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redfishRichmondSince April 28, 200823 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Acceptable food, but rather bland.
Submitted Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Had somewhat high expectations for this place and left rather disappointed. Wild mushrooms with chevre had lots of sauce and oil, lacked in flavour and there was no salt or grind of pepper. There was NO puff pastry, as advertised, but was told that the tiny cheese crisp on top was puff pastry. It was not. Since the 2 tiny crostini did not even begin to suffice for the sauce I asked for made bread. Given 2 more tiny pieces of crostini...and not that willingly either. Kitchen was accomodating in serving us bouillabaise from the dinner menu; that came with bread...so they did have some on the premises after all! Plenty of seafood, also lots of potatoes and again, bland with no offer of pepper etc. I find that somewhat presumptuous, as some people like a little spice!
Decor is pleasant and maybe dinner is better, but I for one will not be rushing back.

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Alta Bistro4319 Main Street, #104, Whistler
Very innovative food, beautifully presented; excellent service
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

This is my second time to this place and it did not disappoint. Very innovative cuisine put together by young and inspried chefs. One course was served on piece of slate...Excellent service; they even split up wine parings for us since we each ordered different courses in the 3 course meal. Looks tiny from the outside but roomier than expected and very cozy:)

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Jagerhof Schnitzel House71 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
this place is just ok at best. Crispy schnitzels tho.
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

Tried this place for the first time..Schnitzels crispy but very bland. Large selection of types. Service friendly but inefficient and forgetful. Oh and what is with having to stand in the tiny corridor when paying by charge card...? Very antiquated tacky decor including the white vinyl place mats. And for over $18 for our schnitzels we were expecting more than a spoonful of red cabbage as a veg.! Not a very balanced meal that is for sure. Spatzle were good, potatoes passable. Only reason it is busy is that there are so few places with German food in this metore area.

Still missing the Schnitzel house, Budapest and it's later incarnation, the Danube!

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Kari House Restaurant3900 Bayview Street, #130, Richmond
Bland food poor service
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:28pm [Dine in]

Not impressed with the blandest Thai dish I have ever had. Nothing done to rectify it other than hot sauce. Excuse was the cook must have forgotten!! have been here in the past and it was tolerable; this time no way not when we ordered the spiciest option, that being 3 peppers.
Decor is extremely tacky and the prices high; hours limited. Customer service severely lacking.
Will spend my dining $ elsewhere!

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Bon Bistro and Bar611 Courtney St, Victoria
Best seafood crepe ever; stand out salad and mussels; lovely ambience and super service
Submitted Friday, November 9, 2012 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

Our first time here and we WILL be back. Awesome find; unpretentious very cool building with bright colours and lovely ambience. The prawn crepe with Pernod sauce was 'to die for' ; came with a really delicious salad. Mussels plump in a very flavorful sauce. Yummy frites and mayo, warm crusty bread. Service attentive and the waiter had a sense of humor. Beautiful modern kitchen. Absolute perfect meal.

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Thai Kitchen8180 No. 2 Rd, #160, Richmond
An hour wait for mediocre take out when told it was 10 to 15 min!
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 9:09am [Take-out]

Have ordered from this place before. Last night was told it would be rfeady in 10 to 15 min. When my daughter arrived to pick the food on her way home from work she had to wait another 40 MINUTES so it was an hour after I placed the order. Apparently only 2 people working, but then give a reasaonable estimate of time!!. Also the Panang curry was much blander than usual, the papaya salad way too sour and the mixed vegies so so.

No offer of anything to compensate for the ridiculous wait.

Will NOT be recommending this place to anyone anymore.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Wow the best place to dine in Richmond for sure
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here after a few months and again it wowed. Fabulous scallops and pork belly and great steak sousvide. Very creative plating, good value for great food, lovely ambience and wonderful service. Only improvement would be a waterside setting but the parkig is easy and the place is in the middle of the ever so lovely Steveston.

