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foodfanaticSouth VancouverSince August 26, 2005286 Reviews
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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Good pastas at inexpensive prices in the heart of Robson.
Submitted Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

The pastas are served in quite reasonable portions. The prices are surprisingly good for the location especially when you want to let your wallet take a break from the hits received from the great restaurant next door, CinCin's.

The pastas are made nicely al dente. The sauces are flavourful. The margherita pizza appetizer seems lacking in something. But even so, portion-wise, it might as well have been a full entree order!

The tiramisu dessert is a little too sugary while the layers of mascarpone is a little thin (equally as thin/thick as the brown sugary layer(s)) as well as too thin sponge layer. Not a tasty balance at all. Size-wise, it is a generously large square more than adequate for sharing between two.

As the evening wore on, the room filled up, and got much more livelier. For the early diner, it can be romantic, but later, it becomes more of a classy family restaurant because of the noise level and the crowd.

All in all, a positive experience so I will be back to try their osso buco, which I would have opted for over one of our pastas, but our server neglected to mention ANY of their daily specials and since it wasn't on the menu, I was not aware that they offered it even. Nearing the end of our meal, I heard another server listing that off to the newly seated table next to us. Other than that, our server was quite friendly & it's a very casual unpretentious atmosphere.

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Disappointing.
Submitted Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

After having passed by this restaurant many times in the past but never stepped inside, I've finally given it a shot after reading enough reviews to expect possibly rude service with maybe some good food.

They obviously use canned tomato paste for the red sauced pastas--very disappointing--the kind of stuff I use to cheat with & it tasted near identical to when I used to not even bother to try! The pasta itself, however, is made perfectly al dente. The "lightly battered" veal is awfully bland processed meat like a burger patty with extra miscellaneous products patted in as fillers. The tiramisu is okay--very much like the prepackaged stuff.
The service by the old guy is adequate & pleasant. The prices are a little high for canned tomato paste & the pizza prices seem a little up there, too.

I wanted to return to try a white sauced pasta, but was a little turned off from reading the reviews here as well as from an attempted call-in take out order for pizza. I didn't really care to sit in again as the ambiance leaves little to be desired though it's darkly lit in the "romantic" sense, the half the chairs used were like my grandma's old chairs though I can only assume the place is kept adequately clean as it's too dark to be sure.

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Tapastree1829 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great flavours for the most part.
Submitted Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Maybe because it was a Sunday night, they only had 2 waitresses working the floor plus one guy who seems to be managing it. Though there were just a few seatings, the servers seem to disappear for periods at the back or by the bar & they don't check on tables often. When one of the servers announced to a table that it was the last call for anything from the kitchen, she failed to notify the other diners. It only didn't concern me since I was already working on my dessert & had no intention of ordering more drinks or another mediocre still-too-refridgerated sweet. The refridgeration aside, the flourless chocolate cake was nicely dense & not too sweet if you don't try to finish it up. It did look like two thick slices of beef jerky overlapping each other when they brought the dish. First I thought it might be a stingy portion, but it turned out alright due to its richness. But the came-straight-out-of-the-fridge bit & the presentation made it not very appetizing.

The main dishes were surprisingly good albeit a tad pricey. The "sides" actually cost as much as the main tapas. I'd suggest no one pay $9 for a mini crocker pot of macaroni & cheese... they better be using really good cheese for that. That aside, the sable fish is exceptional. Loved it! Perfectly cooked, flakes off nicely, the dressing goes perfectly with it. The fried chicken pieces are juicy & the seasoning for the batter makes it flavourful along with the use of unchanged deep fryer oils. The sauce on the salmon is pretty good too, though the salmon itself was a tad overcooked, it was still tasty.

I will definitely be back for more of the great food, but the price of each "tapa" is pretty close to full entree prices. What makes it tolerable are the flavours that are present as well as the unlimited house bread you can stuff yourself with if u find the portions wanting--only the bread seems rebaked & a little hard & dry every other loaf when they over-rebake it.

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Empire Seafood Restaurant5951 No. 3 Road, #200, Richmond
Good variety for dimsum. Good value for dinner for the most part.
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 6:54am [Dine in]

They offer a good selection of dim sum. Not just the staple items. Mostly average in flavours. Extremely busy before 11am as they don't take reservations before then as it's a 20% discount on orders.

