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ratatouilleShaughnessy, VancouverSince December 13, 200720 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Gorilla Food436 Richards Street, #101, Vancouver
Is this as good as vegan food can get?
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 2:15am [Dine in]

I had tried both their italian and pesto pizzas which were disappointing; granted I have no had a lot of other vegan raw foods, but I'm sure there can be better. The crust was bland and the toppings were falling all over the place. It was OK - but not great. The list of menu items is also TINY - I wonder if they can get more creative and provide more options?

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Promising, some tweaks needed
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Following on the heels of successful casual Italian restaurants like La Buca and La Quercia, Campagnolo falls short. The food was good but not great.

Pros: The price point was very affordable, and the cutlery and room clean, simple and inviting. Our waitress was also extremely professional and friendly.

To improve on: Portions were a bit small, menu hard to read if you're not familiar with Italian (translations would help), and they could work on the quality of the pasta - I wonder if it was freshly made in house, didn't seem like it.

That said - it is a good restaurant, I just think there is room for improvement.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Still salivating the next day...
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 11:54am [Dine in]

I went to La Quercia last night with a friend and was completely blown away by the amazing food, value, and setting. This is in my mind, a 'perfect restaurant'. We ordered the $40pp set menu and it was an extremely great value - I would highly recommend it. For $40 we had two appetizers - an eggplant souffle and calamari angel hair pie. Bothwere delicious. Then, we had two pastas - the first was a saffron linguine with tender scallops, and the second was a rotini was bacon/pork cheeks and a goat ricotta. The pasta was house made, had a lovely texture, and made a lasting impression. For the fifth course we a flat iron steak dish with an arugula salid. It was huge, generous, and cooked to perfection. For the final and 6th course, we had a trio of desserts - a olive oil cake w/ creme fraiche, a pine nut pie, and something a pistachio semi frido with rhubarb. Fabulous!!! We also shared a lovley 1/2 litre of house wine for only 11 dollars. My only regret is that I should have left a bigger tip instead of the standard, but I hope this review will serve as a thank you - I will be back.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
A dream chocolate patisserie!
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

This is an absolutely classy, delicious, and marvelous place! I bought a champagne truffle cake for my mom's birthday, and she and everyone else who ate it were absolutely impressed with the quality, detail, and elegance of the flavours. Following that experience, we have made several more trips back to Thomas' shop even though it is a bit of a drive for us. Since then, I have discovered other stand out items. The Chocolate Sparkle cookies was absolutely DIVINE - the chocolate intensity is intoxicating and the texture, melt in your mouth. The doube baked Almond Croissant is loved by all, and is generously topped with almonds and filled with almond cream. I have also tried their sandwiches and they are lovely as well - high quality ingredients, perfect textures. I think it's all because of Thomas' vision and standards - the guy's got TASTE and it transcends to every item in the store. The only suggestion I would have is to provide more chocolate themed pastries - there is the pain au chocolat, but perhaps something more exciting can be created? But anyways, this is my FAVOURITE dessert/patisserie hands down. Brave Thomas Haas and team!

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Connor Butler2145 Granville St, Vancouver
Disappointed
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Today I took my mother to the Mother's Day brunch after reading many raving reviews about this restaurant. To my disappointment, it did not live up to the reviews. First off, the room/ambiance was awkward - it was dark, dingy, and a bit creepy. The Versace china came off somewhat tacky, and I felt it didn't match the room. The wait staff also dressed in casual outfits that didn't match the surroundings or dishware. All the asthetics would have been forgotten, except the food was not worth the price and did not represent the supposed calibre of the restaurant. For appetizers, we had a fried shrimp cocktail that was mediocre. Had a smoked salmon dish which I could have made with no skills in 2 min - just put some smoked salmon on a plate, dab on some sauce and provide some store bought crostini. The mains were not that interesting as well - I had a trout dish with gnocchi - it didn't smell or look that appetizing and no standout flavours. The other diners in my party liked their dishes okay, but were definitely not wow-ed. When I ordered orange juice, I also got some store bought concentrate - for a restaurant of this rating, I would have expected a better quality fresh squeezed variety. I wonder if the dinner is better, but unfortunately based on this experience I will not be back. I know this is kind of a harsh rating - but I hope that they can build upon the criticism.

