We came here for a birthday dinner with a very large party. Everything was fantastic from beginnning, almost to end which I will get into later.
If you haven't been to The Diamond yet, you need to try it. Its a cocktails and tapas restaurant on the second floor in the centre of Gastown that also doubles as a bartending school. The ambiance is very relaxed and comfortable inside. From the moment we arrived, the service was great with drinks never empty for long and food flying out of the kitchen.
We ordered a few tapas between the two of us including the BBQ short rib sub, tuna tartare, gyoza, and was also lucky to try a few other dishes. All of them were fantastic but my favourites turned out to be the ones I ordered. I had a couple classic vodka martinis (and a couple Pabst Blue Ribbon beers to keep things real) and my dining partner was drinking their cocktails with the Buck Buck Mule being her favourite. At over 10 bucks each, they are not cheap but very delicious. The food is reasonably priced though.
Overall I enjoyed my experience right up to the end until our server gave us the bill. She never mentioned that there was an auto gratuity included in the bill which I find very irritating. The bills were split up and many in our party never noticed especially after how many cocktails were consumed. I am fine with the auto-grat, but at least mention it when handing out the bills. Other than that little blip, the evening was very enjoyable and I would definitely return.
This hard-to-find best kept secret of Gastown is a favorite for my friends and me when we're in the area. The Asian inspired menu features things like noodles in soup, Vietnamese subs, peanuts - all with a modern twist. We particularly liked the short rib sub and peanuts. Salad wasn't as thrilling (I guess it's not really bar food to begin with, but good to know it's offered).
Drinks were great! Inventive, tasty and made the real, traditional way (ie. liquor + liquor + other liquor... not liquor + juice or other easy additive) The price of a martini or cocktail costs about $10 to $12, which is on par with most bars downtown. However, value-wise, the Diamond has an edge as the drink is 90% liquor.
Will be back.
The drinks are often quite good, which is a huge plus for them, yet the menu is quite limited and simply ... okay. The gyozas are pretty much the only thing I would consistently order. The servers are either happy, spaced out, harried, or too cool for school, but they all more or less fall under the "hipster" category, so this place appeals to a lot of Vancouverites. The owner, Josh Pape, has an air of having done it all before -- shaking his drinks as though he could easily do it in his sleep, allowing his mind to drift back to what, judging by his constantly down-turned mouth, can only be a very unpleasant memory. (Still -- though he's not exactly the friendliest bloke to everyone, he isn't exactly rude, either.) This provided much fodder for story-telling, however, and my friend and I were able to entertain ourselves for hours trying to guess what would make the owner of one of Vancouver's hottest places look so bored with it all. For this reason, and because the atmosphere is fantastic -- the wallpaper, lighting, location, exposed brick, warm colours, secret doors, vintage glassware -- I consistently have a very pleasant time, indeed.
For my money, this is the best bar in the city. After a half-dozen visits, that have spanned an early dinner to the latest possible drink, I’ve never failed to be impressed. Arguably the best actual bar seat in Vancouver can be found at the far end of the wood overlooking the heart of Gastown. The room crosses over from restaurant to lounge to bar better than any other and has the food and drinks to match. The beverage menu is inventive, unique, and smartly constructed but still easy to navigate. I rarely double up on any drink as there has yet to be a bad choice. Food has been good since day one but is definitely a little sharper since they tweaked the menu. Gyozas are a must and the viet-style sandwiches are, if not authentic, at least among the best in the city. I can think of no better place to begin or end a night.
Went for a quick bite before the show. Only food available was from there DOV menu. Choices were very limited, including two sandwiches for the entrees? we tried the chicken liver mousse best of the three, duck rillette...very plain, pickled mustard sides as a condiment made the dish better. The pork belly sandwich was also only okay. Do not get me started on $12.00 cocktails. This trend is getting out of hand, Now everyone is a mixologist.So it seems perfectly fine to take 2 bucks worth of ingredients and jack up the price. I don't get it. Server was very friendly and let us order a few items, get out quickly so that we could eat a little more at one of the other Gastown eateries.Ambiance is good, it was busy so the buzz in the room was great.
Great ambiance in this place and wonderful views from all the double hieght windows. There's a great vibe in here. The staff are nice; not pretentious.
Because this is a great place for cocktails there wine list sucks. I've noticed this at other cocktail-focused establishments like Boa Bei. That's too bad because I prefer a nice glass of wine to a cocktail. Or may be I just need to experiment more!
The food is lovely. Especially love the beetle nut leaves and shrimp. It's hard to fill up on food here without dropping a lot of cash however. It is a nice tapas place for some drinks and snacking. I've been here 2-3 times now and will keep going.
Everything in all a nutshell. Love this place as its super casual eventough its a nice enviorment. This place was great, from the food and service, Quite busy that night, but our server was attentive, food portions were perfect. There are a lot of restaurants in Gastown, but definately you should check this place out.
It was a Saturday night. Not super busy, but we showed up late. We sat down and enjoyed the ambiance of the heritage building with a nice variety of patrons. A random mix you expect to find in Gastown.
We asked for a recommendation on the wine list. The waiter advised us to stay away from one of the wines because it might be too sophisticated for us. Unfortunately, the wine he suggested was exactly what we said we didn't want. The food was unremarkable. Although the crab cakes tasted nice. *i ended up throwing a bison burger on the bbq when i got home to quench the hunger of unsatisfying tapas portions.
The reason we went for dinner was because we had heard from friends it might be a good spot for a special event. So as we left we spoke briefly with the owner. He informed us events are possible with the right customer. Confused, we walked out and I noticed there was a serious leak in the stairwell ceiling. I ran back up the stairs to inform my newly acquainted owner friend. His response was "is that right?" as he walked off.
I love sitting at the bar watching the boys create. Chelvis (you'll know who) is so intense, a complete perfectionist. Great drinks menu, great ambiance, the owners circle the room making sure everyone is satisfied.
The food, tapas style, is highly recommended. Both the duck/chicken and short rib subs are fabulous and good sized portions. The handmade gyoza is probably the best I've had and the ceviche is.. well.. elegant.