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Food_tasterVancouverSince January 16, 200817 Reviews
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3.5 (3.4)
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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
If you are going to earl's, just come here instead.
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 10:56am [Dine in]

Bogarts is a nice place and i remember the food tasting very nice as well. The service on the other hand was not so nice. There was no small talk and servers did not look like they enjoyed the working atmosphere? Ambiance is solid but no wow factor here. Simply put, if you are planning to go to earls or moxie's, you should upgrade and come here instead food here is better, service not so much. The managers should really consider hiring people for qualities rather than physical "quantities".

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Small place, no wow factor in regards to ambiance
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 10:49am [Dine in]

I went before all this craze about dine out and so I enjoyed their full 10 course sampler menu at the $200 price range per person. Honestly it was great food, till the last morsel! I was stuffed at the end, which was what you'd expect from a 10 course meal. I liked the service and the food, but iffy about the ambiance. For such an expensive meal, i'd prefer the head chef (feenie) himself to be on the premises, but sadly that wasn't the case. What exactly are you paying so much for here then? I could think of other restaurants that have the same quality of food but for much less. Are you paying for the hype then? because ambiance really isn't that spectacular.

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Gramercy Grill2685 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Interesting to look at only!
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Went here for dine out vancouver the other night. The owner was very nice and it was such a contrast to her servers, who all looked like they had a thorn in their backsides. Waited for the longest time to be seated without being acknowledged by any of the servers passing by or by the bartender who was right at the front door. Why would such a bubbly and friendly owner choose these not so happy people to work for her is beyond my comprehension. The waitress did what she had to do, no more and no less, no talking to us, no making us comfortable, just asking us what we'd like to drink what we'd like to have, and delivering the food. The service experience made this place a disaster even if the food was decent.

On the other hand, I tried the squash ravioli, and thank god I had the great idea of adding chicken to it for extra charge, because without the chicken, the squash ravioli would've been bland, (and i like squash ravioli too!) Seriously, would have been unbearable to eat without the chicken. My friend had the upgraded item roast, and it came drenched in sauce. He said it tasted nice, but i thought it was swimming in it's own sauce, which turned off the dish for me!

The ambiance was decent and nice and the only thing that was ok compared to the owner's nice demeanor.

Boy i wish she would just read these reviews about her staff and get a clue!

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Metro Restaurant200 Burrard Street, Vancouver
High Class tasting lounge
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 11:01am [Dine in]

Went here for dine out vancouver. The tasting menu is marvelous. It really portrays what the restaurant is all about. There are rare items on the normal menu that we definitely want to come back to try, such as arctic caribou! I had the selections from the land which included deer, duck, and striploin. They were beautiful presented and each had a great flavour. Don't be mislead by the size of the entrees, it really does fill you up without making you uncomfortably stuffed. There is definitely quality rather than quantity!

The ambiance was very lounge like and modern with a simple and clean feel. The service was exceptional! The restaurant director actually took time to talk to us, explaining the menu when we seemed intrigued and offered us complementary port selection to go with our desserts. His choice of port, well let's just say, it melted in my mouth and made my chocolate mouse...all the more flavour - full!

His extra attention pushed our experience up a notch and we will definitely come back again and again.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Filipino Food Heaven
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I liked this restaurant because it puts a new twist on filipino cuisine. This is one of the first fine dining filipino restaurants in Vancouver. The decor is modern and chic, having very comfortable suede chairs!

Food is very unique. If you are adventurous, try the pig's ear...seriously done very well. If you want a more stable product, definitely go for the hot pot coupled with Fried Tilapia fish. I always get Calamari (has a really interesting reduction sauce sprinkled on top), vegetarian spring rolls (beautiful presentation with a smart way of placing the sauce...you'll see when you order it), and Yam fries. Oh my goodness..my mouth is watering just thinking about it. For dessert, we highly recommend you try the sorbet combo. I was apprehensive about the corn and chedder ice cream at first, but after the first bite i really fell in love.

Since its a new restaurant, the servers and cooks may not be plentiful, but the artistic and creative way filipino food is presented to us, definitely makes up for any restaurant short comings.

Well definitely come back here...P.S its very very affordable and you can get quite full for very little cost!

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Will Definitely come back again...
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 11:23am [Dine in]

My friend and I visited this restaurant yesterday night for the beginning of Dine Out Event.

Service: Manager/hostess greeted us right away as we walked in, giving us a choice of the downstairs (more chic and bar like atmosphere (louder)) or the upstairs (which was more dining room like). Our server came immediately over. Was very helpful with the menu and offered his recommendations expertly. He really seemed to enjoy his work and serving us. Water was filled all the time!!

Ambiance: It is a lively place with noise but in a nice sort of way. I liked how there was glass on the walls which made the downstairs look more bigger than it really is. The kitchen is a completely open kitchen concept and we saw the action as it unfolded, which was exciting.

