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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great first experience
By westcoastann of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

Delightful dinner in a cozy atmosphere. Friendly and knowledgable service - smart wine list with a generous glass at a decent price. Food was marvellous - tandoori Alaska Black cod (sable fish) absolutely delicious ... who knew! Excellent lamb curry and generous servings of really good Indian food. We will be back to check out the rest of the menu.

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Basil's Subs125 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Not very organized.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

I've gone here twice and found this location doesn't seem to be very prepared or organized in what they offer. If I see their menu, and they listed their meats or chicken, they should either have it or do what other location, list the food choices for the day. Each time I've tried to order their mediterranean chicken and their streak, and they didn't make it, due to not having the spices or ingredients...What's with that???

I have tried their roast beef sub, and you can add any topping you would like to have, for me it was lettuce, onions and mushrooms. They do offer spinach with avacado, but it wasn't either made or available..so again they need to decide what they should offer for the day..and provide the choices that are available...I went with Dijon mustard with my cabratta bun and was made. The location doesn't have alot of seating, so be prepared to take your sub or wrap to go.

The actual sub was good, the meat on both times, had lots of flavour and everything complimented one another. The sub came on cutting board, as I think they're trying to resemble some other new sandwiches place. I was definately full on both visit, but unless they offer what's on the menu, and the owner can train her staff better, this place could be a hit.

I only wish they would have what they say and not here what's not available..they need to work on that.

I will try them one more time in the coming months, and I hope they improve soon.

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Aria Pizza & Donair112 West 12th Avenue, North Vancouver
Dry Chicken, OK lamb
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 11:45am [Take-out]

Tried this restaurant twice for lunch and had some mixed results. It's on a side street, about 1/2 block in from Lonsdale. More of a delivery and take out place rather a sit down place but they do have some small tables. First tried their lamb platter. Basically minced lamb over rice with some hummus, salad and pita. Pretty tasty lamb and well seasoned rice. Hummus was average. 2nd time tried the same platter but with chicken and the chicken seem to be shredded and very dry. Not like the chicken they carve from a roasting pole at other donair places but it was already in a tray. Would avoid the chicken. Cost is average at under $8. Service was quick and cheerful. Would only go back for the lamb. They have pizza and other items as well.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
New Favourite Spot
By NorthShoreGirl89 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:10am [Dine in]

Gorgeous views, excellent food, spot on service. We had a wonderful night here, I had the gnocchi and my partner had the sable fish. Both amazing dishes paired with delicious wine. We were lucky to get a bit of sun by sitting out on the patio and to enjoy the view. Definitely a must try! I know we will be back for more!

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great for take out
By BobbieHere of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 5:08pm [Take-out]

Lonsdale has a huge selection of sushi restuarants but I usually go to this one because the food is great and the prices are good. I usually get take out because the dine-in experience is less than favourable. The restuarant seems dirty, the tables are often sticky and the place is loud and has a frantic feel. I'm usually not there on the weekend around peak dining hours but since this place has such good deals, it's often busy up until about 8pm. As well, the service is poor and the servers are rude so it's another reason to avoid dining in!

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
What a View!!!
By billybumble of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 11:33am [Dine in]

We went on a Saturday and the restaurant was pretty full but managed to get a wonderful table on the patio without reservations! The sun was just starting to go down but managed to glare down on us pretty strong. (although most tables weren't effected by the glare, and I was able to move my chair over from our table to help the problem, more shade umbrellas would have be nice / or bring sunglasses if you want to sit outside)

Service was fast and friendly, and the food was very fresh and not disappointing.
We ordered four appetizers (seared Tuna, asparagus, caesar salad and fries). The Tuna was melt in your mouth yummy and uniquely paired with grapefruit (maybe a bit thicker slices would have made me given it a 4 instead of 3). The fries 'looked' ordinary but were not greasy or overcooked like many restaurants, very tasty and nicely seasoned. The romaine was young and crisp with just the right amount of dressing and shaved parmesan (I hate soggy caesars). The asparagus was also fresh not overcooked and tasty too...although I felt it was lacking something to make me want to try it again.

Looking forward to going back.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Don't waste your money.
By TheCrnl. of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

We stayed in the Lonsdale area for a business trip and went to Pier 7 restaurant for dinner with our group. The atmosphere and views were great but the food was a big let down.

