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vanfoodmanMount Pleasant, VancouverSince October 17, 20077 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4 (3.9)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.7)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Grub4328 Main Street, Vancouver
Go Grub Go!
Submitted Friday, July 25, 2008 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

This is my first ever 5 star review. First thing that makes this place is the lack of pretense, it's cool without really trying. Genuine, friendly staff. Arty, without banging ya on the head with kitsch atmosphere. The two of us shared the veggie antipasto plate, highlighted by the palate popping purple cabbage with fennel seeds, the plate has a nice variety of colours, textures and flavours and is a good value starter. The pork tenderloin entree was quite possibly one of the most perfectly constructed dishes we've ever tasted, the levels of sweetness from the braised cabbage to the blueberry compote thru to the sweet potatoes countered by the bitter green rapini and then the oh so tender star of the dish the pink pork tenderloin with maple glaze . Just like this whole place, hearty, whimsical and real. Oh, don't forget to check out the punch bowls, a signature drink if there ever was one and totally unlike the punch you remember from the prom. Excellent music selection, seemed it was indie rock 1979 this evening, Replacements, Clash, The Jam, Television, The Specials and Elvis Costello. An all around wonderful experience.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
One of Vancouver's Best New Restaurants
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

Along with other newbies, Chow and Pied-A-Terre, this place just "gets it" all right. Good food, good atmosphere, good value, good service. The quality of the food is consistent. Even though it's usually packed, it's never too loud. We had a group of eight arriving in stages and they bent over backwards to get us a table together. The the blue corn bread was moist, the pulled duck tacos were just two bite size but well worth the price, the ceviches are second to none, the "hot" chocolate souffle with churros is a must, oh and try the Caipirinha cocktail, an off the chart delicious, lime and sugarcane explosion. When are we going back? Soon and often.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Too, too, too much!
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

This place looks like a Trattoria...but on steroids and it tastes like it too. Everything is in your face, way too many staff (and yet still vacuuming at 5:30 with customers in the place ?!?!), the open kitchen is so open it overwhelms the rest of the restaurant and too much salt on everything. We had the Panzanella tuscan bread salad, the bread was soaked in olive oil and salt. The wild mushroom bruschetta had hot bread and cold mushrooms. The Linguine Carbonara was over loaded with Pancetta and I like Pancetta, so much that it was too salty. My date's Gnocchi was glutinous and again too salty. After finishing dinner and looking at the dessert menu, some over enthusiastic manager(?) zoomed in out of no where and stuck his head over my my dates shoulder and yelled that we should try something or other. Like everything else, it was too much.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
We will be back, with (no) reservations.
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

First time here, Sunday night 6pm, no reservations, just the two of us. Let me start by saying I almost always make a reservation, but this being early on a Sunday I didn't think it was going to be a problem and the place was not busy. Well, it wasn't really a problem, but not having a reservation relegated us to sitting at the front of the restaurant in the "cheap" seats. The red leather seats facing the window is close to a foot lower than the seat opposite it and makes it hard to reach the table. This made for an uncomfortable start to the evening, as I had to employ a nearby pillow to be level with my date and we're both average height. The same problem appeared at all surrounding tables. Now settled in, however lumpily, it was on to cocktails, which were inventive, refreshing and suited to most of the food options. The Foie gras terrine was simply outstanding, one of the best dishes I've ever had, highlighted by it's rich, fat, smokiness, countered by a lovely Kriek granita (ice crystals from cherry beer!) and preserved cherries served with eggie, squares of off the chart, Truffled brioche french toast. This was all so good we didn't think we could go on to the entree, but we did and it was almost as good. The Braised lamb shank showed a Moroccan influence with strong flavours of honey, fig, cinnamon and a little too much salt. The meat was very tender while the cous cous and zalouk provided nice textual balance. Dessert, yes we fit it in, a Green Tea ice cream that was sooo smooth, light and not too sweet. Service was personable, attentive and knowledgable. We will be back, with (no) reservations.

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Social Restaurant & Lounge332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Lovely food, lousy music
Submitted Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

Group of ten, dine out menu, 8pm reservation. They booked us a private room (the oyster bar). This was at their suggestion and a very nice touch. Everyone felt cosy and comfortable under the tin ceiling. We are a very familiar group, so everyone tried a bit of each others dishes. So.cial has an in house butcher shop, so trying the charcuterie starter plate was a must and it did not disappoint. This was a duck lover's dish including terrine and rillette with house made crisp bread slices, preserved blueberries, pickled onion, roasted garlic and a mysterious salty yellow jelly (duck confit jelly?). The rich duck contrasted well with the fruity elements. The Consensus hit dishes: 5 spice duck, moist and flavourful if a little rare, nice hit of sweetness from the parsnip and orange syrup, delicate crunch from the daikon added texture. The Beef Striploin with blue cheese pomme anna and bernaise was butta, butta, butta, in texture and flavour. The squash soup was subtle but rich with crab and truffle. I could go on and on. The staff was organized, knowledgeable, good humoured and professional. The only complaint was the atrocious music. Think "Smooth" jazz. The managment has put so much effort into providing such elegant surroundings for their dynamic food and yet they come close to spoiling it all with music that belongs in an elevator circa 1983.

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Boneta12 Water Street, #115, Vancouver
Casual, but too casual?
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

Been hearing good things about this place for quite a while. Friday night, 8:30 reservation. Greeted with a "Happy New Year" and a hand shake, like I was an old friend. Noticed the super high ceilings first, fabulous. Then the bustling atmosphere. The music combined with the bustle was a little overwhelming. The table had a rather large obtrusive light bulb right at eye level. Waitress was top notch, knew her food and wine, nice sense of humour. Just before the food arrived the "Happy New Year" fellow returned and placed his hand on the back of my date and proceeded to provide a little rub. This was greeted with a bit of a shiver as we both found it more than a little too familiar, if not creepy. Food was outstanding in flavour, value and presentation. The duck breast was a tender, medium rare, with several appropriately fruity elements like huckleberry sauce and a delightful barley risotto. The pheasant was fall off the bone tender and richly sauced. This neighbourhood will be gentrified soon enough, let's hope this restaurant's staff takes a step up in propriety as well.

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Pied-a-Terre3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Brand new gem from the Parkside/La Buca folks
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

With only 30 seats, reservations are essential. We reserved for 8:30, were pretty lucky and found parking very near by, which meant we arrived at 8:20 to a packed restaurant. We were seated almost immediately. Started with the Terrine maison which was made with wild game, totally luscious, moist and generously portioned. The Endive à la maison salad with blue cheese and walnuts was delicious. We split the Coq au vin entree which was fall off the bone tender with a scrumptious, perfectly seasoned red wine sauce, served with creamy, rich mashed potatoes, peas and pearl onions. Wine list is well thought out, loaded with French, I would like to see more BC. Staff was friendly, knowledgable, and prompt. The room is simple and elegant, if a little loud. This place is classy without any hint of attitude. Who says the Cambie Corridor is dead? Not I, with a vibrant place like Pied-à-Terre added to the fabric this neighbourhood is soon to flourish again.

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