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Old 12-11-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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Place for dinner with G/F on xmas eve (24th)?

Before I get flamed for short notice, her manager suddenly changed her shift and now she's only available on the 24th dinner...

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Any recommendations for a nice place for x-mas eve dinner, that's open?

Would like relatively "fancy" - ~$50 per person, no drinks - and good food. Would like to stay Western, or fusion Asian. Don't really want Mediterranean or anything "exotic."

Please and thanks! Really need to call to reserve soon
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i took my gf to the boathouse for our 1 year..altho id say its the "fanciest" ive been too, and there is prob even fancier places, i enjoyed it
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Yeah I thought of the Boathouse too.

Which one did you go to? I was thinking of the one in Horseshoe bay purely for the view but according to reviews service is pretty bad lol
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hmm i just cant bring myself to recommend the boathouse to anyone.
both times i went there it fell way short.
$50pp, i'd say go to vij's if its open
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Not sure how fast popular restaurants fill up with reservations on Christmas eve, but if everything is booked iirc The Flying Pig in Yaletown does not do dinner reservations. If you are out of options you could try there. I say that because you don't want to have absolutely no place to go on that night, not because the food is sub par and it would be better than any typical chain restaurant.
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hmm i just cant bring myself to recommend the boathouse to anyone.
both times i went there it fell way short.
$50pp, i'd say go to vij's if its open
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I found Boathouse way overrated.

For the price, I'd rather swing for Fortes. Not sure about their holiday hours though.
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yaeh boathouse is way overrated. food isnt even good there(except the seafood chowder)
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I would recommend Seasons in the Park for a romantic Christmas Eve dinner always wanted to go with my ex but never had the chance to as it was always booked on special occasions

Definitely do give Chambar and Black + Blue a look as well.
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Not sure if they're open or not but you can never go wrong with Pear Tree.

- Awesome food
- Nice intimate setting
- Not in a super busy area like downtown
- Free Street Parking in the whole area
- Good service, at least in all my experiences
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Not sure if they're open or not but you can never go wrong with Pear Tree.

- Awesome food
- Nice intimate setting
- Not in a super busy area like downtown
- Free Street Parking in the whole area
- Good service, at least in all my experiences
Could you post up a review, please?
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Hmm, was looking at the QE Park restaurant and saw that they also own Cardero's...

Any thoughts/experiences? Girlfriend like the whole Coal Harbour setting at night.

I should also mention that we'd like to leave full lol...Pear Tree food looks very good, but it looks like we'll need to order 4 dishes each
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Salmon House in west van
Great view
Good food
And not super expensive
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Grouse Mountain is perfect for a dinner this time of year. If you book reservations the ride up is free and it would be nice and romantic to walk around in the snow. have a perfect meal over looking Vancouver and maybe even go for a ice skate.
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Have you thought about cooking at home? Instead of a roasted turkey, roast a chicken!
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Haha cooking at home isn't a possibility, but thanks

Grouse Mountain...the view is incredible but I've had a few bad experiences there - not the restaurant, but the mountain itself... - Don't wish to return lol
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Sorry to hijack your thread...but I figure it's almost the same topic...

Any suggestion for:
- a slightly lower ~$30 budget?
- not with a girlfriend
- not for Christmas Eve
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^What kind of food? Location?
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Sorry to hijack your thread...but I figure it's almost the same topic...

Any suggestion for:
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- not with a girlfriend
- not for Christmas Eve
Milestone's, Cactus Club, Zefferelli's, White Spot?
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+1 I'm going on the 22nd Saturday..FYI they are closed on xmas eve.
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Could you post up a review, please?
Been a little while since I went but I'll write what I remember. I can't find the photos I have from all my meals there so I'll steal them from the internet for now lol. You'll also have to excuse my food review skills. Articulating my thoughts into words is not a strength so it might be lame.

*Disclaimer* Due to the fact that he changes his menu from season to season the pictures may not 100% reflect what I had. Typically, the main item on the dish stays the same but the supporting cast will change.

Lobster Cappuccino



When I ordered it I wasn't sure what to expect and it sounded weird but after the first spoonful I was in love. It's a Losbter Bisque Foam with a Dashi Custard and Atlantic Lobster. Consistency might be weird for some because it's really just foam and bits of lobster at the bottom, almost like you were eating air but I enjoyed it and have since ordered it every time I go. Chef Jaeger changed the menu based on what's in season so this dish currently is a BC Prawn Bisque or the "Local Prawn Cappucino"

Braised ‘Peace River’ Lamb Shank Served boneless with Seared Scallops and Roasted Pear Risotto



Cooked to perfection, the lamb wasn't chewy or tough and you could easily tear it up with just a fork. Scallops had just the perfect sear on them and I could have eaten a dozen of them. Taste was just perfect, not over seasoned and sauce didn't over power the stars on the plate. Risotto is not in the picture as it comes in a separate dish. I'm not a risotto fan but I ate it anyway and neither liked it or disliked it.

Pan Roasted ‘Miracle Springs’ Trout Served with
Pomme Dauphine And Butternut Squash



All I remember about this one was it was seared just right and not overcooked. It's been a while for this dish

Bershire Pork Belly



Crispy and delicious are my memories of this dish. Pork belly is hard to cook and will often come out all chewy or stringy much like lamb. Not the case here.

Tomato Soup



It tasted super fresh but personally I didn't enjoy it that much. A little on the bland side for me imo.

As for deserts I'm not going to get into it as I'm not really a desert guy but I tried a few and all I will say is they were decent.
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Looks delicious and thanks! Will put on my "to try" list but for 2013.
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