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FitFoodiekitsilano vacouverSince May 2, 201024 Reviews
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Absinthe Bistro1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Fabulous French Bistro
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 10:33am [Dine in]

It's been ages since I've written a dining review on this site but felt compelled to do so after dining last night at the fabulous Absinthe Bistro on Commercial Drive. The place was great, start to finish, and as the food was the best I've had in both recent and long-term memory, it deserves a little praise.

First, some things to consider: the bistro is small with only a 22-seat dining capacity, so if you are thinking of trying it, be sure to book in advance. I called to reserve about a week in advance for a table of two. The woman who answered the phone, and who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, the chef, is welcoming and sweet. The menu is small with just three starters, three mains, and three desserts. The price point is excellent, however, as you can order starter, main & dessert for $35 or choose two courses for $28. The drinks menu covers the bases with a reasonable selection of cocktails and beer. Cocktails are $10 across the board. There is also a good wine menu and bottles are priced mostly at $46. They have a small 'specials' board on the wall which seems to be strictly for drinks. We chose a $45 Beaujolais from it and were suitably impressed!

If you want selection, this place probably isn't for you, but I can assure you that while my husband and I tried five of the nine items between the two of us, we did see all the dishes coming out and everything looked equally exquisite. We each decided on the three-course menu. We both had the braised beef with pearl onions, carrots, and potato puree for our mains. This dish was to die for, especially the sauce. I had the goat cheese terrine with walnuts and beets to start and my husband had the creamy mushroom soup which he raved about. For dessert, I had the apple tart with house made vanilla bean ice cream (again, amazing), and my husband had the creme brulee, so good it's basically become a kind of house staple.

As for ambiance, the restaurant feels cozy and definitely has some character. There is tiled flooring throughout and dark wood tables, high ceilings with some exposed pipes. The service was friendly and attentive. The only slight hiccup was the service died off a bit towards the end of the meal and we had to request the bill twice from two different people. This detail was minor, however, as overall the experience was excellent. For two three course menus and one bottle of wine, our meal came to $150 after tax and tip. We will definitely go back!

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Second Time Around
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 11:19am [Dine in]

Came here for dinner with my husband recently for a second time after our first visit a number of years ago when the restaurant first opened. For our first experience we ordered a la carte but this time we decided to go with the seven course dinner for $45 per person. We shared a nice bottle of Italian red which, at $60.00, was one of the more inexpensive ones on the list. Our server explained to us that by ordering the seven courses we were essentially agreeing to give full reign to the chef as the courses they prepare vary from table to table and they basically pick and choose what they send out. We let our server know about a couple of our dietary restrictions/aversions and the kitchen accommodated those so we were happy. Overall, the food was excellent and each course was timed perfectly. While the portions were generally pretty good we both found the two pasta courses to be on the small side. The ravioli dish was particularly sparse with only about five or six pasta shells for each plate. The standouts were the parmesan souffle appetizer, the pork belly and scallops, and the lamb entree. Dessert - a lemon creme with fresh peaches - was out of this world and our coffees following dinner were also excellent. By the end of the meal we were both full but not uncomfortably so. The service was good. We had booked a reservation two weeks in advance and when we arrived our table was ready for us. I could see the potential for inconvenience had our table not been ready as the room is very small and there is no place to wait within the dining room. We did notice the new addition of a wine bar next door, however, which is a good idea since it likely helps to accommodate overflow. All told, our bill with tip came to $200. The food was excellent, the service very good, the ambiance nice but a bit too cozy and the price a touch too high for our tastes. We live in the neighbourhood and will likely go back at a later date but only for a special occasion.

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Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar2118 Burrard St, Vancouver
Loved It
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 11:29am [Dine in]

Had a great dinner here this weekend. At first, we were a bit skeptical as we arrived to a packed restaurant and had to wait fifteen minutes despite our reservation. The staff more than made it up to us, however, and gave us each a complimentary glass of wine while we waited. When we were seated we were treated by the owner to an appetizer. The service was prompt and professional and the food was outstanding. The meatball appetizer plate was out of this world! I highly recommend it. For mains, we each had the prosciutto and arugula pizza with veggies added on. Pizzas were delicious, thin crust, wood fired, and with just the right amount of toppings. We shared a hazelnut and chocolate cheesecake, the chef's special creation, for dessert and enjoyed a good bottle of red wine. In total, our meal for two with tip came to around $120. We will definitely be back as the friendly and professional service, lively atmosphere, and mouth watering food makes this our new favourite place for Italian dining in Kits.

