Restaurant review – Whineo’s – A place to remember – and sustainable seafood

Well, it seems like my blog has been all about YouTube and superheros lately. Not a lot of environmental commentary either. I know, I know! I’ve had family visiting and it’s been a hectic few weeks. But I’m back on track now :-)

Mom visited recently from Mexico, and we went for dinner a couple of days before she left. I wondered where to take her since we had done the majority of restaurants I usually like. My Mom has been to Vancouver many times and we’ve very frequently eaten out so I really didn’t want to take her to a ‘repeat’ restaurant. Dining out in Vancouver is normally not hard to do. There’s a gazillion restaurants to please just every palate. But throughout my 10 years in the city, we’ve been to too many of them. So it took me a while to think of a good place.

However, I had just recently read a review of Whineo‘s, a neat dining/bar place in the downtown core of Vancouver (right on Granville Street). I knew Josh Manuel, one of the co-owners, through his former job and I thought it might be neat to check this place out. And as I will explain below, I think I made the right choice :-)

Mom and I ordered a platter (for $ 14 bucks, you can’t beat that) with all the strong flavours we both like (capers, olives, hummus, anchovies)… yummy! Then we proceeded to order chicken breast with mushrooms in a nice wine reduction. The plate size was right, the price was really inexpensive (under $ 15 for a main course, it is almost unbeatable). We also ordered patatas bravas, although I think by then we had eaten too much. And the cheesecake with blueberry compote… to die for.

My Mom was so happy with the meal that she said this had been the best dining experience she had had in Vancouver this time around. I was quite pleased to hear that, particularly since the staff at Whineo’s was very friendly and the food was amazing. I wanted to come back with my brother but he had to fly out and thus we couldn’t do it. But I’ll certainly be back :-)

Since I didn’t take pictures, I had to borrow pictures from Urban Mixer Flickr’s website to showcase how the food is presented. You can check it here… You can check Raincoaster’s picture of Whineo’s indoors here.

I found out that WaiterBlog had reviewed Whineo’s so here is the post.

And just a minute before I was about to push the “Publish Post” button, I discovered that Whineo’s is an OceanWise member and thus their seafood dishes are certified as sustainable :-) Now one more reason to go for dinner there!

Whineo's on Urbanspoon

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Comments (0)

raincoasterAugust 21st, 2006 at 1:29 pm

raincoaster here, signing in from my blogger account.

Thanks for the link. The picture was actually taken by Raj Taneja, who runs Urban Mixer.

I agree with you about Whineo’s. It’s just a room where everything seems to work. The staff is friendly, they really know their stuff, the food and drinks are excellent, and the prices very good. Also, it’s attitude-free. And they have a Scooby Doo room!

MetroAugust 24th, 2006 at 4:41 am

Hey Raul: Metro here, following back from Metroblog. Raincoaster is a guest blogger on Metroblog sometimes. But it’s easier to reach her at her own blog.

This is all part of her plot to get more links, you see :-)

Nice blog you’ve got here. I’m glad I dropped by, though I won’t be dining in Van for a while yet.

RaulAugust 25th, 2006 at 12:15 am

Thanks Raincoaster and Metro for your kind comments. I love Whineo’s…

I will be reviewing more restaurants here, in case you’re in our city sometime. By the way, I’ve been hearing bad reviews about the attitude of Vancouverites… did you experience that?

raincoasterSeptember 1st, 2006 at 4:30 am

Well, I Am a Vancouverite, so you can hardly expect an unbiased response from me!

I do find Vancouver can be uncaring and cliquey, moreso than Toronto or any other Canadian city, actually. We’re very superficial here and relationships don’t tend to go very deep. Also, we’re very distrustful of anyone trying to get our attention on the street, even just to catch our eye. A woman I know fell down and broke her ankle and lay there crying on Broadway at Fraser for TWENTY MINUTES before someone flagged a cab down and took her to the hospital. Everyone else just thought she was a junkie or something.

I’d advise you to join a social club or take a course if you want to meet people. I recommend the Urban Mixer, and not just because I work for them. They’re good, whether you want to date or just talk to people.

Or you can just go hang out; there is always the one place in the neighborhood where everyone goes, often the Starbucks.

RaulSeptember 5th, 2006 at 8:34 pm

Thanks for the comment Raincoaster (and for visiting my blog!)

I agree. Vancouver tends to be cliquey and people are distrustful.

I’ve lived in Vancouver for 10 years already (so I’m technically a Vancouverite) but it’s always nice to meet more people. I’ll check Urban Mixer’s website.

I will also try to link to Urban Vancouver and other blogs. If you find mine interesting, feel free to link in yours as well!

Enjoy your week!

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