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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Not as good as I thought
By jonamse of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Mind you, I am Japanese, born and raised in homeland, so I know about Japanese food.

I heard about this place from one of my friend, and came to have quick bite of lunch. Yes, I noticed that price was rather on high side. We ordered on Bento Box and few Nigiris. (Saba, Wild Salmon, Aji, and Kanpachi)

I was rather fond of having those Fish that rare in Vancouver - and chef's technique for Sushi making seems authentic. Rice was not sweet nor sour enough for my liking, but it was great to have rice that cooked and prepared properly for Sushi making.

Bento Box was rather a sad story - I only see those "pre-made" products everywhere. Only thing that they did was to cut the fish as Sashimi, and re-heated the tempura. (I worked import / export Japanese food company for short time - and I know what they are) Miso Soup was instant - they added hot water and fresh green onion. Sunomono was pre-made, Agedashi Tofu - well they may have deep fried it themselves since Tofu was firmer.

Quantity - well, one order of Nigiri Sushi should come in two pieces - not one. This is why I say, "expensive".

After I left, I forgot my kid's plastic container - so went back to the restaurant, some 20 min later. Our table was still not cleaned. - well only one waiter working there, but they did not have no more than 3 customers at that time.

I decided that this was one and only time eating at this restaurant. I rather go to the one in Westview.

Overall, they are still new, and figuring out what is going on in Lynn Vally Mall, most of their customer order those westernized sushi - and probably taking pride for those Nigiri. Yet, having Japanese chef from Japan dose not mean that price can go high as they wish to be.

$33 for two adults + child.

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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Disappointing, would not return
By sweetpea of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 9, 2013 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

We've had take out from Sushi Bella and weren't particularly impressed with the quality, but thought we'd give dining in a shot. I'm always willing to give a place more than one try. Sadly, I won't be returning to this restaurant, or recommending it to anyone. The food quality was poor. For example the tempura vegetable pieces were very, very large and not cooked completely. We had several pieces that still had sections of raw batter.The sushi pieces just didn't taste as good as ones we've had other places - maybe the rice wasn't prepared correctly. We were there a bit later so it wasn't super busy, but the service was poor as well. We sat on the patio (which was a nice atmosphere) and our server brought us dishes, cups, napkins and chopsticks. Except when she brought them, she just put piled everything in the centre of the table (ie, she couldn't be bothered to actually set the table for us). We were offered tea once, which we took (it was good), but no one ever came back to see if we wanted more.
If you want good quality sushi don't go here. Go to Waruku (formerly Honjins) around the corner on Lonsdale between 1st and 2nd. They may not have a patio, but their food is top notch and the service is great.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
Good Desserts
By cyberspace of vancouver (87 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 8:11am [Dine in]

They are not open late but went on a saturday afternoon to check this out. The dessert looked excellent but was not in the mood to get some as we were going to a movie. Picked up some chocolates and had them at the movie. They were excellent and so smooth. They are not cheap. I paid about $20 for about 4 pieces. The ambiance is off as it's in a small strip mall type setting. They have a very few spots for parking. Staff were great to explain things I will be back again to try some coffee.

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Lunch Special
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has been around for a few years and I have always wanted to try it but never got around to it.
well today i tried it with their $8.95 lunch special. They have a meat and vegetarian special which varies each day. Today we had the lamb curry, with dal; which came with rice and lots of naan. This was a very filling lunch and I will come again.

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Finch & Barley250 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
Neighbourhood Gem
By coho2u of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

Small, intimate and friendly. Good variety in the menu, and well-served. Servers are very friendly. The decorations are clean and modern with some great art adorning the walls. Two people can dine easily for under $50 and this includes a pitcher of beer. On this Saturday night there was no live music, but looks like this place could be fun too. As we live only a few steps away, we'll definitely be coming back.

