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PromQueenKitsilanoSince April 10, 200721 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2 (1.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1873 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Image without Substance
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I don't understand why places like this are successful. I guess a lot of people are wooed by image and marketing. The food is very average at best, and insanely overpriced for what it is. We went twice, once for Friday lunch and once for dinner. The 'Kobe" burger, taste OK, a very average burger. I question the lineage of this meat...if it's Kobe. then I don't know what the hell the fuss is about.
Another time had sirloin steak. Over charged on the outside, and raw on the inside...for my medium steak-it was dark red still. It was very bland and flavourless. Boring to say the least.
Service is no different than earls, Cactus, etc.
I guess what justifies them charging such ridiculous prices for generic crap, is the simple fact that people seem to be paying for it.
Will not return.

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Darby's Pub2001 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly Good
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

On a recent sunny break, we were hungry and trying to decide to go, when we noticed a banner on the side of the building heralding kits best rooftop patio, so let's give it a try.
When we first walked into the pub, it feels quite old, and dated, not very inviting. Well, we head up to the patio anyways. It's also looking a little worse for wear, but had a nice view, and was nice to have a patio removed from the street. I think if they're going to hype it up, they should actually do something with it, it's just there.
Service was extremely friendly, attentive and helpful. We started with a couple of Caesars as they were on special, boy you could taste the vodka in those! I would have prefered a celery stick over a pickled bean, but I guess that's what most places do these days. We then had some Bowen Island lagers, excellent.
The food was the real surprise. After seeing how unkept the place was, we were expecting typical pub food. We shared a butternut squash dip, which was absolutely amazing! Delicious with the garlic bread served for dipping. Then I had a Mac & Cheese, very rich and creamy and cheesy, and delicious. My partner had the burer, which I had to try a bite of after seeing, and was also delcious. It doesn't taste like a burger I've had anywhere.
With food and service like this, I see why they don't feel the need to spruce up the pub. We will definitely be back.

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Bizou Bistro2666 Granville St., Vancouver
Bizarre, and Unbelievable
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

We tried to find somewhere in the area we haven't dine before, and found 2 good reviews on here for this place, though quite old. I'm guessing a lot has changed since those reviews.
When we arrived and walked in the 1 girl that was working out front seemed surprised. "Oh, you want dinner?". She took us to a table, and then went back behind the bar. There were 4 other tables in the place, and 3 had already dined.
It was almost 15 minutes later when she returned. We almost got up to leave when she finally made it back. We order our drinks, appies, and mains. She said bread will be right out and left.
About 5 minutes later, she brought our drinks over. 15 minutes later she brought the bread. Another 20 minutes after that, we finally got our appetizer, deep fried spring rolls. 40 minutes for that? It was decent, though not very flavourful. There was only one other dish coming out of the kitchen while this time elapsed.
Then another 35 minutes later, we finally receive our entrees. Talk about slow food. My chicken was ok, stuffed with ricotta and prosciutto. My partner had the "fusili pasta with chicken". It was on penne not fusili. There was very little chicken, and a small portion, very dry. Flavour was OK.
Also, the entire time we were there, there was about 5 kids and 2 women that kept running in and out of the kitchen. Also, 1 kid sat down at the bar and put on a kids show with the volume turned up.
Obviously a family run place, and very poorly and unprofessionally run. When we commented about how long it took for service and food, she was surprised, we should have told her that we were in a hurry.
Our response is that we weren't, just not used to such slow service.
I've seen other reviews where people talk about how slow food service was, and I always figured they must just be exagerating. I can assure you I was not, as I timed the whole thing. These are factual timelines.

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Connor Butler2145 Granville St, Vancouver
Pricey, But Worth It
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

Chef Connor Butler is filling in a market sorely lacking in this city. Providing truly delicious food in a warm, friendly and personable environment.
Dining here is truly an experience. Unlike most places that use the phrase dining experience. In most cases you are forced to dine by their terms, in a cold, sterile and unfriendly environment.
Here the chef actually gets to know you food likes and dislikes, before preparing a surprise tasting menu for you.
He served us a foie gras pate, while a little light on the foie gras, was still absolutely delicious. Also, knowing how I love duck, I had an amazing duck breast entree, cooked perfect medium rare, moist rich and delicious.
Chef Connor Butler is a wonderful and entertaining host. I think is front of house staff need to be more comfortable serving around him. As that was the only negative, when the chef visited us, beverage service ceased.
Food wise, the only area for improvement I see is the pastries, but so many places have trouble with that. The apple creme brulee was a little unappetizing in its apple shell. But everyone can improve somewhere.
I shall certainly return.

