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bighotdogsurreySince October 28, 20087 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.7)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3.5 (3.7)
  • Value3.5 (3.6)
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Displaying 1 - 7 of 7 Reviews Found
Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
A Great Start to Dine-Out Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I made reservations during Dine-Out Vancouver which is a 3 course meal for $38, so the value is great already.

For appetizers, my date ordered the Sweet Potato Soup which was delectable. The sweetness balanced well with the savoury and richness of the soup.
I ordered the Beef Carpaccio with Caperberries which was a first for me. The Carpaccio was delicious and the caperberries mixed very well with the dish, I would definitely order that again.

For the entree, I ordered the Crispy Duck Confit with goat cheese spƤtzle. If you like duck, this dish is perfect for you. The duck was moist and tender. The sides suited it perfectly with it being very rich. At first the portion size might look a little small, but once you finish it, someone will have to force feed you the dessert.

My girlfriend ordered the Lamb which is an extra $6 dollars more. The lamb was cooked medium rare, even though she was not asked how she would like her lamb prepared. However, it tasted very good. The vegetable that was served along side the lamb had a bitter after taste possibly to complement the lamb. The potato could have been better, it looked and had the consistency of scallop potatoes but we think that it did not work with the dish. Overall this dish was okay, not worth the extra $6 dollars but the lamb itself was tasty.

For dessert, there was only one choice and it was the Chocolate Torte. This dessert is very rich but it is extremely delicious. Served with raspberry coulis and a peanut butter mousse, this dessert was a perfect end to a great meal.

The atmosphere of the place is very quiet and romantic. Though quite small it was quiet enough to actually be able to carry on a conversation. The service at CRU is remarkable, the servers are very polite, knowledgeable and willing to please.

We highly recommend CRU and will be back ourselves.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Sacrifice your hearing for a delcious meal
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

To celebrate our amazing 6 months, my girlfriend and I decide to go to Chambar to celebrate. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and were led to our table, where she graciously took our jackets.

We found the seats for our table a little too short for our table especially since my stunning girlfriend is quite petite. The atmosphere was nice but we were seated in the hallway so it was quite loud, even more so when there was a large party seated next to us.

For our dinner, we ordered the famous Congolaise which are Mussels in a coconut tomato sauce, the Veal and two desserts.

My girlfriend and I shared the mussels as it is a huge portion. The Mussels were done perfectly, and the sauce had a bit of heat to it but was delicious. We nearly filled up on the appetizer as the portion was gigantic and was also served with fries.

For our main entrees, we both decided to get Veal. The meat was ordered medium rare but it came out looking rare. However, the sauce on top of the meat was quite offensive when having it alone, but it did compliment the meat nicely. The portion might look small but it was filling.

For dessert, I had the The Vert, which is green tea mouse with some type of sorbet. It was good, but it did not come close to my girlfriend's Gateau a la poire, which is pear toffee pudding with a chocolate ganache. This dessert is extrordinary, everything combined very well together and priced very well for $11.

We believe that everyone should try this restaurant. Just be prepared for a loud room, but the food makes up for it.

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Solid Date Night
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

This night started with my lovely girlfriend and I deciding to dine at a Japanese restaurant. After hearing recommendations from my co-workers we decided to give it a try. We were greeted by a busy waitress who asked us if we wanted to grab a spot at the bar since it would be a 45 minute wait for a table. So we gladly took the seat and absorbed the ambiance. It was quite loud at the bar as the chefs shout out the order everytime a waitress brings it in. It is also quite dark inside, we almost walked right by the place.

Anyway, for the food itself we ordered the King Crab roll, Lamb chops, Ebi Mayo and the Ishi-Yaki (which is the rice in a stone bowl).

The King Crab Roll was quite nice with a nice savory sauce. The amount of rolls for the price was about right, but if you are really hungry, you may need to have two orders.

The Ebi Mayo was good, but it was not spectacular. It was a standard tapa.
The Rice bowl we had was unmemorable, it was just average but filling.

However, the lamb chop was surprisingly good at an Asian restaurant. It was cooked medium rare and served with some type of a sweet and sour sauce.

All in all, we do recommend this place, whether you are craving Japanese or want to impress a date. The food is good but not spectacular.

