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VJBabbotsfordSince December 19, 2006171 Reviews
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American Grille Restaurant7571 Westminister Hwy, Richmond
Terrific rack of lamb. Good Value
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2012 - 10:05am [Dine in]

We had dinner at the American Grille last evening on our way home from the airport. They validate parking in their parking lot for 2 hours. You just give your license number to the hostess. The ambiance is that of a typical hotel coffee shop. It’s a nice room but it is not meant for fine dining by any means, no linen on the tables and the décor is just that of a nice upscale coffee shop.

The service was very good considering how busy they were. We had a glass of wine each while we perused the menu. A basket of nice hot baquettes was brought to the table. They were really good and the butter was soft. A lovely start to dinner. My husband and I shared the mussels in white wine reduction with garlic, onions & tomatoes. They were served with fries. The mussels were very good but they were not as flavorful as some mussels I’ve had. For entrees I had the rack of lamb. I requested the lamb medium rare and it was cooked to perfection. The lamb was so juicy and had a wonderful taste. The sauce was just perfect and did not overwhelm the lamb. It was a full rack of 8 and extremely good value at $28.00. My husband ended up eating about 1/3 of my lamb as there was so much of it. My husband had the smoked sable fish with honey miso glaze served with fingerling potatoes and baby bok choy. It was perfectly cooked. For dessert we shared a dessert that consisted of ice cream, chocolate syrup, lemon curds & meringue, bananas, whipped cream and nuts. Truly decadent.

A lovely evening and a good stop to or from the airport.

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Ric's Grill45300 Luckakuck Way, #100, Chilliwack
Nice evening at Ric's
Submitted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 10:03am [Dine in]

We had dinner here on Sunday evening. During the summer they have a summer bbq menu that is very good value. The price on the summer menu is $29.95 or $34.95 for a 3 course meal depending on your choice of entrée. Even the regular menu prices do not seem to be outrageously priced but they may be somewhat on the high side for Chilliwack.

We both opted to order off the bbq menu. They have about a dozen appetizers and a dozen entrees you can choose from and dessert offers 3 choices. For appetizers we ordered crabmeat bruscetta and escargot in mushroom caps. I’m glad that the bruscetta was on the special as we had a chance to try it without paying the regular price. It was very spicy but beyond that just seemed really lacking in flavour. It had tomatoes and I think there was also a bit of cheese on it but it was very dry and uninteresting. The escargot and mushrooms however were delicious. The escargot were a good size, nice and plump unlike some places where the escargot is so miniscule you wonder why they bother or if they cut the escargot in half to save money. The butter sauce was wonderful for dipping our bread in. For entrees we both had the tuscan steak with prawns. The 10 oz. NY steak and prawns were topped with an amazing cream sauce with fresh tomato. Delicious. The steak and prawns were both cooked extremely well. The prawns were not overcooked and had a nice fresh taste and were very tender. So many restaurants overcook prawns. It came with choice of starch and vegetables. My stuffed baked potato was somewhat overcooked but there was so much food on the plate that I just left the potato after 2 bites. For dessert we both had the cappuccino ice cream pie. A delicious way to end the meal. Wine prices are also very reasonable. We had a bottle of Santa Rita red wine for $30.00. Their corkage fee is $15.00 if you bring your own wine.

Service was good, not exceptional. The waitress never did top up our wine.

Ambiance is decent. It’s a nice enough dining room and about what you would expect for the price. They do have patio seating but it just looks out onto the parking lot and main street.

I would definitely return as it is good value for the money even if you ordered off the regular menu.

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Bravo Restaurant & Lounge46224 Yale Road, Chilliwack
It's been better
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:43am [Dine in]

Bravo has a lovely dining room. The tables are nicely set and well spaced so you can have a private conversation. The candles add a lovely ambiance to the room.

