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makeup_girlyVancouverSince August 18, 200649 Reviews
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3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
I give C an A!
Submitted Monday, March 5, 2007 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

We have been to C a few times each year for the past few years. Most recently, we dined with some friends during DOV.

We have always been delighted with the food. Their lobster bisque is amazing, as is their changing appetizer offerings. For Dine Out, two of us had the lobster menu, and two of us the "regular" menu with the fish as the entree. The fish was fantastic as was the portion size. Unfortunately, the lobster did not seem to please as the portion seemed miniscule in comparison to our fish!

Our service was fantastic as well, even though the restaurant was full. No complaints.

However, I do not care much for the tired minimalist decor. It is time for a change. However, candlelight does wonders...As well, the women's washroom is ridiculous. Who needs all that room to powder noses?! An extra stall would be in order! As well as a mid-dinner service tidy...

I would recommend C.

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Steveston Pizza Co.3400 Moncton Street, #100, Richmond
Great, great, great!
Submitted Friday, February 23, 2007 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

This is where you can get pizza that tastes great but you don't have to feel guilty about it afterwards.

The pizza crusts are thin, but you still get the satisfaction of eating the "pizza dough." The toppings are generous and of a high quality.

We have tried almost all of pizzas and would recommend them all, but like a previous reviewer said, the owner does tend to change the configurations. The owner has also been playing around with the pricing, which is a bit annoying, but the latest menu we got seemed to be reasonable enough (the prices kept increasing for a while).

Do give this pizza a try! Call ahead because they can get busy, and sometimes they deliver, sometimes not!

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No. 9 Restaurant5300 No. 3 Road, #812, Richmond
It can be a yes to the no. 9
Submitted Friday, February 23, 2007 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

To get fairly tasty noodles, congee and BBQ meats quickly and with minimum hassle, the No. 9 is a safe bet.

I wouldn't recommend all of their menu items (more later), but for the items mentioned above, I would rank them above average. We also really like their deep-fried wontons with sweet & sour sauce (the wontons are all shrimp!).

What you should say "no" to at the "no. 9" are their a la carte vegetable dishes. The veggies should be sauteed in the wok to get that special "wok-air" taste, but their veggies (whether it be broccoli, gai lan, choi sum) are pre-boiled, then warmed up by pouring on a goopy sauce. Blechhh!

Their salted fish fried rice and seafood&tofu hot pot also lack the "wok-air", but will do if you have a craving for these dishes.

The ample mall parking and the mall itself (shopping!) add to the attractiveness of this location.

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
A real gem!
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

Saveur is probably one of the best French restaurants in the city. If the owners would get the service right...wait, one of the owners is the problem with service!

I'll start with praising the outstanding food because it is so deserving. Chef owner Stephane produces absolutely fantastic creations consistently. We have been there for lunch about 4 times in the past 18 months, and had a large dinner party about a year ago. We have tried a variety of their appetizers and entrees and we are almost giddy with delight after each plate!

The service, on the other hand, is not delightful. Co-owner Nathalie usually leads the staff on the floor. I suppose because the restaurant is (suprisingly) not-busy, it is difficult to attract professional wait staff (e.g. one server didn't know what several things on the menu were). I can forgive that, but what about co-owner Nathalie's polite...but cool and indifferent demeanour? The dining room usually ranges from about 3/4 full to about 1/4 full whenever we visit, but there is no change in her warmth or attentiveness. And a "Nice to see you again" would be appreciated as well! Terrible on a fragile ego!

Go try Saveur--your tastbuds and tummy will thank you for it.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Without hesitation--recommended!
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

An excellent Dine Out experience brought us back for brunch recently. Mistral is located a few doors down from Lumiere and Feeenies. Whether it be for service, ambiance, food quality or value, I would recommend Mistral over Feenies.

The menu is rustic/bistro French. Though I agree with a previous reviewer that their lamb sausage is, ahem, unfortunately lamb-y, I disagree that everything else was disappointing. (We did encounter one server/assistant during our Dine Out dinner who was slightly rude, but perhaps it was a stressful night.)

Their brunch menu is particularly interesting. For about $19-$22, you have a choice or 3 or 4 set menus named after certain regions in France. Each menu is a 3-course meal--delicious and a bargain!

