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VJBabbotsfordSince December 19, 2006171 Reviews
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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
I was expecting better
Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

It was a special birthday for my husband and he really wanted to try Gotham Steak House. It is a lovely dining room with nice high ceilings. We had a booth and it was very comfortable. I did find it a bit annoying (no fault of the restaurant) that with such a beautiful dining room so many of the clientele came for dinner dressed like they were going out for a picnic , jeans, shorts, tee shirts, flip flops etc.
The service was terrific. Our waiter Eeyear(sp) and his lovely assistance Stephanie took great care of us. They both made us feel so welcome and special. The prices are very high as others have mentioned. Everything is a la’ carte so when you order your meat that is all you get. My husband and I decided that rather than share an appetizer like we generally do we would have 3 side dishes with our entrée instead. My husband had the 16 oz. boneless New York Strip at $49.00 and I had the 16 oz. bone in rib eye steak at $47.00. We ordered sides of Asparagus spears, grilled beefsteak tomatoes and spicy mushrooms. We also had a great red wine – Poplar Grove Merlot. It was a wonderful wine and complemented the steaks very well. Complimentary onion bread was served with the meal. We also had cheese bread that was amazing. We were not told at the time Eeyear suggested the cheese bread that there was an additional charge for it. An oversight on his part. The steaks were very good and cooked exactly as requested. They were not exceptional, however, and for the price I was hoping for something a bit better. I did not feel it was value for the money as I have had better steaks at some of their competitors. The vegetables were very pedestrian and nothing that I would not be able to do myself at home. The asparagus was just plain steamed asparagus, the tomato was lukewarm and the mushrooms although they were supposed to be spicy were very bland. All the sides we ordered were in the $10.00 to $12.00 range. For dessert we shared a pecan pie and had coffee and latte.
The service was absolutely spot on. Our waiter even folded my husband’s napkin again when he went to the washroom. Between Eeyear and Stephanie we never touched the wine bottle.
We would not return simply because we find it difficult to justify the prices charged. It was a lovely evening but the total tab was $268.00 with tip. It’s the most we’ve spent on a meal and the food and ambiance just do not justify that kind of money.

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LaCigale French Bistro1961 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Ah! What a memorable evening
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 10:47am [Dine in]

What an amazing experience. We tried La Cigale because of a promotion that travelzoo offered - $49.00 for 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 dessert. It was amazing value and they did no skimp on the portion sizes because of the promotion.
We found the restaurant to be really charming. They have large windows up front that they opened. The room had nice pictures on the wall and the chandelier had wine bottles suspended on it. The tables are not too close together so you can have a really nice dining experience and good conversation with your companion. There were only 2 tables with customers when we were arrived but the restaurant filled up very quickly. Even with a full restaurant it was not overly noisy.
The service was absolutely exemplary. Our main server was Michelle. She was an absolute delight. She knew the wines and was able to give us detailed descriptions regarding the various varietals contained in each wine and the different characteristics of each wine that we were interested in. She was also able to give us more detailed descriptions of the entrees we were most interested in. She was very attentive and responsive to our needs and engaged us in conversation but she was in no way intrusive. There were two other men working the room as well and they also served us very well. It was nice that we had a main server but the rest of the wait staff was also so atune to the customers needs. The owner should be very proud that she has such competent and attentive wait staff.
For an appetizer we shared the tomato and goat cheese tart and it was delicious. The pastry was nice and flakey and the tiny tomatoes were really fresh and flavourful. We ordered ½ a baquette with olive tapenade. It was brought to the table piping hot with a crusty exterior but a nice soft centre. It was a very generous serving for a $3.00 charge. Delicious. For the main courses I had lamb shank with a lovely sauce seasoned with cumin, curry and tomato. The bread dipped in the sauce was perfect. My lamb shank came with cous cous. I did not care for this but I’m not a fan of cous cous. Michelle noticed this and said that I could probably substitute frites for the cous cous next time. My husband had the duck confit and he literally swooned over his duck. He said it was the best duck he has had in awhile. It come on top of sliced potatoes with onions and garlic. For dessert we shared a rhubarb and strawberry crumble with ice cream. It was a good size serving and a wonderful dish. It was not too sweet. Just the perfect end to an outstanding meal.
We came because of a coupon offer but their prices are very fair for the quality of the food and service. We had one of the most expensive appetizers and it was $11.75. The duck was $32.00 and my lamb shank was $24.00 on the regular menu.
Bridgette used to be at La Regalade. She came by our table after we had finished and wanted to know how our dinner was. This restaurant is a real gem. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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Lupo869 Hamilton, Vancouver
very disappointing evening
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:47am [Dine in]

