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  1. Nothing is better after a long day of skiing at Whistler and Blackcomb in BC, Canada then a stop at the Howe Sound Brew Pub in Squamish on the way back to Vancouver to pick up some in house brew! They have about 10 varieties but my favourite yesterday was the Three Beavers! 1L for approx. $8CDN and it's already cold!

  2. There used to be a Halal Meat Market on Commercial that sold goat but it's gone now. I think Halal means that it is acceptable to use according to Islamic law, and they eat a lot of goat. So there should be other butchers in the city that follow these rules.

    Just did a google search and these two came up, might be worth a phone call to see if they are in business, they were on the www.bcmuslims.com site.

    Madina Halal Meat Market

    Halal meat and groceries

    7411 Edmonds Street


    (604) 524-171

    Al-Safa Halal Meat

    Halal meat and groceries

    6953 Kingsway


    (604) 759-1138

  3. Bishop's

    We went to Bishop's last saturday night for dinner and the experience was exactly as I expected, since it was my first time there.

    I had made a reservation for 6 a few weeks earlier and when we arrived at the restaurant we were seated right away at a nice table. The wine list was was extensive and our waitress complimented our choice, even explaining a little history of the winery. The menu was delicious, featuring all of the good things that are available at this time of year in our area. And John Bishop had yummy kusshi oysters as a welcome addition!

    The service was excellent from when we walked in until we left (almost 4 hours later!). The restaurant was full until about 1030pm, and it never compromised the attention of our wait staff. While we were eating dinner we realized that it had started snowing and was covering the streets. We had all taken cabs to dinner so we were wondering how we were going to get home! Our waitress actually stood out in the snow trying to hail us a couple of cabs, and she offered to drive us home herself if we couldn't get one, I don't think you can get much better service than that!

    I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, although i'm sure most of you reading have already been considering Bishop's is one of the most well know restaurants in Vancouver. I am happy to say that i have finally experience it's greatness!


  4. Just got back from Montreal and had a really great dinner at APDC. Luckily i had made a reservation because it was completely packed from when we got there (8pm on a sunday) until 1130pm when we left, the only place that eased up at around 11pm was the bar!

    I can understand basic french but the waiter ended up having to explain the whole menu anyways since there were a lot of french words i did not know, thankfully he was very patient! I ended up with the balsamic seared foie gras (on the menu i think is is foie tout nu? or something like that) which was soooo good. My husband had the confit lamb shank and i had the bison ribs, both meltingly excellent!

    The only thing i wished they did was put the specials on a sheet or a board or something because there were so many that when it was time to order we had forgotten and then the table next to us got the baked pepper special and it looked so good but we had forgotten about it!

    I even ended up buying the cookbook (which was not cheap, just a heads up if you want to buy it there!) and would definitely go back next time we are in Montreal, there are so many other items on the menu that i would have loved to try!

  5. Hello,

    We are finally making a trip to Montreal and I have booked a reservation at APDC which i am very excited for because of all the great reviews on this site!

    Just wondering if it is a causal type restaurant or do people dress up? Do men need to wear real pants (as opposed to jeans!!)?

    Thank you!


  6. Hey greyelf,

    sorry for my late response....it is right on the north east corner of main and 3rd, the door is actually on 3rd, there is a cement wall beside the door with a mural that says "Narrow Lounge", this you can only see during the daylight, but when it get dark, you will be able to see the red light bulb above the door (the light is on when it is open).

    As for the decor, the website says "dark and moody but still with a sense of fun" which i think sums it up! They have a huge bar with lots of seating and a few tables, it's not that big, hence the name! They also have the most beautiful chandelier hanging over the bar. It wouldn't be my first pick on a sunny summer day, but i have a feeling we will be there a lot more often in the winter!


    The prices were very reasonable too, my lamb stew was $8.

    Hope this helps!


  7. Just went to the Narrow Lounge tonight for dinner and had a great experience! It is a tiny place tucked underneath Luxcious, on the east side of Main St, between Great Northern Way/2nd Ave and 3rd Ave. There is a red light above the door, if it is on they are open for business! We had a veggie and dip plate, the dip was raita, so delicious. We also had the lamb stew, so good, there was definitely a lot of slow cooking love put into the dish! They have a great selection of beer in the bottle, as well as a great wine list, and pretty good prices. The service was great too, we ordered the lamb stew for two of us and the chef brought it out divided onto two plates without even asking! I will definitely be back to try the other great sounding dishes on the menu.


