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CentauriVancouverSince July 21, 200733 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.3)
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Displaying 21 - 33 of 33 Reviews Found
Jolly Coachman Pub19167 Ford Road, Pitt Meadows
Superb food, very comfortable, slow service.
Submitted Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 2:16am [Dine in]

A comfortable neighbourhood pub if ever there was one; the inside is post-and-beam construction, the bar is long, the lamps look like old street lamps, and large flat-screen tv's (mostly for watching the Canucks!) are well placed, and not annoyingly space-hogging.

The best feature of this place is surely its food, however. The food really does go beyond what most expect in a pub - more so in quality than type. Regular pub fare is found here, but cooked very well, with interesting twists, and with a strong emphasis on presentation and large portion size. Proper "British" pub food can be found here, too, something usually lacking in most Vancouver pubs, outside of somewhere like the Cheshire Cheese Inn. From "Bangers and Mash" to more standard fare, quality is high, and even the "ordinary" kind of pub favourites (burgers) are done with variety and interesting ingredients.

The only downside? Service. This place is slow - mostly because it's often quite busy. There always seems to be enough servers, but they take their time getting to you (despite being nice and friendly) and if it's a busy night, the kitchen can get swamped. Also, a none too-well hidden/ventilated smoking room can be quite annoying to those sensitive to tobacco.

Overall, a cut above the ordinary neighbourhood pub. Nothing "fantastic", but a good bit better than most.

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Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub1177 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
A bit above average.
Submitted Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 1:34am [Dine in]

A slightly above-average pub.

The food isn't special - regular pub fare, no surprises. The one particular attraction that I like is that you can order whole-wheat buns for your burgers - an awesome option for those of us who want taste, but without the really starchy white carbohydrates. The burgers, fish, and appetizers are all well cooked, but fairly indistinguishable from any other decent pub's.

The inside is... poor. The decor is nice, yes. The atmosphere is friendly, yes. But the inside is also far too tiny, cramped, and seems to be intended to pack in as many people as possible, like some sort of wooden sardine can. During hockey games, or even just on a busy night, you're crammed in with barely a couple of feet between tables, have to wait forever, and generally receive slow (but not "poor") service from an under-staffed establishment.

I'd recommend this place during off-peak hours, but avoid it on hockey nights, or during prime time.

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Naam, The2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Guess you have to be a vegetarian...
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 5:59am [Dine in]

I'm not a vegetarian. I'm not the complete opposite, but if I had to choose, a nice steak, a leg of lamb, or even a nice and healthy plain chicken breast would top an all-veggie meal for me.

I was taken here by my girlfriend, a couple of years ago, an ex-vegetarian. I tried to be open-minded, but this was my experience, as I recall it..

Atmosphere: None. It's cramped, crowded, loud, and bustling. It's kind of nice if you're a people watcher, or enjoy a really upbeat setting, but I prefer my dining experiences to be more tranquil and relaxed.

Service: Service was passable, but these people just struck me as... snobby. They weren't terribly polite and took great pride in telling me the virtues of vegetables, as if I was ignorant.

Food: For vegetarian food, it was passable, but without meat, and without many of the more contemporary fixings of a meal, I could not shake the feeling that I was scarfing down a meal of "health food". Too much tofu (bland at that) and a lot of bean sprouts. It was well prepared, for what it was, but I don't find re-fried vegetables and nothing else to be terribly exciting.

I'm sure Vancouver's numerous hippies love this, but for a non-vegetarian, I really have nothing to recommend about this place - simply having a vegetarian salad at any other restaurant would give you a similar culinary experience, without the busy-ness and noise.

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Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
The genuine article.
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 5:33am [Dine in]

First, I am Irish - 100%, unadulterated. Dublin and Cork are my stomping grounds, but I was lured by a friend to a "genuine" Irish pub in Vancouver. Knowing that Irish food is a strange thing at the best of times, and that most "Irish pubs" are little more than poorly-themed bars (and often culturally stereotypical) I was VERY skeptical.

Bloody hell, was I shocked when I stepped in the door. You could pick up the Irish Heather, drop it in in the middle of Dublin, and no one would know that it hadn't been there for decades. An uneven cobble-stone floor, green wooden benches in the back, and a dark and woody ambience be-decked with authentic Celtic and Irish bits of heritage strike you. The whiskey list is THE biggest and best that I have ever seen - I doubt that the best pub in Temple Bar, Dublin, has this much Irish whiskey. The prices range from relatively inexpensive Bushmill's all the way to century PLUS old whiskey; astounding.

Food is about as Irish as you can get - potatoe and cabbage, blood sausage, corned beef, and any of a number of other features feel genuine. They're actually presented and cooked at almost a "fine dining" level, which out-strips many pubs in Dublin that I've been to! This is a fine establishment indeed, and the only real Irish Pub that I have EVER seen outside of Eire.

