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foodiebabeVictoriaSince November 13, 200618 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.2)
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Chef And The Carpenter, The1745 Robson Street, Vancouver
Little Gem
Submitted Monday, December 3, 2007 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

A little gem of a restaurant! We popped in relatively late on Friday night, to find a homely, quiet place run by what appears to be a two-man team. The service was good, the food was served piping hot and well flavoured, and the decor was rustic and charming in an olde-worlde-europa kind of way. We ordered the scallops and lobster bisque to start, followed by the halibut special and tarragon chicken - and it was all cooked very well. Dessert was very good also, in a wholesome home-made way. The wine list is small but really quite well-priced, which was a nice surprise for a French restaurant in Vancouver. It's a charming little place, perfect for relaxed romantic night out with good food, wine and no unnecessary pretention. Definitely recommended.

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Reef, The4172 Main Street, Vancouver
Not better than the Reef in Victoria
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

I read a review once that said the Vancouver Reef is better than Victoria's. Having enjoyed the food at the Victoria location (service in Victoria was pretty awful every time we went), I was looking forward to the Vancouver location. It was alright.
Music was way too loud, so our party of 6 had to shout to hear one another, and in the end we mostly gave up on conversation and skipped dessert to save our eardrums. Besides the music volume, the ambiance was interesting - tropical feel for sure.
The service was good - our waitress was quick and obliging, although she forgot to bring out one of the salads, and it nevertheless appeared on the bill.
The food itself was okay. Hubby had his usual jerk chicken roti and enjoyed it immensely. I went for the ribs, and it wasn't as good as they make it in Victoria. There was more bone than meat, and the portion was smaller too. My mum didn't have much choice in the way of vegetarian options.
The best thing about the Reef is their mojitos and mo-jitas. A must-try.
Overall, not a bad place, but not all that good either. I probably won't head back in a hurry ...only when I really want that mojito!

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Ric's Grill4154 Village Green, Whistler
Another good Ric's dinner
Submitted Thursday, August 9, 2007 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

We decided to see if the Whistler location is any better than the Victoria one, and we were not disappointed. It was a busy Saturday night and we had to wait about 10 minutes for our table, even though we had reservations, but 10 mins isn't long. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable about the food and wine, and made some good recommendations. The Mr. and I started with soup and salad, and then ordered steak (Sirloin and French cut) and both were very good and cooked just as we asked. I wish they would make more of an effort with the veggies though. A couple of sticks of steamed zucchini and a chunk of raw red pepper isn't very inspired. The potatoes are good. We didn't have room for dessert! Nice evening.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Fresh, contemporary flavours
Submitted Friday, July 20, 2007 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

Yes this place is expensive, but we thoroughly enjoyed the food and felt that it was worth the high prices, if only for the imaginative and well-crafted flavours. We ordered the daily special appy to share, which was a persimmon and fennel salad, with fresh, clean summer flavours. We both ordered a special of the day - jumbo scallop for me and dry-cured steak for hub, and both were excellent. The steak was a good portion, but the scallop dish had two scallops only. I know they were jumbos, but still, they weren't gigantic and I think at that price they should have served at least four! Dessert was the lemon tart with raspberry sorbet, which was also very tasty, but small. We usually find that most restaurants are generous with their dessert portions - not here. Definitely too small to share. Overall, the food was fabulous, and hats off to the kitchen for creating those flavours.

Service however did not match up. Although knowledgeable and attentive, it was insincere. The wait staff seemed to be trying quite hard to be as snooty as they could be. They should learn to smile. A 'fine dining' establishment doesn't have to have snobby servers. So we give service a rating of 3.

So overall, expensive but we really enjoyed the food.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria1080 Denman St., Vancouver
Good thin-crust pizza
Submitted Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 11:18am [Dine in]

So, Nat's on Denman is a little hole-in-the-wall kind of place - basic set-up, so ambiance isn't something you'd go there for. In fact, I wouldn't even stay to eat there - much rather take my pizza down to the beach. So that's what I do - grab a slice or two of their very tasty pizza and get going. Can't comment on delivery standards or other items on the menu. I've tried plenty of pizza around Vancouver, in both fancy restaurants and the delivery varieties, and Nat's yummy stuff is my favourite so far. The toppings are varied and plentiful and the crust is just right - not soggy and not overly crisp and hard. Worth a try if you're in the area.

