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trenzyVancouverSince January 2, 200836 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
An instant hit!
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 12:18am [Dine in]

My wife had tried Lombardo's a couple of times with her friends and had been raving that the pizza was just like we had in Italy. After having tried many places in Vancouver, and being disappointed, i was skeptical of this one as well.

I couldn't have been more surprised though. The food that our table immediately reminded my of italy... the fresh ingredients, the brick oven at the back. Our crust wasn't soggy as some of the others had complained... but just right. We had 5 different pizzas between us and each was one perfectly cooked.

The best of the best in my opinion would have been the caprese salad pizza which had a perfect light taste to it. As in Italy there is plenty of cheap wine served in jugs to make the night just that much better.

The service was excellent, sure it's in a mall but it still manages to bring home that feel of Italy. The only improvement i would consider would be a couple of higher end meats on the pizza. I would like an actual proscuitto pizza (and not just ham)... but everything else definately makes up for it.

We'll be back time and time again.

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Rugby Beach Club Grille950 W Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Cheap drinks, that's it.
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Okay, go for cheap drinks, but that's all. There is no good food (with the exception perhaps of one good salad). The service is very annoying... they are very proud of their "drink tents"... "have you checked out our drink tent?"... argh.

We came here at 9:30 one night for a late night snack... but guess what... they were closed for the day. What kind of restaurant closes at 9:30 on a Friday night?? That's right... one that we won't be returning too.. the cheap drinks aren't worth the rest of the poor experience.

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FigMint Restaurant & Lounge500 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Bad Brunch
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

We hit figmint after not being able to get into DimSum at Kirin. Very disappointing. The room was nice, in a weird hotel and the service was quite good as well.

However the brunch was not very good at all. Every thing that was served was over priced and overdone. When you start adding unnecessary ingredients the quality of the meal goes down very quickly.

We left unhappy, a little poorer, and still hungry. It's a shame because we heard good reviews about this place. Maybe we'll give them another shot at dinner.

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Arriva Ristorante Italiano1537 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Decent...
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

Pretty much the only thing I can say about this place is 'decent'. There's nothing wrong with the pasta, it's pretty good. The osso buco was well cooked, but there was nothing igniting any passion either. The room looks like it hasn't been updated in 15 years along with the menu.

The food, while tasty, is not fresh and doesn't take advantage of the terrific fresh food that you will get in a truly italian experience. I am more hard on Italian restaurants as i have high expectations... but this one just really didn't deliver.

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Urban Thai Bistro1119 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Sub-par food
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

We have gone to Urban Thai Bistro twice, once for a regular meal and once for All you can eat at lunch on the weekend. Both times we were pretty disappointed. The food feels like a westernized take at Thai rather than the real thing.

In addition they stray considerably from Thai on the menu at points as well. For Yaletown, this is way below the average restaurant. For vancouver, this is not a very good Thai restaurant... i would suggest walking down two blocks to Simply Thai.

The AYCE was not worth it either, we left pretty unsatisfied.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Great Service, great room
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

This is a casual experience that is very satisfying. They serve the best beer in the city. A place that has Harp, Kilkenny, and Smitwicks on tap is already top of the list of pubs in my opinion.

The food is good, comfort food. Bangers and mash is our staple everytime we go... but have tried the pot pie, the burger, and fries.

We have always sat in the back (covered patio area) and it has great ambience... seats aren't too comfortable, it's cramped, but it's a great time. The service is very good and not hard to get a hold of for more drinks.

Always a favourite and will continue to be so.

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Subeez Cafe891 Homer Street, Vancouver
Great for a Party
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 11:14am [Dine in]

We've been to Subeez for many parties and after the hockey game. The martini's are strong and beer is very good (and pretty cheap when ordered in pitchers).

If you need to eat... have the yam fries... and you'll find yourself craving them long after you leave. In general, all the food seems to finicky, 3 sauces for the fries, the sandwiches have too many ingredients. The food is all fine, but if you are going for dinner, i would look somewhere else.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Great Staff, Amazing Food, Not to be missed
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 11:05am [Dine in]

We've been to Gotham a couple of times in the last year and I can't sing it's praises loud enough. The bread, the steak, the sides are all very high quality.

