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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine1440 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Malaysian Delight
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 11:42am [Dine in]

For some odd reason we have never made it to the nearby Tamarind Hill in North Vancouver for Malaysian food before. It has a fairly Spartan decor, with polished concrete floors (easy to clean) and simple but dark walls and tables with a splattering of Malaysian decor along the walls. As with most small Asian restaurants, there is the perennial TV up in one corner which I’m never fond of because I find them distracting if you’re seated facing them. There was a bank of seats and tables along one wall, occupied by a very large family party, and a trio of 4-seat tables along the other wall.

We had made a reservation which turned out to be a wise move as the restaurant appeared to be fully booked at 6pm on a Saturday. The waitress apologized in advance for the wait for food as the large party was obviously keeping the kitchen busy so we nursed our Tiger beers for a while...no hurray, no problem. The waitress was working largely alone but she was very efficient, attentive when we needed it, and personable.

We ordered 4 dishes for the 3 of us which turned out to be plenty of food. The Kari Lamb was tender, boneless lamb in a spicy and flavourful coconut sauce with onions and potatoes, perfect for spooning over the steamed rice. The Sambal green beans were tender-crisp and stir fried with prawns, chillies, onions, and tomatoes (unfortunately, the Kang Kong we wanted was out of season). Char Kuey Teow was stir fried rice noodles with bean sprouts, black tiger prawns, fish cakes and cuttlefish in a lovely dark soy sauce. Our last dish was the most expensive on the menu: Softshell crab with Indian black peppercorns & garlic butter. The soft-shell crabs were delicious, crispy and spicy and came finished with fresh onions, chillies and Indian black peppercorns.

Overall everyone agreed the food was delicious, mildly hot (we’ll ask for extra spicy next time) and a smorgasbord of Malaysian spices and flavours. We’ll definitely be back to try a few other dishes. $95 for 3 people with tip.

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Capilano Pizza4730 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Love the crust
By triplejjj031 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 9:03pm [Take-out]

I have been going here for years now, and have always loved their pizza. It is the crust and the toppings that they put on that make the pizza so delicious. I always order a pizza when I am coming down Grouse Mountain after a long day of snowboarding, and it is ready by the time I get there.
I am a true DDDN pizza fan.

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Mythos Taverna1811 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Shoulda stayed home and eaten my leftovers.
By Reet of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2011 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here the other night and wished I had stayed at home.. I decided on the house specialty - Roasted lamb. Waitress described it as fall off the bone, roasted lamb shoulder or buttt, roasted with lemon and oregano. She said it was very tender and delicious. What I was actually served was a very tough lamb shank with no seasoning that I could taste whatsoever. More like Mutton which for those that don't know is an old mangy sheep.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
It was fun!!
By WeekendChef of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 19, 2011 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Heard this was going to be on Triple D and we wanted to check it out before the episode aired so off we went to check it out. I wasn't sure what to expect but it turned out to be a fun evening. A smaller room than I had expected and certainly what you'd call "rustic". Cozy too though and it appealed to me. We were seated quickly (around 7pm on a Saturday night late November) and our server was by to take drink orders quickly. Sweet young lady with a ready smile and a very polite manner. Our buddy ordered the Mixed Grill which was this monster plate of breakfast with 9 (NINE) slices of bacon! I thought he was insane and bet him he'd never finish it. Hubby ordered the slightly more modest Yukon Breakfast (with only 5 slices of bacon) (very nice bacon I might add!!!) while I had the roast beef dinner. Loaded high with mashed potatoes and veg... yum!!! Gravy over all of it. Heavenly! We all wanted pie but had no room in our tummies so we ordered slices to go and enjoyed them at home a couple of hours later.

We went back again this past weekend with some out of town friends and had had another nice evening. Same charming server and same great service. The boys mostly all had the special of soup, prime rib and chocolate cake for dessert. I had the Hot-Outta-the-Pan steak and eggs breakfast this time. A little over cooked to my liking (medium as opposed to more rare medium rare) but still very flavourful and tasty. There was silence as we all dug into our generous plates of food. It is what it is though.. it's diner food but very good diner food in my humble opinion. The boys all had a dessert and they said the chocolate cake (part of the 3 course dinner) was really good. They scraped their plates clean. Even though we hung out and chatted and caught up with each other's lives, we didn't feel rushed to leave or anything at all. The cleared the plates and left us to visit in peace. We got a cheerful "thank you" and "come again" from the whole staff when we eventually got up and yes... we will be back again soon! Must be careful to not indulge too often though... though one can never over-do bacon in my eyes, my doctor may have my hide if I go too often.