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Savory Coast1133 Robson St., Vancouver
Very enjoyable experience, good value
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 11:03am [Dine in]

I'm glad I didn't read the previous reviews before going to Savory Coast, otherwise I never would have gone. Fortunately, we had a lovely evening. Our server was very good - polite, quietly friendly and knowledgable about the food and wines on offer (thanks Aslan!). The food was very good overall, and the prices reasonable. We thoroughly enjoyed the calamari starter - it was beautifully presented, fresh, tender and flavourful. Hubby had the mustard encrusted chicken entree and was very happy with it. I ordered the whole lobster - it was alright, a bit small and nothing to shout about. It was served with some melted garlic butter, which sadly was watery and not garlicky at all, but the veggies on the side somewhat made up for that - they were obviously grilled over a real fire and delicious. My lobster was brought to the table straight from the tank for my viewing, but I declined - didn't want to look the critter in the eyes before munching him down! To end it all we shared a tasty tiramisu served in a dessert glass. The portions were fine for us - I like to order 3 courses but often find that that I can't finish them all. At Savory Coast we left satisified, not unpleasantly over-stuffed. The wine list was small, but the bottles were very well priced at an average of $40. The ambiance - warm but airy, and elegant without being pretentious. We'll definitely go back, and hope that the next time is as enjoyable.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Funky and upscale
Submitted Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

We went to Sanafir in a group of about 10, and had a good time. The service was quick, sharp and friendly, if a little too friendly on occasion! We ordered absolutely everthing on the menu, to share, and although it was all beautifully presented and delicious, it just wasn't enough to fill us up in the slightest. The martinis and cocktails were nicely done, and surprisingly the final bill wasn't as large as we thought it might be. This seems to be quite the place to be seen (read: pretentious), and the ambience and decor is certainly very elegant in a funky, sexy sort of way. Nice. I'm looking forward to going back sometime.

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Mosaic Bar and Grill655 Burrard St, Vancouver
Classy restaurant with wonderful food
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2007 - 11:59am [Dine in]

This was another business lunch venture, in an excellent restaurant. The service was friendly, polished and efficient, and the food was really quite wonderful. Although we opted out of appys and dessert as we were short on time, my duck breast entree was perfectly cooked, juicy and tender. The mashed potato came wrapped in some kind of a thin ribbon, made of pastry? Egg pasta? I couldn't work out what it was, but it was soft and fluffy and delicious. The portions were good too - by which I mean not over-large. I managed to finish everything on my plate and was satisfied. I will certainly go back, and plan to try a proper 3 courses next time. Reservations are probably a good idea. I also liked how the booths and tables were not too close together. Definitely recommended.

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Good find
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

A colleague and I decided to pop in for lunch, and had a very good experience. As it was a warm day, we chose to sit outside, although the inside looked quite sophisticated. The insalata fantasia was delectable, the tangy goat cheese blending well with the avocado and ham. My colleague seemed to enjoy her mushroom soup too. For mains we both had the daily pasta special - a rich and creamy seafood fettucine. The pasta was perfectly cooked, the seasoning just right. Lots of shrimp and mussels too, so it was nice that they didn't skimp on the seafood. The service was friendly and attentive. Quick too, but then again, they weren't busy at all. We were full, so opted out of dessert, but I am keen to go back for a dinner and try that too. Recommended.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
Solid lunch choice
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

I've had several lunches here in the past few months and always had a good experience. Yes, the service can be a little harried, but I think they are just really, really busy, and work hard to get the food out quickly. A reservation is a good idea for groups larger than 2, as all the suits seem to fly in at lunchtime. I love the tuna tataki salad, gyoza, wild salmon nigiri and tuna sashimi. The lunch boxes are pretty tasty as well, as are the sushi boats. I haven't had any problems with freshness. If you want a tasty and reasonably priced lunch, I recommend this place.

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Indica1795 Pendrell St., Vancouver
Nice chicken tikka/tandoori
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

We went to Indica as a party of 5, and so were able to sample a variety of what they had on offer. Whilst the chicken and prawn dishes were tasty, although not quite authentic, their vegetarian dishes need some work. The saag in the saag paneer was nice, but the paneer itself had a peculiar unidentifiable taste that wasn't pleasant. That also applied to the malai kofta - I guess they must have used the same paneer in making the kofta. The service was quick and pleasant enough; atmosphere was average. I liked the B&W photos of the classical Indian dancer on one wall.

