Checked out the Quay and was craving something sweet to have with a coffee. I spotted this bakery, but there was literally no-one attending the counter. Went for a short walk, browsing the Quay and returned .. still no one. Went for another short walk and returned to find an disinterested Asian man behind the counter.
I asked if the Diplomat Cakes were made with real butter. The man did not seem to understand me at first. I asked again. He said, "Yes. Butter."
I bought a slice for $3.25 plus tax. I ate it at the tables near the window with the nice view of Vancouver.
I should have just had a coffee and thrown the $3.25 into the water fountain outside. It was the worst Diplomat cake I have ever had. It had ZERO flavour. If butter was used in the frosting - it would have been 0.01% added to shortening. I didn't taste any buttery flavour at all. It tasted like nothing.
Gross. Never again.
This is my favourite spot for a real coffee latte, made with freshly ground beans that were roasted nearby a few days before. Great hot or cold sandwiches along with freshly baked pastries, cookies and snacks. Simple surroundings kept impeccably clean.
Instead of buying from international chains that offer factory foods, at Belmondo Cafe, you get healthier, tastier food and support local merchants.
My gf has been bringing me takeout from here for nearly a couple of years now and only recently did I finally make my way here to dine in with her.
The location is tucked away off Lonsdale but from what I've been told, it's almost always extremely busy. They have more floorspace next door so larger groups can dine without bumping elbows. At the main site, the tables by the front doors are quite cramped together to maximize seating capacity but the loud ambiance drowns out most nosy patrons. They do what they can with the space, but on a cold rather night it's a bit off-putting.
Even with the limited table space, we ordered quite a few dishes for the two of us. My gf's lamb shank (baghali polo) was braised to a fork tender and came with a lima bean rice scented with dill. I ordered a combination meal which came with one beef and one chicken kabob, served with grilled tomato and rice (bakhtiari). The kabobs were simply made with little seasoning and perfectly cooked with both our entrees chased with the apparently ubiquitous shallots and yogurt (mast-o moosir). In addition to that, we ordered an accompanying dish called fesenjoon, which was a pureed pomegranate and walnut mix topped over white chicken meat. It was an interesting mix of sweet and tang and was really a meal in itself. Portions are more than generous as you get a large amount of meat along with carbs.
Our server was one of the friendliest we've had in a long time, especially given the full house. It wasn't anything over the top at all, but he certainly made us feel welcomed.
Simply put, this is my kind of comfort food.
This is a great location - right next to a Starbucks (which I avoid). I like JJ Bean - coffee is good, food is good, and pastries are good. Good solid fare by electic staff who seem to know their coffee and enjoy working there. But, here's the rub, why is the coffee never piping hot. It cools down when I add a touch of cream - ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh - I just hate that; and when I ask for a spot of hot milk, they get all snotty on me and ask for an extra .50c. Dammit man, I don't want a latte (if I wanted milk favoured with coffee then I would order the damn thing).
But I did notice that the music they were playing was really great coffee shop stuff - Sinatra, some Big Band, Charlie Parker - great jazz as is proper and right for coffee bars. Not the vomit-inducing Top 40, which is what they used to play (and maybe still do - but not on the day I visited).
Also - when I visited a few weeks ago, the paper-towel dispenser in the men's room was broken; on another recent trip (yesterday), it was still broken. What gives?
This place is an old fashioned Donut shop with Character and GREAT tasting donuts!!. The place is riddled with collectables still in the original packaging! kind of a flea market feel... very cool. Maple peanut donut is to die for. They also have very well priced and delicious deli sandwhiches. Lets keep this long time donut shop alive! Saport the little guy!
Decided to try this place out after hearing what a negative experience a friend had. And I almost wish I didn't!! Went on a friday night, so naturally it would be a bit busy. Luckily we got there before dinner rush I guess.
Ambiance looked confusing. It look as if you combined a lounge and burger shack together. Worse, they only had one rest room. Which looked poorly maintained. You would think that a restaurant this "busy" would have more than one?
The service was soo slow, even just waiting for our water took forever. Waiting for a refill took even longer!! You would think that the servers would know the #1 rule in serving is never let the glass be empty. It's as if the owners just hired young servers still in high school to fit their restaurants "young" and "trendy" appearance.
Luckily the food wasn't that bad. The fries were cold, but they weren't great anyways so didn't miss out on much there. Also, condiments such as ketchup are an extra 25c. Seriously? Had I known I would've brought ketchup packets from McD,
Would I go back here? Definitely not. For the price we paid we could get something ALOT better at Rockford which isn't too far from there.
