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hungry_guyVancouverSince January 14, 200716 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Bogart's Chophouse & Bar1619 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Great jazz, bad steaks
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 1:41am [Dine in]

The servers were all very nice and the hostess seated us promptly and was friendly. We were provided fresh bread and water in good time as well. The beef carpaccio was AMAZING...we could have ordered a few more plates of those alone.

Our mains (4 steaks of various cuts) were ALL OVERCOOKED. The only reason we didn't send it back was that the service was a little slow and forgetful so we feared an agonizing wait if all our entrees were returned. The taste was there, but it was ruined by the blatant overcooking. Both rib eyes however had way too much girstle.

Great ambiance with the live jazz. But would not return to a Chophouse that goes 0 for 4 in what is supposed to be their specialty.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
A great place to relax
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Had a nice Sunday dinner at Dockside. Our party managed to get a table on the patio despite the grey clouds gathering overhead.

The patio had great ambiance as it had many tables but each table was nicely spaced apart so it wasn't overly crowded. We had a bunch of appetizers (crab/shrimp cakes, garlic prawns, chilli squid & fresh oysters). Everything was decent but nothing spectacular. They have some good specials on drinks throughout the week though, which would make Dockside's patio an ideal place to just relax and have a few drinks.

The mains arrived just as it started to pour rain so it was a little hectic as everyone on the patio made the mad dash back inside the restaurant with food/drinks in-hand. The mains were nicely plated and were rather large in portions. It was refreshing that a restaurant actually provided nice side dishes with the meals (fresh broccoli, peppers & sweet white corn). But I guess it's easy when you are located in Granville Island right by the markets.

The service was really good as the waiter was very friendly and patient in dealing with such a large number of people on the patio. Even though it was busy and through all the craziness of customers dashing from the patio to the restaurant nothing was left out or forgotten. Drinks were always full, water was always refilled and plates were always cleared. A very good job.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Very disappointing!
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:19am [Dine in]

I had made reservations 3 days in advance to ensure a good table/view as it was my gf's BD (our first together). I wanted it to be a special night and since the reviews were so great I definitely had to take her to Season's.

I called the day of the reservation to confirm seating and to my surprise, I was not on the books. The hostess who answered the phone booked me again and also confirmed that upon ordering dessert, they would present it with a candle and "Happy Birthday Plaque." I was excited.

It was a beautiful sunny day so the view was simply amazing. It seemed pretty busy and upon being seated, we waited about 10 minutes to receive any water or service. (That's OK, did I mention the view was amazing??)

We ordered appetizers of Clams/Mussels (fresh n' tasty) & their "Famous" mushroom caps (also very good). For our mains we ordered Black Cod Fillet and Cornish Game Hen w/ Porcini Risotto. My black cod was simple, but nicely plated. The Hen was moist but the risotto was very over salted and even though there was "braised beef ribs" advertised on the menu with it, we could hardly find a scrap of beef.

For dessert we ordered the Sunburned Lemon Pie to share. The pie was AWESOME, probably the best dish of the night. What really had me upset was the fact that they unceremoniously brought the pie to the table and put it down and that's it. No candle, no plaque, no NOTHING! I was pretty upset as I had to convince my gf to get a dessert even though she was quite full.

In any event, the waitress apologized, comp.'d the dessert and brought us 2 glasses of champagne with a strawberry in each. Nice of her, but I was already pretty upset by that time. It was a very anti-climactic way to end the night.

Upon leaving, I had to stand 5 minutes at the unmanned coatcheck to wait for my coat. That pretty much summed up the night!

Ambiance was excellent, food was average at best and the service from the hostesses was HORRIBLE!

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Avenue Grill, The2114 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Most excellent brunch!
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I came across this place while in Kerrisdale on the weekend. We decided to give it a try as we were looking for a place for a nice breakfast/brunch. We were greeted warmly and shown to a table right in front by the window. The place seemed nice and clean and had that quaint feeling of a little cafe/bistro. The menu items looked quite tasty (if a little on the pricey side for breakfast...everything was at least $10+).

I had the Eggs Blackstone (Poached eggs w/ bacon & grilled tomatoes) and my GF had Poached eggs w/ avacado and shrimp. She asked for fruit instead of home-fries and the waiter said it wasn't a problem.

The food didn't take too long to arrive and it looked absolutely wonderful! The eggs were perfectly cooked and everything was placed on the plate with very apparent care. The hollandaise sauce was great and had the perfect consistency and was perfectly seasoned and tart. The fruit my GF received was nicely prepared. It was in a little dish and fanned out and arranged very nicely. It was really a pleasure to eat food so well prepared and to know that the person who put it together really took their job seriously. It made up for the higher prices.

