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lindaroseVancouverSince November 26, 2007172 Reviews
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2.5 (2.7)
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Salt Tasting Room45 Blood Alley, Vancouver
A good chance to sample
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2009 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

Went out with the dear husband by ourselves (got a rare babysitter).

He went to Salt because we enjoy wine tasting and find the experience even more pleasant with properly matched food.

The restaurant is a bit out of the way - need to go through blood alley to get there, walking past a binner (dumpster diver) to get there.

The restaurant was minimalistic, but not uncomfortable. A server greeted up promptly and seated us right away.

We decided to go for a meat plate and cheese plate with matching fleet of wine with each. This way, my husband and I could sample 6 different food/wine pairings.

Keep in mind, the wines and the food samples are premium (local and imported artisan cheeses and cured meats). This is not like going to Stephos (a greek restaurant on davie street) where you get enough food to choke a horse. We are talking about a few slices of sausages and small wedges of cheese.

The wines came in 2 oz glasses (making 12 oz all together). This actually suited us as my husband was driving and we wanted to try many different types of wine without getting tipsy.

We loved the information sheet that came with our order (we let the server choose appropriate food and wine pairings) Each wine was written down, along with the food that accompanied it. The wine glasses were laid right on this information sheet so that we could easily refer to it. The server also went through each wine and described it in detail The same was done for the food.

I kept my information sheet as I might well want to go to a specialty shop and purchase some of the meats and cheeses along with some of the wines.

In essence, I was paying for the chance to sample and the expertise of the staff.

I would not go to this establishment if I was really hungry and expecting a huge meal (Chill Winston is a good choice for this as they have large portions and value pricing along with a trendy, innovative menu). However, for a chance to sample a good variety of food and wine pairings - I was pleased.

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Me & Julio2095 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Fresh Modern Mexican
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

Dear Hubby and I had a rare evening without the two children and decided to graze along Commercial Drive.

We had a delightful supper at Me & Julio. We shared a salad, an appy and an entree. The beet salad was enough for a small meal in and of itself. It had a light, nice dressing and chunks of beets and interesting apple pieces. It also had a big chunk of warm goat cheese with a cornmeal coating. I loved this salad.

We had a seafood appie, again, it was a generous portion with three large mounds of mixed seafood on three large tortilla chips. Very suitable for sharing for up to three people. It was light and not overly seasoned.

The paella entree was probably the weakest of the items we choose. However, my dear husband liked it. It had nice fresh seafood and decent flavour - I just found it had too much broth for my liking.

If I was to return, I would stick to the salad and appies. I might also try some more traditional fare and order an enchilada and see how Me and Julio's re-invents it.

The only slight disappointment to this meal was the Sangria - I found it a tad watery. I would go for an imported beer with a lemon stuck in - can't go wrong there.

I will return.

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Szechuan Chongqing Seafood1668 West Broadway, #205, Vancouver
I Take it Back - quality has gone downhill
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 9:14am [Dine in]

I wrote a positive review about this restaurant for its dim sum a few months ago. My husband and I enjoy a rare treat of taking our two small children out for lunch. Keep in mind, we are a one income, working class family. We budget carefully and going out and spending $30+ on lunch is a luxury for us.

We had good experiences at this restaurant before and were eager to go back.

Unfortunately, I was very underwhelmed by the food this time and particularly disappointed with the service.
My three year old son and I arrived first, my husband was parking the van and would be about 5 - 10 minutes. A male wait staff put a pot of tea down on the table and I ordered some sticky rice so that my son would not get restless. When the waitress offered other items, I clearly explained that I was waiting for the rest of my party. When the rest of my party arrived, we would order more. The same woman kept coming back again and again, offereing us items "You want this?? You want this??" I explained at least twice more that I was waiting for the rest of my party.

When my husband got there with our 18 month old daughter, the same woman was barking out names of food in Mandarin. My husband politely advised that we wanted to get our daughter's jacket off and get settled first. A minute or two later, we waited for another cart to come by. We waited. We waited. We waited.....

