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OilmanFairviewSince March 1, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)


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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
Not a place to impress guests
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

My wife and I took our new neighbours to Il Giardino because they like traditional Italian food, and they go quite a bit. I should have made a reservation in their names instead of ours, and maybe we would have been treated with at least some form of civilized manner. It starts and ends at the door.

My wife and I arrived at the time of our reservation, and I received a message on my phone that our guests would be late. We spoke to the M'aitre 'd and gave our names, telling him that our guests would be late. "Snotty" is the word I would use. I retired as the CFO of one of the largest oil companies in the world, and have dined with captains of industry, and never been made to feel as unwelcome as I did at that moment. I asked to wait in the bar, and was told "NO, the bar is full, SIR"
so we stood in the narrow crowded hallway for 20 minutes as waiters carried all manner of food and drink past us, and were never offered anything.

When our guests arrived, the host's manner sure changed.

Apparently our guests are well known for many years in this restaurant, and the man at the door all but kissed them when he said 'Buena Serra' then remarked to me that I should have told him who my guests were and we would have been seated. Somehow, I was made to look bad in front of my guests because I had queued up and refused to name drop to get my way.

Though I found no fault with the food or the waiter's service, the restaurant was old and dingy, and not in a charming way; in a 'could use a good scrubbing' way. Crumbs on our chairs, unmatching cutlery (like a dessert fork for my salad course while the others at my table had salad forks). I actually laughed out loud when the M'aitre 'd told the busboy 'make sure they get breadsticks'

We tried the owner's own vinyard when we selected wine, and it was good. The food was regionally correct, and I was impressed that our waiter had been there 'forever'.

I found out that the man from the door is the manager of the restaurant, and he came to check on us. I don't know if he meant to come across that way or if it is just his own manner, but I watched the 180 degree shift right before my eyes from when I was a stranger to him, to knowing regular patrons of the restaurant and it did not sit well with me. I remarked about the man who was SMOKING, and my guest and the manager both told me that he was allowed.

Had we not had guests with us, I would have walked out long before we got a table. It is important to note than our waiter was a saving grace, but my mark is still a 1 for service. Days later, I still have a bad taste in my mouth.

I would not go back, and if you do want to go I recommend that you drop a name or two, or at least be a little famous to get treated like your money is worth something.

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Voya Restaurant and Lounge1177 Melville Street, Vancouver
a sudden and unexpected lunch gem
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

We wnt for lunch last week, after attempting to get a table in another new hotel restaurant that was closer to us, but no luck. We were greeted warmly as we entered the hotel lobby, and directed into the bar immediately. True to her word, the hostess had us seated in 2 minutes, though we did wait a little while to be served at first.

Our server was incredible.

She talked as though she had tasted it all, and steered us both the right way with food and drinks.

The caesar is the 2nd best in town. Buttermilk Fried Chicken on grilled romaine, perfectly dressed! We both had it. My burger was great; so flavourful with each ingredient having simple and distinct tastes married well together, and my guest had (I think) the flank steak, which he devoured.

No room for desserts, we were in and out in 90 mins at lunch, unrushed, and so enjoyed it that we lost track of time.

I will bring the wife for dinner

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Cru1459 W Broadway, Vancouver
Just moved into the neighbourhood
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

We just moved here from Alberta after we retired, and had walked past the place more than 20 times before we chose to dine there. It is a little hard to notice from the outside. We came without a reservation on a Thursday night on our way to another tapas restaurant that is close and was packed. My wife and I were greeted promptly, and seated at a lovely table (larger than I had thought I would get without a reservation) with comfy couches.

Our waiter turned out to be the guy who seated us, and seemed to know we had not been before. Most of the tables seemed to be regulars and both the waiters seemed to know everyone quite well, as everyone was warmly spoken to and acknowledged. I am a tough customer, and ask LOTS of questions. Many waiters have rolled thier eyes (along with my wife) but this one was on the same program as I was. He was a self confessed 'Farm Kid' and spoke to me about the food with so much passion that I thought he was the owner (he called himself a 'cog in a small wheel')

I trusted him so much that my wife and I let him order for us, right down to the wine. We stayed on the 'Small Plates' side, and I asked the waiter if what we had was enough. He replied 'We would much rather that you had the chance to order more at the end than over-feed you'

The Caesar is amazing. We did fight over the last crouton. He told us we would, and brought a steak knife to cut it.

Beef Carpaccio was perfect, and so flavourful, followed by the Scallops (tho only dish I wasn't impressed by ... a little bland for me, but the wife LOVED it).

We finished with the Duck Confit and the Shortribs (I have travelled the world and eaten so much duck, and I was prepared to be unimpressed as I have been so many times in the past) and both were just perfect; a unique take on some comfort food, and a wonderful, flavourful way to finish.

I am not a dessert person. Usually a waiter or waitress tries to convince me to order anyway. Ours told me about the options for cheese (passionately) and coffee, and then politely left us alone to talk about it. He returned about 10 minutes later (just enough time to digest.)

We were both full.

The wine list is great, with a lot of thought gone into picking a broad range of wines at reasonable prices (better price for the same things than in many other neighbourhood places) and the waiter took a bit of time to talk to us about how it evolved, and what the colour-coding means. I have often been stung by letting a waiter pick a bottle of wine, and when the bill came i thought that this would finally be one thing I could complain about, but he actually went a little low end for our taste (a wonderful French Pinot Noir that we had never tried - $45 a bottle that we have since found at ther places for a little bit higher.

All in all, one of the best places to dine as newcomers to the neighbourhood. Warmly welcomed on a semi-busy night. The two waiters worked so well with each other; both funny, but not snotty - at times there could have been another person to help, but really only a minute here and there.

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