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BigAnthonyNorth BurnabyThe Hungry ItalianSince April 16, 2011106 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service3 (3.2)
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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
Restaurant with the Best view in the lower mainland
Submitted Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

I made the trip out to west vancouver today for lunch. This place is beautiful, the view is amazing. If I have out of town guests that want to see Vancouver I am taking them here!

I had the $12 daily soup to start Lobster Bisque, very flavorful and delicious. 4/5
Next was the $14 Wild Mushroom Risotto. A beautiful risotto, the wild mushrooms were the star of this dish. 4.5/5
For dessert I tried the $9.50 Rocky Road, it was good and a very creative dessert but I wasn't amazed, next time I will try another dessert. 3.5/5

Great menu here, the chef seems very creative and the food is top notch.
They also have some great specialty beers on the menu and actually describe the beers in detail. I had the Duvel, this strong beer is 8.5% alcohol and is packed full of flavor.
Looking forward to returning for dinner with my wife for a great meal with a priceless view.

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Campagnolo1022 Main Street, Vancouver
Nice Italian Restaurant, not as nice neighborhood
Submitted Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here with my father, the place is nice! Clean, has an elegant yet casual feel to it. I consumed,
Appetizer - Sawmill Bay Clams - $13.50
This appy was great, perfectly cooked clams, beautiful sauce with a hint of heat to it. 4/5
Lunch - Agnolotti (braised veal, white chanterelles and chives) - $18
This was a great little portion of pasta, the flavors were spot on, only would have been better if it was cooked a slight touch longer in the water. Solid dish. 4/5
Dessert - Chocolate Budino - $8
A nice dessert, was a little on the sweet side for me but still good. 3.5/5
My father had a margherita pizza - $13 which he enjoyed, I tried a slice and agree that it was good.

Overall I enjoyed this place, small, cozy, friendly and not snooty. I am looking forward to coming back here for a great dinner with my wife and some friends in the future.

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Patisserie Lebeau1728 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Meh
Submitted Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here today, 1 chicken & brie waffle sandwich, 1 cappuccino and 1 tiramisu. I heard that this sandwich was awesome but it just tasted like an average chicken and cheese sandwich to me. Actually if I ate it with my eyes closed I wouldn't have even known that the bread was savory waffle bread. The cappuccino was average. The dessert was average-good. I wouldn't recommend this place or return. Just an average sandwich and cappuccino for me..

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Average Joe's
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 10:38am [Dine in]

I've always heard great things about this place. We came here for a friend's birthday, our party was 15 people. When arriving there were 2 lamborghini's parked outside and the front entrance was packed. We go up to the 3rd floor and sit.. place seems weird, different then most restaurant I go to. The waiters are wearing weird white lab coats like at a doctor's office. In the hallway near the bathroom there are lots of pictures of famous people, vancouver canucks, etc. Wow we are lucky to be dining at such a great place..

We ordered $43.20 for 12 BC oysters to start - They were ok, nothing amazing..
Entree I had the $36.95 Lobster Pappardelle - Once again an OK good dish.
She had the $45.45 8oz Tenderloin - said it was OK.
Dessert we had the $14.95 Dessert Trio - Once again an OK dessert.
Add a $45 bottle and a $4 cappuccino and we (myself & wife) are looking at a bill that comes to $250 with a tip..

The food here is OK-Good but nothing was amazing, great, memorable.. Nothing I consumed would be re ordered if I returned. The prices are fine dining high end but the food isn't. I have eaten at many better restaurants in Vancouver for less money spent.
I don't see any reason to return here, it didn't live up to the hype.

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Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great new addition to North Burnaby ~ Burnaby's best pizzeria
Submitted Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here today with my father, they said it was day 3 as they just opened the place. It's clean and beautiful with friendly and professional staff. We had a pizza each and shared them half & half.
$12 Pizza Margherita - this was a great thin pizza, I picked it up and it flops over, just like when I eat pizza in Italy. Crust is awesome.
$18 Pizza Prosciutto - Same nice thin pizza, has some beautiful salty prosciutto on top.
They also have a great list of Italian beers. We had 1 Menabrea & 1 Bruton di Bruton. Good stuff.
I am happy to be able to get good authentic pizza right in north burnaby! Grazie we will be back.

