The tapas-only menu includes treats like Coconut-Steamed Mussels and Crab Cakes sprinkled over with burnt-orange chipotle. Excellent menu, warm ambience but very small and crowded.
A tiny indentation along the wall of stores and shops on Davie st, lies one of Vancouver's best restaurants that nobody knows about. You won't believe that when you go to the place because there is a line-up every single night of the week. But you'd be surprised how few people know about this piece of urban heaven.
Best garlic mussels in the city (try it with Navajo bread!), awesome pomme frite (order it with the Flank Steak), and excellent Beef Tenderloin in Philo. Stay away from the Ahi, Bison, and Moroccan Chicken. Nobody's perfect right? :)
I'd say the ambiance of the restaurant is one of its best features. Artistically decorated, uniquely inspired, bathed in a orange and redish glow, this place has a strong sense of style and unpretentious. Poseurs need not apply here. With music blaring, this isn't a place for quiet candelight conversations either, it is cool, funky, and appreciated by people with like minds. This is not a Cactus club. Two window tables enclose couples with a view of the night street. They are hard to get because there are always those that beat me there!
When i tell my friends to go there, i suggest to either go at 6:30 or 9:30 if you want to avoid waiting for a table. If you don't mind waiting, or if you are just a two-person party, anytime is great. No reservations, nor do they need one because the place is packed every night.
We decided to try this place out despite the more recent review. The food was splendid. The service was pretty friendly despite the crowd. The music and decor could definately use a change-over. The music was so loud that we couldn't talk to each other properly. The decor seemed like a gothic, grunge explosion in a night club. Good if you're trying to draw in just clubers but not if you want to attract food-goers. Anyhow, the food was done just right (melt-in-your mouth) and quite a surprise considering the small set-up they have. Overall, give a try if you don't mind the loud music.
I have been going to the Bin 941 almost since it opened and it is still one of my favorite places to dine. Everything on the menu is excellent, but I would recommend you try Goat cheese house dried tomato salsa, navajo fry bread[ $8 ] in particular. The different flavors the dishes bring together are complex and layered and always interesting.
The only downside to the Bin is that it gets super busy and the seats can be a bit uncomfortable, unless you are lucky enough to get a window booth. This is a great place to take a date and impress them, without looking like you are trying too hard.
A generous plate of jumbo Digby Bay scallops and tiger prawns arrive in a bonito butter sauce-for $10, steal it. The wine list also offers some real bargains. Perfect for postmodern, commitment-fearful diners.
I'd been to this place before 2 years ago and had a very enjoyable experience. Unfortunately this time around I was very disappointed.
The place was bustling when we walked in and a server advised that we could sit in the back and a table would be available in 30 mins.
So we sat in the back and ordered some drinks from another server in our section. After about 15 minutes we asked our server if we could order some mussels from our seating area instead of waiting for a table. She said that we could so we just ordered a plate of mussels to carry us through. After 40 minutes the mussels still hadn't arrived. Our server was not around so I made the mistake of asking the server who had seated us in the beginning. As the title of the review states...she was extremely rude! She said that they were very busy, had other meals to prepare, and we had to wait for a table as were in the back. I mentioned that we had been waiting over 40 minutes for food and that the other server should have advised of the wait and should not have taken our order if we did indeed have to wait for a table. The sever really developed an attitude at this point and said that we were actually very lucky that our order had been taken in the first place and should not be complaining?!!! We cancelled our order and left at this point.
I have given the food a good rating based on my previous experience....It is a shame but I really do not think I would go to this place again due to the terrible attitude of the server. I have been a server myself and am very understanding because of this, but I would NEVER have spoke to a customer the way that she spoke to us! A woman waiting for the bathroom even overheard us talking and asked if we were talking about the blonde one....She was in agreement us....she found her to be very rude too!
Having moved from New York I was thrilled to happen upon Bin 941. I love the fact that it is such an intimate dining experience.
Love the ambience, which for me has to do with sound, lighting, smell and overall comfort level. Overall a great place to take out-of-towners who are up for something unique.
I've been through these doors several times with friends, family, and clients. Always a great time. The menu diverse, decor eclectic, and the service good. Crowded, loud & fun. Arrive early (or perhaps later) to avoid waits. Not a place for the overtly fussy diner. Eat drink and enjoy!
Truly, a gorgeous place. The design, the music, the presentation of the food, and the food itself are absolutely incredible. Extremely affordable; shared three plates, twelve dollars each (before tip) and walked away completely full. I cannot wait to go back, definitely a find in the downtown area.