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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 (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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