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kewpiebabyVancouverSince January 22, 2008200 Reviews
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  • Food3 (3.2)
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Ensemble850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Only for the Food
Submitted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

Been wanting to try this place after our friends raved about it. The location is not the best, off in the corner right across from a fire hall off of Thurlow & Robson, but the decor & ambiance inside is very cool. Dark, red and a modernist feel. I agree with previous reviewers that the food portions are not very large; mainly appetizer/tapas sized, but what they do give you is top quality selections and the food is delicious. That alone speaks for itself. The presentation, taste, & texture were fantastic. We opted for a few dishes and two desserts. First off the bat was the Cornmeal Crusted Scallops with tamarind date puree and cauliflower - done very well and probably the best scallops I've eaten in a long time. Cooked perfectly, with the right amount of heat, good accompanying garnish, sauce and really tasty. Then we opted for the Black Cod with Pork Thai Broth w/ Bok Choy, Coriander, Chili Oil, then followed by the Poached and Crispy Chicken w/ Smoked Maitake, Red Wine Braised Cabbage & finally the Five Spice Pork Belly w/ Choucroute, Baby Carrots, Pork Mustard Jus. I really enjoyed the cod in the broth - very delicious and the cod was so smooth it just melted in our mouths. The chicken was also done nicely with a nice twist of banana wrap for some of the pieces. It tasted amazing. The Pork Belly was yummy, but wasn't spectacular in my opinion. We ended our meal with a souffle and eggnog sundae desserts. While my husband really enjoyed their spiced pumpkin souffle, I really liked the eggnog sundae - super yummy; creamy ice cream with a nice wafer cookie. We really enjoyed our meal here, but would only return on a special occasion. But you know a good restaurant when it's packed even on a Sunday evening. Top notch Top Chef! =)

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Yummy Food, but...
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

Left me wanting more. We tried a few items on a Sunday night and left full, but not super satisfied. Something about the food lacked a "wow" factor. Perhaps it was presentation, flavour, texture...there was something missing. The dosa was nice and big though. Pretty filling. The Chicken Biriyani was a bit plain but spicy enough that I couldn't really finish it even though I specifically asked for mild. The lamb was yummy, but the portion was smaller than I expected. The big huge round metal plates/trays they served the food in didn't really add to my dining experience either. It felt very cafeteria like. Maybe I expected more based on the rave reviews I read. Sadly, this place isn't for me. =(

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Darchin Restaurant801 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Solid Persian Food
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

Tried both the kebob Bakhtiyari, (one skewer of mixed steak & boneless chicken breast & one skewer of kubideh) and the lamb shank for lunch one weekend afternoon. Great flavours, good portions and value wasn't super pricey. Service was very friendly. Good Persian food. We enjoyed it very much. Only downside is the location and it's slightly hard to find parking, otherwise we'd give it another try. Such great potential. Hopefully the groupon deal gave them a bit more exposure. =)

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Terracotta Modern Chinese52 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Almost Terrific
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Been wanting to try this place for some time now. Made a reservation for a Friday night at around 630pm and was surprised to find the place relatively quiet and empty; only a few people at the bar and 3 tables of 2 including us. So we looked over the menu and decided on their pork sliders, beef pancake rollls, Xian fried rice and the tapioca dessert. The pork sliders were yummy; super fatty pork meat; yum! and a nice mantou bun with some kind of bbq dipping sauce. Not overly spectacular, but not bad. The beef pancake rolls were quite delicious, with juicy short rib beef and a tasty green onion pancake roll. We quite enjoyed this dish. The Xian fried rice, while cooked nice and came out steaming, lacked any kind of wow factor and was bland at first taste. It wasn't until we asked for some chili oil (thank goodness it was the good authentic kind), that it finally had that spicy "kick" that we thought was missing in the dish. To end the meal, we went for their tapioca dessert, which was pretty good, but not great. The tapioca bit was nice because it was a hot dessert. Added to that was a nice cool green tea ice cream so it was a nice combination. However, I would have preferred the pastry bit to be a bit crispier. The service was very friendly and attentive, without being fussy. The ambiance is cool, dark and funky, and had some cool terracotta warrior figurines near the front of the restaurant. I thought it could have been cooler to have more of that warrior theme scattered throughout instead. I would imagine the room totally hopping later on in the night - we noticed a DJ booth on the way out and the place opens til 2am. Overall, we didn't think it was a great "dinner" place, but more catered towards a cool, hip late night "hang out" place. We liked our meal there, but feel that it's lacking its true potential due to food-value ratio and location. We'd have to come in a bigger group to enjoy more of the menu, so then it's not crazy on the wallet. It's located kind of off the beaten track of gastown, one might miss it because it's not only on a one way street, but it's pretty difficult to find parking. Great cool place, but in my opinion, sadly not 100% terrific. =(

