no sushi here...
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 1:10pm [Dine in]
I like the Gyoza King. It is a cool little restaurant with a lively atmosphere, and cool Japanese pop music playing in the background.
Last night we were there with a party of 6 and so we were able to try quite a few dishes. We had 3 types of Gyoza, Raw Oysters with Ponzu Sauce, Deep Fried Octopus, Salmon Sashimi, Mushrooms and Scallops with Garlic & Butter sauce, Smoked Salmon Salad & Veggie Yakisoba, oh yeah and plenty of Kirin. I enjoyed everything we tried, although my favorite is still the Mushroom and Scallops.
I recommend this Izakiya style Japanese restaurant to anyone who wants a great japanese meal. But remember - no sushi.
The great place to dine in Yaletown...
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 12:47pm [Dine in]
I went to Glowbal in Yaletown recently for a lateish dinner (9pm) and I was very impressed. We sat on their patio, which has to be one of the best people watching spots around, at a cozy little table in the corner.
I found the service to be outstanding, our server was very knowledgable and friendly. Upon finding out that it was our first time at the restaurant, she promptly sent over one of their sampler satay platters on the house. I thought that was a nice touch.
The meal itself was really great. I ordered the Sea Bass which came with tomato confit, sweetpea saffron risotto and lobster essence, needless to say it was amazing.
Glowbal is also quite the hot nighttime spot, so there were ample pretty people coming and going. The restauarant basically turns into a lounge/bar after 10:00pm with the crowd from Afterglow spilling into the main dining room.
I would highly recommend trying Glowbal sometime for dinner, lunch, their famous weekend brunch or their early bird movie goers special, which is a 3 course meal for $25 a person, which is a great idea.
dim sum anyone?
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 12:24pm [Dine in]
If you like Dim Sum this is a good place to try. With most dishes priced at $2 a pop, it's affordable and tasty.The cart service was prompt, and frequent with our first dishes served before we even sat down. I will definately be back for more.
Great patio and wine menu
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2005 - 11:57am [Dine in]
The Raincity Grill is a great restaurant for a nice, relaxed summer evening on the patio. The menu is chocked full of fresh local ingredients, and they have a very extensive (and expensive) wine menu.
I found the food menu slightly boring and actually had a bit of a hard time deciding what to have.
We shared an appetizer of Albacore Tuna with a Wheatgerm Salad wrapped in Eggplant which was very tasty. For my main course, I had Halibut with fennel, potatoes and peas. My meal was cooked to perfection and tasted great, although, there was nothing super exciting about it.
For dessert I had their chocolate mousse and it was excellent, I don't usually order dessert but I am certainly glad I did.
It was a lovely evening and I will go back for sure.
what is all the fuss about?
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2005 - 11:26am [Dine in]
I have been to Sophie's a couple of times now, and I am still trying to figure out why so many people are willing to wait 30 minutes or more to eat there.
I have never had breakfast there so maybe that's what I am missing.
On my last visit to Sophie's I had the much touted veggie burger and frankly I was dissappointed. It was soft and crumbly and I was barely able to keep it in one piece, I ended up giving up and eating it with a fork.
The atmosphere is cool and relaxed and I think it's a good place to take out of towners, but I will go for breakfast next time.
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2005 - 3:46pm [Dine in]
I like the Cactus Club. I have never had a bad meal here. I went last night and had Edamame and a Bandera salad. The salad was really good with lots of feta, crispy noodles, dates and cranberries. This is a good restaurant for late night drinks and snacks, or when you can't think of anywhere more creative to go for dinner.
was that hollandaise???
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2005 - 3:41pm [Dine in]
I went to Cafe Zen for breakfast on Saturday looking for a bit of a hangover cure, and all I got was disappointment and yucky hollandaise. It was very evident that it came straight from a package and they made it way too thick. The coffee was also really bad.
I won't go running back, that's for sure.
I do like Sablefish
Submitted Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 7:17pm [Dine in]
Umami is a Japanese style tapas restaurant downtown, it is a small, cozy place that has been open for about a year. I wasn't overly impressed with the food unfortunately. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't memorable, although the duck breast and sablefish were very good.
I will try it again, but I don't think I will rush back.
Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver my new neighborhood sushi joint.
Submitted Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 12:10am [Dine in]
I had heard good things about Shiro from several different people and on Friday I got to see what they were talking about. Shiro serves up super fresh, simple japanese food. The scallop cone was awesome and the vegtable yakisoba was really light and tasty. I enjoyed my meal at Shiro and will be back.
sablefish is my new favorite
Submitted Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 3:56pm [Dine in]
Il Giardino was by far my favorite restaurant that I visited during Dine Out Vancouver. The food was fantastic, the service was good and the restaurant itself is beautiful. The have it set up with just a few tables in each room so that it feels like a small initimate restaurant even though it is actually quite large.
