The Whip is an eclectic, loungy loft space with rotating exhibitions of local artists.
I think the mangement has changed a few times in this place or something... sometimes, the service is great, sometimes, freakin' terrible. The food likewise, nice big yummy stuff sometimes, other times I've had rotting greens in the salad (which you could see and smell...). Even the entree serving sizes has been all over the place...
Maybe take a chance?
I dont know what's happened to this restaurant but I was a local in the area for about a year and in that time I saw it rise from good to 'excellent' and fall dismally to horrible. They had revised their menu last summer to a really nice fusion a la carte selection...all of it prepared beautifully and served with character. Fun waitresses, great energy in the place.
I used to go there for brunch...hard to get a good benny in this city, and theirs was excellent.
After a number of weeks away from the place, I went for the worlds worst benny..cold, hard english muffin, hard poached eggs and lumpy, cold hollandaise ...couldn't have been worse. I sent it back to get "oh...sorry, we have a new breakfast chef...he'll figure it out I hope" how did he get the job in the first place?? I went back a couple of weeks later and the same...he didn't figure it out.
What used to be a truly great cheese plate has turned into chucks of slopped together cheeses, served with no accompaniments (they used to excel at pairing the cheeses with fruits, nuts...etc) and the staff seems to have no clue what they are or how to advise on them. Our last lunch attempt was a burnt lamb burger, burnt pork spring rolls (they are great if their properly cooked...good luck with that) and charred, dried out tenderloin skewers which we sent back and they still attempted to bill us for. The service was lack luster, bordering hostile when we sent things back. They only reason the doors are still open is that it's the only walk-to spot in the area.
I have given them three lunch/dinner opportunities with friends over the last few months and they are bottomed out in every category. I don't know what has happened but it's sad to see such a quick decline.
AI recommend you make your way further South on Main and find something else...the Whip is an overpriced, under skilled flash in the pan. Would love to see it get back to the hay day of last summer...
As I was reading the reviews for the Whip, I couldn't help but feel that the Whip was getting a raw deal. I was then prompted to write a GOOD review for the Whip to let you all know, it's not that bad. I have been to the Whip a few times, and every time the food has been really good, the service has been great (fun, happy servers), and the atmosphere is one to be enjoyed. I did not go to the Whip when it was under the 'old' management, so I can't compare then to now. What I can tell you is that under the 'new' management, and coming from a food snob, the food was pretty good and the beer selection was full of local favs. Give the Whip a try.
Well I see a lot of people are bashing the whip here, its not that bad. I only go for Brunch mind you, the menu IS very limited, but they have a small south facing patio which is rare if not non existant on main, the server's are very nice to me and my GF. But this is MAIN, its more of a tattoo and spiked hair joint, then a sit down with granny place. That something most people forget about Main , its not Kerrisdale, you can roll into the Whip hungover with your cop glasses on, chill in the sun, have your $8 breakfast and just enjoy a bit of variation in your life. I don't love it, but it is in my BRUNCH rotation.
I used to go to the Whip fairly regularly for a while a few years ago for brunch until one weekend eating the mixed greens salad that came with my benny, I chomped down on something pokey, and pulled a pigeon feather out of my mouth. Sounds unbelievable, but yes, it happened to me at the Whip at 209 East 6th Ave in Vancouver. So, I never went back until recently I gave it another shot, but found that this trendy little place is still very overrated. It's one of those pretentious places with unimpressive service, where simple things like checking on how the food is, asking if we need anything else, refilling coffee are just too hard for the smily, but snippy waitress.. you know the type. I actually tried the salad again, and I'm pleased to say there were no pigeon feathers this time, it was just wilted and slightly brown like it had been sitting in dressing in the fridge over night. Salad should not be a lump on the corner of the plate. The food is just OK, but if you're looking for brunch, there are much better options nearby where the food outshines the attitude. The Whip is in such a great location with interesting decor, it's too bad they can't get the food or service to where it should be.
