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RichmondFoodieRichmondSince March 22, 200612 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.6)
  • Food4 (4.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Kitsilano Daily Kitchen1809 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
Great new find!
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

I'd heard of Kitsilano Daily Kitchen a few times, but never had a chance to check it out. Finally made it last night, and it lived up to it's reputation. Known for a limited menu that changes daily based on what the Chef finds in the markets, the menu was really quite creative.

We ended up going for the 6 course "culinary adventure" which ended up being a small tasting of many of the menu items with some small twists. Started with a corn and dungeness crab soup, garnished with bacon lardon - and really, how can you go wrong with bacon? Another dish was a mission fig and bacon spaghetti which actually was quite nice - and perfect portion. The baby beet salad was another stand-out, finished with a goat cheese vinaigrette, the beets were cooked perfectly. The 'main' or final dish was a beautiful veal tenderloin, cooked perfectly, on a bed of wilted greens (baby char maybe?). Dessert was ok - a flourless chocolate torte.

The only negative about the food had nothing to do with the food itself - it was the plates. Everything hot was served on cold plates and each dish ended up being lukewarm at best. Noticed with the first dish (the soup) and thought maybe it was a one-off, but on each course after it was the exact same thing - the cold plates cooled down the food quickly. Maybe the plate-warmer was on the fritz?

Service was very good - friendly and casual without being too intrusive. The waiter seemed to know his stuff, described the items well and made some good recommendations on wine.

This is a great restaurant if you're open on your food - with only 4 starters and 4 entrees it is certainly much more limited to what you'd see in many restaurants, but if you like the idea of a constantly changing menu based on what's fresh it's certainly worth a try!

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Divino Wine Bar1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Really impressed!
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

Found this place somewhat by accident after trying to find a new restaurant that did a tasting menu. There were some mixed reviews - but we've learned to ignore those made during Dine Out Vancouver.

Found the place without a problem - easy parking on Commercial. The restaurant itself is nice - very much a wine bar/bistro type feel. We were sat immediately, after being given a choice of tables. There was the smell of bacon in the air - worked for us!

On the menu there was only a 4 course tasting menu, plus regular items. I thought I had seen references to a 5 course, so when the host/waiter/owner (??) came over we asked if it was possible to expand on what was in the menu. Not only was it not a problem, but he seemed to be pretty enthusiastic about doing it! We elected to also do wine pairing with each course.

First up was a very nice Tuna Crudo served with grapefuit and cress. Was a very nice way to begin - the fish was fresh and the flavours went well with each other and the wine. Second course was something the chef brought out that he said they were looking to put on the regular menu - a very nice lamb tartare. Served with shaved mushrooms, radish and onion. Was expecting it to be quite 'lamby' for lack of a better word, but it was really quite delicate. The meat was perhaps ground a little too fine, but overall fantastic. Was paired with a beer that actually worked!

The two 'main' dishes were spectacular. First was a beautiful rabbit dish ... served creatively with garden vegetable - charred lettuce, carrot, beets and a turnip (?) purée. The rabbit was outstanding and cooked perfectly. I think it was paired with a Gruner that went well with the dish. Had a couple of clams with it that were good but probably unnecessary. The other was dry aged beef, cooked about a medium rare, served wiith a black trumpet mushroom risotto. The beef was good, but I think I dreamt about that risotto - I could have had a bowl full. Was paired with Note Bene cabernet which was perfect with the dish.

We wern't quite ready for dessert yet so asked for a cheese/charcuterie course with they happily accommodated. We were served about four types of cheese, some prosciutto and salami. Was thinking we might have started with this, but was actually a nice course before dessert. Had a little more Note Bene with the cheese with no complaints.

Dessert was another stand-out. A very rich hand made ice cream (either vanilla or almond) served with creamy chocolate chunks that had been frozen in liquid nitrogen. Wow. Somewhat of a fudgecicle effect and it was out of this world. Paired with a very nice 10 year tawny port.

Overall was really impressed - the food was fantastic, and the service was great too. Each course was perfectly timed - we wern't rushed, nor we're we ever sitting there wondering when the next plates were coming. Was also great to have the chef come out to describe the dishes and ask us for feedback. The only complaint from the table was it was maybe a little light on quantity - but honestly I thought it was perfect, if I'm having 5 or 6 courses I don't want a massive pile of food on the plate.

Value was pretty decent - ended up being a little over $100 pp before tip. Given that the meal ended up at 6 courses with wine I was happy. Will definately return - this restaurant would be one I'd be happy to have a casual night out or a blow out meal.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Fantastic food, fantastic value
Submitted Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Managed to get a last minute reservation for Saturday night and although it was much earlier than we would normally like, I am so glad we went - what a gem of a restaurant. Location is nothing to speak of, and neither is the restaurant itself, but the food was fabulous - especially when considering the price!

