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Palki Restaurant116 East 15th St., North Vancouver
A Great Indian Supper for Three
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2014 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

I always ignore reviews for restaurants based on lunch buffets...totally different experience from an a la carte dinner. Palki had some poor reviews largely based on lunch buffet experiences so we three decided to give Palki a try for dinner on a Friday night, being lovers of good Indian food and never having been to Palki before. The restaurant is nicely decorated, muted brown tones, a few Indian wall hangings with Indian bollywood music playing in the background. The aromas when you walk in the door are spicy and mouth-watering. So far so good. There were only a few other tables occupied so service was friendly and efficient provided by our two servers.

We started with two mango lassi’s and an IPA, then ordered 2 sides of tandoori naan, 2 bowls of basmati rice, lamb rogan josh, tandoori prawns, channa masala, and murgh vindaloo, all medium heat which turned out to be just right for us. All the food was excellent. The red tandoori prawns arrived sizzling with black char marks on an iron plate with a bed of seared onions. The lamb rogan josh and murgh vindaloo were very rich and well spiced and the sauces were nicely mopped up with their lovely tandoori grilled naan bread. Delicious. One of the best Indian meals we’ve had for a while and we’re already planning to visit again soon to try some more of their tandoori dishes.

Total bill was $96 including a nice tip for efficient service....we were out of there in just under an hour with a small doggy bag to fight over.

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Mr Pan Pizza & New Mother India112 West 12th Street, North Vancouver
Good late-night option
By awkwardturtle of North Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2014 - 3:04pm [Delivery]

I've ordered from Mr. Pan probably around 10 times now. Each time I use the pamphlet they've mailed me to order. Each time I have to fight with them for the discount offered in the pamphlet as they try to raise the price every time.

Food shows up pretty quickly most of the time. Only once were we sitting waiting hungry a little too long.
Otherwise, food is exactly what you'd expect for the price. It's delicious, hot pizza covered in grease, but hey, that's how I like it.

If you don't want to spend too much but you still want a ton of pizza, this is a good option.

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Queen's Cross Neighbourhood Pub2989 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
too old to waste my money at this pub
By dogsbreakfast of Vancouver (Dunbar) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:38am [Dine in]

I'd been walking/hiking  all day. I was very tired, hungry, thirsty. So I stopped at the first place that I could sit down.  Ordered a hamburger with salad.
Not asked what I was drinking, so water will do.
The burger was 4 ounces of dry meat in a very old dry bun. The bun fell apart it was that old. I took a slice of the meat to see if it was as dry as it looked. It was; no flavour except for salt. I think it was a pre made patty that they froze. Or a cooked patty that they reheated in a pan. What ever it was, it was not worth the $12.00. That is twelve dollars after tax, so it makes this a twenty four dollar hockey puck.
I told my waitress; her reply, "I'm sorry" Really(?)

No, "I'm sorry, can I replace that with something else?" No, I'll speak with the chef and manager to see why, ( besides being cheep asses who don't care) and is there anything else that you would like instead?" Nope, just suck it up ass, eat what we give you, and don't forget to pay the full amount with a 20% tip. It's no longer going to let it slide. I'm no longer going to tip a waitress when the experience, attitude, meal are poor. (And please don't think that the waitress cannot be responsible for the food).  I'm sure if everyone stopped tipping for bad attitude and food, they'll soon hold a knife to the bxxxx of the cooks for not getting tipped because of the quality of the food.
And to top it off, as I was leaving she wished me a good night.........Dxxx! I'm still not sure how she knew my name is Dxxx...Hay!; it's not Dxxx

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Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Okay - Not great
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:08am [Dine in]

We had dinner here last night.
It is a nice cozy restaurant as others have mentioned. Tables are nicely spaced so you are not too close to other diners. A couple of tables had problems with the sun being right in their eyes while they were dining and the restaurant did not seem able to anything to rectify the situation. I found the menu very limited and for that reason alone I would not go back. The menu is almost all fish dishes with just a couple of other items on the menu. The server brought an order of bread to the table to share with just 2 small pieces of bread. We decided to start with an order of mussels in a tomato sauce. The first one I had was absolutely disgusting. It had gone bad. I said to my husband that he was on his own as I could absolutely not eat this dish. The first mussel that my husband had was pretty good but the second one he had was the same as mine. Definitely past it’s best before date. We called our server over and returned the dish. He offered to give us another but we declined. If 2 out of 3 mussels are bad what are the odds that the mussels in the kitchen are any better? We decided to share the curried squid instead. It was a generous serving and decent but I found the breading a little too heavy for my liking. My husband had the special of the day – halibut with a mango beurre blanc and vegetables. I had fish and chips. My husband really enjoyed his halibut. It was beautifully cooked and the sauce complimented it nicely. My fish and chips were a very generous serving but it came on such a small plate that it was impossible to cut the fish without getting food all over the table. Come on. Use a decent size plate. The fish inside was nice and moist but the batter had areas that were raw and not cooked. The chips are large and not the small fries that I like. They were not crispy on the outside and the inside was very mealy. We were 2 hours over dinner as the food was coming out of the kitchen very slowly.
We would not go back because I find the menu very limited and the food was just average.

