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trestarVancouverSince January 10, 200812 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food2.5 (2.6)
  • Service3 (2.8)
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Latitude3250 Main Street, Vancouver
Brunch service needs work - will have to come back for dinner..
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2011 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

Went here for brunch with the other half. Interestingly designed space - when we walked in the restaurant looked empty until we were seated facing the booths which were full. The restaurant picked up over the hour we were there (between 11:00 and noon)

Brunch service - wait staff was rather indifferent - moved slowly and deliberately and gave vague answers when you asked a question (ie "Can I get Monterey Jack instead of Feta?" "I can see if our chef will agree to it" and then did not come back to tell me if that was ok or not, just sent out the plates 20 minutes later). They did not ask how we enjoyed our meal.

He ordered the shortrib hash ($14) and I ordered the Huevos Divorciados ($11 - with Monterey Jack instead of Feta). Portion size for the shortrib hash was much smaller than what you would pay $14 for - it was smaller than my (cheaper) dish. He got about a 6" round of yam/potato hash, some shortrib, and 1 piece of toast (cut into 2 pieces). It tasted "good" but afterwards he had to get a snack (elsewhere). Mine was "good" but on the cold side: the tortilla was crispy even with the black beans and cheese on it plus the sunny side up egg - i should have asked for a more well done egg. What kind of ruined the dish were the salsas - right-out-of-cold-storage cold. I appreciate that it's supposed to be "fresh" but it severely cooled down the rest of the dish.

Overall the concept and menu was great but we were left feeling like we needed something more - warmer service, warmer food, better value for the $... on the plus side the dinner menu looks great so we will be back to check that out eventually.

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Romer's Burger Bar1873 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Solid Joint
Submitted Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 10:55am [Dine in]

Friends and I had dinner here a couple weeks ago - arrived about six on a midweek evening, place wasn't busy yet. Decor is pretty fancy for a burger joint but hear it is not much changed from the steakhouse it used to be, however it suits the neighbourhood/demographic/menu. Burgers aren't "cheap" but for the filling/variety you get is very good value. It's true there are no sides with the burgers, you have to buy them separately but a $4 side of fries feeds 4.

Between the four of us we tried the Rodeo Star (i'm a sucker for bbq sauce on my burger), the Man's Man (significant other said it made the "top" of his "best burgers ever" list), and 2 Americanos (one with a veggie patty). Loved the brioche bun. All of us were STUFFED yet managed to make room for the drunken donuts (mmm).

We'll definitely be back. Nice place to have a burger, beer, and watch the game (lots of TVs around). Some "criticisms" - the dill dip that you pay extra for to dip the fries - I've had better (i.e. Red Onion in Kerrisdale); the website is too slow; the private room downstairs looks awkward as is right across from stall bathrooms.

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Prix-Fixe Menus Good Value
Submitted Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Went here just before the Olympics for a Valentine's dinner. They had a prix-fixe menu of approx $45-55 for 3 courses. One of the best meals we've ever had. This is a foodie's restaurant and I really love what they are doing with the 100-mile menu. Excellent salad and soup starters, melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin, sweet desserts. Service very attentive, my only peeve was where we were seated, they served drinks over the railing rather than at the table, but is but a minor peeve.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Salty
Submitted Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

Was going to order the halibut tacos but my eyes were bigger than my stomach and ordered a beef/chicken taco/burrito combo instead. Everything we ordered was ridiculously salty - perhaps to cover the fact that the chicken and beef was dry, but the same went for all the other items on the plate - refried beans, chile rellenos, rice. Mentioned it to the server who said, "Yeah, we get that a lot."

Authentic Mexican this is not! If you want something fresh tasting, that takes you back to that vacation in Los Cabos etc, you are better off going to La Taqueria downtown but sadly they are a mostly take-out joint.

Other than that the drinks are great, the service is adequate, and the patio is hopping on any sunny afternoon. Is good value because they have an Entertainment Book coupon. I would recommend this place for drinks and appies but based on my experience with the entrees... meh.

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Pourhouse Restaurant162 Water Street, Vancouver
Nouveau Hipster Joint
Submitted Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

Went here for a birthday with high expectations because of some colleague reviews but was ultimately disappointed.

