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.
I took a new friend from Scotland to this restaurant. I raved about it to him from my past experiences there a few years ago. I noticed that the restaurant was almost empty although it was dinner time. Years ago it was at least half full. Sadly, this time the quality of the food had seriously degraded from the last time I was there about 3 years ago. I ordered a chicken with a spinach sauce dish. The chicken was surprisingly tough. I had to saw through it with my knife. The spinach sauce was bland and boring. The overall effect was that of a microwaved dish. I asked the waiter if the chicken and sauce had been cooked for my order. He replied that it had been but I didn't and don't believe him. For an appetizer, my friend and I ordered a dish that turned out to be onion rings. It was greasy and horrible. They replaced it with a plate of pakoras which turned out to be the most tasty dish we ordered. What happened to Palki? Did they just lose interest in preparing good food? Is everything pre-cooked and microwaved now? That's what it tastes like. There is no excuse for tough chicken. Palki is not the same as it once was and I will not be going back.
The americano here has a more rich flavour than Starbucks. Their americano tastes watered down even though it does have lots of caffiene in it. For coffee it's good but for food only average but that doesn't really matter since it's the java I come here for along with the atmosphere.
Me and the significant came in for dinner the other night.
We live in North Van and there aren't many Korean restaurants in the area so we decided to give it a try.
We were seated quickly and there were only two wait staff on when we came in and the owner?
Some tables have a service bell so when you need the staff just press the button.
We pressed the button a few times, I think they were having dinner at the same time when we wanted to order (they sat in the front of a tv watching Running Man while eating) so it took some time for them to come and take our order and give us some tea/water.
We ordered two Tong Galbi for $28.95 per order (they told us we had to have minimum 2 orders while it says on the menu you can order one but the waitress told us that its only available at lunch when later our friends told us that they ordered one so we were kind of like ... what the heck) and we thought it would be quite a lot of meat, but to our suprise it was four longish pieces of meat and really not worth the price. The waitress had trouble trying to light the grill as well as trying to place the meat on the grill until my boyfriend told her that we can do it ourselves. I'm not sure how fresh the meat was either because it was all grey but it could be the marinade? I was really hesitant in eating it but it tasted all right the side dishes were fresh and plentiful though.
One thing we thought was weird was when the waitress stood in front of our table while we ate... it was really awkward. I'm not sure if she was watching us but it seemed like she was... lol.
Overall we probably wouldn't go back since we know we can get the same quality bbq meat elsewhere (and more quantity) as well as we were questioning the freshness of the bbq meat. Plus the staff were kind of strange.
Came here for the first time tonight and had a burrito grande with chips and salsa.
Was pretty damn fine. Im a picky eater and usually dont have many goods things to say about north van restaurants but if I say Im coming back then just believe me. I dont care about reviews when they go on about how some waitress was rude and that ruined the food blablablalb... it comes down to the food. Place is typico mexican plastic on table cloth style wich is fine.
The Food is Great . period
But if you're going to eat cake -- or anything else -- please be sure to do it elsewhere.
Anything -- even something from a gas station -- would be better than this.
I went in because they had a $5.99 soup and sandwich special advertised. Turns out that that price applies ONLY if you get a grilled cheese sandwich. If you want tuna, it works out to well over $8.
I told the person making the sandwich that I would not eat anything that had pepper on it, as I hated it. She assured me, several times, that there was no pepper whatsoever. The sandwich had so much pepper on it that it burned my tongue; I threw it out after one bite.
I also have an allergy to nightshades (red pepper,green pepper,eggplant and so on). This is not merely a preference; it is a health issue. I asked if there was red or green pepper in the soup and was told that there was not. Red pepper was one of the main ingredients in the soup (which was allegedly beef and barley). I threw it out after opening it.
I went to eat the crackers that had come with the soup but they were so old and stale that they actually BENT when I tried to bite into them.
Actually lying to a customer just to make a sale is a pretty good way of losing business. Or of getting sued.
A friend and I have met for Sunday Brunch at the Marina Grill for a number of years, it would give us the opportunity to chat over coffee, and get caught up on things. We had always been satisfied with the food and service..that is until a few weeks ago.
When I first arrived, there was a small group waiting. When I politely asked the waitress if she would like my name, as done in the past- she briskly replied "We don't take reservations". ( ?? So, with a group of people waiting, it makes it easy for someone else to go ahead of everyone else, because there isn't any order!).
