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jawaVancouverSince July 22, 20103 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Cafe Regalade2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Maybe we just picked the wrong Entrees
Submitted Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

Yesterday we went to Cafe Regalade to celebrate our first anniversary. They had only opened a few weeks for dinner and we were excited to try.

I wish I could split the food review into 2 parts because our appetizers were very tasty (picked the choice of three salads and 4 cheese platter). The salad choices we made were the beets, quinoa-mango, and zucchini. While my husband didn't quite enjoy the zucchini one, I did. We asked the person serving us to pick the cheeses for us and we couldn't be happier. They were delicious (sorry, I can't recall what they were).

For the entrees my husband chose the braised pork (special of the day) with lentils and I the "famous" Le Regalade beef bourguignon. Both dishes were a complete miss. :(

The pork was extremely fatty and not quite "braised" as we had expected. The meat was a bit tough to chew. The lentils tasted ok, but as a food experience it kind of blended together so there was no real variety in the flavour. The beef bourguignon came with 3 pieces and was very tender and just a bit salty. While the meat was good, the sauce/gravy it came in was extremely salty. There were tiny bits of carrot and mushroom cut up inside it which I tried to eat, they too, having been in the sauce, were just too salty. I tried my best to eat it (and I'm pretty tolerant of different foods and we eat out all the time) but it bested me. My husband thinks I'm not supposed to eat the sauce - so I guess the sauce and veggie bits are just for looks and a major inconvenience as I'm trying to drain the sauce from the meat. $19 for 3 small pieces of meat is extremely poor value. Oh, there were also sliced potatoes smoothered in butter, cream and cheese. That tasted pretty good. It's heavy though, but I'm used to the pairing of heavy side dishes with entrees in French restaurants. I left with a headache and woke up at 3 am that night extremely thirsty and bloated.

While the entrees were a huge disappointment, we did enjoy our lemon tart dessert. Not too sweet and paired nicely with some whipping cream and berry compote.

I'm sure they'll do well, they were very busy. Steak frites seemed to be what most people were eating. Perhaps we ordered the wrong thing. It definitely soured our first anniversary dinner. We won't be going back any time soon.

BTW, our female waitress was really nice. We left a huge tip (> $25%) so it's not like we have any personal vendetta against the restaurant, just trying to be honest and suggest trying other dishes for hopefully a better experience.

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Bo Laksa King2546 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Come here for the food and very friendly chef
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 11:35am [Dine in]

This is a little local neighbourhood gem.
Bo Laksa King is located in Joyce Market. We almost missed it twice looking for it.
Their roti is delicious!! The laksa is very good. The only miss was the chicken satay.
Normally we have our laksa at Next Noodle or Banana Leaf. I'd say for value and taste this laksa was better than either. I'm not malaysian so I can't comment on how authentic it tastes, but it definitely tastes very good! :)

Totally kicking myself that I've only discovered this place now. Lived in Burnaby for 8 years and now I'm moving downtown. :(

Given that it's a convenience store you won't expect it to have great ambiance. The chef came out and greeted us and we had a really good conversation. He (and his wife?) were very nice. They're opening a new location soon and they'll serve Burmese food. Sounds interesting! I've never had it! Looking forward to trying their new place.

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Trendy looking on the outside but not an enjoyable food or service experience
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 11:03am [Dine in]

A really REALLY large patio. That's its only plus. Food, and service were poor and mediocre.
All the servers are dressed in the usual Gastown electic style with the 'meh-whatever' attitude. Our server never gave us eye-contact. Her eyes were always either looking at another table while talking to us or at the bill. Very odd. Can't blame her too much there are so many bodies on the patio the eyes can be easily distracted? (Trying to give her the benefit of the doubt. Still left a very generous tip which I'm kind of regretting but I hear servers need the tips.)

It looks trendy. Lots of young and old folks dressed in the usual Gastown eclectic style.
Food-wise I was extremely disappointed. Had the duck breast with yam and vegetables. Sounded good but it was very rare to the point of chewy and lacked really any flavour. The yam was ok. Tasted like pureed yam. The veggies were limp and extremely salty. Portion-wise it was tiny. All this for a whopping $21!

My friend didn't have much more luck with her dish. Perhaps she'll post her review, but it was tiny as well.

After enjoying food out in the sun one should be happy. At the very least have a satisfied belly. I wasn't satiated, the food was not a joy to eat, my wallet was emptied, and the service was a disappointment. It really felt like I was tricked and then robbed. The value here is one of the worst I've experienced downtown.

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