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Matisse512 Yates St, Victoria
A wonderful gastronomical experience
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

We went to Matisse to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and it was really the best dining experience we've had in BC to date. We opted for the Prix Fixe with wine, and John personally brought over each glass with a short explanation on why it was selected for a particular dish. The food and wine pairings worked incredibly well together. The service was excellent; polite, friendly, timely, attentive without being overbearing. The decor was simple and tasteful. The only thing I would change is the lighting - make it somewhat dimmer, candlelit, and hence more romantic! The bill was more expensive than usual, but absolutely worth every penny. I can't wait to go back.

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Too many mistakes for one of Vancouver's best restaurants.
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

We decided to try CinCin for my hubby's brithday at the weekend. Although we had a pleasant time overall, we left feeling like the place is overrated. First of all, the bread rolls that we were served were so cold and so hard that we joked it would make quite an effective missile. We then ordered the Antipasti, and were served one portion to share, when we had ordered one each. It was quite a tasty antipasti though. For mains, I was craving an authentic flavourful italian thin-crust pizza, and ordered the proscuitto and buffalo mozarella one. Unfortuntately our server later informed us that "chef was not happy with it" and they had to start again. So by the time my meal arrived, hub was half-way through his gnocci, which was absolutely delicious. When my pizza finally arrived, it was missing the proscuitto and was generally pretty tasteless. By this point, our server, who was very polite and attentive, informed us that they would take the entrees off the bill, as there had been so much confusion. Finally, we ordered dessert - the chef's trio and chocolate cake, which arrived with a little candle and "Happy Birthday" written on the plate in chocolate, which was a nice touch. Dessert was delicious, and the paired dessert wines were also very nice. Generally we were disappointed that an Italian restaurant could produce such mediocre pizza, when it really was the simplest thing on the menu. We will go back, just to see if we have a better experience next time, and perhaps we'll order the more conventional entrees like halibut or steak.

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Bengal Lounge, The721 Government St, Victoria
A top favourite
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

The Bengal Lounge is my hubby's fav place and this is what he has to say: A Victoria institution! Like many people, we've only ever had the curry buffet, and it's truly one of the best restaurants for indian food in town. The medium-spiced beef curry, butter chicken, and naan are particular favourites. Great ambience, great service, great choice of fantastic indian food complete with authentic condiments. I've been many times, and already looking forward to my next visit.

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Rathskeller Schnitzel Haus1205 Quadra St, Victoria
Hmm, not too sure...
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

This dining experience was a little strange - the roast beef sandwich was greasy, and the sauerkraut was a little better than boiled cabbage. However the bratwurst was good and the lager was fantastic. The service was friendly but the atmosphere was quite bizarre - what's with the cling-filmed giant cookies suspended from the ceiling?! But we'd go back for the lager at least.

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Noodle Box, The626 Fisgard St., Victoria
Trusted favourite take-out
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

We've tried everything on the menu and love it all. Nothing beats the Tom Yum Soup on a cold evening. The loyalty program of one free box after 20 could be a little more generous though. Long live Noodle Box!

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Cafe Brio944 Fort Street, Victoria
Surprisingly disappointing
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

We went to Cafe Brio with high expectations fueled by the restaurant's general reputation, and we left quite disappointed. The romaine salad was a pathetic two leaves on a plate, and the steaks were below average, while the fries were too crisp. I also suspect that the oyster starter may have been largely the cause of my upset stomach that night. Overall, overpriced and over-hyped. We won't be going back.

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Ric's Grill910 Government Street, Victoria
November special - great value and quality
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

Ric's is offering a $25 3 course special during the fall, and we were impressed with the range of starters, entrees, and desserts on offer... unlike many fixed menu specials. My calamari starter portion was enough for two to share, while my partner was also very satisfied with the chowder. My prime rib entree was sublime, and the four layer chocolate cake was also very good. My partner had the pepper steak and cheesecake, also delicious. All in all, a very pleasant evening with great value and impressive quality.

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