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3.5
  • Food3.5
  • Service3.5
  • Value2.5
  • Ambiance3.5
  • Reviews8

Voya Restaurant and Lounge

1177 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E0A3
Tel: (604) 639-8692 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 662-8904
Neighbourhood: Coal Harbour

Reviews

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A Chic and Warm Restaurant
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 10:40am [Dine in]

My friends and I arrived at Voya on a cold Tuesday night. We tried a variety of appetizers including the: mussels, coconut encrusted prawns, oysters, pork terrine with hazelnut. The prawns were nicely done but lacked seasoning (no salt on it, whatsoever); mussels and oysters were fine. We were really looking forward to the terrine, but it fell flat - flavorless, lacking pork and hazelnut flavor. However, the accompanying heirloom tomatoes and greens was enjoyable. My main course was a chicken leg wrapped in proscuitto with polenta. The polenta was great, but the chicken was much too salty - wish some of that salt went into the prawns instead. All in all, the food was cooked perfectly, but in my books this should be expected in all of the better restaurants. What could've set Voya apart would be the execution of its inventive menu, which unfortunately didn't deliver.

Service was very good - attentive, friendly but not pretentious staff. There was a very long lull between appetizers and the main course, however, and that took away a little bit from the experience.

Ambiance deserves 3.5 stars. The see through muraled walls and see through fireplace, along with the hotel's lobby were gorgeous. Beautiful lighting fixtures and artistic accessories. Washrooms were nice. My only dismay was that the floor was very small; the bar and lounge spilled into the dining area, which included tvs and took away from the intimate fine dining feel.

Overall, I would more likely be back for drinks rather than dinner.

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More bar than restaurant
By ElGourmando of West End, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

I guess drinking is where the money is. The food was decent but the lounge atmosphere really takes away from the dining experience, at least for me. Decor is a bit odd. I am not entirely convinced by its somewhat nostalgic quasi flashy, quasi california 70s steakhouse look. Service was decent not sterling.

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Less Impressed The Second Time
By FitFoodie of kitsilano vacouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 10:45am [Dine in]

We booked a dinner reservation this week as I was excited to try it after the exquisite lunch I had here recently. My husband and I frequently reserve on opentable.com and were pleased to note the promotion at Voya which allows you to earn 1000 points for dinners booked during select hours from Sunday to Wednesday. Our reservation was for 7PM and as my husband arrived ahead of me, he decided to have a drink in the lounge while he waited. He commented that the drink, a speciality cocktail mixed with house-made ginger beer, was very good. We were still about 20 minutes ahead of being seated by the time I arrived, so I opted for a pre-dinner drink as well - a glass of pinot gris. While we waited we asked one of the waiters if there was a more extensive wine list other than that we had already seen that we could look at. He said there was, but that all of the wines from the shorter list were included on the big list already. It turns out that wasn't the case at all, as the larger list was the reserves list and as such, the prices were generally quite pricey, more so than those on the short list in any case. He apologized for the error, but when my husband asked him if he could make any recommendations on wine for dinner, he shrugged and said he didn't know much about wine. We decided on a bottle of pinot noir, which was ok, certainly not remarkable in any way, considering the excess price tag of about 60 bucks! Dinner was excellent. I had the pan seared halibut with coconut curry mussels and seasonal vegetables, while my husband had the pork. For starters, I had a salad of vine tomatoes, nectarine, watercress, and buffalo mozzarella which was the special that night, while my husband had the broccoli soup. Both were very good, and I especially enjoyed the salad's unusual mix of flavours. The service, although friendly, could definitely stand some improvement. We found it to be slow considering that the restaurant was mostly empty, and there was poor communication between our main server and the second one who delivered and cleared the entrees. We decided during dinner to pass on dessert and coffee and so when the server came to clear the dishes, we asked for the bill right away. After that, we sat and waited for probably fifteen or twenty minutes before our original server came by to ask if we wanted dessert! Obviously, she had not gotten the message and we were forced to wait even longer for our bill. All in all, I definitely think this place is a better experience and value for lunch than dinner. The food was great but nothing extraordinary, and even without dessert and coffee, the bill with tip (nearly $200) was more expensive than many other restaurants of this calibre in Vancouver.

