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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Service poor (widely recognized), food acceptable, ok value, is it worth being treated like dirt? No
By msmith of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 11:56am [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant a 3-4 times. However, I must say last time was really the last time. I know service was poor but it has reached the tipping point (no pun intended).

We went there one weekday evening for an early dinner. The place was half full. There were 2 waitress (one Chinese, one Japanese). We sat down and after several minutes we were not given menu or anything so I tried flagging down the C one. I yelled so loud that I was pretty sure half of the restaurant could hear me, but she IGNORED me. Later on, I flagged down the J one and complained, but she said nothing other than sorry (seems like the C one is the boss). Later on the food was brought out, and were practically thrown on the table. If I were by myself, I would have made a big scene but I didn't want to make my wife feel embarrassed. The tone of voice of the waitress was just unbearable.

The food is ok (in Vancouver standard), good (in Prairies standard). Combo prices were good, but I don't think I will return because 1)there are many sushi places around; 2)I don't like to be treated the way I was; 3)I think I can afford paying a little more to get some decent service.

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Vaades149 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Best Indian Food on the North Shore
By andycjackson5 of North Vancouver, B.C, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:22am [Dine in]

I love Indian food... I'm from the UK and I always complain that I can't find Indian food as good as back home... That was until I found Vaades. Kapil and his amazing chef do a fantastic job of creating the best Indian dishes... They will also make them extra spicy and authentic for you. I eat mainly vegetarian and their dishes do not disappoint: the eggplant curry is outstanding. For meat eaters and fish lovers, there are also great curries... Highly recommend :-)

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Chilli Lee Szechuan Cuisine1927 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Best Szechuan on the North Shore
By bushe of north vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 12:35pm [Dine in]

If your idea of great Chinese food is fried rice and stir fry with black bean sauct, find somewhere else. But if you like Szechuan food, this is the place. Our family loves the ginger beef, wonton in spicy peanut sauce,Szechuan green beans, sweet and sour fish, peppery chicken and all the chow meins we've tried. Food is delivered quickly and hot. The restaurant itself doesn't have much ambiance but at least it is clean.

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Symposio1564 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Disappointing
By bbryson of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 12:28pm [Take-out]

Ordered take out from here last night: A tzatziki appetizer, a roast lamb dinner and a calamari dinner.

On the positive side, the Greek salad and potatoes were really good. Potatoes in particular had a great crunch and soft middle. Top notch.

On the negative side, the tzatziki was quite bland. It was more like greek yogurt with some cucumber shredded in. No garlic. Not to my taste at all.

The calamari was good, but the portion was small.

The lamb was at best average, the portion very small, and for the $18 something they charged, was very poor value.

Neither dinner came with rice, which was fine I guess, but meant the presentation fell short.

We don't have a lot of good Greek options in North Van, but I won't be returning to Symposio anytime soon.

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Unpleasant experience
By FOOD-DISCERNER of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

My dining experience here is so bad that I won't even bother to be prosaic in my description, so I will just enumerate the various points:

1) walk into the restaurant .... weird musty smell --- but your olfactory organs get used to it in about 5 minutes

2) service was prompt as I was early, O order Lunch Special Box 1 with no teriyaki sauce slathered over the beef ....food came 10 minutes later...acceptable

3) The california roll was weird ...they were standing on a wet tray .... I bit into one and the faux-crab filling smelt fishy .....( eww....is it stale, was it from yesterday?!) .....it looks like the faux-crab filling was either defrosted badly so the water thawed onto the tray ?!

4) The "tempura" part cosisted of 1 prawn tempura, I spring roll, and 1 yam tempura....all very oily .....
I ate the prawn tempura and felt my mouth swimming in oil. I put the spring roll where the rice vinegar from the salad dressing remained and tried to "neutralise" the oil still oozing out from the spring roll....I was so desperate I even squeezed their 1 thin slice of orange hoping the acid from the orange juice might globulize the oil from the spring roll.

I left the stinky california roll uneaten, along with the oily yam tempura. One guy sat beside me and ordered a plate of tempura .... my stomach churned as I heard him munching on the deep fried tempura. He order a bowl of rice to go with it .......

To balance it, the waitress did come by to see if my tea needed refilling, but I was so preoccupied with problem-solving Box 1 I didn't even have time to drink the tea.