What a disappointing evening. We’ve been looking for a good replacement for Il Giardino which was our favorite restaurant that has since closed. Lupo is not it. On the surface when looking at the menu on line the prices seemed to be a bit lower than Il Giardino was but the food is no where near as good and they make up for the somewhat reasonable prices with the over the top wine prices.
There are many different rooms so you are not crowded or too close to the other tables. They had very modern artwork on the walls of the room we were in and it just did not seem to be a good fit with a fine dining Italian restaurant. Another aspect I found rather strange was that in two of the rooms they only had tablecloths on 2 tables. Why bother? Either put tablecloths on all the tables or leave them all uncovered. I didn’t look at the wine list but my husband said that the cheapest white was $48.00 and the cheapest red was $46.00. There were a couple of bottles that were around $50.00 but after that the prices climbed dramatically. We paid $50.00 for a bottle of mediocre red wine not worth $40.00 never mind $50.00.
Our waitress was okay but certainly did not project any warmth. There was a gentleman there who welcomed us at the door, showed us to our seat and checked on us during dinner who was very nice.
To start my husband and I shared the pasta of the day – homemade ravioli stuffed with veal and mascarpone cheese and topped with truffle cream sauce and smoked chorizo sausage. When the waitress told us the daily specials we had to ask her the prices for the items we were interested in. What is the big secret? You should automatically provide pricing when you recite the specials. She told us what the price was for the pasta but did not provide information on whether it was available in a smaller size like all the regular pastas. We had to ask. I hate when I’m expected to be a mind reader when I’m dining out. Some things should just be automatic. There was such a meniscal amount of chorizo in the dish that if I didn’t know it was supposed to be there I would have missed it entirely. 2 bits of chorizo about ¼” in diameter. I kid you not. For entrees my husband had the veal breast with pepper and I had the steelhead trout. They were decent but not very flavourful. The steelhead was supposed to come with cauliflower puree but I think they substituted very tiny bits of cauliflower mixed with other non descript items. It was very lacking in taste and I left most of it on my plate. At a table beside us a gentleman asked for pepper. The waitress went away and came back with a small peppermill that she just plopped on his table. At a supposedly fine dining restaurant! Are you kidding me?
For dessert we shared a Grand Marnier crème brulee. I should have sent it back before she even put it on the table. It came in a 3” ramekin and had less than ½” of crème brulee in the dish. It was accompanied by 1 raspberry and 1 blackberry. It cost $12.00. This is such poor value. We had 3 very small spoonfulls each. That works out to $2.00 a bit. When we commented on the size to our waitress her only comment was – it’s a very rich dessert. We eat out a lot and have never paid that kind of money for such a tiny portion of crème brulee. Our servers attitude did not help. The serving was about the size you would get if it was part of a dessert trio – sampler.
It is unlikely that we would return. There is potential there but overall if I’m paying the kind of prices that are being charged I want good service, really good food and decent size servings

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La Trattoria22214 Dewdney Trunk Rd., Maple Ridge
Good food, reasonable prices
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:52am [Dine in]

We had a lovely evening at La Trattoria. The restaurant has a very nice welcoming ambiance with music playing softly in the background. There is a fireplace in the room and it just had a very comfortable vibe. The tables are far enough apart so that you can enjoy a nice conversation with your companion and not feel like other tables will be listening to you.
Service was decent. It was not exceptional but it was a busy evening. Our wine was not topped up and we had to pour our own after the initial presentation. Wine prices are very reasonable. We ordered a bottle of Chilean pinot grigio that was $26.00 and it was a decent bottle of wine, presented properly chilled and with an ice bucket.
For dinner we shared an order of mussels as an appetizer. The sauce was delicious but the mussels had a very strong unpleasant taste. We called our waitress over and she said that they had just switched suppliers. She took the mussels off our bill. For entrees my husband had the Cornish game hen. It was very nicely seasoned and he said that it was very good. He said that if he had not had an absolutely amazing game hen last week he would have said it was excellent. However the game hen was also about $10.00 less than he paid last week. I had the lamb chops. They were very tasty and nicely cooked. I substituted capellini pomodoro for the vegetables and it was outstanding. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce was made with really fresh tomatoes and basil. It complimented the lamb chops nicely. My husband substituted penne arrabiata for his vegetables and it also was very good. La Trattoria allows you to substitute just a regular pasta with red, white or rose sauce for the vegetables or you can substitute any pasta on their menu for an additional $3.00. It is a reasonable charge. For dessert we shared a mango berry cheesecake. It was very light and very flavourful. It was a decent size serving.
Others have mentioned that they think the pricing is high. Have you checked out the price of some of the meat at the store? I felt the food was very reasonable considering the quality and quantity. I also appreciated the fact that when we mentioned the problem with the mussels it was handled very well and without any attitude.

