Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 8:55pm [Dine in]
While I think my dining partner and I were the only people in the restaurant who had never seen Top Chef (the chef was walking around taking pictures with all the tables), I was actually very pleasantly surprised by this place. Everything we had was tasty and reasonably priced, I loved the eggplant appetizer and it was a great place to go with a friend and share a few different plates. Overall a positive experience and some interesting dishes!
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Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 8:34pm [Dine in]
Ok, what happened here & how come no one told me!?!
What a lovely surprise, we actually have a great place to go for a nice dinner or a date nite in Maple Ridge. WOW. Yes we all know of the tried and true place that have been there but nothing as quaint, subtle yet magnificent as this.
I happened on it by chance as I parked on this one way side street to get my son's skate sharpened across the street and when I came back to my car my curiosity got the better of me and I poked my head in to see what this off the beaten place was all about....
Long behold what a beautiful room : warm and sexy yet refined and casual, OMG, somebody definitely knew what they were doing.
Looked at the menu and decided to come for dinner that nite as that's all they do, dinner starting at 5pm and Tues to Sat only (how civilized). My lovely wife (who knew nothing of this place) was first shocked as we pulled up but was pleasantly surprised once we entered, it was like entering one of those off the beaten path wow place in New York or LA that the TV shows are always talking about; breathtaking gorgeous
We were greeted with very genuinely welcome with a big smile and shown to a lovely table for four even though we were only two and the place was pretty full. We settled in and as we were taking in the ambiance we glanced around the room and saw quite a broad spectrum of ages and different types of diners all around and all of them had one thing in common: a very relaxed and content look, its like being in a SPA.
I know I am rambling but WOW....
The menu is definitely well put together with lots of options for every one( look it up)
I had the Crab and Salmon Dip, followed by the Tenderloin and my wife had the calamari followed by the Lamb Shank.
The portions are huge no massive and the flavors are dynamic with layers upon layers exploding in your mouth.
Whoever is putting this together definitely knows their stuff and hits the mark.
We were too stuffed but somehow after we were told about the Tiramisu our rubber arms were twisted and we ordered one to share (glad we did as it too was a large for one)
All said and done YUMM, great place amazing food; Oh and a great wine list short and cheap. I gotta come back as all sounds amazing and then the kicker the server said that they are doing seasonal menus, which means I won't be able to eat my way through this one before they completely change it in March. Got to go more>>>>>>>
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Submitted Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 4:21pm [Dine in]
A reunion with old friends and someone booked federico's as they thought it would be a great place to catch up dine & dance and make a nite out of it.
Got the and the place was busy(of it was sat nite), lovely old world charm and a friendly maitre'd, we were shown to our table and the server was fabulous, friendly and charming, lot of attention to detail, drinks all around lots of wine i thought this was great idea.....................
Reading the menu, it looked great lots of old school favourites, I opted for the 4 course option for $50.
most at the table went for the 3 courses for $40. they all thought it would be too much food to do the 4 courses.
All was going welll then the food arrives and we all dig in ............
My Vitello Tonnato looked good but tasted dry and tough, the tuna aioli was nice but the meat was dry and tough, I figured maybe it's suppossed to be that way, my partners Pea soup was a luke warm yucky tastless dishwater and she didn't even fiish it.
My next course was the Risotto di Anatra (duck confit), Duck is one of my faves so I was really looking forward to this, the first bite it tasted nice and creamy with just the right aldente rice but then by the end of it I had a strog salty after taste in my mouth, and every subsequent bite hightened that overpowering saltiness, I found out from the server that the chef uses Kosher salt and as it takes longer to dissolve by the time this dish comes to the table it is often oversalty, oh well it was what it was, perhaps the chef was having a bad nite.
The third course was with every ones entree, my Osso Bucco looked great and I was thinking that this was going to make it all better the shank was big and meaty sitting on golden yellow risotto, yum....
Spoke too soon, I took a bite of the meat and it was still cold in the middle, They had obviously not heated it long enough.............
My partners sole was ok too a little on the dry side, but the way the nite was going I figured what the Heck...
The rest of the table was not impressed with the food either, it was ok nothig to make any of us come back.
What a shame as the place was awesome had the food been up to par it waold all have bee a memorable nite for all the right reasons. Oh Well
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Great Classic Room with Amazing View and Good food & Service
Submitted Monday, June 14, 2010 - 5:16pm [Dine in]
Ok, firstly I haven't been here in a few years as it was an ok place to go, despite the great view.
