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latelierSE VancouverSince March 11, 200569 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Displaying 61 - 69 of 69 Reviews Found
Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Petite Viet Pho and Sandwich Joint with Grand Taste
Submitted Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

A humble spot / hole in the wall Vietnamese eatery near the corner of 33rd avenue and Main. Don't be fooled by its modest exterior...its the type of restaurant that is full of surprises...fresh and tasty surprises. With a small but focused menu, Au Petite offers Vietnamese Sub Sandwiches in addition to your standard Pho - of the many Vietnamese restaurants that serve Pho in Vancouver- Au petite is one of the few that serve these savoury subs. Have one with a Iced coffee and you'll be wired and delighted!

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Las Margaritas - A Kitsilano Classic Worth Travelling Across Town to Visit!
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2005 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

In regards to Tex-Mex food, this restaurant is probably the one for Vancouver West enders. Kind and gentle hostesses greet you when you walk through the tight entry point; ceiling fans and rustic garage-like styling no doubt generates the appropriate vibes. The owner of the place, a tall and dark Mexican man in this late 40s, is incredibly hospitable as so is his service staff. The food here is standard Tex Mex fare with LOTs of choices for entrees and surprisingly value-driven appetizers. Try their daily Ceviche with house-made tortilla chips; Meaty L.A Burrito; or a big serving of Steak Fajitas with all the fixins. Big Platters of food ask for big pitchers of beer or Sangria - or if you prefer, one of their speciality Margaritas. Always busy on the Weekends...

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
The Cannery - The DEFINITIVE Seafood Experience in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2005 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Bluewater Cafe and Boathouse step aside, this is the perhaps the DADDY of all seafood restaurants in the Greater Vancouver Area. Don't mind its strange industrial/shipping dock location out in "where in the hell do I find this place" land, this restaurant wasn't named the Cannery for no reason - the property truly had historic roots in the fish canning business. If that isn't enough to pique your interest, their food will. Frederic Couton, a classically trained French chef, serves up tasty and elegant seafood delights in generous portions. The Seafood Bouillabase and Salmon Wellington dishes during my last 2 visits were sublime and very satisfying. The excellent service staff complimented the excellent food as well.

Of all the restaurants offered in the Entertainment discount book , the coupon for the Cannery is perhaps the most coveted.
Make sure you bring your credit card (with plenty of funds) if you don't plan on using any coupons.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
The SandBar - A BIG Restaurant with BIG Ambitions
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2005 - 12:44am [Dine in]

I have visited this restaurant three times. For some very very strange reason, and I say this because the SandBar is primarly a Seafood Restaurant, I had the same dish on two of the visits. Why? Because it was DAMN tasty for the money. It was of course, the Lamb Shank braised in Red Wine with Risotto. On a third visit, I had their BBQ beef Burger (thats right, BEEF). The foccacia herb bun on that burger did not work for me, I'm sorry.
However, I did have some seafood appetizers, such as the deep fried oysters, which was decent enough to go with my cold beer.

The main appeal of the food, is that it strives to be affordable. You'll notice that most of its main courses hover around the 20 dollar median.

With its location in Granville Island, it has a lovely marina like decor (kind of Cannery like for those who have been fortunate enough to visit the Cannery Restaurant) with some really awesome views at the heated patio floor.

One of the thorny things about this restaurant, however, is the inconsistent service. Given the size of the restaurant (seats 300), there is no doubt there will be a good chance for UTTER CHAOS when its booked full. Thats fine...just be sure you're not one of the diners in the restaurant while its full.

Anyhow - good value, great ambience...service area needs some fine-tuning. Check this place out while visiting Granville Island.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Pastis - Authentic Bistro Experience Parsian Style
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2005 - 12:18am [Dine in]

Lovely,charming, and heart-warming space with an equally charming Owner who greeted us at the door with his heavy French accent. The menu is filled with familiar Bistro French dishes and at the time of our dinner visit, we chose the Steak Frites, French Onion Soup, Coq Au Vin, and Creme Caramel for dessert.

For this style of food and as a kid fresh out of University who just started working full-time, I felt it was a bit on the pricey side of the dollar spectrum (I believe their Lunch Menu is more affordable). But otherwise, the experience as a whole was great. Service was impeccable as our server was attentive and helpful, but more importantly, made us feel comfortable.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking an authentic French Bistro experience. And remember to bring cash!

