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fishtronVancouver WestSince July 18, 20078 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance2 (2.1)

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Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Confused servers!
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

Food was all delicious (especially the Colossal Cheese Skewer and the fusion rolls), beer was cheap ($10 pitchers sunday-thursday), but the servers could not recall who ordered what so lots of food got switched around. They also failed at separating our bills. I suppose they are used to large parties gathering to share drinks and appetisers rather than ordering suppers separately.

Though we never got around to go beyond beer, the drink menu was seriously impressive. Go after supper for drinks and chat a lot: the ambiance is great for that.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last supper, recorded 2007-09-02, posted 2007-09-08

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Good food, weird everything else
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

First off, I loved the rice absolutely: mango, coconut, beans over rice with bits of melting cheese. Serving wasn't huge but it was filling, for certain.

Two team members ordered the burgers and thought they were mediocre, but I figure that using veggies to emulate meat is kind of pointless and is akin to comparing apples and oranges really. Could be that I've never had a good veggie burger myself and rationalised it as an impossible and rather pointless comparison.

The servers were awkward to start (no smiles at all!) until we joked a bit with them. They also allowed us to get extra fruit for free for the chocolate fondue, which was pretty sweet.

For us, the glasses were made of glass, not plastic, so we didn't get the weird taste. They likely purchased new hardware since last the last few reviewers.

The menu was the single most frustrating thing ever. The item names were pretty but not descriptive at all (the heck is "Upper East Side" and "Lower East Side" and what do they have to do with rice?), and combined with the fancy but horribly confusing layout it took us well over 15 minutes to pour over and decide on an item.

The quotes on the walls at the time were all related to "power" and were kind of annoying really. Some were actually profound and good, but others simply had the word "power" in it and had little to do with their concept of power, and some were even so far-fetched to simply be quotes with certain letters capitalised to just SPELL the word "power". So contrived!

The loud hip-hop was annoying as well, but not loud enough to be invasive so we largely ignored it. Maybe I'm missing some sort of connection here but a chic little place like this with some philosophical quotes on the walls and speakers blaring "bitches and hoes" seemed really out of place.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last supper, recorded 2007-08-05, posted 2007-09-08

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Nyala4148 Main St, Vancouver
Sort of ok I guess
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

The food was alright but was not nearly as spicy as they advertised it to be. The "HEY THIS IS REALLY SPICY BE CAREFUL" foods turned out to have the mildest kick; for a frame of reference, I usually order "mild" at restaurants and get a pretty good kick.

The menu is deceptive and makes everything sound delicious, often omitting key ingredients, such strong-tasting celery (which I hate).

The server, though extremely friendly and helpful, switched up one of the orders and spoiled my dinner. (I wanted lamb but I got chicken instead! wahh!) No biggie. Waters were filled up always and the server was otherwise attentive as well.

The atmosphere of the evening was pretty awkward. It was a quiet night but they left the music pretty quiet as well, so we spoke in hushed tones to each other across the table. We had visited Nyala on 4th previously and the ambiance of that location was much better -- darker, more exotic, often with live music, and the staff more lively. This was a bit of a disappointment.

Overall, my reaction is bleh but it might be worth another shot.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last Supper, recorded on 2007-07-29, uploaded 2007-09-08

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Tandoori Palace1439 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Pretty solid experience
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

The interior looks unimpressive except for the strong aroma of delicious curry. It looks more like a take-out shop with seating.

The naan was superb. It's light and cooked just right, and is very garlicky. The curries (we all ordered some sort of curry) were pretty ok. Not sure if portions were small or if I was unusually hungry, but I found the portions to be on the small side of average.

The service started out being pretty poor (messed up one of our orders, and it was delayed by some 20 minutes without much compensation) but it picked up later on; the water was self-served but one of the chefs came to poor water for us himself, which we thought was nice and personal!

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Szechuan Chongqing2808 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Expensive sketchy Chinese
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

Service was pretty okay. Our waiter had a sense of humour uncommon to most waiters in Chinese restaurants.

We ordered: hot pepper wonton, slide duck w/ plum sauce, shredded chicken chow mein, steamed pork buns, sweet & sour pork. The wonton stood out as being not super greasy; everything else had a disturbing consistent sheen -- especially the chow mein.

Serves shark -- a huge mark against the restaurant.

By sketchy, greasy Chinese food standards, the restaurant is considered expensive. Other restaurants in the same price bracket, such as the Kirin Seafood Restaurant in the City Square offers ambiance, service and food quality that are just a notch better.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last Supper, recorded on 2007-07-15, uploaded 2007-08-21

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
the lower side of so-so
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

The oven made in the shape of a face was impressive-looking initially, but we soon found that it was pretty much the only sell-point of the restaurant.

The interior was crowded; table surface was really not enough for the size of the plates.

Waitresses seemed to be deliberately avoiding eye contact; often we would spot them standing by the bar chatting. After the eye contact and waving attempts failed, I had to raise my empty glass above my head before the waitress clued in that I had wanted water for the last 30 minutes. Perhaps they thought I was being rude; I blame that on having an empty glass.

A neighbouring table that ordered an expensive bottle of wine seemed to be receiving much more attention.

Food was "on the lower side of so-so", says a crew member. We ordered two pizzas. One was burnt quite severely on one side but waitress never came by to check on us so we did not have the chance to complain until the very end.

We had asked her to pack the two slices of unburnt pizza to go, but she packed all four pieces anyhow.

As we were exiting, the collection of waitresses again failed to make eye contact; nor did they mutter the customary "thank you" as we passed by them.

We left a very small tip on the table.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last Supper, recorded on 2007-07-08, uploaded 2007-08-21

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Zesty Restaurant920 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Pretty okay
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

Now known as ZAWA.

There were no drinks menu so we had to ask the waitress to repeat the menu to us several times as our crew arrived at different times.

There were no pop refills which was a disappointment; coffee was refillable though.

Service was slow. Waitress claimed they only had one cook, which was likely since it was the Sunday of a look weekend, and our table of 7 plus another table of 4 ordered all at once. Waitress was all smiles but tended to mumble as she sped past our table, miraculously balancing all sorts of things on her arms and hands. There was another dude serving, but he was not in uniform; he was a lot more grumpy and didn't really do much, only manning the cash register for some take-out orders.

Food was decent; nothing remarkable about my roast lamb or the appetisers and pastas everyone else got; they were satisfying enough both in taste and portion.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last Supper, recorded on 2007-07-01, uploaded 2007-08-21

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Al Porto Ristorante321 Water Street, Vancouver
Good stuff all around
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

Great service: Waitress was awesome; gave David free coca cola refills even though the restaurant doesn't give free refills; our table was boisterous and borderline crazy but the waitress handled us well.

Food was delicious: stuff we ordered include this broth dish with cheesy dumplings (flavourful but not overwhelming); a pizza; a salad; and a girly drink (it was blue and pretty).

Expensive, but quite worth it if you want to take guests out to a classy joint.

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Review by Fish on behalf of The Last Supper, recorded 2007-06-23, uploaded 2007-08-21

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