We started Our dinner with the seafood nachos which were nothing more then bagged taco chips with cheddar cheese, thawed shrimp, and pieces some sort of unidentified fish. These came with salsa and what seemed to be a side of ranch dip. The cheese was not fully melted and overall they lacked flavor, and seemed to be slapped together. Very disappointing for $20.

We also asked for an order of the steamed mussels and were told that they had run out of mussels and only had clams, which we settled for. They were just o.k. and came in a flavorless chili and lime seasoning.

Our next dish was the seafood chowder in a red base. The soup was flavorless and watery, with small bits of seafood. This seemed like something that had been reheated from Costco and for almost $ 10 per bowl I expected better quality.

Lastly we had the lobster macaroni and cheese. This dish was about as good as the nachos. It consisted of undercooked pasta and watery cheese sauce, with small chunks of mystery fish.

Save your money on this place and stay away. It looks cool inside but the food was a total let down. We had much better food at the lounge in the Pinnacle hotel, and for a quarter of the price during happy hour.

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Don't assume you'll find great donuts
By kitchennightmares of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 12:37am [Dine in]

I've only tried the plain donuts here once but I left very disappointed. I have a sweet tooth and so it's not often that someone screws up a dessert for me. After brunch at the Arms Reach Bistro this spring, I decided to stop at this place for a treat, as I had read that this is one of the top attractions of Deep Cove.

I find it hard to describe the donuts because they lacked any flavor. I find donuts from major grocery stores to be mediocre (dry and too sweet), but these might rank even lower. I can only hope that I had a bad batch, because I don't understand the hype about this place.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
the Food speaks for itself
By kitchennightmares of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 12:27am [Dine in]

I initially came for the weekend brunch based on positive reviews I had read online and wasn't disappointed. The eggs benny with smoked salmon is the best I've ever had. I recently went for lunch here over the May long weekend and despite crowds of tourists we managed to get a table right away and had a very pleasant lunch experience. I had the stinky burger with fries which was delicious. During both my visits, I got the impression that the chefs really pay attention to the food they make and that the ingredients they use, unlike the run-of-the-mill franchises.

Combined with a stroll around beautiful Deep Cove before and after the meal, it's totally worth driving to this place.

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Mumbai Masala333 Brooksbank, #770, North Vancouver
Worth the Drive! =)
By kbs745 of Kitislano, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I had to make an account to just rave about this place. It recently opened up in Park and Tilford mall and I have to say I am delighted. I heard about this place from friends and I just wish I found out about this place before...I've been missing out on delicious Indian food! The restaurant looks very nice inside and very "indianish" with all of the Indian inspired designs and pictures. I went with a group, and I had Beef curry, eggplant bartha, and daal with some naan and rice on the rice. I can honestly say that it was the best Indian food I've had in a while! I definitively recommend this place with great pride.

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Laleh Bakery130 W. 15th St., North Vancouver
My favorite bakery
By Christianne of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 5:11pm [Take-out]

I live in Victoria, but whenever I am able to come to North Vancouver, I buy a box of cream cakes from Laleh Bakery. I love this place. The cakes are so light and soft, with just the right amount of sweetness and balance of flavors. I wish there was a bakery like this in Victoria.

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Diamond in the rough
By TheBossalini of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 10:48am [Dine in]

A few of us decided to get together for a bite at this place last night, as storming new territory can often have unexpected pleasures. Holy crap! I had no idea what I was in for. I'd like to think that I've been to most of the best restaurants Vancouver has to offer, but now I'm thinking that I may have to spend more time on the North Shore and in the suburbs to find true gems such as this.

The service was simply outstanding. Our beautiful waitress and handsome bartender had impeccable service. I remember dining at the Burj-Al-Arab several years ago in Dubai, the world's only 7-star hotel. Their service was akin to that experience. Drinks were never empty, politeness at the forefront, smiles from all the chefs; you could tell that this was a happy place where everyone wanted to take care of you. And that, they did.

Let's start with the cocktails. My girlfriend and I had some serious trouble choosing cocktails, because they all sounded so delectable. You could tell that the mixologist who designed these drinks was an artisan in their craft. My girlfriend had one that had hints of lychee and cucumber. I ended up trying one called the Southside which was fantastic! I highly recommend it as a refreshing summer aperitif.

