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gypsygalVancouverSince August 5, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Disappointed
Submitted Monday, November 8, 2010 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

We have dined here a few times over the years, but this was the first with the new ownership. Alas, the food was very disappointing. When we arrived on a Friday evening, we were the only diners present for the first hour we were there. The server was polite, informative and attentive without being intrusive. Upon reading the menu, we noted the Linguini Fumate (Smoked duck pasta) was no longer on the menu. As this was chef Leo's signature dish, we could understand why it was no longer available. We began with an appetizer of prawns and an appetizer of carpaccio. The prawns were lovely. Four big prawns with a lot of flavour. The carpaccio was dry and relatively tasteless. If it wasn't for the thinly sliced pieces of parmesan on top, there would not have been much flavour present. My dining partner had the pasta special for that evening. It was explained as a pasta dish (little hats) tossed in olive oil with italian sausage, rappini, garlic and infused chili. It was not good. The taste was all of chili, with no other flavour. The pasta was swimming in liquids. My dining partner who loves various pasta sauces, called it pasta soup. I played it safe after the carpaccio experience and ordered chicken parmagiana. It was basic and amateur and edible. We were sorely disappointed after having had marvelous dining experiences at this restaurant previously. We will not be back.

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
Not as good as it was
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 9:48am [Dine in]

Don't get me wrong....the prices, the portions, the atmosphere and for the most part - the food is fine and I would still recommend it. We have been coming to X-Site for many years. About a year or so ago, the restaurant came under new owners. The menu and food prices are the same great value. We have noticed that the food quality is not the same. For example, the burgers used to be large, handformed patties that came hot off the grill. Now the burgers appear to be the thinner, pre-fab variety. The calamari is also not the same. Not sure if the brand is the difference or the cook. We still come and eat at this trendy, casual little place where the price is right, the service is fine and the ambience is comfortable. We are also getting used to the changes in the food.

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Hop & Vine Pub1601 Burnwood Drive, Burnaby
Consistent pub food
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 9:38am [Dine in]

As this pub is close to home, we have come for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is consistent, the service reliable and the ambience is a comfortable and casual pub experience. There is a small patio for those who like to sit outside. We have had most things on the menu and have been pleased with the quality of the food. Certainly, there are personal taste issues that we all have. Some of our favourite choices - breakfast: eggs benedict (really nice hollandaise sauce.) Comes with the best chunked potatoes/hashbrowns. Lunch: Try the Pulled Pork sandwich or the California BLT. Cripy bacon, fresh tomato with lettuce, cheese and avocado! Get the yam fries and chipotle dip as a splurge (additional charge) instead of the regular fries. Dinner: pizzas are really good, as is the Works Burger. Daily specials also have been good. Clean bathrooms, cold beer and plenty of parking. Air conditoning in the summer and a nice fireplace in the winter.

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Two thumbs up!
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 9:13am [Dine in]

This was our third time for lunch and again, it did not disappoint. This time, my mother was visiting from out of town and we wanted to share this wonderful little Bistro with her. We arrived at noon and had our choice of patio or dining room seating. As it was a really hot day, we opted to sit in the air conditioned dining room. The patio doors do remain open, however, the air conditioning was still effective. We all ordered a la carte. For appetizers, we had the spinach salad (flavourful dressing with sharp blue cheese, caramelized onions), mussels (perfectly cooked in a savoury broth) and pork pate (fresh and not over spiced). For mains, we had double rack of pork (with asparagus and yukon gold roasted potatoes), baked salmon with prawns and mussels over fennel, and the three hour slow cooked moroccan lamb shank. What a feast! Everything was perfectly cooked, the flavours were thoughtfully blended, food was nicely presented and portions substantial. The rack of pork was exceptionally large and half of it came home with us. Very good value for money. Although we were very full, we couldn't leave without having the creme brule. We decided to share it between the three of us. Highly recommended. The wine choice - the prized Gerwertztraminer. The service was attentive and not intrusive. The ambiance was lovely and not prententious. We did not feel rushed. It was a very satisfying experience. We have recommended this wonderful place to family and friends and they too agree, its a great food experience.

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