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Vibrant, Fresh, & Yummy
Submitted Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:39am [Dine in]

I've always wanted to try this place and had the chance last week during lunch with a girlfriend before we headed out for a spa afternoon and shopping afterwards. I loved how welcome the host/hostess made you feel as soon as you entered the restaurant. After a huge round of "Welcome" in Japanese by the line of chefs, we were seated in the middle of restaurant, where we could see and hear most of the action of the open kitchen. Even at 1pm, this place was hopping. The floor to ceiling windows provided a nice open, bright, and vibrant glow that made a really nice eating space. We ordered a few appetizers and a sushi entree each. Everything looked amazing and tasted even better. The Ebi fritter was yummy and had pretty good sized prawns with mayo sauce. The tempura chicken was also quite delicious. For our mains we tried both the Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi and the Aburi Saba Oshi Sushi. Both excellent and literally melted in our mouths like velvet. The Salmon was local salmon pressed and dressed with the Chef’s own soy & MIKU sauce, topped with jalapeño. For 6 pieces of this sushi, it was well worth it, every bite was incredible. The saba was house cured and pressed & dressed with MIKU miso sauce. Also very tasty and left us wanting another bite. We were pretty full even from these dishes so didn't quite have enough room for dessert, but I did fit in a strawberry sorbet. Fresh and tasty, yum. Overall, a really nice take on sushi with very unique offerings. Can't wait to try more of the menu next time when I don't have a diet restriction. =) Solid place - it's definitely a bit pricier than other places, but worth every bite in my opinion. =)

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Sang Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant2850 Shaugnessy Street, Unit 6102, Port Coquitlam
Lunch was Better than Dinner
Submitted Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:23am [Dine in]

Been here twice in the last week; once for dinner and once for lunch. I have to say lunch fared much better than dinner. The ambiance is very nice at night for dinner, with a lady playing on a chinese piano instrument, but the food was kind of meh - the mango lemon tilapia was small and drenched in mostly sauce. The Roti, while big, didn't have the tastiest accompanying sauce. The pineapple fried rice was tiny and didn't come in a pineapple like other Thai restaurants. The most disappointing dish was the Mango Sticky Rice at the end. They gave us an almost rotten mango and it had no coconut sauce, so something didn't taste right. For lunch we tried several items between 9 people. Taste and portions seemed a lot better for lunch except for the Tom Yum seafood claypot which was super salty. But we did enjoy the lemongrass fried chicken, basil beef, red duck curry and the fried banana at the end. Even if we went on our own for just 2 people, their lunch specials seem pretty reasonable with a tasty meat, plus rice and soup. Overall, not bad, but not great that I would go back. =(

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Carver's Steakhouse7211 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Good Steak off the beaten track
Submitted Friday, September 23, 2011 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

Located next to a hotel on Westminster Hwy, you wouldn't notice it and drive right past it. But once you enter the premises, the decor is warm and inviting and the service is just as warm, friendly and inviting. The food portion to value is not bad and they can definitely cook steak; I tried their rib eye and my Dad had their filet mignon. Both cooked to the right temperature, tasty and had good presentation & flavors. My husband opted for their pork ribs, which he enjoyed a lot and my Mom ventured outside of the box and tried their oyster appetizer which she enjoyed as well. Desserts were quite nice - our favorite was the lemon cheesecake, just the right amount without being overly sweet. I liked how attentive our host and waitress were without being overly fussy and it overall it was a great place to bring my Dad for his birthday celebration. I just hope they get more people coming in; it was a bit sad to see that during a peak time on a Saturday night, they only had about 6 or 7 tables and it wasn't even full. Great steak place with tons of potential, they just have to stay alive. =)