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Blue Edge Organic Cafe510 Nicola Street, #180, Vancouver
Worst breakfasts ever
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2012 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

Six of us ended up here for breakfast yesterday. Big mistake. Oh my...all the meals were bad. Microwaved packaged waffles, seamingly entirely microwaved breakfast special (even the butter for the no choice of bread toast was molten!), runny runny porridge/oatmeal, wrong vegetable challenged quesadilla, over-priced bland wrap, taste-challenged lattes. Indifferent 'service' and you have to wait inside for your number to be called. Did not see any trays and there is no speaker outside so you could hear your number.
Real cutlery not in sight; had to try to ask the language challenged empolyee to avoid the plastic.

Needless to say i regretted writing a tip onto the old Visa bill. None of us would ever go back.

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Locus, The4121 Main Street, Vancouver
A disappointment this time, tho' the bread basket is nice
Submitted Friday, August 5, 2011 - 8:41am [Dine in]

Bland eggs with wild boar, server spilled water on the table and me. Instead of offering to perhaps comp us something, when I asked to have part of the meal packed up the salad was put in with the eggs and bread. UGH! Now i can just throw the soggy mess out. And it was $13.50!

Bread basket with 2 homemade breads and accompanying butters is a nice touch.

Otherwise friendly service, but not cheap. Noticed $9 for granola with yogurt and fruit...Please... this place NOT the Fairmont!!

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Timmy Kitchen3791 Bayview St, #100, Richmond
Really loved this meal; great value and full-on flavour
Submitted Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:25pm [Delivery]

Normally we rarely consider take-out or delivery since the food is usually limp and over-cooked by the time you get to have it. Not this time. Even my usually skeptical spouse pronounced this order' delicious'. Happy to have this place nearby. Huge portions and really well-seasoned and prepared dishes. We tried the scallops with XO sauce (lots of snow peas!) and the rice noodles with (tender!!) beef and black bean sauce. Also lots of vegies (and I love vegies.)

We will definitely go and dine in too as it looks like it has nice atmosphere.

I often have issues with places I write up but this place has our vote!

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New India Buffet & Restaurant805 W Broadway, #105, Vancouver
food was cold in the buffet!
Submitted Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

Tried this place for the first time and am unlikely to go back.

Butter chicken was so so; other dishes were better but nothing was warm! Pity as there was big selection, including several salads, and fresh fruit, complimentary chai and a view from the window tables. Water left at table, so not too much service is needed but the servers were there to clear the plates etc. they really need to check the warmers though.

Oh, and parking if $4 per hr. during the day; free evenings and weekends but a rip if you go for a weekday lunch.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1305 Arbutus, Vancouver
great location and service, but the food is so-so
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

Just had lunch at the new boathouse (formerly the Watermark). Simliar ambience, but found the food (crabcakes and seafood melt) to be just ok. Complimentary ice cream pie a nice touch, but also not very inspired; the Keg's is better. Service was very attentive and the fireplace adds a warm touch on a rainy day.

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Khai Thai Cuisine2020 Oxford Connector, #203, Port Coquitlam
Wonderful food and atmosphere; great location
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

Thoroughly enjoyed a Thai dinnerl last Sat. Attentive but not intrusive service, lovely serene atmosphere; great food (green chicken curry and tofu with eggplant). Were brought brown rice instead of the white we asked for but it was a nice change (and healthier too). Pitcher of beer served in properly chilled glasses. Food arrived quickly, leaving plenty of time to enjoy our meal before heading off for nearby entertainment. Conveniently located on Seymour close to the Orpheum and other venues. Would most definitely go back!!

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Papi's Ristorante Italiano12551 No.1 Rd., Richmond
Papi's has morphed into a casual new 'Mondo's...with over-priced, mediocre food and little atmosphere
Submitted Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

Don't bother going to the former 'Papi's/Mondo's', complete with confusing/schizo signage and web page. My friend and I ordered from a friendly but somewhat novice server. The wine we asked for was not in stock, the salad, though tasty, was missing the goat cheese, and the grossly overpriced 'larger plate' consisted of 4 agnolotti (for $18!!!); severely crab challenged with an over-powering tarragon sauce. Oh yes, the bread was $2. The prices have not changed from the fancy Papi's, but this is like a diner now!! AND our saucer sized plates were not changed between the salad and the pasta...

Steveston has SO much better to offer, some with a view...

