Took the girlfriend out here for dinner the other night. To set the scenario: Saturday night, it had been a long day at work and I decided I wanted to treat myself to a grand dinner. I didn’t want to cook, or drive too far so we decided upon Akbar’s. I called before to save us a spot so that we would not have to wait too much to get something in our stomachs. Luckily there was some space for us when we arrived.
Food was a little slow, I tend to be an impatient human being, so for me 15 minutes felt like a stretch. There was a aloo gobi, chicken methi, naan and rogan josh, and some cheese cake at the end which gave it a nice touch. What I liked was that there was some real complex flavours which tasted like what Indian food should taste like. There usually is a problem differentiating the spiced up and spicy food when it comes to Indian food and luckily we had no problem. I actually ended up taking some of the naan home.
Dinner came out to be $14 a dish which was up to par for the quality of food and atmosphere, so if you are not in the mood to splurge on other spots…
I'm not much of a pie person, especially when it comes to eating it by hand. I mean, a pie without a fork or a spoon, and from a food truck?? Go figure! This Australian food truck was all that I needed. Now, I've never been to Australia but this pie is sure good. Discovered it a while back and now it's my staple sweet indulgence every week or so. $8 might be a bit much for the pie, but on the flip side, if you consider all the qualities it has (healthy, well-made with fresh and organic ingredients), it's alright. Lots of ingredients to choose from, but my personal favourite is shane's pie.
My previous visit to this restaurant, before my most recent visit a few days ago, was many years ago. At that time, the food was OK but not great, which was the reason I had not gone back for quite a while. However, recently, I heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant from foodie friends of mine, so I decided to give it another try, especially with the very enticing $28 Dine Out Vancouver menu.
I and my wife went for the DOV menu, but each picked different appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Everything was delicious, beautifully presented, and portions were normal (unlike with some other restaurants where the portions were noticeably smaller with the DOV menu). I could tell that the cooking was quite different from that of my previous visit many years ago, so probably the kitchen staff had changed in the interim. The decor of the place also seemed different, and I later learned from the waiter that they had indeed changed the tables and chairs just within the last year or so. I think, other than that, the place may well have been renovated since my previous visit. Service was excellent, and we got seated at a table by the window, with a fabulous harbor view. The way the restaurant is set up, most tables can enjoy very good views.
DOV is over now, so the menu is no longer available, but I am curious to try the many appetizing dishes on their regular menu.
Free parking is an added bonus. I will definitely return.
Discovered this little gem while strolling around Robson one day. Although it seems very hole-in-the-wall kind of place, it is incredibly clean and organized inside. It's friendly service and great value has made it one of my favourite Chinese places in town. My favourite dishes have to be the orange peel chicken and lemon chicken. Service is very different when you order from when you eat in. Ordering is more of a hit and miss, and can be slow, so I tend to come in here. Food comes incredibly fast otherwise.
If it weren't for the fact that its so close to UBC I doubt I would even be stepping foot in here. Sure, its all you can eat, but if you are leaving still feeling hungry, the name kind of defeats the purpose, amirite?
The occasion for coming here was after school lunch. I don't remember the quality of the food being so bad. The sushi is very low quality and I don't even have very high standards when it comes to an AYCE place. My salmon roll was badly done and had way too much rice for my liking, just to fill you up I suspect. The nigiri was an even bigger disappointment.
Not so sure I should continue compromising quality over quantity, just for the sake of my wallet. Health comes first?
I never really ordered takeout from here until today. My roomie and I were hungry but had the usual dilemma of "too lazy to cook and too lazy to go eat out, just wanna chill".
So after what must have been 40 minutes of discussing how much we hated chem and needed some food to feed our brains, we called up Akbars for some delivery. It was my roomie's choice and was not going to argue there. She is Indian and has grown up with that food so I took her better judgement.
We ordered just a couple of things, aloo gobi and chicken tikka. I have eaten here once or twice before and found these two dishes to be safe bets. Everything good until then but the delivery took so long to arrive. Maybe it was because we ordered so late, Friday around 5 pm. The food was sloppily arranged and a little cold but still managed to taste good after heating, esp chicken tikka. Delicious. Thank God we were at our apartment because they forgot to include eating utensils! 3 stars because I thought they could've done better.