I had the lobster salad to start, which came with a huge lobster claw and mixed greens with a yummy dressing. My entree was close to heavenly - it was the tastiest, juciest sable fish I have ever had! The chocolate ganache cake was a perfect end to a deliscious meal and a great evening.
love the soup
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 12:03am [Dine in]
C is another restaurant that we visited during Dine Out Vancouver, which under normal circumstance I probably would never visit. It is a nice seafood restaurant down by the water with a modern nautical decor.
I had a potato and black truffle soup, trout with crab, apple and roasted beets and a chocolate sourdough cake for dessert.
The meal and service were good, although I found it a bit odd that they have a "bread boy" who dishes out the bread one slice at a time.
All in all an enjoyable evening.
no more baseball steak
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2005 - 11:54pm [Dine in]
I like the Keg. The food and service is consistantly good, but my problem is I always order too much steak. I have a soft spot in my heart for the baseball steak and it always beats me. Next time I visit the Keg I will explore the menu a little bit more.
still, sparkling or regular water?
Submitted Wednesday, February 2, 2005 - 11:36pm [Dine in]
I was very excited to see West on the list for Dine Out Vancouver, and was one of the lucky ones to get a reservaton at this much coveted restaurant before it sold out.
It was all that I expected - delicious food, good service, chic decor and an extensive wine (and water) list.
I would like to visit West on a regular night, but fear I would need to take out a bank loan first.
all that jazz
Submitted Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - 12:15pm [Dine in]
Capone's inYaletown is an awesome place to go and listen to jazz, have a couple drinks and eat some food. I really enjoyed myself.
We decided to share a few dishes between the 3 of us instead of ordering entrees. We ordered a Lamb Chop appetizer which was disappointing as it only came with 2 chops and was $14, an Antipasto platter which I highly recommend - it is piled high with yummy savory treats, and is a good deal at $19, and to finish we ordered a pizza, which was tasty, but a bit of a rip off at $19 (for a personal size).
I will go back for sure, but I will be a little more choosy about what I order.
Holy Steak Batman...
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2005 - 1:04pm [Dine in]
This place is really top notch! Thie service is amazing, the food is also amazing and the have a VERY extensive wine menu. Gotham lives up to its reputation!
you know its good when you take leftovers!
Submitted Monday, January 3, 2005 - 12:59pm [Dine in]
We visited Bin 942 for a post-movie dinner and drink and I was very impressed.
We ordered 5 dishes including digby scallops and prawns, heavenly garlic mashed potatoes, a decadant butternut squash risotto with truffle oil, seared ahi tuna and a beef tenderloin satay.
It was all delicious! I especially loved the taste of the risotto, the truffle oil adds a very distinctive flavor. The scallop and prawn dish was also very yummy, it had a crunchy tempura leek topping that was a nice added texture.
This proved to be too much food and we also made a mistake ordering the potatoes and the risotto, one or the other is enough as they are both rather rich.
Top it off with the good wine, and I was one satisfied girl after this meal! I will definately go again.
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 2:04pm [Dine in]
We were drawn into Inferno on recommendation by a couple of friends and their $2 martini special, and I was surprised to walk into a log cabin. Apparently the last place to inhabit this location was a hunting lodge type place with stuffed bears all around. I was kind of surprised that all this place did when they opened was remove the animals. The log cabin motif does not suit the place they are trying to be.
You can't beat the price, but the martintis were not great, really sweet and kind of watery.
We also tried a tapa sized roasted chicken quesadilla which was pretty damn tasty.
I think they need to work on a few things, but they have only been open for about 4 months so that is to be expected.
discounted service too?
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 1:55pm [Dine in]
We went to Wild Rice last night for a pre-movie dinner, and I was looking forward to finally going there, after hearing so much about it. The decor of the restaurant is very cool and modern, I loved the glass bar.
We shared two tapas to start, squash and lamb potstickers and kobe beef wrapped enoki mushrooms. The presentation was excellent but the flavor was nothing special.
My main dish however was very fresh and good. It was a simple Wild Salmon Steamer with lots of fresh crispy vegetables and slightly rare salmon. It came with a sesame vinagrette and awesome green apple chutney on the side.
The service was okay, I had a coupon from the entertainment book and as soon as I gave it to our waitress she disappeared, it was almost like there was dicounted service as well.
its too bad...
Submitted Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - 3:55pm [Dine in]
The Templeton could be a really awesome 50's diner...but with a lack of standard diner fare, it doesn't really cut the mustard. The menu consists of diner favorites with a health conscious twist, such as organic beef or whole wheat batter. All these twists would be well recieved if the food was up to par. I had the fish and chips with whole wheat batter, and the batter was not good at all, it was very thick and tasteless. The fries were good though. I would have had the Ahi Tuna but they were sold out. Maybe I will go back for that dish.
friday night tuna party...
Submitted Monday, November 29, 2004 - 7:35pm [Dine in]
Kitto is a good downtown sushi joint. The food is consistently tasty and the service is prompt. I went on Friday night and had a couple of awesome dishes, the blue fin tuna sashimi was really fresh and yummy and the tuna tataki which was seared to perfection. I have to say that they need to work on their scallop cones though.