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rlfDowntown VancouverSince June 2, 200611 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.7)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
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Reviews

Displaying 1 - 11 of 11 Reviews Found
Joey507 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Boobs and boots...and not much else
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

The new Joey's in Bentall One is a half-step from a men's club. Needless to say, it's target market will not be reading this review and will not care...but if you are interested in good service, value and interesting food take note. You will not find it here.

The service staff is clad in, well, not much. The management at Joey's seems to have taken a cue from Cactus Club's hiring polices, and then upped the ante a bit. Tada! Trash, just trash. I'm sorry, but I'm really not interested in cleavage with my clubhouse sandwich. However, there are seemingly lots of downtown men who are...

As if it is not bad enough that the service staff is dressed to thrill, they don't really seem to know the menu that well, are not poised to make recommendations (duh? what?) and are certainly not experienced servers. Wanting a fairly substantial meal, I mistakenly asked my waitress if the $15.99 salmon salad was suitable as a meal or if it was small. She replied that it was filling and substantial...imagine my surprise when I received two potatoes, a 6 oz filet of salmon, a couple beans, a few leaves of arugula and a clump of mayo. Hardly substantial enough for a meal...well perhaps I should have considered the source of the recommendation....and hardly worth the $15.99 tag. My girlfriend ordered the beef deep, and it was a pretty sorry sight as well.

Overall, this is a big zero out of ten. I will never be back. There are two many great places to grab a lunch downtown (look no further than Gastown for evidence).

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Brilliant.
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Local, fresh and unpretentious pretty much sums it up. I love this place. Although the price point makes this pretty much a special occasion-only destination, it is tops on my list.

First - the service. Delightful, friendly and inobtrusive. Very often, John Bishop himself will come over to ask you how things are or help serve the food. They always have little extras that absolutely make the meal - freshly baked bread, amuse bouche, a little liqueur. The service is not rushed at all, but at the same time you do not ever wonder if they have forgotten about you. There is also not an ounce of pretention. It doesn't matter who you are, what you drive or who you know - at this restaurant, all of the staff dote on you.

Ambiance - simple, unassuming and delightfully West Coast. This is the epitomy of the local dining experience in Vancouver - there is local art on the walls, candles and lots of fresh flowers. No loud music, no annoying lights.

And last, the food. Wonderful. The ingredients are local, the flavours are simple, but delicious. The salads are inventive and delicious, and the mains (I usually have the fish) are good sized portions. The desserts, however, are fabulous. I had a peanut butter-chocolate mousse that was absolutely incredible.

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Legendary Noodle1074 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not our thing.
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

We decided to try out Legendary Noodle having walked by and seen the line-up, and were intrigued by the hand-pulled noodles.

The service was spotty, and it took almost 20 minutes to order. Our food did not come out at the same time. The noodles were too starchy and filling, and the flour from them even started to thicken the broth. The worst, though, had to be that even though the menu item we ordered had veggies and meat, we just received noodles in lukewarm broth!!

Cheap - yes. Not good or cheerful.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Restores my faith in the Vancouver restaurant scene
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Bella bella bella!!! Finally!!

La Quercia was an instant favorite, and a standout in the glut of recent restaurant openings. If you love regional Italian fare with a local influence on ingredients, hurry up and make a reservation.

We visited La Quercia exactly one week before visiting Italy for a month, and to be honest, La Quercia hands down beat most of the restaurants we visited in Italy for great food and fresh ingredients. The menu is limited, but deliberately so...the chef seems to dote on having fresh ingredients and a quality selection of choices. The risotto, served for two, was divine (we had pine mushroom risotto), as was the gnocchi. Our appetizers and contorni were perfect portions and wonderfully flavorful. The desserts were bang on some of the best Italian I have ever had in Vancouver...and served with obscure Italian liquers (mmmm...millefiore!).

The service was attentive, but inobtrusive, and very helpful in making food and wine selections. The restaurant is small and personal (and a much needed addition to the West side of Kisilano, I must add!). This is a great place for a date, a family dinner and even for business.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Good alternative for working lunch / dinner...wouldn't spend my own time or dime here.
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

Cactus Burrard caters to the downtown business crowd looking for a place to be seen at not too high a price. The interior is open and roomy, and it's a fun place for a Friday work lunch or after dinner drink with clients.

That being said, they know they have a captive market and the service and prices reflect that. Rob Feenie's influence on the menu is obvious - braised short ribs, the burger, inventive salads. The menu items are pretty pricy though...$30 for the short ribs is steep (they are $24 at Earls). I'd personally rather go to a cute, local, less run-of-the-mill place if I am going to spend that much on a main. I would NEVER come to Cactus Burrard on my own dime!

The food is fresh and tasty, and comes out quickly. The service is efficient and friendly, but most of the waitresses seem to be more interested in their earrings than the customers.

The notable exception to the efficient service is the front hostess stand, where they seem to not really know what they are doing. On one occasion we were told it would be a half hour wait or we could be seated outside immediately. After waiting an HOUR, we were offered the exact same table outside. Tip - if you are going for a business lunch, try to grab a table in the lounge and skip having to deal with the hostesses altogether.

