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matsuvancouverSince February 2, 200736 Reviews
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3.5 (3.7)
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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Contemporary hotel restaurant with surprsingly inexpensive menu
Submitted Monday, March 16, 2009 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Dined at Market the past saturday night, it is a very nice and contemporary hotel restaurant at the Shangri-La. The restaurant opened not long ago so all the furnitures and carpet etc are like brand new.

Food: great food, inexpensive menu (some entrees are in 20s range). I had the uni (sea urchin) as appy, uni was very fresh and flavourful. For mains, I had the soy glazed short ribs with apple puree, again it was very flavourful and the sides were tasty as well. Apple and short ribs matched quite perfectly to my surprise cos apple is usually matched with pork.
My partner had the steamed sole with nuts, portion was generous, the fish was great and the side (squash spagetti) was interesting too.
For dessert we shared the Pavlova, presentation was awesome, but the sorbet was kinda too sour.
I dont like alchohol so i had the Passion chili soda, it was good and interesting.

Ambience: super clean, good use of mirrors, modern lighting, main colors used were gold, white, beige and red. For customers who prefer a more upbeat ambience there is the lounge/cafe. The diniing room is more for fine dining. there was not much view, the windows look out to the busy streets.

Service: professional and courteous, but dish washing could be better cos we had to ask the server to get us another spoon.

overall i really enjoyed my meal at Market, the menu is surprisingly inexpensive and quite unique. Give it a try!!

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
good food, decent service, great oysters
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 11:01am [Dine in]

this is the third time i dined at joe fortes, great meal, mediocore service.

went last saturday, the place was packed, i took advantage of the $28 3 course menu available every night. The raw plate (tuna and smoked salmon) was awesome, i had the seafood linguini as entree, it was decent, what's missing was the mussels and calamari, the other choice of entree was 7oz sirloin , it was very good. For desserts we tried both choices, tiramisu and cream brulee, both were good, i liked the tiramisu more, the cream brulee was a bit too heavy.
also had oysters on the side, the server recommended local beach oysters, they were pretty good and fresh. I had oysters at Rodneys last week, and seemingly joe fortes is better at shucking.

service was mediocre, i had to remind the server for our oysters.

Ambiance was on the loud side as expected from this busy restaurant..upstairs seems to be more quiet but i never had the chance to dine upstairs or the booths..maybe i should request that next time.

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La Vallee1379 Howe Street, Vancouver
A nice place, good food, service needs improvement
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 11:40am [Dine in]

went to La Vallee for valentines day, it offered a special 5 course menu at $48 per person, it was cheaper than a lot of restaurants, so i gave it a try. My seating was early 530pm, it was almost empty when i got there. The place slowly filled up as time went by. It was full when i left which was around 8pm.

Decor is elegant, the brick wall is the highlight of the room, the main color used is orangy brown, which mixed well with the dark brown leather chairs, the carpet is very colorful which is somewhat uncommon for restaurants, but the carpet was very clean so it was good.

Food was good, not outstanding but still good. I had the champagn baked oysters (4 of them, i only expected 2, the sauce it baked in wasnt very flavourful, but once i added a tiny bit of salt and drips of lemon juice that came with the dish, it turned out very well), pear salad which was nothing special, lemon sorbet was overly frozen but tasty and refreshing.
Main course I had the beef tenderloin + crab cake + grilled prawn, the tenderloin was marinated, it was tasty, the prawn was good as well. My bf had the rack of lamb, which wasn't marinated so it wasn't as flavourful as my tenderloin, but the taste of lamb was strong. Both main courses were tasty.
Dessert I had the pistachio parfait, it was better than expectation, it was so smooth and delicious, full of pistachio flavour but not the rough texture, this quality is better than a lot of more upscale restaurants or even dessert place!
My bf had the white and dark chocolate terrine, i think the dark chocolate was mixed with liquor, which i dont really like. The tart shell was tasty tho.

Service is where La Vallee needs to improve. The servers made several small mistakes here and there, and diff servers came to serve us, so the quality of service wasn't consistent, some servers were better some were worse.

One nice touch of the special vday menu is every lady gets a fresh red rose, it was very nice!

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
outstanding meal, from service to food to atmosphere
Submitted Friday, February 13, 2009 - 11:08am [Dine in]

Dined at Lumiere on a thursday night, took advantage of its 3 course prix fix menu at promotional price $58, it was awesome, likely the best meal i have in vancouver!

from reception to getting seated to walking out of the restaurant, the place really impressed me, the severs were attentive, polite and professional. I almost felt like there were the same number of severs as customers, lol... in short, you won't be disappointed with their service.