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Monarch Bakery1823 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Favourite Bakery
By PamRat of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2012 - 7:56pm [Take-out]

The Monarch Bakery is a little goldmine of delectable goodies at affordable prices. I never miss a visit there at Christmas for their mince tarts, cookies and chocolate logs ... all are outstanding! They also have incredible pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving for a fraction of the cost of the ones in the grocery stores and they are FAR SUPERIOR! I would highly recommend this bakery to anyone living on the North Shore or even in the Lower Mainland. I now travel from New Westminster to purchase their baked goods.

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Golestan Bakery1554 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Sweet Little Bakery!
By lucielight of North Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2012 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

This is a sweet little bakery that is clean, friendly and there is always something tasty new to try. There is no doubt that these people are motivated by a passion to serve people in the sweetest way they know.

As a lover of travel I always seek a new flavour, and after speaking with these folks I have discovered that the inspirations for these tasty treats stem both from their homeland of Iran, but also include those of France and Turkey. As I have not yet visited these countries, I am delighted to have the opportunity to taste their beautiful creations. The other wonderful piece about this place is that they are open late, everything is always fresh and they are more than willing to make special treats to meets your dietary needs. I have been going here for many years and always look forward to my next visit.

Happy Treats!!!

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V-Nam175 East 3rd St., North Vancouver
Worst 600 Dollar meal ever!!!
By Kaygee of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 8:24pm [Take-out]

So I am an avid pho eater I will eat pho any given day.
I work about a block away from this place and there really is not a lot of other stuff i can grab and eat within my break. So I went to this pho with amazing anticipation I brought it back to my work and prepared my pho except there is one problem the broth was so full, so with this full broth i tried to bring it to my sink and it poured all over my lap top. STUPID MOVE ON MY PART!!!
I decided to give it another chance today by going back and explaining to the server that my food was too full and i needed to be able to just dump the food into the broth with no huge waterfall of over flow. So i explained to the server that I needed it half full because its pretty sketchy walking with a full bowl of hot broth to a sink. I received my food tried to pour the noodles and seafood in and it ended up waterfalling out again only this time pouring all over my cell phone and legs. I have burn marks on my crotch FFS!!!! When I had called and asked for a refund I was told that It was made to prepare at home. when I explained that I had asked for it not so full because i did not have the space to prepare this.. I was blown off. No refund no offer to make it better.
I just get really sick of forigen places who find it okay to never give refunds, or even a free bowl on them since i had explained to the girl that my laptop was ruined before. DONE!
As per other posts i see that this place is going down hill. Just sad!!!
Not to mention it was shitty pho.

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C-Lovers Fish & Chips1660 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver
Excellent Food and Great Times Every Time
By eating good food of Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I have been here numerous times and always get the "All You Can Eat Fish and Chips" (Polock) and endless fries and Soda Pop as well.....

I have to admit that the deal is pretty good (not the best type of fish, but for All you can eat $11.99....it's a steal of a deal) It tastes great for what it is. Presentation of the food could be a little bit better, and to be completely honest, don't expect it to be quite as good as "White Spot" but seriously, for $11.99 All you can eat (fries and Pop included) I'm telling you it's a terrific deal and a better value than "White Spot"

Anyhow, I came here on Thursday and for the first time I decided to order the 2 salmon dinner with fries....Pop NOT included... So I paid almost $15 for the 2 salmons with fries, plus $3 for endless pop and I got the 4 piece prawn special at $1.99 (had 2 of those) Every December for the whole month they have the 4 piece prawn special for $1.99 (and if I am not mistaken, they donate $1.00 the the Childrens hospital from the Prawn Special sale)

Anyhow, the Salmon was just magnificent (oh my gosh it was TASTY) and the prawns were just terrific....Even though I paid more for a meal like that, Man was it worth it....just divine, enjoyed the whole thing.

Anyhow, ratings between the two meals.