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Deep Cove Pizza4385 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
Worst value ever?
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 9:22pm [Take-out]

I find this place to be extremely over-priced, especially for slices of pizza. On my most recent visit I paid $10 for two slices of very mediocre vegetarian pizza and a water. According to the menu it should have been $9, but as with most pizza joints i was expecting some kind of combo discount. Alas, I was ripped off, although I would have felt ripped off even if I paid $9. Or $6.

The slices are all hidden behind the counter. You don't really see them until you pay and they are done being re-heated. They are usually far from fresh and have to be re-heated in the oven. It's understandable that they keep the pizza out of view because the vegetarian pizza was basically a couple of scraggly peppers, onion, cheap-tasting mozzarella and tomato. It reminded me a lot of the frozen pizzas you can get at the grocery store for about $5. And as I say, they are usually far from fresh and have to be put back in the oven.

I'm assuming they only sell slices to tourists and dummies like me who are unaware that they're getting ripped off. Shame on you, Deep Cove Pizza. I won't be taken for a sucker again. At least by you...

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Sushi Nami Fusion Japanese Restaurant1315 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Delectable Surprise
By DineSushi of kitsilano vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I don't ever write up reviews online, but I had to for Sushi Nami. This place has the most fresh sashimi I have EVER tasted. I have travelled to many places all over the world, and I can whole heartedly say that this place is in the top10 Japanese restaurants I have ever been to. I found out about Sushi Nami through a friend of mine who is a regular there. And I could not believe I hadn't known about this place before, since I live only a couple blocks away.

I ordered the Tuna Sashimi, and was recommended the Rocky Mountain Roll as a vegetarian choice by my server, who was overwhelmingly helpful. The tuna was unbelievably delectable - it was the perfect cut and just melted in my mouth. And the Rocky Mountain Roll tasted light but flavorful at the same time. The yam paste on top had the perfect amount of sweetness and tanginess.

The price range is higher than most other sushi restaurants and it may turn you off at first glance, but the unique flavors and the passion put into the food is totally worth the price. It is a must try people!

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Lynn Canyon Cafe3690 Park Road, North Vancouver
Good Location, Bad Food
By Leirik17 of West Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 12, 2013 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

I recently came here after hiking Lynn Canyon and walking along the suspension bridge. It's a really good location as it is in the park and right by the suspension bridge. I was hoping for a place that served good food and was charming. I was extremely disappointed.

The moment I walked in I saw a cramped, busy, greasy, and a loud diner with extremely dirty tables. Hoping to escape all of this, I chose to dine outside. This is one of the smartest moves. The air is so much better and you can see the forest and hear the water cascading down the rocks. The moment I sat down, I immediately had to request a server to clean the tables. The server wiped the tables down with VINEGAR. I wondered whether this was an ecological thing or whether they didn't want your food to taste like soap, as it came in paper, not on a plate or anything.

I ordered the chicken burger which was $7.38 which is a pretty good deal, but I should have paid a lot less for what I received. Since this was the only place that served food close by, I was happy it was there. They've limited their menu to hotdogs, hamburgers, fish and chips, and coffee. The food came in 10 minutes and luckily there were newspapers on the table left from the previous customer. It was wrapped in one of those checkered paper wrappers and it immediately fell out onto the table when I opened, not good wrapping at all. They seemed to put barbecue sauce and pesto sauce TOGETHER on the burger, which was a terrible combination. I immediately asked for another one with no sauce and luckily, they obliged. The second burger took a lot longer to make, which didn't make sense to me as they were eliminating 2 ingredients. When it finally came, I was most displeased. The lettuce fell out onto the table and the tomato was not fresh at all. I ordered extra pickles and they put about 3 on. The chicken was extremely salty and was burnt on one side. I'm pretty sure they just used a packaged patty. The only plus was the whole wheat bun. I ended up paying for toasted bread, as the rest of the burger was terrible.

Service wasn't that bad, except for the second time. This is one of those places where you pick up a metal stick with number, so there wasn't an actual server. I think this place is overpriced, as what you are getting is not quality food at all.