Tried it out first in dine out two years ago and loved it. This is one of Vancouver's high-end Italian restaurants. The ambience is to die for, great architecture and very Italian. I must admit it makes for a great romantic dinner setting, or some other type of celebration.
We made a reservation here last week. It was a bit packed when we arrived so we waited at the bar. In what seemed like 20 minutes, we were directed to a room with our table. This is one of those places in where you want to have a good meal but don't. We had the caesar and calamari, followed by the spaghettini and scaloppini. I found the food to be a little lacking, and felt like I didn't get my money's worth. And the fact that the wine list is nothing cheap didn't help.
Bin is one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Ever since I discovered this little restaurant tucked away in downtown I haven't stopped coming - it's going to be three years now. Whenever I come to this city, I like to stop at least once, even if it means having to go by myself. The food is exquisite (love the braised short ribs and pomme frites) and contrary to popular belief, their tapas are quite large, almost entree or main course size.
This time around though, I didn't really enjoy myself as much. I went with a party of three on a Wednesday nearing 7 pm and so seating was not a problem. The prices of the food and drinks had increased as expected, but the noise was unbearable. The music was extremely loud and very clubby, which did not make me and my friends happy. We could barely hear each other and felt like we were at some club and not here for dinner.
I go to Carderos six or eight times a year, their patio and sangria in the summer are fantastic. A friend and I went for Dine Out this past week (we went last year and it was wonderful). Right from the start something was off, the blonde hostess who seated us was very short and a bit rude. We knew we were coming for the Dine Out menu, we let the server know that's what we'd be doing. We did order a bottle of wine (Blue Mountain Pinot Blanc - a very nice white) with our meal, the bred basket came with a bare scraping of butter, hardly enough for two slices let alone a basket full. The wok fried squid was prepared differently this year, it was a good portion but the garnish had nowhere near the flavour of last year and the chili sauce offered on the side was straight up thai sweet chili sauce with a blob of tartar sauce, heavy, greasy and didn't go particularly well with the squid. The mains were okay, not the outstanding plates that I would expect from Carderos. The fried onions garnishing the beef medallions were a big soggy mess, disgusting. The chicken forno was nice but not up to par. We were very rushed throughout the meal, the desserts were brought out and not even offered coffee. As soon as the last bite was taken they whisked the plates away and delivered the bill. We still had wine left in the bottle. I know they expect to sit a few seatings in a night but this was ridiculous, we were rushed in and out in less than an hour and a half. Three courses and wine in less than 90 minutes was not particularly pleasant. Quite honestly, I'll think twice about going back any time.
This pizza is the most disgusting pizza that I have ever had. flavorless and bland. My wife and i bought a large and had 1 slice each and threw the rest away. What a waste of $20.00. They should re-name this place to SUPER GROSS PIZZA. If anyone wants super great pizza, check out Steveston Pizza in Steveston Village. That is the absolute best pizza you will ever eat. I will never go back to Super Great Pizza ever. I will say that they had great customer service and they were super friendly, their food just sucks really bad.
We were here for dinner first in May and felt that I didn't get the proper attention despite having made a reservation. I was a bit disappointed; the food took 30 mins to arrive, but in their defence the restaurant was full. The second time around though was last week, and oh what a difference it was. The restaurant was like half full and the owner greeted us and sat us down.
Once they took our order, the food still took a while to arrive, but our waiter kept checking in on us for snacks (calamari) and drinks. The lamb tikka and chicken curry was what we had this time around. Both were good, especially the chicken curry. It was very creamy and rich in taste, and made a perfect pair with the rice and naan. We took some naans come and ordered some more to go because they were so delicious.
I guess I would not mind coming back here again. The service was very good thanks to our waiter and the food was as well. Price-wise speaking, it was normal for Vancouver's standards. The portion sizes added up to what you were paying for. Second time's the charm?
