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riffraffKitsSince July 5, 20088 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.6)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Displaying 1 - 8 of 8 Reviews Found
Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Unfortunate letdown
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 10:15am [Dine in]

Undaunted by the line-up for brunch, our expectations were high, the host was always around keeping the queue organized and the manager (owner?) was setting tables quickly. Our half our quoted wait turned into a short 15 minutes, thanks Manager! Service was uninspired, opening line was "Do you want something to drink?" which seemed half-hearted in great little spot. The food was really disappointing, the hollandaise had no flavour - alarm bells when all three diners fight over the salt grinder. My guest's apple & goats cheese omelette had cheese overload. The bill was a cool $60 for three.

I've been to Crave before and was quite impressed each time. I will go back, but with a wariness. Are they expanding too fast? Is the chef there checking the dishes? The hard work of the manager (owner) shouldn't be wasted....

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Lift Bar Grill View333 Menchion Mews, Vancouver
An hour wait for an empty restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 10:48am [Dine in]

After being told Carderos had at least an hour wait, we wandered to Lift. On the way we saw several empty tables on Cardero's patio, which raised an eyebrow. An hour at least at Lift as well (??), but the cynic in me wanted to see for myself. This didn't faze the hostess a bit and my guest and I promptly sat at an open window seat by the bar, one among at least a dozen in and around the bar. Great long term business plan. Our friendly banter with the bartender and the expensive champagne that we ordered would, one would assume, ensure lots of attention but the cougars were calling. The bar slowly filled up with older women and the three 'next Brad Pitts' (read my screenplay - please!!) behind the wood were sucked in.... The food was very average and way too pricey. Our calamari was basic of the shelf battter with cocktail sauce from the jar ($15 - I think). Didn't have it, but a $39 steak better come with a car wash and a massage. Maybe the rent is crazy high, but those prices are ridiculous. Can they take credit for the view? Well then, ok, dinner was worth it. Won't be back.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
You need to go once
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 10:22am [Dine in]

We asked the server to pick a flight each (two guests = 6 oz. total each) and suitable food pairings. They did a great job to the point where the drinker runner explained every nuance of the wines, not even our server! The pairings were suitable and no major complaints. The food was fun and interesting. But....

One glass of wine, a couple of slices of cheese and some jam (ok, not really that simple, but that's a cynic's perspective) and the bill hit $75. We were clear we wanted a pre-dinner snack and our server assured us that was what we received and since we left hungry, he was right. But $75? That's just silly. And my issue with atmosphere was the 'school-room' feeling all the way down to the pensive & confused looks and the chalkboard. If the 'hint of clove' didn't complement 'smokiness of the cheese' did you get your monies worth?

I liked the food and the wine was fun, as my guest said, she could eat like that every day. But I couldn't eat FOR that every day...

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
See what they do
Submitted Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - 7:00pm [Dine in]

Quattro has been around too long and done too good a job to deserve the bad rap they've gotten here. I've never had a meal less than excellent and never been disappointed by the wine list. The do a mean tenderloin and a fantastic Antipasto Platter. The prices may seem high but the end result - a night out that anyone would consider a treat - is worth it. I wouldn't go once a week but it tops my list of special occaision destiations. That crap that happened with the gangs could have happened anywhere and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Best Patio in the City?
Submitted Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

Simple, good pleasures are hard to find. The beers are always cold and the food is always good, especially the Jalapeno Poppers. Not sure if it's authenitc Spanish/Mexican Fare, but who cares? I've been going there for years now and yet to be disappointed. My only issues are the plates (sometimes) being scorching hot and the line ups. If they could only do something about waiting 45 minutes!!

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
It's Not Rocket Surgery People!
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

I don't get the fuss from recent reviews. Glowbal is one of the few places you can go to get good food and consistently good service. Why people go to a place that is what it is, then complain that it's not Commercial Street is beyond me. It's Yaletown, People! There is always going to be plastic body parts and the money that paid for them! Brunch today was great, maybe not the $4.50 all day breakfast, but 14 bucks for Huevos? Fair enough for me. The satay platter has enough appies for two and its $20(ish?). The banana bread is amazing! (and free - maybe charge for that and drop the brunch items by a dollar??!!). I love it there and have no issues with going back. I'm not 22 anymore so maybe not the late nights, but you'll see me on the patio in the afternoon having a martini for sure.

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Sawasdee Thai Restaurant4250 Main St, Vancouver
Worth the Drive
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

I acutally braved crossing Cambie for the for the ginger beef and it was worth the traffic madness. Awesome red and green curries and the warm beef salad is an adventerous winner. Forget all the pretentious 'cafe-artsy' type places and try it out. These people care about the food and care about the guest. Not all that common anymore....

The prices are 'downtown' high, but not unreasonable. Take out is also fast and friendly.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Too Busy for 5 Stars
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Sure the place was packed but I guess that's as much our fault as the table next to us. There was a wait but the lounge was suitable and we had a drink. Not sure what it was but $5 for a great glass of wine made me suspect we'd get gouged on the food. Not the case... Our waitress acutally DOWNSOLD, and told us to restrain ourselves since we picked too many things, she ended up taking control and organizing the food. It was an endless stream of goodies, a huge starter platter, followed by a huge pasta platter. She also brought out a dish of chicken and trout. The food was excellent, but that's subjective (I love to eat). However, the price was unreal. We had dessert, a bottle of Masi at the table (plus some bottles of water - nice sneaky upsell) and the bill was $160 after taxes. $40 each for massive meal, wine, AND dessert?? No one in this neighbourhood is that cheap, not even Earls or Los Margaritas. I'll be back, just on a slower night, Friday was silly packed.

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