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
An Impressive First Dinner
Submitted Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here for the first time on Saturday night. Our friend from out of town was visiting and we booked a table for four. My husband and I arrived a few minutes early. The place was full but the staff was accommodating and quickly got us set up at the bar while we waited. Soon after, we were seated at a cozy table for four. When plans changed last minute and one more diner was added to our group we were moved to a bigger table with literally no wait and no questions asked. The food was excellent, if a bit pricey. My husband and I both had the buffalo mozzarella salad to start. It was fabulous and a decent sized portion. Three out of five of us ordered the squash agnolotti for the main. It was delicious with a hint of garlic, lots of mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil. My husband had the steak, which he said was excellent and it also looked to be a good size. Our other friend enjoyed a plate of the spaghetti bolognese. The menu is huge and can be a bit overwhelming if you're feeling indecisive. They have many pasta dishes to choose from but there are also quite literally pages of meat, game, chicken, and fish dishes. Dessert selection was pretty extensive and varied. We chose the chocolate ganache cake to share and were glad we did because the slice they brought us was enormous. Our friends shared the tiramisu and said it was great. Service was very attentive all throughout the evening. Bread baskets were replenished without our having to ask, and wine and water glasses were continuously topped up. Because the restaurant was full with a lot of Christmas parties on the lower level especially the atmosphere was quite lively and loud. All in all, it was a fabulous meal. We would definitely go back but probably for a special occasion since the prices are a little on the steep side.

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Cascade Room, The2616 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent Dinner & Drinks
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

Went here this weekend for dinner for the first time. My husband and I had been a couple of times before but only for drinks. He enjoys the variety of beers they serve and while I like a glass or two of wine, I mostly like the chill and friendly vibe of this place. The service has been pretty good each time we've been and we've never had to wait for more than a minute or two at the door. Servers are friendly but perhaps a touch on the slow side. Had it not been for our server's slightly too casual pace, we may have opted to stick around for dessert. Having said that, the food was still very good. After perusing the menu for a few minutes, we decided to go with two salmon specials and share the beetroot terrine with mascarpone cheese and rye toasts to start. The terrine was excellent, so flavourful and plenty big enough for two to enjoy. The salmon was cooked perfectly and came with a delicious tomato gastrique, honey glazed carrots, and a summery potato salad. Wine selection and prices were both reasonable and we decided on a bottle of malbec to share. With tip, dinner plus wine plus two cocktails was about $110. We will likely return as the food and drinks are good, prices are decent, and the vibe is great for a nice relaxed evening.

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BiBo, The1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Best Pizza
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 10:46am [Dine in]

My husband and I stopped in last night for dinner after a movie at Fifth Avenue cinemas. There was a short lineup when we arrived and it took a couple of minutes before staff met us at the door and directed us to the lounge area to wait. Our server was very good. She offered us drinks while we waited and our table was ready in less than ten minutes. We shared a bottle of wine and decided on a couple of pizzas for dinner. I was especially excited to try the pizza as I had read some really good reviews recently, ones that praised the food for its Italian authenticity. Plus, ever since we were put off by Incendio and stopped dining there we have been looking for a really good place for pizza in Kits. We were definitely not disappointed! The pizza was thin crust, cooked to perfection, and with the freshest ingredients. I especially loved the tomato sauce, which was more of a tomato puree. They served the pizza unsliced and mine was a little soggy in the middle (just as it is done in Italy, evidently). It was heavenly! As far as atmosphere goes, it was pretty loud, the energy was up, and it definitely had more of a downtown kind of vibe. The service was decent but could use a bit of polish. The restaurant opened just three weeks ago, though, so a few glitches were to be expected. Prices were fair. We will be back for the pizza and maybe even to try one of their delicious looking pasta dishes as well.

