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kibbylovervancouverSince February 23, 2007Favourite List (1)27 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value4 (3.9)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Cocoa West Chocolatier581 Artisan Lane, #C, Bowen Island
More Than Just Exquisite Chocolate
Submitted Monday, August 29, 2011 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

After rave reviews from friends of ours we recently decided to give Cocoa West a try - As true chocolate connoisseurs we were not disappointed.

The Suite:
We decided to go for the whole "bed and chocolate" experience. It was truely the most relaxing, intimate and perfect staycation for couples. The room was decorated with rich colours, warm lighting, stone shower and the most comfortable bed one could ask for. The first evening we immediately felt the pressure of our busy lives disappear. It is located in a very artsy unique square - you do not feel like you are in British Columbia.

The Chocolate:
The Bed and Chocolate package is definitely the way to go. We received a box of seasonal truffles that were selected by the Maitre Chocolatier. They were definitely the best that we have had - the reason I am even writing about Cocoa West. We are not too concerned about organic chocolates normally, but you could actually taste the difference between these and the mass produced chocolates that you normally encounter in Vancouver. But, I must say that the hot chocolate and mocha was like nothing we've tasted. I can't even describe it - it is a must try. Apparently you can purchase it in stores in Vancouver, so if you can't make it to Bowen you should try it in store.

The People and Facility:
Upon arrival we were treated like a king and queen. The younger staff members were very sweet and helpful. The actual chocolate shop was not swank nor prestigious. It was cozy and the only way to describe it would be antiquey. Brown dark woods with glass cases to hole the assortment of truffles.

We both agreed that we want to come back. Hopefully this review helps.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Succulent Steak!
Submitted Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

Food- Since I was craving a steak(I rarely do), we decided to go to Gotham. I don't like those huge fatty steaks, so I ordered the filet my friend ordered a big piece of meat (not sure what it was lol)! For our sides we ordered the lyonaisse potatoes and the sauteed spinach. My steak was absolutely delicious! Sooo succulent and tender - it melted in my mouth. I tried a some of his and it was just as yummy (except I liked mine cooked more!). Potatoes were also fab as was the spinach(nice lighter addition). He picked a nice bottle of red wine (I am no connoisseur, but he thought it was up to par). We were so stuff after dinner so we opted for gorgeous glass of port.

Service- We had a male server. It may be a bit of a generalization, however I always find males to be much more efficient. He was very good.

Value- I think that it was well worth the price. It is not for someone on a budget, but well worth it if you have the opportunity.

Ambiance- I enjoy this kind of atmosphere. Dark and warm, I would describe it as sort of a gothic feel. Since my friend goes there a lot for business lunches, he knew the hostess and we got a nice private table.

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Falconetti's1812 Commercial St., Vancouver
Sooo Yummy!
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I went here to meet my father and was pleasantly surprised when I ended up loving it!! The guy I was with had the salt and pepper wings and the polish sausage!! I indulged in sweet Italian... SO good! I HATE wings (due to issues with veins and bones) but they were the so freaking yummy!

The wine selection could use some work, but I had a glass of the pergolas (or something like that)and he had a scotch. It was not the sort of place that you go to have serious discussion because once the music starts you will kind of have to yell lol.

I think it was TOTALLY reasonably priced!

As for the ambiance, it is warm and cozy with rich reds and dark browns. Since it was renovated, the original small cramped dining area has expanded as the venue beside it has been bought. It now will offer a roof top patio and another patio in the back. I really liked the ambiance.

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Isami Sushi4603 Kingsway, #6, Burnaby
Very Good!
Submitted Saturday, November 7, 2009 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

The owner/sushi chef was the original chef at Shijo's about 17 years ago(when it was actually good). He is from Japan and his dishes reflect traditional Kyoto style food.

Food: I had Kinpira Gobo (burdock), suimono soup (clear broth with shitakes and fish), spinach ohitashi, Uni, Yamakake (tuna with japanese potato) and a bbq chicken dish with lotus, shitakes and other ingredients that I don't even know (this was special dish that he made for me- not on the menu). ALL were very good. But, if I had to pick a favourite I would definitely say the suimono and the bbq chicken dish. He is very flexible and creates new dishes for you if you ask. I didn't order omakase, but I think next time I go I will.

Service: I originally was sitting at a table until I was coaxed by someone to sit at the bar. I like sitting at the bar because you are able to converse with the owner and talk about food!

Value: I think that it is very reasonable. You receive quality unique dishes for a fraction of the price. I think this is due to low overhead costs. Some reviewers said it was a rip off... well if you are comparing it to the mass of Korean ran restaurants then yes, it is. But, realistically it is not for what you are getting!

Ambiance: It isn't somewhere that you would go for a nice ambiance, just good food.

Check it!

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Nice Patio
Submitted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 11:54am [Dine in]

I was not too impressed with the menu; it definitely does not compare to Bin as far as small plates go. We shared the tuna, it was pretty good... but not outstanding or anything. We also ordered the short ribs and the carpaccio. They both were quite delicious, but I was not too fond of the heaviness of the short ribs... but that's just me : ) We ordered a fabulous bottle of cab sauv; we also had a glass sauv blanc to go with the tuna. Nice food, just not "outstanding".