And the food... my god, the food! We ended up splitting some appetizers after much trouble deciding and serious debate. Lobster corn dogs? Are you kidding me? WOW! Three of us ended up splitting a deconstructed poutine and the heirloom tomato salad. I love heirloom tomatoes, and this may be the best heirloom tomato salad in the city. A perfect balance of ripeness and succulence in the tomato coupled with arugula and cheese, drizzled with their profound dressing. In the poutine, each component was separated; the fries were crisp perfection on the outside with those soft innards that we all love so much. The gravy and gruyere cheeses were a knockout match for them in one's mouth. Which brings me to my first complaint (if you can call it that): there was seemingly too much cheese for the poutine. Sacrilege? Perhaps. We remedied this situation by dipping the incredible fresh baked bread that was complimentary in the gruyere. I nearly fell off my chair. Absolute magic.

And our mains? Best food in the city, no holds barred. After serious indecision (a thank you again to our server for her patience, life is full of worse problems!), I ended up trying the Lamb Two Ways. On the one hand, you have the lamb chops with an aioli beyond belief, which paired have established supremacy over any grilled lamb dish I have ever had. As if holding that throne wasn't enough, there was a lamb shepherd's pie to go with it. The veggies it came with were dipped in some sort of light tempura batter, adding a wonderful texture of crispness to them. I also had the luxury of trying a few bites of the flat iron steak with bone marrow spread upon it. In all honestly, every main sounds this good.

The wine list looked spectacular; I must say that there really is something for everyone here at any price range, region and grape varietal.

We were unfortunately too full to try dessert, so till next time!

I honestly cannot wait to return to this restaurant again. The warm, cozy, inviting atmosphere; the exquisite level of service beyond any expectation; the wonderful selection of cocktails; the utterly delicious and unparalleled food; the diversity of the wine list; and the friendliness of all the staff... it all comes together with such flawless execution. I am salivating just reminiscing of last night as I write this. Thank you to everyone there for the wonderful time, and looking forward to nothing else but our next visit!

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Osaka Sushi4355 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
Under New Management... MUCH IMPROVED :-)
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2012 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

We originally headed to our 1st choice in the neighbourhood, Genji, only to find them closed so ended up here, and lucky thing. The new owner is clearly very motivated to change things for the better. It was busy for a Sunday night and the place was fuller than I've seen it before. We were worried when we saw how busy it was because the last time we'd been here we ended up leaving because we couldn't get any service at all when it was the previous owners.

This time, everything went tickety boo. We ordered dinner boxes A & B, Maki Combo, Cali-rolls, Sunomono, Gomae, saki and beer. Everything was served in a timely manner and our waitress was pleasant, efficient and aniticipated our needs for tea refills, condiments and drinks. The fish was excellent quality and presentation of the dinner boxes was especially appetizing. The California rolls aren't very large but tasted fine.

Dinner for 4 came to $75 + we left 25% tip. We have been tiring of Genji a little lately and it irks me that they charge $1.00 for a tiny dish of spicy sauce there, so I'm very happy Osaka is now up to snuff. Not only that, we all agreed after this last meal at Osaka that this will now be 1st choice over Genji for neighbourhood sushi. Hopefully the new owners can keep up the good start.

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
North Vancouver finally has the best restuarant in the city. Most amazing food I have ever eaten!!!!
By holly back of North vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

I was on my way out to another place last night but when I saw the Portly Chef open I quickly parked and went there. I have to say I am quite critical of restaurants I guess because I like to cook myself. This place was the best food I have ever been served, it was so beautiful I didn't want to cut into it, but when I did it tasted as beautiful as it looked. I seldom write reviews on things but this place was so amazing I had to write one. So not only was the food the best I have ever eaten, the portions were good and price was good, and to top it off the house wine is my all time favourite JLhor. The service was excellent!! I cannot say enough good about this place, I am taking my staff there next week and am so excited for them to try everything and feel the same as I do.

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Excellent first time experience, can't wait to see where it goes
By battery of Port Moody (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

My wife and I were walking Lonsdale for dinner. We decided to try The Portly Chef. As it turns out they are not actually having a grand opening till next week but are open on what they called a "soft open".

The food and service was excellent. The food was very well presented and tasted amazing. I had a poutine appitizer and my wife had a tomato salad. She actually took a picture of the food.

