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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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 !
Looking for a place to try some Persian food and from the number of customers, this looks like the place. Seems to be always busy during lunch and dinner. Tried it for lunch during the weekday. Same menu for night and day. Tried the steak kabobs and it was very good. Nice big portions and very tender, it came with a grilled tomato and rice. If you want half salad and half rice, a small extra charge. Also had a taste of the chicken which was very good. Good service with several refills of water. Place is not too fancy but people are here for the food. Most items are around $10, so very reasonable. Would come back.
For the past year or so, this place gets busy. I mean really busy. When they first opened, I went in with some friends. I ordered the Irish Stew (one of their popular dishes). It looked like reheated slop and did not taste much better. After that I vowed never to eat there.
I went back the next summer, sat on the patio and had drinks. I ordered biscuits to snack on and they were not bad.
As I kept seeing the place busier and busier I thought (Ah! The owner has woken up and hired a new chef, new cooks and is trying to put their place on the map), so I went in, trying to be fair to the community I live in, and give the place a 2nd chance. This time I asked a number of the employees what they eat and to recommend a few things.
Biscuits -> Completely undercooked dough in the center. Now they're trying to add herbs, but no taste...as if they added dehydrated paskley flakes in a effort to make it a signature biscuit
Seafood Paella -> Not a Paella, the mussels were off..shrimp was overcooked, all swimming in a bland tomato sauce.
Yikes! There must be a bunch of horseshoes buried under this restaurant, because I don't understand how its even in business.
I had heard a lot about palki restaurant and that it has been serving the best indian food in north vancouver for the past 10 - 12 years. So i decided to give it a try. I was worried at the beginning because i cannot eat spicy food. The server was very polite and as soon as i gave my order he asked me spice level for all the 3 curries which was ordered, whether i wanted mild medium or hot. I went for mild and the spice level was just perfect for me and the curry was thick and had a rich feeling to it. The naan bread was soft and the rice was fresh and hot. I would definitely recommend it to everybody who is afraid to eat spicy food and loves indian food.
We went here when my son and daughter in-law were here for her birthday and she is from Berlin and was wanting some real German food.I looked this place up and we decided to try it and it was so worth it!!The food was so tender and our waitress was fabulous...I will be taking more family and friends there again!!
I was looking forward to coming back to Palki...but it won't be happening again. The first time I was there, the food, eh, was alright, but it was their raita and naan that made me drive from Langley to North Van!
Last time, I ordered the chicken tikka masala and it had a good amount of spice, but it still did not measure up to KC's Tandoor's tikka. KC's Tandoor is this absolutely amazing "cantina" style Indian restaurant in Encinitas, California. I lived in California for many years and I still cannot find an Indian restaurant in Vancouver that makes a similar tikka masala....Since I don't give up easily, when it comes to food, I'm still on the look-out for my Canadian KC's Tandoor! :)
Ok, so back to the reason why I'm not going back to Palki...
Tonight I went back with a friend for raita, naan, and, of course, a curry fix. The curry was bland with a soup-like consistency. It was disappointing. No real body or flavour! I don't think food needs to be spicy to have taste! And this food was absolutely tasteless...
To make matters worse, the waitress was not the friendliest, forgot to give us our raita, and never asked if we needed more drinks - apparently, no refills [even if we want to pay for it] on soda or water.
And to top it all off, after I paid for the bill, the manager told me that I should have left, at least, 15% tip, even if I felt the service was mediocre. WHY SHOULD I? Let's just say he made me very angry.
I used to be a waitress, back in my college days, and I do know the distinction between good and poor service...and what I got tonight, was bad food, poor service, and a manager wanting to teach me a lesson on how to tip! Seriously, who needs this? I tipped the waitress 10%, which given the level of service, in my opinion, was generous. I could have not tipped at all, but I was with a friend, in a happy mood, and not wanting to be disagreeable.
It is sad, but after tonight, my love affair with their naan and raita has come to an end...
This has to be one of my favourite coffee houses, but don’t go there as much as I used to. And, yes, I too have noticed the music and thought I was the only one who paid heed to such small details. Surprising though how important such mundane matters are to customers and how little awareness cafes and restaurants seem to have of them.