We have dined at Bravo on numerous occasions. This weekends dinner was somewhat disappointing compared to other experiences. The service was just a good as usual but I found some of the food somewhat disappointing. The bread that they served with dinner was not very interesting at all. I remember the bread being considerably better on previous visits. This weekend it was just like plain white and whole wheat bread that you buy at the store, not even a good quality bread. We started off with the chipotle mussels and they are amazing. We seem to always gravitate to this appetizer. It is nice and spicy and the sauce is fantastic. Too bad the bread wasn’t better. They were $14.00. For entrees my husband had the pork tenderloin and he just raved about it. I ordered the wild salmon with crab mash and lobster sauce. It sounds very good. I think I’ve had this dish before and I’ve found it to be very good. This last visit there was just not much flavour to the dish. It tasted like just regular mashed potatoes and the lobster sauce had no taste of lobster to it whatsoever. Hubby tried my dinner and his comment as well was that it was very bland. He was glad he ordered what he did. For dessert we shared a crème brulee. It was probably one of the most disappointing crème brulees that I’ve had. It was very heavy on the flour and had the texture more of a pudding cake than a crème brulee. There was also not much of a vanilla flavour to it. The prices here are very reasonable. Appetizers range in price from $11.00 - $19.00 and entrees range from $19.00 - $31.00.

We asked what the corkage fee on BYOW was going to be and we were told $19.95 for the first bottle and then you negotiate with the owner. I overheard them talking about bringing in some more reasonable wines for their wine list.

I would go back based on previous dining experiences that I’ve had here. I hope this weekends experience was just an off night for them.

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Kerkis Greek Taverna3605 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Disappointing. Not one of the better Greek Restaurants
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:10am [Dine in]

It was okay but there are far better Greek restaurants in the lower mainland. We arrived for dinner about 5:30. They had patio seating as well as seating indoors. We opted to sit inside. The ambiance and décor is typical of most Greek restaurants – hanging plants, wooden tables and chairs etc.

My husband had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and I had sangria. The sangria was on special for $4.50 a glass. It was well made and good value. We started off with an appetizer of saganaki. I’m not sure what kind of cheese was used but it did not have much flavor. The cheese did not melt as nicely as it does on most saganakis that I’ve had. Dinner was accompanied by whole wheat pita bread that was brought to our table nice and hot and Greek salad. I don’t think that the cheese used on the Greek salad was feta, it looked and tasted more like parmesan to me – very strange. The salad was definitely lacking in flavour, not very interesting. For entrees my husband had arni psito (roast lamb). It was okay but again not one of the better ones that I’ve had. I had the garlic prawns in butter sauce – 5 prawns for $18.99 (more like an appetizer portion). It was accompanied by a potato that had too strong a lemon taste to it, a massive amount of rice that looked stale and overcooked carrots. Be warned the menu they show on their website is outdated. The prices on the menu last night were about 11% higher than the menu on their website. I think that they are way overpriced for the quality of the food served. We had an entertainment coupon but without the coupon it is just not good value for the money. With the coupon it’s probably what you would pay at other Greek restaurants for the quantity and quality that we had. We would not return because the value for the money is just not there.

Service was decent.

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Anatoli Souvlaki5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Decent Greek. Not outstanding
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2012 - 10:43am [Dine in]

We had called Anatoli’s earlier and they suggested reservations since it was July 1 and they anticipated a busy evening. They were very busy even early in the evening when we arrived.

It’s a very nice room and bigger than it first appears since it goes quite a ways back. The restaurant has high ceilings and is nice and airy. Tables are set far enough apart that you are not too close to other customers. They also have patio dining. There was a guitarist setting up when we left about 7:30.

Our server was very good. She was nice and cheerful and pleasant. When my husband ordered ½ chicken she explained that it could take 30 to 35 minutes. We were not in a hurry so it presented no problem but it was nice to know.

We shared an order of calamari to start. It was very good, nice and crispy coating and the calamari itself was tender. For entrees I ordered the roast lamb – this was leg of lamb that I requested medium rare. It was cooked exactly as ordered and came with the requisite, rice, potatoes and Greek salad. Their potatoes are more of an oven roasted potato than the standard potato that you generally get at a Greek restaurant. It was good but not exceptional. My husband ordered the ½ a roast chicken and it was very good. It was nice and moist and very flavourful. They charge extra for pita bread. This is something I find rather annoying. It seems to me that if you’re paying over $20.00 for an entrée that they could include the pita bread. Most Greek restaurants don’t charge for pita. Their pita bread is also a bit different than the standard, it is composed of tiny little triangles of crisp bread, not the nice fluffy rounds that you usually get. It was good, just different. Sunday nights they have pitchers of Sangria on special for $20.00. It is a large pitcher of Sangria with no fruit in it. It was very good but I have had better Sangrias, however for the price there was certainly value for you money.

