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pkwokShaughnessy, VancouverSince March 12, 2005123 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
A new favourite
Submitted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 9:41pm [Dine in]

Having read the favourable reviews, I decided to give this place a try, despite its menu's not looking too attractive to me.

Boy, am I glad I did. Everything from the bread (very fresh and soft, accompanied by extremely flavourful olive oil) to the dessert was outstanding. Just the Amuse-bouche alone was impressive enough, both in terms of presentation and flavour. It certainly wetted my appetite for what followed. My appetizer was the quail. It was very hot (i.e., fresh off the oven). The outside was crispy, yet the inside was soft, tender, juicy, and very flavourful. The accompanying salad matched its flavour very well. My main course was rabbit. Both texture and flavour were outstanding. After that, I already felt quite full and was going to skip dessert, but decided that, given everything that had gone on before, I would really be remiss if I didn't try their dessert, so I went for the waiter's recommendation -- lemon cream. Again, the item name didn't sound that attractive to me, and I would not have ordered it had the waiter not recommended it highly, but one mouthful and I was convinced. It was incredible. Rarely have I tasted a dessert that is so memorable.

The bill came to just over $50, and I thought that was pretty good value for what I got.

This restaurant has now become a new favourite of mine.

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Kitsilano Daily Kitchen1809 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
A great restaurant
Submitted Friday, August 12, 2011 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

There are plenty of very good restaurants in town, but this one is now near the top of the list for me. Having read good comments about it both here and elsewhere, I decided to give it a try, and had the chef's tasting menu for $65. I chose a few dishes from the day's menu, and let the chef decide the rest. I ended up getting also a couple of dishes that were not on the menu, yet every dish was outstanding. They were of good portions, beautifully presented, and delicious. The brown butter clams, particularly, was very memorable. Only the dessert, a chocolate cake of some sort, was less than spectacular (but still good). For $65, that was good value for money. The wine selection was also very good. Highly recommended.

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Joey507 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Outstanding and creative dishes
Submitted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

I did not have a good experience with the food when I first went a Joey (the one on Broadway) several years ago, but was pleasantly surprised with this one this time around.

The menu had changed from my first Joey experience, and all menu items are now very appetizing and attractive. I went with a large group of people this time around, and we shared several appetizers -- all outstanding and creatively put together. The main courses were also very tasty, with very sizable portions. The best of all was the final bill, which we all agreed was very reasonable.

The wine selection, too, was wide and good.

Highly recommended.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Still worth going to
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

It has been a few years since I and my family last ate here. A recent re-visit has confirmed that they have largely maintained their standards. Some dishes were as good as I remembered from my last visit, while others were almost as good. The chef is creative in coming up with menu items that are not found elsewhere, and appetizers were particularly outstanding. This time, the restaurant was not as jam-packed as it used to (perhaps hurt by the HST and the new drunk driving laws), but it still got to be almost full on a weekday evening, which attests to its popularity. The noise level can be quite high if the place is full and guests are talkative, but that's what a bistro atmosphere is supposed to be. I ordered a glass of white wine, and it came in a small carafe, I would say probably 8 oz. or more, so quite a deal (the wine was very good). All in all, it was an enjoyable meal by all.

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Hawksworth Restaurant801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Great food, a little pricey, very noisy
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

I and a friend went for lunch there. The menu was very attractive, and not only was the food we ordered wonderful, the food in neighbouring tables looked very appetizing as well. Portions are not big, but enough for lunch. The price was quite high, but you would expect that in a hotel of this class and in this location. Decor was very contemporary, and seating was comfortable. Lots of natural light. The only drawback was that the place was very noisy. Too many hard surfaces, perhaps.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Good but not great
Submitted Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

7 of us went there, after seeing the glowing reviews.

The food, on average, was not bad, but not outstanding. Appetizers were generally very satisfactory. Main courses were more variable. Some had rather bland taste, while others would fit into the 'outstanding' category. Also, some pasta dishes like the ravioli was not very big in portion, while the garganelli was huge. However, considering the reasonable prices, it was overall good value for money.

