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luigirichmondSince April 11, 200826 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Charlie's Little Italian2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Great first visit
Submitted Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

I went to the restaurant tonight after seeing them on Urban Diner. We had a large selection of plates. The high lights were the Mussels, Arancini, Bacala and Pasta Vongole. Panzanella Salad was a little weak. Dessert a Roasted Almond Pannacotta was delicious. Service was friendly and quick. Great smile and super attitude.
The ambiance lost a point for the odd mix of music. Definitely would return and would recommend. Had a couple of different Italian beers, which was nice not just your regular Peroni. Prices were fair and the portions shareable. Great addition to the Main Street restaurant scene.

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El Camino's3250 Main Street, Vancouver
alone at the bar
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

Wife is away so I have had a chance to check out the restaurants on Main St. El Camino's was not my first choice but the other restaurant was closed for a staff function. I remembered that my daughter told me,she and her friends had a very good meal there. Dining alone I love to eat at the bar, watch what's going on , talking to the bartender between orders etc. Had the house Caesar salad, excellent loved the flavours, crispy garbanzo beans for croutons and topped with shrimp. Best rendition of a Caesar I've had in a long time. Shortribs with Colombian roasted potatoes. Melt in your both Beef, great potatoes and a very rich sauce. another hit. Service was quick and friendly. I would recommend and would definitely return. A bit noisy but it was packed on a Tuesday night.

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French Table Bistro, The3916 Main Street, Vancouver
worst French dinner in a long time
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

Dined alone on a week night. Very busy. Service was old school French. Had the Onion soup bland and served lukewarm , Cassoulet duck leg had odd taste, sausage was okay, beans were cooked properly.Just wasn't very flavourful. The topper was the waiter recommended Tarte Tatin as their special dessert. Instead of a caramelized upside down apple tart, I received under cooked pastry, large chunks of firm apples drizzled with a caramel sauce. Any true French Chef would stab himself before serving such a horrible dish. I was sitting by the kitchen and noticed that the Chef was off. Prices were not expensive but the value was not there. Nice room just do not understand why they were so busy serving this second class French cuisine.

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Portland Craft3835 Main Street, Vancouver
Not consistent
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

Went twice, once with my daughters. food was great especially the Chicken and waffles, arugula salad and Pork belly. Great flavours, nicely prepared.Excellent beer selection. Returned two weeks later at opening time with my son.Chicken way overcooked, Pork belly tasted deep fried. Fries okay. Nothing that would make me want to return. Out of the beer I wanted, that happens no big thing. Still a very good selection. Service both times very friendly.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
House specialty was a miss
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:19am [Dine in]

Had the beef potpie..their house specialty. The pastry was the best I ever had but the meat inside the pie was so fatty and tough ,it was almost inedible. Had not been slowly braised before put into the crust to bake. Mash potatoes were good but the rich demi glace was way over reduced and very salty.Left a third of the food on my plate. No quality check. Barman was great, great beer and whiskey list.Ambiance is always good. Overpriced pie that is basically flour and a cheap cut of beef.

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Diamond, The6 Powell Street, Vancouver
dine out dining
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:11am [Dine in]

Went for a quick bite before the show. Only food available was from there DOV menu. Choices were very limited, including two sandwiches for the entrees? we tried the chicken liver mousse best of the three, duck rillette...very plain, pickled mustard sides as a condiment made the dish better. The pork belly sandwich was also only okay. Do not get me started on $12.00 cocktails. This trend is getting out of hand, Now everyone is a mixologist.So it seems perfectly fine to take 2 bucks worth of ingredients and jack up the price. I don't get it. Server was very friendly and let us order a few items, get out quickly so that we could eat a little more at one of the other Gastown eateries.Ambiance is good, it was busy so the buzz in the room was great.

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Pronto3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver
great new addition to cambie corridor
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Been twice this week for a porchetta sandwich. Lots of flavour, large portion and excellent quality. Young friendly servers, lack a little finesse but make up for it with big smiles. The bread was better the second visit, crustier and tasted fresher. Nice room very cosy. Family run which is nice. Great value, lots of roast pork in the sandwich. Consistency needs a little work, first visit sage overpowered the pork but today's sandwich was outstanding. Small but interesting menu with a couple of specials. Nice addition to the neighbourhood. Saves me a trip downtown. Will definitely be back and highly recommend for a quick bite.

