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SmilesandFlirtsEast Side, VancouverSince June 1, 200613 Reviews
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Shalizar Restaurant1863 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Newest addition to Persian Dining
Submitted Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 5:41am [Dine in]

Opened its’ doors early this year and already it has gained popularity among the Persian community thru the word of mouth. Offers fine dining in a contemporary setting with Persian décor accents. It is a small to medium size restaurant that can be arranged to accommodate large groups perfect for the large Persian family dinners.

They offer a full service bar to cater to your cocktail desires. Unfortunately they only serve three reds and three whites with a limited beer selection. Their main entrée menu is selective as they only serve meal entrees like kebabs, lamb shank and the odd lasagna dish (for those who want Italian instead) in addition to their soups, salads, dolmeh (ground meat wrapped with grape leaves) and famous dips, yogurt and eggplant served with hot pita bread for dipping. From talking to the owner, the quality of the meats is what makes this restaurant stand out from the rest.

Started the evening with a glass of Pinot Noir red wine. For the main a lamb shank served with a side of meat juice/sauce that you could drizzle with if you choose to do so. It was very moist and tasty. It came with a small side salad and a large pilaf of basmati rice mixed with lima beans, butter, and dill weed. It was a combination of flavors that made this dish unique.

I wanted to try this popular Persian drink called Doogh, carbonated yogurt drink. The owner told me that this is an acquired taste and not all Persians like it. She brought out a small sample to try and I totally agree with her, that it is an acquired taste.

On Wednesdays and Sundays there is a violinist that provides the nightly entertainment. This is a nice night out for you and a potential date as this setting can be romantic with candles lit and music playing in the background while enjoying the taste of the Middle East without breaking the bank.

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Steeps895 West Broadway, Vancouver
A place to get away
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

It is a unique tea experience. When you come in, you will be taken away from the rustle and bustle of Vancouver’s Broadway area and into a serene and relaxed environment. Perfect for wanting an intimate conversation with your date.

It is a great place to come in for a cup of tea as they specialize in loose tea leaves in a variety of leaves and flavors. Here’s your opportunity especially if you are not a coffee drinker or are one to try something new and different. This is one of the places to do that and be in a different atmosphere.

You will notice large tins and tins of tea by the counter and you’ll wonder how you will be able to pick one. Not too far off the counter, you will see a round shelf like kiosk holding stacks of small tins. Each tin is labeled and contains a sample of each kind of tea they serve. They are priced and rated according to the quality level for example: premium, rare etc.... They serve anywhere from green, black, white to herbal infusions. Open the tins up and you get to smell the aromas the tea has to offer. This will allow you to get an idea of what kind of tea experience you can get. This in itself becomes a great conversation piece as both of you talk and chat about what kinds of teas you’re smelling.

Once you have decided what kind of tea you want, just go to the counter and let them know and they will bring your teas in a bodum to your table.

This is a small cozy place intended for tables of two. So as you are sipping on tea and enjoying each other’s company, you can appreciate the serene environment.

A little hungry? They also serve sandwiches, soups, desserts and snacks. Perfect for a lunch meet or an afternoon / evening affair.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Funky neighborhood Lounge
Submitted Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 1:02am [Dine in]

One of the happening places found on the ever-growing Main Street is the Habit Lounge. It is considered a neighborhood restaurant and when you go in, you’ll see why as it is away from the usual downtown vicinity.

It has a funky retro décor with modern details and low lighting, which adds to the romantic ambience perfect for dates or intimate gatherings. When you come in, the first thing you will notice right in front of you is a head of a deer with huge antlers in which the image is repeated through out the lounge. Because the lounge is in a ‘L’ shape, be sure to sit where you can bee seen to ensure prompt service as it can be a challenge to get service.

Habit Lounge offers a good selection of dishes for both the meat and vegetarians and of course plates for sharing as well. We tried the Pacific halibut (braised in green peppercorn coconut curry sauce), stuffed portabello mushroom (with walnut pesto, golden beet and chevre), roasted mushroom and goat cheese lasagna (with pesto and arugula) and the duck ragu (with olives on herb polenta). Everyone in the group enjoyed their meals and found their dishes very tasty.

We ended out meals with a chocolate walnut brownie (loaded with a huge scoop of mocha ice cream) and creamy lemon cardamon crème brulee (with pistachio nut cookies) complements well with a fruity or black tea. The chocolate walnut brownie was dry but the ice cream helped make it delectable.

