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hotshotnorth vancouverSince February 25, 200712 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3)
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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Excellent Sushi
Submitted Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

The sushi at this place is delicious. I have had both eat in and take out. Both are well presented, fresh and taste incredible. I love their special sushi rolls. The servers and chefs are accommodating of special orders and food allergies. The service was good and the restaurant was exceptionally clean. Overall a winner on the North Shore!

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
A great new place downtown
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

For our first time visit we were suitably impressed. This is a great new casual restaurant downtown for those bored of the same old places. The lounge was great. The music was awesome and the service was good too. We really enjoyed the food and loved the attention to detail. The ambiance was nice and I liked their selection of cocktails which were slightly different from what you would usually get in this type of restaurant. The california roll tacos and short rib were outstanding and the desserts were also really yummy.
I would definitely recommend this place for a relaxed unpretentious atmosphere with good food and drinks for a relatively good price.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
So Disappointed
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

The first time I went to this restaurant I had a really good experience so I decided to go back, this time for the late night menu.
I was completely disappointed.
The ambiance was awful. They have a late night menu which we started at 9:30, yet they completely pack up the restaurant around you as you are eating. Why have a light night menu if you are going to pack up before 10?
The food was good but cold and soggy by the time we got it. So it didn't live up to its potential.
The service though, was the low point. I ordered a coke and half an hour later I had to get up and go to the bar to get it. By the way, despite the fact that the glass of coke is filled to the top with ice, refills here are not free. So be careful you could end up with a 15 dollar soda bill. This happened twice. The same thing happened with the mayonnaise that I asked for (note: they don't have mayonnaise at this restaurant??? weird huh?). They brought me aoli but only after I had hunted it down from the busser after asking the waitress twice.
I suppose I would go back to this restaurant to give it another try but definitely not based on the last experience that I had.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprised
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

We went to Gotham on a week night expecting just another expensive steak but ended up being pleasantly surprised. This was the best and biggest steak I have had so far in Vancouver. The sides were delicious as well. Everything was well cooked and well presented. The waiter was unpretentious and was able to predict and cater to our needs without being asked. The ambiance is cozy and quite romantic while maintaining a modern feel. I would recommend this restaurant to those looking for a great steak!

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Experience
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

After purchasing the recipe book connected to this restaurant and hearing all the buzz we decided to try this restaurant. After waiting for 1.5 hours and enjoying some of the delicious free snacks at the bar we were finally seated.
The service was attentive and friendly and the owner made us feel at home which is a change from some of the snobby managers and owners of other Vancouver restaurants.
The ambiance was good. Nothing special but well decorated and not too loud!
The food was delicious. We liked the spin on traditional Indian food and really enjoyed the lamb popsicles, shortribs, papaya curry and tenderloin curry. The flavours were unique and definitely something different from the usual.
The only problem we had was the portion size, which was quite small for the price. The amount of meat in the curries was very small and with five dishes between four people, some of us still left a little hungry for the price we paid. Also, there should be a larger selection of drinks for those of us that don't feel like wine.
Overall a great experience. We are glad we could stand the wait in order to try the food.

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts1505 W 2nd Avenue, #101, Vancouver
So Disappointed
Submitted Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

After having sampled the baked goods from the bakeshop, I was looking forward to sampling the food. I do understand that this is a training school for future chefs, however the prices that they charge cause a person to think that perhaps it is the chefs who are about to graduate that are cooking the food. Think again.....price in this place did not reflect quality!

Firstly, the ambiance is terrible. There was no music, dirty table cloths, the cutlery was spotted and chipped and the whole room reminded me of a hospital cafeteria.

The food started off strong, with great appetizers (fried camembert and vegetable soup) - not exactly hard to mess up. However, The bread was stale (very hard and dry) and the entrees were just terrible. At 22 dollars an entree I expected more than boiled pork slices with brown, tasteless gravy and a spoon of rice. The second entree was better, however seared halibut should be seared not cooked until dry and flaky. The dessert was even more disappointing. The offered a piece of poppy seed cake which was dry, tasteless and served with almost no chocolate sauce and hazelnut cake which tasted like mango gelatine. The servings were small and the food was less than mediocre - even for a cooking school.

The worst part of the night was the service. Our waiter took forever to serve us, never cleared our plates, spilled water all over the table and onto my lap and was unable to give us any product information. To make matters worse, they automatically add an undeserved tip amount to your bill.

In general this place is overpriced and disappointing to say the least.

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Cafe Il Nido780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Great Place... but still a bit hungry?
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

A neat little eatery hidden from the busy robson traffic. We even saw Dr. Rhonda from CTV dining right beside us!

The ambiance was romantic, a great place to take your date. Nice table setting, candles, paintings... the works!

Our waitress was great, provided a pleasurable experience, came to fill our glasses when they were empty and brought us bread without us having to ask.

We ordered the smoked salmon appitizer, risotto and ravioli for maincourse. Portions were small but tasty. No big complaints!

