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nelliebobellieDowntownSince March 21, 200869 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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UnWine'd Restaurant on Howe1180 Howe Street, Vancouver
S'mores!!
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Last night, my friend and I were looking for something different to try, so we headed over to UnWine'd on Howe. I've been there many times and they're always changing up their menu so I was interested to see what they've added.

We had the Salt Spring mussels and the crab cakes, which are two of my favourite dishes on the menu. There is a serving of shoestring-fried potatoes in the centre of the mussels, which are so good with the sauce. The chef came out to check on how everyone was enjoying their meals and when he heard our comments on how good the sauce was, he offered to bring us some extra bread for dipping. He came back with a toasted baguette, which we happily used to finish up all the delicious broth.

The crab cakes are very good - no filler here!! Lots of crab meat and cooked crispy on the outside. They are served with a mango salsa and wine-poached pears, which I love. For dessert, we had s'mores. What a unique and very entertaining dessert idea - it was fun toasting our marshmallows over the flame, and then dipping them into the chocolate sauce and squishing them between the graham crackers. The idea of it is actually what we enjoyed more - it was just a fun thing to do. I think the graham crackers could have been better, because they were probably just out of a package - but it was really enjoyable nonetheless.

I will definitely go back to UnWine'd, as I really enjoy the service, the ambiance and of course the food. Everyone is very friendly and accommodating - which seems so rare in Vancouver restaurants lately.

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Whineo's1017 Granville St., Vancouver
Pretty good
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

My friend and I arrived at Whineo's around 11pm. We had to wait outside for a table because I guess they were in "club mode". We only waited for about 10 minutes, which wasn't too bad - the doorman was friendly enough and very courteous - unlike some other doormen in town.

When we sat down, our server greeted us with a smile and a couple of drink menus. We also asked for food menus, which she brought right away. Unfortunately, they were out of a few things - prawns, spinach dip and smoked salmon; however, their selection was still quite good so we settled on the curried calamari and the antipasto platter. We ordered our drinks and they arrived shortly after. Good, quick service and always with a smile.

When the food arrived, the calamari was very good - lightly battered & deep fried with a hint of curry - perfectly cooked and very tender. Much better than I was expecting. The antipasto platter was good, but slightly disappointing as there were lots of sauces/dips but only a small amount of pita bread for dipping. I wish we'd had more, or perhaps some other type of bread as well. The prosciutto-wrapped asparagus was really good. I would like to go back to try the prawns and possibly the mac n' cheese, which the server highly recommended. Go figure.

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Plan B Lounge & Eatery1144 Homer Street, Vancouver
I'll stick with Plan A, thanks.
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went to Plan B for the Taste of Yaletown. What a waste of time & money. I ordered the soup duo, which was a consomme and a butternut squash soup. The consomme was hot, but quite bland in flavour. I've had better out of a Ramen soup package. The pureed soup had a nice flavour but was borderline cold. I had to eat it quickly because it was drizzled with oil - not a pleasant taste in cold soup. My friend had the beet salad, which was basically beets & goat cheese. Hard to screw up.

We waited about 25 minutes for our entrees to arrive - good thing we had a bottle of wine. When I asked what was taking so long, the server said they were "plating it now" and walked away. No apology for the wait, no smile, nothing.

For the entree, we both had the beef shortribs - they were so dry that I had to drink a lot of water/wine to prevent from choking. When the waitress -finally- came by to ask how our meals were, I told her it was dry and I wasn't enjoying it - SHE OFFERED ME MORE WATER. I couldn't believe it. She said she'd tell the chef about the food, but she disappeared and didn't come back until we were finished. I got tired of waiting as I was really hungry, so I just choked it down.

The only saving grace was the dessert, a hazelnut creme brulee that was quite tasty.

The waitress seemed very unfriendly, bored & barely paid attention to us - horrible service. Even the other server who brought our meals didn't bother saying anything or smiling. Makes me wonder if they even like working there. by their attitudes, you'd think someone died in the kitchen. I will definitely not go back.

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1265 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Taste of Yaletown
Submitted Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went there for the Taste of Yaletown and we were quite impressed with the portion size, the quality of food and the ambiance. It was vibrant without being too loud and the decor is dark but tasteful - the chairs were really comfortable and made for a great relaxing meal. It was my first time there, and I'll definitely be back. I highly recommend the steak and prawns - everything was cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful. The wok fried squid was so good, I wanted a second plate of it! The wine list offered several very affordable (and very good) choices, which is rare for Yaletown. Our server was friendly and attentive to our needs and made our dining experience that much more enjoyable. Can't wait to go back!

