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VancityAllieVancouver (Fairview)West coast girl... into snowboarding, surfing, photography, golf, Canucks, blogging, but ultimately a bit of a food snob when it comes to eating out. Loves cooking at home too.Web siteSince April 30, 20107 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)

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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
West Restaurant + Bar2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
West is BACK!
Submitted Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

As I mentioned before in a previous review, I have been going to West for many years now and upon the recent switch of head chef Warren G, I was disappointed with the food.

With a recent lunch at West, I am extremely happy to say it has returned to it's excellent form again. I think Chef David just needed a little time to settle in... and now I can say with full confidence that West is every bit as good as it was before.

I had the scallops to start. Extremely unique with pickled strawberries, rhubarb and an amazing tomato gazpacho. I then followed with the Pea Agnolotti which is in all honestly the BEST pasta dish I have EVER eaten in my life.

Fresh soft pasta filled with spinach and ricotto covered in parmesan shavings, fresh peas, a delightful pea sauce and parmesan foam. I added bacon which I highly recommend... it's amazing. If you have a chance to go there this summer, I highly recommend this dish.

Service was impeccable as always... long-time restaurant manager Brian runs the place like clockwork and the servers are always friendly, courteous and professional with excellent knowledge of the food.

Drinks are always amazing as per the David and David bartending team. You must visit if only for the drinks, but yes, the food is spectacular too.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Wonderful -- but a hassle
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

First -- before you go, you should know that Vij's is more a traditional Indian restaurant but more along the fine dining vein. If you want your creamy take-out butter chicken, then this is not the place for you.

The food here is always delicious, delicately spiced, and always a treat. The drinks are delicious too.

Make sure you order naan and I prefer the "saucey" dishes over the drier meat dishes, but everything is good. Sometimes I find the spicing a little understated compared to other "commercial" Indian restaurants, but it is a nice change.

The worst part of going to Vij's is that they do not take reservations, so you pretty much cannot plan your night around it. This is a big downside -- unless you are there lining up at 5 or 5:30 you won't be eating dinner at a reasonable time, despite their complimentary appetizers.

It's not worth it. I find it a bit pretentious that they don't take even a few reservations every night, and to me it's not worth the hassle of standing around for hours just to eat some great Indian food. Still -- if you've never tried Vij's, then you must go at least once.

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Tropika2975 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Great food if you know what to order
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

My friends, boyfriend and family have been going to Tropika for several years now. We have tried all the locations including the ones in Richmond and Robson.

Cambie is our favourite because we find the service and food to be better here.

However -- the dishes are quite hit and miss so here are some of our recommendations to order some amazing Thai and Malaysian food here.

Drinks: The fresh lime soda or fresh young coconut are great.
Appetizers: Chicken and pork satays with peanut sauce are a must have... but most of all, you CANNOT miss the Malay Bread. Best roti in Vancouver.
Mains: Recommend the sambal bunchies (green beans with spices and prawns), Tropika homestyle chicken (very flavourful), beef and broccoli (lots of vegetables and beef, and quite tasty!), and the lemon chicken .

Try ordering those dishes for dinner and you will be very happy! We've gone with many big groups and have always left happy and full. Service is excellent and your water glass is always quickly refilled. Worth making reservations for dinner or weekends.

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Empress Room721 Government St, Victoria
Old World Food... but amazing.
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

Victoria is well-known for its fantastic restaurants… but my favourite happens to be right in the Fairmont Empress hotel. The “Empress Room” is the main dining room at the hotel. Whenever I eat here, I am whisked away to another world from another time…

Nothing is modern here. There’s nothing innovative or unusual about the decor or the food. This isn’t a trendy place to go. It’s not the place to see-or-be-seen. This is where you go if you want delicious, traditional food that is incredibly rich with absolutely the best service in all of BC.

The Empress has recently reworked their drink menu and their bartenders have gone through extensive training to mix drinks the “classic” Victorian way. I don’t know what that is, but each drink we had was strong, clean, fragrant, and tasty.

The food is SO good here. While it may not be for everyone’s palate, it really does suit mine. The flavours are always spot on, and their menu is always local and seasonal. But best of all, it’s always extremely rich. Nothing subtle here. I can’t say enough about the service. Although we always try to be seated at Earl’s table (my favourite waiter), every member of staff is impeccable and courteous. Yes, the silver platters are an over-the-top traditional touch. I don’t care. It’s awesome.

Dessert is always amazing too. This time Allan tried a peach cobbler, and I had the chocolate marshmallows with gold leaf. No ordinary marshmallow, it was filled with homemade marshmallows, hazelnut filling, and a crumbly dark chocolate crust at the bottom… then dipped in dark chocolate. Mmmmm.

You can’t help but feel a little small in the room. All the furniture, lighting, wallpapers and fabrics are ridiculously decadent. But there’s a large wood burning fireplace at the end of the room that softens it all and makes you feel like you’re at home. It’s kind of like being in your rich grandma’s house from another life.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Great food, trendy place, and awesome drinks. Fun place to take a date!
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

We really love Hapa Izakaya. The food is delicious and always hot and creative.

Service can be a little bit slow, but it's worth it since the place is always packed.

Highly recommend anything off the grill, and of course the Hello Kitty drinks. Amazing. Also love the bacon wrapped asparagus and the sablefish...

Ambiance is very cool.

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Rim Rock Cafe And Oyster Bar2117 Whistler Rd., Whistler
Totally overrated, did not meet expectations
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

We decided to try the Rimrock Cafe in Whistler (by Creekside) as it was recommended to me by one of my coworkers as her favourite restaurant in BC. The drinks we had were a great start — Allan had some wine and I had a kiwi lime Brazilian caipirinha . My drink was sooooooo good.

The appetizers were also pretty good… I had the scallop lobster capellini (very delicate… loved it), and Allan had the cariboo medallions (good, but not as good as the venison at Araxi).

For dinner we had the gnocchi, mushroom risotto with sablefish, and salmon stuffed with crab. I personally thought the gnocchi and the sablefish were pretty good but the mushroom risotto was terrible. Very acidic and not creamy at all — more like a rice pilaf. Would not order again. Just TERRIBLE risotto.

Allan liked his salmon but thought it was too rich and the crab overpowered the salmon. The dessert was the toffee pudding which was AMAZING. So basically — we would go there for drinks and dessert but probably not dinner again.

Overall the service was great and so was the ambiance, but I do not recommend the food at all for the price. Araxi is a much better bet for fine dining in my opinion in Whistler.

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Great breakfast place
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

I'm surprised by some of the other reviews I have been reading. Tomato Fresh Food Cafe is a great place for lunch or breakfast... although every time we have gone here for brunch has been fantastic.

I usually order a chocolate milkshake, the french toast, and a couple sides of the back bacon.

I always find the french toast to be outstanding... topped with delicious fresh fruit (always creative, usually a mix of berries and sometimes even cranberries!) and the back bacon is delicious. I love that they use fresh organic food and I think it's worth paying a couple extra dollars for this vs. Denny's or White Spot. The french toast also comes with a side of fresh fruit salad.

My boyfriend usually orders an omelet or scrambled eggs and says it's always good as well.

Service is not great (it's sometimes quite slow), but I find it's worth the wait, especially for brunch. This is our most regular breakfast place. Try the french toast!

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