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t-bagVancouverSince November 2, 20063 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Refreshingly Good on a Hot Day
Submitted Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

We went at 8:30 pm and it was surprisingly busy, but with the hot weather and that large patio area I can see why people would flock here.

I never ate at the Fiasco's place that was formerly at this new Bayswater location, so I don't know what all they changed. This new location is not as "funky" as their old spot, but it is a pleasant mix of old and new. Maybe a couple more pieces of artwork will make it sing.

Our server seemed a bit addled, and indeed all the staff had a look of exhaustion, which might be due to the heat. Our waiter was polite and seemed to be doing his best. Our drinks and bread took an eternity, but they were tasty.

I had the grilled wild salmon ($22) which was completely delightful. The table next to us was discussing their entrees as not being that special, so I had started to worry, but then I was very happy with my meal. I had not read the menu very carefully before I ordered, so I was mystified by the purple dollop on my salmon - i.e. what is it? I spread it around a bit on the salmon and it was all good. I think it was just herbed butter. The salmon was perfect, as were the grilled asparagus. I even ate all of the salad, which was a surprising mix of greens like I have never seen. I ate flower buds and leaves I didn't know would taste so good.

In all it was very exotic and fresh. For an organic restaurant, I was surprised they did not skimp on the oil and the salt. A dieter may have been dismayed by the oily dressing, but I was not!

Two thumbs up. I expect the service will get better as they get used to the new space.

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Cafe Crepe2861 Granville St, Vancouver
Delicious, Addictive Crepes
Submitted Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

We visit Cafe Crepe often and the food is consistently, reliably, great. I guess it's not rocket science to make a crepe, but I must commend them for doing it right every time. The only downside is the crepes are so big and filling, I never have enough room for both a sweet and a savoury, and it's so hard to choose!

Recently their service has been a little lacking. They always have a help wanted posting on the door and it seems like nobody working there is in charge. The staff is joking around together at the front. I guess it's glorified fast food, so this level of service may be acceptable for long-term.

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Flying Tiger, The2958 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Promising Restaurant should improve over time
Submitted Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

I went to Flying Tiger for the first time last week. I was a little cranky that our table was the least optimal one - right by the washroom, with leather cubes instead of chairs with backs.
The decore is nice - a fun loungey feel that's not too over the top. There's a bit of asian art strewn about that seems like an afterthought.

I was in the mood for a caesar, so I tried their concoction. Unfortunately, it was the worst caesar I've ever had. It tasted like a big glass of sugar and salt and tobasco sauce all mixed together. I don't like complaining (in person!!) so I didn't say anything, but the waitress did finally ask about the untouched cocktail when she took away the plates at the end. I told her it was disgusting and she apologized, but the $8 item was still on the bill at the end. I would just chalk this up to inexperienced waitstaff.

We ordered a few dishes. The veggie tempura was great, as deep fried items should be! The young woman who brought that dish out spilled a bunch of the dipping sauce on my lap and didn't know what to do about it. She was going to take the food away to 'replate' it (not sure how that was going to help my wet jeans), but we were hungry so we told her to leave it. We then got a pork dish and a lamb dish. The meat dishes were both really nice. Interesting flavours that matched up with what I expected from reading the menu. The dishes seemed a little small for sharing. There were 2 pieces of meat in each one, and I can't see how that could be shared with more than 2 people. I know they're trying to keep the price per dish down, but they could have been more generous with the rice maybe.

I was feeling a little unhappy from the uncomfortable seating / lack of booze in my system / wet jeans, so we got out of there without sampling the dessert.

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