When it was time to be seated, I asked if we could be seated at an empty table by the window. The waitress answered "It's being held." (?? It's being held..yet they don't take reservations??) We were then seated at a table close to the entrance. When a different waitress came to the table, I asked if we could be moved to a table in the corner. She agreed, and then I noticed the other waitress question her why she moved us. I also noticed the other waitress seat a couple at the table by the window that we had just requested. So, I mentioned to her that in the past, if a table was empty, you could be seated at that particular table. Now, we were told there "are no reservations, yet the table is being held- which doesn't make sense. The waitress' answer for that was, "We do it differently now, so we can balance out the sections" (This is the only time I've been in a restaurant that didn't take reservations, that you can't sit at an empty table)
My friend and I have always had a few cups of coffee prior to ordering. This time was different, out of the blue the manager shows up and says "I have to take your order now." I asked why the rush- there were empty tables in the restaurant. She said she wanted to make sure 'we weren't just ordering coffee".She then added if we were only just planning to have coffee, we should have it at a table in the lounge, otherwise if were ordering food, she would be coming back in a few minutes to take the order.
I assured her we had fully intended on ordering a meal, and would be placing that order in a few minutes. ( I don't recall seeing a sign at the table or on the wall saying there is a half hour time limit to place your order,otherwise you can't sit at a table with a drink chatting) Again, there were plenty of empty tables there!
After we placed our orders, and the meals arrived- my friends poached egg had a green fleck on it. When she brought it to the managers' attention, she nonchalantly said "Oh, it's probably a piece of parsley." (There was nothing else on her plate with parsley on, which made us wonder where it came from- and what it could be)
She took the plate away, and when she brought back a new one she said "I guess this isn't the restaurant for you."
Excuse me?! (Is something important being missed here?! It's customers that are their bread and butter, that patronize their establishment, and that keep them in business.) We were absolutely shocked hearing "This isn't the restaurant for you", after we had being going there for years! What an ignorant and rude comment!
After the meal, we asked the manager who we could complain to above her, and she answered "Write to the Squamish nation, they own the land." No apology given for her appalling attitude. We each left behind a note, mentioning the waitress was nice, however because of the managers behavior- there would be no gratuity.
After many years of dining at this restaurant, and bringing out of town guests a number of times, I will NEVER return due to this experience, and I hope no one else has one like it. I would not recommend it to anyone In fact, in my 56 years, I have never had treatment like this. I've had many jobs in the service sector, and learned the customer is number one. You have to be careful how you talk to someone, as you never know who they might be, or connections they may have.
There are a number of restaurants on the North Shore that offer good service- so you don't have to spend your hard earned cash, settling for far below satisfactory service at the Marina Grill!
We checked the reviews for both Bravo Cucina and Portly Chef as they are next door to each other. They both received good reviews, but since we were wanting Italian food, tried to get into Bravo Cucina. They were completely reserved, so we went next door to the Portly Chef. We arrived just as they opened, and we were told since we did not have reservations there was about a 90 minute window to enjoy our meal, which was fine. They provided fresh bread and butter; we enjoyed that so much that we asked for two more orders (must have been hungry). I ordered the Seafood Treats pasta and Yummer ordered the Filet Oscar. Yummer's meal was good except for the overdone rubbery prawns and scallops (ditto for my pasta meal). In a city famous for its well prepared seafood, we expected more. Service was professional and engaging. Might return but there are many other places on the North Shore to try first.
Came here for the first time and loved it. We ordered the Bhel Puri appetizer - very delicious. Light and tasty. For the main course we ordered butter chicken, Tofu Tikka Masala and Kashmiri Pulao Rice with naan bread. I was thrilled to have a choice on how hot we wanted it (mild, medium or spicy) and we chose spicy for both dishes. It was interesting how although both were supposed to be spicy the butter chicken wasn't as spicy as the other dish but for me it was perfect (the butter chicken). We ordered too much food for two people, could have ordered just the butter chicken or the Tofu but now we know for next time. The servers were very friendly, a very pleasant atmosphere and the prices are very reasonable. We definitely will return.
I swear these places pay to get on those food tv shows. I have better breakfast at Ricky's for sure!
Went on family day because the family wanted to try it after seeing the tv shows. Walked in and thought I was in one of those old dusty kitchy truck stops you use to have to eat in during family driving vacations. You know the kind that sell tacky plastic totem poles and t shirts? Oh wait so does this place.
There was a long wait and it was unclear who to give our name to. The owner just stood there at the cash register like he was oblivious to anything around him. It was weird. It looked old and dirty and I would not have stayed if my peeps didn't want to. I went to the bathroom and I swear I have never been in a ladies room in my life, that reeked of pee - at least not in a civilized country. Gross. The fixtures and walls were nasty old and dirty too.