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Mill Marine Bistro, The1199 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Great Lunch!
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2011 - 11:25am [Dine in]

This week, a co-worker friend and I went to the Mill for lunch. Though we both work close to Coal Harbour, it was the first time either of us had visited the restaurant. After perusing the menu on the restaurant's website we were impressed with the variety of dishes and prices and decided it looked pretty good. We also took note and appreciated the recommendation posted to arrive on the earlier side (11:30AM) for lunch in order to be guaranteed seating. We were glad we took that recommendation as it just so happened that there was limited seating that day since the inside part was closed for a private function. We were just as happy to sit on the heated patio and enjoy the beautiful water views. Overall, our experience was excellent. The food was fresh, tasty, and exquisitely prepared, and the service was very good. I had the salmon burger which came with a side salad and a nice light balsamic dressing, and my friend had the salmon salad. The salmon was excellent - a nice big piece, grilled perfectly and so fresh! Unfortunately, our time was limited so we weren't able to stay for dessert. I will definitely be back and am looking forward to trying more dishes.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
More Than the View
Submitted Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

Had a great dinner with my husband here on Saturday night. We hadn't been in awhile but were enticed to come back with the coupon we received recently in the mail. Being right on the water, this place has gorgeous views in the daytime, and is incredibly romantic at night. Luckily, it's not all about the scenery, though, as the food is very good too. We shared a caprese salad to start. It tasted good and fresh and was different from any other caprese salad I've tried as it had avocado on top and slices of yellow tomato as well. We split a basket of the artisanal breads, which were absolutely heavenly, with choices ranging from raisin to flax seed to sourdough. The bread was accompanied by both butter and a tasty tapenade. For mains, my husband ordered the steak which came with veggies, mashed potatoes, and a gorgonzola quiche. He said it was great but he would have preferred to have had a bit of the gorgonzola put directly on the steak. I had the sablefish with mushrooms, veggies, and little shrimp dumplings. It was excellent. We shared a bottle of Lindemann's shiraz. It was a great meal and very reasonably priced, especially with the coupon. In my opinion, while the food is good, it is a touch pricey as the quality doesn't quite measure up to a couple of our other favourite fine dining restaurants and yet it is similarly priced. Definitely, it was enjoyable enough that we will return. We will just not do so on a regular basis.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Going downhill
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 11:19am [Dine in]

My husband and I have been frequent diners at the Broadway and Granville location for the last five or so years. We have noticed recently that although the food is typically good, the service is definitely hit or miss. We dined at this location about a month ago and our server was excellent. He was completely on the ball, made a couple of solid menu recommendations, checked up on us frequently, and even gave us a couple of coupons for complimentary appetizers at the end of our meal. This past Friday, however, our visit to this location for dinner proved to be an entirely different experience altogether. Our server was scattered, to say the least, forgetting our multiple requests for top-ups on water and not bothering to check in once we received our food. At the end of the meal, we had to remind him twice that we needed the bill and when he finally did bring it, he came unprepared with the VISA machine. You'd think he would have thought to bring it since he knew that after waiting we were clearly anxious to get going! In the end, he didn't come back with it but sent another server over to settle up. We were not impressed. The food was decent. We tried the grilled flatbread to start, which was amazing, and we each chose a sandwich with side salad for our mains. I was excited to try the yam fries but was disappointed to discover how salty they were. We also did not care for the atmosphere as the entire focus of the place now seems to be on television screens. Since we were here last, they have installed a gigantic screen on one wall in the dining room and everywhere you look there are smaller screens with hockey games playing. If the screens were confined to the lounge area I wouldn't have a problem but seriously the movie screen in the dining room is over the top! Way too distracting...heaven forbid I actually want to have a conversation with my dinner companion! In sum, the food was the only thing that was halfway decent and it wasn't enough to draw us back.

