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lush0000VancouverSince February 3, 200819 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)


Displaying 1 - 19 of 19 Reviews Found
Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Good for the eyes, dissappointment for the stomach
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Food: It seemed like they were trying for an "asian twist" on some of the dishes, to dismal results. There was so much hype about this place and the world-famous jean georges so that I was expecting something much better - yet all the dishes I tried (tasted my dining companion's dishes as well, as well as two appetizers) were merely passable. Nothing special about the dishes at all. I found the food mostly bland, the fish & meat both overcooked.

Also, the breads they start you off with are often replenished but what is the point - the rolls are hard and cold. COLD. I'm not sure if they are supposed to be served that way but they really shouldn't be, as they were dry and unpleasant.

Service: Good, but nothing special. Also, we were there quite early on (we got there as the kitchen opened...so around 6?) on a weekday and there were only two other tables filled, yet the waiter brought over our bill three minutes after we finished our dessert. We had taken maybe 45 minutes for our meal (we eat fast) and isn't it usually an average 1 hr to 1 & 1/2 hr for most ppl especially at a restaurant like this? We weren't planning to stay much longer but it would be nice if the waiter had shown a little more patience.

Value: value is poor as the food is average, for a high cost.

Ambiance: beautiful room. Sadly the compliements end there.

This really doesn't belong in the high class restaurant bracket. For a really satisfying meal worth its buck, try bishop's or la buca instead. Both are classy places with exceptional food and good service.

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Qoola1116 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great yogurt, but wayyy too expensive..better alternatives out there
Submitted Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

Food: the yogurt was great (plain), I've had both the chocolate and green tea options for the yogurt and they weren't anything special. You pay a base fee for the yogurt and then it's 89 cents /topping. By topping, they really mean 6 raspberries, or 10 blueberries, or 4 strawberries so keep that in mind. They emphasize how organic and healthy these fruits are, but it still seems to me a little bit stingy on the toppings. The fruits are nicely cut and arranged on your yogurt, but I'm not sure that makes up for the steep price. Also, my friend's gummy bears and mochi were both hard, as if they had been left overnight.... I've never had mochi so tough, extremely disappointe,d especially since my friend paid almost a buck for 9 mini cubes (imagine pieces of gum)

Service: Great everytime I go. No complaints there. They also offer you compliementary samples of the different kinds of yogurt. The servers are cheerful and willing to answer questions.

Value: This is where this place rates low for me. Last time, I bought a small with three toppings - it came out to almost $8. It's just not feasible, especially considering it's still frozen yogurt - not even cake or tart. And it's not like they give you a fair sized portion, either. Way too pricy for what you get in return.

Ambiance: Clean and green, kind of like pinkberry in the states.

Overall, although I've been to this place a few times already, I don't think I will be going back because of the lack of value. I would much rather recommend Scoop on west 4th (near arbutus, I believe) for frozen yogurt - the interior is not as pretty but the yogurt tastes great and you get to top it yourself - at a much more affordable rate.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
what you see is what you get
Submitted Sunday, June 7, 2009 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

Food: solid, a few westcoast touches here, a few asian influences here and there, you have the cactus club menu. The food is good, not fantastic, fresh not inedible.... always the same at every location. Consistency is very well-managed.

Service: Usually it's a bit lukewarm with a side of fake, plastic and tan, but last time I got a very smiley asian lady as my waitress and she was pleasant and remembered my requests. Knew when to back off and when to hurry. Perfect!

Value: Judging from the price of food, the value is low in that cactus club is no longer an affordable dining location for many. It's moved from the middle range to the higher-middle range a couple years back, and with the addition of Feenie, it has now blantantly upped its prices. However, you do get consistency and a nice decor in return. Just go in there knowing that you will probably at the LEAST spend $20 (after tip & tax) and upwards to perhaps $40-50 depending on your entree (is it....RF??) or drink order.

Ambiance: clean, dark and modern. What you get at every earls, milestones and moxies. Come to think of it, why haven't they renovated the cactus on robson yet? it's falling behind the other ones with its dark and cramped wooden trappings.

You know what you'l; get when you go here, I probably will go back, it's somewhere to fall back on when neither you or your friend have no inclination to go anywhere particular...

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Scoop! Frozen Yogurt2050 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

Food: you pick your size of yogurt, they weigh it and then you put on your own toppings, and then they weigh it again and charge you according to the weight (on top of the basic price for the yogurt base). Seemed like they were refilling the topping choices throughout the time I was there, included the usual fresh fruit (mango, strawberry, kiwi etc), cookie/chocolate (oreos, smarties etc) as well as sauces (chocolate, hot fudge, caramel, fruit syrup) etc. They also seemed to have some smoothies, but I only had a yogurt. However, my friends had a smoothie each and both said they were great.

