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ngibzakBurnabySince June 11, 200922 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Point Restaurant & Tapas, The3131 Chatham St., #100, Richmond
Worth a visit
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

Have visited the Point a number of times over the past year, and have always found it to be a pleasant experience. The most recent visit was on a warm Sunday evening. While I’ve never seen the restaurant really packed, on this particular occasion it was almost deserted (girlfriend and I actually had to double-check the sign to make sure the restaurant was open). And this despite the sunshine and an inviting patio. Don’t know if this can be attributed to the fact that the location’s a little off the beaten track, a few blocks away from the more tourist-friendly patios closer to the harbor. In any case, the Point offers one of the more subdued dining experiences available in Steveston.

As for the food itself, what’s offered is more than passable, and often borders on the very good. Have tried the lobster ravioli, bison burger, and steak on previous visits, and have come away satisfied. This time we decided to ditch the mains and stick with appetizers, in order to get a wider sampling of flavours. We began with Thai prawns, and seared tuna on crostini. The prawns were tasty. The tuna, not so much. It came with a mango chutney/salsa that had a flavor that could best be described as “medicinal”. It didn’t play well at all with the balsamic reduction. Next came mussels in marinara sauce, and roasted garlic and brie. The mussels were a smash hit, the only complaint being that it came with only a few pieces of crostini, not nearly enough to scoop up the delicious sauce. We ended up asking for an extra basket of bread to do the job. As for the roasted garlic and brie, I thought it was okay but not spectacular, while the girlfriend loved it. It came with two smears of sauce on the plate, one of which was the aforementioned mango concoction (which went pretty much untouched), and a red sauce which I didn’t get to sample because the girlfriend laid claim to it (needless to say, she liked it a lot). Still not quite full at this point, we decided on one more appy and ended with lamb chops on mashed potato. These were very good, the mustard glaze giving the meat a nice little zing, and the potato filling and hearty.

Service wise, our server was friendly and attentive. I’ve never had any complaints in this area. And as for value, well … dining at the Point doesn’t make for a cheap meal out, but considering the overall quality of the menu and service, it’s not bad either. The Point is well worth the stroll from the main drag at Steveston.

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Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Simple. Elegant. Delicious.
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

Wanting to take the girlfriend someplace special for her birthday, I decided to give Cibo Trattoria a go, despite not knowing anyone with firsthand experience at the establishment. It turns out to have been a choice well made, for by the end of the evening both she and I had our expectations not only met, but exceeded.

Cibo is definitely not your typical North-Americanized Italian eatery. There’s no garlic overkill. No ladles of sauce. Portions are decently sized (but not small), making it easy for a diner to indulge in three or more courses without feeling like an overstuffed walrus afterward. The focus is clearly on using the best ingredients and presenting them in a simple (deceptively so, I’m sure) fashion that allows them to shine.

After a few bites of tasty herbed bread and a couple of glasses of celebratory prosecco, we began the dinner proper with a shared spot prawn crudo. Frankly, this dish was to die for. The prawns were generously drizzled in an olive oil unlike any I’ve ever tasted before. Our incredibly helpful server Tomas informed us that some guests are actually brave enough to eat the raw prawn heads. This appetizer was so good, we were almost tempted to try.

For our pasta course, my girlfriend had tagliatelle with mushrooms – rich and earthy, while I went with the agnoli with veal – meaty parcels with a citrusy kick. Any praise for Cibo’s freshly made pasta is rightly deserved. Both were delicious. For the mains, the girlfriend ordered the roast ling cod with asparagus and balsamic. The fish was moist, with a wonderfully crisped skin. I had the grilled bison with leeks. The meat was tender, and the accompanying drizzle of bone-marrow sauce set off the flavour of the bison nicely.

To finish our meal, I had the renowned River Café chocolate nemesis – a rich wedge of chocolate that I’d compare to the most decadent brownie/mousse you’ve ever had in your life, while my girlfriend tried Cibo’s take on the zuppa inglese. Along with dessert wine and some coffee, it was the perfect end to dinner.

Service at Cibo is outstanding. Tomas was friendly and helpful, never intrusive, and happy to answer any questions we had about the menu. He was also spot-on with his wine recommendations. The other staff were equally friendly and efficient – our water glasses were never empty, and our table was always kept neat and presentable. The restaurant itself is pleasing to linger within, intimately smallish with a relaxed, eclectic modern-cool vibe, an interesting contrast to the simply presented dishes.

Prices at Cibo’s were fair, especially considering the quality of the food. In fact, in my opinion it’s a better value than the pricier CinCin. Not the kind of restaurant the average person could frequent regularly, but definitely worth a visit on those special occasions when you feel like indulging. We will definitely go back.

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