Review: Crave

by gigi on October 16, 2007

Samantha and I met up at Crave for dinner the other day. It is a semi-newish restaurant at 3941 Main Street in Vancouver. I had heard a lot of good things about this place but hadn’t had a chance to try it out until now.

For appies, I knew I had to try the crab cakes because Samantha had been raving about how great they are. :) I was very impressed by the serving size. Along with the crab cake, my dish came with two tasty side salads. One was julienned apple with parmesan cheese. I would have never thought this combination would work, but it was quite good! The other salad was mixed greens with a balsamic vinegarette. The crab cake itself was filled with crabby goodness and I wish I could have eaten two. :)


Samantha had the popcorn chicken, which came with a chilli mayo dip. The bowl of shrimp in this dish was huge and I liked how the shrimp did not have too much batter. Yum.


I originally wanted to order mussels but was told that they did not have any that night. :( Instead, I went for the chipotle bbq lacquered baby back ribs. This was served with the same mixed green salad that came with the crab cakes. My ribs were ok, but I found them to be on the dry side. The chipotle bbq sauce was good but I found that the flavour did not extend through all the pork ribs.


Samantha went for the beef burger and fries. She commented that her burger was pretty good but like my ribs, was also on the dry side. The portion size for this dish was huge though and quite a good deal at $9.50.


By this time, we were both quite full…but was unable to refuse a peek at the dessert menu. :) We decided to go with the lemon tart from the Thomas Haas bakery. As usual,Thomas Haas does not disappoint! The lemon flavour was light and tangy and the richness of the tart crust contrasted perfectly with the lemon.


The next time I go back to Crave, I will probably stick with the appetizers or smaller plates as this definitely seems to be their strong point. The main courses were not bad…but I was either too hyped up by other people or they just fell short of my expectations in general. Be sure to go on an empty stomach though because all the dishes have huge serving sizes.

3941 Main St, Vancouver
Tel: 604-872-3663

Food: [rating:3.5]
Service: [rating:3]
Price: $$

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