The deep fried seafood wrap with salad dressing overflows with mayo but very flavourful & nicely crisped without being excessively or noticeably oily. The steamed shrimp & pork dumpling comes with 2 pcs topped with scallops and 2 pcs with shrimp rather than the usual fish roe. It is light, flavourful, with a good balance of mushrooms, pork & shrimp & fat. The prawn dumpling in consumme has a nice crunch in texture of prawn while the consumme is a simple clear soup--not exciting but pleasant in taste. The seafood salad in papaya boat is a complete waste of $$ for cheap smoked salmon & various typical salad items like scallop & shrimp boiled straight up bland.

The king crab dinners, though at a relatively low cost per pound, seems to also be a dishonest serving in portion especially during the high season(s), they tend to have almost every table of a fullhouse night ordering the same thing that some tables seem to be cheated in portion or sharing 2 crabs amongst 3 tbls, etc. It's easy to reuse the hollowed out shells of those who don't order the addition of a portugese styled fried rice baked in the shell. Other than the sense of being cheated though, the times we went for a regular dinner left me with a good impression especially when we had a set dinner for 2 tables with good rock cod, good lobsters, and huge, juicy, tasty, deep fried stuffed crab claws. Their baked tapioca pudding dessert during the dinner hr is amazing! Not too sweet. It was perfect. Though maybe 1 out of maybe 4 dinner visits, it disappointed.

The food here is definitely better than their newest addition to their mini chain of restaurants that's serving up dimsum & shanghai items in the old Yuu spot. Though the menu offerings there's quite fancy, the flavours are more than lacking.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
A huge disappointment.
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 6:26am [Dine in]

I really wanted to love the place as I stepped in & got seated at a nice comfy booth. Love the retro-contemporary decor. The wall design is neat, curving out the way it does like petals all throughout--quite symmetrical at that. I was hoping the food would amaze me so that this can fast become a regular hang out as they sported nice late hours.

The Spanish mussels came dry & crumbly, almost without sauce which was just millimetres thick coating the bottom of the plate. None of the freshy delicate juiciness evident in the meat. It is, however, a decent portion for $13. The sticks of bread that comes with it tastes like burnt pieces of crumply cardboard--amazingly bland & lacking in any breadlike features. That was a first for us. The turkey stew's just like eating a chicken pot pie except with turkey dark meat. The "white flour biscuit" though buttery is not nearly as good as what anyone can whip up from the Bisquick biscuit recipe...

The apple crisp dessert topped with whipped cream was basically cooked apples with granola poured on top then whipped cream thrown on top of that. Uninspired & boring to eat.

Lemon cardamom creme brulee had a nice burnt crisp top but was otherwise very mediocre. The 2 soft cookies it came with are like soft oatmeal cookies which are just lightly flavoured with a good texture. Not sure how that is supposed to pair with the creme brulee, but it was good having it with my coffee & tea.

Service was just adequate. The female server (owner? since there were really only 2 servers, 1 male, 1 female) reminds me of the servers over at The Foundation--she gave the feeling that she was once upon a time a young hippy gal but now is doing well enough for herself that she can work in the hospitality business quite dispassionately.

Overall, a thoroughly disappointing experience. We will not be back.

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Red Star Seafood Restaurant8298 Granville Street, Vancouver
Solid all around.
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 5:49am [Dine in]

Good variety for dimsum. The dessert items were more interesting than the regular stuff. The pan fried soy sauce rice rolls were awfully drenched in oil & seemingly just dipped in a bowl of soy to serve up. Couldn't eat more than the initial bite. The congee was to watery. The almond soup dessert was not prepped very well as the egg whites that should have been stirred in / blended nicely was actually in cooked clumps inside so it didn't act as a smoothening agent for the dessert. The steamed shrimp & pork dumplings were very shrimpy but lacking in mushroom & porkiness, but still alright--can't complain too much since normally, shrimp would be valued greater than "cheap" pork by most ppl. The other dimsum items were alright.

I will return for dimsum for the variety but not in a hurry to do so as the items are all a hit & miss. But it's at least a decent option for times when we don't want to cross over to Richmond. Another plus is the plentiful free parking whether it be on the street or underground. They did seem awfully busy so booking in advance is recommended though you'll still have to wait when you get there even with a reservation.