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Casa Fabesso850 Barnet Highway, Port Moody
Amazing, Unique, Port Moody's best kept secret
Submitted Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 10:40am [Dine in]

I was driving over the barnet highway and I noticed the sign, Reed Point Marina and Casa Fabesso Italian Restaurant. I decided to try the place for lunch. I ordered a bowl of linguini with sausage and ate on their patio. The pasta was great! I checked out their website when I got home and was impressed by the unique dinners they offer. We made a dinner reso for 6 of us (3 couples) on a friday night. They asked if we all like seafood, we said yes and that was it. (The dinner menu always changes depending on the market availability of fresh ingredients their website says)
La Cena:
We arrive friday night at 7:00 and sit down and order white wine and prosecco to drink. They just start bringing us courses. All we knew so far was that they would be seafood.
(1st course) Bruschetta with tomato, avocado & anchovy - the mix between the salty anchovy and the fresh tomato & avocado made for a perfect couple of bites.
(2nd course) Tuna Ceviche - this was fresh, vibrant, the flavors were spot on with the oil & citrus.
(3rd course) Octopus Terrine - I love cold calamari & this reminded me of that but a little bit better.
(4th course) Polenta & Buccala - I love polenta but the salted cod is not for everybody, was still good enough to eat but this was my least favorite course.
(5th course) Baked Scallop - this was one baked scallop with a pesto crumb crust and was great.
(6th course) Cold Melon & Prawn soup - this was excellent, I loved this cold soup, it had a cantaloupe & sambuca taste with sweet prawn pieces on top.
(7th course) Pesto Linguini with clams - a great pasta that everybody enjoyed.
(8th course) The entree, 1 small piece of halibut, 1 small piece of salmon, 1 large baked prawn with a little bit of potato & veg. Another great dish, the pieces for fish were small but he could have given just 1 of the 3 seafood pieces since we had eaten so much already.
(9th course) Dessert - Tiramisu - to me this was an average tiramisu, I found the lady fingers to be a little over soaked so the texture was a bit off for me.
After dinner some of us order coffee and they bring us out some of their home made amaretti cookies for the table. Next the chef comes to our table with a bottle of his home made limoncello liqueur made from organic lemons. We each had a shot and it was the best I have ever had, it blew away the usual store bought stuff that you can get.

This restaurant is small and cozy, has a rustic feel and reminded me of when I was in Italy. We ate excellent fresh food, but it wasn't high end super fancy service, more laid back. Seemed like we were invited into their home for a meal kind of feeling. My only complaint, too much food! We were stuffed, next time I will request less food. This place is great, unique and I will be back. Next special occasion I think we will book the entire restaurant.

Make sure you check out their website if you want to dine here.
Dinner is only by reservations made 24 hours in advance.
Menu always changes
Minimum of 20 people in your party gets you the entire restaurant to yourselves

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Unique Food, very small portions
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2012 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

I had dinner here with my wife. The place is beautiful and the staff were all great. We were given some fancy bread and butter when we sat. Next came some complimentary amuse bouche, 2 watermelon soda shot glasses, very nice :)
Menu is neat and they have some different stuff here. Wine list is expensive, was tough to find a bottle under $50.

Appies:
I had the $14 Qualicum Bay Scalllop - dish was small, just a few bites and was ok but nothing special. 3/5
She had the $19 Puffed Quebec Foie Gras - this was very good, melt in your mouth great appy. 4/5
Entrees:
I had the $19 Ricotta Agnolotti - Dish looked cool but once again, small portion. There was a little bit of pasta and it wasn't the delicate agnolotti that I was expecting from a place of this caliber, it was kind of doughy. Also there was a parmesan foam that came with it. Neat touch but I would have prefered some fresh parmigiano reggiano sprinkled over it. 3/5
She had the $27 Chicken Breast - The chicken was cooked PERFECTLY and this was an excellent meal. Lots of flavors going on here. 4.5/5
Desserts:
I had the $9 Dark Chocolate Praline Bar - This was WOW Good! Excellent, came with a little semi freddo on the side.. 5/5
She had the $9 Diva's Carmelized Silton Cheesecake - This was also great and she loved it. 4/5

This meal ended up being $159 taxes in with a bottle of Reisling.
I have mixed feelings about the food here.
My appy wasn't that good, hers was awesome.
My entree wasn't that good, hers was awesome.
Desserts rocked...
I decided to eat lunch here and try some other items..

