Subeez is a downtown cafe with industrial, artsy decor and relaxed service.
Visit time: May-26-2012
Starters: Calamari, Nachos
Sandwiches: Chicken and Brie
Entree: Steak Frites
Drinks: a couple of pints
Food was pretty good. I hear some people complain about Calamari (too dry) but I guess we were lucky, they were not bad.
Other guests seem to like a lot their Garlic Mayo Fries but I'd found them just OK.
Steak was pretty good. I'd asked it to be well done and it wasn't dry.
I also can't complain about the size of the meal.
For Friday night the place was not too crowded (which I liked) but if it were I guess it would have been too noisy.
Overall value is average. Not sure whether I'll visit again. I guess I can find better value for the same money.
but, i will say that consistently the female servers there have been utterly foxy, cool and nice when they eventually come to your table. i mean, the service is what it is, we all know what its like there, so when you decide to go there for a beer - no one should be surprised
i never eat anything except for the safe bacon cheeseburger because ive been disappointed with most of the other things on the menu. subeez is to me a nice place to grab a few pitchers with friends on the patio in the summertime
oh, and sometimes the djs there play way too loud, hey - its a cafe man, not a club
This is my second time eating at this place. The first time was not memorable except for the slow service.
My boyfriend and I went this time because it’s a block away from our apartment. We didn’t feel like the usual restaurants in Yaletown.
The restaurant was decently filled. We got seated right away. We were asked about drinks not too long afterwards. My partner order for an appie lightly fried ricotta cheese balls served with a generous portion of cranberry sauce and for his entrée, pasta tortellini with sundried tomato and basil something pesto. I order, without realizing it two entrees. Mussels, which the waitress elected to serve with the bread that is suppose to come before the appies and a salmon burger on ciabatta with fries with ketchup and garlic mayonnaise and a green salad (had actual greens, carrots and beets) as sides.
The pleasant surprise is the food. It was decent to good. I would recommend the food if you like salmon burgers and seafood. I tried the cheese balls and it was okay. I didn’t try the pasta but my bf said that he would recommend it if one was in the mood for pasta.
The service was slow. I order a drink after our appies came and it didn’t come for a while. Also, I noticed when the waitress was taking away the finished plates, she left them and a pitcher of water at a nearby empty table. The place was not supper busy. As mentioned by another review, the waitresses seem to lack a definite urgency and were rather laid back. Having said that, they don’t attempt to make conversation with you eithera. It’s not something I necessarily expect but overall, it seems to be a mismatch and leaves me with a slightly negative impression overall.
When I did get my drink, a mohito, it was good, not water down at all but I am a light drinker.
The ambiance is nice if you are into a funky, casual/relaxed environment from the candles with lots of wax and hanging iron tree.
I’m hesitant to consider this “my neighbourhood restaurant” because I think good service is important but I value the taste of the food equally if not more as well.
I would go back for the food and drink but if I had another terrible experience with the service, I would probably not recommend the place or blacklist it, unless enough time passes and I forget :)
Please note for my ratings I rounded UP. If I could I would be giving half stars. I'm feeling generous because the food was a pleasant and good surprise.
I went here for dinner last week. My food was ok. If they had not served raw chicken to my friend I would have given it a higher rating. The kitchen should be ashamed of sending out barely cooked chicken. The service was alright for Vancouver once the server awoke from his haze.
Subeez has been with out doubt my favorite places. I HAD a saying; "When in doubt go to Subeez" for dinner or for drinks and appies.
We had a huge farewell party for a co-worker there (just drinks and appies) it was a HUGE success! no doubt about it. A week after i went for dinner and the food was horrible! i don't know if the chef was sick or what but it was awful. But i ate and acted like a good understanding patron. There is always dessert to look forward to. SO when it came time for ordering my favorite - Tiramisu they were sold out.
I hope it was just a busy weekend with an absent chef and they are not compromising the quality.