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tendervancouverSince November 3, 200511 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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RTL Regional Tasting Lounge1130 Mainland, Vancouver
rtl is otl
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

Friday nite, place was relatively empty. Had a craving for in season crab unfortunately rtl just had fried crab & shrimp cakes in their bc appie section, 1 or 3 regions of which the menu is divided. Surprisingly no salmon & boo, mussels sold out. Other fish offerings: prawns piri piri, more fried fish cakes in the portuguese area & from 'france', albacore tuna which comes extra with the nicoise salad. We asked the server for a recommendation but she was vegetarian..mkay. Asked for a different server who simply recited the menu descriptions. Settled on the crab cakes but swapped the corn relish for aioli. Decent but fishy. Tried the 'papas', a small plank of homefries with lots of rock salt, puddled in olive oil, aioli side..good but chintsy & greasy. Nicoise salad was nice but over-fluffed with 'micro' greens. Bread took a half hour & got sent back in 5 minutes..super sweet, crumbly cornbread & thin slices of anemic wonderbread baguette & completely frozen butter. Unreal. No vino verde despite portugal being a featured region, apparently they have to move existing stock before they get new stuff in. The winebar concept is great but the room says restaurant. Ate when i got home.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
farmed salmon?
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

After eating my unremarkable 'bc' teriyaki burger i made the grave mistake of inquiring fresh or farmed & was sadly informed it was the evil latter. Ugh, i'm going to rot in hell & die of cancer that much faster. For $9.25 at a local gourmet burger joint, i expected better. My friend had 2 beef burgers and rated them a step up from mickey d's. Buns are standard factory crap. Toppings nothing special but a few creative sauces including baba ganoush. Crisp but greasy fries. Service was friendly & fast. Condiment containers needed cleaning. Place was freezing & they're discontinuing the retro small glass-bottled coke. Shoulda tried the lentil burger but seeing as how i won't be back that's not gonna happen. Disappointing especially based on all the raves.

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Five Point, The3124 Main St., Vancouver
1 outta 5 points
Submitted Friday, November 10, 2006 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

As a resident main streeter, i've tried every restaurant in the hood & with the odd exception (mitras, crave, habit, slickety's for breakie) if it ain't asian, you don't go to these places to eat...and don't even get me started with the service.

Went to 5 Point recently cuz i had a hankering for barbeque & cocktails. Had their salty dry riblets which were indeed dry & salty. Paired it with the veggie/peanut/noodle bowl which i coulda sworn came straight from the hospital cafeteria. Friend had a thai chicken salad that resembled a ufo with large garlic toast wings. Add to that flat mixer & the table next to us which grew into a mosh pit & we'd had enough.

Place reminds me of the Cambie Hotel x with Milestones...cheap beer & x-large con-fusion menu. Clearly a big hit with the 20somethings but doesn't score points from me.

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Caffe Artigiano740 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
luv those swirls
Submitted Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

As coffee chain hell continues to take over the city, Artigiano and a bunch of other 'coffee art' players are making cap's & lattes for the rest of us. Hallelujah. Strong coffee that doesn't scald your tongue and foam that's thick and creamy (as opposed to dollop-like dry snowballs of the stuff)...and those kewl swirls! Food, service, room are top notch too at all their locations. Owner is clearly passionate and does a great job making sure all locations maintain the highest quality. Grazie!

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Bean Around The World3598 Main, Vancouver
carb heaven
Submitted Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

Busy neighbourhood coffee shop where the samples alone are bigger than a single tim horton's cookie. I made the mistake of grabbing a chocolate sour cherry scone and eating it in the car. I looked like a messy 3 yr old when i got to my destination but yum, was it good. Cookies here are supersized and completely addictive. The rest of the stuff...coffee, pastries, paninis are so-so but over-all, this place does a great job at the granola-ish bakery/cafe concept.

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Aurora Bistro2420 Main, Vancouver
bare glimmer
Submitted Saturday, December 24, 2005 - 11:04am [Dine in]

Have been here twice for brunch...actually just once as the second time round the service was so bad, we walked.

Best way to describe the food is 'nice'...precious little menu that frankly, needs a kick in the pants. You know when you keep on flipping the menu over hoping that somehow you'll find more choices? Like that. Decided on the puff pastry/truffle/maple syrup combo which woulda been great if it was an appy but it wasn't...and having to wash it down with OJ from a can was disappointing. The whole effort of this place is timid...from food, service to ambiance...no chutzpah and definately not aurora-esque.

Second time round was a disaster. Sat at the bar and ordered some cappuccinos...had to initiate everything from seating to menus to drinks as the abundant staff were otl. Barista-girl makes the espresso and then leaves it sitting for 10 minutes...i kid you not. We're now feeling very much like those forlorn espressos and leave.

The lights may be on at this place but no one seems to be home. Will not go back.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
kobe kitch
Submitted Friday, December 2, 2005 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

Have enjoyed the main floor bar here for years...luv the james bondish asian lounge decor, fruity umbrella cocktails and the hottie servers - yum! - you'd think they were all contestants in the miss teen vancouver short black skirt event. No complaints there but in the past few years either i've gotten older (?!) or the crowd's gotten a lot younger.

Last time i went, there was so much testosterone fuel in the room, i could barely breathe...let alone move. Did a quick retreat before i started handing out citations for eyebrow-shaping disasters...on the men. Hopefully they've found a new place to inhabit cuz that room used to be cool.