The service was really good as well. Very attentive servers who were always around at the right time to clear plates or add hot water to our tea pots.

The bill came out to be $40 for the 2 of us...but again, I would consider it worth it for the quality of food we ate. The only negative point I could say about the service was that the waiter never mentioned it would be an additional $3 to change to the fruit instead of the home-fries. Not a big issue as we would have gotten it anyway, but he probably should have mentioned it before putting the order through. Otherwise a great meal!

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
Great food, Great service, Great time!!
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 12:07am [Dine in]

My gf and I came here just before opening and there was already a few groups of people waiting at the door (a good sign).

The restaurant itself isn't very large so it filled up very quick. We sat ourselves at the bar as most of the tables were already reserved or were too large for us to occupy.

We were greated very warmly and my gf was impressed at all of the showmanship of the staff (they would all yell out greetings and farewells when people came in or went out).

We ordered a pitcher of beer, edamame, duck salad, butter seared scallops, beef sashimi and an udon with seaweed. The edamame is always good with beer and the scallops were flavourful. They were a good portion as they were 3 large scallops sliced into coin-like pieces. The best dishes we had were the sashimi and the duck salad. Everything was fresh and tasty. The best part of sitting at the bar was the view. From our vantage-point we saw right through into the kitchen. It was interesting to see how well they all worked together in the tight quarters of the kitchen.

The service was excellent and always around when anything was needed. They were so polite and genuinely nice that it was very impressive. Great place. Definitely recommended.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Easy on the eyes...
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

A few of my friends really like coming here for cheap beer & Canucks games. I finally went to the place on a Friday night & it was packed. When I first walked in I thought I was at the wrong place because it felt more like a club than a restaurant. The bar area was packed with people milling about with shooters and drinks in hand. I have to say that the set up & decor is very nice. There was definitely A LOT of eye candy around (workers and patrons alike). It was like an Asian Cactus Club! Most of the waitresses were in black dresses/skirts.

As it was just a get-together for a few drinks, we really didn't eat too much. I was told that the beef sashimi was really good though. I think they raised their prices on beer (used to be $9.99/jug, now $12.99) but it is still a decent deal. The "fresh" oysters at $1.00 a piece is a good deal too. We ordered the Nachos just so we could say we had "Mexican Nachos" at a Japanese restaurant! LOL

In any event, the menu looked pretty extensive and I would definitely want to give some of the items a try. I just hope that the raising of prices is not a trend here.

We had a very wobbly table as well...resulted in a few spilled drinks but otherwise a minor annoyance.

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Cravings Restaurant + Lounge8808 Osler Street, Vancouver
Take out experience
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 1:20am [Dine in]

I've never eaten at the restaurant before but my gf who lives in the area said it was pretty good.

I ordered take out the other day in preparation for the Canucks game. I called in the order at 5pm and asked for a pick up time of 5:50pm. To my pleasant surprise, they had everything ready, hot n' fresh, pretty much on time. The service was really nice, and everyone seemed friendly and willing to help out. The ambiance seemed decent, clean and comfortable. As I didn't dine in, I didn't take much detail.

The food was pretty good. The crab cakes were quite good. They were tasty with a hint of curry and had good texture. The salad accompanying it however wasn't very good (the ginger/orange dressing didn't impress either of us). We also shared the Nuts About Salad. It was okay. It had lots of good ingredients but my gf makes it better. I think it was the dressing that wasn't so good. The nuts were over-roasted as well. The Salmon burger that my gf had was pretty poor in my opinion. It was like a processed salmon version of those frozen store-bought veggie patties. I had one bite and almost gagged. She on the other-hand thought it was edible. The best thing we ordered (we both agree on this) was my beef burger. I have to admit, this was one of the tastiest and freshest restaurant-bought burgers I've had in a LONG LONG time. The patty was nice and moist and cooked perfectly. The condiments and toppings were nicely proportioned. Again, VERY GOOD BURGER.

All in all, I would definitely try Cravings again. I would like to go and eat in their dinning room once. Their 3 course dinners seem like a good deal. And from what I saw of the service, it should be a rather pleasant experience.

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Kalvin's Restaurant5225 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 12:50am [Dine in]

I had dinner here for the first time tonight. I've tried to come here on a few previous occasions but never got in due to the long wait for a table. This time we made reservations...although we still had to wait 25 minutes for a table. Normally I would be kind of irritated but I had already expected it. This tiny restaurant has a total of 7 tables and has a very homely feel to it. (A good thing by the way).

