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winnie_epoohWest End, VancouverSince February 17, 200710 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)


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Bravo Cucina1209 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 10:43am [Dine in]

My colleague recommended this place and my expectations for fantastic pasta did not disappoint. This restaurant serves tasty delicious al dente pasta........just the way I/we like it. Our party of 4 ordered
- Linguini with vealmeatballs
- Canelloni with veal
- Linguini with clams (white sauce)
- Red snapper with lemon sauce

The linguini dishes came out as favorites. Price was extremely reasonable. I've had more pricey pasta dinners at less the satisfaction.

The service, however, was rather slow. Between our appies and our mains, we waited a long time. To get the check also took forever. And to get the food packed also got us waiting. So if you are in a hurry, this place is not for you.

But otherwise, this is a gem. This place filled up quickly at about 1900, so reservations are highly recommended.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
It was not the food that wow-ed us!
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

I guess we left Vij's being alittle disappointed. Being such food crazed people, we weren't impressed with the food. We knew it was Indian fusion, but the food was not spicy in the least. There was nothing bad about the food; the lamb popsicle and beef tenderloin was done well. Portions were good. Like my husband said 'it looked Indian, but tasted Western'. I guess that's why they call it fusion. (We're beginning to realize that we're not so crazy about fusion food :)

What pleasantly surprised me was how attentive the owner was. He went around to greet and welcome every single table. How hospitable, we thought! Half way through the dinner (while we were having our main dish), he came by again and asked how we were doing. And went on to say that he noticed my husband was not eating much of the Portebello Mushroom appetizer. How observant! We had to explain that it wasn't because the food was bad, but that he was not much of a mushroom person. It's simply amazing. The restaurant was packed and dimly lit, so for him to have noticed what we were eating, that was quite unexpected.

But it only goes to show that he cares that his patrons are satisfied. It's not often that this happens.

The free 'appetizers' (3 types in total) which were served to everyone was a nice touch. So was the free chai tea.

I don't know if I will go back to Vij's for Indian fare, but the food and the extras were not bad.

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Shiru-Bay Chopstick Cafe1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Yet another disappinted customer......
Submitted Friday, April 27, 2007 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

I was so hyped up about this place bcoz this place came well recommended, and I was expecting to love the food. But not....out of 7 dishes, only 3 were gd.

The service was great; we had a really charming and attentive waiter who was explaining in detail everything that came to the table. He definitely had a sense of what quality customer service was!

The ambience was warm and cozy...except perhaps for the constant shouts of 'welcome' in japanese which is very typical for most japanese restaurants. I thought it was still quite acceptable tho.

Now, the food…where do I even begin. Perhaps let's start with what was good.

- Kobe Beef Carpaccio...delicious ie a nice twist compared to the ones served at the italian restaurants.
- Negitoro and avocado tartare served with garlic bread...fresh and scrumptious
- Natto Icecream with sticky soy bean served w/cornflake…very interesting and yummy. It had an amalgamation of several distinct tastes and texture. I tasted coffee, crunchiness of the cornflakes, a slight saltiness from the soybeans, and sweetness from the vanilla icecream...all in one single bite. Very rich, but so good. When I go to bed tonight, I will be dreaming about this dessert.

Now...to what was deemed less than satisfying:

- Hiaburi Shime Saba which is cured Mackerel. Too fishy for our taste, even though the presentation was unique. They “torched” the fish at our table (nice). Taste wise...eww
- Crab Croquette...boring
- Venison...boring
- Kimchi udon...ok, nothing bad, but nothing exciting either. Flat taste.

The food is definitely nothing to write home about....!
There is NO COMPARISON to Guu. And to think Guu is also cheaper.....makes it all the more a GEM.

Now I can't wait to go back to Guu to wash out this "Shiru after taste".

Shiru Bay…….alas, what a disappointment!

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
An Outstanding 4* overall.
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 12:53am [Dine in]

When people raved about this restaurant, they were NOT exaggerating.

We went there for dinner tonight. Arrived there at 1745 and the only seats available were at the 'bar'. (Note: they do take reservations). At 1815, a line had already formed.

We haven't been to the other Guu locations, so we have nothing to compare with, but as far as service is concerned, we thought they were efficient, friendly and always available, be it for water refills, ordering more food etc..... In fact, the servers were asking how we were doing, and very often, with our mouths filled, we just had to show 'thumbs up'.

Ambiance wise, it reminded us of our visit to Japan. I guess Japanese restaurants can get quite rowdy. If you are expecting to go to a quiet place, this isn't quite the place. But it's all part of the Japanese Izakaya experience, wouldn't you say? Want a quiet place, then go else where.

