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Flying Tiger, The

2958 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K1R4
Tel: (604) 737-7529 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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Flavour Explosion
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 12:38am [Dine in]

I love this place. It's not very large but wow the food makes it all good.

We had the short ribs, the duck confit, and samosa plate. I loved them all. Very delicious. I loved how many flavors you could taste in the duck confit with all the different herbs. My all time favorite was the samosa plate. So yummy!

Excellent service from beginning to end and very cozy surroundings.

If it was a place you could book thru opentable.com then it would be perfect! But ebook is great too!

I'm going back for more!!

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try their duck confit
By foodiedelite of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 5, 2006 - 9:55am [Dine in]

thoroughly enjoyed their food - very comfortable small space on 4th. excellent duck confit with pancakes, melt in your mouth kalbi ribs, fabulous cocktail selection. and very well timed food delivery.

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Food not that great, service patronizing
By aprilandkinger of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 1:14am [Dine in]

We were not impressed with 3 out of four dishes. Most importantly, we found our waiter to be inattentive and a tad patronizing. From calling us 'kids', to having to order our second and even third tapas from another waiter. Also - finding an ingredient that I specifically asked to be omitted in my noodles was very unimpressive.

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Poor value during Dine Out Vancouver
By tasteofvancouver of Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

I had no idea what to expect at this place as the reviews were all over the place. It was a lot smaller than I expected. Inside it's a bit dark in my opinion. We were seated at a small table towards the back of the restaurant.

We got to order one starter, a main, and a dessert for a total of $28 per person. For starter, I chose the spicy prawns and it was good. The four prawns were all a good size and had just the right amount of spice and sweetness. Then came the mains. We had finished our appys already and the mains came before our plates got cleared. There wasn't enough room on the small table. Faux pas there. When my main was placed in front of me, I was quite shocked at how small it was. I had ordered the sablefish and the piece of fish was honestly no more than 1" wide and 2" long. There was a sprinkling of pickles and a (relatively) large pile of rice. The taste was good, but I definitely felt ripped off. My boyfriend seemed to have better luck with his choice. He chose the duck confit crepes and there was definitely more food there. It tasted good too. Dessert was good, but not good enough to make up for my lack of a main course since both my starter and dessert seemed more filling.

I did not think the value was there at all. I realize it's a tapas restaurant, but the sablefish was too small of a portion to have been served as a main. For the total price of $28, I don't think the amount of food or quality added up.

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A great evening
By TimOnMain of East Van (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

Went here last night for an anniversary after having a good experience about a year and half ago and decided to try it again.We ended up really enjoying our meal here and will definitely be coming back again.
The ambiance of the place is very intimate,we had a table near the kitchen.Lots of Buddhist figures and artwork on the walls and low lighting make it good place to go on a date or with friends.

The service was very friendly and casual but helpful and not at all obtrusive. Our waiter gave us good recommendations on some of the wines and described some of his preferred dishes. We ended up ordering quite a feast but thankfully they brought our dishes out one at a time,so our table never got overcrowded.
I'd definitely recommend the Lumpia spring rolls,the smoked sablefish with papaya/peanut salad and my favorite,the kalbi beef ribs.

We didn't leave enough room for dessert but I'm sure its all good.
Anyhow,we'll be back for more!

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Asian Fusion........Left Wanting and Hungry
By E10Out of West (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

Similar to the below reviewer, we tried this place as part of DineOut although I was skeptical since we love authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisine and there are many asian fusion places ie Ginger or asian inspired menus ie Caredero's if you wanted to try something other than traditional asian fare.

Food presentation was great but the portions and taste was lacking.

I had prawns as starter and my wife had the ribs... both asian fusion twists of traditional chinese dishes... nothing memorable particularly if you are familar with the tastes of the original dishes.

The entree portions were very small... my wife and I both had the sable fish and it was smaller than the appies. This menu setup of $28 was not worth it!

Service was good and the place was busy during Dine Out..... Beer selection was decent. Kitchen was very clean and organized.

