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fin2VancouverSince December 31, 200714 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2.2)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2 (2.2)
  • Value2 (1.9)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Displaying 1 - 14 of 14 Reviews Found
Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Nice decor - shame about the prices!
Submitted Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner with a friend last night. Thank goodness we had an entertainment coupon! The place was not busy even on Saturday, but we had made a reservation a week in advance (didn't qualify for open table points though?!?!). We were placed at an inside small table despite the window table being open. Order 3 different dim sum options and a chow mein to share. Dim sum was $6 each and the chow mein was $18. These were all meatless. The sticky buns were 3 on a plate and were more doughy than filled. The potstickers were good - all 4 of them. And finally the drunken beans were a disappointment being doused in what tasted exactly like sweet and sour sauce out of a bottle. The chow mien was good, but not for that price. It had one exotic mushroom and other than that nothing stood out. We paid and left to get dessert elsewhere. We won't be back.

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Planet Veg1941 Cornwall Ave., Vancouver
Terrible disappointment!
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:32pm [Dine in]

Stopped here for dinner before bard. There are a few tables to sit down at, so we ate in. We all ordered the curry combo, thinking it would be a good combination of the menu. For $10, the plate included Lentil soup, spinach puree, rice serving, laddu and naan bread.  All was served on a divided metal tray with quite small portions. The food was clearly microwaved after ordering, even the naan was pita bread that had been quartered and reheated. The flavors did not compensate for the reheat either. All were bland and uninspired. A real shame that a place offering vegetarian fare would do such a poor job. Save your money and get some better tasting indian on main or fraser street.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Not a Good Choice for Dine Out
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

Went for DOV on a Friday night as a table of 2. Had reservations far in advance. The big sell was for the $28 you would get 2 appies, a main and a dessert.

The 2 appies were a 1/2 cup of salad and 1/2 cup of (hardly) lukewarm carrot soup. This took 40 minutes to arrive at the table with our VQA pairing. Neither was spectacular.

We looked forward to the main course. Both of us chose the all cheese platter. Honestly, the cheese (all three selections) maybe was 4-5 ounces total (I'm being generous here). Each cheese was paired with a condiment (in this case, it was olives, almonds and honey). All the condiments were very, very small (for example, about 1/2 a teaspoon of the honey). A bread basket on the table had thin slices of baguette (plain white, maybe 1/4 of a loaf) and artisan crackers (again, white, about 3 or 4 broken up).

Dessert was 1/4 cup chocolate mousse and a rum ball chocolate.

For the cost, it was terrible value. We have both eaten in quality restaurants and never paid so much, for so little. There is no excuse to compromising the quantity as much as was done here for that quality. It was just pathetic.

Furthermore, it took about 2 hours and 30 minutes to serve that food. Keep in mind only 1 of the selections was warm and that was not warm enough.

This was just a terrible choice and we left to find somewhere to get more to eat on the way home.

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Symposio1564 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Food Doesn't Excuse Service
Submitted Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

Went here on a Saturday night with a friend. We made reservations, but did not need them. The place was nowhere near capacity. A lackluster greeting and we were waved to a table. Suddenly, a large party of 10 appeared and were greeted as if they were family (maybe they were?). For the rest of the night, we were ignored as the other party was served faithfully. The food was okay, but did not include everything that was described on the menu (the potatoes were missing from both our dishes). I had the vegetarian dish which was only $1 less than the lamb version my friend had. In the end, we had to ask for the bill, although our plates had been cleared long before (and no one asked if we wanted coffee or dessert). We will not be back. There are many, many other Greek places within walking distance that are better.

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Ocean Club, The100 Park Royal, #105, West Vancouver
Absolutely gone downhill!
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Went here when it first opened and really enjoyed it with a group. Tonight we took someone out to dinner and met here. I was so embarrassed by the time we left!
The restuarant had 2 tables by 7pm on Tuesday night. Yet our server was terrible (even wearing sandels - is that food safe?). The wine was slow and had sediment in the bottom of our glasses. Plus he made a very uneven pour among 4 glasses and used the whole bottle.
The appies were fine, but pricey. It was the mains that were disgusting. The pasta dish was fine, but nothing outstanding. The chicken dishes were good; however, the sides were inedible: glop of what was supposedly rice, but was the consistency of cream of wheat and a ragout that was leftover veggies, reheated and doused in balsamic creme.
Coffee took 30 minutes. The bill another 30 minutes. Finally, I took the credit card to the bar to get out of there.
Weirdly, by 9pm the place was starting to fill up with loud, party groups as a bar type situation.
I wouldn't go back, not for the overpriced food or the $14 martinis. Save your money.

