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pkwokShaughnessy, VancouverSince March 12, 2005123 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good French Bistro
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 3:02am [Dine in]

As French bistro food goes, this is good.

However, with all the choices out there, particularly with restaurants offering creative dishes and/or exotic flavours (BIN 941 and 942 easily come to mind), the menu here is boring, particularly when choices are so limited. Flavours, too, are "too easily expected" and contain no 'Wow' factor.

If you want the usual, standard, French bistro food, this is a good place to go to, but I'd rather spend the same dollars elsewhere and get something more interesting and exciting.

Service, decor, and ambiance are as can be expected.

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Queen's Cafe6091 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Great food, but not the Friday evening entertainment
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

I went there twice, once for lunch and once for dinner. The food was always great, at least 4-star in quality. The Tri-cooked Prawns, in particular, could blow you away. You can't get anything like this anywhere else.

The problem lies in my going there on a Friday evening at 7 pm. When I arrived, a guy was just starting to begin singing golden oldies. His set up was similar to the guy who sings at 7th Heaven Cafe, but this guy played an acoustic guitar instead. However, neither his singing nor his sound system was up to standard, certainly not commensurate with the quality of the food and the ambiance of the place. As a result, I felt that the singing was an annoyance, disturbing my dinner conversation and my enjoyment of the food. Perhaps this was just a personal thing, but the guy at 7th Heaven starts singing at 9:15 pm, after normal dinner hours, so I could concentrate on enjoying the music, rather than try to eat the food with a lot of loud noise (er, music) in the background.

Service attitude was very good both times I was there. However, lunch was not busy (altogether 3 tables), whereas at dinner, the place was 80% full. The two waiters they had could not cope, so service was slow.

This place certainly has potential. I wish it the best.

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Good food, but that's about it
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 8:06pm [Dine in]

Some previous reviewers said the hostess/owner was rude. I did not experience it. She was pleasant, but nothing special. The food, however, was great. Unfortunately, neither the decor nor the ambiance it created was up to that standard. In fact, the rather worn and old fashioned flooring was a bit of a turn off when I first entered the restaurant, as was the "office ceiling". The rest of the decor was simple (overly so, in my opinion) and somewhat cheap. It looks like they took over the former premises of Piccolo Mondo with the least possible amount of redecoration and opened for business. Whereas nearby Le Crocodile is usually full for lunch, this place had only 3 tables of guests (including mine) when I went. They surely could have done better, given the quality of food they produce.

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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
Incredible cream puffs, if you go at the right time
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

The reason the previous reviews vary from poor to great is probably largely due to the time each reviewer bought and tasted the cream puffs.

At their best, these cream puffs are incredible. At their worst, they taste just ordinary, which may cause some to feel that their high price is not justified.

They start making the pastry shells for the cream puffs at 4 am, but the store doesn't open until 11 am. So, if you go there within the first hour or two after they open, you'll be buying cream puffs with pastry shells that are several hours old and which ma have gone soft. To buy freshly made cream puffs, you have to go there in the afternoon, but then you risk having to line up for a long time (sometimes up to 2 hours, I heard). If you go there too late, you risk their having been sold out.

The difference in the overall taste sensation between fresh and not-so-fresh pastry shells is HUG, and this explains why some people think the cream puffs are ordinary while others think they are worth every penny, despite the high price.

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BBT Cafe5979 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Pleasant surprise
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

His place does not serve the "usual" Chinese food. It is Taiwanese food, and they do it very well! Every dish I have tried (I've been there numerous times) has been yummy. No wonder they recently doubled their premises -- business is good, and that's a testament to their having satisfied customers. Prices are reasonable. Service is OK. You shouldn't expect too much with a casual, almost self-serve kind of place like this. Any time you want a quick bite, this place is recommended.

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Healthy eating can be tasty too
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 12:50am [Dine in]

I have been here several times over a number of years, and the overall experience is quite consistent.

There is a page of the menu that contains cooked food (i.e., cooked in the kitchen), but I have never seen anybody order from that page, because we come here to experience the do-it-yourself cooking on the volcanic stone, not the chef's cooking!

The fish or meat -- whatever you order -- is always superb in quality, fully comparable with the very best, and you'll be amazed how good it tastes without any oil, msg, or sometimes, even without any sauce (although they always give you a sauce to dip your food into). Yes, the price is pretty high, but part of it is your paying for the location and the setting. There is not much decor, but who needs decor when the whole False Creek is in front of your eyes through these massive windows?

Service is fine, and there is a good selection of wine -- a good choice but not all of them as high in quality as the food prices may lead you to think, with prices that are commensurate with the quality.