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Capilano Heights Chinese Restaurant5020 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Learn to Appreciate your Customers, not Scowl at your Customers
By poorestoliver of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

Took mom here last week. The greeter was a nasty piece of work. I don't mind rude but out of your way rude is not necessary expecially when the food sucks. This place used to pack people in but we were here in a Friday and both dining areas were near empty and something did not feel right. The food took too long to arrive at the tables. The servings were small, the prices high, and the sauces too sweet. We used to like this people but sadly were reminded this evening of why we do not prefer this location. In an nut shell...it is important that customers don't need your restaurant, you need your customers. Smile, serve food quick, serve food that tastes good and serve food that is reasonbly priced. Otherwise you will have no one left, not even the odd sucker.

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Mythos Taverna1811 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Our Favourite
By Stephen Smith of North Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 11:37am [Dine in]

My wife and I dine out once a week, and have sampled many restaurants in North Vancouver. We are now into the habit of going back to Mythos at least once every two weeks, and have been doing so for the past seven years. In fact, we'd be happy to go every week. Why? First, we are welcomed by name as we enter, and the welcome is always warm. Second, the attention we receive once seated is the best we have experienced. Service is always quick and friendly, and the staff bend over backwards to please us. They anticipate our every need and wish. Third, we are confident that, no matter what we order (and we have now settled on a few favourite entrees), we are going to enjoy the food. There is always more than enough, and we usually bring a doggie bag home. Fourth, the restaurant is always full and bustling, and there is a warm, friendly atmosphere. Fifth, they make the best Spanish coffees in town. Our neighbourhood simply wouldn't be as attractive as it is without Mythos.

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Westview Oriental Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #108, North Vancouver
Good but too expensive
By Goodwrench of North Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 16, 2011 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Stopped by here for Lunch with a friend of mine. Had some food from the Dim Sum Menu, and from the Lunch Menu. First off the Dim Sum. It was good. I had the Fried Taro, Fried Squid, and Green Onion Pancake. I thought it was all pretty good. Standard Chinese food, nothing too fancy. Had a Yang Chow Fried Rice and a plate of Sesame Chicken. Again, it was good. I liked the Menu a lot. It had pictures and numbers to order what you want. The Dim Sum doesn't come out in a Cart, you simply check it off from the list.

The Decor of the plate is alright. Pretty standard Chinese style. It was clean and room. No wait for lunch, and food came pretty quickly. Service was alright too, everyone spoke english. Tea Pots were refilled quickly. Food came out quickly too. Parking in that Mall is a bit of a Gong Show!

Here's why I won't be going back. The value! 6.95 for fried squid is a bit steep. But, I guess that's about right for that area? I don't know. But, I know that the meal I ate would've cost about 10 bucks less in Vancouver. And, I know the quality would've been the same or better. Like seriously, it was Pricey! All in all, the two of us at for 45$ with tip included. That's a LOT. I mean, it was good, but, it wasn't nearly that good. If I had to go back, I wouldn't mind. But, given the choice, I'd rather head into town, order MORE food and pay less. That's just me, maybe I'm spoiled by the Chinese food in town. I really don't think any of the food was really noteworthy, just decent.

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Honjin Sushi140 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Finally, good sushi on the North Shore
By sstephen of North Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 5:32pm [Take-out]

I used to eat at Honjin a few years back, but I thought that it had closed down and reopened as Bella Sushi. I was happy to find out that I was wrong and Honjin was still up and running as I wasn't too impressed with Bella. There wasn't anything I was disappointed in at Honjin. The hot food was hot and the cold food was cold. The flavour was great and I loved the sunomono. The service was fast and friendly. I will definitely be returning.

