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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Terrible service - too many tables for such a tiny kitchen
By Breal604 of North Van Halen (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:08pm [Take-out]

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.

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Sushi Station1643 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Cheap sushi place
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

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.

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Really Enjoy the Food
By Astaland of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 10:49pm [Take-out]

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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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
It's not called delivery if they refuse to deliver your food...
By strungout of North vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 7:03pm [Delivery]

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!

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Westview Oriental Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #108, North Vancouver
substandard & expensive dim sum
By I_know_asian_food of West Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

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.

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Mumbai Masala333 Brooksbank, #770, North Vancouver
Yummy Yummy
By cs745 of undefined (0 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

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!

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Cheshire Cheese Inn123 Carrie Cates Court, #218, North Vancouver
Good view, good kids menu - but overall only "average"
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

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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Divan Kitchen115 West 15th Street, North Vancouver
It's Turkish. It's fresh. It's good.
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

This was sort of a consolation destination from our original choice. We had spotted it on a drive-by before so we wanted to try sometime anyways.

It actually looks like just a standard little (modern) diner or coffee joint. It's nice, but nothing unique inside. The server we had that day was not Turkish, but he was very efficient. All the Turkish guys were in the kitchen.
Food came out reasonable quickly. Along with Turkish tea that we ordered ("bottomless" by the way).

The red lentil soup was different. It was sort of like a red lentil congee. Came with some pita as well and it was very generously portioned. For $5? Tasty meal by itself.
The falafel is claimed to be their own family secret recipe. It certainly was different. Was it good? Yup, for sure. We also had the kofte plate. Lack of planning, so we basically had 2 of the same thing, one the "vegetarian" version. Mind you, the rice that came with the plates was very well done. Also a side cup of salad. Nothing special about that, except that it tasted unusually refreshing to me.

Everything was cooked after we ordered it. We could hear it being cooked up in the kitchen right there, so everything done fresh.

Another recommended place! I'm sitting on the fence as to whether it's worth a trip out here. But if you're within 20 minutes, I'd say why not? Great, tasty food that isn't too greasy. There's some unique stuff here and most of all, it's prepared with care and good, fresh ingredients. Thumbs up!

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Lonsdale Kabab106 West 13th Street, North Vancouver
Chicken. Eat that chicken!
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 11, 2011 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

This is another one of those "Persian" restaurants which serves pretty much the usual list of kebabs and that's about it. It's a tiny place, but quite clean. Appears to be run by a middle age couple who are quite friendly.

We got the usual things, koobideh, joojeh, barg. A lentil soup, eggplant dip and doogh. Soup was pretty good. My, the eggplant? Eye opener. We were expecting the usual, but the first taste quickly dispelled that prejudice. The taste was not like anything else before. Reasonable portion size too. Thumbs up on that. Even the doogh, that was not the usual doogh that I've ever tasted. The koobideh and barg were also quite good, definitely competent, no complaints about that. The joojeh? Ooh yeah, that really did it. So amazingly tender and juicy. Oh. My. Gosh. This is close to setting a new standard.
All the plates came with a side of salad, which was not mind blowing, but very fresh nevertheless. Oh, but the rice, now that was another surprise! While it looked the same as all other places, the texture and the taste definitely put it a cut above.

We will keep searching around for "the best", but right now, this one is still recommended. I would definitely not mind a return trip and, well, it's not that far to hoof it over and give it a try yourself.

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Abysmal
By ads of north vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

For better or worse, Andrea's has become something of a staple on the North Shore. Virtually everyone who lives here has visited or ordered from there at least once, and the consensus is generally that the pizza is pretty good. For the unfamiliar, their specialty is ultra-soggy, undercooked, gluttonous pizza with mounds of cheese and pools of grease. The twin consensus among North Vancouverites is that the service and staff are positively abominable. I can only confirm that with a few anecdotes. Every time I have visited, the service was slow, unprofessional, rude, and, if truth be told, handled by extremely sketchy personnel. It was very common to wait over half an hour to place orders, and wait another 45 minutes to be served the wrong food. The management is unbelievably disrespectful and careless. My last experience with them was being cajoled by friends to place a delivery order for their pizza, as we wouldn't have to deal with the atrocious service and vile decor. Surprise, surprise - the order showed up very late, and very wrong. The complaint I made to their management fell on deaf ears, to say the least. And yet their management spends endless dollars flooding every mailbox in North Van with their crappy and garish mail-out ads. The previous reviewer had it right - Andrea's is a zit on the face of the North Shore.

