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kplamVancouverSince July 15, 20096 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
Is the view worth the price?
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

I came here for my boyfriend's birthday because I knew he'd love the view. I imagine the view would be great during sunset on a clear day, however, we caught the clouds. Still, the view was the best I've gotten from any restaurant and really adds to the ambiance. The room was very modern and classy, much like any other fine dining restaurant of it's class. The place is far up in a residential area, so it's kind of in an odd place. The good thing was that they had complimentary valet parking. The valet guy had an umbrella ready for us, which was a really nice touch.

Inside, however, I found the service to be a little awkward somehow. Our server was really nice though and we could tell she was trying. Further, they accomodated my requests for a pasta dish with some kind of truffle oil-infused sauce. I started with the roasted tomato and fennel soup with goat cheese. It was very pleasing and the goat cheese mousse made it top notch. My boyfriend had the tempura lobster and he said it was really good. I had a mushroom ravioli dish with some kind of truffle oil sauce. The sauce was good, but I felt like the ravioli was lacking, maybe because I'm so used to having ravioli stuffed with mushroom and cheese. My boyfriend had the New York steak, which was really tasty, but it came out cold and I told him we could request another but he didn't want to make a fuss. He ended up feeling sick the next day. We had the trio for two and the sticky toffee pudding, which our served kindly adorned with a candle. The sticky toffee pudding melts in your mouth and I actually liked it, which is saying a lot because I don't ususally like toffee pudding. I liked the chocolate caramel bar that was part of the trio, but I didn't care for the rest.

The experience was nice and people should try it out if they're interested in the view and have the income for it, but I don't think the view is really worth the price.

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
Come for the french toast!
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

I've heard a lot of people love the patio at this place and they love the view.Yes, it's by the water, but it's not much of a view. I'm surprised at how plain and somewhat uncomfortable the patio is. In any case, I'm there for the food. The service is regular. The prices are reasonable for what you get.

I've only been there for brunch, since I'm a vegetarian and they didn't have many appealing dinner options for me before. But I've been there for brunch several times and I plan on coming back more. I love waffles and french toast. they have Belgian waffles and they're not Chambar waffles, but they're pretty darn good. Have you ever had a bear claw or whale's tale or beaver's tale? You know, those deep fried treats that are sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. That's what they're french toast tastes like. It's french toasted baguette by the way. They're the reason why I gave 5 stars for the food. Anyway, I've tried some roasted potatoes from my friends' plates and they are soft, yet crunchy goodness, bursting with flavor! Their brunch has opened me up to the possibility of coming there for dinner.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
not worth the trip
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

I watched "Anna's and Nicole's Grocery Bag" and saw him feautured as the guest chef/critic and I was intrigued and curious because I never heard of him before since I tend to stay in Vancouver for my dining needs, so I decided to finally venture off to North Vancouver. The location is kind of obscure and right beside a high school and I can't help but wonder how much weight gain this place is responsible for in the young adults at Bodwell High School. I was really there for the chocolate croissant, but unfortunately they ran out. However, I had the almost croissant and I've never had a criossant quite like that. It was very flavorful. There wasn't a big cake collection and not many that seemed appealing to me. I had the champagne chocolate cake, the mascarpone cake that's pretty much tiramisu, the berry cheesecake and the the hazelnut praline cake. Everyone that tried my champagne slice said they could really taste the champage. I prefer hazelnut cakes with more chocolatey flavors, however, one of my friends really enjoyed the hazelnut cake. The cheesecake was rich, but I've had better. The mascarpone was normal to me. I prefer Ganache Patisserie in Yaletown and wouldn't make the trip to Thomas Haas unless it was along the way.

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Joe's Grill2061 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
I'd rather go to Ihop
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

I went there on a Sunday morning and it wasn't too busy. The place was pretty clean, but nothing special, except our booth chair was torn and taped up with duct tape. The prices were normal for what you get. However, the food was lacking. The food wasn't as good as a homemade breakfast. My french toast was soggy and the rest of the food was unmemorable. Don't plan on going to any other of the locations.

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Renovation
Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
Trendy Boutqiue Restaurant on Main
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

I've always wanted to go here, but they're always full or closed when I want to go there. Anyway, I finally got a chance to go there on a weekday night and the place was pretty empty. The room is small, but has that clean, modern 60s feel to it and the place was fairly dark with minimal amounts of candles lighting some tables. There was some indie music to groove to, which really fit the feel of the place. I wanted to give a higher rating for ambiance, but I don't like the use of Ikea chairs.

Service was minimal, which I didn't mind because our server wasn't rude and she was nice. The food was reasonably priced.

The food came in fair proportions, nothing too large or too small. My boyfriend and I started with the portobello mushroom salad. It was very satisfying and the combination of portobello mushroom and goat cheese was excellent. I liked how it wasn't just a heap of lettuce, such as the lackluster salads you get elsewhere. There was a variety of roasted vegetables, which made the vegetables very desirable and made the salad different and more nutritious. Even my vegeetable-detesting and salad-hating boyfriend enjoyed it. Then, we shared the ratatouille pizza, which was just bursting with ingredients. It was a very unique pizza with the ratatouille and up there on my list of best pizzas I've had.

I like that the fresh menu only had one selection per meat or non-meat option, because I'm indecisive. Before going, I was a little nervous that I might like what they had to offer, but my worries were banished with their creamy pesto pasta. I don't remember what kind of noodles it was exactly (I'm thinking linguine), but it was a very unusual combination of ingredients. The linguine was pink, so it looked extra funky. The pasta was topped with a few strands of gai lan and with chopped cauliflower wrapped with yam. The pasta was coated with a creamy sauce and clumps of pesto were garnished on top of the pasta. Finally, for the taste: wow, it was fantastic! It was so rich and creamy and the vegetables gave it a different taste that complemented the sauce very well. I kind of wish they didn't constantly change the menu because I'd love to have this dish again.

I generally don't like to go a restaurant more than one time, so I can try other restaurants, but I definitely plan to frequent this place.

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Nook781 Denman St., Vancouver
Italian-inspired yummyness
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant on a Monday night at 6:00pm and it was quite busy. The people seated after us made it a full house. The room was fairly pretty and better than a lot of places, but I expected something a little more rustic and unique from the people who designed places such as Faux. The music at that time primarily consisted of indie rock music.

Price were great, especially for the quality of the food. Service wasn't too personal, but everyone was so nice and all of the servers asked us how are food was in such a genuine manner. Plus, the servers were more than happy to answer our questions and our cups of water were never empty.

As for the food, it was pretty good. We had the ricotta, roasted tomatoes, olives, onions, and garlic pizza, minus the olives. I'm not sure what kind of sauce they used, but it wasn't a tomato sauce and usually I don't like pizzas without a tomato sauce. In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed the pizza; it was so flavorful with such basic ingredients and the crust wasn't too dry or solid at all, as many thin crust pizzas I've had at other places suffer from. I had the linguini pesto with sundried tomatoes. It was rich, but not over or under coated in sauce. The pasta was only slightly better than average to me, but I'll admit I'm not much of a fan of sundried tomatoes. Still, the sundried tomatoes gave the pesto a unique kick that separated the pesto sauce from regularily encountered pesto sauces. Although I wasn't big on the pasta, I'd give the food a 3.5 stars because I really enjoyed the pizza and will just come back for the pizza.

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