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sexycomboverRichmond, BCSince June 9, 201115 Reviews
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Hidden433 Robson Street, Vancouver
Hidden, and It Should Stay That Way
Submitted Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 10:25am [Dine in]

I've never tried this place, but it looks nice from the outside. So for Dine Out Vancouver, my friends and I thought it would be a fantastic time to check it out, as it was only a $28 tier menu.

Was seated promptly. Looked around and there were only 3 other tables. Hardly a full night. We get offered water and our menus. We order.

Half an hour goes by. Nothing.

Finally, the waiter comes out with our appetizers. The portions were quite ridiculous. Basically a two-bite deal. That's fine. Maybe that's just how they are since it is a tasting bar. But after a half hour wait? For a dine out menu that should be something they expect people to order heavily from during this time period? By this time, my friends and I were famished, so we were really looking forward to the entree.

I ordered the vanilla braised short ribs. The description looked nice, and I was hopeful as the taste of the appetizer was good. Just the portion was a bit lacking. Another half an hour since the appy came goes by. Then another 15 minutes. Finally the server comes and tells us that there is a bit of a wait because the kitchen is backed up. Another 20 minutes goes by. My friends and I were ready to up and leave at this point. Our water glasses were empty, as were our stomachs. No one came by to profusely apologize for the obscene wait time. I had to flag our server down, who was chatting with his fellow co-worker instead of checking on why we had to wait so long for our food. Got him to check on the kitchen. He said he would be straight back with an explanation. He didn't come back to our table for another 10 minutes. When he finally came back, he had our food, but this was obviously cause he was going to serve the food instead of come out quickly to explain the situation then go back to get it. My friends and I were on the brink of leaving several times. And I'm sad we didn't. Finally, the manager comes out to apologize and offers us each a free cocktail. When we tried to order the cocktails, the server told us to wait because he was running coffee to the next table over (his hands were empty). I don't understand why he couldn't quickly jot down our orders on his way back to the kitchen/bar area. Even the cocktails were a 20 minute wait. And did not taste good at all. No more follow-up on our terrible service after that, and my water glass was STILL empty.

This is the first time in a long time that I didn't tip. As bad as I felt about that, cause I understand how the service industry works, the waiter made no effort to let me know he did everything in his power to get the backed up kitchen to move along. The free drink was a sorry effort. I would have been a much happier person leaving after the appetizer, or better yet, not eating there at all.

Even with that excessive wait time, we were just mediocrely impressed by the food. In fact, I'm pretty sure I could have cooked all of it myself with time to spare and of the same quality.

Ridiculous. They couldn't pay me to go back.

So unless you have hours and hours to burn and are not hungry at all, stay way. It's not worth the pain.

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Fish Shack, The1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
It's No Rodney's. Pheuth.
Submitted Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

When I heard that Fish Shack was opening, I did some research on what this new Glowbal offering was all about. It was likened to the likes of Rodney's Oyster House and Joe Fortes. Honestly, when I went to Rodney's I was unimpressed, so if I had to deal with the same type of restaurant, I would likely not leave particularly impressed.

Despite not loving that particular stretch of downtown, the restaurant was nice. The decor was unique, and it was an easy to find location.

Known for its interesting Caesars, Fish Shack gave me my first Caesar experience ever. I'm not sure I loved it, but it was definitely interesting with the bacon and scallop twist to this savoury cocktail. Probably a must for true Caesars fans...

Our server was attentive but not overly so and made some decent recommendations.

My friend and I shared the Fish Bites to start, which is essentially the odds and ends of the fish and chips fish. Very tasty and portion was reasonable. The chipotle tartar was what made it amazing though. Delicious! I actually kept the sauce for my fries.

I ordered the Kentucky Fried Oyster. It was more or less an open-faced Po Boy with SUPER SIZED deep fried oysters, which I was pleasantly surprised with considering the price. The fries were the star of the dish though. Crunchy but not hard. Slightly sweet, but not too starchy. While I like the sandwich, the bread was a bit dense and cold for my liking.