We would definitely return

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Good neighbourhood restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:10am [Dine in]

La Buca is a cute bistro in a residential neighbourhood. Free street parking was very easy to find. It is very small – perhaps only about 30 seats so reservations are absolutely essential. We were there on Sunday night and it was packed.
The service was good and the 2 waiters were friendly and efficient.
We had looked at their win list on line before going for dinner and did not know any of the wines that they had on the menu. There was no bottle of wine that was less than $40.00. We decided to pay the $25.00 corkage fee and bring out own wine.
The seating is all bench seating against the 2 walls so just hope that you don’t get anyone obnoxious sitting on either side of you. We were lucky we asked for 2 seats at the end and 2 very nice ladies sat beside us. Even if conversation is muted you can still hear what is said at the tables beside you so this is not a place for a romantic dinner or to have a private conversation.
There is just the 1 washroom and you have to wend you way through the kitchen to access it. It is not a direct line you really have to weave you way through the kitchen. I’m sure the kitchen staff must find it annoying to have customers walking through their work area while they are trying to cook.
The food itself is excellent and for the portions and quality of food we felt the prices were reasonable. For an appetizer my husband and I shared the mushroom caps stuffed with spinach and crabmeat. They came under a topping of butter and melted cheese and they were very tasty. Breadsticks were brought to the table but if you wanted bread I think you could order it for an additional charge. My husband had the crispy skin Cornish hen and it was delicious. The skin was very crispy but the hen itself was nice and moist. It came with gnocchi and root vegetables. My husband said he really liked the selection of vegetables that came with his meal. I had the veal short rib with lobster green onion mashed potatoes. The short ribs were so tender. There were 2 very generous racks of the ribs (I could not finish it). The mashed potatoes had very generous bits of lobster (real lobster) mixed in with it. Considering the price of lobster and veal and the size of the serving this was very good value at $29.50. For dessert we shared cinnamon doughnuts with crème fraiche.
It was a truly lovely evening and we would definitely return because the food was truly marvelous. We just would not go on an evening that we wanted a nice quiet evening. This restaurant does get very loud and between that and the closeness of the tables it is not conducive to a romantic evening or for a nice tete e tete with friends or family.

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Lou's Grill2852 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford
Have to offset the reviews from all his friends and relatives
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

Take a look. Al the reviewers for Lous Grill have only done 1 review. He must go up to strangers on the street and asked them to do reviews for a fee, after all his friends and relatives have done their reviews. Talk about loading up with fake reviews

We've eaten here and believe me it's nothing to get excited about.

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Lombardo's Ristorante and Pizzeria1641 Commercial, #120, Vancouver
Dinner in a mini mall
Submitted Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

We were here for dinner with friends on Saturday night. The restaurant is right in a little mini mall. The ambiance leaves a bit to be desired as there is a fair bit of foot traffic wandering past your table as you are eating.

Service was very good. Our server topped up our wine glasses throughout the evening. They do seem to be in a hurry to clear dishes off the table however. The wine glasses they use are the ones without the stems. I prefer to have a proper wine glass. I guess the glasses without the stems make it easier for stacking their dishwasher but with the glasses they use it feels like you are having a glass of juice.

My husband and our friends started off with Caesar salads. Our friends really enjoyed their salads. I tried my husband’s salad and found it did not have much flavour. The croutons were also small soft pieces of toast. Not very interesting. For entrees our friends split a pizza and my husband and I split a pizza as well as an order of tagliatelle with smoked salmon. The pizza was decent. It’s a thin crust pizza. Not the best pizza I’ve had but decent. The pasta was not very interesting. The pasta had clumped together and was not al dente. The sauce was also lacking in flavour.

There were 3 groups celebrating birthdays when we were there so it was very noisy. I would return if others suggested it but personally there are other places I prefer both for the food and the ambiance

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ORU Restaurant1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Value is based on dine out experience
Submitted Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 11:25am [Dine in]

Dine out Vancouver on a Saturday night is probably not the best time to go to Oru. We decided to try it as they had a menu that appealed to us and it is a place that we normally might not try.

