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odree_m1983Kitsilano, VancouverSince October 14, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance4 (4)


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New Bohemian, The3162 West Broadway, Vancouver
Outstanding for cocktails!
Submitted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 1:27am [Dine in]

I haven't eaten here that many times, but from my experience the food has been fine. Not amazing, but of better quality than the numerous bars around the area. It certainly surpasses food at Gargoyles, the Shack, Elwoods, etc. However, the New Bohemian should have better food than these places, as it charges higher prices and seems to want to cater to a different clientele (i.e. lounge not bar). So basically, the food is good and fair value for what you pay but it is not the best thing about the Bohemian. You won't be disappointed, but you're probably better off going for late night cocktails and a snack rather than dinner.

There is, however, one exception to this. The mussels and yam fries combo. It's available on either Tuesday or Wednesday night (I don't remember which), and serve up a 1/2 lb of yam fries (better than the average) and a 1/2 lb of mussels. I would advise the coconut curry mussels which are absolutely delicious. I drank up all the broth at the end because they were so good. And the best part is - the combo is only $7! That to me is a very good price for what you get.

The ambiance is fantastic, it's a beautiful space. The patio outside is lovely, and was my choice during my summer when I was there with just one or two friends. With a bigger group (or, you know, in the winter), grab their comfy leather sofas inside and post up for a fun night. The movie screens are really cool; overall, a feast for the eyes.

The drinks are well the Bohemian really shines. Yes, some of them cost more than your average Broadway street pint/cocktail. Their beer selection is unparalleled in the area and their cocktails, well, can only be described as exceptional. Try the champagne cocktails - so good! Word of warning - they get quite a bit of alcohol into deceptively tasty cocktails. If you are there at 1:30am, and can no longer taste the bourbon in your lemonade... well, maybe that's just me.

As a restaurant, I give this place 3/5.
As a bar/lounge, I give this place 5/5.

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
A good review, a mediocre review
Submitted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 1:10am [Dine in]

I used to go to Burgoo all the time, but recently moved out of Point Grey to Kits, and don't visit as often. My last two trips were quite different, however, the first was fantastic with great food and fair service and the second had rather indifferent service and mediocre food.

The good review:
This was during the summer, probably during August. The service was fine, nothing special, but the server was polite and technically very proficient. They just aren't particularly friendly - not that they are in any way unfriendly, just not very cheerful. The ambiance, as always, was good old Burgoo, basic decor with a cozy, attractive feel. Very clean, very light, etc. Value was good, not great, but good. Some of the appies are a wee bit expensive for what you get (i.e. the guacamole) but the mains are very good value. Drinks were fair value, perhaps a wee bit more expensive than the usual, but also better composed and tastier. I had a mojito which was really, really good and a beer which was served icy cold - perfect. The food I gave an outstanding rating based solely upon this visit, because my ratatouille and french onion were both delectable. So good! I love french onion soup and have gone to several places in Van specifically to try their french onion, and Burgoo's is one of the best, if not THE best. The ratatouille, which is not something I have that often, was also spectacular. I would highly recommend either of these dishes.

The mediocre review:
Unfortunately, I was disappointed when last I went to Burgoo (September). The food was fine, not as good as my french onion/ratatouille combo, but I was there at lunch so maybe the day staff are not as good? I actually had the Irish Stew back in the day, and it was better, so maybe this was a one-time fluke. It wasn't bad, just not the same quality I expect from Burgoo. The value/ambiance were the same of course. The service, however, was indifferent, cold, and almost unfriendly. She wasn't exactly rude, just very abrupt. Didn't have a smile on her face the whole time. It's too bad, because I know this is a family-owned business (at least, that's what someone told me) and as a local place they should have friendly servers to interact with local patrons. Save the ice queens for Earls/Joeys/etc.

On the whole, I would definitely recommend Burgoo, but go in the evening because the staff seem to be better (kitchen and front-of-house). And also, the owners/management might want to think about asking their servers to step it up a notch.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
A fantastic experience!
Submitted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

We went to the Eatery recently for a birthday party with a group of eight people, all in their mid 30s. I had never been before, but some members of our group had, and warned that service was sometimes so-so on busy nights (we went on a Saturday). I can only speak from my one-time experience, but the service was some of the best I have ever had! Not only was our server (Alicia?) prompt, polite, and helpful with the menus, but she actually made the birthday more enjoyable. One of us had some mint leaves in a glass that we had already poured some beer into; she apologized profusely and brought us another glass and another entire big Sapporo! When it was time to order, she was very helpful with menu suggestions (it's a big menu) and was very accommodating. Food was pretty quick considering how busy it was. She came back for quality check and chatted with us for a while. After dinner though was really special. Didn't even have to be asked, once plates were cleared she brought out a free dessert with a sparkler. Made the whole occasion really enjoyable!

(She was also really pretty, wanted to ask for her number but didn't have the nerve. So maybe I'm a bit biased.)

I had driven by this place many times during the day but never was that interested by the exterior. It's way different on the inside (at night?), with cool neon signs 'Miso Horny', 'Who's Your Sushi Pimp', etc. Funny pictures by the bathrooms too, maybe not that appropriate for little kids/conservative parents. The entire place was a little grungy for a restaurant, had more of a bar feeling to it, but was interesting enough it didn't matter (though I can see how some people would be turned off). The ceilings are covered with crazy sculptures and pop-culture paintings. Like other people have said, it's a little dark inside, and REALLY noisy, but hey it's not aiming for the fine dining experience, and it's great at what it does.

Don't have too much to say about the value. It was more expensive that your average sushi restaurant, but way more fun. Sure you can get the average roll for <$5 at most places, whereas the 'Funky Creations' at the Eatery cost more, but some of the more expensive ones were well worth the money. The drinks were average price, some were clearly aimed at a younger crowd (the Jailbait?) but were overall good value.

Overall, the food was really good. We shared a bunch of appies and then ordered individual rolls/sashimi.
Tuna Tempura - simply delicious! We got one but then ordered three more in total because they were so good. I was expecting regular tempura with tuna instead of veg/prawn but it was very different, don't know how to describe it but it was EXCELLENT!
Fat Elvis - similar to the tuna tempura but with avocado not tuna. Not quite as good as the tuna but still awesome.
Barbeque 'Carubi' - really good.
Nobashi prawns - okay, nothing spectacular.
Gyoza - low point of the meal for me, not as good as other gyoza I've had.
Devil's Tail - fantastic, little bit spicy, favorite roll of the meal.
Volcano - presentation was beautiful, roll was delicious (deep fried) but I didn't like the "bed of spicy crab meat".
Spicy salmon crunch - shaped like a flower, quite simple but absolutely delicious. Better than spicy salmon/tuna/scallop rolls I've had elsewhere.
Tuna/salmon sashimi - very good, very fresh.

For drinks I had mojitas, sake bombs, and beer. The mojitas were really good.

Overall we all had a great time and I will be going back for sure.

J. Martineau

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