A cozy restaurant supporting local artists. Also known as the Bottle Tipper.
Saw the great reviews of this place on Dine Here and decided to check it out as we live in the area. The food is mediocre at best and we should have left before we ordered. I ordered a burger and have had better at take out places. Was really hoping this would be a great place to eat out in the neighbourhood but sadly that won't be happening. The only upside was the service. Decent wait staff that were friendly.
Also didn't really get the whole back room thing. There was no info on what was happening in the backroom or that we could have gone there. Shady looking people kept passing by our table and heading to the back. Kind of gave the place more of a massage parlour feel rather than somewhere we wanted to eat.
I recently had dinner here on October 10, 2008 and was very disappointed with my dinner experience. We started off with drinks, and without a drink menu and without prices offered, we decided on heinekens. After we asked for the price, the server said she'd be right back with the info, but she never did and the price was 6.50 a bottle, it actually costs more than a club to get a beer here. Not to mention the beer was not cold, but the "cold" glass provided to make the beer cold did not do the job, considering this is a bar-ish place, unacceptable.
On to the food, i got the penne tip which i think which was an awful reference to the name of theis establishment "bottle (tip)per)". It was bland, the serving portion was dissatisfying for 15$ pasta and uncomparable to Anton's, and it was made not according to its description, missing ingredients such as avacado.
Server did not check up on us once to see how the food was contrary to prior reviews.
This place is a complete disappointment from the other reviews previously posted here and I and my friends will not be returning to this "restaurant" and i will also inform others to avoid this place and you too should find a better place worthy of your patronage.
I've been to the Tipper twice now and have a lot to say about it. I think that Kingsway needs a place like this. There is so much potential: the back room, the open mic, the theatre productions, the funky wood, and thirsty, willing patrons.
So what's the catch? There are a few- but don't get me wrong. It's not a bad place, but I'm a critic and I would love to see this place improve. For starters, the open mic's 'passed hat' proceeds don't go to the musicians. As a musician looking for connections and community, I take offense to that and won't be playing their open mic. Next, there is no drink menu and if you do order a drink the prices are exorbitant. The food is uninspired (though not bad) and the menu is strangely organized. Why have a 'fresh sheet' that doesn't change? You're just listing appetizers and burgers twice.
While I'm on the topic, let's discuss the meal. On my first visit, my dining companion and I wanted to order some beer with our meals and enjoy the game. Vancouver is a hockey city and loves its beer, but alas, no drink menu and the TV is only viewable from the bar or a select two tables. We did manage to order two true pints, though. Local brew- Lighthouse Amber is decent but only two choices on draft with 6 taps behind the bar? What's the point? To eat, we shared the yam fries to start. Good west-coasty idea but poorly delivered. The oil needs to be incredibly hot for yam fries to get crispy and not soggy. (Maybe they have old kitchen equipment?) For the entree, we both had the buffalo burger- mine with salad, my companion's with fries. Nicely seasoned patty but under-dressed. The lacking pickle, onion, and mustard on a white bun was a little bit sad. I felt like howling, 'show me some passion!'' All of their burgers lack flair but certainly don't lack cheese which is nice if you happen to like cheeseburgers (I do!). But honestly- how about instead of american cheese on everything, offer a buffalo burger with some spicy chipotle mayo and avocado or blue cheese? What about fried onions or barbeque sauce? Do the animal some justice! Or- if you're not into eating animals- how about a house-made veggie burger instead of processed soy from a package?
On my second visit I had the seafood chowder which was lovely and definitely hot. I appreciate that they use wild salmon and local spot prawns. It really tasted homemade. I splurged on dessert this time and ordered the trufflicious cake- I couldn't tell if it was a cheesecake or just a chocolate cake with lots of sweet, rich icing. It was frozen in the middle but didn't taste entirely pumped with chemicals. Service was much more relaxed this time.
The place wasn't very busy, so I got the sense that much more attention could be given to food preparation. On the awning they call it a "fresh food bistro" but, speaking from a cook's perspective, it is not fresh bistro food. Why order cakes from a company when homemade apple pie is easy, cheap, and impressive to make in-house? 7 bucks a slice will make you money if you bake it in the restaurant, I promise.
The Tipper is torn between being a bar and a bistro. It's an identity crisis. What I think has happened is the organizer of this place has over-thought everything. So, there are prostitutes on the corner: that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a drink menu or frown on drinking altogether. So, you own the place, that doesn't mean you have to go out of your way to awkwardly make us feel welcome. Just chill. We like you- lighten up and tip the bottle our way. Simply provide us with some fresh food and show some passion for it. Create a drink menu and offer pitchers on game nights. Pay struggling musicians and artists. And don't be mean to prostitutes.
One more qualm I have: Cola steak?
I always saw this cute place and wondered how it would be... now I would only go there for beer and to see an artist perform thanks to the lack of love that was put into my breakfast this morning that cost me way more than it was worth.
I was surprised to see that when I got my food that the potatoes had been totally deep fried dark brown and totally covered in salt. I thought I could bear it but when I realized that I couldn't I returned it promptly with no problem from the nice waitress. When my food came back I was surprised again to see that the cook went from one extreme to another by making substandard potatoes that were done half way and still wet from water. The dish looked unappetizing but by this time I was so hungry. Btw, I was the only costumer in the place and so I thought that my food was gonna be good. I should have taken this as a hint. In short I paid $15 for a $5 breakfast. I really should have gone to McDonald's across the street.
On a Saturday night, we venture to a local diner for some casual food. We read a few reviews stating it is a decent spot for burgers and other homey casual foods.
First off, the good points are the atmosphere and the service. The decor is good for the type of food it is serving. Its dark colours are mellow and the art around the place adds a unique touch. We were serviced well by the one server for the whole restaurant. She was friendly and inviting. Seating is good, since we did not have to wait.
Now to the important point, the food. I ordered chicken strips and a side order of yam fries. Kudos to them for trying to make homemade chicken strips, unfortunately, they were over cooked and dry. Yam fries were also homemade for $7.99. Again, another disaster, since they were soaked in oil and soggy. Tho, nice job on the chipotle dip. My other dining partners had a burger and a cup of seafood chowder. The burger was decent, but the soup was served barely luke warm. We asked to have it heated up, but it still came back only warmer. The third person had a chicken wrap and home made fries. Fries again were soggy and drenched in oil. The wrap was average.
Unfortunately, I will not return or recommend this restaurant. It's a good starter restaurant, but the food needs work.
Remember the Candy Bar? This place is in their old location.
We mosied over to the Bottle Tipper last night. A great experience. Solid drinks, and the owner/manager brought us over some really tasty snacks to try. While the menu has few surprises, the food was much better than I expected. It was light, crispy and non-greasy with everything made in house!
The booths are cozy too!
I was astounded by the price of Stella, though, so be warned.