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“A nice evening”
Review of Refuel Restaurant - CLOSED

Refuel Restaurant
Price range: $25 - $80
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Hillside - Quadra - Downtown Blanshard
Reviewed October 18, 2010

This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend so we thought we would check it out. The restaurant has a nice ambiance and the food was above average, the service was very good and we enjoyed the dining experience.

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Thank NormD
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

Clean flavors prepared and presented with flair. I really enjoyed the Chef's individually designed menu. Wonderful!

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Reviewed April 7, 2009

For the price...not really good value. 200 for 2 people...Bistro Bistro is across the street and the half the price the food and experience is much better

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Reviewed March 23, 2009

The biggest disappointment was the atmosphere, cheap chairs and simple decor. It was moderately expensive but not worth it. The hostess/server was awkward and cold. Perhaps an off night. But overall, my impression was not a good one. Food was forgettable along with everything else. Unlikely to return.

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Thank canadian-blue
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Reviewed January 12, 2009

A recent visit to Fuel delivered both hits and misses. Menu is brief but most dishes carefully executed. Avoid the Brodo with sausage and bone marrow.....so oversalted that one spoonful knocks the palate dead. The Cailiflower soup was much more satisfying. Seared Foie Gras was nice, much more "liver'y" tasting than most. Both entrees were wonderful. The Scallops with Celeriac and Vinaigrette were lovely though a tad overdone (we asked for not "ultra-rare", the way they are normally served). The Rib Eye Steak was perfectly cooked, and whatever they do to the lowly potato transforms them into something a touch sweet and thoroughly delicious. The steak is slathered in lovely bernaise, and served with a fabulous Gratin of Spinach and Mushroom...all great, but too rich in combination. Desserts are adequate, nothing special.
The biggest flaw here is the not very clued-in staff. Our server had to check which fish was fresh (the answer was "none, it's all frozen"- a shame at these prices). Also she could not describe in any detail how the different parts of the duck were prepared, or what the accompaniments were. The wine steward did not know his way around the Champagne list at all- we ended up with a bottle that was much too sweet to pair well with our dishes.
The Tasting Menus seem ridiculous here, as the menu is so brief it seems more like a way for the kitchen to get rid of the items which aren't moving that night.
With some menu-tweaking and staff training, this place could be up there with Vancouver's very best. At present it stands at good to very good.
Many dishes have to be ordered in advance, and these should be listed on the website but currently are not. Call ahead if a Baby Suckling Pig stuffed with Foie gras sounds like your thing (I warned you the food here is rich!).

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