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mixed90VancouverSince November 16, 200620 Reviews
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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Modern Middle East in Threesomes
Submitted Monday, March 12, 2007 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

On my recent visit to Sanafir I went in with no expectations because I hadn't heard anything about it. Upon arriving we were greeted by a nice hostess who sat us at the bar because there were no other seats available. I liked the bar for this occasion as it was more intimate as we were sitting closer together. The other tables and lounges were mainly suited to sit 4-8 guests and did offer privacy.

Sanafir is a tapas restaurant that serves everything in threesomes (their words). The menu choices offer "Chicken, Beef, Prawns, Tuna, etc..." and the sub category under it explains 3 tapas plates you get with that meat. There's also 1 vegetarian option. According to our bartender, 3 of these threesome servings is approximately the size of a full course meal. There is also a Chef's Selection on the menu which has a larger vareity of items to pick from. Once again you would need to pick 3 out of the Chef's Selection for a flat rate.

We had the Tuna and Vegetarian tapas options and a Pita appy that came with Hummus and a few different types of olives.
I won't go into detail regarding every dish however I will say that I enjoyed almost every dish. The sauces provided with each dish complimented each other yet had a unique flavour.

The Pinot Noir served by the glass was nicely balanced and quite enjoyable with the meal. My companion liked it so much that she skipped dessert!! Of course the desserts are ordered the same way as everything else.... you guessed it! IN THREESOMES!

We also inquired about group settings upstairs where there are beds to eat on and floor cushions around a table. Reservations per section requires you spend atleast $500 and it will seat anywhere from 5-8.

Sanafir is a good place to bring a date, celebrate with a group or have a drink in a new trendy Granville location.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Slippery slope downhill...
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 2:41am [Dine in]

I used to love Gyoza King and would wait in line for as long as it took to get a seat but recently I've seen it go downhill. Maybe it's because I'm a big fan of Guu so I don't go as often. I went for late night Gyoza King after the bar and got seated just before 1am. (Being open so late is definitely one of it's perks.) The service there is decent but when it's busy it's sometimes hard to get catch a server. The standards are of course gyozas, boiled beef salad, udon noodles, and chicken katsu... atleast that what we usually get. I'd say the food generally lacked taste and cannot compare to Guu which is just down the street and offers similar choices. I would definitely go again for late night cuisine but never if Guu is open.

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Rare pays attention to the little details
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 2:02am [Dine in]

I went to Rare on the last day of the Vancouver Dineout and enjoyed my meal. After the drinks were served they brought out a complimentary minitoast with guacamole and proscuitto which was served on an upside down cream brule dish. The presentation and taste left something to the imagination although the guacamole was quite good.

I started with the Romaine heart Ceasar salad with smoked bacon and flaked parmesan. The lettuce was fresh and the dressing was well balanced with the bacon to make an all around satisfying appetizer. Our server, who did a great job, then brought a blood orange aperitif to cleanse the palate.

My main course was a pepper crusted Canadian Striploin cooked blue rare. The steak was cooked perfectly and the cut of meat was quite tender. The portions were not large but nicely accompanied and well presented. Before dessert was served they brought another palate cleanser which was a double whipped chocolate mouse with Earl Grey essense which was quite light and refreshing.

The dessert would please any woman as it was 4 different types of chocolate. The highlight was probably the strawberry dipped in house white chocolate.

The service at Rare was very appropriate for the group I went with. A young group on a Sunday night at 8:30pm, for dineout doesn't necessarily require high brow attention. Peter was able to relate to us at our level yet still provide high end service.

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Cheap and Consistent All Day Breakfasts
Submitted Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 4:31am [Dine in]

At Bon's you always know what you're gonna get. Order the special which is 2 eggs, toast, coffee, home fries, and your choice of meat and it's only $2.99. They also bring your bill with the food so it's efficient. Bon's is successful because of turnover. It's a decent sized place and it's always busy so they can afford cheap breakky. Don't go on a weekend unless you have atleast 1 1/2 hours to kill cuz you'll be waiting in line and the kitchen gets a little bogged down.

