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mcniteVancouverSince November 15, 200720 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Amazing Food / Excellent Service - a good combo
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

We were out for drinks after work and needed a place to eat, but there are so many restaurants downtown it can be tough choosing. Luckily I remembered Cibo, which we've been meaning to try based on recommendations from other restaurant staff who described it as the current best in Vancouver. After our visit, it's certainly at the top of our list.

To start, we shared a buffalo mozzarella bruschetta, which was excellent and had our mouths watering for the primi. Cheryl had the risotto, containing ramp which is only available for 3 weeks a year, while I had the tagliatelle. The risotto was excellent but the tagliatelle was inspired, reminding me of the wild boar tagliatelle that made Cafe Zoe popular in Seattle (I'd choose Cibo's).

Our mains were spring lamb and the pork belly special. I've never had mint sauce since tasting some of the dreadful concoctions from the grocery, but will reconsider if I can ever find a made-from-scratch sauce such as this. It truly complemented the perfectly-fired lamp chops (at least the portion I managed to "share"). My own plate contained a pretty large pork belly, crispy on the one side and melt-in-your-mouth soft within. This was served with white beans prepared excellently (I am not a veggie guy but this was delicious, especially complemented with a 12 year old balsamic vinegar. Even writing about it brings back the excellent flavour.

I definitely didn't need dessert but the choco nemesis (a dark dark chocolate wedge with a large dollop of cream on the side) was too good to pass up and it was a great choice.

The ambience was certainly European, taking us back to wonderful meals in France and Italy where dining out is such an experience. The serving staff share in the duties seamlessly; our main helper was Tomas, an enthusiastic and very professional French server who clearly has a love of food and a desire to make your experience memorable. We received an excellent description of the wine we'd chosen along with a recommended alternative (Fenocchio dolcet, same price) from the sommelier (which we chose and were very happy with it). Tomas clearly loves the food and after much discussion throughout the evening arranged and offered us a chance to visit the kitchen.

You can tell a lot from a kitchen and even more from the chef and other staff. The Executive Chef, Neil Taylor, is from London and clearly knows his art and how to inspire his sous-chefs. One asked me how I'd liked the tagliatelle, so was clearly interested in feedback on his work (he should rightfully be proud of that). The menu holds about 25 items but they adjust it almost daily and have a repertoire of 60 dishes or more at any one time. So you never have to worry about going back and having a boring choice.

It was interesting as this restaurant wasn't overcrowded. I chalk that up to their unfortunate location between Yaletown and Granville, which just doesn't have the traffic that streets like Hamilton, Denman and Davie do. That's unfortunate because so many are missing the chance for an excellent meal. It's not cheap but you will have a dining experience you will remember and I'm sure you will return (we definitely will).

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Refinery, The1115 Granville Street, Upstairs, Vancouver
Wow! Variety & Excellence
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Another visit to The Refinery on Granville (above the new war zone) and another wonderful dining experience. From the friendly and attentive service to the time put in to preparing the food (the duck rillette is a 7 day preparation journey), this is a top-notch place to dine.

We sampled the duck and our usual carpaccio (to die for) and had difficulty deciding which was more superb. Our next course, which consisted of 3 cheeses of excellent quality, was a good match to the beer I was trying. Following that, succulent prawns with the best fresh taste ever, mussels (apparently really good but not for me thanks) and an albacore tuna that was prepared perfectly.

On to the meats; a spicy chorizo and a buffalo really go well with the various condiments (quince, gherkins, tiny onions, and honeyed nuts) - I'm missing a 3rd one but by then we were terrified of running out of room. For dessert, a goat's milk cheesecake with a caramel almond crust and sour cherry sauce polished us off.

The chef, Mike Carter, really is a find and is committed to providing fresh tastes to delight the clientele (not many chefs will take time to visit the dining room and speak with customers). Ryan served us again and is so engaging it heightens the dining experience (plus he knows the product and ensures the customer appreciates the qualities of each dish. Ken, the sommellier, put together an exquisite wine pairing, the best I have experienced (from the sips I stole as well as a couple of choices I made off the pairing list.

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Urban Burger1067 Davie St, Vancouver
Taste tells
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

My 4th trip to Urban Burger was as expected - a wonderful food experience. I am a burger guy and usually heap my praises on Moderne Burger on Broadway but this new addition to the burger scene means I'll seldom leave downtown to get a good burger.

