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nelliebobellieDowntownSince March 21, 200869 Reviews
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Aria Restaurant & Lounge433 Robson, Vancouver
Fantastic Lunch
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2009 - 6:08pm [Dine in]

I went to Aria on a business lunch and was pleasantly surprised. The waiter was attentive without being annoying and the food was outstanding. I ordered a salad and the special of the day - smoked salmon and morel mushroom risotto with asparagus. It was cooked to perfection and the flavour was amazing. The portions were much bigger than I expected for lunch. My caesar salad was huge! Good thing I was really hungry or I wouldn't have been able to finish both dishes.

I thought the value was on par for not only what you get (food quality and portion size) but also for the neighbourhood. I've had more expensive meals that weren't really worth it, but at Aria I thought it was a pretty good value. My associate and I shared the bread with olive tapenade, then each had a salad to start (hers with prawns added), an entrée and a glass of wine and the bill was about $60.

I will definitely go back, and now that I know there is an entertainment coupon, it will be an even better deal.

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Below Standard Service
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I went to Market for a business lunch the other day and we were pleasantly surprised at how nice everything looked. It was bright and clean looking - my only complaint was that on such a nice day, they should have opened up the curtains.

The menu offers a fair selection of different dishes - you get to choose 2 plates plus dessert for $28, which I thought was a fair price. To start, I had the steamed shrimp & avocado salad with champagne dressing - it was incredibly tasty - really decent portion, too. Everything tasted fresh and crisp and the shrimp was very nicely cooked.

For my main, I had the halibut with pumpkin seeds and spaghetti squash in a Soy-Yuzu Nage (a consommé-type broth). I didn't care much for the broth, but the fish was cooked to perfection, as was the spaghetti squash. For dessert I opted for the mango sorbet, but it was a little heavy/dense - more like ice cream.

The service was unbelievably inattentive and very slow, I couldn't believe how long it took to get a refill on my drink - probably 15 minutes. I had to ask the waitress twice after my glass sat empty for 5 minutes - after the second request she replied, "It's on the way" - instead of a simple apology. I thought it quite rude. We were there for close to 2 hours. The time between the appy plates being cleared and the arrival of our main dishes was about 15-20 minutes. Far too long for lunch. The dessert took another 10 minutes after the entrée plates were cleared. For a restaurant at this price point, I do expect far more 'experienced' service and for the food to come out quicker.

I do think I'll go back because the food was really good, but I'll make a point of informing the server if I'm on a strict time schedule.

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Rekados Grill4063 Main Street, Vancouver
Delicious
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

I went to Rekados the other day with a large group of people, the majority of them being Filipino. This was my third time dining here and it's been really good each time - this time was actually much better because I got to try a number of different things.

As there were 16 people in our group, it was too difficult to share everything, so we opted to order food to share just between the four of us. I don't recall the Filipino names for the dishes, but we chose spring rolls, deep fried tofu, crispy pata (pork) grilled eggplant, garlic rice, beef brisket soup, and another pork dish (don't remember what it was called).

Everything was served hot and tasted wonderful. My favourite was the smaller pork dish - cooked and seasoned just right and served with 2 different sauces that really complemented the flavour of the pork. The garlic rice was awesome, although 2 orders would have been enough for the four of us. The grilled eggplant was my least favourite as it had a bit too much 'smoke' flavour and overpowered the flavour of the eggplant. The tofu was also excellent, and the sauce served with it was amazing. Nice & spicy.

As for the "authenticity" of it, I did hear some comments that it wasn't totally authentic, but everyone loved the food and there were no complaints. Some people ordered desserts and raved how great they were, especially the chocolate mango creme brulée. I myself was too full to have dessert, but I did try a taste of the creme brulée and it was good. I prefer vanilla, though, so this one was not outstanding for me. The consistency was spot-on, although the sugar on top could have been a little thicker, as it didn't 'crack' when you hit it with the spoon.

For all of the dishes we shared, between the four of us - including tax and tip - was less than $20 each. I thought it was a great value for the amount of food we had, but I will say it wouldn't have been AS good a value if there were fewer people at the table... unless of course you order lots and have leftovers.

I will absolutely go back.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria970 Smithe St., Vancouver
Great Lunch
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

I went for lunch here yesterday with a friend and we sat upstairs where it was a little bit warmer. Downstairs had quite a draft going. My friend arrived first and I went up to join her. I noticed there was no water on the table, although she had been there 5 minutes already. We waited about 5 minutes before our server arrived to take our order, then another five minutes before she brought our drinks. It wasn't very busy when we arrived, so I expected quicker service.

