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Italian-guyDowntown&BurnabySince September 2, 200660 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
An old forgotten favorite
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 10:53am [Dine in]

A group of six of us were here on Saturday night. The view from this cozy well appointed rooms is spectacular..when it's not fogged in like it was the night we went! Oh well on to the food. A nice menu with a great balance of appys/mains. I would recommend the calamari steak as an appy.For mains they have a duck two ways that is a must for duck lovers, a breast and a confit, about 10oz of duck in my estimation! Also of note was the marscarpone crusted salmon and the Seafood fettuccine carbonara, pass on the prawn mains though, they tended to be dried out. The service was attentive and the wine list was varied and reasonable. Parking is a bitch so count on $6 valet. One last thing, This place I hope is bucking a bad long time trend in Vancouver high end restaurants in that their portion size and quality of the dishes actually justifies the price they charge. One can only hope this catches on because I believe Vancouverites are getting tired of the blurred line between appys and mains in terms of price and size! No where else in the world is it as pronounced as Vancouver people and we and our friends travel the world a lot! speak up! I have on a rare occasion when the quality/price/portion ratio is just ludicrous! actually sent it back either for another appy or just passed completely. more people should do that instead of feeling timid, remember they are their for your pleasure not vice versa.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Taste of Yaletown
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

A group of ten were here last night for the taste of yaletown. The $35 three course menu was a good selection of the tried and true and some lesser known dishes. I had the mussels in Chorizo sauce as a first, the sable fish and risotto main and their deservedly legendary warm ginger pudding and gelato dessert. The dishes were well prepared, the mussels were OK but the sable fish and dessert more than made up for it. Looking around the table I'd have to say that the main of choice would be the new york strip loin, beautiful cut and about 8 oz to boot! It alone is worth the price of the fixed menu (take that "Morons" steakhouse!) The service was professional and attentive, there was a slight order mix up (resulting in a delay of 5 min max ) and that person was immediately offered a comp (he took a cocktail). Other dishes of note were the Asian tenderloin salad starter and any of the accompanying risottos were excellent. The Ambiance is pure yaletown and this place in particular pulls of the casual sophistication that the area is know for. I would recommend.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
In a hurry..great service and food
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 9:32am [Dine in]

I haven't been here for at least 2 years.My Wife had a craving and we stopped by last night on the way to p/u someone at the airport, we mentioned this to the manager as we needed to be out within one hour. I was a little worried at first because the restaurant was 3/4 full, it was about 6:40. We were seated within 5 minutes and because we knew what we wanted put our order in. The grilled calamari and prawn dish is very tasty with a good portion size, the fish lays on a bed of grilled peppers and olives with spicy chilly oil. My only complaint was that it only came with one piece of foccacia when it warrants two(or three!). The large capricosa pizza was done to perfection in the wood oven, this pizza sets the standard, a nice balance of flavours and a huge portion. We had a couple of Stella's with all that and ice water which was replenished twice. total time from sit down to salutations was 45 minutes, amazing considering the quality of the food and how busy it was. I'd go back just for that calamari dish, the pizza is just a bonus! Thanks to the attentive staff in general and Chloe our waitress in particular.

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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great spot for a large dinner group
Submitted Saturday, June 7, 2008 - 11:32am [Dine in]

The old school East Van Chinese restaurants are the best when it comes to great food, service and value. The Pelican is all that plus a great ambience with it recent rennos. The food here is fast and fresh with the average dish running between 10-12 dollars. Service is Cantonese style which i MUCH prefer to the mandarin places that seem to think they are doing you a favour. Our party of 14 ordered up a storm of everything from the run of the mill to some lesser know dishes including three fresh crabs done three ways. The food arrived fast, hot and tasty with great service. They even plated up a B-Day cake for us with comp mango pudding on the side. With a few beers on the tab it came to about $25/person including a great tip which they earned and deserved! I'm glad places like this are still around

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant4121 Hastings St, Burnaby
Yah! great sushi in N.Burnaby!
Submitted Monday, May 26, 2008 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

