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pigout604RichmondSince January 22, 20088 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value1 (1)
  • Ambiance4 (4)

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Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe, The850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Oh So Slow! High on Fluff, Not Much Substance
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

Sat down at 7:00, entrees came out at 9:30. Funny thing was, it wasn't just our table, the whole restaurant was like that too. No other table around us were eating, everybody had finished their cocktails and are sitting waiting around. Did the chef forget to show up for work? If I wanted to eat at 9:30, I would have made reservations at 9:30. We left the restaurant at nearly 10:30.

The decor of the restaurant is one of the best in the city. Gothic princessy look. Ultra comfy turquoise chairs, mini chandeliers, black leather button couches. Gorgeous.

But the ambiance ends there. What's with the attitude from the bartender and the waiters? The waitresses we had were all nice, but the waiters who took the drinks orders were pretentious to the max. I would have gave 5-stars for ambiance, but the staff ruined it for me.

Food was entirely forgettable. Not recommended for meals. They do have a good selections of meats and cheeses. I wonder if those will take two hours to prepare?

Don't be fool by their cocktail list. Yes, it is 5-6 pages. Yes it is quite extensive and creative. But I don't want to read a book during dinner. Group the cocktails by name alphabetically so I have to read each single drink's ingredients to know what I want? Kind of gives you a sense the people who put it together.

High on fluff, not much substance.

Shouldn't this restaurant be in Yaletown?

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
An unique and exciting restaurant, not for the dull or the daft.
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Located in one of the seedest alleys of Gastown, lies one of the most unique restaurants (if you can really call it that) in Vancouver. To reach it, you'll have to walk through a dark alleyway, littered with garabage dumps, rats (I kid you not), and panhandlers. Just as you think you`re going to be mugged, there greets you a beautifully modern and minimalist entrance lit by a single incandescent lamp. To put it frankly, it`s like finding platinum jewelry in a garbage can.

Let`s also clarify that this is not really a restaurant. If I`ve had a long day in the coal mine or the lumber yard, I would not think `Gee, I could sure go for some cured meats and cheeses at the Salt Tasting Room.` Don`t expect to have a full dinner here. It`s not what it`s for.

Do expect that this is a beautiful place to bring friends, to be decadent, and to enjoy one of the finer moments in life. It is not pompous as some would believe, but I believe it is entirely genuine and cool. Come on, if it were pretentious and snobby it would be on Hamilton or Mainland instead of Blood Alley.

`The big board` frequently updates itself, and the staff is more than helpful when it comes to first timers. Much of the meats and cheeses are local, from local meat shops and cheese shops that might otherwise slip under the radar. I`m not particularly a wine connoiseur but if I were one, I think the healthy list of wines from around the world will keep me quite entertained.

So if you are looking for a small meal between friends, somewhere to enjoy wine that is off the beaten path, or a place to impress a lady friend after dinner, Salt Tasting Room more than fits the bill.

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Lemmings
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 3:33am [Dine in]

We've all heard about the delicious and healthy Japanese snack invasion that's come to our Canadian coast. We've all heard of hour long lineups at this famous cream puff stand in Aberdeen Centre. So of course, I didn't resist when a friend offered one to me when he had brought some back from the store. They were okay, i didn't think they were that different from the cream puffs you buy from Safeway, just bigger. Then another friend insisted I go and try it in person, since "its only good when its fresh"! So, as I passed by the shop, I remembered to try one. Again it was nothing spectacular, but it was a little bit better, fresh. It gets worse.

Some people seem to be under the misconception that these jolly creme puffs are low-fat or even fat free. That can't be more wrong! Here is a link to the nutritional values of from the official website itself.

http://www.muginohousa.com/main.php?nav=nutritional_values

I don't know how this myth came about but a typical vanilla custard cream puff has 13g of fat, 6g of saturated (unhealthy) fat, and 220 calories. That is from ONE puff!

To give you a reference, a McDonalds cheeseburger contains 12g of fat, 6g of saturated fat, and 300 calories. So every puff you inhale is essentially like eating a McDonalds cheeseburger. And you usually don't buy those in half dozens now do you?

I'm not usually out to give bad reviews, as I believe credit should be given where credit is due. But in this case, I think things should be set straight, and misconceptions corrected. People have a way of congregating, especially in the case of line-ups. If it's popular it's gotta be good right? Yeah right.