As for the yogurt itself, it's tangy and sweet but it's at the right taste. I was here a couple months ago and I think they've improved the yogurt since then (last visit: a week or two ago) because the yogurt seems less watery and more flavourful then before.

Nice and refreshing on a hot day.

Service: This is where this store exceeds the other yogurt shops in town that seem to be popping up all over the place. The asian guy that helped us was pretty young, but he was very professional and cheerful. He was there each time I went (three times in total) so maybe he's a full time worker?

Value: for most people, this kind of yogurt will always seem too pricey because it's not too filling and it's just dessert for alot of people... It seemed okay, it was better than qoola (near english bay) as that one puts the toppings on for you...and they put way tooo few fruits

Ambiance: Its a bit messy in there, seems like they didnt have alot of money to spend on the place. I don't really get the back area...seems liek they just dug themselves an extra room or something. However, it seems like they try to keep it clean and they have board games for people to play with. I just wish the seats were a little more comfortable, but i guess if anything they want a quick turnover? I live a block from west 4th so I always pass by this place...and from the outside it's hard to tell its a yogurt place at all, maybe they should work on their ambiance first...

The only negative about this place is that I think the topping numebrs are pretty limited...also the topping bowls are so irritating in how small they are! I'm not sure how they plan to keep such a small bowl well stocked in the summer if they get busier, because even now when there are fewer customers I can see that many bowls are near empty.

Overall, it's worth a visit. It's a tasty treat for the kids as well (although maybe I wouldn't let them pick the toppings themselves if you are on a budget...who knows how they would stack them up). It's too bad it seems like it doesn't get noticed very often (I don't know many people who have been here) because I think many ppl would like it... hopefully they do well this summer because I really need a place like this after hitting kits beach...

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Corner 234008 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good food, Great service - will be going back
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Food: Delicious taiwanese style dishes, with tasty side dishes. The noodles in soup are great as well.

Service: This is where this cafe stands out. Usually the service level in many of these HK/Taiwanese cafes are a little below average (short answers, hurried servers etc.). However, it was excellent at corner 23, even beyond other restaurant standards (and I am not a Chinese speaker). Service with a smile, with courtesy and efficiency. Perfect!

Value: the meals aren't as big as some other places, but it's still filling and the prices are good for someone wanting a meal for under $10.

Ambiance: clean, neat, well-lit.

The only downside is that it's cash only, but other than that, I think I will be going back!

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Kreation Artisan Cake3357 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Average cakes, Poor service - Not worth your money
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

Dropped in here because I had always passed by before and wondered how the cupcakes were... Usually they were closed when I walked by, but couple days ago they were just near closing so I walked in to try some of their cakes..... I wish they had been closed so I could have saved my ~$15...

Food: I bought the brownie, the raspberry cupcake, the madeline and the green tea cake. The brownie and madeline were average, not worth the $2.50 while the green tea cake was slightly better....but still not worth $5. The raspberry cupcake was the best overall, and at a fair size (hence the $2.50 tag isn't too hard to swallow). However, none stood out as amazing or even really that good.

Service: This is why I won't go back. The older asian lady who was there did not greet me until I had greeted her and seemed indifferent when I asked her about the desserts. I was surprised as usually the workers at these kind of smaller bakeries are more than willing to share their enthusiasm for the products (often times made by them themselves). She ended the transaction by saying "okay" while handing me my cakes.... not offering a bag or anything, so I had to hold a box and a small cheap paper pouch along with my bag and coffee.... thanks for thinking of my convenience... NOT. Even a curt "have a good day" or a simple "thanks" would be the usual way to end a transaction, particularly in a area where businesses have been affected (cambie construction), you would think repeat customers is what a good merchant would want... I guess not for this store.

Value: Poor, as the product (cakes) are not worth the prices in taste/quality, while the service is also subpar.

Ambiance: Clean and neat, a little sparse but there's limited space so I guess they are trying their best.

All in all, I wouldn't go back and I wouldn't recommend it to a friend. It's not really worth trying at all. I would much rather go to Sweet-E's bakery in kerrisdale or even Sweet Obsessions.

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FigMint Restaurant & Lounge500 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Will not be going back!
Submitted Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 11:36am [Dine in]

I can sympathize with the reviewer below me.. I had a horrible experience with the customer service as well.