Finally, she came by with some deep fried taro root. I took some. They were cold.

I asked for some baby bok choy (personal favourite of my husband and I). She waved her hand dismissively at me and barked "later! later!" Just a side note .... I find someone dismissing me with a wave of their hand, as if I was some sort of bothersome insect, the height of rudeness. We are clean cut, PAYING CUSTOMERS!!

A male waiter came by, we ordered some colas and my husband asked this waiter for some baby bok choy. He went and got us an order right away. I have no idea when our rude tray service waitress was ever going to get around to bring any. She never came back.

I advised my dear husband that I just wanted to get the bill and go.

When we received our bill, just like a previous poster mentioned, we were charged for the tea that was plunked, unbidden, on our table.

I guess I will just stay home and cook my own food. I cannot afford to waste hard earned money on mediocrity and rude service.

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Cafe Crepe1032 Robson St, Vancouver
I acutally demanded a refund!!!
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

I was out on the town with my three year old, one year old and a four year old boy that I babysit during the day.

It was around noon and we hadn't had lunch yet, so I thought I would treat the older kids to a crepe (I am generally not a fan of fast food places like Tim Hortons or MacDonalds - I prefer to let the kids try different things).

I ordered a simple ham and cheese crepe. When ordering crepes at other places - I noticed that they make them fresh. Here, the crepes were premade - they just put in the fillings. I paid ($6.56 for ONE crepe) while I waited. After the crepe was folded, I asked the server to slice it in half so I could give one half to the three year old and one half to the four year old. I might as well asked him to fly me to the moon and back. He said, "we don't cut them" I explained that I had two small children and that they would not eat a whole one each. He asked the manager. The manager just repeated "we don't cut them".

I was stunned. I asked for a refund and told them they could keep their crepe if they couldn't perform a very basic service for a paying customer so two little kids could enjoy their lunch.

I will never return.

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Fiddlehead Joe's Eatery1012 Beach Ave., Vancouver
Expectations just not met...
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

I dined solo and was treat courteously and given my choice of seat. My server was very good actually.

I had the salad. It was good. Not great, but good. I had the salmon. It was pretty good. I guess what I was more disapointed in, ironically, was the side dish of fiddleheads.

They were completely overpowered by the bacon that they were fried with. They overpowered my meal. They overpowered my glass of Chardonnay. I had dessert and coffee and I could still taste smokey bacon.

Perhaps my review would be more positive if I hadn't ordered the side of fiddleheads, perhaps if they had used pancetta - the fiddleheads would have been better.

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Steeps895 West Broadway, Vancouver
My cup of tea
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

I have mentioned in other reviews my love of tea (both the drink and the afternoon meal).

Steeps was recommended by a fellow mum. She brings her four year old, three year old and baby. The older children love to smell the teas and she liked the fact that she could order a single pot of tea and all three of them could drink from it.

I travelled all the way across town and I was not disappointed. The server took our order and then delived each item to our table (I was there with my 2.5 year old son). She brought two plates so we could share. We had a somasa (good flavour, generous amount of chutney and not-too-hot), we had a turkey pannini (absolutely delicious, crust not-too-thick, it even had brie cheese!!). The server came by and asked if I wanted the cake yet. I explained that I wanted my son to finish the more healthy food before having dessert. She understood perfetly and did not make me feel rushed. My son finished all his plate and then we got our cake (not-too-sweet, nice texture).

The whole bill came to just under $20. The seats were comfortable, and we loved sipping our tea from china cups.

My only tiny quibble - there is enough room in the washroom for a folding change table - I know it is not a "kiddie place" - but it would make mums very, very happy.

Excellent deal and wonderful experience.

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Secret Garden Tea Room, The5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Decent, but very, very pricey $$$$$
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

I went to this tea room with my 2.5 year old son. I am always amazed at how a Tea Room can transform such a rambuctious, high spirited boy into a little genteman.

