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hobo13Vancouver, BCSince February 16, 200610 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Awesome view
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner here last Friday for the first time since this place has changed hands/names. The menu is similar, they still have the famous mushroom caps and carrot-ginger soup. Although the food is solid, you go to this place for the views. We split the seafood sampler appetizer (grilled salmon, ahi tuna tartare and curry prawns). The portion size was generous and all of the dishes were fresh and good. The server was a bit spacey though. For example, we had to ask for plates to share the appetizer and for water refills. He was fairly knowledgeable about the menu though. My partner has the 10 oz NY steak, which was decent, although the sides (potatoes, minted demi glaze) were predictable and lackluster. I had the scallops (actually an appie) with a side of veggies. They were OK, not bad, not great, came with a huge pile of useless radish sprouts piled on top. The desserts were excellent - try the sunburned lemon tart. I don't know if I'd be rushing to come back since nothing was really of "WOW" quality besides dessert, just solid good food. For the prices (which, BTW, are more in the $20-$30 range, not $10-$20) I would expect something a bit more creative and original. Maybe because the clientele is older (the majority of patrons were gray hairs - 65+) the cooking is more conservative? I'd still take out of towners here though for the amazing view.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Ol' Faithful
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

Cardero's is the perfect restaurant to take out of towners to: solid menu, excellent location and views, and reliable service. I have always had consistently good service and food here. In fact, my only complaint would be that the menu hasn't changed for some time - I started coming here about 6 years ago and each time I come the menu seems to be exactly the same as the last time. Some modernization of the menu would be nice.

I recommend the torta milano for dessert.

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Whole Foods Market1675 Robson Street, Vancouver
Quality Slowly Slipping
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

I've been eating at Capers for a few years (salad and soup bar) and have noticed the quality has been going slowly downhill. The soups are generally very good, but I found the last few times that there was an inch thick layer of grease floating on top of the chicken / turkey soup. The salad bar is also lacking. The variety and freshness just isn't there. I'll try this place a few more times, but might have to start looking for a new go to soup / salad place.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Very Disappointing
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

This place had really great potential given the excellent location, large variety of dishes on the menu and decent service. The food was far, far below average. A previous reviewer said it well: "It is simply below average, over priced asian food in a downtown trendy setting." I tried 3 dishes, only one of which I now remember - the Rendang Beef. The other two were that lackluster and disappointing, except they left the impression with me that the food was somehow unfresh - the meat did not have a tender fresh taste and aroma but rather tasted like last week's curry reheated several times. The Rendang Beef was largely inedible. The restaurant must have used the cheapest meat they could find, it was extremely fatty and full of gristle and tough chewy bits (I don't want to know what they are). Really disappointing place, total rip off quality wise. Would not recommend, would not go back.

The only upside was that the decor is nicely done (very typical "modern" Asian: bamboo and orchid pots against a modern looking bar) and the service was solid (but not "great"). Too bad.

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Rime1130 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Go for the Lamb!
Submitted Tuesday, August 15, 2006 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

My husband and I decided to try this place randomly the other week. I hadn't talked to anyone that had been there before, so didn't know what to expect. First off, I was disappointed with the beer/drinks selection. They have Dead Frog beers on tap, which are truly AWFUL. I can't blame the restaurant for the beer quality though, but I seriously question why they would include them on the menu.

The food menu itself was great. Everything looked good to me, and we had a hard time deciding on what to get. We opted for the cauliflower in bechamel sauce and a sweet lamb stew with pomegranate and sour apples. The cauliflower was OK - it was just was described, nothing amazing. The lamb however was EXCELLENT. I would definitely order that again.

We were v. disappointed with the service though. The place was PACKED but it was impossible to get a server's attention. I finally got pissed off and told the waitress that the service was CRAP. (We were ignored, couldn't get our waters refilled, couldn't order more drinks and no one offered us a dessert menu). I was impressed though with how the waitress responded. She told us that 3 people had apparently quit that night (!!) but said that was no excuse for bad service. She brought us a round of drinks AND desserts on the house. That more than made up for the crappy service in my mind. Note: the service was bad because there simply were not enough people and we were ignored - not because the servers were rude. I do question though what happened to make 3 people quit in one night.

We will go back and hopefully the service will have returned to what was presumably a decent standard.

PS - Great live music!

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Amarcord Restaurant1168 Hamilton Street, #104, Vancouver
Dependable but not exciting.
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

My husband took me to Amarcord for an anniversary dinner. We wanted somewhere that had reliably good food but with a non-pretentious atmosphere. I was trepidatious about Amarcord because it's in Yaletown and expected the usual crowd of too-cool hipsters and snotty staff. I was surprised at how GREAT the service was. We pushed back our reservation twice to a later time and they were extremely accomodating and friendly. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and helpful with the wine list. The mushroom risotto was very heavy, but good.

We went back one other time, and repeated our good experience with nice food and excellent service. I can't say though that this place springs to mind as somewhere I want to go back to again and again. I can't quite put my finger on why. I think it's because of the lacking atmosphere. This place is good, just no fireworks. I would still recommend it though.