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Mix The Bakery4430 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
So Much to Love!
Submitted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

Despite living in Kits for several years, I only just recently discovered this place when I met a friend for coffee. What a find! Upon entering, I was immediately impressed with their vast selection of delicious looking baked goods, which include an assortment of cookies, breads, tarts, squares, and pies, as well as a sampling of savoury items like quiche, curry, and sandwiches. Since it was around lunchtime and I was feeling only slightly hungry, I decided on a small chicken and vegetable soup. I was happy to note that this delicious house-made soup was served with two generous slices of freshly baked bread. I enjoyed the soup immensely as it was packed with flavour and a ton of vegetables and did not taste salty in the least. The inordinate amount of salt used by restaurants in soups has to be one of my biggest pet peeves! Without a doubt, the soup I had at Mix was one of the best I've tried anywhere. I loved it so much that I have returned on subsequent occasions to try their other selections, such as the spicy dahl and lentil vegetable. I have found them to be equally good. Most recently, I ordered a loaf of sunflower wheat bread which I discovered not only tastes wonderful but also has the very best texture when toasted. I am impressed by the assortment and quality of the loaves they bake daily and can't wait to try their cranberry loaf. Unless I am meeting a friend for lunch, I prefer take-away orders. As far as cafes go, Mix offers a nice, casual setting. It can be loud at times but the terrific food and friendly staff more than make up for it.

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Voya Restaurant and Lounge1177 Melville Street, Vancouver
Less Impressed The Second Time
Submitted Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 10:45am [Dine in]

We booked a dinner reservation this week as I was excited to try it after the exquisite lunch I had here recently. My husband and I frequently reserve on opentable.com and were pleased to note the promotion at Voya which allows you to earn 1000 points for dinners booked during select hours from Sunday to Wednesday. Our reservation was for 7PM and as my husband arrived ahead of me, he decided to have a drink in the lounge while he waited. He commented that the drink, a speciality cocktail mixed with house-made ginger beer, was very good. We were still about 20 minutes ahead of being seated by the time I arrived, so I opted for a pre-dinner drink as well - a glass of pinot gris. While we waited we asked one of the waiters if there was a more extensive wine list other than that we had already seen that we could look at. He said there was, but that all of the wines from the shorter list were included on the big list already. It turns out that wasn't the case at all, as the larger list was the reserves list and as such, the prices were generally quite pricey, more so than those on the short list in any case. He apologized for the error, but when my husband asked him if he could make any recommendations on wine for dinner, he shrugged and said he didn't know much about wine. We decided on a bottle of pinot noir, which was ok, certainly not remarkable in any way, considering the excess price tag of about 60 bucks! Dinner was excellent. I had the pan seared halibut with coconut curry mussels and seasonal vegetables, while my husband had the pork. For starters, I had a salad of vine tomatoes, nectarine, watercress, and buffalo mozzarella which was the special that night, while my husband had the broccoli soup. Both were very good, and I especially enjoyed the salad's unusual mix of flavours. The service, although friendly, could definitely stand some improvement. We found it to be slow considering that the restaurant was mostly empty, and there was poor communication between our main server and the second one who delivered and cleared the entrees. We decided during dinner to pass on dessert and coffee and so when the server came to clear the dishes, we asked for the bill right away. After that, we sat and waited for probably fifteen or twenty minutes before our original server came by to ask if we wanted dessert! Obviously, she had not gotten the message and we were forced to wait even longer for our bill. All in all, I definitely think this place is a better experience and value for lunch than dinner. The food was great but nothing extraordinary, and even without dessert and coffee, the bill with tip (nearly $200) was more expensive than many other restaurants of this calibre in Vancouver.

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Olympia Pizza3205 West Broadway, Vancouver
Consistently Good
Submitted Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

I have been coming to this restaurant on a regular basis for well over six years now. The food, while not fancy, has always been very good - tasty, fresh, and generously portioned. I have a few menu favourites which tend towards the vegetarian, and these include the spanakopita dinner, the veggie moussaka, and the build-your-own pizza with the selection of five toppings. My favourite is probably the chicken souvlaki. I order it every other time I am there and it is consistently good. The chicken is tender and plump and perfectly spiced and goes well with the rice, and the greek salad is excellent with just the right amounts of feta and oregano and big chunks of cucumber and tomato. The pizza is also great. The small is more than adequate for one person and I usually end up taking a few slices home. I love the whole wheat crust and the toppings are always fresh and plentiful. Service can be slow at times but is generally very good. Once or twice the kitchen messed up one of our orders (I think it was the pizza), and they comp'ed us a couple of extra drinks, which was nice. You definitely get a great value here which explains why it has stayed busy while business at some other restaurants in Kits has started to drop off.