Food: Nothing special. No dishes really stand out in my mind, there's nothing I will be craving from this place...

Service: Slow. Slow. So. Incredibly. Slow. If you have no plans for the rest of the day, then this might be the place to be, as the service staff appears to lack any kind of team communication. Lack of coherency about the dishes, my server didn't seem to really know the menu, couldn't really recommend or describe any of the dishes. Was indifferent and bored most of the night...not a good way to engage the customers in the food. I wonder if the chef knows how poorly his dishes are being sold on the floor? Getting refills of the water, plates cleared, getting the check - all of it took so long that I finally gave up on ordering more drinks and just walked up to someone to get my bill.

Value: Mediocre food + poor service = I think it's pretty obvious what the value is.

Ambiance: The restaurant had nice decor, but it wasn't enough to redeem this subpar restaurant.

With the number of great restaurants in vancouver, which earns its pricetags, there will definitely be no reason for me to return to this place.

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Sweet E's Pastries and Sweets2032 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
delicious dessert!
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

I always wondered how this place stayed in business (considering how it is tucked away in a corner, and its small business space) in a moderate-traffic area such as kerrisdale, but now I think I know why! The pastries are delicious, and the service is fantastic...

Food: I've had quite a few of the smaller pastries here:
- babycakes: not my favourite, but it's not too sweet and good for someone wanting portion/sugar control
- sugar cookies: one again, not too sweet or doughy, nice and light
- cupcakes: the frosting is unlike the usual frosting (I don't even know if I should call it frosting) you get at cupcakes or other bakeries.... it's strange and cold/creamy at first, but it's worth trying
- brownies: to die for, nice and rich with the ganache...sweet enough but not overly sugary. MUST HAVE!
- banana cream: light and fluffy, sweet and delicious. another MUST HAVE
- cheesecake: a lighter kind of cheesecake, but it's still great
- shortbread: lovely!

I have yet to try the larger cakes or the truffle pops...must do that soon. The service is great and the ladies who work there are pleasant and never rushes you into making a choice.

My only two negatives about this place is:
1) The Hours: their hours vary too much from day to day, and often it seems to close before the actual time.... I've been here about 15 min before it's supposed to close only to find an entirely closed down shop.... irritating. The hours that they are open for business is very limited and short, making it inconvenient for the customer

2) The price: I put the value rating at 3 (solid) because it IS delicious cakes, and they all seem to be high quality - however, I don't think many people would return to buy a small cookie for $1.50 or a brownie for $2.50 (not exact prices), considering their SMALL size.

I would still recommend giving this place a try if you have some extra change, all of their pastries I have tried have been great

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
What's with the hype?
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

After reading all the great reviews on here, I was excited to try this place...perhaps my expectations were too high, as I was pretty disappointed by Ganache. Let's go through the logistics...

Food: I had the guava, opera-noisette and the green tea lychee one (can't remember exact names). Sadly, all were just "okay".... I found them to be overall rather bland and dry. Lacked any special distinguishing flavour. The guava and the green tea were both bland, like watery mousse, while the opera-noisette....well the top layer was delicious, but the bottom layers, to be brutally honest, tasted like leftover safeway cake.

Service: It;s not neccessarily a cafe so it's difficult to rate this, but the asian lady behind the counter was indifferent and didn't really respond with any enthusiasm about the pastries. Barely made eye contact and seemed to be bored to be there. Not neccessarily a great vibe from a supposedly "upscale" patisserie.

Ambiance: I was pretty shocked. The sofas by the display looked cramped by half-open boxes, the fake cake displays were a bit dusty and rather tacky. My chair was wobbly, and overall, the interior was equivalent to a clean HK style cafe....where I could probably get better food. Also, the plastic cup for the water as well as the sad presentation of the white dishes ticked me off.

Value: Well, add up pretty but bland dessert, indifferent and cold service and a cluttered and definitely NOT classy interior with a steep price tag and I think it's pretty obvious why the value rating is low.

The cakes weren't bad, but there was nothing exciting....like eating fancy st.germaine or anna's cake house cakes. I could overlook that if the service was spectacular or the decor was breathtaking. Neither. All I got was dissatisfaction and disappointment...and maybe a few pretty photos (of the cakes).

Would I go back? It feels like I should, to try a couple more cakes and give this place one more try...but I don't think I want to.

I would recommend Thomas Haas or Mink instead of ganache, as those two places give you lovely service and delicious desserts...worth the higher price.

