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VJBabbotsfordSince December 19, 2006171 Reviews
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Gastropod1938 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Good value for dine out
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

We finished our dine out Vancouver adventures at Gastropod.

Hubby started out with the Organic greens and I had the sweet onion veloute with smoked sweetbread. Both appetizers were good but not exceptional. My husband felt the salad was actually very basic. We both had the marinated pork shoulder for our main course and it was very good. The pork was nice and tender and there were parts of the pork shoulder that were crisp. It came with fingerling potatoes, spinach and shitake mushrooms.

For dessert I had Mexican hot chocolate with gingersnap pumpkin ice cream sandwich and my husband had chocolate fondant. Both desserts were delicious.

The service was outstanding. Our every need was nicely anticipated. During the dine out Vancouver they imposed a mandatory 15% tip. I do not agree with a mandatory tip. My husband said the tip was well deserved but my feeling is that it should be your discretion how much you are going to tip your server. Our server did mention that the mandatory tip was only applicable during dine out.

The food was good but I do not think I would pay the regular prices for their fixed price menu - $64.50 for 5 courses.

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Tapastree1829 Robson Street, Vancouver
Food is good but the timing could be better
Submitted Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

We had dinner at Tapastree last evening. It was not too busy at 6:00. Only 3 other tables were occupied.

Our server was very pleasant, wine was always topped up but she seemed to have problems with pouring the wine without dripping the wine on the table all the time.

We ordered 5 tapas plus dessert. We ordered meat balls, this was a special of the day. It was my least favorite of the dishes that we ordered but my husband enjoyed it. We also had grilled prawns with pesto sauce, they were delicious, buttermilk fried chicken with spicy aioli sauce, also very good, scalloped potatoes and grilled asparagus. The kitchen does not do a good job of getting dishes out within a reasonable time frame. The prawns and chicken came first and then we waited and waited for the rest of the tapas. I did not want to eat vegetables by without any meat accompanyment so we waited for the vegetables. It was a good 25 minutes from the time we received the prawns and chicken before the vegetables arrived.

What we had was for the most part very good but it would be more enjoyable if items were received within a 10 or 15 minute time frame.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Decent value but could be better
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

I would have given it a higher rating for food and value if the prices were more reasonable for the appetizers and dessert. I felt the prices for the entrees were reasonable for the quality of food and the portions but the appetizers are way overpriced. We paid $13.50 for a very small serving of quiche as an appetizer and $11.00 for a small raspberry almond tart (my husband said this was the least interesting aspect of our meal.

The wines are also very highly marked up. We enjoy wine with our dinner and we understand that restaurants make a lot of money from their wine but my husband said that most of the wines are priced anywhere from $10.00 to $15.00 more than they are at other restaurants (this is comparing exactly the same wine). The prices are triple what the wine would cost you at the liquor store.

We were somewhat disappointed with the appetizer and dessert. For the prices charged the quality should be substantially better. The entrees however were outstanding. I had the salmon with mushrooms and spinach and my husband had a special of the day which was swordfish with agnoletti. The agnoletti that came with his fish was amazing.

The service was absolutely amazing. Our server arranged to have the appetizer served on 2 different plates. He suggested a second order of bread when he noticed how quickly we devoured the first basket. The wine was continuously topped up and our water glasses were never empty. He also did a quality check on each course during the evening. Absolutely superb service.

The ambiance is very nice. It would have been better if we didn't have some idiot sitting beside us who felt it was okay to have his cell phone on during dinner. How rude and disruptive.

I would recommend this restaurant but be sure you bring plenty of cash if you want a bottle of wine with dinner and appetizers and dessert.

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Hourglass Restaurant20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley
A great discovery in Langley
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 11:37am [Dine in]

We tried this restaurant on Thursday night.

It was very cozy. We had a prime seat right by the fireplace and the ambiance was very relaxing and soothing. It was like dining in someone's home, with the tables nicely set with decent linens, Christmas carols playing softly in the background and lovely tiffany lamps providing the lighting.