All you can Eat

Food: 3 - 3.5 / 5

Service: 3/5

Value: 5/5

Ambiance: 4/5 (Yes, it's a small restaurant, but I like it)

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Salmon Dinner:

Food: 4.5 / 5

Service: 3/5

Value: 3.5 / 5

Ambiance: 4/5

So ither way, I like this place no matter what I order. Will definetly return

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Raven Pub, The1052 Deep Cove Road, North Vancouver
The way it was.
By DaveW of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

25 + years ago we were building homes & strata units in the Deep Cove neighbourhood. Weds, Thurs, Fri the boss always took us to the Raven for lunch (don't find that any more). It was close by but by no means the only place in town. We ALWAYS went back. We tried everything on the menu and in many cases spent the whole afternoon there. The food and service was great and as 'regulars' enjoyed many +'s. I would rate every aspect of food/service delivery as at least 4+ out of 5. After reading the reviews of late I am tempted to visit the Raven to 'compare' (then/now). I had the opportunity recently to visit a well known pizza parlor (in the Burnaby 'hood) a while back where I expressed my appreciation that after all these years (30+) the pizza was just how I first tried/loved it. Point is, if owners (multiple in some cases) would just keep a good recipe going, train the staff and provide a consistant atmosphere there would be CONSISTANT good reviews, assuming of course it was a top drawer business to start with. I have been to Deep Cove a few times over the the last few years and am amazed at the development. I hope an iconic member of the neighbourhood can and will flourish, it deserves to do so.

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Raven Pub, The1052 Deep Cove Road, North Vancouver
Worst Pulled Pork Sandwich Ever
By mememe of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 8:56pm [Take-out]

Wont be ordering from there again anytime soon....

The food was horrible...honestly horrible. I love a good pulled pork sandwich so couldn't resist when i saw it on the menu. Unfortunately it now goes down as the worst one ever! Overall the meat was dry with little to no sauce on it... but there were also patches of 'meat' that were slabs of fat rather than pork. The bun was saturated from the butter? they slathered on...horrible!

i then moved on to the fries which were cold, hard and doused in a flavoured salt...i managed to get down 2 of them before discarding the lot...

regardless to say - if my meal is any indication of the rest of the menu, you might want to give this place a miss!

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Golestan Bakery1554 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Fake reviews
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 10, 2012 - 10:57am [Dine in]

How many fake reviews is this clown going to post? Every week a fake post is posted in ESL English. The bakery food now doesn't make you fat and is most delicious. I would never go there because he is such a goof. Stay away. Any reviewer who seems to have only one post is often fake as are the ones for this place.

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Jade Garen Kitchen1195 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Cheap but Good Chinese food
By PointGreyGirl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

We've driven by this restaurant before and never knew it existed. Finally tried it for lunch today and was pleasantly surprised. Nothing elegant about this restaurant and it is a bit dated, but if you want cheap and good eats and craving Chinese food, give this a try. Much better priced and tastier than Westview Chinese restaurant, but nothing compared to higher end Kirin. Good value if you just want to stay on the North Shore.

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Cazba132 W 16th St, North Vancouver
Meet you at the Cazbah
By Julumkana of Coquitlam, B.C. (52 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10:29pm [Take-out]

I tried a wrap from this food truck on Robson called Cazbah Express. They have a few simple choices. Three kabab wraps available: koobideh (beef) $5, joojeh (chicken) $6, and barg (steak) $7. I had the koobideh. It was very good spicy meat. But i wish it had a little more meat. The wrap in total seemed to be lacking volume compared to some other wraps along the same corridor. But it was good and very tasty. I would try it again.

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Thai House Restaurant116 W Esplanade, North Vancouver
Worth the visit
By TomTom of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 9:54am [Dine in]

I recently dined here twice and both times it was well worth it. My first visit with my daughter we ordered two dishes plus rice, and I had enough left over to take home for a decent sized meal the next day. We ordered a Pad Thai and a chicken curry bowl and they were both delicious, and delivered fast! The service was attentive and friendly, and the restaurant was clean. Compared to other ethnic restaurants in North Vancouver I would say it is good value for the money considering the food quality is high.

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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Love at First Bite
By Momotarou of North Vancouver Deep Cove (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 2:11am [Dine in]

Contrary to what the person below me has described the restaurant that serves "crappy food", my first experience at this restaurant was quite splendid to say the very least.

Since my parents and I were strapped for time, but were in the neighbourhood, we decided to try out this place. Although it was my first time eating here, my dad has been here several times; he would always praise the excellent service, friendliness, cleanliness, and of course, the food.

