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tentalesVancouverSince November 18, 200712 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Displaying 1 - 12 of 12 Reviews Found
Five Sails Restaurant999 Canada Place, Suite 410, Vancouver
Very personal service! European flair! Culinary Heaven!
Submitted Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend invited me for my birthday to this wonderful restaurant. I was hesitant at first when I heard it was a "hotel restaurant". Nothing could be further from the truth. It's independently owned by a husband & wife team and just happens to be in Canada Place which also houses the Pan Pacific hotel. The owner is an Austrian chef with the imagination and skill.

I'm the proverbial "man who has everything" and dined in the finest establishments on 3 continents and it's difficult to surprise me. Well, I was surprised. I chose their current 5 course tasting menu for $88 with wine pairing for $58. Not inexpensive, but excellent value for what was offered. The twists on scallops, duck & deer to mention just 3 of the leading dishes, were truly inventive and utterly delicious. I seriously thought about licking the plate clean :)

My ladyfriend enjoyed the fois gras and afterwards lobster immensely. The freshness and subtle flavours in each prepared dish are memorable.

Gerry, the lady of the house came over to congratulate and couldn't have been more attentive and warm.
As goes for the rest of their staff. We had 2 different servers wait on us and both were knowledgeable and incredibly attentive.

Towards the end of our meal I wanted to enjoy an espresso. However, it was the typical Saeco machine, too much water-too little crema kind. After I mentioned it to one of our servers he immediately agreed and suggested I try their tea. Even though the coffee is quality made by Illy, it's in the preparation. However, their tea is tasty (I had Earl Grey) and definitely *not* Tetley!

3 hours fine dining with a fantastic view, fantastic service. I'll be back here long before the next birthday.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Special Occasion
Submitted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 10:56am [Dine in]

I took my girlfriend out for her birthday last night and we both thoroughly enjoyed the food & service.
The cuisine is an interesting fusion of European / Asian / West-Coast fair.
The fish, both sushi & cooked is delightful and fresh. Try their Uni! It's like "fois gras of the sea". You will never accept "fishy smelling" Uni at your regular Sushi place ever again, after learning here what FRESH really means.

Service is attentive, charming and very knowledgeable.

Sure, it comes at a price, but you typically get what you pay for it. If you want Cactus Club prices, walk a block.. the CC is around the corner. This is for the discerning foodie or gourmet.
I recently had the pleasure of trying their partner restaurant the "Araxi" in Whistler. Different menus but same standard.

Blue Water's wine list is probably one of the best you will find in Vancouver. Despite what you might think though, there are good value bottles amongst the otherwise typical high-markup Bordeaux finds. Although I'm quite knowledgeable on wine, I enjoyed using the Sommeliers advice. The Angelo Gaja was delicious :)

We'll definitely be back, after I pay down the mortgage I took out (kidding!). Seriously, you go once or twice a year to this kind of place.

One small complaint. While 90% of the diners were dressed appropriately, it still surprises me to see some people dressed as if they're dining at McDonalds. Seriously folks, if you have the dough to eat at such a fine establishment, buy a collared shirt and some slacks and blend in! Not that the restaurant is snobby in any form or shape, but it's a show of respect to your fellow diners to not come in sweats & sweater.

To all future diners. If you get a chance, ask to be served by Erica. Not to take anything away from other waiters, but we thoroughly enjoyed her warm & attentive service.

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
A slice of Europe...
Submitted Friday, February 26, 2010 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

I'm originally from Europe and have lived in Germany, France, Switzerland among other countries and would consider myself a foodie that both loves to cook at home as well as venture out and sample the great cuisine this wonderful city has to offer.

I moved here in 2007 and have eaten at Provence at least 30 times since then. Many Brunches, Dinners and in-betweens. Lately, I've even tested them during the Olympics. I continue to be impressed by the quality of their food and the above average service.

Even during the most busiest times, the service is prompt and I've never waited longer than 20mins for a dish. Maybe some of the recent negative reviews have high expectations, but I would say this, along with Bistro Pastis in the Kits, Provence is the best value in French Bistro eating in Vancouver.

Get on their mailing list and enjoy great Menu specials "for the locals" every now and then.

Bon Appetit!

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Ki-Isu Japanese Resturant1275 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Ahh-so! There is an affordable friendly and good sushi in Yaletown afterall :)
Submitted Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Near Urban Fare on Pacific is this hole in the wall fresh sushi place. Unlike a nearby competitor, this place greets you with friendly face and is courteous throughout the lunch service. Prices are not cheap but by no means expensive. Their takeout specials are mostly below $10, but if you eat-in for lunch, you spend about $40 for 2 incl. tip but without alcohol. The portions are above average and they have a few surprising specials on the menu. The food is fresh and the atmosphere cosy. The interior is a bit dated and worn though. Also cleaning around the banquet seats, floor and windows would maybe improve things. Otherwise, solid performance. I'll return.