It is a very nice restaurant but there are other Greek restaurants that I do prefer both for the quality of the food and the ambiance.

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Aldo's Pasta Bar441 Columbia St, New Westminster
Good Italian in New Westminster
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 11:38am [Dine in]

We had dinner at Aldo’s on Sunday. When we called for reservations we were told that they had a large dinner party that evening but that they could fit us in. It is a small restaurant but the service was very good considering the large group and the fact that there was only 1 server.

They have primarily pizza and pasta. There are only 4 entrees, 3 veal dishes and 1 chicken dish. With the pasta you pick your sauce and pasta combination. We decided to share a large pizza (you pick your own toppings and the price is determined by the size of pizza and number of toppings ordered.) We decided to share a large pizza and an order of pasta. We had a linguine with smoked salmon and alfredo sauce. This was very tasty and it had large chunks of smoked salmon. The pasta was nicely cooked al dente. They do not make all their own pastas. The waiter said that some of the pastas are not homemade. The pizza was also very good and again they were very generous with the toppings. The server checked on us a few times during the course of our meal and was very attentive. Before the pizza and pasta were served we were given nice hot rolls from the oven. They were really good but I didn’t want to fill up on bread.

Our server was very gracious. When we first sat down I found our table to be very cool because the front door was open. We asked him if it was possible to close the door and he did it without any hesitation or fuss.

I did like the Italian music they had playing in the background. It was very soft so it was not intrusive. It just added to the ambiance.

As we were leaving someone from the birthday group asked us if we would like to take some of their birthday cake with us. What a kind gesture.

This is a nice restaurant and we would return

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Aki Japanese Restaurant1368 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Aki has moved to West Pender
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 11:27am [Dine in]

We hadn’t been to Aki for awhile. Hubby called to make reservations for Sunday. We drove downtown, found a parking spot and plugged $5.00 in the meter. We walked to where Aki on Thurlow only to discover that it was no longer there. We called Aki on our cell phone and we were told that they had moved to 1368 W. Pender. Why they didn’t tell us when we made reservations is beyond me. Apparently they moved on May 1 so when someone calls in for a reservation the first thing they should mention is that they’ve moved.

The new premises are very modern and it definitely has lost the charm that Aki on Thurlow used to have. The tatami rooms are gone now and the wait staff are not as good as they used to be at the old location. We had to continually ask for tea to be topped up and additional rice etc. There was no quality check during the meal. Dishes were just dropped off and eye contact and conversation was kept to a bare minimum.

I’ve noticed that the size of the dishes are also smaller than they used to be. We had from the Robata, beef short ribs (very good) and black cod. The black cod was very good but at $11.50 I expected more that 2 oz. of meat. Definitely not good value and not worth the money. We also ordered, Chicken Teriyaki (smaller order than at the old location) and assorted tempura (the order only had 3 shrimp, it used to have 5)

The food is still good but between the cold sterile ambiance and the small servings now it is not as good as it used to be.

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Vault, The5764 176 Street, Surrey
30% off wine on Tuesdays
Submitted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 11:24am [Dine in]

It’s okay. We met a friend for lunch yesterday. Tuesday is 30% of ½ lt. and bottles of wine. We shared a bottle between the 3 or us. Food was okay, nothing exceptional. Hubby had scarface pizza. I tried a slice and didn’t find it particularly interesting. I had the short rib sandwich with yam fries. Again it was okay but not memorable. Our friend had the shrimp won ton. I looked interesting. Service was pleasant. I don’t know that I would return as there are many restaurants that are considerably better.

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Cafe Regalade2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
La Regalade is better
Submitted Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:59am [Dine in]

It’s not bad but the original restaurant Le Regalade is so much better.

It’s a very small room and the tables are very close together. Ambiance is okay but it basically has the feel of a small café. No tablecloths on the table and chairs really do not encourage you to stay and linger.