I ordered the small chef's salad and my friend had the smoked salmon pizza. The salad was good, as was the focaccia bread that came with it. The presentation was kind of sloppy, but it tasted fine so I can't really complain. My friend had the smoked salmon pizza, which she said was delicious. Nice thin crust and a decent amount of toppings.

After we finished, it took a while before our server arrived to clear our plates and give us our bill. We ended up being there for just over an hour, which could have been cut shorter if the service was quicker. She was friendly enough, just a little on the slow side for lunch service. Granted, we could have told her we were on a tight time schedule, so that's why I'm rating the service as "good" instead of "decent".

I'll definitely go back to try the pizza and/or pasta as I've heard so many good things about it.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs1162 Granville Street, Vancouver
Always Great Wings
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

I've been to Wings more times than I can count and I'd have to say my experience there has been consistently good. I admit, I usually have the same thing when I go - wings/appies & beer. I've never ordered an entrée here, so I can't comment on them. Their veggie plate is always good - but it's really hard to mess up fresh vegetables. The Texas Fries are good as well - a little heavy on the cumin last time I got them - but generally speaking, a good "pub food" option.

I have tried almost every flavour of wings and some of my favourites are the Chicago Salt & Pepper, the Greek and the Outlaw Mexicali. There was only one kind I can honestly say I really didn't like, but I think they took them off the menu anyways. The wings are hot, crispy and very flavourful, everything you look for in a chicken wing! The service is usually quite good - I think only once I had a mediocre server, but it was when I was with a large group so I think she was a bit flustered. I've been a server before, and large groups of people can be a handful sometimes. Most of the servers are quite friendly and always prompt with refills.

All in all, Wings is a great place to go watch the game and enjoy some good beer & wings with friends. I'll keep coming back.

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Aqua Riva200 Granville Street, Suite 30, Vancouver
A Little Unimpressed
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I went to Aqua Riva for dinner last night with relatively high expectations based on a family member's previous experience. I'm sad to say that I was relatively unimpressed with the food.

My friend and I opted for wine with dinner but couldn't decide based on the server's knowledge (or lack thereof) of what would have best suited our meal. She seemed a little unfamiliar with the wines listed and couldn't make a solid recommendation, however, she was more than happy to provide a few samples for us to decide. We ended up choosing a nice white wine from the selection she brought.

I started with a caesar salad, which was quite good. I'm not a fan of croutons in my salad, which was perfect, as this was served with two straw-like breadsticks. The generous portion of parmigiano shavings on top was really good as well.

The disappointment came with the entrées. My friend and I both opted for the pesto Halibut from their fresh sheet. It was cooked nicely, but the flavours did not really go well together. There was a lemon butter on the plate that was really sweet and tasted like it should have been a dessert sauce and really clashed with the garlic & pesto. The risotto was cooked nicely and had a nice flavour on its own, but again, didn't go well with everything else. To enjoy my meal, I had to eat everything separately which was difficult as everything was basically piled up on top of each other. For a 'fine dining' establishment, I really expected more.

To finish the meal, we opted for espresso vodka instead of dessert - I'm not really a fan of desserts anyway and there was nothing on the menu to really tempt me.

The view here is really outstanding and basically kicks things up a notch - the food just isn't on par with the ambiance. I will likely not return anytime soon. At this price point, there are far better restaurants around.

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Tropika1128 Robson Street, Vancouver
Excellent, as Always
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

I dine at Tropika frequently and I've never had a bad experience. Most of my meals are take-out, and the service is prompt and courteous. I wouldn't use the term 'friendly' as the waiters don't smile much. They are, however, very efficient.

I took my parents for lunch a couple weeks ago and they were very impressed with the food at Tropika. We had the Sambal bunchies, the Eggplant (my fave) and a Chicken curry dish as well as coconut rice. All were very good and left us with a bit of food left over even after we had two servings each. With an entertainment book coupon, the value is outstanding, but I gave Tropika a 'solid' rating for the pre-discount prices.

I will be a regular here for a long time to come.

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Thai House Restaurant1116 Robson Street, Vancouver
Lunch at the Thai House
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

Today I went to the Thai House on Robson for lunch with a couple friends. We opted for the lunch special menu - you get hot & sour soup (not my favourite, but not bad) vegetarian spring roll, choice of entrée and a bowl of rice for $7.50.