The ambiance is warm and welcoming. The tables are very well spaced as compared with so-called high-end restaurants such as (Feenies), Lumiere or Bishops!

Mistral is worth a try!

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Expected much better
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

I can't blame the hubbie for taking me here because if you believe all the hype, this is THE restaurant for the best in food, wine, and service. The truth is, I have had better experiences in several other restaurants in the city, and many times, for much less cost.

This is our 3rd trip in as many years. Each time, I walk away feeling dissatisfied. We visited the restaurant on a recent Saturday. Hubbie had the "meat" 6-course menu and I had the "seafood" 6-course. (Everyone at a table must choose either the 6-course or all must have the 10-course.)

There were few tables at this early seating. The complimentary gougeres and amuse bouche were appreciated and tasty, as were our first courses. My husbands quail with roasted pineapple and curried lentil soup was outstanding, as was my arctic char. Then things started to fall apart as the restaurant filled up.

Then I realized that my "seafood" menu consisted of fish, fish, and more fish, all tasting like they were pan roasted. First came the arctic char, then sea bream, then sablefish. The sea bream was slightly bitter, as when a fish is gutted improperly and the bile spills out. My sablefish was tastless. What happened to other sea critters like shrimp, crab or lobster? Oh, yes, they were in the "sauces". Right.

My husband's meat courses were much more enjoyable. And well seasoned!

By the end of the meal, I was relieved to leave the restaurant. The room was humid and diners packed in like sardines.

Would I recommend this restaurant? I would, but with reservations. Indeed, Lumiere is a "special occasion" restaurant serving many creations that one could not easily replicate at home. However, the proprietors must start valuing patrons more (e.g. stop trying to fit in as many tables as physically possible) and putting more care and attention in their creations as that is probably why many foodies frequent the establishment.

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Sweet Revenge Patisserie4160 Main Street, Vancouver
Eclectic Dessert Spot
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

If appreciate good tea and dessert, you should make a trip here.

About 5 of us ended up here for dessert one Sunday night. I was very glad we did. We had a variety of desserts and teas. I had an excellent loose leaf earl grey with my dessert (I forgot the name of it but it was like a chocolate cheesecake with an excellent chocolate graham cracker rust--satisfying yet surprisingly light.) Each of our teas came in individual Bodum pots, which was nice change. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

The decor was not my cup of tea (OK, bad pun) but it was interesting. The high ceiling was copper-coloured whereas the walls were a bright red. The furniture and serving plates and teacups were mismatched in a semi-shabby chic direction whereas the art on the walls were early 1920s-ish Chinese posters. (If you are familiar with the vibe of the Main & 20-something area, you probably know what to expect).

I wouldn't recommend this for a first-date (or second, for that matter) but I would come back here with the ol' hubbie or friends and family. They also appear to have a healthy take-out business.

I will return when I get a chance, or at least, do take-out.

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Seto Japanese Restaurant8460 Alexandra Road, #155, Richmond
Seto is sublime!
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

The Seto is such a wonderful restaurant that I almost do not want to tell anyone about it! The food is exceptional. The rolls arrive at your table still warm...the rice in their sushi (or if you get a bowl of rice) come to you like little warm pearls...I am at a loss for words to describe these wonderful little grains, but take my word for it. The care and attention they put into their sushi rice is reflected in everything they serve. Our favourite rolls include the real crab california, dynamite, and beef teriyaki.

Their beef sukiyaki set for 2 really can feed four--because you then get the opportunity to sample their other dishes. You must order this if you are a soup / udon fan!

Sometimes it is hard to flag down a server; that is the only reason I took off a star for the service. I would have taken off half a star if I could. The servers are pleasant and efficient so it is no comment on their work. Perhaps it's the way the screens between the booths shield you...

I would highly recommend this restaurant! At my peril, I suppose, because the Seto is already pretty busy...reservations are a must!

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
A lovely evening
Submitted Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

Le Crocodile is as good as we remembered.

My husband and I went there on a recent Friday evening for a "special" dinner. Fortunately for us, the service that busy evening was refreshing and wonderful. Perhaps it was because our waiter (Michael?) was attentive, professional, and genuinely friendly.

