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latelierSE VancouverSince March 11, 200569 Reviews
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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Anton's ... 2 meals in 1
Submitted Friday, March 3, 2006 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

On my 3rd visit just a few days ago, I must say, after a 2 years of my absence, the consistency in quality of their pasta dishes have been shotty at best.

I saw one of the young cooks flambe his pan, resulting in what seemed like a 4 foot flame that appeared excessively volatile and "out of control" so to speak. The concerned cook backed away a bit, and thought about taking the fiery creation to the sink, but then stood his ground and stuck with it until the flames died down. Meanwhile, another teenage cook came by and smacked his butt with a kitchen towel in comraderie.

The thing is, Anton's brigade is made of teens and early twenty somethings. It's become apparent, that the taste of the pasta has turned somewhat unexciting (or perhaps it always has been)...the baked pastas are a little more worthy of eating I think. Both of my friends ordered the conghilie with seafood and mushrooms...both turned out dry and blase. Still, the novelty of receiving a mega-arse portion of pasta for 14-15 bucks (before tax and tip) still hasn't worn off for most of its returning clientelle. This is what ppl are coming for - and for that, Anton's has great value.

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Public Lounge Eatery3289 Main Street, Vancouver
Cool Local Cocktail haunt
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2006 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

This place is like a 7 minute drive from my house, as simple as point A-to-B, which makes it an ideal spot to have a couple of drinks with a couple friends who live nearby - their late closing hours help a lot too. Frankly, I've always noticed their glowing blue sign when driving by at night, but never really thought of the place as potentially being a cocktail lounge of the tapa-tizing variety. I have been here twice, and on both occasions, I have been impressed by their service and reasonably priced alcohol. As for the food, my favorite was the gnocchi in gorgonzola cream sauce - so delectable and so luxurious. Ambience is gutted-out cool...love the tea lights and art. I plan to be a regular here!

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
This place reeks of Hip and Happening
Submitted Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 10:33am [Dine in]

I was here with a large group for a Dine Out Vancouver extravaganza in late January. I had their duck confit salad (passable, where's my duck dude), snapper and risotto (fresh fish, but a bit lacking in oomph) and a peach cobbler (nice work) - the food was made with effort but the results are wishy washy. Ambience, however, was just awesome. Trendy, trendy, trendy, with great service to accompany it all. If you want to be cool and impress your out-of-town friends, come here, and bring your Visa.

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Kettle of Fish, A900 Pacific Street, Vancouver
A kind-hearted Seafood Restaurant without the Seafood Feel
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 11:18am [Dine in]

Was here with a large group on Jan. 29 for Vancouver dine-out. Ambience was nice and airy; abundant use of potted tropical greens and giant ferns for decor - reminded me of the now-defunct Rainforest cafe when Metropolis first opened its doors to weary Metrotown shoppers. In fact, I expected to see a sloth with a fish in its mouth hang above my head as some sort of novelty-attraction. Seated in the elevated terrace, we were treated to 3 courses each. I had the pulled-chicken stuffed pasta (tasted as exciting as an 8th grader's home economics project) , grilled albacore tuna (more sauce please?) and a peanut-butter chocolate tart (a nice sweet finish that helps you forget the 2 previous mediocre courses). Despite my somewhat-excessive disparagement towards the food, I must commend the great service we received - smiles, nods of approval, offerings of freshly cracked ground pepper from our servers were free - well sorta, if you discount the 15% gratuity charge that they add to the bill for groups of 8 or more. With such great service, however, I was glad to pay 15% if not more.

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
Always comforting - My White Spot
Submitted Sunday, January 22, 2006 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

This has been "My White Spot" for many years. The staff here have always been friendly and warm - never an ounce of attitude served from my past experiences here. Hmmm...I can't think of any better place for a fix of a cafeteria-style turkey dinner .. or big n chunky endless fries and creamy coleslaw that goes so well with those "Spot" burgers.

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Nu - I Nu it would be good
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

Came here with a party of 4 other gentlemen and had a good time. The falsecreek waterfront location of the restaurant is wonderful - the gentleness from the waters flowed through the large glass panes and into the dining room. The only quibble I have is the excessive use of green neon lighting ... a little too much - I felt like if I was aboard an alien spaceship during some points of my meal. Food was good. I had their Salmon candy with black sesame ($6.50) which was tasty, chewy, and sweet ... Salmon Jerky if you ask me. Crispy Duck confit with "pulled foie gras" (20.00): Plenty of sensual duck meat, apricot chutney offseted the rich flavors - the only thing missing was the foie - couldn't find the taste or texture of it. Almost all of the main courses are 20.00 and under, but be forewarned, there are recommended side-dish accompaniaments (optional of course) ranging from 3.90 to 7.00 Cheap Half-portioned desserts are a must try ... check out their chocolate mousse. Service was patient and professional.

