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kay-cee-kayburnabySince January 22, 20087 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Osteria Napoli1660 Renfrew St., Vancouver
Tasty Italian Food
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

Precious, Maggie Simpson and I met for dinner at Osteria Napoli. Precious and I had the tomato & bocconcini salad, which could have used more balsamic. However, the cheese was fantastic and the portion was quite large. Maggie had the (very generous) antipasto platter and she enjoyed it. Both Precious and I had the vitello bocconcini -- very rich and tasty. Maggie had the (huge portion of) sole and it looked delicious. To finish, the tiramisu was very good but Precious was disappointed with her crème caramel…it was too “burn-y” tasting.

The service was solid and due to the size of the portions (which were large and we were told they were smaller than their regular menu!), the value was very good. I would definitely go back.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Not as good as before...
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

On my first trip to West for DOV 2009, I went with Rumps, Clyde Frog and Clyde Frog’s gf. Us girls all had the Amaretto Kiss and it was delish. We all started with the sablefish ravioli and we were all reminded of perogies…which isn’t completely a bad thing as I heart perogies…but it’s not what I expected (and not in a good way). Clyde and I had the braised beef and the other two had the salmon. The beef was tasty (but expected) and the pomme purée was amazing. The salmon received rave reviews. A side of pomme frites with spicy mayo was ordered and that was done well. I ordered the lemon meringue dessert, which was good, and the others ordered the chocolate tower. The chocolate tower was good but the popcorn ice cream was great!

On the second trip (a few days later), I went with Rumps and Rumps’ parents (Rumps’ little bro couldn’t go and I was a last minute replacement). I went with the sablefish ravioli again as I wanted to give it another chance (better this time because of more liberal seasoning)). The chicken was slightly bland and the flavour was expected. I was able to sample a bit of the soup and it was delish! Very rich and creamy. We all decided to get the salmon and it was really good – the smoked salmon gnocchi was really tasty and I wished there were more of them on the plate! Three of us had the banana cake…and it was a bad choice. We didn’t expect it to be cold…and “meh”. This was not the type of dessert expected from a restaurant like West.

We went to their DOV offering two years ago and were blown away...this year, not so much.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
Yummers!
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 10:53am [Dine in]

I went to Five Sails with Rumps, Precious and Kiwi. The beef consommé was nothing to write home about but it was a nice added bonus. We all chose the open ravioli of prawn and scallop. The scallop was sooooooo good. The chervil foam was delish and complimented the seafood very well. We all ended up choosing the duck with cherry sauce. I am totally a fan of protein with fruit and this endeavour did not disappoint. The duck was tender and very savoury. All of us – except for Kiwi – selected the tarte tatin. Precious found the spun sugar “too pointy” in her mouth but the dessert was completely yummers overall. Kiwi picked the chocolate & banana tango and even though it was good, it paled in comparison to the tarte tatin.

As always, the service was stellar, the ambiance was very nice (unfortunate that it was so foggy and our view was like being up at SFU in the dead of winter) and since it was DOV, the value was fantastic.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
I heart coupons!
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Rumps and I went to The Boathouse because of Lobsterfest. A couple of weeks ago, I found a coupon in the paper (Sun or Province?) which dropped the price of the 3-course lobster dinner from $35 to $25. This turned out to be a great deal – a similar menu was available for $38 for DOV. We each had the lobster bisque (other option was Caesar salad), shrimp and lobster-topped sirloin (other option was salmon) and a glass of chardonnay (other option was choice of dessert). The lobster bisque was quite tasty – creamy and definite lobster flavour. The chardonnay paired wonderfully with the bisque. The sirloin was okay, the shrimp was cooked perfectly and the lobster was yummy. We opted to share a piece of key lime pie – which was passable – to round out the meal.

Service was solid, ambiance was nice, but the value was great since we had the coupon. If it wasn’t for the coupon, the value would have been rated lower.

