This is probably one of the best bang for your buck italian restaurants in all of the greater vancouver regional district.
It's location is great - gas town.
It's price is very good when you factor in the freshness of the ingredients, taste and huge portions.
We came here tonight, party of 2.
The place is set up like a small, cozy brick cafe with a huge kitchen in the back due to the place also catering.
I assume because they cater, that allows them to provide fresh ingredients. Cheaper to buy in quantity.
This does not mean taste was sacrificed.
Everything is made IN HOUSE.
We ordered Gnocchi with Rustica Sauce, 3-kinds Ravioli (Mushroom, Spinach and Chicken) with Carbonara Sauce, Mixed Salad and Bean Vegetable Soup and ended the night with a chocolate brownie cake and tiramisu.
Gnocchi was chewie, great texture and fresh. The Rustica sauce was very flavorful, seasoned very well.
3-Kinds Ravioli was also very good, nothing much to say except very fresh and tasty.
The mixed salad was a delight. Most times, when you order mixed salads, it's just a few sad looking pieces of mixed leafy greens. This place tops it with cheese, long beans, cherry tomatos, roma tomatoes, asparagus - it's a party on a plate.
The bean soup was nice and thick - more like a hearty stew.
All this for only 67.00 and we had to pack up some stuff because we couldn't finish it all.
The waitresses are also super friendly and cute :)
Will be returning.
Unfortunately, the cake was terrible. It was for a 50th birthday (very special opportunity); we went there because we had been referred and our normal baker (Fratelli's) was away on holidays. We felt very disappointed in the cake, the service from head office staff and then the owner, afterward. It was bland, didn't taste like chocolate. It tasted more like butter, salt and a little bit of coffee. When we complained they justified it by saying they use milk chocolate, not dark chocolate, butter has salt in it and asked us if we were Chinese (?)...said they hadn't had a complaint in 41 years. So, apparently the take away is, if we were Chinese we would have been happy. We asked for our money back because we would never return and they said no.
Well, there's no more Pho Hoang. I really miss it! They made the best Bun Bo Hue in Metro Vancouver and they always had the best portions for your pho and very delicious soup! I always feel full after eating there! Now this new restaurant is overpriced for Vietnamese food, their portions are small, and the quality is average. The only thing they have going for them are the restaurant decor and their fantastic service! Hopefully, they can survive with that!
I tried this restaurant because I was in the area yesterday. It was the same as any other Vietnamese restaurants such as same portions and their soup were average. The only thing I didn't understand is why they charge $1 for extra bean sprouts when other Vietnamese restaurants do not? Other than that, nothing special.
I heard some great reviews from a friend, so I decided to try it. But when I looked at their menu, their Pho's were completely overpriced for Vietnamese food! Maybe the locals in Kerrisdale would pay for this price, but people from other areas would flinch. Who would pay for a large Pho which is $2 more than a small Pho? Other Vietnamese restaurants would charge $0.5 to $1, but I have never seen $2 more for a large! When I received my large Pho expecting to be something special, all I find are the portions are the same as a small which I saw someone eating on the next table and just more SOUP! And the flavours of their pho soup are just borderline average. I can eat at any other Pho restaurants for far less a price and eat the same type of Pho. Just so you know a small is $9 and large $11. So disappointing!
The place is not cheap but for a non-Jewish guy who has lived in Montreal and Toronto and as well spent time in NYC I have found the food outstanding from deli to baked goods.
And actually, I love the service; the management is not only friendly and of great assistance but also highly intelligent. Do I wish the cost of a meal were a little less expensive? Absolutely......but I love the place and I am willing to pay bit more for quality and service as well as to support a business owned by people whom I understand are worth my patronage.
The service used to be very good, but not so much now. The pastries are as good as any in the city, but I'm not willing to stand around and wait when I can go across the street and get really good service at Transylvania, which has a different but equally good selection. I wonder what happened, the staff seems to have changed.
I was craving a Peanut Buster Parfait.....went to the one on Kingsway on my way back home.....I usually go to the one in N. BBy carlton square?
Seems like a nice cozy place when I went inside....saw a man at the cashier first...then he went into the back and it looks very dark...not enough light....needs to be brighter....then I was thinking about getting chicken fingers with fries to go also....but I do not trust if the man or whoever is in the back washed their hands after handling the money.....and money is very very dirty....