The place is smaller than I expect, maybe big enough for 30 people...but the atmosphere was quite intimate and romantic, quite classy but still comfortable.

Moving on to food, the menu has 5-6 selections for each course, they all sound really attractive. The complimentary amuse boche was great, it was squash three ways in little plates/cup. I chose the phesant and foie gras terrine as appy. Lovely! phesant was pretty juicy and a lot better than chicken, while the foie gras terrine had a strong foie gras taste, mixed well with the plum jelly on top. My partner ordered the hamachi, the fish was fresh and tasty, the wasabi-foam was unique as well.
I had the milk-fed veal for entree, it was veal three ways: tenderloin (extremely smooth), cake-like veal terrine (no idea what this is called, but the veal terrine has soft cheese texture but meat taste), and veal salad (bits of veal mixed with green leafs, it was really good). The portions looked tiny at first, but it was such a good combination that the veal terrine was heavy and filling, so i was full. My partner had the duo tenderloin or something similar, in my opinion it wasnt as exciting as my veal entree, but still very good.
Desserts...I had the caramalized pineapple with rice pudding and sorbet. It was excellent, the pineapple had a candy-like texture but still kept the taste of pineapple, the rice pudding was sweet so the rather sour sorbet and the very sour puree really balanced well. My partner had the chestnut hot and cold sundae. The presentation was nothing but unique and playful. As the server poured the hot chestnut chocolate liquid into the chocolate liq of the cup of sundau, it created a hole, then we get to see whats inside the cup, it was chestnut / ginger ice cream and chocolate, plus crisp merginue. The presentation of this dessert was creative, but it was too sweet..

After the dessets, our sever brought a bag of lemon madeline (?), they're lemon cakes in small sizes fresh from the oven. they were good, but i was way too full to consume the full bag...

all in all, outstanding meal, from service to food to atmosphere. The regular price of this 3 course prix fix menu is $98, which is a little steep for myself, but if you're not worried about money, lumiere is the place to go!

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
An upscale italian dining place
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

went to CinCin on a saturday night during DOV. the restaurant is very nice, i like the decorations and wall paintings, roman sculptures, lots of wines (not that i like wines but cellars can defintely upscale a place).

Service was awesome, our server was attentive, always smiling.

Food was decent. i had the panchetta & pistachio terraine to start, it was OK, tastes like sasuage paste, i wish it were more creamy. my bf had the tomato soup and it was good. I had the veal osso bugo (braised veal), it was pretty good but i think it was a bit over-cooked, my bf had the grilled swordfish, it was tasty but portion was small, he could have finished it in like 5 mins.
Dessert was outstanding, i had the tiramisu, lovely, every bit of it was delicious! my bf had the black forest cake, it was bitter-sweet, but i love the merigue on the side.

one down side of CinCin during dine out is it gets really noisy, esp the waiting area is small, customers were standing behind our table as they wait... my bf and i had a hard time hearing each other...

for $38 it is worth it, cos the restaurant is very nice and upscale, the regular menu is very 'upscale' too, so i dont think i can afford to dine at CinCin on normal days. Definitely a great choice for special occasion or dine out though.

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Beyond Restaurant & Lounge1015 Burrard St., Vancouver
For $28 it was ok
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Went to Beyond on a friday night to give their dine out menu a try.
It was a so so experience. The restaurant is quite nice with multi-tier and different styling for each tier, however our table was very close to the entrance and right along the pathway, so customers were contantly walking by us and our table was small, the hostess didnt bother with coat check either.
one good thing about our table is we can see the kitchen clearly...kitchen is very clean, spot-free.

Food was okay, my salmon appy was kinda bland, tho the other appy was good, it was like tofu sausage. I had the sablefish as entree, it was flavourful, my fd had the beef, it was just ok. Dessert was decent.

portions were huge..my salmon appy is not too much smaller than an entree at a common restaurant. 2 pretty big pieces of sablefish, where normally you would only get one piece.

For $28 it was ok, but Mosaic also at $28 dine out is a lot better.

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Metro Restaurant200 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Give it a try!
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 10:51am [Dine in]

my dining experience at Metro is quite good. I like its location, close to waterfront, and the restaurant kind of overlooks the inlet. The style of the restaurant is casual elegant, it doesnt have table cloths but at least i felt it was clean, contemproary and casually elegant. The lounge area was quite massive so i guess a lot of customers come here for drinks.

I went for the dine out menu, I had the beef cheek to start, the portion was fairly huge for a starter, i was half full after finishing it, the beef cheek was tender. For entree I had the salmon, it was quite juicy and not over-cooked, the 'pickled' tomato added flavour to the salmon, tho eating the tomato alone would be too sour. My friend had the duck for entree and i tried it, it was really good, juicy and not dry at all. I had the baked cheesecake moouse for dessert, awesome! it is not the ordinary cheesecake, the cheese was more smooth and light, and the pastry was crisp, the fruit sauce mixed with the cheesecake very well.