I'd suggest getting the baked ham with your meal. It's not extra $$ and it's not on the menu cuz it's only for the regulars that know they have it. But sometimes it takes a little longer to come out and the portion sizes are unpredictable. They also have a different style of home fries: "onion and garlic" which some like better.

I will caution you that it's not the cleanest place but the coffee is good and free flowing.

All in all Bon's will always be my number 1 choice for a solid diner breakfast if I'm in the area.

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Yaletown Brewing Co1111 Mainland St., Vancouver
No Burgers... Beer and Pizza?
Submitted Wednesday, December 6, 2006 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

I've never been a fan of Yaletown Brewery however we had a team dinner there recently and it not as bad as I remember. Anyone who likes it suggests getting one of their many pizzas however I chose to go with the 10 oz. New York Steak with mashed potatos and garlic spinich sides. I requested medium rare and the cooking time was quite good. The New York cut is a much fattier cut then I'm used to however the steak I received was much better then I expected.

Before the steak our table ordered a bunch of appetizers which were quite standard: dry ribs, spinach and artichoke dip, spicy beans, edamame, vegetarian spring rolls. The spicy beans was head and shoulders above the rest of the appetizers. It was not overcooked and had the perfect amount of spices.

Since MJG brews its own beers I tried their wheat beer which is a hefeweizen and comes with a lemon wedge.

I have other favorites in Yaletown that I would prefer visiting however the Brewing Co. is a laid back atmosphere that is enjoyable during the weekdays.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Parkside quietly creating a standard in Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, December 3, 2006 - 3:04am [Dine in]

This is my third time dining at Parkside and the experience was unique and memorable. I've always loved Parkside for it's location (slightly hidden from the glare of downtown), service (knowledgable staff that understand their clients), and food ingenuity (a constantly evolving menu). This most recent experience met my expectations and continued to hold the bar high.
Although Parkside provides all of it's dishes 'a la carte' one of the reasons I enjoy dining there is because of the set 3 or 4 course meal combination. Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert allow you to enjoy a wide range of flavors and creations throughout the ever changing menu. I've included my favorite dish from each category according to their current menu.
Appetizer: Farfalle Proscuitto. Bowtie pasta with a virgin olive oil sauce including thinly sliced Proscuitto and sun dried tomatoes. This dish was a great starter as it was quite light however maintained great balance with the accents of sun dried tomatoes and proscuitto. The size of the dish is quite large for an appy.
Entree: Rack of Lamb. This was by far the best Lamb I've had in quite some time. A tender and fresh cut of meat that was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I will always order the lamb dish at Parkside as they've managed a level of expertise with it.
Dessert: Trio of seasonal Citrus Sorbets. These sorbets were made on site using fresh ingredients and were not overly sweetened. It's quite refreshing after the Parkside meal described above.
I must mention that they recently raised their prices for the set 3/4 course meals which is understandable yet somewhat disconcerting. The chef also tends to prefer rich sauces that may overpower the more subtle flavors. As mentioned previously the serving sizes were larger then necessary which is probably meant to compensate for the price. Otherwise the whole experience was quite worthwhile and I will recommend it to anyone who is looking for a warm, friendly, non pretentious meal.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Everything Amazing except the Beef Carpaccio
Submitted Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

I visited one of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver again with 3 friends to pay off a bet and once again I loved the experience, food, service and ambiance.

The only 1 drawback was the Beef Carpaccio dish. I've always thought that the beef was too chewy because of the quality and cut of the meat. I will not order this dish again however it does not take away from my experience. I would also suggest not ordering the Tuna Jerky as it is not a flavor that many would expect.

I tried the new drink 'Hot Honey Aloe'. You can order it with 1 or 2 shots of Vodka depending on what state you want to be in afterwards. It's a great drink when the weather is cold like it has been the past few weeks.