Food: The food tastes great. It was great portions too which I really loved. I think you would really get your money's worth here. Beware of the cocktail menu, it's so yummy, you aren't even aware that you've had 3 drinks before your dessert comes. To try at the bar: Dolcemoto, Lemon drop martini, their New Year's special drink with actual 24K gold flakes on top.
Should definitely try the spinach and cacciocavalo canneloni with pommodoro sauce or calamari for appies, Roasted sole with baby lobster tail, chestnuts and italian parsley butter for entree.

Overall, we would come back here for a dinner before a night out of town!

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No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
one of the few good 24 hours restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:56am [Dine in]

This restaurant, if you have a midnight craving, will deliver to nightly eating heaven. Of course it's not fine dining, but no one expects that! This is a good chinese place that also has american style food like spaghetti and fries. I don't mind the drive from vancouver to richmond, because it is one of the few places that is open at late nights, has an ok menu for the cost, and isn't extremely dirty like other 24 hour restaurants i've been to.

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HKYK Seafood Hot Pot Restaurant4260 No. 3 Road, Richmond
from great to eww...
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:51am [Dine in]

My family and I have once loved this place for this Giant Alaskan King crabs and filling hotpot, but recently, the service and food have been going downhill!

Since we order over $200 of food each time we go, we thought we should do an all you can eat menu. They seemed very busy and I agree that we should have ordered more in the first and second go because the third one takes longer. We were waiting for almost 20 minutes with nothing but bubbling hot pot water and blank stares at each other. The noodles came out much later than the meats, so there was no point in eating them without meat. When we asked Jennifer to help us, she promptly brought out 9 plates of meats. So the question is, if Jennifer could do it so quickly, how come the other servers didn't want to bring it out for us??

Hot pot is normally a messy affair so we don't pay attention, or ignore, the "grossness" that some other reviewers have mentioned, not to say that it doesn't exist.

During our meal, Jennifer came and dropped off our bill, she said we had only 2 hours to eat. This is frustrating since, waiting for the darn food to come out too almost half that time.

Needless to say, this won't be our favorite restaurant anymore...All well...all great things must come to an end!

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
We had our own tasting menu!!
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:26am [Dine in]

This is such a great place to go. True it is a little pricey but you get all that you pay for!! The food is always made with most care and it tastes fantastic. Service is nothing less than imagined from a top fine dining restaurant.

I was thoroughly impressed when last i went that the chef actually came out and introduced himself to us. We had a table of 5 and when my friends suggested to the server if the chef would be so kind as to give us his version of the tasting menu, he appeared asking what we prefered to eat in regards to cuisine type. We asked for seafood, and in no time at all he came back with 5 sampler items for us. It was the most magical thing i've experienced especially when we got to see him through the glass wall that surrounds his kitchen.

I have never experienced that detailed of service or the personal nature of dishes quiet like this.

I must go to everyone!

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Cafe Crepe874 Granville Street, Vancouver
Not so crowded and cramped as one on robson
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:16am [Dine in]

After hearing how much better this place is in reference to the robson branch, i decided since i loved crepes to give it another try.

Well i can at least sit down and enjoy my food without feeling like my in a small box or hole. It is more spacious here. The service seemed more decent than robson but there is always an air of confusion as to whether food is going out to the right person, whether it was made or not or whether drinks are being made promptly (all these conversations you can clearly hear from the dining room).

Food prep area is staffed with people that looked like they don't know food safe. A girl was handling money on the take out window one moment and then when finished with the task, without washing her hands, went to make some hot drinks and plate food. (all this we observed as we waited to be seated)

One good thing is the hotdog, but better eat it fast or the microwaved bun will get hard when you bite into it. Once again i'll mention the chicken...is that really chicken meat you are using to fill those crepes or sandwiches, because it honestly doesn't look like or taste like chicken.

I'd only come back for the cheap burgers and fries...not for anything else....on second thought maybe i should skip eating in at all and take out instead!

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Cafe Crepe1032 Robson St, Vancouver
small dirty little hole in the wall
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:02am [Dine in]

why is this place so small? why are the booths so small? how come they force you to sit in a little hole at the corner of the room? We were sat at this table that had only one way out and we were 6 people!! Meaning if one person needed to pay or go to the washroom, everyone had to step out of the way. Terrible restaurant planning.

Also the service really sucks, it seems every time that we are here (which from this point on will be never) there is new staff, MUST NOT BE A GOOD WORKING environment. No wonder the servers are always angry or annoyed looking. If it isn't you, must be the management or owner?

I've heard this place was good for breakfast and brunch, which it is, but it's so sloppily put together that I'm embarrassed for the server that has to serve it to us. The chicken isn't actual pieces of chicken, but this mashed up powdered clumpy chicken, i can't even tell if it's chicken. The smoked beef looks like ham. It's only safe to stick with sweet crepes if you absolutely must insist to go here. And if you do, just order outside at the take out, honestly not a good idea to come inside! really!

When we were leaving, we saw a fat sweaty man, no hat on his head or apron, spinning crepes and making orders. Is there no hygiene? or food safe? That made some of the greasy crepe turn uneasily in my stomach as i walked away from that place, hopefully forever!

