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FlorentineYaletown, VancouverSince January 14, 200717 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance4 (3.9)


Displaying 1 - 17 of 17 Reviews Found
Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant1143 Davie Street, Vancouver
Meh... in no rush to come back.
Submitted Monday, January 12, 2009 - 12:03pm [Dine in]

We were on Davie Street, hoping to have a greasy breakfast at Joe's Grill, but finding that they were closed early, we opted for sushi instead. I should have known better than to agree to going to Kisha Poppo, but I haven't been there in over 5 years. Maybe they miraculously changes?

Our server was decent enough. Once he took the orders and I looked around, I noticed that one of their staff members (a chef?) was sitting at the table next to the bathroom with his face firmly planted on the table and his hand around a drink. He looked depressed, or maybe severely tired. Was he on his break? Was he drunk? It was like a scene out of Kitchen Nightmares!

I then looked at the sushi bar where the sushi chef was making rolls. Something seemed strange, until I realized that he wasn't wearing anything on his head, not even a hair net, as most chefs do.

Food came to our table sporadically in no real order. The sunomono salad was the plainest I've ever had - only one slice of lemon and one slice of cucumber. My salmon teriyaki came with a miso soup and rice - the miso was delicious and piping hot. The teriyaki dish had practically an entire fillet of salmon cut into 3 pieces - easily a meal for 3 people! It was massive! The salmon was likely farmed, but decent enough.

However, my other half had a bento box (also massive) but contained two gruesome items: greasy tempura and bad pork gyoza. I actually tried one of his gyozas before realizing it had a very bad, old pork (almost bloody, gamey) taste to it. Again, all I could think of was Kitchen Nightmares.

Another server came to our table to take away our plates. We complained about the bad gyozas and she just looked blankly at us. We said again, "gyoza, very bad" and she just walked away and brought us the bill.

Needless to say, I'm in no rush to go back.

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Poncho's827 Denman St, Vancouver
A casual Sunday dinner
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

We weren't looking for anything fancy. We were standing on Denman and looked at Poncho's, then across the street to Rooster's Quarters, then looked back at Poncho's, and opted for Poncho's knowing that we weren't looking for gourmet - just an affordable, casual meal.

Immediately we were given the window seat. Menus came soon after and we ordered a liter of sangria and the dinner platter for 2.

Throughout our dinner we would be served by 3-4 different waitresses.

Chips with salsa arrived within a few minutes, as did 2 glasses of ice water. Our sangria arrived almost at the same time as our first course - the quesadillas. The quesadillas were cut into small wedges, filled with tiny bits of sausage and a lot of creamy cheese. On top was a dollop of guacamole.

The sangria was refreshing - not too much ice, not too much fruit. The fruit (apples and orange peel) were cut into 1cm cubes.

Dishes were cleared away when our platter arrived. It had marinated beef (with some sort of tomato/celery stew on top), 10 garlic prawns, a tiny bowl of rice, a tiny bowl of beans & cheese, and 2 chili rellenos. The chili rellenos were mild, covered in tomato sauce and covered entirely in melted cheese. It was too much cheese to what's already a cheesy dish. The prawns were good - the tails were removed so it made for easy eating. The rice/beans were bland, as they should be, but the beef was flavourful. Not the best quality of beef, but thinly sliced pot roast style beef..

The singer/guitarist was a nice break from the horrible Mexican pop songs.

It took a long time for anybody to clear away out plates, but our dessert was soon served - a cinnamon pancake with a dollop of Neapolitan ice cream drizzled in honey.

Prices were good, staff was pleasant, and the food was just decent comfort food. This is not outstanding. This is not necessarily something I'd go out of my way for, nor recommend for an "amazing" Mexican restaurant.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
Fresh wild fish to go!
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

Came here on a sunny but brisky November afternoon. I was 3rd in line. The service is decent - it's efficient and fast-paced, not chummy/friendly, which is fine. This is a takeout stand!

I ordered the wild Pacific salmon burger. I waited about 10 minutes for the food to arrive. I found a spot at the patio overlooking the fishing boats and savoured what is now my favourite salmon burger.