It is a huge room and to really not to my liking for the prices that are charged. It’s like dining in a gymnasium or ballroom. There is no separation into different sections so it is just 1 big room. There is one smaller room as you enter that is to the right that seems nicer. It only has about 12 tables, is softly lit and is more conducive to a nice evening out. The service was very good considering how busy the restaurant was. It was packed. We didn’t see any empty seats. The dine out menu was $38.00 for 3 courses. For appetizers my husband had the Oru salad. This was very good It consisted of Kale, roasted squash, lime pumpkin seed and chipotle Caesar dressing. The dressing was really tasty and was perfect with the salad. I had the roasted pork belly with lotus root poi, baby bok chop, crispy sage and pineapple, maple & mustard glaze. This was also very good. For entrees my husband had the whole Cape Breton Lobster. It was absolutely wonderful. The lobster was a decent size. It was perfectly cooked and the paprika lime butter was absolutely amazing. The salad of brussels sprouts and chorizo sausage was a warm salad and the brussels sprouts were perfect, they were still crunchy but they didn’t have the sulphurous taste that brussels sprouts get when they’re undercooked. I had the angus short rib with mashed potato, black bean, corn & zucchini succotash and mole sauce. My entrée was not as successful as my husband’s entrée. I found the beef to be very dry and stringy which is unusual for short rib. My waiter brought more sauce but it didn’t help. For dessert we both had the malted peanut butter & bear nut bar. It was a peanut mousse bar topped with a dark chocolate ganache and accompanied by malted milk ice cream. It was nice to see that the serving sizes had not been reduced because of dine out.

The wine prices here are extremely high. My husband said they did not have any wines under $60.00 and most wines were considerably higher than $60.00. We asked our waiter what the corkage fee was and he said it was $25.00. This is fair. If we returned we would bring our own wine. We could have a really good bottle of wine with our dinner and ultimately pay a more reasonable price for the meal with wine

Our total bill for the dine out dinner with taxes but before tip with 3 glasses of wine was $127.00. The cheapest wine they had by the glass was $13.00. This was for Red Rooster Riesling. It’s a decent wine but we know what the cost of the wine is and the mark up at Oru is about 3x the actual cost of the wine.

I wouldn’t rush back for the regular menu. If I did come back I would request a table in the small room to the right as you enter the restaurant and I would bring my own bottle of wine.

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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant326 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Good Greek food. Great view
Submitted Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 10:50am [Dine in]

It’s been years since we’ve been to Taverna Greka. I was feeling like Greek food and the idea of having a nice view while having dinner appealed to me.

The restaurant has a great view looking over the river and there is a great deal of activity on the river so the setting is terrific. When you enter you have to go past the bar to reach the restaurant at the back. The bar is very nice lit and if you have to wait for a table you could certainly be very comfortable.

The service was very good. Our waitress was friendly and very efficient. We had a jug of sangria and it was one of the better sangrias. They did not overload the jug with ice so it was good bang for the buck. We shared an order of kefdetes as an appetizer. The plate had 3 good sized meatballs and came with pita bread and tzatziki sauce. The tzatziki sauce was very bland. My husband said that his meatball was very cool and downright cold in the middle. For entrees I had the Greek style ribs ($22.00) and my husband had the rack of lamb ($28.00). The entrees were good. They were accompanied by rice, Greek salad and potatoes. The rice was very bland, the potatoes had a slight lemon taste that was very pleasant and the Greek salad was just your typical Greek salad. My husband’s lamb was perfectly cooked medium rare as he had requested. Overall the food was decent. The servings are very generous.

It was good. If you’re looking for decent Greek food with good service and a great view of the river this is a nice place to have dinner. There are better Greek restaurants around but Taverna Greka offers fair value.

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Casa Fabesso850 Barnet Highway, Port Moody
7 courses - 4 hours
Submitted Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

Reservations are mandatory at this restaurant. The chef shops daily and buys what is fresh and in season. When you make a reservation the table is yours for the evening so you can take your time and you are not rushed. There are two options – the seafood menu at $60.00 or the meat option at $55.00. Anna will ask if you have any allergies or any foods that you do not like. After that you’re in their hands there are not choices to be made either seafood or meat.

The setting is lovely. The restaurant is on the harbor where the Reed Point Marina is but there is no view from the restaurant. There are 2 rooms. We were fortunate as we were seated in the front room with just 2 tables and we had the room to ourselves until the table for 6 arrived an hour into our meal. After that it was very noisy. They play a very nice selection of music and it is not too loud.

Service was good considering they only had 2 servers for approximately 40 – 45 people. They really could have done with at least 1 more servers. The 2 servers were run off their feet, serving, mixing drinks and cleaning up. It’s just too much work to be handled by 2.

My husband went with the seafood option and I went with the meat option. It was a 7 course meat served over 4 hours. We had the following dishes.

1st course
Bruschetta with tomatoes and avocado. The seafood option with topped with an anchovy. It was served with tempura dipped sage from the owner’s garden.
This was lovely. The sage was really interesting. Although my husband does not care for anchovy he said that it really added to his dish.

2nd course
Smoked salmon with capers + octopus terrine
Roast beef with fresh arugula and fresh mozzarella wrapped in pruccuito

The salmon was delicious. The first time either of us have tried octopus and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very tender and not at all what we expected.