Some friends took us her for dinner with the "kids' ( I say because their avg age is 17!) The place occupies the old steakhouse right beside the Old NBI, lots of booths and wood and tile floors. The place is very clean; a must for me at a place that routinely serves raw food like any sushi place. The specials and the portion size at this restaurant are awesome! The gomae at 5 bucks is as much as you get for two portions anywhere else and well prepared too. The specialty rolls are what they concentrate on and they are better than most. The Hastings roll on special is a great value for 3 bucks and the Stanley park roll is a new fave. They have a roll with bbq Unagi that i love but I forget the name of it. Tea/service was attentive which a nice change. Of note is their drink menu with plum coolers and other Asian inspired drinks. My Kids tell me that the Chicken teriyaki rated high as well as the donburi bowls. I'm glad that I was shown this place because now I have another sushi choice locally to replace my ban on Sushi Town. This place is clean, with great food and service at a great price. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Top dog!!
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

I've finally had my first Japa-dog, I usually don't go much for street dogs simply because the taste never lives up to the aroma! This place has a different twist with Japanese type sausages and toppings. The prices are slightly higher than your usual cart dogs but then again the meat is of a bit higher quality. i had the Oshinoko (sp?) dog which was basically a pork sausage with shredded diakon, teriyaki sauce green onions and wasabi mayo (which I warn you is HIGHLY addictive!) As the weather gets better this would be a great place to chow down outdoors with a buddy, sipping a coke and watching the street traffic in front of the Sutton. I look forward to it!
Oh yeah, service, polite and efficient with a Japanese twist, just like their dogs!

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
I'll miss this place..
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Their lease expires just after the 2010 Olympics and then they have to find a new water front locale because they are in a "secure zone" in our ongoing "war of terror" and you have to be buzzed through to the port on Commissionaire Street to get there but it is well worth it. My wife and I were given a gift of a diner here for our anniversary. We dove right into the coast platter for two which was very big and had 1.5lb lobster, two smallish crabs (Alaska and Dungeness) various scallops, prawns, baked oysters, steamed mussels, three sauces and a side of veggies and risotto and also included a choice of two of their grilled items! We had the salmon and the smoked black cod and at $127 for two it is a good value and cross section of their specialties. The service was professional and attentive without being obtrusive. They were busy but never strained. The sun was setting and we had a window seat by virtue of they being told ahead of our special occasion and they graciously included dessert (Mousse chocolate tower, yum) as well as a personalized menu with a greeting addressed to us, a classy touch for a classy place. I know its a bit old school but on a night like last night I couldn’t ask for better. Thanks Cannery.

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Koko Japanese Restaurant2053 East Hastings St, Vancouver
An old fave that wasn't on the list..
Submitted Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

I had completely overlooked this place and it's not hard to see why. A non-descript building on Hastings in a not great part of town. This was my first sushi place back in the early 80's! This and the Japanese deli on Powell (long since gone) are the grand daddies of sushi in Vancouver. We went last night with 3 other couples. Dishes to recommend are their BBQ Unagi, the best in town IMHO, the lobster roll, very decedent and they have a great scallop roll called the chop-chop. The attention to details obvious such as the basic Miso comes with clams; the iced tea is actually brewed iced tea! One of my new faves is the cucumber roll made by wrapping in cucumber instead of rice. The beer is also reasonably priced. The menu is not cheap like a lot of other sushi places and is actually a bit pricey for the area, however the quality and service make up for it. w/c’s were very clean, a nice break from the norm for this type of restaurant. I’m glad I rediscovered this place and would recommend you give it a try, oh btw, reservations are highly recommended.

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Quilon6030 No.3 Rd., Richmond
good Indian fix....
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

Another work week lunch with co-workers. We were all a little sushi weary and wanted a change. We decided on this place based on past recommendations. Parking is a little tight because of the skytrain construction but we parked across the street at the mall lot and walked no problem. Decor is clean (so are the washrooms, a nice change from most sushi places!) with some attempt at ethnic flair but who cares when the food is the main thing right? The $8.95 lunch buffet is good deal. The selection is somewhat limited but what they have is very well prepared (Butter and Tandoori chicken, Saag paneer etc..). The owners are from the south so their specialty is actually Dosas (not AYCE), which some of our group had and loved. They also bring you fresh Naan when you have the AYCE lunch, very enjoyable and not overly heavy/buttery like some Naan.
A nice change from all Chi-apanes places in Richmond. I would recommend.

