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ksbartzVancouver (downtown)Since April 8, 20104 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
One of the Best Dining Experiences
Submitted Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Quietly waiting in excitement for dinner and the other guests to arrive, I could not help but notice the sheer friendliness of the service, each greeted us with a smile and a kind word. Bishop’s is no doubt, a smaller “boutique” restaurant. The display of the Petrus and first growth wine’s makes an excellent first impression upon entering as a fine dining establishment. Candles lit the room, and as the night wore on, the ambience became slightly more vivacious with resonance. From the white table cloths and the silver de-crumber created a fabulous dining experience all in all. The service was attentive and friendly, I should say impeccable service, as everything was attended to promptly and appropriately, Abel was absolutely wonderful and my compliments to chef Andrea. Also, the wine list is incredible, having such wines as Chateau Margaux and Chateau D’Yquem, signifies an excellent consideration for their clientele. I had the raw oysters, which was not on the menu and tasted as fresh as the sea. Personally, I would immensely recommend the sea food at Bishop’s! I understand they use the most fresh ingredients and they try to keep the food as local as possible. The other guests had the sablefish which looked picture perfect. I had the muscovy duck, which was cooked very well, requiring no added spices, and I particularly enjoyed the duck leg confit tart, which was warm and elegant. For dessert, another guest had the vanilla creme brulee and I had the chocolate mousse cheesecake. The mousse was light and fluffy, and the creme brulee was perfectly thick and creamy, both were sweet, but not too sweet; the torched sugar on the top was crunchy and still sweet, while not being overly burnt. I must say that this is one of the best experiences for a restaurant, although it is rather expensive, the food is marvelous. Every presented menu item was simple, taking the flavor from the ingredients themselves rather than adding more spices unnecessary to the textures and flavors of the dishes. I must simply say, dine here.

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La Terrazza1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Enjoyable Experience
Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

La Terrazza was no less than an "interesting" restaurant to dine. I did enjoy my time there. Perhaps because it was a Sunday night, and we had stayed past 11pm, the service was quick to hand us our dessert menu. Regardless, upon entering the restaurant, the decor certainly reminded one of an old Italian restaurant, with appropriate lighting and ambiance. However, the music they had chosen was actually reminded me of a more contemporary feel, which did not seem to match with the rest of the ambience. For an appetizer I ordered the Lumacche which was very good. The mushrooms and escargot were of a decadent earthy flavor. For the entree I had the Fettucine con Polpette, which had a very thick and creamy sauce. The chicken herb balls were tasty and did not harm the other flavors of the pasta. The fettucine itself, was cooked very well and the cream sauce was thick and rich with tomato. I very much enjoyed this dish, and was too large to finish, thus I took some home to snack on. The dessert tiramisu was the very best part of the entire meal. The cream of mascarpone was rich but light and delicate.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Interesting Late Night Dinner at Vij's
Submitted Friday, April 9, 2010 - 1:08am [Dine in]

After having mistaken the Rangoli for the actual restaurant, and knowing before hand that there were no reservations to be made, I expected the wait for a table to be longer than it was. I had waited for about ten to fifteen minutes, I believe. Perhaps, however, it is the entertainment of having conversation, beverages, and non-alcoholic drinks in the back bar, while waiting for the wait to seem quite short. Regardless, the ambience was “a-buzz” with contemporary music and somewhat modern interlaced with traditional Indian themes, with the elephant lighting was dimmed quite substantially. Keep in mind that we had dined at the restaurant quite late, which is a necessary component of the discussion. The service was diligent and friendly, as one would expect from any restaurant. I must admit though, having stayed as late as myself and companions had, they were quite considerate, it is possible we had stayed slightly past midnight, even though the kitchen had closed at ten. For the table, I had ordered the sablefish and lamb, the attendant then brought to the table naan bread and delicious rice. The naan was quite tasty, soft and complemented the other dishes rich curry and sauce. The lamb was tasty and smoky although perhaps more so cooked than I usually appreciate, with the potatoes cooked well, and the curry was also spicy. I hope to develop my taste in spices soon enough. The presentation was quite appropriate and appealing in both dishes colors and mixtures of tastes. The sable fish was divine, cooked absolutely perfectly with the soft and flaky texture any fish should have. In complete collaboration, I would dine at Vij’s again simply to have the sable fish another time. The rest of Vij’s was satisfactory, although perhaps not as renowned as expected, although it is a definite place to feast at least once.

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Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, The850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
An Excellent Experience
Submitted Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 12:09am [Dine in]

Upon the sight of the turquoise blue Belgian somewhat “antique” appearing chairs, were in stark contrast as a complementary color to the sudden black tables and booths, with more black Victorian chandeliers hanging below an uncovered ceiling, revealing the inner workings of a building; the feel seemed contemporary, yet at the same time could be timeless and everlasting with the varying design components. This decor gave the appearance of a dimension in time in which two very different eras had collided, but in congruity. The service was excellent, I believe all restaurant attendants should have as much passion in expounding upon the menu as any owner, such as the case at the Corner Bistro. I had ordered a Shirley Temple, which was delicious, with the smooth and slightly sour in combination. A friend of mine had ordered the Fizzy Pink Lemonade which had the most appropriate combination of sweet and sour, probably one of the best lemonades which I had tasted. I also ordered the baby French onion soup, which was served with both a savoring spoon and a larger spoon; the consistency was soft and smooth, while the soup itself was savory, with the sweetness of the onions came through perfectly in the broth. For an entree, I had the beef tenderloin with the added veal bone marrow crust. The tenderloin was prepared just as I have a liking for, seasoned perfectly, medium well and slightly smoky with a deep rich flavor, the added crust gave an appropriate balance of textures, in a word, excellent. The frites on the side were also quite tasteful and seasoned perfectly. As the day wore on, it seemed apparent, however that the acoustical hard surfaces of the restaurant created the music and conversations amongst the tables to increase in volume, which slightly disturbed the ambience, but the ears did ease into it after awhile. For the end of the meal I had the chocolate truffles, which melted in the mouth, with the taste that was just perfect for an after dinner dessert. Monetarily, I felt that the price was in the range of just right and slightly above estimate, although the experience in complete combination is most certainly of appropriate intrinsic worth. In summary, decor is only one reason to dine at the renowned Corner Suite Bistro, the food is spectacular the service is fabulous. I would most definitely return to try the other most fascinating menu items.

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