The roast beef was medium rare and partnered well with the arugula. The mozzarella and pruccuito was very good.

3rd course
Polenta with bacalhau (dried salt cod)
Potato wrapped in pruccuito with melted smoked cheese.

The polenta with the salt cod was okay. I’m not sure that I would order it given another option. We both enjoyed my course more. The cheese was nicely melted and the pruccuito was nice and crisp. It was a nice contrast in flavors and texture

4th course

Chilled cantaloupe soup with prawns
Purreed bean soup with crispey pruccuito

This was the least interesting of all the courses. There were plenty of prawns with the cantaloupe soup but the soup was just boring. The bean soup was on the cool side. It was very thick and just not very inspiring

5th course
Linguine with peppers and fresh water prawns
Meat lasagna

Both pastas were outstanding. The noodles were nicely cooked al dente. Both dishes had a lot of flavor. The meat lasagna was interesting as it had not tomato base but it was delicious.

6th course
Halibut and tuna fillets with grilled vegetables
Rack of lamb, grilled Italian sausage and beef with red wine sauce and grilled vegetables

The fish was served plain with no sauces and both pieces of fish were slightly overcooked.

The meat dish was good but it was a bit of overkill. I would rather have had just one order of meat and be able to concentrate on the flavor but that is just my personal preference.

7th course

Chocolate semi freddo
Mocha mousse with chocolate drizzle.

The chocolate semi freddo was a tad too sweet for my taste. The mocha mousse was frozen and almost like an ice cream. It was a good end to the meal as it was light and refreshing.

Wine prices were reasonable. We had a very nice bottle of merlot that was $47.00. The total for dinner with tax and a bottle of wine was $200.00

It was a nice evening and I would go again. Next time we would both have the meat option.

Make sure you have time for a leisurely evening.

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Carver's Steakhouse7211 Westminster Highway, Richmond
A pleasant evening at Carvers
Submitted Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10:50am [Dine in]

We had dinner here last evening. Their air conditioning apparently was not working at capacity so the room was very warm. The manager sat us near a fan so we managed but it was awkward and did not really work that well.

Parking is free and available on the side of the restaurant. The restaurant is attached to the Executive Inn hotel.

The menu is a bit different than they show on their website. They do not have the sablefish or black cod instead halibut has been substituted. This is fine because halibut is in season right now. The wine pairings that they show on the website as $12.00 for 2 glasses of wine is now $14.00. There appears to be a major overhaul of the dessert menu, the chocolate eruption and the trio of cheesecake is gone.

The service was very good. The manager was very sociable and checked on us a few times during our dinner to ensure that everything was to our satisfaction. He was present but in no way intrusive. The bread that they serve with dinner was very good. They served 2 kinds, a white crusty baguette and a dark brown that was very good. The bread came with olive oil and vinegar. My husband and I shared the salt and pepper prawns for and appetizer and they were delicious. They were nice and spicy. We both went with the wine pairings for our meals. I requested that they serve me something other than a Chardonnay and I was given a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I found the first glass of wine to be not cold enough for my tastes and I asked the waitress if the second glass could be better chilled. She brought it in a bowl of ice and that worked very well. For entrees I had the seared halibut with garlic cream linguine and red chilis. It was delicious. The halibut was very well cooked. The outside was slightly crisp and yet the fish was nice and moist and flaked easily. The garlic cream linguine was also very good. My husband had the 10 oz rib eye and it was so tender that he probably didn’t need a steak knife. It was very flavorful and at $29.00 very good value for a steak of this quality. For dessert we shared a hazelnut praline concoction. It was so small and it came on a ridiculously large plate. It was good but there were maybe 4 very tiny bits for each of us (and I do mean tiny).

It was overall a very good meal. I would check to see if the air conditioning is working before I went in the summer though.

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Thai House Restaurant1766 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
A decent place to meet with friends
Submitted Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

We had dinner with friends here last night. There were 6 of us. We had a very nice get together and it was nice that Thai House did not rush us at any point. We were 3 hours socializing over dinner and at no time was there any indication from the staff that we had overstayed our welcome.

As others have mentioned the restaurant is very dark and I would imagine that in the winter months it would be downright gloomy and depressing. It is not the sort of place for a romantic evening.