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Solid start to DOV 2009
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

A few friends/”work people” and I went to Bogart’s for our first Dine Out Vancouver experience in 2009. Two of us started with the beef carpaccio – very solid dish…but the parmesan wafer tasted very “cheddar-y”. The panzanella and seafood chowder were fine but the chowder was a bit too “seafood-y” tasting. I ordered the chicken supreme as my entrée and enjoyed it very much. The chicken was very moist and the skin was done perfectly. Unfortunately, the accompanying risotto was slightly tepid and its consistency wasn’t quite right. The rest of the table really liked their striploin entrées – even though they were slightly overdone compared to what they asked for (e.g. when rare was ordered, medium rare was delivered). They really liked the sweet potato gratin on the side. We were looking forward to dessert and when I asked our server which one was the best, she said the crème brulée…and she was right. The top was very “crackable”, the orange flavour was perfectly balanced and the consistency was very smooth. The chocolate mousse was kind of deflated and the triple berry crumble had too much of the soggy topping and reeeeeealllllly needed ice cream to cut the syrupiness.

The service was good – our server was quite charming. The ambiance was nice - quite a nice vibe to the place. However, it was quite a good value considering it was $28 – we’ve paid more than that for less at other places.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Deeeee-lish!
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

To pay a friend back for a huge favour, I offered to take him to Cru. I’ve wanted to go there for ages and this was the perfect excuse! Unfortunately, we ordered the exact same meal so I wasn’t able to taste anything other than what I ordered myself. I left the wine choice up to him (he’s much more knowledgeable about wine than I am). He selected a bottle of malbec and I’m glad he did – it went very well with the meal.

We both went for the prix fixe menu and chose the beef carpaccio and beef tenderloin. Yes…I know it’s a huge faux pas to pick the same protein for your appy and entrée but breaking the rules in this case was a fab idea! The beef carpaccio was meltingly tender and complemented wonderfully by the parmesan, caperberries, aioli and crostini.

We moved on to the tenderloin with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese soufflé, vegetables and merlot jus. I have to admit that even though I’m a total carnivore, my fave thing on the plate was the goat cheese soufflé. I heart goat cheese and the texture was gorgeous. The beef was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and seasoned well.

For the dessert choice, we didn’t go with the prix fixe menu options and asked to have a cheese plate instead. This worked out well as my dinner companion enjoys savoury more than sweet and I’m totally a cheese girl! We were able to get two cheeses to share – oka, paired with thinly sliced pear, and comte montagne, paired with some apricot something something. This came with fig & anise bread. Fantastic end to the meal.

The ambiance was quite nice – softer lighting and comfortable seating.

The service was great – lots of personality without being obtrusive.

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Lift Bar Grill View333 Menchion Mews, Vancouver
Very disappointed…
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 12:05am [Dine in]

Went to Lift with fairly high hopes. Unfortunately, my three dinner companions and I left very disappointed.

One word to describe the food…meh. Yup, that’s right…meh. We were full but far from satisfied.

The meal started off well as the amuse bouche was wonderful. The salmon and tuna roll was less enjoyable than the rolls at almost any of the fast food-type sushi places in downtown Vancouver. The gnocchi was heavier in texture than expected. The baja scallop was slightly rubbery and tasted seafood-y. I know that sounds crazy but seafood should never taste seafood-y! (The scallop was not even close to what we had at Five Sails last Friday!).

Three of us unfortunately ordered the tiny portion of seared ahi tuna sashimi that didn’t even taste like ahi! It was bland other than the slightly unpleasant, overly hot spice blend on the edge. The texture on the tempura futomaki was crisp and light but it still ended up being a very disappointing entrée. The quail entrée was better – a nice blend of textures on the plate (except for the rock-hard polenta). The crème brulée with the lovely hint of cinnamon was a nice surprise but the custard was too runny for my taste. The chocolate terrine was very “meh”. It was chocolate so it couldn’t be that bad but there was nothing memorable about it.

On the way out, we noticed that six diners were crammed at a table meant for four. This made no sense as there several empty tables that could’ve been pushed together to accommodate them.

Overall, not worth the $35 paid…I guess I paid at least $10 for the view.

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