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JCRVancouverSince January 19, 20087 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.6)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
warm and inviting, lots of food
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

Cafe Luxy is the most unpretentious place on Davie. The cream walls and dark wood bar, along with the warm lights and plentiful mirrors, make the place a low-key, elegant locale where you can wear jeans or a suit or a dress and feel at completely relaxed.

The service is great; the servers tend to stay on with the business and they get used to the clientele (which is varied - everything from local couples to tourists). Your waiter or waitress can tell if you're feeling chatty or if you need some privacy and they somehow always get it right.

The portions are huge. You will be taking some home with you. Given the size they could easily charge 50% more than they do, so the value is fabulous. Although the menu hasn't changed much, they offer dozens of varieties of pasta, so you're never stuck with the Same Old Thing.

I appreciate the salad beforehand, but I'm no fan of garlic bread. Don't judge by the appetizer; it's practically garnish. The pasta is the reason to eat here. Go once and the odds are you'll be back for more.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Always a good bet.
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Crave on Main St has one of the few really nice patios during the warm weather - in fact, it has two (the one in the back is much better). Brunch is always reliably good.

The nicoise salad is one of the best I've ever had, and the deep-fried tuna roll is a meal on its own (although listed as an appetizer). The mojitos are lovely to look at and to drink. There's a very good wine list. Considering what the final bill is after a meal and drinks, the value is fantastic.

The service is professional but rarely personal. You just don't get the pleasant back-and-forth that can really add to a dining experience. To be fair, the place is always busy. I can see it's in them, the staff are great, they just don't have time to slow down and say hello.

It would be nice to be able to make reservations, given the difficulty parking in the area - it's annoying to finally locate a parking space, only to be told there's a wait of forty minutes before you even sit, let alone eat.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
will try again when it gets cold
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Much as I love having a patio on Main Street, the food is not suited to summer weather. Everything was heavy - which I understand, because it's all "comfort food". I'm betting the place will taste better come Fall and Winter when I actually WANT mac and cheese, or big hearty bowls of whatever.

We liked our waitress, she was trying, and doing a pretty good job of balancing quite a few tables (we were on a crowded patio). The food did take a long time to come, but not so long that we had to ask after it.

The ambience was good, probably because the entire patio couldn't believe their luck at sitting out in the sun on Main Street, having a beer. Everyone was in a good mood. Hope the place settles in and lasts, and I hope next summer they have a couple summer dishes. Comfort does not have to = heavy.

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Soma151 E 8th Ave, Vancouver
good neighbourhood vibe
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

SoMa is good all around. The food is dependably tasty and the portions are a nice size - you aren't taking anything home, but you aren't left hungry either. It's nice to find a place that balances a lot of food preferences - you can get a light salad that isn't boring, you can get a hearty vegetarian dish, you can get an interesting meat dish presented beautifully. The big blackboard offering various meets and cheeses is nice for friends who want a few hours over a couple bottle of wine instead of a shorter dinner.

The music is good and at a perfect volume. The ambiance is good, although I've noticed customers tend to eye each other a bit - so there's a little "It" scene going on. It's easy to take that or leave it so it doesn't interfere with the enjoyment of the place, though.

I like the servers. They make eye contact and they know their drinks and their menu. Food from the kitchen can be a bit slow, but it's generally worth it. Only bad experience was a poorly mixed drink which was replaced immediately at no cost.

It's solid place to eat, drink, and be merry.

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Whip Gallery, The209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
HOW is this place still going?
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

The beer is about it as far as good, unique, and needed-in-this-area attractiveness goes.

Other than that, the service is random (the servers wear a lot of cleavage and/or midriff-baring tops, which is really distracting, and they call everybody "hun", even if they've never met you before). The food is awful. We live nearby and every three months or so we get temporary amnesia and decide to try The Whip again. It's never a good idea.

For brunch - the coffee is terrible, burnt and bitter and black. If you don't want eggs, hope you like egg-soaked french toast. That's it for selection.

The food is greasy, lacks flavour, and comes either dry or drenched in sauce. The eda mame ends up with a pool of grease beneath the container. The veggie burger is flavourless, except for a sour note that leaves an aftertaste.There's no passion in the food; it's clear the cooks are all part-time students getting by. No one there is a chef. And if they think they are - well, read 90% of the reviews on this site.

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Aurora Bistro2420 Main, Vancouver
absolutely dependable for excellent food and good service
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 12:59am [Dine in]

Aurora is the place you take guests when you want to impress them with Vancouver's foodie culture.

The chef doesn't compromise and is obviously involved with every aspect of the kitchen - he pays attention to flavours and seasons, and doesn't shy away from being creative. The dishes are in perfect portions, beautifully presented, and prompt.

The mixed drinks are a treat and carry some unique flavours: honey, bitters, and apricot.

The service is efficient, courteous, and accomodating. The restaurant is very busy most nights, so reservations are an excellent idea, but they will do their best to seat you if you drop in.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Awful service - food was good.
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 12:50am [Dine in]

I have eaten here twice and will never do so again. The food was good, fresh, and well-priced. The service was so awful it completely eclipsed the cuisine.

The waitress took an hour and ten minutes to put bread on the table. She took orders for half the table, then vanished, reappearing ten minutes later to take the rest of the orders. One guest requested a vegetarian option and was flat-out refused. Water was refilled once. The food was served to the wrong individuals twice. It took two hours for everyone to eat, and no one was served at the same time.

The waitress told us at the end of the meal that individual billing was "impossible". When we insisted on separate bills, she scowled as she ran each credit card, forcing each guest to get up from the table and wait for her at the cash. By the end of the night the enjoyment had seeped from the evening and each guest was left with a vaguely anxious feeling about whether or not they had paid too little or too much.

A terrible dining experience, and a shame too - the food is good. If I were a chef at Tomato I would leave for a place where my skills were better showcased.

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