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westernwilsonTsawwassen, BCSince March 6, 200713 Reviews
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  • Service4 (3.9)
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Illuminate1077 56th St., #125, Delta
A lovely bit of indulgence!
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2014 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Deciding to treat ourselves on a whim we made last minute reservations at Illuminate for a Friday night and had a delightful, special evening! The place was pleasantly packed (good sign) but we had requested a quiet table and had a lovely spot in a little alcove. We ordered widely off the menu (three of us) and from the very tempting specials, so got a good overview of the cuisine on offer. All dishes were yummy, but the Seafood Provencale, mushroom soup and the heavenly gnocchi get a special mention...over the top delicious! Service was really exceptional, and the dessert menu (yay!) included a lovely dessert wine and house-made biscotti; the perfect end to a perfect meal. Coffee was also excellent. We felt the value was good...the cuisine is superior and the portions were perfect, not to small and not too big. Lovely wine selection. We will be making time to go back more often to this lovely local gem.

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Vancouver Tibet Kitchen6591 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Cozy and Informal
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 9:13am [Dine in]

Loving all things Tibet, I chose Vancouver Tibet Kitchen as the place to enjoy my 55th birthday en famille. We had the place to ourselves on a rainy Sunday night, and sat down ready to sample the entire menu! The ambiance is best described as unpretentious, but is comfortable.

The momo were highly recommended, and we can tell you now...order extra! They are juicy and delicious, and I particularly like the unusual condiments supplied, a green onion and vinegar sauce that is bright and peppery, and a fiery, deep toned chili relish. Both were yummy on the momo.

We also sampled the Manchurian fried rice (absolute smash hit...succulent, nice texture to the rice grains, delicious sauce), the deep fried cauliflower (really nice toasty flavour, lovely dipped in the Manchurian sauce,),
the noodle soup (needed a bit of flavour boost, but welcome on a cold evening), chili fish (fish was tender, sweet and fresh, sauce very tasty), and a noodle dish. We even tried the Tibetan tea, which was warming and...unusual!

The flavours were neither standard Chinese or Indian, but a lovely and original fusion reminiscent of Thai or Indonesian cooking. I found the wealth of fresh vegetables in each dish especially pleasing. I will definitely be back. It would be lovely for a snack on a chilly winter's day!

The service was outstanding, the waitress attentive and personable, the dishes fresh and hot. And the crowing glory of the evening was the dimming of the lights, some incredibly loud birthday music, the presentation of a flaming (birthday candle) sweet fried banana with ice cream, along with a lovely white silk scarf, which I take it is traditional for the birthday person. I was enchanted!

This is a great place for a warmup, for a late night nosh, or a relaxed place to take the kids on a day out. There is something for everyone, and it is all mighty tasty. Enjoy!

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Adonia Tea House2057 West 41st Ave., Vancouver
Submitted Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 8:46am [Dine in]

We are afternoon tea addicts and were very pleased to find this cozy little hideaway in Kerrisdale. The place is small and charmingly furnished in tea room style, lots of teacups on the wall and pretty tableware. The tea was unusually good (so many tea rooms inexplicably serve mediocre tea!), and we sampled some black tea based blends. Cream was available to our "must have cream in my tea" diner, which was very nice. The food was fresh, well prepared and the scones very tasty. The service was excellent, with proper attention paid to refilling empty teapots. We are bewildered by the poor review we read, below. Our time here was just lovely and we will definitely be going again next week when we have visitors. Adonia is a lovely tea room, serving lovely food and goodies, perfect for a wonderful afternoon tea or lunch.

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Bacchus845 Hornby St, Vancouver
Afternoon Tea at the Wedgewood
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

I adore afternoon tea, the fancy tea where you are usually served a very pretty tower loaded with tiny sandwiches, scones and Devon cream, and teensy pastries and cakes. It is a leisurely, convivial experience accompanied by pots and pots of tea, very conducive to lively conversation. I consider myself something of an expert on the genre and try new afternoon teas everywhere I travel.

The dining room is lovely here, and the front section by the windows and fireplace has the perfect afternoon tea ambience: poofy couches, low tables and comfortable wing chairs. It is a tad crowded, but in a nice way, and I enjoyed the buzz of the other happy diners.

How I wish I had enjoyed the food more! The teeny sandwiches had been left out uncovered and were dried out. All were lean on fillings, by which I mean had not enough filling, and the shrimp sandwiches were a tiny bit "off". I can think of no good excuse for not getting egg salad or cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches right. Evidently the Wedgewood staff can.

The scones and baked goods, alas, were not perfectly fresh. I suspect they had been frozen and thawed, and some of them had a distinctly day old, tired taste. If you are going to use frozen dessert cakes, you must pay careful attention to your selection...some work fairly well this way, most do not. It would be better to buy them fresh from, say, Safeway.

