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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 (56 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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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Nice Food and Nice People
By vinnie123 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 3:04pm [Take-out]

We have eaten here a few times and always enjoyed ourselves. This time we did take out so there wasn't a place to the ambiance to choose from. But we have been here and the decor is nice and appropriate for a nice family run authentic Japanese restaurant.

We did take out this time. The food was all ready for us when we picked it up. First, I like the people. They are nice and try hard and to me that makes all the difference. They are Japanese. When I saw there last time our waitress/server was so nice. This time the owners wife was there and she was very nice. So for service I gave a five stars.

The food is very nice. The sushi chef is right there and makes it for you. The fish is fresh and the food from the kitchen was very good. We got the basics today, rolls, sushi, tempura, and an burdock root (I think it was, which was so tasty-deep fried root). So for food, for the three times we eaten here and done the take out, it has always been fresh and tasty. For the rolls, when the rice tastes fresh and not stale that is a big thing for us. Here, the rice is fresh. You can see them making everything.

For the cost, I would say it is very reasonable. It is not fine dining but the place is clean (which is always important), the people are very nice and try hard, the food is fresh and good quality, the location is convenient. Overall, I would recommend and I will be back to enjoy.

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Bravo Cucina1209 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Classy and cozy
By cqducky of North Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

Bravo Cucina is my family's favourite restaurant on the North Shore. The food is fresh and delicious, and the service is professional and friendly. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic, and it doesn't have the usual rushed, busy and loud feel that larger restaurants usually do. It is the perfect date restaurant if couples are looking to spend a night out, the perfect restaurant for celebrating a classy birthday or anniversary, the perfect restaurant if you want to catch up with a few friends.

PS. the tortellini is to die for.

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Doc's Pizza113 W 1 Street, North Vancouver
Great Pizza
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2012 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

I've been to Doc's a few times, and if the weather is nice, i will order to go due to the very limited seating. The pizza is never greasy, fresh tasting with lots on top of the pizza. I love the pizza, its thin crust and crunchy. I have tried the meat lovers, ham and pineapple to pepperoni and mushroom, all so far have been good. Two slices usually fill me up and what I usually do, I take it to go and eat outside around the area.
Not the biggest place, and hidden since its not a big location.

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Moja Coffee Cafe1412 Rupert Street, North Vancouver
The best cappuccino in the lower mainland comes from Moja Beans
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 10:49am [Dine in]

I found about this place while I was at Thomas Haas having a cappuccino. It was great and I found out that Thomas Haas uses Moja Coffee. I decided to head to north van last weekend to visit Moja Coffee Cafe -)
It's not that far out of the way, just over the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge and it's about 5 minutes off the freeway.
Place is nice, they roast their own beans in house. Staff seem pretty passionate about their coffee. They didn't have much for food options here, more of a strictly coffee house with a few muffins or pastry type snacks to choose from. I had a cappuccino for $3.75 and it was fantastic, 5 out of 5. I've visited a lot of coffee houses in the lower mainland and Moja makes the best espresso by far. From now on I will only use Moja espresso at my home also (they sell bags of beans for $16)

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Enjoyable dinner
By bojo of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

After reading reviews here, we were hesitant to venture into Andreas, but do know how easy it is to post negative opinions so decided to try it. Totally enjoyed our meals - a great selection at reasonable prices - and so much food. We all took food home with us. Service was great, a very casual atmosphere which families can
enjoy at ease. Glad we came in, and we will be back. The lovely fresh loaf of bread given us as we left was such a bonus!

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Symposio1564 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Cozy Greek joint
By motohachi of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

Went there recently on Saturday night. It was very busy, but the service was prompt. I had calamari dinner, which was excellent and not greasy at all. My husband's lamb shank was very tender. Very creamy Zatziki. In addition to usual selections they offer some unfamiliar (to me anyways) casserole dishes too. Will go back again.