  8. Hey,

    I posted this response on a thread just a few weeks ago,

    Yesterday's oyster list at So.Cial (that would be feb 7, 2008)



    Fanny Bay

    Royal Miyagi

    Summer Breeze


    Pacific Rim Petite

    I like it at So.Cial, and they have $1.25 a shuck between 3-7pm. I have noticed that the "premium" oysters, which are not included in the oyster happy hour (i think they charge around $3/oyster?) are usually the smaller oysters which may be better for a beginner, but i still like going for oysters there!

  9. We haven't been to Social since early december but when we went they had atleast 8 different kinds of oysters, kusshi, kumumoto, effingham, malpeque, mantle bay and a couple i had never heard of, i think they were from washington maybe, but i liked them. It seems to me that it depends on the time of year as to what selection they have. We are planning to go this week so i will make sure to write down what they have and post. I like the oysters at Rodney's too but prefer the service at Social, that is just a personal preference though. I also prefer Gastown to Yaletown anyday!

  10. We went to Gastropod as well for dine out. Our review is pretty much the same as everyone else, great food and great service, maybe they read the first review and lightened up on the "horseradish snow" because i thought it was the perfect compliment to an oyster!!

    We also went to Nyala on Main St for dine out and were pleasantly surprised! They were packed full at 730 on a thursday and there was a line up the whole time we were having our dinner. The food was really good and even though it was so busy, our service wasn't compromised a bit! We will definitely go back, maybe on a quieter night though.

    It was our first year trying out the dine out menus and it turned out to be really good.

  11. Thank you everybody for your responses!

    I did go to the Rupert Fish market once a couple years ago and it smelled REALLY fishy, i never did go back, maybe it is better now? I think I have been spoiled by the Village Fish Market in West Van, it is the best fish store in the city in my books!

    I will start trying some of the recommendations and report back!

  12. I decided to add to this topic instead of make a new thread because i wanted to comment on the last post as well as write my review.

    Is Sanafir a lounge or a restaurant? I think they try to do both and it doesn't quite work.

    I was there with a large group of girls a couple weeks ago and although the food i had was really good, the whole experience was much less pleasing.

    We had a reservation for 9pm on a saturday night, only after being told that if we took a 7pm reservation we would be asked to leave by 9pm. By the way we made the reservation six weeks prior to the date.

    We arrived at 9pm and the place was packed, I don't think any fire marshal would be happy to have seen the amount of people in there!!

    We were told our table wasn't ready yet and that we could wait at the bar, but there were so many people that we were literally backed up against the booths behind the bar. We could see that one of the big booths aleady have their bill on the table and were completely finished their drinks but the management was not making any moves to get them out of there. After complaining to the manager he did buy us a round of drinks, which was nice. After another half an hour and another complaint, he said "what do you want me to do, i already bought you a round of drinks" Nice. Finally at 10pm we were able to sit down.

    Our waitress was ok until we told her we didn't want to order the group platter which was "recommended". Then she left the table and sent the manager over to try and talk us into the platter. Two of my friends had ordered the platter before and said there was not enough food for everyone, and it is more than twice the price if you order separately. The manager was visibly ticked off at us which was very unprofessional.

    When the food finally came, of course it was all staggered, the first plate came at 1045pm and the last plate at 1145pm. This is really annoying when you are eating with other people.

    I had the trio of tuna, it was fantastic, everything tasted great and i thought it was very inventive.

    They did give us a dessert platter on the house after dinner, it was HUGE, almost a little too big! Nice gesture though i guess.

    My opinion is that Sanafir should either choose to be a restaurant or a bar, not both. I hope they choose to be a bar so the chef can start something his or her own, because the food that i had was fantastic!

    Thanks for listening!

  13. We were in montreal this week and decided to try Joe Beef from all the good reviews on egullet. We were not dissapointed and had a fabulous dinner! We sat out on the terrace, very beautiful, with a nice view of their private garden, such a good idea! We had a great bottle of french wine, one of Dave's picks. Then we started with malpeque oysters, so delicious, perfectly tasting of the ocean. I had the scallops with haricot coco, a huge portion and again, soooo delicious!! My boyfriend had the in-house smoked pork chop which was so tasty. It was HUGE too, he could hardly finish! The service was excellent and i thought the prices were very reasonable for the quality and quantity of the food! It was the perfect dinner except for i wish i could have tried one of each dish on the menu!

  14. We went to So.Cial the other day and it was amazing! We had oysters and the brie with dungeness crab wrapped in philo, i highly recommend it! Oysters are such a good deal in the afternoon, $15 for a dozen, compared to Joe Fortes $40 a dozen for the same oysters! And the homemade potato chips are dangerously good too! After lunch we went up to the butcher and bought the air-dryed rib eyes, i think they were the best steaks i have ever had, so tasty, and a very good price too. And he gave us an extra bag of chips (i guess they come with a sandwich) because we were raving about them from lunch! I can't wait to try the restaurant upstairs.......

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