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incognitodowntownSince May 15, 200732 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
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Oyster Seafood & Rawbar475 Howe Street, #502, Vancouver
Tiny gem
Submitted Friday, January 7, 2011 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

Oyster is an intimate stylish bar with food in the heart of downtown. Cool jazz is on the sound system and the decor is mostly reds and darks. The food selection is limited but includes a variety of freshly shucked oysters. The succinct wine list is well chosen. The oyster pot pie was chuck full of oysters. The side spinach salad was very fresh and perfectly dressed. For $10, the pot pie/spinach salad combo was just the right size for lunch and good value. Service was friendly and efficient. There are only about 20 seats so don't go there with a crowd. A great spot to drop in for a drink and a light meal.

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
Outstanding Halibut
Submitted Friday, August 13, 2010 - 7:28am [Dine in]

Recently had lunch at DB and enjoyed one of the best meals I have had this year. The special of the day was halibut and that's what I ordered. The fish was perfectly cooked and served on a puree of green peas, with asparagus spears and croquette potatoes. The sauce was a piquant lemon butter. Every element complimented every other element. It was very close to perfect. Dessert was the Pavlova, which was also outstanding. Service at DB can be scatter-brained with the different staff (hostess, maître d', server) not coordinating properly but on this day all staff worked together smoothly. The halibut dish was $27, pricy for lunch, but not out of line for dinner, and when you think about it, why should the same meal cost less at lunch than at dinner?

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Bland corporate food
Submitted Friday, August 13, 2010 - 7:15am [Dine in]

Had dinner recently at the Fish House and must say I was disappointed though not surprised by the food, given the location (Stanley Park) and the restaurant ownership (off-shore corporation). I had only ever eaten there once before at a function and had a decent meal at that time. On my most recent visit, I ordered the crab cocktail as a starter and the chili-sauced sablefish. The crab cocktail was made with rock crab, which I have never had before. The serving was very generous, with more than half a cup of crab meat. Rock crab however can't compare in flavour and texture to Dungeness; I won't be ordering rock crab again. The sablefish was perfectly cooked but the accompanying vegetables (golden beet, squash, kale, asparagus and risotto timbale) didn't compliment the fish or work well together. There was just no interplay of flavours at all. Dessert was a generous slice of heavy Black Forest cake that I immediately regretted ordering. Coffee was good. Service was efficient and friendly. The Fish House makes a laudable effort to support sustainable fisheries but serves the most pedestrian banquet-style food. There are a dozen restaurants in Vancouver that do a better job preparing the same types of fish at better prices.

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Keefer Bar, The135 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Great Chinatown bar
Submitted Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

The Keefer is a new bar in Chinatown in an old building that has been extensively renovated. The bar is long and narrow and has a cosy feel. The drinks list is short with many classic cocktails tweaked to reflect the location in Chinatown. The Martinez and the Fizz are excellent. The staff is great, friendly and helpful, and the music selection is outstanding. The food list is very short, thus the rating. A great place for drinks before or after a meal somewhere else.

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Red Card Sports Bar900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Go for the sports on TV
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

Red Card is a sports bar and offers what you would expect, lots of finger food, sandwiches and pizzas. They have a good selection of beers on tap. The beer prices are a little high for the kind of place it is but the food prices aren't out of line. Service on our last visit was a little disorganised but not otherwise objectionable. The food has clearly gone downhill since they opened. Calamari could be smelt from ten feet away, not a good sign. The pizza dough on the Margherita was tough. The calzone was a better choice. Go for games you can't watch anywhere else but save your food money for Uva or Cibo next door.

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L'Altro Buca1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Good little neighbourhood Italian
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 4:29pm [Dine in]

A dark and cozy charmer of a restaurant. The only real problem is the lack of close-by parking in this neighbourhood but that isn't the restaurant's fault. The well-priced menu is short with no duds. Dishes are plated with care. Flavours are straight-forward and honest. Ingredients are the finest quality. The wine list is fairly priced with a good selection of Italian wines. Service was efficient, knowledgeable and friendly. Reservations are recommended as they are busy.