I chose #21 which was chicken with eggplant, bell peppers, fresh basil and jalapenos. It was spectacular - just what I was craving all day! Hot, spicy, flavourful and cooked perfectly. The coconut rice balanced out the spiciness of the dish (3 peppers on the menu) and the portions are very generous.

The only downside was that my friend's dish (also 3 peppers on the menu) was not as spicy as she would have liked. Other than that, we all left quite full and very happy.

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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts1505 W 2nd Avenue, #101, Vancouver
A Diamond in the Rough
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

My first dinner at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts brought me back three more times in the same month. Granted, I was taking advantage of their 2-for-1 set menu they have in January & February, but even at $36 (reg price) per person, I think it's an outstanding value. Appetizer, entrée & dessert is included.

On my first visit, I had a roasted duck breast appetizer - sort of an asian inspired dish - served with a mixture of bean sprouts, carrots and red peppers, garnished with a lychee nut and a deep fried wonton cracker. The duck was cooked and seasoned perfectly. My entrée, while very tasty, was not the star of the evening. I had a coconut shrimp dish with rice & vegetables and a little bit of coconut cream sauce. Very tasty, but nothing spectacular.

Dessert was quite possibly the most delicious dessert I've ever eaten in my entire life. A little round dome of chocolatey heaven - I think it was a chocolate mousse and cheesecake filling that was covered in a gorgeous chocolate sauce and garnished with cherries and coffee flavoured chocolates. Very impressive.

The presentation alone (each and every time) was something to behold. I even took photos of each dish, as everything was so pretty. My favourite entrée there was a mahi mahi served with israeli cous-cous that was cooked risotto-style with a creamy parmesan sauce. The flavour was outstanding.

The only "downside" to the experience is that the service is a tad clumsy and the atmosphere somewhat stark. Keeping in mind that this is a culinary school, these issues are quite forgiveable and certainly do not take away from the quality of the food. Since all the servers are culinary students, I do not expect professional level service. They may be 'green' but they are always friendly and accommodating.

I will definitely be back - maybe for their buffet special.

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
Not worth it
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

I used to come here ages ago when the service was really good and the cakes were fantastic. It used to be a wonderful place to go after dinner or for a weekend mid-day treat. All I can say now is, what a complete turn-around.

The cakes still look delicious, but the quality is not the same and the prices have increased unbefittingly for the scaled-back portions. There just seems to be something 'missing'. Perhaps the complacent "I don't give a crap" attitudes of the servers has a lot to do with it, but the last time I went there with my mom, we practically had our food shoved at us and we waited forever for a cup of tea and a coffee...

I know there are far better places downtown to get dessert where it won't cost upwards of $35 for two pieces of cake and a cup of tea or coffee.

I definitely will not return.

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Sip Resto Lounge1117 Granville Street, Vancouver
Dine Out Dissatisfaction
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

I've been to Sip a number of times and I'm sad to say this visit, unlike others before, was a major disappointment. My friend and I went for the Dine Out menu last night, as we remembered last year's Dine Out experience here to be quite a memorable one.

The best part about the entire experience was the service. Our server was very attentive and friendly - and service with a smile every time she came by. That being said, the food was the low point. My friend and I actually had the same dishes - prawn & crab cake to start, then Tenderloin for the entrée and followed by the Bailey's chocolate mousse for dessert. Sounds good, right? I thought so too... until the food arrived.

The prawn & crab cakes had good flavour, although they were a bit mushy. It would have been nice if they had pan-seared a bit longer to get a little more of a "crisp" exterior. There was a small mound of salad greens served with them, just put on the plate dry. How odd. For the 5 extra seconds it would have taken to toss them in a dressing of some kind, I was surprised they would omit this - especially considering how they pride themselves on coming up with flavourful sauces from alcohol. The sauce that went with the prawn & crab cakes was a grey goose l'orange sauce - they could have incorportated the orange flavour into a nice simple citrus vinaigrette. It would have 'completed' the dish.

The tenderloin, however, was the main disappointment of the evening. I'm shocked this was rated AAA on their menu, as it certainly didn't taste that way. The meat was tough, bland and just all-around blah. I thought at first it was over-cooked (I asked for med rare) but upon closer inspection, it was cooked just fine - it was just a mediocre piece of meat. The vegetables were cooked nicely and the sherry jus was tasty, but as the supposed star of the meal was equivalent to shoe leather, I guess the rest just wasn't enough to save this dish.