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Honjin Sushi138 Davie Street, Vancouver
going down - had enough of their rude careless service
Submitted Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I must have eaten over 50 times at this Sushi place to get my fix during the past 4 years. While the service was never great, it is has become increasingly annoying. They spill green tea, or the tempura sauce half the time because they don't even look at the table when they're "dropping it off". In particular one gal that seems to really dislike her job. If you're not happy woman, why don't you do us all a favour and not work in service anymore?
Then lately, the prices went up, the portions went down, especially on their Lunchtime Sashimi special. There's plenty of other Sushi places within 500m of your location. People, don't put up with their rude & careless behaviour anymore. I'm done with them.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Overrated
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 11:46pm [Dine in]

Let's look at what the star ratings mean. 1=Poor, 2=Decent, 3=Solid, 4=Outstanding, 5=Incredible. Quick summary: Food is solid, Ambiance is Solid, Service is decent but nothing I would describe as Outstanding or Incredible!

Let's examine Cru's DOV offering tonight. $38 for tiny portions of either soup or carpaccio. The caesar salad is $3 surchage. Yes, $3 more for a salad!! Comparing with the appy menu, the same caesar is $11 vs $12 for the carpaccio. Don't dare to ask your server about it though, he'll come back and ask if he can bring you a calculator.

Going by the previous reviewer's assessment of the "crispy duck" (I love duck usually!) and seeing the duck at our table neighbor, we decided to not order the DOV menu, but stick with the small plates.

So the Caesar was fine, but nothing "outstanding", it's a caesar! The Bruscetta was tasty but too much crispy bread and not enough topping. The foie gras was delicious, but tiny tiny! And the honey drizzled on the accompanying toast bred was just overpowering the taste.
The carpaccio was the best dish, but the portion can again only be described as stingy!

I'm the organizer of a social networking group and have eaten at over 50 Vancouver restaurants previously lived in Europe, Australia and California. I know quality and value when I see it. Cru offers quality, but not great value. With the competitive landscape around Vancouver, I would rather spend my $150 or more at Bistro Pastis, Provence, Lift or Chambar. For that money I expect a little more imagination and no wise cracks from a server when you have a legitimate question.

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Lure45 Songhees Rd., Victoria
Lured & Delighted!
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 12:23am [Dine in]

Absolutely fantastic evening. Made my girlfriend's birthday and my evening very special. Special commendations to our cheerful, friendly and always observing server Kristy. The food was of a very high standard and I was pleasantly surprised at this standard at a resort-like hotel. Even the open wine list was above average and reasonably priced. Coincidently, there was a large fine-dining group enjoying a special set-course dinner in the raised section of the restaurant. While we had also ordered a good selection of food and wine, we were thrilled to be included on several of that group menu's courses (that beet marinated trout was to die for!!) gratis!
That and the best seat in the house with a view of Victoria Harbour!

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Portobello Ristorante1429 W. Broadway, Vancouver
don't lunch here
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

While looking for a new genuine European family-style restaurant for my social group to dine at, I decided to check out Portobello Ristorante on Broadway for a quick lunch.

The interior is clean, tidy and updated well. The background music contemporary italian, but maybe a tad to loud for an empty restaurant. Yes, empty at 12:30pm on a Thursday.
Well, ok, there was 1 other guest. Maybe italian isn't the hottest thing to go out for, but that doesn't explain an empty place at the peak of lunch hour. Maybe it's the timid young server, who can't remember the price for beer or how to smile. Maybe it's the unmotivated chef, that prepares oily pasta to match his hair. Or his recommendation against Parmesan cheese on my partner's vongole pasta, yet pairs his Scaloppini al Limone with spaghetti tomato sauce. Tomato sauce with a white wine lemon sauce on the plate ?? I did request the spaghetti to remain plain without the tomate sauce, hoping it wouldn't incur the "change fee" of $6 on top of the $16 entree. Yes, $16 for a lunch entree.
While the portion was decent, it was too big and pricey for lunch. Yet, quantity never substitutes for quality. The al limone sauce was bland, acidic and contained too much gelatin, flower or some other thickener. Instead of serving the spaghetti in the white wine sauce that's already on the plate, it came with an orange-colored oil that I couldn't identify. It was tasteless and boring. The espresso was ok, but not much above Starbucks quality.

$40 for 2 at lunch with only 1 beer & 2 mediocre plates is way too much. I'll be looking elsewhere to take my group of 25.

