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livinforthefoodVancouverSince July 25, 20077 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Room for improvement
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 11:30am [Dine in]

If you plan carefully, hit the right weather, arrive early and enjoy a bottle of wine on the front grass, and then move to the patio in the bistro, the visit can be quite enjoyable. However, my only complaint, is that the service can be quite indifferent and unaccommodating, both in the bistro and the wine shop. We arrived for a 75th birthday party (6 people) at 4:03pm, and when we inquired in the wine shop for the 4:00pm tour, we were told it was cancelled, due to no interest. We explained we were interested and we were 6 people, but the lady seemed very set on sticking to her guns. Nice touch! Prebooked the patio for 6pm 2 weeks in advance, but for some reason the server seating us seemed determined to move us inside. We insisted to be outside, and she still persevered to bring us in. We won out in the end, but I didn't appreciate the server trying to force her personal agenda. As for food, nothing special, but the ambience tends to improve the experience.

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Billy Miner Cafe, The22355 River Road, Maple Ridge
Make sure you have lots of time
Submitted Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 9:28am [Dine in]

Went to the café (had kids with us) to share a couple of their wood-oven pizzas. Pizzas were not bad, but unfortunately the incredibly slow / inept service overshadows everything. The ambience (we sat out on the patio facing the water) was fantastic - very quaint - great location. The down side - took us over 20 minutes to receive a drink, and over an hour waiting for 2 pizzas. Could not even get an ice tea in under 15 minutes - really no excuse for that. The kicker was when the pizzas arrived - we had to wait another 5 minutes for plates and cheese shakers while our pizza went cold. The waitress had an hour to prepare - can you not bring the needed items prior to the pizza arriving? Would not go again unless it was dead or we had an entire evening to sit around.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
No wonder Memphis is singing the Blues!!
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

After being an avid review follower and reader of Vancouver Magazine, finally thought'd I'd give the place a try. It's just BBQ, how bad could it be? Bad! Bad! Bad! Must admit we were turned off right away by having to step over the food all over the floor just to place our order, but we forge ahead. (Actually had to ask the floor under and beside our table to be swept up so we could put our feet down comfortably). They are written up as having a decent wine list. (????) Seriously? Okay, so we "be a sport" and order 2 glasses of wine, which we have to pick up at the counter (????) and they are in small water/juice glasses. Come on! Can you not stock cheap wine glasses - here's a tip, don't offer wine! I will admit that this was when the husband came back from the till and asked me if I really wanted to stay. (Duly noted for next time - it was a strong recommendation, not a simple inquiry). Again, we decide to just go with it - the food must be fantastic to put up with the rest of the shortcomings. Food is served (Memphis platter), with about 5-6 meats, 4 "fixins", and not one single thing I couldn't cook better at home, with a blindfold on. Wait, wait, make that my 7 year old. Dry, tasteless and dismal at best. The final topper was using the restroom, that is beyond describing, it is so neglected. I am still wondering to this moment how they can pass the Vancouver Health Board inspections, just based on that alone. Gives me a very good insight to the cleanliness of the kitchen. Shame on them.

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Pourhouse Restaurant162 Water Street, Vancouver
Fantastic place for a GOOD drink!
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

Have been reading about it and went to try it out last Saturday - was very pleasantly surprised. I can only speak of the drinks, as that is what we went for, but if you appreciate a good mixed drink, this is your place. Once the bartender filled us in on the concept of Pourhouse, explaining the very small drink list and wine list,- they want to make "your" drink, I skeptically ordered a bourbon sour. I generally only drink these at home, as most establishments don't put the attention into it that's required. A few honourable mentions are Pear Tree, and Parkside (when it was around). After watching the bartender make it in front of me - gotta say, very impressed! Entire drink made from scratch, including, cracking a fresh egg white to make the sour mix. Fantastic - worth $12 bucks any day of the week when it's done right. Love the fact that even though there were 3 bartenders waiting on us, only the one that had made my first sour, could continue and make my next 2 - to keep the consistency! I realize I get more excited about the small details than most people would even notice - but this one is a keeper!

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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Unfortunately Past it's Prime
Submitted Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

Went for drinks and a late nite bite last Saturday. Entertainment is always good and provides a nice ambiance, but service, food, and drinks seem to have diminished over time. Menu did not have anything particulary interesting so we chose to share a Capone's pizza, but asked to have grilled artichokes added to it (which is a topping on other varieties of pizza they have on the menu) The waitress brings out a hot pizza with a small bowl of cold, wet artichokes out of either a can or jar, not even grilled. She then proceeds to tell us that she "knows" they made the order wrong but are we okay with it this way. ??? If a server "knows" the order's wrong, should they not get it corrected before it comes out of the kitchen? Isn't that why you earn a good tip?
2nd strike was ordering a decent ($13) glass of red wine and having it served in a wine glass that was completely soaking wet!! (I am assuming that it was wet due to a rinse cycle of a dishwasher, but regardless, I don't want to drink dishwater with my wine - is the bartender 15 years old?? Come on guys, get it together! These are the basics!

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Excellent restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Dined there June 9th, and had a very nice experience. Decor is just perfect - very warm, comfortable, and classy. This restaurant rivals anything "downtown", and can definately hold its own. I agree with the previous reviewer - the lobster cappuccino was over the top - but I disagree with it being not great - it was fabulous, and very unexpected. Sidenote, they make an excellent whisky sour, and that's difficult to find.

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Ever heard of a carpet sweeper people??
Submitted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

What happened to this place?? Used to be a dependable, decent stop for great fish and chips. Nothing fancy, but the fish made up for it. Went there last Sunday, and could not believe it. The place was an absolute pig sty. We were sat right away at a table that had a complete layer of food beneath the table on the floor. Right away we were very turned off, as on closer inspection the booth and chairs were just as filthy, and we're talking french fries and such, so there's no way the staff could miss it. We then asked for a high chair and were given another piece of filthy furniture. Because this has always been a favorite of ours we tried to be positive. When my husband asked for something to clean the highchair with, the person at the bar gave him a wet cloth, like it was perfectly acceptable for the customer to clean his own table and chairs before sitting down. As if this wasn't bad enough, the condiments were all equally coated in food, as well as the cutlery. (You'd think we would have left by now right?) No we decided to trudge through it, and we regretted it. We should have went with our first instinct and left.

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