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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
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3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Caffe de Medici1025 Robson St, 109, Vancouver
coasting to a stop
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

I have to agree with the previous reviewers that this place is just not worth it. I always wanted to try CdM, and since closing was imminent I decided to take the plunge. As usual, Mrs. C joined me.

The restaurant was not very impressive inside but it looked like it might have been nice once. I heard they made good food though, so I sat down and looked at the menu. I ordered some decent house wine, and as the server tried to explain what the specials were I realized I could not understand a word she was saying. Sensing my confusion, she fled, and was soon replaced by another server. I ordered the clam and mussel appetizer and the seafood linguine. My beloved dining companion had a house salad and the farfalle (bow-tie) pasta with a rose fish sauce. All the food was good enough for an Olive Garden, but not really worth the huge prices here. About halfway through my meal I decided to check out the w/c. It was a horror show.

I noticed that after we had ordered, we got a Chinese server for the rest of our meal. Her English was comprehensible but she seemed to be in a hurry to slap plates and cutlery down and grab them away. Not the kind of old world European hospitality I was expecting. That was disappointing.

I'm glad I tried this place once, but I will not miss it once it is gone. I hear the owners are concentrating on their chain of T5 cafes. I wish them luck. They seem to have given up here...

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Cafe Crepe1032 Robson St, Vancouver
who cares
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

I was with Mrs. C and looking for dessert after an unfortunate experience earlier in the evening when I spotted CC. I remembered that they had a takeout window and decided to give it a try. The workers here seemed to be unhappy in their jobs. There were 3 or 4 of them gossiping and ignoring the customers.

As for the ambiance, I could see stuff on the floor that had not been picked up, and the place just looked untidy generally. I went with a chestnut crepe despite my misgivings. I expected to see a new crepe being born, but no, the counter guy just pulled a pre-made one from a bin and slapped some chestnut paste on it. A couple of flips with a very dirty knife and it was tossed into a paper bag and handed to me with a grunt.

As for flavor, I used to live in Paris so I knew this crepe wasn't going to compare, but they managed to fall short of my already diminished expectations. I got a cold crepe with a tasteless gooey paste on parts of it. I left feeling very ripped off.

They won't see me again.

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XI XI Tea House1020 Howe Street, Vancouver
disgusting
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

I went with Mrs. C to have some bubble tea downtown, and she recommended that we try this place because she always walks by during the daytime and it seemed okay then. The place was not very clean inside, and I saw an obviously mainland Chinese man and his very pregnant companion sleeping in a corner when I arrived. My first thought was "I sure hope the owners get rid of these homeless people".

Suddenly the fellow who was napping gets up and jams a finger from one hand deep into his ear and gets behind the counter. Then he starts rubbing his face. I was ready to flee, but Mrs. C decided to take the plunge and get a BBT. She went with coconut, paid cash, and I waited thinking that this guy will wash his hands at some point. Nope, no Foodsafe here. He continued to scratch around his obviously unclean self while the machine whirred away. I noticed that he was wearing some pretty filthy street clothes, and his partner had resumed her nap in the corner.

Mrs. C never got a chance to drink her BBT, because I threw it in the trash. I was not going to risk her catching anything.

They should be ashamed.

Strongly NOT recommended.

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Mink Chocolates Cafe863 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
chocolicious
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:39am [Dine in]

I wanted to get a pick-me-up for a colleague who was fighting a cold, and so I ventured into Mink for something hot chocolaty. They place was nice inside, and the server/manager was eager to tell me about all the tasty treats they had in the store. By the time he finished talking, I decided to get a second drink for myself. I noticed that they have a good selection of chocolates and chocolaty drinks, but they also do Belgian waffles and coffees.

I had planned on savoring my hot chocolate, but it was so good I gulped it down despite the scalding temperature. It was great. Normally I would balk at a 5 dollar cup of anything, but I could taste where my money went.

I will be back for some waffle action next time.