Something has changed ......................
The room is still the same, dated set back in time more like it, not necessarily a bad thing.
Went there on Sunday for brunch, boy was it busy they were full and we had a short wait but the host was charming and even offered us a coffee while we waited (we were cold from walking on the beach). Less than 5 mnutes and we had a lovely table not quite at the window but the view was fabulous nevertheless. The server was friendly without being familiar and very knowledgeable about the menu. We were all wondering how the menu might be, ut thought they must be doing something right the place is packed.
Brunch items mostly regular fare, stick to the classics, Ordered three different bennys and an omelette.
When the food arrived it was fast we were all quite surprised but it looked good, and tasted even better, silence at the table as we dove in and not a word till the plates were clean. Wow, that was a pleasent surprise, this is our new regular brunch place.
Before we left we peeked at the lunch and dinner menus, as expected pretty straight forward classics, these guys are not pretending to be something they are not. Lots of sandwiches and burgers with Fish & chips on the lunch menu and Dinner menu has everything from steaks, to salmon to lamb, even burgers with Fish & chips, not to mention things like nachos and cheese plates, must come and nosh on the patio what a great place to people watch and watch the sun go down amist unprtenious tranquility.
Another day definately.
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Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 9:20pm [Dine in]
Went to La Quercia for a dinner on a late wednesday night and was surprised to see the restaurant full of patrons. Reservations are a definite must since this place seems to be busy. The servers were friendly, charming and courteous. The items on the blackboard above the kitchen serving area was a bit dim and difficult to read in the current lighting setup. Furthermore, i found it a little bit trying to hear my partner during our dinner as conversations from the other patrons seemed to bounce around quite a bit. The food was served quickly on warmed plates and was quite tasty. The pasta appears to be made in-house (which is expected of an italian restaurant) with just the right about of sauce. Overall, I had a great dining experience and would like to come back with a larger group of people to try a bit of everything on the menu.
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Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 9:15pm [Dine in]
Oh my God is this place for real, The food is amazing and the value is to die for.
We need more good mexican restaurants in Vancouver.
The Tacos are to die for that is what you wnt to star with along with a side of the house made guac.
The burottos are ginormous and to die for, one of these and you don't need the 3 O clock snack.
Thank God keep it up guys.
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Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 4:21pm [Dine in]
A good ol standby
What can you say about Tapastree that hasn't been said before. The young wanna bees come and go but these guys have staying power and the reason is quite obvious. Consistent food and service over the years and a great wine list makes this place one of our favorites for all occassions. Yeah it's not even expensive and have a low risk failure rate due to their tried and true nature makes me want to keep going back !
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Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 4:16pm [Dine in]
One of my reps took me out for lunch last week and it was the best lunch I have ever had. Impeccable service and attention to detail.
The place is fabolous the menu, wow, what can I say choices, choices,choices.
The special touches, like the hot Dundness Crab Amouse Bouche to start, and the pear sorbet with poire williams to mfinish, Yummmmm.
No wonder they have been around for so long the food was perfect, the flovours layered so that every bite you taste something new and your mouth never gets tired.
Frog legs and Duck confit, my favs.
Love the choc. crocs.
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Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 4:09pm [Dine in]
Why bother, is all I should say about this place.
The food is boring and flavourless except if you think extra salt makes up for lack of imagination.
Their entire menu is a copy of another restaurant on Robson, which is now closed.
I wonder if some of the kitchen staff / management moved here.
Any ways for the prices they charge there are a lot better options out there.
The service was decent, but when it takes forever to get below mediocre food I feel sorry for the servers.
Hope these guys have deep pockets as Vancouver diners are savy.
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Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:30pm [Dine in]
Wow, Happened to be in East Van and some friends suggested we try this great hole in the wal.
I am glad they did, The food was to die for.
The place is simple but spotless, we arrived late on sat nite they were closing in 10 minutes, the owner welcomed us to an empty restaurant we weren't rushed or made to feel unwelcome.
He asked us what we liked described the dishes and answered all the questions, he is also the chef so we got all the details.
Started with Roti cannai, delicious, crispy on the outside and soft, fluffy on the inside, Also had chicken and beef satays, lovely juicy and tender.
The Lamb biryani was to die for I will go back just for that.
The prawn curry and the house fried rice also amazing.
Definately worth it, 4 people and the bill was only $50.00. We let stuffed and had enough left over for lunch the next day.
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