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Steveston Pizza Co.3400 Moncton Street, #100, Richmond
One of the best!
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 5:40am [Dine in]

Fresh ingredients, skillfully and timely prepared! When they tell you it'll take 14 minutes, they really do hand it over in 14 minutes!

Love the flatbread style pizzas here. It comes into close competition with my other fave Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. They're both great in their own ways while this place is a bit cheaper unless you go to the other one for their lunch deals. But this is a good takeout place with no real seating though you can purchase your pizza or the only 2 alternative choices of lasagna on their menu & eat it right there sitting on one of the 2 stools looking out the window or while watching them cook up some more pizzas in the tiny room.

I'm glad I stopped by for a 2nd dinner after having a disappointing 1st one (of a well reviewed restaurant) as I was excited to try out this place after so many recent consecutive reviews about its greatness--I did arrive skeptical but left a fan! I have been back for another helping since then & it was even better than the 1st time since I added some essential toppings off of their variety of offerings.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Just decent food but outstanding for location!
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 5:23am [Dine in]

Prices are fair tho don't expect to be amazed. A LOT more Pan-Asian variety during dinner than lunch but most, if not all, of the lunch items do make it into the dinner menu. The Shanghai steamed soup buns (xiao long bao) is flavoured nicely as far as the pork stuffing goes, but it's lacking in the "soup" department. Also, the dough wrap is too thick, frozen too long & not steamed well enough to cook thru the thick top. They do claim to make it themselves but obviously not very well. The spicy wonton is just boring in a standard chili sauce. The roti is about avg w/ disappointing sauce. The curry brisket ramen's instant Chinese shrimp/egg noodles that tastes like a thicker version of typical wonton noodles. There's no curry flavour at all. The som tum salad's ok--not an ounce of heat tho I was forewarned of its spiciness. It was just sweet from the fish sauce.

Boneless Hainanese chickn tho good portions compared to other boneless versions I've had elsewhere, the quality is poor--obviously not fresh at all. The Thai Red Curry Duck packed some heat & curry flavour. Both the Tom Yum Soup & Laksa tasted similarly bland. The pan fried dumplings tastes like the xiao long bao's. The deep fried salt & pepper squid needs pepper in the batter itself as very little is sprinkled as topping. I do like the garlic chips topping very much. Squid's good.

The black sesame rice balls in syrupy soup is great for the price & perfect in flavour & texture. The tempura banana w/ ice cream is light & crispy w/o much added flavour in the batter, but still goes nicely w/ the sliced up banana pieces.

It's a large 2 level room. Easy to just walk right by the place outside as the door blends in w/ the semi-frosted windows. Very pleasant & enthusiastic service.

A new favourite for convenient pre-theatre dining. Flavours are a little washed down & w/ such a diverse menu, not being able to master any particular one, but it's still good for the variety of decent tasting food.

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Tsukiji4751 Garden City Road, #130, Richmond
Disappointed.
Submitted Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 4:31am [Dine in]

After reading the glowing reviews & passing by here so many times before, I finally decided to give it a try for dinner since my favourite Richmond sushi place is out of business!

I like the wood decor w/multiple private rooms. Friendly & relatively quick service, surprising consisting of mainly middle aged & above Chinese women.

The food varied from OK to not very fresh. The mirugai sushi though generous in cut was not fresh in taste. The uni was just OK while the seaweed wrapping it was a little too soft & moist. The rice was slightly softer than it should be. The "fresh" saba of the day was fishy in the kept-in-a-fish-tank-for-too-long taste. The red tuna wasn't worth trying either, too bad they were out of regular tuna toro amongst other things. Seeing as how they may not be overstocking on their fish, I'm guessing it must be poor storage methods that make the fish less than appetizing.
The beef sashimi, though nice in colour, just tasted of supermarket prepackaged hot-pot grade beef. The seared mackeral is much better than the black cod & cheaper, too. The cod is so rubbery & dry in texture it seems it was frozen a little too long. The mackeral though better, was still boring to eat. The nabeyaki udon was simple, avg, while the prawn tempura that came w/it was very bland & a little too greasy. Batter is doughy.

I'm glad I was able to avoid overordering since they didn't have a lot of them items we wanted.