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Krispy Kreme7153 120 St, Delta
never look back
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

I have to agree with the previous esteemed reviewer that this place is going downhill. I recently went to KK because I was in the area and because I remembered how great it was when I first tried their doughnuts a week after the store opened. The place still looked the same, but the crowds were gone, and I could park right in front. The staff still wore the signature hats, but underneath there was obvious despair. Service was good though since I was the only customer there.

As for the doughnuts, the KK's of memory didn't match up to the expensive little morsel I got. Plus they were WAY too sweet. I had a regular glazed, but didn't finish it.

I won't be back.

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
discount pasta
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were inspired by the previous esteemed reviewer and decided to give this place a try along with a couple of friends. The restaurant was nice enough but the tables were jammed together and it was a little too crowded for my taste. Despite the congestion everything was clean including the w/c.

Service was a bit slow, but our server tried valiantly to keep up with the traffic, much to her credit. I was surprised when I advised another server that we were ready to order and he rudely declared it was not his table and then scampered away.

As for the food, I had the Bolognese with meatballs, and my beloved had the Sicilian, also with meatballs. Our guests had Alfredo and di Frinzi. All were okay but nothing spectacular. Oddly, some of my pasta was al dente and some was mushy. The bread was quite nice, as was the house red wine that we had, although the wine was rather pricey. The only real downside was that there was an insect in Mrs. C's cola, but the server comped us and seemed genuinely distressed. Of course so was Mrs. C, since she had finished half the beverage...

As for value, half price pasta was a good deal, but the meatballs were full price, as was everything else. I think the regular prices are a little steep for what you get, but on cheap Tuesdays it works out okay.

Not sure if I would return.

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Caffe Artigiano1101 W Pender Street, Vancouver
but its just a coffee shop
Submitted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I went to CA for a quick bite and a coffee. The place is nice inside, and the assembly line processes customers in a reasonable amount of time. The foam girl at the end who does the designs was a nice added feature. As for value, it isn't quite there. Autostrada panino, 9 bucks. Cafe mocha, almost 5 bucks. 14 dollars for coffee and a sandwich, priceless!

The food and drink were okay, but is it twice as good as Timmy Ho's? It would have to be to justify the price. IMHO, it does not.

Not for the value conscious.

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
very good
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C mentioned that it was almost Mid-Autumn Festival (Chinese Thanksgiving), so of course we craved to have Indian food. We have been meaning to try IF for a while now, and it was nearby.

The restaurant was nicely decorated and very clean. We got seated right away by the friendly server, and since we had looked at the online menu we knew what to have. I had butter chicken, and my favorite dinner companion had chicken vindaloo. We accompanied them with naan bread and basmati rice. The rice was good and the naan bread was big, tasty, and piping hot. As for the butter chicken, it was tangy and had a nice creamy/spicy flavor. The vindaloo was even better, with just the right amount of garlic and a spicy kick. As a previous reviewer mentioned, they seem to use tandoori chicken in the dishes. Worked for me.

Service was great, with the waiter keeping our glasses full and the owner doing quality checks. This was the best Indian food we have had in ages, and I wanted to hug the owner in gratitude. Luckily Mrs. C was there to restrain me.

Recommended!

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Sushi Katsu1857-1861 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
nice new place
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is on the site of the former Incogneato. Lonsdale has lots of sushi joints, but this new place is one of the larger ones. Since I always like to eat at new places, I decided to give it a try. The restaurant itself was nice and clean including the w/c, but we noticed some guys taking measurements inside, so I think they may be about to do some renovations.

When the friendly manager seated us she looked vaguely familiar. After a bit of conversation, she explained that she used to own a nearby restaurant but sold out and opened this place.

The menu has Japanese and Chinese dishes. After some deliberation I decided on ma po tofu on rice and a side of teriyaki beef roll. My beloved dining companion had a bento box with sushi, gyoza, beef teriyaki, tempura and salad. Service was good, and our teacups were kept full. All the food was tasty if not outstanding, and the price was right. We ate heartily for 18 bucks total. A good local spot for a quick meal.