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Crispy Poulet950 Marine Dr, North Vancouver
Definitely Crispy
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 6:52pm [Take-out]

It's a Saturday night and all the family are out with friends so I'm on my lonesome for dinner. Had a hankering for some fried chicken but we've been disappointed by the local Colonels and Churchs lately so my options in North Van seemed limited. I remember seeing Crispy Poulet when I was down on Marine Drive so I jumped in the truck and popped down to check them out. One side of the restaurant is a takeout counter with kitchen in the back and the other side is a fairly large 8 table dining area. It's a Persian establishment with some of the appropriate decor and seems to be a family run business with my order taken by a 12 year old girl. Cool.

The menu is pizza, chicken and donairs (beef or chicken) with few vegetables other than pizza toppings, wedgies, onion rings and a couple token salads in sight. No "three piece dinners" but they do have family size combos of pizza, chicken, pop and sides. Not knowing what I'm doing and too hungry to take the time to figure it out, I ordered a deep fried feast of a 2 piece chicken ($3.50) and onion rings ($3.50). They asked if I was in a hurry and I wisely said I wasn't, so everything was fried fresh and took about 15 minutes (not sure what I'd get if I was in a hurry).

Both the chicken and the onion rings were still nicely crispy even by the time I got home. The rings were thin and crispy and quite good, but the serving was more of a family size so I made a gallant effort but only managed to eat half (came with ketchup and hot sauce). The chicken was a drumstick and a back, not the best parts of the chicken but still enjoyable for the price. The coating was mildly seasoned but very crunchy and the chicken was moist and delicious.

Overall, the chicken is quite good and I think we'll try it as a substitute for our occasional takeout from the Colonels (15 pieces is $22.95). Think we'll add a salad from the grocery store to round it out though.

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Rip-off: bad food, bad service, overpriced.
By pabloman of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 6:05pm [Take-out]

1) The lattes were the most expensive in Vancouver ($3.75), and only one shot: it was 12oz of steamed milk with a glimpse of coffee). When I asked about it they added a second shots for even $2 more!

2) They gave me the wrong muffins. When I complained the "manager" told me that since I touched the merchandize I'll have to buy again the muffins I wanted. She went on, referring to my country of origin in a clearly racist way. Even after I had left a juicy tip she wouldn't even consider my rights as a customer and give me the muffins I wanted!

3) Avoid this place altogether if you wish to have a nice time in Deep Cove.

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Lobby, The138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Pretty Interesting
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

I quite enjoy this restaurant. I have been here for lunch. I had the fish and chips. It was pretty good, I was impressed with their bread/cracker bit before the food came.

Went again for dinner. VERY impressed. Bought a coupon for 2 appies, 2 entrees and 1 dessert to share with coffee/tea. The crabcakes were outstanding, which is quite popular.. I had the tenderloin with dungeness crab, mmmmm........ The dessert - napoleon, just wonderful. The tea I chose was mountain berry, which I smelled it on the way to my table.

Definately go back!

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Loved the Look, not the Price
By minestrone of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 11:49am [Dine in]

You can't deny that the ambiance of the restaurant is nice and cozy, and the food isn't bad by any means. Very simply, it's decent quality comfort food, but nothing to be overly impressed with. Beware of the appy bruschetta, you only get two small slices of bread; the humus is also very small for the price. Decent food, nice atmosphere, marginal value.

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Laleh Bakery130 W. 15th St., North Vancouver
My go-to bakery for sweets
By 360 of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 31, 2011 - 1:51pm [Take-out]

This is my second rave review of this place!

They have exotic versions of western cookies such a jam sandwiches, bird's nests, and chewy and light macaroons. Their ingredients include coconut, rosewater, pistachio, honey, walnut, almond, etc. They have Iranian cookies such as clover-shaped ones made with chickpea flour, sweet flaky cookies (some made with coconut or honey) that are great dipped in coffee. Nothing is too sweet. They also have some sweets similar to Indian and Greek desserts. They're fried/baked & come with a sticky sauce.

I'm really surprised with how their cream lasts. I had their profiteroles and they still taste soft days after. I don't order a lot of their cakes because I don't like desserts that have a lot of cream. But the cream is really soft & light. Only thing I didn't like the other day were these wafers that look like Manner wafers from Austria. These, compared to the well-known brand, were stale. They're new items. But everything else is great. Not too sweet, soft & crumbly, crunchy, buttery, flaky, and creamy. I've tried a lot & I keep coming back.