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Crepe Montagne4368 Main Street, 116, Whistler
crepes here have somehow morphed into expensive wraps!!
Submitted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

We used to be a huge fan of this place...what happenend? Not only have the prices gone up bigtime, but the CREPES are tough and more like wraps. VERY disappointing the last 2 times within a couple of years that we have been here. Most crepes are in the $20+ range with a small salad. Service is adequate in simple surroundings but the issue is with the crepes!! fillings ar egood but the crepe is BAD...Will not return unless I hear some good reports. So many better places to eat in Whistler.

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Bearfoot Bistro4121 Village Green, Whistler
3 course dine-out a stand-out; truly gourmet with fabulous service
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:03pm [Dine in]

This is a rather belated review of a meal had during the June dine-out (3 courses for $45). Really 4 choices in each category (appi, main, dessert); rest were available an added cost. To start off; complimentary valet parking.. and after our meal the car was awaiting us, idling. The person who brought it vanished before we could tip him.
The focus is on the food here with a light over each table in a somewhat spartan room; lovely bar and live music though. My friend and I had several people serving us; each knowledgable and very courteous. The food was fabulous with incredible presentations on the mains and dessert. (The assortment of chocolate desserts on one long plate was a work of art, with flavours to die for.) Amuse-bouche and house-made sorbet between courses were nice touches. When we enquired as to the location of the washrooms (in the Listel hotel) we were personally led there.
The wine list, as expected is not inexpensive, but there are several selections available by the glass.
I somehow expected this place to be snobby but it was not; just great chefs and servers all working together to make memorables meals and evenings for their guests.

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Ric's Grill4154 Village Green, Whistler
worst coffee I've had in BC; no smoothies as the blender was broken; server and chef both forgot stuff
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

Went here for breakfast last weekend. Have not heard good things and now i see why. Tthe server brought coffee that was light in colour and had bubbles on it (soap?); also LUKEWARM!! And $3.25! Then my daughter asked for a smoothie (which is why we decided to come in the first place); well the blender was broken even though there is a full on bar. (There are stores in Whistler in which to purchase these things.)

Eventually waiter took our order, forgot to ask about the kind of toast. We told him but it came as we were almost done our meal. Also the frittata was supposed to have corn in it; not a kernel to be seen.

So many other better places to eat!

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Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Disappointing meal. No artistes in the kitchen here.
Submitted Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

My husband and I were disappointed in pretty well every aspect of this meal. First, the place is very noisy and, despite the candles, does not have much ambience; kind of a cold atmosphere. The servers were friendly, but not well organized. One after the other, two servers came to tell us the specials, then came back to say they were out of one; the lamb. The wine list is mostly very pricey. Our entire appetizer was deep fried, which was not indicated on the menu. The 'sides' (kale and fiddleheads, about $8 each), while tasty, were very oily; we both had indigestion later. My ravioli was very non-descript and totally lacking colour; no marks for presentation. Similarly the pork looked very boring and was fatty. The focaccia was good, but came without any vinegar or oil. I'd asked for salt and pepper; it never arrived. The semi-freddo was very good, but came as 3 balls of ice cream; no garnish; very plain. There are so many excellent restaurants in the area; why go back to this one???

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La Baia Italian Restaurant15791 Marine Drive, White Rock
Right about the dated decor but the food was medicore
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

After wanting to try La Baia for several years, we were very disappointed with the experience. The caesar salad and gnocchi were good, but the 2 chicken dishes had the texture of an omelette; pre-processed chicken perhaps? The tiramisu was very bland . Decor not even retro; withered hanging plants surrounding us etc. Rather embarressing as we invited friend there for dinner.

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Sabatino's Trattoria & Bar15355 24 Avenue, #950, White Rock
great bread, awful gnocchi
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 11:45am [Dine in]

Tried Sabatino's for the first time. Service was friendly, surroundings alright. The homemade breads were a stand-out, available for sale. Spinch salad was ok, not too inspired, but the gnocchi were truly awful, accompanied by a watery squash sauce, and overcooked proscuitto. Texture was not good, worst I have had. Cheesecake was tolerable, though it was served with a hole in it on one side! I think these people could do better..

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