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Sailor Hagar's Brew Pub86 Semisch Avenue, North Vancouver
Dinner and beers with the boys
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:06am [Dine in]

Three of us hit Sailor Hagar's brew pub on a Saturday evening for dinner and beers. Haven't been there for years. It was sunny but a bit chilly for the patio but we had our choice of window tables inside. Great view of Vancouver and the harbour.

We tried most of their craft brews over a calamari starter, the Bitter and Nut Brown ale were our favorites. Calamari was good, crisp in a tempura batter with some veggies thrown in. I had the rustic chorizo and asiago pizza which was good but could have used a minute more in the oven to get a crisper bottom crust. Three fish tacos with crispy fish and slaw was another good choice. The beef dip was huge, with a bowl of excellent crispy fries. Overall the food and service was excellent and we had a great boys dinner. And it was a short walk downhill to the quay to catch a cab home.

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White Spot333 Brooksbank Ave, #1100, North Vancouver
3rd time not a charm
By exbell of North vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

This my 3rd visit to this location.but I have only ate here once.I went to this restaurant about a year ago and was promptly seated by a hostess,after that I watched servers go by. No one stopped to get our order or even pick up the menus. We watched the booths fill up around us and servers taking their orders, we got up and left,
Talk about déjà vu this time we we're put in a section with 2 other parties,both waiting to pay the bill. They both ended up going up to the till to pay whoever was there. No one ever came to us,none of the hostesses passing by even noticed the menus still on our table once again latecomers getting prompt attention. I sat there with my 2 sons for 1/2 an hour and then left. When we were leaving unserved again the hostess vaguely looked at me, probably thought it was a dine and dash. Don't Go To This Location. Lonsdale and park royal great.

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Genji Japanese Restaurant3650 Mount Seymour Parkway, #153, North Vancouver
Takeout Service terrible - food not worth the wait
By Blueridge-Foodie of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 7:27pm [Take-out]

One star solely due to slow/poor service.
My kids have had spotty service issues before for eat-in but thought we would try them for take-out. We ordered four rolls and one sashimi dish and were told it would be ready in 20 minutes. I arrived on time for pickup and the restaurant was barely quarter full. Paid for the order and was told they were waiting for one roll. Sat and waited another twenty five minutes during which time no new patrons entered and two tables paid and left - of the other patrons, only saw one order delivered to a table and one phone call that appeared to be a takeout/delivery order.
No staff came and updated me on status until after twenty minutes one server asked if I was waiting for something. I informed her that my order was supposed to be ready twenty minutes earlier - she went to the back had a discussion with someone and within a few minutes my order finally was brought to me. A mature gentleman (likely the owner by his bearing) had been wandering around the restaurant during my wait and passed me several times without inquiring into my wait.
Based on the minimal volume during my visit, I would hate to see how they handled any real volume of business. If you are in any hurry or have a timeline don't order from here. I could have spent less than twenty five minutes driving to the Lonsdale area for similar food and faster service. I will not be ordering from here again.

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Rusty Gull Neighborhood Pub175 E. 1St, North Vancouver
Terrible Bar Service
By DWilkinson of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I went in and sat at the bar, then waited ten minutes or more to be served because the (sloppily dressed) bartender had his head buried in a newspaper. Finished my first (flat) beer and then waited yet another ten minutes before I called out asking for another beer (which was an inconvenience to the bartender judging by his attitude). The place was quiet, but that's no excuse for being so inattentive and rude!