The Bailey's chocolate mousse was nice, very light and fluffy with oreo cookie crumbs and whipped cream. The cream was over-whipped so it lost that creamy texture it should've had, and was kind of lumpy and looked as though it was a few days old. That's usually a result of someone shaking the whip cream maker every time they use it. But the flavour of the mousse was good, so once I got past the cream, I could enjoy the rest of the dessert.

Despite this less-than-favourable review, I will go back to Sip because every other experience I've had there has been quite good.

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best Meal of Dine Out so far!!
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 1:32am [Dine in]

I've been wanting to try DB Bistro ever since chef Daniel Boulud came to Vancouver. I've heard rave reviews about his burger, which I plan on going back to try!

I expected more as far as service goes - the waiter was not very attentive to our empty wine and water glasses at all. In fact, he made eye contact with me from a few feet away as I took my last swallow of wine, but simply smiled and turned away. Kind of surprising, since most servers would clue in to ask if you wanted another. Good thing the food more than made up for it.

To start, I had the Winter Green Salad, with herbed goat cheese, butternut squash, and pumpkin seed and walnut dressing. I know most people would think, "oh, it's just salad" but it was amazing!! The dressing really brought out all the flavours of the salad ingredients, which really tasted fantastic together. I would have ordered this for dessert, it was that good.

My entrée was the seared Arctic Char with cauliflower mousselline, radish, romanesco, and grenobloise butter - never heard of those before, but holy cow, did they ever make for a fantastic combination. My first bite, and I was in heaven. It was a very small portion though, and I was really hungry - so I ended up filling up mostly on bread. The bread was actually nice - a combination of several different kinds - all very nice & fresh. I just wish I could have had another portion of that fish. It was so buttery and delicious, and the skin was seared nice & crispy - I ate all of it (I usually don't eat fish skin).

When I saw the desserts leaving the kitchen and being served to other diners, I changed my selection from the citrus floating island to the chocolate coupe - which was essentially chocolate rice crispies at the bottom of a glass, then a scoop of chocolate coffee ice cream and some kind of velvety-smooth chocolate mousse-type creamy goodness piped around that. And if that wasn't enough, a few shards of very thin chocolate were stuck in to top it all off. It was heavenly!!

I can't wait to go back to see what other fabulous creations are on the menu.

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Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant670 Smithe Street, Vancouver
So-So Experience for Dine Out
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 1:10am [Dine in]

My friend and I went to Ceili's for the Dine Out menu, only because it was cheap at $18. Typically, I would not go here for a meal - just drinks and maybe an appetizer after work or late at night. Even so, their beer is highly over-priced ($6.75 for a bottle of Sleemans!!) so I only go to Ceili's if there is a birthday party or similar going on there.

I started with the calamari, which was pretty good for pub fare. Not overcooked or rubbery at all... which is sort of what I expected. The flavour was good, but it was pretty greasy. It's served on a type of newsprint paper, but it wasn't absorbent enough to catch all the oil.

Next, I had the chicken boxty, which is basically asparagus, chicken breast, mushroom and peppers sauteed in a mushroom cream sauce and stuffed inside a potato pancake. Not bad, but not fantastic. Again, sort of what I was expecting, so it wasn't disappointing.

For dessert, I had Apple Brown Betty - a little too sweet for my liking, and the topping was a little chewy, but overall not bad. I was hoping for more of a traditional "crumble" type topping, as that's one of my favourite desserts.

Pretty fair meal for a pub, but considering the competition around Vancouver, I would not go back to Ceili's for dinner.

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
First Time at CinCin... Hopefully Not the Last!!
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 12:59am [Dine in]

Another Dine Out experience for me this year, and another great meal. They actually called a day in advance to remind me of my reservation and ask if 2 hours would be enough time for my dining experience. Considerate, especially since I've heard most places just try to rush you when you're there.

The waiter came over to take our orders and then came back with our wine and some bread, served with a wonderful green olive tapenade. I don't think my friend cared much for it, but I loved it and ate pretty much the whole thing.

To start, I had the Cioppino, which was very flavourful. The presentation was lovely, with slices of fish and baby shrimp placed carefully at the bottom and the tomato, saffron & fennel broth poured over. A decent-sized serving for an appetizer.