The ambience was also good, but the low ceiling was a bit stifling, although it is less bothersome when you are sitting down. Service was a bit variable this particular evening, as there was a big party out at their patio, and sometimes all the waiters disappeared from the indoor space, perhaps to sing "happy birthday" for that party. This should not be a recurring problem. The desserts were also good but not outstanding.

The location of this restaurant is rather unique, without much competition in the immediate vicinity. If you like this kind of setting and environment, it is not a bad choice, but I'd rather go to the many other restaurants around town that offer more spectacular food.

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
Not like the other Guu's downtown
Submitted Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:11am [Dine in]

I have had great experience at the two Guu restaurants downtown -- one on Robson and one on Thurlow, so I thought I would try this one at Aberdeen. BIG mistake. The food is at best mediocre, yet prices are not cheap. I did not enjoy the dinner at all, as every item I ordered was disappointing. Don't go there.

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Vivacity Restaurant8351 Alexandra Road, #110, Richmond
Great Cantonese food at reasonable prices
Submitted Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:07am [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant many times, for both dim sum lunch and dinner. The food is consistent and consistently great. Dinner portions (for set menus) are huge and therefore represent really good value for money. Parking can at times be challenging because there are so many restaurants on this road, but on most occasions, I found parking spaces within the mall itself. Highly recommended.

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Delicious food at very reasonable prices
Submitted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

I and my family went there the day before Valentine's Day. The place was packed. Little wonder. Dinner prices are like lunch prices elsewhere, but the food is delicious, with generous portions. The prix fix menu is particularly a good deal. I had the Fisherman Stew. While it can't compare to the one at Henry's Bistro (no one's can), it is still very tasty, with huge pieces of fish, scallops, etc. Very fresh ingredients. My kids had the steak frite. The fries came in a huge container, and while the steaks were not particularly big, they were very tasty, with a prominent charcoal flavour. My wife had the Coq au White Wine. This is the first time I have seen this dish prepared with white wine instead of red, but again, it was delicious. The creme caramel was huge. Service was fine, but because the place was so busy, it was a bit hectic. Also, tables are placed very close to each other, which makes the place feel a bit crowded. After all, it is a Bistro and not a fine dining restaurant, so you can't expect the roominess of an upscale restaurant. Along with that, the noise level is quite high, again fitting for a Bistro. All in all, unbeatable value.

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Genji Japanese Restaurant7533 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Very Poor Value for Money
Submitted Friday, September 3, 2010 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

I happened to pass by this neighbourhood at dinner time, so, feeling hungry, I went in. First bad sign -- on a Friday evening, the place was almost empty. However, seeing that the servers and the people behind the counter were all Japanese, I figured that the food should be authentic, and I was really craving for Japanese food this day, so I decided to give this place a try. Bad call. Next bad sign -- the interior was unreasonably hot. There were air-con outlets in the ceiling, but apparently neither the air-con nor any ventilation was on. Then I looked at the menu, and the prices were very high. Although the decor of the place was decent, it wasn't great enough to automatically indicate a fine dining place that would justify such prices. I really should have walked out at this point, but stupidity got the better of me, and I ordered. Even though the place was mostly empty, the first dish took 20 minutes to arrive. It was just robata black cod, something that other Japanese restaurants could whip up in less than 10 minutes. Worse still, I had ordered an appetizer, and it was no where to be seen. Well, with Japanese food, it really doesn't matter that much which dish comes first, so I ate the black cod. The fish was cooked very well, with fine texture, but the taste was bland. Then, before the next dish came, the waitress brought the bill and the slice of melon (a complimentary fruit that goes with all the bills here). I had to remind her that I had ordered 2 other dishes that had not arrived. She apologized and took the bill away. Then, another 10-minute wait, and the other 'main course', Hamachi Kama, came. Still no sign of the appetizer I had ordered. This was, by now, 35 minutes after I placed my order (including 5 minutes to eat the black cod). This Hamachi Kama was nothing fancy, and it certainly should not have taken this long. This dish was OK, other than that the skin was almost completely burned. After that, the waitress brought the bill and melon again. Gosh! They couldn't even manage the order of food for one table, when the restaurant was almost empty!! Another 5 minutes, and finally, the crab cake appetizer arrived. Crab cake?? It sure looked like crab cake from the outside, but it didn't taste like it. Other than the deep fried "skin" on the outside, the stuff inside was a whitish custard-like matter that basically had no flavour at all. I have never seen crab cakes (whether made with real or imitation crab) with this kind of texture, appearance, or taste. All of this came to $36. Way overpriced. I have not experience such poor value for money for a long, long time, so long I can't even remember. Don't go to this place.