Burgers are large, high quality and cooked to perfection (they even use a thermometer) and the fries are always fresh and flavourfull.

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Not Quite Up to the Reputation
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:05am [Dine in]

West's prices are quite high, befitting it's status as a premier restaurant in Vancouver. But our Dine-Out visit was disappointing as we didn't see the brilliance they are known for.

The sablefish ravioli sounded great but was a little bland. The mains were not memorable other than a veal upgrade that did show their ability to make great food; our beef was slightly overcooked but with great sauce and the salmon that was well overdone (they reduced the Dine-out price for that but it should never have made it out of the kitchen).

The desserts were interesting with a lot of separate components but that meant the really good parts were very small and not suited to sharing.

Service was impeccable, friendly and knowledgeable. The wine was excellent but overall I would not recommend West for a Dine-out experience.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Cafeteria/Mall Setting - 5 Star Food
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Another visit to Lombardo's on Commercial. Even though we live 3 blocks from their Smythe location and this restaurant is open to the mall with cheap seating, the quality of the food speaks for itself. The wait time was worrisome due to the popularity but within 20-30 minutes we were at our table, only to be told there was a backup on pizzas too.

I don't know why they were so busy last night - incroyable - but the wait was worth it as the food was amazing as usual. We had a prawn in cream sauce appetizer and were tempted to drink the cream and then the pizzas arrived - 2 ai due formaggi (sp?), ham, mushrooms and 2 cheese. The baking cheese is always a treat here.

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Coza! Tuscan Grill20065 Langley Bypass, Langley
Good Food - But what's the target market?
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 1:13am [Dine in]

We arranged for dinner with friends who suggested Coza as an alternative to our usual "big city" fare. We arrived a little late to find our friends still waiting for their reservation. Lots of booths but not for us, sadly, although I must say our server was very attentive and professional.

We agreed on a shared appetizer of flatbread, which I would have called pizza. But it was really good; a little lemon, some chicken, spinach, etc. on a thin crust. For mains we ordered a variety including Chicken Reggiano (a really nice dish with chicken covered in an excellent tomato sauce with of course the king of cheese), a Pesce (Fish, but who's heard of corvina) Bianco al Forno - this looked like a really nicely done piece of fish; and finally a Spaghetti alla Fra' Diavola, their house specialty spaghetti with chicken and lemon-olive oil, chile, black beans, roasted tomatoes and of course garlic.

So we had a fine meal topped off with 2 shared desserts: an Italian Bellini (sorbetto and gelato layered with peach slices and a splash of prosecco) and a really good mascarpone cheesecake with blood orange.

All in all, well worth the trip to Langley, although I couldn't help but feel this is another chain being tested on us. Oh well, if you can keep up the standard, I don't really care.

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Andales Mexican Restaurant1175 Davie Street, Vancouver
My Last Visit Here
Submitted Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

We've been to Andale's on Davie a couple of times when the need for Mexican becomes too great and we either don't want to try Lolita's or need alcohol so can't go for the great Casa Blanca fare. This time it was a mistake.

The food tasted okay (not good) but we were both sick the next day. Sorry, but poisoning your customers is no way to get repeat business. I guess that's why they aren't busy, although it could also be the bland food.

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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Return to Nirvana
Submitted Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

Ok, I don't normally return to a restaurant twice in one week; it's not like I'm a restaurant stalker or anything. And I have tons of variety as we're at Burrard and Davie.

But we had relatives in from the valley and wanted them to enjoy a great evening. Dinner and a show. After the first visit, it was an easy pick and we ended up at La Brasserie once again. It was a little more crowded with waits shortly after we arrived, but the food was still at the very high standard established earlier.

We shared two appies: the onion tart which is amazingly good and the seafood terrine, cold and delicious. For mains, we ordered the steak (mmmmmmm), the mussels (described as the best ever by those who eat mussels - sorry), sauerbraten (amazing that I thought this was sausage - NOT - it's more like shortribs) and I had to try the rotisserie chicken. You cannot find juicier more succulent chicken.

Fully sated, for the good of science we ordered the chocolate coffee pie (forget the name but awesome except I hate raspberries (allergy) and there were many touching my chocolate and the obligatory creme brule. The creme brule was easily the best I have ever tasted and there was much competition to clean the plate.