Though the restaurant was full by the time we finished our dinner, we were not rushed by the staff in any way. We ordered the foie gras and marrow for appetizers, osso bucco and lobster seafood pasta as entrees, and a lemon tart for dessert. (Warning: the foie gras was so large the two of us was needed to finish it off!) It was all wonderful! Our food arrived promptly and so hot that it couldn't have sat more than what seemed seconds before it got to our table! But if you expect your food to be slapped on your table a few minutes after the waiter takes your order, then you need to be in a different type of establishment altogether.

Our only disappointment was eventually rectified: I had made reservations at least 2 weeks prior. The hostess showed us to "our table," which was one of the tiny two person tables near the front of the restaurant while the room was virtually empty. I then requested a different table. She then decided in her wisdom to ask me if I had "specifically" requested a window table. Shocked at her response, I replied that I expected a better table because I had made reservations so long ago. We were then shown a much better table. I appreciate that my complaint was rectified, but I bring it up because for the next hour and a half, no one else was showed our "initial" table (though there were plenty of couples who showed up to dine). I did not appreciate that she attempted to give us one of the most undesirable tables in the restaurant because...why? We were not regulars? We looked too nice to complain?

I would recommend this restaurant but caution diners to make some "specific" requests when reserving!

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Savory Coast1133 Robson St., Vancouver
It's OK
Submitted Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

I've been here for lunch twice--once last year, once recently. I have not experienced the atrocious service other reviewers unfortunately experienced, but the service is rather sporadic. I think they do not have have enough people to cover the physical distance of the dining room properly. There are not that many customers, but because the dining room is so large, things seem to take a long time. But when a server does arrive, they are generally very professional and pleasant.

Onto the food...again, it is decent. For the location, ambiance, and price, it is a solid value. I would dare say that the food is similar to Earls' entrees, but with an adult atmosphere.

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Don't come for the fish & chips, but the oysters
Submitted Monday, December 18, 2006 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I have stopped going to Dave's because the batter keeps getting thicker, fish smaller, and prices higher. I'm writing this review because I happened to see that someone recently reviewed this joint!

We used to do takeout from here about twice a month for a period of 5 months. I tried to dine in once but they were already closed (about 8pm).

The take-out takes forever, ok, I'm being dramatic. But 20 minutes is usually not enough for them to have your takeout packed and ready. It's closer to 30 minutes, at least.

Despite that Fish & Chips is in their name, fish & chips are probably the worst thing on their menu. I would not recommend them at all. However, the fried oysters are really good, especially with the red cocktail sauce they serve with it, as are their onion rings. Dave's tartar sauce is really good too, but since I don't recommend trying their fish...

The service is pretty amateur, but cut them some slack since they appear to be teenagers, with the average age of 17. But, I was irked when we asked one of these teens working the takeout counter for a menu. He told us that he wasn't allowed to give out any menus right now because the owner just raised the prices and some people got upset that they weren't being charged at the old prices. Okaaaaaaay....

I have not been back there for a few months. I probably will when I get a hankering for the fried oysters.

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Pisces Fish & Chips3675 Westminster Highway, #115, Richmond
It's true! Great Indian food found here
Submitted Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

After hearing good things about this place (including the reviews on this site), I finally worked up the nerve and made my husband come with me to try the Indian food from this "fish'n chips" place...

What a wonderful surprise! After our last fiasco trying Indian food in Steveston (La Tandoor, shame on you!), we braced ourselves as we dug into our takeout butter chicken and lamb curry. Yummy! One could never have guessed that this quality of Indian food came from a place in a strip mall, and a fish n' chips place to boot!

The portion sizes were great--enough to fill our tummies plus a little left-over that we ate as lunch/snacks. We also ordered naan. It wasn't quite as risen as some naans we have had...it was like a cross of chapati-naan; delicious nonetheless.

We were greeted by a very gracious couple. Very refreshing to have a real conversation with them. The owners?

They encouraged us to dine in the next time. I don't think I would, and wouldn't recommend it to those who are sensitive to, ah, good circulation?! I admit, I am sensitive in that area. To give everyone an idea, I *could* dine in at the Church's located at the same mall, as the air circulation there seems better.