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Cafe Crepe2151 Wesbrook Mall, 103, Vancouver
One server for the whole restuarant for a busy sunday brunch?
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Ok cafe Crepe...seriously, service is horrible, but that's because there was only one server on for a busy sunday brunch. Where is the management? where is the support. it seemed the poor girl was running as fast as she could and would've given us great service if she had half of the restaurant instead of the full.

For this sunday, it was a Busy brunch, almost all tables were full. Our food came out well made but was really late and although the server apologized and refilled coffee promptly and repeatedly, you can't help but feel bad for this server, and disgusted at her manager/owner!

Poorly run restaurant no wonder it closed down!

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La Bodega Restaurant & Tapa Bar1277 Howe Street, Vancouver
Tapas, sangria, and a good place to chat
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:43am [Dine in]

This place is great for coming with friends and having drinks with some food. You don't feel rushed to leave and can lounge for a long time. The decor is nice and has a very home sort of feel to it. Very authentic decor.

Food: first off, i think the sangria here is one of the best. A MUST ORDER when you come here. Secondly, the tapas are so well priced that honestly you can go crazy with ordering, but don't expect to order everything on the menu if you are going with two people, because the serving is very filling. Must orders are calamari (something with that sauce makes it oh so yummy), potato salad (it's got olives, capers, shrimps..oh my!! so good you have to order 2 orders) and Creme Caramel (lightest fluffiest tasting custard thing i've ever tried, completely addictive, should order this one twice as well)

Service: it may be slow, but this is a tapas place and not a fine dining sit down dinner sort of place so don't come expecting it. The servers give you space to talk to your friends and don't bother you much which is nice because you don't necessarily want to be interrupted every minute to fill up water glasses.

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Caffe de Medici1025 Robson St, 109, Vancouver
great tucked away find on the busiest shopping street of VANCOUVER
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:36am [Dine in]

This is a great DATE place. Even though it's situated on Robson, you don't get the noise from it or even realize you are on robson/downtown. It is a very romantic quiet place where you can peacefully enjoy great food.

Food: Green olive bread is served at the table which is my favorite since i love Terra Breads bread (which is probably where they get it from). The risotto was so rich and creamy but had texture which was nice, not mushy. I loved every bite.

Great meal for your money place! Planning to come back again.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Belgian waffle anyone?
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:30am [Dine in]

This place was a very cute little find! The food is really great for the money that you pay. Definitely try the duck...it's nice. Great selection of wines and cocktails were unique, had variety. The most interesting martini on the menu was a fig and blue cheese martini, where the blue cheese came ON THE SIDE to be tasted with the potent vodka fig mix...very delightful!

Everyone around us was ordering mussels and french fries, perhaps it's a belgian thing we thought? Never the less, for 20 a big pot of mussels coming in 3 different sauces, you can go wrong!

The place is small and crowded, it was very loud when we went and that wasn't anything anyone could help though....so.....verdict is .... we will be back for the MUSSELS....and the BELGIAN WAFFLE DESSERT.!!

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Observatory, The6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
I'm on top of the world...!
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:24am [Dine in]

Great place to go on a date. So romantic and breathtaking it is to die for! Situated at the top of Grouse Mountain, with reservations you can get a free tram ride up (dinner with a view to the max).

I've come here 3 times over the years. I found that service is great for small parties but when i had my birthday party in the summer, the service was not so nice. The server seemed like she didn't like how my grandma couldn't speak perfect english or something because she kept re-pronouncing the words when my grandma clearly knew what she was ordering and had a feel of looking down on us when we ordered or asked her for anything! Maybe she was just having a bad day...

Ambiance is great, but don't go on a cloudy day or you won't see the beautiful lights from vancouver and the lower mainland. Small and cozy, not meant for big dinner parties. When it's snowing, it's like a snowy white wonderland outside the window.

Food is always great. I particularly like the palate cleansers in between courses. Always enjoyed their 5 course set dinners with wine pairing, great for people who like to try wide variety of wines.

Would always go back for the great romantic view and the free tram ride!

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
Has the most unique views and location!
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 1:13am [Dine in]

This is by far one of my most favorite places to eat. I love how the serve seafood here and I love how everything tastes.

Food: definitely must try the chowders. Did you know they have a whole section of the kitchen dedicated to chowder making? incredible!
Crab cakes and cold appies are to die for as well. One thing that amazed me, made me have to order it, was SWORDFISH. Never ate swordfish in my life, but i felt they prepared it well. Even though this is a seafood restaurant, the prepare their red meats well too! Overall a great tasting place, will come back time and time again.

Service: simply outstanding!! I've come here more than 5 times and on each occasion the service has always been fast and courteous. The waiters are so nice and really seem like they enjoy their job. One time we had a birthday party of 16 and when requested on the phone that the manager do something special to make the evening memorable, it was arranged when we arrived that the menu was personalized with HAPPY BIRTHDAY and the birthday person's name. Also a special cake dessert was sent out for us, after we had our desserts! You can't go wrong with 2 desserts in one night especially when it's complimentary!

Ambiance: too incredible for words. Situated in an old canning factory, its antique but so warm and cozy at the same time. Situated at the docks, it always gives a sense of adventure when driving to dinner. For those that like to get away from the busy bustle of downtown vancouver!

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