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whataviewyaletownSince January 13, 200666 Reviews
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Caffe Artigiano763 Hornby Street, Vancouver
The perfect latte
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Artigiano makes one of the best lattes in town. It is a treat to have one of their lattes with any one of the amazing pastries in the showcase or a panini on Terra bread - yum! Eat in or take out is highly recommended. I am by no means a caffeine addict but must admit, I have been to every single one of their cafes. This one being my favourite with the Park Royal Village one in second place. It is always busy but the line-up goes fast and the latte is always perfect!

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Cafe De Paris751 Denman, Vancouver
Pomme frites done right
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

This is a casual, well-priced, authentic French restaurant that knows how to do pomme frites! I could devour heaps of them - daily. The ambiance is fine and the service is friendly. This is a great place for a midday lunch. I have never been at dinnertime.

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Cactus Club Cafe357 Davie St, Vancouver
Only on the patio
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

I have only ever been on the patio here and it is the only way to go. The ambiance is great and when it cools down, there are always the heat lamps. Cactus Club is consistent across town with the edamame, curly fries and salads being my favourite. It is a great place to meet a buddy for a quick bite or catch up over a drink and appies. The prices are reasonable and the food quality satisfactory.

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Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Great meeting place
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

This is a great place to meet for a drink and appies or a quick and reasonably-priced meal. It iscentrally located with a parking lot out back. The edamame, curly fries and all the salads are great. Surprisingly, they serve a high quality cup of tea here but my favourite is still the bellini.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
High expectations
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

I had high expectations of C but was not wowed by the food for the price. Though it was good, I won't be rushing back. The ambiance and service are great - I loved the bread variety. My guests thoroughly enjoyed their meals and I did too so it would be safe to order just about anything on the menu. I would recommend trying it at least once but not rave about it. It is an esthetically-pleasing place serving food that does not quite taste as nice as it looks.

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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Kenny Coleman was the draw
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

I recently experienced Bogart's for the first time because I went in for dinner while Kenny Coleman was performing there. It was a busy Sunday night because of the entertainment but we managed to snag the last table on the floor. Kenny was better than the food. One dish I liked, another I strongly disliked (over-salted and not tasty). The service is satisfactory - no wow-factor but no complaints. The prices are reasonable and the decor is that of an upscale pub.

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Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Overpriced seafood in Yaletown
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

The seafood options are unique and esthetically pleasing but not worth what they're asking. I have been there a couple of times in small and large groups and find the service inconsistent. The seafood tower is tasty but not great value. My last experience there was in the private room with clients - many of them grumbled about the service and mediocre food. If my customers aren't impressed, I never take them back.

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
My all-time favourite restaurant
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

My first time to Bishop's was in university. They treat you like gold when you walk in the door no matter if it is your first or hundredth time. The exceptional food and service has been consistent all these years and their death by chocolate dessert, for me is its trademark. John Bishop is kind and grounded despite his fame and fortune - like the Wayne Gretzky of the Vancouver restaurant scene. I love this restaurant and have never been disappointed here. They have only ever surpassed my expectation when I least expect it. I once requested in advance a custom cake to celebrate a special birthday and they indulged me without hesitation. No wonder Bishop's has survived so long in one of the most competitive markets in the nation. I could go on but I think you should just go - at least once.

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Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Nice change for Asian
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

I eat lots of Japanese and Chinese so Banana Leaf is a nice change if you like Asian food - especially spicy and saucy. The fish is what they are known for so I have had it everytime I visit. Everything I have eaten here was great and the service is fine. They have some great exotic drinks on the menu - many non-alcoholic choices too. I've done take out here too and it's punctual and reasonable.

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Bacchus845 Hornby St, Vancouver
Pricey but cozy
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

The ambiance is what makes this place. The food is mediocre for the price you are paying. Drinks and appies are more fun than dinner here. I was disappointed in my last meal there this fall and barely remember what type of fish it was I had. I am curious to try the high tea but it is the most expensive that I have seen around town so I have not rushed in. The service is great at the concierge but throughout the hotel and diningroom, it is less consistent.

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Ajisai Sushi Bar2081 West 42nd Ave, Vancouver
Good sushi in Kerrisdale
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

I have only had lunch here and it is a very popular place so you are lucky to get a seat in here. You are lucky when you do because everything I have had here (mostly raw) is fresh and tasty. Sushi is my first choice when dining out and this is the a conveniently located Japanese restaurant on the less busy side of the Boulevard. I would rate the sushi here as mid to high end (low end defined as all-you-can-eat and high end beautiful and expensive). For what you get in food and atmosphere, it is pretty good value.

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Taste of India Restaurant, A1282 Robson Street, Vancouver
Mediocre Indian downtown
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

If you work downtown, this is not a bad lunch place. You go for the food not the atmosphere. The service is satisfactory - neither great nor bad. Butter chicken is my favourite dish so I judge most Indian restaurants by this and the butter chicken is fine here but I have had better in a few other places.