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BiBo, The1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
didn't walk the walk
Submitted Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

After reading their self promoting menu, you would think that they would get some things right. I got there early for lunch today. I was the only table in the dining room. I ordered their gorgonzola and pancetta pizza, I asked if I could get a half order of pasta as a starter. The server/bartender/hostess was very friendly and said because it wasn't busy she would ask the kitchen. She returned and told me the Chef said no. What? How difficult is it to make a half order.Been in the business a long time and always try to make the guest happy. Had a luke warm latte and when my pizza arrived it looked like it was undercooked. Very wet but crisp and blistered on the edges. Result of too much sauce and too hot fire in the wood oven.If this guy trained in Naples it must have been at our equivalent of a dollar slice joint. I ate around the outside and left the majority of this soupy mess. When the server returned she asked if I would like to take the rest home, which I replied definitely not.Should have got the message that I didn't enjoy it. The ambiance was nice except they had two large screen TVs playing of all things...Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.I don't get it.Music was cool Italian sounds, that was a nice touch. Value $25 for a mediocre pizza and poor latte, not great. As with the past few reviews the owner/manager doesn't seem to understand good quality service. Hype will only get you so far for a very short period of time. Too many good restaurants in this town, no reason to settle for mediocre. Cannot recommend this spot.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
expected more
Submitted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

Had a quick lunch yesterday. Not real busy but service was quick and friendly. Started with the arugula and proscuitto salad. Nice presentation, lots of different flavours on the plate but the dish lacked depth. A little pinch of sea salt and some acid would have made the dish outstanding. The dressing was sweet but not savoury enough. Had the Naples style pizza. Light toppings but very good fresh tomato sauce, the anchovies added just enough seasoning. The homemade rosemary oil was definitely a big plus. Room is very bright and airy. Sometimes white rooms have a very cold feeling to them but I thought the red touches really worked. i read a review about the pizzas being as good as the ones in Seattle. I would disagree with that statement. I would return though to try some of the other dishes. A salad, pizza and a coffee with tip came to $37.00, a little high for what I received. A lot of favourable press lately, I expected a little more.

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
unorganized and awful
Submitted Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 7:37pm [Take-out]

My aunt who is ill asked me to pick up a cheese burger and fries. I ordered from a very friendly yet extremely young hostess at the front entrance. After twenty minutes I asked How Long? She went to check, returned and asked me what I would like as they forgot to order my meal. After a further twenty five minutes, I asked to talk to the manager. I explained that forty five minutes is far to long for a burger and fries. She agreed and returned my money. She was sincerely apologetic and hardled the situation quickly. Now for the kicker, I get the meal to my aunt and set up her plate and cutlery etc. I just got home and she phones to tell that it was the worst burger she has ever eaten. No dressing on the bun, burnt on one side, no cheese even though I was charged for it. Maybe they should spend less time making cheesy commercials and spend some time training their staff!. Red seal Chefs and all that other crap about fresh organic products, nice story.

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Peckinpah2 Water Street, Vancouver
nothing special
Submitted Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 9:52am [Dine in]

Went to Peckinpah with my teenage son before a Canuck game. I was really excited about the new BBQ menu and had read all the pre-opening press. What we got was a below average quality meal. The Beef brisket was fatty and the flavour was bland.They had a squeeze bottle on the table, I believe was their version of BBQ sauce, I had to douse the food to achieve any flavour.My son had the pulled pork, again no flavour or jump. I hated the brown waxy paper in the baskets the food was served on.The sides were okay, the potato salad was good but the slaw was sad. Looked and tasted like shredded cabbage with little dressing or seasoning. Service was friendly, the young lady had a large section but was always sniling. Food took a long time. The room was busy but with mostly drinkers, I only saw three tables actually eating. Room was nice, lots of wood.Quite comfortable plus they did not have music cranked up.As a side note the music selection was great.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
hit and miss
Submitted Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 10:06am [Dine in]

Went with a couple of friends the other evening.We shared 6 dishes. The food was an enigma, some were very good others okay and one poor. The worst dish was a halibut ceviche flatbread, that tasted like ketchup on toast. The mussels were flavourful with Pernod and smoked bacon but the portion was small. The calamari were good but the aioli lacked any flavour. Oysters were fresh and tasty. The spicy tune roll was very good but again small for the price. Our server was friendly, quick and took very good care of us. We waited a long time for our bill which lowered my rating.I think that the prices are too expensive for the portion sizes.The room is beautiful except extremely loud for the quality of dining that they are shooting for.I guess when a business is this busy, you believe that you do not worry about the small stuff. Get them in and out.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant7900 Westminster Highway, #200, Richmond
great dim sum
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 8:55am [Dine in]

Went with 4 friends for a Sunday morning dim sum. I little hard to find, hidden upstairs at the mall. Made reservation and we were seated right away. Extremely busy yet servers were attentive.Had rhe usual plates, a couple of specials plus a plate of noodles. Enjoyed everything. Prices are reasonable for the quality. In fact I was surprised by the lower then expected total.Lots of free parking.Very comfortable room. Finally a restaurant that has won many diner awards that actually matched their accolades. My new favourite Dim sum restaurant.

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Everything Cafe75 East Pender, Vancouver
expected more
Submitted Friday, September 3, 2010 - 9:54am [Dine in]

I ventured into the Everything Cafe by accident. I was seasrching for a new place that had just opened, to no avail. The owners of this company have been getting a lot of press about their creative thinking and quality restaurants. I just don't get it. At one spot they have no kitchen just servers slicing cured meats and cheeses then adding a condiment. Something that could be purchased at any number of specialty cheese and meat shops. Yesterday I ordered a Reuben, the corned beef was excellent but the bread was stale. The famous Thousand Island dressing they boast about, was non exsistent on the sandwich. The side of potato salad was small but inedible. On four small new potatoes was at least 3 teaspoons of coarse mustard. Bizarre.The frisee lettuce on top was a nice touch. The latte was delicious. A real hit and miss experience. Too many great sandwich shops to give this spot another chance.

