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PorcupineLangleySince April 27, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Excellent dining experience
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

My wife and I dined here last night for her birthday and the evening will be remembered for a long time thanks to excellent service and fantastic food.

Here are the dishes my wife and I had (rated out of ten and grouped by delivery):

Fresh Kusshi Oysters with shallot, Tobiko Roe and Aged Red Wine Vinegar – 8

Broccoli and Cheese Tart (Amuse Bouche) – 10

Lobster Bisque served with Fresh Cream and Cognac – 7
Escargots baked in Pastry "Shells", with Garlic Butter – 10

Fried Julienne Potato – 8

Roasted Free-Range Chicken Breast, Pommery Mustard Sauce, Shitake Mushroom Risotto – 9
Grilled Veal Medallions with Veal Demi-Glace and Morel Mushrooms - 8

Citrus and Pomegranate Sorbet - 8

Puff Pastry Filled with Vanilla Ice Cream and Topped with Warm
Belgian Chocolate – 9
Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream - 9

The service was excellent thought the meal. Our waiter was helpful, prompt, unobtrusive and witty. In addition, he was clearly passionate about the food and his recommendations were good. I was pleased to learn he had tried everything on the standard menu and the special menu (which was made up of 10 additional dishes all verbally described by him table-side). This is only something you would see in a high caliber fine dining establishment.

On the value front: I’m a relatively decent cook myself so the value isn’t as good to me as someone who cannot cook gourmet meals on their own. That said, even though the evening was expensive after factoring in cocktails and wine, it was still well worth it.

The ambiance is the only weak point of this restaurant. It is elegant but it’s just not as polished as other high-end fine dining establishments in Vancouver. Relatively cheap lamps and salt and pepper shakers (not salt and pepper mills) top every table. The fresh flower was a nice touch however. Everything was very clean. The washrooms had outdated tile and there was a lone screw coming out of the wall beside the mirror, a complete eye sore. Additionally, the restroom was appointed with a plastic paper towel dispenser and a plastic garbage can. This just isn’t what I’ve come to expect from this type of restaurant.

Will I be back? You bet!

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Wildflower4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler
Not great... much better places in Whistler
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 11:28am [Dine in]

I had a fairly average experience at Wildflower.

My wife and I went here during Cornucopia (annual fall foodie festival in Whistler).

We had the following dishes (rated out of 10):

French Onion Soup - 5
Crab Cakes - 8
Roast Chicken - 7
Prime Rib - 6

The Prime ribs flavor was great but literally 30 to 40% of it was fat. I expect fat on prime rib but not that much... especially when it's a $30 dish...

On a drink note:
I had a Cilantro martini that was particularly tasty – 9/10

Overall decent food and drink but way over priced.

Service was adequate.

Probably won't be back. Much better places to go in the village.

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Sonoma Grill & Lounge20598 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Falling short of potential
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 11:03am [Dine in]

Falling short of potential

Sonoma Grill could be really good if they just paid more attention to the details.

There’s so few fine dining restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Sonoma Gill has great potential but just falls short.
- The décor is trying to be stylish but cheesy painted stencils on the wall, wood paneling and fake plants cheapen the whole look. The exterior of the building is very nice however.
- Their menus were dirty and had spill stains on both the menus our table received.
- Service was not good.
- Food was quite good except my entree.
- Management/ownership clearly does not take control of operations or doesn’t know how to run a fine dinning restaurant (more on this in a bit).

Here are the dishes my wife and I had (rated out of ten):

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup (du jour) – 7
Crab Cake with Lemon Aioli – 8

Schnitzel with Pan-fires and Sautéed Vegetables – 7
Veal Rack Chop with Fresh Tomato and Herbs de Provence – 3

My entrée was the most expensive on the menu; I don’t mind paying the price for good food. The owner/manager even came to our table after our order was submitted to the kitchen and told me I would love the veal chop as it was the “crown jewel” of their menu.

I ordered the chop Medium Rare. It was delivered to the table Well Done. What a waste of good meat.

The server came by and asked how everything was and I told the server my chop was severely overdone. I showed her the dry, grey, overcooked meat and she argued with me saying the chef "told" her it was medium rare (clearly she doesn’t know what medium rare looks like). Unbelievable.