Nevertheless, this is a great little place and am looking forward to trying more of their menu items.

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Northern Delicacy4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 2788, Richmond
Hair nestled in sticky rice
Submitted Monday, November 20, 2006 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

We come here every few months. It's in a fairly convenient location as it is in Aberdeen Mall, so you can do some shopping before or after a meal at Northern Delicacy.

The decor is modern and clean, which is also why we usually come back. However, this last experience disappointed us. We order pan fried pea tips, dan-dan noodles, spicy beef noodles, siu-loong bao, and the sticky rice wrapped donut.

All of the dishes were very tasty. However, we nearly finished our meal and our sticky rice still hadn't arrived. We were about to cancel the order when the dish was finally brought to us. I took the first piece and bit into it, only to reveal a human hair!

I was thoroughly disgusted and (involuntarily) spat out the piece I bit off. I flagged down the manager and quietly, and nicely pointed out that there was a hair nestled in my sticky rice. I requested a replacement. He responded with a perfunctory, "Oh, sorry." A few minutes later, he plopped a new sticky rice on our table. No acknowledgment of the hair incident. We got our bill, and we were charged full-price for everthing.

We expected better from this restaurant. We were treated no better than if we visited some cheap hole-in-the-wall restaurant--at least there, we wouldn't have been charged the premium prices we had to pay.

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Bishop's Restaurant2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Needs freshening up, but still a favourite
Submitted Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

We went on a weeknight and celebrated our wedding anniversary. On previous occasions, we were seated upstairs and enjoyed ourselves in that cozy little "alcove".

This time, we were seated downstairs. It was a damp, chilly evening to begin with. Seated where we were, in the furthest table in the corner of the room, probably the best location in that room, we realized just how small, cramped, and tired the room was. We were probably about 14 feet from the front door and 6 inches from the next table (as were all tables). It didn't help that there was an obnoxiously noisy table of 6 across the room (about 6 feet away from us). Being so close to the front door and seated in such a cramped space did not a romantic evening make...

The service was pleasant, but mediocre. It was not busy at all during our entire dinner, but no one came to check on our bread or water, or ask how our meal was. The experience was further marred by the fact that there was always one or two staff sitting behind the bar--about 6 feet away from our table.

The menu looked very much the same as when we were there last, about a year ago. We had prawns for an appetizer--with the head on! It was a messy presentation and the ginger-asian fusion sauce was uninspired. Our entrees were roast chicken breast in a wine reduction, and lamb served 3 ways--solid, but again, uninspired.

Our dessert, however, was excellent. The best chocolate mousse we have ever had. It was decadently rich, but not heavy even though we had consumed quite a bit of meat and starch during dinner.

Bishop's used to be one our favourite restaurants. But we are unsure if we would return based on our latest experience. We would need to be convinced that a major overhaul of the ambiance, menu, and service had occurred.

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Earls5300 No. 3 Road, #304, Richmond
Consistently good
Submitted Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

Lately, I have had better food and service here than at some fine dining restaurants. Our perennial favourites are the wings, ceasar salad, burgers, and chicken tenders (our son's favourite). The pizzas and pastas are usually tasty, too. Our favorite (new) appetizer is the tuna/wonton stack.

The ambiance is family friendly yet works well for everyone from ages 15-50. My only complaint is that it is too dark in the restaurant! So dark, in fact, that we have had trouble at times flagging down servers, or arrived at a table with a few crumbs still on the table or seat. But these are very minor complaints as each time we requested something done, it was done promptly and without attitude--quite remarkable since the majority of the staff are fairly young and likely students. Kudos to whomever has been running this location.

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Not quite...
Submitted Monday, October 30, 2006 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

Tapenade tries, and is a nice addition to Steveston, but it is not quite what it would have patrons believe. It does have a decent patio, but it is far from the best patio in Steveston (which it advertises).

We've been to Tapenade twice this past summer, once with guests and once by ourselves. Both times were for brunch. The tastiest items we had were the mussels, bruschetta/crostini, and bouilliabaisse. In the mediocre range were the eggs benedicts, some other forgettable items on the brunch menu, and the desserts.

