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Rasputin45Kitsilano, VancouverSince July 27, 200597 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3 (3.1)
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Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
Could be top-notch, not quite hitting the mark but close
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

I am reviewing this restaurant based on our expectations of a fine-dining experience. The place was rather empty when we walked in, I was surprised because I had heard this place was great from more than one person. We were seated and then ordered each a 3-course menu for $48. I liked how they let me order 2 appetizers and a main because I am not a big dessert fan. The food was VERY VERY GOOD bordering on excellent, my pork belly appetizer was good and the duck 3 ways was SO GOOD, I would give it a 9.5 out of 10 and I am pretty stingy with my ratings. My main dish, the lamb, was only OK in comparison, it came with a tortellini that was sort of crusty on top because it had either not been cooked through or had been sitting around too long -- inexcusable in my opinion. My husband is vegetarian, he loved his roasted vegetable appetizer, but his main, an orzo risotto, was not great. It had a yucky raisin puree that sort of ruined the dish (especially for me since I hate raisins, but he likes raisins and also didn't care for it much). He loved his toronne dessert, though. The service was friendly but frankly sub-par, the wine took forever to come, food was a long time in between courses, at one point the server took our bread away promising to bring more and never returned with more bread. BUT I did sort of love the hostess, she really cared about our experience and how we enjoyed the food, I wish she had been our server!

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Delilah's1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
I guess the show's over
Submitted Friday, October 8, 2010 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

It was a Friday night. We were at Delilah's. We had never been there before, and were sort of surprised to find ourselves in a somewhat shabby, Febreze-smelling empty restaurant. It was hard to believe they would choose this place for a TV show! But we had a Groupon to use up, so we sat down.

The waitress was nice, immediately bringing over the flight of Martinis. Now, these are SUPPOSED to be full-size martinis, but it was hard to believe these half-full sugar-water drinks (3 martinis valued at $27) were the same thing we would have gotten if we had ordered off the menu. If they were, they are the worst deal in town. Based on the quality of the martinis we got, we definitely did not want to order more so I don't know if that was the regular size or not.

Then came the food. I ordered the lamb burger, which looked ridiculously small (especially for $16!!) but turned out to be quite delicious. Still, not quite worth the price, but much better than a typical burger. The fries were good as well, but I swear the aioli with them was literally lemon juice stirred into jarred mayo.

Overall, we found the martinis to be horrible, the food to be good, and both to be extremely overpriced, even with a Groupon that basically gave us half off. Delilah's 15 minutes of fame are over, we will not be back.

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Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
Glad we gave it a second shot
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Our first visit here we were exhausted and I think both we and the restaurant was having a bad day. Our visit tonight was much different. We enjoyed many small appetizers, the Feenie fries were delicious today, the pear and beet salad was great, and the onion tart was very good. The grilled sourdough was pretty good except for the unnatural green color painted on the bread, which I did not like. The dessert, a caramel napoleon with maple ice cream, was much better than we had bargained for and we greedily ate it up. I like that this place is open late and offers many $25 3-course meal options during the week as well. Wish they had a bit more vegetarian food, then we would go back more often.

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Epicurean Caffe Bistro1898 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
A bit dumbfounded
Submitted Friday, August 27, 2010 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what to make of this place. We were torn between the much busier Smoking Dog across the street, and this place. We should have gone to Smoking Dog. I really enjoyed the friendly staff who were working there, but the food was just not good. The pizza, advertised as "european thin crust" was really more like tortilla-crust than the typical thin-but-stiff European-style pizzas I have had before. But the taste was OK, dh and I rated it a 6 out of a possible 10. The meatball was very good and very big for the price, but when I asked them to make me a spaghetti with bolognese sauce to go with it they refused. The pasta I ended up ordering (carbonara) was not good at all, oily and bland, and worst of all it had been sitting around for a long time and was crusty on the edges (yuk!). The special, an eggplant parmesan, was extremely mediocre. We will not be back, too bad because we really enjoyed the waitstaff there.

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Kurumba Restaurant3003 St. Johns Street, #107, Port Moody
Good value, food only OK
Submitted Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

The price for what you get is very reasonable here, but I just wish there was more focus on quality and making good-tasting food. We had Roti Canai which was good, but the spring rolls were greasy and flavorless. I had a main called "spicy sizzling garlic pork" of which the name was the best thing about it, it was undersalted and underflavored overall. My husband had the Sri Lankan dry curry with Tofu instead of the beef it usually comes with which was quite poor, there were lots of leftovers because the portion was so large but he didn't want to take it home so it went to waste. Would probably not go back here.