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Dharma Kitchen3667 West Broadway St., Vancouver
My Pick For Delicious, Healthy Take-Out in Kits
Submitted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Over the past couple of years Dharma Kitchen has become my go-to place in the neighbourhood for healthy, fresh, and tasty take-out. Although it does have sit-in dining, I prefer the take-out option since I live within walking distance and the atmosphere in the restaurant is not overly appealing to me. At home, I keep a menu handy, and call in an order for dinner on average about two times a month. Of the vast selection of salads, burgers, and bowls the restaurant has to offer, I generally prefer to order one of their rice dishes. Typically, I choose either the Indochine bowl which is served with brown rice, grilled zucchini, tomatoes, and mushroom and the most exquisite miso gravy or the Basil Tofu, which is mildly spiced and has a delicious coconut curry base. Recently, my husband and I opted for a couple of different veggie burger selections and they were excellent as well. For sides, we shared an order of salad with the roasted potatoes. Both were generously portioned and the potatoes were particularly tasty! Considering the good portions of food they provide, the value is decent. I also appreciate the fact that the staff is consistently accurate in their estimates regarding pick-up time. The food is always ready and waiting or in the process of being packaged at the time that I arrive. As far as take-out goes, the service is relaxed but prompt and always friendly and I can't imagine that it would be much different for those choosing to dine in. This is a great spot for vegans and vegetarians as well as anyone who enjoys flavourful, healthful dining.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Perfect Every Time
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

Vij's is without a doubt one of my absolute all-time favourite restaurants in Vancouver. I have been coming here on average once every two to three weeks for about the last two years and every time is perfect. Of course, they don't take reservations here but that is what adds to the experience and gives the extra added potential for fun. Arrive at whatever time you choose (there will be a line-up regardless), put your name on the list, and hang out by the bar, get to know your neighbours, and enjoy a bevvie or two as well as some exquisitely tasty appetizers, compliments of the house. The wait time varies and it's not always the case that week nights move more quickly than weekends. We have dined on Monday nights and Tuesdays as well as on Fridays and Saturdays and really haven't noticed much of a difference to be honest. The whole point of the wait for us is just to relax and enjoy ourselves while we peruse the menu and make our dinner selections. Once seated we then can order right away. The service at Vij's is excellent and unlike that of any other restaurant I have patronized. The motto among the wait staff is "we are all your servers", which to me, makes so much sense! Not only does it expedite the service to customers but it also equalizes the relations among servers by eliminating any potential competitiveness over particular tables and arguments over tips. The food is second to none, with each of the curry dishes having their own incredible and unique characteristics and flavours. I love the organic chicken curry as well as the mixed vegetables, and the halibut dish. I love that Vikram is there many nights of the week to talk with and serve customers and to make diners feel at home. Words cannot describe how much I love this place. It's no wonder that people come from all over to dine here. Vij's outstanding reputation is one that is well earned!

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Milestone's Grill & Bar2966 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver
Date Night Is A Must
Submitted Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 11:48am [Dine in]

As far as restaurant experiences, Milestones is one that, typically, I would not hesitate to call anti-climactic. The food, although good, reasonably portioned, and fairly priced, is by no means outstanding, and the atmosphere, with lots of kids around at times, leaves something from a couples' perspective to be desired. Yet despite all that, Wednesday date nights at this restaurant have become a bit of a habit for me and my husband. We love the incredible value we get with this promotion, which is a mere $50 for a shared appetizer, 2 entrees, and 1 dessert. Throw in a bottle of wine at five dollars less than the regular menu price and it's really a complete dining experience. For mains, we love the mediterranean chicken with goat's cheese and the NY striploin with the trio of sauces. All of the desserts are fabulous, but we particularly love the warm apple crisp with ice cream. If you are looking for a real foodie experience and a happening or romantic night out, this is definitely not the place. But, if your preference is for some solid food at reasonable prices, then it's worth giving this place a try.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Great New Discovery, Will Be Returning Often!
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 10:32am [Dine in]

