Open Hours: 5p-10:30p Sun-Wed, 5p-midnight Thu-Sat
Where do off-duty chefs go for tapas? This Robson Street restaurant. The decor features individual table and banquette seating, and an open kitchen ... More
Where do off-duty chefs go for tapas? This Robson Street restaurant. The decor features individual table and banquette seating, and an open kitchen and bar. Subtle lighting and soft jazz soothe the senses. Start with the tomato, bocconcini and avocado Salad, then try the house specialty: scallops seared with pickled ginger, lime and mirin cream. Complement your meal with a glass of Italian Chianti or California Merlot. For dessert, the home-style apple pie with hot caramel sauce is a favourite.
A recent visit to Tapastree did not disappoint. It also did not exactly overwhelm our party of 3. Menu is brief and evolving ever-so-slowly, we were disappointed to find out our favorite standby dish here, a wee rack of ribs in a hoisin glaze, had been taken off the menu, which now seems to rely heavily on scallops, duck products, and goat cheese. We were also disappointed to find no foie gras anywhere on the menu, and hope it turns up occasionally in the nighly specials.
We started with grilled asparagus, not by choice but it's the first thing that was brought to the table and would have been more welcome later when the protein plates arrived. However, the asparagus was charred and delicious. The next plate to arrive was perhaps the most successful- a small plate of exquisitely fried calamari with a light yet bracing ginger sauce- a definite must-have. We also tried a nightly special of shortribs atop a laughably small portion of parsnip mashed potatos. I really loved the dish, the meat succulent and hidden somewhere was the unmistakable bite of horseradish. Others at the table were not so enthusiastic. Lamb chops were up next, fine and nicely sauced, nothing to rave about. A seafood salad was a nice counterpoint to the preceding rich dishes, arriving with 3 fat scallops and 3 juicy prawns atop a tangle of fresh greens and topped with a subtle Asian vinaigrette- again a nice dish, but nothing outstanding. Chicken livers disappointed on this visit, though we've enjoyed them before. Two more disappointments followed, a seared tuna dish that was beautifully crusted and brilliantly flavored with ponzu and chinese mustard would have been great but the quality of the tuna could have been much better. Absolutely skip dessert here, the 'flourless chocolate cake' is more like a chocolate pate, pleasant in flavor but served icebox cold and gelatinous in texture. Drinks are very good here, do try an Orange Blossom, a not-too-sweet fauxtini mixed with Stoli Orange, framboise, sake, and splashes of o.j. and cranberry. Martinis are miniscule, but they pour a proper measure of Campari, unlike most Vancouver restaurants. The wine list is absolutely endless and mind-bogglingly pricey. If only the food menu matched, this place would blow others out of the water. But, at present, expect some cliche-ridden menu choices, choose wisely and you will have a great evening out. Oh yes, ignore the decor as well if you have any sense of design. The place also has a small year-round patio for the smokers. Recommended if you are in the neighborhood and want some solid, reliable share plates with a cocktail or two.
I have heard a lot about this restaurant and went there on my last day in Vancouver. The price was quite reasonable, staffs were very friendly and helpful. Food was ok in general but I would have expected a bit more (given all the reviews). Nice atmosphere, must get a reservation as when we left at 9pm there was still a long queue waiting to be seated.
This restuarant came highly recommended by our hotel concierge. Boy were we disappointed. The food came WAY too fast for comfort. The sauteed mushrooms and goatcheese sounded promising but turned out to be incredibly bland. The meat WOULD have been good (it was very well cooked and tender) had it not been absolutely void of anything resembling taste. The sauces that could have saved these dishes were completely unimaginative (contrary to their imaginative descriptions)and in effect...boring.
I'm sure that if you are looking for a noisy hip place to have a good drink (assuming they are good - we didn't try any) this is for you. If you are looking for a delicious dining experience - look elsewhere.
bad service. asked for medium rare, got well done. sent back two times before they got it right. i could hear the chef in the kitchen yell "Whore!". i don't know who he was saying it to but was very unprofessional. experience was awful and i will never return. i suggest you do not either! save your money! go to mcdonalds! better service there!
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