Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 3:35pm [Dine in]
Still one of our favorite restaurants. Yes the are a bit on the pricey side but you do get value for your money here unlike some other high end restaurants.
When I made our reservations I requested a table overlooking the courtyard as these tables have a tendency to be a bit quieter.
Service was very good. We started off sharing an order of penne with Italian sausage. For the main course I had steak with peppercorn sauce and my husband had the duck. All of the dishes were superb. When I made reservations I had requested white chocolate mousse cake for dessert. They no longer have it on the nenu but it used to be one of my favorite dishes. I asked the waiter if the kitchen had prepared the dessert. Unfortunately, they were unable to honour my request. They did made a special dessert with white chocolate mousse but it was not what I had ordered and we did not care for it. It was too sweet for us. They did apologize and took the dessert off the bill.
We try to go to Il Giardino once a year and it is always a very special evening.
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Nice setting, reasonable prices and great Italian Food
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 9:19pm [Dine in]
After reading some of the previous reviews for La Baia We just had to check it out to see if it had gone downhill. It has always been one of our favorites and we generally go at least once or twice a year.
We found that it is the same as it's always been. Service is very good. The wait staff has been there for years. They were very efficient but not intrusive. When there are additional charges the waiter was very careful to tell you what the additional charge was. Most Italian restaurants do charge extra to substitute pasta for rice and potatoes with their entrees and I have no problem with this. La Baia does not charge an outrageous price for the substitution. We shared a seafood pasta as an appetizer. My husband had veal and I had the salmon. All of the food was very tasty and well prepared.
With a bottle of wine and taxes our bill was $94.00. With our entertainment coupon the bill was about $80.00. For the level of service and quality of food I found this to be very good value. We will continue to frequent La Baia.
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Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 12:26pm [Dine in]
We came here for an early Valentine's dinner. It was recommended by a friend who said that it was one of his favorite restaurants.
Nice cozy ambiance. Like a French bistro.
Service was very good. Friendly and efficient. The only area that I could fault the waiter was that didn't ask how our meals were until the dish was finished and he removed the plate.
They have a special menu for $25.95 that offers 3 courses. There is a choice of soup or salad, the entree and then dessert. This is what I opted for. I started with a potato and leek soup that was very good. This was followed by Salmon in a lime butter sauce. The salmon was nice and moist and had a very nice flavour to it. I finished off with the chocolate hazelnut cake.
My husband had a tomato and onion salad followed by rack of lamb in peppercorn sauce for $29.95. It was a very generous serving and was cooked exactly as he had requested. Delicious. The vegetables served with the entrees were also very well done.
It was nice to be able to order a bottle of wine for less than $30.00.
It was a great evening and very good value for the money. We would definitely go back. It is far better value than Cafe de Paris.
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Submitted Monday, February 5, 2007 - 3:35pm [Dine in]
I've always been intrigued with Chartwell so when we saw it on Dine out we decided to give it a try.
Ambience - Very nice. We had reservations but were given our choice of seats when we arrived. We picked a table by the fireplace.
Service - Absolutely first rate. Knowledgeable and efficent wait staff.
Wines are extremely expensive. Nothing under $50.00
We both had lobster bisque cappucino to start. It was very good. My husband had duck breast and I had halibut. I had to send it back because it was overcooked. The portions were extremely small. Only about 5 very small slices of duck and small portion of halibut. We finished off with Grand Marnier souffle. It was an addition $6.00 but well worth it. My husband asked if what we had for the entree was the normal portion size and we were told that the normal portion would be about 40% more than they were serving on the dine out Vancouver menu. This doesn't make sense. Don't they want to attract new clientele.
We would probably go back because the food (what there was of it) was very good and the service and ambiance are terrific.
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Submitted Sunday, January 7, 2007 - 7:23pm [Dine in]
We had not been to Caffe de Medici for a few years but decided to try it again this week.
The service is absolutely outstanding. The staff are all so friendly. We would be discussing between the two of us that we would like something and bingo there it was. They must have telepathy.
The wine prices are in a league of their own. The was very little that was less than $40.00. The menu is also very limited. They only have about 9 entrees to choose from + 8 pastas and rissotto dishes. All of the main entrees come with rissotto (Which I'm not crazy about). What we did have was very well done but I feel that Il Giardino offers better value for the money. My companion ended up ordering the veal chop that was their special for the evening for $45.00 because he couldn't find anything else on their limited menu that appealed to him. He said it was good but not outstanding. For $45.00 it should be absolutely exceptional.