The bun was like a Portuguese bun - light but very fresh with a dusting of flour that gets all over your face. Inside there were cucumbers that had been marinating in a sweet rice vinegar - very refreshing. The wasabi mayo was subtle but added tang. The salmon, of course, was definitely the highlight. This is as fresh as it gets. It wasn't sitting in some kitchen cold storage unit or prepared by a food supplier. This chunk of fish was carved by the kitchen staff themselves, off the fish that they purchase from the local fishermen. It doesn't get better than that!

Ambiance rating gets an "outstanding" with a clause - the view is glorious on a sunny/clear day, but would lose its charm in the rain and grey.

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Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Better-than-average pub!
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

Came here on Thanksgiving Sunday. We were practically the only ones there having a very late lunch. We had Thanksgiving dinner with family the night before, and this was our first meal since!

We walked into a vacant pub and the staff treated us in a friendly, playful matter. Our waitress kept calling us "my little sweetypies" which we thought was adorable. Very charming and sincere.

We shared the firecracker shrimp, which were more like large prawns sauteed in a chili garlic butter sauce with grilled bread. Very tasty! There were 10-12 "shrimp" in this appetizer.

Caesars were specials, and they make a solid one at that! Loved the spicy pickled asparagus.

I had the salmon teriyaki burger that comes with caesar salad and a mountain of fries. Excellent quality salmon - very generous portion of it too on a nicely toasted bun (with tomato, red onion and lettuce). I was absolutely stuffed after eating this. No room for dessert, although our waitress did her best to tempt us!

The ambiance is super nice here. Very cozy, yet taking up 2 floors. Brick walls, dark woods, candelabras hanging from the ceiling, local art on the walls. It's not pretentious and it's not trying to be pretentious. I like it. We sat in a booth upstairs - the first time I had been seated there.

Definitely will be back as this brewpub is more sincere, more friendly, more cozy, and more tasty than the others I usually frequent downtown!

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Excellent value! Succulent food!
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Arrived on a busy Friday night. We had no reservations and despite there being a small group of people waiting at the door for a table, we were seated at two empty seats at the bar. Had a glass of wine while we waited.

We were seated 15 minutes after by the window. Our waitress was very professional and friendly. We ordered a bottle of bordeaux and she always poured our glasses before we had the chance.

To start we shared the country style pate with a blend of balsamic vinegar/caramelized onion on the side. The only thing that was strange was they brought out a plate of fresh bread with butter about 2-3 minutes before bringing out the pate. So we started to eat the bread, not realizing that it was probably for the pate. Because of this, we had more pate on our plate than bread (and who eats pate on its own?). We didn't bother asking for more bread because there was only a tiny chunk of pate left. In the big picture, no big deal.

Food was outstanding though. The filet the boeuf with morel cream sauce, ratatouille and scalloped potato was "très speciale" as they'd say in French - a signature dish that I would not hesitate to recommend to anybody. In fact, this is the second time I have eaten it, and I'm the type that likes to try new things - it was that good.

For dessert, the gateau de riz, essentially rice pudding cake with rhubarb compote, was decadent. Rich vanilla flavour with tangy sweet rhubarb. Definitely not old fashioned rice pudding, that's for sure!

Finally, the ambiance makes you feel like you're in France or in Montreal. "Less is more". The ceilings, window frames are painted a shiny black. The red brick walls are exposed. There's a beautiful extravagant chandelier adding style to the space. Mirrors on the walls extend the room, and maps of Paris and wine-producing regions in France add French character. So does the black board menus over the bar.

One of my favourite restaurants and a wonderful addition to Gastown's new identity.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
A great place for a Friday night
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 1:32am [Dine in]

I've been here for lunch many times, but have never truly enjoyed a night here with friends like I did a few weeks ago. We sat in the back 'Gaoler's Mews' alley and shared pints of Guinness, Kilkenny, and rounds of 15 year old scotch. Because the Irish Heather also owns the Shebeen Whiskey House (in the little building in the alley), you have access to the most extensive whiskey/scotch menu in the entire city, and it's hard not to take advantage of that!

Service was fantastic. Cecilia is a gem, practically hosting our night, always making sure our drinks were in order and food was on our table. The cheese plate and the chips with curry sauce were highlights. That curry sauce is certainly addictive and I can see why it's such a popular snack food in the UK (and I'm assuming Ireland as well). As far as pub food goes, this stuff is great.

