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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)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Provence Mediterranean Grill4473 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
One of the best nice restaurants in town
Submitted Monday, March 3, 2008 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I have been to both the Provence on 10th near UBC and Provence Marinaside a couple times each. Always great food well prepared, five star service, this is like a fussy restaurant without the fuss -- just great food, great service, and interesting dishes for a fair price. The portion size is larger than in most upscale restaurants. We hemmed and hawed about where to go for a recent birthday dinner and ended up deciding to come here. My vegetarian bf found plenty of delicious choices, and on the Thursday night we celebrated the restaurant was filled with a bunch of classy senior citizens- that's how I knew for sure this place is a good value, and it was true! Don't go to overpriced fussy places with not great food like Hermitage, come here instead!

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Best Quality Sweets & Restaurant7260 Main St., Vancouver
Love this place
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

This place is not fancy, really more like a snack shop than a meal place, we stop by here almost every time we are on Main Street. We almost always get the Chana Bhatura (fried bread dough with spicy garbanzo beans), the hot samosas to go are 50 cents each -- we often take 10 home with us, or bring a bag to a party. The sweets are good too, try the gulab jamun or the jalepi (at 2.00 a pound it's a cheap and sticky orange pleasure!). Overall, very inexpensive, great food, the owners are as sweet as can be and we always enjoy our visit.

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Tsunami Sushi1025 Robson Street, #238, Vancouver
Fun sushi boat experience, but what is that stuff?
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

So we went to Tsunami sushi. I had always wanted to try conveyor belt sushi, I think this is the closest to that in Vancouver. It was really fun to sit at the sushi bar and watch all the boats go by and pick what I wanted to eat. However, I'm not a huge sushi expert so I found myself wondering what was in many of the dishes on the conveyor belt. This is probably my fault but twice I wanted to pick tuna but picked some kind of smoked salmon instead. So I didn't get exactly what i wanted. Service was great, miso soup was very nice. I found the oysters on the conveyor belt a little too strong on the vinegar. The prices seemed pretty high overall, you are def. paying for the boat experience, I would say it was worth it if I knew enough to pick what I wanted off the boats. I enjoyed it but I would think twice about going back.

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Samba Brazilian Steak House1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly good
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

OK so we went here for dineout having no idea what kind of a place this is. Of course, at 25.00 for a dineout menu vs. 29.00 for all you can eat MEAT FEAST and salad bar, it's a no brainer (Side benefit: When else will I get to use the words meat feast in a review?). I found the service outstanding, with the waitress refilling our waters and bringing us clean plates constantly. The meat was truly a feast and good on average, with the flank steak, sausages, pork, and striploin being the best, and the lamb, kangaroo, and chicken hearts being not something I would get again. But it was good to try these things. My friend found the food salty but I thought it was OK. The salad bar was not impresive at all, the prawns and seafood on the salad bar wasn't good. Next time I might skip them entirely, as primordial as that sounds -- this is a place to go where you want to eat meat, meat, more meat and maybe a small bite of chicken as a side dish.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill3204 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good standby
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 10:27am [Dine in]

I don't know why I never went here before, I guess it was because I didn't know anything about Swiss Chalet other than that it was some kind of a chain restaurant. Turns out they make pretty decent (if mass produced) food for pretty good prices, and both times I've been there the service has been outstanding.

They are known for their rotisserie chicken, which was moist if a little flavourless. I wish they would brine the chickens first to get a little salt in the meat! Other good things: the french fries, mushroom side, greek salad, messy chicken sandwich (although the gravy tasted quite processed, but what can you expect at a place like this) Not so great: the special sauce they serve with the rotisserie chicken-- tastes like it has cinnamon in it! The garlic cheese bread also left a gross taste in my mouth for the rest of the evening.

Next I want to try the ribs and the burgers, they seemed very popular and looked pretty great as they were being served. Another plus (for me): kids were everywhere. Who knew people had kids in Kitsilano? Its nice to see evidence that family life exists. Overall, I'd come back here again, just being more careful about what I order.

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Saravanaa Bhavan955 W Broadway, Vancouver
Very good, very authentic south indian food
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

At roughly $10 for the buffet, there were plenty of items including some hard-to-find south indian favorites like vetra kozhambu on the buffet, and each buffet came with a small masala dosa and all the naan and poori you want. We loved the food! Some things were spicy but I love spice, and there is yogurt to cool your mouth when you eat too much. My BF is from Madras, ever since he heard Saranava Bhavan was coming to Vancouver he's been singing the theme song. Eating there, he was slightly emotional because some of the dishes are impossible to find anywhere else in Vancouver. We are definitely going back here so he can have a taste of home more often.

