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FoodLoverInVancouverVancouverSince March 1, 20102 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

Reviews

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Starry Night Restaurant9231 Beckwith Road, Richmond
A New Star With Serious Potential
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

We have dined here now twice since it opened - both times were consistent with each other.

The Food: Simply put - its great but has a price tag to match. I went with a few friends and we had a variety of dishes and, as always do, we all sampled each others food to check it out. We started out with appies of wok fried squid & prawns, spicy beans, & stir fried spinach - all excellent and came up quickly. The wine list is decent and they have a full bar so the drinks were flowing. We moved on to entres with the ahi tuna, roasted chicken and wild salmon. Again, all were excellent and came up hot (except the tuna of course) and all at the same time (credit to a good kitchen staff!). Deserts were okay but not extraordinary IMHO. The chocolate lava cake was very good but the creme brulee was not special and our friend liked the cheesecake spring roll so much, she ate it up without even sharing!

The Service: Being a new restaurant, service can be spotty and the Starry Night fell prey to this. Our server was quick and attentive but didn't have a knowledge of the wines or how they would go with the food. They really should hire a food/wine consultant to do proper pairings and train their staff accordingly. I always say that a well trained staff is as critical to a restaurant's success as much as food and decor. They were very polite and attentive but better knowlege and experience would be a good move.

The Value: Overall, it was worth the money. We all loved the food and the decor is awesome.

The Ambiance: The decor is way cool - tiny 'starry' lights/glows and a dark woody feel makes it a high class restaurant. There are TVs around everywhere and we were able to keep up with the Olympics which were going on at the time. We were also very pleased to have live music (singer on piano and a guitarist) on the second night there - there wasn't any a few weeks ago on our first visit). They really made our night work great. The singer is absolutely top notch and they were taking requests from the audience and played our songs. We love live music and they were able to make a big sound with just two of them. The look, feel and sound combination of this place makes it better than any other I have been to in Richmond and gives you a downtown Vancouver experience.

Conclusion: I am relatively new to Vancouver and have eaten in places all over Eastern Canada and the US - this restaurant ranks up there as one of the best ones I have been to so far.

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Players Chophouse Restaurant and Lounge808 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Not a Playah...
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

I appreciate a great steak - actually, more like being blessed. I know what makes it right and what will make it wrong. Players Chophouse got it wrong. I had the Prime Porterhouse and found it lacking in taste/texture and presentation. I would expect a lot more for $50+. As I was being dined by a business partner, I didn't have the heart to express it openly as he was putting up a lot on $$ on the meal. The staff were great though and were quick. There was no ambiance in my book - the place had no character or anything to say about itself. I dont think I will be back anytime soon.

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