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Zipang Sushi3710 Main Street, Vancouver
A hidden gem - my new favourite sushi place
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

This quaint little sushi place is my new favourite restaurant for several reasons:
- delicious fresh rolls
- fresh sashimi
- gorgeous presentation - love how they position the rolls, tea lanterns, etc.
- great service (tea got refilled continuously)
- you can make reservations (unlike Toshis)
- no huge line up (like Toshi's)
- GREAT value - price point is very similar to Toshis

I'm kind of torn in writing this review because I don't want it to get too busy but I think they deserve the credit for being a great place!!!

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Frozen ravioli served during dine out experience
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 5:45am [Dine in]

I was really excited to try out Diva after reading the glowing reviews and its #1 ranking on the Dine Here website. To my disappointment, the evening did not live up to my expectations at all.

I did the $38 Dine Out menu with the $24 3 course wine pairing.

1st course - coconut curry soup with prawn - the soup itself tasted pretty good but was nothing amazing. It came with this mini spring roll which was over salted.

2nd course/entree - albacore tuna with a ravioli - the most shocking and despicable thing was that the ravioli was cold and frozen in the centre. Obviously they've been premade and frozen. For a restaurant of this calibre, I would not expect that they would serve frozen food, so this was just unacceptable. The tuna itself was boring. I did not understand how the broth it was in really did anything for the dish. Roasted red peppers were also standard hotel food 'side' vegetables.

3rd course/dessert - I had the homemade caramel ice cream with a chocolate/almond bar and this espresso pot de creme. It was OK, the bar was too salty. I know a bit of salt can taste good but in this case, it was too much. The ice cream could have been creamier as well.

There are just too many better dining experiences I've had in Vancouver - shocking since this restaurant got such great reviews.

I think it was the frozen ravioli that was the most shocking. When I mentioned it to the waitress, she seemed surprised. They ended up giving me a free refill of my wine paired with the entree after I had already finished my entree. Needless to say, it wasn't a very 'suitable' gesture since I had already finished my entree and the dessert and dessert wine were presented shortly thereafter. The more proper thing would have been to apologize and offer a discount or something extra during the dessert course which was the next course at the time.

Perhaps this is one of those restaurants that does a lot better outside of Dine Out, where food is obviously prepared in bulk and in this case, premade, frozen, and defrosted prior to serving.

Overall, I was not impressed at all and this was not a good dine out experience.

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Sciue800 W. Pender St, #110, Vancouver
Delicious taste of Roman Street Food
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 12:58am [Dine in]

Sciue Cafe is one of my favourite places to go grab lunch in the downtown core. My favourite things to order there are their pasta dishes - the spinach/ricotta cheese canelloni and something that was a baked ziti type of dish were phenomenal (specials of the day - not available all the time) The tomato sauce is fresh and flavourful and it comes with a slice of homemade bread. This homemade bread is one of the best I've tasted - so chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. I'm always tempted to order something there that comes with the bread just for that bread!

I've also tried the soups which are lovely and the salads look good but I haven't tried them.

The pizzas are also very popular and they are good but not my ultimate favourite. The line up for pizzas is always really long too so not good if you are in a rush.

This is a great place - check it out!

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
A fun place with good food
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I loved the casual, unique atmosphere of the place. It was a perfect place to have a relaxed meal and catch up with friends.

I ordered the 3-course special for $23. I got the salmon frites. The salad was forgettable but I really enjoyed the salmon which was very tender, and flavourful with olives and other unknown spices. And the frites - who doesn't love some good ole fries.

Now the dessert - for $2 you can upgrade your chocolate terrine to one of the regular desserts. The chocolate terrine was decent but my friend ordered the chocolate fondant - warm chocolate cake dessert with vanilla gelato and it was to die for! hot and rich chocolate cake with a gooey interior. Love the mix of hot and cold with the ice cream on top. Drools!

