Nero Belgian Waffle Bar

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I have heard many things about this waffle bar and finally I get to try catching up with a girlfriend over a Sunday afternoon. It was a cold but sunny afternoon, once we got into the small small waffle bar we spotted only two seats left. This is a very very busy place!

PS: I must give you a warning, if you expecting good service. You won’t get any. So just prepare yourself and enjoy the waffles and ignore everything else.

Along with our waffles, we ordered two teas.

Dark Chocolate Raspberry on Brussel waffles – these waffles tend to be more crispy and fluffy than liege. These tasted so yummy with the dark chocolate and fresh raspberries. I loved how it wasn’t overly sweet and was just good enough with my honeybush tea.

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Hazelnut liege waffle with vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce – liege waffles are more dense and chewy, this small little waffle will definitely fill you up in no time. But it was so good!! Grind hazelnut sprinkle on vanilla ice cream, gave it an extra draw of the vanilla flavour. Caramel sauce can be minus if you don’t have a sweet tooth, because it got quite sweet with the ice cream and the sauce.

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Overall I liked their waffles, though I would probably reconsider with the type of service I got. (Question was answered rudely, forgotten that I have asked her for honey.) I think it would be better if I go during a very not busy time, so she’ll be in a better mood….
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Purple Olives Grill

Found this restaurant on Thurlow, off Robson. I never knew or heard of this restaurant, and was hungry for food after a day of Christmas shopping. So I landed here with a girlfriend. When we first entered the restaurant, the first thing I noticed is that there is no one in there… (That’s usually not a good sign.)

We sat for a bit before the waitress came to help us, and after we have decided what to order we had to wait some more for her to come help us again. (She is the only staff working at this quite large restaurant.)

While we waited for our food, I looked around at the decor and such. It’s a very dark restaurant but decent decor. But seems like the food doesn’t live up to the looks. (Yes very dark to a point I couldn’t really get any sharp pictures and food presentation weren’t too presentable either.)

I used my groupon where I can get two appetizers and a main course for only 15.00/person.

Clam chowder – served with garlic toast. This is ok, at least it didn’t taste like canned soup. There are chunks of potato and clams to munch on. Though the garlic toast was not very crispy. Yes it was soggy. 😦

Second appetizer is the caesar salad with shrimp – okay maybe I should have expected it but the shrimp were frozen, tiny (I call them immature shrimps) and too salted. The caesar salad had way too much sauce that all the lettuce were soggy. (Too many soggy in one meal.)

Last is my purple olive ribs – honey sauce. The ribs are good, they were tender and not too much flavouring. And it was a very large rack also (considering I am using a coupon.)

Also got to try out my friend’s New York steak with prawns (these prawns are actual size. :P) Steak at medium rare was decent, a little lack of sauce (haha either too much sauce or no sauce. XD)

I am not quite sure if I’ll revisit. Nothing really impressed me.

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Zefferelli’s Spaghetti Joint

Spaghetti e Polpette – veal and ricotta meatballs braised with tomatoe and red wine. I usually don’t order spaghetti and meatballs. Because I just think it’s such a simple pasta to make, but out of the blue I decided to give this one a try because the veal meatball got me – and in read wine? Perfect. 🙂 And it was good meatballs, very nice and tender with a nice flavour. Delicious.

Linguini Putanesca – prawns, olives & capers with a spicy tomato sauce. I tried this from my friend next to me and I have to say I really liked it. Spicy and very flavourful tomato sauce. I think I’ll order this or recommend this dish to others next time I visit.

Spaghetti con Vongole – clams, garlic, white wine & olive oil. This is a classic pasta at all pasta joints almost like carbonnara (I remember once someone told me, if you want to see if the pasta joint is good – you need to try their carbonnara.) So because it’s so simple and so classic, you need to go be good at it. And this one was good, though it wasn’t amazing but it was good. All the flavour just right. But I just couldn’t get my mind off Putanesca.

Tiramisu – this was one large tiramisu (although there are five of us girls) we could barely finish this ONE dessert. 😛 I think we were all really full after our pastas. (Though some of us only ordered half orders.)

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O’Doul’s

Went to try out this place before the place closes down. I have been here about an year ago for Dine Out Vancouver. Oh wait, before that I have tried their dessert and appetizer at Eat Vancouver. I heard they were closing down on Opentable so I decided to go one more time with a few girls before they close.

They are famous for their decor and live jazz. We were lucky and got the live jazz. 🙂 But I have to say, it was quite loud. To a point it was almost hard to hear. Maybe we were sitting too close to the band. But regardless I enjoyed the music. 😀

Whatever you order there, they always give you mini sampler in a Chinese ceramic spoon on top of their colourful plate. I didn’t know what I was eating, but something like ham and tomatoe?

Anyways, let’s hit the important stuff!

I always love sablefish, because they are always so smooth. 🙂 Citrus and Maple-cured BC Sablefish served with herb gnocchi, Pacific seaweed, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, shiitake broth. This one was very tender, but I really don’t know about all the sides that came along with it. First it was the soup/sauce? I have no idea what it is. It was very liquidity and it tasted almost like chicken broth with soy sauce. There are mushroom and bok choy, I really felt like I was eating a Chinese dish. for 28 dollars. The herb gnocchi was a little over cooked therefore very soggy. 😦 I was so disappointed, as when I was here before for Dine Out I enjoyed all the dishes.

So I had bites from my friends’ dishes to see if I could get anything different.

This was a vegetarian pasta with mushrooms and asparagus. I have to say I like this way more than my dish. The pasta was cooked just right with asparagus puree and mushrooms on top. At least this dish I can taste all the different flavours, not so bland…


Lamb Duo – crusted rack chops, braised cheek, potato and yam gratin, globe carrots, lamb jus
I am not into lamb, so I just had took the carrot. 😛 It was organic, and very sweet!! Pretty good. 🙂



Of course, the meal will have to complete with dessert. 🙂 We ordered the ginger apple mousse and creme brulee. The creme brulee was little on the sweet side, but everything else is good. But I really really liked the ginger apple mousse. It was ginger mousse with very very thin strips of apple on top served with ice cream and cracker. I loved the thin strips of apple. XD

Overall I was quite disappointed with O’Doul’s. I don’t know if it is because they are busy so the food quality went down. We were also very rushed because one of my friend was late and the waitress kept coming to ask me when she is coming. (With no one waiting for tables). I wasn’t impressed and left a bad ending to this restaurant.

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