Vancouver restaurant review

p1150761-w500-h500.jpgChambar
568 Beatty Street,
Vancouver, BC:
Ph: (604)  879-7119 or reserve online
Chambar on Urbanspoon

I have not eaten at Chambar since they moved a short while ago to their new location just up the street from their first spot. This was a good choice for lunch with a friend before we went to a VIFF screening at the Vancouver Playhouse a few blocks away.

The new restaurant had a lighter more open feel. We sat at a table toward the back of the restaurant. It was very busy for lunch time but our service was prompt and efficient.. 

p1150769-w500-h500.jpgEarls Vancouver Downtown Test Kitchen
905 Hornby Street

After seeing a film at the Scotiabank Cinemas  we exited the complex to find that rain was pelting down with gusts of wind blasting our umbrellas inside out. We speed-walked a few yards to the corner of Smythe and Hornby to have supper at the Earls restaurant round the corner.

We asked to be seated where it was reasonably quiet and the lighting was  good. The area in the dining room where we sat was excellent. We were not bothered by any booming loud music as  so often happens these days. The light was bright enough so that the menus could be read without the aid of my mini-flashlight, and the food photographs worked well too.

I liked the sound of the dynamite prawn and mango roll - a panko-breaded prawn and mango with avocado, cucumber, unagi maple and sriracha mayonnaise. It was beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked.

 

img_0316-w500-h500.jpgUrban Thai Bistro
1119 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Vancouver
Phone (604) 408-7788

Urban Thai Bistro on Urbanspoon

Yaletown L'Antipasto
1127 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2

Phone (604) 558-1174  or book online at Opentable
Yaletown L'Antipasto on Urbanspoon

After seeing a matinee performance of Except in the Unlikely Event of War at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, it was just a few minutes walk up Davie and past the Canada Line Station to Mainland Street, to find Yaletown L'Antipasto.

We almost walked right past the restaurant as the entrance was tucked away between the coverings of their patio  and that of Sakana.

 

Absinthe Bistro
1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Ph: 604 566-6903

Absinthe Bistro on Urbanspoon

We were going to see The God that Comes at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Looking around for a different restaurant in the vicinity of the Cultch, I came across the Absinthe Bistro and thought we would give it a try. It was a good choice. A cosy, friendly, very busy restaurant, they offer a fixed price menu although you can also order the items  a la carte.

Kamei Baru
990 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone (604) 559 8588     Kamei Baru on Urbanspoon

It is very rare that I dine at the same restaurant twice within a week but the recently (6 months) opened Kamei Baru is conveniently located a few doors away from the Scotiabank Cinema complex where I just happened to see two films set in space, two days apart. The first night, on a rainy Halloween, after seeing Gravity with a friend, we decided to drop in and try Kamei Baru for a light supper.

Portobello Ristorante
1429 West Broadway (cross street Granville)
Phone (604) 734-0697 or reserve online through OpenTable

Portobello Ristorante on Urbanspoon      Portobello Ristorante Ltd on Foodio54

 With a planned visit to Pacific Theatre on West 12th for the opening night of  Daniel McIvor's play, Communion, we decided on a pre-show dinner at Portobello Ristorante. Although we were quite a bit earlier than our Open Table reservation time, we were seated promptly and offered ice water while we perused the menu. We both decided to try a glass of the house white wine, a Trebbiano wine from Citra winery in the Abruzzo region of central Italy - a crisp dryish wine with a citrus flavour.

Fable Kitchen
1944 West 4th (between Maple and Cypress)
Vancouver
Ph: (604) - 732-1322 or on line through OpenTable

Fable Kitchen on Urbanspoon

It was definitely time for me to get back into my dinner-and-a-show routine that had been so neglected as I ticked off items on my  travel bucket list like the Amazon River,  and a transatlantic crossing  on Queen Mary 2.  It was also time for me to catch up on some of the  restaurants that have opened outside my regular walking range of Yaletown and downtown  Vancouver.

bacon and leek quiche at CacheCaché Bistro and Lounge
1269 Hamilton Street,
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 558-1269 or Reserve Online

Caché Bistro & Lounge on Urbanspoon

pan seared scallopsI have dined twice at Caché in the past couple of months month and both times enjoyed both the excellent food and the good service.

On my first visit before going to se a play, we tried the special menu - choice of appetizer, main course and then dessert.

tuna tartare specialSage Bistro at UBC
6331 Crescent Road,Vancouver.
Ph: 604 822-0968

Sage Bistro on Urbanspoon

It has been ages, probably several years, since I had lunch at Sage Bistro. Before I chose to redeploy myself from university professor to  on-line media professional, Sage Bistro was the place of choice for on-campus lunch meetings.

UBC greensI was delighted to be invited to join a friend for lunch at Sage prior to attending a talk and curious to see whether the food was as good as I remembered. Luckily it was. 

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