For my entrée, I had the veal osso buco which was served with white beans in a soffrito and chianti sauce. The veal was so tender it practically melted in my mouth. I didn't care much for the beans, and would have preferred something else, but the flavour of the sauce was really good so I had no complaints - just personal preference on the beans.

The dessert was a Tiramisu - very original presentation and not like any I'd had before. Had I not known it was tiramisu, I wouldn't have guessed. It was very good, just not what I was expecting, I suppose.

The meal was great, as was the service and the value for Dine Out was outstanding, considering their regular prices. I'd like to go back to try their regular menu sometime, maybe after I get a raise. :)

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West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Dine Out 2009
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]

My friend and I went to West for the Dine Out Menu. Wow, did they ever book up fast! The only reservation we could get was for 9:30pm on a Wednesday - but I can understand why. The service was excellent - not too "in your face" and our waiter was friendly with a good sense of humour. A nice change from most places of this caliber, where servers tend to be somewhat snooty.

To start, I had the ravioli with smoked sablefish and butter potato with leek vinaigrette and milk foam. Very tasty - I loved the foam - it was so light, yet so full of flavour.

For my entrée, I chose the Pave of AAA beef, braised in red wine and mushroom with whipped potatoes. The beef was fabulous - so tender and moist - it was absolutely delicious. The potatoes were almost over-whipped and had a touch of that "gluey" texture that you get sometimes. (I remember the first time I tried whipping my potatoes with a hand-blender at home, and got the same texture... sort of gummy) I wasn't really expecting that here. The flavour was incredible though, so buttery and just a "melt-in-the-mouth" feel.

The dessert was my favourite part - a lemon meringue tart with vanilla ice cream and poppyseed "tuile" or wafer 'cookies', if you will. The lemon was heavenly - it reminded me of a lemon curd dessert my grandma made years ago - and the crust of the tart was spectacular. Very light and crunchy with kind of a nutty flavour to it. The ice cream was very creamy and was a perfect accompaniment to the tart.

I have eaten at West before, not as part of Dine Out, so I thought that the value was incredible. Yes, the portions are smaller than most places, but the quality of ingredients far exceeds that which most people are used to. Unfortunately, I can't afford to eat here as often as I'd like, but for Dine Out and special occasions, this place is a must try!!

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Davie Mongolian BBQ1161 Dave Street, Vancouver
No Frills AYCE
Submitted Monday, January 26, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

I tried this place for the first time tonight and it was pretty much what I expected, since I'd been to a similar place on Denman last weekend.

The main difference was that this place did not serve Mongolian biscuits or soup, as the Denman location does (just rice here), and it was slightly higher in price. Considering that parking was not an issue at this location, I have no problem with the higher price.

We were greeted at the door - very friendly and welcoming - however that was pretty much the extent of our "service". The waitress did not come by even once to check on us, never mind refill our glasses. I know it's a buffet, but if they expect a tip of any kind, it would be nice to have someone ask if we needed anything (drinks, etc.) The only reason I rated them "Decent" instead of "Poor" was for the guy who was at the front, who was quite friendly and for the cook who did a decent job with my food. The only time I saw the waitress was when we got up to leave and she said goodbye. Weird.

As for the ingredients, they have a fair selection - lots of different meats and veggies to choose from - same for the sauces. If you aren't sure what to get for sauce, they have a bit of a guideline at the counter. I think it's pretty tough to screw it up, though, regardless of what you choose.

All in all, it's a great value, no matter how you look at it.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Always a Great Deal!
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

I went to Stepho's with a group for dinner (there were 8 of us) and we left full and happy. Three of us shared the Saganaki (fried cheese) and appetizer calamari - served also with Greek salad. The portions were good for appies, and of course, dirt-cheap!! Our waiter was friendly and prompt with the service and managed to have everyone's entrees arrive at the same time. Sometimes with a larger group, there is someone left waiting for their meal, but not here.

For dinner, I had the small chicken souvlaki. Every other time I've been there, I get the Roast Lamb, so when my friend ordered that, I kept trying to steal it off his plate because it's so good! My chicken was very flavourful and cooked well - no complaints. Considering that it was a "small" order, I was impressed that I was actually full before I finished it - I typically eat a lot! I ended up packing the rest to go. I do prefer the lamb, though, and I will be back soon enough to have it again. It's a great value, and I can see why people wait in line! Even the drinks are cheap!