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Browns Socialhouse1255 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
terrible food, terrible manager
By givinner of Lynn Valley (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

My wife and I took a visiting chef and his wife out to the Lynn Valley Brown's location for a quick(just across the street from us) supper. We had never been before and wanted to check it out.
The chef was on his way to thailand to explore the cuisine there so he ordered a thai chicken and rice type thing. The waitress asked how hot he wanted it. The menu offered a 1 to 5 hot pepper rating so he ordered a 3.
Our meals came and we found them a little ho hum. After a few bites, Chef stopped being his usual jovial and entertaining self and fell silent. I asked if he was OK. he looked up at me, his face beet red and eyes watering. "I'm in distress" he managed to mutter.
After downing his beer and regaining his composure he explained that he had bitten into a whole raw pepper. We where both used to eating hot stuff so I was a little puzzled by his newfound lack of intestinal fortitude.
"No, this is really hot, you wouldn't believe it" He dug through his meal and fished out two other small and innocent looking whole peppers. Curious, I grabbed one and before he could say anything, ate it.
Within a few seconds I realized I had made a terrible mistake. A burning sensation enveloped my mouth and throat followed by an intense wave of nausea. Easily the hottest pepper either of us had ever eaten.
Chef could not believe anyone would be so stupid as to put such hot peppers into a dish without cutting them into the tiniest morsels first. "What if a child or a very old a frail person had eaten it?" We complained to the waitress, we knew it wasn't her fault of course and were very polite about it. No apology from her or manager.
Our night was ruined, we actually paid and went home.
The next day I came over and complained to the manager and his response was that they always serve the dish in that manner and so does everyone else. Wow! Stay away, very lame food and phoney atmosphere.

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Nice Greek Food, yet bad service
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2014 - 9:35am [Dine in]

I am having mixed feelings about my lunch at this restaurant. Lets start with the good points first: food.

The Greek platter was pretty good. You can find the typical Greek food here like tsaziki and souvlaki. I played it safe and ordered exactly what the waitress suggested: lasagna and garlic bread. I'm glad I did though, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. One thing I must comment on are the portion sizes. The sizes of the portions served here are no where near small so I'd recommend coming here on an empty stomach.

As for the bad points: service, service service. Service was sub-par however. The restaurant was kind of full but I got my order wrong TWICE, and when I told the waitress she simply didn't respond and disappeared! I had to ask another server to get my food. This kind of service makes one simply not want to come back.

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Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill200 W Esplanade, #102, North Vancouver
Awesome Burritos
By Sundown of North Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

I heard great things about this place from friends and decided to try it. We both ordered burritos with pulled pork and this is the first time I can honestly say I loved the pulled pork. Everywhere else I ever ate (various types of restaurants) their pulled pork was always watery and flavourless but here - it was not watery and had a lot of flavor - so this is what pulled pork is supposed to tasted like? I definitely will have it here again.

We both ordered their smallest burritos and they were huge, we left stuffed and happy. We will definitely return here and recommend it to all our friends who haven't been here yet.

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Vaades149 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Love this place. Best Indian food in town
By suzeque of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant twice so far and I love their food. Prices are bit high but worth it in the end.
Loved the tandoori chicken and barbequed prawns.. They give you a little cup of garbanzos and oh
my they are excellent, I could have had them for a meal with the multigrain roti's.

We also ordered the crunchy okra...to die for and their salad with fruit was outstanding.
My only complaint was that the butter chicken was a bit overcooked so the chunks were a bit dry
but the sauce was fabulous. Looking forward to trying other items on their menu like the lamb dishes.

We loved this place and the service was great the first time and okay the second time but nothing really to complain about. We will continue to go here from now on. You really can' t go wrong with most of the menu.
Happy eating.

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Gen Sushi1933 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
For your own sake - don't eat here
By lomimu of Lower Mainland (32 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:19am [Dine in]

My husband had fond memories of this place so we stopped in for lunch. Dark, run down. Green tea was terrific, but that was about it. The sushi just wasn't good - not well made, tiny bits of tuna rather than the normal roll proportions, and even the basic California roll tasted like mayo.

The walk to the bathroom was a bit scary due to the greasy slippery floors in the restaurant, kitchen walk-through, and bathroom hall. But that was nothing compared to the actual bathroom, which was filthy (cleaning record on the door had a most recent date of 6 months ago) and falling apart.

Seriously, for your own sake, avoid this place.