I think it is an experience to dine at Il Nido. I am not quite sure how inventive it really is, but more like westcoast meets italy. You sort of have to try it for yourself to decide! Great place to impress your date but make sure you know your Chianti wines!

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Wild Garlic Bistro792 Denman St., Vancouver
Excellent Food!
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

This restaurant really exceeded my expectations. We went on a weekend night and were seated immediately!

The ambiance is quite nice. Nothing special..but cozy and it was nice to be able to see the chef cook our food.

The service was good...if a little abrupt! Our waitress refreshed our water regularly and the food arrived at all the right times! They were very polite and did not have a bad attitude when we didn't order any alcohol!

The food was delicious. We ordered the potstickers which were freshly made and cooked. They were very flavourful and the filling was excellent. The risotto was also very good. Lots of shitake mushrooms and quite a big portion! The best thing was the pork spare ribs which were sizzling when we got them and covered in a yummy glaze with candied garlic and mash potatoes. All were reasonably priced and the food was very fresh.

We will definately go back to this restaurant. A plus for central location, price and taste.

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UnWine'd Restaurant on Howe1180 Howe Street, Vancouver
Not a winner... not going back...
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

This was our first time going to Unwine'd. I have been looking at this place online for a few weeks and finally decided to try it with high expectations.

The ambiance of the place is quite nice. Nothing to write home about. There was a live DJ who arrived at 9:00, but didn't start DJ'ing until about 10:30.

The service was ok, it wasn't like she was rude or anything but when asked questions about the wine she didn't really have a clue. Also, when asked about menu items, she knew even less. I asked her if short ribs were beef or pork, she didn't know!!!

The food was the real disappointment. We tried to order 5 items, and 2 out of 5 were not avaliable. It was a Friday night and they ran out of pommes frites and creme brulee! How is it possible to be so unprepared as to run out of potatoes and one of the very few desserts they have? The halibut was decent but quite pricey for what it was. The ribs turned out to be beef, however they were chewy and the portion was smaller than expected for price/tapas.

Overall, it was not a winner and I will not be going back to Unwine'd to wine or dine.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Good Food, Bad Service
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

Our experience at this restaurant was mediocre. The ambiance in this restaurant is wonderful.....comfortable, modern, and a great view if you are lucky enough to sit beside the window or in one of the booths. It can get a little noisy...but this didn't really bother us at all.
The food was great. We had the ostrich carpaccio, which was well presented and very tender. We then ordered the pommes frites, (which were just very expensive french fries, but still very tasty), a flat iron steak, which was cooked to perfection but came with an extremely dry mashed potato (thank goodness for the french fries) and a lamb tagine with couscous. The lamb was delicious, tender and very flavorful. The beer selection is great and the basil cran martini was surprisingly yummy!
The service was NOT great. Basically our waiter was snobby, rude and clearly thought he was something special (which I promise you he was not). At the end of the nite we had to go in search of our coats after he disappeared without offering to retrieve them for us. He was attentive, however his bad attitude and rudeness was appalling. I wanted to complain to management, however the rest of the people working there seemed to have similar attitudes.
Overall, the food was good and so was the atmosphere, but this restaurant needs to brush up on their service, smile and have a little fun!

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
Started Strong...Finished Weak
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

The evening started of quite well with a friendly waiter taking our coats and seating us in a great seat by the window. The appetizer was heavenly....a brie crepe with papaya chutney. It was the perfect temperature and melted in our mouths. We were also brought a taste of their brie and pear soup which was delicious and left us longing for more. Up to this point the evening was wonderful....but then things started to go downhill. At this point...I tried to order a martini....wow...what an impossible task. I was informed that they had retired their martini list and did not have a new one yet! For main course we ordered the potatoe gratin (delicious), the paella and the lamb curry. The paella was VERY dry and lacking in seafood. The lamb curry was nothing special. One could have ordered it at any mediocre Indian food take out restaurant. Neither me or my date finished our main course and rather filled up on the side of potato. For desert, not wanting to risk anything we ordered chocolate fondue...which was standard and exactly what we expected it to taste like. Overall, we will probably go back and order appetizers tapas style...but only if they get a better drinks menu.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Great place on Main Street!
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

After trying to get into two restaurants in Vancouver and discovering that both had more than an hour line up we stumbled across this place on Main. At first I wasn't sure about whether we should go in or not, because the menu was so small, however it was getting late and we were Hungry and there was space, so we went in. And to our surprise, we had a wonderful experience. The waitress was super friendly, informative and quick to answer our questions as well as provide information about the concept of the restaurant. The food was great. We ordered the brie and carrot perogies, the vegetable curry and the stuffed portabello mushroom. All were excellent, good quality, very flavorful and unique. The only suggestion I have is to have a bigger drink menu where one could order a martini. Otherwise, a great restaurant and great service. I would definitely go back

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