The lady that took over....do not know if it was the wife....very pleasant and she knew what she was doing....efficient.....
when I got home I put the parfait in the freezer because I then wanted to eat a sandwich first....it wasn't as good as I remembered whenever I get this dessert....
Just I hope they put more light so its nice and bright and wash wash wash those hands.....please!!!!!!!!!!
Show the people what you did....put a small sink in the front for the employees.....I think they were the owners for this franchise.....
this was my second time coming to this place....the pizza is good but I always look up at the cooks...just in the front there where they are making pizza only...the kitchen you can not see...its a very small small place and I think it opens at 5pm and we went on a Tues. nite....four of us...
so no long line up...just beware of this...long line ups....
I looked at the two guys making the pizza and saw the one guy touch his nose as if he wanted to clean it or pick it.......only stating what I see....and I hope they read this comment so they don't do it again. I think he had dark hair and beard....? It was in February that we went.
I do not usually trust people in restaurants at all....especially Asians.... me being Italian born here.....they are some Italians that are dirty also.....but do not trust people and friends at home....I am a little ocd....but sometimes as you know you have to close one eye....
the pasta that nite was awful...too much al dente...and not enough sauce at all...too dry....
the salad was too big for the plate and bacon on it....the appie with the cold cuts was ok....you want antipasto then probable go to the true Italian restaurants like L'Artista...mind you its been a while....I really miss Al Forno in Gastown years back....so good....the pizza brick oven like now....but I tell ya....it was the Best in those days in Vancouver.
I don't believe in tipping and I do tip...I am not cheap but I just don't believe in it too much....I think its like a another meal there......from $10 and up....
I was reading some of my old comments and Moulin Rouge Rest. did close down...thank God and Cheers is gone....the Sweet Cherubim has changed their menu I believe, so its easier to read.
Too bad that Dine Here does not have just comments sections....
All in All Via Tevere is a good place for food....I only recommend the Pizza.....its the same dough I believe that Famoso, Lombardo's, Marcello's and all these new places for pizza brick oven style uses....type 00 flour from Naples....
I just hope the rest. reads this and tells the people behind the counter not to touch themselves and put cameras in the kitchen so the owners can see what goes on....if the staff are being dirty!!!! This goes for all the Resturants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apparently the place to go for handmade soba noodles. You gotta be aware, make a reservation. Early, like maybe even week in advance, else you will never get in.
Nice cozy little place, no complaints.
Service, well, they wait staff is quite attentive and responsive. Friendly too, not much I can complain about that aspect. But it's sloooooow. I saw a few other tables around us who had gotten there around sametime or even a bit earlier. We all left around the same time as well and the total meal time was going over 2 hours, and it's not like there was a constant stream of dishes. You get one, then you wait...then another tiny dish then you wait...some types of food and restaurant are amenable to this type of dragged out meal (which can be quite enjoyable), but not here.
Now the food, well, no complaints about the quality of the ingredients in general, but the execution was not mindblowing by any measure. We had a bit of everything.
Some grilled/seared fish was pretty much same as I could get anywhere else. They had sushi (who goes there for sushi?) which generally got good reviews from our table, but it was inconsistent. We had 2 orders and they weren't prepared the same, one piece had WAY too much ginger on it and completely overpowered the bland fish. We also had a grilled fish head/neck (hamachi if I recall), but that was a miss, very large but it was definitely on the fishy side. Ordered an udon as well which was quite good but ... I don't think it was udon, more like somen. And the soba? Well you could definitely taste that it was different. The different broths provided were good, no complaints. But is the handmade soba better? Hmmm... I think the jury is out on this one. (We have been to some fine, fine soba place in Tokyo).
The desert, we had a sampling of the pudding, jelly and ice cream+ganache. It was ok, definitely enjoyable, but really, with Thomas Haas down the street and numerous other dessert places nearby you got to be really different or really good.
Total cost came out to around $50 a person or so, no drinks. Given the long wait, need to reserve and nothing particularly outstanding and being rather pricey, I think I will likely give it a pass for next time.
It is good quality and clearly they have some regulars, but maybe that's due to lack of competition in the neighbourhood rather than people traipsing out here from across town.
This place just feels good. People are friendly. They sell Red Truck Ale. There's live music! They just changed their menu. I like The Shephard's pie, duck club, and the nachos. I don't appreciate the new breading on the wings but they can be ordered without the breadcrumbs. It's called the "gluten free wings"
The board out front boasts 'best sandwich in town' - Yeah, right - you are going to 'wow' me with a sandwich? or soup? or a salad? C'mon....
