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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
20 Visits later...
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Yes, we've been here quite a few times. Sometimes they're smokin' busy and sometimes, like just this past Tuesday, there's only a handful of tables. We have had wildly inconsistent experiences from really good food with fairly attentive and pleasant service to completely the opposite. This last time we ordered Peking duck, crispy chicken chow mean and Buddha's feast veggies. Basically, this restaurant just seems tired. The food was fine, no real complaints but nothing outstanding. There was one guy (maitre'd?) running around like crazy, one busser/waiter delivering food and carrying bus pans of dirty dishes around with his eyes permanently downcast and a guy in jeans walking around picking up credit cards and delivering the odd dish (owner?). When we were done eating it took them ages to clear our plates, then we asked for and paid the bill and sat for about 10 minutes before leaving. Then, with 2 of us already in the parking lot the busser comes out with the dessert that was included in with our Peking duck. Seriously? No one said, hey you still have dessert coming or what not when we were paying our bill 10 minutes before we actually left. There were exactly 7 tables occupied in the restaurant... So you can't say it was because they were swamped. Anyway, we'll be moving on, Pelican you have underwhelmed us probably for the last time. We're not having a great run with the Chinese restaurants lately **SIGH**.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Expected better...
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

We've been to the Richmond location where they really delivered on food quality and service, therefore when we had out of town visitors we chose Sun Sui Wah, Main St. Location for a casual meal after airport pick up. We were 5 and ordered roast duck, free range chicken, lettuce wrap, scallops and veggies, salty spicy deep fried tofu and sauteed snow pea shoots. The waiter tried to talk us into a soy chicken instead of the steamed ginger chicken we wanted but our visitors wanted the ginger dish so we stuck with ordering that only to be told 10 min later by the waiter that they were out of that and only had the soy chicken left. We said that was fine but he should have been honest in the first place, that was annoying. The best dish was the snow pea shoots, hard to go wrong with that. The duck was dry and probably the worst chinese style roast duck I've ever had in Vancouver and I would say we've had that in about 50 different chinese restaurants. The free range soy chicken was ok, just ok. The filling for the lettuce wrap (pork) was bland and anemic looking. The scallops and veggies were fine, and for the price a good amount of scallops. My son ordered a coke and it took them 15 minutes to bring it. The whole meal was completely underwhelming and if I hadn't experienced the Richmond location first I would not have any clue as to how Sun Sui Wah holds the reputation they do in Vancouver for being one of the best Chinese restaurants. By the way, I am Chinese so I know about the off the cuff service style in these restaurants but the service here was even less remarkable than say, Hon's, so that's not up to snuff. Maybe dim sum is really the only thing they do well or maybe we hit them on an off night, nevertheless we probably won't go back there any time soon.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Happy with Happy Hour
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

We arrived, party of 4 around 5:30 pm and were seated on the downstairs patio right away. We were given all the right menus and our drink order was taken after a few minutes. We ordered 36 oysters, buck a shuck local variety we were familiar with to start. They took awhile to arrive but were worth the wait. Cleanly shucked, cold and delicious. Followed on with half price applies, Poutine with braised rib, calamari, flatbread, tuna and chicken soft tacos, spiced frites, and carpaccio. The standout was the poutine, everything else was ok but lacking in seasoning. The calamari looked good but tasted bland and a bit soggy. The soft tacos, edible but unremarkable. Carpaccio needed some infused olive oil or any seasoning for that matter, but quality and quantity of beef was decent. A different drink special every night some for $5. We loved the view, the oysters, pleasantly efficient service from our waitress, and the excellent appy hour deal. Yes, the food needs work but with a bit of salt and pepper added, it's not the end of the world. We were too stuffed to have any mains but did squeeze in a piece of cheesecake which was a nice size portion, attractively presented with berry compote and coulis. It got inhaled by my teenage son which could mean anything as far as whether it was good or not (just being honest) but we'll just say it was fine. When we got the bill we wanted to yell "Start the car !!"But we did leave a ridiculously good tip. Would go back for happy hour, definitely.