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Charlie's Restaurant & Bar1265 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Typical Yaletown
Submitted Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 10:20am [Dine in]

Charlie's is a box of a room, a big square dining area with an open kitchen at the back. Like most casual restaurants in Vancouver today the noise level is high from all the hard surfaces bouncing the sound around. We had a couple of the pizzas. The crust is very thin and crisp and not very pizza-like, more like a cracker in consistency. It seems that they cook the crusts in advance and then reheat with the toppings. The toppings were good quality, especially on the Margherita. Service was fast, friendly and efficient and provided by the stunningly hot all-woman wait staff. Liquor prices are better than most Yaletown joints and food a little cheaper as well but you can get the same quality in other neighbourhoods for much less. Go for the eye candy.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Welcome improvements
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

Went back to Marcello's for the first time in a few months and was impressed that the odd smell in the dining room was gone. Also the room seemed cleaner than before. The servers on shift this day were all on the ball and friendly, another improvement. As for the pizza, same good thin crust as always, now with the option of real mozzarella for a bit more money. Espresso was pulled perfectly with a nice crema. Will be back soon for more of the best pizza in the city.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Popular with good reason
Submitted Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

After trying several times to get reservations here, we managed last night to snag a table for 8pm. When we arrived the restaurant was 90% full of what looked to be locals (young people 20-35, Main Street boho types). The room was fairly dark and simply decorated, no need to dress up here. We were seated and shortly after our server came to ask if we wanted drinks and ran through the specials. We ordered pâté, escargots, goat cheese and frisée salad for starters and two steak frites, filet de boeuf and special snapper for mains. We were served a basket of very good baguette and butter. The wine list is short but very well-priced with some unusual items. Starters came after about ten minutes. The escargots are six pieces served on crunchy pieces of baguette in a garlicky parsley butter, exactly what you would expect and delicious with the bread from the bread basket to sop up the extra sauce. The pâté also was delicious and nicely textured. Mains were served within ten minutes of the starters being cleared away. The steak frites were both perfectly cooked, one medium, one medium rare, with a crust. The flavour of the meat was excellent. The frites were served with a garlicky mayonnaise. The fries are of the frozen variety but were perfectly cooked. We had lemon tart and milk chocolate mousse for dessert. Overall, this is perfectly executed bistro food served by friendly, competent staff in a simple setting, at a good price. No wonder they are so busy. Other bistros take note!

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Stonehouse Restaurant and Pub, The2215 Canoe Cove Road, Sidney
Good value pub
Submitted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

Stonehouse Pub is only a fifteen minute walk from the Schwartz Bay ferry terminal and is a good alternative to eating the poor food served by BCFerries. The house burger is a good size and cooked so that it is nicely juicy. The fries are crisp. There is a good selection of beers on tap. Service from the cute young full-breasted waitresses is quick and cheerful.

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Good experience at Market
Submitted Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 3:52pm [Dine in]

A recent dinner at Market with a group of friends was one of the best I've had in the city this year. The crab cake, short ribs and cheesecake were all outstanding. We received attentive and efficient service from arrival at the restaurant and throughout the meal. The only caveats are the lack of signage for anyone entering from Georgia Street through the hotel lobby and the too loud music.

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Relish888 Nelson St., Vancouver
Smelly
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

Had lunch recently at Relish. This is a strange space that seems to operate as a club at night. The room is very big. At lunch they get a steady stream of regulars but not nearly enough people to fill this big room. Also, because the room is so big the servers have to cover a lot of territory, from the kitchen to the farthest tables. This makes the service slower than it could be. The cheddar/bacon burger was tasty and a good portion. The washrooms are a mess and need a refit. There was also an awful smell at the entrance from too much cleaning product.

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Train your staff
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Go to Joey's Burrard for a business meeting/meal. Greeted at door by hostess. I had seen where my partners were sitting and made it to the table on my own. In this gigantic restaurant, there are no more than 10 customers. Immediately asked whether I want something to drink, my partners already having been served. Order a drink; it comes quickly. When drinks are down to half a glass, server asks about refills. One refill ordered and delivered quickly. And that was it for service. No coming back to ask if we want to order food. After 40 minutes we decide to eat elsewhere. The food rating is lowest on the scale because we didn't eat and the value is lowest because we have no prices for comparison. Worth going to if you want to sit at the bar and watch the game and the eye candy. Otherwise, don't bother.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good pasta
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

This downtown restaurant attracts the pretty boys and girls you might see in a trendy club and the ambiance is similar to a disco with low lighting and music that is far too loud. The hostess and server we had were both very young but did a great job, getting us seated without a reservation on a busy night and answering all our questions about the menu. The pastas are solid, well-flavoured and were cooked al dente. The pizza however isn't really pizza but more like a flatbread with toppings. There is an extensive wine list but most of the people around us seemed to be drinking neon-coloured cocktails. If they lowered the volume of the music I would be more likely to go back. The room itself is modern and attractive, though the open kitchen is already looking pretty beaten up.

