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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)

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Displaying 201 - 220 of 675 Reviews Found
Cafe Taza355 Burrard Street, Vancouver
disappointing
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

I was in the DT and looking for a coffee when I spotted this place. I always liked the Marine Building, so I decided to give it a try. The ambiance was nice enough (it is a coffee shop), and it looked reasonably clean. The counter server seemed to be just standing around, and when I finally got her attention she seemed almost reluctant to take my order. Okay I thought, if I was you I would be unhappy too. I ordered a cafe mocha, and after a couple of minutes it was ready. I was surprised to see a 25 cent service charge tacked onto my bill, but I guess they needed the extra money. It would have been nice if some explanation was offered, even if it was just a sign by the till.

The coffee was a disappointment. It was watery and had little flavor. Plus there was neither foam nor cream on it. It was about as bad as vending machine java. With such ferocious competition in the area among coffee sellers, I was surprised at the poor showing here.

Can't recommend.

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Bowl of Stars3608 Kingsway, Vancouver
unexpected surprise
Submitted Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were cruising along Kingsway in search of chow when we spotted this place. It looked very new, so we scampered in to try our luck. The place was very spacious inside and as we suspected it was newly opened. Everything was clean and shiny.

We were seated and had menus in our hands at once. There were plenty of choices, and I went for a coconut BBT and a curry with beef and prawn, while my favorite dinner companion had noodles with fish balls and tofu. We started with a couple of appetizers: cucumber with chili/garlic and vinegar, and bean sprouts and cabbage with peanut/garlic. The appys were terrific, and the curry was very tasty. The noodles were also reported to be fine. What really impressed me was the presentation. You could see that a lot of thought went into it. Service was great throughout the meal, and everything got to the table fast. The price was also quite reasonable.

Overall a very positive experience.

Recommended.

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Northlands Bar & Grill3400 Anne MacDonald Way, North Vancouver
buffet bliss
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I went with some friends to try the breakfast at the Northlands golf course, and we were pleased to find they have a Sunday buffet from 10-2. We scampered in and got ready to feast. The ambiance was very nice, including the w/c. There was a fantastic view over the golf course with Vancouver in the distance. Service was excellent, and the server kept appearing to do quality checks and top up our beverages.

The food was on the patio adjacent to the dining room, which was both covered and heated, so no worries about the weather. There was a cook there to serve the roast beef and to run the omelet station. He also described the food items in mouth-watering detail. There was a huge variety of entrees available, with juices, pastries, and other delights. I had eggs Benedict, waffles, sausage, bacon, chicken cacciatore, some sort of beef with vegetables in tomato sauce, rice, pasta with Alfredo sauce and cheese, homefries, prime rib, and of course pastries, juice and coffee. All were excellent, but I only had room for a nibble of each since I wanted to try everything. I didn't sample the cereal, the fish, or the omelets, but I was told they were great. All this for $16.95! (NB: coffee costs extra).

We left full to bursting and determined to come back as soon as we can. I might also try the golf...

Recommended!

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Peanut's Bubble tea8260 Westminster Hwy., Unit 2130, Richmond
BBT
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

I was in the Public Market looking for BBT when I saw this place. It is on the second floor of the market, and they have lots of competition. I noticed they make che lung bing, which is a sort of pastry with red bean inside. This place actually has 6 different kinds of fillings available. I was here for BBT though.

The kiosk was clean and the server was very friendly. They had lots of choices and I decided on a strawberry milk tea with jelly. It was super cheap at 3 bucks. As for flavor, it was a little weak, but hey it cost 3 bucks. Can't complain about that.

Next time I will sample the che lung bing.

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Imperial Court Restaurant6360 No. 3 Road, Unit 6, Richmond
dim-sum
Submitted Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

Mr. C and I were meeting friends for dim-sum, and this was the restaurant of choice. I went here in the past but hadn't visited in a while. This place is tucked away in a strip mall in the dark heart of Richmond, and is next to a decent bakery among other things. Parking is generally an issue, but sometime you get lucky.