I have been here before when it was patio season and it is quite nice to be out on their patio. During the fall/winter season the dark ambiance is nice and cozy!

I didn't think this place was any bargain or anything... it was just average.

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Pretty Good
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

Food:

I ordered the tuna salad, it was decent. The flavour wasn't really that great, so I got a sided of their asian dressing. I was not very fond of the smoked tomatoes because the smoke flavour was way to potent. Also, the salad was tossed in a way too oily sauce : (

My friend had the pizza, it looked okay, just a typical thin crust pizza.

Service: The waitress was very nice and friendly. She brought our wine out very quickly and continually came by to pour more in our glasses.

Value: I think it was typical prices.

Ambiance: The best part of the ambiance was the bathroom lol. I liked how there was a shared hand washing area and how it had nice lighting. The furniture and colours were warm as well. My only complaint was how the actual space itself was too open and large.

Overall I would go there for drinks and atmosphere.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Gorgeous View Of The City!
Submitted Friday, August 28, 2009 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I came here for a late lunch, but I wish I had of came in the evening. It would be soo romantic in the evening because it overlooks all of Vancouver (without having to go up to Grouse). We sat on the patio, which is the ideal spot if you come to this restaurant. It is also great because we went to the floral observatory after which was kind of a perfect topper to the lunch!

We had some nice wine, shared a delicious spinach salad (with crisp procuitto and figs) for our mains we had the mustard crusted halibut and the seafood club sandwich. All was fantastic! For dessert we had a nice chocolate mousse cake! Yum!

I would totally go back, but I'd make sure it was a)in the evening and b) that we had a spot on the patio.

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Nuba1206 Seymour, Vancouver
Good For A Quick Lunch/Takeout
Submitted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

After hearing great things about Nuba, I decided to go there to grab something quick to eat with a friend; it was the perfect place for that. My chicken was very moist and barbeque nicely. It came with a bunch of other accompaniments like salad, hummus, pita and potatoes(which were oily, but good!). We were both stuffed for under $30!

I'll probably go back when I'm in the area and looking for a big lunch :)

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
So So
Submitted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Food:

The highlight of the meal was the sashimi. My friend and I ordered the sashimi platter, spicy scallop sashimi, grilled whole squid, eel tempura roll and a rice dish. Personally I thought that the eel tempura should have been warm; it was cold eel tempura that tasted like it had been sitting out. My friend ordered a rice dish that he seemed to like, but, I wasn't a fan of( I didn't like the meat).

Service:

The waitress was really pretty, nice and totally helpful. She was constantly clearing our table and totally on top of our drinks.

Value:

Honestly it was the same price as Kingyo, but the dishes were no where near as good. So, I feel that you weren't getting the quality that you pay for.

Ambiance:

We sat at the bar and it was good. The only complaints that I have is the noisiness and the fact that we were surrounded by a bunch of delinquents who wore diamonds on there jeans. The architecture was decent, nothing to talk about...

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Bombay Bite5568 206 Street, Langley
Good Indian In The Burbs
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

After going to a catered event by this restaurant I decided to go in and eat. It was not a disappointing experience at all. Some highlights of it were: extreme cleanliness and quality ingredients.

Food: I was by myself, which sucked because I couldn't order alot. But, I ordered Chicken Palak, Garlic Naan, and Piao Rice. All was extremely delicious. The Chicken Palak had boneless, skinless chicken which was way better than some of the hole in the wall places.

Service: Extraordinarily attentive and an overall awesome aura.
Value: Typical
Ambiance: Very nice interior, definitely different than some scumy surrey place (unless you look out the window at the "rendezvous pub").

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
@$#! service
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 11:49am [Dine in]

I really wanted to like Market... I really did. But my friend and I were quite disappointed with the overall experience. I think that I had expectations of fine dining, but it is clearly a very casual affair.

The Food:
For the price the food was good. Here is what we ordered and what we thought. Sea Urchin on toast was quite good although the jalapeno over powered; prawn wrapped bacon was good, nothing to rave about ( I would prefer going to the Keg and getting scallops wrapped in bacon); the scallop appy was decent; the tenderloin steak was very good as were the truffle mash; the chicken was good, although it tasted like a Cornflake crust :( Overall the favourite was the steak.

Service: Horrid. I mean the server was nice.... when he bothered coming around. Water was not refilled when others around us got filled. I felt bad for the little buser as servers were pawning their duties.

Value: Very good.

Ambiance: I expected much more from a new hotel. It wasn't bad nor outstanding. Just decent.

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Zest2775 West 16th, Vancouver
Great place!
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

The other night we tried zest. We where promptly seated and our coats were hung. The waitress placed my napkin on my lap and then our meal began. Throughout every dish our plates were cleared.

The place that we normally go to never comps or offers us dishes. And, this being our first time the chef already gave us two dishes. Which encourages our spending in the long run!

