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jujubeanWestend, VancouverSince November 5, 20085 Reviews
Average Rating
2 (2.2)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2 (2.2)
  • Value2 (2)
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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Beyond Disappointing
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

After living in Italy for over a year, I've had a really hard time finding true, authentic, delicious Italian food. Everything is so "americanized" in terms of pasta & pizza.
When I first of Cioppino's, I was really excited. This place has been rated the Top Italian in so many different polls/surveys that I just couldn't wait to try it. To top it off, everybody raved about the chef himself.

Until Italy, I had never had steak that was sliced for you. At first, I never liked this idea... I was used to having my steak arrive at my table as a big slab of meat on a plate. In Italy, "tagliata" is quite popular.... always cooked med rare and topped with fresh rucola/arugula and shaved parmesan. It slowly became an "acquired taste" to me and sure enough, when I came back to Vancouver, I rarely found it on the menu and if I did, it never came out the same.

This is exactly what I ordered at Cioppino's. All in all, I would rate this restaurant fairly HIGHLY as the dishes we had were tasty and our server was actually really experienced, professional and attentive. When my tagliata order arrived, it looked fantastic. But when I had my first bite, I was a bit disappointed as my meat was definitely over-cooked. I ordered it RARE/MED RARE.. and it came out a good medium well. This happens often when ordering steaks it seems. When our server came to check on us, I kindly pointed out that my order was over-cooked. Immediately, it was taken back to the kitchen. A few minutes later, a chef came storming out of the kitchen towards our table. It was Pino himself. He came up to me and started telling me that the steak WAS rare/med rare. He even had the plate in his hand. (by the way, we were sitting on the patio outside, in plain lighting). I told him that it was barely even pink in the centre and the meat had gone tough/chewy. He INSISTED that this steak was cooked PERFECTLY and that HE cooked it himself. I was blown away by this point. Why was he arguing??? Again, I politely refused to take my over-cooked steak back... and then he started to raise his voice a bit and told me that it was the LIGHTING outside that made the steak look more cooked!!! I couldn't believe it!! Finally, he stormed off with my plate. When the server came back with my newly cooked steak, it was perfect this time... it was COMPLETELY different than the first order and I could NOT believe that Mr. Chef put up such a huge fuss with me in front of everybody.

I liked the food... and the ambiance is fine. But due to that incident, it is a place that I will not return to. Being a top chef that he is, I'm sure he knew that the steak was not cooked properly but he insisted on making a deal about it and tried to make me wrong. WOW.

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Frenchies! Montreal Smoked Meat2546 E Hastings, Vancouver
Not worth it!
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

I work in the area and have known Frenchies! since it opened up years ago. I remember trying it for lunch a LONG time back and it didn't leave any lasting impressions. The area has so many little delis serving fresh, made to order sandwiches/paninis for 1/3 the price!

Recently, I saw a coupon in the newspaper for Frenchies! offering a "steamie" for 99cents. I've been craving a good poutine for some time now and decided I'd go back to Frenchies! and try again since it's been such a long time.

The "steamie" was a steamed hot dog. Absolutely nothing special about it... the weiner didn't even taste good. But for 99cents, I'm not going to complain much more than that. On the menu there was 3 different sizes of poutine (S, M, L). I ordered the medium one with the steamie and my bill came up to about $10!!! The portion was generous, but it wasn't anything special... so I didn't feel like my money was well spent. And like some other reviewers said, the cheese curds weren't really melted.

The rest of the menu (sandwiches, etc) was quite pricey.... nothing that I would want to spend on a SANDWICH that was being ordered to go. The deli across the street makes the best sandwiches/paninis with your choice of meat & cheese starting from $3.50!

Never again would I go to Frenchies!

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Baguette Time1231 Davie Street, Vancouver
solid!
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Have always driven by this place but never had a chance to try (parking is horrible around that part). The other day, bf and I walked up davie and stopped in to grab a sandwich. The breakfast menu looked so tempting with about 5 diff styles and all costing $4.99! I'd totally rather have a decent (somewhat healthy) breakfast baguette than tim hortons/mcD, etc. We ended up getting a plain ham/cheese baguette and it was really tasty. Keeping it simple is the way to go! The baguette was really crisp on the outside and soft inside, totally made the sandwich. Definitely will go back for a breakfast one next time!

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Cats Socialhouse1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
What a JOKE!
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

This place has changed to "Cat's Social House" after being bought out by the same owners of Browns/Pinkys. They copied the exact same menu as Brown's.... how boring. But the worst part is... this place is a complete RIP OFF!!!!!!!! I went in with a gf... and we sat in the lounge. The only reason we went there was due to the fact that we knew a stsff member. Otherwise, I'd never set foot in any of those chains (browns/pinkys). To my surprise, I was even MORE let down when I dined here than previous exp at Brown's. We ordered "wicked mushrooms" priced at about $6 (side dish) but the portion was SO tiny and just a few button shroom tops covered/hid the mass pile of STEMS!! $6 for mushroom stems? HIDEOUS!!!!!! Every thing else was JUST as bad and between two girls that don't have a giant appetite, we ordered 2 main, 2 appies and STILL felt hungry. Over half the menu is of "asian influence". Seriously, if I wanted asian food, I would go to an AUTHENTIC place. Chicken wonton soup? That doesn't even EXIST. Traditional wontons are made of pork & shrimp. The other soup is some Thai Curry soup...why would anyone want to drink a BOWL of curry as SOUP???? I also somebody order a side of "scalloped potatoes" which is a comfort dish that I really enjoy. However, at $5/plate and only about the amount of half a baby potatoes worth of food...??! No wonder they are managing to get by considering the lack of actual business.
What a disappointment and embarrasment to the Granville Island tourist scene that represents Vancouver.

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Barefoot Kitchen1725 Davie Street, Vancouver
Impressive!
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

My bf and I live just behind this place and have walked by so many times. It has changed names quite a few times over the years and when we finally noticed Barefoot, we were interested in trying it. The renos made the place look totally tidied up and fresh...but everytime we walked by, there was nobody inside. It's hard to find motivation to try a place that is always empty. But after reading some other reviews and hearing from a few neighbours, I decided that I had to try for myself. I decided to order take-out as I was dining alone. The menu was a perfect size containing a variety of set meals, curries, spaghetti, and rice dishes. I opted for the Chicken Nanban set. While waiting, they sat me at a table and offered me tea. The take out boxes were very organized and presentable (a big sell for me); no leaky mess or all food being jammed into ONE box. There was a fluffy potato salad with a light green salad, creamy corn chowder (very de-lish), garlic bread, Chicken (deep fried with a mayo/tartar sauce) and sunomono. The sauce on the chicken was SO tasty I put some on my salad as well. It was a BIG portion of food for under $10. It surprised me how well it tasted even after taking it home. It hit in all the right spots. I can't wait to go back......

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