We shared the escargot as an appetizer – 6 escargot served on the typical escargot casserole dish with parsley, garlic and butter and baquette. It was tasty. We both ordered from the specials being offered that day for our main courses. My husband had the pork belly wrapped in veal loin and served with scalloped potatoes for $23.95. What I sampled of his dish was good. I ordered trout with sorel cream sauce and served with a small side salad for $21.95. The dish was very well prepared and the fish was nice and moist. For dessert we shared profiteroles - $6.95. This was also very good.

Service was very casual. It was decent but there was a certain warmth lacking. It was like they were just going through the motions. Actually when we arrived until about half way through our meal it was like they were totally disinterested. I made a comment to my husband and he said it was a French thing. I mentioned to my husband that we’ve been to numerous French restaurants and it did not seem that the service was so indifferent before.

It was an okay experience but I prefer their restaurant in West Vancouver – La Regalade. I also felt that the prices should have been $2.00 or $3.00 cheaper per entrée since it is a very casual restaurant the prices should be indicative of this.

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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
As good as it used to be
Submitted Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants but we have not been for a number of years, when it changed to the Sequia Grill we found that the prices went up substantially and the quality of the food went downhill.

When browsing through the DOV menu I found the menu option at teahouse very appealing and at $28.00 for a 3 course dinner we thought we would give it another try. We went with another couple last Friday evening and had a prime window seat near the fireplace. What a great start to the evening. In addition to the $28.00 menu they offer a $38.00 option and you can substitute sablefish or steak for your entrée. For appetizers 2 of us had the roasted Tomato soup – it was absolutely delicious. Plenty of flavour and it was nice and spicy. It had a nice little kick to it. The other 2 opted for the salad and they pronounced it to be very good with toasted pine nuts. For entrees 2 orders of sablefish, 1 order of lamb shank and 1 order of tuna. The sablefish was absolutely amazing. It was so moist and perfectly prepared. My husband had the lamb shank and he was also very pleased with his selection. I think our friend who ordered the tuna was disappointed as it was a very small portion. Dessert was apple tart for 3 or us (a small serving) and 1 order of raspberry sorbet.

Service was very good. We were 2 ½ hours over dinner and even though it was dine out at no time were we pressured to vacate the table.

The setting of this restaurant is amazing. It’s right in Stanley Park and in the summer you can look out over the harbour as you dine. If you can request a table in the gazebo. It’s a much nicer room.

We’ll definitely return again.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Nice cozy dining room.
Submitted Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

It was a decent evening at Cru. I was somewhat disapointed as based on the previous reviews I was expecting so much more.

The room is beautiful. It is softly lit and the music playing softly in the background provides a very welcoming and cozy setting for dinner. We arrived just before 6:00 and there were only 2 tables seated. The waiter gave us a table at the back far away from the other tables and we did not have anyone sitting near us until we were almost finished our dinner. That was great. The service from the staff was very good considering how busy the restaurant got as the evening progressed. We ordered a baguette to go with our dinner as it is not included if you have the small plates. We commented to our waitress that it was somewhat dry and it was like eating day old bread, she was very good about giving us another order (dry again) and she said that she would not charge us for the baguette. Our wine and water were topped up constantly during the course of the evening. Good quality checks on the food throughout the evening as well.

For dinner we had small plates:

Sauteed mushrooms on brioche with aged cheddar and salad - this was very good with a generous serving of mushrooms - $11.00

Miso sable fish with Kale and pureed cauliflower - beautiful presentation and the fish was nice and moist, a very small portion but probably in line for the price charged - $14.00

Duck Confit with goat cheese spatzle and cabbage - skin on the duck leg was nice and crispy and the meat very juicy and well cooked. Spatzle and cabbage complimented the meat nicely - $16.00

Syrah braised beef shortribs with macaroni and cheese. - meat was very tender and well prepared, very small serving of macaroni and cheese accompanied this dish. A bit on the high side price wise $18.00

Cavatelli Bolognese - this was my husband's favorite dish. I found it a bit salty - $13.00

For dessert - Little Goat Cheesecake with spiced pumpkin and cashew nut granola. Very good but as one other reviewer mentioned very small and not good value at $8.00.