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Anatoli Souvlaki5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Delicious Greek Food
By SarahSalibi of West Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

I was blown away by the food here! I have been eating Greek food my whole life, but I have never had a pork souvlaki like the pork souvlaki at Anatoli's. The spot is really cute and warm, and big! I shared calamari and hummus as a starter with my friend and it was amazing, the hummus is to die for, so garlicy and wonderful! The calamari was crisp and lemoney, and the tzatziki is phenominal. The service was great, friendly and warm. I will for sure be back!!

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Anatoli Souvlaki5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Good Food Good Service
By ja of North Vancouver District (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 12, 2011 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

We had a very different experience than the previous two reviewers. Someone must have read the reviews. Upon arriving, we were seated promptly; the waitress quickly rearranged a table to suit our needs of a party of five. The menus and water were delivered immediately and we ordered two platters, with chicken and prawns. The warm pita and hummus was savory. The main dishes were delicious, the spanikopita and dolamates were especially tasty. Our waitress was attentive and polite. We had a great meal. We will definitely return.

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Anatoli Souvlaki5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Overpriced for Sub-Par Food
By Veggie Girl of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

I couldn't agree with the previous post more ("So Disappointing"). We went to this restaurant last night, and it was bad from the time we were seated. We were crammed into a tiny table at the back of the restaurant, and the people surrounding us were so loud that my boyfriend and I couldn't hear one another talk. The prices were slightly above average for Greek food, but we thought the restaurant was worth a try because 1.) we were starving and 2.) because we had already paid for 2 hours of parking in a nearby lot.
We were shocked by the small portions and the overall low quality of the food on our plates. I had the spanikopita plate ($16) - the spanikopita itself was very skimpy and contained little filling, the rice was incredibly bland, as was the Greek salad, and the potatoes and rice portions were very small. I attempted to find our waiter to ask for a lemon wedge for the salad (none was included on my plate), but she didn't stop by until we were nearly finished our meals. My boyfriend order the lamb souvlaki ($20), which was quite undercooked. The last piece of lamb on the skewer was so undercooked and chewy my boyfriend chewed on it for about two minutes and then had to spit it out. We informed our waiter of this, but he just mumbled "sorry" and then went on his way. No offer of reducing our bill for food that we couldn't finish. We have had much better Greek food at less expensive restaurants.
In sum, we will definitely avoid this restaurant in the future, and we recommend that other people avoid it if they are looking for good Greek food.

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Hamaei Japanese Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #620, North Vancouver
Authentic Japanese food for the purist
By Tiger of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 9, 2011 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

Hamaei is a true gem. For almost 14 years, Mr. Warabi has been preparing simple, meticulously prepared fine food, using the finest ingredients one can find in Vancouver. His gently self-effacing, kimono wearing wife looks after the service with elegant efficiency. Their obsession with quality, freshness and craftmanship is legendary in Vancouver's Japanese community. For many, it is a home away from home. Japanese, both local and expatriates, often make up over half the diners, in a small restaurant that is often packed with people waiting inside and out for a table. This is not your run of the mill, westernized Japanese fare that they come to partake in. It is food for the purists by a purist. This is a simple, unpretentious restaurant, where heart and soul go into remarkably authentic cuisine. It is a place where one closes ones eyes every few bites and travels for a moment to the Land of the Rising Sun. Enjoy!

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Take a pass on this place
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 9, 2011 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

Tried this place for lunch and at first the restaurant looks pretty good with new carpets, TV's and very bright. Upon further inspection, the place is not well kept as the tableclothes have old food stuck on it as they don't seem to change them after meal or even after a day. Extensive menu mainly of greek food plus your pasta and pizza. Had the lamb souvlaki which was just Ok, the skewer of meat was quite small, meat was average, good greek salad and average rice. Not a bad price for $9 but would rather go across the street and have the kabobs at the Persian restaurant (twice the meat at about he same price). Companion had the french onion soup and said it was bad, too salty and not warm enough, also the mixed salad was pretty plain. Servcie was average but the wait time was a bit long for lunch. Overall, don't come here.

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Palki Restaurant116 East 15th St., North Vancouver
Good food
By aaronsong14 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 9:08pm [Delivery]

I ordered food last night for delivery as i had some friends coming over for dinner. I had heard a lot of good things about Palki especially their food so i ordered delivery. The delivery was right on time, food was hot and everything was spiced right. I will recommend this restaurant to everybody in North Van who loves Indian food.

