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North Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
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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Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant152 Chadiwick Court, North Vancouver
New management
By Bokchewy of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 12:55am [Dine in]

Little Tokyo has to be one of the best affordable sushi restaurants in north vancouver. I noticed a lot of negative reviews, but the restaurant is now under new management and has done a complete 180. The restaurant itself is small, but very clean and comfortable. When the weather is nice, outdoor seating is available.
The service was great, a very lovely couple run the place who are always greeting you with a smile.
I have tried the assorted sashimi and a variety of rolls from here. The sashimi was very fresh, just melts in your mouth. The rolls very also very good. The rice wasn't at all hard or frozen, which is often a problem at many small sushi restaurants, and the rolls were very nicely made and portioned.
Overall a great place to go when in north van and looking for a reasonably priced sushi restaurant!

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Palki Restaurant116 East 15th St., North Vancouver
A Great Meal
Submitted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

Last week my wife & I went to Palki for dinner. We had eaten there fairly often previously and always enjoyed the food. This time we were reading the menu to try something different. Perriera was taking care of us and he asked a few questions of our likes. He said to leave the choice with him and he will ensure that we enjoyed the meal. He served us, amongst other, "Lamb Methi" which was not even on the menu. It was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Only suggestion is to space the meal between servings! Thank you Palki - Keep up the great food!

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Basil's Subs296 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver
Wow soooooo good and different
By Foodexpertcanada of Surrey , B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 20, 2013 - 5:19am [Dine in]

I tried their 3rd and lonsdale location few days ago with my friends
And I was hopping to get the same taste at Pemberton , I was very very surprised
Of their quality and consistency of the food and service . They also offered me
Free drink at this location. I tried the spicy chicken with green devil sauce which is a spicy cilantro
Sauce and they make it in the store , it's a totally unique taste.
And every time I have their coleslaw in my sandwich is very fresh. They certenly go out of their way to
Make great selection of sandwiches . I also bought the popular pulled pork for my wife. Once she tried the sandwich, she had to call them and thank Basils sub for her meal.
I hope to see more restaurant try to keep their quality high, and bring new taste to their menu.

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Red Robin801 Marine Drive, #100, North Vancouver
Some Broken DNA at this Location
By poorestoliver of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

We do not give up easy so we tried it again, only to be dissapointed again. There was lots of staff on location but the service was slow and did not make sense. The pop was flat. The food came out at different times. The table set up with hap hazard. The restaurant was dirty. And the prices are high. For the past 15 years or so, something has always been wrong with this location. It seems as if that the attitude there is that they just dont give a dam. They rely on sports teams and families on the weekends and could care less about overall service. We will try again in another few years and post an update.

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Sushi Town1227 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Good sushi in north van
By Foodexpertcanada of Surrey , B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:55am [Dine in]

I love to go to a restaurant that make quality food with super fast service.
Usually we have to wait 20 min for our food to be ready at any sushi place . But not this place
Your soup is on your table within 5 min and so as your sashimi .
Also their teriyaki dishes are prepared mush faster than other sushi places I have been too
Over all a very satisfying experience

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Basil's Subs125 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
New concept with quality food
By Foodexpertcanada of Surrey , B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 8:45am [Dine in]

We went with 2 of my friends last Friday to this location.
There seems to be a new ownership at this location with new staff
And much better food and service than before. i tried their food once before.
We decided to try their sandwiches.
We are very glad we did .. Amazing .. Amazing sandwiches, nothing like you had before.
I tried their spicy chicken wrap with coleslaw and their specialty sauce, topped with veggies
OMG what a taste , I am craving it as I am writing this review.
My friend had the polled pork sandwich on ciabatta bread.
He was just enjoying every bite..
We were also given free samples of other sandwiches
Plus they offered us all free drinks, which we never expected.
We are going back with more friends next week.
And I will take some pictures and do another review.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
Pricey Place to Eat
By poorestoliver of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 17, 2013 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

This place has gone through its fair share of ups and downs. The prices have slowly creeped up and up as they have decided to cater more towards tourists. In the past we were greeted by grim looking staff at the front door that acted as if we were a bother. We have lived on the North Shore for many years and this was not just our experience, it was the experience of many others. Today we were greeted by cheery staff with friendly smiles. We got good seats but that is about it. The lunch menu is very limited and pricey. As an example, a small bowl of mussles is now about 23 dollars not including tip. 3 small pieces of cheese and a few crackers is about 18 dollars without tip. If you don't believe, check the menu. The sandwiches have grown smaller over the years, although still tasty. The service was real slow. The best thing about today was the staff so that is an improvement. We will check back again in another few months and provide another update. I do not think they can last much longer with the smaller sized meals, the limited selection and the expensive price points. Will see.