Also, the awkward plating had an un-appetizing effect: large white plates with fairly small portions, garnished with old & skimpy looking fruit (e.g. grapes with browned and mushy heads and cantaloupe or honeydew sliced so thin they barely tasted of anything when eaten).

The prices were decent and parking is good. I'd feel comfortable recommending my friends to go there, and I'd probably be back there next summer.

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Danny's Wun Tun Restaurant11666 Steveston Hwy, #3050, Richmond
Agree with the rest--this is NOT THE BEST
Submitted Monday, October 30, 2006 - 6:08pm [Dine in]

Like the past reviewers, we tried this restaurant after some local paper's readers voted this Richmond's Best Chinese Restaurant. We were skeptical, since it is located in a mall, and none of the patrons, er, were Chinese. But we decided to give it a try, hoping it would be a good "Mom'nPop" type find.

Since that day about a year ago, we have gone back a couple of times, mainly to pick up a quick noodle soup or BBQ meat with rice after shopping at London Drugs or some other store at the mall.

Don't expect fine cuisine. Overall, it is probably on par with Hon's. The BBQ duck is decent, as is the soup and noodles. However, the char-siu is terrible, and the roast pork is barely OK. The sweet & sour pork is terrible (mushy tasteless batter). The beef brisket borders on decent but sometimes is hard and tasteless.

Danny's is OK for a quick tide-me-over meal.

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Bella Pizza4775 Blundell Road, Richmond
Didn't appreciate the skimpy toppings
Submitted Monday, October 30, 2006 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Bella does have a really good non-greasy crust (e.g. Pizza Hut). We've ordered from both the downtown and Richmond locations before, and last Friday, from this Richmond location.

We had a Hawaiian and the Cappricciosa. The quality of the ingredients was good, but whoever was making it that night was very skimpy on the toppings.

Perhaps our pizza chef was the same guy who answered the phone, who apparently, was having a bad night. Hubbie was trying to give the guy directions for delivery and the phone guy cut him off saying he was too busy [to listen].

Don't think I could confidently recommend this location.

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Flamingo Chinese Restaurant3469 Fraser Street, Vancouver
An oldie but goodie
Submitted Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

Our family has been coming here for what seems like forever, but it has probably only been about 15 years. The decor seriously needs an update, but other than that, it is a solid dim sum and dinner restaurant. Don't take a date here, but it is a great place to go with family and friends. The room is spacious and great for large groups, and unless there is a banquet, there is plenty of elbow room.

The dim sum selection is large, but don't expect a lot of the nouveau stuff that you would find in Richmond. Dinner is also great and a great value if you pick their "set menus". But don't let that deter you, as there are literally dozens and dozens of dishes to select from, and the menu is in English and Chinese.

Service is friendly, unpretentious and homey. I rated service a "4" because the staff are so earnest and hardworking and willing to please, but don't expect "fine dining" service.

It's rare these days to find a restaurant deserving of customers' business and loyalty--try the Fraser Flamingo!

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La Tandoor Restaurant3651 Moncton St, #120, Richmond
Incredible--not in the good sense...
Submitted Monday, October 23, 2006 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

After reading some good things in local Richmond papers about this restaurant, hubbie and I eagerly ordered takeout on a Friday night: butter chicken, lamb roganjosh, naan, pappadams (sp?), and rice pilau. We were slightly disappointed that there were no "meals" and had to order everything a la carte. I muttered to hubbie that it would be a rather expensive dinner, but I reconsidered when I thought more about it concluded that it would be insignificant once our cravings were satisfied! I almost clapped my hands in gleeful anticipation.

Ah, well, the best laid plans...we started with the pappadams, which turned out to be chewy, like if they were prepared in bulk in the morning (or night before!) and left to sit and chew-ify.

Next was the naan. The naan was delicious--and small. Hmm, maybe we were just really hungry....

I began spooning the lamb and chicken curries onto our dinner plates. I kept spooning nothing but sauce onto our plates! The butter chicken contained exactly 4.25 cubes of chicken and the lamb roganjosh 3 pieces of meat!

The curries actually tasted quite yummy, but why the miniscule portions? Take-out customers deserve the same respect as dine-in ones! This experience leaves us with a bad taste...

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