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xlittlelambxVancouverSince October 30, 20064 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)


Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Stuffed Stomaches
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

My bf and I had planned to go to Las Margaritas for Dine Out Vancouver, but found out, after we were seated, that they only have that menu in place for reservations on Mondays to Thursdays, as the weekend did not allow reservations. As I'd imagine for a Saturday night, the place was packed and we were told to wait 30 minutes or so to be seated. With the shoulder-to-shoulder-of-people-around-you busy atmosphere of the restaurant, time moved quickly and we were soon seated.

Not long after that, we were given complimentary tortilla chips with salsa. They were so tasty, as the chips were warm and the salsa refreshing fresh. The service we got was quick and prompt, and at times intrusive. I was asked how the food was when I was about to start eating. Fortunately, that only happened once.
For drinks, I ordered an iced tea, and the bf ordered a 7Up. We got refills as soon as it became empty. We ordered some jalapeño poppers and two combos, mine being a beef burrito with chicken taquitos with refried beans (paste), salad, and rice as sides. BF got the chicken burrito and soft taco combo. The food arrived quickly, and when we dug into the food, we found out that it was rather fulfilling. We bagged some of it home as we were so full from the food. Portion size is really good. The food tastes decent, although not quite the authentic Mexican fare I was hoping for.

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New management
Lux At Caprice965 Granville Street, Vancouver
Definately a New Restaurant
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 7:17pm [Dine in]

A few of my girlfriends and I had dinner here fro Dine Out. To start off, the atmosphere of the restaurant is that of a lounge, with tables scattered around, and sofa seats of sorts near a fireplace. All of it looked nice.

As for the food, I ordered the bison carpaccio for an appetizer. It had a nice smoky flavour, and was thinly sliced. One of my friends ordered the trio of soups, and they came in tall shot cups. Her soups seemed more fulfilling than the carpaccio I had, and was reported to be very good. I tasted them as well, and the carrot soup was my favourite. I then had the organic beef strip loin. The portion is on the small side, so I would not suggest this dish if you were really hungry. Despite not being asked for meat doneness, the meat was very tender, and was cooked to how I liked it, medium rare. Another friend of mine ordered the sable fish, and she found it fulfilling with the nicely cooked sable fish and rice.
For dessert, the 4 of us shared 2 chocolate fondues, as each fondue order was for 2 people. The fondue was delicious, but we quickly ran out of fruit and donuts to dip into the remaining chocolate. Overall, the food received a thumbs up from all of us.

As for service, it was mediocre to say the best. The inexperience of the restaurant shows in the service department. There seemed to be 1 or 2 girls serving the entire restaurant. When I asked for a pineapple juice, I was told that they did not have any in stock. With a bar counter near by, I find it hard to believe. But I opted for a cranberry juice instead. I was not informed that I had to pay for a refill, and was informed of such a charge when I glanced at the bill. (un)Fortunately, I only got 1 refill. Another thing that bothered me was when we were ready to pay, no one came to collect the money. I was hoping to pay with debit, but they do not accept debit, and conveniently have a ATM at the entrance of the restaurant. I had to track down one of the few servers to pay.

The food is just okay in my books. I hope Lux works on the service side of their restaurant because it definitely did not win me over.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
DOV 2009
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 12:21am [Dine in]

Food: My friends and I all started with the Seared Hokkaido Scallops.
It was accompanied Japanese eggplant relish, wasabi vinaigrette and sweet miso sauce. The scallops were done just right, and the sauces added a bit of spice. For the main entrée, I ordered the organic game hen. It was tender and moist, and the polenta and jus went well with the hen. The rest of my friends ordered the same. For dessert, I ordered the chocolate and hazelnut torte. The torte had the denseness of a brownie, but not as heavy or sweet. Very tasty.

Service: We had made reservations are were seated promptly. Our food arrived in a timely fashion, no long waits, and the server was attentive. However, I was surprised that my request of simple syrup for my ice tea was not meet, and that I was never asked for a refill for the iced tea. But overall, service was good.

Value: My total for the night came to about $48, tax and tip included. For that price, I wasn't wowed by anything, but the food and service was decent.

Ambiance: We had a table that overlooked the boats docked across the way. The fog outside added a glow of sorts to the boat lights. Inside, had the usual tea light on each table, nice relaxed atmosphere.

All in all, the Dine Out experience at Bridges was good, but some improvement could be made.

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Zin Restaurant & Lounge1277 Robson St., Vancouver
Nice To Look At, But Rings Hollow
Submitted Monday, October 30, 2006 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

I ate at this restaurant to celebrate birthdays that two of my friends shared last night. There were 7 of us in total. The place was devoid of any other customers, and was empty when I glanced through the windows. I was immediately wary of the place, but we were hungry and one of the birthday girls insisted we try out the place.
I have to say that the ambiance is very mellow and cool. The booth we were seated at was high and cushioned, perfect combination of privacy and comfort.

The waitress was somewhat attentive. I say somewhat because she forgot my drink order. When it was just me and my friends in the restaurant, I find it odd how my drink order was forgotten. When she asked me if I wanted my drink, I replied with a curt "no" because we were already through with our meal, and were about to leave. She then offered me a free mojito drink to appease me, which I took very grudgingly. I left a marginal tip for that alone.

It did not take that long for the food to arrive. I, along with birthday girl who suggested this dining place, ordered the scallop dish, and it was not worth the $24 I paid. The scallops were a bit rubbery for my liking and tasted bland (saved only by the tasty chutney sauce), and the dish consisted of 3 sea scallops atop of an equal number of spinach patty looking items. I could easily fit all the dish items on the palm of my hand, which is not at all large. 3 of my friends had the salmon curry soup dish, and seemed to like the dish, except that they complained about some stomach tingling after the meal. Another friend ordered the seared fish, I can't remember, and although she said it tasted fine, the size of the dish was about as big as a large scoop of ice cream and looked bland. Another friend ordered the crab cakes, which seemed okay to me, although she didn't really voice what she really thought of the food.

All in all, I would really hesitate in dining here again.

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