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latelierSE VancouverSince March 11, 200569 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.9)
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Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant3388 Main Street, Vancouver
Roomy and Consistent
Submitted Saturday, August 6, 2005 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

In spite of some of the opinions of my friends and family, I have alway found the food and service at the Main Street Pho Hoang pleasantly consistent - the larger-than-other-pho-shops dining area also helps the ambience. When I am here, I normally order #21 Pho (large), or their lovely Grilled Lemon Grass Chicken and Pork served on a bed of rice. And of course, a small serving of their deep fried spring roll and high-wiring Vietnamese-French coffee to start.

My only wish is to have them expand on the appetizers section of the menu..and perhaps more seafood dishes.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Gyoza King - You're still part of the Royal Family baby
Submitted Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 11:26am [Dine in]

I have been to the Richmond Nam-Chuu Gyoza king half a dozen times and it was my first visit to the Robson location. The decor here is very non-chalant, and space is at a premium (we were sitting 3 inches away from a neighboring couple) but nonetheless, it has a homely feel to it and I guess that makes it great for a casual night out for izakaya fare.

The food was very good - the smoked salmon salad, negitoro, pork gyozas, chicken yakiotori, beef short ribs and ebi mayo were all well done. I found the negitoro awesome - chopped fresh tuna with green onions shaped like a giant meatball, with wasabi on the side, grated daikon, and shiso leaf. It was refreshing and light. But what stood out the most was the Wild Mushroom Yaki Udon - suprisingly, it tasted like a Japanese version of an Alfredo - so buttery and so velvety - this is perhaps the single dish that made my evening.

Total for two, including a coke was 45.40.

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Cafe Montmartre4362 Main, Vancouver
Enjoying the Simple French Way of Life at Cafe Montmartre
Submitted Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

The space at Cafe Montmartre appears narrow and tight for new visitors but once you get to sit down, your perception will slowly change. The mood in the room is predominantly red and black, with some French framed posters and ads lining the walls . The wooden chairs, tables, and banquettes are very modest and worn - reflecting the vibes of Main Street's antique/furniture merchants that operate on the same block. From the decor alone, I did not get the sense of Champs-Elysees cafe authenticity - but that did not matter. More importantly, it seemed like a place where poets, artists, and musicians would come to hang out and have coffee and crepes ... and perhaps a glass of their wine while relaxing with friends. If anything, that quality captured the essence of a Parisian cafe.

Mind you, their menu is small and unconvoluted - in fact, if there is anything savoury in there, it is mostly Chicken , and I suppose you can't go wrong with Chicken. Good crepes though...and nice baked brie.

If I had to make one complaint, I would recommend that patrons avoid sitting near the open kitchen. Things can get a little hot there. Ah, C'est la vie.

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Mill Marine Bistro, The1199 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Mill Marine Bistro - Clean your Patio Tables, Please!!!
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

One of my friends took me to this Coal Harbour haunt for some patio snacking and drinking - it was around 10:15 pm so it was already dark outside. When seated, I could not help but noticed that all the available patio tables were unclean and stained somehow and at spots you wish that weren't (for example, where you'd like to rest your elbows). We moved to another table, and yet, had the same problem. I am usually not the type to make a hassle out of anything, so I thought that our server would somehow wipe it up. She did not. Anyhow, being the compromiser I was, I just avoided contact with the table at all cost. I'll just now associated with the Mill Marine with dirty patio tables.

I shared a stuffed mushroom tapas appy with my friend and had a couple beers - the appy was far too overpriced for the quantity given and I was unimpressed. Should have ordered the pizza instead.

If anything, the patio view at the Mill Marine is just awesome and spectacular - its a reminder of why Coal Harbor residents pay the ridiculous prices that they pay to live in their coveted apartments and condos. In spite of the unimpressive experience, I will be back for the view alone with a hot date.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
Feenie's: Nice Restaurant, Nice Food
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

Paid a lunch visit on 06.29.05 at around 1:30 pm with a friend. Their patio was still teeming with people; yuppy locals and professionals - having their lazy lunches and just chatting over their glasses of Chardonnay. We were seated at the bar area with the swanky faux red velvet walls; the banquettes were dead sexy and upon entry, we immediately knew that we wanted to sit THERE.

Given that prime lunch hour was over, we were the only diners in the bar area but that was fine. For an appetizer to share, we ordered their tantalizing tuna tartare - it was perhaps the most tasty tuna tartare dish I've ever had - lots of different Asian flavors and textures - from cilantro, tamarind, sesame oil to seaweed. For my entree, I had their Sheperd's Pie with Duck Confit filling. It was a luxurious version no doubt - a little on the small side portion wise, but otherwise it was quite satisfying. Loved the side gravy - rich and velvety. My friend had the Halibut dish - he commented how he could immediately tell the ingredients were of higher quality and loved it - presentation of that dish was uncompromising and exceeded both our expections. At only 15.00 per lunch entree, we thought it was a great deal for the experience.