Please please please do not go here!
The management and service is the worst I've EVER experienced. Food took 1.5 hours to get to our table. Took our order 3 times! Manager had 2 servers managing over 50 guests. They were completely overworked. The one server was so fed up she quit on the spot and left.
BEWARE: there is a $20 charge minimum per person whether you eat or not. Nobody, NOBODY tells you about this charge. The manager argues it is written on the menu. Ya- AT THE END IN THE SMALLEST PRINT. Anyways, my $5 appy ended up costing me $22. Ridiculous.
Food is disgusting. Bread was cold. Kabobs were dry. Never got a refill for any drinks at the table.
Pretty much an epic FAIL.
Do not waste your time and money.
I had asked my wife were would you like to go for our 13th Anniversary. A colleague at work told her about Cinch Grill. So Jan 14/15 we went to have dinner at this restaurant. My wife is a chef and is very fussy about what she eats. Very hard to take her out anywhere, so she will enjoy the food. When we arrived at 5pm the Hostess a very lovely young lady greeted us with her smile. I appreciated her Professionalism in the way she made us feel comfortable as soon as we walked through the door.
The food was very tasty and was presented well by the Chef. We both went away feeling full and satisfied. The Hostess made our evening relaxed and very glad we came. We will go back at some future date. As we both were very happy with our experience at this restaurant.
Thank you very much
I was passing by and was attracted by the nice decor of the restaurant seen from the street through it's large glass windows. In terms of decor, this place has to be the nicest among Vietnamese restaurants I have been to, with stones on the walls, slate-looking floor tiles, and a warm ambiance, tastefully lit by modern lighting, and enhanced by real plants and real-looking fake plants. The interior design reminds me of 4- or 5-star restaurants one would find at a ski resort. The food was outstanding - best pho I have tasted, with a very fresh looking and tasting soup base, noodles perfectly cooked to al dente, and the beef tender and tasty even though it had become well done by being soaked in the steaming hot soup for so long because I was taking my time eating the appetizer spring rolls. And those spring rolls were fresh off the deep fryer, the hotest I had ever encountered, crispy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. Service was attentive and courteous. Overall, the best Vietnamese cuisine experience in my life.
In honour of national cheese day, I came down to La Grotta for some delicious sandwiches. But not just today. Today was just an excuse to come. La Grotta del Formaggio is one of my regular stops whenever I'm driving by Commercial Drive to get a sandwich.
But it's not just any regular sandwich. There are a numerous number of toppings to choose from, and quite the variety of cheese that would drive any cheese lover insane. Whatever it is you choose, you can't go bad, because the quality of the ingredients, from meat, breads, oils and other interesting toppings is top notch.
Just the thought of a focaccia from here makes my mouth water.
It was years ago when I last dined here. Not that I did not have a good experience that previous time, but just that this is not a neighbourhood I pass by much in my running of errands around town. This time, I went for lunch there with two others. Their prix fixe lunch menu contained quite a number of good choices, so I went for that (2 courses for $23). The appetizer seafood salad was of a very decent portion, and everything was fresh and tasty. The seared steelhead as main course was excellently done, with the skin crispy yet the meat medium well (which is the way I like it). The other guests had just one a la carte dish each, both seafood, and both were very well prepared and presented. Service was very good, and the place was bright with nice decor. I will return.
Came here with my work for Christmas office party. It was raining so I wore boots and changed my shoes once inside. They graciouslly store my boots and umbrella too!
We ordered both white and reg wines for the table and never ran out. Service was exceptional even though they were busy. View second to none.
We all had different items, meat, vegetarian, pasta and no one had anything but rave reviews. I have never had a bad meal this place. I got kudos for booking the venue and am in charge of next year's party. we'llbe back. Thanks Seasons.
The Italian word 'arrabbiata' literally means 'angry'. In culinary terms, it refers to a spicy tomato sauce. Pasta with arrabbiata sauce has always been a favorite, simple classic (and safe) Italian choice for me. However, this was not the case on the night of our company Christmas dinner last month.