Dinner with a bottle of wine was $140.00 + before tip. Not outrageously priced but I think the value could be better. We would probably return but Vancouver has so many really outstanding restaurants that it might be awhile.

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Kingfishers Waterfont Bar & Grill23840 River Road, Maple Ridge
Great view during lunch
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 11:59am [Dine in]

We decided to try this place for lunch yesterday. What a great setting. We had a seat by the window overlooking the river. This bar is really in a terrific location. It was not too loud which is nice. Such a nice relaxing lunch.

We were greeted at the door with a pleasant smile by the hostess who asked if we had a preference for the table. When we suggested a seat by the window she said we could pick the table that we liked and she would follow us. Our waitress was also a delight. She was very prompt with the taking the order and providing us with water. I had tea to drink and she even asked if I wanted more hot water for my tea half way through lunch. This is something that many servers fail to do. Kudos to her for asking. They have a very interesting and varied menu and I think there is something on the menu that would appeal to almost anyone. For the setting, ambiance and quality of food prices are very reasonable. The wine is also reasonably priced. It's nice that they have a reasonable mark up on wine and also a decent selection of good wines. For our lunch my husband had the salmon and crab burger (waitress asked if he wanted to substitute salad for fries, again great service) and I had the borgata prawns. My husbands burger was very good and came with a good sized order of fries. My prawns were very good and a decent sized portion. They were in a chile oil sauce and were really nice and spicy. 4 good sized pieces of garlic bread accompanied the prawns. The garlic bread was delicious on it's own but dipped into the sauce the prawns came it it was magnificient.

It was a great lunch, wonderful ambiance, terrific waitress, good food and decent prices. Would highly recommend and definitely intend to return ourselves.

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Rocky Point Cafe2709 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Very disappointing considering all the positive reviews
Submitted Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]

This is a beautiful dining room. It is much nicer than I thought it would be. The dining room is spotlessly clean, nice soft classical music is playing in the background and the room is softly lit but not so dark that you cannot read the menus. It is a very intimate and cozy room.

The waitress was a real gem she was very upbeat and pleasant and kept our water glasses topped up during the evening.

We ordered the 3 course meal for $25.00. Mushroom soup was the soup of the day and we both decided that we would have the soup as it was a cool evening and a nice bowl of hot soup sounded very appealing. Our waitress told us that we would get the soup complimentary so we had a 3 more choices for our dinner. What a great bonus. We ordered chicken wings and lettuce wrap for appetizers, salmon and pork tenderloin for entrees and ice cream with brownies and cheesecake for dessert. This is when the serious problems begin. Cream of mushroom soup is Campbell's canned soup. Lettuce wrap and chicken wings both were very salty and tasted like they they were prepackaged. Next came the entrees. Very generous size portions but bland, bland, bland. It could have used some of the salt from the appetizers. We're sure that these entrees were purchased from Costco or some other supplier and simply heated up in the microwave. Desserts were pretty much a repeat of the appetizers and entrees. When we went to use the washrooms hubby commented that he could see a microwave and fridge but it didn't look like they had an actual oven or stovetop. We did not hear any of the sounds that you normally hear coming from a restaurant kitchen so I strongly suspect that they purchase their meals in microwavable bags and simply heat and add garnishes like fresh fruit.

It's okay if you don't mind eating prepackaged and canned food but if you're looking for food that is freshly prepared this is not the place for you. We will not return. It's too bad because aside from the food everything else is great but we always go for the food.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
It's okay. Not memorable
Submitted Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:24am [Dine in]

I don't know what happened to my earlier post from the summer. It seems to have been deleted. I agree with a previous post the food is okay not memorable. In fact I can't even remember what I had it made so little of an impression on me. For the prices they charge the food should be significantly better than it is. We sat outside on the patio and the setting is truly lovely. The have plenty of greenery surrounding the pation so it is very secluded and private. The service was decent as I recall but again nothing exceptional. We would not return. There are many restaurants that provide far better value for the money.

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Gusto Di Quattro1 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Disappointing evening
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:34am [Dine in]

It's been many years since we've been to Gusto and hubby wanted to try it again. We'd had a good experience here many years ago and thought it would be a nice evening out.