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Joey550 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
what a nice place...
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

tucked away in a nondescript suburban strip mall. We went for dinner last night with friends, four of us in total. Get there early! it fills up fast ( a good sign?), and they don't take reservations. Parking is limited, they do have valet parking if it gets too bad, i believe it's comp and they even vacuum your car! tip these kids well people, they deserve it! The food and ambiance was great as well as the service. I recommend the Ahi tuna taco appy and any of their bowls. They served complimentary snacks while we waited and the whole experience was enjoyable. Good value, great service and good to great food! I'll try their Burrard location next. Highly recommended.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Great vibe in this place...
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Went for a staff lunch here today. The service is very thorough here. The waitresses are in a attractive Grey dress uniform ( a nice change from all the LBD's at say earls et al) and the waiters in whites and the wine staff in black..a lot of staff=attentive service. The menu is not overly large, a good sign that they stick to what they know. both varieties of the bruschetta are awesome and a deal at 4 bucks. The pasta is amazing! I highly recommend the parpardelle with spicy lamb sausage..it was one of the best pastas I've had, a real gem. My buddies had the raviolis and the stuffed large pasta shells (conchiglioni) both very well done. The pizza look divine too. The prices are a bit high but consider it the price to pay for good Italian food and service in Vancouver (T.O. and Montreal are MUCH better in this respect). The bottled water and coffee were reasonable and the desserts were huge and delicious albeit expensive, they have a very good tiramisu! the only down side is two things, it can and does get a bit loud ( we were upstairs) and the wine/drink prices are down right usurious!!
Not a regular lunch or dinner spot for my budget but a definite must try and great for special occasions as it is truly a very beautiful restaurant, I'd recommend it.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
great pizza downtown
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

Me and my S.O. were here last night for a quick bite before the just for laughs show. We have been a fan of Patty's pizza since BEFORE her and Marcello split. I have to say the Smithe street location is a great addition to the downtown scene. We ordered a caprociosa large pizza and it was great! I found it a little "dryer" than the same pizza at her commercial drive location, it may have to do with the fact that at this location, the pizza spends a longer time in the oven than at the commercial drive location. The pizza oven here isn't wood fired and the heat isn't as intense resulting in a longer cook time and dryer pizza. The good news is all you have to ask for is a little Olive oil on the side to drizzle on and it turns out fine. Nice ambiance, decent service (they were busy!) and one last thing, VERY reasonable prices on the drinks! a $25 large 45cm pizza isn't the best value but easily the best pizza D/T. I would recommend it.

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Anducci's6011 Hastings St., Burnaby
a welcome addition in N.Burnaby
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 10:04am [Dine in]

Four of us went for dinner last night, the other couples choice was here. I've never been to an Anducci's and from the mediocre reviews here I was a little worried, but I was craving pasta too! The ambiance in this place is amazing with a great demographic cross section of patrons and a cool hip decor. The food was really good! i was surprised! we had the chicken artichoke chorizo penne ( and they have a whole wheat pasta if you choose, kudos for the healthy option!) and it was well done, and a great value as two of us shared a single huge portion and it was still a lot, coupled with a well done thin crust pizza made for a pleasant dinner. Our friends had a pasta each and took some home, one dish had four HUGE meatballs that were delicious! The servers were young, friendly and mostly efficient and easy on the eyes too! We ended with one of the best tiramisus I've had. the only negative is they have a fancy new coffee machine and it didn't make the americanos quite hot enough. I will defintiely return for the food, ambiance and especially the value! A very welcome addition to the restaurant scene in N.Burnaby

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great sushi and service
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

I tried this place after having some of their rolls at a friends place as take out. I liked it so much that I took the family for a night out here.( I think the owner is Japanese, but I've been wrong before!)
First off the place is CLEAN, a nice change from my usual sushi Town or Sushi garden spots! ( They are starting to get a bit gross!) The specialty rolls are amazing! I HIGHLY recommend the Crispy spicy tuna roll, it's my new fave, they have a rice free roll using cucumber as a wrap and that was great too! They service was quick and gracious, because we ordered a lot they gave us a complimentary roll and the food arrived quickly thereafter, my kids raved about the Teriyaki don bowls and the tea was always full. The prices are more than reasonable and I'll definitely be back

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Delicado's510 West Hastings, #110, Vancouver
another great D/T lunch spot
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

A co-worker friend of mine suggested we try this place as he has tried the one in Nanaimo and really liked it. The decor is above average for their price range, a nice spacious multi level place with a strong New Mexico style. The menu is very flexible with wraps and more traditional Tex-mex type dishes. They do a half wrap half salad or soup combo of your choice that is a real filler for 8 bucks or so w/tax. The ingredients are all fresh and they bring your order out to you after you line up to place your order. They have a heat/spicy scale they ask you to pick from. I love spice and I chose the their hottest (X-tra hot) and it had just the right amount of zing, so much so that I would hesitate to move up that scale. my friend had the normal hot and it was just fine. All in all a very pleasant place and god food and value. I would recommend it for lunch or even dinner if you want good reasonably priced Tex-mex.

