Great company, good times, so so food…

4148 Main Street


This past Friday evening I ventured out with a friend for my first Dine-out diner of 2009 to Nyala. While the experience was humorous, the food itself left a little to be desired. The small restaurant had decided that with the crowds from Dine-out that they couldn’t keep up with their al a carte menu, so unfortunately the selection was limited. They had seemingly misplaced our reservation, but managed to seat us anyway. To their credit, despite being so busy, we weren’t rushed at all, and were allowed to have a leisurely dinner while chatting away the week’s events, new books we’re reading, and the adventures of single life in the city. While the service staff was kind and helpful Nyala unfortunately does not stand out among other Ethiopian restaurants I have been too. If you decide to go, definitely wait until after Dine-out has finished and if you’ve been and had a better experience please share.


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Dine Out Vancouver 2009

Just when I’ve set a New Year’s resolution to eat in more often, I’ll give you the reminder to make your Dine Out Vancouver reservations by visiting their website. Dine Out, which runs from January 14th – February 1st is a great way to try a new restaurant and get over the winter blues. Yes it is a fixed menu and the service will be rushed to free up your table for the next set of guests, but if there are places you might never go to otherwise it is worth the effort. I have Dine Out to thank for my first visit to Chambar, which I now frequent and often share as a restaurant tip with my friends. Unfortunately they are no longer participating in Dine Out, but interestingly they sent an email suggesting folks go to Chambar’s “No Dine Out” in order to have a pleasant dining experience. I quickly skimmed the Dine Out list and suggest you try some favourites like Coast, West, and Raincity Grill etc. But personally I’d skip the standards like The Old Spaghetti Factory and Milestones.  Make sure to come back and dish on good finds or bad choices you’ve made throughout Dine Out by commenting on this post!