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.
My husband and I made a $25 order to Andreas on a somewhat quiet Sunday night. No hockey, no football, no reason to be run off their feet busy. We ordered food at 6:30 pm. The surly employee told us it would be 45 minutes. 45 minutes later still no food. We called, and were told the delivery guy was JUST leaving. At 8:15, yes another 45 minutes after we were told the delivery guy had left with our pizza, we still had no food, so we called to cancel our order. The employee made no efforts to apologize or even explain why it had been almost 2 hours and we had received no food, and in fact hung up on us mid-sentence. Then we got a call from the delivery driver, who has been the only employee ever from Andreas to be somewhat competent, and he was shockingly nice. He apologized for the delay, and inquired whether it was true we were cancelling our order. We told him we were cancelling our order because it had been almost 2 hours and we had not received our food. He arranged a conference call with him, the restaurant, and us. We told the restaurant that we refused to pay for a pizza that was an hour and 15 minutes late, but if they wanted to keep our future business they could offer the pizza to us for free as an apology for the trouble we had gone through. The restaurant worker offered to give us 4 dollars off our meal - that was it for 2 hours of delay! When we refused to pay even $1 for the pizza, the restaurant instructed their delivery driver to return the cold pizza to to the restaurant, or he would be fired. DO NOT ORDER FROM THIS RESTAURANT. This was the third incident we have had with this restaurant over the years, and this was certainly their third strike. They don't care for your business so why not give your business to a company that would work hard to keep you happy!
This is the first review I have ever written about a restaurant - I took my inspiration from my lousy experience this past weekend.
My spouse is Chinese and I have visited China (including Hong King) and Taiwan many times and therefore I have had lots of experience eating good chinese food.
You will not find good Chinese food at Westview Oriental Restaurant.
You will find overpriced dim sum which is not made on site. Rather, their dim sum is shipped there frozen only to be steamed and served either to people who don't know good chinese food or people who are really really desperate for dim sum and can't be bothered to leave the North Shore.
Despite this, and despite giving it a 60% rating, my spouse is a repeat customer as she says there simply are no other options in West Van when she and friends want to get together at a dim sum restaurant. She says that people don't go there for the food but rather to meet up with friends.
I did not enjoy my experience.
I would not return and/or recommend this restaurant to others.
The food is poor quality and expensive. Not worth the money.
The floor service is poor compared to Richmond dim sum restaurants.
The ambiance? non-existent.
Go to Richmond if you want real dim sum.
I have also purchased congee to take-away (comfort food for my spouse) and not surprisingly it is lousy.
This place is awesome in every way-food,atmosphere,value, and service! A couple of my friends and I went on a Sunday night after deciding to eat-out. Once we seated and given menus, we received a complimentary appetizer ( papadum + chutney ) which was a lovely surprise. We decided on chicken vindaloo, eggplant bhartha, daal mumbai, and garlic naan which were huge and really fresh! After, we had gulab jamun for dessert and went home completely satisfied. I highly recommend this place for newbies and Indian food lovers!
Took the kids here on a rainy Saturday.
I was impressed with the chidren's menu - staples such as burgers, fish & chips, etc that come with a pop for only $5.75. Excellent value!!
My six year old son wanted a burger. We were at a pub style restaurant in Vancouver a few weeks ago where we ordered a burger from the kids menu and it was filled with chopped onions. He specifically wanted a burger with "no onions or 'green stuff' (i.e. vegetable matter, like parsley)" I inquired and the burger was indeed a beef burger without the offending onions or veggie matter. It was served with ample fries and was a good size.
My daughter opted for the chicken pot pie. This was not on the children's menu - but she was gung ho on chicken pot pie - so I ordered it for her. It came with fries. The pie was actually a stew in a medium sized ramkin with a flakey crust atop. It was tasty enough and okay value at $12 ish.
I ordered the halibut and chips for $18 and the $1 extra cole slaw. The fish was a little greasy - but otherwise tasty. The fries were tasty enough. The cole slaw (which cost a buck extra) was abysmal. It was blah flavour and done in a vinegar type dressing. I only ate one bite of it. I politely advised the waitress that it was not to my liking and asked her not to include it in the bill. She was gracious and omitted the item from our final bill.
Lunch came to $48 (including tax and 15% tip).
The ambiance was okay - a little meh, but the view on a nice day would be great. I would return for a burger and a beer on a nicer day with the hubby and burger and pop from the children's menu for the kids. I just wouldn't bother with the pricier entrees.
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