We shared a Caesar salad that was very well made with nice fresh greens, a flavourful dressing and crispy croutons. My husband had the 10 oz rib eye steak and it was cooked to perfection - medium rare just as he had requested. I had the mushroom schnitzel and it was one of the best schnitzels that I've had. It was nice and crispy but the meat was nice and moist. It was a huge serving and the mushrooms on top were just delicious. The entrees were accompanied by pan fried potatoes, red cabbage and asparagus. Our entrees were priced at approximately $19.00 for my schnitzel and $25.00 for my husband's steak. For the quality of the food and the ambiance it was excellent value for the money.

Highly recommended.

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Glad I didn't read the reviews before we went
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 11:59am [Dine in]

My husband suggested Cipriano's for dinner on Friday night.

It is dimly lit and the ambiance is like an Italian restaurant from another era with red checkered tablecloths and Frank Sinatra playing softly in the background.

We both decided to go with the $24.95 value menu. It gives you a choice of 4 different salads, bruschetta + garlic bread, a choice of any entree from their menu and dessert. For the salad you could choose from Caesar, green, Italian or tomato and onion. My husband opted for the tomato and onion salad and I had the Caesar salad. The servings were large enough that you could easily share 1 between 2 people. They were very good salads, all the ingredients were nice and fresh and the salads were nicely seasoned. Next came the bruschetta and garlic bread. The garlic bread was very good but the bruschetta was absolutely amazing - nice ripe tomato on crusty bread that had been brushed with garlic. For entrees my husband had veal with eggplant and penne pasta. He said it was very good. I had spaghetti with Italian sausage and it was a huge portion and very well prepared. They were very generous with the Italian sausage and the sausage had a very nice spicy taste to it. I was only able to get through 1/3 of my pasta and requested a doggy bag for the rest. For dessert the choices were spumoni ice cream, lemoncello ice cream or tiramisu. I had the teramisu and hubby had the the lemoncello. The ice cream was a better option. With a 1/2 litre of wine and tip dinner was $80.00.

Excellent value for the quality of food.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine628 6th Avenue, #103, New Westminster
Terrific Malaysian cuisine
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

We came here for supper on Friday night. It was cold and rainy outside and Tamarind Hill was very warm on welcoming. It's a small restaurant so reservations are definitely required.

The food was absolutely amazing. We shared an appetizer of chicken and beef kabobs, that came with a lovely peanut sauce. We followed this with green beans in sambal sauce - nice and spicy with a definite kick and as a treat unbeknown to us it included 5 succulent shrimp. We also had spicy salt and pepper pork chops (yummy) and the special of the day which was halibut cheeks with carmelized ginger and onions, this was so flavourful and the cheeks were very tender. With rice, a soda for hubby and a glass of wine for myself the total for a wonderful evening out was $65.00 with tip.

The food was delicious and very well priced for the quality and quantity. We'll definitely be back.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Casual or fine dining?
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

They should make up their minds what they are trying to be.

The music is much too loud and it is not the type of music I particularly enjoy when I'm out for a nice evening. Between the general buzz of conversation and the music blasting away it is not at all the way to spend a relaxing evening out.

The food was decent but the prices are set at what you would pay at a fine dining restaurant. The wine prices are obscene. The cheapest wine they had was at $45.00, after that the prices jumped to $55.00 +. We shared calamari as an appetizer. Hubby had the halibut which was outstanding. I had the petrale sole. It was good but certainly not worth the more than $30.00 that it costs. We shared a cherry cheesecake for dessert and it was very good.

It was over all a very disappointing evening. For the prices that they charge I was hoping for a fine dining experience and it did not deliver. We would not return because there are restaurants that deliver far better value for the money.

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14981 Fusion Cuisine14981 Marine Drive, White Rock
Great for a light meal
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2008 - 11:26am [Dine in]

We'd had appetizers at a wine party earlier and felt like we needed a light meal.

We had curried mussels with naan (not bad but not my favorite dish), sockeye salmon (part of it was slightly overcooked but it was tasty nonetheless) and Thai drumettes (these were really good - nice and spicy) When ordering a la cart of the menu I felt the items were slightly overpriced.