Although we enjoyed the evening it is unlikely that we will return because of the limited menu selection and we felt that overall for the cost of the meal there is better value at other Italian restaurants in Vancouver
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Submitted Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 1:03pm [Dine in]
This used to be one of our favorite restaurants. The last time we went was a year ago. The last few times it was not as good as we remembered but we decided to give it one last try as it was always one of of favorites.
Now the prices have really escalated. They've taken a number of our favorites off the menu and what they do offer is mediocre at best. It is just not a pleasant evening. For the money we can do so much better.
It's too bad
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Submitted Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 12:58pm [Dine in]
We ate here on Dec. 29. I'd made reservations for 6:30 but they had mistakenly put us down for 5:00. Nonetheless out table was held for us.
We were urged to put in our food order right away because the restaurant had a large group to take care of. This was a bit of an annoyance but overall it was a very minor glitch as the owner very graciously suggested dishes that he felt we would enjoy. We had the pata- very tasty but probably not very healthy, short ribs - very similar to Kal bi, a nice large portion and very well prepared and adobo - a combination of chicken and pork in a mild curry sauce, the meat was really nice and tender and cooked to perfection. For dessert we had the toffee cake with ice cream.
I disagree with the previous comment about the ambiance. Keep in mind the prices that you are paying. If you are paying $20.00 to $30.00 for your meal than or course you are into a fine dining experience. I thought the room was really cozy.
The service was really outstanding. The owner came by our table a couple of times to ask if we were enjoying the meal.
A great experience. We'll be back
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Submitted Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 2:09pm [Dine in]
We attended an office party in the gazebo. The setting was beautiful. The group had the gazebo to themselves and it was nicely decorated. Christmas carolers came later in the evening and sang so it was very festive.
Appetizers were served before dinner and they were very good. The best part of the meal in fact. We had smoked salmon, goat cheese tartlets, spring rolls and prawn and scallop skewers. For dinner we had a choice of beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, chicken breast or a vegetarian dish. I requested beef tenderloin and the server asked how I would like it. I requested rare. A few minutes later I was told that they could not do rare, everything was done ahead of time and the only way this dish was being served was medium rare. Needless to say people who had requested this item any way by medium rare were disappointed. At the prices that I'm certain were being charged you should be able to order your entree the way you would like. Dessert was either a lemon tart or chocolate mousse. Neither one of these desserts would make you sit up and take notice. Coffee or tea was offered. I requested tea. The server presented me with an assortment of herbal teas and I asked if they had just plain old orange pekoe tea. She came back after 10 minutes and informed me that they did not have it but would I like Earl Grey or English Breakfast. I said that I would like English Breakfast. She gave me a tea bag and said that someone would be by with hot water. I asked for a tea pot. They didn't have any tea pots. I thought only Americans served their tea like this. I'm surprised she didn't give me a styrofoam cup. I passed on the tea.
We have also had dinner here on our own and I wasn't impressed with it at the time either. My opinion of Hart House hasn't changed but at least this time someone else was picking up the tab.
I wouldn't go back if I had to pay for it.
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Submitted Tuesday, December 19, 2006 - 1:29pm [Dine in]
We came her for dinner on a cold Sunday evening. The owner opened to door for us and escorted us to a nice corner booth. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming. It's like being invited to someone's home for dinner. The owner used to be with Cafe de Paris in Vancouver and the restaurant has that kind of feel to it.
They had a three course table d'hote the my companion had. There was a choice of soup or salad, choice of two entrees and a dessert for $32.00 This was very good value. My companion had the Potato Leek soup, a very generous portion that was nicely seasoned with fennel. This was followed by Cornish Game Hen. It was absolutely delicious, nice and moist and the seasonings used complemented this dish nicely. I had the beef short ribs. They were very tender and accompanied by mascapone polenta with oven roasted tomato and a watercress salad. For dessert we shared the mille fleur pastry that came with my companions meal. With a $39.00 bottle of wine our dinner, coffee and latte our bill was just over $100.00 before tip.
It was a nice relaxing way to spend the evening. The service was good. The owner stopped by the table a couple of times to see how we were doing. The waiter was very well informed, the service was very good but not intrusive.
We'll be back.
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