The service was decent. But at times I think that they forgot about us. One of the couples arrived a bit later than the rest of us and their drink orders were not delivered for a good 20 minutes. I think they forgot. However on the bright side they allowed us to visit and did not rush us to order or to settle the bill after we had finished dinner. The food was okay. Some of the dishes were very good others were somewhat disappointing. A new menu item – a different recipe for pad thai was disappointing. It was made with egg noodles, more of a spaghetti type noodle rather than the rice noodle and the sauce looked like it was catsup based. Peanuts and bean sprouts were provided to mix in with the noodles. Our friend who ordered this dish forgot to ask for the meat with the dish so it was just the noodles with the catsup like sauce. It was very disappointing . Chicken with spinach was not very interesting nor was a dish of green beans with beef. Prawns with Penang curry were very good. A dish of mango with cashew nuts and pork was okay, nothing special. The best dish that we had was the deep fried cod with their special sauce on a bed of spinach. For dessert we all had mud pie – 3 orders. They do not have a good supplier for their mud pie. It was one of the worst mud pies that I’ve had. The servings are somewhat on the small side. I was still hungry after dinner and dessert and I do not have a huge appetite. We had 2 entertainment coupons so it was a very reasonable meal. 5 of us had beer or wine and with tip it was $50.00 a couple.

I would probably give it another try but it is not a restaurant I would make a special trip to dine at.

There is meter parking right in front of the restaurant but if you drive just a block further on 7th there is free street parking

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Rustica's Ristorante9339 Main Street, Chilliwack
It's not that good
Submitted Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

I don't know what happened to the review I did on this restaurant last year.

I find that they are way overpriced for what they offer and the food was not that good. When I commented on it to the waitress she just shrugged her shoulders. I left most of my dinner on the plate and she asked me if I would like to take the remainder home with me. What part of it's not very good didn't she understand.

I do not recommend

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Steveston Seafood House3951 Moncton Street, Richmond
Great wine pairings on set menu
Submitted Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:15am [Dine in]

We went to Steveston Seafood for our anniversary last evening. The room could possibly use a bit of updating but it was clean and comfortable. There was nice music playing in the background that was well suited to the room, it was not loud, you could talk to your companion and it just added to the ambiance nicely.

Our server was good, not exceptional but she was very nice. Hot bread was brought to the table very quickly. I decided on the 4 course meal special for $38.00 with wine pairings for an additional $24.00. My husband decided to order off the regular menu and share my appetizer and dessert with me. For an appetizer I decided on the mussels. The wine that was served was a pinot gris. The mussels were supposed to be steamed with tomatoes, wine and garlic. The tomatoes were non existent. The mussels while very tasty were a ridiculously small portion – there were only 7 mussels. I know it’s an appetizer but I’ve never had such a small serving of mussels before. For my next course I had the chowder. It was decent but it had a very starchy texture and it did not have much of a flavor of seafood or fish to it. This was served with a Chardonnay. My husband had the roasted beet salad with pecans and goat cheese. It was very good. For entrees I had halibut with grilled tomatoes, rice and carrots. The halibut was perfectly cooked and very tasty. It was accompanied with a glass of pinot gris. My husband had the miso glazed sablefish. This was the best course of the evening. It was nice and moist and the miso added great flavor to the fish. We shared a dessert of deep apple pie with ice cream. It was very good but it was different as it was not a traditional pie crust. It was more like a thin sponge cake underneath apple slices. Very good but not what I was expecting. The dessert wine served with this was very good as it had a taste of apples. The wine pairings really complemented the food very well. The pairings brought out the flavors of the different courses. All the wines were good BC wines, Red Rooster, Burrowing Owl etc. The total bill with 2 glasses of wine, salad and entrée for my husband and the 4 course dinner with wine pairings for myself was $146.00 with tip. It was good value for the money. The 4 course menu is very good value. With exception of the chowder and the small serving of mussels the food was very good. I would return but I wouldn’t make a special trip to go for dinner.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Stunning views of the city
Submitted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 10:50am [Dine in]

This was the 3rd time in 3 weeks that we ate at a Sequoia restaurant. On 2 occasions it was with company from out of town. Seasons has a stunning view of downtown Vancouver. The seats are nicely arranged so that almost all tables are able to take in the wonderful view. Unless you park at the bottom of the hill there is a fee for parking throughout the park of $3.00 per hour or $8.00 valet parking at the restaurant. The gardens are gorgeous so you may want to allow time to walk through the gardens before or after your meal.

The restaurant was very busy on Sunday night when we were there but service was good. Our waiter Laurent checked on us frequently during the meal to ensure that we were satisfied with everything. The bread that they serve with the meal is delicious. It was a nice hot crusty baguette. My husband and I shared the sweet and spicy ribs as an appetizer and they were delicious. Just like at the Sandbar restaurant it was a very generous serving. For the main course my husband and our friend both decided to have the Sunday prime rib special. It was a large serving with Yorkshire pudding. They both enjoyed the prime rib but my husband said he would not order it again as he prefers his prime rib with au jus. It was good value at $25.00 for the prime rib entrée or $32.00 for a 3 course dinner with Caesar salad and chocolate cake. Our friend went with the 3 course option and asked to substitute pecan pie (for an additional fee) for the chocolate cake. I ordered the 7 oz crab crusted filet and it was very well prepared. For dessert my husband and I shared a piece of pecan pie and it was also very good. It was not overly sweet and it was loaded with pecans. Our waiter Laurent told us it was his Grandmother’s recipe. With a glass of wine each for my husband and I and a couple of Caesar’s for our friend the bill with tip was $210.00 Prices on their menu are the same as they are at one of their other restaurants which I find surprising since Seasons is definitely more upscale than the Sandbar.