My friend ordered a steamer and it was OK, but I'm not a big mussels fan to begin with so I'm not a good judge of what's good and what's not in this realm.

We ordered popcorn shrimp to share as well and this was great. The shrimp were large. And of course, I asked for another chipotle tartar as dipping cause and our server gladly obliged with no additional charge!

Overall, a good Glowbal experience and I would pick this place over Rodney's any day as it is cheaper, has better food and also better service.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
I'll Take My Gut and $ Elsewhere, Thank You!
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:03pm [Take-out]

I've been to a lot of patisseries in my time. Not just GVRD. In general. And I've gone to some really good ones, and some really bad ones.

Ganache kind of just sits in a cozy middle for me, except I found it excessively pricey for mediocre pastries and cakes. I tried many of their cakes to give them a fair chance, but most of them I found too sweet.

For example, the opera cake. I couldn't taste different elements or layers of flavour It just seemed like sweet mousse-like textures swirled around. No definition or anything.

I enjoyed the milk chocolate and passionfruit cake, but for the price I was paying, I would be able to find a much better cake for a cheaper price (think The Sweet Spot in Steveston).

All the other cakes left me going "meh!" and I had paid close to $50 for about 7 pieces of cake, which is not including tax. The staff also didn't necessarily know what was what, which was a little disappointing (and didn't know the french names for them :( ).

While I didn't find it a terrible experience, for the money I'm spending, I will likely take my business elsewhere cause I just didn't think it was worth it here.

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Le Parisien751 Denman Street, Vancouver
Bonsoir, Adieu!
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:56am [Dine in]

Came here for my final dineout for 2012.

I ordered the $28 menu dineout at this place, being not particularly impressed with the $38 selection (plus I don't eat lamb).

It's a small restaurant where seating is a bit awkward because some tables are at strange angles and so my table cut into the booth of another table, etc.

Ambience was OK. What I did appreciate was the chef coming out to greet people and serving his dishes, asking what we thought.

Portions were very small. I ordered the calamari to start, and while it tasted OK, slightly too soft for my liking, there was probably 12 nickel-sized pieces in the bowl.I guess it almost served more as an amuse bouche. I ordered the Duck Confit as the main course. It was good, but I wasn't blown away. I remember liking Mistral's a lot more (too bad MIstral is nevermore). The sauce was not memorable, the duck was tender enough, but not very flavourful, and the side dishes were quite lacking. The dessert I had was the lemon tart. It was good, but not fantastic.

Service was mediocre. Our lady server seemed slightly short with us from time to time. The chef was pleasant though.

Overall, for $28, I preferred other French restaurants I visited in the past (Fleuri, Fauxbo, Salade, Mistral) over Le Parisien.

I wouldn't warn people against it, but it's not a place I'd particularly want to revisit in the future. Just average on all counts.

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Fleuri845 Burrard St, Vancouver
Cozy and Delicious
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

I came here without expectations. Wanting to try the restaurant for a while, I booked a dineout here, forgetting which tier it fell in ($18, $28 or $38).

Unfortunately, my initial impression was that it wasn't going to be a good evening, because when I got into the lounge area, there was no one to greet me. I had to seek out staff and try to make eyecontact in one way or another to get them to come to me. Finally, the server comes and I get seated.

The lounge itself is lovely. Very classy but not pretentious. Perfect for a quiet date night (probably not a special occasion type place, but would make a nice Friday Date). I ordered my food expecting the worst because of the luke warm service I got coming in.

Even for dineout, we got warm bread. The bread was alright. Your standard baguette with your standard butter. Hmm.

Then I finally get my appetizer. Delicious. It was a seafood medley of sort (I can't remember now), but it was so beautifully plated that it was just a visual delight. The taste was also phenomenal, not to mention, the portion size was quite generous.

