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shazzwest end, vancouverSince September 6, 20054 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance4 (3.8)


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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
exceded our expectations - and they were high
Submitted Saturday, August 19, 2006 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Mr.Shazz and I were here Thursday night, celebrating our anniversary. After putting a concerted effort into finding the 'perfect' spot to spend our special evening, we finally settled on le Crocodile...and are now hoping to spend many future 'special nights' in this establishment. Upon walking in the door we were greeted by a pleasant buzz of lively conversatioin, and extremely agreeable staff. In fact, I wouldn't hesitate to put the service at the top of the list of restaurants I've visited in Vancouver. The chef sent out tartlettes stuffed w/ mushrooms, basil, and cheese for each of us before the first course, after our waiter informed him of our anniversary. Lobster bisque, arugula salad w/ warm prawn, rack of lamb, sea bass, and chocolate cake with nougette ice cream and orange syrup disappeared from our plates with the greatest of ease! Every dish was prepared with such perfection that I would be hard pressed to choose a standout item. They were all stellar. And again, thanks to the staff for the wonderful welcome and service without pretension.

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Ukrainian Village Restaurant815 Denman Street, Vancouver
Ukrainian Baba food for those without
Submitted Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 11:47am [Dine in]

Let me start out by saying that I grew up with a lovely ukrainian grandmother who filled my stomach with hand-made perogies, cabbage rolls, pickles and sausages throughout my early life. When she passed away a few years ago, I thought that those good food memories were relegated to nostalgia.

The Ukrainian Village on Denman Street has gone a long way to filling the void left by the absence of my grandmother's perogies, and it is the perogies that are the litmus test of good, homemade, eastern european cooking. These ones are fresh and hand-made (you can tell whether a perogy is worth eating by the presence of finger marks on the edge of the seams - avoid eating those without). The fillings - I recommend potato/cheddar or sauerkraut - are thick and tasty, and the dough is thin, tender and springy.

The rest of the food is similarly infused with the care and effort that is the hallmark of comfort food. Garlic and dill accent the hearty cabbage rolls (vegetarian or meat) and the expected assortments of paprika chicken, coiled sausage, and fried schnitzels. The soups are another standout, with both Russian and Ukrainian borschts, that are worth the trip alone. Unless you're from the Old Country, you'll be delightfully surprised by the tomato and pork soup with pickles.

Like a traditional dinner around the family table, the Uke Village is defined by the lovely woman who runs the kitchen. She is always happy to have you eat her food, which she has obviously put so much effort and love into. Ukrainian food, like other traditional peasant cuisines, is not fancy and cannot be made using culinary tricks or shortcuts. You either "feel the love" or you don't. The Uke Village serves up the kind of simple yet nuanced and deeply satisfying food my ancestors looked forward to after a day of working in the steel mill or down on the farm.

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Black Tuna Japanese Bistro1184 Denman, 202, Vancouver
quiet, elegant ambiance, inventive menu
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2005 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Stepping off the chaotic rush of Denman street on a summer evening and walking into Black Tuna is like taking a deep breath or a long cool drink of water - you can't help relaxing and feeling refreshed. Not too small but still cozy; dim with beautifully set tables but not too formal, this place has struck a fine note among all the other run-of-the-mill sushi houses. Every dish i've tasted so far has been above standard. There are quite a few of the traditional dishes, but they've also done wonderful things with fatty tuna and slivers of fresh jalepeno, sushi rolls served up with bits of fruit or smoked salmon, etc. Service is gracious if a little slow at times, and prices are just a bit above average. You won't be paying too much for the freshness and quality of your meal, and the view of English Bay is spectacular.

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Lolita's South of the Border Cantina1326 Davie Street, Vancouver
Lively atmosphere, real food
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2005 - 8:58am [Dine in]

What a great little addition to the sadly lacking food fare along Davie Street! We've been here several times since it's opening a few weeks ago and have enjoyed imaginative, filling dishes (pickled onions on the halibut tacos - corn tortillas, rice, beans, a nice little salad- $13), all very reasonably priced. The owner has done a great job on the decor - she spent only three weeks refurbishing the place after the previous restaurant closed and this one opened. It's noisy and crowded but not unpleasantly so, and one gets the feeling of being at a friendly little neighborhood joint where everyone chats with everyone. I would highly recommend the mango margarita - tequila infused chunks of mango in a perfectly balanced fruity concoction. Friendly service. We'll be going here alot this winter.

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