One of the baristas mentioned that they had changed the music in response to customer comments, but can’t say I have noticed much difference. It’s still Top 40, though of yesteryears (classics, maybe, but it’s still Top 40). Whatever happened to the counter-culture ethos of coffee houses, where revolutions fermented and you could hear really interesting and eclectic music (not Top 40 or the usual stuff you hear in department stores, elevators, and most everywhere).
To be fair though most coffee shops and restaurants pummel you with Top 40, so shouldn’t be too hard on Delany’s.
We wandered by this place one time and there was a line up of Persian looking patrons outside. Even though there are plenty of alternatives around the block. There was even a car load of people dropped off from Washington. We saw people coming out laughing, happy, some carrying extra bags of leftovers. We were suitably intrigued so we came back for a try.
Not disappointed! Inside kind of looks like a casual fine dining place a bit. At least clean and well done here. The service, very friendly and paid attention to our requests. Very acceptable for this level of restaurant.
The food is more or less the usual mid level Persian fare. Kabobs and a few stews. Hard to go wrong, so we ordered a bunch of stuff to try. Oh yes, there was goodness here. The food actually took a while compared to other places, which I will generously assume to mean they prepared it fresh (the restaurant was fairly empty when we came it promptly on opening). It certainly tasted that way. There was a couple of unique tastes to "old classics" but more or less it toed the line. What carried the day was simply execution and quality ingredients. Though there were one or 2 dishes that some of our party preferred elsewhere, there was not a disappointment to be had. Very yummy stuff. And we had plenty to bring back for another meal as well.
I'm still looking for a "high end" Persian place, but until then, this place is another highly recommended destination. Just be warned, it does get busy quickly.
I love this little place. It is always busy and always has great pho. I have tried other dishes and they are all pretty good but the pho is the best dish. The broth is amazing, not too salty and not too strong. Just delicious. I always recommend this place to people. The staff are nice and helpful as well, food arrives quickly. The decor in the place doesn't really match what they are serving but it is nice and cozy, like a little lodge or cottage. The prices are around $7.50 for a small which is a bit higher than most places but it tastes great.
I have been here a few times and it is always a good deal. The fresh naan is excellent, the butter chicken is also very good: some of the other dishes today included a beef curry, a vegetable curry, and chicken tikka. From my experience it is best to get here close to noon, as the food is fresh; later if it is busy the popular items may be a bit depleted. At $11.95 is is an outstanding value.
I previously submitted a review criticizing this restaurant's service on the weekends. I have to say that the service has greatly improved when I returned lately to see if things have changed. The sushi and other dishes continue to be the best Japanese food found on the North Shore, and now the service is quick and friendly, even on a busy Saturday night. Sushi Town will now become one of our family's favorite Japanese restaurants again!
There are so many Pho/Vietnamese restaurants in town that it must be hard to compete. Went to this location for the 1st time a few weeks back.
Lots of selection on the menu, odd shape layout of restaurant leaves for a few tight spots. A bit higher pricing compared to other locations in Vancouver (Kingsway).
Service is what you'd expect some Vietnamese restaurants. Once you get your food, they pretty much leave you alone. They do take credit/debit which is again rare for these restaurants.
Food was good and tasty which satisfied the tummy.
Stopped today with a friend for a quick bite. Self service ordering, tea, and napkins. Had a California Roll, 3 peices of sushi and miso soup, food was tasty, but not exceptional. An acceptable place but the value was not there due to all the self service.
I've gotten take-out here several times and not once has my food been ready when I arrive even if I allow a full 30 minutes. I always get the impression that when they are "checking" it actually means they are telling the kitchen to start making my food.
Have a look at their kitchen - its way too small to service all the tables they have. But I suppose investing in a kitchen costs money, while more tables bring in money... at least until people figure how much their service sucks.
The food also is less than stellar. Not terrible, but nothing special.
I think the key to their popularity is people looking for another sushi place in the neighborhood after Honjin got busted for tax evasion.
If you are looking for a cheap filling meal of sushi this is your place. There are much better sushi places around, but value for $ this place, this place wins. You cannot beat the bento box specials at $5.95, chicken or beef teriyaki, tempura, and a California roll.
Love this place. I enjoy a good beef topping on my pizza, and these guys use the best beef topping. I hear it's their steak shavings. Anyhow, I love their pizza, it just can't be beat!
Sure, everyone has had a bad experience somewhere, I've only had the best food and good service from here.
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