Based on the quality of food, their pricing is very reasonable. We have visited other tapas-style restaurants serving less exciting food at higher prices. We had 8 dishes, 1 cocktail, 1 dessert and the bill came to CAD61 excluding tips, and boy were we stuffed.

Had we more room, we would have loveddddddddd to try out more food. Needless to say, we look forward to the next visit.
Since we live just down the street from this Guu location, we hope that visit will be soon :)

I can't rave enough about this place. You just got to take my word and try it out. You won't regret it......

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14981 Fusion Cuisine14981 Marine Drive, White Rock
Too bad ambiance doesn't makeup for the food!
Submitted Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

Senses has a very modern and sophisticated deco, but too bad, the food was so ordinary. We were disappointed.
There was nothing too bad about any of their dishes, but there was just nothing wow about it either. I will be able to find more tasy and exciting food at the same price or less.

This will definitely not be on my list of "oh, let's hurry back" places any time soon.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
What a find!
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

We almost missed this place which is not easily noticeable. As far as we can tell, there was no "signboard", and it was located in the same entrance as the French Cultural Center. Maybe it is their intention to remain obscure and be like a hidden 'treasure' :)

We ordered
- Onion soup
- Crepe with spinach and brie
- Mussels and fries
- Creme Brulee
- Caramel pudding
- Coffee
........and the bill came to CAD40 excluding tips.
This was very reasonable, especially considering that we enjoyed the quality food. We will definitely be returning, and this time, we will go for their dinner.

When we arrived at 13, there were still a few tables available. They do not take reservations for lunch, but the crowd disappeared quickly after 1330. (Note: They close at 1430)

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Jang Mo Jib1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
Food is great!
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:57am [Dine in]

I don't care so much about the service and the ambiance at this place. It is the food which keeps me coming back for more. This is the only place I'll come for korean.......... We live in the west end,and we have sampled several other korean restaurants, but this is the only one which we keep coming back to.

This place is always crowded for good reasons.

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White Heather Tea Room1885 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria
Loved it!
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:49am [Dine in]

We've had tea at the reknown Author's Lounge at the Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, and this place fairs quite competitively with them.

We had the Valentine's day tea for 2 and it was just as the other reviews have indicated, great great great!

They are open not only for tea time, but also for lunch and dinner. If you want to go to a place for wholesome home cooked food, this is the place. Very quaint and cozy. Every teacup is different in this tearoom.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning for lunch or dinner the next time. If their tea offerings are of such good quality, I trust their lunch and dinner will not disappoint.

We'll be back for sure.....

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Penang Szechuan Cuisine15228 Russell Avenue, White Rock
A disappointment!
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:41am [Dine in]

I was expecting great food based on the previous review, but the visit did not meet our expectations.

We ordered Sambal Tofu, KungPao chicken, Black Bean Shrimp and Hot and Sour Soup. The first 3 dishes had very similar tastes, although they should have had 3 distinctively different sauces.

I've had my fair share of Kung Pao chicken, and this was not it. Black Bean Shrimp should have a more black bean taste, but again, it was the same sweet 'tomato-like' sauce as the Kung Pao. The Sambal Tofu had a faint taste of sambal, but leaning more to a sweetish taste as the first 2 dishes. These dishes were not bad, but just don't expect them to taste as they are labelled. My husband said that if you just thought of it as eating chicken, then it was ok, but it was definitely no kung pao chicken.

The worst of the lot was the Hot and Sour Soup. It is definitely not the best I've tasted. Rather, it was quite bad. It was hot, sour and SWEET.

IMHO, this restaurant is using too much sugar in their cooking. Everything was just way too sweet for our palettes. If you have a sweet tooth, then this can be an acceptable place for you.

Sorry to say, we won't be returning to this restaurant. It's just too bad.....we had such hopes for a good South East Asian restaurant in the White Rock area. Guess we'll just have to keep looking and hoping.....

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Sauce Restaurant & Lounge1245 Wharf St, Victoria
Nothing great!
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:24am [Dine in]

I was disappointed with our dinner at Sauce. Having reviewed the earlier comments, I had high expectations for a great dinner. The service and ambiance was good, but if food is your priority (as it is for us), then this is not the place. The food was nothing bad, but it was just nothing fantastic to write home about.

The service on the other hand was good. I had informed them that it was my husband's birthday, and they offered any dessert he wanted on the house. I thought that was A+ for service. They also went out of their way to accommodate our baby in a stroller.

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