Our friend from out of town was very impressed and said that we will have to return if he comes back to Vancouver with his wife.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Lovely location
Submitted Monday, April 1, 2013 - 10:24am [Dine in]

We had a great evening at the Sandbar. We made reservations because we thought it would be busy on Easter Sunday. We were given a great seat at the window overlooking False Creek. We enjoyed watching all the activities from our ringside seat. Service from our waiter Ian was very good. He was attentive and always present when you required anything and yet he did not hover. We shared the BBQ ribs for an appetizer. The ribs were baked and had a lovely honey ginger glaze. They were very tender and oh so good. It was $13.00 for 8 very good size ribs – very good value. Ian our server brought napkins that he had moistened with hot water and slices of lemon with the ribs. The best choices for entrees seem to be on the fresh sheet. They had a very good selection of fresh fish available. I had the black cod (sablefish) with a miso soy glaze and it was fabulous. It was nice and moist and very flavourful. It was very pricey at $35.00 but sablefish seems to be one of the more expensive dishes at any restaurant. My husband had the swordfish blackened. He enjoyed it but I found it just slightly overcooked. I would have sent it back but he said it wasn’t too bad. His fish was $26.00. The entrees come with vegetables and citrus rice but you can substitute salad or mashed potatoes if you prefer. The vegetables – gai lan , and tomatoes were nicely prepared but the rice and potatoes were definitely uninspired. I believe others have also made a comment about the potatoes and I have to agree. They were very heavy, bland and just plain boring and I love a good mashed potato. Portion size for the entrees was decent. I finished everything but the potato. We each had a 9 oz. glass of wine with dinner. Our total bill with tax was $114.00. It’s not outrageously priced considering the location and view.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
Lovely setting. Food could be better
Submitted Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 10:06am [Dine in]

It was okay but the entrees were very average and disappointing.

We had relatives in town and they wanted to go to a restaurant with a view. They had suggested a restaurant in town but we mentioned to them that the food there was overpriced and not very good. We settled on Arms Reach Bistro. It was really busy on a Wednesday night.

The setting is beautiful. The room overlooks the cove and it is casual elegant. It’s nicely decorated but not formal so that you would be perfectly comfortable if you’re dressed casually. The service from our server Erin was wonderful. She was very patient and explained the various dishes to us, she kept the water glasses and wine topped up. When pasta was ordered to share she had the dish split up in the kitchen. For an appetizer my husband and I shared the underground pasta. This is not on the menu but Erin said it was a pasta dish that is very popular with the regular patrons. It is a spicy red tomato sauce spaghetti dish with prawns and chorizo sausage. It was indeed very spicy and tasty. My brother-in-law and his wife decided to share the cheese platter and they were very pleased with the selection of cheeses and condiments that accompanied it. It came with crostinis and Erin said if they wanted more she would be more than happy to supply them with it. For main dishes I had the beef tenderloin and my husband had the roasted lamb shoulder. Both were decent but lacking in flavor and not very interesting. Our relatives had the pasta of the day – penne pasta with chorizo sausage and the ling cod. They left a fair bit of food on the plate and did not comment too much on it but I’m assuming that because there was so much left on the plate that they did not find it very good. The bread that was brought to the table was outstanding. It was a nice crusty bread with a soft centre. Erin was kind enough to supply us with 2 baskets. For dessert my husband and I shared a raspberry crème brulee. It was wonderful. The top was not too hard, the custard was creamy and not firm like some brulees have a tendency to be and the raspberries provided a nice tartness and contrast to the dish.

Prices are not outrageous considering the location. Appetizers range from $7.00 - $20.00 and entrees range from $16.00 for pasta to $31.00 for the beef tenderloin.

It is unlikely that I would return as the entrees really did not appeal to me.

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Ginger and Chili4409 West 10th Ave., Vancouver
Not as good as I remember
Submitted Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:35am [Dine in]

We had not been to Ginger and Chili for awhile so decided to go for dinner last night as we have previously had very good meals here. It was not busy last night when we went for dinner, there were only 2 tables occupied – l being a large table at the back of the restaurant. This is a small restaurant and it is nothing fancy so the ambiance is very basic but it is nice and clean. I’m more interested in the food than decor. Last night’s dinner was not as good as I remember from previous experiences here.