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Absolutely Delicious and Delightful
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

I went to La Buca for the first time and LOVED every moment of the experience. The place is pretty small and cramped but the food and service make up for it.

I ordered a beet, orange, and endive salad that had perfectly matched flavours. I ordered one of the pasta specials and it was spectacular - the duck sausage was so flavourful. The dessert was the perfect ending to the meal.

The service was great - friendly and fast. They also give good suggestions on what to order and which wines to choose.

The wine list is really reasonably priced and they have quite a few options for single glasses of wine. They bring you a flask for a single glass and it's more like 2 glasses for the quantity.

I can't wait to come back - it's such a quaint, hidden gem of a neighbourhood restaurant.

I love the whole concept of a neighbourhood restaurant with high quality, flavourful food. A lot of heart and thought went into this little place. It's perfect and thankfully la buca is in my neighbourhood.

ICan't wait to try its sister/brother restaurant - Pied a Terre!

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Nuba207B West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Fresh, yummy, healthy
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

I had the garden falafel and everything was very fresh and tasty. It came in an organic wheat wrap and the falafel was crunchy with a satisfying filling. The veggies that came with it and hot sauce were great as well. I like the environment....it's very unique and urban. Very gastown-ish. The tables/chairs/cutlery etc aren't all sparkling and nice but you wouldn't expect it from a organic grass roots type of place. It seemed clean though. This is a great place for vegetarians...

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Notte's Bon Ton Pastry & Confectionery3150 West Broadway, Vancouver
I don't get it?
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

I recently visited Bon Ton's after reading the glowing reviews to buy a birthday cake. I settled on the Chocolate Vienna, a hazelnut cake with hazelnut buttercream between sheets of chocolate cake. The cake was extremely dry and had a strange bland taste. The buttercream was buttery yes, but not very flavourful. The most flavourful part was the hazelNUT garnished on the top. Although this is the only product I've tried of theirs, this cake will not inspire me to return too quickly. Maybe it's just a matter of personal taste, but I think this place needs an update. If you compare the cakes here to the ones at Sweet Obessions, the cakes at bon ton are a lot smaller, there is less attention to detail, and are altogether not very polished. The service took a while as well and the girl I asked questions to gave short curt answers and wasn't much help. The place is also musty, old, and looks like it's ready for a renovation.

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Sai Z3116 West Broadway, Vancouver
5 stars all around: A Hidden Gem
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

This is a great higher end Japanese restaurant that really delivers great value and is worth every penny.

Food: Impeccable. The flavours were amazing - perfectly balanced and each dish had a unique flavour. Try the Caterpillar roll - fresh, refreshing avocado encrusted roll with unagi. The Chawan Mushi - a savoury delight, the egg was not too hard, soft with flavourful seafood and perfectly cooked veggies. Lobster Miso bisque - a fusion dish, two flavours that go together very well - lobster & miso. Agedash MOCHI - yes mochi, a sticky rice cake with a wonderful texture. Amazing wild sockeye salmon sashimi and specials as well.

When the bill came out, for a high end restaurant, I expected a more expensive bill. Surprisingly it was not that expensive - so worth it.

Service - From the time I made a reservation to the time we left, the service was polite, friendly, and swift. Our dishes were changed without request, extra bowls, forks for sharing were brought without request, and we were even given free amuse bouche appetizers at the start of our meal. Our waitress was so polite and helpful, with the right balance between attentive/intrusive.

Ambiance - This is a lovely restaurant with very interesting decor/set up. It reminds me of a house, with 3 stories, live piano music, and is very colourful in general. Tables are well spaced between one another creating a very comfortable environment.

I will definitely be back - this is a hidden gem. I would prefer this place over Tojo's. The food, service, and ambiance are just as good but without the steep prices.

It's a great place to take guests to Vancouver, have a dinner party, or a family dinner.

Thank you SAI Z for a fabulous time.