The restaurant once had pretensions of fanciness, but sad to say it is looking a bit run down these days. I found it to be rather dirty and cluttered. The w/c needed a good scrub, too. We got decent service and our orders arrived promptly, so that was a plus. They use the traditional paper ordering system for dim-sum, and there were lots of choices. We had the usual suspects: siu mai, har gow, steamed chasiubow, chasiuso, pig knuckle with ginger, fung zhao, rice rolls with shrimp or pork, congee, and similar stuff. All the food was competently prepared but nothing special.

As for price, it was a little more expensive that I am used to, but a friend was buying this time so I guess I was okay with that ;)

There are lots of better places so I probably won't return.

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Ricky's200 Burrard Street, Unit 23, Vancouver
underground dining
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were downtown and craving some dinner, when we decided to try Ricky's. This location is in the subterranean mall at Burrard and Cordova. The ambiance was diner retro and very clean and the server seemed really friendly. It was a little unnerving eating in the giant mall cavern, but the restaurant looks like a regular Ricky's location inside, so my unease wore off quickly.

This location had a scaled-down version of the regular Ricky's menu but there were still lots of choices. I had the double burger with rings, and my beloved dining companion had an egg muffin with hashbrowns. All the food was very tasty, and I found my meal was particularly satisfying. Plus it was cheap. If I had any complaint it was that the w/c was too far from the restaurant.

I'll be back soon!

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Station Express Cafe601 West Cordova Street, #29A, Vancouver
cuppa joe
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

I was dashing through the station and realized I missed my Seabus. Suddenly I had time to linger. There are lots of shops in the station but I hadn't noticed this one before. The cafe is located next to a juice bar and opposite the lotto kiosk. The inside was welcoming and had places to sit and enjoy a beverage in the nicely appointed lounging area. The display cabinet had lots of bakery and sandwich choices.

I opted for a cafe mocha and a shortbread cookie. The server was friendly and prepared an excellent brew exactly the way I asked. The cookie was melt in the mouth good. Plus it wasn't too expensive.

All of a sudden missing my Seabus seemed like a good thing.

I'll be back.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
the view was okay
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I had a coupon for this place and decided to check it out. The restaurant is in the hotel at GI and it was easy to find. The restaurant itself was clean and reminded me of a typical family dining place, but the w/c was horrific. I liked the view of False Creek from the front of the dining area, and as it turned out we had plenty of time to enjoy it.

Our server was mind-shatteringly slow, and seemed to revel in his sluggishness. We waited for menus, for our orders to be taken, for our food, and finally for the bill. Since the place was not very full on a rainy Saturday afternoon there was just no excuse.

The food was decent enough, but way too expensive for what we got. I had a chowder which looked and tasted like Chunky Soup, a bison burger that was nothing special, and my beloved dining partner had a salmon pizza which was okay. At least we had a coupon to reduce the cost to something approaching the value of the meal...

Will I be back? No. I'm sure they get enough tourists to keep the doors open.

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Neighbourhood Noodle House1352 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
very local
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving some takeout so we headed to NNH. We've eaten here before, and while it isn't gourmet, the food is okay. This place is not a good spot if you are trying to impress anyone, but if you want basic fare it is a good place to be.

The restaurant was clean but it could use some decent decorating. Service was good, although the server's accent might be a bit of a challenge for some. Since we were taking out, they offered us tea while we waited. That was nice. We had chicken with bitter melon on rice and a sushi platter that featured Cali roll, dynamite roll, and salmon and tuna maki. All the food was competently prepared, but I think the chicken dish was better than the sushi. Very home-style.

This place is a good local eatery, and the price is reasonable. And yes, some Chinese people eat there...

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Pita Fresh757 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
lambpita
Submitted Friday, October 31, 2008 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

I was with a colleague and we were craving some informal dining when we spotted this place. It is in a food court, but it looked like they had decent food. The place was clean which is important, and the service was great, but the food court was super-loud so ambiance was not fabulous.

We both had the lamb Kefta wrap, which was a generously sized pita wrap with lamb kefta and some veggies. It was a super deal for 8 bucks and it had the advantages of being both tasty and portable.

