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victualvancouverSince January 4, 20087 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food4 (3.9)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Divino Wine Bar1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Still great!
Submitted Friday, September 3, 2010 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

A recent return to Divino wine bar did not disappoint. The addition of summer time outdoor seating seemed a popular choice with local diners. We instead chose to sip martinis in the enjoyment of air conditioning at one of the inside tables. A standout martini made from apple vodka, cranberry and Grand Marnier had me thinking of the caramel apples of my youth, befitting the velvety smooth voice of Dean Martin coming over the speaker system. Although Divino is pricy for the area, you get what you pay for in the quality seasonal ingredients and creative menu.
- The Tuna Carpaccio with fennel and cucumber starter was excellent- a fabulously refreshing choice for the warm summer night. The rich foie gras on brioche was spectacular as usual; a perfect balance between sweet and savory. the already beautiful presentation made even more so by the addition of micro lettuce sprigs which added a splash of summer to the plate look. The generously portioned of cherry miso halibut entrée was a perfectly cooked, and was accompanied by a silky smooth potato puree and assorted summer vegetables. The prettily plated Scallop entrée consisted of four perfectly seared scallops served atop bamboo rice, edged with champagne foam and circled by a vibrant parsley-celery coulis, all showcasing the chef’s culinary skill. While somewhat smaller in proportion to the tuna entrée it proved extremely flavorful and thoroughly satisfyingly.
Forgoing the desert in lieu of cheese turned out to be a great choice. Servings are generous; some standouts on the list included a Spanish Manchego, a wonderfully creamy French Bourgogne, a satisfyingly salty blue and a fantastic truffle goat. To complete the evening we couldn’t resist heading next door to Divino’s gelato parlor where the pink grapefruit gelato turned out to be perfectly… Divine.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
A favorite neighbourhood place
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

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Service is as always,warm,attentive,and welcoming. Some favorites at trafalgars have included: the scallop appitizers which are not only always prettily plated but super flavourful, housemade gnocci(need I say more?)the savory and tenderjuicy duck breast which unlike many other places arrives with a perfectly well seasoned outside sear, and the entre specials that always take full advantage of the seasons,and finally, the amazing array of desserts...something for every taste.

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Divino Wine Bar1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Absolutely worthy of a return visit
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

Divino wine bar prooved a welcome and long overdue addition to "the drive". Far exceeding expectations, the dishes arrived beautifully presented,superbly prepared and extremely flavourful. The chef's Lobster three ways and Glazed duck breast & foie Gras on French toast were absolutely outstanding- both, packed layer upon layer with unexpected flavour combinations that will thrill the tastebuds of even the most discernable palate. Portions are enviably perfect, none being either too big nor any too small. The service is exceptionally attentive; the space,warm with a sophisticated modern feel and well suited to an evening spent lingering over great wine and even greater food.

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
A memorable meal
Submitted Friday, October 2, 2009 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

A recent food and wine pairing event at Vita Bella re-confirmed it as a truly favored spot. The menu proved exquisitely delectable- as pleasing to the eye as it was to the palate. The chef’s obvious love of food and innate understanding of taste combinations resulted in superb dishes, each presented without a hint of pretentiousness.
The 5 well executed courses ranged, from subtly delicate creations, to bold complexities of sweet and savory taste combinations that lingered on the tongue long after the last bite and included wine pairings from acclaimed world vintners such as, Hess, Leyda, and Marques de Caceres.

A few of the highlights were:

-Chef Leo’s pillow-y, cloudlike Gorgonzola Gnudi arrived floating atop a pale green circle of fresh basil puree, perfectly counterbalanced by the salty tang of the black olive tapenade, all making for an amazingly satisfying dish.

- His pan seared Ostrich with sun dried cherry Madeira demi-glaze was skillfully prepared and melt in your mouth tender. Rich sun dried cherry Madeira, a perfect marriage with the ostrich and well complimented by the beautifully roasted Yukon gold potato and stuffed zucchini round, brimming with tasty micro diced ingredients.
...An absolutely spectacular dish, period.

-Another outstanding dish was his grilled Venison with pomegranate cabernet reduction. The wonderfully succulent venison benefited the addition of the pomegranate juice which played up the medieval aspects of the dish, heightening the depth of flavors. The sweet and savoury notes really came through in the reduction, taming any gaminess one might otherwise have noticed. The Truffle mushroom polenta was a nice accompaniment, as it stood up well against the venison and reduction and the corn, tomato, pine nut Caponata brought a nice bright counterpoint to the weight of all the other ingredients- resulting in a superb, well balanced dish.

The evening concluded with a passion fruit tart with fresh fig, mascarpone and white chocolate huddled beneath a crown of pulled sugar.
Sublime....

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FigMint Restaurant & Lounge500 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
What a deal!!
Submitted Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

After fighting the wife about coming here, I was finally “convinced” to try it out. Well, I can only say that it was excellent. Their $32 set menu is an absolute bargain for the quality and the abundance that you get. Thinking that is was going to be too small (like most places), we ordered the scallops as an extra dish and although delicious it was superfluous to our meal. The service was flawless and very accommodating to some allergies and changes to the dessert option. The ambiance is not to my liking, but if you like big places with minimalist décor you got it. Overall, this is an exceptional place to eat. It feels and tastes like everyone cares. The dishes are very innovative and beautifully presented. Furthermore, valet parking is free and IT makes a huge difference if you want to park anywhere near Cambie. We will be back for more.

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Provence Mediterranean Grill4473 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Didn't know Provance was in Italy.
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2008 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Decided to go for a pleasant french dinner mid-Dec., but we were forced to order Italian. Like the pate, all of their french dishes are gone and the antipasto runs the place. We have been to this restaurant many times, and unlike the marina location, always left happy. Don't get me wrong, we love Italian food, but not when the place is called Provance. Maybe they should change the name to Portobello.

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Best kept secret
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2008 - 11:42am [Dine in]

I read this review in the Vancouver Magazine and I would have to agree with everything. We were their early December and had to return for their New Years meal. Best value for you $$$. If you like Parkside for Italian you will love Saveur for true french dishes. "One of the city’s true unsung heroes, chef Stephan Meyer’s gilded, frequently changing plates represent flavoursome value on the plate. Begin with grilled squid with chili, ratatouille, coppa and herbs salade tweaked with sherry vinegar ($9), then head to a heady halibut fillet in a thyme-cured tomato reduction ($18) or roast pork loin with fennel, tomato, lemon peel and potato gnocchi—all bound in a rosemary jus. At just $16, it’s an outright steal as well. The wine list is modest, but modestly priced, the help pleased to see you."

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