Anyways, enough about the lounge. Upstairs are big communal stations where you perch and get entertained by knife-weilding wise-cracking chefs and chat with our fine tourists from the south. Food is keg-style...minimum creativity for the gourmet-challenged. Pricey for what you get but you're paying a premium for the concept.

All in all, worth checking out for a breather from all the Vancouver grooviness but you gotta be in the mood for a time-warped experience...and keep the alka seltzer handy.

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Elixir350 Davie Street, Vancouver
excellente elixir
Submitted Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

After many visits to the Opus Lounge & Elixir Bar and sampling the masterful little creations of Don Letendre, i finally made it to the velvet room at Elixir last nite.

This morning i woke up dreaming of the foi gras, eel & wild mushroom starter...better than sex really...along with everything else. Gravlax was bursting with freshness; succulent moules in delicate curry sauce with perfect frites (i'm sure they were double fried...bless them); sea bass perfectly paired with the texture and flavours of fennel...and the tarte tatin for dessert was delicate caramelized pomme feuillete perfection.

Service was lovely too...our charming waitress got an a+ right off the bat for her Nigella Lawsonish descriptions of atleast a half dozen specials and continued to deliver with care and enthusiasm.

Elixir is rooted in classic french bistro style but nips and tucks with asian flavours much like that 'other chef' in town but unlike 'that place' elixir is brasserie first and foremost, delivering in sensuous euro style. Superbe.

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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
choppy cioppino's
Submitted Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 10:21am [Dine in]

I'm straying from the pack here as i found this place to be less than stellar. Room and greetings are typical of this warm, old world style place and you gotta luv the chef wandering about in his whites but the night i was there, the service was really off and i was not all that impressed with the food. Harrison Ford and entourage were dining behind me so maybe the staff was pre-occupied.

At first i was confused by the menu as it's heavy on the french influence. I don't get why an italian restaurant would go there as there's oodles of regions and influences to deal with and adding french just confuses this issue...imho.

Started off with a bunch of first courses that barely fit on our teeny table and halfway through our waiter scraped everything into one plate and took away our bread despite a bowlful of mussel broth and my jaw dropping on the floor. Next gaff highlight was when we ordered wine for the main course. We asked for a specific Caymus that was unfortunately out of stock so the sommelier suggested one which was more than double in price ($700 to be exact). Great wine of course but not as good as the one we'd wanted. Food is very simple here, typical of italian where 2 or 3 strong flavours are put together but i found everything just a little too bland. While chowing down, we noticed a table beside us enjoying some spectacular looking souffles so when the time came, we tried to put an order in for those heavenly desserts but were told 'they take too long to make'...deflated, we chose from the standard list and sadly, had finished everything by the time our espressos and cognac finally came.

The place has lots of style but imho, there's better italian, better french, and better service out there.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
blue water is wishy washy
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

Have been to this popular spot twice and disappointed both times. It's a lovely enough restaurant with it's big patio and spacious and warm interior...good looking menu albeit nothing terribly daring and wine list as thick as the yellow pages. Unfortunately, for the price, they gotta do a lot better.

Started off trying to find a sparkling wine in the categorized-by-country epic wine list...it was far too onerous a task so we tried to enlist the help of the waitress who i swear had over-medicated on her prozac. She knew nothing about wines so we asked if the sommellier could help, apparently he was MIA so we defaulted for a wine we knew. This first exercise took about an hour to complete thanks to our dazed server. What is it with the service in this city...either they wanna be your best friend or they're just OTL.

Food was generally well prepared but ruined with some hack sauces. If you're a purist like me, make sure you ask for straight soya sauce and wasabi with your sashimi or else you'll get some gloppy worcestershirish concoction. On the upside, the creme brulee trio was up to the standard i expected of this place.

Overall, this place reminded me of a cactus club minus the chirpy wait staff and priced way out of its league. I was so disappointed that i even emailed them (first time i'd ever complained to a restaurant) and instead of acknowledging my concerns, i got a too bad so sad response. Will definately not return to those murky waters.

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George1137 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Good George
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

I've been to George twice now...would be 3 but the place was so packed at 10 pm on a thursday nite that they weren't letting anyone in. There's a real absence of modern loungey places in the city (no thanks to our draconian liquor laws) that aren't attached to hotels, so kudos to George.

On the occasions that i did get in, food is good although a bit predictable (raise your hand if you're tired of tuna sashimi and spring rolls) but despite that ubiquity, well prepared and creative. My fav dish so far is the oh so tender beef in the 'me' section, nicely presented on a yummy mound of potatoes, cheese and prosciutto. Dessert list as well that'll more than satisfy sweet snobs like me.

Service is a bit slow on the floor, kinda like the conjoined brix but they're very friendly and yaletown-beautiful...heavens knows how a doorman manages to look like he stepped out of vogue uomo but i ain't complainin'.

The bar however is where this place really shines. Except for coffee that has to be fetched from brix (despite a gleaming espresso machine in full teasing view) you'd be hardpressed to find a better show of enthusiastic muddling in the city. These guys are serious about their cocktails and as polite and attentive as they come. And for lightweights like me, there's a simple but comprehensive wine by the glass list.

Place is not big but loads of seating thanks to a big wrap-around bar & banquettes. Only gripe i have is the breeziness by the floor to ceiling windows and entrance when the place is not packed with hotties...but hey, there's always the cozy back room with fireplace.

My new fav lounge...if i can get in next time.

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