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nelsongourmandWest EndSince December 24, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (4)
  • Food4 (4.1)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance4 (4.2)

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Tavola1829 Robson Street, Vancouver
West End Hangout - Impeccable Food
Submitted Friday, July 1, 2011 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

I have dined at Tavola on my way home from work more times than I would care to admit. I can't seem to find fault with anything about this neighbourhood gem. Yes, there are too many Italian restaurants in this part of town, but this one rises above.

I usually choose something from the chalkboard, which changes daily, but there are a few standouts on the regular menu as well. Their simple spaghetti with tomatoes is bursting with flavour. The crostinis are fun to share and my favourite is the chicken liver with balsamic onions. Unless the board that day has the avocado w/shrimp crostini – I’ll have that with a glass of wine, some dessert, and call it supper. Their toffee pudding is a dream. As for the Big Plates, you can feed several people with one of these with some shared pasta. Try the Brick Chicken – juicy, crispy, and rich.

As for ambience, it is a warm, wonderful, inviting, home-away-from-home with interesting background music that is neither too loud nor too quiet. The bartenders are friendly yet non-intrusive. And the low staff turnover makes it a place where everybody knows your name . . . See you there.

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Nook781 Denman St., Vancouver
Great Ambiance - Locals' Favourite
Submitted Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Nook has become a neighbourhood favourite, for sure. It is on my way home from work and I stop often. Funny thing is, it's not about the food. Pizza and pasta are not my thing. And if you like vegetables, they don't really have any - a couple of too-salty salads and that's about it. Truth is, people line up for the 5:00 pm opening time. It's fun, the music is great, and the bartender Chris is cool, personable, and makes the appetizers right there in front of you. The bar is the best place to be so don't be disappointed if that is all that's left when you arrive. The pasta is alright, always al dente, but the sauces are unimaginative and lacking in flavour. The pizza is good but the crust almost always has some burnt bits. I like the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs hard at work and witness the occasional crash of plates, pots, 'n all. The cappuccino and dessert area always good. A nice addition to the West End.

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Cork & Fin221 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Way to Go!
Submitted Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

I am sad that some of the best talent have left Parkside, L'Altro Buca, and Tapastree but am happy they have found their way to the Cork & Fin. What a sweet spot nestled in the border between Gastown and Chinatown. An inviting sidewalk cafe leads into just as nice an interior. Elegant yet unassuming with an interesting mix of reggae, Elvis, and soul in the background.

The menu is chockfull of seafood selections but I chose the special of the night - a surf 'n turf consisting of a 4 oz. beef tenderloin and two gorgeous prawns - and started that off with the evening's salad of greens, pear, walnuts, and gorgonzola cream.

The staff were busy but attentive and the owners are out in front – one folding napkins and serving and the other preparing the seafood towers that seemed popular with the lovebirds. A romantic dinner indeed!

Nice job.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Nice Evening with Friends
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Good choice for a relaxing uneventful evening. The Gingerbread Pudding was incredible and large enough to share amongst four people! Reasonably priced menu - the 6 oz tenderloin is only $30. Lots of affordable wine selections. I enjoyed a perfect Pisco Sour before dinner. The place has a great welcoming atmosphere and could easily become a regular hang-out.

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Cafe Il Nido780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
My Favourite Italian
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

After having eaten at Il Nido several times, I thought a review was in order. I would eat here every day if I could. My experiences have been mostly as a lone diner and the food and ambience have always been far beyond my expectation. I love sitting in the lounge at the front of restaurant or on the patio on a nice day. The Coppa di Montecarlo (a fresh shrimp concoction) is out of this world and the pastas are the best I've ever had in Vancouver.

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Cafe Il Nido780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
My Favourite Italian
Submitted Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

After having eaten at Cafe Il Nido several times, I thought a review was in order. I would eat here every day if I could. My experiences have been mostly as a lone diner and the food and ambience have always been far beyond my expectation. I love sitting in the lounge at the front of restaurant or on the patio on a nice day. The Coppa di Montecarlo (a fresh shrimp concoction) is out of this world and the pastas are the best I've ever had in Vancouver. The only minor negative is the service which is sometimes less than professional. On one occasion when dining with a friend, the server never brought our first course. When the main course arrived, we asked the whereabouts of the salad. She provided no explanation, made no apology and seemed at a loss for words. The rest of the evening was fantastic.

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Zocalo2515 Main Street, Vancouver
Worth a trip out of your way
Submitted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

I was headed out for a night of music at the Biltmore and thought I would try a neighbourhood restaurant. Wow, I sure couldn't got wrong with this place! It was packed on a Friday night, so I was seated at the bar. The bartender was friendly and attentive. I had to turn in my seat to enjoy the live spanish music coming from the front of the room. I had the 'best dish in the house' - the Tinga - and enjoyed every morsel. And I LOVE the death-themed images of Mexican folk art that decorate the place.

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Scoozi's445 Howe Street, Vancouver
Three Times this Week!
Submitted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

I had to try this place for breakfast, lunch, and supper because the ambience is so wonderful and inviting and comfortable. For a casual place, the salads are especially done with care and good taste. The owner Michael works the room and makes everyone feel special. The menu has a real interesting selection of spanikopita. I'll try the cinnamon buns tomorrow!

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1265 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Nice Surprise
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I decided to use the coupon that came in the mail for this new place. We could get a free appie or 50% off an entree. Prices were surprisingly affordable ($6-7 cocktails and $20 steaks). We decided to go for the full-meal deal rather than just appies. The quality of the food was quite incredible and the service was excellent. The room was very dark so a bit hard to judge the decor. I will definitely encourage my friends to try this place for afterwork socializing. After a very enjoyable evening, we forgot to use the coupon!

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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Nice Lunch
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

I decided to try Zefferelli's for a late lunch and to warm up after a long day of shopping. I was quite pleased with it all. The place was nearly empty (it was 3:00 pm) and the service was prompt and attentive. I was seated next to the window and enjoyed looking down on Robson Street as I sipped on a perfect Manhattan (OK, it's hard to mess up a Manhattan). The background music was pleasant and cool and not too loud (Madeleine Peyroux, Feist). The Cobb Salad was one of the best I've had with perfectly cooked bacon, avocado, chicken and barely (if any) dressing. The tables were nicely appointed but the entry-way and bathroom could use some work.

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