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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Nighthawks, but happier.
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 2:33am [Dine in]

Both times i've had the pleasure of dining in this restaurant was during Dineout Vancouver, and both times I came away with a full stomach and a grin on my face. Let it be warned that I have not tried their regular menu but I can imagine what they have to offer.

Situated right across from the Gastown steam clock, I would say that you wouldn't notice this large restaurant if you didn't know it was there. Yes, even with the wrap around windows and prime real estate! Understated is the world. Okay, I didn't, so perhaps that says more about my observational skills but I digress. Classically decorated with very large glass windows framed by dark tone pillars, you see all of gastown's cobblestoned beauty. It is like eating inside an Edward Hopper painting, and probably more delicious.

Their dineout menu is solid. Try the crab cakes.

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Chow3121 Granville Street, Vancouver
Valentine's Menu
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 2:22am [Dine in]

I had the pleasure of having their 5-course Valentine's day menu and it was absolutely delicious. Carefully "crafted" and prepared and it absolutely shows. Whereas some establishments may throw together a menu for the holiday rush, it is quite obvious that they did everything with care and made our evening very special. Granted that I've so far only tried their Feb14th Fixed Menu, there is no complaint from me for the food department. The foie gras was shocking. Will definately go back to try their regular menu.

Perhaps my only gripe would be their decor. A minimalist theme with designer chairs (very comfortable) and a gorgeous bar, I would say the interior is a run-of-the-mill "fine dining restaurant", nothing spectacular or unique. Not young and avant-garde, but more conservative and sophisticated. To each his own.

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Subeez Cafe891 Homer Street, Vancouver
Go for drinks and appi's
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 2:13am [Dine in]

Subeeze is my go-to place in the downtown for drinks and a light meal. Very large and a few blocks away from yaletown means you can usually find parking and a table, even on a busy Saturday night.

Best part about the restaurant is the decor. Modern, industrial, and a supporter of local artists, Subeeze stands apart from the run of the mill bar/lounge-type you find in downtown. Not a Balthazar's by any means.

Their bar is fully stocked with quite a good wine selection. Cocktails and martinis are original and decent. Their staple appi is their garlic mayo fries. It would be my first choice for a full dinner there, but drinks, desserts, and snacks late night with some friends, Subeez truly satisfies.

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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St, Vancouver
A best kept secret, best kept a secret.
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 2:59am [Dine in]

A tiny indentation along the wall of stores and shops on Davie st, lies one of Vancouver's best restaurants that nobody knows about. You won't believe that when you go to the place because there is a line-up every single night of the week. But you'd be surprised how few people know about this piece of urban heaven.

Best garlic mussels in the city (try it with Navajo bread!), awesome pomme frite (order it with the Flank Steak), and excellent Beef Tenderloin in Philo. Stay away from the Ahi, Bison, and Moroccan Chicken. Nobody's perfect right? :)

I'd say the ambiance of the restaurant is one of its best features. Artistically decorated, uniquely inspired, bathed in a orange and redish glow, this place has a strong sense of style and unpretentious. Poseurs need not apply here. With music blaring, this isn't a place for quiet candelight conversations either, it is cool, funky, and appreciated by people with like minds. This is not a Cactus club. Two window tables enclose couples with a view of the night street. They are hard to get because there are always those that beat me there!

When i tell my friends to go there, i suggest to either go at 6:30 or 9:30 if you want to avoid waiting for a table. If you don't mind waiting, or if you are just a two-person party, anytime is great. No reservations, nor do they need one because the place is packed every night.

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4 Brothers' Pizza1914 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Blue Cheese Sauce Anyone?
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 2:37am [Dine in]

Okay, so i am padding the ratings a bit, especially "ambiance" since it is a danky hole of an establishment, but i believe this place deserves more credit.

For a by-the-slice pizza place, i'd say this is one of the best i've tried in Vancouver. It is a small place, with standing room only, because they mostly do deliveries. But being situated on Commerial Drive, a cultural treasure of Vancouver, it blends right into to its neighborhood quite well. You cannot visit the drive without leaving with a slice of 4 brothers pizza in your belly :)

Friendly people, great pizzas, and a blue-cheese sauce to die for.

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