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Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Not Market
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:32am [Dine in]

The Shangri La Hotel is also the home to Market restaurant. Signage for both the hotel lounge and Market is inadequate so make sure you are where you want to be. And good luck finding somebody to help you find your way. Entrance to both is from Georgia Street even though Market's address is on Alberni. Once inside you are greeted by no one. You will have to hunt down a staff member. I waited 5 minutes at the lounge entrance before being acknowledged. The lounge has a lunch special of three courses for $20 that is supposed to be served in 50 minutes. The salad didn't arrive until the 30 minute mark. Given that the salad, a Cobb, doesn't require any preparation, only plating, this is ridiculous. The main was a clubhouse. It was delivered 5 minutes after the salad plate was removed. The clubhouse has a fried egg as one of the ingredients. Served warm, the egg was a nice touch. The fries served with the sandwich were undercooked and barely had any colour. Dessert also come out quickly, just meeting the 50 minute deadline. The dessert was a lemon meringue tart with candied ginger. The ginger was interesting though not to my taste. The lemon filling for the tart was very liquid. I'm not sure if this is intentional or if the kitchen rushed it.
Twenty dollars is not a lot to pay for what you get. However, the service is amateurish. There was a hostess, who spent most of her time talking to the piano player, a barman and three servers. They had trouble serving twenty people. Not very efficient.
I had been to the lounge once before for tea and the service at that time was also poor. It took 20 minutes to be served a pot of tea and when it came the water was lukewarm.

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Mahek Restaurant9470 120 St., Surrey
Good Indian
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

We live in Vancouver but found ourselves in Surrey recently and wanted to try Mahek on 120 Street. It has an inviting stylish sign that is a little hard to see as the restaurant is set back from the street. The interior is dark but not too dark with numerous Buddha heads that we found unusual for an Indian restaurant. We shared a Mahek dinner plate, eggplant bhartha and okra dish (bhindi do praza). The Mahek dinner is very good value at $16.95. It comes with butter chicken, lamb curry, chickpea curry, rice, naan, raita and a rice dessert. This dinner is ample food for one person. We had the leftover eggplant, okra and rice packed up to take home. Service was very accomodating for the two of us, as we had many questions about the menu. The food was not up to Akbar or Vij standard but was as good as Rangoli and better value. If you're in the area, try it for the good food, value, friendly staff and comfortable surroundings.

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Spices3346 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Greasy spring rolls
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

I had the spring roll lunch special at $6.49 for two large spring rolls. It came with a bit of vermicelli and salad and dipping sauce. The vermicelli doesn't look like much but it was quite tasty. The rolls had good flavour, with lots of pork in the filling but they were very greasy. The dipping sauce was good.

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George1137 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Too long to wait
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Came to this bar for drinks after a dismal meal across the street. Security at the door warned us about a wait before being let in but we got in quickly. After squeezing through the crowd at the bar to some seats in the corner the problems began. There were two bartenders and one server for the 80 or so people in the bar. As we were a group of six we ordered a couple of bottles of wine and some cocktails. The wine came quickly enough but the cocktails took forever. The wine drinkers ended up sharing the wine with the other members of the group, whose cocktails finally arrived an hour after being ordered. I would go back but only with a staff to customer ratio of one to one.

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Sciue800 W. Pender St, #110, Vancouver
Great by the slice
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 10:16am [Dine in]

Sciue serves up great by the piece pizza sold by weight. The concept is common in Rome where the owner is from. The pizza is always freshly made and come with a variety of toppings. They also offer simple main dishes like lasagna. There is a good selection of moderately priced wines. The pastries are also excellent. Try the ciambelli with a cappucino for breakfast. The location is convenient for a quick lunch or snack when shopping downtown. The only drawback is there is no table service.

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Wannabe
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 10:09am [Dine in]

Goldfish is brightly decorated and all hard edges making it very loud. Everyone has to shout to be heard. Getting service from the zoned out staff requires more than shouting. Hand gestures and hunting servers down is sometimes required. The food is what you expect in a food court at 10 times the price. The gyoza were bland and the salads were minuscule. The mains were forgettable. Our champagne was served lukewarm. This is more a place for cocktails than for dining.

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