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omnivorePoint Grey, VancouverSince July 18, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (4.2)
  • Food5 (5)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value4.5 (4.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Extraordinary
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

It's too bad that this place hasn't caught on, bad location and marketing perhaps. It will likely be gone soon and that is a shame considering the number of substandard, overpriced restaurants that flourish all over the city.
Run by a charming French couple who bring an integrity to the food and service that is rare here; She works the room masterfully and he runs the kitchen. I've never had a dish served here that wasn't perfectly prepared. Both could hold their own in the sort of European restaurants that require one to re-mortgage the house for a meal.
At forty dollars for three courses (you can also order a la cart) this is extraordinary value for this quality as it stacks up against the best restaurants in town. For me the bar is set by how a chef prepares whitefish. Of the halibut or sablefish dishes I and my dining companions have had all were hard-pressed to remember a restaurant where the fish was more perfectly cooked. Meat dishes are strong as well and there is allot of variety on a menu that changes every six weeks. Deserts are also remarkable and would give Thomas Hass a run for his money. Dietary restrictions are always graciously handled.
This weekend people will wedge themselves into tiny tables at the latest hyped restaurant to receive rushed impersonal service and mediocre food prepared by God knows who while some tables at this place will sit empty... that's also extraordinary.

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Original Tandoori K. King689 E. 65th Avenue, Vancouver
Flying under the radar
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

Don't mistake this place for the larger restaurant with a similar name around the corner on Fraser St. This place is clean and pleasant but you wouldn't turn your head walking by, people come here for the food, period. I don't bother with any other place for North Indian cuisine in town. Dishes can be ordered mild without a loss of flavour. I always have the butter sauce with fresh naan bread from the tandoori oven as a starter and have to struggle against getting a take out order of the sauce even though I'm stuffed after a meal here. They have a good selection of vegetarian entrees, including bindi (okra) and bartha (roasted then mashed eggplant) that are fantastic. They also have a vegetarian thali that is a bit of everything including desert for about thirteen dollars. Most a la cart dishes are ten or eleven dollars- A real steal for this quality.

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Dharma Kitchen3667 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Organic Zen Food
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

First of all, Dharma Kitchen is a vegan restaurant, not vegetarian. If this puts you off eating here it's your loss. Flavours are rich and sophisticated. The tempeh steak is marinated in an amazing sauce that features star anise. If your experience with tempeh hasn't been good you need to try this. Their marinated tofu has a very pleasing texture and is also delicious. Their rice bowls feature tempeh/tofu plus different vegetable combinations over jasmine or brown rice and a choice of miso, tahini, thai peanut or coconut gravy. Each bowl is a work of art as visually pleasing as it is tasty. The serene environment compliments the food perfectly. Salads are a joy, bursting with colour and freshness. The protein salad, (organic romaine, shredded beets and carrots with a tempeh steak and choice of dressing for seven bucks is a meal in itself and probably the best deal in town. An appy of grilled organic mushrooms in a lemongrass sauce is five something and is big enough to share!
They also have a tamarind soup that is a perfect blend of flavours and textures, loaded with good things for about four bucks.
Dharma also features a juice bar/ smoothie menu. I always walk out of here feeling serene yet energized.

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