Ambiance is "incredible" because you're in one of the oldest alleys in Vancouver and it's closed off to everyone except the patrons of the restaurant. So you have this little historic square all to yourselves, especially when they set all the tables out there on Friday nights. The decor inside is tastefully Irish, not tacky at all. Just watch out for little fuzzy caterpillars falling off the trees in early September if you wish to dine outside in the evening. :)

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Come with no expectations
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 1:12am [Dine in]

We unexpectedly showed up at Chambar with a group of friends after eating a large meal (and drinking several bottles of wine) at another downtown restaurant. We had no idea we'd be at Chambar, otherwise we would have saved our appetite!

I knew of the noise, the menu, and I had walked past a few times before, but all things considered, I expected nothing when I walked through those doors. Needless to say, everything was perfect.

The decor was warm and inviting. Trendy? Sure, but it works. Steps above the typical trendy try-hard scene you'd find elsewhere in this city. Lots of deep reds and gold. Very classy.

Service was fantastic. Prompt, professional, friendly, and attentive, but not snobbish or annoying or forgetful.

The blue fig martini is divine. Comes with a side of Danish blue cheese. The sprig of anise on plate was a beautiful touch.

The Belgian beer selection was tempting.

We shared the duck foie gras. The foie gras was perfectly firm and absolutely scrumptious. It was served with frozen berries and the most delectable toasted briche flavoured in truffle oil. The brioche was like eating the most delicate cake ever made.

The fresh bread and butter served before the entree was fresh baked out of the oven and the smell was addictive.

For the entree (keeping in mind this was AFTER we already ate at a previous restaurant), we decided to share the venison, after spying on our friend's plate. Tender morsels cooked perfectly rare. The sausage was juicy and flavourful and the mushrooms/bean concoction went very nicely.

Too full for dessert, but the dessert menu will certainly be taken advantage of next time. We did have a nice espresso - the perfect end to a great night.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Summer patio dining Vancouver style!
Submitted Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

Arrived on a late Saturday evening and got a table for 2 without a problem. The hostess seemed bored/unimpressed with her job as she sat us, but our server was absolutely amazing. Very informative and seemed very familiar all the food and all the wine options (or appeared to!), brought an ashtray for the smoker in the group, brought us a wine bucket, and made sure our food would arrive throughout the evening. Since we ordered a lot of big dishes and you share the food, it was nice that he made sure we wouldn't get it arriving all at once.

Food is solid/outstanding. For the price, for the type of environment, it's tasty and the portions are very generous. Had the springrolls to start, 7 flavours beef (with fresh mung bean sprouts and crushed peanuts on the side), the prawn masala curry (with big prawns and eggplant that tasted almost smoked - delicious!!), the Singapore roti (came with a creamy red Thai curry sauce), and some of the orange chicken. The orange sauce is more like an orange juice marinade as opposed to the orange glazed stuff you get at other restaurants. Still very good.

We wanted a Spanish coffee or something similar at the end of our meal. Since they have no such things on their menu, our waiter got the bartender to make us a little creative special coffee. A short moment later, we had really good coffees with whipped cream and cherries on top!

I've never had dinner inside this place - we prefer the patio which is sheltered, heated (although not in use when it's a warm evening), and I really like the paper lanterns.

We'll be back!

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Simply Thai1211 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Not what it used to be
Submitted Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

I guess 3 out of 5 isn't bad, but this used to be a 4 out of 5, if not a 4.5 out of 5 in my books.

We've been eating here several times per year since 2004 but it has been well over one year since we last dined here. No real reason why we stopped going, but decided on a Friday night, it was time to head back for a reliably good Thai restaurant experience.

Despite all the reviews about bad service, we've never experienced anything like that at all - the staff have always been very accommodating. Great bartender, hostess, servers.

This time, it seems as if the Yaletown barstar scene has finally seeped its way into Simply Thai, where you no longer feel paying $150 (including tip) for a dinner for two (and a bottle of wine) is worth it.

Reasons: the music. One of the Simply Thai's virtues is their jazz music which they advertize eagerly on their website and in their menu. It used to feel like an upscale jazz lounge - a classy Thai bistro (if there is such a thing). It was relaxing, casual, but classy.

This time? Loud, awful club techno music (just like how the previous reviewer states). And while I do enjoy the occasional LCD Soundsystem tune as much as the next person, I do not want that at Simply Thai. Major ambiance ruiner.