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Gaia Bistro2055 W. 41st Ave, Vancouver
The latest gem in Kerrisdale
Submitted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

Having read all the favourable reviews, I decided to try this place, especially since a Hungarian friend of mine had a Hungarian Goulash Soup there the previous week and said it was the best Goulash he had ever had. Unfortunately, the Goulash Soup is no longer on the menu, but they had another soup that was supposed to be somewhat similar (forgot the soup's name), so I ordered that. Wow! That soup was awesome, one of the tastiest soups I have ever had. Everything else that followed was superb -- fresh and delicious, and well presented. The prices were reasonable too. I've got to go back there again soon!

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DB Bistro Moderne2551 West Broadway, Vancouver
Not memorable, and insufficient value for money
Submitted Friday, April 16, 2010 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

I went on a Friday evening, and the place was packed, despite the overall 3-star rating to date. The decor and atmosphere were what you would expect from a nice bistro, and our server was cheerful and attentive, with a warm smile all the time. The free appetizer they gave us at the beginning was OK but unmemorable. My dining companion only ordered a main course, but I went for the $30 set menu, which at first looked like good value for money. My first course was the spring salad. Sadly, that was the only course that was good. The bouillabaisse that followed was lukewarm and rather bland in taste, and the portion was very small for a main course. The Garlic Rouille that accompanied it on the side tasted awful. For the best bouillabaisse in town, you've go to go to Henry's Kitchen. I had ordered a glass of white wine at the outset, which was good, but given the small quantity they gave me (= about half the quantity of a glass of wine at Earl's), it was poor value for money. There was so little wine that I finished my glass well before the main course came. I was thinking of ordering another glass of wine anyway, but the bouillabaisse so turned me off that the thought quickly went out of my head. My dining companion had the steak frite. It was cooked properly, with the centre uniformly deep pink and the outside seared, but the taste was again bland, and the meat was rather 'chewy'. The peppercorn sauce that came with the meat was similarly bland in taste. I had to ask for salt and pepper for my dining companion to enhance the flavour. At $30, I would have expected better. My dessert, a lemon tart, was small but OK in taste. Now, I finally know why the prix fixe menu is only $30, and why this place gets an overall 3-star rating. You can get much better value for money elsewhere.

I do not intend to return.

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Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
A little gem in North Van
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

For those looking for fine dining along Lonsdale Ave. in North Van, there are now more choices than there was just a few years ago. Fishworks is great. I and my wife ordered Lobster Bisque, Fresh Oysters by the dozen, Honey Mussels in Coconut sauce, Ahi Tuna Tataki, and Artic Char. Everything was very good (I would actually rate the food at 3-3/4 stars, so I rounded it up to 4), and prices were reasonable. The service was friendly and non-intrusive, and the ambience was excellent, with nice, creative, but uncluttered decor.

Quite a few other guests ordered their special of the day -- Spanish Paella. It looked great to us, and I hope they still have it on our next visit, which is a week from now!

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Cucina Toscana8580 Cambie Rd, Unit 104, Richmond
a little gem
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

A friend who works nearby brought me here, and raved about their pasta. Since he already knew about the pasta dishes, I decided to try something different, so I ordered the warm seafood salad. It was a bit surprising in that it didn't look like the typical warm seafood salad, as the seafood was in a light, clear broth, and there were only 2 pieces of butter lettuce in the dish. No matter, everything was extremely fresh and tasty. At $15.95, it represented very good value for money. My friend ordered a pasta, and it looked delicious too. It appears that not too many people know about this place yet, so it is a little undiscovered gem, but don't wait till everyone has discovered it. Go there now!