My favorite dishes in order are: Takoyaki (Octopus battered balls), Ebi-mayo (Deep fried prawns with Mayo sauce), Salmon Carpaccio, Gyusyabu Salad (Boiled Beef salad with Miso dressing and Garlic Chips), Yellow Tail Sashimi and Chili Prawn Pizza.

In terms of the bill we had ordered 14 dishes for 4 of us and 2 rounds of the Aloe drink (1 shot). The bill came to $135 and with tip we gave $160 so it worked out to $40/person.

Guu remains one of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver!!

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Martini's Restaurant151 West Broadway, Vancouver
Beer is better then the food and service
Submitted Monday, November 27, 2006 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

I've been to Martini's a few times and thought it was a good place to go after a night out on the town as it is open till 2am. I have had decent experiences there however the one time we go for an actual dinner we received some questionable service and sub standard steak.

The steak had marbled fat throughout, which turned out hard and crunchy and impossible to eat. The steak was being shared and none of us received a piece that was more meat then fat. We questioned the server and she said that's how the steak was meant to be. We requested it be taken off the bill as none of us enjoyed it. Only once the manager came over and spoke with us was it removed from the bill.

The remainder of the dinner we received cool, almost hostile, service and we left as quickly as possible.

I will now only go for the beer or after a club night when i could care less about the service or food quality. It's a pity because I wanted to like the place...

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Han Woo Ri5740 Imperial St., Burnaby
You know it's good if Koreans go there!
Submitted Monday, November 27, 2006 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

This is one of the better Korean restuarants in the Lower Mainland and you can tell by how busy it is. It serves authentic Korean dishes at a reasonable price. Since it's BBQ the metal 'plate' over the flame can get dirty relatively quickly however they are very fast at changing it over to a fresh one.

The service is decent and you also have a button that will flag down a waitress. This is convenient if they actually pay attention. Sometimes its too busy and you may need to flag a waitress down.

Overall it's one of the more solid Korean BBQ restaurants and you will always see Koreans eating there. That's a good sign for any ethnic eatery!

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Saffron Indian Cuisine4300 Kingsway, #5, Burnaby
Decent Buffet but not worth the money
Submitted Friday, November 24, 2006 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

The Lunch Buffet at Saffron is definitely not worth the money they charge. There are usually only 2-3 different meat dishes and the dessert fruit is not fresh. I do like the Naan provided throughout the meal however the rest of it is only decent. Since the restaurant is on the smaller side the service is good. They're quite attentive to what you need especially if it's a drink that they can make extra money on.

I've also been there for a dinner which wasn't great. The chicken tandoori was dry (maybe it's supposed to be that way). The variety of curries was decent but once again it was mainly vegetarian stuff.

There are other Indian restaurants near by that I would prefer going to for quality and price.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Cambie Mainstay
Submitted Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

Tomato has been one of the little treats on Cambie St. I had not tried it till my friend moved onto Cambie and we walked up and down to find a place to eat. The first time was around 9pm and we walked by Kristin Kreuk was walking out with a friend. She had the same bag that my friend had with her so they stop and complimented each other like girls will do.

The restaurant was empty, quiet and cozy. We were seated at a booth until we had decided to order. The waiter offered suggestions which were appetizing however we had made up our mind. We ordered the spinach salad and the lamb entree to share. The Spinach salad had a refreshing twist to the norm. The ingredients included: fresh spinach leaves with a light dressing, honey roasted walnuts, poached pear, and a mini goat cheese 'cake' that had been deep fried. All four ingredients eaten together provided a great blend of flavour.

The lamb was perfectly cooked and the size of the portion was enough to pleasantly fill both of us. The side vegetables were slightly over cooked however still retained a lot of flavour.

I have been back atleast twice already and would go back in the future. Tomato is one of the character places on Cambie street that make it what it is today. I would be sad to see it go.