I will not be returning as the prices & freshness can't beat places like Toraranbo or Sushi Hachi nearby, though in ambiance it is a lot better than many in the area.

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Joe's Grill2061 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
One of the best breakfast/brunch places!
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

I LOVE their blueberry stuffed thick pancakes cooked til there's a light crispness to parts of it! Delicious! The blueberries, I'm suspecting is fresh but I can't be sure, but it certainly was not mushy like frozen ones might turn out to be after being whipped & cooked in batter. Though the waffles were served a little closer to luke warm than warm to me, it was still good, though, I can't believe I'd say anything's too crunchy, but this was bordering so since it was getting cold possibly from waiting on the rest of the party's food to be prepped & got too cooled & hardened as a result. The corned beef hash was very flavourful! Love it. Normally, I'd avoid potato hashes but I did enjoy this one. The fresh fruits that came w/ the waffles were quite good in variety. I skipped/wasted the 2 typical sausages & 2 crunchy bacon strips included with my order of waffles though I did enjoy my 2 eggs. Green apple, oranges, honeydew, cantalope & plenty of seedless red grapes. Not like the usual all-melon variety. And all this for a very good price! Our party of 5 were lucky to have arrived at the nick of time this past Sunday just before noon since there was a slight wait for tables of more than 2 for those who came in just after us. You help yourself to a cleaned table so it really is a good first come first served system. They mainly just do breakfast/lunch fare as they close at 6pm normally.

The service is adequate & coffee refill & food checks happened frequently. Speed of the kitchen is very reasonable for such a busy place, it was actually surprisingly quick.

I will be back! Just can't believe they were my default pick when various other previous choices were either not yet open or filled to capacity.

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14981 Fusion Cuisine14981 Marine Drive, White Rock
An otherwise solid experience.
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

Dropped in for a light lunch on Sat. as we were in the area running errands. Read so much about it that I've wanted to give them a try.

Strangely empty at the noon lunch hr peak, we attributed that to the closed patio on a sunny day.

The seafood chowder looked & tasted exactly of Campbell's mushroom soup slightly diluted. It lacked any seafood flavour save for the 1 large cooked shrimp & 1 mussel w/ shell & the tiny bits of seafood. The butternut squash soup topped was pretty standard. The lightly buttered pita served on the side is pretty good tho I doubt it was made in-house, but never inquired.

The strawberries used in the salad's pretty well-picked. The curry mussels didn't seem fresh & either cooked a little too long or perhaps, previously frozen too much. The curry sauce tasted very much of the prepackaged/jarred variety.

The string frites looked promising clean enough in colour dressed w/ balsamic vinegar all throughout. We had about 3 fries b4 we spotted the deep fried golden hair-like thing tangled btwn the net of fries. The server was very pleasant & quick to take it back into the kitchen for a new batch. The same fries was brought back out to us refried... much darker & very crunchy as a result & the parts that had the balsamic vinegar on it showed a darker streak across the brown of the string fry. It was even more so oily by this time. We still ate at probably over half since I don't think they spat in it. We packed the leftover mussels & tossed it out b4 getting back into the car so that they wouldn't recook those & give it to the next unsuspecting diner.

We wanted to try at least the chocolate lava cake but since he told us it'll only take 1 min. to prepare (that already was shocking in itself) we opted to wait until our meal was over before placing the order. I had the last refried string I could tolerate while fuming over their practice, we unanimously decided to skip the instant dessert & not give them any more of our business.

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Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse750 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Disappointed.
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

There were more families than couples present this past Sat. as well as an overall casually dressed crowd. The servers were literally shouting out their food explanations & such (as they present the meats raw & greens & poor large live unwatered lobster from a serving cart) to each of the new guests as the evening wore on & the room filled up. Beautiful decor, well-lit w/ lighter coloured furnishings. It makes for a warmer elegance that's very welcoming.

The US grainfed dblecut filet mignon was not very exciting. 1 order was made well--blackened but not bitter so it had a nice crunch to it while the inside was relatively tender; the other was unevenly cooked that was still, for the most part, rare, so not worth complaining about. I ended up using the side of sauce. It's bad when that outshines the steak. The bournaise sauce tasted of butterscotch or similar. Didn't much care for the rough texture of the meat.

