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hannahawilsonVancouver (Fairview)Since June 24, 201010 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Fantastic Spot for A Fun Date
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

Dined at Guu last night for the second time - Loved it for the fantastic food and fun ambiance!

The most amazing of the dishes we ordered were the Spinach & Sesame Gomae, Guu Beef Tataki, and Enoki Scallops. I have never tasted a more delicious gomae - the sauce is mouth-wateringly savoury and the spinach is the perfect balance to a menu heavy on meat/deep-fried options. The tataki was recommended by the waitress as her favorite dish and did not dissapoint! Delicious, fresh, light with a great tangy sauce that really highlighted the flavour of the meat. Finally, the enoki scallops - our favorite - dlicious chewy bacon wrapped around perrrrfectly cooked scallops and delicious little mushrooms. I highly recommend trying it!

Other awesome little features of this place are the service and the atmosphere. Although there was a slight language barrier when trying to make a request, the waitress was otherwise extremely obliging, polite, and cheery. The staff does a lot of shouting-orders-back-and-forth to create a sense of novelty and festivity.. definitely made for some laughs between my boyfriend and I, although a little loud at times.

This is a cool alternative to your run-of-the-mill sushi joint and a place to find really interesting dishes that you might not get to try elsewhere!

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
The shining star of Vancouver's french bistros
Submitted Monday, August 16, 2010 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

This must be in the top 5 restaurants in Vancouver! If you haven't tried it, get there a.s.a.p.!

My party and I arrived to a bustling, almost full, quaint little scene - very authentic french bistro, understated and sexy. We were seated in a very comfortable booth and given quick, informative, and personable service! While our waiter was great - not outstanding - in terms of service, his good looks are definitely worth a special mention.

Aside from the fantastic atmosphere - relaxed, yet chic - the food is what really shines at this restaurant! We ordered 4 appetizers and 4 mains. To start, the pate de campagne, escargots de bourgogne, cheese plate, and tarte alsacienne. The pate was phenomenal as were the cheeses and the tarte. I would highly recommend all three. The pate was very generous and full of flavour. The tarte, caramelized onion and goat cheese on puff pastry, was divine! The escargots were a little flavourless, although well cooked and delicious nonetheless, but I wouldn't order them again.

As for mains, two of us had the filet de boeuf, one with red wine shallot jus and the other with peppercorn sauce. They were both absolutely amazing - sauces to die for! I prefer the jus, but both were excellent. The steaks were tender, melt in your mouth, so savoury and delicious. Another ordered the chicken which was marinated in a tasty lemon herb sauce - also excellent! The only dish that didn't surpass expectations was the lamb with ratatouille. Something about lamb demands a rich side dish and the ratatouille was anything but. A little unsatisfying if you're looking to really indulge in rich french food.

I highly recommend this place - bring a date, a friend, or your whole family!

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Thai Away Home3315 Cambie Street, Vancouver
My Go-to Thai Take-out Place
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I have been ordering from here for years and I have never been dissapointed!

I always order chicken and potato yellow curry, sauteed broccoli, and brown rice. Absolutely delicious every time! Their portions are big with tons of meat and veggies and their curry sauce is to die for!

I highly recommend trying this place out of you're looking for some no-fuss yummy take-out.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Tourist Trap
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

In a desparate attempt to match "Great view" with "Good value", I brought some out-of-town friends to the Boathouse for dinner last week. Boy, do I feel like a sucker!

The view and the patio are stellar, but you essentially forgo any chance of a good meal because the pub menu, not the diningroom menu, is served on their deck. On other occasions, I have ordered from the separate diningroom menu and had a great meal, but alas I was horribly dissapointed at the unimaginative and poor quality pub menu. I ordered the "best thing on the menu", according to our server - miso crusted halibut. While the fish was delicious, it was plated over a pool of the most concentrated teriyaki sauce! I had to tell the waiter that it destroyed my meal afterwords and thankfully, he had it removed from our bill. My guests complained afterwards of an underwhelming caesar salad, uninspiring crab stuffed prawns, and yet another seafood dish drenched in teryaki sauce! It was really embarrassing because I had boasted about the restaurant prior to our visit!