Would I come again? Yes, if I felt a need for a bit of chic, or to impress a date.

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Nan Chuu8391 Alexandra Road, #1160, Richmond
Lovely Izakaya - Can be pricey, but always a pleasure
Submitted Monday, December 26, 2005 - 12:06am [Dine in]

This is one of the best places for me to get izakaya food. Not only is this away from the dreadful Downtown hub, parking is a total breeze! Great and clean decor - think japanese oak, square and rectangular shapes, tradition, cool lighting, and booths. The interior is unlike all of the other izakayas I've been to. I am a regular here and recommend a good sake to go with the tuna yukke (tuna tartare), braised pork belly, green salad, and their daily specials. Staff are always polite in the Japanese manner.

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Honolulu Cafe4288 Main, Vancouver
Good Bargains to be had
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

Folks, if you want your dollar to go a long way, I urge you to visit this little HK-style cafe by Boxing day this holiday season for one of their special "Christmas set dinner". For 16.95, I had:

1) Oxtail-Vegetable soup with Garlic Toast
Fairly tasty broth, with a couple chunks of real oxtail meat with
bone in the soup. Nice Portion too.
2) Prawn and Apple Salad with Mayonnaise: Refreshing green apples in a miracle-whip based dressing...a prawn on top, and a orange-ish coulis dresses the plate. Nicely presented.
3) Steak with "Red wine sauce" and Half Carribbean lobster with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, vegetables, and rice on the side: Lobster meat was not substantive, but for 16.95, what the hey right.
Note: A table complained about the green tamalley present in their lobster - folks, this is the BEST part of the lobster...its a delicacy...try it!!! Steak was actually cooked decently. However, red wine sauce was not rich enough - server offered extra peppercorn sauce on the side.
4) New York Style cheesecake; Very very good...I loved this chinese-style cheesecake. I would totally go for seconds if I wasn't on a thwarting diet.

For the money, I was very pleased with this meal. While I normally do not visit this place for this type of food (heck, they don't even have a liquor license to serve wine), I give them thumbs up for a solid attempt.

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Ebisu on Broadway601 West Broadway, #12, Vancouver
Great Package of a dining experience
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2005 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

One word: Beef Enoki Robata skewer. Absolutely fantastic. Also, lovely version of a oyster motoyaki, except much more lighter and with miso, and tobiko. Will definetely return to try more dishes, including their sushi. Nice ambience too. Pretty waitresses a bonus ;)

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Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant3068 Main Street, Vancouver
A Delight for Vegans and Buddhists
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

After hearing some good things about Bo Kong, I just had to try it myself with a friend.

It's been a while since I had good "gluten", a staple found in the buddhist diet, and we ordered a small sample as a starter. The fascinating thing about gluten is that it tries its best to resemble meat..but its far from it. If you don't mind the soggy, cold, and gummy texture of it, and you're starving, gluten can serve its purpose as nourishment for the Vegan. My favorite gluten are the sweet and tangy red ones that look similar to Chinese BBQ pork....

We had the "Sweet and Sour Pineapple Delight", Bo Kong's iteration of the Sweet and Sour Pork that is so ominous at many Chinese Restaurants. The recipe is essentially identical ... however, instead of pork, you get crispy deep fried cubes of a tofu substance with a savory-like flavor. The texture is incredible and if I held my nose, I could've sworn I was biting into crispy pork; however, the flavoring of the pork-substitute was a bit off, and not to my exact liking. Still, this is something that Chinese-food loving Vegans should totally check out.

Next, we had the "Vegetarian Stir Fry in Nest" - assorted vegetables cut in bite size pieces stir fried with a light clear sauce, cubed vegetarian ham that had the texture of spam (in a good way), in a deep-fried taro threaded nest, surrounded by blanched brocolli. The flavors were light, and I enjoyed this one.