I do have a couple complaints: 1) the poori, naan, and dosa were served stone cold. This is not very pleasant to eat. I don't know if this is because they are still new or what. Also, 2) I saw a poor girl who had obviously never eaten a dosa before miserably choking that cold dosa down burrito-style -- someone should show her how to eat it! What you're supposed to do is rip off a piece of dosa, grab some of the masala with it (that's the potato stuff) and dip it in a tin of sambar (that's the spicy lentil soup on the buffet). The sambar warms up the dosa (which should be warm already!) and adds spice and flavor. It all mixes together great.

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Hermitage1025 Robson Street, #115, Vancouver
Not up to par
Submitted Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 10:47am [Dine in]

As one of the more expensive restaurants I've been to in Vancouver, Hermitage is not worth the money. The ceasar salads, at 11 bucks a pop, were barely more than a plate of lettuce slathered in dressing similar to something you might get at White Spot. For the main dishes, the actual protein portion was cooked well but the sides were a total afterthought, some steamed veggies and an insipid circle of rice as a side, not intriguingly presented at all. We were not given a dessert menu and instead had to memorize a list from a heavily-accented chef. Unsurprisingly, the desserts were equally as blase as the rest of the meal. When there are restaurants like Seasons around that provide three times the service and food and location for less money, why go to old-school, non impressive places like this?

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Surprisingly great steak, inexpensive price
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

This place was exactly what I was looking for, a decent non-special-ocassion steak place. At 26 dollars for a very good rib eye, I'll come back here often. A couple words of warning: 1) DO NOT ORDER vegetarian pasta -- it was literally inedible and should not be served to human beings. It is a steak house, but all food served should be at least edible if not great, I had to dock them a point on that one. 2) order your steak one doneness under what you actually want it -- they tend to overcook the steaks here. I wanted medium, ordered medium-rare, it was perfect! With entertainment coupon, it's a real steal.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Not worth the coupon...
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

So we tried this place with an entertainment coupon, it wasn't that great... everything was overrated except the service, which was outstanding. Our food was only OK and quite high priced. The dessert buffet was the biggest over-hype of the century as far as I'm concerned. Would not go back even with a coupon.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
not great first impression
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 12:55am [Dine in]

Nothing was really terrible, but everything was generally not great here -- the service, the food, the prices. It seems that Afghan food is a mix of Indian and Greek. For the prices they charge-- 17 dollars for a biggish lamb dinner (not as big as some of the Greek restaurants around town), 15 dollars for a small veggie plate that left both people who ordered it hungry-- the food was definitely nothing special. The special drink, the dough? the salty mint yogurt drink, was undrinkable. You can get the same food cheaper and better at various restaurants around town. Service was very slow as well. Won't be going back.

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Eatery, The3431 W Broadway, Vancouver
A place where you can pay to feel cool (and/or ignored)
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 11:29am [Dine in]

The first time we tried to go to the eatery, we stood around in the front area for a few minutes without being greeted by anyone. Several servers went by and totally ignored us. We ended up leaving, upset. Who likes to be ignored?

Apparently, we do, because almost a year later, we tried again. This time only a few employees ignored us before someone took care of us. The decor is very funky and with the music and live video displays it really feels like a cool rave/club type of atmosphere. The menu is very large, overall my assessment was "interesting items, kinda overpriced" we ordered drinks and sushi. The sushi was very inventive but it was overpriced and the roll I ordered did not have flavors that melded well together. Overall, we spent $50 for a sushi dinner for two with a couple drinks, a lot of money for not a lot of food that wasn't anything special. I felt like we were mostly paying for "cool factor" here.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
So-So experience
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I was really looking forward to my birthday dinner at raincity grill, and our table with a view of the water and the immediate, perfect service was a wonderful start to the meal, as well as the grilled cesar salad, which at $9 was as deliciously pungent as expected. I should have probably stopped there.

Then came the main meal. I had the beef, which was served in some bizarre "mexican style" on a tortilla sandwich filled with ricotta cheese (??), over a bed of cooked cabbage and a strange chilli sauce. The beef was just OK, I've had better steak cooked on the BBQ. What was really strange was the overall melding of the flavors. It was like nothing really tasted good with anything else. The cabbage was bitter, not sweet, and was not complimented by the bitter chili sauce on the plate. And what fine restaurant uses cabbage as the vegetable side, anyway? And how is it mexican? Are they trying to do a mexican-inspired meal with 100-mile ingredients?

The tortilla wasn't bad but I don't understand why they didn't use a mexican cheese like queso or something like that. It didn't really match with the steak OR the cabbage on the side. At $32 it is one of the more expensive entrees I have ordered in this city and it just wasn't that good.

Although our service was fantastic, and overall we enjoyed the dining experience, I am so dumbfounded by my meal. I might give it another chance (if someone else is paying) but most likely I won't go back.

