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svelteVanSince August 18, 20086 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Succinctly put, excellent.
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

Admittingly, I came here as a result of a coupon offer for what was about $12 off (imagine that, for an establishment as popular as the Fish House) and it did not disappoint. The food was up to the standard for its billing and the ambiance of this restaurant has few comparable peers in Vancouver. We were seated at the edge of the comfortable, heated patio, facing full moonlight and a well-lit garden. The value for this restaurant is surprisingly good even without the coupon, as we expected to pay a lot more for the amazing views that were offered. It truly is a perfect dining spot for a midsummer night, and people recognize that - hence, reservations are strongly recommended especially on weekends.

There was a minor hiccup in the service as they had forgotten to ask us whether we wanted bread (which we don't mind, but to do so for the table next to us prompted us to ask them instead), and that they delivered the wrong plate to us on a couple of occasions. That was mitigated by extremely welcoming staff and accommodating service.

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Portobello Ristorante1429 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Very disappointing for the price.
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

Well, this may have been an anomaly given the nature of the previous reviews, but this place was awful when we visited, as the food was completely unacceptable. I'm not sure if it were the items we ordered or the chefs had an off-night, but they clearly could not remotely balance out the flavors properly, in any of the three courses, going from the extremes in blandness to the pillars of salt tasting.

The portobello mushroom appetizer, its own namesake, tasted extremely bland, as did the seafood linguine, which was extremely underwhelming, inferior in quality to any chain restaurant you can name in town (yes, even White Spot pasta) and something that I could probably have made better myself. The seafood risotto was so terrible I had to send it back, as there was probably more salt in that dish than five pizzas - it was the first time I've had to do this in half a decade as I usually just bear with it as long as it is edible. Its second incarnation was no better, so I didn't even bother with it. Dessert, a tiramisu cake serving, was flat and uninspiring - again, beneath the standards of what should be "inferior" establishments like a neighborhood cafe, yet costing double what it would. The wine was the only saving grace.

In terms of service and ambiance, it is what is expected of the price range of the establishment: Quiet, contemporary, relatively comfortable seating (though the temperature was a little cold when we visited so we had to keep our coats on). Service was acceptable - the staff were not particularly friendly or accommodating but were quick and effective.

Bill for two came to around $70 with tax and tip, including our very disappointed appetites. I do not mind dining at finer establishments and have had wonderful experiences in many higher-priced restaurants in this city, but the level of quality for the food has to justify the cost. We will not be back and will recommend all our friends to do the same.

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Chop10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond
Very poor value for money
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Where to begin; this place is poor with the exception of its interior decor. The pricing of this place is far too high for the quality of the food and service.

On a positive note, the interior is fabulous. The outdoor patio is spacious and in a league of its own, and the private rooms we were given are massive with doors for personal space. The washrooms are comfortable, with couches, ample soap and clean bathrooms. With the food being so awful, we thought we may as well just stay there.

I ordered two appetizers to share and a 9oz steak; medium rare, in their language is more like cold blue. Repeated attempts to rectify this were unsuccessful. The steak sides were basically a couple of carrots and a piece of broccoli. To compare this steak with something as simple as the Keg's is a great insult to the franchise. The appetizers were worse. The Ahi Tuna and Salmon Trio tasted bland, quickly thawed /reconstituted and the portions are embarassingly tiny; not what I was expecting out of a $14 appetizers. The service is extremely slow and very amateur, inexperienced and even borderline rude for a restaurant of this supposed caliber; clearly trying to make amends, servers suddenly change tones when the bill comes. Twice they have managed to mishandle the birthday.

The overall quality of the food and service compares with a lower end Cactus Club or Earl's, where an appy, entree and drink will only set me back $30 max. But with its pricing, it seems to aspire to be Morton's; entrees alone here can easily set you back $30; an appy and a drink (VERY expensive drinks, I might add - do not order the Chop size, it makes no difference) will make the cost of a meal per person easily $60. Go elsewhere for that money.

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Joey's Seafood Restaurant1724 152 Street, White Rock
Enjoyable and personal family favorite
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

This has been a favorite place of mine to stop in for cheap F&C, in an excellent location near sunny seaside White Rock and a walking distance away from the marina. Agreeable prices for certain dishes - I would avoid the appys or the Ocean Fare if value is your motive for coming here, which it should be as this place is nothing fancy. Just a decent chain serving decent fish and chips amongst other fried seafood. There's always seating here except during peak summer times and service is never slow.

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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
Excellent
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

I rarely am pleased with my fine dining experiences because the service, food and ambiance has never matched to the price. Like all luxury goods, I expect cost to rise exponentially and value to rise linearly for it. But Fraiche is an exception -

The food was excellent and certainly not something anyone could make. The dishes were very aromatic and it was obvious attention to fine details were paid to. Taste was just right, unlike many fine dining experiences I've had where they went all hell with the salting.

Service is great and meticulous - our waitress checked up with us frequently yet unoverbearingly.

Wine list is as expected of this establishment's caliber. We got view seating and the reservation was made just on the day - which doesn't mean this restaurant is unpopular as it certainly is. Ambiance of the place is gorgeous and it's only a 10 minute drive away from downtown, up some of the most beautiful homes and neighborhoods of the GVRD.

Highly recommended.

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Queen's Cafe6091 No. 3 Road, Richmond
As prepared as a house party planned 2 hours in advance
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

Came here for a birthday party and they were out of...well, as far as I am concerned, virtually everything. My first order of mussels was responded with a quick "we're out of stock", but it was the next two attempts at ordering food that annoyed me. They were also out, but it took them 20 minutes each to find that out and so 40 minutes in when some of the entrees have already arrived, I was still stuck with no order. Needless to say I just shared an appy and a plate with a friend.

Which also brings me to the point that the entrees don't arrive at the same time which is a minor bluster... not to mention how we saw another party having to carry their own chairs to accommodate their table.

Food is decent, although wholly unimpressive. Pricing is very attractive for the most part - most entrees are running at well under $20. Wine list is extremely short for the clientele it tries to appeal to, which translates to drinking water for the evening and saving the $10 or so.

Not recommended if you're looking for a guarantee of a good time, which means stay away for any parties, dates, etc. lest they become out of half the menu or chairs. Not a terrible choice for a casual evening if you're in the area

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