Submitted Friday, September 23, 2011 - 8:10pm [Dine in]
The restaurant was packed, cramped and noisy. It was impossible to have a conversation.
The food was in quite small portions (for the hungry young adults in our group) and it was very salty.
This would be our last option to eat out in this neighborhood.
We might go back on a quieter night.
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Submitted Friday, September 23, 2011 - 8:02pm [Dine in]
We have had two good dinners recently (2011!) at the Katzenjammer, and I am prompted to write this review because we want more people to enjoy the food there and consequently the restaurant to be open more!!!
On recent visits to Vancouver we found it mysteriously closed --- and NOT by the City! The food is super and very well-priced. We totally agree with the previous good reviews.
The ambiance is northern European with wooden floors, the kitchen in complete view, comfortable lighting and old movie posters from the belle epoch of German cinema. If you are lucky, you can get a table by the window and watch the passing scene on Tenth Avenue and the hoi polloi pack into the noisy franchise restaurant across the road ...
We had half pints of import beer for $5 (on special) and ordered Jaeger Schnitzel with two optional side orders of potato pancakes and sauerkraut all for $18. The mushroom sauce on the (very tender) Schnitzel was very rich and delicious. The potato pancakes did have quite a hint of nutmeg, but I like that, so not problem for me. My dining companion was enjoying his beer and Schnitzel so much he didn't notice.
Dessert looked good but the portions are very big so we did not have room.
Our only complaint is that the Katzenjammer is not open often enough!
Presently it is closed on Monday and Tuesday like many good restaurants in this neighbourhood.
Wednesday and Thursday the hours are from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Friday and Saturday it stays open to 9:30 pm.
Brunch (and smaller portions of the entrees) is served on Saturday and Sunday.
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Submitted Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 10:25pm [Dine in]
This is the second time we have eaten at the Bella Roma this week, so that is a recommendation for a start.
Both times we wanted to eat in the Tenth Avenue neighbourhood of Point Grey.
The first time we were taken there by our French friends who did not want to eat in the "Provence" restaurant because they were returning home to the South of France! Plus we did not have a reservation.
The decor of the Bella Roma was inviting and clean, with subdued but adequate lighting. The diners do not feel they are "on stage"; the atmosphere is quite private. Even though it was quite late on a week night, we were welcomed in and given a lovely table.
The server was charming, patient and attentive. (She did NOT smell of perfume!)
The chef and owner was friendly and good-humoured. (See previous reviews!)
We were immediately served with a complimentary little appetizer.
Three of us had pasta dishes --- delicious and filling and the others opted for pizza. They said the pizza was very good but maybe the crust could have been thinner. It looked thin to me, but maybe in France it is twirled in the air more!
When we returned this evening with our family, we tried different pastas and all were satisfactory.
The entrees look good, but our family seems to crave pasta, and the pleasure of eating out is that everyone can order a different dish. The clientele was a mix of families and couples with enough space for us not to be elbowing each other.
This is a good place for lunch or dinner and to entertain others in comfortable surroundings.
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