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ProvechoVancouverSince March 20, 200712 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
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Voya Restaurant and Lounge1177 Melville Street, Vancouver
Voya is Voluptuous!
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:34am [Dine in]

I've been to Voya three times this year and it ranks as one of my favourite new dining establishments in Vancouver. It's an absolute treat to all the senses. The decor and ambiance are above and beyond the cliché West Coast motifs that are considered de rigeur in this city. It's voluptuous yet elegant, dazzling yet relaxing. The service has been consistently excellent, the cocktails are always an adventure, and the food prepared and presented with an innovative flair.

On our last visit we all opted for the $38 three-course prix-fixe menu. Who cares that there was only one option per course? The duck terrine as an appetizer and the bison sausages as the main were two dishes I would never choose otherwise, but I was delighted. Perfect for a romantic evening or night out with friends, I highly recommend Voya.

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Smoking Dog Bistro, The1889 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
The Patrons Smoke Too!
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 9:53am [Dine in]

This was our first, and last, visit to this established eatery. We were seated on the patio, initially under the heaters which were set high enough to roast a chicken. Moving to a more comfortable spot, we sat next to table of obnoxious zoomers, one who thought she must still be living in the previous century as she recklessly smoked cigarettes. This seemed to be acceptable to the restaurant staff and management.

Our first bottle of wine was corked, and this began one of the worst meals in recent memory. The tomatoes in the bocconcini salad were tasteless and pulpy; the prosciutto in the asparagus salad was too salty and tough; and the chorizo was bland and came with greasy fried onions. There was no finesse to the food at all. The only redeeming quality was the pleasant and efficient service.

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Fallen from Grace
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 11:13am [Dine in]

Nu was named one of the best new restaurants in 2006 but after our first visit a few days ago I can't imagine what it did to deserve the praise.

We popped in for brunch on a beautiful Sunday. Yes, it was busy, but the staff seemed in complete disarray. When we were finally seated, the first things we noticed were food crumbs all over the carpet and the dirty, worn furniture. The decor is bizarre to say the least - a sort of retro space-age art deco mish-mash that probably looks much better in the dark. We got the sense that it was designed by someone who has no sense of how restaurants work.

The seats are very low, and we were treated to an eye-level view of the server's stained shirt. He felt it necessary to tell us that the kitchen was in a "shambles" and that it would be a long wait. At least he had the sense to offer complimentary beverages to those affected. When the food finally arrived, it couldn't make us forget the dirty surroundings and unprofessional service.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Another Club with Food?
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

An interesting article in the Globe & Mail today about the trend in many restaurants to play loud club music brought to mind my most recent experience at Sanafir.

Three of us dined at Sanafir on a Monday night during DOV. We had been to Sanafir several times before and often bring out-of-town guests with us. It's a beautiful space with friendly service and passable food. The music - a blend of groovy Buddha Bar-type beats - has always been integral part of Sanafir's exotic atmosphere - until now.

By about 7:30 the music volume went up and the format changed to a cookie-cutter mix of house and quasi-techno. One gets the impression that many restaurant managers think they'll appeal to the "hip" crowd if they play this type of music at high volume. Long gone are the days when house and techno were considered hip; today they are just about as cutting edge as heavy metal. But if the "hip" crowd is more concerned about thinking they're with the "in crowd" and less about the quality of the food, then Sanafir can focus on style rather than substance. There may be enough Ken and Barbies in this city to keep them busy, but we won't be back.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
Arriba Nuevo Latino!
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

As lovers of all things from Latin America, we've been anticipating the opening of Cobre for the past few months. And after our first visit, the wait was well worth it. The food was amazing! Bursting with a variety of tastes, each mouthful was delicious and succulent. This is not for food "purists" - Cobre combines recipes from all over Latin America with local ingredients as well.

For starters, we shared albacore tuna on a creamy purple potato salad and topped with a red nutty paste, and a delicate papusa stuffed with pork and accompanied by a calmyrna fig & green apple jam - it melted in our mouths. For mains, the cuban lobster came wrapped in a tamale and stuffed with white hominy corn, and the local sablefish sat atop casaba wrapped in prosciutto. These are plates to share - be prepared to spend $20-30 per person. The cocktails were mixed just like the originals - for example, I could actually taste the tequila in the margarita, which had just the right balance between the tart lime and the sweet triple sec.

The music was a great mix of the classic and contemporary, and thankfully we heard no salsa or latino techno which seems to be the norm in most local Mexican restaurants. The location might be a bit of an obstacle for some, but with Chill Winston and Boneta just a block away, I doubt it won't be long until Cobre catches on. It will be well-deserved.

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Aurora Bistro2420 Main, Vancouver
Best of BC
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2007 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

I haven't been to Aurora in over year but on my last visit it still continues to offer an excellent dining experience. I enjoy the minimal wood decor and the view of Main Street traffic passing by. The service is efficient and friendly - not at all pretentious. But what I appreciate most is that it features local ingredients and a comprehensive BC wine list. My only suggestions are to keep the music flowing and offer a little more variety (we heard Amy Winehouse too many times for an evening); offer a vegetarian main, and offer more seasonal fare - pork stew and a maple pecan chocolate brownie with hot chocolate evoke winter more than a warm summer night. Overall though, Aurora is an ideal place to take an out-of-town guest (or an in-town guest) who is more interested in the food rather than the view.

