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JaiVancouverSince January 7, 20073 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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White Tower Restaurant1359 Robson Street, Vancouver
Half-Decent Food, Some of the Worst Service Around
Submitted Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for Greek food, this is not the place you want to go. The food is simply uninspired, bland, run of the mill Greek food. Lamb chops are to be avoided, unless you enjoy eating dried leather. The roast lamb and calamari are what you'd expect, and nothing more.

As much as the food is alright, what really kills this place is the horrendously tardy service. It takes about 15-20 minutes for the waitresses to even come and ask you what you'd like to drink. When that finally occurs, they don't return for another 20 minutes. If you finish your glass of water, don't expect to get any more unless you get out of your seat and find the waitress.

The only time I would eat here again is if I'm jonesing for Greek food at night, because this place is open until 3 am. Other than that, there are much better (and cheaper) options available.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Great Beer, Good Food, Horrendous Service
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 2:52am [Dine in]

If you enjoy locally brewed beers straight from the tap, Steamworks has that to offer and more.

The large selection of beers brewed in-house is impressive, and the beers are really quite excellent. From the light and smooth Lion's Gate Lager to the hoppy Empress India Pale Ale, the beers are all very well-crafted.

The food at Steamworks is also quite good. The Deluxe burger is very good, and for a reasonable price.

The ambiance is very welcoming and comfortable. The mixture of the decor and the crowd (especially downstairs) makes for a very relaxed atmosphere.

What could use some work, or in fact a lot of work, is the service. The service is absolutely horrendous. I've even seen an annoyed table leave because their server completely forgot about them. What was most surprising to me was that when the waitress finally arrived she didn't even realize that her customers had dined and dashed she was so oblivious.

I would definitely recommend sitting next to the bar itself: the service is faster, and you have easier access to the beers.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
Good Food, Good Atmosphere, Good Service
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Some of my friends from Japan flew in to visit me, and one of them had expressed interest in trying French cuisine.

To start we ordered the Lobster Bisque and the Escargots Provencal. The bisque was superbly flavourful whereas the escargots, although perfectly cooked were slightly lacking in flavour.

For our main courses we all decided to order something different. All of the main courses were excellent except for the Bouillabaisse, which was good, but nothing extraordinary. As another reviewer has noted, the Bouillabaisse was somewhat of a thin broth with a scarce assortment of slightly overcooked seafoods. The Daube de Boeuf was sublime. There's no other way to explain it other than saying the meat literally melted in my mouth. The Canard a l'Orange was also delicately flavoured and tender. The portion of duck (two full legs) was very generous, which was a plus. The Iron Steak was really very good as well.

In addition to our main courses we ordered two side dishes to accompany our meals. We ended up ordering the Ratatouille and the Pommes de Terre Pave (essentially scalloped potatoes baked with Parmesan). The Ratatouille was very good, but I wasn't so impressed with the potatoes. That being said, we didn't even really need to order the side dishes as the first and second courses were already more than enough food.

Many would assume the service in a French Bistro to be pretentious but our server (who neglected to tell us her name, unfortunately) was extremely friendly and cheerful. Unobtrusive, prompt, attentive service. In between the casual little jokes and her bright smile the atmosphere was very relaxed and enjoyable.

The decor was quite nice. Comfortable contemporary seating and tables with contemporary paintings on the walls.

All in all, it was an enjoyable experience, I will be sure to go again.

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