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PlatinumdimsumVancouverSince January 12, 20076 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

Over the past few years I have eaten at Viji's many times, and have enjoyed every meal experienced there. Vij is a gracious host, and (like Bishop's, where he has worked before) visits each table to greet customers with a warm welcome.

No reservations are taken, but you are guaranteed a table if you go early. If you do have to wait, the backroom is pretty fun. As you're waiting, they have a constant stream of small bites to tide you over until a table becomes available.

The food is fantastic, with sauces made from scratch, and fresh BC ingredients. This isn't authentic Indian food, but more like the fresh/seasonal bounty of BC with Indian inspirations.

To the previous poster that complained about the restaurant being inflexible: Kosher, no dairy, no meat, no grains -- perhaps it would have been much easier to stay at home a homecooked meal.

Items like curries are made from scratch, but not on the day of (welcome to flavour country after flavours have had time to mingle). It is unreasonable to ask for all those changes. Not only because it's not an easy thing to do, but items may taste a bit strange with the various requested substitutions (not the way the chef intended). You may have fared better at other restaurants (West comes to mind), they could have planned a custom tasting menu for you.

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Cactus Club Cafe7320 Market Crossing, Burnaby
Cactus is ok
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 8:58am [Dine in]

We like the Cactus. Delicious! Try the burger, fantastic!

Then have an in house pint, mmm!

Service is not bad, yay!! Ambience is great, woooo!

The best Cactus is the one on Ash Street, woaaaah! Test kitchen restaurant!~

If you can't find parking, take the bus, yeaaaah - very convenient!

Prices for all Cacti clubz iz very decent, yesss!!!

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Looming away from the horizon
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

Dined here before Mackay took over. The food was all prepared ahead of time, didn't really make for the $150 per head price that was charged.

Dessert however, was the star of the evening. A very delicate pannacotta w/ seasonal fruits.

Other gripe would be the fact that they serve Terra breads. Terra is a great local bakery, however for a restaurant of that calibre, you would expect in house baked goods.

To the previous reviewer, Feenie is no longer at the helm of Lumiere nor is he associated with Feenie's anymore. Complications with the other partners led to a breakup.

The new chef is only 28 years young, and lives with his Mom in Burnaby. It could be viewed as a burn or a boon to Rob. I guess now Rob is free to move around and start another fine establishment.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Go to Chambar
Submitted Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

The beerlist seems pretty extensive, but in reality you can easily purchase these at private beer stores and at the BC Liquor Store.

This place has a hopping ambiance, but the food needs alot of work. Go if you don't mind some Belgian brews, but don't go if you are expecting decent grub.

Mussels are sub par, and again if you want decent mussels go to Chambar. Same price range and cleaner room.

I'm not too sure where the last reviewer drank in Belgium, but if you can find me a place in Vancouver that serves all the Belgian trappist ales: Orval, Achel, Westvletern, Westmalle, and Rochefort, then yes, the beer list beats any that you can find in Belgium.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Kingyo can do better
Submitted Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Robson and Denman is fast becoming the izakaya corridor of downtown Vancouver. Zakkushi, Hapa, Guu, Gyoza King.. and now Kingyo.

Service: disorganized. As soon as we entered the restaurant, they asked if we had a reservation (to which we replied no) and then asked us to sit and wait (even tho half of the restaurant was empty, hey they could ALL be reserved, I can not assume anything). 10 seconds after this, we were once again approached by staff and asked the SAME question, and once again asked us to sit and wait. We were seated about 7 mins after.

Food: Everything was luke warm when it arrived, suggesting that either it was not made fresh, or items had been sitting under a food lamp (especially for deep fried items). The pork cheeks were tough and bland, the squid was chewy, flavourless and borderline cold upon arrival.

Ambiance: It seems they spent alot of money gutting this place, as it was a deli/casual dining restaurant before (Enthuze). I give them props for trying to dress the place up, albeit in a cheezy manner. The CHAIRS were horrendous tho, my butt was numb after 10 mins of sitting on those awful chairs. Note: I am a slender built person.. good luck if you are more robust or tall!

MUSIC: Yes, normally this doesn't register on my food reviews, but the music they played was just atrocious! An izakaya is a lively pub, people go there for some nibbles, booze and laughter.. but the ambiance there was like a funeral, as they had sad country-esque music playing throughout the time we ate. We were the only ones though -- the table beside us complained, and not in a friendly manner either!

Service: Food was steady for the first 3 dishes, then it fizzled. I understand that it's not a dine and dash establishment, but to boil some noodles and broth shouldn't take more than 20 mins to prepare.

All in all, I am not sure if I would return to Kingyo. With so many other izakayas around town, I won't be going back any time soon.

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Capers Community Market3277 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Capers is a winner
Submitted Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for a quick bite on Cambie Street, and don't feel like sushi, curry, burgers, or Chinese food, check out the deli/bakery/sandwiches @ Capers.

For $10, you can get a premium quality panini, small soup and an organic coffee or tea. The paninis are made with freshly baked artisan breads (Ecco Il Pane), filled with organic (Mcleans) meats and veggies, and you can even sample the 4 soups on offer before settling on one choice. Coffee is organic/fair trade as well, and with each purchase you receive a complimentary refill that you can redeem at the other locations for the duration of the day.

If $10 is too steep for you, bear in mind that a half soup and sandwich at the foodcourt in Oakridge is about $7-8 (this does not include fresh coffee or tea, but may include a small fountain pop). Not to mention that the ingredients used at the mall outlets are not organic, not made nor prepped on site, and certainly not of the same calibre.

Parking is free with a minimum $3 or so purchase, so you need not worry about finding parking along the chaotic stretch known as Cambie.

Some say the food paying system is bothersome, but I personally do not mind clean hands handling my food, vs hands that have touched money and coins passing me my sandwich and coffee.

Also worth noting is that my friend has some strange allergy, but they were able to accomodate her by making a sandwich with kamut (sp?) spelt (some strange different grain) bread. I don't think this can be accomplished at your local Subway's or Quizno's.

I look forward to trying the items in their deli case on my next visits.

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