Submitted Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 12:52pm [Dine in]
Wow. Wow. Wow. This place is such a little gem. The food is amazing. (Try the calamari - your taste buds will jump for joy.) The service is sensational: super friendly and they know their stuff. I could sit there all night to enjoy the ambience and INCREDIBLE tapas and wine. Go - just go. You won't regret it. (I'm now there at least once a month... just can't get enough.)
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Submitted Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 12:33pm [Dine in]
A group of friends went here for brunch one Sunday. It was a busy day. There were 6 of us. It took about 20 minutes to say hello to us. Which wasn't too bad. But it got worse. After waiting about 45 mintues, we finally ordered our breakfast. And then we waited. And waited. Trays of breakfast passed us. Our coffee ran out. Finally after 90 minutes the waitress/assistant manager informed us that our breakfast would be another 45 minutes AT LEAST (if we were lucky) as the kitchen was backed up.
So we left and went up to Davie Street for brunch (LUNCH at this point in the day) at Moxie's. It was great. Very prompt. Awesome friendly service. Delicious food. Moxie's saved the day, hands down.
This was the third attempt at Marmalade. It's in my neighbourhood and I believe in supporting the local spots. However each time I've been there it's been a disappointment. Even the ambience, while pretty cool on the water, the accoustics suck. Food was never anything to rave about. And you know the rest. I recommend trying Fiddlehead Joe's (if they don't run out of food) and Thai Chilli House. Always better bets than Marmalade.
Submitted Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 11:28am [Dine in]
I went to Il Nido after a friend recommended it for its pretty courtyard patio. I was not disappointed. While we're in the middle of the city (off Robson), it's quiet and you really feel like you're away from it all.
After that first recommendation, I've been a few more times. The latest time, there were about 4 of us dining, and we started with calamari and bread with dips. Nice wine to match. My main was the lamb chops - divine. Friends had risotto, the ravioli and chicken. Fantastic.
There is a draw back - the portion size (for hungry men). The women were satisfied, while the lone man was a little hungry still.
Don't go if you're in a rush. And that isn't the point. I think this place is meant to be savoured.
On an interesting side note, the owner came to say hello to us. Nice touch.
I'll be going again, for sure. This city hideaway is a treat.
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