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grahamthe hoodSince September 3, 20069 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Boneta12 Water Street, #115, Vancouver
Boneta Loves Me
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

I might already have written a review for this restaurant but I think it derserves another one. We came in for dinner around 5:30 on a wed night. Even though we were some of the fist patrons we still felt a great atmosphere and attitude in the restaurant.

We started with a cocktail. OMG...a grapefuit julip. Honestly one of my favourites of all time. We ate some cheeses, bison carpaccio and the lamb. Each course was masterfully paired by Neil Ingram, their in house wine guru. Every bite was an out-of-body experience. Each glug of wine brought me to another place.

This is what dining is all about.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
That Was Refeshing!
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 11:32am [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant for my birthday after hearing some buzz around town. I was amazed by the prices. The wine list and food menu were actually priced in the range where I may visit more often.

We had pate, a beat salad and lamb. Each was fantastic. The portions were perfect in size. Enough to fill the hunger gap while not taking any home. The wine list was pretty cheap. I thought maybe, since it is a French restaurant, there could be more quality French wine. I'm sure there could sell tonnes of good Bordeaux and Burgundy. But alas, we drank a $80 bottle of 2000 St. Emilion. That is a fantastic value!

The service was solid. Our server seemd mostly happy and confident. Maybe the managers could do a little wine training to brush up server's knowledge. But that's not really a big deal.

Overall we enjoyed ourselves and will be back. Can you ask more any more than that?

Keep it up.

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Fets Whisky Kitchen1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Burgers are Better than Vera's
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

I've live on Commercial Drive for many years. Let's be honest, Fets is not gourmet cuisine. If you want a good burger they certainly deliver.

It's kind of a funny looking spot. There are lots of pretty cheesy murals of classic rock n'roll icons. I've had breakfast there as well, It was OK.

Burgers and beers. Do it. That's it.

Eat dem Burgers.

g

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Earls1095 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Stretch Your Dollar at Earl's
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 10:21am [Dine in]

I ate alone at the bar last evening at the Earl's in Yaletown. First immpressions were suprise at the lovely room. Calling my chair a bar stool wouldl be doing it a disservice. My chair was massive and comfortable.

I was quickly attended to. I ordered the Thai green curry. I've been all over South-East Asia many times. This actually tasted like a true Thai curry. It was satisfying. I drank a glass of Quail's Gate Pinot Noir. Seven ounces of quality wine for ten dollars is a reason I might go back again.

I do have one complaint that is no fault of the restaurant. Some drunk douchebag basically whistled as loud as he could in my ear. When I called him on it he theatened me with physical violence. Apparently he was the bartender's friend. This person was obviously overserved.

See y'all again.

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Uprising Breads Bakery1697 Venables Street, Vancouver
Every Freakin Day
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Uprising almost every day for the last 10 years. The coffee is decent. The baked goods are OK. The espresso drinks are brutal.

Even though I've been there a few thousand times, no one has ever bothered to aknowledge me as a regular customer. It might as well be my first time every time I go. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for a "Cheers," where everybody knows my name. I don't know what I want. Just some coffee I guess.

Oh whatever. Go there if you are in the 'hood and want a decent coffee. Don't go out of your way to go there. And, by all means, don't say hi to me if you see me there.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Yes, It's Next to the Ivanhoe
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

First impression was the minimalist room. We were certainly not dressed for fine dining and felt totally comfortable. We wanted to keep an eye onthe hockey game so we took a table in the back room. There we had a great view of the alley and a big blue dumpster. Whatever. No big deal.

We asked our waiter what he recommended. He was pleasant and knowledgable. Actually he was pretty fabulous. We started with some albacore tuna and an order of chic-pea salad. The tuna was decent. I enjoyed the endive and onions. The chic-pea salad was lovely. It had a nice, light smokiness, cut by some mint I think. Nice.

There is a good, reasonably priced wine list. I was so excited to find an affordable Barbaresco that I didn't even think about pairing the food and the wine. I love what Italians do with the Nebbiolo grape in Piedmont. Tasty.

Next up we had a pasta and some polenta. The polenta was delicious if not heavenly. The pasta was underwhelming and very small. I don't even remember which one we ate. I guess to be fair it was in the spirit of the restaurant. Minimal. Maybe I've never had true Italian pasta before. I just expected a little more of a "wow" factor. I wasn't bad, just not amazing.

Like I said. The server was great. The food and wine were good. The ambiance was OK. Maybe I'll go back in a few months and try some other menu items. Maybe not.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
New Years Fun
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

Let me begin by saying that I am aware that New Year's eve can often be very different from a usual night. That being said, I will still write a review of my restaurant experience.

Our reservations were made for the nine o'clock seating. We were planning on taking the bus but my wifes heels were a little to high for walking so we took a cab. That made us a little early. We were not greeted until many minutes later when we had sat ourselves at the bar. Again many minutes later we were finally aknowleged when we asked for a drink while we waited for our friends to arrive.

I'm actually not sure who our server actually was. Everyone seemed to be helping us at the same time. That is not always a bad thing. It was a five course meal. I was impressed with the food. I was not overwhelmed by the food. The cost was $165 overall inclusive of the wine pairings for each course. Each course was good in its own way. They did a great job with the wine pairings.

I did notice one thing a little strange. While having a really decent wine list the prices were just way too high. Of course a restaurant can put whatever price tag they want on their own wine. But I wouldn't feel right spending three times what it costs at the LDB.

Overall we did have a wonderful time, but we probably wont go back. There are just way too many restaurants of equal or better quality in Vancouver.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Server made the night!
Submitted Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 8:23am [Dine in]

I know I can buy wine, cheese and meats up the street and save a bundle. It's the excellent service, food and wine pairings that keep me coming back.

Sometimes you don't need a whole bottle of Oloroso Sherry and just want a splash...that's where their incredibly quirky wine list comes into play.

We've had the same server on many occasions. The way he romanticizes the food and wine is outstanding.

Keep up the good work, folks!

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
If You Like Beer...
Submitted Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

Great beer selection. Past paced and packed every night. Food is very average and that's being generous. Delightful staff. Sit at the bar and have a few. Scott, the bar manager is a really great chat.

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