The hallmark of a good afternoon tea, I have learned, is the Devon Cream. Or perhaps I mean the prime indicator of the commitment of the house to the pleasure of the diner is measured by how much Devon Cream is served. We had afternoon tea for five ladies. We were served one microscopic ramekin of Devon Cream. Every afternoon tea devotee KNOWS: if you order it by yourself, alone, you get an entire ramekin to yourself (generally 1 or 2 tablespoons of Devon Cream). A surprising number of the places I have had afternoon tea in think that no matter how many diners order the tea, only one ramekin of Devon Cream per table will be served. This is mean, shabby and reflect badly on the house. I can tell you from experience, this creates unhappiness and conflict amongst the diners: we all look forward to that Devon Cream!

Service was good, although more refills of pots and milk jugs were needed. The teas were weak and tasteless. This is a common failing, oddly. Afternoon teas are usually served with mediocre tea. Special Teas in Victoria is so close by...why not use their superior blends?

All in all a nice try by the Wedgewood but definitely a miss. There are much better afternoon teas to be had in the Greater Vancouver area.

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La Notte3307 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Sadly Mediocre...
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 9:05am [Dine in]

There is one big problem with Italian food...it is so easy to make outstanding Italian dishes at home, ie. google recipes for Summertime Tagliarini.
At La Notte, we have sampled a couple of the appies and several of the pizzas and pastas. While most were....acceptable...all were bland and none were outstanding. Admittedly, most of the menu items are priced reasonably, but we did not venture into the higher priced menu items (half of which are veal based dishes anyway...and hey, life is short, so why eat veal?).
With one exception: we tried the $20 Osso Buco special. Well, I should say "Osso Buco". This was one of the most lame, shamelessly bad dishes I have ever had, anywhere. An unidentifiable, sadly bland (did they POACH it??) although tender meat smothered in a made-from-powdered synthetic gravy...Glutinously Chicken I think. Absolutely ghastly. British prison cafeterias serve better food.
I could only be tempted back if I could also watch the chef eat his own Osso Buco for several nights in a row!
Service was excellent, but do yourself a favour and give this unimaginative and mediocre little menu a pass.

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Le Bistro Chez Michel224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Ho Hum
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

A number of us dined here recently, so I had a good chance to get on the spot reviews from a number of diners over a number of dishes.

The atmosphere is brasserie/bar...noisy, open and more given to fun and celebration than intimacy. The service was fairly good, although the specials were only read out to one of our two tables...the one that was obviously paying. Understandable, but tacky.

I ordered the chef's paté for starters. It arrived with an odd mix of pickles (ie. mini dills rather than the traditional sweet cornichons) and no toasts or bread. The paté was bland and very chilled, unexceptional in every way.

For mains, I had the steak with blue cheese and fried mushrooms. The steak, ostensibly NYstrip, was inexcusably tough and gristly, as were all the steaks ordered. The blue cheese was bland, mushrooms good but obviously prepared well ahead of time. Veggies were great, crispy-fresh and hot.

My créme caramel was dreadful. The créme part was rubbery-hard and tasteless. The caramel bland and thin.

And those charges (bland, patently done ahead, mediocre) applied to all the dishes we ordered. It's not that the place is bad, really, it just isn't very good.

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Pearl Restaurant14955 Marine Drive, White Rock
A little gem in the 'burbs
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

Six of us dined here last night and had a delightful dinner.

This review engine does not allow for a full description of our dishes etc.

Good things about Pearl:
-attentive, informed service
-excellent food, great presentation
-lovely décor
-washrooms elegant, clean, warm
-lots of parking
-great martinis! extensive and well chosen wine and spirits lists
-very pretty candle lamps
-good value

Not so good things about Pearl:
-trim meat more cafefully (my strip loin had a big gristly piece, ick!)
- minor details need attention ie. potatoes were not hot enough
-use larger cream pots, and warm them
-wake up dessert chef
-echoes in room need gentling
- the wind blows in from the sea...a two door entry would be wise.

While Pearl can congratulate themselves for being a little Bishop's in the making, they need to step up and monitor the fine details. The tiny things that are going astray will offend the educated diner able to appreciate their food...ie. their target market.

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Maguro Sushi5241 Ladner Trunk Rd, Delta
Delicious and lovely atmosphere
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

This little gem is a great place to go for a succulent meal and a relaxing time. Filled with charming little booths that ensure a private and cozy experience, Maguro is generally a busy, happy place. Our sushi experts adore their fresh, delicate and inventively prepared dishes, and their tempura prawns are to die for! The bento boxes are excellent and well priced. Even the Japanese tea is delicious; nutty, toasty yet astringent. And for some reason, their Miso soup is better than anybody else's! Often busy, so book ahead if you can. Well worth waiting for even if you show up unannounced, does takeout as well. Also offers a good selection of Japanese beers and sakes. Great decor.