Don't be taken in by the hype, follow your own tastebuds. My tastebuds are definitely saying NO.

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
Disappointing, will not be going back!
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Seems like I should have read some of the other reviews before I went...

Like the other reviewers, I found that the level of service and food had gone down drastically in the last two years. I went in today to grab a slice of my two old favourites (devils food cake and banana cream), only to find a dirty place, about three tables filled, rest empty, staffed by two nonchalant servers. No greeting at the door, no acknowledgment of new customers whatsoever. I should have walked out right then and there but I waited to be seated. I dont mind waiting but I stood there for almost three minutes without a hello or a smile, uncertain as to what I was supposed to do, considering that usually the hostess greets you right away at most places.

An young asian man and woman, both with glasses, were working (not saying their asian background had anything to do with the service, just as a description). They were both rude and seemed to not care about the customers. The female hostess/server sauntered over (after finishing a conversation with the male, another worker) and said, "how many?" no hello or smile, still! she then proceeded to plunk down the menus at a table and left.

I sat there for twenty minutes trying to catch the eye of the server to order. She was too busy chatting with her coworker. By this time, an older man emerged from the back, only to see me and my friend leave. I hope he was the manager because I was extremely angry at the poor service at this place. I didn't want to pay $10 for a slice of cake that would be served in such a poor manner, at a dusty old place.

I'm disappointed to see how bad this place has gotten - I sent my boyfriend later that night to get some cake (take away) because I was still craving some, and the slices have gotten so thin! (although the prices remain the same).

I can't believe they think they can run a business like this... I hope they go out of business, because their customers are really getting the raw end of the deal. $10 for pre-frozen cake that they thaw and serve with such cr*appy attitude? No thanks!

will not be going back, and will be warning others of the poor quality!

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Greasy food, bad service, dirty floors
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place twice and regretted it both times - the second time was not by choice (someone's birthday)....from now on, no matter what, i will NEVER go back despite whos birthday it might be! I work way too hard for my money to give it to this disgusting and filthy, ripoff restaurant, particularly considering the vast array of delicious cuisines vancouver has to offer.

Food: Since I shared with friends, I've tried the T-Rex pizza, the Aphrodite and the Penny Lane. Sadly they all tasted about the same - greasy, oily, with dried cheese and watery sauce. As for the pastas, I had some kind of Creole past dish and a seafood one - the Creole had about two tablespoons of chilli oil pooling at the top of the sauce while the "seafood" one had 5 tiny shrimps and 3 bits of salmon. The poutine was salty and the potato skins were dry.

Even the water was strange- has anyone else noticed the digusting state of their cups and cutlery? They should def be replaced.

Service: At this place, I find the service fell into two categories: 1) Indifferent and Tired, or 2) Annoying and Rude. Either way, it was less service and more attitude. Servers did not come back to check on us and took an extremely long time doing everything. The hostesses did not seem to understand their jobs and spent time standing around instead of trying to get the waiting line shorter.

Value: Even with such bad service and food, this place still charges similar prices as the excellent west 4th restaurants! Overpriced! I can get better pizza at the 99 cent pizza places...

Ambiance: It's just dark, probably to hide the oil and dust everywhere. I felt like I needed to shower after eating at this place.

NEVER NEVER will go back! Can't believe it has lasted for this long!

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Wang's Beef Noodle House8390 Granville Street, Vancouver
I still like it
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

It's one of those places other people dislike and judge you for going to, and you claim you only ended up there because it was late/cheap/fast etc., but secretly you really enjoy all the oily MSGed food... (well at least once in a while)

Food: Usually if I'm with friends, we'll get the beef noodle with thick noodle, intestines, seaweed, cucumber (the three side dish combo). The dumplings are dripping with oil but is delicious regardless. I also like their chinese pancake, although I usually scrape off some of the sauce.... It's hearty, rustic food.... I love it!

Service: I'm always here with a Mandarin/Canto speaking friend, so I'm not sure how they are towards non-Chinese speakers. They seem efficient and fast though, however I could see why English speakers might face some problems. My advice is speak loud, short (get to the point, no need for "may I have..." "i would like to get.." "can you put this on the side"..... just use "ICE WATER" "LARGE NOODLE" "NO ONION" etc)

Value: seems like decent food at a good price to me...

Ambiance: it doesn't seem too dirty/messy actually, and the tables/utensils have always been clean everytime I've been here...

Overall: would I have a business meeting, in-law lunch or a date here? Probably not. Some good food with friends or drinking buddies? Probably.

It's worth checking out - I think you will see its strange appeal!