It was a nice setting, service was good and the food was good, not exceptional but good.

We would return.

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Kam Ding Seafood Restaurant3021 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
Ugh! One of the worst dim sums I've had
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

I'd rather pay more and have edible food. It's quick and cheap and that's about all I can say about it. There are many places where you'll pay about the same price and you'll get good dishes and aren't chipped and a way nicer ambiance.

Food was cold or lukewarm at best and not well prepared. We had the sticky rice (very little filling), tough spareribs, cold hard radish cake, presentable sui mai and overpoweringly fishy har gow. There is so much better dim sum out there. If you're in the area go to Lougheed Wonton House instead.

This was recommended by my brother-in-law but there is no way I would return.

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Saint St Grill2514 St. Johns St, Port Moody
An sublime evening at Saint St. Grill
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 10:57am [Dine in]

We used to dine here often when we lived in the area. We made reservations for last evening because we were going to be in the area.

What a magnificent evening it turned out to be. The room is very nicely designed. The lighting was subdued but there was still enough light that you could read the menu. Candles were also on the table. It was a busy night but the tables are spaced such that you are not watching the other tables eating or unintentionally listening in on their conversation.

We started off with absolutely superb mussels in a spicy tomato fennel broth. We told the waitress that we were sharing the appetizer and she arranged for the order to be split in the kitchen so we each had our own dish. For entrees my husband had the rack of pork which he declared to be outstanding. I had a bite and it truly was delicious. I had the herb crusted rack of lamb and it was perfectly cooked to the medium rare that I had requested and it was amazing. Great care was also taken with the vegetable accompaniments. We shared a creme brulee for dessert.

It was really nice to see so many reasonably priced wines. My husband said there was a really good selection of wines for less than $30.00. After our server poured the first glasses of wine she said that she was going to get an ice bucket. She then placed the ice bucket on the other side of the room. Uh Oh, what if we want more wine. No problems, she kept the glasses topped up all night.

This is what I look for when I'm wanting a nice night out - a nice ambiance (no screaming children), very cozy room, superb food and outstanding service for a waitress who obviously cares. The prices are not unreasonable for the value given.

We will definitely return. They are also on Entertainment so this provides even better value.

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Da Mario5601 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Delightful dining experience at Da Mario
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 9:46am [Dine in]

This is a really great neighbourhood restaurant. We used to dine here frequently before we moved and always felt that we received good value for the money.

The ambiance is very relaxing. They had a few large parties in the restaurant but it was not overly noisy. It was just the warm buzz of patrons enjoying themselves. For the prices they charge the decor and atmosphere is very nice. We were seated at the back and when my husband and I commented that we found it a bit too dark to read the menu they turned the lights up a bit for us.

You can substitute pasta for the vegetables with the entrees for a small fee and we appreciate this as we do enjoy pasta when we have an Italian meal but we usually don't feel like having pasta as an entree. For dinner we had bruschetta, veal picatta and osso buco. With a bottle of wine and using the entertainment card dinner for the 2 of us was $67.00 with taxes and before tip.

For the quality of food, atmosphere and service this is very good value and we will be back when we're in the area.

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Jagerhof Schnitzel House71 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Good value and good food
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2008 - 11:09am [Dine in]

It's been awhile since we had dinner at Jagerhof Schnitzel House.

For $80.00 we had small Caesar salad, 1 Jagerhof platter, 1 Canadiana schnitzel, 1 apple strudel and a litre of imported wine. The food was very well prepared. The platter consisted of 1 Bratwurst, 1 smoked pork chop and mushroom schnitzel, pan fried potatoes, red cabbage and sauerkraut. The Canadiana schnitzel was stuffed with cheddar cheese and ham and also came with the potatoes and cabbage. The schnitzels were nice and crisp on the outside but tender and moist on the inside. The schnitzels come in two sizes so if you are not too hungry or have a small appetite you could order the small size.

The service was good. We were seated promptly and our waitress was pleasant and checked back to see that everything was okay.

