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FearlessfilmeddyWest EndSince June 29, 20065 Reviews
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2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2 (1.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Just sayin...
Submitted Monday, March 28, 2011 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

I have thought about writing this for a while, but wasn't entirely sure if it was a big enough deal to blog about. Perhaps the restaurant will see this and take it into consideration.
I had taken my girlfriend to Trattoria Italian Kitchen on a night out before a movie. We were seated promptly even though they didn't take reservations on this night and the place was pretty full. Our server was friendly enough and the food was quite good, especially for the value. Many places do not offer this much quality for the price, especially in Kitsilano. We only had one real problem. The server had knocked over my glass of wine, breaking the glass and spilling most of the wine on me. It was white wine and did not stain, but I did get more that just a bit wet as the wine splashed on my pants and shirt. I did not get upset, as accidents happen and I am simpathetic to this. I believe its best to be gracious when no harm was meant. Another glass was brought to me, and I ordered another one after it. We had appetizers, and main courses. The waitress and staff were effusive in their apology of the spilled wine. I suppose they are not obligated to do this, but I would have found it significantly more classy if they had compt me at least one glass of wine to show their sincerety. Nothing was taken off my bill. I didn't ask them to play my cleaning bill or even so much as furrow my brow. I guess what I am saying is that they are sending the wrong message in this instance. I didn't avoid geting mad because I thought it would get me a comp. Still, part of me feels that had I made a stink about it, more than just my drink would have been free. I dine out regularly and these touches can make a difference about where I will go. If they had compt something it would go a long way in my decision to return when I have a hundred good choices in this town.
I may be spelling 'compt' wrong, but there you have it.

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Do not be my Valentine
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I went to Saveur, hoping to enjoy the Valentine's Day 4 course set menu for $49. We had visited the website, and read many of the good reviews on this site. I was a bit surprised that I could get a 730 reservation on such an occasion, but felt very lucky as the reviews on this site coupled with the relatively low price for the meal, made me feel as if I had gotten lucky. Not quite the case.
We arrived just a few minutes late but our table had not been prepped. We were seated just the same, which was fine. The restaurant itself is not large and was not full. There are not too many tables. I would say they had sat about 20 people at best. The location is not ideal and I would this suspect was part of the reason for the demise of previous establishment, the well rated 'Piccolo Mondo'.
After about 10 minutes, we had bread plunked down. We had yet to be greated formally by any host or waiter. We had to wait another 10 minutes before I finally asked for a wine list which was again plunked down and not actually handed to me. The plunker, was what looked like a kid of about 18 years old. God bless'em, he should be learning his chops at 'Red Robin' and not a at place trying to gain respect among a more descerning crowd. He was not given much responsibility, which was OK, but no one else seemed to be really attending our table. Our first course was again, plunked down in front of us without anyone having actually welcomed us. As I have stated, we had visited the website and knew what we would be eating so that's ok, but... At no time did any server tell us about our meal or what we could expect. Just standard really. We were never handed a course menu/description list.
Our young lad removed the second course without asking my date if she was finished (she was, but could have eaten more). After the third course, we actually had to stop him from removing the plate as he was about to walk away with my date's plate more than half full of food. In his defence a 'host' or whatever, apologized on his part and admitted to directing the boy to do so. We ordered a very nice Burgundy to go with our meal, but after the first pour, we had to pour the rest ourselves for the remainder of our meal. Not once were we asked by the staff how are meal was or engaged in any way. We are not rude customers, and don't usually make a fuss. But with a bill of $172 dollars (could have been more if they had actually offered us more wine) we expect a higher level of service. The food itself was good, but not exceptional. I feel bad for the chef as I am certain the food would have tasted better had the service staff provided a better experience. There are other French bistros in the city and many offer so much more. They need to step it up.

As an addendum, when we visited the website the 'about us' section was full of grammatical errors. That may be OK for a quick dining review, but not for a professional introduction piece to your restaurant. A red flag.

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FigMint Restaurant & Lounge500 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Not too pleased to be seated.
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

I jokingly referred to the trendy mispelling of this place when I first saw the sign outside of the restaurent. I suggested that the mistake had happened, and perhaps it was cheaper to stick with it then change all the menus etc. As it turned out, the spelling was more indicative than whimsical.
It was a dineout meal with a $35 dollar prix fix. We had a 9:00pm seating and were greeted cordially. My date was seated along the wall at a two seat table and I was seated facing her but away from the restaurant, which is an open, simple but attractive room.
I noticed the couple beside me had pushed two tables together and were sitting together side by side. I requested to our very nice and polite if somewhat superficial server that we would like to do the same as there was an empty table beside us. Note that it was already past 9:00 PM, there was no reservation for that available table, and there were other seats available. She went to her manager (I guess) to confirm, but was unable to accomodate us. The couple beside us was kind enough to give us their extra table and we enjoyed the rest of the evening. The three courses featured both mint and fig in the dishes with a fig and caramel pudding deser that was sensational. Our server was apologetic about what happened, and the food was delicious if not too filling. At this time of year, a restaurant is supposed to showcase, and did so with the food, but I have to question their customer service, especially considering the additional table I requested was never filled. With the choices in this town, they need to step up and not just think about selling seats. They want to sell them again don't they?

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Havana Restaurant1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Sangria, Sayonara
Submitted Friday, July 14, 2006 - 2:53am [Dine in]

First time back to Havana in several years. Lucky to get a patio seat, but that is to be expected in the summer time. The menu had once again changed, and the one beloved crab cakes had vanished from the menu. No matter. A pitcher of the renown Sangria would assuage any menu exclusions. To my dismay, the aforementioned cure, proved more heartbreaking than even the latest menu updates. More water than wine seem to be the order of the day, and as a result, made our trek to this popular eatery, somewhat of a letdown. I hope that this place will remember the trademark concoction that brought me here in the first place.

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Central Bistro & Lounge1072 Denman Street, Vancouver
At least the Brass Monkey had Jay
Submitted Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

Last night, me and a friend of mine stopped in at Central on Denman street. I use to frequent the Brass Monkey, the previous location, not because of the food but rather because Jay, a host and server, use to provide excellent service. It was long after several visits though, that a notice went up about renovations. Soon enough, the Monkey had close down for reasons that I will fairly discount as rumour. The look for Central hasn't changed much, but I don't hold much hope for this restaurant altogether. The crowd was certainly close to capacity as it should be at such a 'central' location at dinner time in late June.
We were seated, as requested, on the patio. This is a good area in some ways as the shade provided by the trees is a welcome respite from the summer sun. Unfortunately, the trees are a bane as much as blessing. Along the wooden patio railing are several bird poop droppings that will obviously kill an appetite, especially if you've ordered eggs. The railing needs to either be cleaned frequently, or the area partially covered to protect from the foul droppings.
Our hostess/server was cheerful enough but not attentive. She took our order after about 10 minutes (too long in such a small location). The martini my partner had ordered was quite good, but the non-alcoholic coke I ordered was syrupy and without much carbonation. After eating half the meal, our hostess ask us how everything was. Her insincerety was clear as when I said "fine", with little enthusiasm, she said "great!" and moved along, never to return until bill time. The food itself did not seem fresh. We had order a kind of taste-of-appetizers plate, the name of which I do not recall. It had skewers of chicken, beef, shrimp and button mushrooms. The mushrooms were greasy and without much flavour. The chicken and beef portions were small, and the two kinds of pita and dip were nothing I would consider trying again.

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