Except for the 2 strips of anchovies, the house salad's boring & overpriced. Oysters weren't shucked well. They still clung to the shell & 1/6 had shell bits in it.

The bone-in rib eye was very flavourful but at a price. The salmon disappointed.

Lobster bisque tasted more of mushroom than lobster The sides weren't generously portioned as the server boasted it'd be. There was a thick soaked piece of breadlike (nobody ate it) object hidden under the thin layer of mushrooms. The asparagus was pale & anemic.

They gouge you on drinks.

Their housebread, tho similar, does not compare to that of Gotham's.

The chocolate molten lava cake made from scratch & tasty served w/ ice cream was not worth the $16 tag when even Saltlik's take outshines theirs. The $10 upside-down apple pie w/ the stressed-by-server-repeatedly "Haagen Daz" vanilla was just overpriced caramelized apple pieces piled on top of a soaked crust buried under.

I wanted to love them since I loved the warmer decor, but food & service-wise, I prefer their competition by far.

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Dona Cata Mexican Foods5076 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Love the many fresh topping choices.
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

Their soft tacos are superb! They don't seem to soak through & get soggy the way most other places make them. This is a new favourite for my taco cravings. For ppl eating in, you're able to help yourself to a great number of sauces/topping choices for your tacos! They have bowls & bowls of them lined up for you to scoop out of buffet-style. Freshly housemade.

Unfortunately, sitting in can get a little crowded if you're able to snag a seat at all. Prices are decent for the portion. Though I don't care much for the location, it's still alright. It's a solid for ambiance since it's relatively clean though small. Service is pleasant & adequate. Seems to be family-run & I can't say for authenticity as I'm no Mexican expert, but I do know I have enjoyed their offerings very much whenever I don't mind making my way to the area.

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La Terrazza1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver
An elegant dining area.
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

Late last yr, I came for after dinner drinks & dessert which brought me back a 2nd time for much of the same. The bar lounge is definitely situated a little too narrowly close to the entrance & seats few in all, hence, giving the feeling that it's just a waiting area. However, the lounge area is not simply a waiting room. Nice large comfortable arm chairs makes it very cozy & comfortable to sit there for snacks/drinks while catching up w/ friends, especially if it's the table by the fireplace. Both times I've sat at the lounge, ppl were enjoying a pasta w/ 1 group drinking bottles of wine while waiting for their later arrivals to join them for a light meal plus more drinks.

Finally, for my 3rd visit around mid Dec., I went for a proper dinner.

The service by the gentleman who led us to our table & later who came to check on us was pretty good except that for the most part of dinner, it was another server that took care of us quite dispassionately & devoid of any facial expressions.

The creamed soup w/ truffle shavings was very strong in mushroom flavour, overwhelmed by the truffle oil but in a good way, fresh & tasty. The braised beef short ribs were very tender & flavourful w/ the meat falling right off. The fusilli pasta, however, was quite boring. The pasta itself was nothing special. The duck is what brought down the meal where the braised beef ribs had us looking forward to our mains, the duck was an extreme disappointment when it tasted near identical to the BBQ ducks from Chinese butcher shops. The wild game of the day was a disappointment as well at $34.88, the appetizer ribs were definitely the only highlight.

The lemon torte (basically, a lightly lemon flavoured sponge cake wrapped with a sheet of white chocolate) was less impressive than the lava cake while the cheesecake was good, but not outstanding.

I'd just return for appetizers, drinks & desserts. The prices are good for the area & type of restaurant.

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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Love the great diner feeling!
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

While passing thru on Saturday when 2 of my choice brunch spots in Burnaby were not yet open (well, 1 of them doesn't even do lunches), making our way to Coquitlam in search of food, the signage for Waffle House caught my attention. If the word "waffles" didn't do it (one of my favourite foods), the sparkly font with stars was enough to make it irresistable. So we quickly parked & went in all the while with a smile plastered to my face as we were seated in the back section. Wow. Business was bustling w/ families/locals.

The waffle was pretty standard. It's about as thick as a decent pancake would have been, but it's as round/wide as one of those single round waffle makers quartered. You get the full circle. I had it topped w/ sliced strawberries in syrup with vanilla ice cream for just under $6. The strawberries didn't taste frozen nor too sugared up like IHOP, and definitely served up quicker. The portion of ice cream was just enough to go w/ the thin waffle. It's the same price for just 2 eggs w/ same sized waffle w/ the usual packaged syrup & some soft butter to go w/ it.

