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mootEast Van, babySince March 25, 20105 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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L'Abattoir217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Bizarre
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

Honestly, it was "blah". I'd heard great thing about this place, but both my dining partner and I were underwhelmed.
We started with the egg dish - I think it was duck stuffed pasta and then I had the crab/chickpea mousse. My husband said his pasta was quite good, but my crab/chickpea mousse was really nothing. It just didn't have any complex flavours, despite all the different components you could have in a bite, like carrots and toast, or crab and mousse. The mousse that was mixed in basically tasted like light mayo with a hint of lemon occasionally. It just lacked direction, although it did get points for presentation.
Next we had the roasted scallops, and the pork shoulder cooked in milk with kale. My husband said the pork was okay, but overall, dry to eat and rather one note on the flavours. The roasted scallops were blah, the entire dish was. There was no texture on the plate for contrast, unless you count barely cooked baby carrots, and the entire dish was covered with a super sweet orangey-lemon sauce. There was some type of citrus stuff atop each scallop, also not good. The scallops had zero texture, even though they appeared to have a nicely seared top, it was just soft and mushy. The headcheese croquet did not compliment the dish either. It was a bizarre combination.
For dessert, there was the Earl Grey pot de creme (good) and a chocolate creme tarte. The tart was totally strange, like it couldn't make up it's mind. It was kind of a mini baked alaska, with melting yogurt in the middle under what seemed to be a fizzy, failed meringue. The chocolate crust so tough it shot across the table when I tried to get through it with a fork. It had moments of blackberry, not strawberry that I could tell, and it didn't actually taste like chocolate - that was just the crust.
As I said, we were just left really underwhelmed. I don't think we'd go back for a while, there are too many other good restaurants to choose from and the hype for this one didn't live up. Trendy room though, I can see why people love the ambience.

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Hawksworth Restaurant801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Over-styled ambience detracts from the purpose: food!
Submitted Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 9:31am [Dine in]

Hmmm, where to start. We arrived for our reservation and the table wasn't ready. They suggested we go to the unaffiliated bar in the hotel to wait it out. Not the greatest start. About 20 minutes later, we get the call the table is now ready, and we are ushered in to a busy and loud dining room. You are *very* close to other tables, yet far across your own table. We almost needed to text each other to communicate.

The sommelier came around and made some suggestions - he was very, very nice and genuine. Waitstaff was cute and mostly efficient. We ended up having the beef short rib, and a daily special pizza for appetizers. The short rib was tasty with the black pepper jam, but it looked like it had sat under the warmers for a bit - it looked dried out. Then we had the halibut with chorizo, and the beef tenderloin. The halibut had a bit of spice and was super salty. It came in a broth with some different vegetables, but it was so salty, I had to abandon trying to finish it. The tenderloin was very good, cooked perfectly. We also had milk chocolate mousse for dessert with the passionfruit custard - very good, and just right to share.

Hawksworth came out and did some glad-handing with some tables of regulars. There was a good portion of "housewives of West Van" types and their requisite financiers, along with tables of businessmen diners, and the "young and the fabulous" - well, as good as it gets in Vancouver, anyhow. Waitstaff was cute and mostly efficient.

This restaurant made me long to go back to Bishop's, or Vij's. There, the food speaks first and you feel valued. At Hawksworth, I felt like the food was not as lovingly prepared and the tacky, tacky, over-stylized decor and patronage lent a hand in detracting from the food. Take a look at the ceiling when you are there. You'll see where they put their money, and it wasn't into the spirit of executing truly great food and genuine service.

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Flying Tiger, The2958 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Quality versus hype.
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

We wanted to like this place, but the food made it hard. We had the green beans, which was the best dish of the night, and the mussels. Although the curry broth and bread were flavourful, the actual mussels tasted like they had not been cleaned, and had a terrible texture. To Flying Tiger's credit, they took our opinion seriously and didn't charge us for this dish, we could only manage to a few. The seafood in the hawker noodles tasted the same, not fresh and the sauce in this had no flavour at all. No peanut, no curry, no nothing. The service was erratic, to the point where our own server (who was indeed charming) said "Hey, you look like you haven't gotten any food in a while, I'll go check into it". We finally got the lamb special, which was okay, and by that point I was happy our server had forgotten the glass of wine I had ordered. By the end of our meal, our mouths were burning from the taste of salt. We were not offered any dessert or coffee, and I think this was because if it takes 2 hours to bring 4 dishes, then evening ought to wrap on up, it's just not going to get any better. It's too bad, because the concept is great, but the food doesn't reflect the hype at all.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Upscale Thai on 4th
Submitted Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:02am [Dine in]

This is a very hip little spot - emphasis on little, as the dining room is tiny. It gets quite loud and hot as the place fills up. You have to watch it if you sit in the middle of the restaurant; the staff walks up and down the aisles, and you can get clipped if you move around too much. Or, hit in the head by a guy putting on his jacket at the bar, which is inches away. The food was solid, and staff knowledgeable about their dishes. The crispy fermented pork appetizer was tasty, but it was like eating jerky. A total conversation killer, it took a few minutes to chew each bite. The mussels were flavourful. We tried the pad Thai - yum, didn't find it too sweet as mentioned before. The crispy coriander beef (which if you don't like super rare meat, don't order it) had some spice in the coriander crust. Unexpected, but in a good way. We had the fried banana and sesame dessert, which was tiny, but we were stuffed after two appetizers, two mains and a small rice to share. The best part for me was the cocktail - a Pink Orchid. The combination of flavours was excellent, and it was refreshing, especially as the room got hotter. Maenam is worth a try. You must make a reservation to avoid disappointment, there were only a few spots for one at the bar that walk-ins could take. Enjoy!

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Pourhouse Restaurant162 Water Street, Vancouver
Great place on Water St.
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

Had a lovely lunch at the Pourhouse. Service was fantastic, but I was sad to see it near empty at about 2pm on a Wednesday. The sandwiches we had were super tasty (tried the brisket and the crispy cheese); perfect with a nice side of greens. Had a cocktail too, and it was stellar! Try the Centennial - some type of rye with lemon and apricot served ice cold. Refreshing. The ambiance was well attended to, you can tell a lot about an establishment if their new paint job is a mess, but Pourhouse paid attention to all the details. I'd definitely go again, and I'm recommending it to friends. I didn't find it pricy at all, because the quality of the food, drinks and service were top notch. Great job!

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