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ootnabootVancouver (UBC)Since March 14, 201012 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
EN Japanese Restaurant4422 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Delicious food beautifully presented
Submitted Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

We dropped by without a reservation on a Tuesday night and were surprised to see a neighbourhood Japanese restaurant with cloth tablecloths and subdued lighting. We looked at the menu and the prices looked decent, so we thought we'd give it a try. The food is what I would call "Japanese-inspired" more than purist Japanese, but the flavours are subtle and the presentation is lovely.
Our waitress took the time to point out the evening's specials and what was the most fresh. Based on that, we chose yellowfin sashimi, and it was tender and tasty. We then had three small plates to share- prawn gyoza, chicken yakitori, and miso-marinated angus beef. They were all good, but the beef, slivered in tiny pieces, was the standout. We had spicy scallop rolls and California rolls, and both were very good as well.
Service was fast and friendly and knowledgable. The total bill, including a large Sapporo beer, was just under $60.

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Flying Tiger, The2958 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Glad we gave it a second try
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

We arrived at 6:15 on a weeknight and were the only people there for the first while. I liked that. It gave us time to talk to our server and design a good mix of flavours without feeling rushed. The meal was fantastic. We had:
-the green beans, fresh and flavourful.
-steamed pork/shrimp dumplings- the wrappers were light and tightly wrapped and the filling was dense, which is how I like steamed dumplings
-papaya salad-unbelievable. My husband isn't crazy about Asian salads and even he loved it
-tempura dipped ahi tuna rolls- I know a lot of people consider this combo to be a waste of good tuna. However, these were prepared with just a bit of batter on the seaweed wrapper, not touching the rice or ahi. It gave a crispiness to the seaweed that was a good texture contrast. The dijon mustard sauce that came with it also seemed like an odd combo instead of wasabi, but the tastes mixed well
-Korean ribs- well-marinated, thinly sliced and tender
-banana fritters with just a hint of Callebaut chocolate- very very good

Service was fast and friendly. For those who haven't been to Flying Tiger, the easiest way to order is "family style" with plates placed in the middle for sharing. The plates come one at a time.

The bill, including 3 sleeves of Sapporo draught, came to $80. The first time we went to Flying Tiger, my husband said, "Good, but there are lots of other choices around." Last night he was blown away by the quality and the service,as was I.

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Dunbar, The4497 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Have a seat at the bar and enjoy!
Submitted Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

We've been to The Dunbar three or four times, always on a weekend afternoon. We find their appetizers (tuna cubes in particular) to be a perfect light lunch and the mains to be good value. As you might expect, they have a solid selection of beer.

We sit at the bar because the Irish bartender is realy great -- personable and offers fast and efficient service. Ironically, the stuff that isn't typical "pub grub" is far better than the greasier fare.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Good service and decent food
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

We've eaten here several times and have experienced the same ups and downs as other reviewers. One thing we've noticed is that it has become a bit of a hangout for young families on Friday nights, so with the already noisy room, those who want a quieter dining experience might want to stick to "school" nights.

My husband ordered a burger and it was thick and juicy and I ordered a spinach salad and crab cakes, which are technically both appetizers. The salad was very good, with a nicely spiced puck of goat cheese over fresh greens and a few candied pecans. The crab cakes were okay, but the dish was really made great by the fresh relish that came with it.

However, what I really want to comment on is the waitress. What a change from previous servers! She was fast, came back several times to ask how things were going, and was friendly without being overly so.

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La Petite France2655 Arbutus, Vancouver
Good lunch spot
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

My husband and I stopped for lunch and were pleasantly surprised. My husband had a turkey croissant, and I had a salmon croissant with asparagus soup.

The soup was wonderful. It was a huge bowl for $5.95 and could easily be a lunch all by itself- perfectly velvety but still with some texture. My husband's sandwich was also good. Mine came toasted, and I just don't like warm salmon lox, so I would have not had it toasted had I been asked.

The salad that came with the croissant was good and there was a fair amount of it for the price. With drinks, our lunch came to under $25.

The cashier did not speak English well, but tried and was quite charming. I think that bakery customers were frustrated with her lack of English, though.

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Bella Roma Pizzeria & Ristorante4460 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver
How to ruin a good meal
Submitted Friday, March 26, 2010 - 9:36am [Dine in]

We hadn't been to Bella Roma in a few weeks, so gave it a try last night. My husband loves the calzone and it was as good as ever. I had chicken canneloni with prosciutto, and the ground up chicken and prosciutto didn't work. I kept picking out pieces of gristle. Also, it was served in a little oven dish with no garnish at all, just a dish on a plate. The complimentary bruschetta was very good.

