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lori-oPoint GreySince November 11, 200523 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4 (3.9)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
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Gramercy Grill2685 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Great food, cold service
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2007 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

The food at the Gramercy Grill is very good. Dennis Huang has been the chef for about a year, after closing down the Ordinary Cafe, and the food at the Gramercy Grill is as good as it was at the Ordinary Cafe. (BTW, the first two reviews on this site were written before Dennis was at the Gramercy Grill.)

The Dungeness crab cake is excellent — wonderful texture and flavour on top of a very good coleslaw. The roasted halibut filet is not to be missed — the broth is fantastic! The duck was good, but the potato cake was the best part.

Unfortunately, the service was such a turn-off that we may not return. My husband and I both had the same reaction — we felt like we were intruding or inconveniencing the staff. It wasn't that the service was bad — it was just cold. It spoiled what would have otherwise been a memorable meal.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Reserve Well in Advance -- It's That Good!
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2007 - 11:12am [Dine in]

La Buca is a small restaurant (we counted a total of 32 seats) and it's a very good restaurant, which means you need to reserve several days in advance, especially if there are more than two persons in the group. But it's worth it!

The spot prawn risotto was one of the best risottos I've ever had -- full of flavour, the rice was just the right consistency, and there were plenty of prawns. The halibut had some sort of simple almond crust on the top, which was packed with flavour. We started off with a couple of salads, which were both very good. And the tiramisu was fantastic -- very light, and not at all over-sweetened.

We'll be back!

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New management
Saltaire235 15th St., West Vancouver
Won't Return
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:41am [Dine in]

We tried Saltaire yesterday, when we were in West Van for business. The location is great, the view is fantastic and the decor is well done.

The food and the service are what matters, however, and they were mediocre. The salad was freezing cold, bland and uninspired. The pizza was okay, but sounded much better on the menu than it tasted. The soup was passable. Our server took a while to take our orders, forgot to tell us about the daily specials, and took even longer to bring the food.

I've had much better food and much better service at Earl's and Milestones (not that I consider Earl's and Milestones benchmarks for food and service — it's just that they provide a useful comparison).

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Excellent Food!
Submitted Wednesday, January 3, 2007 - 12:48am [Dine in]

We were looking for a good Indian restaurant. Based on the consistently good reviews on dinehere.ca, we had high expectations for Akbar's Own. We were not disappointed! Friends who joined us (somewhat uncertainly, as they aren't big fans of Indian food), were equally impressed. We will certainly return!

The food is extremely flavourful — so much so that we ordered extra naan at the end of the meal so we could mop up every bit of sauce in each of the dishes. The portion sizes are reasonable — not too big, not too small. The way the meal works is that everyone shares the food, serving themselves from the various dishes. We ordered five dishes for four people, plus an order of rice and a couple of naan breads, and it was the right amount — not so much that we were bursting at the seams, but enough that we were all satisfied.

We went on a Tuesday night in early January, and all but one table was occupied, so reservations are a good idea.

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O Thai Cuisine Restaurant1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best Thai Food I've Had
Submitted Tuesday, November 28, 2006 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Excellent Thai food, friendly helpful service, and tasteful decor.

The Pad Thai (stir fried noodles) was the best I've had anywhere, with just the right amount of peanut sauce. The Tom ka Kung (coconut milk soup with prawns) was light and flavourful. The dumplings (can't remember what they are called ) were great, too.

There are lots of items on the menu, with plenty of choices for appetizers, soups, salads and entrees. There are also several good wine choices, and wine is available by the glass. The only thing I can find fault with is the limited beer selection. But that's of no consequence when the food is so good!

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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Great Pizza, Lousy Service
Submitted Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

Even though the pizza is close to (if not) the best I've ever had, I won't go back. The service was so bad (and the ambience wasn't that great either) that I'd rather do somewhere else for pizza (there are enough other good pizza places in town, after all). That's why I gave Rocky Mounatin Pizza an overall rating of 2, despite a food rating of 5.

We encountered three of the staff during the time we were at Rocky Mounatin Pizza, and we didn't get good vibes from any of them. When we arrived, we cooled our heels at the "Please wait to be seated" sign while a couple of staff ignored us. Finally, the guy behind the bar came over and seated us.

Our server couldn't have been less interested in serving us. She didn't bother to tell us about the specials, and we didn't notice them listed on a chalkboard until after we'd ordered. She didn't know what beer was on tap (fortunately, it turned out to be three different Russell brews). And at the end of the meal, she showed no interest in collecting the money for our bill — I finally went to the bar to get change.