The service was very good. The waitress was prompt, refilled my husband’s water glass and asked how dinner was. We ordered the szechuan green beans and they were delicious. They were crisp and nice and spicy with garlic. General Tso’s chicken had way too much batter and the chicken pieces seemed to be pretty small for the most part. We have ordered this dish here before and the ratio of chicken to batter was much better and the chicken was moister. We also ordered prawns with black bean sauce and while it was tasty the dish was $15.95 and there were only about 12 very small prawns. The plate was heaped with green peppers and onions and you really had to search for the prawns. We finished off with mango flower which is basically mango ice cream in the shape of a flower. The ice cream was very bland. Altogether dinner was $52.00 for 3 dishes, rice and ice cream. It’s not badly priced but the food was disappointing compared to what we’ve had previously.

I would give it another try and hope that last night was just an off night.

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Sagres Restaurant22550 Dewdney Trunk Rd, #100, Maple Ridge
Stay away from the seafood platter
Submitted Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

After reading all the good reviews for Sagres my husband and I decided to give it a try.

We made reservations. There were 2 large parties the evening that we were there and we were seated between the 2 large tables. It was okay. We were given the option of another table but we didn't care for the location of the other table. The ambiance is like that of a typical coffee shop. We have not had good Portuguese food since Adega in Vancouver closed so we were really looking forward to dinner at Sagres. The poor waitress was run off her feet. She appeared to be the only server and the restaurant was very busy when we were there. I think that it is a husband and wife team that are in the kitchen. When things slowed down at the end of the evening they came out and talked to some of the customers that I thought were regulars.

We shared a litre of Sangria that was very good. For an appetizer we shared the Portuguese sausage. This was a large sausage that was bought to the table still sizzling from the flames that enveloped it. Hot Portuguese buns were brought to the table and they were delicious. More places should take the trouble to heat their bread. It makes all the difference. Salad was also served with the meal. For entrees my husband had the chicken with piri piri sauce. It was delicious. The chicken itself was nice and moist but the skin was crisp and spicy from the piri piri sauce. A marvelous dish. I had decided to try the seafood platter. It was a hugh platter and it had clams, mussels, fish fillet and prawns. This was a poor choice. The clams had a very strong fishy taste and it was just overwelming. I'm used to having a sauce or something served with mussels but the mussels here were just served in the shell and a few of them were overcooked to the point of being chewy. The fish and prawns were okay but they were certainly not in the same league as the chicken that my husband was munching away on. The entrees came with cubes of potatoes that were crispy and yet nice and soft on the inside, rice and vegetables. As others have mentioned the portions here are huge. It is not the kitchen or the waitresses fault but they were so busy that we ended up spending more than 2 hours over dinner. This is fine if you're out at a fine dining restaurant but it is a very long time to spend at your regular basic restaurant.

I would try this restaurant again as my husbands chicken was really amazing, the Portuguese rolls were good and the sausage was also good. I would just be sure not to order the seafood platter, clams or mussels. I would probably just avoid the fish or seafood dishes here as they seem to have a problem cooking these dishes on a busy evening.

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New York New York Greek Restaurant6361 152 Street, Suite 301, Surrey
Wow! Some of the best Greek food I've had
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2013 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

Wow! This has some of the best Greek food I’ve ever had. This place is amazing. We tried it for the 1st time yesterday. My husband is not really a fan of Greek food but he loved his dinner last night. His plate was completely cleaned off and they do have large servings.

I disagree with the comments about the ambiance. I found the ambiance just lovely. The tables are nicely set with fresh linens and the room is softly lit ,there are also lights at each table. The ambiance is way nicer that it is at most Greek restaurants that I’ve gone to.

The service is amazing. The server was so pleasant and chatty but she was not overbearing. She seemed to genuinely enjoy her job and made us feel very welcome. What a treat to have such superlative service.

A delicious pita bread that is nice and hot is served with your meal. The entrees are served with rice, potato and Greek salad. The salad was nice and fresh – very tasty. For entrees I had the roast lamb and my husband had the lamb chops. The portions are very generous. My lamb was so tender and with the taziki sauce it was just perfect. My husband had requested his lamb chops be done medium rare and they were served exactly as he had requested. He received 4 good sized lamb chops perfectly cooked and seasoned for $18.95. If you consider the cost of lamb chops this is very good value. For dessert we shared the eckmeck dessert. It was a large piece, obviously homemade and again just delicious. For $4.00 it was very good value for the money.

Amazing food, wonderful service and good prices. How can you go wrong. We’ll definitely be back.

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