Service was fine. The only problem I had was the time it took for us to get our change...I don't care how big or small of a tip you deserve, thats up to me - I need my change ASAP please! But anyways, minor complaint I suppose.

There are so many items on the Bo Kong Menu and it was really hard to choose...I will come back out of pure curiosity to see how the chef could possibly make a Vegetarian imitation of a "Juicy Chicken" tasty....or a "Steak" for that matter.

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Cats Socialhouse1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
What? They don't serve Cats here?
Submitted Saturday, December 3, 2005 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Had a great time here about 2-3 weeks ago. Service was approachable and friendly. I had their "Martha Stewart Living" martini (it was martini night on Friday) and it went down pretty my throat pretty well. Crab cakes there were big and had the right amount of sauce...however I have yet to find a crabcake that truly showed off the delicate flavor of crab. Highlight was the Quesadilla...damn, this thing was huge. Bigger than the ones you get in Earl's or Cactus club - it was packed with all the yummy tex-mex fillings and fixins. A solid experience. Will return again!

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King's Chinese Cuisine4488 Main Street, Vancouver
Consistent and Solid Cantonese Food
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

My family are regulars to this place and its a decent Chinese restaurant if you want to feed groups of more than 8 for dinner. Prices are reasonable and the selection of dishes in their multicourse menus are good. Being regulars, we have no problems with getting VIP treatment...the manager would always come by and chat to see how the food was and if we needed anything.

They should do something about the yellow paint on the walls and the red carpeting. A degenerate Mcdonald's paint scheme. If you come, come for the food and the good prices.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Pan Asian food on Square Plates and More.
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2005 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

When I first walked into this place on a busy/noisy friday night with my friend, the first thing that came to mind was WOW. They sure as hell transformed the former Bread Garden into something spectacular. Adorned with black and dark woods, and red lighting where appropriate, this is a trendy spot to wine and dine. The sounds of the sizzling wok could be heard in the background, and the tantalizing smells of garlic and sichuan pepper corns made its presence. I knew then this was no cheesy "fusion" restaurant - in fact, Red Door prides itself in its near-authentic preparations (with a few twists here and there) of Vietnamese "Shaking Beef" and "Thai Red Curry Prawns", and interesting appies such as Tuna "Sashimi" with sweet fermented soybean sauce and pickled cucumbers. The server we had was wonderful; she was helpful, patient and kind.

I just had one gripe; the servers should lose the silly looking chinese uniforms (we're in cosmopolitan Vancouver, not hillbilly Vernon up north). Also, pay parking at the back of the restaurant? Doesn't make any sense to me. Pricing is fair but might be a little much for asian cuisine purists given that there is plenty of stiff competition in this category this being Vancouver. However, if its an indication, the restaurant does not appear to compromise on ingredient quality.

And do the white collared folks of Shaughnessy really want to drive out to shady East Vancouver for authentic Chinese or Vietnamese food? The thought must make them shudder.

Great wine list and bellinis.

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Cafe De Paris751 Denman, Vancouver
Coldest Service this side of Coal Harbor; as cold as their House Pate
Submitted Saturday, October 29, 2005 - 1:28am [Dine in]

Was here for dinner with a party of 7. Things didn't start off right on the get go. Our server was cold as their coldest appetizer. He must be well into his fourties if not early fifties...glasses, greyed hair - not exactly a young and rambunctious "garcon". However, that isn't even the problem. He did not manage to crack a smile (until he handed the check to us at the end of the meal), shockingly demonstrated subdued impatience during ordering, and gave minimum effort to make our dining experience pleasurable. Talk about BAD VIBES. Nonetheless, the food was okay...portions weren't spectacular. I had a Roasted Breast of Chicken with peppercorn sauce....and it came with frites (thank goodness for that). It was a nice cut of chicken and had plenty of meat. Otherwise, wish we had a different server - would have made the dining experience hella much better. I wouldn't come back. There are other places in town that serve similar fare with added warmth and graciousness that this joint lacks in the most severe way.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
The Way Bistros Should Be
Submitted Friday, October 21, 2005 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

Had a lovely meal here tonight with some friends. I tried their Table d'Hotes...which consisted of: An Onion tart with mesulin greens for an appy; A juicy New York Steak with Mushroom Sauce with POtato Gratinee and Vegetables; and an elegant Pear tart with whipped cream and melon syrup. The Jaw dropper? 19.99 for all 3 courses. House white/red wines go for 5.00 each glass. You can definetely have a well rounded meal here for well under 30.00 each person. The place has since expanded in size and depth, offering more room for its patrons to move about and relax. Owners and operators are french, and filled with whimsy. Great service too - our server did not have a problem explaining the entire menu which was written in French (for authenticity I suppose). Salade de Fruits is a wonderful bistro, a place where you can truly relax, drink some wine, and have some crusty french bread with your meal for a great price.