Anyways, I brought my son to this Tea room at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon. The Tea Room was not busy (I choose these times when I bring toddlers so that they are not overstimulated and, if necessary, I can quickly pay and make a quick exit if they are not on their best behavior).

I explained to the waitress that I wanted to try the pricier high tea which was $25 per person. I explained that I was NOT going to pay $25 each for myself AND a two year old, but that I wanted only the amount for one person and that I would share with my child as he was so very young. The waitress was excellent with the little guy and advised that this would be fine. I also asked for a small, non-expensive cup, as my boy would want a cup of tea - even if he doesn't always drink it - he would want one because I had one. The waitress explained that they had smaller, child sized cups.

The Lavander Earl Grey Tea was deiicious. I was underwhelmed at the platter though. There was 2 portions of tiny croissants with ham and cheese, two very small cream cheese, bacon savory bits, and three very small egg salad rolls, there was a two small scones, which were each split and a tiny amount of Devonshire Cream and jam. Finally there were three small sweets. This would have been fine if the price was $15. I would even go so far as saying okay at $20. But this was a $25 item!! They didn't even give a little salmon lox sandwhich.

When I received the bill, I was even more floored. They charged me an extra $2.50 for a "Child's Pot of Tea" Huh??? I used the same tea pot for him as for me. I didn't even take extra water. MY CHILD IS TWO YEARS OLD!! They charged a two year old to drink out of his mum's pot of tea!! My bill for a a few tiny sandwhiches and miniscule cakes came to over $32.00

Way too pricey!

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Blethering Place, The2250 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria
For Tea - Solid Choice
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

I like Tea. I like those little sandwhiches and cakes. I like my tea cozy. I like trifle.

You'd think that I was over 65 years old. I'm not. I'm in my thirties, but I like tea in little china cups and those tiered trays.

The dear husband and I happened upon this place after gagging at the prices that the Empress Tea Room was charging for High Tea ($70 per person HA!!!! I will get a nice prime rib dinner at Rics for less than that!!!).

Anyway, the dear husband and I drove to Oak Bay where we came to a place which jumped from the fifties. The staff where frilly aprons, the tea is kep warm by little cozies, the walls are lined with old dolls (even a Sambo doll!!! I guess they don't know that that just isn't PC - but, like I said, this place jumped out of the fifties!!)

We paid under $20 each for a plate of little sandwhiches and cakes. I love the devonshire cream and jam. The scones are the best. I think that they should try preparing and baking their own little cakes - the ones served were good, but I recognize them as a packaged product. The tea was good (you got a choice of English Breakfast and Earl Grey - I always go for Earl Grey). The meal is finished with some wonderful English Trifle. Yum Yum!!!

This is not a healthy meal, but it certainly is pleasant.

I have heard family members say that the regular menu is terrible. I would never go there for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

However, for good old fashionied tea - it's great!!!

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Old Spaghetti Factory53 Water Street, Vancouver
Good Place to take the Kids
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

I was going stir crazy and needed to get my eight month old baby, two year old son and four year old boy that I babysit out of the house.

We went to the Old Spaghetti Factory in gastown. They were very accomodating with the double stroller and quickly set up a high chair for the two year old. The place was bright with lots of interesting things to look at for the kids. The children were each given crayons and a colouring placemat.

Our server was friendly and quickly offered a warm loaf of bread. I choose the "Managers Favourite" for my pasta with a combination of rich meat and clam sauce. It was not incredible, but it was certainly tasty enough. This entree came with aforementioned bread, a green salad, tea and ice cream. It is priced at under $11.00!!

For the kids, I choose tortellini with meat sauce. Each serving came with aforementioned bread, salad, a choice of a glass of juice (orange or apple), pop or milk; and ice cream. These items (from the children's menu) were under $6.00 each!!

The kids liked their pasta, the salads came with dressing on the side and the pieces were small enough for little mouths to handle.

The meal came to a very reasonable $30 including all taxes and a 20% tip.

My only problem was that I would like to see the washroom a little bigger and I didn't notice a change table.