Would go again to try the other dishes to see what they are like.

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Portobello Ristorante1429 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Small and quaint place packs alot of flavors
Submitted Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Newly renovated ristorante attracts those who enjoy great dining in the South Granville area. Italian is their specialty and no detail is missed when it comes to aromatic flavors, presentation in both the food and the décor.

Small and quaint place perfect for a table for two or a small gathering of great friends. Best time to be there is before 7-ish otherwise you could expect to wait in line on a Friday night.

I went there twice. The first time to check it out and see what the food was like there which was enough to organize a group to meet up for dinner for Singles Dine Out.

We had the special soup of the day, cream of asparagus that was rich and creamy and not salty followed by Insalata Mista (organic greens with vinaigrette dressing) and the Calamari Pizzaiola (squid sautéed in tomato sauce, capers, olives, garlic, and herbs). For the main course, the Scaloppini Di Pollo Con Carciofini (free range specialty chicken - thin slices of breast sautéed with butter, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, white wine and vegetables) and Filetto Di Rombo Alla Livornese (halibut filet lightly sautéed and drizzle with chardonnay, diced Roma tomatoes, capers, garlic, herbs, and vegetables). On a sweet note, homemade lemon tart and tiramisu.

Have food allergies? Let them know and the chefs will be able to accommodate your needs.

As great the food is, be aware for the weakness in service, as some of the servers are inexperienced. As mentioned before, arrive early to avoid disappointments or wait in line if you like standing.

If you plan to meet a group there, expect to have everything on one bill, as they do not have a system where they can cater to individual billing needs. If time is a concern, request your bill early as arrives in its own timely manner. This has been the common comment the singles had made. But if you are enjoying the company of a great date, perhaps it won’t matter when the bill comes. You may just order more wine.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Infamous Seafood and Dessert buffet
Submitted Saturday, December 30, 2006 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I went to to Griffin's restaurant based on a recommendation of a good friend who has attended my singles events. So I decided to do a singles dinner at Griffin's. I was impressed by the decor (art nouveau/art deco feel) and interior design of the place with its' white tablecloths and table settings. Griffin's is known for their infamous seafood appetizer and dessert buffet.

We were able to have some people at the table the buffet menu while others could take advantage of their regular meals. So the singles had choices without the restriction.

I was impressed by the seafood appetizers (huge crab legs, clams, prawns, smoked salmon and salads). The dessert buffet was to die for. Filled plates of rich and light selections of cheesecakes, fresh strawberry shortcakes, mousses, rice pudding and others I can't remember.

The meals from the menu were presented well and looked delectable as other singles took advantage of enjoying chicken, steak, seafood and vegetarian dishes. The dessert buffet is included in the meals so you don't feel like you are missing out in the fun all for under $30.00. The buffet options fall under the same price range as well. Want to see what they have to offer? Call in and request to have their menu faxed to you.

Coincidentally it was one of the single's birthday so the restaurant was generous and surprised the birthday person with a lemon cheesecake wonderfully decorated with chocolate and fruit. I would recommend anyone to check this place out whether it is just a two of you on a date, a small group or even a large group. FYI - the paying for the bill can be difficult for large groups because they are not set up where you can have your bills separately. In addition, they can only take up to 3 credit card payments per group, so bring cash just in case others didn't and need to pay via credit.

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Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Sake-tinis anyone?
Submitted Monday, September 18, 2006 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

A contemporary restaurant with an industrial feel to it. From what I hear, it is one of the popular places to go for Japanese fusion tapas. I checked out the website afterwards and found that the images of the food reflected exactly what was served to us.

My friend and I went there on a late Sunday night. Based on my friend's experience, she got us a reservation as the last time she was there, it was packed. It happened to be a slow night so I didn't experience the any of the hustle and bustle of the crowd one would normally experience on a Friday and Saturday night.

I saw the drink menu and was surprised that there were various cocktails, sakes and teas mixed with alcohol. I ended up getting the Zen Cocktail, a green matcha tea with vodka. My friend got a Sake Yuzu Mojito with a scoop of sorbet in the drink, one of their popular sake-tinis. Later the Tokyo Cocktail, fresh fruit juice of your choice with vodka. Unfortunately or fortunately, the drinks were on the weak side, but being a Sunday night and needing to function for Monday, it turned out good.

