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food lovin blondieVancouver (Commercial Drive)Since November 4, 20102 Reviews
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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Go for drinks but don't eat here
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

My husband made us reservations for our 1st anniversary two weeks in advance. We were both very excited. When we arrived we expected to be given a great table and maybe a "Happy Anniversary" wish. We were given a table in the back corner and there was no mention of our anniversary.

The cocktails were fantastic. Truly the only reason to visit this restaurant. My husband had the Blue Fig Martini and it was served with blue cheese! So good. I had the Dr. Groucho a tequila cocktail and it was delicious. My husband also tried the Satan beer, again delicious. Unfortunately when we asked the server if he could recommend a cocktail or a beer he said no. Luckily we made good choices on our own.

The food however was flat out gross. We had the bison carpaccio and at $17 this plate of bland thinly sliced meat left us creeped out by the "douglas fir emulsion" squirted on top. It tasted like tree sap and looked like tadpole goo.

The mussels were okay but I've had far better for less than $22.

Our entree was the worst. A disgusting blend of flavours with an arctic char, crab cannelloni and zucchini salad. What sounded delicious on the menu was a pretentious display of gourmet over-creativity. There's a reason you don't see absinthe bisque and large white tofu chunks in most cannelloni. There's a reason arctic char is usually served with a sauce instead of a pickled mystery-vegetable topper.

We left disappointed and broke. Come here for a drink if you must, but eat somewhere else.

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Regal Beagle2283 W Broadway, Vancouver
Leave the Greasy Beagle in the Doghouse
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

I am not a picky person and I am not a negative person. I'm from a small town and am very easily impressed. The thing about moving to Vancouver is you realize you don't have to visit the same place twice. There is more than enough quality eateries, pubs, bars and restaurants in this town. Don't even consider dining, drinking, or even dumpster diving at The Regal Beagle.

The Beagle starts out okay, you feel like you've found a sweet funky spot. The black walls are highlighted with red chandeliers and candles, (although a lot of them were out) a huge Hendrix poster on the wall and even The Muppet Hecklers leering at you on the way to the bathrooms. If they could talk I'm sure they'd have a lot of material in this place.

Lets start with the bathrooms, I unfortunately had to go right away and was blown away by the stench. That however was nothing compared to the fruit fly attack that reigned down on me while I squatted. I can forgive a fruit fly infestation as this city is plagued by them, but the bathroom was so badly infested it should have been closed and marked out of order. I was actually swatting at them to get them out of my face. Get it together Beagle. There were two other bathrooms that I popped my head into that weren't nearly as crawling. Gross.

Next I sat down and was greeted by a not-so-friendly-waitress, no smile and gave us a bad vibe. Our tab;e was wabbly and made us feel like we were on a Pirate Ship. We I had the yam fries to start. They were greasy. Really greasy. And I like greasy food!

For my entree, which arrived 45 minutes later, I had the Coriander Beef salad. This was my third choice as The Greasy Beagle was out of the Curry and out of the Cornish Game Hen (two out of four Main Choices.) I can't stand when restaurants are out of things, it's totally unprofessional and a strong sign of weak kitchen management. In what other ways is your kitchen dropping the ball Beagle? And where else are those fruit flies swarming? Blech.

The steak salad was so pathetic looking when it came my friends and I burst out laughing. A nicely cooked steak but it was piled on top of a golf ball sized pile of arugula. That's it, arugula. For a 12 dollar salad I could have used a bit more veggies. Bad Dog Beagle!

My friends meals were no better, the fish and chips were below average, again too greasy and cheap tasting. The beef sliders had dried out buns and so did my friends lamb burger as mentioned in a review below.

Our server was awkward and our drinks took forever. We watched as the bartender chatted for about 5 minutes before sauntering over to make our drinks. Our server was covering both sides of the room and was obviously too busy. Unfortunately she didn't seem to get a lot of support from her bartender or management.

Skip The Beagle. Why have mediocre food in a dirty bar when you could go to The Academic, Earls, Browns The Eatery, or ANYWHERE else in Kits.

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