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SWLOakridge, VancouverSince June 28, 20084 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.9)
  • Food4 (3.8)
  • Service4 (3.8)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance4.5 (4.5)


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Market by Jean-Georges1115 Alberni Street, 3rd floor, Vancouver
Disappointing & Overpriced
Submitted Friday, February 18, 2011 - 9:32am [Dine in]

Having read good reviews (though the latest on this site seems to be from 2009), I was excited to visit Market & had high expectations for the place.

I ordered the tuna tartar to start, the braised short ribs for my entree and an ovaltine kulfi with caramelized banana and milk chocolate sauce for dessert.

The tuna tartar was alright, but It did not wow me. It came in a bowl formed with the classic ring mold sitting on a 1mm thick mash of avocado. It could have been better presented. The flavours were very asian inspired and fresh, but I couldn't take more than a few bites because the anise flavour was too overpowering and, quite frankly, the dish got boring after the first bite. It did not have a suitable garnish and it was clear that the chef did not have texture in mind when creating this dish.

My dinner guest ordered the fois gras, which she complained was way over-salted. She had to actually scrape the sauce off of the fois gras for it to be edible.

Next came the short ribs. I had to send it back after the first bite because, while the short rib itself tasted "ok", the sauce covering the ribs made it completely in-edible. It was so salty that it gave me that bitter after-taste that you often get with over-salted food. It really makes me wonder if the chef even tasted the food before it went out. The server agreed to replace it with the ling cod served with rice, which was wonderfully cooked, but again, nothing special. The portion of the ling cod though, was about half the size of my palm, while the portion of the rice was about the size of a large fist. I suppose they had to fill you up somehow.

The dessert was nothing to write home about. The ovaltine kulfi was lacking in malty flavour, though the texture was nice. The only thing I finished on the plate was a small slice of banana with caramelized sugar on top.

The server was quiet, reserved, and not very sociable. He seemed confused and unorganized when it came time to order.

However, if ambiance is what you care for, this is the place for you. Wonderful fireplaces, candlelight and decor.

The bill for 9 people ended up being over $1,000. Cocktails ranged in price from $14 - $20 per drink [1oz, i believe]. My dinner guest had a beef tenderloin priced at $38, which I thought was a little overpriced for what it was.

I definitely will not be visiting Market again, anytime soon. At least not until I hear of a chef change.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 11:43am [Dine in]

I came here with my significant other on our anniversary. I ordered the porterhouse steak and he ordered the new york striploin. We had some appetizers and a bottle of wine. The porterhouse steak is a must try here. I cannot stress enough how good this cut of meat is. But I would suggest that if you are going to order it, to cut out the appetizers, cause I had half of my steak left by the end of the meal.

The meal ended up being around $200 before tip, which I had already expected. The bottle of shiraz that we ordered alone was already $80. The service was excellent. Our server was very attentive, knowledgeable, and unafraid to make suggestions.

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Au Petit Cafe4851 Main Street, Vancouver
Consistently Good
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 11:38am [Dine in]

I've been going to Au Petit Cafe for years and I always order the same things.

- Lemongrass chicken with flavoured rice
- curry beef stew noodles
- the large sheet noodles with fish sauce, pork, basil bean sprouts and cucumber (delicious!!!)
- banh mi

If you are looking for pho, this is the wrong place to go!
Otherwise, it's a nice family style restaurant that's a little cramped, but it adds to the charm of the place. The servers are friendly and prompt, but don't expect excellent service from this place. It's a vietnamese restaurant!

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Kakurenbou Japanese Dining793 Jervis Street, Vancouver
A Must Try!!
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

My first impression when I approached this izakaya located behind the Starbucks on Jervis & Robson was that it was a hidden, cozy and upscale izakaya. The grandeur of the restaurant was brought out by intricate details in the renovations. The ceilings were high and the details and decorations through the restaurant create a comfortable and un-cramped atmosphere out of a small space. Upon being seated promptly for a table of 5, the waitress gave us our menu’s and a couple minutes before she came back to ask if we would like some drinks, which I was impressed with, as I usually find it annoying when server’s don’t give diners enough time to take a look at the drink menu. We asked the waitress for a suggestion on a drink and she recommended the drink called “Plus Vera” which consisted of aloe vera juice with pulp mixed with either sake, shochu or plum wine. I ordered the Plus Vera with sake ($6) and made it a double for $2 more which I found to be a very reasonable price for an alcoholic drink in the downtown area. The drink menu at Kakurenbou is quite extensive and they state that they can even make drinks that are not listed on the menu if you request it. Pricing on the drinks ranged from $6 - $8 for the most part, not counting beer. Other than the Plus Vera, I tried the drinks called “Sohorny” and “Kakurenbou.” I found the “Sohorny” to be too sweet for my liking, but I suppose that I could have known that from the description before I had ordered it. The “Kakurenbou” was a great drink for thirst-quenching and it was light and refreshing without being overly strong or sweet. We ordered a couple items on the menu many of which I was very impressed with, such as the Spicy Tuna Kimchee Carpaccio ($12.80). I was not expecting this dish to be great as I had assumed that the sesame oil and kimchee flavours would overpower the tuna. I was expecting the tuna to be of the grade that you usually get at izakaya’s, which tend to be tasteless and boring, but contrary to my expectations, the tuna was very flavourful and the kimchee accented the flavour of the tuna. Another favourite of mine was the Ebi-Avo Mayo ($9.80). The dish was served as fried, battered jumbo prawns with a mayo sauce. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and honestly, they were the biggest prawns that I had ever seen served in an ebi-mayo dish. Another dish worth mentioning was the Fried Garlic Chicken Gizzard ($7.50). I’m not usually into eating organs, but upon the convincing of my peers at the table, I decided to give it a try and I found it to be delectable. The garlic flavour really came through and the texture of the gizzard was interesting, almost crunchy. My absolute favourite dish had to be the Crispy Chicken Karaage ($9.80). The chicken was boneless thigh meat covered in a rice-krispy coating and then deep fried and served with a wedge of lemon. The chicken was juicy and tender and the rice krispy coating made the karaage very light and crispy. For dessert, we ordered the Japanese Style Parfait and the Lychee & Coconut Crème Brulee. Everyone at the table agreed that the Japanese Style Parfait, which had black sesame ice cream, green tea ice cream, condensed milk and corn flakes, was fantastic. It was a great combination of flavours and textures and appealing to the eyes. The Coconut Crème Brulee was good. It was very coconut-y with a hint of lychee flavour. We found the portion to be a little small for the $6 price. As for the service, the servers were attentive without being obtrusive. They would come by the table within 2 minutes of me emptying my glass to ask if I needed another. They were reasonably knowledgeable about the menu for being new to the restaurant and weren’t afraid to make good suggestions if asked.

This is a restaurant that I would definately visit again! I would highly recommend everyone to give it a try!

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