I'll be back.

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Karasu Sushi House1207 W. 16th St., North Vancouver
great sushi
Submitted Friday, September 12, 2008 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

Forget the pricey sushi joints in the DT, North Van has a new champion. This unassuming place is behind McD's in a strip mall off Pemberton. The restaurant itself is very small but it is clean and cozy. The owner/chef Karasu is real Japanese sushi chef. I kept wondering what he was doing in this nondescript eatery.

I had a party tray with smoked salmon roll, Cali roll, tuna roll, and a few maki sushi rolls. All were excellent. I was told that they only use top ingredients in the sushi, and you can tell. It was awesome! The price was right too, and the chef was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Karasu means blackbird or crow in Japanese, so I am guessing that it is the surname not a descriptive name. I think that the customers will flock to this hidden gem of a restaurant once they discover how great it is.

Highly Recommended!

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Morning Star Bubble Tea998 Harbourside Drive, #104, North Vancouver
nice place
Submitted Friday, September 12, 2008 - 7:50pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for BBT, and she suggested this place. It is tucked away behind the McD monolith in a strip mall. The restaurant is nice and clean and there is ample seating. They do bubble tea (they even have matcha-flavored), and they have a food menu with a variety of home-style Taiwanese favorites. This time we had a coconut BBT with jelly. It was well prepared and tasty, and cheap at $3.50 including tax. Service was great, and they have an English menu, in case you can't read the Chinese signage. A good basic place to eat.

I will be back for some of the food next time. Maybe the Ma Po Tofu.

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Pizza Factory730 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
cheap pizza
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

I tried this place based on the super cheap prices. It was clean enough inside, and the owner/cook was friendly and told me about the specials. I went with a 3 topping large and a 2 litre soda for just over 15 bucks with tax. The pizza was ready in 10 minutes, which by my reckoning is quite fast. It was a great deal, but as previous reviewers have remarked, it is cheap pizza. Nothing wrong with it per se, but deluxe it ain't. I can say that it is a lot better than a frozen supermarket pie, and did I mention the price?

If you want inexpensive gut fill, this is the place.

Recommended for bargain hunting chow hounds.

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Jugo Juice601 West Cordova, #40, Vancouver
juicy
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

I was looking for bubble tea, but finding none within walking distance of Canada Place, I settled for a nice healthy fruit smoothie. This place is in "The Station", otherwise known as the Skytrain/Seabus/West Coast Express station. The juice bar was clean and nicer than the surrounding transit terminus. The server seemed to know about the products and gave me the rundown. Plus I got my drink fast, which is good for when you are in a hurry. The downside? $5.72 for a smoothie. Ayuh! Ho gwai!

I ordered an IntelliMelon, which had cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, ginger, and some other stuff. It tasted great and wasn't lumpy. A nice change from the usual beverages.

I might be back if I can't get something cheaper nearby...

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Denny's2050 Marine Dr., North Vancouver
not my idea
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C craved a real Canadian 'breakfast for dinner' meal and asked me to take her to Denny's. I am not a big fan of the chain, but I agreed to go since (1) I was hungry too, and (2) the two most important words in a successful marriage are "Yes, dear".

This location has had an upgrade sometime during the decade since I last visited. It was clean enough, but there was a musty smell. Our server was very attentive and kept asking us if we wanted to move to a different table. Not sure why.

I figured if I was going to punish my body I might as well go wholesale. I ordered smothered fries and chicken fried steak with onion rings. Mrs. C went with a Mexican skillet breakfast. It came with tortillas. So much for a Canadian meal.

The food was okay for what it was, and nothing out of the ordinary for this sort of place. I think that is the point, really. Vancouver has lots of great places to eat, and I ended up here.

Well at least my beloved dining partner enjoyed it. I just kept thinking that I will pay for all these unhealthy meals in about 20 years...

At least it didn't cost much money.