We called on Friday evening and were lucky enough to book a dinner reservation at our preferred time on Saturday (9PM). We arrived right on time but had to wait for about 15 minutes at the bar since the table before us was lingering. No matter, as we ended up with a nicer table in the end, sitting next to the window as opposed to a spot in the middle of the floor. Service was great, attentive but not intrusive, though we did notice it slowed down somewhat as it grew later in the evening. By far, the most impressive thing about this place was the food. To begin, I ordered the florentine tart with a small tomato salad while my husband had the warm chevre salad. Both were unbelievably good with just the right flavours, textures, and portions. For mains, I had the chicken with mashed potatoes and greens and my husband had the tenderloin with the red wine jus which was highly recommended by our hostess. My husband raved about his meal and as for me, I can only say it was one of the finest chicken dishes I can recall eating at a restaurant in quite some time. For dessert, we shared a creme brulee accompanied by two strong americanos. My husband had a shot of frangelico on the side but I was fine sipping the rest of my wine, which was a delicious malbec. The wine list has a great selection and is very reasonably priced. All in all, our first experience eating at this restaurant was incredible. It will definitely be one that we put on our list for frequent visits. We can't wait to go back!

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Hoshi Sushi Japanese Restaurant2825 West Broadway, Vancouver
Not So Enjoyable
Submitted Friday, August 13, 2010 - 7:55am [Dine in]

I stopped in here for a quick take-out lunch earlier this week and was disappointed in the quality of the sushi I ordered. This used to be one of my go-to neighbourhood sushi places but after this last experience I'll likely be heading back to Kitstaya or Tokyo One instead. I ordered a veggie roll combo which included a veggie roll and my choice of 2 small maki. The rice was SO soggy and vinegary that the rolls were barely edible. My cucumber roll had hardly any cucumber at all, just tiny tiny slivers of it. The vegetable roll had big quartered chunks of carrot that were extremely cold in contrast to the warm rice. They also seemed an unusual choice of vegetable when compared to other veggie rolls I've had from other sushi restaurants. I used to come here often just for the rolls. I've never ordered in as I don't particularly care for the ambiance of the place but the food I took away has always been pretty decent. I don't know if they were just having an off day or what the problem was but I think it will be awhile before I set foot in there again!

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Divine
Submitted Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

My husband and I used to dine here all the time a few years ago at the old location in Kits. We absolutely loved it, and brought guests with us on occasion who also loved it, and thus were sad to find out that it had closed. After learning some time ago that it was set to re-open at a new location in Kerrisdale, we waited anxiously for the news. Sadly, we were disappointed when no new opening transpired. How amazing to find the restaurant up and running some five years later at one of the most beautiful spots in the city!

We had dinner here with a group of four on the patio on Friday. The evening was idyllic in every way - delicious and reasonably priced food and wine, terrific service, a beautiful and serene setting, not to mention, the great company. But for the new and more scenic location, Adesso is exactly as we remembered it. With its dark and cozy interior, it would be the perfect setting for a romantic dinner in fall or winter. For summer, the gorgeous, quiet patio is beyond compare. The kitchen is terrific with just the perfect number of selections comprising the menu for both appies and entrees. Although it was a special, the summer squash risotto was so fabulous that any opportunity to try risotto of any kind at this place should not be missed! As far as restaurant experiences go, it is simply divine. I cannot wait to go back.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Perfect Pizza
Submitted Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:59am [Dine in]

Went here for dinner this week as we had another craving for a good thin crust pizza. This restaurant is not new to us, we have been here plenty of times before, but with our recent terrible experience at Incendio we were looking forward to some decent Italian fare. As there were only two of us and the place wasn't busy, we were seated right away. It was a nice evening and we were offered a table on the patio but we opted to stay inside and sit at a table by big windows instead. From the beginning, we felt that the service was quite scattered. From my observations, serving sections didn't seem to be very clearly defined and I noticed a couple of waiters criss-crossing to various sections in the restaurant with either just drinks in hand or making strictly food deliveries. It was probably close to ten minutes before we managed to grab a server's attention and bring them over to our table. Because we had already been waiting, we decided our best strategy would be to order everything at once. We ordered two salads (I chose the caprese while my husband had the caesar) and two pizzas as well as a beer for him and a half litre of red to share. The salads were up very quickly, but we were already well into eating them before our drinks were served. Again, it was a different server who brought our drinks. I've worked in the service industry before so I know that way of doing things is not uncommon. My only issue was that it felt like servers were going every which way, continually getting sidetracked, and ultimately forgetting things. Both servers were both extremely nice, however, and because of that we just coasted along with things.