I ordered a seared steelhead as my entree and it was great. Super fresh. Sauce was wonderful. Loved the foam. It had a nice side-dish to main ingredient ratio. Fantastic.

But the kicker was the dessert. An earl grey chocolate terrine. Now, I'm usually not fan of chocolate terrines as I find them too dense and too sweet. This one was perfect. Super creamy, melt in your mouth, with just the right amount of earl grey flavor. I could have had another one for sure.

And the service did pick up over the course of the evening. I didn't need to ask for my cup to be refilled, and was offered more bread if I wanted it.

Overall fantastic experience. If I had been seated immediately, there would be no complaints at all for this restaurant. I hope to return for their regular menu, and maybe their chocolate buffet soon.

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Campagnolo Roma2297 Hastings Street East, Vancouver
Grazie, Ma No Grazie
Submitted Friday, July 22, 2011 - 8:40am [Dine in]

Probably not the correct italian above, but again, there everything wasn't that correct at Campagnolo Roma, anyway.

Service was ok, but the lady that seated us seemed really unhappy and abrupt.

My co-worker is a big fan of the original Campagnolo restaurant (on Main) and urged me to try it, but because I was transitting, I thought that the E. Hastings location would be much easier for me to get to, and since it is probably the same owners, I assumed it would also be good. The previous day, my co-workers did go to the original Campagnolo restaurant, showing me pictures of the delicious food and the generous portions, so I had my expectations.

So I went to Campagnolo Roma hoping to be fed with large portions and delicious food. To my dismay, the evening started going downhill already when we sat down. My plate (without food in it) had a baby spider sitting in it, so I had to get that change. The bruschetta we ordered to share was drenched in oil and tasted mainly of olives even though it was supposed to be flavored with buffalo cheese and eggplant. It was also a bit cumbersome to eat because the eggplant was stacked so high on top of the biscuit.

OK, that's fine. Appetiziers aren't their forte. So for mains, we had cannelloni and the daily special ravioli (filled with green peas) between two people. They came and I was shocked. You could count how many ravioli were on the plate, and the cannelloni pieces were very small, even though the plate did have three pieces. Portion aside, the cannelloni was much too salty, and the greens were too soggy for my liking.

The ravioli was delicious and, for me, the saving grace of the entire meal so far. The flavor was perfect and it wasn't overly filling. I was just sad that there were so few on my plate.

Usually, for italian meals, I get so full after eating the main that dessert is usually a stretch, but I was still ravenous after the appy and main course, so we decided to order some dessert. We ordered the tiramisu and the the almond semifroddo. Both were really good, and finally, portions I could deal with.

With that said, at the end of the meal, I was still very hungry. I went home not knowing whether I should eat more (cause I was concerned with caloric intake) or if I should just sleep hungry.

This was really shocking for me considering how large portions are at the Main St. location and at other Italian Homestyle restaurants. I will unlikely be back, but I will try the other location to see if it is the better counterpart.

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
Aburisolutely Great!
Submitted Friday, July 15, 2011 - 9:41am [Dine in]

Sorry for the lame title...

Anyway.
Went yesterday for my sister's birthday celebration. I've always loved this place so in my mind it would have been a good choice regardless, but then again, I haven't dined here in a good few months.

To my dismay, when I saw one of my favourite dishes, the Saba Bo Battera Sushi was gone, I was expecting a downhill night. Reluctantly, I ordered the Aburi Saba Oshi Sushi in lieu of the missing Saba Bo. I remember having the Saba Oshi a while back and it was the lesser tasting companion. For some reason though, this time it worked! Not only did the Saba Oshi taste way better than I remembered, the taste was also comparable to that of the Saba Bo. They must have made some sort of improvement to it. And I loved it! It didn't have the ginger that the Saba Bo had, but the Miso dressing tasted sweeter than I remember, the the fish tasted fattier (not in a greasy way). The charcoally taste was also a lot more prominent this time around.