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Wishes and Luck2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
On the fence...
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Sunday night, don't feel like cooking or doing dishes, no kids around for a change. We surfed around for a new place to try and settle on Wishes and Luck. We frequent the Drive alot and this place looked interesting. We arrive with no reso's around 8:00 pm. There aren't a whole lot of seats (35?) and the tables were full (good sign) so we sat at the bar. We are happy bar stool dwellers so that was not a problem. Usually we find bar service to be more personable because you are so close to the action. Here we had 2 bartenders working in a not very large space, yet oddly they were both rather shy and reserved. We ordered wine and a Negroni, followed by beet salad, pork bites, tartare, and meatballs. Strangely even though we were practically sitting on top of them we had to initiate asking for everything from the (maybe they're a couple?) barkeeps who were very busy slicing, dicing, mashing, swirling behind the bar and didn't seem to have any time left over to serve us (only 2 guests) sitting at the bar. The beet salad was outstanding, tricolor beets, goats cheese, nicely dressed. The pork bites, we didn't like, kind of dry and honestly can't remember anything else about them except we wouldn't order them again. They forgot to bring our meatballs and then when they did, they said it was on the house, but they appeared on the bill anyways. We paid and left without saying anything. Funny thing is that the owner (Dolly?) chased after us to apologize for not taking the meatballs off the bill, she seemed genuine when she said next time you come in we'll do something special for you. The thing is to do something special for people the FIRST time they come in. We may or may or may not return but nice to know she actually cared enough to run down the street after us, we give her 10 points for that, no 15 points, she had heels on.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Old School Fine Dining
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

Last Saturday we had a nice treat, chauffered in an SUV limo, dinner at this gold standard of a steakhouse, pampered for a few hours. The room was elegant, the food classic, the service impeccable. We ordered iceberg wedge, spinach salad, beefsteak tomato salad, calamari, rib eye steaks and blackened ahi tuna with roasted beets, asparagus and mashed potato sides. All the food was well prepared and nicely seasoned. Excellent dressings on all the salads. Great wine selection with some surprisingly reasonable selections, although if you're at all price conscious you really should not come here because dinner for 4 could easily set you back a mortgage payment on the average Vancouver condo. We were seated on the upper level at an excellent table overlooking all the action. The service as expected was unobtrusive, understated yet always there, and well timed. We did feel that the steaks, while tender and tasty, was not the best we've ever tasted, although to be fair we've had some amazing steak. It is not dry aged, rather wet aged 30+ days, so we were told by our waiter. Anyway, enough first world whining... It was an elegant meal with good company, fine wine and classy service. And at least we didn't get shot (ha ha).

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Yolk's1298 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Thought we would like it more...
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Because we practice the fine art of breakfast cookery at home we don't often go out for the morning meal, but on this particular Sunday we didn't have breakfast or lunch so decided to finally come for a 2:15 pm "dunch" because every time we drive by we say, "we've got to try that place". It was surprisingly busy still at that time and there were 2 or 3 other small parties waiting at the door when we arrived. but it didn't take long to get seated. It's very basic inside. They erased all traces of the brave bull, quick paint job, table and chairs, and bam, breakfast joint. Didn't hire any designers here, and who cares for a cheap n cheerful breaky? Except it's not cheap. Hubby ordered the special eggs benny with avocado fritter, side of bacon (extra), side of home fries (extra), me, benny style eggs on arugula and lemon truffle potatoes. The food took AGES to come, easily over 30 minutes, seemed like an hour for my tummy. Way too long to wait for breakfast food. By the time it came we were both so hungry we would have eaten cotton balls sautéed in butter. Thank goodness the food was tasty, but not very hot. The portions were fine for us because we are both watching our waistlines but they weren't generous portions by any stretch. Our waitress was saccharin sweet and narrated each thing she was about to do, "I'm going to get some more water for you now", "I'm going to get some more coffee for you now". If it was actual breakfast time when some people might be sporting hangovers, her life could be in peril. Still, the food was definitely flavourful, although the hollandaise was a little thin for my liking. The coffee was good quality and we saw some yummy looking waffles and beignets cruise by our table. Our bill came to $40.00 for two breakfasts and 1 bottomless coffee. We were kind of surprised. So, finally I'd say we would come again if there were no line ups but we wouldn't wait in line again just to have to wait a long time for the food. Also, I noticed on the menu they put 18% gratuity on large parties... really? For this kind of service? I would expect that at Gotham's where we had dined the night before, but no way at Yolk's. Craaazy.

