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scottiedog71VancouverSince August 2, 20105 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Value2 (2.2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Black Olive, The739 Pandora Ave, #737, Victoria
Trying to be something it's not - very disappointing
Submitted Monday, March 11, 2013 - 11:14am [Dine in]

My partner and I decided to try the Black Olive on a recent trip to Victoria - we thought that we'd treat ourselves to the above average prices here as it was my first break in a long time but we were so disappointed by a place that oversold itself and didn't deliver on the goods. We eat in Greek restaurants a lot, often at the lower end of the price range, and they have all been much better than this place. My partner ordered the lamb rack, and it was ok, but the potatoes tasted like the ones you buy frozen and heat up in the oven at home. Everything on his plate was extremely bland. My cioppino soup was a bowl of vinegar-flavoured tomato broth with a few prawns, scallops floating around in it and a small piece of fish laid on top - the fish was nice but the broth was really acidic and lacked flavour other than the vinegar. The serving was small and wasn't served with anything else for a grand price tag of $24. It left me hungry and with burning in my stomach from the acidity. The ambiance was ok, but towards the end of the meal one of the people at a far table started having a loud conversation with someone 3 tables away from him. It was Saturday night and the feel of the place seemed to lack effort. The ambiance appeared to be local greek hangout, but the food, the posh tablecloths and fine dining appearance just didn't match up. It was an odd place with a split personality and I couldn't wait to leave.

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Bouzyos1815 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
the gigandes were amazing!
Submitted Monday, February 13, 2012 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

I've read the reviews on here and am surprised because we've only been once but we had a great meal. I had halibut which was well prepared and really tasty, but the outstanding dish for me was the gigandes, amazing. Just wanted more and more of them. And I really enjoyed the potatoes and rice too. The service was fine, there wasn't much ambiance, but it was a Sunday night so probably not unusual. Would go back for sure!

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Uli's Restaurant15025 Marine Drive, White Rock
best thing about it was the blanket!
Submitted Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 7:52am [Dine in]

My partner and I didn't have a good experience at Uli's. I think they were having a bad night as they had had a call from the City telling them not to use the water. We don't drink wine and are big water drinkers, and the only water they could offer was San Pellegrino which we didn't really want, and which they charged us for, despite there being no tap water available. The service was incredibly slow, (and that's coming from a Brit who usually has no problem with slow service), the house salad arrived brown and limp with sloppy green bits on the leaves, and some anaemic looking tomatoes that looked like they were days old so we sent it back. The server returned with apologies from the chef but no attempt was made to redeem the poor start. About 30 mins after ordering our main dishes arrived, barely warm. We were so hungry by this point that we didn't even think about returning them. I had ordered the halibut, which was cooked very nicely, but due to food allergies I had asked for the sauce on the side, so I was disappointed to find that the basmati rice which came with it was also coated in some sort of sauce that the server hadn't mentioned. My partner had the bison which he said was good. The mash that came with it was very tasty. We had only 2 mains and a small bottle of water and the bill was over $60. For that price I expect a lot more. I think the food here is probably usually pretty good, and the ambiance is nice, especially out on the patio with the water view, but the poor service and overall lack of efficiency really let them down.

The whole substandard experience took so long that the sun had set while we sat on the patio and so the server offered me a blanket. It also took quite some time to arrive but I have to say while I was disappointed with all other aspects of the meal, I'd give that blanket a five out of five!

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Local comfort Chinese food
Submitted Monday, August 2, 2010 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Solid, tasty western style Chinese food. Friendly people, good value. We only had the Chinese dishes so I can't comment on the Vietnamese menu. I had the sauteed prawns and vegetables which was pretty good and my partner had the deep fried prawns, (really good), pork fried rice and a beef dish we can't remember the name of but it was cooked well and tasted fresh. One point to note though, I asked for mine MSG-free as I have food sensitivities and I did have an allergic reaction afterwards - I'm not totally sure what caused it, but if you are allergic I'd suggest you make sure they aren't using any MSG in the base ingredients or sauces.

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Piatzo1629 Yew Street, Vancouver
Nice new Italian on Yew
Submitted Monday, August 2, 2010 - 12:05am [Dine in]

New Italian restaurant on Yew which we enjoyed very much. Sitting out on the patio on a tree-lined street off the main drag is so refreshing and, going off topic for a moment, I wish more areas in Vancouver would offer this euro-style delight in the summertime. Anyway, back to the food - as a vegan and someone with food restrictions I was overjoyed with the vegetarian pasta, which somehow they managed to make mighty tasty despite it being comprised of what seemed to be only grilled veggies and garlic. My partner had spaghetti bolognese which was flavour-icious and well balanced. And you just can't beat the beach-happy atmosphere on Yew in the summertime. Overall, simple, Italian cooking (the best kind) which was really tasty and satisfying.

We will definitely go again.

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