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Five Point, The3124 Main St., Vancouver
Monday Open Mic's and beyond
Submitted Monday, November 20, 2006 - 3:30pm [Dine in]

The Five Point is one of the stable establishments that is in my regular rotation of watering holes. I'm a fan of the big sofas by the fire place, decent selection of wines by the glass, and open mic's on Mondays. I like the ambiance as it is not fully a sports bar but does have 3-4 big screen tvs, dark lighting to feel alone with your guest, and a neighbourhood feel to it. I don't normally eat anything there however the one time I did it wasn't great. I like this place for a 2nd or 3rd date because it's cozy, friendly and most people haven't been there. I will continue visiting the Five Point when I'm in the East Vancouver hood and looking for a friendly pint.

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Incendio2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Bad Service and Mediocre Food = Bad Aftertaste
Submitted Monday, November 20, 2006 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

I was taken to Incendio (Sunday) for a belated birthday celebration and was looking forward to it because I had never been before. We had reservations and I was quickly seated. Due to the current water situation they provided bottled water for 50 cents each which was nice to see.

The interesting dinner experience started right away. We received a few pieces of bread and my dinner companion accidentaly spilled the oil and vinegar mixture on the menus. We wiped it up with our napkins and asked our server for a few more. He said "Oh, so you're gonna be that type of table". Regardless if he meant it as a joke or not this was an inappropriate comment to make.

We ordered the Standard AntiPasto to start and it came out on a bed of salad and chopped parsley. It did not look appetizing and did not have the right proportions of each selection. It appeared to be thrown together with no set layout in mind. We then ordered our own pastas which came out in a reasonable time frame. Side Note: I found it weird that a different server took our dinner order but everything else was provided by our original server.

My companion had been to Incendio's a few times and once recently. She had a favorite pasta dish that she ordered many times before. When she got her spaghetti it was over cooked. The noodles were much softer then it should have been and we asked the server to come over. She mentioned that the noodles were over cooked and his response was "really, well all the noodles are a little softer today" and procceded to walk away. The server was an absolute fool and shouldn't be working in the service industry if he's not happy with his job. When the bill came we once again told the server that the noodles were subpar and he started to argue and said next time we should ask for el dente. My friend has never had to request el dente before and she shouldn't have had to. We left a 5% tip and left with a bad taste in our mouths.

I will not go to this Incendio again.

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Mona's Fine Lebanese Cuisine1328 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Good for Group Events
Submitted Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

I went to Mona's on a Saturday for a surprise birthday party and the overall experience was positive. The group size was 15 and they were able to accomodate us with the best seats in the house. These seats are along the front windows of the restaurant and are right in front of the dance floor. It is decorated like a Persian/Egyptian lair with pillows and silks. Since it is 2 'L' shaped sofas, you can fit more people if necessary but the ideal seating would be 7-8 on each side.

The planner of the event ordered the set menu which is great because none of us had to order anything ourselves. The food came to $30/person and no one left hungry. The appies consisted of 5-6 different dishes with the mandatory Humus and Baba Ganoush dips. The main course came on 2 huge platters and had Chicken and Beef Kabobs with Beef Tenderloin on a pile of buttered garlic rice. There were also roasted tomatos and a large side salad.

The service was quite good throughout the duration of the meal, they were attentive and came frequently to the table. I'm sure it was party to ensure that we ordered enough drinks, which is understandable.

The entertainment that night was a belly dancer that stayed dancing for 8-10 songs. She weaved through the crowd and was a crowd pleaser.

The night was an overall success and I would probably go again.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Selling their ambiance and hot waitresses
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

This place is overpriced and banks on return customers with the decent food, hot waitresses, and unique design. It is trying to be more then it is and misses on a lot of occasions. I would definitely choose Guu over this anyday. Hapa is pretentious, over priced, and is trying to gain a reputation of being exclusive. I do not feel the need to go there again and am sorry that I went in the first place.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Best Japanese Tapas in Vancouver!
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

