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GkiiVancouverSince January 26, 200811 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Acorn, The3995 Main Street, Vancouver
Upscale vegetarian
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

Four of us lined up on a rather chilly evening to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about.

In a sentence: the food lived up to the hype.

We had the chestnut soup and parsnip croquettes to start, and the "mushroom" and "halloumi" as mains. A couple of glasses of red and a few "mirror lake" drinks rounded things off nicely. We were completely stuffed, and entirely impressed. The lineup out the door minutes after we were seated was equally impressive, as was the hipster crowd trying to part when we left.

Inexpensive it isn't. The bill for 4 appies, 4 entrees, and 3 drinks came to $189 plus tip. No reservations for parties of fewer than 6. The seating and serving arrangements could use tweaking as there were rather glaring inefficiencies. However, the real question is will we return?

Yes, yes we will...

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Shaughnessy Restaurant5251 Oak St., Vancouver
wins an award, but not a good one
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

From the inauspicious start of the wine being the wrong year (without any warning or acknowledgment) to the obviously frozen pre-made spring roll, to the forgettable main course to the okay dessert, this place won the not-so-coveted worst dine out experience of 2009. We would have felt ripped off had this been one of the $18 ones - the $28 price point was pure farce. We'll not be back, not in a long time. Long enough to forget the whole evening. Yes, that long.

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Westward Ho! Bar & Grill5185 University Blvd., Vancouver
meh
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

Oky, it wasn't so much "bad" as "boring". If you happen to be here playing golf and are hungry, well, why not eat here - but don't make the trip out for the food. The service was prompt, though a bit disconcerting, with different people almost randomly sidling up to the table then zipping plates away without catching your eye, then the waitress coming over to enquire how everything was. Desert was rich and fairly tasty; the halibut was moist, the topping bizarrely breadcrumb-esque as opposed to a pistachio crust as advertised, the trio of meat amazingly devoid of taste, according to the bf; and the salmon starter strangely placed on a salad that tasted vaguely of thousand-island dressing cut with something else we couldn't place. It wasn't the worst place we've been to recently (that honour goes to Shaughnessy Restaurant) but it definitely wasn't the best...

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Another great meal at Parkside
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

Okay, full disclosure - we love this place. We come for special occasions, and Dine Out every year. And, once again, it just keeps on being a wonderful place to eat. Between the 3 of us, we had pretty much everything on the dineout menu, and nary a complaint amongst us. Great food, great wine, great place!!

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Hachibei778 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
First time in the newly reno'd Hachibei
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

One of the few Japanese restaurants in the 'hood that is open on Mondays, and boy were we ever glad of it. Everything was to its usual high standard of Japanese home-style cooking. If you are looking for new twists on standard fare, you've come to the wrong place. If you want great home style cooking at a reasonable price and really good quality, come on down. We had gomai, salmon gyoza, real crab california roll, unagi roll, fatty tuna and green onion roll, salmon nigiri, and a cider & kirin, all freshly made with awesome service. Can't complain at all, and we'll be back for more in the not-too-distant future.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
outstanding!
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

Thought we'd impress some overseas guests and booked a table for 6 - we got wedged in at 8:30pm; and luckily at that. With a group that big, they do "family-style" cooking - no menu, they serve you whatever the kitchen is making that night, and boy oh boy was it worth every penny. We counted 17 different items hitting our table, and special requests (1 non-meat eater and the but-if-we-don't-have-foie-gras-we'll-just-die contingent) were dealt with aplomb. We couldn't have asked for a better meal; and we're still raving about it a week later...Utterly superb!

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
another great meal at the fish house
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

The first time we ate here was March of 2007 - came back for the dine-out menu on Feb 2, 2008 and it didn't disappoint. Apart from a rather surprising leak in the women's washroom ceiling (which kicked the "ambience factor" from a 4 to a 3) it was just what we had expected - great food, good service, and an excellent evening out. The salmon wellington was great - even with the "substitute sauce" as the girlfriend doesn't eat meat (which the waitress caught from a random question, and came back to check on after we had ordered - definite bonus points go out to her for that). Pork loin was also good, the potato, roasted garlic, and cheddar soup a nice starter, as was the baby spinach salad with dates, tamarind and pappadoms. Desert was good, but overshadowed by the previous experience at Salt a couple weeks previous. We'll be back again for excellent food, and stellar service - the Fish house has yet to disappoint!

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New management
Kashcool222 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver
food good, service not so much
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

We went to Kashcool because we'd never tried Persian food and wanted to give it a whirl. Turns out the food is very tasty, but the waitress was very rude and condescending. She refused to believe we just wanted to have a bunch of appetizers to share and was either driving us nuts by asking if we were ready to order dinner yet (this AFTER we told her more than once that we just were going to order a bunch of small plates) or completely ignoring us. She even sent over someone else to clear our table and give us the bill. So, we'll try somewhere else next time...

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
still swooning over service (and dessert)
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

Okay, once you get through the less-than-salubrious alley, you enter into a world of some of the best service we've had anywhere. Seriously. Our waiter was top-notch, knew the menu inside and out, and happily offered up wine suggestions that were bang on (even steering us gently from our chosen bottle to one that would compliment our food choices better). The cheeses were well chosen and paired to perfection with the condiment choices - high accolades from 2 people who get called when new products come in to Les Amis de Fromage...

Oh, and then there was dessert. Umm... Whatever you do, do not even THINK about leaving without getting the chocolate mousse. And, if you can take advice from complete strangers, don't share - even though the portions are large, you will not want to share this, not even with people you love. No, really.

The wine menu was comprehensive and fun. We had a great time, and have been merrily recommending Salt to anyone who will listen. If it's overcrowded when you go, please feel free to curse us. We're sorry.

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Balilicious Modern Indonesian3488 Cambie Street, Vancouver
a great surprise
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

Just got back from a fantastic meal at Sate Satu - everything was fresh and incredibly tasty. Service was excellent - everyone seemed to take turns to ensure that we had our water topped up, new cutlery, even offered to get us new plates between courses - and this is by no means an expensive restaurant! We had the sambal goreng udang, which was perfection in a dish - spicy, sticky, prawn goodness, and a nicely put-together gado gado. Desserts finished off our evening - an avocado mousse and chocolate pudding confection was both a surprise and a delight, and the martabak manis was HUGE, and filled with all manner of gooey condensed milk, chocolate, peanuts, and banana.

Honestly, go check it out - chances are, we'll be sitting nearby!

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UnWine'd Restaurant on Howe1180 Howe Street, Vancouver
underwhelmed
Submitted Friday, January 25, 2008 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

We had such high hopes for this, but seemed thwarted at every turn. The server was friendly, but it unfortunately was her first day, and she seemed just thrown in to fend for herself. Ahi tuna was amazingly bland, desert was uninteresting, and appetizers were the best part in comparison, though nothing earth-shattering. Truly a disappointment.

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