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Colosseum Pizza and Steak107 East 12th Street, North Vancouver
A touch of class, and THE best pizza.
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 5:26am [Dine in]

I'm surprised this place doesn't have more reviews; it's always busy, and almost everyone I talk to at my university has been here at least once, and enjoyed it.

This is REAL pizza, done the proper Italian way. Fantastic creations and toppings, designed by Italian owners who should know what they're doing. Whether it's a chicken pesto, or another Italian specialty (and to me unpronounceable name), you simply cannot be disappointed here; even the non-pizza fare is above average.

The atmosphere is surprising, given that it's a "pizza place"! Then again, perhaps not - this is proper, dare I say, "elegant", pizza - not some local corner grease-slop. They seem to want to have the decor (proper tablecloths, candles, oil paintings) to be sophisticated to match the sophistication of their pizza!

The only downsides? VERY expensive drinks (they charged me TEN dollars for a bloody Manhattan) and generally awful bartenders.

Still - if you want absolutely stupendous pizza that isn't the regular "hawaiian" etc. - go here!

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GM Restaurant20726 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
Hot Indian, the right way.
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 5:21am [Dine in]

This is proper Indian food. Haven taken my friend here, who lived in Singapore for many years (which has a massive Indian community), he declared it the most authentic Indian cuisine he's ever had outside of India and Singapore - high praise!

Such praise is evident too - there are awards on the wall from local papers, even the Province, Vancouver Sun, and (no joke) the New York Times!

Food is indeed special - a HUGE menu of both carniverous and vegetarian Indian food is available, always served fresh-made (no pre-made powders/pastes here) and with fresh-baked Naan bread to scoop up all of their sumptuous sauces. If you like it hot, ask for it "Indian hot", but you'd better have cast-iron stomach; it isn't so hot that you cannot taste the flavour (that would be pointless) but it will absolutely drive the unsuspecting up the wall. Fresh-made and baked Indian deserts are plainly presented in view under a glass casing; try them!

Service is (as has been noted before) relatively slow; I have no idea why - they usually have enough servers, but my best guess is that because everything is made 100% from scratch, it can take quite some time to prepare - after all, proper curries and such are not exactly as simple as a burger or sandwich.

The decor is the weakest point - it doesn't look very "ethnic" inside, chairs and tables are small and uncomfortable. Still - the food is what matters most, and it's fabulous - the best Indian food I've ever had outside of the Far-East myself, and I've travelled a lot!

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Bobby Sox 50's Diner22596 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
The 1950's LIVES!
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 5:15am [Dine in]

A 50's diner, through and through - right down to genuine, old-fashioned sodas.

The menu is exactly what you'd expect from a 50's diner, right down to sandwiches that most restaurants have never heard of, but used to be all the rage, decades ago. The food is always hot and well prepared, and allows you to quite literally taste a by-gone age.

The decor really makes the experience - it looks exactly as you would expect, postered with old Coke ads, portraits of James Dean and the like, old movies, and even proper red-vinyl booths.

I'm young myself, but taking my Dad here quite literally made him recall all sorts of memories from his youth that he had long forgotten, and the food made him smile; to me, that proves that this is a special place for those who want something different than your regular burger-barn.

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Pasparos Taverna132 W 3rd St, North Vancouver
Greek done *right*
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 5:07am [Dine in]

This is Greek done right; I've had a Greek girlfriend, I've been to Greece a few times. This tasted, looked, smelled, and *felt* like a number of the side-street tavernas I visited in Piraeus and Athens. For those thinking that "true" Greek is some sort of snobby cuisine that requires a ridiculous tab, you've got it wrong!

That said, this place isn't cheap; it's fine-dining, although not "high end" fine dining. Prices vary greatly, depending on the item ordered, though everything is quite worth it. Genuine Greek with no alterations is what you'll receive; keftedes (stuffed meat balls), dolmades (stuffied vine leaves), and roast leg of lamb so beautifully done you can literally "cut" it with a spoon are especially excellent.

Service is friendly (most of the servers I've ever had *are* actually Greek) and attentive, with recommendations and a superb wine list always ready.

This is an excellent restaurant to take a significant other to, if you want a fine ethnic dining experience, without absolutely breaking the bank; perhaps the best Greek restaurant in Vancouver.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
They don't make 'em like this anymore...
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 4:59am [Dine in]

A veritable Vancouver institution and tourist attraction, the highly aged Tomahawk looks and feels like a place out of time - highly anachronistic. Sitting down and browing the menu, taking in the decor, makes you feel like you have stepped sixty-odd years backwards.

Organic beef burgers of a myriad of sorts are the specialty, named after famous local native chiefs. 100% organic beef and fresh fixings make for some of the most unique and flavourful (not to mention large) burgers that you will ever find. Fantastic and HUGE breakfasts are also extremely plentiful and popular. This place even has its own coffee (quite good too)!

The ambience is really what creates the time-travel effect; old-style booths, various genuine native artifacts and artwork, some of it decades old, bedecks the walls. A highly visible glass-doored fridge none-too subtly presents fresh-baked goods, and the friendly and attentive staff is always giving you the sensation of being at a family member's.