So I pretty much concur with my last review except I might just kick it up a notch. You will not be disappointed with this restaurant, from the food to the service (we had Jerah serve us again and the attentive, professional service was maintained in spite of our somewhat unruly behaviour.

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Kasas Coffee Lounge310 Bute Street, Vancouver
Kasas - More than a Coffee Lounge
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2008 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

This place produces excellent food. It's a relaxed atmosphere with a cafeteria style counter (they do bring most food out from the kitchen or barbeque). I fell in love with their pulled pork sandwiches; it's amazing the bun survives as it is light and tasty as well. The home made slaw that comes with it is typically gone early, and I'm not what you'd call a "veggie" person.

I've had other items (paninis, sandwiches) and everything they serve has the same high quality. The staff are friendly and helpful and clearly enjoy working there so this is a nice place to visit any time.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Brumch? ooh ya. we need brunch
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 2:13am [Dine in]

We stumbled on Glowbal's brunch and were amazed. Food streaming out of the kitchen, large portions, everything hot and delicious. I went safe with the Yaletown breakfast (could have been Whaletown) and my partner had the lobster (yes, lobster) benedict. Both were exquisite and there was little left on our plates at the end.

Also, although I don't remember our server's name, he mixed a mean caesar. A very nice stopover on our tour of the old warehouse district. Just the fact that people are willing to put up with Yaletown shows how good the "custom" (as in patronage) must be.

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Whineo's1017 Granville St., Vancouver
Good for Appies or a meal
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 1:58am [Dine in]

Our last visit to Whineo's was a little different as it was late evening (but still on the normal side of midnight. Genuine ambience with a welcoming, glad-to-see-you attitude. A very professional staff; efficient, helpful and they have all the skills.

We just had a variety of appies and a glass of wine (or two) and it was a geat experience.

That was last night, after way too much time at the RC. Tonight we checked out their affiliated restaurant (through a shared chef), Two Chefs and a Table. Hard to find (it's east of Main - don't believe Google) but well worth the trip. A true evening of delightful food and excellent service.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Bridges Too Far
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Sadly, September seens to have brought a need to relax, lower the standards and generally offer a crappy time. Picture a lovely September day with a bid of lingering warmth, a hurried but polite and efficient server. Now cut to the food - fish and chips were about all that appealed to either of us after reviewing the strangely morphing menu. Some very odd combinations so we opted for safety.

The fish arrived luke warm and the chips were actually cold. Whether they can't figure out timing for plating or the server went into a coma, this just wasn't acceptable. After some time the server returned and we told her the problem.

No problem. Shw wooshed our plates away and returned shortly with a side of hot fries; now that was what we wanted in the first place. In a matter of minutes (I believe they may have been microwave minutes, our food reappeared - - - and I do mean our food. Yes, we wanted to pay $22 for reheated fish and reheated chips.

We've had some excellent meals there in the past but the prices have climbed while the quality is gone.

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Top Burger is Back
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

Moderne Burger has returned to its past glory, with double the size and many more staff. We've been back 3 times since the renovation. The first time was a little disappointing but it was the day after our they reopened and the kitchen was having problems with timing (cold fries).

The last two times the food has been excellent. Service is always friendly and efficient. The owners want everyone to go away happy and as far as I could see, they've exceeded those expectations. Great burgers, hot fresh fries and to-die-for chocolate shakes. And the kitchen is operating like clockwork - we were surprised how fast they produced such excellent fare.

I've eaten more than my share of burgers and they are back at #1.

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Celtic Times12025 72 Avenue, Surrey
Service a Plus
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 10:47am [Dine in]

Always good service at the Celtic Times, bringing it up a notch from the cave that is the new Lions and some of the other local watering holes. It was disappointing to see them remove Kilkenny and try to replace it with Caffrey's (a poor substitute) but I guess profit margins rule.

Haven't had a lot of food there but what I've had has been decent (not outstanding). The meat draws seem to be popular but also appear to attract the legion crowd.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Awesome Experience (and at Dineout)
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Dineout represents an opportunity to try out new restaurants and so we booked here based on an excellent reputation. We were pleasantly surprised to find this exceeded our expectations in all areas. Paul warned us that each course would get better but he didn't say how much.

Great appetizers, between fresh oysters with horseradish snow and awesome scallops. But the mains really blew our minds, with everything on the plate for a reason and that reason being complementary taste. A great palate, whoever designed the menu. Desserts were unique and very very good. although I was sated after the mains.