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Acceptable food, but rather bland.
By redfish of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

Had somewhat high expectations for this place and left rather disappointed. Wild mushrooms with chevre had lots of sauce and oil, lacked in flavour and there was no salt or grind of pepper. There was NO puff pastry, as advertised, but was told that the tiny cheese crisp on top was puff pastry. It was not. Since the 2 tiny crostini did not even begin to suffice for the sauce I asked for made bread. Given 2 more tiny pieces of crostini...and not that willingly either. Kitchen was accomodating in serving us bouillabaise from the dinner menu; that came with bread...so they did have some on the premises after all! Plenty of seafood, also lots of potatoes and again, bland with no offer of pepper etc. I find that somewhat presumptuous, as some people like a little spice!
Decor is pleasant and maybe dinner is better, but I for one will not be rushing back.

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Vera's Burger Shack1842 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
ripped off
By Henry the Hank of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 12:00pm [Take-out]

So the cashier had difficulty with my order...one fires, one poutine to go. As the line built up as he tried to get the order correct, he asked me if it was ok if he took the others first. I said 'fine', and went to wait for my order and my change. About 10 minutes later, I get a nickel back instead of the $10.05 I should have. The cashier said, no I gave him a $10, I know I gave him a $20. I figure writing this up and posting it is worth ten dollars to me, so here it is. Obviously, I won't be back.

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
cementitious muffin, delicious gluten-free bagel
By harbinger of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 29, 2013 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

It was 7AM and the server was already grumpy. I glanced into the kitchen and the kitchen staff seemed no happier. If this was a sign for the rest of the day, I felt apprehension for patrons arriving later.

I tried one of the muffins and it was cementitious: heavy, dense, dry, unleavened, coarse. A large coffee was not enough to slake the muffin. The muffin had healthy ingredients; but it wasn't palatable.

My friend had a gluten-free bagel with bacon and cheese and said it was so delicious, she could have eaten two.

The main storefront of Honey Doughnuts is visually interesting with lots of charm; however, ambience can never make a lumpy muffin edible.

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Eighties Restaurant110 West 14th St., North Vancouver
An old favorite
By Allan Cassidy of north vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

Eighties Restaurant,,, yes it has been around since the early 1980's. Located on the west side of 14th & Lonsdale, in North Vancouver City. The place is an old favorite by many locals as well as some visitors, the food at Eighties is great. Excellent breakfasts, ( all day ) good hamburgers, patty melts, and all around wholesome meals. Every friday night they offer Prime Rib. I had the Prime Rib last night, and it was excellent, it came with mashed potatoes ( gravy ), carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic bread, The vegetables were not over cooked at all, they were great. Also excellent salads also, Eighties has been there around thirty years now, they must be doing something right. I will definitely be back again and again,,,, by Allan Cassidy.

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S'wich Cafe644 Queensbury Ave, North Vancouver
You want a good sandwich? This is where you go!
By miss_saraa of North Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 9:31am [Dine in]

Yesterday it was my first time here based on a friends recommendation and I absolutely loved it! The place is clean, the staff are super friendly and polite and not to mention the sandwiches are worth drooling over. I'm so glad this place exists because I can see myself going there a lot!!!

I've also heard their Coffee is amazing but didn't have the chance to try it this time.. NEXT TIME!

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Major let down
By A chef2 of west coast (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 10:07am [Dine in]

This place has a great view, Thats it! I ordered the steak and it came pre cut just like my mother did when i was 5 years old, It was bland and tough. We where with a group and we showed a little late but people where leaving as we got our dinner. The server apologized and told me that our food went to another table. They charged us the automatic 18% and it was on the sub total including the 50 dollar bottle of wine. you cant help but feel ripped off by this place. I would rather sit on the dock and eat a spam sandwich.

