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LunicusVancouverWeb siteSince December 11, 200815 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Smiley's Public House911 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Chicken and Waffle Sandwich!!!
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

This review is tough to write. I have my GF in the background telling me how much she dislikes it...but all I have to say is WAFFLE CHICKEN SANDWICH!!! So good.

I agree I've had some missteps here.
The coffee that tasted like they didn't rinse the chemical cleaner out of it...so sick.
The beef juice Caesar...never again,

But I'll come back for the TVs, beer and that damn good chicken waffle sandwich.

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Tossed769 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Great quick lunch alternative.
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Okay. I feel odd giving a salad / lunch joint a 4 rating for food...but I honestly love the salads here.
So if you're a restaurant and feel shafted...don't...it's not being rated on the same scale. It's being rated on the quick fast food lunch scale.

I've gone here multiple times....call it twice to three times a week for lunch...over the last two weeks. The salads and sandwiches are about $10. But these are some good sized salads. The girls in my office usually can't finish them and I'm totally full after mine.

I'm currently hooked on the blacked chicken salad. Done with chicken, black beans, feta, lettuce (of course), tortilla chips and corn (I think). It comes with a zesty citrus dressing...but the salad has such great flavor that I rarely even use it. I think the girls told me it only has 400 calories to boot.

Tip for the cheap and in a hurry...if you go online and order you get 10% off and a free fountain drink. They'll have it ready ASAP and you can skip the busy lunch lineup. The website saves your order and you can reorder later or create a new order down the line (great site).

And get your card stamped...8th salad FREE!!

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Cha-Ching...
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

There's a reason it's four $ signs, its pricy...but oh so buttery good.

We each had the set menu and wine pairing (well worth it)...but we shared the wine pairing...if we hadn't...we would have been falling outta there.

The service...incredible...of course.

Did I mention the food was delicious. So good.

The atmosphere is a bit old and stuffy...but I guess it's targeting a more refined crowd...probably not the people I usually socialize with.

Be prepared to drop $250 for two.
Do you're probably not going to go there every other night...but so worth it once in a while...maybe around bonus time.

Enjoy.

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Establishment Lounge3162 West Broadway, Vancouver
All around...great spot.
Submitted Monday, February 6, 2012 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

So we decide to go out to eat...but we didnt do the DOV...instead...found the 1000 point Open Table option of the Establishment. Apparently this place used to be the new bohemian...or bohemian before that (we've been to neither).

The place wasnt too busy when we got there, but we were early (6:30pm reso). The place started to fill up around 7:30ish. The waitress....Ashley...was very chatty and attentive. She suggested a couple drink specials, which we went with. The muddled cherry/bourbon and the muddled mandarin/gin. Both were with fresh fruit and were awesome. I could have just drank those the whole night and been completely content...and drunk. There was a beer special for like $2.99 as well.

We had a couple appies...tomato bococini salad and bacon wrapped scallops. The scallops were a bit smaller...but so so good. Bacon was crispy and scallops weren't over done. They came with this tomato salsa of some sort that was great. The tomato bococini salad was also very good...typical ofnwhabyounwould expect.

As for the mains...we shared a BBQ chicken pizza and a mushroom pasta. Pizza was delicious. They didn't go crazy with the BBQ sauce...great thin crust and crunchy all the way through. The pasta was excellent. Fresh made pasta and a good flavor. All the dishes were really well plated and we were thoroughly stuffed.

To finish the meal they brought us a complimentary dessert....I don't know the name but it was soo good. Layers of chocolate cake, chocolate mouse, ganache and caramel. So decadent but not so overly sweet that you can only have one bite...trust me...you can't have just one bite. Actually...there's some left over the fridge and I'm going to have some once I post this,

I would be back in no time. The atmosphere was great. Nice dim lighting but not super dark. Is not a huge spot...so feels cozy. Clayton is the owner...came by to make sure all was good and seemed surprised that we would make the trip from downtown...but the burrard bridge wont stop us...well definitely be back.

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L'Abattoir217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Casual French Fare.
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:27am [Dine in]

My experience at L'Abattoir was great. The service was excellent and the food delicious.
The drinks were between $10 and $13 and I had Tommy's Margarita (on the rocks) which was perfect, not too sweet and not to salty.

We started with a couple of plates (one cold and one warm). We wanted to share them...but they don't really do sharing plates very well. We had a salmon and crispy potato salad as well as a crab dish. Both were very nicely plated and more importantly, tasty.
The breads they brought out were sooo great and still warm. A bacon brioche, some sort of cheese twist and another crisp of some sort.

