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mondosteveVancovuerSince March 21, 200810 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Consistent
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

I keep coming back to Cardero's for the great staff and consistent food. It isn't fine cuisine and that is ok, because it lives up to its own high standard. For a pub, it actually makes a lot of restaurants look shabby.

They have the cleanest glassware next to Cin Cin. That means a clean, tasty pour of Kilkenny or Guinness.

Best burgers in the Coal Harbour area!!!!

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
A sad state
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

Upon entering one smells the chemical/urinelike smell of the stupid chemical rinse glasswasher at the end of the bar. I don't know how the wait staff can stand there - the stench is putrid and burned my eyes and nose while paying my bill there recently.

That putrid glasswasher serves to ruin what would be a great pour of Guinness. Take a whiff of your glass next time and you will know what I mean. Good beer deserves a "Beer Clean" glass, period.

The menus are tired paper with spills and food shmeers all over. Disgusting. The menu also says three bangers when they only serve two (the only thing tasty on the menu), and the mash is repulsive.

The tart tatin featured raw pastry.....it gets worse from there.

I like the idea of the place, but they need to execute on the food, the service and the overall attitude much better to stay in the game.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Best Ceasars in Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

I like the raw service at Rodney's. It is afterall, a "raw bar". Certainly not refined, the service is agressive in a fun way - but it helps to play along. I think the waiter appreciate that.

About the wine glasses: I think it is their way of saying "ok, if you want wine you will have to have it in these glasses". And, the way they fill the glass to overflowing is just insane! That's the charm - don't like it? don't order wine. Like eating at Rodney's backyard party. You gotta go with the flow.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Show me the Gastropods
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

The place isn't all bad so don't take this the wrong way:

I don't understand why they named the place "Gastropod" if they were not going to feature at least one dish with the bespoke ingredient. C'mon people, there are univalves all around us waiting to be discovered. Oysters are "bivalves" and do not count.

I was so looking forward to snails, mollusk, or conch. The name misled my appetite, but the menu doesn't disappoint in the end. They just need a more appropriate name.

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Mill Marine Bistro, The1199 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Double Standard
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

The city of Vancouver and the Parks Board have a strange set of double standards. While publich health codes, and the city bylaws require restaurants to have washrooms, it does not seem to apply to such concession restaurants when they build them. Those "public" washrooms are repulsive. Unfortunately, the restaurant operator has little say in their maintenance.

It is afterall, a restaurant not a pub so children can enter or sit on the patio. Isn't this confusing though? While someone under 19 cannot go into the lounge area at say Cardero's, they can go to the MILL. In fact, all the little kids get to splash around in the water park while mommy and daddy get shiznit-faced on the patio. Oh, and you can park your dog there too. Now that is a much more civilized way of licensing. Wouldn't you agree?

The food is ok, but I don't understand why so many people complain about the prices. They are in line with what you would find anywhere in the downtown core; and, thus reflect the cost of real estate - or leasing from the Parks Board.

I have to admit the scene can get surreal there. Seaplanes, kids splashing in the waterpark, homeless guy sorting his belongings over at the washroom, the stench of the washrooms, the birds, dogs, and sunbathers.....oh what a visitor from another country must think of us crazy democratic liberal Vancouverites.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
I love Pizza
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

Ok, they have a great location next to the theater which explains why they can be so busy. Perhaps another reason I have been there a few times is that I just can't find a better Pizza in the downtown area. Can anyone suggest a better place?

I don't give the service high marks because I feel it could be more fun and less distracted. I rate the food as "solid" for lack of a better comparison in Vancouver; and, I have only had their pizza. The other things I have only seen i.e. tortellini alfredo (does anyone really eat that any more?). Unfortunately, the large Pizza crust goes soggy near the center. Otherwise, tasty.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Seems to get better the more I eat here
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

I might be one of the lucky ones, because I have only had good experiences with the food and service here. In fact, a recent evening with a larger group afforded the opportunity to share a few dished I hadn't tried before. All were received with great pleasure.

For a place that is the Cactus Club of Japanese/Hawaiian, they rise above expectations. I think a lot of people that are not happy with Hapa are confused about what it is all about. I think they do what the do well and offer good value compared to other casual dining options. That might be why it is so busy in a city with so many Japanese restaurants.

Hapa could improve the way they convey their value proposition to customers. Hapa could be more clear about the experience they are trying to project so diners can adjust their expectations accordingly.

I like the half and half concept; and, think it would be fun to see a few more Hawaiian inspired items such as real Poke, or Chicken with two-scoops rice - among others.

A no ka' Oi!

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Pull up the socks people!
Submitted Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

I recently met two freinds at Yew for a quick snack and a drink. Even though it was reasonably quiet, there were lots of service staff. That doesn't excuse the time it took to get service.

Each of us ordered a different draft beer. This helped to confirm that the glasswasher leaves that chemical smell on the glasses, because each beer had that same smell. The kind of foul smell you get from those (old fashioned tavern style) rotating chemical rinse glasswashers. It completely spoils the taste. Don't believe me? Order a pint and take a whiff - still don't believe me? Ask for an empty glass and give it a sniff and you will.

Blah. A place like this should have that kind of thing sorted out. The stupid glasswasher actually stinks up the entire room. Once you know that putrid smell, you won't forget it.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Add this place to your craving list
Submitted Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

When my partner and I need to eat something Italian, it can be at the worst time - not dressed for the Big Night Out, last minute decision, carbo craving etc. Rarely do we plan for it, or make reservations.

Italian Kitchen works perfect for people like us that want different things and a selection of tastes. You can order these nice small portions of pasta, a little plate of veal, a salad, or whatever in the quantity you want without having to order a single "meal". It is priced right for the offer.

Ok, it is different from most other Italian carbo load places - but for a good reason. Can't be all things to all people.

The subject of LOUD keeps coming up. Well there is carpet and fairly low cielings so I would have to attribute that to the people dining there. In my experience there and at Alberni St. there are quite a few "Loud talkers" attracted to the environment.

Say what you will but the whole thing is a fantastic fix. Just don't expect to have a romantic dinner or intimate (confidential) discussion.

It is a great place (as is Alberni St.) to go as a group and explore - plus you can talk as loud as you need to then.

Like Mamma said "shut up and eat - or pass me the wine"

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Tapastree1829 Robson Street, Vancouver
Consistently into it.
Submitted Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

Every restaurant needs at least one person that knows all the customers by name, food, or drink. This place STILL has Francis - the host with the most. It allows the rest of the waitstaff to feel comfortable and relaxed knowning he has them covered for the extra something something.

Had the most interesting lamb dish last night - a new flavor profile for Vancouver.....I'll say no more - go see yourself.

I have eaten here many times since my last post, but couldn't resist a redoux.

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