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RapunzelGabriola IslandSince May 24, 200825 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 25 of 25 Reviews Found
Empress Room721 Government St, Victoria
My Quest for Eggs Benny
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. When I am "off-island", I want to make the most of my meals out.

"Vancouver Island Eggs Benedict" - two eggs on dungeness crab cakes on toasted brioche with tomato Hollandaise, a square of potato rosti on the side, a surprisingly large goblet of fresh pink grapefruit juice and two complimentary (ha!!!) itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot sconeenies with a lovely fruit compote. $27 less a $5 coupon they gave me when I checked into the hotel the night before. Delicious, though there's a really good place in Nanaimo that serves something similar at weekend brunch for $11.

As fabulous as it was, when you add on tax and tip the price is pretty steep even with the coupon. I'm not sure that I'd do it again, but you never know.

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White Spot580 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
My Quest for Eggs Benny
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. When I am out of town on business, I want to make the most of my meals out.

I went to White Spot for eggs benny last week. Their hollandaise was good, but it doesn't have as much flavour as other places I've been. I don't know if they make their own from scratch, but it's certainly better than a couple of places I've been where it was too salty or tinny-tasting (Can you buy hollandaise in a can? I've heard the powdered from Knorr's isn't bad). Their hash browns are pretty lame, though I'd certainly return to any White Spot for an eggs benny breakfast. Once, in Nanaimo, I paired it with a chocolate milkshake. Mmmmm!!

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John's Place723 Pandora Ave, Victoria
My Quest for Eggs Benny
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. When I am out of town on business, I want to make the most of my meals out.

I had a burger and fries for lunch there one day several years ago. They were good, but I regretted not ordering the eggs benny, as I had heard they were the best in town.

Recently while on a business trip I stopped in for breakfast. I wanted to get there early enough to avoid the crowds, which meant being there at 7:30.

The eggs benny was delicious, though the eggs could maybe have been cooked a teensy bit more - I like my yolks runny but don't like "egg snot" - the bit of uncooked egg white you get sometimes where the anchors hold the yolk in place.

The hollandaise was very flavourful compared to White Spot. For the price it's a good deal (I've had eggs benny at the Hotel Vancouver and the dungenness crab eggs benny at the Empress - both good enough to order again, but nonetheless a lot of money). I didn't really care for John's hash browns, though. They were too crunchy (deep-fried, perhaps), but still better than other hash browns I've had elsewhere, which were really just boiled potatoes broken up.

I'd go back for breakfast again, but I usualy stay at the Empress so it's a bit of a hike to get to John's, especially if my meetings are not in the general direction of the restaurant.

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Acacia Fillo Bar & Cafe1103 Denman Street, Vancouver
Something Different
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. Since I was going to be in Vancouver for two nights on my own, I wanted to make the most of my meals out.

I was looking for something different in food, and found this restaurant on Dine Here. Never having had Bulgarian food I decided to try it based on the reviews.

I ordered the special. I had the soup as an appetiser - a fabulous tomato - there was a choice of hot or cold (don't know if that meant two different soups or that you could have the tomato hot or cold, but I had hot). My banitza filling was brie, prosciutto, spinach and sun dried tomato. I'm not used to eating salt so about midway through I found the prosciutto to be a bit much, but I just took smaller bites and finished the works. The mixture of roast potatoes and yams was also good. There was a small bit of greens on the plate as well, with a nice dressing.

At one point there was opera playing, which I didn't much care for, but eventually different music came on.

Feeling quite full, it was a long trudge (mostly uphill, it seemed!) up Robson back to the Hotel Vancouver, but I stopped along the way for a blood orange gelato.

I would go back to this restaurant - I'd probably try the steak and mushrooms next.

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La Bretagne Creperie795 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Really Enjoyed my Meals
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 3:26pm [Dine in]

I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. Since I was going to be in Vancouver for two nights on my own, I wanted to make the most of my meals out.

I found La Bretagne Creperie while searching the "Dine Here" site looking for Cafe Crepe on Robson, which I had seen a couple years ago in both Vancouver and Toronto but had never tried. I've had crepes in Quimper in Brittany and was looking to reminisce. I decided from the Dine Here reviews of Cafe Crepe to eat at La Bretagne instead, which people made reference to in their reviews. As well, the first evening I passed by Cafe Crepe on Robson and neither the restaurant nor the menu really looked all that appetizing.

I showed up Tuesday evening last week for dinner but La Bretagne Creperie closes Tuesdays at 3:00, so I went somewhere else for dinner that night.

For dinner Wednesday night I had the black forest ham and asparagus with bechamel, au gratin, in a buckwheat galette. It was delicious. The waitress brought me a lovely, tall cold glass of icewater, my preferred beverage when dining alone. I had actually not even asked for a beverage as I'd brought a water bottle filled with ice and water from my hotel as it was fairly warm out and I wanted to walk around the city afterwards. Bread was offered to me, but I declined. I had been concerned that one crepe would not be enough for a meal, but I was stuffed.

I enjoyed my meal so much that the next day I hurried over for lunch. The restaurant was crowded compared to the night before, but I was still in and out in time to get back to my meeting at UBC Robson Square. This time I had the seafood white flour crepe, with white wine sauce, again au gratin. It was even more delicious than my meal the night before! I was seated right by where the chef was making the crepes, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I craned my neck to watch him do his stuff. Once again I had a lovely unasked-for glass of ice water, and this time I accepted the offer of bread. I would have like to try the peach melba dessert crepe, but I didn't have time and I was so full anyway that it would have been too much to eat.

I would definitely go back to this restaurant.

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