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foodishYaletownSince September 12, 20094 Reviews
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3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3)
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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Gluten Free Menu FAIL!
Submitted Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 9:59am [Dine in]

My partner is Celiac but I am not. This means we get to go out to GF restaurants only. As a gluten eater, however, I yearn for gluten-y food goodness, such as chinese or asian food (damn you wheat-filled-soy-sauce). So we were both excited to hear of the Gluten Free menu at Red Door. We didn't expect as good as lilli and loo (NYC) or even PF Changs but hoped for a solid meal.

So we bundled up and left restaurant rich Yaletown for parking bereft South Granville. Upon our arrival at Red Door for our reservation, we were asked to wait about 10 minutes in the cold, narrow entry (dodging the servers as it was also the patio entry) while they "set-up the table." Fine enough.

We ordered the Hob Nob (allright) and the Fauxhito (atrocious, syrupy). We asked for the gluten free menu. It was very short and had no prices. Server suggested the Papaya Salad, Chicken Satay, Shaking Beef & Pineapple Rice. We ordered them all.

After a palpable wait, we received the apps. The Papaya Salad arrived first. It was sizeable but tasteless. It lacked any discernable hot or sour. It was essentially ruffage. Awful.

The "Chicken Satay" arrived next, sans sauce or seasoning of any kind. For all those in the know, chicken satay without sauce is, ummmm, just chicken. Upon receipt of this sans sauce dish, I corralled the server who stated that the GF MENU WAS JUST SOME OF THE SAME REGULAR MENU DISHES WITHOUT THE SAUCE. Nice. Like I couldn't get "chicken satay, hold the sauce" at a regular restaurant. Oh wait -- I can! It's just other restaurants don't call it their "gluten free menu."

Righto. The entrees that arrived were marginally better than the apps but suffered, again were pretty tasteless. That's what happens, I guess, when you leave out the sauce from your dishes!

In short, the meal was atrocious. The service (nice timing with the GF Menu reveal) was marginal. And the experience, as a whole, was one of the worst I've had in Vancouver. That's $80 and two hours I'll never see again.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Pleasant Brunch!
Submitted Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

My partner & I recently went to Glowbal for brunch. While we're nearby, I have a a regular neighbourhood spot I invariably brunch at (in-house bakery!). However, I had a promo for Glowbal brunch and decided to try it out. I made an opentable reservation outlining gluten/dairy/egg allergies and promptly attended at 11 a.m. We were whisked to one of the best patio tables and the server was over promptly, referencing the allergy notification, making suggestions and providing a suitable yet tasty amuse bouche. For anyone with allergies, that kind of prep work is both rare and very much appreciated. Giant brownie points for that.

The mini-donuts provided to our (and every table) were piping hot and much appreciated by myself (I don't have the gluten allergy). I had the yaletown breakfast and my partner had fish. She loved hers & I quite liked mine. My partner now bugs me to go to Glowbal for brunch and I have to say, I'll likely be easily swayed to go again!


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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Great Anniversary Dinner Out
Submitted Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

I work a few blocks from IK, so have been there a number of times for lunch (very tasty although the service can sometimes be a touch long). Never been there for dinner before, however, and I can say unreservedly that it was an excellent experience.

Running late for our Anniversary plans, my partner & I decided to slip into a restaurant nearby. The host caught us perusing the dinner menu and, upon learning we had gluten & dairy allergies, checked with the kitchen and recommended their gluten-free pasta and the fish. Sold.

We were given a nice corner booth and, to our surprise, the (sous?) chef Paul Marshall came out to greet us . He inquired about the allergies, suggested dishes and then whipped up an amuse bouche (a gift from me, he exclaimed). The heirloom tomato soup with seared tuna (etc) was fantastic. My partner then turned to me and asked if I had previously arranged this. Unfortunately no. But the chef & restaurant got big brownie points from her.

The rest of the meal came and went smoothly. We had a traditional italian cocktail, which I thought was nicely bitter -- if you can say such as thing. And we shared the salmon and the arrabiata penne, both of which were lovely. We left impressed with the personal service and the quality of meal. We'll definitely return for dinner, soon!

Last note, if you're there for lunch, I'd suggest the bruschetta & the Kobe meatball spaghetti. My co-workers like the veal sandwich.

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Boulangerie Cho Pain1165 Davie Street, Vancouver
Great Croissants & Pastries - but get them FRESH!
Submitted Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 12:29am [Dine in]

This is one of the best bakeries in the city. The quality is comparable to what I usually get in Montreal (and rarely see in Vancouver). The croissants are fantastic, as are many of the other pastries. I love, love, love the palmier, which I've seen only twice (but I still ask). The Napoleons are outstanding. I also suggest trying the EPI.

My only qualification is that, while the baked goods are usually baked that day, on rare occasions I've bought a pastry only to find out, after biting in, that it was not baked that day. In another instance, I've walked into the bakery first thing Monday to learn that nothing was fresh that morning. Might have been a one-off but given that it's outside my daily commute to work, it was disappointing (perhaps it was baked late, late Sunday night and that wasn't communicated to me?).

I bring this up b/c for all its tasty goodness, timing issues could have an eventual negative impact with clientele & I wouldn't want this to happen. Cho Pain is my go-to bakery for guests and work goodies and I hope it flourishes in the west end!

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