I'll be back.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
back for more
Submitted Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

I went back to SW for a business lunch and it was a delicious experience. I haven't been there for over 1 1/2 years, and I was pleased to see the place hasn't changed much. It was a little less crowded than last time, and I don't know if they had the cafe setup in the front before. I started with seating in the nice cafe area and when my guest arrived we sauntered into the upper floor dining area. Service was terrific from the get go, and I liked the fact that the server managed to find me with my order after I changed seats.

I had a daily special pizza and my companion had a works burger. Both were tasty and not too pricey for downtown, and the beer special was quite cheap too.

Ambiance was nice and I liked the fact that I could actually carry on a conversation without shouting. Everything was clean including the w/c.

I should come here more often.

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Earls3850 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
burger and bellini
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out shopping for Halloween stuff when we spotted this Earl's location. As a previous reviewer remarked, it is hard to find the parking area, which is in back. Once we solved that problem we were on our way. The patio was nice with two fireplaces and decent lighting, but none of the tables were set up so we scampered inside. The restaurant was huge, with one third designated as a sports bar with big TV's etc., and the rest of the place decked out like a banquet hall. Lots of dark wood and fake French early 20th century advertising posters. Everything was clean including the w/c.

Since it was Bellini night we each had one of those, and I had a bacon cheeseburger while my beloved dining companion ordered a chicken market salad. Both were just fine, although I was disappointed that yam fries were not available. Our server was quite friendly and once we were served came back for not less than two quality checks. That was a pleasant surprise.

All in all a decent meal.

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
they don't care
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang plus a couple of extra guests were on the Drive to see the Parade of the Lost Souls and to eat. We originally went to a Carthaginian place but it was so disgusting we immediately left. Deciding to stay with the African theme, we tried Harambe. The restaurant was plain inside but clean and welcoming. There was also live music which was a nice touch. Since we had a large group, we had to wait at the bar while they moved tables around. The friendly manager asked if we wanted a drink, and I replied that I wanted to try whatever the house specialty was. He immediately produced a jug of Tej which is a wine made from honey and hops. I've had tej before and I noticed that it was mixed with mango juice. Seemed like a good combo, so our group went with that. It was quite tasty.

When we were seated we decided to go for the chef combo platter. It was a big platter with bits of lamb, chicken, lentils, spinach and some other things on a carpet of spongy Injera bread that looked like a Dutch pancake. We also got little rolls of the same spongy stuff so we could pick up the lumps of food. I found the food to be somewhat underwhelming. It was an interesting concept, but the flavor just wasn't there, and the presentation was terrible. It was served as a kind of a sticky mess all smashed together. It looked like the cooks weren't really interested in making a decent effort. Real Ethiopian food has a bit of style.

Once the manager left the scene, service was truly awful. The server basically ignored us, and when we did corner her and ask for water, side plates, a spoon, etc., she would nod and disappear, and not bother to bring what we asked for. On one trip to the w/c (which was reasonably clean) I spotted our server gossiping with her friend by the kitchen. I guess it would be too much of an effort for her to actually do her job.

Overall a mixed experience. The bottom line is that if they don't bother to make an effort, I see no reason to give them more of my money.

Can't recommend.

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Hamaei Japanese Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #620, North Vancouver
meh
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

This place is nestled in a corner of a shopping mall, so my expectations were not high going in. The restaurant itself is somewhat crowded, and could be a little cleaner. As previous reviewers remarked, the staff are mostly Japanese, and the servers wear peach-colored kimonos, etc. Service was fine throughout the meal, and no issues there.

Food-wise, the selection was a little narrow, and the combos are quite pricey for what you get. Still, the food was okay, and the sushi I had was acceptable. I saw mostly Caucasians eating there, but I have no doubt that the Japanese homestay students in the neighborhood would come if they could afford it.

With so many better choices out there I won't be back.

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Aria Pizza & Donair112 West 12th Avenue, North Vancouver
a cut above
Submitted Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving some food to enjoy in front of the TV and we decided to give this place a try. It is in the Westview Mall on the same side as the gas station and sushi place. The interior had plenty of signage, and it was very clean. The service was quite good, and the staff was extremely friendly. I really felt like they valued my business.

