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i_love_foodVancouverSince March 3, 200728 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
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  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
Expect to leave with an empty wallet, half-empty stomach, half-fulfilled expectations
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

SERVICE: The service was very so-so, especially for a restaurant of this calibre. Our server knew the menu well, like he had rehearsed it many times before - but he never showed an interest in what we, personally, wanted to eat. The service from the sommelier was downright poor - he dropped off a wine list but walked away when we were mid-sentence asking him a question. Even when we were able to flag him down later, he didn't ask what we were eating, how he could help with pairings, etc. Our entrees were on the table for 5 minutes before we were able to flag him down again to order some red wine, even though we had told him earlier that we would be ordering a bottle of red to go with our mains. Fine if this is Cactus Club, not fine when you're a fine dining establishment. We got the feeling that we weren't worth his attention since we weren't ordering the $500 bottles of wine.

FOOD: The food was pretty good, but not that impressive, given that you're paying a minimum of $98 per person for 3 courses (plus a "supplement" for many courses). The food was complex in that each appetizer/entree/dessert was made up of at least 4 or 5 different "components", so you can see the attention that goes into each dish. But sometimes, the combinations didn't go that well together, just blended into each other, or you had to eat the dish with every "component" on your fork to really get some great flavour. There wasn't much to complain about (except that my lobster was overcooked), but the dishes just didn't have the standout quality that I expected, given the reviews and reputation of this restaurant. I much prefer the Rim Rock for both food and service in Whistler.

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Lupo869 Hamilton, Vancouver
Good, but not Villa Del Lupo
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Went here for dinner last night. The ambiance is still amazing, service is okay (albeit a bit rushed), but the food in general, while still deserving of an honourable mention, lacks flavour. One of the dishes we ordered was the fettucine bolognese (a staple of Italian restaurants and often a sign of the quality of the cooking), which the server described as "amazing, but the fettucine was a tad overcooked and the meat sauce lacked the deep flavours you'd expect in a sauce that's been cooked for hours. The spaghetti nero was a bit bolder tasting but one of the clams we got was fishy. The veal we ordered was cooked nicely but again, lacked taste while the surrounding chanterelles and roasted garlic were quite delicious. The standout was the osso bucco, which was delicious and very reasonably priced. The server did recommend a nice bottle of wine though and prices are good. All in all a great place for a date or a small group gathering, but I miss the old Villa Del Lupo.

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Kingston 11 Reggae Cafe1336 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Great food Great service
Submitted Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

I'm not an expert in Jamaican food by any means but I know when food tastes good and this place serves it up right. My husband and I came here for dinner and ordered the oxtail and curry goat. Both were fall-off-the-bone tender, but still had some substance. Delicious flavours and a good spicy kick plus the portions are generous, something that is lacking at a lot of restaurants these days. The owner/chef was great with the service as well. Will definitely return!

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ORU Restaurant1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Finally! Somethin different in Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

From all the reviews I've read here, I would think that I ate somewhere entirely different. I went with 5 colleagues to Oru for lunch and we all thought it was pretty fantastic. Work lunches in the downtown core tend to get a little boring, with destinations usually centering around Alberni or Robson, and the fare generally being Italian or French,so Oru was nice change.

And I liked Oru not just because it was different. It's Pan-asian, but it's done quite well and far better than the "wild" or "door" places in Crosstown and South Granville. The restaurant decor itself is modern yet not austere. Being able to see the water helps quite a bit too. All the food is presented beautifully. Standouts are the sake sabelfish, butter chicken, and dare I say it, the red curry. Yeah, it's thai red curry, but it's a really good red curry. The seasonal bbq eel and pine mushroom dish was also really unique and tasty. Service was of the level expected and there was nothing to complain about. I would definitely come back and I hope it stays around!

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Oldie but a goodie
Submitted Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

I haven't been here in so many years that I almost forgot about it.
Incidentally, I've come here twice for lunch in the past two weeks and it was amazing both times. The place isn't exactly modern, but the old world look is actually quite refreshing when most restaurants are "mod" these days

Servers are attentive even when they're busy. The salad with truffle oil vinaigrette had good truffle flavours without being too overwhelming. My sablefish with tempura prawns was cooked perfectly and a generous portion - the accompanying pasta and prawns were excellent as well. The scallops with black linguine and basil sauce are also really tasty and very generous for the price. The amuse bouche are delicious.

Can't wait to go back for dinner...

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Quite disappointing
Submitted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

I was really looking forward to eating here and was really disappointed. Our server was unfriendly and borderline snotty and not very helpful on both wine and food. We chose the prix fixe menu where the kitchen cooks whatever's on the fresh sheet. You can tell the server a couple of your preferences and dislikes, and the kitchen does the rest.