When I was handed the menu, it smelled so strongly of cologne that I had to ask for a new menu. Then I realized that it wasn't just the menu, it was the waitress. She had doused herself in scent. Every time she walked by I wanted to gag. Having an overlayer of someone else's perfume choice isn't the best way to enjoy a meal, so we ate our main courses and didn't linger.

I think this place is having an identity crisis. Is it a pizza delivery place, a neighbourhood place, or, with the grand piano, is it trying to be something more? Personally, I think the piano adds nothing. It's too much noise in a small space. And, as another reviewer noted, the bottles of Kirkland brand olive oil set about as decor are a bit jarring. They need to concentrate on good food and good service and people will come.

My husband loves this restaurant and I liked it at first. I don't think we'll be back, though.

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Prestons Restaurant45920 1st Avenue, Chilliwack
Great addition to Chilliwack dining
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

This is the restaurant in the re-done Coast Hotel, near the library. The decor is modern, but not cold, and the view out to Salish Pond is interesting.

My elderly mom is a surprisingly adventurous and knowledgeable diner, and one of her friends had recommended Preston's, so we thought we'd give it a try for lunch.

Mom had mussels that were just superb, with a rich broth. The server brought us extra bread for sopping.

I had a Salad Nicoise that was very different, but also delicious. It was constructed on a slab of toasted baguette, with three little towers of fresh green beans, olives, egg slice, and perfect little cubes of ahi tuna.

Their house white wine was good value, and the service was excellent.

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Flying Tiger, The2958 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Interesting combo of tapas and Asian
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

This is a place where it pays to ask questions and be careful with the menu, so make your first visit during the week when it isn't crowded and you don't feel pressured to make fast decisions. Tapas and Asian is a confusing fusion at first, but once you figure it out, it's worth a visit. The food is fresh and carefully prepared, but the portions are small, so choose carefully.

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Caffe Artigiano3036 West Broadway, Vancouver
Best coffee in town
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

The coffee at Artigianos is so fabulous that out of town visitors often tell us they crave it when they go back home and Starbucks just won't do any more. Their pastries are also much better than Starbucks, with good variety and fresher items. Their more hearty fare, such as sandwiches, are okay -- good in a pinch, but not really something I'd go there for on purpose.

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Bella Roma Pizzeria & Ristorante4460 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver
Good neighbourhood spot
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

We find Bella Roma to be a good weeknight treat. The pizza is very good, they have a decent wine list, and the service is friendly. The owner/manager often brings over little treats or has suggestions on wines that are a good value. We've always eaten in, so I can't comment on the reviewers who have complained about phone orders.

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Provence Mediterranean Grill4473 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Meal almost ruined by bad service
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at Provence a few times, so signed up for their online club. This gives you occasional emails and a secret password for insider deals. I love their food, but have had service problems every time.

We live near Provence and have eaten there three times. Each time the food has been good enough that we are willing to overlook the service issues and give them another chance.

On our last visit, three of us went for dinner, one being an out of town business guest. The first bottle of wine I ordered was out of stock. The server apologized and went for my second choice. Also out of stock. The server muttered something about the manager re-doing the wine list and not telling anyone and went for my third choice. Guess what? So I suggested that the server bring us a good red in the $60 range. He went away and presented a bottle that looked fine to me. As he was about to open it,I realized that it was on the wine list in the $100 range. I said to just skip the wine. The server went away and was unapologetic for the switch. At this point, a watchful manager would have stepped in and offered a free bottle or the $100 wine for $60.

Dinner was good, a hearty Provence winter meal with root vegetables. At the end of the meal I asked for the bill and mentioned that I was on the email list and the password of the evening was X. The bill came and there was no discount. I had to ask again.

So, my complaint has nothing to do with the food. It's good, represents the regional cuisine we have enjoyed in the south of France, and I find it to be a decent value as far as quality. However, we repeatedly have service issues at this restaurant. The waiters seem to think that they are above serving in a bistro setting. The owners need to tighten up control.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good light dinner
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

My husband and I just wanted a light dinner, so split a BLT. The thick slab of organic bacon was fabulous, as was the bread. What a difference real smoking makes as opposed to chemical additives. The salad was also very good.

I agree with other posters that the pie is expensive. We had ours to go, and while it was delicious, there are better values for good pie out there.

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