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Fish Cafe2053 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
The Fish Cafe
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2005 - 12:07am [Dine in]

The food at the Fish Cafe is honest and non-pretentious and is an ode to Seafood alla Canadiana style. It apparent that there is a focus focus on fresh fish judging from their chalkboard menu.

I had the Fish and Chips for 8.99 and it was probably one of the best fish and chips I've ever had...the batter was light and just right, never intrusive on the delicate flavor of the fish. The crab cakes were also good and had the distinct texture of crabmeat.

The space is tight, and the set up is simple - however, this translates into relatively cheap but quality plates of food. I honestly can't wait to go back to try their other fish dishes.

I give the place a rating of 3 (Solid) for the food, but give the overall rating a 4 (Outstanding) for outstanding value.

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
CinCin Ristorante - An Itallian Restaurant with French Accents
Submitted Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

During the Vancouver Dine-Out Event in February of 2004, I relished at the opportunity of visiting one of Vancouver's highly-regarded New-World Itallian Restaurants - CinCin. I mean, this place was frequented by Hollywood stars such as Al Pacino and Goldie Hawn! Indeed, the color scheme, tiles, walls, and decor of the restaurant spoke of the Mediterranean when I walked in.

Going for the dine-out menu, I had with the 'Vitello Tonnato' appetizer . To be honest, this was the first time I've ever tried Veal in its cold form...and to a certain extent, I was repulsed by its gamey taste. The tonnato sauce was good; however, I found myself trying real hard to enjoy the rest of the dish. Next up, for the main dish, I had the Crispy Duck leg confit with braised cabbage. Pretty good - the only problem is, there wasn't enough duck leg to make this satisfying as a main course in a 3 course meal. And to save the best for last, I had their delicous Tira Misu. I've never had something quite like it - truly tasty but not too sweet.

I must also make note of the server we had. He was very eager to help, perhaps a BIT TOO eager. He literally came to our table and asked if everything was fine in 7 minute intervals. I was also annoyned when the blonde restaurant manager came by to our table to announce: "And next, we're going to haaaaave dessssssert!" like if me and my date were 11 year olds who were dining at a fine dining establish for the first time in our lives.

Otherwise, the visit to CinCin was worthwhile...but its not the sort of place that regular folks would go to regularly for Italian food. There are MANY good Itallian restaurants in Vancouver that serve far more Authentic fare. If you want to sit where Al Pacino may have sit in one of his visits to eat and feel trendy, then this place is for you.

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
The Fish House - Touristy Victorian Charm in Vancouver's best known and beautiful city park
Submitted Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Karen Barnaby has been around for quite a while as head chef at the Fish House. She was nice enough to even visit my highschool many years back for a presentation in my Career Preparation class. Years later (September 2004), I would visit her talked about restaurant and come away with a certain impression that had Barnaby's signature stamp on it.

The restaurant is built from a historic building and has the old Victorian-era feel to it; from entry, there was no doubt it was part of Stanley Park and its grandeur. There is an understated elegance to it that anyone can admire, particularly the old Grannies who believe they have affinity with the Queen of England. And to no surprise, besides quality seafood preps, the Fish House also happens to serve tea and biscuits during afternoon tea hour (a past time that is foreign to most Vancouverites who don't have any ties to England)

For lunch, we had the Asian-inspired Warm Salmon Entree Salad, a Special-of-the-day grilled salmon with tamales, and a cold seafood appetizer sampler. I especially enjoyed the sampler - fresh mussels, calamari and cocktail shrimp - each with their special garnishes and sauces. The Asian Salmon salad was a nice attempt, but too busy in texture and flavors to my exact liking. The bread served was also nice and baked fresh.

The food was well done, but I can't help but notice that the clientele is largely made of... well, there isn't really a nicer way of putting it....old folks. In spite of Karen's Barnaby's visible experimenation with Pan-Asian flavors in her cusine, you'll be hard-pressed to find young, hip, and beautiful Vancouverites dining here. Still, this was an enjoyable experience and the food was good - all stamped with Ms. Karen Barnaby's charm and culinary experience

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Monk McQueens601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Monk McQueens - Back to the Monasatary
Submitted Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Tried their small plates menu - steamed mussells in a pot (interesting but an overall failure in regards to presentation) ;Coconut Curried Chicken Satay, they were what they were (an imitation of an authentic satay with a passing grade), but wayyyyy overpriced at 11.00.

Ambience is well-to-do with a great night view of False Creek. This place is more suitable for local yuppies to hangout for evening drinks and chat over their yachts and Maltese puppies ; foodies looking for the ultimate seafood experience should look elsewhere.

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