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Amazing Dine Out Value
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

I went to Red Door (my first time) for the Dine Out menu. The value was absolutely outstanding, at only $18. I expected smaller-than- normal portions, and since I'd never eaten there before, I can't honestly compare. However, the portion sizes were much larger than other restaurants I've dined that were offering menus at this price point.

My friend and I both started with the Potstickers, and I was impressed with the size of them - nice & plump, cooked perfectly and were absolutely delicious! Good thing we had 2 orders, I didn't really want to share!! Next, we had the 7-flavour beef, which was served with bean sprouts and chopped peanuts. A few minutes later, the crispy red snapper arrived, covered with chilies and green onions - it was spicy, but oh-so-good. I will definitely return to try more of the menu, as the prices seemed really reasonable.

The only disappointment I had, was that there was no choice for dessert - you got toasted coconut & candied ginger ice cream, or nothing. I love ice cream, but I found the ginger to be so overwhelming it was all I could taste. The toasted coconut was lost in its wake. I would never have that again, but I will certainly return to try the calamari, as I heard several fellow diners raving about it.

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Granville Room957 Granville Street, Vancouver
Dine Out Experience
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

I was pleasantly surprised to see the Granville Room on the $18 menu this year, as I've eaten here a few times before and the food has always been fantastic.

I started out with the soy cured smoked salmon, and my friend had the carrot & roasted red pepper soup. The soup looked very thick, almost like a puree of veggies. He said the flavour was good and finished it in a matter of minutes, as the portion was very small. My salmon was good, but I was expecting more soy flavour. It was served over a dipping sauce with some mixed greens on top, almost giving the feel of a small salad.

For the entrees, we both ordered the duck leg "confit". In my experience, "confit" means to cure the meat in salt, then cook it slowly in its own fat. When the entrees were set down, one look at my duck leg told me this was dipped in the deep fryer. While it tasted okay, in comparison to other similar dishes, it was below average. The outside of the duck leg was extremely crispy, and the inside was only slightly moist. The sauce was nice, but the risotto was overcooked; however, I wasn't going to complain when the entire meal cost only $18. The wine pairing they offered was a good value at $7 a glass - especially compared to many in the $12-14 range.

The desserts were a choice of vanilla cheesecake (my selection) and a chocolate peanut butter cup (my friend's choice) they were both tasty, but I far preferred the cheesecake. It was light & fluffy, and the whipped cream was delicious - very lightly flavoured with vanilla and sweetened with a touch of powdered sugar. The peanut butter cup was good, although a small portion. Very similar to a Reese cup, only better.

I will definitely return to the Granville Room, despite my slight disappointment with the entree on this visit - I've had the duck breast here before and it was outstanding. They are always a good value, the ambiance is good and while the service has been slow at times, the servers are always friendly.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Dine Out Disappointment
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went to Azia for Dine Out on Friday night. Our table was not ready when we arrived, so we were seated in the lounge where we ordered drinks. After about 10 minutes, our table was ready and our drinks were brought over. One of the guys (manager??) pulled out my chair for me, but then pushed it into me before I was ready to sit, and almost knocked me over. He didn't even notice.

Anyway, we both ordered the lobster spring rolls, (pretty good) and also the dim sum platter as we were really hungry There were 3 each of Pork Dumplings, and some other kind of dumpling that I'd never had before, (very good), along with 2 prawn-pocket type dumplings - pretty average for dim sum fare. Good, but nothing outstanding there. Our server was quite friendly but not that attentive. While our appetizer plates were cleared away, we ordered a bottle of wine to have with dinner - it didn't arrive until we were already eating our main courses, which didn't even arrive at the same time. My meal arrived about five minutes before my friend was served.

I had the sablefish, then the mango cheesecake for dessert. My friend had the BBQ ribs & chocolote ginger mousse. Although the sauce was nice, the ribs were horribly overcooked, tough and very chewy. My fish was cooked perfectly and although the bones were left in, the flavour was good and I enjoyed it - the downside is that the serving was VERY small and it came with rice pilaf and plain salad. Both quite blah, in fact.

The cheesecake was cut up and served in a martini glass, with a mango sauce and whipped cream - not impressive at all. It didn't taste very fresh, and the texture was almost chewy. The chocolate "mousse" had not quite set and was more like runny pudding.

I consider Dine Out to be the opportunity for restaurants to showcase their food - if this is the type of food they have to offer, my opinioin is that there are far better restaurants in Vancouver and I likely won't return.

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