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LotusRapperLower MainlandSince April 19, 20068 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.4)

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Alexis Greek Restaurant3420 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Went downhill
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

Re-visited Alexis this past summer with a few other people on a warm, summer evening. Place was fairly busy. Service was barely ok but in a grudging way. I get the sense they'd rather not be busy than be busy. Food was, how should I say this, worse than my previous visits. Quality went downhill, prices went up, and what seemed like a promising venue and location is now just another mediocrity in the middle of Vancouver.

Guys, at the rate you're going, you won't make another 6-9 months through this winter. Look around Cambie Village ...... Stella's, Pied-a-Terre, several new Asian restaurants moving in. Why should people pay $15-30 to eat at your establishment when there's so many better choices ? Rumor has it Vij's has secured the spot at 14th where Arroyd-D Thai Restaurant recently vacated.

Improve or it's "adio"

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Back to Basics
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

I don't have much to add to what others have already said about the value and quality of Campagnolo. Let's just say I was there recently and will be a repeat customer for years to come.

A quick note to DOGETT: if you feel ripped-off for your $58 meal because it wasn't portioned to your liking, may I suggest establishments like Anton's, Anducci's ....... or The Olde Spaghetti Factory. Campagnolo isn't about quantity over quality. If that's what you expect you have totally missed their point and the modern "retro" genre of quality dining that we are so lucky to have in Vancouver.

Thanks for leaving more available table space for me in the future ;-)

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Tres bon, ma cherie !
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

All I can say is this place is like a Parisian brasserie. Lively but not raucous. Jeans and tuxes can happily co-exist. Staff is very friendly, casual yet professional. Food is very good value. Wine list just right.

What a juxtaposition in this neighbourhood. Talk about going from "pho" to "faux" [wink]

Their downfall ..... long waits if you don't have a reservation. Then it's off to either Pied-a-Terre or Salade de Fruits !

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Henry's Kitchen904 West King Edward Ave., Vancouver
What the heck happened ?!?
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

I went to Henry's the first year they opened, on MacDonald St. It was kind of funky, lively, filled with ambiance. I don't recall the specifics of the food (we were in a large group) but overall value seemed good. I never did go back there.

This past week as I drove by King Ed & Oak I decided it may be neat to check them out for the second time, this time only my wife and I. I've known Henry's had moved to this new plaza location since I shop at the Safeway's regularly.

I'm going to skip the details and summarize our experience: NEVER AGAIN. The decor is reminiscent of a European restaurant in a small town. In the 70s. The menu, while looked promising, was much higher-priced than I recalled at their old location (when most mains were well under $20). The wait lady (family ?) was solemn, provided no sense of welcome nor enthusiasm whatsoever, described the specials to us as if it's her first day on the job. The appetizer smoked salmon salad was very mediocre with (canned ?) candied pecans, a tiny wedge of brie and what appeared to be belgian endive. $11 for that plate of mediocrity. My wife chose the grilled ahi tuna and I had the lamb ossobucco. Both were bland, uninspired, un-original and barely warm, on mis-matched plates. Both were priced in the mid $20's. Wife's glass of a run-of-the-mill BC white wine was $9. Even half way through dinner we were kicking ourselves for deciding to stay. So we rushed through dinner, skipped coffee and desserts, paid the bill ($70 before tips) and literally ran out of there.

I hate to even think what a stellar meal we could have had for about the same prices (table d'hote) at Salade de Fruits Cafe, the new Le Faux Bourgeois (excellent ambiance and good value, by the way), or even Pied-a-Terre.

I sure wish the proprietors of Henry's wake up and get their act together. We all know Vancouver is a VERY competitive city when it comes to dining. Charging the kind of prices they charge and to be compared against even modest competitors is un-thinkable.

Please ..... don't run Henry's like a budget Chinese restaurant. For your own sake, improve your service, ambiance and pricing practice and you just might make it another 6 months or so.

Thanks for reading.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Pleasantly surprised at food quality
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 11:57am [Dine in]

I was hesitant to go to a large (17) family dinner at this place, as I usually avoid AYCE Japanese restaurants for their lack of ambience and poor food quality. Well I gotta say this time I was pleasantly surprised. I'm sensitive to MSG, yet Ninkazu's foods didn't send me gulping down gallons of water nor give me a headache afterward. While the variety is fairly large, I liked the fact the individual pieces of nigari and maki were small, as I find typical AYCE portions much too large (and wasteful).

The Korean beef short ribs were esp. good

We were lucky to have gotten a private, enclosed room (with wall-to-wall window view of Aberdeen Mall) due to the larger size of our group. If I had to eat in the very loud and smoky main dining area I think the experience would have been less positive.

Go for the food, but don't expect a quiet ambience.

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Samurai Sushi House5888 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Dumbed-down sushi
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

This is not sushi, only looks like sushi. Proprietors are Vietnamese (nothing against them) and they leverage on quantity. The place is high value if and only if you care for quantity (someone said Uncle Willy's earlier ...). Food is full of MSG, and there's no real taste in ingredients.

Head down to Ajisai in Kerrisdale, or Kura in Burnaby for a simple, authentic experience of sushi, Then come back to see if you still want to eat this faux sushi.

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Suvai Restaurant2279 West 41st Vancouver, Vancouver
Finally a French bistro in Kerrisdale
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

Special evening for S.O. and I. Didn't want to go into downtown, busy Kits, cross bridge to North Shore or to the burbs. Kerrisdale seems like a logical, quiet neighbourhood to spend the evening, but besides Avenue Grill (yawn), and Fish Cafe (too casual) or Minerva's ("too established" patrons), what are our choices ? Drove by 41st anyway. Hmm, what's this ... Suvai ?

I'll let the rating stars speak for themselves. Bread was piping hot .... mmm. Appy of oysters was so-so, slightly burnt on edges. Drinks list .... what list ?!? Only 3 or 4 choices each of white and red by the glass ALL from Mission Hill ... hey is this a Mission Hill restaurant ?!? Gotta do better. Way better. For entrees I had the braised beef short ribs. Fantastic, melt-in-yo'-mouth tender. With nice and not-rich green onions risotto. S.O. had roasted chicken .... very tender and meaty despite being only 1/4 chicken.

Now onto service ..... by aforementioned gentleman named Jack. Very quick and prompt. Neutral attitude, but at least he was mindful of the needs of all the 10 or so patrons there at the time. Efficient & effective.... absolutely. Warm & fuzzy ? ...... your mileage may vary. Does it matter ? Totally up to you. But in a city where restaurant and retail service is typically mediocre and often deplorable, I had nothing to complain about.

So overall ...... very solid experience in a neighbourhood that badly needs some new blood (hint, hint) as far as dining establishments go. Please Kerrisdale we don't need yet another sushi joint. What we need there is more time-honoured classic Continental cuisine created by a young new generation of chefs such as Segar Kulasegarampillai (owner).

Good times ahead. Cheers.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Yes and No
Submitted Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 10:05am [Dine in]

I've enjoyed their consistent, high quality menu offerings for the past 4 years now (I live two blocks away) so I have no gripes about their food. However I would say their service is inconsistent, particularly the maitre d'. But as they are often busy on the weekend, I would not simply walk in, join the lineup, and wait to be asked to sign in for a table. I would make sure I get the maitre d's attention and politely make my table request. Sometimes they are short staffed and they can't be everywhere all the time. As for wait staff, I hate to say it but the waitresses are always a notch above the waiters in terms of courtesy and politeness.

Overall I think TFC is still a neighbourhood gem but one that needs to make sure it doesn't lose its lustre.

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