We ended up trying the Tasting Menu for $25 per person which is a 8 dish menu. They offer a 10 and 11 dish tasting menu for those who are interested in trying more. The 8 dishes was plenty as we were filled up in addition to the drinks.

I was impressed with the variety of dishes that came out like Tofu and Sansai salad, steam mussels, Smoked Black Cod, Hiaburi Shime Samba (cured mackeral seared in front of your eyes, later served as sashimi and in a salad), Scallops and Squid, sushi (served on rectangular rice shapes, unlike the seaweed rolled sushi), and Negitoro and Avocado Tartare served with garlic toast.

Would go back there to try out the other various items there. If not for food, it would be for the sake-tinis as I am a fan for unique cocktails and martinis (well, in this case sake-tinis).

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Crave, the foods your crave for with a gourmet touch
Submitted Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

It is a funky low key place found on ever booming Main Street, not too far from King Edward Avenue. Crave is great for impressing someone special or just hanging out with a loved one or with friends. Small venue decorated with sage colored walls accented with black trim, comes with an outdoor heated patio out in the back where my friends and I sat out on a crisp September evening. I have never been there and was impressed by the atmosphere both inside and out in the enclosed patio.

We were there to hang out for dinner with some friends who have been there before and wanted to come back.

The menu is not huge so the selection can be limited but overall a good mixture of flavors to choose from. We all started with drinks, wine and cocktails. If I had known they had martinis, I would have gotten one to see how they rate. The table ordered the shrimp tempura and calamari plate (large shrimps were lightly battered with a unique herbaceous dipping sauce), special of the day soup (potato, fennal seed and blue cheese), angel hair pasta tossed in a light non-tomato sauce to perfection, crab cake with cobb salad, and a huge plate of nachos. We were impressed by the taste of the food and presentation. It is down to earth food that you crave for with a gourmet touch to it.

The restaurant started getting busy and we couldn't help but noticed what people have ordered as the meals looked good that it caught our eyes. The table next to us had the pull pork sandwich smothered with fries and was really pleased with it. So overall it have been a good experience that I would like to go back again.

We got there for 5:30pm and when we left around 8pm, there was a line-up on a friday night. In my experience, when there is a line-up that means that it's a good place to go or at least check out.

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True Confections866 Denman, Vancouver
Low ey place to have your cake and eat it too....
Submitted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

True Confections Dessert�

I love going there cause I just love desserts. I've been to their Vancouver locations Denman Street and by Alma and Broadway.

They have a array of sweets to tantalize your taste buds. The only challenge you have is figuring out which one you want.� They offer foot tall cakes, cheesecakes, fruit pies, tarts, banana / chocolate banana cream pies, and tortes.

I usually order cheesecakes or tortes because they are dense and rich served with whipped cream on the side or fruit. The chocolate banana cream pies are among my favorites as well as they are light and effortless. This is a cool hang out place especially late in the evening as it is open till midnight and you know the desserts are consistent in flavor and quality.

It is a good date place to go when you just want to chill out in a low key atmosphere and sweeten her taste-buds especially if desserts is her weakness.

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Stonegrill1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Stonegrill...a new way of cooking
Submitted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

When I heard of the concept of cooking your food on hot stones, it really intrigued me. Hot pot and bbq I have done, but on stone? What a trendy concept. Before going there, I had images in my head cooking on round stones that you find on the beach or something.

Stonegrill restaurant is an upbeat and upscale venue to go. The decor is very stylish with very clean lines. One of the things that I noticed since you are doing the cooking, is the food smell that tends to linger in the air, but to my surprise the place is well ventilated so that you don't get that and actually wear it since the food smell can permeate thru your clothes.

We ordered a set menu with includes your salad/soup, sorbet (we got raspberry, apparently served before your entree to clean your palate), entree (basically your main dish that you will be cooking), and choice of dessert.

Your main entree was your choice of meat/vegetarian/seafood that you wanted to cook that came with a side of vegetables. I have ordered the rack of lamb while my friend got the mix meat plate (pork, lamb, beef) that came on a stone plate. When the entrees came, the host who knew that this was our first experience carefully explained and demonstrated how to cook our food on these hot rectangular stone blocks.

Dessert was too die for as I enjoyed their cheesecake and Chocolate/white chocolate mousse pyramid.

Even though it's a trendy thing to do cooking on hot stone which is a healthy way to cook since no oil or sauce is used (hence low in fat calories for those who are watching your weight), I would go again to try their appetizers that you have also cook on the stone plates.