Round 2:

I dine alone this time, same fancy bread, same complimentary amuse bouche but this time was orange soda, nice again :)
Appetizer: I had the $12 Diva Roll - Looked like an amazing and perfectly crafted roll, tasted kind of boring. 3/5
Entree: I had the $28 Duck Breast - Was cooked perfectly medium rare and was a great dish Also a very small portion.. 4/5
Dessert: I had the $9 Dark Chocolate Praline Bar AGAIN it was that good. 5/5
I also had a $5.25 Cappuccino with dessert. 3/5 It was the most expensive cappuccino I've probably ever had and it was Average. I can get an excellent cap for $3.25-$3.75. Why is this one $5.25 if you make it worse then my usual coffee bars? I guess because you are a fancy place you can over charge for this.
This lunch came to $61 taxes in.

Overall this place is beautiful. They do unique stuff with food, the portion sizes are tiny so you have to order appy, entree, dessert at the very least. Not recommended for hungry people.
Food was average - amazing depending on what items I tried, kind of makes it hard to rate this place for me.
I would return sometime..

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Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Pizza but not into the "self serve" idea
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

Came here for lunch with my brother and father. It was a beautiful sunny day so we sat out on the patio. The nice waitress goes over a few things with us and then tells us that they are a casual place and we can go inside to the counter to order when we are ready. Hmm now that you have seated us and we are comfortable and the waitress has spoken with us we can now get up, go back inside and place our own order? She has to bring our food, clear our table, bill us at the end, why not just take our order? This is part of what we are going to tip you for! I would rather have paid her more money to place our order then to get up and do it myself, that is why I went to a restaurant and not a fast food joint.. My father even mentioned leaving because of this.. Ok I can go on forever about this, onto the food..

We ordered 3 pizzas and I tried some of each.
Cappricciosa - $14.50
Siciliana - $14.50
Margherita - $11.00
The pizza is good, thin, tasty, sauce is great but maybe slightly too much so it was a bit watery. The price is also great for these good pizzas. They also have some gelato there and cool desserts.
Overall, nice place, nice staff, good food and good prices. Only thing is.. if I am on commercial drive I can get good pizza from a few places and the others all fully serve me when I go there and spend my money so I'm not sure if I would choose to come here and serve myself when I can get the real restaurant service everywhere else.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
I was fooled by the high reviews on this site
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 9:59am [Dine in]

I ate lunch here yesterday with my brother and father. The place is small and cramped. The service was friendly. We had the $15 mussels & fries to share for an appetizer. Large portion size, the Mussels were good, 3.5 out of 5 but the fries that came with it were a lot of crumbs and small pieces that shouldn't have been served. Next I had the pasta of the day - $10 Cannelloni. This dish was very average, 2.5 out of 5.

Based on the reviews I read here I was expecting food that would "wow" me a little. I brought along 2 family members and they both thought the same about the food here.
I don't see any reason to return. Was just an average meal.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Great Italian Restaurant, if I lived closer I would eat here much more often
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2012 - 2:34pm [Dine in]

I came here with my brother and his girlfriend on a saturday night. There is no parking but they offer valet so that worked out. We sat outside on the patio, beautiful restaurant. For an appy I had the Cozze - $12 (mussels)
This dish was WOW, one of the best I've ever eaten. A generous portion of perfectly cooked mussels in a delicious clear broth. When the mussels were finished I drank the broth like a soup, 5 out of 5. Next I had the Aragosta - $26 (mascarpone & whiskey risotto with lobster). This dish was great, you could taste the whiskey. If I was a whiskey drinker I'd like it a bit more but still, great dish, 4 out of 5. For dessert I had the Cioccolato - $8 (dark chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream). This was good but didn't amaze me, 3.5 out of 5. My other 2 dining companions enjoyed the place as well.

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I return taking my wife here for dinner. No parking again so we used the valet parking - $7.
For an appy I ordered the mussels again! once again fantastic!
She ordered the Bresaola - $12 (house cured & dried bison, lemon, arugula, shaved grana padano) this dish was nice, kind of like a carpaccio, 4 out of 5.
Entrees I had the Spaghettini di Mare - $20 (seafood pasta) Dish was great, 4 out of 5.
She had the Risotto Verde - $16 (basil, peas, spinach, ricotta salata) Another solid 4 out of 5 dish.
Dessert we shared the Crostata - $8 (chocolate & ricotta tart with almond ice cream) great dessert with a nice mix of sweet and savory tastes, 4 out of 5.
We love prosecco and they offer it by the glass here so with the meal and 3 glasses the bill came to $96 taxes in.
While leaving they grabbed our vehicle and when I asked how much for the valet parking they said not to worry, it's on us..