The ambiance was decent. It has a very European feel to it. It's nice that there is good space between the tables so you are not listening to the next tables conversation.

My husband said that he thinks the portions have been cut back somewhat from what they used to be but it is still good value for the money.

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Coza! Tuscan Grill20065 Langley Bypass, Langley
Good Italian food in Langley
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 11:20am [Dine in]

We were here for dinner last evening with family. Reservations had been made a few days before but they somehow lost our reservation. They did seat us right away however so it turned out to be not too big an issue on this occasion. It they were busy it would have been a problem as we had a rambunctious 4 year old with us.

Service during the course of dinner was exemplary. Our server checked back frequently to see that we were well taken care of. She gave us an extra order or bread without any hassle and at the end of the evening she offered to split the bill for us which was a very nice gesture on her part. She was very cheerful and even handled my nephew very graciously.

All of the food that we ordered was very well prepared. I had spaghetti alla diavolo and it was nice and spicy. My husband had the Milanese pork chop and it was also very good, it was nice and tender and very tasty. The rest of the family had Flatbread and chicken. It was an interesting menu, a bit different from the usual Italian menus.

I would recommend this if you're looking for good Italian food in Langley that is not overpriced.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Delightful dining experience at Dockside
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 10:04am [Dine in]

We had reservations for dinner last evening. We were given a choice of a table inside by the window or outside on the patio. We chose the inside table but quickly absconded to a table outside. The restaurant is air conditioned but they left the doors and windows open so it was really hot and stuffy inside.

Service was okay nothing to get too excited about. We didn't have to wait too long for the food but we never saw our server between courses and we had to flag her down for more drinks and water.

The setting was wonderful. We sat on the outside patio and watched all the boats coming back in from their excursions. It was just so totally relaxing.

We shared an order of the tiger prawns for an appetizer. They were just delicious. Dockside restaurant does not provide complimentary bread with their meals. If you want bread you have to purchase it. This seems a bit chintzy to me. For our main courses my husband had the black cod and I had the crusted halibut. Both dishes were very well prepared and very flavourful.

For the quality of the food and the ambiance I think it was good value for the money and I would definitely return.

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Niche Modern Dining225 Quebec Street, Victoria
A great setting for dinner
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

I went along with hubby on a business trip to Victoria.

We spotted Niche and asked to see the menu. It was too early for us for dinner so we went back to downtown Victoria and walked around for awhile. We returned to Niche later in the evening and we were given a very nice table in the front dining room. Niche is in a renovated Victorian house and it has a marvelouse dining room. It is so cozy and there is plenty of space between tables so you really have your own space.

We were given homemade pumpkin seed bread with a fig and eggplant compote to start. It was wonderful. The bread was nice and crusty and had a wonderful flavour to it. We were also presented with an amuse bouche of smoked sardine on pickled beet with carmelized onion. The combination worked very well together. We shared a salad of heritage tomato, goat cheese and arugula with oliver oil. It was very good. For entrees my husband had Salmon with potato and corn that was very good. It was a generous portion of salmon and it was very well cooked. I had quail that had been deboned and than stuffed back into the leg. It must have been very labour intensive. The quail was very well cooked and nice and moist. It came with potato gnocchi. Hubby had a beer and I had a cocktail. The wine list is very expensive. My husband said there was very few wines that were under $50.00.

Our server was good but not a good as the man who was also working this evening. She did not offer to refill our bread basket and she did not come around to the table as often as the other server went to his tables.

The main drawback to this restaurant is that they have a very limited menu. They have about 10 appetizers on the menu but only 4 entrees so if you do not like any of the entrees you will be limited to making a meal out of appetizers. Our server told me that the menu changes every 2 or 3 days because what they serve depends on what the cook is able to purchase.

It was a great evening and the food and service were outstanding. I would return but I would ask to see the menu for the evening before I commit to a reservation.

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John's Place723 Pandora Ave, Victoria
Decent breakfast stop in Victoria
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 11:54am [Dine in]

This place is really funky. There are so many pictures hanging on the wall and a jukebox in the middle of the room. It feels like it belongs in another era.