A side note, we actually came back another day around 8:30 and there was 2 couples ahead of us. We requested a table of 4 and were bluntly told that it was "not going to happen". So we went to Ebisu instead but that's another story.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Got a sweet tooth? Perfect.
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 2:47am [Dine in]

Wow, lets just say that I fell into the hype of this place and I am glad I did. Bringing my beautiful girlfriend with me, we shared two types of desserts.
One was the Caramel-Chocolat, which was amazing. The caramel was very sweet, make sure you have a bottle of water handy. The chocolate was soft and melted in your mouth and was very, very, rich. It was amazing, you honestly can not stop with just one bite.
The second desert was the Passion et Chocolat. I am a huge passion fruit fan and this incorporated it exceptionally. After finishing it, I wanted another but I knew I would have to go for a mile long run to work it off. These two mini desserts look small but they have huge flavour inside.
As for the decor, not what I was expecting but it's nice, it has display cakes in the window and on the counter. The tables are generally for two so it's a good place to bring a date after walking around downtown. This place reminds me of a deli, but serving dessert instead of meat but still feels very relaxed and comfortable. I generally do not like sweets but Ganache made me question that. I would highly recommend it.

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Top Gun Sushi At The Quay810 Quayside Drive, #230, New Westminster
Very Pleasant Experience
Submitted Friday, December 12, 2008 - 2:21am [Dine in]

Great food, good service, excellent view. We went for all you can eat lunch and we believe that it was a bargain. The lunch AYCE is $10.95 and the menu is enormous. Sushi tastes delicious, any raw fish is incredibly fresh and the hot foods were great. Waitress was very attentive always asking if we wanted anymore, never made us feel rushed. Friendly staff, always reflling our drinks and promptly cleaning up empty plates.
The view of the river is very nice, the decor inside is not spectacular but its not bad.
We have been to Top Gun for dinner as well. Dinner is a little more pricey at approximately $23.00 a person, I find the dinner menu and lunch menu is about the same, give or take a few items.
Overall, a great place, would definitely recommend to others.

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Japa DogCorner of Burrard and Smithe, Vancouver
Best Hotdogs in Vancouver
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

Let me just say that I have tried the Miso mayo, Oroshi, and my favourite, Terimayo.

Greeted by the very friendly Japadog staff, I placed my order and within 5 minutes I had the most delicious hotdog in all of Vancouver in my hands.

The hot dog is juicy inside yet the skin is crisp and crunchy on the outside. The terimayo is the most popular among me and my friends. Everyone that I introduced Japadogs too, loved it.

You can't go wrong sitting on the steps infront of the cart on a nice sunny day.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Awesome Memorable Birthday Celebration
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

So the 8 of us decided to celebrate my birthday on Sunday at the Yew restaurant. We were greeted warmly by the hostess before being led to the back of the restaurant to where our table was reserved. After walking through the very current and very un-pretentious decorations. The glass wine cellar was amazing to look at.

As soon as we were seated we were quickly offered a choice of either sparkling or still water. After we decided on our water, we were given the drink and dinner menu. The cocktails were a little small but they had a long list of wines.

After looking at the menu, we discovered that Yew had a special 3 course menu for $35 only on Sunday.
We did not get that as we had our hearts set on the Paella with seafood.
We started with the broiled Oyster appetizer, which was delicious even when we were not the biggest fans of oysters. We originally ordered only one order which comes with 2 oysters but the waitress doubled our order for free. Very nice.

The entree, which was the seafood Paella was good. The seafood was cooked perfectly and was very tasty; however, we found that the rice was just a tad undercooked.

All of the people that attended enjoyed their appetizers (Risotto, Crab Spring roll, Calamari, among others; sablefish was said to be amazing) and entrees (Paella, Lamb, T-bone steak, Duck, Chicken) were delicious.

Everything was appropriately sized, except for the duck, it could have been accompanied with more sides if a bigger duck breasts was not available.

For dessert, I was surprised by a birthday cake that was bought by one of my friends at dessert shop (Cupcakes). Yew charged us a $3.50 fee per person to have the cake sliced for us and plated.
The fee was understandable since they dressed it up for us and put a few berries on the plate.

A little event happened after as we were leaving the restaurant, the waitress stopped us as we were taking pictures in the lobby wondering why there wasnt enough money. It was quickly resolved when we told her that the rest of the payment was in several bill folds on the table as we paid separately. Then the manager of the restaurant handed her the bill and told her everything was fine. It was no big deal but a bit of an awkward moment.

Overall, very good. Will definitley come back on Sundays to try the set menu.

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