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.
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.
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
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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