Other than that - I think this is a great place to bring young children where they will have a true restaurant expreience (without it appearing like the typical family restaurant or fast food).

Good job!

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Village Inn Pub9532 Erickson Drive, Burnaby
Working Class Pub
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 11:07am [Dine in]

Vancouver banned indoor smoking a few years ago, but this place still reeeks of smoke. They need to improve the outtake fan as there is a smoking area "outside", but the doors are always open to the inside and the place always smells of smoke.

The staff are very, very pleasant. There is no "attitude" here!!! There are always drink and food specials. The food is okay. It is not as good as the Penny Lane Pub (South Main), but it is okay.

The dear husband and I went here a few weeks ago. We each had the steak dinner special. A small steak, cooked to order, each order had three prawns. It came wth fries, salad and garlic bread. We both upgraded to Cesear Salads and I ordered a side of gravy. The steaks were good. The prawns were not fabulous. My husband didn't eat one of his because it was undercooked. The salad was good. All in all, the dear husband and I spent approximately $50.00 (includinjg tax and a tip between 15 - 20 %). Not bad for two steak dinners and four drinks!!!

This ain't the place for a romantic dinner. This ain't a family restaurant (licensed pub - no kidlets). However, for a short "date" with the dear husband it's decent. Hire a babysitter for an hour and a half or convince a neighbour to watch the kidlets for that long, as we've got an inxpensive kid free date.

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Consistantly Good
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 10:51am [Dine in]

I have been dining here for special occasionals for over 11 years. I find the service and food to be consistantly good.

Yes, there are other restaurants that are more trendy, have more innovative dishes, etc. However, when I have guests visiting from outside the Lower Mainland, I always bring them here. I have never been disappointed with this restaurant.

The fish is always fresh and perfectly prepared. The dishes are tasty. The wine list is extensive (with a lot of BC Wines). The staff are knowledgable and take pride in their work. They are pleasant and accomodating without ever showing "attitude."

If I want a quiet, pleasant dinner out with the dear husband. I will happily shell out money for a babysitter and come to dinner here. I know that I will have a good meal in pleasant surroudings by competent staff. No surprises. That's a good thing when dinners out are a rare and (with babysitting fees) an expensive treat.

Speaking of prices, the prices are not "great" however, there are entertainment coupons available, which make the dining experience more affordable. They also have an early seating special.

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Anducci's10194 152 Street, Surrey
Terrible Takeout
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 10:38am [Dine in]

We ordered "take out" from this Restaurant for a special party. My sister made the selections (the "Laverne and Shirley" and the "Carnivore King"). These dishes were primarily pasta with meat. Right off, I was concerned as the trays were $89 EACH. I thoght this was expensive for a pasta dish.

When I arriaved to pick up the trays, I spoke to the very young hostess/waitress. She was wearing dangerously high heels and a wee little black dress which she needed to keep adjusting. Her hair was long and NOT tied back. I worried she might slip on a the tiled floor and go flying. She did not know anything about my order. Thank goodness the kitchen had the order and they made it then.

One of the cooks and I took the two trays to my van. They were difficult to hold as they were heavy and hot. It would have been nice to have them put into a box box for easier transport.

When my sister opened these two orders, she was as surprised as I was. Very dry looking pasta, not a lot of sauce and very little meat (no veggies at all). She added half and half to the "cream" pasta as it was so very dry. When we ate, we found the pasta flavourless. It was like they forgot some ingredients.

All in all, I found these items very pricy. It is pasta for crying out loud - NOODLES. These are very inexpensive ingredients. There was hardly any meat and there was only miniscule sauce (just enough to very, very lightly coat the pasta). Why did they charge Ninety bucks EACH for these trays!!!!

I told my sister that for the next party - if we have pasta - I will make it myself. If we need catering - I will go to a good Chinese take out place in South Vancouver (Kent's Kitchen) where we will get good quality food, including noodles and rice, meat and vegetables, for much less money!! $90 for a tray of dry pasta?!!! Whatever!!!!

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