We had reservations but the first seat they offered us was in a corner and I could not get at the seat without the table being pulled out and then pushed back in again once I sat down. As there was another couple seated not 1 foot from our table and the gentleman had to get up in order for me to get in (I am not a big woman) I asked the waiter not to push the table back in as I would probably want to leave my seat at some point during the evening. He gave us another table. For dinner we shared the Linguine del Mar - pasta with rock shrimp, tomatoes and chili. Hubby really enjoyed the pasta but I thought it was good at best. For the main entrees my husband ordered the pistachio crusted sablefish and it was very good. The fish was nice and moist and very tasty. It came with Mascapone risotto that he really enjoyed. I ordered the Cornish Game hen cooked under a brick and the hen was very dry, definitely overcooked. My husband sampled it as well and he also said that it was not very good. We called our waiter over and he said that he would have it redone. He came back a few minutes later and said that the chef said that's the way the dish is done and the the next one would be the same. I have a suggestion - why don't you try not cooking it as long. That seems like an easy suggestion. By the way the owners of Mangia e Bevi used to be with the Quattro restaurants and the Cornish Game hen that they do is heavenly. I decided to just have an appetizer of escargot and prawns. It was okay but you can get basically the same dish at other restaurants for considerably less money. I was very dismayed at the way the whole situation was handled. Most restaurants that we have gone to when there is a problem with the food they will comp the dessert or offer you an apperitif.

Our server was decent. Wine and water was continually topped up but we did have to ask for little things. Wine bucket to keep white wine cold etc.

We would not be back. I just don't see the value for the money here. A dry tasteless game hen at $32.00 is just not my idea of value and they tell me that this is the way it is supposed to be. Ugh

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Dublins Crossing18789 Fraser Highway, Unit 101, Langley
Not very good
Submitted Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

We were here with a group. Ambiance is not bad. Service as others have mentioned could be better. The waitress never came back to see how the food was or ask if we wanted more drinks. The table shared an order of bruschetta and steak bits with button mushrooms. The appetizers were very good. The bruschetta was very tasty and the serving was a decent size. The steak bits and button mushrooms were also very good. It came with a spicy chipoltie sauce. For an entree I had the Chicken pot pie. It was very difficult to find a piece of chicken in the pie. It was more pie pastry than anything else. Others had the beef stroganoff, prime rib sandwich and coconut shrimp. I heard no comments on the food from anyone so I'm guessing that everyone was just being polite. The waitress never asked if we wanted dessert. Prices are not too expensive but then the quality of the food is pretty poor. It was a very disappointing evening. Our friend fortunately was treating everyone to dinner fortunately because I certainly will not return.

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Eighteen 279185 Glover Rd., Langley
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 9:58am [Dine in]

We were going to go to the Lamplighter restaurant but they were closed for the evening.

Dinner at eighteen 27 turned out to be a pleasant surprise. We were greeted in a very friendly manner by the hostess and escorted to a nice window seat. Our waiter was also great. He presented the menus and wine list and asked if we would like a drink. We asked for water while we perused the wine list and drink menu. We both decided to have wine by the glass. They have a very extensive martini menu and they looked awesome.

We decided not to have any appetizer or tapas as we thought that maybe we would save room for dessert. The tapas seemed to be very generous portions. My husband had the Chili Spareribs. They were so tender and flavourful. I opted for the peppercorn filet. It was cooked perfectly and very flavourful. The ribs were $26.00 and my filet was $29.00. Fair value. Dinner was served with a wonderful foccacia bread and carmelized butter. The bread was nice and warm. For dessert we shared the chocolate lava cake with orange sorbet. The food was really good.

They had a large party that was very loud the evening that we were there but if they didn't have a large group it would be fine as the tables are nicely spaced so you intruding on the next tables conversation. As others have mentioned the ambiance is terrific. The piano player really added to the ambiance. The chairs are very comfortable.

It was a terrific evening and we would definitely return.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Good but not outstanding
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 9:49am [Dine in]

From all the raves I guess I was expecting more. I agree with kewpiebaby and pkwok. We had a table on their patio and I have to say that we really enjoyed the atmosphere. They had numerous plants and shrubs on their patio and eating outside was just magical.