The food was very nicely cooked with a home-cooked feel to it. All our dishes were tasty, hot and fresh. None of our dishes we picked were of any level of spiciness more than mild/average but I can only imagine how crazy it would be if we went much higher. I've heard the stories of how this place can get the best of even the most stoic spice afficenados. The Smoked Duck was really nice and the Spicy Squid had a great kick to it. All of the ingredients used were very fresh (especially the veggies). I was definitely impressed. The only dish I wasn't all that impressed with was the Chili Wontons. I've definitely had better elsewhere.

The service was really good for a very small, cramped and BUSY place. Although the majority of our party could not speak a lick of Mandarin/Taiwanese, we were all treated equally well. The dishes came out in rapid succession and we were never ignored by the staff.

We ordered a total of 9 dishes, 2 buckets of rice and 5 pops and the bill was still ONLY $100 including taxes. Needless to say that this was VERY worth it.

At closing, on the way out, the family running the place was getting ready to eat their own dinner. We all agreed that what they had laid out was very delicious looking as well. I will definitely be back!

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Me-N-Ed's Pizza Parlor7110 Hall Ave, Burnaby
A good pizza parlour
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 12:16am [Dine in]

The first and only other time I've ever been to Me-N-Ed's was over 10 years ago...

This time I had a craving to go to a genuine pizza parlour. When I say that I meant not Pizza Hut or other such chains. So I decided to try Me-N-Ed's having always wanting to try it again...since I could not remember anything particular about it from the first time.

I got there around 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon. There were quite a few more patrons there than I thought would be around at that particular time of day. They operate on a seat yourself basis. At first I thought that might be a problem as when we sat I didn't have the feeling anyone noticed us come in or sit down. But the waitress on duty came around in a timely manner and was very pleasant. She was very pleasant and helpful when my gf had questions about the menu and even offered some nice suggestions.

The food was very good. The pizza was delivered to the table in very good time and very fresh. We noted right off the bat that the toppings were in generous portions and very fresh in appearance (and taste). The crust was nice and light and crisp and NOT AT ALL GREASY. The best pizza we tried was the one with fresh Roma tomatoes and boccocini & fresh basil leaves. I also liked the fact that the sauce didn't seem to be heavily loaded with MSG as I was not dying of thirst for hours after (like I am with many other pizzas out there).

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Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Great Place, ALWAYS seems busy
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2007 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Kingston Taphouse & Grille twice and both times were really good. The first time was before the Canucks game so we got there at 5pm. Even at 5pm it WAS PACKED!!

The place can get a little noisy but it is a great place to grab a pregame bite or even to watch the game there. They have TV screens practically everywhere. The front area is the buzzing bar/reception area the back is the more plush dining area w/ fireplace and open kitchen. They also have a downstairs with more bar-type seating and pool tables.

Food at this place is pretty good. The prices aren't insanely expensive so it's not too bad. The best dish by far is the Beer n' BBQ Pork Riblets. DAMN!! SO SO SO SO GOOD!!!! It is an appy so prepare to order lots of em! The rest of the food was pretty average fare for a pubstyle restaurant.

Service is really good considering the amount of volume of customers and the cramped quarters. They are always attentive and pretty quick with your orders (drinks and food).

The only knock is that it gets really crowded and the seats are quite close together. So a lot of the time you are sitting litterally a foot away from the person next to you (from another table).

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Satima Fusion Cuisine2893 West Broadway, Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

Tried Satima with a group of friends on a Saturday night. I know there is construction all along Broadway in this area but somehow I don't think that this is the reason this place was empty on what should be the busiest night for any restaurant.

Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with this place, but there isn't anything to write home about either. Which becomes a problem because with the price you pay, you do tend to leave feeling a little "underwhelmed."

The chicken nuggets were good as an appetizer and for the entree the Misoyaki Black Cod was quite delicious...even though the accompanying vegetables reminded me of table scraps being reserved. I tried the butternut squash soup and found it to be quite tasty. It had good flavour and body but could have been a bit more warm when served.

The service was pretty good. But then again, we would have been pretty upset if it wasn't seeing as we were the only table for the night. The ambience was not too bad. They had nice settings furniture. We even got little gifts at the end of the night. The only error I saw from the service was that one of our party had his steak brought out about 10 minutes before anyone else was served any other entrees. So he just sat there until the rest of our entrees arrived...a bit weird to say the least.

If you are inclined to try this place, definitely order the set menus. Then at least you will get your money's worth...somewhat.

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Bizou Bistro2666 Granville St., Vancouver
Surprised ... in a good way.
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 7:18pm [Dine in]

I wasn't sure what to expect when I booked a reservation here because there was hardly a review to be found for this establishment.