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Cellar Jazz Club3611 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
OK at best
Submitted Friday, July 30, 2010 - 10:12pm [Dine in]

We checked out the Cellar one night recently, the singer had a great personality and was quite good on some songs but others she sounded like a cheesy lounge singer, the food was quite expensive and very hit and miss, the nachos at $14 plus $4 for guacamole was an incredibly small portion but tasted good (hard to mess up nachos), and my steak dinner at $27 was a large portion but one of the worst steaks I have had recently, I would definitely never order that again. I had a taste of my friends duck and pork, and both tasted better than my dinner. My DH ordered a naan pizza and found it similarly awful. I think because of the music I might try this place one more time, or go just for music and drinks next time.

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Sunshine Diner2649 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good Brunch, high prices
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 9:06am [Dine in]

We had been holding off on going to this place due to mixed reviews from our friends. We went there for brunch on a weekday, and found it surprisingly busy. The food we ordered was very good, my DH loved his eggs and especially the grilled tomatoes he ordered, I had the classic eggs benedict and I thought it was very good, next time I would ask for sauce on the side as the poor little egg was drowning in it. Service was prompt and good, my coffee was always full. The only downside is the price -- I think it came to $30 for two of us for brunch, which is quite high in my book. Is it worth it for a diner-style brunch? That's up to you, but for me I will go back on occassion (but not very frequently.)

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Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
classy classy classy
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

This place is so much more than a hotel restaurant. With views to die for, and five-star service, the details are going to be taken care of -- but what about the food? The food is very good bordering on excellent, out of amuse bouche, appetizer, mains, and dessert, we loved everything -- except the dessert, which was only mediocre. Everything else was top notch. The portions are fairly small, but delicious! Had the lobster cappucino and ribeye steak and loved both. I would definitely go back, especially if they have a 3 course dinner special.

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Al Basha3143 W Broadway, Vancouver
Fave lunchtime spot around Kits
Submitted Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

Al Basha is a newish middle eastern place that opened up in that spot where Churrolicious used to be. I have been there several times for lunch, eating the Falafel Wrap and Chicken Schwarma wrap. They cook the falafel fresh, service is fast and pleasant, the wraps taste delicious, and the price is reasonable. What more do you want?

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great service, veggie options
Submitted Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

We recently checked out this place on a quiet weeknight, lured in by our love of french food and the $26 prix-fixe three-course meal. The service was fantastic, hands down some of the best we have had in Vancouver. The food was good, large portions, and well priced. Unfortunately none of our dishes were outstanding. At this price maybe they don't have to be, but I was expecting a bit more in the way of food. I've had better Campagne Pate at other Vancouver French Bistros (recently, even) and also I think the roast chicken is better at Provence, here it was delicious on the outside but the actual chicken meat was on the bland side. Try brining the chicken! We had creme brulee for dessert and found it again, good, but not great with a too thick sugar layer on top. The ratatoullie and portabello mushroom dish were very good, and we will most likely try this restaurant again because of the great service, value, and great veggie options.

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Milestone's Grill & Bar2966 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver
good food, good service, good prices
Submitted Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

I knew this place was a mediocre chain bar-type restaurant, so I think I was expecting this place would be like Dennys. I was surprised to find that the food here is really quite good! I have been for brunch once, and for lunch twice, and each time I have been very surprised at how much I and everyone with me enjoyed our meals. The service is great, they are welcoming to children, what more do you want? The lunch special with half a sandwich, soup, and salad is a great deal at 10.99. Not sure what it's like at night, I still think Cactus Club would be a better bet for going out.

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
Not that great experience
Submitted Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 11:23am [Dine in]

I love Ethiopian food and have eaten it very often in many different cities and restaurants. Five of us went to Harambe, we ordered the veggie combo for five. First of all, the food was not well cooked. Some of the lentils were still hard in the middle. Secondly, it was not enough food, we had to order two more full dishes and even then left a bit peckish. Also, the service was not good, although they did go out of their way to get us a table without a reservation, they never brought the wines we ordered, extra injera bread took forever, and they did not fill the waters in a timely fashion.