Started by splitting a cheese and charcuterie plate. Nothing special but simple and done well. Next I moved on to a fabulous "alsacienne" tart with caramelized onions, lardon (mmmm) and ricotta over a super light puff pastry. Despite the onion and lardon it actually not heavy at all. I could have eaten two of them - and that's not a complaint about the portion which was substantial, it was just that good. My wife had a cured/smoked salmon dish that was on special that she also quite liked.

The main courses were equally impressive. Mine was a veal chop, simply grilled and wonderful. Full of flavour, cooked perfectly medium-rare. Side of simple vegetables that complimented the veal. My wife's main was the duck confit, which I tried, and another winner. Super flavour.

We both had desserts - mine was a lemon tart that was great, simple and light. Hers was an incredible chocolate cake that was worth every calorie. We actually debated also ordering a Creme Brulee to split but figured that would just be going too far!

Wine list was good - not huge but lots of decent choices by the glass. The service was good, no complaints about speed of service.

The only negative I'd have to say is in the restaurant itself. The middle row of two-tops are not very relaxing with people running past every second ... at several times I thought my wife would be bonked in the head by someone carrying a dish. Didn't happen, I suppose next time we'd just reserve earlier and ask for a table to the side. Oh and of course the lack of online reservations ... it's 2010, this should be standard by now!

Overall was VERY impressed and we will certainly be back!

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Papi's Ristorante Italiano12551 No.1 Rd., Richmond
Totally Disappointing
Submitted Monday, February 15, 2010 - 10:21am [Dine in]

Having done the weekend cooking demonstration in the past, we were really expecting a whole lot more from Papi's. Basically mediocre across the board.

It didn't help that the service was sub-par: either our waitress was new or just simply hadn't been trained in the basics. When two people order one starter to split, plus two other appetizers would you expect that all three would be delivered simultaneously? Especially to a table the size of a postage stamp? Never came to check if we enjoyed the food (we didn't) - not even when she cleared our plates (with more than 75% left on them). Had to flag her down for drinks after my glass sat empty for quite awhile. And a personal pet peeve of mine - clearing one person's plates before everyone at the table was done. That might be ok at a greasy spoon, but certainly wouldn't expect it from something billed as fine dining.

Food was "meh" - nothing special. The Frito Mista (what amounted to basic fried calamari & shrimp) were just ok. The mussels were just ok as well, flavouring was good but the quality of the mussels themselves was pretty poor. My wife's pasta special (with boar) was under-seasoned and rather dry. I had the Veal "Marsala" (quotes on the menu, when I asked the waitress why the quotes she had no idea) and it was tough and lacking in any Marsala flavour at all. Huge portion, but ended up only eating one of the three pieces - just didn't seem worth the calories.

Didn't bother staying for dessert - unusual for us - given the meal we didn't think it would be worth it.

Restaurant was also extremely noisy - could hardly hear each other once it filled up. For $140 (including undeserved tip) there are much better choices in the area.

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Hakkasan2188 No. 5 Road, #110, Richmond
Great choice in Richmond
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

We've now been to Hakkasan about 4 times - twice for lunch and twice for dinner, and I have to say I am impressed each time I go. It's a little hard to find, but well worth trying. It really is a non-traditional Chinese restaurant, and they execute VERY well. The decor is clean and simple, white walls, tables are nicely spaced. The service is pretty flawless too ... from making reservations to arriving and tableside, it's very friendly, not intrusive and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome. I'm actually quite picky on service in restaurants and Hakkasan is one of the best I've been to recently.

On to the food where this place really shines. We've done the tasting menu (seasonal) twice now and have been absolutely blown away by the quality and creativity. It certainly doesn't hurt that it's 8 course for $40!! An eclectic mix of dishes, some traditional Chinese, others with a western twist but very few that weren't a hit. The Quail in young coconut still stands out in my mind as probably the best soups I've ever had, and the specialty garlic sauce they pair with seafood (had it once with spot prawn, once with lobster) is unbelievably good. The curried whelk is a house specialty and another that really stands out - my wife swears they put something addictive in there. At lunch there is an eel with tofu over rice that is fantastic.

All in all one of our current favourite restaurants, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for Asian inspired cuisine that has a modern take. For the money you can't beat it.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Nicely Surprised
Submitted Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

First time visiting this restaurant over the weekend, and we were very pleasantly surprised by what a good meal we had. Not a huge variety on the menu, but very focused on basic French Bistro fare. I would say that without a doubt the table d’hôte menu is one of the best values around.

Started with an outstanding Chanterelle and Fava bean salad. Simple but very tasty. Others at the table had the stuffed Zucchini blossoms (why don't we see this more in North America?) and all had great things to say. For my main I had a very nice Tarragon Chicken dish ... just the right size and flavoured perfectly. The other comments at the table were equally good. And finally dessert, one of the best Crème Carmels I've had in quite awhile - nothing fancy but very well executed.

Service was good, our waiter made some excellent recommendations and was quite friendly.

