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nicansyzVancouver, West EndSince May 20, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance4 (3.8)

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Blue Water Raw Bar - brilliant!
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

This is a review just about Blue Water's Raw Bar - not the general cafe part. In case you don't want to read the rest of this review, I'll sum it up for you: it was spectacular!

We arrived and sat outside in the patio. It is a gorgeous setting. Great ambiance outside (and inside too). The music is funky and not too loud. The flowers were in bloom. The decor is stylish, as is the plating.

The oyster menu is comprehensive, although they don't stock all the oysters on it. Tonight they had 6. We tried them all and they were all beautiful. Perfectly shucked. Brine still in shell. Red wine mignonette. Lemon. Freshly-grated horseradish.

The sockeye salmon sashimi was to die for. Vancouver does salmon like no other place I've ever been and sockeye is - at least when it comes to sashimi - the king of salmon.

The service was friendly, professional, knowledgeable and prompt. The Whistler-brewed pale ale was served in a hybrid baloon-tulip which was perfect and complemented the food.

It's not cheap, but for fresh seafood, you cannot do better.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Best brunch spot in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Medina is a place for interesting Moroccan breakfasts & brunches and great waffles. As I said in the title, it's the best I've found in Vancouver. Unfortunately, thousands of others have too.

It was Victoria Day today and Medina was open from 10am - 3pm for an all-day brunch. We arrived at 10:40 and waited for just over an hour to be seated. We forgave them when the food came.

You arrive to a throng milling outside the funky cafe (next to Chambar: the owners' other joint). You walk inside to write your name on a list, depressing in its length and the number of names before yours.

When we finally sat down we were given our coffees. They were great. Coffee is so vital to a good breakfast cafe and Medina understands this. There are few places that understand this in Vancouver. Starbucks doesn't. Cafe Artigiano does. So does Cafe Medina.

The food was rich and quite heavily spiced. I had Le Chasseur - fried eggs atop bison sausage from Oyama, wild boar bacon, braised potatoes, watercress and roast tomato with grilled focaccia on the side. Despite its full-flavour, it was not overpowering. Sourcing their meat from Oyama is a good move: there is no better sausage.

Three fellow diners all had different and equally satisfying meals. We finished with waffles. The waffles come with dipping sauces. The marmalade, lavender milk chocolate and the white chocolate pistachio were all appreciated.

All in all, this is not breakfast that you could eat every day. It is special occasion breakfast and I commend it highly. My only advice is arrive early and a little before your appetite catches up with you.

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Hapa Izakaya1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
I Hapa very good night
Submitted Monday, May 24, 2010 - 12:18am [Dine in]

Five friends and I tried the new Yaletown version of Hapa. It was a funky little place. Very Hapa. Very Yaletown. It is not a large restaurant - we were originally told we would have to wait for 2 hours to get a 6-person table, but, due to a cancellation, we got in straight away.

The Food: the food was good without being amazing. It is certainly no worse and probably better than Hapa's Robson Street incarnation. It is better than Guu, but not as good as Yuji's or as Shiru Bay Chopstick Cafe (now defunct). We ate Ebi Mayo (ok, but a bit soggy); Chicken Karaage (good); salmon sashimi (alright, but in this town alright is not good enough); stone bowl rice dishes - both minced pork and muchroom (good); short ribs (good, but not as good as Flying Tiger's Kohlrabi Ribs). The popcorn calamari (which was tonight's special) was average at best. It was overcooked and uninspired. The best dish of the night was the grilled sablefish. It was fresh, delicate, buttery and perfectly cooked.

We drank many large bottles of Kirin in cute little Kirin glasses. The beer, along with the constant flow of good food and good conversation made for a very enjoyable night.

The service was fine. Not friendly, but professional and attentive.

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Legendary Noodle1074 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great noodles, great value
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:41am [Dine in]

My first Legendary experience was with the original joint on Main Street. This Denman branch is a welcome addition. The place is warm. Tight. Cramped, even. Its low-lighting and wooden tables and benches give it an intimacy which I really enjoy. The service is always prompt and friendly.

The noodles are made fresh. You can watch the noodle master if you want. If you haven't seen it done before, you should. The noodlery is not show-cased as it is in the Main St shop, but you can still get a peek. Eating the noodles is a pleasure. My favourite dish is the pork mince-black bean-mushroom. Get the thin noodles (you can get your noodles made various ways. I like thin best).

The steamed pork and chive dumplings are also delicious. The chilli sauce, found on every table, has a pleasing, slightly burnt flavour.

All in all, this place has great noodles for not too much money. $25 bought two of us the pork dish, a soup with thin noodles and dumplings and a beer.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Best Dim Sum in Vancouver, possibly Canada
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:26am [Dine in]

I am bemused by the bad reviews of Kirin. I see that, for some people, bad experiences began with an overlong wait. On the service front, I will only say that I was treated well by friendly waiters.

But the Dim Sum! It is from a menu (not a cart) and so comes out freshly made for you. The rice noodle, so often gluggy from over-steaming as its whirled around on the cart - is firm. The filling is delicious. Fresh seafood, delicately seasoned.

The other reason why this Dim Sum joint has it over all the others (including the celebrated Sun Sui Wah - which is, in fact, a slightly up-market Pink Pearl) is the XO sauce. This chili-garlic-shrimp sauce is amazing. I also order soy sauce with fresh green chillies in it.

We've also had dinner at Kirin. It is good, fresh and consistent. But while dinner is good, dim sum is great. Avoid the queues and get there at 11 - 11:30am. It's the best time for yum cha anyway.

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Well Restaurant, The3048 Main St, Vancouver
If you like food, choose elsewhere
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:00am [Dine in]

May 2010. I don't like being negative, but I feel misled and betrayed by the positive reviews of this place. The food was appalling. I have never had worse bolognese. It would be better had it come out of a packet. My partner had the osso bucco. It was ok. Not great, but certainly edible. For $22, it ought to have been better.

The plates all came out with a ridiculous brown sauce squeezed all over the side as a sort of aesthetic finish. It did not taste good and was only there, as far as I could tell, to make the lacklustre dinners look appealing. In this aim, the brown goo failed miserably. Compounding this bad attempt at garnish were a couple of garlic scapes and a bunch of raw enoki mushrooms. Putting raw mushrooms (which are stuck together and so cannot be washed properly - if they were washed at all) on a plate with meat is probably against health regulations, but is definitely against common sense.

With one glass of wine each, no starter and no dessert, the "meal" came to $60. Although, I admit that had it come to only $20 I still would have felt duped. If I had paid $20, though, I would not have felt compelled to write this review.

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