I was looking forward to an exceptional meal, given the fine dining venue and based on prior positive experiences at this restaurant.
The evening of our dinner was a miserable night of monsoon-like heavy rain. Getting to the place wasn't fun and they don't have a covered area for the valet parking. The road and area in front of the restaurant is poorly lit at night. Once inside, with my soaked shoes, the place was unpleasantly loud from people speaking very loudly in an effort to be heard over the cacophony of combined noises. That I could understand, as it was the pre-Christmas period when many company functions are happening in the city's restaurants.
I was not happy with but understanding of the slow service and the poor location where we were seated. They were booked beyond capacity. Our round table was placed in the pathway of all the servers and was very obviously not normally in that position. They had clearly added some tables to accommodate more diners because of the pre-Christmas rush. We were between the tables along the windows and the inner row of tables. Throughout our dinner wait staff squeezed past our chairs and it was disruptive and made me want to eat and run. It was not a relaxing atmosphere and it was very hard to hear the people at my table.
The view of Vancouver at night was spectacular, despite the rain. If the place had not been so noisy, it would have made for a beautiful, relaxing backdrop. Also not fun was the presence of diners who brought small noisy children. One doesn't expect 'family restaurant' ambience in a fine dining venue...
Their menu does not have many choices for non-meat-eaters. I decided on the Penne Arrabbiata: roasted eggplant, spicy tomato sauce, crumbled goat cheese. I felt it was a 'can't go wrong' choice and I've always loved the simple tomato sauce enlivened by the addition of chili pepper flakes. As I was late joining my group, they had already been served drinks. My companions were drinking red wine and the waitress promptly tilted the bottle over my glass but I told her I prefer to drink white wine. She didn't look too happy that I 'had to be different'. She went away and I waited for my glass of wine. And waited. And waited. I waited about 20 min to finally get my glass of white wine, this, after trying to figure out who our server was and trying to flag someone down to ask them to investigate the whereabouts and ETA of my glass of wine. I figured that possibly the heavy rain had impeded the harvesting of the grapes and the pressing etc...
It was clear the waitress had forgotten about my wine and once I asked about it, she returned in minutes with a glass. The service remained uneven. Almost everyone else received their entrees while 3 of us had to wait for our food to arrive. It took quite a while to get our entrees.
I could see at a glance (being an experienced pasta cook myself) that the Penne was not properly cooked. I like my pasta al dente but these penne had barely had time to get their feet wet in the pot of water...At a restaurant of this caliber, I would expect them to make fresh pasta but they don't. This was dried pasta and I could not believe how underdone it was! It was still hard in the middle. Basically inedible. So far the evening had not been a winner, between the horrendous long commute in the pouring rain, squelching through rivulets of rain to get inside the place, the excessive noise inside it and the 20 minute wait to get a glass of wine, while all my companions sipped away at their beverages.
The waitress didn't come to check how everything was for some time. During this time I attempted to eat my barely cooked meal. I had not had lunch that day and was really famished. The rigid penne sat in a small puddle of tomato sauce, which didn't have much flavor, certainly it was missing the heat from the chili peppers that make regular tomato sauce an arrabbiata sauce. I love eggplant and the menu's promise of 'roasted eggplant' had persuaded me to order this dish, even though eggplant is not really included in a classic arrabbiata sauce (the classic eggplant/tomato sauce is 'alla Norma'). I guess they can legally claim this dish has eggplant because I did find a few fragments, which combined would aggregate to about 1 Tablespoon. Whoa...that's alotta eggplant-a! The little scraps of eggplant were not evenly cooked, some were falling apart and others were still a little hard. The 'crumbled goat cheese' was more like a very, very light dusting of white, which made me wonder how they got it dispersed so thinly, given the clumpy sticky nature of fresh goat cheese. I'd say there was perhaps a total of 3 tablespoons of sauce, eggplant fragments and ghost of goat cheese. Not what I'd call good value for a $19 pasta dish. What I'd call a total rip-off, actually.