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Refinery, The1115 Granville Street, Upstairs, Vancouver
Excellent DOV experience.
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

Went here for DOV 2008. For the $28 price, had a goat cheese brulee, vegetarian plate (marinated veggies, bean salad, hummus) and an espresso marscapone mousse. The others tried the seafood and the meat/cheese platter.
All the portions were generous. The food was well prepared and tasty. The mousse was definitely a highlight and was not only reasonably sized, but came with a sea salt biscotti which everyone agreed was surprisingly delicious.
Service was attentive, but not overly fussy. The owner made a point of coming over and introducing himself and checking on whether we enjoyed our meals (he even used the name from our reservation - nice touch!). Even though it was DOV, we did not feel rushed.
A few minor quibbles: the bread served was baguette and came toasted in varying degrees (ie: some pieces were crispy, some not, some had top only crispy). Also it was all the same type of bread. With platters, it would be nice to have some variety. Also, the waitress forgot to ask if we wanted coffee with dessert and when we did ask her for some, she informed us they only served espresso and no decaf.
Overall, we all enjoyed our dinner and will go back on another night.

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El Barrio Restaurante Latino2270 East Hasting St., Vancouver
Excellent food, Fabulous Service
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

Went on a Friday night with a group for a birthday. Booked ahead to reserve a table.
We arrived early and started with a pitcher of margharitas (lime, strawberry, mango; blended or iced). Excellent and came with salted rimmed glasses. Tried the strawberry later with sugar rims, a little on the sweet side though. Also had the sangria which was tasty, but unusual with cranberries, a nice seasonal touch!
The appies we tried were excellent: spicy, fried potatoes with dip and garlic fried prawns. The mains came and everyone was thrilled. We had enough to take home.
At the end of the meal, the owner even brought a caramel flan dessert out for the birthday girl.
Service was friendly and non-intrusive.
It was on the pricier side ($15-20/entree), but worth it. The only flaw was the two vegetarian entrees were on the cool side as they had clearly been waiting for the other entrees to be ready before they were brought out. Otherwise, I would highly reccommend the restaurant.

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Eighteen 279185 Glover Rd., Langley
Thought this would be better!
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

I cannot believe what we paid for what we ate. Went with 3 friends on Saturday night. We phoned ahead to try and get reservations and were told they don't take them. Not that we needed them either since when we arrived it was only 1/2 full. We could see why too after 5 minutes. That piano is LOUD! It's not a place for a quiet conversation. We ordered tapas salads for $9 and they were 1/4 cup of spinach, 3 small chunks of pear (I mean the size of your pinky nail small) and 2 even smaller pieces of stilton. Then the cheese fondue ($20) that was only 1/2 an inch deep in this very huge pot that was awkward to dip into. Accompaniment was hunks of bread...not very fresh...4 tiny shrimp and some chopped sausage. Then $7 for small pile of overdone yam fries. More $$ for a prawn dish and even more for a veggie burrito. After that, we didn't stay for dessert. The food was tasty but WAY WAY overpriced. I could have eaten better downtown, for less money.

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India Curry House506 Fort St, #102, Victoria
Too expensive and not tasty.
Submitted Monday, April 7, 2008 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

I'm a vegetarian and I love a thali (assorted small dishes). So when I saw on their brochure that they are known for their thalis, we had to go.

The veg thali is 18.50. A bit pricey, I thought ($1 more than the meat version?!?), but I was willing to pay for something tasty. Too bad that this thali was not.

It came with 1 veg, 1 daal, 1 saag, a dish of raita and some rice. This sounds like plenty of food, until you examined portion size. Each dish was a scant half cup, even the rice! No naan, it came with poori, 1! And it was not true poori. This was like a roti that had been deep fried. No dessert, not even rice pudd.

The flavours were fine, but it was unsatisfying, especially when we had paid such a premium price.

The service was also fine. One poor guy ran around to all the tables, while the owners?!? stood chatting at the front.

As for ambiance, go elsewhere. This restaurant looks like it was furnished with garden store castoffs and used Christmas lights.

We won't return.

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Blethering Place, The2250 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria
Wish I could sound nicer...
Submitted Monday, April 7, 2008 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

....but we had a terrible experience here recently.