And of course, the usual Aburi Salmon Oshi sushi is always delectable, with the nice mayo crust and jalapeno kick. I could eat 2 orders of that on my own. Without flinching.

The crunchy scallop rolls are also a favourite of mine. Essentially, it's a glorified chopped scallop roll, sans mayo and with crispy pieces all around to give it some texture.

The kampachi carpaccio was nice. MUCH better than the hamachi carpaccio counterpart. The kampachi was fresh. Albeit, cut see-through thing, but the onions and sauce made it super tasty.

Also had the spicy maguro yukke, which was good, but I didn' t love it as much as everything else. It tasted a bit like negitoro sans onions and with a spicy sauce on top. Served with andives, it certainly was creative, but not memorable.

I'm never a fan of the cooked foods here, so I don't have much to say. But I'd just recommend aburi sushi and other raw dishes when coming here, cause that's more my thing.

Overall, as good as I remember. Service was better this time around too, as my glass was never empty and my plate was swapped out for a new one almost for every dish that came. It's a pricy place, but worth it, in my opinion. I'm still a fan.

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Guu in Aberdeen4151 Hazelbridge Way, #2790, Richmond
Not Eating In the Washroom, Please.
Submitted Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 8:40am [Dine in]

I went with a bunch of co-workers to do a birthday celebration thing, so we made reservations for our group because since we had so many people, we had to make sure they could accomodate.

Right off the bat, the "reserved" section smelled of the washroom that was situated on the other side of the door. I understand that because they share the washroom with Northern Dynasty next door, it's probably not their responsibility to clean the washrooms so they don't SMELL of it inside the restaurant...I'm surprised they didn't smell it themselves considering how close the kitchen was to that area. That was a HUUUGE turn off. So we requested changing tables. After some discussion, we got moved to the room in the back. This was OK, except it took 10 minutes at least, for any type of service. Getting us the menus, getting us the teas, taking the orders, helping accomodate allergies (which added up to half an hour just to get food orders in). After taking our orders, it took a horrendous amount of time to MAKE our food. We all must have waited an hour plus for food, and half of our party received food much earlier than the other half.

I ordered Chirashi and they managed to take more than an hour to make that!!

Then my co-worker who was the last to get her order actually received the WRONG order, which we had to send back and correct. So...more waiting.

Despite our dissatisfaction, there was no effort to appease us by giving us a discount or waiving any of the meals despite all their mistakes.

I used to really like this Guu because this was the only location with the sushi and the Crazy Salmon, but this experience has really put me off. I have no idea if I'll be back again.

How disappointing.

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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
Consider Me Impressed
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 9:42am [Dine in]

Although, as mentioned in the previous , the price for the deluxe menu is quite expensive for an AYCE place, I thought it was worth it.

This is the only AYCE place I know that has torched sushi, which I love, and is normally a lot more expensive if you order it a la carte in other japanese restaurants. Their hamachi was good. The fish was generally fresh.

Oh, and the best AYCE oyster motoyaki I've had in years.

Most things are a bit standard, but like I said, I enjoyed the torched sushi option a lot.

Seating was comfortable (sometimes AYCE places cram you into small stalls)

The service was a bit of a let-down though, as they forgot half our order and when we asked them, they ended up sending us doubles of what we wanted--this happens at most AYCEs though, so I guess it's not an exclusive flaw.

Overall, I enjoyed it and will likely come again, if not just for the torched sushi.

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Herons West Coast Kitchen900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Heron Heaven
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 9:38am [Dine in]

I wanted to eat at one of the Fairmonts in downtown cause the views were also amazing. So I made my BFF comply and we went to Herons. I originally wanted to go to Oru but was warned against the crazy prices for mediocre food, so I opted to go the Herons route.

Hotel restaurants are usually standard. They're good, but not AHMIGASH LIFECHANGING good.
Well, Herons has proven to be a lifechanged. I had medium expectations coming in, and I was thoroughly impressed coming out.