The servers were well meaning and were really good for the most part, but obviously knew little about the wine on their menu. The valley girl giggles and the, "well, like, I've heard it's supposed to be good" doesn't cut it. Wine was poured initially and was placed in an ice bucket, but we served ourselves for the rest of the night.

The food was good but seemed to lack the "oomph" of our previous visits. The coconut prawns were good, and the red curry served in a coconut was really good, but really no different from their competitors, Urban Thai Bistro or Chilli Club (which are a part of the Thai House chain). It didn't make it bad food (it was really tasty), but up to the quality we've seen here.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Bland food, sexed up waitresses, not really Japanese...
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Kobe's probably hasn't changed since it opened in 1968. And I don't just mean the interior, but I also mean the menu. Times and tastes have changed, but this place hasn't! It's a throw-back to the when going out for any ethnic restaurant was considered exotic and daring, to when there weren't really any Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. The food is very westernized and it's apparent that's who they're catering to - the tourist/white, middle class North American market.

The quality of the steak is good, and it's a decent dinner, but the taste of everything is relatively bland. It's not exciting. It's just plain steak. Same with the prawns/shrimp. Everything is very bland and obviously westernized. Considering the hundreds of other Japanese choices in Vancouver (many of which are the real deal), and the super high prices, the only time I'd come here is if you're with a group of friends and you want entertainment, and you're not fussy about what you're eating. Japanese authenticity should also not be a priority when coming here, even though the decor appears to be Japanese.

They have "fried rice" on their menu, which to me is a red flag. I love how they advertize it as, "... a heaping bowl of delicious fried rice, cooked before you with all kinds of good things". !!!

Because you sit at what's essentially a big grill, you end up smelling like your dinner for the rest of the night. Be warned.

The waitresses/hostesses were something else. While many restaurants around town hire eye candy, the waitresses (I don't know if it was the make-up, or the hairstyles, or the body language), but they looked like porn stars. It definitely attracts a lot of young frat boys and mid-aged business men to the restaurant, there's something very strip-club about them. It was very strange. It takes away from the restaurant and makes it feel very "boy's club".

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Gallery Cafe and Catering750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Why don't I come here more often?
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Possibly the most underrated cafe downtown. As someone who lives and works downtown, I don't know why I haven't bothered coming here sooner! I know... because out of sight is out of mind, and this little gem is hidden away above on the Art Gallery behind flowers and umbrella-covered tables.

You order from the counter, but everything on display looked good, it was hard to pick. Nicoise salads with ahi tuna, bean salads, fruit salad, quiche, paninis, gourmet soups, bottles of wine. We ordered paninis - mine had fresh and roasted tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, and artichokes. The bread was certainly French bread, fresh from the bakery, and was cut into regular inch thick slices (which is refreshing - most paninis in this city are made with... 2-3 inch slices of foccacia!) Best part - it wasn't oily or greasy - also another typical feature if you order paninis in this city.

Servers are pleasant and very professional - not the typical bored-looking bitter folk you'd find at other establishments.

Music is pleasant - string quartets and symphonies. This bit hasn't changed as long as I can remember. The last time I came here was probably in the 80s.

Food was delicious, and the terrace on a nice (ie: not rainy) day made the experience the most enjoyable. It's the only patio in this city where you aren't cramped up against other people, where it's spread out, and you feel like you're in Montreal. Probably helps that the servers were speaking French to eachother.

All in all, best cafe experience in downtown in a long, long, time.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Ultimate Special Occasion Restaurant
Submitted Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

We actually preferred our dinner at Seasons to our recent dinner at Parkside. Seasons is more intimate and more relaxed, which is probably why we enjoyed it.

Had the baby arugula and watercress salad with the most succulent poached figs (divine!), the filet of black cod with blood orange carrot reduction and roast endive (rich and luscious!), and a slice of mango cheesecake with a cappuccino for dessert.

Service was top notch. It was raining and our cab was running a bit late driving to the restaurant, but we called ahead and said we'd be a few minutes late - no problem!

We started with cocktails and were told not to rush. The Seasons Martini was spectacular!

We ordered a bottle of red, and munched on a fresh loaf of crusty French bread as we waited for our starters to arrive.

