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trenzyVancouverSince January 2, 200836 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3 (3.2)
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Displaying 21 - 36 of 36 Reviews Found
Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
100 Mile Menu was a treat
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

It was my birthday on the weekend, and my friends treated me to a dinner at the Raincity Grill. After reading strong reviews for this restaurant and having recently completed reading "The 100 mile diet", Raincity's fresh local ingredients were a real draw.

When we first arrived, we were very impressed by the room and the kitchen. While waiting for our table to be made up, we got a chance to glare into the kitchen which seemed very clean, calm, and professional. A very good sign. The service from the front of house was also exemplary and unpretencious.

The menu was pretty exciting with local ingredients. After reading the 100 mile diet, I had to have the 100 mile tasting menu and I wasn't let down. The flavours were excellent and tasted very fresh. I believe there were 6 courses in all, with the exception of the appetizer and dessert, I couldn't have ordered better dishes off the regular menu. The chicken and duck were cooked perfectly, and the sides were also delicious.

The appetizer and the dessert were okay, but in the spirit of 100 miles, admirable. The only thing I noticed was that there was obviously a limited amount of ingredients (i had marscope mash potatoes on three occasions during the meal).

The rest of the party was also very impressed with the meal. Due to the passion that was evident in the food, the great location and service, we'll be back and will recommend it to all of our friends.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
One of the Best Meals of my Life!
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I feel just as strongly as many of the other writers for this restaurant. We were invited by our friends and were surprised when they had reserved the tasting table for us in the middle of the restaurant.

It was truly an experience. The decor was fresh and felt very west coast, the service was stellar, and that's even before the food arrived. Our personal chef came out and started cooking. I believe there was 7 courses in all... very local fresh food... and each course better than the last. Everything was cooked in front of us and he explained and answered questions as we went.

One of the members of our group had a question about making the perfect risotto and he was glad to explain in full the steps necessary to make what he had just prepared.

It was not a cheap night in any way, but it was truly memorable and re-ignited the passion for local, simple, and delicious food. In sum, Coast is a simple concept, perfected. We will be back as soon as possible to try this again.

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Cafe Kathmandu2779 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Service makes up for decent food
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

When you walk in to Cafe Kathmandu, the experience begins. The pictures on the wall draw you into the experience, and the friendly server (again, I imagine it's the owner) greets you warmly.

He was keen on explaining his menu and walking us through our selections as this was the first time eating nepalese food.

It's tough to rate this, as the food the came out was pretty good, seem well prepared, but lacked flavor. I don't know if this is indicative of all Nepalese food, but it left me wanting something more, something different. It could be that is closely related with the South Indian food I have grown accustomed to eating.

Nonetheless, the warm welcome from the host will encourage another visit at some point. It is rare to be treated so well, and can forgive any shortcomings it may otherwise have.

Parking is a little difficult to find in the neighbourhood too... so walk if you can.

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Ignore the crying kids
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

We've been to Chutney Villa twice in the last year, and we'll be back again soon. You need to go in expecting great food, but a somehow different dining experience. The most recent time we went in, half of the small restaurant was a large table of probably around 30 people. Included in this group were about 15 kids who spent the time running around the restaurant and almost sitting on our feet.

The servers were apologetic, but it was somewhat offputting. All of that distraction faded into the distance when the food arrived. So delicious and the taste is not like any other indian food. We first found this place at EAT Vancouver and tried their stuffed Naan. Make sure this is part of your order when you go there.

The chutneys are delicious, and I always require more to be brought to me throughout the meal. The servers are happy and kind. South Indian food is very delicious and should be tried if you haven't gone there before.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
A fun place to go for Veg
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for a cool, funky, experience, this is the place for you. The food is not terribly great, and the night we went they were out of most of the staples. It just meant that our rice was upgraded to Quinoa, which was actually a great thing.

The food, while different, missed the mark somewhat. I had a mango and bean rice dish. Sounded completely different, and it was... but it wasn't very good either.

The music is hit and miss, i imagine it's just someone's ipod plugged into the stereo and as you know from listening to someone else's 15g ipod, there's a lot of crap. At one point there was a circus song playing for 5 minutes.