I suggest this place may be good if you are not familar with chinese or japanese cuisine (ie. you never been to Richmond nor izakaya and you eat at places where they give you a fortune cookie), you may be impressed but if like Dim Sum and you regular patronize good Chinese cuisine and Japanese Izakaya restaurants, there will be nothing here for you that you will be happy with as you may feel, they are just repackaging something familar but the taste is less flavorful.

When we left, we walked pass debated if we should have dined at Jolly's Indian Bistro as the food great.

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Glad we gave it a second try
By ootnaboot of Vancouver (UBC) (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

We arrived at 6:15 on a weeknight and were the only people there for the first while. I liked that. It gave us time to talk to our server and design a good mix of flavours without feeling rushed. The meal was fantastic. We had:
-the green beans, fresh and flavourful.
-steamed pork/shrimp dumplings- the wrappers were light and tightly wrapped and the filling was dense, which is how I like steamed dumplings
-papaya salad-unbelievable. My husband isn't crazy about Asian salads and even he loved it
-tempura dipped ahi tuna rolls- I know a lot of people consider this combo to be a waste of good tuna. However, these were prepared with just a bit of batter on the seaweed wrapper, not touching the rice or ahi. It gave a crispiness to the seaweed that was a good texture contrast. The dijon mustard sauce that came with it also seemed like an odd combo instead of wasabi, but the tastes mixed well
-Korean ribs- well-marinated, thinly sliced and tender
-banana fritters with just a hint of Callebaut chocolate- very very good

Service was fast and friendly. For those who haven't been to Flying Tiger, the easiest way to order is "family style" with plates placed in the middle for sharing. The plates come one at a time.

The bill, including 3 sleeves of Sapporo draught, came to $80. The first time we went to Flying Tiger, my husband said, "Good, but there are lots of other choices around." Last night he was blown away by the quality and the service,as was I.

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Interesting combo of tapas and Asian
By ootnaboot of Vancouver (UBC) (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

This is a place where it pays to ask questions and be careful with the menu, so make your first visit during the week when it isn't crowded and you don't feel pressured to make fast decisions. Tapas and Asian is a confusing fusion at first, but once you figure it out, it's worth a visit. The food is fresh and carefully prepared, but the portions are small, so choose carefully.

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Large Portion Tapas, Great Value
By desktraveler of Downtown, Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I coerced a friend to try this place even though he doesn't like tapas restaurants. He finds the portions are small and prices are high so they're just not good value for a big eater like him. The Flying Tiger is different. Portions on some dishes are almost meal-sized, and others are smaller but still significant, and all at the same prices as other tapas places. The flavours of everything we tried ranged from quite good to spectacular. The drink list is quite extensive, and service is quite good. The kitchen was slow, though, especially on my second visit. Even ordering extra crepes for the pulled duck or papadums for the indian plate took a long time. Go in with the mindset of having a lingering meal and you will enjoy it.

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Extremely overpriced, crowded, and very average food.
By Kitsilanochef of Kitsilano, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

I've walked by this restaurant many times and it has always looked appealing, so one night my boyfriend and I were looking for a place to eat and walked by it again so decided to try it out. I would have liked to see a menu on the door to check the prices and what they had to offer but there was none so we just went in anyways beause we were starving.
The inside was very awkward as soon as we came in and were seated, we had this strange table with one seat and a tiny portion of a booth, I had to ask the man beside us to get up so I could get into the booth seat in which his whole tables coats were laying on, it didnt even look like a table.

So we looked at the very small menu and were disappointed by the high prices but I assumed the food would be awesome and worth it, then the server told us that all of their items were tapas so we would have to order at least four things for the two of us. I looked at the wine list and also wasn't impressed, there was lots of options but most were very average wines, overpriced and by the bottle only. So we just ordered food, even though our server asked us four more times if we wanted wine as well as asking us twice if we would like sparkling water instead or regular water. I understand the concept of upselling but it was a little too pushy.

We got our first 'tapas', which was edamame. It was listed on the menu as a side so I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, they were plain with nothing on them and they were so over steamed that the shells were falling apart. The second item we ordered was the ribs which were basically no more than 2 ounces of meat and tasted pretty average. We got the curry chicken too which was not bad for a simple cream sauce with curry, again it was super small, not even an appetizer portion. I was thinking about dessert but was already very un impressed with our meal so we paid our $60 bill and went. We left so starving that we went to Safeway to buy a real meal.