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Meatery, The3108 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
Quite the Experience
By foodcrazy of north vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

The first time my husband and I came here, we tried the porchetta and pulled pork sandwiches. They were to die for! The time after we decided to try their evening tapas menu. Nothing better than house smoked salmon and wings with a local beer or wine on the patio! Both times we were feeling full and more than satisfied. We will definitely come back and bring friends as well!!!

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Cazba132 W 16th St, North Vancouver
Can't wait to return!
By Bassman of Richmond , BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

My wife and I dine out at least once a week. We're not wealthy, so we like good value for our money. The Cazba delivers this in spades! The portions are very generous. We just happened to be in North Van (from Richmond) on a Friday night and asked a Persian grocery store owner for recommendations for a Persian retaurant. They directed us to the right place. You know you're in the right place when the premises are full of the same ethnic group as the type of restaurant cuisine offered (hope I don't sound too pompous, here). Anyways, I'll try to keep it short. Very friendly staff, excellent service, and very, very affordable meals. I wish I had known about this restaurant years ago, because we like walking the North Shore trails in the summer. Our waiter was friendly, polite and attentive; even though the restaurant was very busy! My wife lived in Iran for a few years as an adolescent and she was very impressed with Cazba's food. They don't serve alcohol (of course), but their tea is excellent.

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Sushi Mania180 2nd Street East, North Vancouver
Very pleasent
By nijiue of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 21, 2013 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

I was around North Vancouver and decided to try this place out, I was expecting somthing less however found this place to be very good. The price was incredible, 3 of us were there and the bill priced to be $30.00 and we were stuffed. Ordered a special roll and tempura udon and some other dishes, the mangodise roll was awesome and the service was good, it was pretty busy but the service was good. If your looking for a decent sushi around North Van for a affordable price definetly a place to visit

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Yama Sushi1232 Ross Road, North Vancouver
Great place in the valley
By Bokchewy of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

This is definitely a favourite place to go when looking for sushi at a reasonable price close to home. The tempura is quite good, and the rolls are well made. The rice bowls are really hit or miss. I often get the teriyaki chicken rice bowl and when it's good, it's really good - but when it's bad, well it gets hard to finish. Overall it's a great restaurant with many more positives than negatives. Often is really busy at lunch time due to Argyle Secondary which is nearby so I'd recommend takeout.

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Mr. Sushi1250A Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
A great neighbourhood restaurant
By Bokchewy of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

Great service. Friendly staff. Smiles everywhere. Great rolls. Fresh sashimi. Light and crispy tempura. What more can you ask for? My favourite place to go when I'm craving sushi, just a 2 minute walk from Lynn Valley Centre. The owners seem to enjoy their job and will always serve you with a smile. The extra small things they do for their customers makes this place a local favourite. Free refills on tea and sometimes even on miso soup. i went in for a pick up once and i had a cold, the server gave me 2 bowls of miso on the house along with a "hope you feel better soon" note on the bag, and i wasn't even a regular customer at the time. Highly recommend.

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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
We'll be back
By carlyanderson of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

My friends and I really enjoyed our last visit to The District. I'm glad we made a reservation as the place was packed when we arrived.
Our server was great and provided some yummy recommendations, most of which we tried.
We each picked an appetizer to share, I really enjoyed the cheese and meat selection and the warm beet salad. For my entree I took a chance and got the Bacon and Blue Cheese Mussels and I was very impressed. We almost skipped dessert but were told we have to try the Thomas Haas Chocolate Souffle, oh my goodness it was a little piece of heaven on a plate.
Our overall experience was a treat. Our server did a really good job, the food was great, the wine was yummy and we will definitely be back.

