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tasteofvancouverVancouverSince May 12, 200928 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 28 Reviews Found
Hapa Izakaya1516 Yew St, Vancouver
Good, creative, but not very memorable
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

This was my final Dine Out Vancouver restaurant pick. I'd been to the one on Robson a few years back and it was good, but I'd heard this one had a different feel. I would agree. It has much more of a laid back feel than the one downtown. The servers still do the shouting greeting though. It's also pretty loud in there with the music so it's not the type of place if you want an intimate dinner. The inside of the restaurant is very spacious and modern - think clean lines with an Asian influence.

The Dine Out menu was a bit confusing as there was a separate seafood, meat, and vegetarian menu, each with 3 choices per category. I liked it though as it offered more variety and I had already made up my mind that I would go for the seafood one. It included a starter, a small and a large plate for the main, and a dessert. My favourite of all the courses was my starter, for which I chose the scallop sashimi. It was good and spicy and kind of reminded me of ceviche. My mains were not as exciting but were good nonetheless. By dessert I was full, but not overly stuffed. For dessert, I had a cheesecake, which was good but not very original.

Service was somewhat indifferent. Our meals were brought to us quickly but service was rather impersonal. This is a tapas place, and the portions and prices reflected that. It was good but I'm not rushing to go back.

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Flying Tiger, The2958 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Poor value during Dine Out Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

I had no idea what to expect at this place as the reviews were all over the place. It was a lot smaller than I expected. Inside it's a bit dark in my opinion. We were seated at a small table towards the back of the restaurant.

We got to order one starter, a main, and a dessert for a total of $28 per person. For starter, I chose the spicy prawns and it was good. The four prawns were all a good size and had just the right amount of spice and sweetness. Then came the mains. We had finished our appys already and the mains came before our plates got cleared. There wasn't enough room on the small table. Faux pas there. When my main was placed in front of me, I was quite shocked at how small it was. I had ordered the sablefish and the piece of fish was honestly no more than 1" wide and 2" long. There was a sprinkling of pickles and a (relatively) large pile of rice. The taste was good, but I definitely felt ripped off. My boyfriend seemed to have better luck with his choice. He chose the duck confit crepes and there was definitely more food there. It tasted good too. Dessert was good, but not good enough to make up for my lack of a main course since both my starter and dessert seemed more filling.

I did not think the value was there at all. I realize it's a tapas restaurant, but the sablefish was too small of a portion to have been served as a main. For the total price of $28, I don't think the amount of food or quality added up.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Exciting and complex flavours!
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

This was the first of three restaurants I ate at for Dine Out Vancouver 2011. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. The restaurant isn't that big, and it was full, so it seemed a bit crowded but not intrusive. The decor is casual, but upscale without seeming pretentious.

We ordered a bottle of wine to start and then the Dine Out menu was explained to us. The way it worked was that you were able to choose one soup to start, one salad, one stir fry, and one curry to be shared between two people. Each person could pick their own dessert. It sounded like a lot of food. We were very excited.

We weren't let down. Our soup arrived quickly and it was a good sized portion. There was just the right amount of spice, saltiness, and sweetness that blended perfectly. Next were our mains, and they all were served at the same time. We had so much food on the table that we couldn't fit it all on our plates at once. Our favourites were the hanger steak salad and the 8 spice fish. The tastes and textures were amazing. The only disappointment was the Sloping Hills pork belly curry, but I think that it was just a more familiar taste for us and we weren't wowed. Dessert was excellent though and we finished it off even though we were stuffed.

Service was great throughout our meal with each course explained to us. We were glad to have such a great start to Dine Out.

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Michi Sushi1513 West Broadway, Vancouver
A good idea
Submitted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:56pm [Take-out]

I had a coupon from SocialShopper for this place and so decided to try it out since I was in the area. It's a creative idea and I can see how it'd appeal to people who are on the go and need a quick lunch or snack.

The woman at the counter was very friendly and smiled the whole time while serving customers. The coupon got me 3 sushi rolls and a miso soup. The rolls are pre-made and are in a glass case where you choose which types you want. The miso soup was in a paper coffee cup for easy drinking.

I was a bit surprised at how small the rolls were. They are each about the equivalent of 2/3 of a regular sushi roll but they are rolled well and packaged almost like a burrito. I had my doubts about pre-made sushi rolls, but they were surprisingly fresh. The nori was soft and slightly chewy but tasty. The ingredients were flavourful and of high quality. My favourite of the 3 rolls was the prawn with avocado and lemon mayo. Delicious!