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Cactus Club Cafe7320 Market Crossing, Burnaby
missed the mark
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 10:20am [Dine in]

Had lunch at the bar. Dined on the Duck Clubhouse, supposedly one of Rob Feenies signature dishes. The bread though tasty was soggy and the duck was a large piece of very tough leg meat. I did not expect thin sliced breast meat but the leg could have been braised or cooked confit style to make it more tender.The chicken in the sandwich was also a large chunk. So when you took a bite it came out as one piece add to that the softness of the bread and you have a mess. I had a Bellini, always good.The service was the usual for this style of dining. Young, pretty and friendly..no complaints. The room is nice, a bit hard edged when it is not busy. The problem was the value. A cocktail and a mediocre sandwich at the bar cost me with gratuity..$35.00.
Definitely not worth the time or the money.

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Whole Foods Market510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
worst food to go
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2010 - 9:51am [Dine in]

Had a late doctor's appointment up the street and didn't want to cook. Decided to visit Whole foods to get some food to take home. Girl friend was in the mood for some comfort food. We opted for a couple of chicken pot pies, lobster bisque was the soup of the day, some roasted root vegetables, hummus with some pita bread and a carrot cake. The pot pie had very little filling and the pastry tasted like a cookie dough, plain awful. I reheated the soup, I added a little brandy plus some heavy cream and a little salt. Still tasted like nothing, as one of my first Chef's told a cook once, about his soup "it's the right colour" The root vegetables were bland and mushy. Hummus was way below average. The carrot cake was the only thing edible. All this for $60.00. We could of went to a little Asian place got a hot meal for half that and I would have saved myself an hour plus no clean up. We often went to the Whole foods in San Diego and the food was great. This offshoot is both over priced and the food is terrible. Give this location and company a big miss.Service was not very helpful I had asked about Pot pies and told they didn't have any but I stumbled upon them by accident.I wish I had not continued to look. The store itself is laid out well with a very good selection of products from around the world but their prepared food is not worth buying.

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Mondo Burger12251 No 1 Road, Richmond
Great new burger joint
Submitted Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 11:01am [Dine in]

Mondo burger opened about 2 months ago in the Steveston Heritage Market next door to Papi's. Great burgers, the organics are 8 oz and are prepared from Heringer's Meats next door. We had 2 organics,a Mondo burger which was ground chuck and a Wild salmon burger with tartar sauce. A couple of orders of fries and onion rings. We had an Adult shake with Kahlua and coffee, a chocolate shake and 2 cokes. Service was young but very friendly. music was really good not so loud that you could not talk but great background. Cost for the four of us was very reasonable. We will definitely be back. By the way the server was talking to diners I believe they have a lot of regulars already. A great addition to our little village. Worth a trip.

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Church's Chicken3675 Westminister Highway, #185, Richmond
just plain bad
Submitted Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 10:45am [Dine in]

I went to Church's Chicken on my way home last week.It was about an hour before closing, I asked for 10 pieces of white meat only. Was told it would be 15 minutes to cook fresh. No problem, read newspaper and relaxed. When I got home, 10 minutes away, I was treated to a soggy, flavourless dinner. I had one piece,my girlfriend had one piece and the rest sat in the fridge for three days until I threw it out.Usually fried chicken tastes better the next day. This was awful. This is the second time I've had poor quality food there. I am not a big fast food diner but there is that craving every so often for good fried food. This is not the place to satisfy that craving. Staff were friendly. Ambiance, what can you say ,it's takeout.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
great second visit
Submitted Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 2:57am [Dine in]

Did not enjoy my first visit here last year but was extremely happy with my dinner last night. The service was quick and friendly even though the server had a large section. The four of us shared 5 starters then two bowls of mussels. The Congolese mussels were great, just the right amount of spice. Memorable were the scallops and their version of Steak Tartare. We arrived early with no reservation, hostess was very nice allowing us 2 hours. No problem as we were off to a concert. The room had a great buzz. All in all a very good evening. The beer list was outstanding, we had a chance to try 8 different beers.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
only ok
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 10:42am [Dine in]

Went to La Buca two nights ago. One of my favourite restaurants. This evening though it just didn't deliver. The special was a fresh halibut upon fregola pasta with fresh clams and mussels in a tomato broth.Instead of halibut which the table next to us had, ours were cheeks (I realize it still from the the same fish but totally different). They probably ran out as every table seemed to be having that plus the fritters,they were great. The clams were large Manilas...three of the four were not open, the mussels were out of the shell but old probably why they were cooked and shucked.The pasta and broth was very flavourful.The portion was small. My steak was cooked perfectly rare but was over powered by the sauce made with olives and herbs. Even though it had a strong flavour it lacked a balance to make the dish work.The Raddiccio Ceasar was very good as was the lamb pasta special.Desserts were okay. Ambience and service is always great. I felt it was a little overpriced for what we received. Would return to give them another chance.

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