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Casual elegance
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

Cru has a simple and unassuming atmosphere. I would describe it as a downscaled version of Bishops. The food is consistently good and the service always genuine and with a smile. Everytime I go to the Stanley, I dine here for its convenience and good value. If you're looking for elegant without the price tag and the attitude on South Granville, I would say Cru is your best bet.

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Elixir350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Pretentious and pricey
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

My first experience here was alright so I gave it a second and third try. The food is alright but I expected more from such a beautiful setting in a boutique hotel. The last time I was in, I had not too tasty mussels and soft fries. My friends all felt the same about their meals - unimpressive food and service for an impressive place. Maybe it was an off-night but in Vancouver, diners can afford to expect consistency or they don't come back. It did not help that the service was undesirable which made it the last time I will step foot in Elixir. Most of the staff are pretentious and not helpful. I called the restaurant manager the next day who told me to call the marketing director to comment and did not receive a return call. Elixir did not give me a reason for another chance or a rave recovery review.

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Adonia Tea House2057 West 41st Ave., Vancouver
Traditional and unique teas
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

I have not had high tea here yet but plan to based on the many wonderful lunches I have enjoyed. The food is excellent and the soup, salad and sandwich lunch combo is cheap! A pot of fruit tea or green hopper tea with the combo for two comes to about $50. The homemade soups are all good; my favourite sandwich is smoked salmon. The menu is varied with lots of hot and cold options. The service is consistently great and the tea room is at least half full even on weekdays. They come around regularly to top up your teapot and the tea stays hot on its own tealight burner. The ambiance is great - one of the most comfortable tearooms in town - I've been to many!

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Yaletown experience
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

Glowbal defines Yaletown. The food is excellent as reflected by the price tag. I have enjoyed every meal here; often sitting at the bar because you can't get a table on the weekend! It is the stereotypical Yaletown dining experience - beautiful food, beautiful people. But on a serious note, the food is good. Appetizer dining is one way to try many flavours here though the veal chop is amazing too. I was introduced to the Mojito here and they make a mighty fine one both at the Glowbal and on the Afterglow side.

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Provence Marinaside1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver
My favourite Yaletown restaurant
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

When asked what my favourite Yaletown restaurant is, I always answer "Provence". My friends and colleagues agree that Provence is one of the few restaurants in Yaletown that consistently offers good food at good prices without the attitude. It is suitable for a date, a dinner with friends or a family brunch (bring your kids!). This past fall, I had a business function that went extremely well - both food and audiovisual details - so I organized my team Christmas luncheon there next. The sommelier sat down with me to help me choose wines prior to both functions; it wasn't too hard to do since they have a great wine list. We always start with a selection of antipastis from the showcase - always a hit! My customers raved about the food and service and I confirmed a rumour of my colleagues that I had good taste! In the summer, I am steps away from its patio with a view. I would also suggest ordering from their choice of picnics as I once did for my client and me so we would not have to eat the food once we got on the ferry (we got a couple of inquiries on where we got our spread). One of my favourite overall dining experiences was participating in the dinner series when the chef's mom comes from France with ingredients in her suitcase! Bon appetit.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Quaint and consistent
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

Whether you are looking for a nice, neighbourhood place for weekend brunch, business lunch or casual yet elegant dinner, Trafalgars is the place. I have had many meals here on all those occasions and the food and service is consistently good. The risotto is my favourite item on the menu. It's important to save room for dessert since that is really what this restaurant is known for. My brother's favourite is the chocolate triangle with extra raspberry coulis; my sister-in-law's the linzers. I don't have one - they're all amazing. If you want to skip right to dessert, you can pick them up next door too.

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Boss Bakery & Restaurant, The532 Main, Vancouver
Cheap & cheerful in Chinatown
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

I love this place for a quick, easy, inexpensive Chinese meal. They also have Western and fusion options but basically you cannot go wrong by stopping in for a meal. There is a constant line-up over lunch hour but usually a quick wait. The set menus offer the best value and ease - food comes hot and quick. You don't eat here for atmosphere or pleasantries - it's Vancouver's version of a Hong Kong street food vendor. Everything I have had on the menu is good. The bakery in front offers my all-time favourite pastry, the egg tart - warm and fresh - because of their popularity, they are baked all day. I suggest a cup of Hong Kong style milk tea with your egg tart/s.

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Steamrollers437 Davie Street, Vancouver
Quick healthy alternative
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

Steamrollers taste amazingly good - especially the wet ones. They are a quick, healthy, no-cook alternative and just about everyone can find one they will like. I sometimes pick one up on the way home when I drive by and there is parking out front. Most people would not think to have a Steamroller instead of a sandwich but the taste, value and variety are far better than the fast food and sandwich joint alternatives. I once suggested to my colleagues to bring in Steamrollers for a working lunch instead of the boring catered sandwiches and salads we had had most of the week. They complainingly gave in till they realized the price and taste difference - a quarter of the catering bill paired with tasty sauces and condiments! I have taken them in to client lunches - a hit even with the vegetarians.

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