For dinner I had lamb that was cooked two ways; a rack plus a lamb shepard pie. My wife had the pork chop. Portions were large enough that we shared from each others plate. Will definitely go back and can't wait to see what this place will be like when they fully launch.

I agree with the other review that the music was a little off for the restaurant.

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Hakhamanesh Restaurant222 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver
Best restaurant best decor
By feri001 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

The food is amazing here or i can say this has been the best persian restaurant in town (former kashcool) Start with a smoky mizra ghasemi move on to perfumed rice accompanying melt-off-the-bone braised lamb and do save room for vermicelli ice cream with saffron and rose water.

Also enjoy hookah and persian tea after dinner at their outdoor patio

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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
High expectations given the crowds, but was disappointed by the standard
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 11:50am [Dine in]

We finally called in here mid-week for an evening meal, with the mother-in-law from out of town, having seen the place was popular.

We had a short wait for a table, so opted to review the menu at the counter / bar whilst waiting.

Not having had too much sushi in the past we were novices, but wanted to try something different & requested helpful recommendations from the waitress. However, her standard of English was poor & she gave the impression she couldn't be bothered & didn't want to be there.

There was a large selection of dishes, mainly priced between $7 & $15, but we had no idea what they were or more importantly, how big each menu item was. We ordered a crisp go-go roll, some clams & some sushi to be shared by three, only to find it wasn't enough. The waitress didn't really help with the quantity ordering, despite us asking !

The dishes certainly looked attractive, but some were sadly lacking in quantity & taste. We ordered more, having looked at what others were eating & were still none-too-impressed.

We came to the conclusion the cooked dishes were far better than the sushi.

There was a moderate selection of wines & bottled beers, but nothing on draft.

There were quite a few fruit flies buzzing around the tables !!

We went with open minds & high expectations of trying something different for a change, but were sadly disappointed. Shame, because it's quite conveniently located for us. Maybe we'll try sushi in 2 or 3 years time, at another restaurant !

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Bravo Bravo Bravo
By poorestoliver of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 9:14am [Dine in]

It is not the Cucina right next store but a far better affair. We heard about the soft opening last week and we thought it would be good to check this new fine dining restaurant out. Once inside we found the staff was friendly, decent, and attentive. The decor was good and a notch up from what was seen in the Tutu Bene that used to reside here. This restaurant has a whole new atmosphere and a entirely different menu. We had a variety of appetizers to start and all were unique and superb tasting. The main courses were delicious too. And the pastries?! The pastries are to die for. The pastries are created by the same person who supplied pastries to the Chambar over in Vancouver. Overall the food was tasty, well presented, smartly priced, and the portions were good. The ambiance was good but the music was a little all over the map. I am sure that will improve once the restaurant further defines itself. If you are like us and have been longing for finer dining on the North Shore, check out the latest in fine dining on central Lonsdale. And congratulations to the new owner and Chef for putting together a good team.

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Sushi Katsu1857-1861 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Good Bento Box Lunch, Impressed
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch here with a friend. We were looking for another sushi place but we noticed this place and gave it a try for lunch. They had some good bento box options and some nice pricing, at least for lunch. The menu had a lot of other options but we both settled for bento box (E)

Good service and decent ambiance there. The lunch was served pretty quickly and was your standard bento box fair. We had a solid lunch and would go there again, particularly with a larger group (there is a lot of room).

By the way, I was immediately impressed with the size of the glasses they use for serving water. Most restaurants, particularly asian ones (where the norm is drinking hot water or tea) use the smallest, wimpiest glasses when you ask for cold water. Here they gave some super size-glasses that lasted through the mail - a small thing I now... but it helps not having to wait for a refill in the middle of a spicy meal.

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Panago Pizza1981 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Okay but a little bland for our tastes
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (54 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 5:34pm [Take-out]

We were feeling uninspired for making dinner last Friday and hadn't ordered pizza for a while so we browsed the collection of takeout menus that are stuffed regularly through our mail slot. Decided we'd try Panagos because we couldn't remember ever ordering from them before and they had some interesting looking pies. We ordered 3 large pizzas on regular crusts and they were at our door in about 20 minutes...wow.

The Veggie Mediterranean was the best of the 3 with the onions, spinach and feta making a flavourful topping combo. But the Italian Deli and Tropical Chicken were sparse on toppings and quite bland which was disappointing. And the bill came to $60 before tip. Not our best pizza delivery adventure.

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