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Japolo Sushi3355 North Rd, #218, Burnaby
good sushi here
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang decided to try this place based a whim. We were not disappointed. It is somewhat spartan inside, but everything was clean including the w/c. They had the big TV's tuned into a boxing match, which was popular with some of the customers. Service was terrific, and there were frequent tea top ups and quality checks.

The menu was pretty expansive, and they had Japanese and Vietnamese favorites. We had a selection of sushi, sashimi, tempura, and a big pot of sukiyaki. All were quite good, and we enjoyed all the food. Of particular note was the sukiyaki and the fried squid. Next time we will try some of the other menu items.

The price was right and at the end of the meal we all were full and content. Worth a try.

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Cumpari Gelato & Caffe535 North Road, Coquitlam
pricey
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

A group of us were seeking gelato when we spotted CGCI. It looked very fancy inside with nice ambiance. We were also impressed by the friendly staff, who helped us decide on just the right gelato flavor. After some deliberation I tried the banana split flavor, and the rest of the group tried green tea, coconut, chocolate, and pistachio. All the gelato was very tasty. The downside? It was ridiculously expensive. One little scoop for $4.50? In Coquitlam? The cake was $7.50 a slice, so by comparison the gelato looked like a bargain.

One insightful member of our gang suggested that this was the sort of place you would go to impress a date. That sounded about right. As for me, I found it to be too expensive.

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Mui Garden Restaurant5797 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
comfort food
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving lunch and we decided to try this MG location. The ambiance is like the others in the chain, except this one is the cleanest, including the w/c. The service was as good as at other MG's. I had the usual beef brisket curry w/rice, which was excellent. Mrs. C. had duck with noodle soup. Also thumbs up. We also had BBT: coconut milk tea and mango green tea. Both were just right.

Portion sizes were great, and the price was right. This place isn't fancy, but if you want to eat and feel happy afterward, try it.

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Church's Chicken1210 Marine Drive, Unit 210, North Vancouver
not fast
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

I decided to treat Mrs. C to some tasty chicken and so I headed to CC for some deep fried foods. This CC was clean enough and it had a small dining area that didn't look very comfortable, but I came for some fast take-away.

The server was friendly, but service was awful. Why? They made me (and a few others) wait 20 minutes for chicken. Apparently they hadn't cooked anything, even though it was 6:30 pm. What's up with that? They didn't offer any explanation. After an interminable wait, almost everyone got some food. The rest had left. So much for being a quick serve restaurant.

The chicken itself was tasty and not too salty like KFC. I also tried some crab screamers (or whatever they were called). They were not so great.

Will I be back? No. I don't need the aggravation.

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Infuze Tea House870 W Cordova St, Vancouver
more than matcha
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

I was lured in here by a colleague from work who praised the matcha latte. I needed a boost on a long Friday afternoon, so in I went. The place looked very cool (and clean) inside, and the service was top notch.

I decided to be "Mr. Contrary" and went for the Masala chai. It was awesome. Frothy and flavorful, with just the right amount of burn. The flavor was full, not overwhelming.

If I had one gripe it was that the large-size cost almost 5 bucks. Okay, so that is not out of line for downtown, but still it seemed like a bit of a rip. It is just a cup of tea after all.

Try it if you have extra cash...

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Honto Sushi4500 Kingsway, Unit 1698, Burnaby
good n' cheap
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 9:49am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were at the CM getting my phone fixed when we spotted this place. I wanted to try HS on previous visits, but I always seemed to get distracted by the nearby computer shops.

The restaurant was not fancy with basic decoration, and everything was reasonably clean including the w/c. The servers/owners seemed friendly enough, and they were helpful in recommending the daily specials. Since they were getting ready to close and they were only doing takeout, they offered us free extra miso soup with our order. That was nice.

The food was good. We had combos (daily special for me and the California combo for my lovely dinner companion) plus an eel roll since I always crave BBQ eel. I was surprised that such an unassuming place could make sushi at his level of tastiness. Plus it was ridiculously cheap.

We were happy with our meal and plan a return visit soon.

Recommended.

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