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Pho Saigon128 East 14th Street, North Vancouver
Best Vietnamese on North Shore
By motohachi of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

Latest addition to the North Shore Vietnamese restaurant scene, the Pho Saigon offers best soup. Very friendly and attentive staff. Only opened a few months ago, they have developed solid lunch crowd. My favorite is #10 (beef ball & raw beef) and crunchy spring rolls. The price is slightly higher than the ones on Kingsway, but still very reasonable. Highly recommended.

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Cazba132 W 16th St, North Vancouver
Delicious food, right price and service with a smile
By Mehbob Khaku of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Recommended by a friend to visit the restaurant.
Although there was a line up. we were seated in a matter of minutes.
Even though the restaurant was full, the service was fast, efficient, always with a smile and exceptionally polite.
Very very reasonably priced and above all, the food was delicious, salads tasted fresh, just right and taste and tenderness of the meat was perfect. Big portions too!! Th two of us could not finish it all and had to take out the rest.
The ambiance and atmosphere of the restaurant was of happiness and contentment.
Lots of polite service staff always whizzing by and never short of service. If you like authentic Iranian food, you should go.
If you are not Persian/Iranian, you might want to ask the server in detail what your meal would look like as there are no "pictures" of the meals on the menu. There is a TV screen depicting what meals look like at different intervals. Did not see any alcohol being served.
In short, a great dining experience.
One of the best restaurant I have been to. You should go...

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine1440 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Saturday night out experiement with friends
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

After reading the reviews, we thought we'd try this place out on a Saturday night & were pleasantly surprised.

There was a diverse selection of menu items, all very reasonably priced, with the hotness being indicated by a "chilli" rating. We started with the "roti canai", which was a good appetiser. For main course I had the kari lamb & asked for it to be spiced up a little. It was a succulent dish of tender lamb in a superb-tasting curry sauce. It was the perfect hotness; very spicy without losing the flavours. It was a good sized portion & came with a adequate bowl rice. Delicious.

Friends ordered different dishes, all of which were extremely tasty & colourful & once again the portions were generous. Great value for money.

The service was solid, efficient & attentive, without being overbearing.

The restaurant is not too big & is popular, so we booked & I would advise you to do the same, particularly if dining on a busy Saturday night. Be aware the restaurant closes at 9.30pm on Sat./Sun., which does seem a little early. We were given notice that the bar was closing & were invited to order additional drinks & food, if required. However, we did not feel rushed, despite the staff wanting to shut up shop.

The decor is basic but adequate. The atmosphere is OK. You can carry on a conversation without loud music etc.

There's a good selection of beers & wines, but there was no cider for my wife. It would be good to see a few draught beers on tap.

I'm not overly familiar with Malaysian food, but this was a great find & I would definintely a go back.

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Kyung Bok Palace143 West 3rd St., North Vancouver
worst Korean bbq restaurant ever!
By sirotanchelly123 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

I've been in North Van for a long time and I've always noticed this restaurant as i pass by but never dined in. I finally decided and took my friends this past weekend to Kyung Bok palace. We should have never went.

We ordered the BBQ COMBO for 4 and the amount of food we got was crappy. The amount of meat they gave us couldn't even feed a full grown man. Absolutely crappy but we were hungry so we ordered more meat which is additional 28. You'd think that's a fair amount of meat for that amount of pricing right? heck no!!! the meat they brought out was not worth the extra $28. It was insulting! I've been to other Korean bbq restaurants in greater Vancouver and for a bit cheaper, we got "all you can eat " meats!

If you don't believe me, please by all means go and waste your money and see for yourself. The taste was overall good but you can get that elsewhere for cheaper and more.

My overall rating is 1/5 only because they actually served the food.

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C-Lovers Fish & Chips1660 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver
Best Fish and Chips in Town
By ReganSpy of north vancouver BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 12:40pm [Take-out]

If you like fish and chips then you have to give this C-Lovers a try. They offer Halibut, Cod or Pollock and it all tastes great. Every time I order from there its perfect and its usually ready in about 5 minutes. A perfect spot lunch or dinner. Give this place a try and you'll be pleased I'm sure.