Since I had the coupon, the entire meal cost me only $5 (half price). Not a bad deal. However, the regular price seems a bit pricey for a few small rolls. It wasn't that filling and I'm not a big person. I guess you pay for the convenience.

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
Used to be a lot better
Submitted Friday, October 8, 2010 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I used to go here off and on since it's close to home. Not anymore. The value just isn't there for the quality you're getting.

Went here with my boyfriend and got a couple appetizers and some rolls. My agadeshi tofu was good and his seaweed salad was as well. When we got our rolls, they just weren't as good as I remembered them being. I got a Cobra roll and a Yammy roll. The Cobra roll was decent but had way too much sauce, overpowering all other flavours. The Yammy roll wasn't good at all. It was very cold, mushy and flavourless. My boyfriend got the Crispy Mango roll and the Star roll. He said the Crispy Mango roll was good, but the tuna in the Star roll wasn't fresh and smelled kind of fishy. Personally, I also prefer wild salmon, which they don't serve here.

Service was fine. We didn't really get checked on, but I don't really expect it here. For the prices paid, I think there are other places to go. The quality has gone downhill. If it were cheaper, I'd consider it, but instead a lot of the prices seem to be going up. I'm still on the lookout for a really good sushi place.

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Kibune Sushi1508 Yew Street, Vancouver
Good quality sushi
Submitted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

There are so many sushi places in Vancouver and of those, very few are authentic. This is one of those few, serving good quality food. Don't expect giant, cheap rolls covered in sauce over here. The food is simple and well presented. The roll menu is fairly small, but if there is anything you want that isn't listed, you can just ask. It's a bit pricier than other casual sushi places but the quality makes up for that. My favourite thing to order here is the salmon since they serve wild salmon and it's very tasty even compared to other places that also serve wild salmon. Their sunomono is also excellent. I like that they have crab sunomono and it's served with the shell on.

The service is a bit slow but at no point did we feel we were being ignored. The room is clean, simple and nicely decorated. We sat in one of the tatami rooms but there is also a long sushi bar if that is to your liking. I'm not sure if this will become my new hidden gem sushi place, but I will definitely be back!

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Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar, The5218 Prince Street, Halifax
Recommended!
Submitted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

We wanted to go out for a nice dinner while we were visiting Halifax and heard a recommendation for this place. We really wanted to go somewhere where we could have oysters and seafood in a nice environment. Well...this was it.

The inside is somewhat dark and rustic, but in a nice way. We ordered a bottle of wine and some oysters to start. Both were excellent. For our mains, we each ordered the lobster - one lobster two ways and the other steamed and grilled. They were delicious. We finished off with a piece of flourless chocolate cake which was a great portion size and delicious as well.

Service was very attentive. Everything was as we had hoped. It's pricey, but nice for a treat. We would return if we were visiting again!

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Paper Chase Cafe5228 Blowers Street, Halifax
Decent breakfast
Submitted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

We needed a place to eat while visiting Halifax and came across this place. You order from the counter and then seat yourself. They bring the food to you. It's simple layout with lots of books and games - looks like a decent place to hang out with a coffee. I ordered a bacon and eggs breakfast. It was decent, nothing spectacular but not bad for a $7 breakfast downtown. They also serve fair trade coffee.

It was fairly fast and reasonably priced. We had a nice seat by the open windows overlooking the street. Pretty good.

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
Under new ownership
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

I had already submitted a review for this restaurant, but it's been under new ownership since June I believe. Since then, I've eaten there twice and it's just not the same as the old Aoki Sushi. It still looks the same and there is the same menu as before but they no longer open for lunch. They also no longer serve the salmon mango roll - one of my old favourites. The food was ok, but nothing special. It was just your run of the mill sushi place and you can go anywhere for that. It seemed to be lacking something in comparison to before. The fish wasn't as flavourful as I remember.

Service was all right. The server was very polite though there was a long wait for the bill and we ended up just going up to the counter. Overall, it was just average and I'm not rushing to go back. I'd probably go only if I were in the area but wouldn't make a special trip. It's time to find another hidden gem sushi place since this is not longer it.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
I like this place
Submitted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 10:24am [Dine in]

I went to this place a year ago for Dine Out Vancouver and most recently for an early dinner in the lounge. Both times were great! I love seafood and there is a great selection to choose from. The place feels nice and comfortable inside with a nice view of False Creek if you get a seat by the window.

Last time I went, I was there specifically to try the Mussel Mania from 4-7pm in the lounge. For $10, you get a pint of Granville Island beer of your choice, a good serving of mussels served one of three ways, fries, and bread. I think it's available only Monday to Friday, but I'm definitely going back! Normally, prices are moderate, but I feel it's good value for the quality you're getting.