I had the steak with potatoes, so good. But like any french restauraunt, don't expect a huge serving. Although we were all full afterwards, it didn't seem like a ton of food when it came out. My date had the halibut wrapped in bacon with peas and gnocci (very good). I also tasted the scallops and ox tail, as well as the salmon...all excellent.

The atmosphere was casual and funky. They have a great private dining space downstairs, the bar was packed and upstairs wasn't full but there wasn't a ton of space either (we were there on a Sunday night - jazz fest).

Value is difficult determine. So I'll let you do it for yourself.
4 drinks, 2 appies, 4 mains = $200.

Enjoy.

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Red Burrito606 Robson Street, Vancouver
Burrito in a Jam
Submitted Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 10:36am [Dine in]

I've been more than a few times. This spot is quick and easy when you'll looking to get a bite during a busy lunch hour. It's also a great spot to pick up a burrito and head to the beach. The atmosphere is pretty budget/fast food feeling...so it's not like you'll take a date here...but the place looks clean and it's delicious.

I generally choose the beef burrito. It looks like it's been slow cooked and pulled. The flavor is great. I think I had the chicken about a year ago and found it more bland and a bit dry (but that was quite some time ago). I would also recommend you say YES to the guacamole, roasted corn and go for the hot sauce (it's not THAT hot - but will get your nose running a bit) as they seal the deal.

I think the burrito along with a can of coke comes to $10-$11. But you'll definitely be full...it's a great size. They also offer three smaller tacos which are a little less money...and a little smaller too...for those who don't want to be completely stuffed

I'll keep coming for a quick lunch!

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Shuraku833 Granville Street, Vancouver
Sake-it-to-me...
Submitted Friday, March 26, 2010 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

I've now gone to Shuraku for both lunch and dinner.
The atmosphere is modern. Tables line this back-lit narrow space with the sushi bar along the opposite wall. It's quite comfortable and gives you a great opportunity to see what other people are ordering (but not overly crowded/close).

The staff are very friendly, welcoming, and quite attentive.

I've heard people call this an Izakaya...but it feels more like a Japanese Restaurant where they yell (hopefully welcoming things) at you when you come in.

For lunch today I had the $7 lunch special (Always $7, but the dish varies by day) - today was 6 or 7 tuna sashimi slices on a bed of rice. I also had the Assorted Tempura ($6.95), which included 2 large prawns. I was full.

I feel this spot might be a little expensive...Examples:
Red Tuna Sashimi (5 pieces) $17
Red Tuna Nigiri (1 piece) $3.50

Am I being cheap or is it more expensive? I'll let you guys decide.
With that being said, my little bottle of house sake was $9. So that made everything right with the world.

After getting sick on sushi on Davie...I know this place is a safe/fresh/clean bet. I will return.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
humph...
Submitted Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

hmmm...I'm trying to figure out what to say. Maybe I'm not an Izakaya guy...so if you're a huge lover of the stuff...don't send me hate mail. Don't get me wrong. I love my Japanese food and I consider myself quite adventurous. I'll eat pretty much anything you put in front of me.

We heard great reviews of this place and decided to try it out. My girlfriend lived in Japan for a year and spun great stories of the Izakaya's she visited in Tokyo and Osaka. I was psyched.

Long wait, atmosphere was okay, service was okay, food was "m'eh". It's different, I'll give you that. Maybe my girlfriend's hype led to the disappointment...but she wasn't overly impressed either.

I probably won't go back. But everyone else seems to like it. Not sure what I'm missing. Like I said...maybe I'm not an Izakaya guy.

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Nook781 Denman St., Vancouver
Local Favorite
Submitted Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

I'm ashamed that I haven't reviewed Nook sooner. My initial thought was to hope no one would notice this little spot...and I could potentially keep the lines as short as possible. There’s no use…it's like building a sand castle in the rising tide.

Nook has been one of my favourites since it opened.

My girlfriend refuses to order anything but the gnocchi with mini-meatballs (she doesn’t tell her Nona). While I'll go for any of the specials (pasta or pizza).

They keep things simple, fresh and delicious. Reasonable prices and a good quaint/busy atmosphere. The service is friendly and attentive, without being overbearing.
I’ve even braved taking my best friend here and he admits it was good, a huge compliment from an Italian who won’t eat any pasta his mother didn’t make.

I've seen a couple cause a scene because they had to sit at the bar...FOOLS. Each time I've had the opportunity, I've been given little samples of tomato/bocconcini salad, prosciutto, sopressata, wine...you name it.

Don't let the line deter you...it's definitely worth the wait.
(Unless you see me behind you…then try the Japanese place across the street).