The service is accommodating and knowledgeable but not very timely. After about a 20 minute wait for 2 raspberry-mint mojitos and a gin cocktail, when it finally arrived we were told "We hand-crush the ice." Well then.

Seriously? I wondered? I have no idea how hand-crushed ice makes a drink that much more special, other than being time consuming to make.

I get what they are trying to do with the locally sourced meat/fish/produce. I understand this isn't Earl's or any other similar chain, I just didn't see the value in what they were offering... the special touches (Berkshire pork, espresso-braised shortrib, the aforementioned hand-crushed ice) are lost on the regular folk who are then served fries in cups with mini ramekins of ketchup and mayo - and the mayo isn't even a garlic aoili or anything remotely interesting. Upon entrance, the unsuspecting might find themselves a little lost in this nouveau hipster joint.

That said, the atmosphere is great. Lovely exposed beams and bricks. Music is not too loud. And again, the service is very good considering.

My recommendation is that this is a pretty good place for drinks, if you don't mind waiting longer than average for a mixed drink. Beer and wine should be no problem though. But beware your wallet: my single-shot rum mojito with the hand-crushed ice cost me $14+++ so was not too impressed with the bill either.

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Tora Sushi805 Boyd Street, #120K, New Westminster
Decent
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Sushi was fresh, tastes good. Portions relatively generous. Tempura a bit on the mushy side though, and the spicy in the spicy rolls is nothing but hot sauce - as is the case with many sushi joints. It doesn't pretend to be something it isn't though. Service is friendly, there seems to be quite a few regulars/locals who know the servers, and they look like they do healthy business in take-out orders and local strip mall employee breaks. Recommend.

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Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Needs some work.
Submitted Friday, October 9, 2009 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

Decided to come here for a coworker's birthday lunch. The online menu makes it sound really promising however... we showed up at 1:15 and it wasn't very busy... put in our order and over the next few minutes the waitress had to come back to us to say that the Diet Pepsi mix was running low, would we like a different drink? Then, they only had one more order of butternut squash soup left, who wants it? We also ran into another colleague who had been waiting for her lunch with her friend for over 30 minutes only to be told that the cooks forgot to make it... would she mind waiting? (She ended up taking it to go.)

Despite this we stayed (as we had also already put in our order)... took us about 30 minutes to get our food. All grilled sandwiches that came out... cold. The bread was a loaf I could have bought at Safeway myself. Overall not impressed.

I don't mind spending $12 for a soup/sandwich once in a while but I'd like it to be hot please. There are places that serve it hotter, faster, and have better value (ahem, Argo's...) And I don't like to see the kitchen staff walking into the dining area with a smoke in hand ready to go on their break while we are still waiting for our lunch to be served. It felt like the waitress was being hung out to dry because she had to go to every table and apologize for the lack of food/mixups that were going on.

The restaurant opens at 12. The soup that is on their regular lunch AND dinner menu ALL THE TIME is already run out by 1:30? Come on.

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Santorini Restaurant345 North Road, Coquitlam
Great Service, Good Food
Submitted Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 10:38am [Dine in]

I've been to many Greek restaurants before and have learned to expect the following: lots of blue and white paint; lots of plants; loud music. I expect large-ish portions, and to be charged for extra tzatziki or hummous, or extra pita. It's just what I've learned. Service-wise, ranges from super attentive to mostly indifferent.

We went to Santorini on Sept 20 for my brother's birthday. There were 7 of us in the party. It was fairly early, about 6:30 - the restaurant was pretty empty for a Sunday night. Not sure if that's because it's just a slow night or slow season in general. Our waitress was very attentive - turning down the music in our section, closing the blinds while the sun was glaring in our faces... she even set aside the beer specials for our table because they were running out of the special, and knew that we really liked it. She took hints and filled water without interrupting the conversations we were having... was inscenced on our behalf with the kitchen staff when two of our meals didn't come with tzatziki sauce... separated our bills for us without making a fuss (and let us know that she might not have done it properly)... and at the end, when we paid, informed us that we tipped too much! (For us, she HAD messed up the bill a little bit - charged one couple in our party for some of the drinks I had - so to even it out we had them under-tip while we over-tipped, so she got an even tip overall.)