The owner obviously heard I was unhappy and clearly was avoiding our table for the rest of our dining experience. No apology and no discount off our final bill. Ridiculous.

We won’t be back in the foreseeable future.

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Browns Socialhouse20159 88th Avenue, #A101, Langley
Not Good - Wannabe Cactus Club or Joey's
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

Overall I was very unimpressed with Browns Social House.

The menu states they only use fresh ingredients and take their food quality very seriously. The products my wife and I received couldn't be further from their goals.

My wife and I had the following dishes (rated out of ten):
Crab and Artichoke Dip - 2
Hot Wings - 4
BBQ Back Ribs - 6
Chicken Wrap - 4

The Crab and Artichoke Dip was basically flavorless and the bread served with it was over salted about 2 times too much. The heavy salting made the dip even less of an active part of the dish. Also, the salsa served was literally Pace Thick and Chunky. Unbelievable considering minutes before I had read they care some much about fresh ingredient. Is jarred salsa fresh? I think not.

The rest of the meal was equally disappointing. The hot wings were soggy and the celery sticks served with it had brown spots. The chicken wrap had next to no seasoning and the chicken was dry and over cooked. The only decent part of the meal was the BBQ Back Ribs, but still those were nothing to write home about.

On a drink note: They have Russell's on tap which I was happy to see. They don't make the beer so I can't give them more props then for selecting a good supplier though. However, their mix drinks were garbage. I had a Mojito and it was the worst one I've ever had. My wife had a cosmopolitan and it was very poor as well.

To top off all of this off, the prices were outrageous.

I will never be back to Browns. If you want to go to a restaurant that's Browns style pulled off well; go to Cactus Club or Joey's. Those places clearly have something to teach Browns.

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Crepe Montagne4368 Main Street, 116, Whistler
Overpriced and Not Very Good
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Unfortunately I can't say much good about Crepe Montagne.

I don't mind paying good money for good food. However, I spent $66 bucks here and felt completely ripped off. When I saw the menu I thought to myself: "Damn, this is pricey; I bet it's really good with fresh high quality ingredients". Nope, I was wrong.

Dishes rated out of ten:

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepe - 4
French Toast - 5
Berry Crepe - 6

On a drink note: $7 bucks for a single glass of fresh squeezed orange juice; this was the best item I had but still way to expensive.

Service was OK. The server was friendly and helpful but she missed a number of obvious things like clearing the table of dirty dishes (which by the way we stacked for her).

I will never be back. If you’re looking for good food in the same area go to Elements across the street (click on my username above if you want to read my review on that place).

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Fat Tony's Pizza4122 Village Green, #11, Whistler
Awesome Pizza
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

Ordered two medium pie's from Tony's; a Meat-lovers and a Hawaiian. Both were awesome, definitely one of the better pizzas I've had. The crust was slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I even had some left-overs two days later and it was still great pizza.

Pizza's rated out of ten:
Meat-lovers - 9
Hawaiian - 8

It's a bit pricey; paid $44 for the two pizzas delivered. Given the cost I may order from here again but it would have to be a time I'm looking for extra special pizza.

Note: Although I haven't been inside Fat Tony's I gave the Ambiance a 2 because DineHere.ca will not allow a blank category. Also, I can't imagine it would be better then a 2 anyway.

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Elements4359 Main St., #102B, Whistler
Great Eats
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

Just went to Elements in the shoulder part of the day where they are serving breakfast and lunch at the same time. Great food and good service.

My wife and I had the following dishes (rated out of ten):
Chorizo and Sweet Corn Soup de jour - 8
French Toast with Rhubarb Compote - 7
Houssin Pork and Mango Salsa Lettuce Wrap - 8

On a drink note: They have a small but well selected draft micro brew selection. Whistler Pale Ale and KB Honey Brown are the two most notable.

One thing that bugged me was the aromatherapy scent coming from the lobby of the Summit Lodge hotel/condos. The scent, although nice in the lobby was intrusive to the dining experience. It certainly interfered with my senses of smell and taste.

I'll be back; it was worth the price.

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Lampliter Gallery Cafe9213 Glover St, Langley
OK fine dinning
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Been to Lampliter twice now. First time, a number of years ago, I was fairly impressed but I was just getting into the culinary arts so I didn't have a lot to compare it too. Now, after the second time, I'm not as enamored.

