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kewpiebabyVancouverSince January 22, 2008200 Reviews
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3 (3)
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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Our New Favorite!
Submitted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

A cute little restaurant at the tail end of W 4th. Very lovely, Very cozy, loved the specials blackboard and the whole ambiance of this place. The first time we went here was for my birthday last year and I think we ordered a few things off of their specials menu - rabbit, duck, and something else, I don't remember the actual names. But I do recall everything was fresh, delicious and left us wanting to eat more. Food was good sized, plated nicely and we were amazed at the combination of flavors, textures and taste. The chef did a great job. Highly recommended. Book ahead early, because this tiny restaurant fills up fast!

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Fresh Oysters
Submitted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

A lively Yaletown joint great for groups of friends on any weeknight. I loved the ambiance of this place. Very eclectic, yet homey and warm. The service is okay, kind of spotty. I think we only saw our server a few times and if we wanted something it took him forever to come back. We had a few oysters by the shell dishes which were really nice especially with their nice selections of sauce/spice add ons. We also tried their hot seafood items which included a cooked oyster dish and I think it was clam chowder. Those items were meh. But if you like Oyster and don't want to shuck them yourselves, then Rodney's is the place to be. Great Yaletown Gem. =)

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Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant1246 Kingsway, Vancouver
Pretty Good
Submitted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Out of all the Pho places in the lower mainland, this one stands out. Great service, clean & bright restaurant and a good variety of Vietnamese items other than noodle soup. We come here regularly and have been pleased with their menu selections. Recently, my hubby tried one of their specialty noodles, Number 29 I think, had a lot of fresh delicious meats and a nice spicy taste. I even enjoyed it and I'm not usually a big fan of spicy foods. I ordered Number 50 - Lemongrass Pork & Chicken on Rice - very tasty and a good portion for $8.95. Solid overall. Plus there's always sports playing on their TVs so that's a bonus for my hubby. I think I prefer Hai Phong over places like Pho Hoa or Pho 99, who have turned into assembly line pho joints, cranking out bowl by bowl and often it's not hot and the taste is bleh. Hai Phong delivers both on taste, heat and variety. Yummy! =)

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Re-Up BBQ700 Hornby St, Vancouver
Really lived UP to my expectations
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2011 - 12:48pm [Take-out]

I've been dying to try their pulled pork sandwich for quite some time now. Ever since I read about them in an article highlighting good Vancouver street carts and then getting a Goodnews voucher, it's definitely been on my mind. Imagine my delightful surprise to see them on a Sunday at the Port Moody Farmer's Market! The sandwich was delicious - a nice soft pork and good portion. Next time I'll ask for more sauce cuz I love sauce. Super friendly service and even though I forgot my paper voucher, I was able to pull it off online and show them the voucher number from my hubby's phone. A good pulled pork sandwich that is most likely priced for the downtown lunch crowd. I'm so glad I didn't have to wait to try to figure out how to get to them downtown. Hope they show up at more farmer's markets in the future. =)

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Hermitage1025 Robson Street, #115, Vancouver
Snooty Waiter, yet Savoury Food
Submitted Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

I've always wanted to try this restaurant and finally decided to come here for our date night. As soon as you walk into the cozy tucked away restaurant, you can smell the yummy aroma of whatever they are whipping up in the kitchen. That was really nice. But I was slightly taken aback when the host, who was also our waiter gave us a dirty look & then jokingly claimed that we did not have a reservation, even though we had made one weeks before. He thought he was funny, even when he located my name in the computer.

The food was good though, but pricey. You would really have to spend a lot of money there to fully enjoy the menu. We tried the Escargot (plain & tiny) , the Veal Chops (good sized & yummy) and the Sweetbread, which is definitely something different - it's actually the culinary name for the thymus (throat, gullet, or neck sweetbread) of the calf. Good flavours & unique texture.

Overall the ambiance is nice, and food okay, but terrible service. It's also in a bad location, tucked away on Robson Street in a dark corner. The metal barred windows totally throws people off, too.