The place is very clean as far as I can tell, and apparently the mens' restroom was surprisingly clean as well. No strange carpet odours & no run-down feeling come from the place. It brought back fond childhood memories of how diners ought to be.

The service helped, too, as our server was all full of warm smiles every time she came to our table. Though she was a little absentminded in bringing whipped cream instead of ice cream & realizing the mistake when she brought it, she was quick to correct that... also, forgetting the order of soup... but all was very good & fun.

Will definitely be back when I'm feeling hungry & with no other place to go otherwise, in the end, it's just standard fare, but it's clean, friendly, and... *sigh* a real "family" restaurant indeed.

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George's Pizza6109 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Good pizzas w/ strips of anchovies!
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

The lasagna portions are smaller than other delivery places for the price that's a little above (they also offer free delivery & so forth but I was dining in). The small lasagna is actually quite small & the large is about average regular sized. The meat sauce is definitely very meaty though missing the tomato-y tang, but having had worse lasagna recently w/o much meat in the meat sauce, I'd say this was done pretty well in comparison. The melting cheese on the baked lasagna and on their pizza is a good sign.

For thicker crusted pizza, I do like what they produce. They did not scrimp on the anchovies nor did they do so w/ the artichokes. Though the mushrooms were buried & sliced very tiny, not just thinly, I was still able to taste it once every few bites. The dough was not too "doughy" & actually pretty good in my book (though I've fallen in love with Rocky Mountain Flatbread Pizza -- thincrusted & all).

The garlic bread was disappointing. Very typical average slice of toast w/ what was obviously Lactania branded garlic butter spread w/no extra chopped garlic bits or seasoning. That was a definite disappointment even as I had the leftovers (including the extra garlic toast) 2 days later.

The linguine w/ tomato basil sauce tasted just ok. It hinted at canned tomato paste but did seem to be made better by the presence of real tomatoes mixed in (well, it is supposed to contain sundried tomatoes).

Service is very friendly & pleasant.

The cloth draping down from the ceiling made me think about how what might be living up there. Just as that thought crossed my mind, I looked over to the wall we were seated next to & saw just 2 ft above our seated head level against the wall, attached to the wall & the beam, there was a webbed net there that also got a layer of dust stuck on it. Though the room was dimly lit, we were seated right under one of the wall lamps, so it was unmistakable.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Love the ambiance!
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Great service from our main server, Jamie while the female bussers bringing the food the table seem to be new or just clueless.

Quality of the beef textually & in flavour was quite disappointing. The preparation technique was adequate however, since mine was prepared as ordered--medium rare, while my dining partner's was unevenly cooked.

Love the decor. Great for larger parties. Love the multi-floor seatings. Had a great view from the highest floor right up against the glass edge near the stairs. I think those were the best seats in the house for 2. Not as noisy as if we were to be seated on the main floor; easy access to the restrooms without being right up next to the entrance of it.

Absolutely delicious Chocolate Ganache lava cake. Melting chocolate lava gushing from the cake. Soooo good, served in the perfect temperature w/o being tongue-singingly hot--a perfect balance w/ the ice cream. Love it!

I will be back to eat the non-steak items & perhaps give the prime rib a shot that's available on fri/sat's only so that I can have more of the atmosphere, service & dessert! My disappointment in the meat might very well be due to the fact that I was spoiled by THE best steak I've had ever while in Vegas for the Christmas holidays (& I'm sure there must be better elsewhere). Is Gotham's as good as it gets in this city? To be fair, I knew I was making an unfair comparison using Saltlik, which, at half the cost of the other steakhouses, probably has less room to afford for the quality of beef, also, the differences between grain/grass/corn-fed cattle taken into account. This is why I'll definitely return for future visits when I'm in the mood for great service in a hip room. Our server, Jamie, was so passionate about his job that he wouldn't settle for an "it's alright" when we failed in hiding our huge disappointment in our food as it was only days after our return from a food-filled holiday where we were immensely impressed by the steaks.