I'd eat those words but I'm just too full from the BEST chicken club and tomato soup I have EVER HAD! I wanted to go someplace else but my friend insisted. I'm glad she did! I would highly recommend this place. We each had something different - me the sandwich and soup - and my friend had a spinach salad that she said was likely the best she's had. They are not skimpy with the fixins either! You can buy their bread too.
I'm definitely going back - I can hardly wait for the next lunch out!
the place fills up quickly - the table set up is 'communal' and I don't mind that so much except the guys at the other end of table kept hitting the table and moving it so I had to be careful not to slop my soup. There isn't a lot of seating - good thing summer's just around the corner. I only gave the 'ambiance' a 2 because of the noise. The music was really loud and then to fill up the place on top of that - people talking even louder to be heard over the music.....
The only thing I really didn't care for was having them take my name - I prefer a number system or something - the place got busy and I didn't hear the girl walking around calling my name.... I don't like that.
On a sad note....RIP Eleftherios "Tony" Siliverdis (1948-2017). My best memories are heading to Metrotown for shopping and then calling Zorro's for my 2 for 1 pizzas to go!!! I usually ordered my usually large of 3 topping each....one with beef, onions and pineapple and the other one with chicken, mushroom ...or a pair of large Jerry's specials!! Thanks Tony...made some of the BEST old school pizzas in Vancity!! You will be sorely missed.
Thanks for reading.
This is our second time here, and the experience was worse than the first time. First time was actually alright.
I am trying to give La Cigale the benefit of a doubt, maybe even persuade myself that it's Valentines and everyone's just hectic and busy - especially French restaurants.
But tonight at La Cigale, it seemed everything was just off the track.
At 37.00 per head for the Valentines prix fixe menu, I won't complain about the value. It's not pricey and good for people who want an overall solidly designed and set up French bistro gastrique experience.
Most of my reviews below are due to one critical flaw tonight. NOT ENOUGH SERVERS.
We made a reservation around 2 weeks before Valentines (Today). I would have expected better seat placements or at least give some time to clear one of the now vacated tables so those with reservation could at least feel it was worth giving their time to reserve in the first place.
We stepped into the restaurant and waited at the door for nearly 10 minutes before being greeted and than were told to pick one of the empty seats. There were 3 empty tables. 1 by the door (Literally by the door), 1 by the call out kitchen order window and one somewhere in between. The seats by the call out order window were too narrow for a regular guy to fit in (Girls "Should" be fine if you are thin and petite).
We asked the server if they could clear the now vacated table beside the restaurant window. It's a great table after all and should take no more than 5 minutes to clear.
The server said sure. We waited another 5 minutes before being told it's going to be awhile and we should just pick one of the empty tables.
Now there were only 2 tables left. By the door or by the order window. Guess we were forced to sit by the door.
I am lenient, to an extent so I was trying to think of better moments later tonight.
2. Sit Down
Upon sitting down, it was nearly another 10 minutes before a server came by and gave us tonight's menu. Another 10 minutes before we got our water.
Now, I understand fatigue, business but I do think the main culprit tonight were simply lack of servers. I don't really blame the servers, they are doing their best. I blame the management, who could not foresee the importance of today for many patrons.
On one note, servers did confuse many people's table's orders and had - for our duration stay of nearly 2 hours, uncertainly ask the tables if this was their order or our order before realizing the dishes were for another table.
Food was ok, and I am reviewing this aspect in relations to the amount paid. I don't expect 5 star cooking paying only 37.00 a head. what sort of surprised me was at the golden hour of tonight's service - between 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM - the kitchen ran out of their most in demand meat - duck. There were really only 4 entrees to choose from - 2 pastas, 1 beef, 1 duck. Duck was out during the most busiest time. A let down indeed.
We ended up ordering the mushroom and seafood pasta. Both were solid, but not wow.
Appetizers were 1 tart, onion soup and salad. We got the soup and salad. Salad was quite a let down. It's a salad and at least it could have been made with more texture, flare and variety.
The onion soup was very good and was the star of tonight's menu. The desserts - creme brulee, lava cake and blue berry crumble. We got the lava cake and blue berry crumble.
Both desserts were a let down. no texture variation. Lava cake had no outer layer, just tasted like a very heavy and melted puddle of chocolate jam. The crumble was slightly better but still, a bit more texture variance would have been better. Too sweet as well the desserts.
At the end of our bill, the servers did kindly surprise us with a 10% discount on our total.