The only mistake that happened was no big dea. A different waiter from the one normally serving us walked by and decided to fill up our water glasses with ice water instead of the rest of the sparkling bottled water on our our table. We only had a bit of sparkling water left, so perhaps it looked like the bottle was empty. When we told him we were drinking sparkling water, not ice water, he took away the ice water and brought us back fresh glasses, and brought a new bottle of sparking water on the house. (Yikes! Makes us sound like water snobs - we're not!) It was really appreciated.

The view was spectacular - overlooking Queen E Park and the city skyline in the distance. Even on a rainy night, the view is spectacular because the city skyline is well below the clouds.

Funniest moment - the gaggle of teenaged girls yapping about hairdos with their Gucci and Prada purses in the corner window table. Didn't think of Seasons as a restaurant one goes to before a night on the town, but who'd have thunk it?

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Hamburger Mary's Diner1202 Davie Street, Vancouver
When in need of a late night burger fix
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Hamburger Mary's is an old stand-by of mine, so I'm not too fussy when I go, and I know what to expect. Located on Davie Street in the heart of Davie Village, I go to Hamburger Mary's when I'm in need of a massive hearty burger. I never end of finishing them. They're not only wide circumference wise, but also in their thickness.

The interior is some kind of a throwback to the 1950's - an oldschool diner of sorts. Waiters come and go, but we had a great waiter on Sunday night who was friendly and very efficient, getting us water immediately, our drink orders taken care of immediately, serving food and checking back on us without having us to ask. Only later on when tryng to get our bill did we have to seek him out, but we could sympathize for he was dealing with an obnoxious table of loud college kids who short-changed him as they left.

All the burgers are great, but the nicest aspect of coming here is the choice. The classic is just their regular burger, but you can order organic beef, wild meat, or chicken as the patty... plus you can choose white/whole wheat bun, plus you can choose all kinds of additional items. There are also a lot of alternatives to fries. I like the flexibility. Of course, there's also more to just burgers if you're looking for comfy home-cooking, they serve that too.

For something different, I ordered the classic burger with blue cheese sauce. The blue cheese, I'd soon discover, was too floral for my liking, and it overtook the entire flavour of the burger. I love strong blue cheese, but I wasn't a fan of the kind they served. I ate most of it, but next time I'll opt for something else.

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Secret Garden Tea Room, The5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver
High tea in Kerrisdale
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

Located in Kerrisdale, the Secret Garden Tea Room is a small, casual tea room which also acts as a take-out cafe and a gift shop. You can arrive off the street and order anything off the menu, but we reserved ahead of time and got a nice table for their high tea.

Since we were all tea fans, we loved the choice of the teas. Everyone could choose their own tea out of a menu that featured pages of pages of different blends - black teas, roiboos, green teas, herbals, etc. I'd recommend the Children's Hospital Vanilla - it's a black tea with bergamot, vanilla, and rose-petals. Proceeds go towards supporting the Children's Hospital.

The food comes on a three-layer serving platter. The bottom layer featured bite-sized (very mild) Thai chicken salad in a won ton shell cup, egg-salad sandwich rolls (in flattened sandwich bread without the crusts), and mini butter croissants with tasty ham and cheese. My only complaint was that the croissants had obviously been refrigerated, so they didn't have the same texture as freshly baked croissants. Other than that, everyone had at least 2 pieces each of the chicken and croissants, and 3 pieces of egg salad sandwich.

The second layer featured tiny blueberry muffin halves (2 each), and a whole mini cranberry scone (sliced) served with generous portions of raspberry jam and devonshire cream (1 each).

Finally, the top layer featured mini desserts - bite-sized chocolate cakes (with a chocolate fudge centre), bite-sized lemon tarts, and a peach cheesecake slice (all 1 piece per person).

Service was friendly and efficient. Our waitress would explain the food on the trays and would give us opinions on all their different teas.

All together our high tea took 2 hours. It's a great place to relax and enjoy company. Don't expect anything too high end - this is not the Empress... but it's closer to what a casual high tea (late luncheon) in an English tea room in England is like.

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Kaide Sushi Bar1375 Richard Street, Vancouver
High quality sushi secretly hidden away
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

Kaide looks like nothing much if you walk by it - it looks like yet another cheap sushi bar where the prices are low because of a lack of quality control...

... but Kaide is nothing of the sort!

