Italian fine dining in L'Hermitage Hotel.
I went here yesterday for lunch with my father. It's a nice looking clean place with friendly staff. Our waiter was a cool guy. We ordered 2 pizzas, the Margherita - $18 & the Prosciutto Arugula - $16 and we had half of each kind. I thought both were good. The margherita was great! A nice lunch under $40 for the 2 of us, I will be back in the future to try out the dinner menu with my wife.
Went to try this new restaurant for lunch and was not dissappointed. Shared an appy platter that had some grilled Radiccchio with cheese, ham wrapped veggies, olives, brushettas, gilled sausages.. all very good and a great way to try their appies. Chose the Short ribs in Tagliatelle with short ribs. Came in a rich tomato sauce. A very large portion which could be shared easily. Very good and rich. Service was excellent considering this was their first week of full operation. Value is in line with fine dining in downtown Vancouver and a good location for a pre game or concert meal. Nice decor with high ceilings and cozy room. Would like to try their dinner menu.
My husband and I decided to try this restaurant during Dine Out Vancouver. We were very impressed and found it to be worth the drive. The ambiance: Nice open space, contemporary decor. A bit noisy, but lots of energy.
Food: The crab cake and fettuccine tartufate were amazing! The crab cake (albeit there was only one and it was small) had little filler and was rich with crab meat. A focus on quality, not quantity. The fresh pasta had a perfect consistency (thinly rolled and a little resistance to the bite) with a wonderful wild mushroom sauce that had such depth none-of-which I have experienced elsewhere and I am a pasta-lover. Both the crab cake and fettuccine should be staples on their regular menu! My husband thoroughly enjoyed the sablefish as well -- cooked just right, with a very nice flavour and texture. It was balanced out with a tasty tomato sauce with white beans. Neither of us use much salt and did not find the meals salty. It seemed like just enough salt was used to bring out the flavours. The desserts were very good -- tiramisu and a chocolate mousse cake. Not too sweet.
Excellent food and service. We will be back again.
I am so surprised at just how bad the experience was. We have enjoyed Q4 Kits for years and have flawless service and excellent food every single time. But Saturday night at Al Centro was a very expensive mess. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation time which turned out to be fine. The teeny little table we were shown to was smack in the middle of a long row of small tables against a long wall. I had to stand sideways and sidle carefully into the seat because the tables were so close together (a larger person would never have made it without taking out the glassware on either side). This is a very expensive restaurants and the least one could expect is reasonable seating, not jammed together like a high school cafeteria.
We ordered the wine, radicchio/boconcini appetizer, wild mushroom ravioli and the pork main. The couple next to us arrived 15 minutes later than us, had their meals and finished eating and we were still waiting for ournappetizer (50 minutes now). The excuse was the kitchen was busy, so how did the people next to us who arrived later get their meals so fast. We believe she forgot to put our order in based on other concerns. When the appetizer finally arrived (and yes we had theatre tickets which we had advised them of twice) it was lukewarm and dried out. That is my favorite appetizer ever and it was so disappointing to pay $13 for 3 very small pieces of boconcini wrapped in tiny bits of radicchio that had apparently been sitting out getting cold and dried out for some time. Then the meals arrived-the pork was perfectly done, so kudos for that. The mushroom ravioli-lukewarm, dried out pasta-at $24 a plate very disappointing. But, because we waited so very long for our orders to arrive there wasn't time to send anything back. Instead of enjoying a nice leisurely meal we had to eat quickly to be able to arrive at the theatre on time. Then when we tried to pay, she said she would be right back with the card machine-sigh. She forgot, in the walk from our table to the station she forgot. I had to find her again and request it again.
Overall it was a lot of money wasted as almost everything went wrong. I would not return to that location because the tables are way too close together and the noise level makes it very hard to enjoy a conversation. And after this experience I am very surprised that a business that has always been so good could be so poor for us on this night. When you charge $34. (the pork) and $24 (the pasta) and $13 (the appetizer) for dishes they deserve to be above average, they are obliged to be excellent-and now add HST and tip to this and we would have been far better off at one of the fast food places in the area.
I knew I wanted to try Q4 al Centro after having an amazing experience at their sister restaurant Q4 (formerly Quattro) on West 4th.
First impressions - nice atmosphere, but it was a bit noisy. I'd recommend it for a dinner out with friends but not an intimate date environment. The seating area is basically one big square, with high ceilings, so the noise carries over.
Menu & wine list is the same at Q4 in Kits. Out of the 3 of us, 2 tried the Dine Out menu and 1 tried the regular menu.
Our service was good - pleasant, friendly and attentive. We asked for some help picking a wine, but she didn't know very much about the selection, and the one bottle that we wanted to try was not available.
Fresh bread was served with oil, vinegar, and olives. But for a whole basket of bread, they were a little stingy on the oil & vinegar... maybe less than a tablespoon of each?! We asked for more oil & vinegar, and they brought another dish of oil, vinegar, and olives, but again, there was hardly any oil & vinegar in it!
Starters: Beef Carpaccio was amazing! This was not on the dine out menu. I tasted it at the other Q4 and wanted it again. The beef just melts in your mouth, and it goes so well with the shaved parmesan cheese and capers. Crab cakes... actually it's just 'cake'. At least we were told ahead of time that the menu says cakes but you only get 1 with the dine out menu. The crab cake was good -- it was cooked perfectly and serve with a nice sauce (wine or balsamic reduction i think?).
Mains: Sablefish - excellent! Seasoned and cooked perfectly, and the sauce was a spicy tomato ragout. The mushroom fettucini was also pretty good. Anytime mushrooms and cream are put together, it's got to be good! Only critique - it was a tad on the salty side. The 3rd main was not from the DOV menu -- it was a fettucini with beef tenderloin and fresh tomatoes. It was very good, well seasoned.... the sliced beef and fresh tomotoes were done really nicely.
Dessert: We ordered an extra dessert because there was one that we wanted to try but it was not part of the DOV menu -- i don't know what it was called, but it is sour cherries, masacarpone cheese, and layers of crisp phyllo pastry. YUM! It was delightful! The other dessert was a chocoloate mousse -- also good but tough to compete with other flavours.
Overall, I would definitely come back. The food is very good and the location is great. If you are thinking about it, I would recommend the Q4 in Kits -- more intimate, and slightly higher level of service.