Service was professional and courteous.

The restaurant was not full on a saturday night during peak hours, i'm not sure why ppl are not choosing this restaurant but I think its dine out menu is worth a try, tho i do think if they priced it $28 instead of $38 a lot more people will be willing to try.

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Mosaic Bar and Grill655 Burrard St, Vancouver
$28 dine out is a bargain!
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 7:47am [Dine in]

Mosaic is really good, the restaurant is nice, very airy and spacious, i especially like the high ceiling and wood trims. i also like the big windows looking out the street and buildings. Food was good, i'd give food 8/10, i had the crab cakes with avocado ragu (it has a very unique taste), seafood pot (the shellfish were really good, fish kinda overcooked), and mini chocolate square (very rich and yummy)

service was attentive, I'd definitely go back to Mosaic in the future, $28 dine out is a bargain.

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
A Great hotel restaurant for family
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 10:05am [Dine in]

Went to Five Sails for dine out, it was quite a good experience. The hotel is very nice but the restaurant is not as upscale as the hotel, it is more cozy than grand.

Food was pretty good, I had the open ravioli of prawn and scallop for appetizer, duck breast and seared foie gras for entree and chocolate banana tango for dessert. The prawn and scallop was fresh and tasty. The duck breast could have been more juicy, while the foie gras melted in my mouth so it was very good, the dessert was presented very nicely and it was delicious.

Service was very good as expected from this 5 star hotel.

I this Five Sails is perfect for family dinner rather than a romantic dinner with your date. It doesn't offer the same kind of romantic feel as other restaurants like West, Connor Butler or Lift, but it is definitely a great hotel restaurant.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The2770 Esplanade Ave, Port Moody
Check it out
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

The room is airy and the view is great, overlooking Burrard Inlet, the ceiling is like 3 stories high. Probably get a view from every seat in the room. I went there for brunch and the menu, altho not very extensive, offers a good selection at reasonable prices (mostly $12-15) Definitely worth going if you live in the Tri-city area, or want to check out the area, port moody is just as nice as Deep Cove with 1/3 of the crowd.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Impeccable Service, elegant restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

Impeccable service, very prompt, professional and friendly. Food is excellent, from amose boshe to dessert, everything is nearly flawless. the interior is not as grand as the picture on its website, it is not a huge dining room, but still very elegant and not crowded.

Excellent value if you go for the prix-fix menu, which is $49, served nightly before 6 i believe.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Great Italian food at reasonable price
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

My partner and I went on a saturday afternoon, ordered the Carne & Pesche Platter for 2, it's only $30 but it comes with grilled lamb chops (the seasoning was good), a whole roasted trout (boneless and juicy), 2 pieces of veals, and 2 grilled jumbo prawns, along with salad and beets.

Food was very good for the price.

Decor is nice, airy and modern, but the tables are kinda clattered togethered.

Service is professional and prompt.

This place doesnt really accept reservations for dinner so that is my only complaint.

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Fuji Sushi526B Clarke Rd, Coquitlam
Excellent Salmon sashimi, cheap price
Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

went on a saturday evening, the place is pretty packed but still got seated within 5mins.

Food: the menu is pretty extensive, me and my companion ordered sashimi dinner box, oyster motoyaki and chopped scallop roll. The dinner box is only $13 and it comes with 6 pieces of tuna and salmon sashimi, 2 pieces of tamago, some tempura, salad, miso soup and terriyaki with rice - excellent value and quality for the price. The salmon sashimi is really good.
Oyster motoyaki took a long time to arrive but definitely worth waiting, it's double the size at those All You can eat places, and the best thing is not oily. $4 for 2 oyster motoyaki is the cheapest price i've seen so far.

Decor: dont expect much, the place is small and crowded, it's only good for a quick meal kinda...but worth trying due to its cheap price and good quality food.

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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
Very nice view, Great Foie Gras
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

Went on a saturday night, asked for window seat at booking, but did not get one when we arrived which is fine since our table can still see some view.

Decor: nothing lavish, open kitchen made the place more lively, the chairs are very comfy, tables a lil too close together, the room is kinda small, maybe 30 tables in total.

Food: I had the pan seared Foie Gras as appy, very good, it melted in my mouth and like the previous comment, very generous size for $20, i'd expect half the size.
Had the Artic Char $30 as entree, the fish was grilled to perfection, crispy skin and raw center, but the sauce was too lemony and oily, which kinda ruins the mild taste of the fish.
My companion ordered Grilled Veal Chop $38, excellent meat, but again, the sauce was too salty. I think more work needs to be done on sauces.

