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feynmanVancouverSince August 7, 20086 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4.5 (4.5)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Extraordinary food, exceptional value!
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

It's restaurants like Saveur that remind me of how lucky I am to live in Vancouver. Here is an executive chef who has cooked at Michelin Star and Relais & Chateaux restaurants across Europe, and I can have a complete, 3 course meal at his restaurant for $40 - unreal!

As previous reviewers mentioned, the hostess makes excellent wine recommendations. I had an exceptional bottle of shiraz for a very reasonable markup. The hostess is also very knowledgable about food, as she trained at a culinary Institute in France! The service was very friendly, and clearly refined.

There are 5 choices for each course (see website for details), and I don't think you can go wrong with any. However, I feel their foie gras and sablefish dishes warrant special attention - it's quite simply cooked to perfection! Their cracked pepper flat iron steak is also delectable.

The bottom line: 5 star food at Dine Out prices, year-round. Go and eat here - you won't regret it!

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Portobello Ristorante1429 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Hidden gem on W. Broadway
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

I dropped in for an early dinner on a weekday, and was instantly greeted and seated. Service was both friendly and efficient from beginning to end of what turned out to be a very memorable night out.

My dinner companion and I ordered the calamari and stuffed portobello mushrooms to start, and both were fantastic. A previous reviewer commented on how the flavors are so "naked that on first bite it tasted like nothing I've had before." This statement is absolutely true for the food here - the calamari was so refreshingly "simple", yet complex in a way that I've never experienced before. The natural flavor of calamari was front and center, with the sauce serving to highlight and accentuate (not to overwhelm.) It is easy to season and dress up ingredients, but it takes the greatest skill to preserve and compliment the natural flavors of what you're working with.

I next had the gnocchi alla cardinale, and it was easily the best gnocchi I've ever had. The Georgia Straight wasn't kidding when it crowned it "Best Gnocchi in Vancouver." The creme brulee and tiramisu were very good as well.

The decor and ambience are both excellent - it is quite a romantic and cozy restaurant, and the careful placement of mirrors grants all diners a look into the open kitchen where the expert chefs create their food.

For a high end Italian restaurant, the bill was surprisingly small. I've easily spent over twice the amount of money at Cioppino's, and the quality of the food is very comparable between the two establishments.

Portobello Ristorante is one of the hidden gems of Vancouver, and I will definitely be back.

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Tojo's Restaurant1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
You get what you pay for
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 8:27pm [Dine in]

I have always had omakase at Tojo's sushi bar, so I cannot comment on the experience of those who sat at the tables or ordered off the menu. From my personal experience though, you absolutely get what you pay for here - unbelievably fresh fish, expertly prepared by the master chef Tojo and his army of apprentices in ways that you have likely never experienced before.

Tojo's new location is a huge improvement over his old restaurant; the decor and ambience finally match the quality of the food. Service is still hit or miss, although sitting right at the sushi bar helps a lot in that regard.

The meals are expensive - I have paid everywhere from $110 to $165 a person for omakase at the bar. Not once have I regret dining at Tojo's, and my dinner companions share my sentiment.

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Steveston Pizza Co.3400 Moncton Street, #100, Richmond
Best pizza, bar none!
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Prepare to be blown away! Their pizzas are absolutely inspired, with creative combinations and ingredients that you can't find anywhere else. My personal favorites include the Water (stuffed full of shrimp and crab meat) and Red (marinated bison meat, enoki mushrooms, red wine, all yummy), but I feel confident that all their pizzas are great (with the exception of Mexican, which was a bit too ordinary.)

There is minimal seating inside, so just head down to the waterfront or Garry Point Park with your meal. The people behind the counter are polite and courteous; just don't be late in picking up your pizza (their time estimates are uncannily accurate)!

Highly recommended - it doesn't get any better than this.

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Urban Grain Pizza1914 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Delicious, healthy pizza!
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

As the previous reviews describe, Urban Grain makes their pizza with a healthy, multi-grain dough that tastes pretty good! They don't skimp on the ingredients either - the pineapple in my Tropical Hawaiian pizza was very fresh, and there was plenty of cheese. You definitely feel less guilty eating pizza from here.

I actually ordered my pizza through the phone for delivery, so ignore my ambiance rating. However, the pizza delivery man was very friendly and polite, and the food came promptly.

Their pizza selection is solid (http://www.urbangrain.com/) - just don't come in expecting to be blown away, as Steveston Pizza this is not. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're health-conscious.

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Jaguar Lounge & Restaurant1796 Nanimo Street, Vancouver
$1 Lobster Tails!
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I decided to visit this restaurant for a late lunch on a weekday to take advantage of their lobster tail promotion. If a patron spends $10 or more in one sitting, he/she can opt to order a baked lobster tail for an additional $1!

The decor and ambiance is quite posh, especially for a HK style restaurant. Lunch specials (offered until 6PM) are great bargains; for around $6, you get a big meal that comes with a complimentary, non-specialty drink. They offer a huge array of dishes, spread out over 2-3 menus.

Bubble tea comes in huge mugs - great value (relatively speaking)!

The food quality is quite good - the fish is especially fresh! I highly recommend a visit, especially while they have their lobster tail promotion.

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