Won't be going there again.

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Not worth the price
By ani_ram of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

I went here for dine out last week. I heard some good reviews about this restuarant so I thought I'll give it a try. I had reservations there at 6:15pm for four on a Tuesday night. When we arrived, there were only a few people there. We were seated quickly, but it took the waiter at least 10min to bring as water or ask us if we want anything to drink. There's no explanation to why he was slow at serving us because the restuarant was not busy.

I ordered the drunken prawns, sablefish and warm sticky coconut sticky rice.

The prawns were good. Size and portion was okay for an appy.
The sablefish was disappointing, considering it is the main course. The portion was so small it should had been offered as an appy instead. I understand that Flying Tiger is a tapa restaurant, but the portion of the fish was probably as small or smaller than the size of a golf ball. The sauce tasted good but the flavor did not steep through the fish. So when I ate the fish it was so bland. The rice that came with the dish was undercooked. I could taste raw rice.
I enjoyed the sticky rice. It was different and it wasn't too sweet.

I wouldn't come back to this restuarant because there are many restuarants equally as good and more affordable.

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Great food and wine!!!!
By red lantern of Van area (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 12:12am [Dine in]

I went in with my friends last sunday for dine out. They told that this place was their local hangout and that I would definitely enjoy it. So when we got there we were greeted by a lovely hostess. There were 6 of us and she took us to the back where we could see the action cooks at work. Then our server came over to greet us plus explained to us how dine out works. I order the Drunken prawns for appetizer (sweet & spicy - delicious), then the duck confit for entree (great idea with all the fresh herbs) and for dessert the chocolate banana (excellent way to end your meal). I was really impressed with the decor and ambience of the restaurant. Great food & super service ... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.. I definitely will be back!!!

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Don't Bother Using Entertainment Book Coupons Here
By eredmond of Vancouver (Dunbar) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 8, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

Main observation: "Without getting the proper use of the coupon, the food was quite over priced and the service quite demeaning." Read more below.

My girlfriend and I decided to try out Flying Tiger last Sunday. We have Entertainment book coupons and were browsing the selection and found that it was not too far from our place so we headed down to try their asian fusion cuisine. We ordered two of their larger expensive plates, but being more of tapas sized dishes we were not quite full, so we ordered a third small plate (dim sum, cheapest thing on the menu I believe). When I used the coupon ("free second entree of your choice of equal or lesser value") I saw that the inexpensive appetizer size plate became the "free" plate, while the original entrees were full priced. In effect, by ordering the third plate, I substantially increased my bill. I was told this was "managment policy", and they refused to properly divide the bill to use the coupon the way other restaurant process them. I was a bit angry and and really regretted going there. Without the proper use of the coupon, the food was quite over priced and the service quite demeaning.

So, a word of warning, if you are using the entertainment book coupons, it would be best to go to a place that has full sized entrees, or has a fair way of processing the coupons.

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Quality versus hype.
By moot of East Van, baby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

We wanted to like this place, but the food made it hard. We had the green beans, which was the best dish of the night, and the mussels. Although the curry broth and bread were flavourful, the actual mussels tasted like they had not been cleaned, and had a terrible texture. To Flying Tiger's credit, they took our opinion seriously and didn't charge us for this dish, we could only manage to a few. The seafood in the hawker noodles tasted the same, not fresh and the sauce in this had no flavour at all. No peanut, no curry, no nothing. The service was erratic, to the point where our own server (who was indeed charming) said "Hey, you look like you haven't gotten any food in a while, I'll go check into it". We finally got the lamb special, which was okay, and by that point I was happy our server had forgotten the glass of wine I had ordered. By the end of our meal, our mouths were burning from the taste of salt. We were not offered any dessert or coffee, and I think this was because if it takes 2 hours to bring 4 dishes, then evening ought to wrap on up, it's just not going to get any better. It's too bad, because the concept is great, but the food doesn't reflect the hype at all.

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Fun and Yummy!
By eedee of Main, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

I love tapas so went with a group of 7 for my birthday. Tried lots of dishes and most were hits. The fry bread was delicious and the szechaun beans. Papaya salad was tasty, but a bit overdressed. Only misses were the spring rolls and chicken satay. Great drinks-(great twist on a ceasar), great service, fun atmosphere and not overpriced. Nice to have lots of variety in the dishes too. Will definitely be back!