I really wanted to like this place, but the snooty waiter ruined it. He was quite abrupt & rude. =(

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Bingria Hits the Spot
Submitted Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

Came here around 7pm on a Wednesday night and it was full, but not super packed so we got seated within minutes. The menu is very interesting, so we decided to try a few things including the waitress's recommended special that was not on the menu. So we had the Beef Wellington, Duck Confit Poutine, and Kalamari. Beef Wellington was cooked nicely but the pastry part fell apart - tasted good with nice yummy potatoes and sauce but my hubby expected a better pastry. I enjoyed it though. The Duck Confit Poutine was really good and a good filler. It's a good thing they served us the first 2 dishes, because the Kalamari was so tiny! And $13! It was yummy, but we wished there was more of it. I really wanted to try their Prawns & Scallops as listed on their website, but it was taken off their menu! Too bad! But I loved their take on the Sangria, the Bingria - really yummy, but also wished there was more of it and the glass was larger!! The ambiance was cozy but not crowded like their other location at Bin 941. We enjoyed it here; a great place for a drink and small bites, but probably wouldn't come back again had it not been for a Groupon deal. =)

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Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan3219 Kingsway, Vancouver
Just OK
Submitted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Another place I wanted to try after hearing some good things about them. The food was only okay, not super memorable. It was different, but reminded me a lot of stuff I ate at Simba's Grill. We tried the Appetizer Combo- Mogo, Beef Samosa, Chicken Samosa, Veggie Samosa, 2 Daal Kachoris, 2 Fried Kabobs served w/ Coconut Chutney and the Mishkaki - 10oz of sirloin beef marinated in herbs & tandoori sauce. I think my husband enjoyed the food more than me. Anything spicy is his cup of tea. While Jambo Grill had some good features, like colourful menu and friendly service, the food was only meh for me.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Definitely peaked my interest and tastebuds
Submitted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Finally got to try this izakaya after many good raves & reviews from friends & family. We went late night on a Tuesday night and order a few items like their Kakuni - Slowly tamari soy stewed tender pork belly served w/ a homemade creamy potato & coriander sauce, The Famous Invincible & Undefeated Tan-Tan Noodle in Pork Bone & shrimp broth seasoned w/ sesame, miso & cashew nuts topped w/ground pork, pickles, green onions & black sesame, and the Stone Grilled Beef Tongue served w/ yuzu red pepper paste & green onions. All very delicious and filling. We want to go back with a group of friends, so we can try more different things from their menu, so it doesn't cost so much for 2 people. I'd say it's not cheap, but not super expensive. Definitely a gem on Denman worth going to. Great ambiance, service and unique flavors.

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Matsuzushi403 North Road, #203, Coquitlam
Cozy Cafe Style
Submitted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 2:47pm [Dine in]

A quick bite off of North Road. Small place, good food and decent prices. Nothing really wow about it, but their specials is usually good to order off of - lots of variety even though the portions looks tiny, you still leave happy. I heard that this place used to be run by a husband and wife team, and was really good back in the day, but since then they have moved on and it's another Japanese family running the place. They've also recently minimized the size of their little convenience store off of the eating area, so now it's really tiny. We've been here both for lunch and dinner and it's not bad.

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Po King Seafood Restaurant5665 Kingsway, #150, Burnaby
Tight space, Loud Atmosphere, & Big Portions
Submitted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 1:00pm [Dine in]

A typical loud dim sum restaurant. But this one stands out above the rest. The service is non-existent, the room is large but cramped with many many tables and the wait? Get there early. And yes, they make you hover at your appointed table until the previous patron gets up to leave, it's pretty hilarious. At least its saving grace is large dim sum! So it was the perfect place to bring my Caucasian friends for their very first dim sum experience. We were seated within 10 minutes on a Sunday morning around 1130am. That was a nice change. Never really happens. Food was abundant and the fun part was being able to choose what we wanted to eat from the dim sum carts. There's not a lot of places in Vancouver that have this; most have upgraded to the dim sum order form nowadays. It wasn't very expensive, food was decent but if anything go for a unique dim sum experience. If you're looking for a fancy sit down dim sum place, this isn't it. =)

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Refinery, The1115 Granville Street, Upstairs, Vancouver
Cozy & Yummy
Submitted Monday, January 17, 2011 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