Service was fine - I seemed to get a pretensious vibe from our server, but perhaps it was due to the glowing red walls in the bar messing with my head. I will be back indeed.

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Cafe Il Nido780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Il Nido - Displeasure in the Digestive Tract
Submitted Friday, June 24, 2005 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Nice ambience, a modern and creative approach to Italian cuisine. I had their braised buffallo papardelle and it was tasty; the only reason why I give the poor rating is because I had the major runs after eating it...it was so bad that not even a double dosage of Immodium extra strength could help. I am no food scientist, but I highly suspect it was the meal I had at Il Nido - it disappointed and gave me great discomfort to the Nth degree. Not sure if I'll ever return.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Kudos to Shiro
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

Came here today with my brother to see what the fuss was about.
We each shared a Tuna-Salmon Sashimi Plate (9 pcs - 9.25), Appetizer tempura (4.50) a Nigiri a la carte sushi platter consisting of Uni (3.25 X 2 pc) ; Real Crab (2.95 X 2 pc); Maguro (1.20 X 2 pc); and Mackerel (1.20 X 2 pc). We then each had their popular Spicy Scallop and Spicy Salmon cones (3.50 each) and shared a BC roll (3.75) to finish. With a small sake and a bottle of Kokanee beer, the total came to 60.67 before tip for two persons.

Shiro uses wild salmon only, as stated proudly on the cover page of their small menu, and the difference is enormous in both the sashimi and sushi cone. The flesh is obviously more salmon red; and the flesh is much leaner, letting the natural flavors of the fish really show through. The overall quality of the fish that they use are very good; the mackerel was oceany and buttery. We didn't dare dip the crab sushi into the soy sauce as this would have ruined the delicate flavor of generous topping of fresh crab - wonderfuly light and airy (as was the warm sushi rice!)

The sushi cones were exemplary; they had this home-made feel to them, but yet, you could tell they were carefully crafted by an experienced sushi chef. The seaweed was in between being crispy and soft - just right. And the raw fish filling was just right, leaning to the generous side - right down to the bottom of the cone. Delicious.

It was a Saturday night, and the two sushi chefs up front were working their butts off no question about it. 3-4 waitress staff, all young Japanese women, were keeping busy and had some noticeable mistakes in bringing orders to some customers - but service was fine otherwise with frequent smiles.

I will come back for Shiro's exceptional sushi and would not mind lining up if necessary.

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Spicy Court Chinese Restaurant5638 Cambie Street, #101, Vancouver
Spicy Court - Don't let the name Fool You - GREAT Dim Sum!
Submitted Friday, June 10, 2005 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

One of the few dim sum places in the GVRD with added finesse to its cooking outside of Richmond. In regards to variety, they pretty much have 20 or so regular Cantonese style dim sum plates...typical price ranges from 3.75 to 4.50. Very good quality stuff; big and plump har-gows with a not-too-thin outer skin ; meaty shu-mais; deep fried bean curds with shrimp fillings (YUM!); super huge soup dumpling in a medicinal chicken broth; a wide range of delicate congees to boot; and of course, your sichuan/shanghai specialty dim sum plates (i.e siu loong bau) that are hard to find anywhere else in town.

Dinner here is also a treat and never dissappoints - great crab and lobster dishes for sharing; and of course, a whole bunch of other dishes that are too long to list here.

Service is consistently efficient and courteous in this large restaurant. Decor has an understated Canto-elegance - white tablecloths; cleaniness is very good. A favorite for local Chinese retirees / semi-retirees during weekday mornings. However, don't let that deter you younger folks seeking for some great Dim-Sum.

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Rugby Beach Club Grille950 W Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Rugby - An Earl's Style Restaurant and then Some!
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 1:22am [Dine in]

Calling this place an Earl's wannabe would not do it justice; Earl's just isn't as cool or suave as Rugby. Unlike Earl's, Rugby does not have burgers, fries, pastas, or Nacho platters; instead, you choose a grilled protein (fish, meat) and a more sophisticated then usual side dish (for example, potato 'latkes' or pesto rotini pasta). The food quality is above average, and sometimes, it can be a hit and miss. I tried their tuna steak once, and came away fully disappointed; the steak was chewy and filled with sinews - it was actually gross to eat and was worthy of sending back - but I didn't strangely enough. Otherwise, their other dishes seem to do well ( salmon and steaks) and they have a good and varied selection of appetizers.

The hostesses up front are always looking good and sexy; the waiters themselves I suppose aren't bad looking themselves. The crowd is definetely young and hip. No Ballcaps allowed apparently, which I find strange for an Earl's type place (lol). Then again, this place is trying not to be classified under the same category - the tasteful westcoast woodsy decor exemplifies this attitude.