What I love about this place, nice and small, has a good friends and family feel to it. Has a patio. The staff are great and very knowledgeable.
The food is excellent and reminds me of some very high end fancy schmancy places but without the snootyness and overly expensive prices.
Will I return, YES.. If I lived closer I would become a regular here.

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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
Had a great lunch here
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

I was walking by on a sunny day and decided to sit on the patio and have lunch. I had one $7 Moretti Beer and one $26 Caribben Lobster & Spring Pea Risotto. Bill came to $37 taxes in. Everything was great, food, service, ambiance.. and I would definitely return.

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Edge Bistro, The3135 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver
Great Italian Restaurant in North Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

I made the trip out to North Van one day with my father for lunch. Not too far off the off the #1, just take the Westview exit and it's a couple minutes off the freeway. Place is nice, small, friendly and professional staff. I had the $13 Bocconcini Caruzzo appetizer. It was breaded bocconcini cheese baked and sitting in a nice marinara sauce. Was like a high end sophisticated version of deep fried mozza sticks. This dish was great, 4 out of 5. Next I had the $15 Spaghetti Bolognese, another great dish! 4 out of 5. I left satisfied and wanting to return for dinner. My only complaint was the service could have been a little faster since the place wasn't that busy during lunch.

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I took my wife there for dinner last night. I had the $23 Vitello al Limone (thin veal in a lemon butter sauce with vegetables) It was great, nice vibrant lemon tasting sauce, piping hot plate. Another 4 out of 5 dish. My wife ordered the $32 Filetto al Pepe (beef tenderloin) She ordered it blue rare and it came medium rare but the dish was still great and she enjoyed it so didn't complain about it.
Dessert I had the $9 Chocolate mousee, a little expensive for dessert I was thinking but the portion was huge so it's ok, I couldn't finish it all. It had a great cocoa taste and was more of a strong chocolate taste then most places flavor lacking mousses. She had the $9 Creme Brule and said it was an average creme brule..
With a $34 half litre of wine the bill came to $120 taxes in. At the end the owner came to thank us for choosing his place to dine and asked for our feedback, he was genuine and professional, very nice to see. I was happy so spend my money is a person like that's establishment.

Overall from both of my dining experiences here I was happy with everything and will return for sure. This is now my favorite Italian Restaurant in North Van.

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Arriva Ristorante Italiano1537 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Another nice Italian restaurant on the drive
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

I came in here for lunch one day. Nice italian restaurant.. I had the Linguine alle Vongole - $16.95. It was a good dish, 3.5 out of 5. I will be back for dinner.
Round 2:
The wife and I came in for dinner, for an appetizer I had the Cozze alla Marinara (Mussels in sauce) - $12.95. This was a good dish, sauce was great. 4 out of 5. She had the Beef Carpaccio - $12.95. She enjoyed it and rates it a 3 out of 5.
For an entree I had the Vitello ai Funghi (Veal with Mushrooms) - $23.95. The veal was nice, thin, cooked great. The sauce was good as well but I think it was a little too saucy but was still good. 3.5 out of 5. She had the Risotto con Salsiccia (risotto with Sausage) - $16.95. She thought it was slightly under cooked but I love risotto done al dente with a slight crunch to it. I rate this risotto a 4 out of 5. She gives it a 3 out of 5. Either way it was good. We shared a Tiramisu - $7.95 for dessert. It was the typical yummy tiramisu that is served at most italian restaurants.
The service was friendly and professional. We were asking about the restaurant and they said it's been there around 25 years. We asked our server how long he's been working there and he said since the beginning. Nice to see that! We enjoyed this place and we will return.

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Cioppino’s1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Great food BUT very expensive here
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:20am [Dine in]

I ate here with a friend last friday night. This is a beautiful restaurant and we sat out on the patio area.
We ordered an appetizer each.
-Porcini and Chestnut Soup: low fat vanilla Chantilly (Gold Medal Winner 2007) $ 14.95 - This was a good soup, I wouldn't give it an award but overall good. I guess when I read that it's award winning I expected perfection. 4 out of 5.
- Burratta (special appy for that day) $25 - This was tasty but seemed very expensive for what we got. 4 out of 5
Entrees
I had the Pappardelle: 4 hour-braised veal cheeks and porcini mushrooms $ 25.00 - This dish was great, a 5 out of 5 for me. I have no complaints here.
He had a rack of lamb for $40 that he enjoyed. He said portion was too small.
Dessert - I had the Light milk chocolate mousse, raspberry cream centre, amarena cherry, mango coulis $12. For a $12 dessert I wasn't impressed. I've definitely had better mousse before. This was small portion and all fancy looking but that's about it. Still was good but I am fussy when the prices are SO high, 3.5 out of 5 on this dish.
With 1 beer each the bill came to $146 taxes in.
Overall, great place, great service, great food, Very expensive. If I were to return the only thing I would order again was the Menabrea beer and the Pappardelle, that was an excellent dish.

