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honjaiVancouverSince January 29, 20075 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Monk McQueens601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Poor service - average food
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 12:32am [Dine in]

The experience at Monk's Oyster Bar was less than stellar. They just introduced a new menu (I don't know what it was like before) and it needs work. Considering what they're serving as well, it's grossly over-priced as was the wine that was served - one of the smallest glasses for $9 I've ever seen.

We weren't particularly impressed with the service either. Our waitress had a bit of an attitude problem. For example, she came to do the customary "how's your dinner" but had poor body language and didn't wait for a response either. She also gave the wrong bill and didn't think to apologize for the mistake. Finally, one of the staff there consistently spilled the contents of a dish when setting it down. It was lucky we had our napkins down already. The same mistake was made at the table next to us as well.

We won't be visiting again.

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Ferris' Oyster Bar & Grill536 Yates St., Victoria
Approved! Feel good happy lunch spot!
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

In the years that I've lived in Victoria, Ferris' has proven to be one of the best places for a great time with friends and great food! You'll find me there time and time again and it's a must go when I visit Victoria periodically.

This little grill which seems to blend into its surroundings please to no end. The food quality is great and the portions are definitely generous for the price. The oyster burger is great as is the oyster dinner with 8 individual oysters prepared any of 10 ways. The other items on the menu deserve some attention as well. If you like fries, you'll like the New York style and Sweet Potato fries! They're great with the mayo dipping sauces as well!

Those with peanut allergies beware though, as I recall, everything's cooked in peanut oil.

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
On my approved list ;-)
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

Situated in the heart of Gastown, this quaint restaurant really set the stage. The ambiance was great; it had the right mix of visual sensations created from the high ceilings, large street-side windows, and table settings.

The oyster appetizer was cooked to perfection and the sauce complemented the item nicely. The pasta was excellent as well.

I look forward to visiting Water Street Cafe again and bringing along some of my friends. It has definitely lived up to the hype.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Their specialty is not fish
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

New to Vancouver, I was referred to Salmon House as a nice place for dinner. Upon arrival, we found the ambiance to be ok (very open, mildly lit, and not particularily warm. The view, as many have commented on however, was very nice.

However, as one review put it, it was not enough. We made one order from the set menu and other items from the main menu. The appetizers were done fairly well, especially the Salmon Sampler - there were some items there that were quite unique and tasted very well. The dessert was alright. The entree's, however, left much to desire.

For a restaurant that prides itself on fish, I figured that's what I should have - I'm typically very wary of ordering fish at restaurants as I find they are typically overdone. I quipped to the waiter, "how famous IS your 'famous salmon'?" "It's world renown! If you go travelling, you'll hear about our salmon!" While the presentation was ok, and the fish was cooked fairly well, there was little taste and it left much to desire. The order of sockeye that my guest had tasted better than mine, however, it was quite overdone and dry. Furthermore, the presentation was horrible - it appeared to be a handful of greens with a piece of salmon sitting on top. We've had a much better experience with fish at restaurants at a lower price point.

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Service was definitely an experience
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

As the other reviewers have said, the food at Infinity is quite good. The appy's were done well, the steak and catfish as well.

What we were not impressed with was the service. The staff were somewhat attentive with the drinks and clearing the table. However, at least one of the servers needs some training. Our seating was at 6:30. Near the end of the night, the waitress came over to our table with visibly negative body language and said, "You have a two hour seating and our next guests are here. Will you be leaving soon?" First of all, we weren't even late as it was only 8:20 and the next guests were early. Second, they did not communicate to us that we had a two hour sitting (which may or not be assumed as typical retaurant ettiqute so I apologize if it is). Lastly, if they had checked prior coming to the table, they would have noticed that we already asked for the bill, sent our card back and were just waiting to sign the bill. On top of this, the waitress proceeded to direct the other busperson to organize tables behind us, and said "those two are leaving in a minute; seat the waiting guests there". The room was small, and there was no attempt to keep her voice down or have the discussion aside. A lady at the table behind us which was finishing up asked, "are we in your way? Do we need to move?" As we left, we noticed one couple waiting and empty seats in the restaurant. Certainly a little more class would be warranted for this higher-end restaurant.

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