My wife and I dined together and had the following dishes (rated out of ten):

Beef Carpaccio – 6
Spinach Salad – 5
Crispy Duck – 7
Salmon – 6

Probably won’t be back on my own dime. There are better places to go locally if you’re looking for excellent food.

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Splitz Grill4369 Main St., Whistler
Great Burgers
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Very good burgers. A little sloppy but isn't a good burger always that way?

Friendly service and an OK seating area. But really, you can’t expect 5 star everything from a burger joint. Honestly, it's one of the better burgers I've had in my life, certainly in the top 10.

Rated out of ten:
Splitz Legendary Beef with Cheese, Bacon, Sautéed Onions and Mushrooms – 8

I’ll be back for sure. If you’re in Whistler for a quick lunch try them out.

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Wild Wood Bistro & Bar, The4500 Northlands Blvd, Whistler
Nice place for breakfast
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

Nice place for breakfast

My family and I went here for breakfast today. Most notable category was the service. Our server was extremely welcoming and accommodating of our two children (2 years old and 6 months old).

Food was solid but nothing to write home about. Here are the dishes we had (rated out of ten):

Yogurt and Granola with Strawberries – 6 (Strawberries and syrup too sweet, probably puree for bar drinks)
Eggs Benedict Sampler (4):
--> Mushroom and Asparagus - 8
--> Smoked Salmon – 7
--> Alder Wood Smoked Bacon – 6
--> Chicken – 4 (Chicken had no flavor)
--> Pan Fries – 7 (would be an 8 if I hadn’t had two burnt potatoes)

On a drink note:
Excellent Single Caesars

I’ll probably go back someday; the prices were reasonable given the experience but I’ve certainly had better breakfast food in the past.

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Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
Simply Outstanding
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

My wife and I have eaten at Araxi 2 times now, once for dinner and once for lunch. Both times the food was fantastic and the service was especially awesome.

Here are the dishes we've had (rated out of ten):

Dinner (mains only):
Pan Seared Halibut - 9
Beef Tenderloin - 9

Lunch (mains only):
Chicken Confit - 8
Pulled Pork Sandwich - 9

The food portions are well sized, any meat dish I have ordered has been well seasoned and their oysters are always fresh and tasty with their house mignonette.

On a drink note:
Wine selection is great.
I had their mojito last time for lunch and it was to die for, if you like the Cuban concoction give theirs a shot.

I've recommended Araxi to a number of my foodie friends and family and everyone that's gone has been equally satisfied as me.

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Seasonal Experience, The20226 Fraser Highway, #118, Langley
Exquisite Food
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

When you first arrive at the location you think to yourself: "Hmmm, this doesn't look like a fine dining establishment.” Then you walk in and see the effort they put into the decor, which is fairly decent considering the space they have to work with. We sat by the door but it really didn't make a difference because traffic is so low. There were 9 tables in the dining room and most full meals with cocktails and wine will take you 2 - 3 hours to complete.

The food quality was of the highest caliber. I've been to many fine dining restaurants and this one has been the best to date. The chef sticks to local ingredients whenever possible. For example: organic greens from Aldergrove and cheeses from Agassiz are in various dishes. My wife and I had the following dishes on April 26th, 2008 (rated out of ten):

Amuse-bouche (toasted baguette with cranberry raisins) - 10/10
Mussels - 8/10
Cranberry Marmalade Brie Pastry Tart - 10/10
Stinging Nettle Soup - Wife 10/10 - Me 9/10
Lemon Sorbet (pallet cleanser) - 9/10
Salmon - 10/10
Beef Tenderloin - 9/10
Rack of Lamb - 10/10
Warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream - 10/10
Mascarpone blueberry dessert - 9/10

All the food was very well priced, especially considering the quality. Appetizers were between $5 and $15. Entrees were between $20 and $35.

The wine list, although not extensive, does have a good selection all at reasonable price points, nothing over $100 as I recall.

The service was also very good. We had a newer waiter who pronounced a couple of the dishes incorrectly but knew what each dish had to offer. He was very accommodating and unobtrusive.

In summary, this was a fantastic end to end dinning experience and I can't wait to go back to try some other dishes.

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