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O Thai Cuisine Restaurant1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
Nice People, Ho Hum food
Submitted Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - 10:10am [Dine in]

I so wanted to be able to post a glowing review of this pretty little restaurant, but by the end of our meal, even the decor was a source of disappointment.

First, let me say the service was very good. Our servers were attentive, poised and gracious.

Unfortunately, the cuisine was hit and miss. We sampled a wide variety of dishes, and our iced Thai coffees and teas were absolutely delicious.

Appetizers were ok. The prawn wraps were juicy and fresh. The calamari was fine but not exceptional, ditto the other items.

Good main dishes were the duck with tamarind sauce, and the red curry. The stir fried vegetables, tender crisp and fresh, were utterly bland. The expensive Silver Pillow was full of tender and fresh seafood, but dull and bland. The pineapple fried rice was average but good with some flavour. Ditto the pad thai.

If you like any sort of heat at all to your dishes, ask. Even our red curry was barely spicier than coconut milk.

On the dessert platter, all agreed the apple fritter was the star. Our expert sticky rice and mango diners agreed while the flavours were very nice, the rice was a little dry and undercooked. They did say the mango was perfectly ripe and sweet.

Because the dining room is sparsely decorated, there is virtually no sound muffling, making the restaurant unpleasantly loud and echoe-y. Next to a loud group, we had to shout to be heard across the small table. Management would do well to spray the ceiling with a sound absorbing texture, and put more sound absorbing textiles etc. on the walls to cut the reverb.

The doors to the very clean washrooms are of exceptionally poor quality, shabby and do nothing to soundproof the washrooms.

Final evaluation: reworking the recipes to add flavour, punch, and some "wow" flavour is definitely in order, and would make this a great little restaurant. Reworking the lovely decor to lower ambient sound levels would also be a great idea.

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Peekaboo Bistro1233 56 Street, Delta
Small and Inviting
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 3:04pm [Dine in]

Nice Little Retreat!
We eat often here, and find it pays to get there early for lunch as the place has many admirers and fills quickly. They are very patient and kind to children.

The sushi is great, and the luncheon or dinner boxes are generous and tasty. The tempura is heavenly, and one of our favourite dishes is the Tempura Udon...a nice big bowl of delicious noodle soup served with an assortment of tempura, including their juicy and delectable tempura prawns.

They make very nice party trays for you to order and take home.

Tea is very good as well...so much so we beg for refills.

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Special Teas803 Fort Street, Victoria
A Tea Education
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

We popped in her quite by accident one day and were delighted to find they always have a pot of tea brewing. You are welcome to try different blends out.

This is the best tea we have ever tried, and we have tried lots of different brands, local and international.

Our favourite was the Mango Tea, a flavoured black tea blend. Also wonderful was the herbal blend "Angel Dreams", an excellent full flavoured blend. Other teas we tried and loved: Ostfriesen blend, Blackcurrant, Maté.

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Applewood Country Gifts, Tea Room & Bakery6345 120 Street, #112, Delta
Relax and Enjoy!
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

A lovely little place tucked away in East Delta.

We went for a nice afternoon tea a couple of weeks ago and liked it so much my daughter asked to have her 16th birthday party there, treating 4 of her friends to afternoon tea.

We were very surprised by the high quality of the tea served; the sandwiches, scones and tiny desserts were inspired and delicious, fresh and tasty. The server was warm and gracious.

We were *very* pleased to note that the portions of Devon Cream served were generous. One absolutely must be able to look forward to fresh scones dripping in jam and Devon cream!

The ambiance is cozy, and we especially liked our teacups...all pretty and old fashioned, and no one the same.

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Minor Quibbles:
The brand of tea served was decent but not outstanding.

We definitely intend to go here again, and take guests. Note that they also sell delicious fresh fudge!

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Secret Garden Tea Room, The5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver
For a very nice afternoon...
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

As an antidote to the post-Christmas blues, the ladies of the family descended on Secret Garden for a nice afternoon tea. If you have never been for AT, you are served a delightful triple tiered tray with fussy little sandwiches on the bottom, then scones, jam and devon cream on the middle level, finishing with an assortment of tiny desserts on the top level of the tray. All with a pot of your favourite tea. It is a wonderful, leisurely meal great for socializing and relaxing.

The Secret Garden sandwiches and goodies were delectable! And the server was very warm, personable and attentive. We try to search out afternoon tea wherever we travel, and Secret Garden compares favourably to what is served at the Empress in Victoria.

Major Quibble:
The amount of Devon cream served was not only miniscule, it had to be shared between persons. Since most of us like the scone/jam/Devon cream section of the tea best, this put a huge and miserly crimp in the experience.

Minor Quibbles:
The ambience could be more warm and overstuffed.
The brand of tea is not the best we've ever had.
Teapots could be larger.
Staff had to be reminded to refill milk and cream jugs.

Note that in the run up to Christmas, special Christmas themed goodies are presented! So it is well worth going both before and after the holiday!

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