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jgg017DTES, VancouverSince March 21, 20113 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
A serious disappointment
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

About 2 years ago, we went to the Water Street Cafe for a Sunday brunch and had an absolutely spectacular meal. Thumbs up.

Before Christmas, we went out for a friend's birthday. Wow, what the heck happened? The pasta was not even al dente, it was hard and chewy. The sauce was just revolting - 100 cloves of garlic does not an Italian sauce make!! Perhaps the chef and sous chef and everyone else in the kitchen should have consulted each other before they ALL dumped the garlic in. Beyond that, the sauce was sour and very unappealing. Yikes.

Everyone else at the table left most of their dinners only partially consumed.

The staff were very attentive and great, which helped! My recommendation is that you take a pass. Go to Incendio or Campagnolo if you want Italian, or almost anywhere else if you want to keep the food down. Even average pub grub would have been better.

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Odd name for a restaurant, but fabulous food
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

It was a random act that brought us to the Chutney Villa for the first time. We were hungry and decided to try it out, since it was the closest restaurant to us at the time. Our expectations were not too high, but in the end we were very pleasantly surprised.

Most (not all) Indian food you get in restaurants is Northern Indian. We love Indian food, generally and specifically, but this experience set the bar pretty high. Southern Indian food is very different, and the flavours were refreshingly unique, compared to the standard Tandoori or Butter Chicken (which I like, but they're a little boring).

Their chutneys are homemade from whatever is fresh and they are always very creative and tasty. Our first time in we had banana-pineapple chutney, and it was delicious. Oh, when they ask how spicy ... hot definitely IS hot, unlike the North Indian restaurants I've been to (where hot is mildly tangy).

I highly recommend the Thali option. It gives you a great sample of the food. The lamb curry is delcious, although one time I had it it was a little too salty.

Overall, I highly recommend this South Indian restaurant.

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Peckinpah2 Water Street, Vancouver
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

I am a huge fan of Cobre and Deacon's Corner, but not super keen on the food at Peckinpah.
I mean, it's pretty good, but there is nothing there that would have me fighting to go back any time soon.

When I go out for food, I like to order food that I don't or can't make well myself.
For me, BBQ needs to be gooey and messy. I wasn't so keen on the sour and dry BBQ, but I can see how it might appeal to others. If that what Carolina BBQ is supposed to be, I'll take a pass.

The side dishes ... hmm. Seriously, spinach should not be on the menu - instead, find Collards or even Mustard Greens. Braised mustard greens with garlic ... hells ya! Fantastic with BBQ ribs. The beans .. yikes! They were simply awful. The corn bread was very good, sweet and moist. Where were the grits with butter and salt? Authenticity, c'mon guys. I know you can do better.

The bottom line is, if you are doing a US BBQ, you need to understand what goes into a US/Carolina BBQ.

Service was excellent. Very friendly staff.

In the end, though, individual tastes are just that .. individual. So, what appeals to me, might not appeal to you, and vice versa. If you are keen to try something different, I would recommend you try it and see for yourself.

I hope you enjoy it.

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