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In Grain Pastificio1133 Mt. Seymour Rd, North Vancouver
First Impression - Meh
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

Brand spanking new place serving alternative / gluten free pastas located in the Safeway plaza on the way up to Mount Seymour. We are local diners and since there are only about 4 decent eateries in the area we zoomed over as soon as they opened to see the digs and check out the food. We always want to like and support the local eateries but judging by our initial visit this will not be anywhere on the top of our "local" bites list.

Let's start with the positive. The decor is well done. Stone, wood, glass elements all carefully integrated... it's a nice place to walk into. It goes a little downhill from here...

Onto the service. They have modeled this place after places like Formosa Pizzeria on the drive where they give you a menu and a seat then you go order at the counter (a tip is expected when you pay for the food) and then take your own drinks and water to the table and wait for someone to bring your food. Question begs why is a tip expected up front when you're not sure what the quality of food or service is going to be? My dinner partner ordered and paid and tipped 10% instead of our usual 15% and said he felt stupid giving them anything but was too embarrassed not to. Still, if the food was good we could deal with this set up.

So, the food: We ordered a Salumi plate (antipasto), a mixed green salad and kamut pasta. Pay attention people, go to Via Tevere on Victoria Drive and see how to do a real antipasto platter!
The best thing was the bread, proper semi-dunkel rustic european style bread. When a restaurant puts the bread on the platter you know they're just filling up real estate with it. Bread should be served on the side or serve it on a larger board. The salad was drenched and I mean drenched in vinaigrette. Both of us are salad lovers and will eat almost anything resembling a salad, but the dressing was way too sweet and did I say drenched? It came in a little 70's era soup bowl and was basically a clump of soggy greens with a ton of either raisins or dried berries and some sunflower or other seeds. All we could say was YUCK. The kamut pasta was tossed with peas, I think ricotta and arugula. Somehow it managed to be hot only in the very middle and pretty much cold radiating out. It was edible, that's the best I can say. All pastas are about $15.00. Cheap for a restaurant but expensive for a self service place....

I told my dining partner we should let them get their training wheels off and go back and try them again in a few weeks but he said I'd have to go with someone else, he was so not impressed!

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Cafe Orso4316 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Finally, a complete hit.
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Living in the Cove, we are so lucky.... except for the limited selection of eateries in our tiny little enclave of perfection. The last place I reviewed was the new pasta place up at Parkgate, which was pretty much a miss for us. So, when we walked into this new Cafe Orso, we were a little reserved about what to expect. Nicely decked out, urban chicque crosses wood finishes and carefully chosen art, original and unique fixtures. We likey, but then the new places pretty much all look good. But was this going to be another pretty face with no personality? Thank gawd, not this time. We ordered a savoury waffle with arugula, bresaola, pecorino(?), avocado and avocado on toast with a side of bresaola. We paid for our food at the counter and had a nice chat with the owner who introduced himself and shook our hand. So basic, yet no other restaurant owner has ever done that that we can remember in the Cove. Good manners, Luca, your Mama should be proud. We found a comfy couch to sit on and someone brought chilled water and cutlery to us right away. We waited about 10 min for the food and when it came it was very simple, nicely presented. It's not rocket science, good bread, ripe avocados, nicely seasoned, good portion for the prices charged, and a check back on the food after it was served. And they're awake enough to actually remember you and what you ordered without plonking a giant number on your table. We also saw some other food go by that looked scrumptious (tomato melted cheese toast) yet again, simple. Afterwards came the real test, does this "Cafe" actually serve good coffee? After we ate we ordered a long Americano and an Espresso. I judge all coffees by the Espresso. It's got to be properly balanced slightly bitter, nice crema on top. Yes, we have a winner here. Biggest bonus, wait for it......they have a liquor license! We'll be back for some vino and appies, that's for sure. We were also told they have live music, I think they said Friday and Sunday nights. Finally, maybe a place we can make our favourite local hang out, we've literally been waiting for something like this for years. Yes, home run, first visit. It so rarely happens, we are in shock. Also, they don't stick a giant tip jar in your face, just a small tip cup beside the cash. We spent about $25, and I popped over a fiver tip because I felt they deserved it not because I felt pressured to tip, because technically it's self service and tipping isn't a given. Anyway, we'll be back and we'll be bringing others. Our only complaint, if it could even be called that is that there seems to be very limited seating. At 2 pm on a Friday every seat was full so I think they might need to rethink their seating before too long.