The staff was very friendly and walks through the menu each time. My father in law tried to order a medium well steak and our waiter spent 5 minutes convincing him to order something below medium... as it turns out, everything was cooked around medium rare (with the exception of my requested rare steak) and my father in law was won over.

The room feels like a steak house but the class of a fine dining restaurant. If you want a great steak in Vancouver, skip Morton's... avoid the keg like a plague and spring for 10 bucks more for this quality.

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Ouisi Bistro3014 Granville Street, Vancouver
Party on the Patio
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 10:58am [Dine in]

We hit Ouisi Bistro after stuffing ourselves at Shabusen for drinks and a good time. A few people ordered food, but there weren't rave reviews. Pick a nice night in the summer and make sure you sit out back. You wouldn't expect that Ambiance at the back of a granville street restaurant.

We were moved inside after 12, as the neighbor (apparently a crotchity old woman) complains whenever there's a slight noise. Not a big deal though and the party continued for longer.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Another great patio on Commercial
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 10:53am [Dine in]

Stella's is a perfect place to sit outside and watch the nightlife in the area. The beer selection is their specialty and they don't disappoint. While expensive for a small little bottle of Belgian beer, it's very good.

Don't even bother with the food, it's very poorly done and slathered in Mayo... but it's a bar... so don't expect anything more.

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Havana Restaurant1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great patio...that's about it
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 10:46am [Dine in]

Contrary to some of the reviews on here, we had a good experience the first time we went to Havana... the pasta was quite well done. However, the 2nd time we went was for appy's and drinks.

I was very disappointed, we ordered an appy platter and very little was edible on the plate. Poorly conceived and executed. What was more disappointing was that our drinks weren't good either. The sangria tasted like juice, my beer was warm.

It does have one of the best patio's in the city, and our dog was able to hang out with us for drinks, so that's a definate positive.

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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
A perfect little bite.
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

This is not dinner... as long as you come in with this expectation, you will leave happy and better for the experience. When we had just returned from Italy, and heard of a place serving cheese and cured meat... we couldn't say no.

The concept is quite strong... and the staff is unpretencious and willing to help pair the meats and cheeses and wines.

We rreally loved the writing beside each meal and wine to ensure we didn't forget. Too often when you're having flights of wine/beer/food... you just forget what is what. It was really fun to try the different sides with the the courses to see what really worked well together.

The location, we love it. Sure it's down a dark alley in Gastown... but it isn't that bad. We never felt unsafe for our entire walk down, it just added to the experience.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
People are crazy :)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

This place is the best place for sushi in Burnaby. I'm almost drooling thinking about their Alaska roll (how do they make it so good).

Okay, get some things out of the way... it's not the most authentic place (korean?), the sashimi could be better quality, but the price is right and you never leave upset. There's a couple of AYCE places in the area (Fish on Rice, and Sui Sha Ya) but this is a cut above.

By Burnaby standards, 5 stars... vancouver maybe 3.5. But it won't stop me from going here time and time again for work lunches.

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Lost it's edge?
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

Bishop's was one of those restaurants of my must-go-to list. Finally we were able to go over Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we were not blown away. Not to oversell this fact, it was good... it was definately better than your average restaurant... but it also wasn't spectacular, which is what I expect from a restaurant mentioned in the same breath as Lumiere, West, C, etc.

The service was okay, but we just came out feeling very unimpressed and would hesitate to recommend this to friends or family. My parents had been a huge fan of Bishop's, and made recipe's from his cookbook when I was growing up. My mother would tell me stories of going into the restaurant and telling John himself that she couldn't quite get the recipe right... he would end up taking her in the kitchen and showing her the tricks.

This type of passion was nowhere to be seen and the tables around us were subdued and not full of passion... the sign of a stuffy, rather boring, experience.