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Mad Greek7260 Westminster Hwy., Richmond
Best pita I've had so far...
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

Fresh, fluffy, w/ the right amount of light crispness to the pita bread. Love it! Good, smooth hummus; OK tzatziki dip. Beef skewers are a little too cooked. The rice is okay, good portions at inexpensive prices. The lamb is tender & the ribs taste better than they appeared. The steak is average in the good way. Love the deep fried and the grilled calamari appetizers! They were both made to perfection. Light and refreshing, sweet & juicy, all at the same time. The deep fried calamari had a nice light batter to it. I regret not having ordered calamari during my previous visits.

Spacious dining room. love the high ceiling & classy casual decor. Service is adequate & efficient--depending on the server, can become friendly. Fruit slush drinks are flavourful. Dessert is very standard. I can almost swear the "house special" cheesecake is actually the Gizelle frozen cheesecakes you can buy from Costco for $19.99 for a large box of presliced treats.

The food is more of a 3.5 rating.

Never gave them a try before their move to the current location, but I do like the present decor a lot. Very spacious, good for families, friends, semi-romantic casual dinners (as romantic as bright, lively can be) as it accommodates larger parties very well.

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Sai Z3116 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good location outside of the d/t traffic.
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

The room is quite spacious. Currently, the 1st floor seems to be an inefficient awkward use of space. The open kitchen is to the immediate left as you enter. Across from the kitchen is the sushi bar. There's a nice private dining area at the back. The 3rd floor is used as the tv/reading room perfect for restless children or maybe for mothers to see to infant needs.

The prices are avg while the grilled saba is perhaps the best value (tho not sashimi grade) I've had so far ($8.50 for a substantial portion) when cooked correctly. The American Kobe, baked halibut & steamed sablefish, are possibly the highest priced items @$22-33. The nicely marbled slices of quality beef are a little too drenched in the very citrusy thick sweet sauce that completely masks the sweetness of the beef itself.

The Sea Urchin Fillo is a must! Surprisingly filling, too. The yam fries is well made. Not at all greasy & batter is noticebly light. The oil used appears to be changed often enough to give it a clean taste & colour.

The sushi offered is ok, nothing exceptional in quality.

The tuna crepe is surprisingly good--delicate, smooth, sweet, unlike the disappointing, though aesthetically pleasing seafood pizza. The miso w/ deep fried tofu is a little bland & lacking depth.

The stuffed lotus root tempura is very similar in concept & texture to Hapa's gyozas. Not especially exciting, but not bad. The spicy tuna roll is boring & should be skipped @$5 per.

At first glance, the seafood chawan mushi looks to be too watery, but it actually adds to the overall flavouring & texture of the very smooth & delicate custard.

The amuse bouche offered varied w/ each of my 2 visits so far. I liked the beef tongue over the tuna terrine of the 1st vist.

The service is pleasant. There's at least one familiar face in the servers (formerly of Octopus Garden) & apparently, the chefs have been gathered from various cities--several of whom are from Toronto.

I will definitely return for more.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Too crowded & much too noisy.
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

The prices are surprisingly low compared to what we're used to but even so, it can't make up for the noise level & overall crowdedness we feel sitting so close to our neighbours. Fortunately, the male server was quite slender (boardering scrawny), so he was able to squeeze btwn tables situated along the wall.

The lamb was underwhelming, while the veggie dish of the day was quite tasty, it was not difficult to achieve such because the abalone mushrooms & large black truffle shavings can't be ruined by much. Found that to be quite a bargain as a matter of fact, w/ their standard 3 course price fix of $42.50 u get to choose an appy, main & dessert from their regular, albeit small, menu. Loved the use of pistachios on the foie gras appetizer served chilled & the pureed sauces were good for trying to fight off the game-yness to the cold foie, but somehow, neither myself nor my dining partner was able to stomach this dish. The tuna mille-feuille was superb tho! That one, I can just keep eating. As for desserts, the chocolate fondant was too bland, not enough cocoa, and too light & disappointing overall. The cheesecake is nicely foamy with a hint of cake blended in the fluffy cheese. Loved the berries that came with it.

I want to say I'd go back & try them again, but as the evening started out, it was quite noisy. As the evening went on, it got even noisier to the point where I had to lean over quite a bit & stay that way in order to converse with my companion. It's just a little too crowded & too noisy for me to enjoy.

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