I appreciate fine dining more than anything, but although this restaurant does not qualift as "fine" dining, it certainly is both special and unique.

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Saint St Grill2514 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Great food, odd ambience
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 4:49am [Dine in]

Fine dining? In Port Moody? Who'd have thought!

The Saint Street Grill is indeed a "Fine Dining" restaurant, and would be very much at home in downtown Yaletown, or West Vancouver. Classical European cuisine (usually of mixed origin, with a leaning towards French) is a year-round fixture, although the menu does change on occasion, as the seasons pass. The food is exquisite, as one would expect with the price of most entrees (30$ or more). The wine list is both extensive, and well chosen.

Service is good - often the same few individuals are servers, and repeat customers no doubt appreciate that. It can be a bit slow at times, but I think this is more intentional than due to neglect - this is a restaurant for a romantic or social meal, where the food accompanies a long night of talk and reminiscence - it is not a place one expects to be "in and out of" in under two hours.

The ambience is not altogether unpleasant, but it is a bit odd. It's quite dark, which is appropriate, but the decorations are an odd amalgamation of art-deco and historic European appointments (even tapestries, when last I was there).

All in all, an excellent dining experience, and even a bit cheaper than comparable establishments in downtown Vancouver (no doubt due to having a lower rent bill!). Sincerely recommended. And to the individual quibbling over the wine glasses - good food is good food, what it is served in or on enhances nothing!

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X-Site Grill and Bistro4625 Hastings St., Burnaby
A university student's best friend...
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 4:42am [Dine in]

As a fourth-year university student (and an unemployed one at that), I perhaps appreciate the value of a dollar more than many others. This restaurant reminds me that there are establishments out there that do not seek to eviscerate one's wallet whenever possible.

The food is copious - well-roasted and flavourful potatoes (how did someone find these dull?) are always on the side, with a salad. Fresh burgers, steaks, appetizers, and large dinner-size salads abound, all grilled up quite quickly in plain view. To those that complain about no fries - your waist-line probably with thank you later, and these potatoes they serve make a nice change from the regular "do you want fries with that" restaurant.

Atmosphere is excellent - art-deco metal wall-sculptures, brass-topped tables, and a dark and relaxing atmosphere - the best kind of ambience after a long day of staring at textbooks. Servers are friendy, and reasonably attendant, but there are usually very few, meaning that if the tables are fairly full, you may end up waiting quite awhile to be waited upon.

Last, but certainly not least, the price; wow. This is the best food for this kind of pricing (everything under 10$) that I have ever heard of - most others seem to agree on this too. If you're paying under ten dollars for a generous portion of steak, potatoes, and salad - BE THANKFUL! I cannot think of another restaurant that serves this quality/quantity of food for such a reasonable price.

I heartily recommend this place to my fellow students, or anyone who wants a casual dining experience that is a unique amalgamation of value and quality. Don't expect the world, but do expect a good time.

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Marina Grill1653 Columbia St., North Vancouver
Well worth a trip
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 4:35am [Dine in]

The Marina Grill is a North Vancouver fixture, situated just beneath the Ironworker's Memorial Bridge. The out-of-the-way location tends to mean that "outsiders" never really find it, but the regular clientele ensures that that matters little.

The food is excellent - brunches are inexpensive and the selection is large, the main menu's are diverse as well - a fairly comprehensive "surf and turf" menu, with fresh seafood daily. I have never had to send anything back, and I am indeed someone who is willing to do that if I do not receive what I ordered.

The ambience really does make the place - the inside is very maritime, with pictures of sailing ships, marine green paint, and olden-times wooden chairs and tables. The view from the windows is fantastic, and the outside balcony is expansive and almost always full on a summer evening.

The only downside is the service - servers are friendly and helpful, but service is very slow - expect to wait longer than one would expect for a meal, but not so long that you'll want to get up and leave! It is worth the wait however, and the prices make said wait even more worthy.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Well worth it
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 4:30am [Dine in]

I've travelled a fair bit, and seen my share of steakhouses - this has to be one of the best.

The criticism's others have noted have never been present at any of the occasions on which I visited Gotham; food quality was magnificent, drinks superbly mixed, the servers helpful and attendant.

I was actually feeling adventurous one evening, after a rigourous trip to the gym, and ordered a very large cut of meat that wasn't even on the menu - they willingly cut me a special piece, and didn't even add on a gigantic fee for it. It was cooked precisely as I asked, and I have never met a steak since that has surpassed it.

The ambiance is fantastic - very much "Gotham" - old-style New York, to a tee. Very high ceilings, very dark and atmospheric - you really would think you were back in the heyday of the Big Apple.

The only complain, unsurprisingly, is the price - if you come here, expect to pay the figurative arm and a leg. I think some complaints listed below come from people unaccustomed to attending "elite" restaurants, and who came in with entirely too much expectation.

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