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kaykatvancouverSince November 9, 20075 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
There are so many better places than this for the price...
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Not awful, but not great. The concept is kind of interesting and maybe warrants a visit just for that reason alone, but you have to wonder what you're paying for when you prepare the food yourself. Of course I knew that was the idea when I went, but I was expecting something more than some boiled veggies and a raw piece of unseasoned steak that I had to try to time and cook myself. It ended up tasting OK and not being that difficult to get right, but again, nothing fantastic that I couldn't do at home.

The view is pretty amazing so the ambiance is nice; however my friend's chair had a big nasty stain on it and they didn't seem pleased when she asked to exchange it for another one. The martinis were pretty sub-standard. Overall, it was an experience, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Tojo's Restaurant1133 W Broadway, Vancouver
Above average, but a bit disappointing
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

This is one of those much raved-about places that I've wanted to try for years, but never made it to until recently. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed.

The food was good, but no better than some of the other top Japanese places in town. The space was also larger and more open than I expected, and it seemed to lack any intimacy. It almost felt mass-produced, rather than a special dining experience where they pay attention to all the details, which is what I was expecting. I personally have preferred both Yoshi's and Octopus Garden to this place.

That said, I went with the Omakase (where you pick a price point, tell them what you like, and they just bring you things). I generally liked all of the selections, but I may have enjoyed the overall experience more if I'd chosen specific items from the menu.

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Aurora Bistro2420 Main, Vancouver
One of the best in town
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. The pork tenderloin is delicious - I was advised by the server that this is one of their signature dishes and was glad I followed the recommendation and ordered it. I've had a few of the other dishes as well, all of which were very good. As well, I've recommended this place to other people and brought guests from out of town more than once, and everyone has seemed impressed by it.

The service is excellent, and the atmosphere is perfect - modern and sophisticated, but I don't find it pretentious at all or overly trendy like a lot of Yaletown spots. The wine selection is a bit meager, but otherwise it's a great place for a nice evening out.

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Amazing Dining Experience
Submitted Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

This is simply a phenomenal restaurant. I've been there a few times now and it hasn't disappointed. If you're looking for a top quality fine dining experience, I highly recommend trying it out. The quality and originality of the food are unbeatable. So far my favourite items on the menu have been the duck and the cauliflower soup, which is definitely a must-try. The service is also excellent - you spend a fair bit of money there, but you walk away feeling like you've had a high end experience at the end of the night. The only negative thing I would say about it is that the room/ambiance leaves a bit to be desired, but that's neither here nor there when the quality and service are as good as they are.

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good food, fun atmosphere
Submitted Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

I've been to Lolita's twice now and would definitely go again. It's casual and lively and I've been impressed with the food. The first time I went I had the snapper with yam fries, which was super, and my second time I had the tacos, which I also really enjoyed and it's a fair bit of food. My favourite part though is the sangria (red and white are both delicious!).

The guacamole/bean dip is also quite good and they serve it with freshly-made (still warm) chips. [To the guy below who said both he and his wife were grossed out because the guacamole was black underneath...there's a layer of bean dip at the bottom!!]

The downside is that it's extremely busy, especially if you go at a popular time, so it's a bit hot and stuffy inside. Also, they pack people so tightly into a very SMALL room that you're practically sitting on the lap of the person at the table next to you. Not pleasant. I can't think of another place I've eaten at that's as bad in that sense.

Overall, good food and a fun place though - would definitely recommend.

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