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foodiewannabeVancouverSince July 16, 20068 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Wonderful place for those adventurous to try new food!
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2012 - 9:07am [Dine in]

I was there with a group recently and I was excited to try the Chef's menu since the last I went when they first opened was so terrific.

It was unfortunate that some of the people we were with were not open to trying new things and told our server that they didn't want anything too 'out of the ordinary' (veal, rabbit, lamb etc) which basically meant we did not get any meat dishes to try. What we did have was terrific but I was disappointed that we were not given any meat entrées but that is not the restaurant's fault.

We had some wonderful starters of Halibut fish cakes, prosciutto with melon, burrata with heirloom tomatoes/bread, salmon tar tare, 2 wonderful pastas and our main was perfectly cooked Halibut with green beans.

The lemon cream with blueberries was to die for and I would have licked the plate if I could. This was the second dessert we were given as the first one (cannelloni with cheese filling and bunet were both big fails). The cannelloni shells had a weird after taste similar to being fried in old / overused oil so wasn't great at all. The brunet was bitter and did not have richness. The texture was also a bit off-putting.

I am looking forward to going back and next time will be trying everything.

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La Piazza Dario Ristorante3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Great Food, Bad Waiter
Submitted Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 1:14am [Dine in]

The food itself was exceptional and most of the service was also great from other people, except for this one waiter we got who should take some Customer Service classes. We asked if we can order our appys first and then decide on our entrees because we wanted a leisurely dinner. He said we had to put in our full order right away and then said he would come back after we decided. Hubby and I opted to share 2 appys (antipasto...yummy! and their special mussels...was ok), gnoochi (really good, soft and melted in your mouth!) and their special veal double loin chop (excellent!). When our main arrived, there were 2 plates as opposed to one and we sent one back because we said we only ordered 1 veal chop to share. The lady who bought it to us was super nice about it and apologized for the mistake. Our waiter came by 2 minutes later with the other veal plate and said, "What am I supposed to do with this now?". I was shocked cause it seemed unreal to me that a service staff would treat their customers like this. He proceeded to say that we ordered 2 and mumbled that we will still have to pay for this before he stalked off. We stopped another staff member and asked for the manager, where we were told that she had just stepped out. Regardless, the veal loin chop was excellent and so was every other staff member that worked at Dario's except for our waiter. We did not get charged for 2 veal dishes but neither were we given anything else complimentary considering the bad service. I don't know if I'll return. If I do, it will be a long time. It's a good thing their food is so good!

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Want Fast Food Service?
Submitted Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

For dine out this year, Trafalgars really wanted to take advantage of having as much seatings as possible and forgot about providing the customer a good dining experience. If I wanted fast food service I would have gone to McDs or Burger King. Right off the bat when we sat down, our server told us that we had to order right away because we only had 1.5 hours and we were 15-20 mins late for our reservation (heavy traffic). She came back in 2 mins to take everyone's order. The duck risotto appy was quite good. Most of the party ordered the Black Cod with Thai rice and it was an ackward attempt at fusion. The sauce was runny and tasted like orange juice with water. Not good at all! We were given our bill before our dessert even arrived. No offers of refills on our drinks (pop, wine, coffee, etc) After we all paid our bill, we were still chatting but getting ready to leave, the Manager came over and basically said that they needed to get our table cleared for the next set of patrons. I never felt like such a second class citizen. I understand dine out is to encourage locals to try your restaurant during low season but with service like that, I will definitely re-consider about going back to Trafalgars for dinner. Probably just for coffee and dessert.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Fell Short....:(
Submitted Friday, October 20, 2006 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

After reading all the positive reviews, we decided to use our Entertainment coupon and try it out tonight. I called and made a reservation and was looking forward to a nice evening out with my husband and young son. We ordered the calamari, the Contadina pizza and lasagna to share. The calamari while seasoned well was quite chewy (good portions though for a small), the pizza was not hot and dough was soggy. I like my thin crust pizzas to be light and crispy. The lasagna was cold in the middle so we had it sent back. By the time it came back, our 21 months old son was ready to go so we had to get the lasagna to go instead. The waitress was very nice but I was disappointed that they did not offer to just take the lasagna off our bill and let us use the Entertainment coupon again. We have decided that we will not be going back...just wasn't worth the effort.

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Main Dining Room833 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great Deal!
Submitted Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 9:09am [Dine in]

I've walked by this restaurant numerous times when we go downtown but never experienced it. Yesterday we decided to give it a try and it was quite an unexpected surprise! We tried the lunch special as mentioned above (beef/rice noodle, soya sauce chicken, hot/sour and wonton soup). Hot food and fresh. The jello was typical Chinese restaurant where it's super jiggly/hard (not enough water) but all good regardless. It was a great lunch deal for under $20 for 2 including tip! Maybe one day we'll try it out for dinner.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Not up to Expectations
Submitted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

After reading some of the reviews and going to Le Reglade in West Vancouver, a group of us decided to try Mistral. There were some good points (ie dessert, good bread, beef stew, pomme frites) were all very good. Unfortunately the service was lacking, our waiter never checked back with us once our food came, we had to ask for water refills and finally had to go up to the bar and pay because he never came around to collect our credit cards, etc. The ambience was not very "French"-like, compared to Le Reglade, you didn't feel that you were actually in Paris. I didn't come away with a great experience. I might go back but unfortunately, it will be awhile.

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Prince Chinese Seafood Restaurant2881 Grandview Highway, Vancouver
Finally Higher End Dim Sum in E Van!
Submitted Friday, September 22, 2006 - 9:42am [Dine in]

This used to be an older Chinese restaurant called HONBO and the place was dark and dingy. This new restaurant is definitely an improvement and they've put alot of work into the decor to make it bright and clean. I've been for dim sum only but so far it's been impressive. It's a bit more expensive ($55 for 4 people with 13 dishes) but it is higher end dim sum where you order off a menu instead of the carts. I've found the food pretty good and most importantly, the restaurant is clean! Even the bathrooms. So far I've decided that its worth more to come here once in a while and spend the money instead of going regularly to the cheapie places which is always a hit and miss!

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Don't go if you want to use entertainment card!
Submitted Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 3:08am [Dine in]

Not if you are in a group anyways! Even though the entertainment book states that you can use up to 3 cards, Pacific Crab Co. only allow 1 per table and they don't tell you upfront nor is there a sign. So beware if you are thinking you're saving money, you're not! Our server was really nice and you can tell that she was fed up with the stupid rule that her boss set because she's had alot of customer complaints. When we talked to the manager about his rule, he basically acted like he didn't give a [email protected] and said that they weren't going to participate in the entertainment book again anyways. I think because of where the restaurant is located, he thinks they'll get high traffic due to tourism, etc. I guess he's not thinking about when it's Fall/Winter when its slower in the Downtown/West End area and most of the people who might go to his restaurant will be the locals with new entertaiment books when it comes out in October. Not too bright for sure! This is the 2nd time that I've been to Pacific Crab Co. and I was disappointed with the lack of variety in the menu items. I remembered from the 1st time when I went, there were more asian-type fusion dishes on the menu. Anyways, I probably won't be going back because that place definitely isn't worth paying full price for.

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