Sometimes I have to wait as long as 10 mins because the lady owner is the only one working there. But at other times, you don't have to wait at all.

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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Very Nice Japanese Food!
By blueblue of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Overall, a very nice restaurant and good food.

I was shopping in the Lynn Valley mall and noticed Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant. I asked the staff and they said a new Japanese owner just took over. I love Japanese food so I sat myself down and looked over the menu. I was impressed!

I ordered an appetizer sunomono salad and a sushi combo plus a couple extra pieces of sushi. The food was delicious. The sushi combo had an assortment of sushi, rolls, and some tempura. It was great. My extra sushi of tako, tuna, and clam were super fresh and delicious.

The staff were very friendly and things were running very well (ie, I didn’t have to wait too long for my food). The servers were doing a great job. I used to work in a restaurant and understand how hard they work so I left a nice tip. The sushi chef was busy making sushi and it was fun to look thru the window to watch him make his sushi.

I would recommend Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant for some authentic, nicely priced, and tasty Japanese food.

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Kenaize Cafe223 Mountain Highway, #109, North Vancouver
Great sandwiches
By moyes of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:58am [Dine in]

The minute you walk in the door, you get a warm welcome. The menu is a good selection of sandwiches and a few selections of homemade soup. sandwiches ar thick. You have a good choice of cakes and muffins, breakfast is served all day, Too bad they were not open on weekends. Highly recommend this place for a quick lunch

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Mumbai Masala333 Brooksbank, #770, North Vancouver
Incredible Food
By hotsocks22 of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

If you are ever in North Vancouver looking for a nice restaurant definitely try Mumbai Masala. They have amazing Indian food, and the atmosphere is very romantic and comfortable. We went on a Wednesday night and the place was completely empty, which was a bit odd but also nice. Other then that It was great, fast service, the waiter wasn't exactly super friendly or anything but it was still very nice.

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Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub1177 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
Used to be a Lynn Valley classic, not so anymore.
By snowboardingham22 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

I thought I would head out here to have a couple pitchers and watch the Canuck's game for my friends Birthday, growing up in Lynn Valley I used to love this place. At first everything was fine, we found a seat, our Waitress appeared to be nice at first, asking us what we would like to drink etc. My friend got the Tortellini with chicken, but after seeing, and smelling what I saw, I quickly decided I would just drink. It was mostly cold by the time it got there, and it literally smelled like my feet after a Soccer game. When the game ended, we decided to order one more pitcher, and then hit the road, lets say that wasnt going to happen. We got a stone cold face from our waitress, No you guys have had 3 Pitchers now and you have 9 people at your table, ( she counted the table of acquaintances next to us as part of our table ) so you guys are cut off... what? My friends who had only ordered one pitcher ordered another, but as soon as she returned with it, made off with me and my friends glasses, not allowing us to even try and have some of the Beer. My friend took a sip of the recent Pitcher, and it was like a Cat on a mouse, the waitress power tripped across the crowded bar, told us all shes charging us 15 percent saying "Way to go guys !!!, you just screwed yourselfs over!" This women just was unhappy, and did not wanna be doing what she was doing. I felt like i was in High school, since when is a man NOT allowed to drink Beer freely when he is paying for it? When she returned with the bill, we saw she had tipped herself 16 percent!!!!

I will never, ever be coming back to the Black Bear, nor will any of my friends. I suggest Browns right across the parking lot, friendly, young Waitresses who want to be there, and a great menu.

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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
I will only return if the service improve...
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Food is fresh, and a lot of variety to choose from. Portion and price is acceptable (me and my girlfriend spent $28 before tax and tips for lunch). The presentations for some of the food look very attractive as well.

Service…. well except for one Japanese waitress who always slight bow her body or say thank after talking to us… all the rest of the waitresses are rubbish. First of all, they only refill our tea once, and when the waitress bought us our food, she just quickly mentioned the name of our food and left (usually a professional waitress will say something like “please enjoy”). When she took our plates, she didn’t even say anything and took them away (it’s not even busy hour, we went there around 1:45pm). One of the waitresses even plays with her cell phone. In the end, when the waitress bought us our bill, she didn’t even say anything, she just hand me the Credit Card machine! Also no goodbye or thank you when we left.

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