As a previous reviewer has said the food gets mixed reviews. We shared the garganelli with pork cheeks. It was okay but not really exceptional, not really a lot of flavour to this dish and at $19.00 I felt it was a bit overpriced. Pasta and pork cheeks are not that expensive. For dinner my husband had the Cornish game hen. It come with potato gnocchi. The game hen was nice and juicy and very tasty. I had 1 of the specials, a 6 oz. filet mignon with red wine sauce, potatoes and vegetables. It was perfectly cooked. Delicious. If you order one of the specials be sure to ask the price before ordering because the specials are more expensive than items on the regular menu and the waiter did not volunteer this information. I asked before ordering. My husband commented on the small menu. This would probably be a deterant to a return visit as there was just the 1 item on the menu that appealed to my husband.

Service was decent. Our waiter was very busy because the restaurant was extremely busy but the wine was kept topped up and he was very pleasant.

The total bill for 1 pasta, 2 entrees and 1 bottle of wine was $123.00 before tip. If I could rate the value between 2 and 3 I would but I upped the value rating because the Cornish Hen and filet were fair value.

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Olive & Anchor6418 Bay Street, West Vancouver
This is Ya Ya's replacement but avoid the oysters now
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 9:55am [Dine in]

I had a craving for oysters so I suggested that we have a nice drive out to Horseshoe Bay so I could have my fill of oysters at Ya Ya's. My husband is not a fan of oysters but he said he would have something else. We walked by where Ya Ya's used to be and noticed that it is completely remodelled and Ya Ya's has been replaced by Olive & Anchor. A quick study of the menu showed that they had Ya Ya oysters so we decided to give it a try. We started off with an order of calamari. This wasn't bad. It was a generous serving and the calamari was very tender - good value for $10.00. There are about 8 different styles of oysters and you receive 6 oysters for $14.00. The combination dish offering a variety of oysters is no longer on the menu. For the $14.00 all you get is the oyster - no starch, bread or salad. I ordered the oysters Rockerfellow. It has to be the worst oysters rockerfellow that I've ever had. The spinach tasted like it was a no name frozen spinach that was overcooked, the oysters were also overcooked and instead of a nice topping of bernaise sauce that is supposed to be on top of oysters there were a few shreds of cheese on top of each oyster - not even enough to cover the oyster. My husband had the miso salmon that he enjoyed. He said it was very well cooked and very tasty. It came with Jasmine rice, a bit of corn on the cob and other vegetables.

The ambiance is much nicer than when it was Ya Ya's. The room is brighter and it has more of a bistro feel to it rather than the dark coffee shop feel that Ya Ya's used to have. Service was very good. Our wine was topped up and water glass was also refilled. Our waitress said that Ya Ya's had the change of ownership in the middle of March. We would not return. I feel that $14.00 of poorly prepared oysters + $3.00 for garlic bread to go with it is not good value. I guess that because it's out in Horseshoe Bay and they have such a great setting the owners feel they can get away with serving mediocre food.

To the original owner of Ya Ya's you should have them remove the name Ya Ya from the oysters on their menu. It is a real insult to you.

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Dynasty Seafood Restaurant777 West Broadway, #108, Vancouver
Paying for the renovations
Submitted Monday, July 4, 2011 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

This used to be Rich Ocean. We were there for dim sum with friends this weekend. One of our friends had a bad reaction to all the msg they used in the food. It is not the cart style dim sum which is fine. I actually prefer ordering off a menu as the food seems to be fresher and nice and hot when you receive it. Service was fine. The prices are somewhat on the high side with most of the dishes being over $4.00. This would be fine if the portions were a decent size but in many instances I found the servings to be somewhat on the small side. The pork dumpling was many 2 bits if you're a dainty eater if not 1 gulp and it's gone. The egg tarts are also really puny.

The washrooms have been beautifully renovated and they've obviously put a lot of money into renovating the restaurant but for the quality of the food the value is just not there. The menu is also a very small dim sum menu unless you start ordering noodle dishes and then you bill would really escalate. Dim sum for 4 people with 9 dishes was $60.00 with tip.

We would not return because of the lack of selection, small portions on some dishes and prices. There are way better dim sum restaurants in town.

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