Vancouver Restaurant Health Standards

Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

On Saturday night before taking in the Von Bondies show at Richards on Richards, we walked down into Yaletown for a quick pint. Milestones looked packed so we walked about 200 yards past it and stopped it at another restaurant.

As the waitress was pouring John’s Guinness into his glass I noticed something and couldn’t get out the words, “ugh lipstick marks!” until it was too late. His glass indeed had lip imprints caked on by the dishwasher (at least we hope).

Not exactly John's shade

Henry sent me a link through to this CBC story on Friday, “49 Metro Vancouver restaurants have violated health standards since January.” Sure enough, I checked the attached PDF and Saturday’s restaurant was on there for “Pest infestation, Failure to maintain premises, equipment and utensils in sanitary conditions.” I wish we would have seen this before the weekend but I’m also pretty glad all we did was have a pint.

The PDF contains 48 more establishments around Metro Vancouver that have failed to comply to health standards over the last few months. It also lists the dates that these places were closed and reopened although unfortunately I think Saturday’s restaurant hasn’t quite learned their lesson yet. I suggest you take a quick look before planning your next dine-out experience.

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  1. RaulTuesday, June 3rd, 2008 — 12:21am PDT

    Thanks for this Rebecca. As someone who has worked in the environmental health field, I can assure you that the standards are very lenient in some aspects and too stringent on others. What worries me, though, is that some restaurants that are considered “high-end” are on the list!

    Ok, I admit that I also got worried with the Fraser St. and Main St. restaurants. None of my favorites are on the list, nor any of those that I’ve reviewed on my blog.

  2. TodTuesday, June 3rd, 2008 — 1:03am PDT

    Remind me to tell you about the Japanese restaurant in Yaletown some friends and I have taken to calling “Lysol Sushi.”

  3. phaedraTuesday, June 3rd, 2008 — 8:03am PDT

    Thanks for the link Rebecca. A gf and I were supposed to take in some jazz, wine and appys at Capones in Yaletown. Not now, it seems. Gross.

  4. Mom-in-lawTuesday, June 3rd, 2008 — 8:27am PDT

    Oh dear! Not what anyone likes to see – especially John’s Mom.

  5. Keira-AnneTuesday, June 3rd, 2008 — 9:44am PDT

    I’m just glad all I had was a beer…from the bottle.

  6. PeteTuesday, June 3rd, 2008 — 12:56pm PDT

    they still have the info in a pdf format eh?

    they should also have it in a html format for the search engines and so people could scan it quickly online, and maybe add an rss feed.

    That might reduce the number of violations ie the visibility of the restaurant name and what specific problem they have would make them take it more seriously.

  7. ChristineWednesday, June 4th, 2008 — 10:36am PDT

    Next time you are looking for a drink in Yaletown, try Plan B on Homer street (next to Blast Radius). It’s a terrible name for a restaurant, but the food, service and staff are all excellent and their dishes are clean. I didn’t see their name on the list either, which is a good sign.

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