There was a huge selection of pizzas, calzones, donairs, ribs, lasagna and some middle eastern dishes. I went with a large pizza and some honey garlic wings. It was a little pricier than I expected, but this is North Van.

The pizza turned out to be on a whole wheat crust which was an unexpected bonus. It was very flavorful, and the crust had an excellent texture. The toppings were also terrific, and I liked the fact that they put a vast amount of cheese on the pizza. The wings were big and juicy, and well prepared. They came with a side of dipping sauce, but it was really unnecessary. They tasted great.

All in all it was way better than expected, and I plan a return visit soon.

Recommended.

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Tim Hortons935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
at least try!
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 9:54am [Dine in]

I wanted to add my voice to the chorus of outrage about the deplorable service at Timmy Ho's. I frequent the NV locations, particularly the one at Cap Mall because I shop in the area. This location is typical of Timmy's. It is reasonably clean, has a decent menu of reasonably priced stuff (when they haven't run out), and it is always crowded. The downside is the service. It is incredibly bad. My most recent visit was last Sunday with some friends. We each ordered different things, Steeped tea and a cookie for me, a tea and muffin for the much loved Mrs. C, chowder and a bun for one of our companions with coffee, and a coffee and doughnut for the fourth in our gang. Incredibly ALL the orders were screwed up in some way. I got the wrong flavored cookie, one in our group received a sandwich instead of a bun (I still wonder about the person who actually ordered the sandwich), the coffee orders were wrong, my tea had cream instead of milk, and Mrs. C's tea was without sugar.

IMHO, the only way to go so terribly wrong is to be deliberately malicious. In the past I have complained to the staff about the mixups, but now I have decided to vote with my feet.

Suddenly S-Bucks is looking a lot better...

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Transylvanian Traditions1111 Davie Street, Vancouver
good cakes
Submitted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

I went to this place based on the strong review from the previous esteemed writer. The bakery has a small seating area inside and there is a shared patio in front. I found it to be clean and the owner (who comes from Romania) was very friendly. I had a variety of cakes including the chocolate rum cake, hazelnut (also with rum), coconut peach cake and a chocolate eclair. All were delicious and I was fortunate that I could share them with Mrs. C and some friends. I don't think I could eat here regularly, because the cakes are a little too rich for my taste, but for a decadent treat I would consider this place again. Plus it wasn't too expensive considering the portion sizes.

Recommended.

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Pine Sushi935 Marine Drive, Unit 18, North Vancouver
not the best
Submitted Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

I was in Cap Mall and craving a snack when I spotted this place. They have a selection of Korean food and sushi. Since I was just getting some fast fuel, I ordered a Cali roll to go. They had a sushi chef there ready to rumble, but instead I got a pre-made roll in a plastic box. The counter guy seemed new, but he managed to take my money without incident. Ambiance was food court, but I have to say the place was not super-clean.

As for the sushi, it was warm and tasted a bit off. Plus it was too expensive. I won't be back.

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Heaven's Angels4326 Main Street, Vancouver
friendly
Submitted Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

Our dinner gang was craving dessert after a satisfying meal and a brisk walk, when we spotted this place. The shop was very old fashioned looking and had a decent ambiance, and the server was quite friendly and offered a little banter with dessert.

I had a raspberry cheesecake gelato that was both light and flavorful, and my companions had mango, coffee, and tiramisu flavors. One of our group had a tasty cafe mocha. All the desserts were flavorful, and the price was good. Plus there was plenty of comfortable seating.

A good choice.

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better than it looks
Submitted Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took the usual dinner gang out for Shanghainese food, and this place certainly delivered. The restaurant didn't look like much, and it was not exactly posh, but it was clean, including the w/c. The menu was quite extensive and it took a long time to decide on our order. The staff seemed friendly and efficient, and our server helped us choose some of their signature dishes.

We ordered a variety of dishes including about 3 different kinds of Shanghai dumplings, Shanghai noodles (of course) kung pao prawns, mu shu pork, eggplant with garlic, eel with bean sprouts, steamed bread, and sticky rice with dried pork. All the food was very tasty and hot when it arrived. The portion sizes were big, and the price was cheap for what you got. By the end of the meal we were stuffed full of good food and filled with contentment.

We will be back soon!

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