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lovesfoodVancouverSince December 30, 20056 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Watermark1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
What a let down...
Submitted Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

I have been meaning to make it over to Watermark for some time now so I could see for myself just what 6 million dollars buys you these days. Well, I found my answer: not a whole hell of a lot.

My fault for going at night in the winter. Not a lot to see of the view, but at least the interior was decent. Although it smacked of a poor man's version of a Cactus Club.

The wine room looked great, I could definately spend some time in there and the ambiance created by the fireplace was very nice. I guess I just felt confused. Expecting a lot, seeing some great touches, but at the same time, seeing some really poor ones.

As usual, what makes or breaks a dining or drinking experience is the service. We did not have a good one.

The waiter came over to us, coughed, then asked us what we would like to drink. We asked for a run down of what beers they had and was answered with...believe it or not...a scratch of the crotch, followed by a "the usual suspects; you know, 'uummmm." Thankfully, someone else poured the beer which was ice cold and perfect.

When it came to the food aspect, the waiter didn't really know his dishes and stumbled his way through it. The food itself was pretty good, but it won't win any awards.

Overall, I thought the place is probably a great daytime, high-end burger joint and nothing more. What a shame. So much potential.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4429 Sundial Place, Whistler
what a shame
Submitted Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 9:15pm [Dine in]

I frequent the Keg on Thurlow a lot and am always happy with the quality of the steaks and the knowledge of the servers. I was sorely dissapointed when I went up to Whistler and expected the same.

A server who actually told me I was wrong when I asked for a steak to be med-rare and Chicago (actually told me the chef said it was impossible). Sorry, but tell that to Smith and Wolenski's in New York, or the boys at Gotham. You'll get laughed out of a job.

The service was very very poor, and when the food did come out, it was cold (not just luke warm, but cold). I will continue going to the Keg in Van but Whistler...forget it. Don't bother.

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Banana Leaf1096 Denman Street, Vancouver
nice little spot
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

Denman needs better restaurants and this is one of them. It's small and a little cramped, but the food is very good. It doesn't take too long to hit the table and the prices are fair for what you get. I like this as a local, last minute spot to hit, when pizza and greek just insn't for you.

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Black Tuna Japanese Bistro1184 Denman, 202, Vancouver
now this is sushi!!!!
Submitted Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

Awesome. I went here last month with my significant other and was treated to an experience that was surprising. For a place that is on the second floor and tough to find, the food and service was exceptional. Complementary sashimi, nice wine selection, and outstanding food display made for a memorable night. I recommend this place above all else for a quiet night with great fod. Haba is great, but if it's peace and quiet with great sushi you want, try this one out.

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Doolin's Irish Pub654 Nelson Street, Vancouver
The best Guinness in town
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2005 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

Not too much to say about Doolins as the room itself is very well done, but a bit too big for my Irish liking.
They used to have live music every night but they have stopped that which in turn has stopped me from going as much, but the one thing that they do well is their Guinness. The 'Heather' is pretty good, but the pour at Doolins is by far the best in the city. Perfect head, perfect 2 pour, perfect settle.
The only reason I go there is for a few great pints, beacuse on the weekends it's mayhem and the ambiance (music) is no longer what it used to be. Ah well, great Guinness is still great Guinness.

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Curious52 Powell St, Vancouver
This is what Tapas should be...
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2005 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

Unbelievable!!! I have to say this without any bias. This is the best food in Vancouver, and the room is so not what we have come to expect in Vancouver. From the moment you walk in and see the candles and old exposed brick, to the beautiful old wooden chandelier abover the main floor. This place is warm and cosy (perfect for a date) with funky european house music that is unintrusive and suits the style of the room perfectly.
I have found my home away from home.
What surprised me the most was the food. I have come to expect great food from some great restaurants (like Cru, another fantastic restaurant), but this place outdoes them all. The Pork n' Beans are to die for and the Tuna Tartare is HUGE. They could package the twiels that come with it and sell them on their own!
I was a bit dissapointed that the wine list was not completed, but was assured it is only a week away from being finished. They do have some great ones on the shelf though and the bartender makes some amazing cocktails.
For a new restaurant, these guys have come out on top and I understand that they will not advertise (along with the owner, the bartender and the design, this is SO New York) which will ensure that those in the 'know' will be forever happy with it's annonimity. Curious is a great name for an amazing place.

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