Wine pairings were bang on and of course the service exceeded expectations with a friendly attentive staff who really understood the food and knew how to present a meal in such a manner that you were drooling from the description.

Almost tempted to slip over there for a late night snack but they're really busy and rightfully so. Put this on your top 5 restaurants to visit.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
New Years - Too High Expectations?
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

We decided to make a reservation for the late sitting for New Years. At $80 for a prix fixe meal, I`m not sure whether we should have expected more but we didn`t expect bland. I`ve been delighted at other places many times but last night the highlight of my meal was a very small portion of pork belly.

At the bar, we asked about wine suggestions and the bartender pointed out a $200 bottle which we declined so he lost interest in us. Our server helped us pick an $82 bottle which I think is plenty. Service was the highlight of the evening.

The oyster, spoon (chose tuna tartare), appetizer (scallops with fennel – not much taste), and main (3 pork combo – small pork belly was great; rest was dry). A cheese plate on the menu turned out to be $8.50 a cheese. Prix fixe? The molten chocolate cake (tiny) and squash mousse (tasteless with coffee grounds).

I was a little shocked to see the staff pouring champagne and then drinking it themselves. Either supply a glass for the guests or wait until the restaurant cleared and then have a staff drink.

Nothing really wrong but nothing to make it stand out as a good value or excellent food.

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Casablanca1102 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great Mexican Food
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

We recently walked down Davie looking for good Mexican food as we'd been told that there was a great place to eat there. Well, we stumbled into Casa Blanca and were not disappointed.

It appears to be family run and we learned our server was from Mexico City so I assume that this food is local fare there. Well, they must dine well in Mexico City as we found nothing to fault in the food presentation or, most importantly for Mexican food, the taste. I tried the queso flameado which comes in a small bowl with a single extremely fresh tortilla (I would have preferred more but the main course burrito was very good and filling).

My wife had the soup and found it very good (not quite as good as the tortilla soup at La Casita but very good nevertheless).

It would be nice if they had a liquor license but I managed to survive without it and will return, based on the great food, delightful friendly service and the ambience which is nothing fancy but comfortable.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Addictive Greek Food
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

We usually end up at Stephos weekly since we live close and it is the BEST comfort food imaginable. Initially we would order differently with my wife choosing the roast lamb and I being intoxicated by the meat lasagna, a delicious combination of lamb and beef in soft noodles covered (and I do mean covered) in cheese. Amazing meal. After our fifth (or so) visit, my wife was lured over to the lasagna and was trapped.

Our variety now comes from the appetizers (there is NO chance we'll have room for dessert sadly). The saganaki is great and my wife loves the salads (although olives, onions and tomatoes are my least popular foods so I pass).

We almost always end up with the same waiter who is excellent, fun and very helpful. He turned us on to the Tollo Italian wine (I suspect him of being Italian as well) and it is not only good but cheap as well. Every time is a fine dining experience.

If only there weren't those pesky line-ups it would be exquisite but the secret has been out for years now and it's a popular spot. I'm getting hungry reading this and as a matter of fact plan to go there very very soon (within the hour). Stephos forever!!!

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
Crammed In
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

We used to live around the corner on 5th and finally broke down and tried Quattro. It was a typically busy Saturday although not a special date and the place was packed. A little too packed.

Our table was sandwiched into a small area near the kitchen door, so there was constant traffic going by. It made the experience less than worse the price which was pretty high given the food. The food was good but I've had better for less. Service was good also although not like some restaurants where they make you feel at home. So sadly we won't return to Quattro, which had such great hype but failed to deliver a good dining experience.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Non-service
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 10:18am [Dine in]

I took a staff member to Marcello's last Friday for lunch, as it was her last day before maternity leave. The hostess noticed us but didn't come over for about 5 minutes and then told us that they were just clearing tables and it would be "just a few more minutes".

About 5-10 minutes later a couple of women came in pushing a baby carriage. The hostess came back to the door, didn't acknowledge we were still waiting and proceeded to lead them back to a table.

I've never experienced such rude service. I've been there before and realize they aren't strong on service (inattentive servers, appetizers served with main courses, etc.) but they seem to be trying to outdo themselves. I hope that Lombardo's gets all their business and the new owner is better at running a restaurant.

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