I have been here a few years ago and had remembered this place as the best Ethiopian in Vancouver -- now I will only remember to stay away from this place in the future. Other places have better service, with better food.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
food is going downhill...
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

I wanted to update my previous glowing review to reflect recent changes I have noticed. I have been coming to Seasons for years, and at one time would have called it my favorite restaurant. Alas, no longer. Over the last year the food quality has declined to the point where I hesitate to go there, and don't want to take any more guests there, despite the breathtaking views -- best in the city -- and excellent service.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Takes Thai food to the next level... sometimes up, sometimes down
Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

We have been to Maenam twice now, and had similar experiences each time. This place looks great with a very modern, warm decor, and the service is fantastic, and the cocktails are delicious. The same owners who owned Gastropod own Maenam, and many of their influences can be seen in the menu, which offers many inventive uses of traditional Thai ingredients, and "twists" on the classic thai dishes, often using locally-sourced ingredients. This can be excellent, as I had tonight in the duck salad, which was piquant and savory and provided that excellent balance of flavors that one expects to see in high-end Thai. This can unfortunately also be very poor, as I have had several times with the chef's insistence on trying to cram tamarind in places it does not belong (ice cream, a tequila drink). Overall, the dishes write a check that the taste doesn't always cash. I would go back, but stick to the soups and salads and cocktails (which are more consistent), and be careful about ordering the mains.

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Tang Thai1626 W Broadway, Vancouver
Tang needs more tang!
Submitted Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Tried Tang Thai for the first time tonight, I thought it was only ok, most of the dishes had too much sweet flavor and not enough TANG (strange considering their name). The Tom Kha Kai soup was way too creamy and sweet (like a curry!) with not enough sour to balance it out. My basil pork was ok, but both of my friends had dishes they didn't like. Service was amateurish, carefully worded constructive criticism on one dish was met with a slack-jawed stare from our server. I would be reluctant to go back.

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Banana Leaf3005 W Broadway, Vancouver
The LBD of restaurants
Submitted Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

Like the LBD, you can dress it up, dress it down, it seems like Banana Leaf is good for almost any occasion. It's probably our most reliable favorite, a great place to take out of town guests and go for a regular night out with your family as well. At roughly 12 - 20 dollars an entree, it's a fantastic value as well, especially in the Kits zone of overpriced fare. Our favorites? roti canai, the rendang beef, the lamb dish, sambal green beans, Tofu in Assam sauce, and sayur Lemak.

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Bella Roma Pizzeria & Ristorante4460 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver
Promising new place
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

I have been looking for a "weeknight italian" restaurant in Vancouver for a long time, this place opened up where Perfetto Pizza used to be on 10th, so we gave it a shot. Overall, it was quite good, has a very accessible menu of pizza, pasta, and a few mains, the pizza was average (but better than any other pizza place nearby) the chicken was very good, and the service was very good as well. Mains around $15 for pasta or small pizza, $30 for meat entrees. Over all, it is definitely a place we will come back to visit, and seems like a definite possibility to become that "weeknight italian" place we have been looking for.

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Lives up to the hype
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

So I had heard a lot about this place, and seen the lines, but never felt the need to stand in them myself... on Friday a friend wanted to go there, so we did. There was a wait, but once we were seated the food was delicious and plentiful -- and very inexpensive! Our service was brusk but acceptable, they forgot a few dishes and we had to re-order, but it was okay. I will definitely go here again.

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La Taqueria322 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Better than authentic tacos... but small
Submitted Monday, September 14, 2009 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

Okay, these tacos have instantly become a cult classic in our office... I have had many authentic tacos and I think some of the meats at La Taqueria are better, more succulent, and more carefully prepared than authentic places where they have a vat of pre-cooked meat that they spoon out. That being said, at 9.50 for 4 tiny tacos it is not a budget meal, but even a cheapo like me thinks they are worth it because they are so darn good. The day I went the skirt steak taco had an off chemical flavor, not sure what was happening there, I won't order that one again. Try the carnitas, chicken mole, fish taco, and corn and chile taco.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Please tell me there are better steaks in Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 12:06am [Dine in]

Let me start by saying the restaurant is probably my favorite in terms of looks and service of all in Vancouver. Classy classy classy. I had a great evening. BUT that being said, the food was just not all that great. The steak was only so-so, lyonnaise potatoes were not all they were hyped to be, and the carpaccio is better at Cactus Club. Someone please tell me there's better steak somewhere else in Vancouver.

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