So if you really want to impress your date, this is one of the places to go for a new experience. If the food and the decor of the restaurant don't impress her, the view of False Creek with the sun setting will over a bottle of wine.

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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar2525 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Casual and relaxed atmosphere
Submitted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

Original Joe's Restaurant and Bar

It is a very casual low key place conveniently located on the corner of Broadway and Cambie Street just above Dairy Queen. When you come in you will notice that they have a patio outside. So if you want to enjoy the sunshine while sipping on your favorite drink, here's your opportunity. It is a large venue with booths, tables, and sets of couches by the fireplace. Want to shoot some pool while you are there? They have a pool table.

I was there hosting a singles event and found our server very friendly and was able to take care of the group. i was impressed with them in that they were able to accommodate us on such short notice as the venue that I have originally booked didn't work out as it couldn't hold the large group as Original Joe's were. Another thing that I really liked is that there was plenty of parking available either out back or on the streets. So if you are planning for a large group this worked out perfectly.�

The food was good and fresh. My friends came afterwards for dinner enjoyed what they had ordered, it hit the spot. Come in and enjoy the daily drink specials. If you do come in and love pineapple and Malibu rum try out their special Joe's slush/bellini drink.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Perfect patio hang out looking over English Bay
Submitted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Boathouse - Denman Street - English Bay

Every time I go to English bay I pass by the boathouse. I have always wanted to go but never had the opportunity. Finally it came when deciding where to go on a awesome Vancouver sunny day that is close to the beach.�

My friends and I sat upstairs in their patio. Our server was awesome. She was very personable and after chatting with you, you knew that she would take care of you. All of us opted to get something seafood. For drinks I ordered sangria. Little disappointed by it cause it wasn't what I was expecting. It tasted watered down than I normally have my sangrias. Order one and let me know what you think. Maybe it is just me.

Ahi tuna, salmon burger and seafood platter for two was what we ordered. The seafood platter was okay. I didn't expect much but overall the seafood was good and fresh. The salmon was little dry that I ended up drizzling quite a bit of lemon juice on it. They were able to substitute potatoes for grilled vegetables so if you are concerned about carbohydrates, then this an option for you. We ended up getting both potatoes and vegetables cause they mixed up our orders in the kitchen. The server was great at correcting the problem with a good positive attitude.

The best thing about my experience at the Boathouse is the patio and it is perfect for drinking beer / glass of wine soaking in the sun while looking over at English Bay.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Mini-Getaway to flavors that'll tantilize your tastebuds
Submitted Friday, June 30, 2006 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

I went to Vj’s with a friend of mine. I had no expectations since the only thing for me to measure was the pictures from the website. When I came in I was impressed by what I saw and experienced. With the ambience, it felt like I was taken away to another place. The host and servers were great.

As we started out in the evening, we were served chai tea (I love chai tea but very few places have them made from scratch) and some biscuits. I couldn’t have any cause I have an allergic reaction to wheat flour. But later in the evening I was served automatically served a plate of chapti (corn bread) just before I was about to order rice. I was impressed that they had taken in consideration of my wheat allergy. I was disappointed to see that even though there is a lounge area in the back, they don’t serve cocktails/specialty drinks. This is the kind of place that I would see mostly likely to serve besides wine and beer.

We shared the venison medallions, lamb popsicles and jackfruit curry. I wanted to try something different and to see how good it will be. I was really impressed with the dishes. A variety of spices and flavors really made it stand out. Our water glasses were never empty and I loaded up on chai tea compliments of the restaurant.

Would I go again? Yes definitely. A perfect place to really impress your date.

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Seb's Market Cafe592 East Broadway, Vancouver
A hidden gem...who would have known
Submitted Friday, June 30, 2006 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Seb’s Café/Restaurant is a quaint funky low-key local neighborhood place to meet and hang out – a hidden gem in the Broadway and Fraser area. I went there to see a friend of mine (Laura Lang) singing some jazz tunes that filled up the whole place. I was surprised to see that this place has a nice array of tapas to tantalize the taste buds. I had mainly seafood, salmon entrée with scallop tapas. I was surprised how tasty it was since the food didn’t match the décor. If you can’t come by for a bite, you can stop by to take out baked goodies and coffee/tea.

I would recommend going there if you want a good place to hang out indoors or out on the patio. For dating, this would be perfect to get close in its’ intimate settings.

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