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GumpStumpKitsilano, VancouverSince October 27, 20065 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)


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Shark Club Bar & Grill, The4399 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Worst experience in years
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 10:53am [Dine in]

Went to the Shark Club on a Thursday around 7 pm. We were waiting for something to be fixed at one of the shops in the mall, so it was convenient. Although we weren't expecting to be blown away, Shark Club managed to under whelm even our lowest expectations:

Food - I had a pasta dish (feta, olives, sun dried tomato) and my girlfriend had a grilled chicken sandwich. The pasta was barely warm and almost congealed when it arrived, the pasta was overcooked, and the dish was overrun with sun dried tomatoes. I left half of the toppings on the side of the plate--does anyone even taste these dishes? The accompanying garlic toast was untoasted and slimy. The chicken sandwich was supposed to be served with a pineapple mayo on it, which should make the sandwich somewhat interesting. It arrived with regular mayo slapped on it--when told this, the server was incredulous but eventually agreed to bring a side of it to the table. Over 15 minutes later she brought it, saying "the cooks had to make a new batch". No kidding. So rather than make the dishes the way they are supposed to, the kitchen staff were lazy and just threw an incomplete dish to their customers. Nonetheless, our server had the nerve to charge us $2 for a side of mayo. The salad served with the sandwich was straight from the food supply company, complete with dried out carrot shavings and half of the bulb from the lettuce head--apparently quality control is not part of the kitchen staff's job.

Service - Pitiful. Despite the restaurant being empty, we had to walk over and ask for service at least twice. The servers weren't busy--they spent most of their time chatting near the kitchen. Of course, nobody was apologetic about anything.

Ambience - It says 'sports bar' all over it, but without any character (or customers)--I wouldn't watch a game here. However it was clean, and there are windows.

The only way I will go back to Shark Club is if I am dragged there unconscious.

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
A great new restaurant
Submitted Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

We went to the recently opened Iki before shopping at Safeway on a Sunday afternoon.

Food - Both ordered one of the lunch special boxes, despite some very interesting single items on the menu (eg. lobster miso bisque). Some delicious edamame came before the meal, and we also ordered the prawn salad wraps, which were fresh and light. In the box, the rolls were excellent--well made to almost melt in your mouth. Another highlight was the tempura; very light batter, crispy vegetables, and some surprising additions (lotus root chips and leafy sprouts?!) Having the option of brown rice with the meal was also a nice touch. I should also mention that the selection of sake goes far beyond the usual (and not so tasty) Gekkeikan found at most places.

Service - We had a mixed experience. We were greeted, seated, and serviced promptly and with a smile. However, as the meal went on we saw less and less of our server.

Ambiance - Very nice (and new) feel. Concrete and dark wood, new and elegant fixtures, and the choice of patio, booths, or bar seating.

Thanks to the uniqueness of the menu, we'll be back again.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Finest dining in Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 9:30am [Dine in]

Went to Diva on a Monday (March 12). Although I'm not one to give perfect scores easily, I can't really fault this experience:

Food - Shared the incredible lobster gnocchi to start; wonderful mix of flavours. Had the duck as a main (my date had the scallops) and both were amazing. Perfectly cooked, interesting accompaniments, and a real artistic flair to the presentation. Certainly imparts 'fine dining' on every dish. The goat cheesecake was the standout dessert. Nice looking wine list, though we were ordering by the glass.

Service - Excellent. Attentive but not intrusive, helpful with wine pairings. None of the staff we met were aloof, which was refreshing for a restaurant like this. We got the phrase "ooh, good choice" a few times; note to servers out there, customers like hearing that (whether it is a good choice or not!)

Ambience - Although the location (ground floor facing Howe) doesn't create a spectacular view, the interior is perfectly done. Soft lighting, well spaced tables, and a high ceiling. Very quiet and romantic despite the open kitchen concept and a loud nearby group.

Although there are some restaurants I've eaten at in Vancouver that may be on par food-wise, none occupy the 'fine contemporary dining' niche that Diva has. Well worth the expense.

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Infinity a winner
Submitted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 1:05am [Dine in]

Had the Dine Out Vancouver menu on a Tuesday evening:

Food - Incredible, especially considering the $25 price tag. Fondue is as good as people say it is, and prawns were also properly done. We both had the steak, and were very happy; blue cheese is nicely balanced by the pepper crust (surprisingly good together) and the corn salad served with it was also outstanding (very fresh and vinegary). Desserts were very nice but not mind-blowing. Dishes arrived when they should have.

Service - We had an excellent experience. All the staff we met were attentive and jovial, and helpful with wine pairings or other questions.

Ambiance - Clean and simple, though clearly not much was spent in this category. Econowise furniture and the occasional poor wall plastering--but who cares when the food is so good.

Excellent value and service, and an interesting menu. We'll be back.

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Kettle of Fish, A900 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Disappointing meal
Submitted Tuesday, February 6, 2007 - 12:48am [Dine in]

Went to Kettle of Fish on February 4 (Dine Out Vancouver menu):

Food - Appetizers were poor; soup's flavour (supposedly pear and goat cheese) was lost in its own texture, and oysters were nothing special. Main course albacore was overcooked, though trout with cornmeal was a good one--in both dishes, the vegetables/rice/salad failed to bring anything to the party. The corn salad with the trout was especially bad; it tasted like corn kernel husks mixed with sawdust. Desserts were better, with the bread pudding definitely the winner. Each course took what seemed like an eon to arrive.

Service - Well done. Attentive, water glasses filled, cutlery changed.

Ambience - Indoor greenery and candles made for a nice atmosphere, though the mirrors, fake ornate pillars, and ugly tiling give the impression of a low-budget Greek restaurant.

Overall a disappointment for such an expensive menu, especially considering what other Dine Out restaurants are doing with $35. We won't be back.

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