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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)

Reviews

Displaying 101 - 120 of 123 Reviews Found
Joey1424 West Broadway, Vancouver
Overhyped
Submitted Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

After reading about this restaurant in magazines and in the newspaper, I followed my urge to give it a try. I should have checked the reviews first.

The decor and ambiance are very good, on par with those of its competitors such as Earls, Moxie's, and Cactus Club, and the architecture is outstanding (purpose designed and built building), but do you go there for the architecture or for the food? I had the lobster ravioli, which was disappointing. The presentation looked good enough, but the sauce was thick and dry, the ravioli a bit too chewy, primarily because the stuffing inside was not fresh. In fact, it looked pre-manufactured. The menu described the stuffing as lobster, shrimp and crab, but it was some sort of a somewhat hard and dry mush that was uniform in texture and colour (salmon colour). I couldn't tell whether indeed 3 types of seafood were represented in there, as the mush itself seemed to have no flavour of its own. The flavour of the ravioli relied on the sauce, which was a thick and dry cheesy cream, and it was very ordinary tasting -- the same taste you encounter in countless other lower grade restaurants that use that same cheese to cook pizza or pasta. Contrast that with a place like Earls or Moxie's, where you are constantly pleasantly surprised by the flavours you encounter on dish after dish, or Cactus Club, where the food never disappoints, and I wouldn't want to repeat at Joey's.

Service was Fine, but the waitresses there sure get a work out everyday, as the kitchen is located on a different level from any of the 3 dining areas in this restaurant, so there are lots of steps to climb all the time. The outdoor patio is beautiful, if you can tolerate the traffic noise on Broadway.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great French Bistro food at reasonable prices
Submitted Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at Mistral. The food was delicious, and prices were reasonable. The wine, too, was great. If forced to choose, Lumiere Tasting Bar nearby may be a slight notch better, but only slightly. The food at Mistral is more casual in style, while Lumiere Tasting Bar is more "upscale" in presentation, but at both places, you will find immense satisfaction.

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Vintropolis Wine Bar & Bistro1809 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
No longer good since they changed the chef
Submitted Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

This place used to be one of my favourites, both for the delicious food and for their wide selection of 70 different wines by-the-glass. Unfortunately, about a year ago, they changed the chef (not sure if the ownership also changed), and ever since, the wine-by-the-glass list has shrunken greatly, the selection is no longer of the quality it used to have, and the menu quality and food quality both took a nosedive. I won't go there again.

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Moxie's Classic Grill1759 West Broadway, Vancouver
Variable food but great ambiance
Submitted Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 8:33pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant 4 or 5 times (primarily because my daughter loves the grilled cheese sandwich and beetle juice from their kid's menu). I have to admit that that grilled cheese sandwich is absolutely incredible, far better than any I have tried anywhere. As to the "adult menu", the food quality is sometimes variable. Most of the dishes I have had were good to excellent, but the steak was disappointing, particularly given that they call themselves a "grill". I like the Ahi Tuna and Skillet Garlic Prawns from the appetizer menu. The wines there are of OK quality, inferior to Earls in selection and variety, and their wine glasses have a thick rim at the top (unlike the ones at Earls), which wine connoisseurs will know is a no-no for wine drinking (but it helps make the glass less prone to breakage). The decor is modern and classy but still casual, creating great ambiance for the dining room -- my hats off to the interior designer.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Good food but not outstanding; a bit overpriced
Submitted Monday, February 13, 2006 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

I had a wonderful experience with this restaurant many years ago. Since then, they changed the chef and I decided to go back for a return visit to see how the food is now. I went there on a cold, rainy weekday evening. The service and ambiance were both very nice but the food was a step below that of my previous experience and the place was quite empty as well, which made me wonder if customers were not returning because of the decreased food quality compared to before. Don't get me wrong -- the food was not bad at all, just not as great as it used to be and at the menu prices, a bit overpriced.

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Foo's Ho Ho102 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Great Chinese food at very reasonable prices
Submitted Monday, February 13, 2006 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

The ratings given here are relative to the price a customer has to pay, and not absolute. If you don't care about the ambience or the decor, but want great Chinese food at reasonable prices, you can't beat this place. The restaurant is not very eye-catching, but locals all know it. The interior is clean enough, and Joanna gives you the basic service you would expect from such a restaurant. The food is like home-cooked and a bit different from what you can get at high class Chinese restaurants, but it is delicious, comes in good portions, and is excellent value for money.

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Also Lounge & Restaurant4200 No 3 Road, 120, Richmond
Great food at reasonable prices, if you like this atmosphere
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice in the last 3 months, once with my whole family, and both times, the food was exceptional in taste and presentation. The service was very good, but the atmosphere may not be to everybody's liking. I can't pinpoint what is wrong, and there may not be anything wrong after all; it is just that it feels a bit odd, as if some things don't quite jive, and I don't know how to describe it. Perhaps it is the decor -- partly minimalist, partly upscale, partly cheap, and partly tacky. Or, perhaps it is the fact that the first time I was there, they were playing a Japanese cartoon on the white blank wall with English subtitles (but no sound, so you could here the jazz singer and keyboardist). It did not offend me, but it is just not what I expected in any restaurant, and therefore I felt it a bit unusual. Nevertheless, I had a good time on both visits, and will go there again.