As the penne were inedible, I scraped up the bits of sauce and hoped that would fool my stomach into thinking it had been fed a meal. While I was scraping away, the waitress finally made her rounds at our table asking how our meals were. I told her mine was undercooked. She gave me 'the eye' and said "you mean it's al dente' and I said, 'no, it hasn't gotten to the al dente stage yet, it's hard, undercooked'. She offered to take it back and I told her no thanks, I'm starving and I can't wait for a re-do, I'll just eat the sauce (what tiny amounts of it were there). I never send anything back for a re-do, having heard way too many insider horror stories of what happens when you send food back when you're not satisfied. I didn't want to be served something possibly with an extra 'mystery' ingredient, if you know what I mean.
A few of us ordered dessert and I was pleased to see they still had the Sunburnt Lemon Pie on their dessert menu - I'd tried it years ago and I remembered it was delicious. It didn't disappoint. It was delightfully tart, with the thinnest burnt sugar crust and two fruit coulis (the passion fruit was fantastic). I was still so hungry after the non-meal and could have eaten 3 of these slim wedges of lemon pie! This dessert is a winner and I can see why it's still on their menu. It's perfect and very light & refreshing. This dessert I would rate a 4 - Outstanding but as I'm really reviewing my dinner ie my entrée, I have to give that the rating it deserved 1 - Poor.
I wouldn't recommend coming to this restaurant when they are booked to capacity. Too loud and service suffers. I've had lunch and dinner there at more normal times and the service and food were more consistent.
Skip the Penne Arrabbiata. What does that say about a chef - not knowing how to cook dry penne pasta?? I know what Gordon Ramsay would say and so do you...
Stepho's on Robson is the sister store to Stepho's on Davie. This location has only been open for a about a year.
The interior is very similar to the Davie restaurant. Greek/Mediterranean design.
We went to eat around 5PM on a Friday. We were able to get a seat as soon as we walked in.
Service was good. Multiple servers working the floor. Took our orders promptly, came back for water often.
We ordered one Beef Souvlaki Large, and one Lamb plate Large.
While the beef skewers were well seasoned and flavorful, the lamb plate was disappointing. The lamb was lukewarm temperature, and FLAVORLESS.
Both dishes came with a generous amount of rice, and veggies. The pita bread was warm with a side of tzatziki.
Overall, Stepho's is good. Skip the Chicken and the Lamb. Go for the Beef.
I went here with a friend after the lunch hour. The place wasn't full,. My first time here, I didn't know if we were supposed to wait to be seated or if it was a coffee shop style dining. (Side Note: The sign near the entrance door said CLOSED, but their other OPEN sign was lit. Confused, I thought they were closed at first.)
We walked in towards the front counter, and a young lady asked if we were there to dine in. We were seated on the patio, which was neat but the the view was obscured by the moist on the glass... like a green house effect. Natural light was nice because inside was dark.
Took a look at the menu, and the lamb dish with rice, and veggies caught our attention. We ordered two of the lamb dishes. We were so excited to try the food. Authentic Palestinian. We were soon disappointed.
The portions were laughable and insulting to the diner. A small portion of rice, some cut up radish, and measly portion of meat. I thought this was a joke or an appetizer dish, but it was the actual potion.
I mentioned to the owner that my dining companion wanted a bigger portion and the ladies in the kitchen went 'Awwww'.
Fine Cuisine doesn't have to be measly! Disappointing portion size but tasty.
|1.||Stepho's Greek Taverna|
|6.||Phnom Penh Restaurant|
|9.||Kobe Japanese Steak House|
|10.||Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar|
|16.||Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro|
|19.||Ebisu on Robson|
|20.||Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar|
|2.||Seasons in the Park|
|4.||Talay Thai Restaurant|
|5.||Diva at The Met|
|8.||Guu with Garlic|
|10.||La Grotta Del Formaggio|
|11.||Salade de Fruits Cafe|
|13.||Pink Peppercorn Seafood House|
|15.||Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar|
|17.||Khunnai Chang Thai Cuisine|
|18.||Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The|
|20.||Terracotta Modern Chinese|