Service was good. It wasn't particularly busy either time I was there so we were well looked after. I'd recommend this place as somewhere to take out of town guests or for just a nice, but casual meal out.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Dine out success #2!
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

This was the second and last of my Dine Out restaurants for the year. I had high expectations because of the good reviews on this site.

The entrance is a bit confusing. They have a sign outside telling you to enter through the curtains (into the courtyard), but they really need a sign in the courtyard telling you to continue on into the restaurant. No big deal. The courtyard was beautiful and it'd be a nice place to reserve, though at the same time I thought it kind of lacked intimacy because that was where everyone walked through.

They hung up our coats when we entered which was nice since I always hate having it hanging on the back of my chair. We chose to order a wine by the bottle. Complimentary bread was served with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and butter. It was good but I was also very hungry at the time. For my main, I ordered the beef carpaccio. It was served with salad. The beef was very good and none of the flavours were overpowering. My boyfriend got the scallop and risotto for an appetizer. He also enjoyed it and thought the risotto was a nice textural contrast to the scallop. For mains, I got the salmon and he got the lamb. He loved the lamb and thought it paired perfectly with the bottle of Malbec we ordered. My salmon was perfectly done medium rare and I liked how the flavour of the salmon wasn't masked by too much sauce or spice.

Throughout the night, our wine and water glasses were refilled. Our desserts took a bit long to get to us, but our server was apologetic. We both ordered the toffee pudding which was served with ice cream. It was very rich tasting but very good. We were both very satisfied at the end of the meal.

Overall, it was very nice. The restaurant does a good job of mixing higher end food and ambiance with a trendy feel. Even though I liked it a lot, I felt something was missing in terms of value compared to our other $38 Dine Out experience this year, hence why the 3 stars there. I would still highly recommend it though.

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Very nice Dine Out experience
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

This restaurant was the first of my two Dine Out Vancouver reservations for this year. I'd always wanted to try this place and since I liked the Dine Out menu, I decided that it's time.

We were seated as soon as we arrived at the restaurant and took a look at the wine menu. It was very extensive. There was a good selection of Italian wines as well as a few from other countries. We selected a BC merlot. Most of the wines were somewhat pricier, but I guess that is to be expected at a higher end restaurant. For appetizer, I had the ravioli, which was of a perfect size and the flavours were very good. I had the steak and crab cake for my main dish which was served with potatoes and vegetables. I liked how it was served with a piece of crab on top. The steak was of a good size and tasted good, but was slightly overdone. The best part of the main was the crab cake. It was very flavourful, but also very rich and filling. Finally, for dessert, I had the tiramisu. It was excellent. My boyfriend ordered the semi-freddo which was good as well. I preferred my dessert but that was just personal preference.

The service was solid throughout the night. Our wine was always topped up and our water refilled. Our server was always very courteous and when it came time to paying the bill, he made sure to explain the Dine Out Vancouver Visa contest for us.

The restaurant is very nice. It's not overly large or small, but there are large windows which make it feel more spacious. It feels comfortable inside. It's on the pricey side, but I would return for a special occasion.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
Great for sharing
Submitted Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

I'd been wanting to try this place for awhile after reading the good reviews. I ended up going recently with a few friends.

The first thing I noticed upon entering is the nice decor. The room is comfortably decorated but looks modern. Upon closer inspection, I realized how small and narrow it actually is, but because of the well placed mirrors etc. it gave it the feel of spaciousness.

Between three of us, we ordered a few tacos and a small plate to share. The tacos were great! We had the lamb, rockfish, and pulled duck and all were very nice with a good balance of flavours. We also had the jerk spiced diver scallops. The black bean and the sweet potato added nice texture to the dish. They were good but the flavour was not quite as memorable as the tacos. For dessert, we shared a brownie and a berry pannecotta. Both were good, but the pannecotta was my favourite.

Service was great. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. She was able to explain what was in each dish to those with dietary restrictions. Our waters were constantly refilled. Yum, cucumber water!

Overall, it was a very nice dinner. We had a nice surprise when it came to paying the bill, when we found out that the tacos are 25% off between 5 and 7pm. Normally, the menu is a bit pricey, but the food is good quality and tasty. Go try it!

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Thai Terrace2872 West Broadway, Vancouver
Thai Takeout
Submitted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

I'd recommend this place for take-out only. There isn't much ambiance in there. I've eaten in once, but only because I was in a hurry. Usually I phone in my order and then go and pick it up. It usually only takes about 15 minutes until my order is ready. The staff there are always extremely friendly both on the phone and in person.