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We will return again and again!!!
By BubbaLover of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

We frequent Flying Tiger on a regular basis! Their Pulled Duck Confit Crepes is the best duck dish we've ever had, nothing compares, be sure to order extra crepes. The Saltspring Island Mussels with Chili Fry Bread are a close 2nd, again order extra bread! Don't try Flying Tiger without trying these 2 dishes. We also highly recommend the Vietnamese 'Nuoc Cham' Sablefish, the Toro Tuna Sushi Tempura and the Grilled Korean Kalbi Ribs. And if you've never tried The Show Cabernet Sauvignon make sure to try it here, it's our new favourite big red! The staff are friendly, knowledgeable about both the food and wine. The chef, Tina Fineza formally of Lumiere and Bin 942, is amazing, a true artist. A great place to hang with good friends!

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Not Impressed
By La-Chica of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

Went there with a group of about 8-9 people. The server was nice and attentive in the beginning, but definitely did not improve throughout the night.

We were informed that dishes come out one by one. Based on food preferences, some of us ordered to share and some ordered dishes for themselves. The server did not seem to pay attention to this arrangement as the shared dishes kept arriving without any sign of the non-shared ones. I did not share with the others and was getting rather hungry waiting for my food while everyone else ate. When I asked about my dish, all I got was "it's coming."

An hour later, when everyone at the table was done with their dishes, my food finally arrived. Can I say that the food was worth waiting for? No. It was decent, nothing special, but not bad either. However, getting a pile of rice and a couple of shrimps could not possibly have taken an hour to make!

What upset me the most was the 17% gratuity automatically added at the end because of the large group. The service I received definitely did not warrant such a hefty tip! Not surprisingly, our server refused to split the bill.

All in all, the place should be ok if you go with a couple of people rather than in a big group.

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Delicious, in the neighbourhood, in the Entertainment book, how can you lose?
By yonny of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

After reading the recommendations on this site, we had to try the duck confit. They were explosive with flavour! We would highly recommend them and, like other reviewers, you will certainly need extra crepes. I don't understand why it only comes with five; eight should be the standard for the amount of filling they give you.

The other dish we had were the korean short ribs. Again, explosive with flavour and oh-so-tender. We're not sure how they got them so tender.

We didn't have a reservation on a Friday night so we had to sit at the kitchen bar. Although it is a bit cramped, it's quite nice to watch them work as they are very professional. Rather than rely on servers, the head chef passed us our dishes as soon as they were ready.

The only disappointing part was the fact that a bowl of rice (to go with the ribs) was $3. I mean, I know this isn't supposed to be the cheapest restaurant around, but seriously, you can buy 5 lbs of rice for that price.

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Great food, too noisy
By agcw of West End, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

The excellent:
I had the samosas and the duck confit - both were superb. The samosas were generous, the accompanying sauce good and the little crepes served with the duck were fun. (I have to say that I didn't like the fried banana but that was my fault. I don't like any fried fruit and hadn't expected the dessert banana to be fried.

The not good:
I was with a group of about 8. We were seated in a row along a wall and were comfortable enough. Our biggest complaint was the noise. It was really only possible to have a shouted conversation with your immediate neighbours.

The bad:
We were very irritated to find the "gratuity" (mandatory because of the group size) was added on AFTER the tax had been added to the bill. The service was good but, if you don't trust your customers to tip appropriately, don't expect them to also tip for the pleasure of the government taxes.

The lesson:
Return but only with a couple of friends and try to sit outside...

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A lovely surprise
By spirals of Minnesota (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

We were trying to revisit The Living Room and discovered it had been replaced with the Flying Tiger. We decided to try it anyway. We had the samosa/pakora plate, steamed dumplings, and the duck confit with the crepes. Everything was very good but the coconut chutney with the samosas was the stand out. There was a very good choice of wines by the glass including selections from Blasted Church Vineyard. We were seated at the food bar so we could see the preparation of all the dishes. We wanted to try everything that went out. Service was attentive and genuine.

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