The atmosphere was nice and modern... definitely upscale (it only lacked a view!)

The food was very fresh and they had some traditional kyoto style dishes. Some particular favourites that we enjoyed were: Osuimono(light and refreshing), sablefish (light yuzu flavour), uni, crab and radish sprouts... actually it was all very good. Nice Mirugai. The only dish that both of us were not too pleased with was the Fluffly Chili prawn. It had a sort of southwestern flavour, something that you would get at a crappy chain restaurant.

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Maruwa Sushi Japanese Restaurant11300 Steveston Highway, Richmond
sashimi lovers and more
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

This place is probably my favourite casual Japanese restaurant. It is not a place to go when you are looking for a romantic or high end atmosphere. It is just a little place tucked away amongst a shopping square. It is perfect for a quick lunch or a laid back weeknight dinner. They do offer omakase although it is not mentioned on the small menu.

The food is always exceptional for the price that you pay. The sashimi is sooo awesome and fresh! They also offer rarities like tsubugai. My personal favourite is just their simple lunchtime sashimi bento for lunch. Try it out!

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Uli's Restaurant15025 Marine Drive, White Rock
Excellent Bison Burgers~
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

The service and ambience was pretty decent, nothing terribly exciting or horribly terrible. I guess it will be nicer in the summer with the patio.

Anyways, we ordered mussels, cesear salad, stuffed yorkies and a bison burger. Our favourite was hands down the bison burger! It was the best burger I've had. It wasn't some huge sloppy burger, so that's what you like go elsewhere. The cesear salad was delicious... The stuffed yorkies needed a bit of salt... and the mussels were just average. I heard the lamb was also very delicious.

It isn't some pretentious place for those trying to play the role (majority of white rock's wannabe's). So, check it out!

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
Alright
Submitted Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

Good Points:
We had a very efficient and friendly waitress. We thought it was very nice to recieve little complimentary cheese pastry puffs (they were very good) as well as free tarte flambee.
Bad Points:
Overall the food was decent for all of the hype. We ordered a ceasar salad and creamy leek soup to start. The soup was way too creamy (almost seemed like a can of chunky clam chowder), but the salad was alright. For our main course my bf order the blackcod... We both did not like it at all. It had a terrible herb crust that ruined the delicate flavour and texture of the fish. I ordered the steak that was on special. It was pretty good, but not as tender as I would have liked it. The au jus that it came with was very good though.

The atmosphere was way too cluttered for my liking.

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
WAY better than Stephos!
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

I had been visiting a friend daily at St. Paul's so I ended up trying Stepho's and Takis within a couple of days of each other.

The quality of the food was way better than a lot of Greek restaurants that I have been to in Vancouver. It wasn't just a bunch of slop that was thrown on a plate and was cold. It seemed very fresh and was of MUCH better quality than Stepho's!

The price is good, I mean you won't get the whole Stepho's 3 breasts of chicken in your meal, but it's hot, fresh and good quality.

I got the rest of my meal to go and they even weren't cheap on the packaging like other greek restaurants... It was nice black to go containers, not styrofoam.

I guess the reason I am soo annoyed is that I always saw the line ups and heard the rave reviews about Stepho's and I am just wondering what the @$%#*@& hype is!!

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Quality VS Quantity
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

After dining at Taki's the night before because there was a huge line outside of Stepho's, I was disappointed.

I mean it is not a bad place to eat, I ordered the BBQ chicken breast for like $10 and it came with 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts and the usual Greek accompaniments. It was okay for the price, but I was alone and only ate one of the breasts.

The atmosphere was very busy, the decor could use updating and a little bit of a clean up. Otherwise, if you are looking for a really goo bargain and not too concerned about quality go here... Oh ya and wait in a huge line...

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Yummy
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I have been here a couple of times, but quite late at night so I don't order a lot (mostly drink :)) Anyways, the foods really good and the atmosphere is nice too. SUPER fresh sashimi.

I like the staff though. They were soo entertaining! The male staff were chanting and dancing all of these Japanese songs with another group of men at their tables. So funny and soo nice.

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Great Steak
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

I came here back in September with a large group of girls and had a very nice time. The ambiance is great (deep reds and rich browns) and they have a nice lounge area.

After being to Gothams and other steak houses I can say that the steak was just as good if not better. It was perfectly cooked, it was tender and it was seasoned to perfection. Delicious. Also I had the jumbo prawn cocktails which had very plump and juicy prawns.

I would definitely go back.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Not Bad...Just not authentic
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

I came to this place with a Filipino who has gone to Sandy's Kitchen ( I think that's the name of it), anyways, she thought it was very Americanized compared to Sandy's. And, she didn't really like it.

But, I enjoyed what I ordered because I probably wouldn't want anything extremely exotic, but I just wanted to get an idea about what Filipino cuisine (other than adobo) is all about.

We had bbq prawns (very hard to pull shells off) , bbq pork and chicken skewers, rice noodle dish, beef stew(very yummy), spring rolls(not great).

Give it a try you might like it. The hot pot looked good.

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