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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
Good Food, Decent Decor but TERRIBLE service
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 9:57pm [Dine in]

I've been here about 5 times, usually with a bigger group, and I've tried the Lunch AYCE, the Dinner AYCE and the latenight AYCE as well.....so I think I've gotten a good measure of the restuarant on many different occasions.

Food: the food is pretty fresh and well-made for a AYCE restaurant, no complaints here. Except the seafood/oyster motoyaki is mostly cream/cheese, not seafood. The sashimi is cut a little thin, but the chicken wings, beef ribs and spicy scallop rolls are great.

Service: this is where my biggest complaint lies. I understand this is a busy asian restaurant, and that many servers may not be able to fluently speak English, but the food comes so slow! Also, beware, it doesn't matter how many orders you specify, you get what they WANT to give you... we placed 10 orders for nigiri THREE times since it never came, and we received 2 by the end of the night, despite the fact we asked our waitress FOUR times. I noticed they always give you less of the sashimi/nigiri/meat and more of the noodles or miso soup (I guess to fill you up with cheaper starch and get you to leave?)

The wait staff is quick but can often be extremely rude and cuts people off mid-sentence, or just walks away if they don't feel like listening to you. Furthermore, either they or the kitchen is slow in producing the food (if they make some of your orders at all), as well as reluctant to give you more of those paper slips for the order (I guess hoping that you will give up and leave?)

Also, I've had waitstaff DEMAND a tip from us (we were trying to figure out how much to give)... that made us so angry that we didn't want to leave any, but to be honest the woman looked like she was going to hit us with the teapot if we dared to leave so we put some down....

Value: it's good value if you only count the money and food. You might almost have a heart attack from anger at the service, though.

Ambiance: surprisingly clean and bright for a AYCE restaurant. Most corners seem clean and the utensils dont look too old.

Overall: It's an alright place to go with friends if you want some cheap food, but be prepared to be VERY PATIENT.

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
My favourite HK Style Cafe
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

First off, please note that I'm rating this restaurant against other similar HK style cafe places, and when I say the food is a "5- Incredible" - I don't mean its a 5 star French restaurant heaven, I mean it's one of the best in the ranks of Vancouver HK style cafes.

Anyways, I have been to this place for over a year now and I must say that I disagree with a few of the reviews below, perhaps I have always been lucky but I have always been pleased by what I ate here.

Food: I'll review what I or my friends have eaten...
-Baked Spaghetti: tastes different from the pasta you get at western restaurants, though you can't quite say what it is that makes it different. However, the sauce is rich and meaty, and when smothered and baked with the cheese, it's delicious.
-Baked Pork Chop with Rice: one of the HK cafe staples, the pork chop is crunchy and the rice is well done.
-Gloucester House Special Fried Rice: delicious, with a bit of a smoky aftertaste.
-Mixed Grill: you get such good value for your money! Where else can you get such large cuts of pork, lamb, beef, + a fried egg AND a sausage AND bacon? With rice/spaghetti and soup with bread too? For $24.99!
-Pan Fried Beef with Noodle: excellent, excellent, with lots of beef.
-Baked Seafood on Rice: creamy and smooth, not for everyone though.

I can't wait to try more...

Service: fast, efficient, can seem gruff at times but I prefer my service to be fast and gruff over slow and kind at these kind of places.

Value: Most dishes come with a drink included (Lemon Tea or Coke being my favourite) and some come with bread and soup. They also have mini-set deals (they aren't really mini in size, though) throughout the day.

Ambiance: not much to write about. Clean, colors are a little old but I never really bother as long as it's clean.

Go and try eating here just once, and see if you dont go back!! I would be very surprised if you didnt...all of my friends have, even the ones who claimed right after the meal that they weren't impressed. Good deal for your money and family-friendly as well!

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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
thumbs up!
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Been here about three times with a friend, it's been a great experience each time! I just salivate when I pass by the place...

Food: I've tried the porterhouse, the NY and the skewers, and strangely enough, I must say the prawn skewers and beef skewer (not sure what exactly it is called on the menu) are the best. They come with a delicious sauce and mixed with vegetables...the dish is so good.

The cheese bread! Tried it with the recommendation of our server, and it's instantly addictive and first bite. Incredible cheesy taste with buttery toast - it's hard to explain but make sure to try it!

I would skip the appetizers as I've had the shrimp cocktail, the french onion soup and the crabcakes and they've all been nothing special - save the room for the entree, bread and dessert instead, you won't miss anything special.

