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belsam14Surrey , BCSince January 28, 20113 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


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Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Mixed review, bit disappointing
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 7:16pm [Dine in]

Well, this will be a bit of a mixed bag, so here goes:
Went to Cibo Trattoria on a Saturday night,as we were going to a show at the Orpheum, and the restaurant is right across the street. We knew nothing about this place, save what we had read on-line. Overall the experience was a bit of a disappointment. First of all, the value for dollar in our humble opinion was not good. We spent over $160 and did not even order a bottle of wine, as well we were double charged for one of our desserts! ( I did not notice this unfortunately until we had left). The food was solid, and the pre-theatre menu selections that my wife ordered were outstanding, but the service was spotty. No drink orders taken when we first sat down, and we felt "rushed" to get in, order, eat and get out. Now, to be fair to the restaurant we were late for our reservation by 20 minutes, (our sitter was late, sorry it happens!) so we called and informed them that we were going to be a bit late, and they very graciously saved us a table, BUT still, no one likes feeling rushed, however I do understand they need to do as many seatings as possible on the weekend - so fair game.
Where we felt the place failed was in an overall air of "pretentiousness". The restaurant is quite small, so our seats were very close to other diners, for us, too close. As well the wait staff seemed disconnected - for instance they had 3 ladies that would bring the food and drink, and out of order. One other item of note, my wife orderd a Caesar, (the cocktail) and the wait staff informed her "Sorry Ma'am we do not serve those here because there are too many additives in Clamato juice, and we only serve locally sourced and additive free organic items at Cibo. O.K. Now we are big supporters of locally grown, and organic, but really? It's a cocktail, it has alcohol in it, not exactly "healthy". This is like vegetarians who smoke cigarettes!
Just a little too pretentious for us.
Although the "ambience and service was lacking, again to be fair, the food was solid, with some dishes (My skirt steak, and the wifes stuffed rottollo (not sure of spelling?) as well as the deserts) were outstanding. Fresh, good portions, and beautifully flavoured.
The deserts (pannacotta and a lemon and blood orange tart) in particular were very well done, perfect way to cleanse the palate after the heavy flavours of the beef and goat cheeses. As well they seemed to have a very extensive wine list, so although we are not that in to wine, if you are, you probably would have appreciated it much more than we could.
In closing, we will likley not return. Not enough value for the money, and we are just not that in to "pretentiousness"!
However, on a quiter weeknight, this place could be a gem for those who value local fresh ingredients and good wine pairings.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The9020 202 Street, Langley
Little disappointed with my steak
Submitted Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Went here last Friday night with my young son (4) as we were going to have a dinner and move night to go see the Green Hornet 3D. (But that is another review!) The Keg is usually a pretty solid place for a good steak. Unfortunately not this time. I ordered off of the "Eat out Vancouver" promo menu, and I went with the $38.00 deal. For that you got a choice of 3 or 4 different appys, 3 or 4 different mains, and then dessert. I went with the caesar salad to star, Rib Steak, medium rare with twice baked, and then the cheesecake to finish. The salad was solid, but the steak - different story. I am a big fan of the rib cut steaks, as they (if done right) have a bit higher fat content, and this renders down in the grilling to create a really juicy, flavourful steak. What they brought me missed the mark. The entire middle of the steak had a big, fatty, gristly mass. I complained to the waiter, and his response to me was " sorry Sir, but that is the way those steaks are cut, they have more fat in them then some of our other cuts. Excuse me? First of all the waiter was a 19 year old kid, and "it was his first night"! Another server, (young girl) introduced him to my table at the start of the meal with "he is in training!" WTF? Anyways, I did not make a big deal about it, as both he and the lady training him were very pleasant and tried hard. But it was painfully obvious he had no idea what he was talking about, and was merely responding to the "canned " answers that I guess the Keg teaches it's servers? The chessecake was not very good either, very bland and tasted "processed" like it had come from a big industrial bakery somewhere. Too bad, as for the cost it kind of left a sour taste in my mouth. Oh well, my kid liked the movie!

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Go Thai Restaurant502 East Columbia, New Westminster
Solid little Thai place to take the family
Submitted Friday, January 28, 2011 - 10:04am [Dine in]

Went here with the family last week, It is not a "high-end awesomely authentic" Thai food restaurant, but it is very clean, good service,and good portion size for the price. We enjoyed it. It seems to be cleaner and better managed now than in the past?
No problems reccommending it for a nice Thai dinner or lunch, or takeout. It was not super busy when we were there (Saturday night) but there were a few customers who were coming in to get takeout.

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