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parisboyPoint Grey AdjacentSince October 22, 20088 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Bistro Fare
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

Pied-à-terre is a small restaurant serving simple French bistro-type food. The menu is limited but does offer a range of classic bistro food from steak-frites, to poulet rôti etc. One dinner companion chose the three course prix fixe menu while I and my other dinner companion chose à la carte. We stated with Alsatian onion tarte. What arrived was more like a quiche, rather than the classic tarte à l'oignon alsacienne one would expect in Alsace, but it was quite flavorful and was accompanied by a small green salad. The soup of the day was reported to be very good as well. Two of us ordered the beef short rib bourguignon which was very rich and very good. Portions were quite large and for me, at least, would have been two meals. My dinner companion found the steak frite very good but found the roquefort-mustard sauce he had chosen a bit too salty for his taste. The main course was accompanied by glasses of very good French wine. We were all too full to order dessert and so shared my companionès prix fixe dessert of crème caramel renversée, which was good.

As one reviewer noted, the wine list (all French) is limited, but I found it adequate and appropriate for the menu. I did agree with one reviewer that the wine prices are a slightly pricey, but given that all the wines are French, this is probably to be expected.

Unlike some reviewers we had no problems with the service which was pleasant and efficient. The wine may be slightly pricey but we found the price for the food to be quite reasonable, particularly in relation to the quality. We will return.

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Matisse512 Yates St, Victoria
A Great Place
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

I have to agree with other reviewers that this is a great restaurant with excellent food.

The owner, John, was quite entertaining and his knowledge of wine is extraordinary.

We ordered the prix fixe menu and the accompanying flight of wines. First course was a wonderful cream of white asparagus soup accompanied by an excellent Pinot de Charente Rouge. This was followed by a fromage de chèvre chaud and salad, accompanied by a very nice rosé. I choose the veal shank, which was heaven, and which was accompanied by a very nice, heavy Bordeaux, while my dinner companion chose the sole stuffed with shrimp, which was also excellent. Dessert for my companion was home-made cinnamon ice cream which was the way ice cream should taste. I choose the tarte tatin, which was very good but not quite caramelized enough for my personal taste, but it was accompanied by an incredible aged Calvados!

A very small, cozy restaurant that is a must for anyone visiting Victoria.

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SeaGrille Seafood & Sushi849 Verdier Ave, Victoria
Tasting Menu Excellent Value
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

We have stayed three times at the Brentwood Bay Lodge and each time have eaten at the SeaGrille in the hotel, but this is the first review I have done. My dining companion and I each decided to order the 5 course tasting menu, which was well priced at $55 each. We each chose the flight of wine, one wine with each course, again an excellent value of $30 each. First course was a walnut, pear and blue cheese salad with sherry vinaigrette which was more of a regular first course size rather than tasting menu size. It was good, but perhaps a bit too salty but was accompanied by a nice rosé. Next course was a roasted pumpkin soup with pumpkin pie spices and white truffle oil. Excellent. Following this was a large piece of halibut on a wonderful bed of lentils and chanterelle mushrooms, with red and yellow beets and other root vegetables all washed down with a wonderful Chardonnay. Superb. This was followed by beef tenderloin on a bed of mashed potatoes and mushroom ragout with asparagus and broccoli accompanied by an amazing Road 13 Cabernet Sauvignon, Again the portions were so huge it was difficult to finish. Dessert was maple bread pudding for my companion and 4 huge scoops of ice cream with white and dark chocolate for me. Absolutely wonderful, but too much to eat, accompanied by an Elephant Island Framboise. I don't know if the tasting menu always has so much food, but if it does, the value for money, quality and amount of food, is exceptional.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Better Than Expected
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

I have been to the Salmon House several times before, but approached the evening with a more critical eye knowing I was going to write a review. We arrived very early and had no difficulty securing a window table. We started with cocktails, which were quite good. One of my dinner companions maintains that they make one of the best Caesar's in town. I had a sole appetizer that was "interesting" but good. My dinner companions both had soup which they enjoyed. I ordered the halibut, which was well cooked, and which had tasteful accompaniments. My companions both had salmon dishes which they enjoyed. All was washed down with an excellent bottle of BC wine. Desserts were tasty. No fault with the service. Not haute cuisine by any means, but a solid, enjoyable evening.

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Saltaire235 15th St., West Vancouver
Mixed Reviews
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

On a recent Saturday evening we were taken to Saltaire by another couple. I am sure that during daylight hours, especially in summer, the view of, and over, the water from the restaurant and the deck is quite pleasant. In winter, at night, all focus is inward. That said, the restaurant was quite cozy, nice fireplace and open bar, but definitely for a casual dining experience.

Service was slow and not really friendly. Bread is not brought to the table automatically, but there is a bread appetizer on the menu which our table ordered. It took about 10 to 15 minutes for the bread to arrive. How difficult can it be to throw some bread in a basket? As the restaurant was only half-full, it was not like staff were rushed off their feet.

The main courses (we did not order appetizers other than the bread) were solid but not out of this world. I ordered the pork tenderloin with bok choy and liked the contrast of the sweet and bitter, but was unsure as to the purpose of the "potato chips" that were sprinkled on top of the entire dish. One dining campion enjoyed the pork chop that he had ordered.

Deserts were huge (we were glad we hadn't ordered appetizers) and were actually quite good.

Overall, an acceptable casual dining venue. I would like to try it again in the summer.

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East Side Mario's20090 91A Avenue, Langley
Lower Priced Chain Restaurant Food
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

We went to the restaurant late on a Sunday afternoon and there was no line up and no waiting.

Service throughout the meal was quick, friendly and helpful.

Food was what you would expect, given the type of restaurant and the price. Tomato sauces were weak and uninspired. Pizza was OK as was the italian Wedding soup. Too much emphasis on starch and carbohydrates on the menu.

Probably good value for families with young children.

Now that we have tried it, we don't need to go back.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Over All, A Very Nice Evening
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Four of us went for dinner on a Saturday evening to celebrate a birthday. Décor is sleek and modern-vast improvement over the previous inhabitant of the space. Front entry staff were extremely friendly and helpful (even returning a forgotten camera before we left the building). Service was friendly, but not overly so. During the meal, service was always there but never intrusive. At the waiter's initiative, red wine for the main course was properly decanted at the beginning of the meal. The wine list is not extensive but does provide a range in both origin of the wine and the price.

The red salad, mushroom salad and sablefish appetizers were all excellent. The main course bone-in sirloin was to die for as was the lamb duo. The salmon was also excellent, The duck was disappointing as it was a bit dry and the accompaniments lacked sparkle.

The ice cream dessert for two was huge and delicious.

Menu is a bit pricey but, for dinner at least, this is off-set by the ambiance, service and generally excellent quality of the food. We will return and will also return to try the bar and bar menu.

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
A Good Solid Restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

I agree with other reviewers that the decor is a bit too plain and rustic and the attire of the serving staff could be a bit more polished. However, we found the food to be very good. As one reviewer noted, the portions, particularly the main dishes, were quite large so given the price, food quantity and quality, the restaurant was an excellent value. The Boeuf Bourguignon was not in the classical tradition but was very tender and flavourful. The Brussels Sprouts in balsamic were sweet and perfectly cooked. The basket of frites were more than enough for the three of us. Even the dessert portions were large. After dinner coffee was pousse-café. Overall an enjoyable experience. We would return.

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