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Earls905 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Awful.
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

A group of five of us dropped in for dinner after a movie and after being told we had to wait 30 minutes for a table in the restaurant, we decided to sit in the lounge. The seats are way too low for the tables, and totally uncomfortable...I needed a booster seat!

Our waitress was cold and uninterested in serving us. After finally getting our order in, she served the appetizers only moments before the main (so much for enjoying those!) and didn't come back to ask how things were (awful).

The food quality has really gone down at Earl's, and the prices are unjustified. I had the Santa Fe Chicken salad - there was way too much dressing, the chicken rubbery, lettuce was soggy (slimy?) and the toppings were few and far between. The other meals around the table were not any better - the pizzas were cold on delivery. Pretty disappointing for prices that approach premium.

Don't bother with Earls - walk a few blocks down to Joey's or Cactus Club, which in my mind deliver better food and value for money for the same price point.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Moules Frites...wonderful! The rest needs work.
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

We stopped in at Chambar after the hockey game because we had a hankering for a beer and moules frites. We stopped going here about a year ago because of a bad service experience (i.e., being asked to leave our table on my birthday because it was "reserved" at 9pm...), however the moules frites are truly outstanding so we decided to give it another try.

As expected, the service fell flat on its face and the moules frites were fabulous. For $20, you will not have better mussels in the city. It's a bit of an insult to be charged $3 extra for bread, but the mussels are truly outstanding. The beer list is great, if not a bit expensive (most come in around $11/beer). We also had the carpaccio, which was not exactly inventive, but was tasty.

The service is a sore point, though. Our waiter seemed more interested in the leather-clad blonde at the next table - case in point - he walked straight past our table carrying our beers (and only our beers) and carried on a 5 minute conversation with this woman before bringing back our beers. The other waiters seemed to catch on and ended up doing most of the service for our table - we would have died of thirst before this guy filled our water glasses again!

Overall - good appies, great beer list, bad service, pretty pricy.

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Bin needs a new spin
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

Bin 942 has been a longtime favorite of mine, but I have not had the occasion to visit as often since moving out of the immediate neighbourhood. I went Friday night with some girlfriends and was shocked at how bad it had become - food was mediocre at best, service spotty and wine list uninteresting. It has become very pricy ($16/plate for most items) and the portions have gotten disproportionately small. To call this "Tapas" is a misnomer...there were three of us and most of the dishes were one bite each.

We had the portobello mushroom, flank steak, risotto and the navajo fry bread. The portobellow was oversauced, flank steak cold, risotto flavorless. The fry bread is wonderful, as always.

Overall impression - limp, tired and in need of a makeover. Bring back your $10 plates and shareable portions.

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Flying Tiger, The2958 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Needs some TLC
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

We tried Flying Tiger on a whim having read the review in Vancouver Magazine....overall, it didn't live up to the review!

The food portions were too small for the price and the mushroom/edamame/tofu dish was as tasteless as the paper it was served in. The black cod was flavorful, but the portion too small to justify the price. Szechuan beans were very good and properly cooked, but again the portion miniscule.

Our main beef was really the service, or rather the lack thereof. Our server was inattentive and generally indifferent. She brought the wrong beer, and it turned out that they were out of the one we ordered. You would think she should have known that. The food was very slow, and we would have ordered more had she actually noticed that we were looking around for service.

All in all, not a good experience. The menu, however, is promising and I hope that things shape up.

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George1137 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Curious George
Submitted Friday, June 2, 2006 - 11:13am [Dine in]

Thank you!!! Finally a REAL cocktail bar that actually uses fresh ingredients, premium liquors and gets past the very uncharming bellinis/mojitos/cosmopolitans served everywhere else.

The ambience is great - this place is cozy and warm. The service is everpresent and available, and friendly to boot. Yes - Yaletown and friendly.

The food I can take or leave - just overpriced pub fare. But you aren't here for the food!

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Needs work...not up to the hype
Submitted Friday, June 2, 2006 - 11:02am [Dine in]

Wow...have to say I was unpleasantly surprised. I had read the reviews, saw the good press in Vancouver Magazine, but alas Nu didn't live up to them.

Not sure what management is trying to do with the menu - French Brasserie? Jazzed up comfort food? Whatever it is - it isn't working. My take is that the menu is just too large to be really good at any of it. My appy - the seafood medley - was oversauced and over cooked. The salmon in particular was very dry, and then covered with an indiscriminate, salty cream sauce. My main - the coq au vin - was no better. Again, it was oversauced and extremely salty - just an unimaginative lump of saute covered with puff pastry reminiscent of a bad English pub. What is this?? Chic?? I don't think so.

As for the service - no go. I had to ask 6 (yes 6!) times for water. No one asked me how my meal was. No one asked me if I wanted a drink other than the wine that the table had ordered prior to me arriving. Yikes.

Shape up guys. There are better places for me to spend my money.

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