The third person we encountered was the woman making the pizza, who didn't know what to do when we told her that we'd ordered a large size (we got a regular size). I'm not sure who goofed — the woman making the pizzas or our server — but neither were apologetic, and neither made much effort to correct the mistake.

Now for the good news. The pizza is fantastic! I would love to be able to make a thin, crispy pizza crust like that. The pizza is a bit on the pricey side, but Rocky Mounatin Pizza uses good ingedients, including organic meats and flour, so in my mind the higher price is justified.

One other word of warning. Apparently Sunday and Monday nights are kid nights, so if you don't want to be surrounded by lots of kids, you might want to consider going on a Tuesday through a Saturday night.

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Noodle Box, The1867 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Excellent fast food!
Submitted Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

My husband and I dropped by The Noodle Box today, and had a great lunch! I ordered the special (Kung Pao noodles), and he ordered the Thai noodles with prawns. Both were oustanding — great flavours, just the right amount of sauce, plenty of prawns and other protein items, and the vegetables that weren't overcooked.

If you order the food to eat in the restaurant, it comes in a ceramic bowl made to look like one of the carboard take-out boxes. That's a nice touch that creates less garbage.

You select how spicy you want your food when you order. Be warned that "medium" is actually hot — if you want medium, order "medium minus."

You get a lot for your money. There was too much food in one dish for me, but fortunately my husband was hungry and inhaled what I couldn't eat. Our two dishes (no drinks — there's free water) were $21.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Great food, spoiled by cigarette smoke
Submitted Friday, October 13, 2006 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went to Crave for lunch last week, on an unusually warm October day. We sat in a corner of the wonderful patio. At least, it was wonderful until everyone else started smoking. Fortunately, by then we had finished most of our meal. But had we arrived later or the smokers arrived earlier, it would have ruined the experience. Given that half the seats in the restaurant are on the patio, the owner of Crave really should consider banning smoking on the patio.

As for the food, it was outstanding! Between the two of us, we tried the chicken wings, ribs and crab cakes. All were excellent! the crab cakes were light and flavourful, and came with an amazing apple-parmesan salad. The chipotle baby back ribs packed a punch, and were accompanied by the best fries I've had in a long time. The chicken wings were coated in a wonderful sweet and spicy sauce.

Service was very good — friendly and timely.

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Salty Tongue Cafe213 Carrall St, Vancouver
Decent, but not recommended
Submitted Monday, October 2, 2006 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

My husband and I visited the Salty Tongue for lunch last week. We had heard good things about the sandwiches. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to our expectations.

The meatloaf sandwich is the Salty Tongue's "signature" sandwich. The filling was flavourful, but the sourdough bread didn't do the sandwich any favours — there was no sourdough flavour, and it was airy with no density. Sourdough is apparently the default, but other bread choices are available.

We also ordered a turkey sandwich. It was no better than a Subway sandwich — bland, with only a thin slice of cheese and few condiments.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
Consider the food as appetizers, not a meal
Submitted Sunday, August 27, 2006 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

I visited Salt Tasting Room with my husband late one afternoon (it's open from 4:30 to midnight). We had an interesting meal, but were still hungry when we left!

Salt has an unusual concept. Choose a few meats, cheeses and condiments from a list on a blackboard (or do as we did, and let our server pick a few for us), add a couple of glasses of wine, and enjoy tasting everything. The portions are small — it is a "tasting room," not a restaurant. If you want to eat a full meal, you would have to eat pretty much everything on the menu. Instead, consider a visit to Salt before or after a meal elsewhere.

The items we ate were all quality meats, cheeses and condiments, but weren't spectacular. Hence the "solid" rating for the food. The service was great, but was offset by the ambience. Salt is minimally furnished, and everything is a hard surface, so nothing absorbs the noise and it gets pretty loud pretty quick. There were about a dozen other people in there with us, and we were having a hard time carrying on a conversation. There was room for another 25 people, and I can't imagine how loud it would be with every seat occupied.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
Doesn't live up to the hype
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

I tried Feenie's twice last week — once for lunch with a girlfriend, and once for dinner with my husband and another couple. Neither visit made me want to return.

Although the food was good, it wasn't as good as what I've had at many other restaurants in town, including restaurants where meals cost much less than at Feenie's. Perhaps I was expecting more given that the restaurant is always busy and there is often a line-up — I figured if it was that popular, it had to be fantastic.

The duck club sandwich was excellent! The Feenie burger is big and juicy, but surprisingly doesn't pack much flavour — it depends on the fancy condiments. The halibut was average. One of the leaves of romaine lettuce in the caesar salad was brown and wilted — something I wouldn't have expected at a restaurant run by Rob Feenie.