We shared an appetizer to start, which was the albacore tuna with pork belly. This was amazing. A great start for the evening. The tuna was fresh, with a very zesty sauce to complement the texture of the fish. The pork belly was the star though. The sauce was amazing! Almost caramelly, but with a slight vinegar and soy sauce kick in the base. The meat of the pork belly was also very tender and soft, but not overly fatty.

I had the Beef Tenderloin (most expensive entree on the menu, I think??) which was a bit pricy but I had an Entertainment Coupon Card so I figure it's fine. The tenderloin I ordered was medium rare and it really came out perfectly medium rare. The meat had texture but wasn't overly chewy. The sauce was delicious. And the pot pie. Oh my! I normally don't like pot pie, but the one that came with the Beef Tenderloin entree was what dreams were made of. The beef inside was moist, and soaked up the red-wine sauce (or whatever it was) that sat inside a flaky puff pastry that was buttery and crispy. The pot pie was not soggy even though there was sauce inside. Yum.

My friend had the Smoked Sablefish. This was also amazing. You could taste the smokiness a mile away and the fish came off in layers. The greens were super soft and the mushrooms soaked all the sauce so it almost tasted like the fish as well! The freshness was evident.

We finished off with the Yuzu Semifroddo and the Here's the Chocolate trio. Both were amazing. The Semifroddo was nothing like I've ever tasted, so for the innovation alone, I enjoyed it. But my heart was with Here's the Chocolate. It came with a dark chocolate mousse, an Earl Grey ice cream (YUM!!) and a rasberry macaron. I'm not a fan of macarons in general (I only like the ones made at Yann Haute Patisserie in Calgary), so I wasn't surprised that I didn't like this rasberry one, but the chocolate mousse was delicious (rivaled the Silk Cake at Fauxbo) and the earl grey ice cream was like nothing I've ever tasted.

The view from the restaurant was also amazing.
The servers were attentive (and the bread was delicious too!) but not overwhelming.

Overall, a fantastic experience.
I will be coming back, although it is a little pricy to come on a regular basis.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Mmm. Didn't Know Vegetarian Could Be So Satisfying.
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 9:27am [Dine in]

I went to the Afghan Horsemen for my birthday celebration cause it's been on my "to go" list for quite some time.

I'm glad I made that call. I went with a friend, and we shared a vegetarian platter. It was amazing! Great variety, and everything tasted really nice even though no meat was in sight.

My favourite was the vegetarian raviolis (I think they're called Aushak?? I can't remember), as the sauce complemented the filling to a tee. So delicious.

I also loved the eggplant. It was soft, but flavorful. Buttery, with a tangy note to it.

The rice was really good. I don't know what they put in it (aside from raisins and carrots), but somehow, the simplicity of it worked!

When we were about to leave, we could smell the lovely meat aroma of the grill. I plan on trying some meaty meals on my next visit.

We sat on the patio so service was a bit slow, but it was alright.

Can't wait to come back.

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Damso Modern Korean Cuisine867 Denman Street, Vancouver
So Modern, So Chic
Submitted Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

I loved this place!
After reading overall positive reviews, I decided to try it out as I'm always interested in "modern cuisines".

Damso met my expectations and beyond.

They do have very interesting meals and spins on traditional dishes.

Each meal comes with their own side dishes (four, including the kimchi), and the waitress will ask you if you want refills when you finish eating the side dishes. What I liked is, normally, you have to share side dishes with the entire table, but here, you get your own set!

The tableware was attractive, and the seating was comfortable.

I had the Kalbi Chicken and it tasted wonderful, although be careful of the oil splattering everywhere, as it is served on a stone plate and it is sizzling when it is served.

My friends and I shared a seafood waffle, which was a nice spin to the typical seafood pancake. I can't say it's better than the pancake, but definitely an interesting approach.