The only drawback is that you sometimes have to eat with haste, because if you eat too slowly, your food will become overcooked (you can't adjust the heat coming from the volcanic rock as you can adjust a stove top). To avoid overcooking, you may have to remove your food from the stone and put it on the side, in which case it will get cold. It is a hard juggling act. The trick is either to order a fish dish, which still tastes good even if you overcook it, or order a thick piece of meat, like the lamb or the beef tenderloin. The rib-eye is a much thinner piece of meat, and it will become more than well done by the time you are 2/3 of the way through it.

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7th Heaven Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2792, Richmond
Go there to hear the singer
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 12:39am [Dine in]

Well, you can't expect much from a Hong Kong style cafe, but as Hong Kong style cafes go, this place is more than decent. Food quality is on par with or better than most other Hong Kong style cafes, and value for money is very good. Since the place is not busy, service quality is as expected too. However, what clinches it (and which made me give an overall rating of 4) is the singer on Friday evenings (he may be there on other evenings too, but I am not sure). Starting from 9:15 pm, this guy entertains you with oldies songs from the 50's, 60's, and 70's -- Lional Ritchie, Beatles, Bee Gees, Elton John, etc., even reaching back to The Platters and Louis Armstrong, and he is very good. He has a large collection of songs, and he takes requests.

He has a full backup band recorded on his computer, and he sings and plays electric guitar to go with the backing music. His voice is fine, and he sings with real passion, in tune and with perfect English. Moreover, his guitar playing is superb. Ask him to sing "Hotel California", and you can watch him display his guitar talents. I was told he knows some Cantonese pop songs, too, but on the evening I went, I didn't hear him sing any.

Oh, you gotta hear him sing "It's a Wonderful World". His imitation of Louis Armstrong's raspy voice is amazing!

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Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great view, OK food
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

The food here is not bad, but the cooking style is a bit old fashioned. Overall, the food experience is decent but nothing to write home about. Prices are high, of course, because you get such a great view. Even though the other revolving restaurant in Vancouver is a bit higher, I enjoy the view from this one more, because it is more centrally located. They really should turn down the lighting a bit after dark, but they keep the lights at full strength, which kills any intimacy in the atmosphere. However, this does not detract from the enjoyment of the scenery, as the exterior glass is angled and does not reflect any of the interior lights. Because of the wonderful sights out the window, I gave the ambiance rating a 4. Without the view, it would have been a 2. For those who go there for the view, it is an enjoyable way to spend an evening, but don't go there just for the food.

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Refuel Restaurant1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
OK rather than great
Submitted Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

I saw all the hype reviews and decided to try this restaurant myself. 3 of us went for lunch, and we all ordered different dishes. Initially, the prices seemed very high for lunch, but then, when the food came, I saw that the portions were unusually large, so in terms of quantity, the value wasn't bad. The quality was another matter. The ingredients were fresh and the dishes well prepared for presentation, but the taste buds were not excited. The cuisine and cooking style are very similar to those at Chow Restaurant, but the food at Chow is far more delicious. Service was very good, and the decor was nice. Overall, not bad, but not particularly memorable.

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Spice Islands Indonesian Restaurant3592 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
The best Indonesian restaurant in town
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

This is a little gem that very few of my friends know about. It is hidden away in a rather inconspicuous small commercial space near Dunbar & 41st. The decor is upscale and rather westernized, the best among the Indonesian or Southeast Asian restaurants I have been to. Though not particularly outstanding, it does create a relaxing atmosphere, conducive to the enjoyment of food and conversation. Service is top notch, with the waiter extremely courteous, attentive, and patient in explaining the dishes to us in a soothing tone. Every dish is delicious, with no disappointments at all. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Highly recommended.

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Cactus Club Cafe4653 Kingsway, Burnaby
This place has improved
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

I went there at 11 am and was the only customer in the restaurant, so naturally, service was attentive, as waitresses weren't busy at all. I had a ceasar salad, which was good but not great, then a Tuna Poke, which was 5-star in flavou, presentation, and creativity. This place has definitely improved from when I last visited more than 2 years ago. I read recently that Rob Feenie is now in charge of creating their menu. No wonder it is completely different from the one I last saw in my last visit. Even the look of the menu resembles that at Feenie's. The drinks list and, in particular, the wines by the glass list, was also very attractive.

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Avenue Grill, The2114 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Good neighbourhood restaurant
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

Don't expect Class A food here, but for what they charge and what they give you, it is good value for money, which is why this place is always busy.

I had a 6-oz. rib-eye steak, and I asked for medium rare. It came out looking good, but only the top was medium rare; the inside and bottom were almost completely rare. I asked for it to be slightly cooked further. As I feared, it subsequently came out being medium well, and the meat was tough.