However, I was very pleasantly surprised. The service was very good from the hostess to the wait staff. We had booked a table for 2 during a Theatre night at the Stanley. As we had to be at the theatre early to pick up tickets, our hostess/server was kind enough to help us find an appropriate time for a seating and also to make sure the kitchen staff had our items out quickly. The restaurant filled up fast (almost completely with theatre goers) but they kept their promise and we got out in a timely fashion. Throughout dinner, even while the place was full, the wait staff were still very attentive.

The food menu wasn't vast but what was on there was good. We had the tomato & bocconcini salad, garlic prawns, and the mussels in white wine sauce to start and then we shared a prociutto wrapped chicken breast for the entree.

The salad didn't look like much in the presentation department, but it tasted very good. The amount of dressing was perfect and the tomato & cheese were fresh. The prawns were the best of the three...great garlic flavour and plump and fresh meat. The mussels were average.

The entree was really good. The chicken was not at all dry and the prociutto gave it a great flavour.

I'm glad we shared the entree because it allowed us to have dessert. We had a flourless chocolate cake and amaretto creme brule.

The cake was good but the creme brule was excellent! Very light and fresh tasting with a hint of sweetness & amaretto. YUMMY!! Overall the food deserved a 3.5.

Note: Most of the entree list consisted of pasta dishes....so if you are looking for pasta, this looks to be a good place.

Again, I'm surprised there wasn't more reviews on this place, but I guess it is mainly frequented by theatre goers?

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Consistently good.
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 2:26am [Dine in]

I really enjoy going to Cru as it is always a good value and never disappointing. I have been there numerous times and always leave happy.

The place is actually quite small, but the use of the mirror along the opposing wall makes the place feel much larger. The service is always attentive and very professional. Whether I've been with just another person or in a larger group, I've never had complaints about the service. Professional, unintrusive and NEVER pretentious.

The wine selection is very good and very reasonably priced. Some may think the colour coding of the wines is a bit silly, but when I go with people that are not so familiar with wine they say they really like the idea.

The food is always good. I would say it is always a 3.5 or 4 out of 5. I would agree it is not "incredible" but you really get more than what you pay for here.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
A great experience!
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 2:07am [Dine in]

I have never heard of this particular restaurant so I went in without any expectations. But WOW, was it ever good.

The food was incredible, from the first course to the third course, everything was done perfectly. It was really nice to see a place that had EVERYTHING in a perfect balance. The flavours were balanced well, everything was seasoned nicely, the cold food was COLD and the hot food was HOT. (I know it sounds kind of silly but you would be surprised how many places just can't get that right). We were lucky enough to also sit beside a table that was having items from the regular menu (we were having the Dine Out menu) and everything they ordered looked really good as well.

I also have to agree with another reviewer, they timed the courses perfectly. We were an early table seating so by the time we were in the middle of our meals, it was prime-time dinning. Although I know they really wanted our table, we never felt like they were rushing us out the door.

Anyhow, cannot wait to go back and try out the rest of the menu. The regular menu definitely doesn't look cheap, but from what I've experienced and seen, it should be well worth the price.

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Worth a try...
Submitted Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 1:36am [Dine in]

My first time ever at Infinity was for the Dine Out. It was a cozy little place. The food was pretty good, nothing outstanding however. My girlfriend was excited to try the butternut squash fondue (as she loves butternut squash). Although it was good, it wasn't great...it lacked any real butternut squash flavour. It just tasted like any regular spinach/artichoke & cheese dip.

The entrees: steak, fish, catfish & turkey (we had a party of 4), were again all a little above average...with the steak being the best.

The desserts were probably all around the best items.

The service was really good, considering there was only really one waitress for all the tables (the other server was apparently late and when he did show up, I didn't see him do much besides clear a dish or two and pour some water).

At the end of the night we all agreed that overall the food and value was "just ok." I don't think we will be frequent patrons.

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New management
Hennessey Dining Lounge53 West Broadway, Vancouver
Too bad ...
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 7:12pm [Dine in]

After reading the reviews here and hearing some from others who have been there, I went in with low expectations (for the food). Unfortunately, they were all true. =(

While I did not order any entrees, the others in our party did and not ONE person enjoyed their food. The only thing we could agree on was that the Duck Spring Rolls were decent. Which meant that within a party of 13, we only liked ONE dish.

Overall, this place is nice and the service is awesome so I feel bad about giving it a not so favourable review. But we did mention it to our server. (It's a relatively new place, so we figured they should know). They were really nice about it though.

Anyways, I hope they sort out the kitchen issues soon because I want this place to succeed. Otherwise, everything else was fabulous! (drinks, music & service)

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