Service was very prompt and professional.

I concur with the previous comments, only a handful of tables are next to windows, and none of them are table for 2 i think...

for me, i'd probably pick Salmon House over Fraiche, since i can see the view better at Salmon House and the place is more spacious...but the Foie Gras at Fraiche is worth a try.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
everything is average...
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

Went on Canada Day, only 3-4 tables were seated so it was nice and quiet.

Decor: minimalist style, white lines with mirrors, seats and tables are not bad, but lack design in general.

Food: i had the $35 early prix-fix menu, celery soup was too thick and salty in my opinion, entree Organic pork was quite good, it was basically pork in 3 ways, however i find it a lil bland or the sauce was not enough. Dessert was Pavolva, it was yummy but i didnt really like the sake sorbet.

Service was good in general.

Since the restaurant lacks design and view in general, i expect the food to be excellent, but turns out it is only average...

trattoria kitchen one block down looks more vibrant and the menu is very inexpensive...i'd give it a try later.

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Plan B Lounge & Eatery1144 Homer Street, Vancouver
Awesome baked oysters!!
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

The two of us went on a Saturday night.
Service was not great since we had to wait 10-15min before a server came to take our orders. Other than that, the meal was good, we ordered the baked oysters with pork belly, scallops, lamb rack and duck breast. The oysters were awesome, i really liked the creamy sauce, the pork belly could have been more soft and fluffy. The scallops were very tasty and the taligate was very good as well. Lamb rack was good, the tiny mushrooms mixed with grilled marrow made the dish better. the duck breast wasnt the greatest, it was a bit bland.

the restaurant itself is kind of small, but the back room was pretty spacious and quiet.

Recommendations: better service and more extensive menu.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Top notch Service, good food
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Went on a Friday night, the place doesnt look as pretty as the pictures on the website but still the super high ceiling and glass wine cellar made the room very spacious and airy.

Service was top notch, as expected from this Four Seasons hotel.

Menu could have been more extensive..there wasnt a whole lot to choose from.

We ordered the "try them all" appetizer and crispy chicken to share. The appetizer consists scallops, red snapper i think, octopus and salmon tartare. It was quite tasty but not spectacular.
the chicken was tender and tasty.

Also ordered Rhumbard (sorry i cant spell) dessert, it was excellent. Presentation was superb and worth $10.

At the end of the meal, they gave us complimentary chocolate gelato balls and lots of almonds, that's a very nice touch. (every table got this treat)

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
impressive view, a lil overpriced
Submitted Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Had dinner last saturday, the view is impressive, but the decor is not very upscale (at least not as 'upscale' as its prices).

Food: had the oyster as appy, they're tiny...at $2.95 each I think I'd have a better deal at Rodney's Oyster house in yaletown.
I had the Grilled Veal Chop with red wine sauce as main, it is a special dish not found on the regular menu. I can say it is quality meat and the seasoning was great. However this dish alone is $45.
My fd has the prawns + scallops lunguni, it was great, just a lil oily in my opinion. the prawns were very tasty.
I had the almond raspberry financier, it was presented very nicely, and tasted good.
we ordered drinks but they didnt come until the mains were served, so the waiter apologized and took them off the bill.
Without the drinks, our bill was almost $100...I'd say it is a lil overpriced for this kind of semi-fine dining setting...

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Herons West Coast Kitchen900 Canada Place, Vancouver
A nicely decorated hotel restaurant
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:28am [Dine in]

Had dinner at Herons a few weeks ago, i had quite a good time there.

Food: i ordered the signature Mussels as appy, it was lovely, portion is as big as an entree.
For main i had the Smoked Black Cod, the fish was cooked to near-perfection, it was juicy, however the seasoning was quite heavy-handed, meaning the food was a lil salty in my opinion.
My partner ordered Organic Chicken Breast, it was good but again, a lil salty.

Service: very ordinary. Maybe because we used the entertainment coupon and did not order wine.

Ambiance: quite upscale, spacious, very airy, overlooks the new convention center and Canada place.

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William Tell, The765 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Elegant European restaurant
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:11am [Dine in]

My dinner at William Tell on a Saturday evening was awesome. Food was great, the menu was unique. I had the Quebec Veal and it was very delicious. Dessert is not to be missed, i had the signature dessert Meringue Glacee au Chocolatthe, and it was a big dessert, tasted very good as well. Ambiance is outstanding, very detail-oriented, i like the silverware and the nice white linen tablecloth, the interior design is very elegant and comfortable. Service was great.

Overall a great restaurant!

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