Took my mother to tea on our big trip to Victoria. I was not expecting miracles of foodie heaven for 18.95 (we paid the extra $2 for the double cream trifle), but I did expect better than 1/2 a dried up sandwich each, a small slice of cantalope, a handful of grapes, a cookie from Superstore (even had the PC logo on it), a mini butter tart and 3 squares that were clearly bought from Safeway.

The scone was definitely the best part, hot and fresh; however, when I cracked mine open, I found a large, dark hair had been baked into it. When we managed to flag down the waitress, she did apologize and brought me another, but no 'comps' were offered or given.

The trifle was okay, but just $2 okay.

The ambiance is over the top Victoriana. Our tablebloth was really faded and had been washed one too many times (seeing as it was just a square of fabric, I couldn't understand why it hadn't been replaced). The teapot comes with knitted cozy.

The waitresses seem trapped in large white dresses that made them look like they are wearing Victorian bed clothes!

The tea was fine, but it was plain Twinings tea bags. No refill of hot water came or was offered.

For this ridiculous price, I expected more. We will not be back!

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Waterstone Taphouse & Grill19988 84 Avenue, Langley
Expensive for a quick bite, but tasty!
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2008 - 11:09am [Dine in]

Stopped in with a friend after a long (hot) walk in Langley.

It was late afternoon on a Sunday, so we didn't want full meals. I had a starter green salad (very plentiful serving, nice dressing and not too much of it!) and edamame (microwaved and overdone - mushy). She had a giant shrimp cocktail and french onion soup (that she said was a really good balance of the onion taste and the cheese).

Overall, it was tasty. I would not be back for dinner, however, due to the serious lack of veggie choices!

Service was good to start, but slow to get the bill (she came back with change very quickly!).

Amniance is lovely and would be great for drinks at night.

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Lickerish Restaurant & Lounge903 Davie St, Vancouver
Poor service, decent food.
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

We were really looking forward to this experience, since the restaurant has good reviews on here.
Our reservations were for 7pm on a Saturday. Bad sign that the place was almost empty and despite our reservation, we were given a table next to the bathroom and beside a very drafty window.
We order several tapas to share and they seemed to come out very randomly (the bruscetta came last after almost everything else had been eaten).
We tried to order one of their drinks and were told that they couldn't make it because they didn't actually have a blender.
Finally, the plates were cleared and we had to ask for the dessert menu. After our orders were given, the server returned almost 10 minutes later, to announce that one of our choices was actually not available.
One coffee was brought with the dessert and it was lukewarm and clearly had been sitting for along time (no spoon was with it to stir, we had to ask for it).
It took over 20 mor minutes to get the bill (again, we had to ask).
All that being said, the food was okay, if pricey. The oil was used liberally to cook with.
Not a place I would run back to.

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Deuce Restaurant1617 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Nice presentation, poor quantity.
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2007 - 12:59am [Dine in]

Yes, this is a tapas restaurant. I get that! However, tapas should still manage to satisfy the diner, in other words, give quality and a satisfying meal. Unfortunately, Deuce falls short here.
The ambiance is outstanding. It's been beautifully decorated and designed to make you feel as if you are in a swank downtown joint. The service was a strong complement to the decor: not overly intrusive, but present when needed.
The food is also very good. The flavours are a nice mix and the drinks are excellent.
However, the portions are very small for the price points. $15 for three scallops and $14 for four pieces of veg. lasagna is steep (not to mention, why use a deep fried piece of noodle on the lasagna? Was it just to make the neat little stacks? It made it more like a nacho than pasta!).
Dessert was good. We loved the mini concept that they use, as it allowed each of us to order three as a sampler!
I will not be returning here except for drinks and snacks. As a for a full meal, Deuce just doesn't fill the belly!

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Sonoma Grill & Lounge20598 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Okay food, Poor Service
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2007 - 12:48am [Dine in]

Dined there last night with friends. Bruscetta was really garlic toast with mega cheese. Vegetarian pasta (ravioli) was a tad too strong on the mushroom flavour and lacked seasoning. Desserts were strong, especially the tiramisu.
Service was not strong (eg: coffee refill only offered with bill and first cup was luke warm). Server seemed unhappy to be working.
Ambiance was okay for a local restaurant, but not great for their aspiring prices! We had a seat near a wall that seemed to have constant thumping in the ceiling above us. Our only thought (since no upstairs was visible) was that it was where the kitchen storage was! Irritating for intense conversation and since there were many other tables possible.
Overall, I wouldn't return. For these prices, I would rather get true quality food with good service and more aspiring ambiance!

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