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Turtle Lounge Bistro and Coffeebar4387 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
bad manners and bad service
By heidigermany of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

Anywhere else this cafe would not survive. First off I ordered 2 double espressos and got them in paper cups. When I asked for real cups I was told they are too busy to wash dishes. More like lazy seeing as there were no customers behind me waiting for service. At $2.85 an espresso it's nice to have a real cup. Then the barrister talked and mumbled so fast I could barely understand him, when I ordered an americano and a frappe and he asked what kind of milk. Don't cafes normally specify if you want a soy or milk frappe on the menu? I will not be going back and hopefully Deep Cove gets some more coffee places as I am sure they would do well when this place seems to be your only choice. Also rude and impatient when you didn't understand his quick mumbling.

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Finch & Barley250 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
Love This Place!
By DR54 of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 3, 2013 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Great food, great service, lovely drinks!
They have the best no-bake cheesecake I have ever had.
DJ's on the weekends turn this little place into a great late night hang-out as well.
I haven't tried the brunch on the weekends but I hear it is also amazing. You are guaranteed to get an wonderful meal and service to match.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Overpriced - Left Hungry!
By DR54 of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:44am [Dine in]

This place does have a great patio BUT you sure don't get what you pay for. My $17 salad would have been enough if I ordered three our four of them. The Ceasars were $11 and not that special. The service was terrible. Everything took a long time and one of our drinks never came but they made sure to put it on our bill. We will not be going there again.

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Sushi Mania180 2nd Street East, North Vancouver
Terrible Twice
By DR54 of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 3, 2013 - 11:27am [Dine in]

This place is very close to our house so we decided to try it out. We gave it two chances since we didn't eat much the first time -just ordered one Special Roll, some Nigiri and a Tuna Gomae. The roll was alright but the Gomae was terrible. It was swimming in gritty sauce almost like a soup and the tuna didn't taste very fresh.
The second time we tried this place we ordered a bunch of different things, one of them being Prawn Gyoza. The Gyoza came first. I think they cooked it earlier then just microwaved it. It was disgusting. We ended up letting our waitress know and told her to cancel everything.

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Marble Slab Creamery180 West Esplanade, #3, North Vancouver
Watch out for the on-line order option
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 9:59pm [Take-out]

We wanted to get an ice cream cake for a special birthday boy who always says he loves the ice cream from the MSC so we went on line to check out their offerings. They have an on-line ordering option to get a cake if you place an order at least 24hrs in advance so we ordered a cake with a birthday message Friday night for pickup on Sunday afternoon. A small cake looked about right for the 6 of us so we placed the order on-line and got a confirmation email soon after.

The email says the store will call to confirm our order and if we didn't hear from them, to give the store a call. We didn't get a call back, so Sunday morning we called the store and the girl on the phone said there was no order on file. Yikes! So I asked if they at least had the type of cake we wanted and she said they had 2 in the freezer.

So off we go to get the cake and it turns out they didn't have the type of cake we wanted after all (mis-labelled or something like that). So we selected a strawberry cheesecake from the few small cakes they had left and they wrote a birthday message on it right there. So far, not impressed with the on-line ordering. The store seems to be manned by teenagers and I'm not going to give them a hard time for something best brought to the attention of a manager or the head office so we gathered up the cake and headed home.

We were very impressed with the cake...everyone loved it and it was just right for 6 people. Next time though, I'll skip the on-line ordering and call the store directly and pick it up a day in advance to be sure.

Now where's that head office email address...........

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De Dutch Pannekoek House657 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Pay through the nose for lousy service and bad food - avoid!
By verily of west van (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

With very little choice in this butt of North Van location, I ate breakfast here and will certainly never make the same mistake again. The shack like building is not particularly inviting and the sour faced server with an overdose of bad attitude was nowhere to be seen until I sat down at a table she made it obvious she didn't want me to take, then slammed the menu down on the table and went to the other end of the restaurant to play with her phone. Eventually took my order for BC Bene which came quickly but was uneatable - the salmon smelt and tasted rancid, poached eggs were undercooked to the point of being nearly raw, and the hollandaise sauce had a strange taste and globular appearance - dreadful, and undoubtedly the worst breakfast I have ever encountered, also expensive at over $20. I've eaten in other De Dutch restaurants before and enjoyed the food but this North Van location is really the pits.

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