We felt this was the only little redeeming quality tonight but not enough to save the poor experience we encountered. We still left a friendly tip amount as we understand restaurant industry is hard work.
For this place to improve, it's not the amount they charge as even if they charged 50.00 or 100.00 per head, if they do not up their game in terms of service and cuisine design, it will be very hard to attain loyal patrons in Vancouver's cut throat restaurant market.
We will not be returning any time soon.
I ordered Philadelphia rolls through Just Eat and they gave me rolls with asparagus and no avocado. I told them I got the wrong order and they said "no that's how they're made. All our customers know this!" and yelled at me. I checked the menu again (both on the justeat website AND their own sushiwind website) and confirmed that no, there's no asparagus and there is supposed to be avocado and they got my order wrong. After asking for the right food or a refund they said "There's nothing we can do for you, talk to JustEat."
So I called Just Eat, who has very friendly customer service, and they said they would call the restaurant. They said the restaurant was really unhelpful but they eventually got me a full refund, as long as I didn't eat any of the sushi. I said that was fine and apologizes that she had to talk to the restaurant. She told me the restaurant wants to come pick up the sushi from me, but it will take "three hours" because they're busy.
So I'm now waiting with sushi back in the bag as it gets warm and old. I don't know what they're serving people but I hope it's not this. Disgusting!
So last week; I came here with a few friends. We were pretty much seated right away. server came and took our order.....I ordered my usual double double burger......some friends had various things.
The food was ok (but the next morning I felt sick and well......) which is odd, because I always get the same thing, but never feel sick afterwards.
On top of that; one of my friends gave me a gift card for $25 (Cara restaurant chain.....Milestone's , swiss chalet...etc) but since I was going around talking to my guests....at the end of the night I forgot my gift card (in an envelope with a card)
a couple hours later I realized this and called the restaurant and asked if I left my card behind (manager said that our table had been cleaned already and they probably threw everything in the garbage)
Ok, I understand needing to clean the table......but when picking up the envelope, did the server lose their sense of feel / touch and not realizing something thick was in the envelope and perhaps turn it in to the lost and found? or did they see that one of my guests gave me a gift card to a competitor restaurant; and despite choosing to come here after seeing a gift card from somewhere else they decide to throw it out since it was competitor.
Nice location though, iffy about food since got sick....plus they throw out my gift (really hoping it was an accident though) so I think I will pass......Maybe I should had gone to Milestone's instead
iI want to correct my rating in their service, i thought incredible is the lowest. What i meant was, poor. Although some of their staff are nice and friendly and polite, this particular lady is really rude, I was humilliated because there are some customers too . May i suggest to the management of Maxims bakery to train this certain staff to be polite and patient to their customers. Thank you & i hope the owner will take time to correct the behavior of this staff.
I heard great things about this place and I have tried their cream of mushroom soup and fried chicken and I was quite pleased with it until my last order which was the Chicken Giant sandwich. A nice piece of breast meat deep fried as usual but the cheese they put in the sandwich was nothing but regular processed cheese? I can't believe that they can't afford to put real sliced cheese on their $17.00 sandwich!!! Not very good business sense if you ask me. Sent them a message thru their website and did not get any reply back from them and that was 2 months ago. Followed up with them with their direct email address (as previously I left my concerns on their message board) and finally got a hold of Brian. His reply is what surprises me especially considering that he is in the hospitality industry. I would post the whole conversation but feel that would be stooping to their level. Suffice to say is that their response sounds like more of a dismissal and acknowledges no wrong doing.
Anyone raving about this place is either friends of the people that work there or got paid to put their 5 star review.
I had never been to this restaurant because I thought it might be pricey. I was wrong, the prices are excellent and the food is as well. I had chicken kabobs, which came with rice (or salad) and a broiled tomato. I asked for bread, and I got pita with raw onion, which the server said was standard fare in Persian restaurants. Since I love onions, I wasn't unhappy. The chicken was excellent, a large portion and the rice was perfect. I can't fault them for a single thing. Nice looking place, good service and a great deal. What more could you ask?
I was in the area and feeling nostalgic so came to Pho Hoa. Food was solid. HOWEVER, the portions have considerably shrunk. What used to be a small bowl is now considered a large bowl of pho with just the basics. The price has skyrocketed to $11.50 including tax. Yikes.
Needless to say there were only three different tables for a total of five patrons including myself. This place used to be the 'grand daddy' of all pho places to me but no more.
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