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paynbowVancouverSince October 7, 20083 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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King's Head, The1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
Some good times here... musta been drunk.
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2008 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

This used to be my bar. I still go every once and a while for nostalga, but other than that, I don't bother.

The food is fine. It's nothing super special, but for pub food it's fine. The fries and burgers are pretty satisfying and the hot wings are solid. Pretty standard pub fair.

The beer... well, its hit and miss. Sometimes it tastes like something funky died in the tap and sometimes it tastes flat. Occasionally it tastes like beer. I've tried most beers in there and this is a universal problem. They almost ruined Keiths for me, for which I may never forgive them.

The service is plain terrible. Now, I hate blaming the servers for this, because there just aren't enough of them. On weekends that place hops and they only have 2 or 3 servers. Sometimes you food or drink order will take an hour to come and most of that time is the poor server trying to shove her way through the crowd with five orders.

As for ambiance, well, the Kings Head is funky. It's got an old school wooden interior and look like its seen heavy use, which it has. What I'm not a fan of is some of the live music. They turn the volume up to 'ear bleeding' and let the dudes croone. Occasionally the live music is awesome, occasionally the guy forgets the words to the song he's singing and just goes, "duh duh duh duh duh REVOLUUUUTION, yeah, you know... duh duh duh duh duh duh." Buddy, if you don't know the Beatles, don't sing 'em. I've also been yealled at by the musician for talking during his set. I was unaware I was at the Orpheum. I had thought I was at a bar. When you play at the Kings Head, its ambiance, not a sacred act.

I used to love this place, but the negative things started taking over the positive ones. Now the terrible service and obnoxious music have chased me away. But fun times can be had their if you're patient and looking to get rowdy.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Fabulous
Submitted Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

Lovely and intimate restaurant (without seeming cramped), with attentive and, above all, enthusiastic service. The staff was lovely and the owner came out to chat at the end of the meal.

And what a meal! The mushroom gnocci was amazing, the bread was delecious, and the wine selection quite good. Actually, I have to talk more about the gnocci: organic, local mushrooms and freshly made gnocci. I could have died then and been happy.

As for value, four of us went, had lovely meals and a botle of wine and it came to $100 for the table. We were shocked. We thought it'd be far more expensive. If you want to really treat yourself and not break the bank, its fantastic place to go.

I would reccommend making reservations (and early), and I will most definitely be going back. There's a mushroom risoto I'm dying to try.

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Big Overture, Little Show
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

All I hear is how great Moderne Burger is. I have to say, I was completely underwhelmed.

Starting with the positive: The burger was okay. The patty was lovely, if bland, and I thought their bun choice was good. I also enjoyed the fresh veg on the burger. Sadly, it's all downhill from here.

The service was appalling. So much so that we didn't tip, and I NEVER do that. There were five waiters for a slow day, and we had to get up and wave to get someone's attention. The waitress forgot which table our food was supposed to go to, and not once did a single staffer come to ask us if there was anything else we needed or come to refill our water. There were also three cooks (that we could see) in the kitchen sitting around doing nothing, and our food was not prompt.

As for the rest of the food, the fries were garbage. The menu advertises fresh cut fries. I don't believe it for a second. My doubts as to the veracity of the menu claim aside, our fries were not cooked. Raw in the middle. It was disgusting. We had to wave down the aformentioned waitress to send them back.

As for the ambiance, the restaurant was hot and the booths far too small. My cousin and I, both smaller women, could barely fit on one side of the booth. I understand that they were going for a retro decore, but the seats you choose have to be confortable. There are also vast tracts of floor space going to waste. Whoever designed the seating ares should have their licence revoked.

All in all it was a very disappointing experience. After all the rave reviews this place has received, I expected more than a so so burger and an overall terrible dining experience.

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