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Vancouver Report

The Joshman | Dec 16, 2001 12:27 PM

As others have done, just a little recap of our week there. Some of this repeats what I've posted elsewhere.

Hon Won Ton: We tried a number of little things, including (of course) the dumplings. Everything was pretty good, although not stellar. We also felt a little overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle and the five(!) different menus. Also, we had just gotten in and were a little jet-lagged.

Chartwell: REALLY good. The ambiance was a little stuffy for me, but our waiter was very friendly. I had a quite good steak and my wife had a wonderful fish. We enjoyed everything we had, and with the great exchange rate, it was reasonably priced for what it is. We were staying at the Four Seasons, so it was a natural choice.

Vij: Probably our favorite meal. Great service. We liked the intimate atmosphere of the room (we got there right around opening time on a Sunday evening, so we beat the rush). As everyone else has said, inventive updating of some Indian standards.

El Patio(?): This was a Spanish tapas place near Yaletown, and I can't remember if I'm getting the name right. Between Robson and Smithe, I think. We came in for a late lunch, so we were pretty much the only folks in the joint. We liked everything we had, and recommend the potatoes and the chorizo. We would have liked to have tried almost everything on the menu. Friendly and competent service, including some banter between the owner and my wife, who was born in Spain.

Aqua Riva: Pretty good food, nice service, really nice view. I had several tasty, fruity drinks, and really liked the Tropitini. The coriander-crusted rack of prawns was well-done, but I couldn't really taste the coriander. My wife had fish again, which was nicely done. The desserts were REALLY good.

Mongolie Grill (in Whistler): Standard Mongolian barbeque fare. We have a bunch of these here (Minneapolis), so it wasn't as unique for us as they seemed to be touting. I also found their sauces to be a bit thick for my taste, and stuck to a little ginger, garlic, and chili oil. Still, it was a hot, fresh, and tasty meal, and reasonable for Whistler.

Son Sui Wah: We went for dinner, not dim sum. The food was good, the service was fantastic, but we were again intimidated by the menu. We got a little less food than we expected. Maybe this is just because we are fat Americans. We would probably go here and Hon again, preferably with a "guide."

Fleuri: We went on Thursday night for the chocolate buffet. We started with light salads, which were fine, but I wish we'd had a chance to go back for a real meal - the menu looked fabulous. Pretty good service, although we had to wait a long time for the bill when we were done. At the next table was the manager with a gentleman who claimed he had eaten in over a thousand high-end restaurants for his job which had something to do with buying or running such places (we weren't eavesdropping, he was just loud). He declared his waiter to be one of the top three he had ever had. Wow. The chocolate bar itself was also splendid. Obviously, one has to like chocolate, but it was laden with cakes, cheesecakes, pastries, fresh fruit with fondue, and a chef making crepes to order, with all the toppings. I know I got my twenty bucks worth. Perfect for a once-in-a-while overindulgence.

Jewel of India: Really good Indian food. And not just because Brian Adams says so. We got there for an early dinner and had very good attentive service. Everything was good, although a little saltier than we are used to having. We got a couple appetizers and then split one of the combination plates, and that was plenty of food. And very inexpensive.

We missed a bunch of places that we'd like to hit on our next visit, but we had a great time and many wonderful meals. Also, our concierge claimed that Rain City Grill is closed - she implied permanently, although maybe she just meant for the night we asked.

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