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Delany's Coffee House3099 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
Artigiano's nipping at your Backside
By poorestoliver of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

After not having been here in a while, we dropped in today for some special coffees. Sad. I am not sure about the food. The coffee is OK. The service is brutal. 15 minute wait for an Americano. We just about walked off the premises. The staff looked disengaged and it seemed like they could care less about the long line of customers as they kidded amongst themselves. With the Artigianos going up right across the street, it will be interesting to see how Delany’s handles this. Will they just let themselves die or will they get some competent staff and at least make a go of it? Artigianos is far superior coffee and service and is also locally owned. I cannot bare the drama My bets are that the once giant Delany’s will come tumbling down due. Their comfort level and arrogance is embedded into their very being. I am not saying that it is a bad thing if we lose this coffee shop. With Starbucks, Delany’s, and an Artigianos all in the same block, the Village can do with one less coffee house.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine1440 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Very good Malaysian food on the North Shore
By spudwil of North vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

Went late on a Friday evening (8 pm) and didn't have to make a reservation as the bulk of the busy time had passed. We ordered the sambal green beens (excellent), chicken curry (great sauce but the chicken seemed rubbery to me), the papaya and mango salad (good) and the roti (excellent). This was plenty of food for the two of us and the service was friendly and fast. My only complaint was that it was quite dark in the restaurant and since there were no candles on the table, I had to get out my iphone flashlight to read the menu. For the 4 dishes, a soft drink, and a beer, the bill came to $60. Will certainly be back. Nice to finally have a good malyasian restaurant in North Vancouver!

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Red Burrito1455 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Didn't think it could get this bad!
By rossoliverservice of Port Coquitlam (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 5:57am [Take-out]

Wow - so there are places out there that I never considered to really be Mexican cuisine, like the Mexican fast food you find at the food court. After the Red Burrito I'd rather eat at any Taco chain. The ingredients in our burritos were rancid and everything that was supposed to be piping hot was cold. They also screwed it all up entirely, where we took time to be very specific and careful.

Even though we were starving most of the food we chucked. We should have just insisted on a full refund but we were dumbfounded at how terrible the food was. The guy who recommended this to me must not like me very much!

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Honey doughnuts are CAKE, not "dough".
By feevo of West Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:00am [Take-out]

Honey "doughnuts" are cake doughnuts, which means they are made from batter, leavened by baking soda/powder; they are deep fried cake. Traditional doughnuts are made from dough, leavened by yeast; they are deep fried bread. The two have little in common, in my opinion. Several people I know say they don't usually like doughnuts, but they love Honey's! They never specified (or realized?) that what they love is cake, not dough. So hearing all the rave about the best"dough"nuts ever, I was excited to try them. They are like a deep fried cake muffin, not my thing, and I could taste the baking soda, also not good. They are heavy, not light... So, if you like deep fried cake, greasy and crunchy on the outside and a rich cake center, try Honeys. If you actually want a doughnut made from dough, good luck finding one in Vancouver that isn't a Tim Horton's! The ones in Granville market are pretty good though!

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
Lovely setting. Food could be better
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 10:06am [Dine in]

It was okay but the entrees were very average and disappointing.

We had relatives in town and they wanted to go to a restaurant with a view. They had suggested a restaurant in town but we mentioned to them that the food there was overpriced and not very good. We settled on Arms Reach Bistro. It was really busy on a Wednesday night.

The setting is beautiful. The room overlooks the cove and it is casual elegant. It’s nicely decorated but not formal so that you would be perfectly comfortable if you’re dressed casually. The service from our server Erin was wonderful. She was very patient and explained the various dishes to us, she kept the water glasses and wine topped up. When pasta was ordered to share she had the dish split up in the kitchen. For an appetizer my husband and I shared the underground pasta. This is not on the menu but Erin said it was a pasta dish that is very popular with the regular patrons. It is a spicy red tomato sauce spaghetti dish with prawns and chorizo sausage. It was indeed very spicy and tasty. My brother-in-law and his wife decided to share the cheese platter and they were very pleased with the selection of cheeses and condiments that accompanied it. It came with crostinis and Erin said if they wanted more she would be more than happy to supply them with it. For main dishes I had the beef tenderloin and my husband had the roasted lamb shoulder. Both were decent but lacking in flavor and not very interesting. Our relatives had the pasta of the day – penne pasta with chorizo sausage and the ling cod. They left a fair bit of food on the plate and did not comment too much on it but I’m assuming that because there was so much left on the plate that they did not find it very good. The bread that was brought to the table was outstanding. It was a nice crusty bread with a soft centre. Erin was kind enough to supply us with 2 baskets. For dessert my husband and I shared a raspberry crème brulee. It was wonderful. The top was not too hard, the custard was creamy and not firm like some brulees have a tendency to be and the raspberries provided a nice tartness and contrast to the dish.

Prices are not outrageous considering the location. Appetizers range from $7.00 - $20.00 and entrees range from $16.00 for pasta to $31.00 for the beef tenderloin.

It is unlikely that I would return as the entrees really did not appeal to me.

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