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world_travellerVancouverSince April 28, 200913 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)

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Displaying 1 - 13 of 13 Reviews Found
Cafe Luxy1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Authentic delicious pasta!
Submitted Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 11:38am [Dine in]

We dined here last night and really enjoyed our evening. Being big pasta fans, we are hard critics but we thouroughly enjoyed our meal. The restaurant would definitely be classified as Italian as that's pretty much all they do. The list of pasta on the menu seems endless and they have carefully thought of traditional and unique ways to make pasta dishes fun. I had the "Fettucini con carciofi" which had capers, olives, and artichokes in a garlic lemon herb sauce. It was amazing, especially since the pasta is hand made! My partner had the "Linguine alla barese" which had mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, sauteed onions in a creamy curry sauce. Amazing as well! The portions are large and come with your choice of a garden salad or ceaser salad, as well as garlic bread. The service was a little slow, I think they only had 2 waiters for the whole restaurant but the waiter did apologise for the delays and we didn't fuss as we weren't in any rush. Over all I'd definitelly return, we really enjoyed the food and service!

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Chopped Leaf, The488 Robson Street, Vancouver
Don't be so Chintzy
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:53am [Dine in]

I agree, it's nice to see a healthy option in the area. Their soups are delicious as well, however their wraps and salads are mediocre at best. The idea is that your pick a protein and a few types of veggies for your salad or wrap, the variety is good, they even have seafood as an option. The problem however is that they are very chintzy with the toppings, for instance if you choose tofu as your protein they put 3-4 small cubes of tofu on top of your salad. The wraps all sound really nice but they never have enough sauce in the wrap thus making it a very dry wrap. I only go here for soup, I'd rather go to salad loop just down the street on Hamilton & Robson for some flavour.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Finally, something unique!
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 9:58am [Dine in]

Tried out Sanafir Restaurant last night with another couple for Dine Out 2011. The menu was amazing! I started with the 'Roast Root Vegetable and Quinoa Salad balsamic and dijon vinaigrette', which was delicious, I'm a big fan of quinoa. My boyfriend had the 'Grilled Tandoori Prawn Skewer chickpea and pea shoot salad, roast garlic and lemon vinaigrette' as his starter which was amazing. My entree was the Vegetable Korma which consisted of peas, spinach, carrots, potato and onions in an aromic curry sauce with a warm touch of cinnamon, I think. My boyfriend had the 'Seared Coho Salmon fingerling potato, braised greens, coconut yellow curry'. The fish was a little under cooked but the sauce and kale on the plate were a delight.

The atmosphere is amazing in this restaurant. High ceilings, modern morrocan decor, a very warm and sexy atmosphere. The service was great, the hostesses were very friendly and welcoming, our waitress very attentive. If you go to Sanafir you must also try their cocktails, they are amazing. I recommend the lavander cocktail! I'd recommend this restaurant to either a couple or a group of people that want to try something different, their regular menu looks amazing as well.

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Dine out menu too confusing? Service rushed?
Submitted Friday, January 28, 2011 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

Myself and two girlfriends ate at Maenam last night for 'Dine Out Vancouver 2011.' We had a reservation for 8:15. The restaurant was busy so our reservation was delayed, we were seated at about 8:25, not a big deal. We were given the dine out menu and drink menu right away. We decided on what drinks we wanted but when our waiter finally came to take our drink order he dived right into taking our dinner order first. The menu stated $28/per person and had 4 courses to choose from. One starter, salad, curry, and stirfry, and to finish off a dessert. Each of the courses had a meat, seafood, or vegetarian option (as do most dine out menus). I informed the waiter that I'm a vegetarian but I still eat seafood and then started to place my order starting with the mussels as the starter. He interrupted me and told me if I was going to choose the vegetarian option, then each course would have to remain as the vegetarian option. He could tell I looked puzzled and said he could double check with the kitchen if they could make an exception. He came back to say that unfortunately, they could not do it. I was left with one option, to choose all of the seafood courses. At this point I wasn't too impressed with the service or the kitchen staff.

As for the food, the mussels were a delight! They were cooked to perfection in a broth that included lime leaves, lemon grass, and chillies. Next came the salmon salad which was probably one of the worst salads I've ever had. Something about the consistency and texture was off, and the flavours did not go well together. They had mint and cilantro leaves mixed with dry salmon. I then had the 8 spice fish and the ling cod which were both delicious. The desserts were okay.

All together, I felt that the service and kitchen lacked to accomodate their customer's diatery needs. The ambience was really warm and modern and the food was very up and down. Perhaps if I had tried some of the vegetarian options on the menu, I would have some more positive feedback on the food? On a positive note, I did order a pad thai to go for my boyfriend and it was delicious. Perhaps their regular menu is better than the dine out menu, but Maenam didn't leave a lasting impression when it came to service and as a result I probably won't return.

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
I love traditional Italian!
Submitted Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

I'm a big fan of traditional italian food rather than modern italian. I found Q4 to be traditional and an overall great dining experience. My partner and I came on a Tuesday evening, the restaurant was surprisingly busy for a tuesday night which is always a good sign. My glass of organic malbec red wine was delicious to start. Our bread came a little late but when it did come it was delicious! We started with the arugula salad to share which was a delight. We then shared two entres, the margherita pizza and the linguine with prawns in a light tomato sauce. The food was absolutely amazing, not one complaint. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the flavours felt like I was back in Italy. The pizza was very authentic, thin and droopy. Our waitress had a few large tables so service was a little slow on our end but her kind and personable attitude made up for it. Manager thanked us on our way out for dining with them, always a nice touch. Really enjoyed the food and evening and will return again!