To top everything off, the service was appallingly bad. If I'm paying $28 for a meal, I expect better than a bumbling beach bum half serving me. Our waiter neglected share plates for appys, no cutlery, drinks ran late, and he brought hot water instead of cold water. The icing on the cake was his description of their fish speacial "A bunch of stuff in a bowl"... he must have been high.

I won't go back to this location because the quality just wasn't there for the high prices you pay. I've had better luck with the Kits location, but as I said, it was in the diningroom.

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Local Public Eatery2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
wasted space
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

Why do restauranteurs in vancouver keep pumping out the same old crap? I miss Malone's with its grungey charm and sandy floor.. A great place to hang out without the pretention and nonsense of most other Vancouver joints.

Two buddies and I had beer and yam fries. They have a great selection of sleeves/pitchers, a lot of tasty local beer. The yam fries were good but their appy menu is almost exactly same as every other joeys/earls/milestones/cactus in the lower mainland. I guess it's a formula that works... it upsets me that everyone and their dog caught on!

I would go back again because it's a) predictable, b) close to the beach, and c) has a bumpin patio. I would not go back because of the horribly contrived and generic atmosphere and ditsy waitresses.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1305 Arbutus, Vancouver
Fantastic fit for the finest realestate in vancouver
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

I was somewhat depressed after I heard that Watermark had been bought out.. but I'm actually really impressed and delighted having gone to eat at the new Boathouse last night.

The food was absolutely stellar - I had the smoked black cod. Unbelievable fish and covered in the most decadent, buttery-lemony sauce I have ever had. My boyfriend had peppercorn NY steak - delicious, rich sauce and perfectly cooked! We were in heaven! The ambiance, like the old Watermark, is bustling and a mix between fancy/sophisticated and lively lounge. Our server was very patient and charming handling our zillion questions about the food, wine, etc. Honestly though, I would go there for the view and sunset alone, nevermind the amazing food. Perfect all around date spot for a special occassion!

It was an almost perfect evening... but there were a couple of slip ups that I have to mention (unacceptable when I'm dropping $120 for two!). First, they ran out of worcestershire and the waitress served me my caesar *anyways*! I had to send it back because it tasted like pure tomato juice.. watered down, no heat, and barely any alcohol. Secondly, my black cod was undercooked. I have ordered sablefish many times and know how it ought to be cooked. Again, if I'm paying $30 for a plate, my fish better bloody well be cooked perfectly. Thirdly, the dessert (brownie) was really underwhelming. Not warm, not melty... I could make a better one myself.

Absolutley recommend this restaurant, but skip dessert and indulge in a few oysters instead!

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries728 Main Street, #510, West Vancouver
Artery Clogging Goodness
Submitted Monday, June 28, 2010 - 10:51am [Dine in]

The first time I visited Five Guys was in New Jersey near my boyfriend's hometown, so the place will always have a very authentic feel to me. The Park Royal location does justice to my first experience - same no-frills authenticity, same amazing burgers!

If you're a woman (like me) and don't want to be stuffed beyond consciousness, opt for the "mini-burger" - one patty instead of a whopping two! That's much more than enough food (plus fries) for me. I had a bacon cheeseburger and it just melted in my mouth. So greasy-gooey-cheesy delicious! With sauteed mushrooms, onions, and bbq sauce I was in burger heaven! Their fries are worth a mention too - cooked in peanut oil so they have an amazing taste!

This is just the best junk food and a perfect spot to indulge once in a while. Don't go if you're expecting McDonald's prices - you'll pay more but it's worth it!

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Town Hall1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
More expensive earl's with an identity crisis
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 11:12am [Dine in]

There are so many things wrong with this restaurant. And although I am extremely biased (my sister worked there for a month and then quit), my criticisms are echoed in other reviews.