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White Spot333 Brooksbank Ave, #1100, North Vancouver
This time the hate was off for Whitespot
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

Went there for a weeknight meal. Not being a fan of Whitespot I wasn't expecting much. However, the new Asian Menu and Marci made it awesome. The thai shrimp curry was excellent and teh other food we ordered was although the same as other locations, just a bit better - pirate pack, burger etc., Our waitress Marci was teh best and if she isn't head waitress or training the others she darn well should be. Listen up WHitespot, make Marci service manager of all locations or something. She was the funniest, most awesome waitress we've had in years and I would come back here just for her.

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Basil's Subs125 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Why are they always closed?
By Danishungry of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

I live near the location on 3rd street in North Vancouver and for the past few months it hasn't been open once. However there is often private parties held and people coming and going at very late hours of the night. I question the fact that is is even a sub shop anymore... The phone number online isn't even in service when you try call it. Very strange. The subs were alright when I have eaten there in the past but often they didn't have ingredients and often the bun was dry.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House657 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Pricey but a nice treat
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

We don't frequent the Dutch House for anything other than the pannakoeken, those thick crepe-like pancakes with all the toppings. Spread the fillings out, roll the pannakoeken up, dress it with butter, syrup or even ketchup and start in the middle with your knife and fork and work your way out. Always a nice break from the traditional breakfast fare.

The House is small, about a dozen tables, and quaintly decorated.The 3 of us got there about 830am on Easter Monday, only a few tables were occupied. Service was fast and efficient by the single, pleasant server. Strong, dark dutch coffee woke me up with a kick. We ordered the bratwurst and eggs pannakoeken, the banana and walnut pannakoeken, and the Canadian (bacon and eggs) pannakoeken. All were great in their own ways. My bratwurst was nicely seared but more like a european weiner than a German bratwurst. Still good, just different. The banana and walnut pannakoeken was excellent according to number 2 son who brought part home with him.

The bill for 3 was $64 with tip. A bit expensive for breakfast but you're paying in part for the pannakoeken experience.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine1440 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
First time Here - Yummmmm
By Sundown of North Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2014 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

I came here for lunch after walking by this restaurant for ages and decided to try it out. The service was very quickly friendly. I ordered the Malaysian Chicken with Rice and it was incredibly great. Lots of flavour, the perfect amount of heat and the perfect amount of food as I left feeling full and happy.

My only complaint is against myself - why didn't I come here sooner instead of walking by this place all this time. I not only will return I will be recommending this place to all my friends.

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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
the worst service & staff I've ever experienced
By mo dines of North Van (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 17, 2014 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

Started with the inept, clueless manager. Worst attitude from a server I have ever experienced and the service was appalling.

I was celebrating a major event (success) with my business partners when the young, teenaged waitress decided to make the focus of the evening all about her. The only problem I could understand that we were a gregarious group with a couple of 'large' personalities, we weren't that loud or anything and even apologized to the table beside who assured us we were not disturbing them, etc. The other table beside us, joined us and we were all having a nice time before the waitress lost control of herself. Maybe it was her first day?

I was so infuriated that when I complained to the manager I blurted out that the waitress was an idiot.

Overhearing this, the waitress leaned towards me while I was speaking to the manager and said to me
"how old are you" in a sarcastic, teen-ager-like quip.
The manager did nothing, couldn't control her staff and asked us to leave the restaurant after paying the bill. I can respect a manager that backs up her staff members... But to have handled the situation with aggression and attitude lacked tact and of course humiliated and embarrassed our entire party. I was in disbelief when the waitress continually attacked us (after the situation got a bit heated) Again, how old are you comment didn't resonate well with me being in my mid 40's.

I will never again be a patron at The District, Little District or El Matador which is ironic considering the literally thousands of dollar$ I have spent at these establishments over the last year or so.

Disappointed. Disgusted and Deplorable or the words I would use to describe the behaviour of the staff.

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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
WOW-what a disappointment
By Sjordan of North vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

So disappointed in this restaurant tonight. Completely gone downhill since last time we dined here. Food was cold, low quality- kitchen was slow, though restaurant was not busy, waiter was inattentive and uninformed, food was cold, music was bad and ambience was nil. Too bad, Paul this was a complete bomb, will not be comjng back anytime soon and will let friends know. You need to pay attention. Kind of sad actually.

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Cazba132 W 16th St, North Vancouver
Good Iranian Food
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 1:02am [Dine in]

Been here once or twice so far. Good ambiance and location on Lonsdale, seems like a nice place to take a group of people outside or inside. Food was tender and juicy. Reasonable prices, good to order a few dishes and share between people. Seems to be popular with both Iranians and others. Service was standard, nothing standing out there.

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