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Refinery, The1115 Granville Street, Upstairs, Vancouver
Cozy atmosphere & great food
Submitted Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

My spouse and I dined on a Friday night. It was busy but not loud like some restaurants when they become busy. We only came in for a couple beers and a couple shared plates before heading to Granville Island for an improv show. Being vegetarians, we were happy to see a lot of vegetarian options on the menu. We decided on two menu items to share, the polenta fries that came with a delicious tomato sauce and the vegetraian flatbread. The flatbread was absolutely amazing, goat cheese, kalamata olives, tomatos, pesto paste, zuchini and drizzled in truffle oil to finish it off. Polenta fries was a nice change, have never seen that on a menu before, they were delicious. I really liked the atmosphere, they had a DJ set up playing easy listening mixes, furniture was nice. Kind of a rustic westcoast feel. Really enjoyed our evening, will return!

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Fine dining west coast
Submitted Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

First time to C restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. I found the ambience unique and different from other restaurants in the area. Large windows look onto the seawall, false creek and granville island. The furniture and artwork is unique. We dined from the 6-course tasting menu that featured a wide variety of what they offer. The food was outstanding. I'm a big fan of scallops and they were cooked to perfection so cudos to the chefs. Justin, our waiter did an excellent job at explaining each dish to it's finest details. His wine recommendations were excellent.

Thanks for a great evening!

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Simply Thai1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Worst restaurant experience of my life!
Submitted Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 9:17am [Dine in]

Please take my advice and DO NOT EAT at Simply Thai in yaletown. If your looking for good thai in yaletown, Urban Thai Bistro (same company as Thai House) or Charm. This restaurant left a very negative impression on us. The service is atrocious. The waiter had a very pompous condescending attitude throughout the entire dining "experience". In the end we wanted to use our open table cheque as payment (which every restaurant on open table accepts). He wasn't sure how to tender it so called his manager at home as they had no manager on site. He came back and said he can't accept it. I informed him there was an open table number at the bottom of the cheque that stated "Restaurant: Any questions please call 1-800-OPENTABLE". He refused and told us that we could leave but that we should be aware that this would be coming out of his pocket to pay for OUR bill by the end of the night. His mannerisms and shrugs and rolling of the eyes didn't leave a lasting impression that's for sure. I work in the hospitality industry and will be sure to never recommend this restaurant to guests visiting from out of town.

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Great ambience but condescending service
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 11:07am [Dine in]

I went to the Chill Winston about a year ago for a friends birthday and found the experience not as nice has I had hoped. I thought I would try it out again a year later and I was disappointed once again.

While the ambience is relaxing and the location is supreme, you are still a restaurant focussing on customer service. The servers/hostesses can be very judgemental and condescending at times, not with the words they use but more the body language and face expressions.

I work in the hotel industry and work closely with the restaurant industry here in Vancouver. I used to recommend Chill Winston to guests looking for a nice local lounge/restaurant in a neat area of town. However, I realise now I no longer want to send our guest's to a restaurant that is un-vancouer like.

Try out the Irish Heather just a block away if you want to stay in the neat gastown area it has a modern Irish feel while still serving traditional Irish and Scottish lagers and ales.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Great Experience
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 8:16am [Dine in]

Dined on a Tuesday evening, early, around 5:30PM. I wasn't aware but they had a separtate menu called the "first seating menu" that you could order from up until 6:30PM. This was great as that menu was more appealing to me. I started with the spinach greens tossed in orange balsamic vinaigrette, wild mushroom & okanagan goat’s cheese which was outstanding, especially the mushrooms which burst with flavour. My main course was the grilled wild bc sockeye salmon, gherkin aioli, prosciutto wrapped nugget potatoes, radish sprout & chive salad and asparagus spears. The chef was happy to remove the prosciutto however, as I do not eat animal meat. And for dessert, chocolate bread pudding, caramelized banana, hot fudge & hazelnuts, dulce de leche ice cream. The food was really outstanding. And the ambience was really nice as well, we ate in the garden terrace courtyard which was beautiful. There were only a couple things I would suggest would make Brix that much more wonderful. It would be nice if they played some soft music to match the setting of the restaurant and I also would encourage them to provide more vegetarian options on their menu other than just salads. Above all really great experience, exceptional service and delicious food.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Delicious Food, Poor Service
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

The food is really outstanding and is probably the only reason why customers return to the restaurant. The salad is particularly my favourite with their own home made mango dressing! The service on the other hand could use an adjustment. Perhaps it's the main street vibe but it would be nice if a waiter/waitress were to recognise a customer when they walk through the door and are waiting to be seated. It's definitely a casual laid back restaurant but the veggie options are great!

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Downtown Sushi Bar Japanese Restaurant1205 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great for people watching
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

Downtown Sushi Bar on Davie is a very casual and laid back sushi bar. Offering great tasting sushi at low prices. Definitely is a local type of sushi bar, a lot of locals like to order take out. I work at a hotel on the other end of downtown and a guest wanted to know where a great but casual sushi bar was that they could order for take out. I gave them the number for downtown sushi bar, they delivered to the other side of downtown. She enjoyed it so much that she ordered deliver from them for the remainder of the 2 weeks that she was staying in the hotel. There is a large window that they open during the warmer months and it's fun to people watch. Do not go to this restaurant if your expecting a romantic, high class restaurant, this is a fun and laid back experience.

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Khai Thai Cuisine2020 Oxford Connector, #203, Port Coquitlam
Authentic Ambiance
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

Kahi Thai is a great place for both lunch and dinner. Fairly large restaurant with sky lit ceiling in the centre, authentic statues and flags around the restaurant. It's also nice to see the waitresses in traditional bright coloured thai dresses, gives it an extra authentic touch. Lunch time offers some great lunch specials with amazing taste. Dinner is a little more expensive however the portions are larger. I highly recommend the tom kha soup, definitely the best I've ever had!

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