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Zeitoon1615 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
All around good
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Happened here during their happy hour which takes a few dollars off of some of the dishes that are already very reasonably priced. The menu is nice and concentrated, and it shows in the execution of the food. The chicken kabab is very nice. The lamb shank with dill rice is a definite star. Nice tender lamb that easily glides apart as your fork presses down on it. Service is efficient without being pushy. All in all a good place to stop in for a meal when on the north shore.

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
WOW!! Zero in Customer Service!
By Hoomanium of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 10:55am [Dine in]

Me and my wife used to go here alot.
Don't get me wrong the food is good and
Good value. We used to love the atmosphere
Run by an italian family. Good staff. But in the
Last couple of years ill tell you things have totally
Changed. The last 3 times we went there
The service was a nightmare and the waiters
And waitresses just don't care whatsoever
They probably make minimum wage.
The last 2 times we were there they
Totally got our order wrong and made us
Wait without being apologetic.
The owners the husband and wife used to
Be caring individuals but they no longer
Seem to care about their business eighter.
When confronted they just didnt care no apology
And they jus blame their bad service
On the fact that their busy or their short staffed
If u don want to be dissappoited dont go here!

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Good sushi but very disappointed that there is NO wild salmon...
By momoftwo of North Vancouver, BC, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

My family dined here tonight and my husband and I both ordered a combo sushi. I asked for wild salmon, usually I can always request wild salmon if the restaurant doesn't provide it as standard. I don't mind paying extra for wild. I was stunned to find out that they don't have wild, only farmed salmon! I find it quite sad that customers aren't asking for wild more, with so much information about the benefits of wild, and the detrimental effects of farmed...

For this reason alone we won't be back.

The food (other than the farmed salmon) was really good, the tuna melted in my mouth, and the price was great. Service was not very good at all, in fact really bad, but I would overlook this if the salmon was not farmed.

Too bad... :(

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Aristos Greek Taverna1238 Ross Road, North Vancouver
North Vancouver's best kept secret for authentic Greek food
By muscleman87 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:50am [Dine in]

I was a bit skeptical because of the old reviews on here, but I was seriously craving chicken souvlaki and decided to try it out. Immediately I noticed the 'New Management' sign. My girlfriend and I ordered one of the dinner platters - expecting just enough food for two people and were amazed at how much we got! Not only that...but the food was freaking incredible. Lamb so tender it melts in your mouth, as well as beef and chicken marinated to perfection.

On top of that we had a super friendly waitress and the chefs even occasionally come out to great us. Finished the night off with a traditional Greek dessert (Baclava? I forget the name) and some tiramasu.

Ambience was also very good. Cozy and clean. Apparently everything has been completely renovated. Looks like they did a good job.

Also - TRY THE SANGRIA. Best I've ever had.

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Cheers Restaurant125 2nd E, North Vancouver
Where everyone doesn't know your name.......
By maggiemia of East Vancouver, BC (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2012 - 11:01am [Dine in]

Well, I came here for the first time in the early 90's and I really don't remember what I had or how it was. My girlfriend took me here again after so many years for my birthday and boy, was it cheap and pretty good. I had the Pot Roast, it was good, nothing fancy and I had the salad buffet with it also. The dessert can be a bit better, not too bad, but I saw a pie out in the open that night on a cart, just sitting there, it should be covered or behind some glass so people that walk by don't sneeze or cough when going by.
Already in my reviews I always state that the people working anywhere, especially in the Food industry to tie their hair up and don't touch your face or hair. Not that I saw anything like this that night and oh, my friend told me she heard that the restaurant is the third place for being clean in the North Shore. I am happy to hear that.
The deco is ugly, the place does need reno's, it looks like the 80's still. Just as long as it's clean and the staff is clean.
The food is good. I had the Fish n' chips, burger, pasta dishes since I've been back this year. All cheap in price, which is great, considering no one has money these days.
All in All, try out this place, great for taking your mom and pop to. Good Food...Good Prices.....staff is pretty friendly. Service is ok. For the price you pay. Try this place out!

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