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Bombay Bhel4266 Hastings St., Burnaby
Yuma Yum in my Tuma Tum
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

Okay, we heard this place was good but we didn't want to drive all the way out to Burnaby to try it. Then one day we did anyway, mostly because we had an Entertainment Coupon to use up. What a great idea! This place is great! We had the sizzling palak platter which everyone loved, and several vegetarian and one shrimp curry, plus some breads. Everything was good tasting, a good portion, for a good price -- just what I want in a restaurant! The only thing was that it seemed like three curries had the same sauce and slightly different ingredients. It was good, but three of the same was not a good diea, I wish our server had warned us about this.

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Sasamat Pizza Factory2630 Sasamat Street, Vancouver
cheap but bad
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

It was my first time trying this place, I felt like I had to warn others. The pizza had the weirdest sweetly-sick sauce that ruined the pizza for us. Even though we were very hungry, it was hard to choke down enough to sate our hunger. We are throwing the rest of the pizza out. It did come fast and was pretty cheap, it came to $19 for 2 medium pizzas. Too bad one of the only places the delivers to UBC area is so terrible.

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Nirvana Indian Cuisine2313 Main Street, Vancouver
Won't go back
Submitted Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

Tried out Nirvana with Entertainment Coupon. We found the service to be slow, prices higher in store than advertised on their website and, most significantly, the food was somewhere between so-so and bad. We had the palak paneer, which was okay but the portion was small, the vegetarian sizzler thing, which was not good at all (except the delicious roasted half potato on there), with some weird sour sauce. The naan was dreadfully cracker-like, really terrible. The alu paratha was better, another thing that was acceptable. Overall, it was not good enough for us to go back there again.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
Not up to expectations
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for their Valentine's Day prix fixe menu, three courses, $55 each. We found the space quite delightful and the service was very good. The food was overall good but not great. We especially enjoyed our main courses of Daube de Boeuf and veggie risotto, but we found the 1st courses of tomato veloute and beet salad, and the dessert of creme brulee and flourless chocolate torte only OK -- lower quality than what we would expect for the prices and atmosphere of the place. We asked for advice on wine pairings which turned out to be a big mistake -- our server made many bad calls on wines, including describing certain wines as "sweet" that clearly weren't sweet and pairing a really strong, tart red wine with the delicate mushroom risotto, which didn't go at all. We might go back and only order the main course, and try to do our own wine pairings next time. Overall a very expensive, only so-so dinner.

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Vera's Burger Shack2188 Western Parkway, Vancouver
Strange place
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 12:07am [Dine in]

The burger was OK but overpriced in my opinion. In terms of the staff, it seemed to me that the inmates had taken over the asylum -- one employee was actually taping another up. He taped his legs together, then his hands together, then his mouth. Then the taped-up guy tried to break free. All this in full view of customers such as myself! Do they not hire managers?

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Taco Shack1937 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Sigh
Submitted Friday, January 19, 2007 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

I had heard the tacos were good here. As a former mexican food junkie in deep withdrawal, I had to give them a shot.

Unfortunately, they were exactly like just about every other Vancouver mexican food I tried: boring, overpriced, and the flavors aren't "Mexican". I had one of each of the fish, chicken, and beef tacos. The fish taco seemed to be built similar to a Baja fish taco (which I am CRAZY about when done right), except they didn't deep fry the fish, the sauce was WAY too much, and because they only used 1 tortilla instead of the usual two, the whole thing disintegrated on contact with my hand. I couldn't identify the chicken as chicken, it was so old and hard to chew. I don't want to think about how long it had been sitting there. The beef was better, but as I ate it I realized there were no mexican flavors in this taco, save a sprinke of cilantro. Hello people! Spice is what makes mexican food mexican! Lay it on me baby.

Also the prices are too high for what you get: three tiny tacos for $7? They should be priced not more than a dollar each.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Great lunch specials, not so great for dinner
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

After really enjoying the lunch there (spring roll, simple salad, main dish and rice for under $10), I had to take my boyfriend back for dinner one night. Unfortunately, the food wasn't nearly as good (even though I ordered the same exact dish I had enjoyed so much for lunch during my previous dining experience there!). There were only 2 other tables dining, service was not very good for dinner. I thought the vegetarian dishes my boyfriend ordered for dinner were especially bad tasting. I was dissapointed and a little embarassed I had praised this restaurant so much to him. I would go back for the(meat) lunch special but not for dinner.

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Fiction3162 W Broadway, Vancouver
Bad experience
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

We went on a weeknight, there was literally no one else in the restaurant yet service was only so-so. The pizza was TERRIBLE, unedible, and I had some beef that was done OK in the middle but had a strong bitter char on the outside that ruined it for me. I would not go back.

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