This place has it all i serious i have tried them all when it comes to sushi places and I'm not kidding this place even has a roll called the Crystal Roll, when you place it in your mouth it practicality devolves. It wrapped in a rice paper and the flavour is just making you think oh i could eat 20 of these there so good. My other favourite one there is the Ocean Garden Roll, but for me they know what i want every time i come in just ask for the sample roll its got crab, avocado wrapped up in a cucumber roll with no rice or seaweed. My 3rd roll for me is the Spicy Tuna Delight this is really good, it has that little kick to it that makes you coming back for more.
If you think this cant be for real please come back here and tell me your experience!
We ordered 8-pcs of chicken, 12pcs of cupcakes and 1 med. size gravy. When we got home, we realized that KFC forgot to include the gravy! After 3 days, we decided to stop by the same KFC and ordered chicken for take out. I told the lady about the gravy incident and she asked me if I called that night. I told her no. She said you should have called and we could log it in. In my mind, how should I know that I would need to call????!!!! She didn't gave me my gravy $1.99 worth. Right then and there, I decided never to come back to this outlet again!!! FOR A $1.99 WORTH OF GRAVY, KFC has lost me and my family as their weekly customer.
The sushi is decent and dinner boxes are good. Noodles in soup aren't good at all. Take out is fine but out of the many (20?) times we've tried to dine in, it's usually a lesson in frustration. The female servers are particularly clueless. You can wait forever for your food and they just avoid looking at you the whole time. Last time I was there my son got his food after 35 minute wait and after he finished eating, I waited another 10 min for my food. Awkward. Other times they've forgotten parts of our order, substituted items in bento boxes without telling you and just generally have no clue how to give decent service, yet they always expect a tip. Like I said, take out and stay out.
We like good italian. Our standbys are Umberto's and Carmelo's. Living on the far end of the north shore, though, sometimes you just don't wanna drive so far..... Last Friday, we made a reso for 4 of us here and arrived a few minutes late. Our table wasn't ready, no worries, we were offered seats at the bar. The place was pretty full, good sign. We sat at the bar and surprisingly were not offered anything to drink. They seemed short staffed and too busy to make eye contact with us. After 10 min, my hubby flagged a guy down and got a couple of beer. Then our table was ready. We ordered mussels, tomato boconcinni, mains were a duck special, ossobucco and peppercorn steak washed down with a couple of decent bottles of red. Thinking back, mediocre is shooting a little high. The tomato bocconcini had tomatoes that I would not have purchased to serve to my own family, never mind serve to restaurant patrons paying $11.00 for six slices of tomatoes and minuscule slices of bocconcini. They were not ripe, not fresh (previously cut?) white at the core, grainy and in certainly the cheapest tomatoes available. To their credit they replaced the salad with a new one and I was so starved, I ate it, but it was just marginally better. The mussels were unremarkable and the portion size was below standard for the price. The Ossobucco presented nicely but the sauce tasted strange. We've had this dish in other restaurants that when done beautifully makes you dream about the taste for weeks afterward until you have to go back and have it again in the same place. This is not such a case. Again, well below mediocre. The duck special was done in a cassis sauce and the best thing about the dish was the veggies. The duck was dry, bland, and I wanted to forget I'd ordered it as soon as I bit into it. The best dish of the evening was the peppercorn steak. That was several notches above mediocre but at this point not enough to bring up the total score. The service was decent and unobtrusive, although in Italian restaurants we usually see a little more flare, but not here. Our glasses were full and the waiter was awake, that's about it. All in all, we had a nice evening out because our focus during the meal was the company and not the restaurant. But when you get home after dropping a few hundred bucks on a meal you do tend to dissect it a little the next day to decide if you'll be going there again or trying somewhere else. Our conclusion on this was, "been there, done that." We'll look for someplace else.
I used to find myself at this place often. Something has surely happened with the management as of the last few months. The food is mediocre, a greasy spoon such place. Nevertheless, I would eat here due to convenience. The staff on the weekends over turn as fast as the customers to walk through there, leaving the rest of the people to treat the customers as garbage. Leave this breakfast place out of your weekend, you surely wont miss anything except mistreatment by the staff and maybe a blocked artery.
We popped in for lunch about 11:45 and were the first ones in the restaurant. We ordered a California roll, Rainbow roll, Chirashi Don, and Gomae for the two of us. The food took quite some time to come and they delivered the two rolls for my son first and by the time he was completely finished eating, they brought my Chirashi Don. The 2 waitresses working were pathetic. One of them dished out the most minuscule portion of Gomae (we're talking 1 unheaped teaspoon) and they tried to tell us it was because they had changed the portion sizes. I forgot to ask them if they had cut the price in third as well. Since my son had been there twice before and had Gomae both times and gotten a normal portion, her lie was even more ridiculous. Later on she thought better of trying to slide one over and brought us another portion of Gomae. Later on both waitresses were standing around staring into thin air while we waited for them to notice our tea pot was empty (I had taken the lid off... traditional Asian cue for a refill). My son finally had to wake one of them up to refill our tea. The saving grace for this place is that the food is very good. The rolls were both tasty and my Chirashi Don was nicely presented, the fish was good quality and it was very good value for $12.95. Still, I tipped barely 10% and I'm getting sick of tipping even that much when we would have had a more enjoyable meal if it were self-service. I did give the sushi chef the thumbs up on the way out for the food though, thinking he deserved the tip more than ther servers did.
