, anything and everything on the drive...) and that explains the scenester kids with their flip up hats and hollow glasses frames that tend to find themselves here. Even fun if you're not into that sort of thing. But as a warning, not somewhere to bring the in-laws ha ha.

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Salsa & Agave Mexican Grill1223 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Overrated and bland
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

Had read some great reviews about this place and was excited to try some good mexican. We had to wait a surprisingly long time for a table, were seated and then told they weren't supposed to seat us yet so asked us to get up from our table and go wait in line again... who does that?!

Anyway, I can even remember what we ordered now it was so forgettable. I can tell you this, it was BLAND. Not worth it.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Delicious
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

Celebrated a romantic night out at Chambar. Was surprised to find it busy and full, even at 9pm on a wednesday (always a good sign). Ordered the mushroom goat cheese spring roll appy to start and share, it was to die for. Mushrooms aren't actually IN a springroll as I thought, but sauteed perfectly and laid across the plate, accompanied by goat cheese spring rolls (heavenly).

I have several dietary restrictions and the kitchen was more than happy to make me something, even gave me a choice (that almost never happens, and I do appreciate it sooo much). Hubby went all out and ordered the steak. He was silent through the majority of his meal due to sheer enjoyment.
We finished with the pot de chocolat, that came highly recommended from our server, which was sooo creamy and just sweet enough.

Great wine list, decent options for wines by the glass too. Many belgian beers, even a couple we hadn't tried elsewhere (ie: Stella's).

Many of the servers were sporting mustaches and all looked pretty hilarious, which would seem weird to someone unfamiliar with MOVEMBER. It's great they're all on board for a good cause.

Service was excellent. Absolutely fantastic. The music was a bit loud because of where we were seated though they did allow us to sit side by side and occupy our neighboring table after it cleared out a bit.

It is a must try, but definitely more of an "occasion" restaurant, a bit pricey considering we're used to the similar style and affordability of La Brasserie on Davie St. We'll be back, likely for our anniversary!

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Cookies by George1114 Denman Street, Vancouver
Overpriced and average.
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Cookies by George on Denman is cute but cluttered looking little red shop. Cookies are good, but nothing to write home about, and wildly overpriced. Every time I walk by I'm looking in to see if they're actually making the cookies by hand, so far only seen them scooping dough out of a tub with an ice cream scoop. I wouldn't be surprised if they just order it frozen, very disappointing. The cookies at Butter on Dunbar taste a thousand times better.

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Desi Lounge & Restaurant911 Denman St, #200, Vancouver
3 Strikes you're out.
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

We've been 3 times since they've opened and all three were bad. Talk about giving them the benefit of the doubt. The first time we had this server who, when asked "what's the difference between the 3 indian beers?" answered us with "they're all good :)". ha! Don't expect big portions, the chicken korma had about 4 pieces of actual chicken :/

There was an ad in our elevator with all of their weekday specials. When we went in and asked what the special was (the last 2 times) our servers had no idea and had to go ask (for numerous things). The first time, they had no Aloo Gobi. The next time I asked for it and asked them to make it mild for me, he brought out this dish filled with cauliflower, a couple peas, and 2 potatoes that was very very dry. It honestly looked like they steamed some veggies, let them cool, and threw some powder on it, it wasn't good, especially for the outrageous price. I told our waiter it was too dry and I apologized and said I really didn't like it, and asked him if he could please bring me the vegetable korma instead. He was very courteous and said absolutely. Then, you see him walk over and talk to the manager, he comes back and says "I'm not going to bring you the korma, I'll have them make the aloo gobi the right way".
It comes back spicy as all hell and the same veggies just warmed up with more spices. At that point my boyfriend had finished and he wanted to bring me korma, I just said we'd rather the bill. Bill comes with the $15 dollar aloo gobi (that I never ate and sent back), I had to get the manager.

Last time we'll be back there. Don't waste your time or money.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good Food, Great Service!
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

Food is always hot and comes out fast. My boyfriend is crazy about their Kung Pao Chicken, he claims it's the best he's ever had. Not too many choices for vegetarian, but a few (VERY TASTY) tofu and vegetable dishes.

A nice place to go with a couple people, order many different things, and enjoy sharing all the yummy dishes. The ambiance is really very nice and the servers are always so fantastic!

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Khunnai Chang Thai Cuisine835 Denman St., Vancouver
Delicious!!!
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

We live only a couple few blocks away and Khunnai Chang has become our favorite place for a casual bite to eat. There is always courteous service, and the food is fantastic!
I'm a vegetarian and they'll always make me a curry with tofu instead and that gives me sooo many choices! The tofu and vegetables is always a staple on our table. Try the Massaman curry, and the coconut rice is fantastic!

The only downside is the lackluster decor, not a big deal. That being said, I would never bring out of town friends here for dinner, it's more like our little weekday secret. We'll continue to eat here on a regular basis :)

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