It felt grungy, the staff were not very helpful, or happy to be working there... but we knew what to expect going in. I would likely go back with my vegetarian friends from out of town... but there's better fare elsewhere in Vancouver.

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Not a good experience
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

In our quest to find the best indian food in Vancouver, our next stop was Ashiana Tandoori, and we knew pretty quickly that our search would need continue. Walking into the place, it felt like stepped into a time warp. Decor isn't that important but definately helps with first impressions.

The staff throughout the night was fairly helpful, but also somewhat absent. After we ordered and waited, what seemed to be like a long time, the food came.

Everything unfortunately was dissapointing, even my regular Mango Lassi wasn't as good as most other restaurants (and very warm). We read good things about this place but we will not be back. The search continues...

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Senhor Rooster850 Renfrew St., Vancouver
Not what I expected
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

We recently came back from a trip to Macau and had some delicious portuguese food (make sure you go to A Lorcha if you go there). So we had a craving when we came home, after checking out a couple of magazines and DineHere we decided upon Senhor Rooster... and it was alright.

There was definately nothing special about this restaurant and it took our server a few minutes to figure out where to sit us in an empty restaurant (with only 1 or 2 other tables). The service was good, but not great.

We ordered a pitcher of sangria (which was not of the highest quality I'm afraid) and checked out the menu. At first glance it is pretty expensive for the area of town. However when the meals came, we understood why... huge portions and the food was okay, good maybe. But it felt like somewhere I had been 20 years ago, the sauces were heavy and the atmosphere dark.

The flavor did not explode like it did in Macau, and for that we were disappointed. We might give it another try, but there are many of other Portuguese restaurants we want to try again first.

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Falafully Good3170 Oak Street, Vancouver
Falafully Great!
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

This place is a hidden gem on Oak street across from the Blockbuster. I had driven past it time and time again but didn't once go in. One night, i decided I would finally walk down and try it. As Falafel places go, this one is very well maintained. The interior feels clean and modern and the staff is very friendly.

Their menu is quite large, although i stuck with my standby of Chicken Shawarma (the next week I went back for a Lamb). Nothing earth shattering, but that is not what I was looking for. I wanted a delicious shawarma with good fresh tabouleh, tzatziki, hummus and veg.

The wrap was way above expectations and is now my favorite place when I get that craving. Check it out, there's always parking out front, or a quick walk if you live in the area.

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East is East4413 Main St, Vancouver
Great for what it is
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

First off, don't go in expecting a real restaurant. This is a nice place for casual food and fantastic drinks. You can choose to stay, or take out, but either way it's a great little meal that makes you feel good you decided on here instead of Mcdonalds, or Quizno's etc.

The service is always with a smile and i wait for my food over a complimentary chai (even refreshing in the hot summer). When I get home with my roti plate, I enjoy a salad and a soup along side that hit all the right notes.

The drinks however, are the star of the meal... i stick with a Mango Lassi or something similar, but my fellow guests have tried and enjoyed a variety of other drinks.

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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
A personnally tailored experience
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:55am [Dine in]

In July of this year, I emailed Cioppino's to see if they could could a traditionaly italian menu to celebrate my anniversary with my wife. We had honeymooned in Italy and wanted that taste again. I began emailing with what turned out to be Pino, himself, and giving him our requirements for the meal (which were very few).

We agreed on a target price for food and wine, and gave it over to the chef. On the night, we were not disappointed. The wine came out immediately, something delicious that we had never tried before and then the meals started coming. Course after course, everything was delicious and very little of it was on the actual menu.

We were served octopus, uni, lamb, duck, rabbit, beef and the list goes on. We were blown away by the food and it surpassed every expectation that we had. Pino's dedication to his customer's puts him in a class of his own. He made sure to come out at the end of the night and introduce himself.

And to great happiness for my wallet at the end of the night, the bill came exactly to what we had agreed upon. Yes, it was a little more expensive than other places we could have gone, but it was well worth it.