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a sudden and unexpected lunch gem
By Oilman of Fairview (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

We wnt for lunch last week, after attempting to get a table in another new hotel restaurant that was closer to us, but no luck. We were greeted warmly as we entered the hotel lobby, and directed into the bar immediately. True to her word, the hostess had us seated in 2 minutes, though we did wait a little while to be served at first.

Our server was incredible.

She talked as though she had tasted it all, and steered us both the right way with food and drinks.

The caesar is the 2nd best in town. Buttermilk Fried Chicken on grilled romaine, perfectly dressed! We both had it. My burger was great; so flavourful with each ingredient having simple and distinct tastes married well together, and my guest had (I think) the flank steak, which he devoured.

No room for desserts, we were in and out in 90 mins at lunch, unrushed, and so enjoyed it that we lost track of time.

I will bring the wife for dinner

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A Nice place to hang out
By EatMoreFood of Downtown, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

To be honest, I do not expect much from this restaurant, as they are pretty new in the neighborhood.
Very eclectic modern decorations, very charming, yet I suggest you to make a reservation before coming in, they have a pretty small dining area.
The food was alright, as expected for a lounge/bar. But, I do hope they will enlarge their menu selection. (they only have 5 options for the entrees)
Overall, I think we will consider this place again if we have any special occasion.

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Voya is Voluptuous!
By Provecho of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 10:34am [Dine in]

I've been to Voya three times this year and it ranks as one of my favourite new dining establishments in Vancouver. It's an absolute treat to all the senses. The decor and ambiance are above and beyond the cliché West Coast motifs that are considered de rigeur in this city. It's voluptuous yet elegant, dazzling yet relaxing. The service has been consistently excellent, the cocktails are always an adventure, and the food prepared and presented with an innovative flair.

On our last visit we all opted for the $38 three-course prix-fixe menu. Who cares that there was only one option per course? The duck terrine as an appetizer and the bison sausages as the main were two dishes I would never choose otherwise, but I was delighted. Perfect for a romantic evening or night out with friends, I highly recommend Voya.

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Unfortunately not worth the wait
By jillnorth of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

I have been anticipating this restaurant and it's bar for almost one year now and after a few meals am sadly very let down.

The food was terrible. The Frogs legs and the quail in particular were just awful. Frog meat is so delicate and delicious on its own but the poor legs were drowned in what could only be called a sweet barbecue sauce and were cold when they arrived.

Quail is also so beautiful on it's own and one of my favorite meats. It was served in soggy batter that was also cold on arrival.

I enjoyed the room itself but it was very much like "boutique hotel anywhere" I didn't notice anything that was particularly west coast about it, but maybe that wasn't the point. The service was solid as noted and the wait staff was very professional.

My friend had a delicious martini finished with champagne and the wine choices were good.

We had a few appetizers, a share plate and a few drinks and the bill was 145 dollars before tip. In this economy for that price i would hope for outstanding, i left feeling dissapointed and hungry.

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A new gem in the city!
By Chop-Suey of Richmond, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

Came here tonight for my husband's birthday dinner and we were very excited about trying this place out after hearing all the hype behind Marc-André Choquette's new restaurant. Sure enough, it definitely lived up to the hype. Food, drinks, and decor were sublime and the service was attentive. We started with a parsley velouté which was very rich and intense, and had 2 appetizers: the sesame crusted frog legs and the baked gnocchi with ricotta, eggplant and tomato. Next we had our main dish, the baked halibut which was a shared platter. The portion was big enough for 2-3 people which wasn't too bad for $38. The fish was just perfect -nicely seared crust, but juicy and moist inside. We weren't too sure about how large the shared main would be, so we also ordered the butternut squash risotto (also enough for 2-3 people) for $24 and had a side of the roasted root vegetables - both were perfect for a rainy Tuesday night. We couldn't finish either side dishes, so we had to doggy-bag 'em. Somehow, we manged to find room for dessert so I had the lemon curd and my husband had the chocolate dome. Both were so airy and light in texture (but definitely not calorie-wise!). We were very impressed with Voya.

The only problem might be finding it, since it's fairly discreet area in the residential side of Coal Harbour and there isn't a sign outside (sort of like Chambar).

Will definitely be back soon!

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