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Sweet Obsession Cakes & Pastries2611 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
The best cakes ever
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

This is my favourite place to go for cakes in Vancouver - everything is fresh, beautifully presented, and full of flavour. Try the fuirt tart, tiramisu cake, mocha torte, hazelnut zuccoto, and more. I haven't ever been disappointed in this place.

This is THE BEST!!!!!!!!

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Trendy Atmosphere - bleh food
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is where you would go if you want to feel trendy, in a hip, socialable setting. The food is very mediocre though - nothing to rave about and extermely overpriced for what it's worth. Portions are also quite small. I think there are better places for food and atmosphere combined.

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Amarcord Restaurant1168 Hamilton Street, #104, Vancouver
Mouthwatering italian food
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

I had delicious, well cooked pasta and the tiramisu was rich was mascarpone and flavour. Service is friendly and fast while the room is spacious and comfortable. Highly recommended if you need an authentic italian pasta fix!

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Bad Hostess
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

I like Hapa Izakaya in general - I think it has a nice atmosphere and the food is decent. It's a great place for groups. However, I was there one time with a smaller group of 4. Being the first one to arrive, I was not treated very nicely by the hostess. I was waiting for a table for 15 minutes or so and was told I had to wait in the restaurant and could not come back. I did not want to go to the bar alone so I opted to wait in the front. A larger group of people arrived without a reservation shortly after. I saw a table (for 4-6) free up and the hostess whispering to another waitress. Before long, she sat the group that came after I did. I confronted her about this and said that they were here first and were waiting right outside the door. I knew this was a blatant lie. The hostess needs to learn how to be more sincere, smart, and do her job right.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
Considerate service
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

I was at lunch at cassis one day with a group of around 10. My dish came out a bit later than the rest of the group (probably 2 minutes) or so, and I didn't even really notice. When the cheque was brought in, they had given me 50% of because of it. I was impressed with their proactive approach to satisfy the customer. The food was decent as well - I enjoyed the flavours of the coq au vin and beef with pappardelle dish. Creme brulee is yummy as well. Thumbs up!

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
My favourite restaurant
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

This is absolutely my favourite restaurant in Vancouver. The food is of the highest quality and the service is fantastic. My favourite dish is the Halibut with a vanilla saffron sauce and lobster tempura. Delicious and perfectly made. I've also had lovely appetizers including the softshell crab and a rich, flavourful tomato soup. The desserts just light my eyes up - the grand marnier souffle is a showstopper and the profiteroles drowned in dark belgian chocolate is just divine. I think their attention to detail and quality is what makes them stand out. I love also how they have beautiful fresh flowers on every table and the service is so polite and just right with the balance between attentive/intrusive. For such a fine dining establishment, it is not pretentious at all, reasonably priced, and the wait staff are completely warm and welcoming. It's not a trendy, modern, or overly creative place, but I love the traditionally great french food and quality service - simplicity is beauty! You can also get a sense that the chefs/creators of the food are very experienced and know what la creme de la creme. If you love great food, you will not be disappointed!

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Food gone bad
Submitted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

I was excited to dine at Brix after hearing good things about it from friends. The ambiance was great with the nice courtyard. The food though - was a disaster for me. To start, I had an appetizer consisting of a salad with proscuitto. The prosciutto had a rubbery texture and smelled strange. I avoided it and just ate the lettuce. My main course was even worse. I had a dungeness crab encrusted swordfish that was just disgusting. The fish was not fresh at all and you could tell by the texture. There was a noticeable blood clot and there was no elasticity to the flesh, it was just powdery and loose. I couldn't finish it. Having waited quite a long time for our meal, I did not want to make a fuss and have the meal brought back and out again, plus I was already full from the bread. When a member of the staff came to take away my plate, noticing it was hardly eaten, asked if there was anything wrong. I told him about my fish and he said he would bring me a nice dessert wine compliments of the restaurant. That did not happen and never again did that waiter show up. All in all, not a fun or pleasant experience where I paid 60 dollars for a meal that was not fresh or tasty.

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