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good but not great
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

On an absolute scale, I would rank the food quality 3-1/2, but considering the prices they charge, I only gave it a 3. Everything was beautifully presented, and tasted good to very good, but nothing was particularly memorable. I had eaten at Earls just a couple of days earlier, and I thought the food flavor at Earls was more memorable, so is the food quality at several other places that I have rated highly in my reviews. There were only 2 tables of guests (including mine) all evening (it was a Tuesday). I don't know if that's a reflection of the value for money this restaurant offers, or a sign of the economic times. Those who have read most of my reviews will know that, to me, the food quality is the most important, and everything else is secondary. For this reason, I probably won't return to this restaurant, but if you have not been there before, it is worth a try.

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Senova Restaurant1864 W. 57th Ave, Vancouver
Most enjoyable meal
Submitted Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 12:12am [Dine in]

I went there with a few friends for a late night snack. However, since I was particularly hungry, I ordered more dishes than my friends did. Every dish we had was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The wine we had, a Chardonnay that was highly recommended on the menu, was delicious too. All in all, I had a most enjoyable meal, so either I just got lucky that time, or the other reviewers who gave so-so reviews happened to be unlucky. Granted, since it was late in the evening when we went there, the place was mostly empty, so perhaps the servers and the chef could pay particular attention to us and our food. I noticed that the tables were placed very close together, so that, at peak time, the place could be very noisy.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Quite consistently good
Submitted Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

I can't believe that I haven't yet written a review on this restaurant. I have been there countless times over the years, and have had only one disappointing experience, but there were unusual circumstances that time, so they can be forgiven. Otherwise, this restaurant consistently delivers great quality food at deserving prices, at lunch and at dinner. I will have no hesitation recommending it to others or returning to it the next time I want to have Chinese food downtown.

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Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant8888 River Road, #150, Richmond
I won't return
Submitted Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

The last time I wrote a review on this restaurant, I rated it 'The Best Chinese food in Town'. Unfortunately, not any more.

My latest visit was a BIG disappointment. Prices were as high as they ever were, but only the roasted squab and the dessert were up to their usual high standards. The other dishes were merely decent, except that the pan fried geoduck was horrible (and it was the most expensive dish we ordered, at more than $42). Even though two waiters told us that it was geoduck, we still have our doubts. it neither looked like nor tasted like geoduck, it was overly chewy, and flavourless. Whereas geoduck is usually presented in thin slices, these were solid chunks. It was more like pork belly to me. The sweet and sour pork looked dry, like it was yesterday's leftover, although the taste was OK. No wonder that the place was only half full even on a Saturday evening. They must have changed the chef, and for the worse. There are several other Chinese restaurants in Richmond and in Vancouver with far better food, good decor, and at less cost. No longer recommended.

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Suvai Restaurant2279 West 41st Vancouver, Vancouver
I had a great time
Submitted Monday, May 5, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

I did not encounter the older gentleman with glasses server that the first reviewer complained about. The server who served me was good, and i would echo some previous reviewers -- quick and prompt, neutral attitude, efficient & effective, informal, respectful, and not at all condescending.

The food was excellent. I had lunch there, and for a $16 main course, the chef even put some truffle oil into the sauce. That says a lot about the value for money you get here.

Yes, the wine list is a bit limited, but you can still find some decent wines there, unless you are a connoisseur, in which case you had better go to a far more expensive restaurant, but the food there is not likely to be far better than this.

This is now the gem in Kerrisdale that I would return to.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Great comfort food, good value
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

I last went there just after 3 pm on a Saturday, and the place was packed. Even by the time I left at around 4 pm, it was still packed, and there were still people coming in. That says a lot about the popularity of this place, and for good reason.

The food is simple but very good, and prices are reasonable. A well selected wine list, with some good ones by the glass. Plain but contemporary decor, with a nice bar looking out at the street. Service is all you can expect. I will return.

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