I am a huge fan of Guu on Robson. I love everything about it from the authentic Japanese servers yelling the order to the sushi bar to the tiny sized restaurant with hewn picnic benches seated close together. The food is reasonably priced with garlic chips generously sprinkled over everything. My favorite dishes would have to be the Octopus and batter balls and Yaki Udon noodles. The Beef Sashimi has gone down a little bit because the slices are too thick therefore become much more chewy. Great place that is as authentic as it gets.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Wild Rice before the Game
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Recently I took a date to the hockey game and Wild Rice before hand. This was a good decision as she hadn't been there before. The ambiance is the first impression for most guests and it has an impressive layout. We were early and therefore given one of the best seats in the house across from the illuminated bar. We decided to share 3 appies and 1 main course. The first appy was the Tuna Tataki. It was served in a chinese style soup spoon on top of some cabbage and black bean paste. The tuna was fresh but the sauces and everything else did not compliment it at all. The 2nd appy was the beef short ribs. This dish was huge and came with fries that looked like hickory sticks. The sauce was perfect and the dish was a huge hit. The last appy was the spring rolls which had fresh vegetables and did not seem too oily.

The main course we ordered was the Kung po Chicken. This dish was spicier then anticipated and a little too over sauced. The flavours were rich and spicy so it could have had 1/2 the sauce. We were unable to finish the dish.

The restaurant is very meat based and I would like to see a few more salads or fresh side dishes that would clean the palate and make the meal a little healthier. They also do not take reservations therefore it may be a wait if it's a busy night.

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Sip Resto Lounge1117 Granville Street, Vancouver
Sipping your meal
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

I was taken to Sip for my Birthday by a good friend and we decided to have a bunch of appies instead of just 2 entres. This turned out to be a good choice. We started with 2 kabobs: Tuna Tataki and Beef Tenderloin. Both were cooked perfectly and well seasoned. The Beef was especially tender and tasty. The best appetizer by far must have been the spinach and cheese dip. It came with a large dip and the perfect amount of toasted pitas to fully enjoy the dish. We also got the Calamari and battered prawns. Neither was anything special.

If you are planning on going, order appies and kabobs and the fries and you will be happy.

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Honjin Sushi138 Davie Street, Vancouver
Freshest Sushi in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

I've been to Honjin's twice already with different guests and both times I left very satisfied with every dish we had ordered.

Honjin's was recommended to me by a fellow 'foodie' that loves good food. He suggested I get 2 rolls as they were his favorites: Honjin Roll and Yaletown Roll. The Yaletown roll is a larger chopped scallop roll wrapped with a thin egg wrap instead of the more traditional seaweed. This was the only thing that I did not like. Although the egg flavor did not overpower the roll it didn't really add anything to the taste. The Honjin House Roll is a great roll. I'm not sure what goes into it but it has it's own sauce that comes on the dish and it hit the spot.

I'm also a huge fan of Beef Sashimi/Tataki. I believe that Honjins has the best Beef tataki at the most reasonable rate in the whole city. They only use the best beef perfectly seared and sliced with the correct amount of sauce and all 3 garnishes. The meat literally melts in your mouth.

The final dish I would like to introduce you to is the baked Crab. Honjins has a whole section of dishes that come from the oven. The dish consists of bits of crab meat mixed with a tasty mayo baked in half of a crab shell.

Finally the Sashimi, Sushi, and other rolls we ordered always used the freshest fish, perfect sized pieces, and well decorated dishes. For those of you who know, they also serve sashimi with the minty leaf as it is done in Japan. The roe is fresh (I had the tobiko) and it is the actual flying fish roe instead of a replacement like masago (smelt roe).

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who hasn't already been. The service has never been a problem there. Your tea is always full and it is service by committee so you can grab any server that comes your way. If you go please write a review as I think they deserve a better overall rating then 3.

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Bistro Sakana1123 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Consistant Sushi in Yaletown
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

I've been to Bistro Sakana 3 times and I've never had a major problem with anything I had there. I've also never been blown away by the sushi although it's been good every time I've gone. Sakana consistantly has fresh fish with standard and imaginative rolls that appeal to a wide variety of customers. I would go back again however I currently have a favorite sushi place that I would go to first.

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