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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Gastropod Satisfies the Senses
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

The moment we stepped into Gastropod we were greeted with the scent of limes. The fresh fragrance complimented the clean and elegant decor. The menu was small but thoughtfully presented. My partner and I ordered the three-course price-fixe which, at $45, was a fairly good value. The portions are not large but are artfully prepared. The spring salmon was wrapped in seaweed and accompanied by wasabi sabayon - delicate & delicious. The cheesecake was sublime - more like a creamy mousse that melts in your mouth than a cake. The suggested wine pairings were a nice touch.

My only complaint was the service. In fine dining establishments one expects to be attended to by one server so over the course the evening a rapport develops. While things got off to a good start with our first server, the second server's timing was off and orders were mixed up.

A small complaint in an otherwise very enjoyable culinary experience. Recommended.

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Tuscany Restaurant451 Bowen Island Trunk Road, Bowen Island
The Tuscany Always Tantalizes
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

We've been to the Tuscany numerous times over the past three years and it is always an exceptional experience. It's an ideal spot for a romantic dinner, a family get-together, or taking visiting guests. Drive to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, park your vehicle and walk onto the Bowen Island ferry - in 15 minutes you're in Snug Cove - a world away from the big city bustle. Getting there is half the fun!

If it's a warm summer evening reserve a table in their beautiful garden patio. Enjoy a bottle of wine and revel in the atmosphere. The Tuscany specializes in simple country-style cooking with Italian & Mediterranean flavours. For starters, order warm herbed almonds and focaccia with pesto. The Toscana salad with shaved parmesan & sliced pear is delicious, and for a main any of the wood oven pizzas will make your mouth water. On Sundays roast chicken is the specialty - two of us ordered half a roast chicken to share, and with mashed potatoes & veggies it was a total of $14! Don't forget to save room for one of the so satisfying desserts - including the consistently excellent tiramisu.

The Tuscany is a delight. If you're looking to escape the city for an evening, or you want to impress those out-of-town guests with a beautiful BC experience, I highly recommend you make the trek to the Tuscany.

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Zocalo2515 Main Street, Vancouver
Mexican Food Lovers Rejoice!
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2007 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Vancouverites are finally beginning to discover that Mexican food is so much more than tacos & enchiladas. Zocalo, along with a few other more traditional eateries, are helping to educate the local public, and for that we should be thankful.
We happened upon Zocalo just by chance, and were pleasantly surprised. First, let's start with the margaritas - estupendo! The best I've tasted in the city - lots of fresh lime, not too sweet, and the tequila you can actually taste. Our ceviche wasn't a huge portion but it was entirely satisfying. The chicken mole with plantains & grapefruit on the side was tasty, although the mole could have been a little richer & spicier. The coco de flan was the most heavenly flan I've enjoyed in any Mexican restaurant - here or in Mexico.
Combine the good eats with excellent service, good music, & unique decor - and you've got a winner here. Hasta pronto!

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Still Waiting...
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 10:33am [Dine in]

...for a restaurant in Vancouver that knows how to do contemporary Asian in a modern setting - this is not it. We went here with high expectations as this new spot was opened by the same group who runs Shanghai Bistro. As soons as we walked in and saw the three large TV screens above the bar we were immediately disappointed. The menu presentation and selection had all the pizzazz of a budget Chinese restaurant. We could hardly taste the alcohol in our cocktails and as mentioned in other reviews, the food is okay but far from memorable. There wasn't even a hint of lemongrass in our chicken, though the sambal green beans were very tender & tasty. The service was fine but the decor uninspiring. If you are looking for reasonably priced Asian in the Paramount area, I'd say okay - but otherwise don't make a special trip. We won't be back.

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Tapa Bar, The620 Trounce Alley, Victoria
Great Service, Average Food
Submitted Friday, March 30, 2007 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

The Tapa Bar is a comfortable eatery on picturesque Trounce Alley in downtown Victoria. We were there on Sangria Sunday where pitchers go for $11. Great price, but the sangria was watery and tasteless. The tapa selection was nothing remarkable, although the almond stuffed dates wrapped in bacon & sprinkled with blue cheese were delicious! The room has high ceilings but the lighting too diffused as the spots were not hung low enough. Interesting artwork adorned the walls and the background music wasn't obtrusive. What made the evening was the prompt, professional and friendly service. If you are visiting Victoria, I recommend this spot for the location & the service.

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Mo:Le544 Pandora St., Victoria
Inventive & Tasty
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

We visited Mo:Le for the first time today and were very impressed with the food. The menu is eclectic and the ingredients inventive. There were so many mouth-watering items on the menu it was hard to choose. I had eggs benedict with roasted tomatoes and a delicious chipotle hollandaise. The pesto potatoes were superb. Laid-back atmosphere & friendly service. Highly recommended.

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