But what I'm most impressed with is their large drink menu of CHEAP beers and cocktails. Drinking is most fun when the alcohol is cheap - I can totally see how driving away from this establishment can be trouble for the irresponsible. Anyhow, grab a designated driver, and just go.

Another crappy thing: NO reservations on weekends. This place is just packed all the time.

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Queen's Park Chinese Restaurant4818 Main, Vancouver
Queen's Park - A Solid Choice with Sold prices
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 12:55am [Dine in]

Operating in a building that was formerly the home of the original Sun Sui Wah, Queen's Park does not live up to the reputation of the more reputable ex-tenant, but does well in offering its own very affordable style dim sum and dinner menus. I have come here most often for dim sum, and at only 2.00 per plate, there is very little to complain about. I mean, sure, sometimes the shu-mai or har-gow may stick together due to the likelihood that they were steamed in their frozen state (no thawing) but thats fine. And perhaps their shrimp dumplings aren't as big and juicy as their competition, but thats fine too.

Although the decor and paint on the walls can use a little improvement, I actually enjoy the fact that the entire restaurant is pretty much surrounded with large glass windows - letting the airiness and light in that is Main Street.

Overall, I can see this place being a mainstay with locals and families looking for a casual dim sum brunch/lunch. A solid and affordable dim sum experience.

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Wing Wah Shanghai Szechuan Restaurant260 E Broadway, Vancouver
Wah Wing Whets My Appetite
Submitted Monday, May 23, 2005 - 12:47am [Dine in]

The food rarely disappoints at this eatery and is a wonderful wonderful place to eat. The menu is very large for a restaurant this size in addition to their daily specials. Highly recommended; go with some friends, sit down, sip some tea, order, and just eat.
Best Hot and Sour soup in town along with all other Shanghai and Szechuan specialities. If you're having trouble finding parking, you can always sneak a spot at the Buy Low Foods parking lot across the street at Kingsgate mall. Just remember to lock up!
I am so jealous of the residents in the area because of this restaurant.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
My 3 course meal Experience at C during Vancouver Dine Out 2005
Submitted Sunday, May 1, 2005 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

1st Course - Trio Smoked Salmon Taster (Smoked Sockeye, Candied Salmon, Smoked Coho)

- nothing special in particular; all three salmon tastings had the same exact garnish and creme fraiche treatment. Expected a little more creativity in this starter

2nd Course (Main Course)- Pan Roasted Trout with Dungeness Crab Meat, red beets, pears and spinach with a nutmeg cream sauce

- the quality of ingredients used were good; however, overall taste was a bit on the bland side - I can see how the chef is trying to extract the full potential of each ingredient's natural flavors, but otherwise, fairly bland flavor combinations over what I would consider an over-salted piece of trout. couldn't taste the nutmeg in the cream sauce, making it insignficant to the dish....wouldve liked to taste more pears in the dish for flavor contrasts. most disappointing of the three dishes.

3rd Course (dessert) - Molten Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

-perfect for the chocolate lover; creamy and gooey semi-sweet chocolate in a sourdough based chocolate cake.

The food was slightly disappointing as I had pretty high expectations for Rob Clark's infamous seafood works. Perhaps the Dine Out menu didn't do it any justice. Beautiful restaurant with an understated elegance. Efficient and friendly wait staff.

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Neighborhood Haunt for Cambie Street Residents
Submitted Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 10:42am [Dine in]

I have visited this place on several occasions, and usually with friends. Clientele is mostly made of locals and Chinese. The food here isn't particularly spectacular nor cheap in price, especially the Steak and Prawn sizzling platter I had. The steak was not a steak per se..it was a hunk of beef thrown over cooked on a grill, and sauced too heavily. I come mostly for the ambience, and there are lots of young Chinese who frequent this place late into the evening. If you must come, come for the happy hour specials. The entrees are a little on the sub-par side.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Roast Squab is SUPER
Submitted Wednesday, April 13, 2005 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

I came here for Dim Sum and had the House specialty - the Roast Squab. Succulent, crispy skin, rich tasting meat. Absolutely wonderful. Not even a Michelin Starred chef could produce such an offering to their guests at quadruple the price. Finger Lickin Good.

Other Dim Sum, like Har-gow and Shui Mai are also well crafted, fresh and hot, and plump. Lovely.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
Come for the Dinner All You can Eat and Bust your Gut
Submitted Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

I've been coming here on a periodic basis with friends and family and have continued to enjoy the dining experience offered by this restaurant. This is one of the few places in Vancouver where you can have an indoor barbeque while its freezing, snowing, or wet outside under Vancouver grey skies.