A nice surprise on the Granville Street strip, which is way nicer now since the street renovation. It's quietly tucked away, located above Sip Resto Lounge. If it weren't for the pretty tall girl at the front directing traffic, we would have totally missed the correct entrance. We were seated promptly in one of the back corners by the windows, which we loved because of its cute comfy cushion seating and we were away from the hustle bustle of the bar area. Overall the food was pretty good. Wasn't a very large portion, but we didn't leave hungry. We tried the Tuna Crudo which is basil crusted tuna, fennel, pear, orange & lemon aioli. Great flavors and texture. We also had their special that day the Arrancini Balls - cheese balls with truffled risotto and tomato relish. Normally I'm not a huge fan of cheese, but this fried cheese ball was quite delicious. Next on the menu was the proscuitto flatbread - cured ham, pear, gorgonzola, walnuts, onion jam. Also yummy, but we thought too small a portion. We had the pork shared plate-braised pork, gnocchi, kale, fresh parmesan. This dish was very good and the gnocchi left me wanting more of it. We finished the meal with their profiteroles served with amaretto cream, warm chocolate sauce. This was my hubby's favorite, I wasn't really a fan but I'm happy he finally found a dessert he liked. The beers were pretty good here too - I can't remember the names, but we had both a dark beer and a light beer. The prices were reasonable too. A great place to hang out with close friends and have a drink and small bites.

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Cloud Nine1400 Robson Street, Vancouver
Tourist Cafeteria
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 2:00am [Dine in]

It's been awhile since my first visit a few years ago, so wanted to give it another chance. We came on a Friday night to celebrate a huge career accomplishment in the family. The decor has been updated since my last visit to keep up with the modern times & they finally got rid of the drab and dingy look & feel. And that view. Gorgeous. Thankfully it was a clear night - I missed all the hype last time due to fog. It was pretty cool to get that 360 degree view of the city.

The waitress was nice enough but service was non existent and the table was a messy set up. My entree was plopped down on my place setting on top of my bread dish. And the so called steak knife they gave me was a the size of a small carving knife for fruit! There wasn't really a lot of good choices on the menu, so I figured that sticking to their prix fixe menu would be a good idea, since it came with a soup/salad and dessert along with the entree. I would regret my choice later. My hubby ordered off their regular menu and had the linguine with prawns & scallops. While his dish was cooked alright, it lacked seasoning to it failed to wow him.

I thought my prime rib entree was not very good. I asked for medium rare, but by the time I got to the middle of the meat, it was chewy and not delicious. The vegetable sides were so boring - just some overcooked asparagus, red pepper and cauliflower with roasted potatoes. It was very bland and the presentation was poor. It did not wow me at all. It honestly reminded me of a dish I could get at a tourist cafeteria.

A good place for a beautiful view of the city, but not for food - it definitely did not showcase the fine dining experience it had the potential to be. Such a shame. Great location, but lacking a lot in all categories. It was also totally overpriced. =(

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Wild Rice is Wun Bun
Submitted Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 9:21am [Dine in]

Literal translation is "not a good deal!" So sad, this place has so much potential! I love the decor & ambiance; very stylish & chic but unfortunately a few things don't add up. I've been wanting to try Wild Rice for years now. Even finding them in the entertainment book wasn't incentive enough to go - the location is kind of out of the way and it's hard to find parking. Anyways, I came across a Groupon this year, so figured my hubby & I would go for dinner on our date night. Friday night was packed & I was thankful that I made a reservation on Open Table (100 points yay!) I do wonder if it weren't game night, would it still be busy? So we got seated upstairs which was really nice cuz it was cozier. Service was prompt and we pretty much ordered the food right away, since we don't normally like to pay an arm & leg for drinks. I imagine that this would be a good place for drinks and "small bites" before or after a movie or a game. It has that hip vibe of a good place to hang out. The Braised Pemberton Beef on noodles was delicious & cooked well, but the portion was tiny. I didn't think $17 for that dish was reasonable at all. The duck duo was done very nicely; good flavors and presentation, but wow, also very tiny for $18! After our tiny meal, the server came to take our plates & asked if we wanted more food. We politely declined & asked for the bill, and she looked surprised. I think if the portions had been bigger and priced reasonably, we may have considered ordering an appetizer, but all their "dishes" & "plates" are appetizer sizes if not smaller. So yea, we felt like it was pretty "wun bun." Food was good, but too pricey. If anyone does end up here on a movie or game night, make sure you have deep pockets. =)