I suggested a couple friends and I check the place out since it was in our hood and I had heard some decent reviews from friends. We were seated (this took five minutes or so, even though the place wasn't full on a Sunday night) in the lower dining area at a long table with another party at the other end. I immediately got the impression that our server was not trying very hard with us. Maybe we didn't look like big tippers, but my friend and I both work in restaurants and were put off by the amount of time she spent at other tables, while only checking up on us once or twice.
My drink ("Envy" martini) was quite good. The chips in the nachos were made in-house which added a nice touch to what would otherwise be bland bar food. I felt pretty gross after leaving and still suspect it was food-related, but no complaints from my companions. Our server was incredibly unhelpful when it came to ordering food and the menu. We asked what was in the "Duo Dip" and she just read off the description in the menu. (It turned out to be a bowl of decent hummous and a bowl of some pretty gross cheesey stuff with not enough chips or bread, which somehow took a half hour).
Most everyone was around our age (early 20's), with hardly anyone over 30. Kind of a hipster crowd with some good music and overall a nice looking building. I'm disappointed that everything was so crappy just because it would be a nice spot tot go back to. Oh well.
- grilled cheese 3 ways & tomato soup: soup was killer, bread was minimal
- butternut squash risotto: flavourless, bland
- gnocchi w/gorgonzola & spinach & pine nuts: good but too much after a while
- we didn't get any
- tuesday night?
- quiet right?
good drinks, maybe go for that instead and keep the only friendly person (the bartender) company.
The beer is about it as far as good, unique, and needed-in-this-area attractiveness goes.
Other than that, the service is random (the servers wear a lot of cleavage and/or midriff-baring tops, which is really distracting, and they call everybody "hun", even if they've never met you before). The food is awful. We live nearby and every three months or so we get temporary amnesia and decide to try The Whip again. It's never a good idea.
For brunch - the coffee is terrible, burnt and bitter and black. If you don't want eggs, hope you like egg-soaked french toast. That's it for selection.
The food is greasy, lacks flavour, and comes either dry or drenched in sauce. The eda mame ends up with a pool of grease beneath the container. The veggie burger is flavourless, except for a sour note that leaves an aftertaste.There's no passion in the food; it's clear the cooks are all part-time students getting by. No one there is a chef. And if they think they are - well, read 90% of the reviews on this site.
I went to the Whip last weekend as a friend of ours had given us a gift certificate over the holidays. We had the poached pear appy, which was quite good, but the entrees were average, especially considering the price. When the bill arrived, we presented our gift certificate, and this is where the whole night went sour.
Apparently, the restaurant is under new ownership, and they will not honour gift certificates because the former owner won't reimburse the new owner for them.
Perhaps the new owner should take some basic lessons in business. First, the old owner is the old owner - s/he has nothing to do with the operations of the restaurant now. Second, if you buy a business, including its name and brand, you also now own all the debts that go with the business, unless you negotiate terms with the old owner at the time of the sale. Third, don't deflect the responsibility on your patrons, by having your staff blame me for not showing the gift certificate before ordering - I've used GC's at MANY MANY restaurants, and have never presented it ahead of time, and have never had a problem with that - ANYWHERE!
If this new owner doesn't want to honour gift certificates, perhaps they should consider changing the name of the restaurant. Either way, punishing your patrons because of your own lack of responsibility and accountability is pathetic. This is one restaurant I will never patronize again, and actively encourage everybody else to do the same!
the service here on saturday was totally uncalled for -our group was mature and laid back having a few pints to celebrate our friend's birthday. We didn't ask our attending staff member to bend to outrageous demands nor did we berate him in any way, no one was aggressive or drunk..
There was no reason for him to treat us with such contempt. I even tried to lighten his mood with a little joking and friendliness (for my friend's sake-I didn't want him to ruin her birthday) but he was still so foul. I don't want any apoligies, i don't want anyone to boycott, I just want to say the attitude really cast a dark fucking cloud on our evening. Maybe this place doesn't enjoy the patronage of anyone but their regulars..if so we are sorry, we won't bother you again.