Tables are a little close together and it is a small restaurant, but if you're looking for simple French Bistro food that's done well it's an excellent choice. It's certainly not West, but at just north of $40 for the 3 course table d’hôte it doesn't need to be - great value.

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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Great food, great value
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 9:07am [Dine in]

Went there this last Saturday night and was very impressed overall. The property as a whole needs to work out some kinks (ie. no on-site parking other than a shared lot with the supermarket, which only allowed for 1/2 hour at a time) and some decor that obviously still wasn't complete. I think they opened a few weeks too early.

The restaurant itself is very nice. We managed to get a table somewhat last minute, so couldn't really complain that it was next to the very noisy bar area. That all went away once the food started to come ...

We did the multi-course menu for $65 and it was fantastic. The tuna tartare stood out, as did the asian-style sablefish. The other courses were all very strong with simple ingredients done very well. The dessert was perhaps the only weak link - a little too common chocolate cake. But still pretty good!

Service was excellent - the timing of the courses couldn't have been better. Some staff seemed a little unsure of themselves but not exactly unexpected given they've only been open a week. The wine list was decent, although missing many, many of the ones they had on the menu.

If you're looking for outstanding food, at an incredible value and don't mind a few blips then I'd highly recommend this restaurant. I have no doubt the pricing will be going up ...

And as a rant: how do jeans and t-shirt pass as 'business casual' in Vancouver?? I don't know why they bother posting a dress code ...

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Surprisingly Good
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 10:48am [Dine in]

I have to say that this was probably the best Indian meal I have had in Vancouver. Admittedly I've never been to Vij's (refuse to go to a restaurant that doesn't take reservations) but I've tried many of the others out there.

Started with the Lasuni Gobi (very good) and probably the best samosas I have had. For the main had Chicken Chettanad (excellent), Jal Farezi (very, very good with extremely fresh vegetables) and the Aloo Gobi (very good but too similar to the previous dish). Excellent Naan.

I read another review and agree - Maurya may not be the most inventive of Indian restaurants, but they execute their more traditional menu really well.

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Tandoori Kona11700 Cambie Road, #170, Richmond
I have to say - pretty good!
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

So we have a craving for Indian food and after seeing some decent reviews on dinehere.ca decide to check this place out. The ambiance is nothing spectacular - you're not exactly 'wowed' when you step in but that's more than made up for in the food.

You can't claim the food was fine-dining, but it seemed very authentic. Very tasty and depth of flavour, great variety and the vegetarian dishes were fantastic.

If you're looking for simple, classic Indian food this is a great place to try. Doesn't hurt that prices are very reasonable!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Totally Disappointed
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

My wife and I typically frequent the Richmond location, but decided to try this one as a change. What a disappointment. If I wanted a fast food environment I would have gone to McDonalds. Not to say the food wasn’t the usual Keg quality – decent if not spectacular – but the service was abysmal. From the moment we walked in it seemed to be a race to how fast they could get us out. Started with a flatbread appetizer with mushrooms (quite good) and a rare Ahi Tuna. Both were quite nice if it hadn’t been for the fact that our main courses arrived while we were still eating them! As if that wasn’t bad enough, my wife had a salad that hadn’t even been served yet! This arrives sometime mid-meal with a half-hearted apology from the waitress – but no serious acknowledgement of the error. She then proceeds to clear my wife’s plate while I’m still in the middle of my meal, which in my books is completely unacceptable in any restaurant. And of course it came as no surprise that the bill was delivered before even inquiring if we wanted desserts. I was half expecting a trap door to open under our chairs. At $125 for the meal you can have a decent relaxing meal at any one of a dozen restaurants in the area – don’t waste your money.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
One of the best restaurants in Richmond
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 10:03am [Dine in]

My wife and I have dined here several times (dinner only) and are constantly impressed. Our most recent visit was truly outstanding, no doubt the best we've had in Richmond, and one of the better meals in any restaurant in the Lower Mainland. The chef focuses on local foods, the "Duo of Tuna" I had was unbelievably good, and if you go try the Gnocchi as a starter. Probably the best I've ever had. My wife had a pasta dish (with short rib) that she was also raving about. The daily specials are really worth trying.

Service was also very good - our waitress seemed to be a real foodie and knew a lot about what she was serving. The decor isn't anything to write home about, although not bad, but with food this good that's not a big deal.

It's great to have a local restaurant at this level!

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Original Greek Restaurant, The23180 Gilley Road, Richmond
Very Good Greek
Submitted Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

My wife and I live in the area and have been to this restaurant a number of time. We love Greek food so have lots to compare to - and have to say it's one of the best we've eaten at. Well prepared, excellent flavours and friendly people. Greek food is not fine dining, but it's good 'comfort food'.

The Homous is better than any I've ever had (no kidding), the Greek Salad is great and the souvlaki's are all good. Roast lamb is excellent, sometimes a little too much fat.

Service is very friendly.

We're happy to have the restaurant in the neighbourhood!

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