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fissionWest End, VancouverSince May 22, 20075 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)


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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
Tasty brunch, but tea in a plunger pot?
Submitted Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

Knowing that there is a dearth of proper brunch places in Vancouver (with the exception of hotels), I was happy to discover Café Medina. Overall, I enjoyed my visit and will return – though I may wait a month or two.

Our server was polite and friendly; but I felt that on the whole, service was a touch on the slow side, given the small size of the restaurant. I ordered tea with breakfast, and waited some time to get a water refill. I can't entirely attribute that to service, though, as using a single-serving teapot is probably placing an unfair demand on the servers.

Which brings me to my only complaint: the tea came in a French press. (Why?) It seemed at odds with the rest of the food presentation and the overall ambiance of the restaurant. While it allows the use of loose tea – I didn't check to see whether it was, in fact, loose tea – it prevents you from pouring more than once, as the tea remaining in the pot becomes too bitter. Unfortunately, the tea itself – which I am considering as part of the "food" – brings the food rating down to a 3, as it was passable, but nothing special.

The food itself was tasty. I had les œufs en cocotte with asparagus, and my sister had l'omelet du matin. No complaints there; the asparagus especially was excellent.

I think the value rating was determined in whole by the saucissons [there's a typo on the menu, btw]: $5 for three small slices of sausage. Delicious? Yes. $5 delicious? No.

Ambiance-wise, the cafe is attractive and pleasant. The design is very clean, and integrated well with the structure of the building.

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Elephant & Castle385 Burrard St, Marine Building, Vancouver
Downtown E&C! Who knew?
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 12:36am [Dine in]

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Elephant & Castle has a downtown location; I had planned to visit the Richmond location, but with no car, this was very convenient.

We were pleasantly greeted; a table was prepared for our odd-number group (5) without delay. Service throughout the dinner was much better than I expected, all factors considered (pub, game night, etc).

The food quality itself was consistently good, and presentation was clever, but overall I didn't find it extraordinary. A solid drinks selection was a plus.

The Yorkshire pudding we shared was tasty, but I haven't had many to compare it with. I think I was underwhelmed by the roast beef & gravy part, left wanting more of the pudding plain. My dish, pepper steak tips, was delicious and the steak was prepared exactly as I ordered it (rare). The best part was mixing the mashed potatoes w/the sauce at the end!

Vegetables on all dishes seemed somewhat overcooked, though that might have been more in the British / "western" style.

Ambiance would have merited 2 stars, had it not been for the beautiful building which houses the restaurant -- truly a sight to see in the summer, with the vine leaves on the northwest side.

For what you get, I think the price is just slightly on the high side. But would I return? Most definitely. The location and the beer selection make it worth another try; there were some other mains that caught my eye that would perhaps be more to my liking.

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Sciue800 W. Pender St, #110, Vancouver
Buon e veloce!
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Walking down the street just before lunch, I passed Sciué. What caught my eye: the row of delicious-looking pizzas, which I could see right from the sidewalk!

Ordering was fun. Pizza... by the inch? Cool! I got exactly the amount I wanted, plus a soup and a beer. The servers treated me, an obvious newcomer, very well even through the busy lunchhour traffic.

Let's talk first about my 5 service rating. When I got to the bar, the server politely apologized, saying that my first choice (Corona) was not yet cold. But he had already brought out an alternate selection (Negro Modelo) that he felt would be the closest to my original. So instead of me having to make a difficult on-the-spot decision, this guy was prepared -- and the beer was excellent. Now that's quality service.

The pizza was absolutely delicious. A crispy, flavourful crust with just the right amount of meat & cheese. I wanted to rate the food a 5, but I felt the pasta soup was disappointing. It was a beautiful fire-orange colour, but lacked the zing I was expecting. The bread that came with it, like the pizza crust, was fantastic; light and airy in the middle, with a satisfying exterior.

A pleasant patio, comfortable music level, and food that I can see from the street gives this restaurant a 4 in ambiance for me.

Overall: your taste buds and stomach will thank you for a trip to Sciué.

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Samurai Japanese Restaurant1108 Davie Street, Vancouver
Samurai: Where I fish in Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

I would say that I eat at Samurai at least once a week.

I've tried probably close to 25 sushi restaurants just in Vancouver, and I can find none that offer the quality/price ratio that you find at Samurai. The fish is BIG!

Service and ambiance are about what I'd expect from a typical sushi restaurant.

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Bellaggio Cafe773 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Great eggs, but tip-begging?
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I just came out of an appointment next door, and was feeling hungry. From the exterior, this cafe stood out.

Service was passable; I can't say much one way or the other.

The eggs Neptune w/side sausage were just amazing. Perhaps it's just because I'm so often disappointed by poor eggs Benedicts (who hasn't been?), but the sauce on these eggs was a real tasty treat.

Visually, the ambiance was very warm and inviting. I'd have given it a 4, but they were playing some music that wasn't loud enough to be properly audible. (Hint: if you're going to play music, play it so we can hear it.)

So why am I rating this a 2 instead of a 3? At the end of my meal, I got the bill. At the bottom of the bill was: "Thank you for rewarding good service with 15%." What?! These troglodytes need to grab a dictionary and look up the word "gratuity".

I long-multiplied "12.34x1.15" right on the bill and that was my tip.

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