Despite a brightly-lit, minimally decorated room at the bottom of a Yaletown condo, Kaide delivers where it matters: friendly, efficient-service and high quality sushi!

And sushi is what they serve. With a few appetizers and donburi, the focus here is on the sushi, sashimi and unique vegetarian rolls.

The oshinko maki is very fresh, with the pieces of oshinko dusted with crushed sesame.

The BC roll is made of quality cooked salmon, lined with tiny golden herring roe.

The Diablo (spicy tuna with cucumber) is some of the best I've had - the tuna is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety - top of the line! The amount of chili they use is perfect - the rolls are not drowning in sauce, which is how it should be.

My boyfriend who's a salmon sashimi fanatic raves about the salmon here - really high quality pieces, unlike a lot of other sushi bars in this city.

The only thing I didn't like is the "Mt. Plum" (mountain potato and plum). The plum sauce was really mild, and had the texture of egg white... a bit too gooey/phlegmy for my liking to enjoy properly. Though fresh and beautifully presented, I won't order that again merely because of texture.

The service is great - sometimes the waitresses will run up to the door and open it for you, if they see you coming! Everyone - sushi chef, the owner, the waitresses - all acknowledge you when you arrive and when you leave. Orders are promptly taken. You never wait long for the food, and although you pay for green tea, it's always being refilled, even when you're getting your bill!

2/3 times I've been there, they've served us a complimentary fresh fruit bowl upon presenting the bill. The first time it was cubed watermelon. The second time was slices of orange. Each piece of fruit has a wooden toothpick in it.

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Subeez Cafe891 Homer Street, Vancouver
A reliably low-key weekend brunch option
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I go to Subeez once every 2 months or so, generally for brunch because it's one of the few restaurants in that area that actually serves brunch up until 4pm, and it generally suits our low key mood. Saturday nights at Subeez are a different scene all together, but generally weekend mornings and afternoons are fairly quiet and relaxing here.

Despite the many more interesting-sounding concoctions, I decided to have their simply-named "Beans and Rice" for brunch. It was a bowl divided into thirds with general portions of spiced rice, tomato beans (with melted cheddar), and a spicey marinated tomato salsa. On top of this was a poached egg. The poach egg was almost like a soft-boiled egg, which I loved... and the beans (though similar to a can of Heinz baked beans) were tasty, but not that hot. If you've spent time in Costa Rica and crave this type of meal, it's decent enough. However, the eggs bennies or the sandwiches are a lot more interesting to eat.

The soy chai latte was delicious, served on their signature silver tray with a glass of water and a spoon.

Service was friendly, efficient, and generally low-key. Artwork had the "art school project" look going, and the music... a blend between Four Tet and Radiohead.

Subeez is never mindblowing, but it's consistent, and a reliable place to spend a sleepy Saturday afternoon if you're craving brunch.

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Section 31039 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Sacrificing service for scenesters
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

In the summer I suggested to 10 of my coworkers that we should go to Section 3 for a few drinks and food. "It'll be fun!!!" I thought. Most of them had never been, so I was quite happy to introduce them to what was once a regular haunt.

We walked in to Section 3 and realized it was very quiet, so didn't feel bad about spontaniously arriving with a large group. Sure, we were in our business casual clothes (ie: boring, not trendy), but for the most part were young group of multicultural 20-somethings. There was maybe 2 other full tables in the restaurant, so it was great. The server gives us a table along the buddha wall and we're given menus...

... and then the server goes to the bar and starts chatting up with his friends. We end up sitting at the table for quite a long time - 15 minutes - before he comes to *start* asking our drink orders.

10 minutes goes by again before we see those drinks - in an empty restaurant!!!

Food eventually arrived, and the server called us each of us "sweetheart" and "love", but for the most part, vacant the entire night. How embarrassing!

I swore from that moment, I'd never go back. My boyfriend, however, wanted to go to Section 3 for their curried penne, so on a Saturday afternoon I grudgingly agreed. They had just opened and nobody was in the restaurant. We stood in the doorway for a good 5 minutes before I walked back outside. He stood for a few moments longer. Nobody ever came to greet us, despite it being an empty, open restaurant.

Saying this, I've had good experiences late at night at Section 3 around 2004 and earlier, but the service, for the past year has been entirely lacking. Section 3, unfortunately, has emphasized style over service. I don't see myself going back any time soon. Be warned.

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