Service has been impeccable every time I've been there. I love the ambiance, although it is definitely a older, maybe an "old gentleman's club" kind of feel with the dark wood and furniture. However I prefer it to the pale modern deco of many restaurants nowadways with weird paintings on the wall and random words plastered on the ceiling....

you have to try hy's! you wont regret it.... It is however pricey, so I would save it for an anniversary date or holiday.

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La Terrazza1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Nothing Too Special
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Went here around the end of January for a New Years dinner with a friend. I had always seen this place at the corner but was put off by its lack of exterior design, but after hearing good things about it from friends, decided to try it.

Food: I had the duck ravioli while my friend had the chops. We shared a prawn starter. Overall, I found the taste to not be anything too spectacular. It tasted good but was it worth $20? For 5 pieces of regular sized ravioli? or 4 somewhat overgrilled prawns? maybe not. The complementary bread brought to the table was abundant in quantity but lacking in quality. It was cold, hard and not properly sliced. I found the duck sauce to be too heavy, while the chops were not anything overly great- could be found in an Earl's.

Dessert: the biggest dissapointment was the dessert. We ordered a chocolate cake with white vanilla gelato center - it tasted fine but the cake reminded me of the premade, frozen ones you can get at Costco for $9.99 for a box of 12. It had a cheap chocolate taste, and as for the ice cream, it was also nothing special. Maybe a scoop from Yogen Fruz.

Service: the service was this restaurant's saving grace, as our servor, hostess and doorman was approachable, pleasant and accomodating. They worked efficiently and smoothly. It is a shame the food was not up to expectations.

Ambiance: truthfully, I suppose many would find these rooms ro be beautiful but overall, I did not. The indoor plants and lamps looked a little kitschy to me, while the tables and chairs seemed a little old and worn. However, the wine room and the walkway to the washrooms was its redeeming point as both were gorgeous and opulent.

Overall, would I go back? Probably not, at least not for the food. However, it seemed to be a nice place to meet new in-laws or for older families with grown children to go to.

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Caffe Artigiano2154 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
A glorified Starbucks with worse service and rude baristas
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

The coffee is good but not anything exceptional. The "art" of drawing a heart, leaf or some other decoration on top of the coffee is inconsistent depending on the barista.

I think they were going for a European cafe feel but it just feels strange and incovenient to be settling coffee mugs on what feels like tile floor tabletops. Extremely crowded and overheated. There are also about 5 too many tables in the place. Dissapointed to find they offered no brown sugar, honey or non fat milk!

Baristas/Cashiers hurry you along and it is defintely not a pleasant cafe feeling at all. Due to the number of people and tables in the room, it is difficult to juggle your drink back to a table- if you can find one, that is.

Would not go to this overly pretentious coffee place again.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Fantastic sushi with great service
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is a gem on Cambie Street. Although the storefront is barely visible due to the construction on Cambie Street, it is still worth navigating the changed roads.

Everything I have had here is excellent. The Nabeyaki Udon, Chopped Scallop Roll, Spicy Tuna Cone and Bento Boxes are my favourites. The chefs are friendly, professional and will explain any questions you may have.

The older lady who seems to direct the other waitresses is extremely polite and courteous. Will quickly redo any order if it is not to your liking. The waitresses are a little slow in understanding English but are generally polite and cheerful.

The sushi is closer to classic Japanese style rather than the modified styles found in Yaletown/Downtown Jap restaurants/hapa izakayas. Very subtle taste which willl definitely please. It is a little pricey considering the size but it is well worth it.

Adorable touch to give each table some Pocky (asian cookies) with the bill.

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Kadoya Japanese1063 Davie Street, Vancouver
nice japanese place marred by inconsistent service and cluttered room
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

Been here many times and must say the Spicy Sashimi and the Sakura Rolls are my favourite. Generally, any of the rolls from the che's special menu is a satisfactory meal. Portions are generous (for this side of town) and prices are reasonable.

My problem with this place is 1) the cluttered room, filled with about 3 too many tables, along with tacky ratty paper on the walls, 2) the inconsisten service. Service is fast but I have found it to be varying from downright rude to adequate. Your meal can really depend on the waitress you get.

Also, this is just getting picky but many of the tables felt sticky and I'm also disgusted by the number of doctors who come to this restaurant for a meal in their white/green medical coats and their medical equipment hanging around their neck. Isn't that just plain unsanitary for someone who works in a hospital? They are picking up germs everywhere in their clothes.

Anyways, a good place to go to have a quick and satisfying lunch with friends.

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