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Chong's Restaurant2532 Kingsway, Vancouver
Dim Sum - Eating with Strangers
Submitted Saturday, October 1, 2005 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

Was here on last wednesday for dim sum. Very busy ... because the restaurant is filled with circular tables that seat 8-10, you will be hard pressed to find a table for 2-4. The option? Wait a very long time, or just sit at any large table with space. This is what we did, and we were dining with 2 other Parties...a family of 3, and another guy in a jogging suit. Talk about weird, especially when you are across from another. Anyways, dim sum came out fast and furious in trays for you to choose from ...quality was decent, nothing spectacular. It was, however, cheap ...and occasionally, there were specials, such as BBQ Roast Pork on rice for 1.50, which is a steal (an older gentleman must have ordered 3 of those). Space is cramped and gives off an unpleasantness...they seemed to have crammed more tables in there than they should have. Still, locals still come and gather , and eat. Service could use a little improvement and better training.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Otokamae means Handsome Man
Submitted Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

My Japanese friend giggled when she translated "Otokamae". Apparently, it literally means "Handsome Man". The restaurant has a dark and eclectic mixture of industrial and old Western antique elements, with a touch of modernism here and there.
Food was good, but it strains to be different from all the other Guus. Okonomiyaki was well made with plenty of tasty bonito flakes; The Robata Pork was robust, and the drinks were nice and stiff. We had bar seats so we were in the middle of the action. The bartender girl who was performing alchemy in front of us remained indifferent to our presence and hardly smiled - but managed to ham it up with a couple who sat next to us and even scored them a free beer on the house. Maybe because they spent a hell lot more than we did.

Besides myself, no other Handsome men around at the restaurant , ;)

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Chambar deserves attention
Submitted Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

Was here with a 6-person party and had a pleasant experience. Service was excellent and classy; due to a need to change tables, 3 members from our group were given complimentary sparkling wines by the glass to make up for the trouble (which really wasn't any trouble at all). Our male server was also helpful in the selection of our drinks and food items - professional and friendly.

The restaurant has a trendy and Yaletownish feel to it with the brick walls and bulbous light fixtures. Very cool laminate wood grain tables.

The wait for the food was a bit long - approximately 30 minutes. But then again, it was a very busy night in spite of it being a Wednesday. I had the Moules Frites Vin Blanc...and shared a tarte tatin with a friend. The mussels were well done, plump and juicy..and there were many of them in the pot to make it satisfying. The white wine leek broth was also tasty and demanded to be dipped with bread. The crispy french fries were also very good and had a good amount of salt on them - all well balanced with the accompanying aioli. I did not have a problem paying 17.00 for this magnificent meal of mussels.

The tarte tatin was good...not too sweet, and not too bitter (the bitterness coming from the peel of fruit preserves I believe). My only gripe was that it was too small for the price. We had a laugh while sharing it.

Chambar is one of those places that deserve real attention when you want to go out for dinner at a casual yet cool spot with good food. Great selection of interesting beers too.

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On Lok Restaurant2010 E Hastings, Vancouver
On Lok - Getting Old and Fat
Submitted Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

What happens when a person gets old? They tend to get fat sometimes, and thats what has happened with On Lok. Same decor, same ambience for the past few decades - which can be a good thing for some of the long time partrons. And with the fat, I mean the grease, LOTS OF it. It can be felt in the air, the walls, under the tables...and a bit on the laminated menus. Still, this place is frequented by blue collars, and the local business owner looking for a cheap lunch. Open late for snacking too.

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Daimasu601 W Broadway, Vancouver
Daimasu - Still Solid and Still Strong
Submitted Monday, August 15, 2005 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

This isn't a Tojos , but the food is decently prepared given the fair pricing. They have set meals and noodle combinations that you can mix and match with. I am always pleased with this restaurant's service ... the servers are always smiling and exemplifying a good attitude. Really cheap sushi after 9pm...which is why I prefer to visit this place during these later hours. Cheap beer by the glass or pint too!

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