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Delany's Coffee House1277 Lynn Valley Rd, #169, North Vancouver
No place, if you have an allergy
By LynnValleyGal of North Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 4:58pm [Take-out]

Since christmas times started, the regular hot chocolate tasted like cinnamon and ginger milk. Last time, I mentioned it to the nice bar girl, she exchanged it, without any arguments. Today, the boss said, they have no ginger at all in the shop... Interesting, while the advertisement offers all over all gingerbread latte, chai tea etc. And the bar guy was not willing at the beginning to give me a new one. At the end, he did it...
If they do not care enough about the health of their customers (even when you mention your allergies), it is not the place, I will grab my hot chocolate in the future.

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Chilli Lee Szechuan Cuisine1927 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Great lunch place
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

One of a handful of chinese restaurants on Lonsdale, this one is a small family run place with one cook and one server. Lunch specials range from $7-$9 which inludes soup or spring roll. They have their usual rice dishes but tried the chicken and blackbean rice noodles for $8. Pretty decent size for lunch with lots of veggies and chicken, overall pretty good. Also came with hot and sour soup which was just OK. Not very busy so service was quick and efficient. Small place with about 20 seats with basic decor. Would come back.

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Montgomery's Fish & Chips123 Carrie Cates Court, #143, North Vancouver
Great Fish and Chips
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

This place in the food fair at Lonsdale Quay has been around for a long time and always provides great fish and chips. You do not expect much in way of ambience from a food fair, but on a nice day the view of the harbour is super. The fish is lightly battered unlike other places and it helps make the fish nice and crispy. The fresh lemon and tarter sauce is a nice touch.

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Pho 98105 East 12th Street, North Vancouver
Pho in North Van
By tuscanteal of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (15 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:07am [Dine in]

As most people from the North Shore can attest to... the Vietnamese cuisine is under represented. This place opened up not too long ago. I usually go to the place right off Cambie and Broadway that's open 24 hours.. some Vietnamese name... and that place is what I would use to rate my pho palette. This place has the typical no sense decor.. basically meaning there is none... you're there for the soup not the ambiance. They have a TV and a few copies of the 24 and Metro... that's all you need!

If you're on the North Shore and don't want to drive to Vancouver, then I would say it's great! There have been times when I've been craving some pho and go here for my fix. I am a simple pho eater, only get rare eye round.. no tripe or fatty beef for me. I also like salad rolls, but don't like them here... the peanut sauce is lack luster and meh just in general not that great. I do like their spring rolls though. But back to the pho...

They give you lots of sprouts, lots of basil and it's good for being one of the only places on the North Shore. I still like the other place the best though. I will say though, the last time I went there (2 weeks ago), I went there pretty late (9 pm) and woke up at around 1 am and made friends with my toilet... not sure what happened there. I've eaten there at least a dozen times and no complaints before. I will return there again despite that, however I think I might wait a little... I'm a little turned off pho at the moment :)

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
My go-to sushi place
By tuscanteal of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

I really like their creative rolls here. They are a good combination of creative and traditional/the norm.

The service is so-so. They are very stingy on the wasabi and ginger, you have to ask for more especially if you're going to have a lot of sushi. My favs there are the yam roll, cali roll, Canuck roll, Sakura roll, and Alaska roll. Also their salmon avocado roll is yummy too. Their other Japanese food is okay, my mom doesn't like the sunomono salads there, the vinegar is very sweet she says. The other foods like the teriyaki chicken and yaki soba are made is inferior sauces.

If you want solid sushi at good prices (lunch is 3 rolls out of the list for 5.99) then I would strongly suggest this. It's a little gem in North Van.

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Thai House Restaurant116 W Esplanade, North Vancouver
Evening out at the Thai
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

Went for an evening out with friends. The Jungle Curry was good & tasty, but not particularly hot & spicy as expected. The rice was a little stodgey - not worth getting. The service was OK, but we felt rushed, as we were told we had to order by 9.15pm, because all the kitchen staff had to catch the "sea bass" (turned out not to be a menu item, but a mode of transport home) ! The food was a little over-priced. The ambiance was plain, pleasant & uncrowded & like the "Tradis", the place is bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside !

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