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
as good as expected...
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 10:47am [Dine in]

I read some of the poor reviews on here...and am pretty surprised. I had a great experience.

The food was excellent. Started with the chips and 3 salsas...really good. Also tried the Beef Taquitos...which were amazing. But then again...I have a serious weakness for slow cooked meats. For the main I went with the two tacos (Halibut and Steak). Two taco...$18...I thought it was a little pricey...but when it arrived...it was actually 4. And they were worth every penny.

The service was good. We had two girls checking on us and brought us more chips (which are dusted with chilli power = good) when we were running low. Drinks were taken care of before I had to ask.

My one issue...I was getting bumped as people walked by...but it's a full restaurant...WHEN I COME BACK...I'll go for the bench.

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Dockers Diner1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
Found a winner...
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 10:27am [Dine in]

I was running some errands on Commercial and was looking for a good little breakfast place. DineHere led me to Dockers Diner.

A great little "greasy spoon". The service was quick yet polite. The eggs were cooked to perfection. The atmosphere was unassuming and quaint. The prices were very fair. I'll definitely be back.
Think Joe's but with no line and better prices...

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Bourbon and Root Beer Ribs...
Submitted Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

We came here for my birthday...and I was impressed. I was expecting a laid back place to have some drinks and grab a couple bites. But the food blew me away...

I expected a wait, but we got right in. We were sitting on stools at this coffee table but our waiter saw a proper table open up and asked us if we'd like to move...which we did.

I had the aforementioned ribs, which were incredible. Sadly, I was too vocal with my delight and was forced to share with the rest of the table. The ribs came with a Potato & Bacon salad...what more could you ask for in a salad.

The others in my party had, pizza, pizza, salad and artic char. Everyone seemed very happy with their meals...but the ribs were the hit.

The drinks were good. The drink menu quoted $12 for a drink (I'm new to Vancouver so that feels expensive) but the highballs were $5 and doubles were $7...so we enjoyed those. Our waiter was great very quick and accomodating.

My only complaint would be that the lighting made me feel the age I was turning. It was quite dark and seeing the menu by candlelight was tough. But since I know what I'll order...I don't need to see the menu and I'll keep the atmosphere.

I'll be back.

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Sip Resto Lounge1117 Granville Street, Vancouver
Take a SIP, nah don't bother
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

I went to SIP because I'd heard so much about it. I have to say I was pretty disappointed.

The service was the really issue.
They had us sit in the front and wait for a table even though it was obvious that there were empty tables. I thought that maybe those tables were for reservations...but when we were finally taken to our table...it was one of those empty ones.

We ordered some drinks which were good, the girls I were with really like their martinis. We ordered a couple appetizers which were quite good but nothing phenomenal. We waited so long for the server to come back to take our entree order, that when she finally came around we finished the appy and just asked for the bill and went to finish our dinner at another restaurant.

If I'm going to spend those dollars for "decent" food...the service better be up to par...it wasn't. There are too many great places to eat to bother going back.

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Scoozi's445 Howe Street, Vancouver
Weekend Breakfast
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

I've been to Scoozis half a dozen times. I'm addicted. I always get the same thing. The Scoozis Baked Breakfast. It's a pita in a pan, topped with scrambled eggs, asparagus, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and cheese. It's baked in the oven and SO good. A little more pricey for a breakfast...$14 (I think)...but I think it's worth it.

My girlfriend always gets the yogurt, granola and fruit. She can never finish it, so I always get some!!! Great deal for me. The yogurt is homemade and like nothing I've had before. It's not overly sweet...even with the honey they drizzle over the top of all of it!! It's delicious.

The ambiance is nice. Warm and comfortable on a cool morning. The owner is a character and has been there most times I've gone.

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Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cozy Dinner/Dessert Spot
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I've been to Twisted fork a couple times. Once for dessert and wine and another time for dinner. Both times I was very impressed by the service (two of three owners working in the restaurant). But the food was the showcase...no question. We shared a appetizer sampler plate which was so well done. It had everything from frog legs to an onion tart with chutney (we literally cleaned the plate). The atmosphere is cozy and pretty casual. The narrow space allows you to look into the kitchen and watch the chef work.

The highlight were the desserts. They were phenomenal. I'm salivating thinking about them. I've tried the Lavender Creme Brulee, Chocolate Lava Cake and a toffee crisp dessert that blew my mind. I could have that creme brulee and toffee crisp dessert every night.

My ONLY negative would be to avoid the booth across from the heat lamps...it's just too hot...even my girlfriend thought so...which is saying a lot.

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