Now for the food. For what it is, I'd say it is good. I've only ever ordered the curries and the pad see ew, but they've all been good. Not the best Thai I've ever had, but tasty and fast. One time my pad see ew was extremely salty, but that was my only negative experience with this place. I've been back since and have been satisfied. Prices are reasonable considering the portions are fairly large.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Go for the oysters!
Submitted Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 1:38am [Dine in]

I love this place. I discovered it when I was working in the area and went a few times for lunch. It's decorated with a nautical theme. I've always sat downstairs or at the bar. It's fun to sit at the bar and watch the oyster shucking.

The hot lunches are pretty good, but nothing exciting. My favourite things to order here are the raw oysters. They have a good variety and they are always fresh. What sets this place apart from other oyster places is that the oysters are served not only with lemon and horseradish, but with 5 different types of sauces ranging from mild to extra hot. There are a decent selection of wines and beers and the caesar is really good. Between 3 and 6pm, they have what is called the Low Tide specials and oysters can be had for $1.50 each. I'm always so excited to come here.

Service has always been good while I've been there. The guys behind the bar are usually pretty friendly and have a sense of humour. So on that note, if you don't have a sense of humour and aren't able to laugh at yourself, you might not like it here. Occasionally there's a bit of a wait for something (more bread etc.) if it's busy, but I've never had to wait an unreasonable amount of time.

It's a bit pricey, but it's so good that I make it a treat every once in a while.

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Joey507 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Food just not up to par
Submitted Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times for work lunches while working downtown and also at night for drinks. During the summer months, the patio is a nice place to enjoy a lunch break. Service has always been good, but the food has been hit or miss for me. One time, I got the soup and salad for lunch. It was all right, nothing memorable except for the fact that there was a bug in my salad. It was was promptly replaced though with an item of my choice.

On my most recent visit, I ordered the scallop and prawn linguine with pesto and it was very spicy. I love spicy food, but this was so spicy it just did not seem to go with the other flavours of the food. The sauce was also a lot heavier than expected.

I've been to the wine bar section on several occasions at night and have quite enjoyed it. There is a good selection by the glass at relatively affordable prices (I think starting around $6) and they change the wine choices every once in awhile.

Overall, it's not a bad place. I'd prefer to come later in the day for drinks and maybe an appy. For lunch, I'd prefer to go across the street to the other similar-type restaurant on Burrard.

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Big City Cupcakes4481 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
I've had better
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

This place must be new in Point Grey since I can't even find a phone number listing for it. I was in the area and was craving something sweet so I went in to give this place a try. The place looked clean and new and all the cupcakes were neatly arranged in the glass cases. The people working seemed very new to the job, but seemed friendly enough and offered to explain the flavours though I'd already made my decision. The have the choice of unfilled, filled or "premium" cupcakes with unfilled ones starting at close to $3. I got a strawberry shortcake cupcake. I got it in a little bag to go and ate it when I got outside. The cupcake itself was moist and flavourful, but I didn't like how the frosting was piled on very high only in the centre. It made it difficult to eat. The frosting was also extremely sweet. I wouldn't go back. It wasn't good enough for a little $3 snack.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Not your ordinary hot dog
Submitted Sunday, September 6, 2009 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

I like to go here every once in a while when I'm at work downtown. I'll usually go slightly after the lunch rush since line-ups can get really long. The service is friendly and efficient. But it is a hot dog stand and there isn't anywhere to sit down and eat except along the sidewalk. Best to go on sunny days.

So far I've had the terimayo dog, turkey terimayo, and the okonomi. All of them were delicious. I like the terimayo topped with wasabi mayo. The cost isn't anymore than you'd pay for smokies at any of the other hot dog stands around town.

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Peaceful Restaurant532 West Broadway, Vancouver
Noodle craving - continued
Submitted Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Sorry, that should say that I WASN'T rushed. I definitely had time to finish my tea and digest my food a bit before leaving. When I left the servers were extremely friendly and thanked me for coming.

I wish there was a way to change that without submitting a new review, but there isn't so this is split in two. A good choice. I felt very welcome.

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Scoop! Frozen Yogurt2050 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
A good treat, but expensive
Submitted Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I went to this place on a hot day and the first thing I noticed when I stepped inside was how hot is was. They don't have an air conditioner nor did I see any fans. The interior is very plain - looks like it was done on a low budget. I ordered a blended green tea frozen yogurt with no toppings. Came to $3.66. Pricey for a small amount of yogurt, though the yogurt was very good. I really like the tangy flavour and the green tea went well. I may come back for a blended frozen yogurt if it were really hot out and I were in the area. I doubt I'd get toppings since they are something like $0.93/50g. A nice treat, but eat it outside since it's way too hot in there.

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