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Disappointed by Reality
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

Ok, I've heard lots of people rave about this place. I've made a point of keeping my expectations down. Don't expect too much.
So we go, service is friendly but very disorganized and sloppy. No quality checks, attempt to offer more beverages, etc.
I got the steak burger with bbq & cheddar, my partner got the turkey burger with cheddar. The steak burger was OK. It tasted like a cheap diner burger, it was good for an $8 burger, only problem was it cost $14.50. The turkey burger was just plain terrible, tasted like a horrible frozen sausage with lots of filler.
We also shared a chocolate milk shake, that while quite thick, was oddly warm? How they achieved that I don't know, and I don't like.
Well, if the prices were half what they were for this glorified burger stand, I would say it's very good. But considering what they charge, I expect quality, for both food and service.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Holy Tourist Trap
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 11:57am [Dine in]

Never seen a place in this city care less about their customer. The food is insanely overpriced for what you get.

I had a chicken burger that cost me $19!! Okay, if it was special, but it was not. Tasted no better than what you'd get a neighborhood pub-which is not bad. It was very average food, but considering they are charging about double what everywhere else does, I'd expect a lot more than average.
My partner had the regular burger, which was only $17. Much better? Nope. He said it tasted like your average ground beef patty with lots of filler. Plain and boring, absolutely nothing special.

Sure someone is going to justify location for the price. But we were sitting inside the restaurant, and well, It could have been any cheap bistro anywhere.

I've heard talk about this place for so long, I am horribly disappointed, and looking at the consistently poor reviews on here, it's clearly a standard there. And clearly they don't care.

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Hamilton Street Grill1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Great for Out of Town Guests
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I had friends that I had not seen in over 10 years visiting for 1 day yesterday, and we could not think where to take them. We were looking for somewhere reasonably priced but good. We decided to take a wander through Yaletown and decided to give Hamilton street grill a try.
First the room was perfect. We had our coats taken for us as we came in and sat in a very cozy booth.
Service was extremely attentive, and helpful.
Now most importantly, the food. Everything was amazing. Especially the steaks. Amazingly tender and delicious. The prawn appetizer in filo was cooked perfectly. And the goat cheese tart was to die for.
Our out of towners were duly impressed. And after dinner commented several times about how nice people are in Vancouver, and how great the food is.

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Very Good Food, But is it worth it?
Submitted Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I love the food menu, and style of food. I would go here at least once a week if it weren't for the ambiance. It is very cramped, loud and obnoxious. Service is poor and slow.
While they serve great food, I guess it's meant to be more of a mini-bar, than a restaurant. The food is obviously just to get you in the door.
I doubt I'm likely to go again, unless I happen to walk by at some point and it is quiet. Otherwise, its too cramped and noisy to enjoy the great food.

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Jolly's Indian Bistro2928 W 4th, Vancouver
Great Food, Great Value, Poor Service
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

The first thing that hit me when I looked at the menu, was the prices were insanely cheap. I figured that probably I would have to order 2 entrees to be satisfied, but no, one was more than enough. The butter chicken was delicious, tender and moist.
The presenation was wonderful and simple, and for 6 of us for dinner the bill came to less than $100, which is unheard of nowadays.
The one failure is the service. Very indifferent, slow and seemed uninterested in the customers. If the owner can keep the food the way it is, and fix the service, this would be a 5 star restaurant for sure.

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Nevermind3293 West Fourth Ave, Vancouver
Nevermind Nevermind, will never go there again.
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

We just moved into this neighborhood, and our first excursion we tried Nevermind. As I come on here to post, I wish I had checked it out here first, and saved myself the terrible experience and terrible food. It's a dirty little dive, and way too dark, Im sure its dark on purpose to hide how dirty it is. Obviously they dont care about cleaning the place, and there's a bad odour too.
Service is rude, and careless. We had to flag her down and tell her we wanted to order food, drinks, etc.
The menu is too big, trying to be fancy, but the food we got was cheap crap. The burgers were dry, and tasted cheap.
Crazy, the bill for the 2 of us was over $60 for cheap burgers and a couple of beers each. I wouldn't mind if they were good burgers, but they tasted like they came straight out of a freezer.
Nevermind Nevermind, will never go there again.

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Portobello Ristorante1429 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Food is Excellent, Service So-So
Submitted Tuesday, June 5, 2007 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

I have to disagree with previous review on over hyped, and on portions size. I don't think there really has been much hype about this restaurant, but the food quality certainly deserves it. As for price, it's a lot cheaper than some other really over-hyped Italian restaurant that I can think of.
The portion sizes are smaller than what we've grown to expect from Italian restaurants, but I thought the portions were perfect for me. Any more and would have been a waste.
Service is their only real weakness. Indifferent, rushed, and not particularly friendly. Hopefully, this is something they can fix, they would have the potential of being great if they did.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Very Good, But Not Great
Submitted Tuesday, June 5, 2007 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Seeing all the amazing reviews for here, I expected more. The food is very good, though quite over priced. The quality is definitely better than most Indian restaurants.
The wait in line was ridiculous, I didnt want to wait but my date insisted, so we stood in line for near half an hour. When we could have walked right in to some other restaurants in the area.
Service was ok, but not super friendly or personable, as I was led to expect. They do make the comment of the food is meant for sharing, but you need to order several plates for 1 couple.
So, while the food is quite good, the line up to get in, and the price of it suggests that I will not be back any time soon.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
How Does This Place Rate So High?
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice now, and both times were nothing better than the Keg. For very expensive steaks, I don't notice any difference whatsoever!
The shrimp cocktail was chewy, like rubber, and the cockail sauce tasted like its out of a jar from Safeway.
Again the steaks were nothing special, a plain piece of meat on my plate, not marinated, not seasoned, not flavoured in anyway. And one time it was massively over-cooked, they did recook it for me, but the recook came out very underdone, and had to get them to cook it more, and it came back over done again. At which point I gave up and ate it as is.
Also got the Lemon Pie for dessert, and it tasted also like it was straight out of the freezer section at Safeway...I guess I know where they do their shopping!
I'm guessing the people that like this place don't eat out much, I can't understand why so many people think its good.