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Yamato Sushi616 Davie St, Vancouver
The Best Deal in Town!!
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

I eat at Yamato (at least) 2-3 times per month and they are consistently above average. The restaurant is tiny - only 4 or 5 tables, so I almost always get take out.

Whether you eat in or take it home, the food is great and a fantastic value. Everything always tastes very fresh and the rolls are fabulous. The servers are very friendly and always smiling.

A Bento box with chicken teriyaki, rice, tempura, miso soup, deep fried gyoza and california roll is ONLY $5.95. You can't beat that!! I think I'm having that for dinner tonight.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Fantastic Value
Submitted Monday, July 21, 2008 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went to Ninkazu on Sunday night for the AYCE. We opted for the Deluxe dinner at $22.95 per person, which was an absolutely fantastic value, given the selection of sashimi offered alone.

There were only 2 downsides to our dining experience - first, the service - although excellent for the food (everything arrived very quickly) and the server was very friendly - we sat for a very long time with empty tea cups and we had to ask several times for a refill. Second, for those of us non-Asians, we did not know what a lot of the items on the menu were. It would help to have a description or a picture maybe of some of the more non-traditional offerings. As I saw a few things pass by on a server's tray, I asked what they were and ended up trying a few new things (Beef Pataki (I think it was called) is my new favourite). All in all, everything was fabulous and I'll definitely go back.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Excellent Meal
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 8:25pm [Dine in]

I went with three other people for dinner to Dockside and we all tried something different. We started with some drinks - my friend and I shared the beer flight which was 6 x 6oz glasses of their in-house brewed beer. They were all pretty good.

Then we had some appetizers - two of us shared the spinach salad and the chili squid - both were very good. I then had the beef tenderloin for my entree, my friend had the crusted halibut, which was amazing. I wish that I had ordered that as well, but my steak was cooked perfectly, so hard to complain.

For dessert, I had the creme brulée - my favourite - and it was delicious. :) As it started to get darker outside, the view was absolutely fantastic. All of the city lights reflecting in the water... stunning. I'll go back again soon - next time for the halibut!

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Amazing Steak
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

I had been telling a friend of mine about Bogart's for quite some time so we decided to go during the Dine Out in January. Everything was exactly as I had described - food and wine was fantastic, atmosphere/ambiance was exceptional and the service was solid.

Ever since then, my friend had been practically harassing me to go back. As an added bonus, I had a coupon in my Entertainment Book so we took full advantage of it. As usual, I had the Tenderloin - cooked to perfection and the seasoning was spot-on. Even though we were full, we still forged through and ordered desserts, opting for the creme brulée as it is my favourite. It was delicious. I have yet to have a bad experience here and I've dined at Bogart's at least a half-dozen times within the last year. I will keep coming back.

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Extremely Disappointed
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

After our meals arrived, (steak & prawns with cuttlefish) the waiter gave us some helpful suggestions for cooking the meat - saying the stone would stay hot for up to an hour so we shouldn't feel rushed. What he neglected to consider is that all the food would be cooked in a matter of minutes and if you didn't eat quickly, it would dry out. As there was no seasoning on the fish or meat, it was actually quite bland. One of the sauces (for fish) was horrible and didn't pair well with the fish. In fact, it tasted like cocktail sauce mixed with mayonnaise.

I alternated between bites of the fish and prawns, which cooked quite quickly - then I tried my steak. It was already overcooked. I like my steak med. rare so after turning it once, it was cooked in about 2 minutes flat (small steak). I took it off the stone, but there wasn't really anywhere to put it except on my side (bread) plate. I tried the veggies and they were "stone" cold! Our waiter was nowhere to be seen. The gentleman who seated us (manager?) asked us how everything was, and I asked if the veggies were supposed to be cold - he said no. I told him they were, but he seemed indifferent and walked away. When our waiter finally came back (at the end of the meal) I showed him my overcooked little steak and told him I was unimpressed with the whole experience. He apologized and had my meal taken off the bill.

All in all, a very disappointing experience and not worth it. People say "try it for the novelty or experience" but I would suggest skipping it - go somewhere where you pay them to cook your food for you and they cook it right. Otherwise stay home and break out the BBQ. The view was great, but that's about it.

I won't go back.

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