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
THE place for drinks and dessert in Gastown.
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:36am [Dine in]

Chill Winston is the perfect late night place for drinks and dessert. To start out with, we have been here on 3 seperate occasions. The first was for dinner for my dad on Father's day. As echoed by the other reviewers here, the service was unfortunately slow and the food was only okay. The lighting at the table made it very difficult to read the menus. So for dinner, I would caution against this place.

However, as a 2nd stop on the town, Chill Winston is great. The drinks are fresh, and different, and the desserts are delicious. I recently planned a surprise birthday party for my wife, and they were happy to hold an 11pm reservation on a Friday. The place was packed but we just walked into an open table and continued to have a great time. These type of gestures are what put restaurants on a higher level.

We will be back the next time we're out for dinner in Gastown.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great Indian on the West Side
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:29am [Dine in]

We decided to try Akbar's based on reviews here and we weren't disappointed. We have gone 3 times now in the last few months and can't get enough.

The service is very friendly and they are always willing to help out with menu decisions. The actual restaurant is quite boring inside, but it feels clean and comfortable.

For us, this can be closely compared with Maurya (which is just down the street). The food is cheaper and much better in our opinion. While we do have better places we like to visti (Tandoori King on Fraser), this is the best this area has to offer and is well worth the visit.

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Corner 234008 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Good Local Bubble Tea and Snacks
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:23am [Dine in]

We arrived about 5 minutes before closing and the friendly staff was happy to seat us and get us to order before the kitchen closed down. On first entry the place is very well put together, all the tables, and chairs are brand new and it feels very fresh.

The food arrived (Spicy Beef Soup, Fried chicken) and it was good. It's the type of food you crave late at night and Corner 23 did a reasonably good job to fill the craving. I'm pretty picky about my Bubble Tea, but Corner 23 delivered my regular Mango Slush (obviously from real mango and not a syrup) and it made the trip worthwile. As we're in the area, we'll be back... but an improvement in the food would make it a no brainer.

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Gyoza King1508 Robson Street, Vancouver
Always a favourite!!
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:17am [Dine in]

Gyoza King is always our first choice in the West End when we get together with our friends to have a good time. The food is delicious, the servers are very friendly (though sometimes a little hard to understand), and the tables clear rather quickly making it definately worth the wait.

Just thinking about the food now makes my mouth water. The sushi is very fresh, order the assorted sashimi and you'll be very happy. There are so many of dishes that stand out: Saba Miso, the Gyozas, Beef Tataki. The Kinoku Yaki Udon (Mushroom Udon) is delicious and one of my favourite dishes in the city.

If you see something familiar on the menu from other japanese restaurants, order it and be surprised. For example, the agedeshi tofu is not only beautifully presented but also delicious. Expect to spend 30 bucks a person on a meal (with beer) but it's worth every penny.

The only complaint is that the specials aren't too different each time we go and we 'have' to have the same old meals that we have grown to love.

We'll continue to be regulars!

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Belgian Fries1885 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Not bad for fries
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:09am [Dine in]

We went here a couple of months back and it was good. Simply good, however, nothing that would blow your socks off. My wife is a big Poutine fan, and we left feeling rather unimpressed. Unfortunately, even the Poutine at New York Fries rivals this place.

If you're in the neighbourhood with a craving, i think this place is fine, but stick to the fries (the burger and hotdog were quite flavorless), and avoid the bathroom at all costs.

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Dadeo New Orleans Diner & Bar3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Not a Neighbourhood Favourite
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:01am [Dine in]

I live in the Cambie area, and we were thrilled when something opened to replace Tomato. However, our hopes were quickly dashed when we visited for the first time. Our experience echoes the other diners who have commented below, poor service, greasy food, and stale bread.

However, as it was a new restaurant we decided to try it again. To be fair, there was improvement, but still well below the quality of an average Vancouver restaurant.

Dadeo also has very odd opening hours. Despite calling themselves a bar among other things, the doors are always closed when I walk by at 10pm and frequently they aren't open for the whole day.

Only recently has there been live music on one night, I would have imagined this to be the perfect place for live blues on Cambie Street. It's a shame that they aren't better as they're currently cornering the market on affordable non-asian food in the area. You're better off springing 10 more dollars a meal and walking a few doors down to Pied a Terre.

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