Had they paid a bit more attention to the initial cooking, the steak could have been very good. I looked around, and the food on other tables all looked pretty good too. There is also a very wide and decent selection of wine by the glass.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good for the psyche, not as much for the tastebud
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

I only ate there once, with a friend of mine. I found the food to be fresh but only OK in flavour, certainly not particularly memorable. Portions are big for what you are paying, so value for money is good. It sure feels good and safe to be eating healthy, but the taste bud keeps wanting more.

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Earls5300 No. 3 Road, #304, Richmond
A good but not the best Earls
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here several times, and I find the food quality here sometimes variable. A couple of times, the food was great, comparable to that at the Earls at Broadway and Fir (which is the best Earls I have been to), but at other times, the food was merely good. Still, the Earls brand gives you assurance that the food is never bad, and you are guaranteed good value for money. I love the extensive selection of wines by the glass here.

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Congee Noodle House141 E Broadway, Vancouver
Best congee and noodle in town
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

I go here all the time for their congee and noodle, which are hard to beat. The other Chinese dishes are mostly tasty but a bit on the greasy side. However, given the reasonable prices they charge, value for money is very good. Cleanliness is average (you can't expect much from any congee/noodle place), and service is similarly average, but lighting is good (bright enough), and seating is non-cramped, unlike some other congee/noodle places.

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Daimo Noodle Express8185 Granville Street, Vancouver
Not what it used to be
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

Years ago, this place used to be one of the best noodle and congee places in town, but not any more. A friend had warned me about this, but I still went anyway because it was conveniently on my way and I was in a hurry. I was very disappointed. Nothing tasted like it used to years ago, when I last went there. They must have changed the chef. Even the meat in the noodle with soup was tough, rough, and hard to chew through. Among Chinese noodle/congee places, this restaurant is relatively clean, with good natural lighting, so it is comfortable in that sense. Service was "normal" -- you can't expect much from a place like this. However, with the food being such a let down, I won't go there again.

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Gusto Di Quattro1 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
A gem on the north shore
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

I have heard good things about this restaurant for a long time, but only recently did I find the opportunity to dine there. It is the best among the 3 Quattro restaurants in the group. The venue is small, hence intimate, and the food absolutely delicious. Don't miss their Radicchio Bocconcini appetizer. Also, good wine selection by the glass, so you can always find something to complement your meal. Highly recommended.

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Quattro At Whistler4319 Main St, Whistler
Good food, and great value for money
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

i and my childhood friends went there for a reunion dinner, and we had their L'Abuffata, which is a chef's tasting menu served platter style for interactive sharing. Not only was the food delicious, but the portions were huge! At the price they charged, it represented great value for money. The wine list had a good selection of B. C. and imported wines. All dinner participants enjoyed that dinner very much and congratulated me for picking a great restaurant, but it is in fact the chef and servers who deserve the congratulations. The managers were very responsive to numerous emails from me before the dinner date regarding the reservation and fine details of the dinner arrangement, and at the dinner, service was friendly and attentive. The decor was fun and classy at the same time. A wonderful choice for dining at Whistler.

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Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
We had a wonderful time here
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

First, a proviso -- I and my friends ate at the Wine Room here, which provides unique ambiance and privacy that are not applicable in the general dining area (however, the decor and ambiance "out there" are still great).

I first ate at Araxi about 10 or 12 years ago, and found the food outstanding. Then, about 8 years or so ago, we went there again, and the food was only so-so. I decided to go there again recently because I found that the executive chef who was with the restaurant when I first went there had left when I went there the second time, but had returned in late 2006.

This time, I and a group of close friends were there to celebrate an event, and so we went for broke -- having their chef's tasting menu, with a pan seared foie gras dish added, plus wine pairing for each course. Everything was top notch. The wine pairing was well done in terms of matching the particular food we had -- while standing alone, some wines were just good while others were absolutely great. As to the food, every dish was great, both to the eye and to the taste bud.

The service was efficient, attentive, and non-obtrusive, which is what is expected of a top class fine dining restaurant, and being able to have the Wine Room all to ourselves was a big bonus in making our occasion memorable (there was a minimum $ spent to qualify to eat there).

I will not hesitate to eat there again.

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Chow3121 Granville Street, Vancouver
Memorable food, but a bit expensive
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here twice now. The food is memorable every time, and the wine selection very good, but everything is rather expensive, given the small portions they give you. The decor is a bit plain, though comfortable, but nothing special. The service is attentive. I'll probably return, but not too often, when there are other places in town offering better value for money.

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