This isn't your typical Memphis House BBQ of course, but the taste and smells are just as wonderful. This is Korean BBQ, all you can eat style: Fatty slices of raw carpaccio beef, spicy pork, chicken, mutton, and short ribs hit the grill at the center of your table with a sizzle, while you stare into its flickering flame....mouth watering. Your friend is talking to you, but you aren't really listening since all you're focused on is the meat....and more meat. They also have of course, an extensive sushi menu with your typical maki rolls, tuna and salmon sashimi, teriyakis, gyozas, tempuras, etc.

For the money, this place is a bargain. Bring lots of friends and stay a while and prepare to do a little cooking of your own.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Nice Thin Crust Pizzas accompanied by Bad Service
Submitted Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 11:36am [Dine in]

I was there with a group of 10 one night during last spring. We had really fantastic pizzas and antipastas ... they were top notch and were as authentic in Itallian as you can get.

Our server, however, was less accomodating and had an attitude that goes along something like this: " No, we don't do split bills, and sorry, I don't have to do that for you either...."

I suppose this is what can happen when they tack on the mandatory 15% gratuity charge for larger groups. I would have gladly tipped the waitress 2% if otherwise. That would be the last time I would ever take a group of family or friends there - in fact, I don't recall ever going back since that last visit.

Still, bad service aside, I enjoyed the food there. Unfortunately, for Marcello, a great dining experience isn't complete with great service. For this reason, I gave the restaurant an overall rating of "Decent".

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Ho Tak Kee236 E Broadway, Vancouver
Ho Tak Kee is Ho Down Hill
Submitted Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

I was here with a couple other diners last friday. Its been like at least 2-3 years since I've visited this place. One of the memorable visits was when I was about 10 years old (over a decade ago), when I became a victim of food poisoning here. I have nothing to prove it, nor am I food scientist, but its one of those things that you just KNOW... so I am not going to go into details nor do I want to get my ass sued by Mr. Ho Tak Kee. Anyhow, in my last visit, I was thoroughly shocked at the poor quality of the rice and noodle dishes.

1) My Yeong Chow fried rice, which normally consists of green peas, green onion, shrimp, egg, and bbq pork, had NO green in it whatsoever. I mean, c'mon man, green onion and green peas is INTEGRAL to yeong chow fried rice. Its like having a cheeseburger without the cheese!!!

2) House Special Chow Mein. A Major dissappointment. Looked like a pile of meat scraps with some squid and bok choy, slathered with corn starch based oyster sauce - it should be appropriately titled "Friday Night Left Overs Chow Mein".

Yet, this place is quite busy with locals coming for dine in and pick up. Thumbs down for the chef and whoever hired him. Why did I return in spite of the food poisoning of many years ago? I think I was on crack.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Large Sushi ; Large Waiting Queues
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2005 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

I must say, the sushi here is indeed larger than the competition's. It might even be difficult to eat, and challenges even the most seasoned of sushi afficiandos. The tuna nigiri sushi sometimes felt a little frozen so you might want to bring it home and thaw it out a bit...House Roll there is a must try as the epitome of their biggest maki rolls available.

The real drawback of the place, are the occasional large line ups of folks trying to either order food, or wait for theirs to pick up. I've had to turn away and go somewhere else just because of this a couple times, but I guess its a good sign for the business.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Wild Rice - Chinese Food? You be the Judge
Submitted Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 5:04am [Dine in]

I came here with a date last summer during the time they had the seasonal 4 course tasting menu for 25.00 per person. This was the first time I've been to this restaurant, and I enjoyed the clubby and trendy look and design of the interior - while trying my best to ignore the fact that there were likely crackheads and panhandler's loitering on the same block of the restaurant. Nonetheless, I felt it was incredibly cool and sentimental that the restaurant is opened right next to the old hotel where the owner's father used to work.

The 4 course meal we had, had its highs and lows. To me, it felt more like an hors d'oeuvres experience because each of the plates were just a little tiny for my tastes. I liked the salmon dish as well as the asparagus dish; but the last and 4th dish, the Wild Boar sausage with chutney, tasted like cold deli meat from Safeway with Fruit jam from Save on Foods. Although the food experience was fine, I couldn't help but notice that the theme was more Japanese than Chinese in their presentation styles and use of different textures. Then again, Wild Rice isn't your typical "Chinese" Restaurant either.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
A Solid Choice for Cantonese Comfort Food
Submitted Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 4:50am [Dine in]

Hon's, as a Restaurant establishement in the Vancouver Area, has its roots in Chinatown and have been around for ages. Now that its expanded to several branches, its obvious that the food architects there are doing something right. Enjoy consistently cooked foods such as Wonton soup noodles, their signature pan fried potstickers, congee, and variously sauced rice and noodle plates. The decor is nothing to cheer about, but for the price, this place has never really disappointed me. The sounds and smells, especially the wonderful sight of steam lifting from their stock pots, from their kitchen always stirs the appetite the moment you walk in.

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