They have an extensive menu with the standard fare as well as a hugh selection for eggs benny. You can also make create you own omelette by picking the fillings that you would like. This can very quickly become a costly omelette though as they do not even allow cheese as one on the standard fillings and the basic omelette is $6.95. The cost of each filling ranges from .75 for vegetable up to $2.25. The fried potatoes that come with the breakfast are delicious The omelette was decent but it was nothing memorable.

It was a decent meal and I would probably return but it is not the sort of restaurant that I'll go out of the way for.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
A decent tapas lounge on Main St
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 11:41am [Dine in]

We were here for dinner on Sunday night.

The restaurant was very quiet. There was only one other table occupied while we were there. The restaurant seems to be very dark even at 5:30 on a bright sunny day.

Our server was very attentive and checked after each course to see that we were okay. We had the chicken wings and they were very good, Pork satay came with green papaya salad and red rice. We did not care for the green papaya salad. We mentioned it to our server and he was going to tell the kitchen but we told him not to bother as we felt it was just a matter of personal preference. The curried halibut also came with red rice and it was very tasty. The flatbread was delicious. With a 1/2 litre of wine and before tip dinner was $80.00

It was a good meal and we would definitely return.

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Amici1747 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Relaxing evening with great Italian food
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 10:44am [Dine in]

We had dinner with friends at Amici last evening.

Our friends live in West Vancouver and this is one of their favorite restaurants. The prices are reasonable for the quality of food that they serve.

Our friends shared a spinach salad that looked wonderfult. The spinach was nice and fresh and it had a proscuitto and toasted baguette on top. Hubby and I shared Spaghetti Carbonara. The spaghetti was nicely cooked al dente and the sauce was rich and creamy. For our main courses 2 of us ordered the smoked black cod and the others ordered meal loaf (a special of the day) and rack of lamb. All of the meals were amazing. My cod was perfectly cooked. It was nice and moist and was very flavourful. On the rack of lamb hubby was give the option of either half a rack (5 chops) or a full rack (8 chops). He ordered the half rack and it was more than enough. The half rack was $24.95 which is very reasonable for rack of lamb. For dessert one order of creme brulee and one order of ice cream.

Service was fine.

There is a decent space between tables which was very nice. You'll not sitting on top of the table next to you and you can have a nice conversation without having to worry about the table next to you eavesdropping.

Altogether it was a lovely evening and we would definitely return.

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Bacchus845 Hornby St, Vancouver
Roast chicken on Sunday
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

We really enjoy Bacchus on Sundays for the roast chicken special. For $48.00 you have a whole roast chicken that is carved and served at the table. The chicken was beautifully cooked and came with gravy, roast potatoes, carmelized beets, asparagus, carrots and what looked like lima beans (but they were good) It's not as good as a chicken dinner at home (no stuffing and I like my gravy better) but the ambiance and service in a beautiful dining room makes up for that.

The service is absolutely amazing. Wine glasses and water replenished constantly during the course of the evening. Our waiter was always around but not in an obtrusive way. He asked if we wanted the add the soup or salad to the chicken dinner, when we asked what the additional cost would be he said it was $37.50. That doesn't make sense when you're paying $48.00 for the chicken dinner.

It was a truly lovely evening out with good food, nice ambiance with subdued piano music in the background and absolutely outstanding service.

A great way to spend a Sunday evening.

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Delilah's1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
Disappointing meal at Delilah's
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

It's not as good as it used to be. $45.00 for a 4 course dinner is fine if the food is really good but the meal left a lot to be desired.

We both started off with the porcini mushroom soup with roasted garlic and chestnut. The garlic overpowered the soup. I followed with mussels in pernod sauce and hubby had roasted tomato with risotto for an appetizer. I had to send the mussels back they were just so overpoweringly strong. I settled for the Caesar salad instead and it was fine. We both had the pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon. It tasted like ham There's nothing wrong with that but if I wanted ham and would have ordered ham. Dessert was creme brulee for myself and a cake for my husband. A very disappointing meal for the price.

There is better value out there so it is unlikely that we would return.

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