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Cafe Pacifica999 Canada Place, #300, Vancouver
Recommended
Submitted Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Food and wine here are consistently great. The opera buffet is very enjoyable. In the daytime, the abundance of natural light makes ou feel like you are sitting outdoor, yet with the comfort of being indoor. The only slight negative is that the roof of the convention center outside blocks almost all of the view.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
This place has potential
Submitted Monday, October 10, 2005 - 11:06am [Dine in]

I agree with th former reviewer. I did not go there during Dine Out, but I also have the overall impression that the food, while good, is not spectacular or particularly memorable and can be improved on. The setting is very comfortable, relaxing, and enjoyable, and service is up to par. For the overall dining experience you get, the price is reasonable, but with some improvement in the food quality (in terms of flavour), this place has the potential of getting into the top category of restaurants around town.

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Bis Moreno1355 Hornby Street, 105, Vancouver
Right up there with the best
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

This restaurant specializes in tasting menus, and even allow you to create your own. What this means is that every dish is meticulously prepare and extermely flavourful, but the portion is tiny, and you do need to order many dishes in order to fill your stomach. So, even though the price of each dish is low, when you add them all up, the price tag can be hefty. However, if you want the best, you have to pay. Just about everything is incredible, and my only slight complaint is that the wine glasses they use are not up to par with their competition. Otherwise, a most memorable meal is guaranteed.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Great meats only when they are busy
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

I don't need to repeat what is in the previous reviews. I mostly concur with them, especially in terms of leaving stomach room for the meat and not eat too much from the salad bar, good though that is.

Here's an important tip, though. If you go there too early, and the place is rather empty, the meats are only so so, perhaps because they are not that freshly cooked, or have been sitting in the oven for too long. However, once the place fills up later in the evening, every meat that comes around is mouth watering. it is like you are suddenly in a restaurant of a different caliber.

As to the ambiance, I find the decor rather 1980-ish, as if they have not updated the interior for a long time. The ceiling is a bit low here, and the tables rather crowded.

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Cannery Seafood House, The2205 Commissioner Street, Vancouver
Great seafood, great view, wonderful wine
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

This place is rather hard to get to and can easily be missed, but do make an effort to eat there -- whether lunch or dinner. The food is consistently great. The wine selection shows that they do take great care in picking good wine at good value. The view is wonderful, and so is the cannery-like interior decor. I have never had anything disappoint me here. Highly recommended.

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Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse750 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Overhyped
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

Morton's has a good name, so I and my wife decided to give it a try. We were very disappointed.

The service was good, the decor is quite dated and can't compare with other steak houses in town or in other North American cities that charge similar prices. The beef tenderloin was badly cooked -- the outside was too cooked, tough, and dry, while the inside was too raw. Just this alone was distracting enough that I could not even pay attention to the taste of the meat. The prawn that came with it (surf and turf) was OK, as were the sides. The wine selection was OK. All in all, I will not return.

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La Terrazza1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver
A little gem to be discovered
Submitted Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 7:58am [Dine in]

This restaurant has been around for 7 years, but somehow a lot of my friends still didn't know about it until I mentioned it to them. The food has consistently been great, as is the wine. The decor is very creative, resulting in a wonderful ambiance for the place. Prices are not cheap, but not as high as what you may imagine for what you get. The only downside is that their menu is more meat oriented than seafood oriented, so if you like seafood, you'd better go elsewhere. Otherwise, everything from appetizer to dessert is wonderfully tasty.

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Elixir350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Good but not great
Submitted Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 7:53am [Dine in]

This place was highly touted before it opened, so I was tempted to try, but my experience is that everything was good but not great. Nothing offended, but there was nothing memorable to make me want to go there again.

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I Cafe2525 Heather Street, Vancouver
Consistently reliable
Submitted Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 7:50am [Dine in]

These ratings are given in context of what you have to pay, and you can't compare them with similar ratings I give for 5-star restaurants, but the food and service quality here is consistently good, so it is a reliable place to go to if you want a nice meal but don't want to spend lavishly. The free 1-hour parking is a bonus. However, the last time I was there was a few months ago, and I heard that they were about to close or relocate due to the imminent redevelopment of this property, so check ahead before you drive there.

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
This place is merely OK
Submitted Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 7:43am [Dine in]

I have long been puzzled by the large crowds at this restaurant, and wonder what attracts them here. The food, on 3 different visits, was merely OK. There are many other such Hong Kong style western restaurants in town that do far better. The decor is nice, but that's about it.

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Feenie's2563 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good overall, but not memorable
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

This place does very good business and often gets high ratings in magazines, but in my many visits here, I have found the food to be merely good but not memorable, certainly a BIG notch below what you can get next door -- at Lumiere or Lumiere's Tasting Bar, owned by the same owner, Robert Feenie. However, the price is not high, and the wine selection is good, so overall, you are still getting reasonable value for money.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good food at good value for money
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice. The first time, the food was incredibly tasty. The second time, the food was good but not that impressive. This accounts for my "solid" rating rather than anything higher. However, judging from the crowds they get each evening (the place is hard to get into without reservation), my second visit may not be a typical experience here. Everything else -- service, ambience, and wine selection -- is excellent. You won't be disappointed.

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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St, Vancouver
Lively atmosphere, great food, excellent wine
Submitted Wednesday, October 5, 2005 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

This place is very similar to its sister restaurant, Bin 942, in every way, so I won't repeat what I have written there. The only difference is that, here, you can sit at the counter at the back (especially if you are eating alone), and enjoy watching the chefs prepare and cook all the dishes -- quite an entertaining experience, whereas, at Bin 942, if you sit at a table and eat alone, you kind of look and feel out of place.

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