We finished off with the snowman sorbet which was super cute. It was made of yuzu sorbet. It was refreshing, but not something I'd crave.

Overall, very pleasant experience and with an affordable menu to boot!

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Faux-Bo yes? Hobo No!
Submitted Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

I've been on a bit of a French cuisine run these days, so after a great experience at Salade Des Fruits, I decided to try Les Faux Bourgeois upon a recommendation from a friend.

I shared an appy with my friend, which was a florentine pastry. It was good, but not amazing.
I thought that set the tone for the rest of my meal, but luckily, it didn't. It only went up from here.

My friend ordered the Moules et Frites because she loved it at Salade so much that she just had to compare the two. And I ordered the Canard Confit because I've been deprived of well-cooked duck dishes.

I was pleasantly surprised with my duck. I got an entire leg/drumstick part. It looked like it would be dry, but when I tasted it, the skin was lightly crispy, and the meat was moist. The sauce was delicious. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The vegetables also tasted really nice, and did not taste overly heavy.

I tried a mussel from my friend's platter. It was tasty! You can taste the freshness of the mussels because the sauce is a lot more mild than the one found at Salade. I liked it a lot, although because I'm not a shellfish fan in general, I would never order it myself. The fries, hands down were way better than any fries at any restaurant. So crunchy, even after they cooled down, but it still had moist potato on the inside. The mayonnaise complemented the texture so well.

I ended my meal with a Chocolate Silk Cake (I was told this was a must-have), and was it ever delicious! It's like a Chocolate Ganacha with a pecan crust, essentially. Very rich, very smooth, and melt-in-your-mouth good.

The atmosphere was a bit louder than I would prefer (you can barely hear yourself talk), but it did look nicer than just a cafe. Seating was cozy, but not overly squishly.

Hard to public transit to because it's in an odd intersection.

Overall, loved it. I would recommend Fauxbo to anyone and everyone :)

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprised
Submitted Friday, June 10, 2011 - 10:05am [Dine in]

My friend and I came here before a concert to grab a quick bite to eat. This happened to be on the way and I've never been so I thought we'd try it out.

I expected it to be extremely overpriced, but it wasn't. Nice.

They had some creative rolls, which I appreciated.
The taste was not bad. Typical "creative roll sushi" taste.

Considering the location and price though, I thought it was alright.

Definitely will be back to try other rolls.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Oui Oui, I eat!
Submitted Friday, June 10, 2011 - 10:01am [Dine in]

This café was recommended by several acquaintances so I decided to check it out as I haven't had French cuisine in a while.

I went with a friend. Taking a look around the place, I'm glad I didn't go with a large party of people, as the space is quite modest. While we weren't seated immediately because there were only two servers that night, we were promptly served fresh bread after we sat down. After we finished the first few pieces, the waiter quickly came to refill the plate with more bread.

We ordered the Grilled Romaine Salad (Romaine a L'ail) to share. It was extremely tasty. Who knew a salad could pack so much flavor? The portion was also quite generous.

I ordered the duck (with the cassis sauce) and my friend ordered the mussels and fries. Wowee, the mussels and fries portion was massive. You get a big pot of mussels and one separate place of fries. The fries were crispy even after they cooled down. I don't like mussels normally, but decided to try one anyway, and that was good even to me! While I wouldn't order it for myself simply because I'm not a mussels fan, I do admit it was tasty and was extremely fresh.

The duck I had was a bit on the chewy side since it was cooked rare, but the sauce was amazing. The mashed potatoes were very creamy and the vegetables were soft and tender.

I ordered the profiterolles for dessert and those were amazing. They were like Ice Cream puffs with an extra flaky pastry shell and warm chocolate sauce.

My friend ordered a ganache au chocolat. It was very rich and you could taste the dark chocolate in every bite.

After all that, our bill came out to about $80 for two people, and that's a three course meal for the both of us already!

Will definitely be back. I hope to try the steak or their lunch menu on my next visit.

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