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Matoi Sushi3025 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
Fresh But Missing Something
Submitted Friday, September 23, 2011 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

Came here with a good friend and tried their Nabeyaki Udon, an Unagi roll and a dinner box, which consisted of California roll, beef tempura, salad, miso soup, tempura and some kind of fried wonton. While everything was super fresh, as most authentic Japanese Restaurants are, I was a bit disappointed with the salty California roll and only okay tempura. Don't get me wrong, the cooked food is good, but left me wanting more. I heard that their sashimi is the best, so I hope to try that next time when I don't have a diet restriction. =( Service is friendly enough, but they didn't refill our tea at all. Restaurant is decent sized and clean. I hope I can give it another chance next time, because it's quite rare to find good authentic Japanese places in the tri-cities =)

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ORU Restaurant1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Yummy Asian Fusion
Submitted Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 11:12am [Dine in]

A great bright location near Canada Place. Decor is modern and minimalist. My friend and I enjoyed their dinner entrees. I had their Nasi Goreng -Indonesian fried rice, egg, crispy shallots and added some jumbo sambal prawns. Great flavours, textures, and portion. My friend tried their Gochujang Red Snapper with shiitake mushroom, soy sprouts, & sweet potato noodle - also nicely done and a decent sized dish. The mango pudding to end the meal was fresh, sweet and tasty. Overall a great place for some yummy Asian fusion food. We are looking forward to trying their lunch menu next time - looks really good.

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Lougheed Wonton Restaurant2408 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Not Good
Submitted Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 10:31am [Dine in]

I'm sorry but this is not a good Chinese Restaurant. The food tastes terrible; super greasy, oily and poor presentation and flavours, either bland or over sauced with MSG. We recently ate there and ordered some dishes such as chicken, shrimp, Peking duck and lettuce wrap and some other fish dish. The chicken and shrimp were soggy and looked like they just threw it together in seconds. The duck was sliced super thick (Peking duck is normally only supposed to have a nice layer of the crispy skin) and it tasted stale. The lettuce was old - brown streaks and the chopped meat tasteless and dry. Overall, not good. There are far better choices for Chinese elsewhere.

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Boston Pizza10153 King George Hwy, #1081, Surrey
Good place for Pasta Tuesdays
Submitted Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 10:24am [Dine in]

Close to work, good food, decent service and a great place for large work lunches. Can't go wrong. All BP's are the same, but this one works if it's not too busy. The servers are always friendly and the wait for food isn't too long. It's an in and out kind of place so don't be expecting a stellar welcome from the host/hostess. We've probably tried the entire Pasta Tuesday menu, and some of their regular items - overall the food is not bad.

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar601 West Cordova, Vancouver
Not Impressed
Submitted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 9:11am [Dine in]

Came here on an early Tuesday evening to catch up with an old friend. At first glance, I was quite impressed with the nice & cozy decor, but my good first impression stopped there. While I was waiting for my friend, no one came to greet me or offer me a beverage. It wasn't until about 10 minutes after my friend arrived that we received any service. The food options seemed nice and I tried their Vietnamese tacos, that tasted like a miniature version of a sandwich, with carrots, parsley and braised pork. Wasn't too bad, but not amazing. My friend had their penne which she enjoyed. During our meal a fly kept swarming our table, so that was kind of annoying, and as we finished both our dishes, the waitress was quick to collect our dishes and offer dessert. We eventually turned that down, but still managed to have a great catch-up session until the waitress brought our bill and kept coming back twice to try to ring it through. What was the rush? It didn't really make for a great dining experience, especially when the service was choppy and all they wanted to do was shoo us out of there. Great location, but nothing else to entice me to go back. =(

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Pho 99 Vietnamese Noodle House228 Schoolhouse Street, #14, Coquitlam
Bigger, Brighter Location
Submitted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

This new location near Silvercity is much better than Pinetree and North Road combined. The restaurant is cleaner, larger and roomier. Even the regular pho dishes taste much better here. We've been many times to their other locations, but we like this one the best, not sure why it's so different, perhaps they are playing musical chefs? Hopefully this location will be able to maintain its quality and quantity to keep it solid and good.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
Good for Beer & Pizza
Submitted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

Solid place in Yaletown for a quick beer and pizza - portions and prices are reasonable. A great location to catch up with old friends or just hang out in Yaletown. We tried a few pizzas including the BBQ Chicken, the Johnny Mac and the Altered Hawaii - all cooked well and yummy! My friend even enjoyed her Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Bolognese. I'd say a good solid alternative to the regular Cactus Club/Milestone's fare.