We waited well over the 20 minutes we were told and then were seated without being asked at the counter! We were a family of 2 adults and 2 kids. We wanted a table. But, after being told we'd have to wait another 15 we just took it. The seats were very close together and uncomfortable.
We ordered and received our food in acceptable time which was good. The only good meal out of the 4 was the mushroom and cheese omelette. It was nicely done. Served with very lightly buttered(i,e, not enough) toast and diced hashbrowns from a bag of frozen - they were not homemade. But it was ok. Served with a plastic packet of jam.
The fish and chips were bad - the fish was rubbery and fishy, the fries good. But NOT worth close to $13. The portion was small to average. The burger was declared to be not very good and had soft rubbery back bacon on it instead of real bacon. Who really likes back bacon? No one. Again average sized burger with a smallish serving of fries. Another close to $13 ch ching. The kids grilled cheese was not very cheesy nor was it very grilled - more like toasted bread with melted cheese and a few fries for well ove $8! plus another $2.75 for a hot chocolate. . A kids meal should never be $12 off the kids menu. The entrees all came with "greens" which was a 2" square piece of lettuce.
With a couple of soft drinks and a tip, a family of four had lunch for $70!! No value there at all. We paid $80 at the Whitespot last week for dinner and the adults had booze!
Some other items like some kind of pot pie seemed to have larger servings but we thought the portion sizes were almost skimpy given the price for what we ordered.
I think they should send some "mystery diners" in to these places before the food networks pump them up because once again this place is NOTHING like what it appeared to be on TV.
Glad I went once so I know not to go back.
Yesterday`s evening visit to KFC was a total dissapointment.
A friend of mine and I were trying to decide where to eat. We originally had planned to go to "Red Robin's" but because my friend was literally short on cash and had KFC Coupons, we had decided to come here (What a mistake that was)
We had a coupon for two 3 piece meals for $12.99. My friend didn't care what pieces he got, but I specifically asked for a Rib, a breast and a wing and Mega size my fries and instead of salad, I wanted an additional order of fries, but the cashier told me (and checked with the back) that I could not have additional evefries because it was a coupon and I would have to have a salad (I chose Macaroni) I also got a Pepsi and my friend got a Diet Pepsi. In addition, I got a Street Wise Chicken burger for $3.99
When we got to his place, not only did we discover, that the chicken was soooo tiny, but instead of a rib, they put in a thigh (I hate thighs, but I ate it anyways and it sucked) however, the breast and the wing tasted good....but seriously, the wing was so tiny.....It was probably a bit bigger that the type you would get in a pack at Safeway (it was just too small) the breast was ok sized and the thigh was terrible. I am sure if we dined in though, they would exchange the thigh and give me what I asked for. Oh yeah and the Macaroni salad was a poor excuse....I'm not kidding or exaggerating when I say that was "THE WORST" Macaroni salad that I had ever had. The Street Wise Chicken burger was ok.
My friend also ordered a small popcorn chicken, which they forgot to put in, but luckily they didn`t charge us.....maybe next time the cashier will listen. I honestly wonder why the cashier didn`t review or confirm our order with us like they do at every other fast food place. That really did ruin our meal, in addition to thier high prices and tiny chicken
In all fairness, the food tastes good (Probably because it's loaded wtih chemicals) but the portions and price as I said, is ridicoulous.
Don't think I will return.......I think I will just go to Church's Chicken instead....bigger pieces and better value there (Not as tasty though, but over all better than KFC) Wish we had gone to Wendy`s or even McDonald`s instead
This restaurant isn't fancy but it's a great little neighbourhood place. The food is always very good, especially the rolls. The staff are very friendly and really seem to enjoy working there. Once, while waiting for a pick up order, the staff insisted we wait at a table and gave me some chinese tea and my son a soft drink, on the house. It's the little touches like that that make it a neighbourhood favourite. We usually get take out but when we have stayed to eat, the service has always been good. Recommended for a "cheap and cheerful" meal.
We used to go there a lot for lunch with people from work and it was always busy. I took my dad there last week at lunch time and we were the only people there. We were there from 12:30 to 1:30 and only one more couple came in. The food was mediocre to poor and the ambiance is terrible; plastic covering the windows, dark, old furniture, faded hand printed signs on the walls. There are many, better sushi places on the North Shore so we won't be going back.