So we ordered about twenty pieces each of salmon and tuna, as well as some other bits of fancier nigiri sushi such as toro. I had to say that it was quite possibly the freshest and best tasting raw fish I've had in a long time. The pieces were very large, which is what I like in nigiri, and there was a good amount of rice so that it didn't seem like a filler, but it was substantial enough to make it a good piece of nigiri. We also ordered other pieces such as saba, which was mainly for me (it was really good, too), and my father ordered ika and tobiko for himself.

In addition to that, we ordered some futomaki, which was delicious

Our service was really good, too. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly, and looked after our needs in a timely and friendly manner; one of the best I've ever experienced! The chef was also very nice, too; we got to talk to him for a while after our meal.

Whether or not you're in the neighbourhood, I'd recommend this restaurant for anyone who is craving for authentic Japanese cuisine at a very fair price, with excellent service as a great bonus.

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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Don't believe all reviews.
By Reet of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2012 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

I was trying to find a good sushi place here on the north shore so I don't have to drive all the way to Commercial and got totally suckered into trying this place for lunch based on the good reviews here. 4.5 stars. Yeah right. Very slow, unorganized service and crappy food. I had a negitoro roll - NOT the greatest. Ultra greasy tempura (4 pcs)that I didn't finish. Then along came a complimentary bowl of cold watery miso soup. One sip was enough. Normally miso soup is served first and its usually heated. Apparently not here. I also ordered a dynamite roll. One piece was all I could handle. The worst dynamite roll I've ever had. The couple next to me had to ask for wasabi to go with their sushi. They waited and waited some more, then finally got up and got it from the kitchen themselves. Paid my $15 bill and left without tipping.

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Wok Box879 Marine Drive, #640, North Vancouver
Their Kimchee is an act of against Korea!
By BoBo 9 of Burnaby BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

We had ordered 2 Noodle boxes for take out lunch, our first time. With 2 drinks it cost $30.00 The value for the noodles is way to expensive when compared to a sit down Chinese restaurant. With regards to quality and portions.
Taste of the noodles is not bad, but the so called Kimchee side dish was not only horrible. It's an Act of War against North & South Korea, it just tasted really awful! No where near Kimchee would taste like & the cabbage was cooked (which is not supposed to be) to a point you can read the Vancouver Sun through it! Given that you can buy this stuff ready made at any T&T market. Did anyone in that organization taste tested this crap before serving it to the customer?

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Wok Box879 Marine Drive, #640, North Vancouver
Fast but nothing special
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 6:33pm [Take-out]

We were in the area, eyeing the new Swiss chicken place for dinner, when we spotted the Wok Box, browsed their menu and decided to grab some take out and head home as the rain fell. Stir fries on rice and noodles sounded appealing and the four of us were hungry so we ordered a 4-6 person feast with 4 boxes, 6 spring rolls and an order of green onion cakes. The Butter Chicken on rice box was pretty good, a mild butter sauce with lots of chicken. The Singapore cashew chicken box on noodles was my son's favorite though it was more of a peanut box than cashew. Wife tried the teriyaki beef on hokkien noodles and declared it swimming in starchy sauce; clearly the worst box of the set according to her. My beef DAN DAN on hokkien noodles was good but extremely spicy, even without the hot chili sauce they give you on the side. Which is saying something because I can handle pretty hot foods. The green onion cakes were just doughy sides, nothing appealing. The damage was $48 after tax. Not a cheap take out meal. Overall we probably won't go back; it wasn't bad but I think we'd prefer ordering a few Szechuan dishes from a local chinese establishment for a quick and cheaper takeout feast. But I give them full marks for cranking out the food quickly.

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Golestan Bakery1554 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Like a Trip to Heaven, Nirvana, and Paradise, All Rolled Into One
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 6:35pm [Take-out]

You walk into this place, and I swear to God angels from heaven greet you, and stuff your face with all sorts of ambrosial delicacies.Beautiful music is playing, and the smell from the kitchen is intoxicating. A swarthy gentleman in a baker's cap levitates towards you suddenly in a cloud that reminds you of dry ice. There is a peaceful smile on his face, and he is looking at you with affection. A friendly person appears at the counter, the angels fade away, the baker floats back to his ovens, and you get down to business, and decide what to order. Everything looks so delicious. My advice is to bring lots of money here, and buy buy buy. Then just live on Golestan products for the next week. Eat nothing else. They have magical healing powers.

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