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Szechuan Chongqing1260 Robson Street, Vancouver
Highly recommended Chinese place
By foodpiglet of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:28am [Dine in]

The food was in comparable with the authentic Chinese restaurants. They have incredible customer service. My plates were always taken away when I was done and my glass of water was always kept full. The prices are kind of expensive, but for the quality and size of the portions I would say it’s worth it. The vegetables are always crisp and well marinated. The vegetarian hot and sour soup is pretty good. I especially liked the Fried Pea Pods, Chinese Mushroom, and Bamboo Shoots.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
New favourite Indian restaurant
By foodpiglet of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:28am [Dine in]

I can't believe we've never been here before even though we've driven by the establishment many times. The indoor decoration gives the traditional Indian vibe. That clearly translates on their food, which was out of this world. I used to like the Indian restaurant in my hometown but this is my new favourite. I was with my family when we ate at Handi. We enjoyed and shared the Garlic/Basil Naan, Eggplant Bhartha, samosas, Beef Curry, chicken tikka and my personal favourite the Lamb Methi! I can’t wait to go back to Handi restaurant!

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Spoon Kitchen1909 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great spot for Thai & Malaysian food
By winterdwarf of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:26am [Dine in]

Spoon Kitchen is great new spot for Thai & Malaysian food! It has very tasty dishes at a reasonable price. They take a modern twist on Malaysian food, which are very appetizing and eye pleasing with all the food presentation. Good thing their food taste great as it looks. I would recommend you to order the Coconut Tiger Prawns! Beef Rendang & Roti are also great best seller choices.

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Crackle Creme245 Union Street, Vancouver
Best Creme Brulee and Liege Belgium Waffles
By winterdwarf of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:26am [Dine in]

So glad we found this place! They have the most delicious crème brûlée creations I've ever tasted and I don't generally even like crème brûlée . Clearly, the owner is passionate about his craft and very proud of his creations, as he should be. We had the dulce de leche, durian and the panda coconut. Everything’s a taste of Heaven!

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CinCin Ristorante + Bar1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
A taste of traditional Italian flavors in Vancouver
By opinionchampion of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:24am [Dine in]

CinCin Restaurant and Bar takes the traditional flavors of Italy and adding a contemporary sophistication, makes you feel like you’re in Italy. They have amazing food and service in. Plus, desserts were the best!! Service was great, who checked up on us regularly. Also, staff explained each food item that arrived to the table. That extra attention to detail was a plus. It was nice of them to remind us what we ordered and what was on each plate. Never leave the place without trying their desserts!

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Absinthe Bistro1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Affordable French food in Vancouver
By opinionchampion of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:23am [Dine in]

I feel special whenever dining at Absinthe Bistro. For starters servers welcome you very warmly, making you feel at home. Their menu is tweaked on a weekly basis making me look forward to visit every week. Value for money is worth it as you can already have a 3 course meal for only $35. To top it off, their food taste authentic, very close to the food I’ve eaten in France. It is the perfect place for a date, or an intimate dinner with friends. Absinthe Bistro has definitely made my list of go-to places for affordable French food in Vancouver.

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Sura Korean Cuisine1518 Robson St., Vancouver
Korean dining at its finest
By dazzlingprincess of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Sura has been my favorite restaurant in Vancouver. They're also by far serve the most authentic Korean cuisine. You can tell they pick the only use the best ingredients. If dumplings in other Korean restaurants would come from frozen packages, in Sura they make it from scratch. The service is always excellent even if they’re full packed with customers. Upon oredering, everyone gets their own banchan and boricha.- a roasted barley tea - at no charge. Whether you've never had Korean food and want to start off on a high note, or you like Korean food and want the best of it in the area, you should check them out.