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Not Great
Submitted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

Been wanting to try this place every single time we drive by. Finally took my husband and family there to celebrate his birthday. Decor looks nice inside & out - a good surprise given its location. The waiter seemed friendly enough, but ended up ignoring us for the duration of the meal - took him forever to bring us food and divide up the birthday cake at the end. It didn't feel like other warm friendly Italian restaurant that we're used to going to. One thing good was that the appetizers were delicious - we tried both the bruschetta and the spotted prawns, but the entrees were pretty disappointing - homemade pasta that had a weird after taste and got cold and mushy fast. My in-laws had that evening's seafood special which they said was alright. Overall I thought the meal, service, and value wasn't that great - it left me wishing for so much more. =(

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Taco Luis650 West 41st Ave, #F4, Vancouver
A great deal
Submitted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

I was hungry one night after shopping so decided to check out the food court. There weren't a lot of choices, but the busiest vendor looked most promising. The Super 8 is fantastic! Ground beef, veggies layered on top of mexi-fries, plus drink is only around $6/7! The owner is super friendly too, chatting up a storm, a nice addition to the quietness of the Oakridge food court. I really liked their homemade salsa. Overall, not bad, but a reason to go back. =)

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Browns Socialhouse215 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Good for a Quick Bite
Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 8:37am [Dine in]

A very cozy, cool place to hang out, especially in the summertime on the patio. Service is friendly, and the food is not bad. I like coming here after yoga for a quick bite and have tried both the yam fries and ribs. While those seem like regular dishes that you can get anywhere else, Browns delivers on taste and it doesn't hurt the wallet too much. I like the ambiance the most. It's great for hanging out and catching up with old friends. Great location and its got some pretty cool vibes. =)

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Green Basil4623 Kingsway, Burnaby
Good & Tasty
Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 8:30am [Dine in]

We've been on two separate occasions and tried a few of the curries and basil beefs. Everything is very tasty and filling. Service is friendly and you don't have to wait forever for the food. While this is not an authentic Thai place because it's run by Chinese, it's a really good tasty Thai alternative before or after a movie at Silvercity.
I definitely like it here more than the Thai House down the street. Plus they are in the entertainment book, so bonus! =)

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Deer Garden Restaurant3610 Westwood Street, Port Coquitlam
Cheap & Tasty, but horrible service
Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 8:23am [Dine in]

Not much has changed in the last 20 years at this place, still looks kind of dingy and old, but one thing remains constant is the food. It's good enough, in terms of portion and price, but the service is non-existent bordering on horrible. My guess is that they are always packed so they just want to get as many tables in as possible, so often the service is abrupt and you always have to chase down a waitress for everything, including the bill. We used to go all the time when I was younger, for staples like noodles, congee, hainan chicken and curries and the food was a bit better than its neighboring competitors. It was only recently that I got to try the "choose your own adventure" dinner menus, where you choose at least 5 or 6 dishes for a given price. We had a good variety of meat, veggies and seafood dishes and went home quite full, mind you also quite thirsty. =) Overall cheap & tasty, and a quick alternative for random family gatherings when we don't wanna cook at home, but if you're looking for gourmet and fantastic service, this place isn't it.

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Rim Rock Cafe And Oyster Bar2117 Whistler Rd., Whistler
Great Food in Whistler
Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 8:14am [Dine in]

I have always wanted to try this place. The food is fabulous! The location is kind of off the beaten track, but the ambiance inside totally makes up for it - cozy, comfortable and a kind of rustic romantic feel. Service is friendly & attentive, without being overly fussy. The food speaks for itself - we tried both the halibut and the mussels and they just melted in your mouth. Great presentation, taste, and texture. A great place for seafood after a long day of hiking, skiing, or snowboarding for sure! Will definitely come back for more!

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