The pate and puffed pastry appy were pretty good, nothing outstanding, but the 3rd appy which was a terrine of onions/squash and onion/sole was quite vinegary and tart. We told the server that in a nice way, since she asked how we liked our food, and she just made a face. If you don't care to know, why ask?

The pasta with pork and chilies was pretty good, but the eggplant parmigiana was mushy, overcooked, not very flavourful and overly rich. The variety of desserts was ok, with the apple pie being a standout, except for one that tasted like spongy fruitcake. All in all, food was average (or below average for some dishes) for this type of restaurant. Would not go back. Ambiance is nice though.

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Dharma Kitchen3667 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Great vegetarian find!
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 10:11pm [Dine in]

I've always wanted to try this place and I was not disappointed. I've been here twice in a week with different guests and they were all very impressed. The restaurant makes their own tempeh and it tastes WAY better than anything else I've eaten or bought in a grocery store in Vancouver. Very generous servings and full flavours. I agree that dessert is so-so but the other dishes are fantastic and definitely exceed those at the Naam.

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Palki Restaurant116 East 15th St., North Vancouver
Excellent food, awesome value!
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

Service wasn't the greatest, but the food was amazing, and not just for the cheap prices. Also, there's actually more than 2 wines on the list, unlike many other indian restos. Lamb vindaloo was spicy and fragrant, garlic naan was delicious and portions were large. Best butter chicken ever, enough said.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
A new favourite for sure
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 1:23pm [Dine in]

Stopped in for some dinner here a few nights ago and was amazed by the quality and value. It's not exactly in a central location, but definitely worth the trek. Love the high ceilings and vintage chandeliers. We had the spinach salad with grilled pears and the lobster bisque (that had little lobster crepes inside it), which were both fantastic although the bisque could have been thinner.

The duck lórange was AMAZING. It's cooked sous vide, apparently, and tasted nothing like anything I've ever had in the city. Perfect tenderness, lots of flavour. I think it was only $20. We also had the chicken with mushroom/truffle risotto - the chicken was tad dry but the risotto was done very well and surprisingly light whereas most risottos usually taste really heavy. A couple of the cocktails we had were really good too. Definitely going back!

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Great ambiance, food is ok
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

A great addition to the neighborhood and to the vancouver restaurant scene. Ambiance is great, feels and looks like a real french bistro. Service was a bit lacking (and very slightly snooty) but the place is also very busy.

The mussels were really good and surprisingly fresh for their big size. The fries on the side were crispy and the perfect thickness. The mains, however, need a bit of work. We ordered the duck and the another lamb or beef dish, but they tasted exactly the same, except for the meat - they both came surrounded with the same or similar slightly-too-salty brown sauce that french dishes often come with.
The wine list interesting though, as it has a few wines that you don't see too often on Vancouver wine lists. Would go back for appies and wine, but probably not for dinner

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Nooru Mahal4354 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Definitely worth a visit
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

I always drive by this place but have never gone in because, from the outside, it looks mildly like a fast food place. However, I finally tried this place last night and was glad I did. We had a chicken vindaloo dosa and the lamb korma, which were both quite good. The food was very flavourful, portions were generous, and most things were under $10. Great food, great value.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Somewhere between average and underwhelming
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

I really wanted to like this place as there's few or no Italian restaurants in the Main street area, not this kind anyway. The highlight of this restaurant is not the food but the space. Modern but warm, not Yaletown trendy. The wine lounge in the back is pretty nice too.

Food was ok, but nothing really stood out. The fried chickpea appetizer may have been one of the best things we had. The ling cod was also above average, but the pastas were forgettable (which is surprising, since this is an Italian restaurant). Portions were on the small side, but nothing totally unexpected except for the octopus salad - I think we got 10 little bits of diced octopus. The scarcity of food on that dish rivaled that at Lumiere.

The really underwhelming part of this restaurant, though, is the service. Uninspired, almost cold, and not very knowledgeable. Our waitress had no clue about wine - I'd venture to say that the servers at the Bentall Cactus Club know more about wine.

Maybe this restaurant just needs some time. I won't hold my breath

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Le Gros1200 Altalake Rd., Whistler
Very disappointing
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner here a few days ago and the only dish that is worth mentioning is the house pate, which was quite good. The pasta "special" with mussels, shrimp and fish was the fishiest, smelliest dish I've ever had. I can't believe they'd serve mussels that are obviously well past their serve date at a restaurant like this and at such a price. I know even fresh mussels have a "smell", but trust me, not like this. The mussels infused the entire dish with such an awful taste and the pasta tasted like it came out of catelli box. Steak was overdone too. Would not go back

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Middle of the road says it best
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 9:32am [Dine in]

Like the previous reviewer, I also thought this place was okay, but nothing to call home about.