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Cactus Club Cafe1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Best dining experience at the Cactus Club
By dazzlingprincess of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:20am [Dine in]

I like going to Cactus Club because of its modern environment. All staff are dressed very nicely and they offer excellent service. I also commend them for their comfortable seats and clean washrooms. It is the best place to catch up with friends. I usually order their burgers. It was huge, had really good meat, gluten free bun, and came with a side of yam fries. Delicious and very fulfilling! What makes my dining experience special is their spectacular view. I’m always blown away on how beautiful it is. Best time to view would be at sunset. Cactus club is definitely one of my favorite places to dine.

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Timkee Kitchen2365 Burrard St, Vancouver
Good Healthy Chinese Food
By brotherkingfisher of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Timkee Kitchen is one of the Chinese restaurants I keep coming back to. I typically order their pork BBQ, beef with broccoli and the chef`s best creation, Orange Peel Chicken. Surprisingly, they do not use MSG on all their dishes but still maintain the excellent, flavorful Chinese taste. It`s best to go to Timkee with family and friends because their portions are huge, enough for sharing. Service is friendly and casual but can be a little slow for impatient people. I would advice to either come during off/slow hours or simply getting some take-out.

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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Authentic Mexican thrills
By brotherkingfisher of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:18am [Dine in]

Looking for authentic cheap Mexican thrills?? Adelitas may look sketchy from the outside but it is one of the most highly-regarded Mexican food restaurants in Vancouver. Delicious, authentic and innovative Mexican food is a point pride of Adelitas. I always start off with their Nachos filled with toppings that are perfectly stacked together. I also like ordering their Burrito as they serve everything up in Mexican Freshness. The best part is that they open till 11pm on most nights, which is perfect for those late night cravings!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The14935 Marine Drive, White Rock
Location is the ONLY thing going for it
By Diligent1 of White Rock, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Menu selection is not great, especially if you want brunch or breakfast. The greeter was friendly, but our server was none too friendly or helpful. Service was slow in fact - although the restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived at 11:30am on a warm sunny Sunday morning.

We asked to sit on the upstairs patio, but could NOT - they wouldn't open the patio until noon.
That makes no sense - it's a hot sunny Sunday and I can't use the patio until after noon? Mmmkayy then.

We got a window seat on the 2nd floor, then spent a long time waiting for service. We both requested some hot sauce for our eggs, she said "sure" but the sauce didn't arrive until we almost finished the meals. (Great, thanks for bringing that...) Then she says "how are the first few bites tasting"? I bit my tongue and did not state the obvious fact that we were nearly finished. (I'll remind you - there were maybe 3 other tables seated in the entire place).

Also, the "fruit bowl" that came with my eggs benny had rotten fruit, as others have also stated.
There was literally green fuzzy mould on the top of the strawberry, I can't believe that left the kitchen.
The other fruits and berries were barely edible, I left the fruit bowl mostly untouched.

The restaurant interior is looking pretty tired and dark, definitely in need of a facelift.
Will not be going back to Boathouse...

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Dave's Fish & Chips3460 Moncton St., Richmond
Good fish and chips in Steveston
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:01am [Dine in]

Dave’s is in Steveston village. We stopped for dinner on a Friday evening. They have a very small menu that is centred around fish and seafood. My husband had 2 piece halibut and chips and I ordered the platter. The platter was supposed to have scallops but I told our server that I did not like scallops and could they substitute one of the other items she said they could either give me 1 more oyster or 2 extra shrimp. I asked for 2 extra shrimp. My platter came with 1 piece of my fish of my choice (cod, halibut or salmon). My platter consisted of 1 piece salmon, 1 oyster, 4 shrimp and chips. The fish was very well cooked and the serving was very generous. The batter on the fish was very light and crisp but the fish itself was nice and moist. The oyster and shrimp had panko coating instead of the regular batter that was on the fish. Although the panko coating was good I personally would have preferred the oyster and shrimp with the regular batter.
It’s a very cute restaurant decorated in blue and white. It has a mixed clientele. The service was very good. Our server was very friendly and efficient.
Dave’s is a good stop if you’re in Steveston and have a craving for good fish and chips. We had a nice walk around the village after dinner.

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