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La Piazza Dario Ristorante3075 Slocan St., Vancouver
Fantastic pasta, everything else here is fantastically average
Submitted Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

Came here alone for lunch last week, the restaurant is beautiful. The room was about 20% full but the service was slow. When I sat I had to wait 13 minutes just for them to take my order. I asked about getting the veal but substituting the potato and vegetables for pasta with clams. He told me it would be an extra $10 charge for the "half order of pasta" That's weird since the entire pasta dish sells for $14.. So I instead ordered just a plate of Spaghetti alle Vongole (spaghetti with clams) in a tomato sauce. My plate arrives and it looks great, very generous portion of clams. Wow this was good! This is one of the best plates of pasta I've eaten this year, 4.5 out of 5. I was thinking that I wouldn't want to come back here because of the slow service (also had to wait too long for my bill so I could leave) but this pasta changed everything so I will bring the wife for dinner!
Round 2:
My wife and I came for dinner. Our waiter right away asks if we would like "Sparkling Water". I asked if they had regular water since he didn't give me that option. He kind of made it seem like would you like our fancy water or the peasant ditch water.. I chose the ditch -)
Appies: Beef Carpaccio - $12 - this was ok, kind of plain tasting, needed something to wake it up.
Mussels in sauce - $14 - this was between average and good, 3 out of 5.
Entree: She had the duck - $23 - medium rare but was a little over cooked. She said it was average.
I had the Veal piccata - $22 - this was also awesomely average. Kind of reminded me of eating at a wedding.
Dessert: She had the creme caramel - $7 and it was ok..
I ordered the chocolate mousse - $7 and they bring me a piece of chocolate cake that happens to have some mousse inside it.. hmm this isn't what I wanted at all but I will try a bite to see how it is.. Yup tastes like an over sweet safeway style piece of cake. I just left it, one bite was all I would eat. The waiter asks, "you didn't like your cake"? They call it cake but the menu calls it mousse. So he took it away, I said I didn't want it but they still charged me for it. No problem since I took a bite... Also it was served on a hot plate so it came with a yummy side of melted whipped cream. That was a huge let down for me, dessert was a 1 out of 5. So with wine our bill comes to $113 and I leave there feeling like I just ate a fancy looking but average tasting meal with a disaster of a dessert.

Overall.. The pasta that I ate on my first visit was awesome, memorable, reminded me of when I was in Italy. It was something that would make me return.
The meal on my second visit was too boring and average making me not want to return.
So I will only come back here if I want pasta, the spaghetti was excellent. I will not eat anything else on the menu other then pasta if I come back.
I wish I could rate the food higher because of that great spaghetti but the other meal brings it back down.

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Ganache Patisserie1262 Homer Street, Vancouver
Good place for a wedding cake I guess
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 10:17am [Dine in]

Came here on a weekend for coffee and dessert. Cute little place, nice looking selection of desserts. They do not serve my favorite drink, cappuccino. So no coffee and dessert for me. Instead I chose 2 desserts to take home for myself and my wife to share.
Chocolate Veloute - $5.95 this was great, 4 out of 5.
Concord Framboise - $5.95 this was very sweet. I am a dessert guy but even I found this overly sweet and hard to finish. Was good though, 3 out of 5.
I wouldn't come back because they don't have cappuccino's here.
If I were looking to purchase a fancy wedding cake I would come back however. There were a bunch on display inside and they looked great!

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Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Good but didn't blow my mind
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 10:07am [Dine in]

Went here for lunch yesterday with my father. The place is beautiful inside. Nice place to sit down and have a coffee. I ordered a smoked salmon sandwich for $8.75, my dad had a danish for $2.45. We each had a cappuccino for $3.50 each. The service was a little weak (seemed like she wasn't too happy to be working there). My sandwich was averagely alright, nothing special. My cappuccino was VERY strong tasting. I am a lover of strong cappuccino but this was a little over the top in my opinion. This was the first time I ever had to add sugar to my cappuccino. My father agreed and did the same. Before leaving I went back up to grab some sweets to go. The service this time was from another girl, much more cheery then the last, maybe she enjoyed her job. I ordered an individual dessert, the Chocolate Succe for $6.75, was good, kind of dry, nothing amazing. Also 1 small box of chocolates for $8.95. The coconut ganache was awesome, the other 3 were good.