After numerous times swearing I wil not return because of the poor service. The reviews here are correct. I will not return. Just not worth the bad vibes if you don't eat fast or tip big. Times we have ordered and picked up - only to find the order has not even been started by the kitchen (untuil it is paid for apparently.) Nah. We're done here.
This is the best chinese we've found, especially on the North Shore, but man, does their attitude stink! They have never charged us the same for the same meal, will refuse to deliver based on she's feeling that day and you're often kept waiting a long time for your food to be delivered. They are pretty popular so I guess they can afford to keep the horrible hostess and staff...
This place is pretty good but I wouldn't recommend bringing children. The food was a bit soggy but the great taste of the toppings completely made up for it. Great place to buy quick party food. The puns are hilarious and the mini game you can play there is very addicting. The snowman I saw outside the restaurant showed me that they were very festive.
This place seemed nice enough. When I went in and ordered a Lunch Special (Pad Thai), the taste was not like the one I had in Thailand. The color looked red and that led me to the fact that they could possibly be using tomato sauce instead of the real tamarind sauce and that is probably only because they want to use less costly ingredients. The quality of the food was a bit low, but I'm not complaining. Also the proportion was a bit on the small side, but I guess that would be fine related to the price. Through my opinion, this place would be for those people who like small amounts of food.
On a Saturday night, the tables were always dirty. It seemed like the servers were waiting for new diners to show up before cleaning them. Having someone else's leftovers in my line of sight for 20 minutes or longer is really yucky. The food doesn't taste that good either, or maybe I was just too grossed out to enjoy anything.
On the occasion of my wife's 29th birthday (again, she's apparently ageless), she is providing the details of her recent B-day dinner with her girlfiends (since I wasn't invited thank you very much).
Brown's is popular for it's cheap drinks which they of course indulged in since it was a B-day dinner. Wife started with a cup of French Onion soup which was too much packed into a too small of a cup to even eat without all the broth and contents overflowing.
Wife ordered a blackened fish burger which she said was surprisingly bland for a blackened fillet....and a bit overdone and dry to boot. Fries and coleslaw, hot and fresh and tangy respectively. Two of her friends ordered steak sandwiches, one medium rare and one well done (OMG, why even order a steak) which of course got switched when they came to the table probably because they were chattering too much and not paying attention to the waitress. Of course the two girls didn't noticed until they had already dug into their plates. But otherwise they were well received. The last of the quartet order a blackened chicken rice bowl which seemed to satisfy her. For dessert the four of them shared a slice of chocolate cake with a tangy raspberry layer.
Service was fine and despite a few glitches they enjoyed their dinner (cheap drinks help) and want to go back try Browns for breakfast next. I'm still not invited.....
So it's Friday night and everyone has plans later that evening so we decided to pop out early for something a bit greasy...... we'd been eating mostly sushi, broiled chicken and salad dinners that week. Loaded lovely wife and #2 son into the car and headed for C-Lovers next to Save-On. We hadn't been there for a few years. The restaurant was only half full although there was a steady stream of takeout customers coming and going, clutching their newspaper wrapped parcels under their arms to shield them from the wind and the rain. At 5pm the customers were mostly seniors which as I recall seems to be a popular time for them at C-Lovers.
We grabbed a window table and ordered right away. Our server was fast, friendly and efficient. We picked a 2 piece cod dinner, a 1 piece cod dinner and a 2 piece haddock dinner. Everything came fresh from the fryer with mounds of fries and coleslaw. Their slaw is crisp, fresh and not overdressed like many...quite refreshing. Fries are home cut, crispy and taste like....wait for it....potatoes.....just the way a frie should taste. The cod was moist and delicious in a thin, light and crispy batter that wasn't overly greasy at all. The haddock is a thinner and firmer filet that carries a bit more batter with it but both were very tasty with malt vinegar and tartar sauce from the table containers. We were comfortably stuffed and not with grease. Next time I might try a 1 piece halibut with a side of their mushy peas.
Decor is what you'd expect for a chain restaurant with high turnover....simple and easy clean. Dinner was done in 30 minutes for $50 including tip. Quick and tasty....no complaints. One of the best fish and chips on the North Shore.
So fresh, so yummy right out of the bag. Love all the different kinds. My kids eat 3 /day because they are so good, such a healthy snack. I live in Whistler and am so thankful they get delivered here. My husband and I also love the delicious granola they make.
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