This is the first review I've ever written. I usually read restaurant reviews on Dine here before I try out a new place but I've never had such good or bad service where I felt inclined to submit a review...until now. I can easily say the worst service I've ever received was at District. It's bad enough you pay an arm and a leg for peanuts but the pretentious service comes along with the pretentious prices. I wouldn't complain about price if the food validated it's cost but in this case I would of preferred to dine at Dairy Queen.
The bartender/server (skinny guy with glasses) couldn't of seemed less than interested to serve us, but when a couple of his male companions joined him at his bar he seemed to forget completely about his customers and focused all his attention on his familiar company, proving that we were nothing more than an inconvenience to his evening.
Management of District, I hope you take your reviews seriously and have some sort of ambition to make your restaurant a more desirable place to dine because for now..word on the street it that you are an over priced mediocre dining establishment to say the least.
pad thai had bones and sauce was ketchup
red curry coconut beef was horrible
no veggies at all!
no green onion no red peppers no bamboo
meat was chewy
waitress was cute but that won't cut it.
first time I went and last time I'll go.. sorry guys but not sure if there is a chinese cook or your light bill is to high
Tried this place for the first time..Schnitzels crispy but very bland. Large selection of types. Service friendly but inefficient and forgetful. Oh and what is with having to stand in the tiny corridor when paying by charge card...? Very antiquated tacky decor including the white vinyl place mats. And for over $18 for our schnitzels we were expecting more than a spoonful of red cabbage as a veg.! Not a very balanced meal that is for sure. Spatzle were good, potatoes passable. Only reason it is busy is that there are so few places with German food in this metore area.
Still missing the Schnitzel house, Budapest and it's later incarnation, the Danube!
We have only ordered Pizza from here so we can only review that. Good things are, it's always ready when they say it will be. We usually order Meat Lovers for the kids and Greek or Vegetarian for us grown ups. They use a decent amount of cheese and right amount of sauce so the pizzas are not too dry or soggy. The crust is a little bland, but at least it's not hard or chewy, overcooked or undercooked. Over the years we've probably ordered pizza 40+ times and it's consistent. It is not cheap though, 2 large run about $35. We've tried all the pizza places around here and the kids like Fresh Slice which is way cheaper and they even like Little Ceasars (I can't eat that, find it yucky). Tried Panago but pizza was late and cold, and Deep Cove which is just too expensive for Pizza (even if they call it gourmet, it's still just pizza to me). Raven Pizza is good too, but prefer to eat in and never order it out for some reason. So, Nektars will continue to get our once a month order.
#2 son and I were alone for Friday dinner and having a tug of war over either burgers from the redhead lady's place or anywhere else on the north shore. I had recently noticed the sign for Yummy Donair driving by Cap Mall on Marine Drive, made a mental note and managed to twist his arm into trying a donair takeout from there. Parking is a little sparse at the corner but we managed to squeeze the truck in.The restaurant has seating if you want to eat inside but we were looking for quick takeout. Big skewers of vertically rotating roasting meats occupy the wall behind the counter.
Donairs and kebabs seem to make up most of the meat parts of the menu so we ordered two lamb donairs with everything except lettuce (sacrilege in a true donair). Counter girl asked if wanted them super-sized (extra meat) so we threw caution to the wind and went for it for the extra dollar. Service was prompt and we were out in less than 10 minutes. When we got home and unwrapped them, a couple of big fat pitas burst forth over-stuffed with shaved spiced lamb, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers with a generous addition of garlicky yogurt sauce to hold it all together (sort of....).
They were delicious and somewhat messy towards the latter parts. In hindsight we wouldn't order supersized because we couldn't finish them and I think we'd prefer less meat and more veggies next time. We'll definitely go back and try some of their other non-donair offerings now that I've diverted #2 son from his favorite redhead. Couldn't find a takeout menu or a website for the store so you'll have to linger over the counter while reading their wall menus. Damage was $16...pretty cheap eats for two.
I have eaten here several times over the past year and every time I have been very happy with my wrap. The servers behind the counter are always friendly. Their menu has many types of wraps, rice bowls, salads and smoothies. I have been working my way through the menu to eventually try every wrap and so far I have been happy with each wrap. I personally favour the 'Santa Fe' wrap (salad wrap) and the 'Jimmy the Greek wrap (rice wrap). I also love that they have 3 choices of sizes from a kids size to large (regular is very filling for lunch). I definitely will go back again and again and recommend it to all.
For starters id like to say that the service is not acceptable, I waited for my sushi for 30 minutes, and wasn’t even offered a glass of water. I love to eat sushi but having to wait that long was a turn off. Although I waited for so long, the sushi itself it amazing. So I guess I will have to deal with the service and hope they better it, because the sushi was magnificent.
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