Overall.. fancy place but for the hype it receives it wasn't magical or memorable to me. I spent a total of $37.85 here and sampled food,drink,dessert. Nothing stood out and amazed me so that I would come back for more. Except for the coconut ganache (1 piece of chocolate)

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Good food but very expensive for portion sizes
Submitted Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 11:33am [Dine in]

This place was recommended to me by a friend so 4 of us booked a reso to eat here on a friday night. Every time I've tried to get a table here it's been full so booking ahead of time is recommended.
Nice restaurant, small space but nice and not cramped at all. Service was friendly. I ordered..
Appetizer - Scallops with double smoked bacon risotto $16. Dish looked and tasted great.
Entree - Lamb Shank with scallops and pear risotto $30. Once again, great looking and tasting dish.
Dessert - Chocolate Ganache with orange chocolate sorbet $12. This was a fantastic dessert.
Overall, nice place, great food. My only concern is the amount they charge here for the portion size. Food is great but usually when I spend this amount of money to eat I leave feeling full.

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Moja Coffee Cafe1412 Rupert Street, North Vancouver
The best cappuccino in the lower mainland comes from Moja Beans
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 11:49am [Dine in]

I found about this place while I was at Thomas Haas having a cappuccino. It was great and I found out that Thomas Haas uses Moja Coffee. I decided to head to north van last weekend to visit Moja Coffee Cafe -)
It's not that far out of the way, just over the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge and it's about 5 minutes off the freeway.
Place is nice, they roast their own beans in house. Staff seem pretty passionate about their coffee. They didn't have much for food options here, more of a strictly coffee house with a few muffins or pastry type snacks to choose from. I had a cappuccino for $3.75 and it was fantastic, 5 out of 5. I've visited a lot of coffee houses in the lower mainland and Moja makes the best espresso by far. From now on I will only use Moja espresso at my home also (they sell bags of beans for $16)

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Baci Ristorante3728 East Hastings, Burnaby
Good Italian Restaurant at Hastings/Boundary but a little over priced
Submitted Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I called here on a thursday night to see if we needed a reso or not to come in for dinner. We were told on the phone no just come by. We show up 30 minutes later at 6:30 and the bartender I think tells us we can have a table but they will need it back by 7:30. I said what do you mean? What if we aren't finished our dinner by then? I explained that we called and were told to come without a reso and he said oh some genius here must have told you that or something stupid like that. So the genius (I'm assuming the chef answered the phone) chef came out and told us we can sit, it's no problem.

Ok so we finally get a table for 2. It's a nice restaurant, waiter is efficient. We are sitting next to a large, loud party. We order a half litre of the house red chianti - $23. Good wine, more expensive for the "house red" then most places. For an appy we shared the Cozze alla Marinara - $14. (mussels in sauce) This was an excellent dish, the mussels were cooked well, the marinara was great with a slight hint of heat in it. My only complaint was that they didn't give us enough sauce. For $14 I would like to have more sauce do dip my bread into. Also the "genius" chef came out of the kitchen to wish us Buon Appetito when we started our appy. Nice of him! -)
Entree - she had the Pollo alla Baci - $19 (chicken breast with mushrooms in a brandy cream sauce) and she enjoyed it. I had the Ossobucco con risotto milanese - $25 The dish was good, would have been better if the meat was a little more tender. Overall good dish though. Throughout dinner our service got slower and slower, I guess the larger tables were spending more then just us 2 so they had first priority.
Dessert - I had the chocolate mousse - $8, she had the Creme Brulee - $8. Both were good but nothing special that would need to be ordered next time. Both were $1 over priced -) Funny thing, when we left at 8:00 (30 mins past our allowed time, lol) there was 2 empty tables behind us so I guess the chef knew more then the bar guy up front..

Overall.. Nice restaurant. Food is good. A little higher priced then similar italian restaurants in the area. I guess they have to charge more to pay for the live music (that didn't start until we were leaving so we didn't get to see how good they are)
Service was friendly once we got past the "bouncer" at the front but slowed since they were busier with the large parties sitting beside us. We might come back sometime to try out the pasta here and see the live music in the future. We will just be sure to book a reso next time to avoid the awkward entrance.

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