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E Tea3281 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
Horrible Bubble Tea
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

I drive by this place on the way to and from work and i stopped in one day to fill a craving. I couldn't have come out more disappointed.

I ordered my regular Mango Slush with Pearls, and they proceeded to throw a bunch of syrup in a blender with some ice. The result was a flavorless mess... the ice wasn't well blended, and the pearls were frozen.

This is the worst bubble tea I've had in Vancouver, steer clear.

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No. 1 Beef Noodle House4741 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Perfect for what it is
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

This is a great little noodle place hidden away in what would appear to be a struggling strip mall beside moscrop school and kitty corner to BCIT.

My coworker took me to lunch here one day and I was very surprised when i walked in. A modern, and clean eatery was what my first impression was. I ordered the Spicy Beef Noodle soup (my staple when eating Taiwanese noodles) and is was cooked very well. I think the beef could use more time braising but overal very good.

The Bubble tea, what I really love in a place like this was top quality. The bubble tea around burnaby is not very good, surprisingly enough... but No 1 Beef Noodle does not disappoint in any way. They bring it out in a big beer stein that hits the spot when eating the spicy soup.

We've been back a few more times already... perfect for a quick work lunch.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Our neighborhood Sushi choice.
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Living in the Cambie area, there's really only two choices for high quality sushi (Shijo and Toshi's). While both are quite strong, Shiro excels in service, and wait times. Due to the construction, it's been slower as of late, but still consistently busy. The service of the sushi chef and all the waitresses is quite strong.

The Wild Salmon and Fresh Crab in the California rolls is a nice change from the run of the mill restaurants in the area. The price is a step up from those places but still grounded in reality. The shiro roll (a jumbo roll i imagine pieced together with the leftover bits of all the fish on the chef's table) was fantastic... it was huge and hard to each but the flavor was very good. Different from other house rolls, the flavors seem to blend rather than just being a miss match of whatever is lying around.

You won't be upset by this place.

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Black Tuna Japanese Bistro1184 Denman, 202, Vancouver
A great find
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

We had driven by Black Tuna many times, but decided to go in just before Christmas. The restaurant was fairly empty but had a great view.

We were going out for a drink and dinner prior to my company staff party and we picked the perfect place. When we arrived they brought out a complementary mackerel dish which started everything perfectly. The wine was also well priced.

We ordered a few of the special rolls (can't think of their names off the top of my head), but they were very delicious. The rice (which I find to be the true distinguisher between good and bad sushi) was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth.

It was a little higher price than your general fair, but for the location in English bay, really quite affordable.

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Seto Japanese Restaurant8460 Alexandra Road, #155, Richmond
Food is the star!
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

We went to Seto on the recommendation of our Japanese friend. Apparently a family run establishment we looked forward to what they had to offer.

When we arrived (without a reservation), the place was packed. But despite having a party of 5 people, they still found room to accomodate us after a 15 minute wait. The place is pretty low key, fairly commonplace for other japanese restaurants.

The menu was pretty chaotic... each page a different format, pictures/no pictures, font different (am i being picky?) but nonetheless we managed to figure out a solid order for the 5 of us.

The food started coming and we were blown away. The regular Tuna sashimi was so tender that it could have passed for Toro in other restaurants. Warning, you better be really hungry if you order the house roll because it's massive (delicious though).

All in all a great place... for 5 of us, we were absolutely stuffed on very high quality food for under the price of all you can eat dinner in the area. We will be back.

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Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Why did it take us so long!?
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

We moved in to the Cambie neighbourhood about 2 years ago, and only visited the Dutch Shoe for breakfast two weeks ago. I don't know what we were thinking!

I will likely echo the majority of comments on here. The food is delicious. I had the cordon bleu pannakoek and that, with the addition of their hollandaise sauce was amazing.

It's hearty, it's authentic (a little kitch perhaps), and the service for us has been very strong. Since our first visit, we went back again this weekend to the same rave reviews. It will be tough to avoid going here every weekend for breakfast/brunch. This was an instant favorite.

The heads floating in the big giant shoe above the cash register though.. kinda disturbing :)

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