The food was decent. We had a few different souvlakis - beef and chicken and lamb, spanakopita entree and moussaka entree. The souvlakis & spanakopita entrees tasted great, served with large portions of rice, side of potato and greek salad. The moussaka was somewhat lacking, but might have been a matter of opinion at the time.

Almost everyone went home with leftovers. In my mind if you are paying $16 for an entree and you get two meals out of the deal, that's pretty good value overall.

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Asakusa Sushi4729 Kingsway, Burnaby
Great sushi, Good Value, Service Lacking
Submitted Friday, December 19, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

I've been to Asakusa many times and was generally my go-to sushi place but stopped going about a year ago because I was so turned off by their service. You ask for water, the server comes back with tea. They forget your pop and still charge you for it. The lighting in the restaurant is full-on, yet it is impossible to make eye contact with your server. These admittedly are minor quirks but one day I had just had it, and stopped going for about a year.

Well, I returned recently to see that things haven't really changed however I'm not sure if it's because of a lack of training or lack of actual staffing (the back end is very crowded at times).

Asakusa has great sushi - fresh, tasty, good portions. The 'other stuff' (teriyaki, tempura) is done really well too. It is a popular place. Just don't expect fine-dining service.

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Timbre Restaurant2068 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
nice addition to The Drive
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Stumbled on this place looking for a place for lunch this past weekend. I'd heard the name before on Urban Diner and was honestly expecting something more fine-dining but despite my original thinking, was pleasantly surprised. Canadian food - what a concept!

We came during lunch/brunch hour - the menu was fairly simple - sandwiches/wraps, salads, and burgers. I ordered the BLT and my partner ordered the Chicken Club. Standard fare and hard to screw up... I had the yam fries - really good, crispy not soggy, v. good garlic mayo (had actual garlic chunks in it).

The service was fairly attentive, it wasn't terribly full but 70% of the tables were occupied. The decor is casual with a big Douglas Fir bar and reclaimed doors painted with northern/winter themes. I wonder if they flip them over for the summer with a summer them? Heh.

This is a good place for a casual date or get together with a small group (max 4, 6 would be pushing it). I look forward to coming back for the live music. Because of the size of the space I wouldn't recommend for larger groups.

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
great fish but...
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

I took my boyfriend out for his birthday dinner here in November 07... while the food and service was really good, the only thing I have a bone to pick with is the menu. They serve fish in like, 27 varieties and styles, but each "entree" comes with the exact same vegetables and starch. While I can see this may have been an executive decision to cut costs and may actually change from day to day, it leaves a little bit wanting for the rest of the meal. I realize that there are places like er... Earl's and Cactus Club that will do the same thing, but all of their entrees have at least *some* variety in their sides where you won't feel like a knob asking to make a change or substitution. I like if I'm ordering an entree that is different than my partner's, that I would be able to taste what he has to complement his meal as well. I felt slightly cheated in this, but, the sablefish and mahi mahi were both awesome so am still able to give the restaurant a solid rating.

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Death by Chocolate1598 West Broadway, Vancouver
terrible, terrible, terrible
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

i went here in late november for dessert after a nice dinner at a different restaurant. figured we'd make use of our entertainment book... what a waste.

I agree with all the other reviews - place needs sprucing up BADLY, the menus are old, tired, and sticky... half of the stuff on the menu they don't make anymore. I ordered something that was supposed to have chocolate cake in it. What I got was partially cooked batter. Even the sauce couldn't mask how badly done it was. My boyfriend ordered a cheesecake, also the driest cheesecake we have ever tasted. We complained to the waitress, her response, "It comes to us like that, it's fully cooked." So you can tell it's definitely not made in house anymore. And anything that is served warm is actually just microwaved.

Also, they don't serve "Dessert" until 7:00 PM. So they have coffee and pre-cut cake and pastires until then. Honestly what's the difference?

A place called "Death by Chocolate" evokes something romantic, sensuous, and decadent. My senses were overloaded, that's for sure... and not in a good way. Overall, just terrible. I wish I had the guts to refuse to pay for the desserts (even with the coupon)... honestly for the value we could have gone to Dairy Queen and died from chocolate overload because at least what we would have ordered there would have actually resembled the description from the menu.

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