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Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant3432 Lougheed Highway, Vancouver
Finally some great E.Van dim sum
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice already, once two weeks ago and again yesterday for their "Grand opening" (a soft opening last time??!!) anyways I will definitely make this a regular stop. The food is fantastic with some new style dim sum like you find in Richmond and old favorites. They have a great system where as when you show up you grab a number from the charming hostess as well as a menu and pencil show you can browse and decide in advance, it really speeds things up. The dishes are generous and well prepared and run between 3-5 dollars. I've tried the cheaper dim sums but I find I never remember the savings but always the disappointment!! The egg tarts are probably the best I've tasted and the eggplant stuffed w/shrimp is divine!! ditto the sui mai, servers are fast and friendly and the place is very clean, just be prepared to wait awhile but it's worth it!

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
More Asian Tapas
Submitted Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 10:59am [Dine in]

Dropped in with my S.O. last night for a quick bite. We were seated promptly at a bar table and told it would be about 10 minutes for a dinning table (it was around 7pm and busy). We decided just to order at our small waiting table which was no problem, to their credit when our table came they asked if we wished to move. The food, a nice mixed menu, they saytays are worthy to note and I must add that their hot and sour soups is one of the best I've had and loaded with meat & shrimps. The sushi was good but overpriced and the nigiri was fresh but smallish. Overall you get what you pay for but I wouldn't say this place is a great value however, given the service, quality and beautiful interior I'd be back.

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My Greek Taverna946 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
a nice surprise..
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:46am [Dine in]

First off, the restaurant is called My Greek tavern not Mr. Greek.
Me and the gang stopped here for dinner before hitting a movie at silver city, it's a handy spot for this and it's one of the main reasons we chose this place as well as the reviews here. I have to concur with other reviews that the roast lamb is great, a HUGE portion along with well prepared sides of potato, Greek salad and rice w/pita & taziki. It is waaaay better than Stephos on Davie and even slightly better than Sympaticos on 4th!!
The calamari appy was not over battered or greasy and the olive & feta appy was generous to the extreme. We ended up taking almost half the dish home! The roast lamb at $11.95 has to be one of the best values in town. I would definitely return, especially as a pre-movie spot as the service was quick and friendly.

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Next Noodle Bar560 Robson Street, Vancouver
an inventive favorite
Submitted Friday, June 29, 2007 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

I've been here for lunch a couple of times and both times I was impressed with the quality of the food and service/ambience/value. They have traditional pan-Asian dishes done very well as well as some inventive soups and tapas. One of my faves is the Imperial roll, a duck and scallion creation that at 4 bucks is half a meal of it’s self. All the ingredients are fresh and the place is clean. The servers are older Asian ladies for whom charm is second nature. Go early for lunch because by 12:15 you’d be hard pressed to get a seat.
A new favorite for the downtown lunch crowd.

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Tuscany Restaurant451 Bowen Island Trunk Road, Bowen Island
Very Impressive & enjoyable
Submitted Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

This place would shame a lot of high dollar restaurants if it was in Vancouver. This chef keeps it simple fresh and honest. The menu changes up depending on what he has available for ingredients, the dishes are not overly complex and the portions are real. We had a seafood hotpot on Israeli couscous as well as balsamic flank steak and cauliflower gruyere gratin and a couple of pizzas and appys (there were four of us) It is a quaint little farm house right in snug cove and the whole ambiance from the walk on 20 minute ferry ride to the country decor is superb. And now the best for last.....they have a real "forno a’ legnio" (wood fired oven) and they know how to use it...this is quite probably the best pizza in the GVRD and at least on par if not better than some pizza I've had in Italy. Throw in a competent wine list that isn't outrageous and wonderful attentive service and you've got a five star experience with out the angry techno chef Downtown attitude! Highly recommended (P.S. make reservations!!)

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