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lynniepDowntownSince October 26, 20074 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Oysi Oysi Restaurant1136 Alberni Street, #607, Vancouver
A lot can be said for good service...
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

So, Oysi Oysi is definitely not Togo's and probably isn't even the best sushi you can find downtown but ultimately it is one of my favourite places to eat. I live right around the corner and probably come here about once a week. The gentleman that owns this place and his staff are wonderful: You're always welcomed warmly like an old friend, the wait staff are attentive and sweet and the kitchen fast. I've also been there a number of times and had them bring us out dishes of free ice cream at the end of our meal--just because. From the photos of friends' children and families near the cash to the cozy ambience and comfortable banquets this place is just as comfortable as being at home.

The food is solid and fresh, and the one time a friend wasn't crazy about the House Special roll she'd ordered (with lobster--I will admit this one can be dicey) they were very concerned with her uneaten portion and took it off the bill without her even having to ask or return it. I recommend the chicken teri roll and their tempura is always spot on. I've really never had anything here I didn't like, and we've probably ordered everything off their "Specials" sheet at one time or another. The last time I had a dish with garlic clams and they were awesome.

I really can't say anything bad about Oysi Oysi. Good, filling, fresh sushi at reasonable prices and they treat you just like you've gone home to Mom's house :)

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Social Restaurant & Lounge332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Not bad, Not Outstanding...but I'd go back
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

I love Gastown and work nearby but had never tried So.cial, so as it was a friend's birthday and she had a hankering for oysters we wandered over after work.

The oyster bar downstairs was nice and comfy, though somewhat empty--not unusual for a Monday night in April though. We had a couple dozen Kussi and Fanny Bay oysters that were comparably priced to Joe Forte's at about $1.50-2.50 each, and then split three appies and a couple of bottles of wine.

The food overall was good: Oysters fresh and tasty, though I've had better migonette: A trio was served that included basic red wine vinegar with some chopped shallots, a second lighter Muscat vinaigrette with shallots and a third (very spicy) chili-lime sauce. I pretty much skipped these. I love an icy sorbet-style mignonette or even the fresh horseradish and cocktail sauce they serve at Joe Forte's much better--but the oysters were very good.

Our appies were excellent, though salty. From these reviews I'm gathering the kitchen has a heavy hand with the salt, and it's too bad as otherwise these would have been perfect. I highly recommend the duck confit crepe and the mussels with black fig. Very yummy. The charcuterie plate was excellent also, and despite the high price of flour and how stingy most restaurants have become with the bread of late we were served generous second helpings of good bread. It was perfect for mopping up the mussels' sauce :)

I agree the wine list isn't stellar, but for Vancouver fine dining I didn't find it to be too pricey. I did like the selection of BC wineries included. Some Pentage was there, and we had Kettle Valley Semillion--both solid choices, but not what I'd consider 'high end' or would buy for a dinner party at home. We did split a bottle of Babich Sauvignon (New Zealand) and it should be noted that it was $42, compared with $60 at Forte's and $58 at Lift.

Overall a good Monday night out. Good oysters, decent service, nice people and a cozy atmosphere. Another Gastown winner, and one I can see only getting better.

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Boneta12 Water Street, #115, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2007 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

We felt in need of some post-workday coddling tonight and walked over to Boneta. I wasn't sure where exactly it was, but it's literally just around the corner from the Heather at Cordova & Carrall. Scary hood but Gastown is only getting better, it would seem.

In any case: Amazing service (warm & attentive, and the maitre d was hilarious), absolutely gorgeous room and the food was inventive and sublime.

We started with perhaps the best Manhattans I've ever had and the wine list was excellent as well--we followed up with an 03 Chamarre Bordeaux that was brilliant.

I had braised veal cheeks on pappardelle with mushrooms and a wonderful jus and the veal was literally fall apart fork tender. My only minor complaint would be that the scattering of green asparagus in the dish was slightly overcooked, but the flavours made up for it.

Dessert was also incredible: An unbelievable coconut tapioca layered with an almond and papaya salad and accented with cilantro oil. It absolutely danced in your mouth and was light and sublime.

We also shared an excellent chocolate terrine with anjou pear and pureed raisin & brown butter sauce that was absolutely the perfect amount of sweet and rich.

Everything was amazing and we're definitely going to make it a regular place. The restaurant is warm, gorgeous and chic with none of the attitude of neighbour Chill Winston, and the food was certainly better.

Go Go GO to Boneta. Best Vancouver dining experience I've had to date.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
It's utility food. Quit bitching.
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

Hon's is Hon's: It's not meant to be fancy or fabulous. It's a big room with harsh neon lighting, long tables and plastic dishes, and it's generally noisy and crowded. I love it. It's hungover Sunday brunch dim sum at it's best. Four people can be absolutely inundated with tea, diet Cokes (in a plastic cup! with crushed ice!), soups, noodles, congee and BBQ'd everything for less than $40 and still leave with tonnes of food to eat cold from the fridge during the hockey/football game later.

Sure, there's grease. There's also MSG. But the pan fried juicy pork buns, beef brisket soup with egg noodles and lemon chicken can't be beat. Great value, lots of food, nice staff and wicked fast service.

Yay Hon's!

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