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shauroraKitsilano, VancouverSince March 21, 20066 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Zythos Mediterranean Grill19828 Telegraph Trail, Langley
Wish I lived closer to this restaurant
Submitted Monday, April 18, 2011 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

I submitted a review earlier - too bad it has to come off of the site for me to submit this one! i returned alone to Zythos on Saturday night after doing a couple of talks at Cedar Rim Nursery. Even though there was a retirement party with about 50 guests going on with all that entailed, staff still managed to give me stellar service. The food as usual was SO good. Their moussaka is to die for. Maria is so generous in spirit and many other ways :-) It is such good value - everything including salad, yummy tsatsiki, pita, delicious lemony roast potatoes, rice pilaf....all for about 16 bucks. If you live in Langley or Surrey you are crazy not to go to Zythos. Good that the road construction seems over for now - it was a bit of a zoo before. If I didn't live in Kitsilano, I'd be there at least once a week for the food and the top-notch genuinely warm service.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
If I'd wanted to be in a Lutheran Church basement, I'd have time travelled back to Burnaby
Submitted Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

OK, in all fairness I am not a fan of this type of "decor". My pizza had almost nothing on it (it said "dandelion" which I know to be a type of chicory - there were three miniscule pieces)...and some squash. The "lardo" (I took the server's recommendation) was so subtle as to be completely...not there. Also, the pizza was underdone. I loved the breadsticks, though.
One of my biggest complaints was the wine list. It's 40 dollars for the cheapest bottle of red wine - and that is Colli Albani - really close to plonk. It's normally available in litres at around 10 bucks. So....that didn't feel very good. I don't mind paying if the food and atmosphere is great but this felt like gouging. There was also no aromas of food - it did not feel as if there was any cooking going on. I prefer a much more sensual atmosphere...this was cold, 'too cool for school' - reminded me how much I like cooking, and staying home. I cannot for the life of me understand the hype. I must say that our server did very well - we did have a number of complaints including the wine - she managed to be very kind to us.

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Smoking Dog Bistro, The1889 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Servers, or Models?
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 11:05am [Dine in]

two Friday nights ago, a friend and I wanted to go to Rocky Mtn. Flatbread (unbelievably wonderful) but it was jam-packed and a bit too chaotic for us, as we'd just come from yoga :-)

So, we took a chance on Smokin' Dog - yikes. Though the restaurant was hardly packed (there was no one inside)....first of all, a dog was barking at the top of his lungs....he was tied up right beside us for five or ten minutes - the owner was drinking heavily and 'having a problem'; we didn't get attended to for what seemed like a mighty long time! The place was understaffed, I guess. And the 'servers' didn't really give the vibe of service, more like "I want to be a model", or, you know, as if they were going out on a party boat for the night.

We left after one drink, feeling a bit guilty as we were supposed to have eaten something but the vibes were negative and weird. We called Bistrot Bistro and got a table there at the last minute, and had a fantastic meal. There, you are ACTUALLY served by the staff - of which there are many - and they don't have french manicures and perfect hair - theyso many it is almost incomprehensible....the servers there are real people, interested in you, and interested in serving you, and changing your flatware, etc.

It may be that the food at Smoking Dog is great - but we never tasted it. We just did not feel taken care of - that is one of the main things I look for in a restaurant, maybe because I can cook. Attitude, I don't need.

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Bistrot Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The Best Service in Town
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

I've loved eating here since summer - love love love the chartreuse walls, little candles, and sincere, warm service. The food is good too! Recently on a Friday night (the place was rockin') I noticed that there was at least 10 or 12 people working there - you don't have to sit and wait, twiddling your thumbs and trying to get someone's attention. A few things to note: the groovy wooden 'cutlery' boxes - your place settings are changed in a very convenient way. Valerie Devin has a lovely warm personality (beautiful too!). I think her husband is the chef...last food we had was incredible - the lamb shank, the mashed potatoes (they were verging on orgasmic...lots of cream - not for the dieter!), the endive salad. Consistently great, and good value. Love the brussels sprouts too - I think with tip and a good bottle of wine it was around 80 bucks for two and we could not have eaten any more - no room for dessert. I highly recommend it. When they say 'no snottiness', they mean it. Caveat - the tables are close together so you have to be in the mood for a bit of noise and happy communal ambience...if you are, for example, needing someplace totally quiet, or are going to tell your partner you're leaving them for another woman (or man or whatever) at dinner, this may not be for you.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Lovely food, warm & friendly service
Submitted Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

A friend and I enjoyed our dinner last night. I had pork tenderloin served with wild mushrooms and vegetables. It was what I expected to have in a real french restaurant and very, very nice. The starter salad of frisee with wild mushrooms and an egg on top was lovely. My friend enjoyed a cassoulet-type dish - once again, very good. Minna B. looked after us, and was interested in us (not herself, as is the case in some upscale restaurants) and her way was about as good as it gets. No pretense here - just good food at a reasonable price, warm ambiance with wonderful golden-hued subdued lighting. And, I can walk there from my house. I will return, and often.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Dinner and Breakfast - both great
Submitted Monday, October 23, 2006 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

Laura (breakfast server) was wonderful. alacrity, sincerity, graciousness...in one human - not necessarily easy to find. I really do have to mention how great/special she was. I brought a friend from out of town and Laura's way did not go unnoticed.

Dinners are great except for the upside down ketchup bottle (OK at breakfast and lunch, out of place at dinner)

food inspired, service outstanding. REALLY good. Bread from "mix" lovely at breakfast. My 'shepherd's pie' was scrumptious. Nothing like the ground beef thing. Try it.

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