1. There is no identity. Why would you go to this restaurant? They do not provide any reason why their restaurant is better or different than any other restaurant downtown. With Coast, Italian Kitchen, Kobe, Keg, etc. a block away, you'd think they'd make an attempt to be unique in some way. Its fine-diningish food and gorgeous reno clash with the strange sport bar-esque flags hanging on the ceiling and the space's emphasis on the bar/lounge. The menu has no theme whatsoever (asian fusion meets italian meets west coast?) and it is soo short!

2. It is the same old Earl's/Cactus/Joeys formula. I don't know about you, but hostesses wearing tubetops and servers wairing fishnets just make me feel a) uncomfortable, b) like i'm not dressed hot enough, and c) sad/angry in a feminist way. I hate the way they make their staff dress and I hate the pressure they put on women to chat you up like they want to take you home. It's very unsophisticated and I leave feeling cheap.

3. The manager treats the staff terribly. Now this is clearly biased as this info is passed along from my sister. While working with the head honcho, she suffered repeated and constant criticism for forgetting to immediately poor people's san peligrino or upsell to her poor little heart's capacity. And I'm not talking about warranted reminders to do her job, I'm talking about confrontational, demeaning, and belittling affronts. They do not positively reinforce, encourage, or support their staff, but ask "why did you not do x?" as if expecting them to respond "because I screwed up!" like a small child.

Despite this, the food is good (although random) and it is a beautiful restaurant. I wouldn't go back or even recommend trying it out.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
Sushi I dream about at night
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 10:43am [Dine in]

After living out in Montreal for the past four years, I've had to describe what GOOD sushi tastes likes to the poor deprived easterners about a million times. And every time, I'm describing The Eatery.

Okay.. It's not REAL sushi. It's more like the indulgent junk food of sushi. But in the absolute best way possible. So much of their sushi is covered in a decadent teriyaki mayonaise creation after having been deep fried in some way. But even when I am stuffed like a christmas turkey after eating there, my mouth is watering again in 5 minutes. Both the nobashi prawns and the tuna tempura are absolutely amazing. The sushi involves crazy ingredients like papaya, mango, bacon, cream cheese, deep fried banana, and asaparagus (to name a few) in endless combinations. This would definitely be a contender for my last meal on earth.

The restaurant is very "cool" in that loud music is bumping, hot chicks in shorts are serving you, and weird papier mache sea creatures lit by coloured lights are hanging above your head. This is definitely a place to get drunk with friends, take a date for something you can both be awed by and giggle about later, or just go for some amazing sushi. This is definitely not the place to bring anyone above the age of 35, go for 5 star service, or avoid 16 year old hoochies trying to get away with underage drinking.

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New management
Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Perfect date spot
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 10:25am [Dine in]

Wow.. I forgot what an awesome place Hell's Kitchen is for a casual date!

My boyfriend is from out of town and is only on his second month of living in Vancouver. So, of course I've been trying to take him to different restaurants that capture the 'theme' of certain neighbourhoods. Last night we chose Kits as our destination for dinner and Hell's Kitchen occurred to me as a place with a) a great little patio and b) casual, but tasty food. The perfect representation of the mellow/foodie kits vibe.

I really forgot just how cool the place is, but was soon reminded upon being seated in their cozy patio (right up against the sidewalk, so great people watching). The ambiance is very mellow outside, a little more exciting inside, but most importantly, utterly unpretentious throughout (very rare in vancouver)! Our server was chatty, patient, and attentive - she definitely added to the whole experience as we were able to drag her into our cheesy banter.

The pizza is what would bring me back (and also maybe the wednesday 3.99 special on pints). We had half "The Green Monster" (spinach, pesto, pinenuts, mozza, roasted garlic) and half "The Sergaent Pepperoni" (calabrese & double cured pepperoni, wild mushrooms, thyme). Both were amazing, not what I would choose as my last meal on earth, but I was delighted by the flavours, seduced by the cheesiness, and completely satisfied when finished eating. Our meal (1 large pizza and 4 sleeves) came out to under 40.00! .. Haven't gotten away with that in a while!

I would absolutely recommend going here if you're looking for something happening, casual, and a good value.

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