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Le Gavroche Restaurant1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Quaint & Romantic
Submitted Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 11:38am [Dine in]

The first time my hubby and I came here we had just started dating, so on our first anniversary, we came here to celebrate. I recall the service being top notch, food divine and the yummiest Red wine we'd ever had. It was a romantic evening to remember. Fast forward about 10 years - came for my MIL's birthday and the place just didn't feel the same. It was intimate, but gone was that initial quaint & romantic feel. The food was alright...I made the mistake of ordering their special Cassoulet - which a literally a bean stew. I don't normally like beans, but I figured a fine french dining establishment like Le Gavroche would deliver. It did not. I should have stuck with the lamb shank. =( I hope to come again in the new year - this time I'll remember to just make reservations for 2! =)

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Sokela1001B Austin Ave, Coquitlam
Bleh
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

Sokela is Alekos backwards, LOL! Food was tasty, service was poor, but the decor was really nice. A far cry from the days of the old school looking Alekos. The only disappointments were the price, & they changed their BOGO offer in the entertainment book! A nice place every now and then, but I won't be back unless there is something more "wowing" on their menu.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Good AYCE
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

This place is always busy. Always packed and always fresh. And you can order as much as you want. I've been on two separate occasions; one for a big group dinner after a wedding rehearsal and one for my Dad's birthday. Both times quick, rushed service (it's an AYCE in Richmond, don't expect less), food is pretty good and good sushi portions. I think the best AYCE in Vancouver so far; definitely giving places like Sui Sha Ya & Shabusen a run for their money.

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Fatburger111 Dunsmuir St, #105, Vancouver
A Quick Bite
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

A great place to come have burgers before a hockey game. Portion & taste are not bad. I thought it was quite tasty. This location gets a bit hectic on game night, so be prepared to share your table. Yup, a burger joint that uses the "Chinese" way of seating people - squeeze as many people at tables as possible. I've never seen that before in a Western restaurant, so that was a nice surprise. It's not super cramped but packed. Well you gotta eat, so anywhere is fine. The restaurant itself is small, so don't expect to linger very long - it's a quick bite before the game. You'll definitely save some money, rather than pay for arena concession food prices. =)

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Beard Papa's10153 King George Highway, #2712, Surrey
Only eat ONE
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Light, fluffy, creamy. Yummy. But you can only eat one. I don't know how people can have more than that,
it just feels way too filling. The texture of the pastry is nice and the fresh vanilla cream is tasty. The store in Surrey is nice - never a lineup and the service is what you would expect from a pastry place in a mall - nonexistent. A quick fix to sugar cravings in the afternoon to fill the needs of both students and people that go to school or work nearby. Definitely try it if you've never ever had one. Then that's it. =)

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Trocadero Pizza & Steak House2411 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
YUMMY Baked Chicken, Baked Lasagna, BBQ Ribs
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

If you order any of the above, you can't go wrong. Good portions, good price, good taste and you
always leave full. A great place for big groups and just a quick bite before or after hockey games. Always parking nearby and it's often open late so you can have your yummy favorites! =)

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Milestone's Grill and Bar2745 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Best Bellini's
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

I've been coming to this Milestone's for years now. My best friend and I used to come here for Bellini Tuesdays every single week. I've even used the upstairs for a birthday party. The food is pretty good, mind you they keep changing the menu, so some of my favorite items are no longer there. It's a chain restaurant like Joey's, Earl's, Cactus Club, so don't be expecting stellar service. They are friendly enough. But I'll have to say that this location is better than others, in terms of food, ambiance, and by far, they have the BEST Bellini's out of all Milestone's I've been to. They all taste pretty much the same, but I love the huge slush consistency of their Bellini's. Not watery and just the right amount of alcohol/slush ratio. A great place to hang out with friends, and on special occasions when you don't feel like cooking. Sometimes it's a hit and miss with the food, but at least you will always have yummy Bellini's. =)

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