The servers are "aloof." They certainly aren't warm and welcoming. The decor is very good (the sinks in the washrooms are great!), but is offset by an almost unbearable noise level.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Three Strikes
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

My husband and I have tried Burgoo three times, and each time we've been underwhelmed. After the first visit, I figured that we must have been there on an off-day or picked the wrong items on the menu. The second visit was a bit better, but still not deserving of the rave reviews this place gets.

A couple of weeks ago some friends from out of town dropped by, dinner time rolled around, and we thought we'd give Burgoo one more try. My husband lucked out with the chicken pepper pot, but the rest of use were again unimpressed. Three people in our group ordered the Irish stew, which is supposed to be one of the better dishes, and two people didn't even finish it (not because they weren't hungry, but because they didn't like it).

I know that others love the place, but I'll go elsewhere. The service and ambience are fine, but the food just isn't there.

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Worth Looking For
Submitted Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

Nuba is literally a hole in the wall, and if you're not looking for it it's easy to miss. Which would be a shame, because the food is excellent. The garden falafel is one of the best (if not the best) falafel in town, and the low price ($5) makes it taste even better!

Nuba is small, with seating for only a dozen or so people. It can get busy at lunch time with a long wait for food as there are only two guys running the place. We have found that it is much quieter around 1:30. And the good news is that Nuba is now open on Saturdays.

Highly recommended!

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Delicado's510 West Hastings, #110, Vancouver
Fantastic, flavourful food
Submitted Saturday, May 13, 2006 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

Every time my husband and I travel to Nanaimo, we eat at Delicado's. A couple of years ago Victoria got a Delicado's, and now Vancouverites can finally enjoy the same flavourful, inventive and healthy food.

Delicado's is a "southwestern" cafe, which means a mix of Mexican and Californian styles. The roll-ups are wraps, and are what made Delicado's famous (my husband's personal favourite is the falafel roll-up). Everything is fresh and full of veggies, and most dishes come in a choice of chicken, shrimp (at no extra cost!) or vegetarian. Delicado's is also licensed, and will accommodate restricted or allergy diets.

Highly recommended!

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Ordinary Cafe1688 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Not At All Ordinary
Submitted Sunday, February 5, 2006 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

Six of us went for dinner at the Ordinary Cafe, all six of us had a wonderful experience, and all six of us said we'd be back! We all sampled each others' appetizers and dinners, and every one of them was incredible.

A few things to note: The Ordinary Cafe is categorized on DineHere.ca as French and Italian, which is only partly accurate. There is a strong Asian component to the food, such as teriyaki-marinated wild salmon on a bed of seasoned noodles, steamed halibut with a ginger sauce, and spring rolls. The appetizers are all less than $14, but the main dishes are all more than $14. The cost for two of us with wine, tax and tip was just over $100, and well worth it.

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Relish888 Nelson St., Vancouver
Never Disappointed
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

Every time I go — either with just my husband or with a group — the food has been great, everyone has found something on the menu they like, the service has been great, and it's been a good experience overall.

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Enthuze871 Denman St., Vancouver
Great Rice Bowls!
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

I had the Chapada Cashew Rice Bowl (I added chicken) and it was the best rice bowl I've ever had — and quite filling to boot. The other rice bowls are great, too, and the price — $7 to $9 each — can't be beat.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good Indian Food, Enjoyable Experience
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2005 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

India Bistro is a good Indian restaurant — not the best in town, but a solid choice for good food and an enjoyable experience. The food is tasty, but (if you want) not at all spicy. The muligatawny soup was different but very good (be sure to add a squirt of lemon). The garlic naan was fantastic! The prawn vindaloo was very flavourful. And the serving sizes were just right — not too big and not too small. On top of that, the service was very good, including the famous doorman/host.

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Ch'i / Chi Restaurant and Lounge1796 Nanaimo, Vancouver
Excellent food and ambience
Submitted Monday, December 12, 2005 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

We had a great first experience at Chi. The food was wonderful! Every dish was creative, well-presented and full of flavour. The service was good, and we were very impressed with how well the restaurant has been decorated. We are looking forward to a return visit soon!

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Infuze Tea House870 W Cordova St, Vancouver
A Tea House for the 21st Century
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

Infuze offers a wide selection of quality teas, including green, black, white, oolong and herbal teas. But it is what Infuze does with the teas that sets it apart from any other tea house. Many teas are available as lattes, frappes, herbal infusions and "power" drinks. My favourites are matcha latte (the best green tea in a smooth latte), royal milk (assam tea with rose petals), strawberry milk (ceylon tea with small dried strawberries floating on top) and rooibos latte. Infuze does have a small food selection, but I haven't eaten anything there — I've been too busy drinking tea!

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