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Quamichan Inn, The1478 Maple Bay Road, Duncan
possible tourist trap
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

My S.O. and I recently moved the area. We're both foodies and enjoying cooking up fancy gourmet meals at home. I've lived and travelled globally and have a very good understanding of fine cuisine and service. Even if you're expectations are not 5-star and you just come in for the special BBQ ribs on a Friday night as advertised by the Q.Inn do not be surprised if it ends up dry and cold on your plate, along with the owners reluctant "you don't have to pay for that" comment. Well, my S.O. was hungry and still wanted food. Fine if you take it off the bill but would you mind serving a fresh, warm portion ? Afterall, it's your SPECIAL!! Turns out it was on the bill afterall. "You ordered it again", was the owners excuse. Sure, my lady had to watch me eat and then her's came after I finished. Surely you'd pay full $$$ for that service ??
Sorry we walked in and bothered you on a busy evening. We're new locals and were hoping to be repeat customers. Sorry, first time and last.

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Flite1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
An accidental find, warm and welcoming.
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2007 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Last Friday my girlfriend and I were looking for a new place to eat. I've lived in Vancouver for 1 year and have tried most of the Yaletown and Downtown haunts. Some have become regulars, like Chambar, Lift, Nu and Provence, but occasionally you thirst for something new and a bit different. So checking the local guides I cam across Pinkys. However when we walked up to it, we missed the door and ended up in Flite instead. What a nice accident. It was packed except for 1 table. Despite having no reservation we were seated within a couple of minutes and enjoyed the warm service of Ricki (sp?) the delicious Moules, the fantastic cheese and the yummy wine flights. I personally don't care for Stilton or Cheddar, but they're flexible and will serve you more of the peppered Brie that goes very well with the Pillarbox Shiraz. Also, don't miss the chocolate Trio! The next day was my birthday and after a disappointing experience at Elixir, we came back here to enjoy the chocolate dessert and cheese again. Warm & friendly without the typical Yaletown pretense and low prices to match. Hope it stays that way. Great start guys! I live in the neighborhood and will be back often.

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Elixir350 Davie Street, Vancouver
No romantic dinners here!
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2007 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend took me out to Elixir for my birthday. First, our host says she can't find our reservation, then she admitted that she's new and doesn't know how to operate the computer. Finally someone arrives and instructs her to take our coats.

We're then led into the dining room. Empty!! At 8:15pm on a Saturday night? We should've backed out right then but, the ambience of the room is quite elegant and I was hoping that we could still have a nice evening. So I peruse the Wine list and ask for 2 glasses of Champagne. Our waiter informs us that they're out of 3 of the 4 Champagnes and only the Moet at $26 a glass is available. So, I asked for a bottle of French Pinot Blanc, which at $35/bottle is quite reasonable. 5mins later, he returns stating, they don't have any in the fridge and maybe I should try the $45 Okanagan Blanc, "it's better anyway than the French". Or he can go look in the store room for it. I ask him to do so, only to have him return 5mins later stating that he can't find it and suggesting the next French Pinot Blanc at $60 a bottle. At this time it was 8:30pm and we haven't even had a drink yet.

Next we order an appetizer. The "Moules & Frites". While the moules where fresh, the sauce was watery & plain and the frites were soggy and came with standard mayo & ketchup.

The entrees:
Scallops (with a strange tasting sauce) burned and chewy, the Artic Char with bland tasting vegetables and slightly overcooked fish. In the meantime, the ambience changed from romantic music to lounge beat at double the volume. The adjacent bar was packed with a noisy crowd cheering the hockey game.

We opted out of dessert or further libations and headed for the door. We had to find our own coats because we were given the wrong ticket number earlier.
Suffice to say, we will never return and inform our foodie friends to avoid this place.

Unfortunately, Elixir has become an unquaffable potion of pretense and clueless teen staff.

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Gourmand Alert! Foodie Alert!
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 1:28am [Dine in]

I'm originally from Germany, have lived all over the world and moved to Vancouver this year. I've been sampling the various local gourmet temples and have been most positively surprised by the quality, freshness, unique & friendly style this hidden gem has produced. Excellent place for a romantic night out with your lady if you can appreciate petite but decadent portions. Decadent in their quality not quantity. Although, the wine pairing pours are generous and even at the $40 level for 6 glasses at a surprising quality level. This is a place for food lovers & lovers of slow food. Don't dine & dash here. Forget about the movie afterwards, this place is the main event. We sat for over 4 hours, pacing ourselves through their delightful 6 course Chef's choice and "Your Choice" menus. I will be back at least once a month, as the menu changes frequently with the seasons. Recommended for foodies, internationally spoilt gourmets (Oui, c'est moi :) and anyone enjoying a quiet, non-rushed evening with warm and attentive service. Wow, and this place is 10mins walk from where I live.
Bon App├ętit!

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