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kchelloufEast VancouverSince January 21, 20073 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprising
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

After reading other daunting reviews of C, I was almost expecting to be treated like Dine Out Vancouver cattle: Get in, get out, you're probably not going to tip us well because your bill is lower! My boyfriend made reservations far ahead of time and was contacted today for confirmation. We called three times and after having wonderful silent conversations with their answering machine, we made the trek over, half-expecting to be turned away.

Fortunately, they kept our reservation for us, took our coats (wow!), and treated us to the finest service experience I've ever had in a restaurant. The servers were delightfully well-informed of the components of the dishes, which were small, albeit tasty and filling. They offered a selection of complimentary breads, which were tender but crusty (I am picky!), and made sure to keep my water glass at least half-full, which was definitely good, because I was ill and my itchy throat was bothersome.

The royale truffle soup, AAA striploin beef, sockeye salmon, chocolate and caramel macaroons, and passionfruit tart were definitely worth coming back for.

We were impressed by the stealthy use of a food scraper to pick up bits of food dropped on the table, and the contrasting decorum in both the men's and ladies' washroom. The bar "stools" were amusing, and it was funny to watch guests attempt to sit on them.

We left very full, satisfied, and pleased by the impeccable service. I would definitely come back to this restaurant after getting a raise from my boss!

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Aurora Bistro2420 Main, Vancouver
A little too pretentious for Main Street
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

I went to Aurora for the very first time, for my very first Dine Out Vancouver experience. My boyfriend called and made a reservation for 4, received an e-mail and a phone message asking for confirmation for 4 at the appointed time, returned the message, and everything was fine until we got to the door, when one of the servers (or the hostess) read his name on the list and said that she "had us down for two", then begrudgingly sat us at a four-top.

One of the guests at our table is lactose intolerant and asked for raspberry sorbet (available with the chocolate paté dessert) to have with her red wine poached pear dessert instead of Earl Grey ice cream. Our wonderful server, Richard (ask for him), went to the kitchen to ensure that the substitution would be all right, and returned with the reply that the chef would not be comfortable with the pairing of the pear and the raspberry. In his opinion, a combination of fruit would be more damaging to Aurora's reputation than one of us being hospitalized.

The dessert menu on the DOV page is inaccurate; the torte is not part of the meal. I had the culiflower soup (amazing), the cornish game hen (delicious. The gnochhi melt in your mouth but there are only 5 to a plate), and the crème brulée, which was all right, but too liquidy in somparison to many others I've had.

The food itself was fantastic (albeit small, but satisfying), but I don't think I would go there again. Vancouver Magazine named it one of Vancouver's top 5 restaurants for 2006 and chef Jeff Van Geest was awarded silver for chef of the year, but food does not replace service. Period.

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Tio Pepe's1134 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Bueno Cumpleano
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

I went to Tio Pepe's for a friend's birthday and had a nice time. Despite the "Tio Salty's" review below, nothing had our tongues shriveling up in dismay. The complimentary tortilla chips and salsa were very nice; the chips were light and crunchy, while the salsa warmed us up slowly but surely. I really liked that it was made in the restaurant and that you could taste the cilantro.

My sister had been there before and enjoyed the carne asada once again, while I tried the conchinita pibil (I asked for the tamale, but they were out. Gah!) and my boyfriend had the red mole chicken. All of our plates were huge. The portions are quite generous and I have to say that nobody was disappointed.

The servers were very friendly and attentive, making sure that we were taken care of. I have to give them credit because I'm a compulsive water drinker. Everybody said that the sangria was fantastic and a little strong. No complaints there! One of my friends ordered a quesadilla and was mistakenly given something else, but they took care of it right away. Oops!

I would definitely go there again. The decor is cute, the food is good, the service is better than a lot of places I've been to. Give it a shot!

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