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Incendio2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
SO MUCH better than Marcello's!
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

For me, there are two places that spring to mind when I want "real" Italian wood-fired oven pizza. One is Marcello's and the other is Incendio. Don't bother with Marcello's! After going to Incendio, I wouldn't go back there. Both have some similar pizza selections but Incendio's menu far surpasses Marcello's in imagination.

For example, Marcello's does not offer any seafood or chicken on their pizzas, while Incendio has delicious chicken pizzas with yummy toppings like roasted red pepper and artichokes. I also LOVE Incendio's pasta. They do a fabulous curry-tiger prawn one...YUM YUM. The pasta at Marcello's isn't worth ordering. No, I don't work for Incendio's and I'm not associated with them in any way. I just think they are far far better.

The service at Incendio's is good too. The waitresses were friendly and brought us extra fresh foccacia bread cuz we had to wait a bit for an outdoor table. My only complaint is that the times I have sat inside, the restaurant was very LOUD - too loud to talk to my dinner companion!

I'd recommend this place and wouldn't hesitate to take out of towners there for a casual, non-pretentious dinner out. I always look for consistency in a restaurant and Incendio's definitely has it on both the food and service fronts.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Wildly Inconsistent!
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Out of all the restaurants in Vancouver, Marcello's has got to be the most inconsistent of all that I have been to. Sometimes the service is terrible, other times it's great. Mostly though it's terrible. I have heard tales of some extremely bad experiences lately.

I do love their pizza though, and that's why I'm giving them an outstanding food rating, and that's why I go back. That rating goes ONLY for the pizza though! The pasta is a different story. The selection is boring, over-priced and so far every pasta dish I've had is WAY too garlicky. The drinks list is also VERY disappointing - it shows no thought or imagination. The most exciting drink is a Fuzzy Navel.

I wouldn't take out of town guests here because I never know what to expect. If you want to try this place, I recommend phoning ahead, ordering pizza for pick-up and eating it at home. I also hate that they don't take reservations for groups under 4. They also will not seat your party until everyone has arrived - completely stupid given the difficulty with parking on Commercial Drive. I'd recommend Incendio over this place. It used to be great, but has gone way too far downhill. Word of mouth is spreading that this place kind of sucks now, and I don't see them doing anything at all to repair their reputation.

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Cats Socialhouse1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
What a MESS
Submitted Monday, August 14, 2006 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

Each time I’ve been here, they’ve left a progressively worse impression. After the last time, I won’t go back. I had reservations for 15, there was no table set up & we waited 15 for one. They seated half the party on the back patio & the other half on the front patio w/o telling anyone. We spent half the night waiting for everyone else to show up, as did the other table.
The waitress was unbelievably clueless. She couldn’t answer ANY questions about the menu. I asked what kind of tea they had & she said "calamine". The food was terrible. I had the halibut burger w. pineapple salsa. The salsa was CANNED pineapple chunks mixed w. relish. It's the middle of summer & they can't even use fresh pineapple?! CHEAP!
When I got home I had several messages on my phone from the other half of our party asking why we hadn't shown up. It was then I realized their screw-up. I phoned the manager to complain. Although she was apologetic, she asked me to hold several times & then passed me off to the clueless WAITRESS w/o telling me she was putting her on the phone. You know it's bad when the manager is too cowardly to take customer complaints & even shirks that basic responsibility. Absolutely dismal. I will never go back.

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Over-rated and over-priced!
Submitted Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

Last night I dined at Lumiere. I'd been looking forward to going there for quite awhile & was excited to try it. I was extremely disappointed on all counts: food & service were below average. Our waiter forgot our order & had to ask 3 times what it was. We waited an hour & 40 min to get our appetizers. We ordered wine & the waiter forgot that too, after asking us to repeat the order twice. We finally received our wine halfway through our main course with no apology or explanation. The cocktails were just bad. We ordered the Hot Toad & Fedora. Both were murky & an odd orange-brown colour. Chambar has a fantastic & innovative cocktail list & I expected Lumiere to top it. We didn't even finish our over-priced drinks! The food was just so-so. I had tuna sashimi. Fine, but no better than the sashimi I get at my local sushi joint. Next was the trout. Bland, bland, bland. There were no herbs, no sauce, no spices, no flavour. The dessert was the worst of the 3 courses. The crust of the chocolate tart tasted like sand, the filling was salty caramel with chocolate goo on top. If I was blind-folded & someone put it in my mouth, I wouldn't be able to tell you what it was since all I could taste was sand & salt. I didn't know it was possible to take the flavour out of chocolate or ruin alcohol, but they did both at Lumiere. My husband had beef carpaccio & lamb shoulder. The lamb was extremely salty & was cold when it hit the table. He had chocolate fondant for dessert. It tasted like a microwaved 2-bite brownie. What a complete & utter disappointment. I was stunned that Lumiere didn't live up to its reputation. I've heard comments several times from friends & co-workers that have dined there that it's starting to slip, and I agree. Next time I want to blow $300 on a meal, I will go to Cin Cin's or Le Crocodile. Reliable, brilliant service & unpretentious. P.S. if you go to Feenie's, don't get the salmon with lemon risotto - it tastes like Lemon Pledge!

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