The chickpea bruschetta that I usually enjoy at Italian kitchen is quite good, but here, it was a little salty. The pastas we ordered were okay, but they sort of had that "in your face" taste to them, something you'd expect at a lower end restaurant. Not that they were bad, but nothing I'd go back for. The highlight was the kobe meatballs, which were nice and spicy. Wine list is tepid.

For the price, it's okay - it's around the same as some of the chain restaurants out there, so at least that aspect is redeeming.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Best Ramen in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I eat a LOT of ramen and I think the ramen here is Amazing. I had the spicy miso organic chicken ramen and it was definitely one of the best bowls of ramen I've ever had anywhere, including Japan. I'd say that it's significantly better than Kintaro, which I find has slid in quality recently. Yes, $10 is bit expensive for ramen, but SO worth it.

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Great food! (most of the time)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times and the food is always served hot and flavourful and the portions are a good size. Last night, the butter chicken and paneer with cilantro and onions were especially yummy!

The food quality is sometimes a little inconsistent (especially if it's busy) and Yes, the service is kind of slow, but it's not any slower than other Indian restaurants (Annapurna is WAY slower), and it's friendly. Definitely a neighbourhood staple.

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Tandoori Grill Whistler4368 Main Street, 201, Whistler
Amazing food and value
Submitted Saturday, March 22, 2008 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

Delicious, flavourful food and good portions at a surprisingly good price (relative to other Whistler restaurants). 4 entrees b/w 4 ppl was more than enough. We had butter chicken, rogan josh, chana masala, palak paneer. Garlic naan was homemade and really good (not the "fake" puffy bread sometimes served at some restaurants).

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Whineo's1017 Granville St., Vancouver
alright food, not alright service
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

Saturday night, reserved a large table a week ahead, but staff phoned me about about 2 hours before the reserved time slot to tell me that that they had "accidentally" booked us into the VIP room (which had already been reserved for someone else) and we would no longer be able to use it. we didn't really care as long as we had a table, but this could be a big deal for some ppl. 2 hours notice is not really acceptable.

decent wine selection - there were wines that aren't commonly seen on Vancouver restaurant wine lists. the Wine service, on the other hand, was a different story. The server just brought the bottle over, cracked it open and started pouring, despite knowing that we hadn't ever tried that wine before. She didn't let us taste it first, and the last person she poured in our group ended up with only 2-3 oz. in her glass - she even had the nerve to ask if one of us could "share" a glass with the person who got the bad pour! On top of that, when 1 of our guests asked for a cup of hot water, the server told her curtly that the restaurant didn't have hot water???

Food, however, was a little better than the service. ighlights were the wild mushroom risotto cakes, some sort of cheese baguette, and the popcorn shrimp. Potatoes brava, italian sliders, spinach dip were very average. Lamb entree was dry, and the pasta entree was somewhat flavourless. the "cheesecake" dessert was weird, it tasted like a dollop of whipped cream cheese topped w/ jam.

Ambiance was nice - it's a cool little place for drinks and it's a bit more mellow than other places on "the strip", but I'd only ever go back for drinks.

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1265 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Great steaks minus the yaletown attitude
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

The first thing I noticed about this place was the great service and attitude of the staff. Pinky's definitely fits into yaletown in terms of decor and crowd, but the service is refreshingly genuine - it kind of reminds of the Keg (downtown location), but a bit more upscale.

My guest had the 3-course New York steak special - a steal at the price - which came with ceaser salad, choice of side and chocolate ice cream. The ceasar salad was just ok, but the steak was a perfect medium rare and extremely flavourful, and comparable to high-end places; scalloped potatoes were delicious.

The butternut squash ravioli, however, definitely needs some work - it was tough and the tomato sauce didn't complement the sweetness of the squash. Then again, this is a steakhouse. The server was really gracious about it, apologized profusedly and took it off our bill. The manager even stopped by to ask what I didn't like about it. The creme brulee was ok.

Overall, a great place with lower-than-average yaletown prices and a decent wine selection. I'd return.

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
pretty good for DOV
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

the $15 DOV menu is a steal. Appetizers were decent (we had black bean soup and the basil blackberry salad) but the portions were a tad on the small side. The Ocean Wise pizza (in-house smoked salmon, wild sockeye, artichokes, pesto, olives, onions) was absolutely awesome and the pasta special of the day was pretty good, except the cream sauce could be a bit less gooey.

The cheesecake and filo basket with berries were okay, but small -perhaps their non-DOV desserts are bigger? Overall, although the portions are on the small side and my bf wasn't that full, the $15 DOV menu is a great deal considering the quality of ingredients. Service was decent.

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