Overall, the food was excellent. Both salads were decently portioned and mine had thickly cut fresh tomatoes, lots of balsamic which I love, and the perfect amount of bocconcini cheese. So good! My husband loved his caesar salad and we both commented that the warm slice of focaccia bread they topped it with was delicious. The pizzas, too, were excellent. Liking the fact that they allow you to order half-and-half pizzas, I decided to go with one half of the fungi and one half vegetarian. My husband ordered the contadina pizza which is his usual. Both were served very hot with a nice crisp and mildly smoky crust. We were suitably impressed! The pizzas, as I mentioned, are thin crust but somehow feel more substantial than similar ones we've had at other restaurants. With the salad to start, it was just too much food for me and I ended up taking a few slices home. As I said, there were definitely some service issues and the place was also very loud. I'm not sure the noise can be avoided though as it is a very open, piazza type of atmosphere. All things considered, we had a great night. This is one restaurant we will keep on our list.

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Incendio2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
A Definite Change - for the Worse!
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 10:05am [Dine in]

This used to be one of our top picks in the city, not just for their fabulous thin crust pizza, but for the fun and relaxed atmosphere and the great service. At one point not too long ago, we knew many of the servers and were friendly with the hostesses as well. Having had one so-so experience there awhile back, we decided to give some other places that have equally good, if not better, pizzas (hello marcello's!) a shot and we hoped that for whatever reason the service was just off that one night. Unfortunately, given our more recent visits, that wasn't the case!

We stopped in for dinner one night last weekend during what are your typical prime dining hours and noticed almost instantly that the place was practically empty. With the exception of a few tables out on the patio, there were no other diners to speak of. As the lacklustre business did not even merit staffing a hostess that night, we were greeted by a familiar face who at one point was a server but who seemed perhaps now to be a manager. It was a warm summery night so we asked to be seated on the patio. Since we almost always order a pizza we knew pretty well what we wanted and didn't need to spend much time reviewing the menu. We were greeted initially by a person who I thought would be our server but when she disappeared for more than 10 minutes without bringing even a glass of water to the table, we began to wonder! Becoming a little irritated at this point, my husband motioned to another female server who, at the time, appeared "busy" doing not much of anything, really, and knowing instantly what we were requesting, she advised us rather curtly that she already had someone bringing water to the table. The first server eventually did show up but only after several more minutes had passed. We were seriously thinking that even though there were so few diners they must have been seriously understaffed!

When our server did finally take our orders we asked for two small thin crust pizzas and an order of the caprese salad to share. We recalled from past visits that the caprese salad was very good and a decent portion, but when they brought it out to us this time it was absolutely tiny (certainly inadequate for two people) and was served in a fancy drinking glass of some kind. My husband commented to the server who brought it out to us that the presentation was different from how we remembered it. He replied rather snootily "well, when was the last time you were here? We changed our menu more than a year ago, you know." Put off by his attitude, I told him that in fact we had come a number of times since then but that we just hadn't ordered that particular salad. To make a long story short, while the pizzas were very good, the service was atrocious and for that reason alone we will not be back. Not counting the three times our server came by to try to ply us with more booze (the first time she asked if we wanted another round we weren't even close to having finished our glasses!), she practically ignored us the entire time. We didn't see any of the old friendly staff that we used to know and there was just a feeling about the place that something major has changed. The pizzas were decent, sure, but a restaurant cannot do well based on its kitchen alone. Given our long history as loyal customers of this restaurant, we can see how it has changed. As a result of the bad service and horrible attitude, we will not be back.

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