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jmozerydowntown vancouverSince November 3, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value1.5 (1.7)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Unfortunately doesn't live up to the hype
Submitted Monday, February 1, 2010 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

My partner and I went to Vij's this past weekend after hearing many (mixed, mostly good) reviews. We knew to expect a wait (although we deliberately went a little later to avoid the beginning-of-dinner rush). First impressions: the room in general could do with a little touching up. For a supposedly 'higher-end' Indian place, the decor seemed a tad amateurish. This is Vancouver, after all. First impressions do matter. This impression was carried through to the rather desolate back bar. Emphasized by near emptiness, the space was poorly done-up indeed.

We had a drink each while waiting and before we were done with them, we were informed that our table was ready. Wait time was definitely reasonable, and the much-heralded 'complimentary' appetizers tasted great. I was definitely prepared to forgive the mediocre decor if dinner tasted as great as their little amuse-bouches. We ordered the punjabi heart attacks and samosas to start, and their famous lamb popsicles plus the halibut and BC Spot Prawns for mains.

Punjabi heart attacks were... interesting. While tasty, they were really nothing to write home about. The quinoa 'palate cleanser' was the star of that dish. Similar for the samosas. Technically well prepared, but nowhere close to amazing; the tomato chutney stole that show.
Our theme was emerging here. For the mains, the sauces easily outperformed the proteins. So much flavour and nuance. However, my partner's halibut was tough. To overcook a piece of fish, and to completely dry out the BC Spot Prawns, is frankly, a rookie mistake at this level of restaurant. The lamb, too, could have used a few less minutes of grilling. In talking with other foodie friends, one came up with an interesting theory - could the cooks who prepared the food be vegetarian? All the vege components were, to be fair, incredible. But there appeared to be no testing for the done-ness of the meat/fish before it was brought out to the table.

The constant attention by the waitresses (refilling of drinks, checking on how we were) was great; service was impeccable. There's no mistaking that this food has all the makings of a truly elevated dining experience. We will probably be back, in the hopes that our meat was prepared on an off night. I'm hoping to be able to write a more favourable review then.

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Chau Kitchen & Bar1500 Robson Street, Vancouver
Decent enough for a Robson storefront
Submitted Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I was a regular when this space housed a straight up Vietnamese pho place - used to be some of the most decent pho you could get in the west end.
The space has been revamped and they did a great job - it is modern yet cozy and there's a definite improvement to the ambiance.

Unfortunately, the menu prices reflect the cost of that change. A bowl of pho is still 6 - for a tiny, starter-sized bowl. Other reviews alluded to a fresher tasting bowl of soup. Well, our bowls of pho had promising flavours but were marred by a significant amount of oil. This is also the first 'vietnamese' restaurant that offers sriracha sauce as its only spice option.

The beef luc lac was very tasty; not so much the carpaccio of beef which was unfortunately anaemic and overpowered by the chopped up shallots used to garnish. We also really enjoyed their spring rolls, (we had the pork ones). Overall, they are trying to be too high end in the wrong end of Robson - on the same restaurant row you get heartier portions of food for much better prices. Which probably explains why there were way fewer customers at Chau than the other places.

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Outstanding food, meh everything else
Submitted Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

These guys know how to cook a piece of meat. But if you're serving tapas (as the waitress so condescendingly informed me) then don't price your plates at $16, and categorize them as 'dinner'. That does not make sense for small plates. What I got was well cooked, but it was not tapas. It was just a small portion of overpriced food that you put in the middle of my table.
Music was also headbangingly loud. I wanted to like this place, but i'll bring my earplugs next time

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