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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)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)

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Displaying 21 - 32 of 32 Reviews Found
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Incendio2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Pre-made pizza
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

Pizza is supposed to be their specialty so how come the don't know how to make it? Maybe I was unlucky but my pizza dough was obviously cooked in advance. When it came to the table the toppings were hot and the cheese was nicely melted but the dough itself was cold! The only way I can explain it is that they cook a batch of bare pizzas in advance and then reheat them with the toppings as the orders come. The servers were friendly and the room is pleasant but until they stop cheating on the cooking of the pizza I won't be back.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Walk on by
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

How the Templeton stays in business is a mystery.
The restaurant is filthy, the servers are apathetic, the food is sloppily prepared and overpriced. The special portobello burger was served with burnt mushrooms and a soggy bun. The dessert looked like it had been scooped out of a can and thrown on the plate. The neighbourhood is seedy but there are restaurants nearby that can prepare a delicious meal and serve it with enthusiasm. Walk on by.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Most over rated
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

Chambar has to be the most over rated restaurant in Vancouver. The food is easy to prepare, at a level of Cactus Club. Even so, they have trouble with the basics. A restaurant that serves the quantities of mussels they do should at least get their suppliers to provide them with calibrated sizes. In a dish of mussels at Chambar you will get some mussels that are huge (3 inches) and others that are tiny (half an inch) and every size in between. Service is harried and the room is too noisy. Their other restaurant, Medina, is better value.

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Pizzeria Prima Strada230 Cook Street, #105, Victoria
Good pizza
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 11:24am [Dine in]

Prima Strada is a limited-menu pizzeria serving thin crust pizza from a wood-burning oven. The pizzas are made with fresh top- quality ingredients and cook quickly in the special oven. Prices are fair value. Service is sometimes a little shaky. In conclusion, Prima Strada is the only place in Victoria for thin crust pizza.

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Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Consistently above average
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

Cibo is a stylish Italian restaurant in the Moda hotel. Several visits have proven the consistency of the kitchen. This is all the more praiseworthy as the menu changes frequently. The servers are enthusiastic though occasionally disorganised. The wine list is well thought out. Prices are high but well justified considering the quality of the ingredients and the highly competent cooking.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Low prices
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

Salade de Fruits is always busy because it is cheap. If you like Stepho's you will like Salade de Fruits and you may not have to line up. Given the low prices, it is to be expected the quality of the food is not the best. The steak is probably no more than Grade A. The good restaurants in Vancouver serve Grade AAA. The fries are plentiful but badly cut. You'll be lucky to get more than 2 or 3 that are more than 2 inches long. They cut their own but don't bother sizing them. They should probably use McCain instead for more consistent size. Often, it is clear from the colour of the fries that the oil they use for frying has been reheated too many times and is too old. The tables are wobbly and too close together. The servers rush about as best they can but they are too few on the floor for the number of covers they do. Cash only and very limited wine and beer selection.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
Weird cheese
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

I have eaten in this restaurant a dozen times, usually ordering the pizza. They have a gas-fired oven masquerading as a wood oven but the pizzas generally come out cooked properly. They serve the thin-crust style and don't overdo it on the quantity of the toppings so that the crust stays crisp. My last pizza was good except for the cheese itself which had a weird consistency and flavour. Maybe they are now buying the cheap cheese substitute product that the 99/cent a slice places use. The restaurant also has a problem with drafts. The air-conditioning is on all the time, even in winter when it is not needed. Keep your coat on!

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Already coasting
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

After only around a year in business, this restaurant is already coasting on whatever reputation it still has. We've been here seven times in the last year but probably won't go back. The problem is not the limited menu. It is the lack of attention to detail and the lackadaisical service more than anything that have turned us off, more even than the outrageous wine pricing. One improvement over the past year has been with the fries, which are now cut in house. The steaks, whatever cut is chosen, always have a slightly off flavour. I don't know if this is from the meat itself or from the demi used in the sauces. The roast chicken special I had on the last visit was good but it was pan-fried not roasted. Do they think their customers can't tell the difference? There were only two tables occupied throughout our lunch and our server sat with the other table for 20 minutes, chatting with a buddy. Another recurrent problem is with the inadequate ventilation in the kitchen that results in smoke coming into the dining area.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Great west-side Italian
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

We just recently discovered this little gem of a neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Point Grey. The simply decorated room, though small with only 30 or seats, has a cozy feel. The open kitchen is just visible behind the bar but doesn't intrude with the clanging pots or smoky interruptions common to so many other open kitchens. The printed menu is short but there are many special items on the blackboard. Our server was able to explain all of the many dishes in great detail. We shared a number of pastas and main dishes that reminded us of wonderful meals we have had in Piedmont and the Veneto. Everything was perfectly cooked and simply yet beautifully presented, just as you would find in Italy.

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Fish Cafe1629 Yew Street, Vancouver
More fool me
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

I made the mistake of eating here, not realizing it is run by the same people as the equally lame, similarly named and now closed restaurant on West 4th. The food is cooked well enough for what is essentially a modern-take on a fish-themed diner. But the fish dishes are grossly overpriced and the service is non-existent. Now I know enough to avoid the other location in Kerrisdale.

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Stage1307 Gladstone Ave, Victoria
Great new spot in Victoria
Submitted Friday, September 28, 2007 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Stage is a casual bistro in the Fernwood neighbourhood of Victoria near the Belfry Theatre.

The concept is small plates priced about $10 each. Three plates are enough for a normal appetite. Smaller parties can easily share different dishes.

The food is beautifully prepared with excellent ingredients. Flavours are true and pure.

Stage serves some of the best food in Victoria. Reservations are not accepted so it's best to arrive at opening (5pm) or after 8.

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Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
The best restaurant in Canada
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2007 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

Quite simply, the Bearfoot serves the best food in Canada and perhaps in North America and I say this having eaten in all the top rated restaurants in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal.

Melissa Craig gets the best out of excellent ingredients and produces inventive dishes that are full of depth but never over-complicated.

The servers are cheerful, relaxed and knowledgable.

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