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
Just OK Italian
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 10:27am [Dine in]

I must agree with KitsGourmet in many ways. There is nothing spectacular about this restaurant. There are literally dozens of Italian restaurants that are as good or better than here, and a lot cheaper.
I wouldn't say the food is that bad, it's average, but when you factor in the extra cost, then it is below average. The cheese tortellini tastes just of a basic cream sauce. I really did not get any flavour or texture of cheese.
Service is just like Milestones. Very functional, routine-efficient, but not particularly intersting, or friendly.
There are tons of Italian restaurants in Vancouve that are better, friendly and a LOT cheaper than here.

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Showcase1122 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Is this place Supposed to be Secret?
Submitted Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

I hope my review does not get removed, this is an amazing restaurant. The food is spectacular. The trio of oysters I have had a few times is wonderful, fresh oysters, sweet and buttery, but with grea assortment of sauces as well-not just cocktail sauce and lemon like a lot of places, the shooters were especially good.
For mains I have had the tenderloin with bordelaise sauce on several occasions. That is the most amazing steak sauce I have ever tasted and highly recommend it to anyone.
The room is beautiful, great high ceiling with floor to ceiling windows, huge wide open space, yet it feels nice and intimate.
Service is impeccable. Very professional courteous and attentive.
I love this place.

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Shark Club Bar & Grill180 West Georgia St, Vancouver
Hockey Night Mistake.
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

Ok, maybe trying the food at the Shark Club on a Hockey night wasnt the smartest thing to do. When I cant find anything intersting on a menu, I always end up getting a burger-cause foolishly I used to believe in a bad burger is good.
It was bone dry and charred to hell. The bun was soggy and cold, the fries greasy and chewy.
I know they're super busy, but surely they were expecting it?? I could understand if a crowd of people showed up unexpected, but give me a break...
Service, also was terrible, understaffed? Or are they trying to make more money during playoffs by not having to pay extra staff. Seems stupid to me, they easily could have gotten another $100 plus from our table alone if we were able to order more stuff.

Very sad.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Definitely Not My Thing
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

Don't laugh, but I admit this is my first visit into an Izakaya type restaurant. And maybe its just not my thing, it was so loud, and awkard. It felt like we were behind the scenes with the staff yelling orders at each other from right at our table.
The food wasnt that enjoyable. I think I prefer the standard sushi places to this. Our chicken was ver oily, dripping with oil-really!
It may be a while before I try another Izakaya type restaurant, based on my first experience, I dont know if it is this one, or the style all together that I do not like.

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
All Around a Solid Player
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

Ok, I've been here a few times. While it's nothing special, it doesn't really disappoint either. It's a work horse, everything is good, consistently. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I know when I go here I will enjoy the food, the service isn't amazing, but it is efficient.
I like it here, and I would recommend friends to go here, but I'm never amazed or impressed by anything-but that's the price you pay for not taking risks!

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Have You People Ever Been to Earls
Submitted Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

This is earls steakhouse. There is nothing special about the food or service here. It's another cookie cutter earls product. You can tell they use earls recipes, and probably a lot of their staff were brought straight over from earls.
If you like boring, homogenized food, and plastic barbie doll servers, then I guess youd like it here.

But if you want some food that actually has real flavour, and is actually exciting, Do Not Choose this place. But again, just like earls they're always packed, so I dont know who likes this garbage, but I tried it twice, and that was 2 times too many for boring same old kinda food.

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Kirin Mandarin Restaurant1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
One Hit, 2 Misses
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 11:44am [Dine in]

We went here once and it was very good. We returned and it was terrible, and now we tried one more time and it was terrible again.
The food on the last 2 visits equated in quality with the worst food court chinese. The chicken was tough, and chewy, and lots of gristle-when I got home I spent forever flossing my teeth. The lemon sauce tastes like artificial lemon flavouring and sugar...like those lemon drop candies. Tasted nothing like real lemon, which I'm sure there was none.
Service is fine, not far off from other chinese places, which are known for inferiour service, so cant really knock them too much for that.

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