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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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Beard Papa's4151 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 3160, Richmond
big ball o' cream
Submitted Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

I finally tried BP and I have to say I have mixed feelings. The lineup was horrendous, and so the service was not exactly fantastic. Since it is in a noisy food court, I can't say much for ambience. The actual cream puff was not what I expected. It was tasty shell with a light dusting of powdered sugar and filled with a huge gob of cream. A little overwhelming for me. My favourite flavour is vanilla, but I ended up giving most of the filling to Mrs. C, who seemed to inspire all manner of double entendres (most of which I kept to myself) as I shared the cream pudding with her.

My heart is still pounding from the sugar rush, so be ready.

Recommended if this is your taste.

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Cucumber Cafe10211 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond
Smooth
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I spotted the Cucumber while in Richmond, and we decided to give this new place a try. It looked nice outside, and inside had a sort of 70's retro decor. We were seated by a pleasant server and studied the menus. We settled on a smoothie and mushroom burger for me, and a smoothie and fish&chips for my beloved.

The smoothies were quite smooth, and a good alternative to the usual beverages. My mushroom burger was interesting, and I liked the fried pepper that was included. The F&C was a huge portion. The batter had a unique flavour and was not greasy. The fries were fresh and hot.

The service was attentive but a little slow. The place was mostly clean, but I noticed some stains on the upholstery, and the w/c was not clean at all. They could improve that.

Overall, a decent experience and a nice change from the usual.

Recommended.

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Kyle's Cafe2627 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Diner on the Drive
Submitted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:03am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out cruising for food and we spotted Kyle's. We took a chance and tried it out. We were seated at once by a smiling Mrs. Kyle and tried to choose between Chinese and Western food. The menu has separate sections for both.

We decided on a Denver sandwich and fries for me, and a "house special" (ham/bacon/sausage cheese and mushroom) omelette with home fries and toast for my beloved dinner companion. Both were great and the portions were generous.

The ambience was clean and dineresque, and the service was quite good. This place served up some unpretentious and satisfying food and we ate like kings for less than 15 bucks, including coffee.

A good meal. Recommended.

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Pine House Bakery2462 Hastings Street East, Vancouver
Black Forest Cake
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

I like the Pine House for several reasons:
-Lots of locations;
-Good selection of cakes and buns;
-Cake slices cost a buck.

I usually get Black Forest cake since it is the best in town. I also like many of the other items they sell including the curry beef puffs, tasty egg tarts, and their big selection of other buns and cakes. This location has friendly staff, and it is always very clean. I eat a lot of Chinese bakery (maybe too much) and these folks do it right.

Recommended.

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Kabuli Grill935 Marine Drive (capilano mall), North Vancouver
Better than food court food should be
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Cap Mall and we were craving some snackage. I spotted Kabuli and we decided to share a triple combo. Let's face it, we were in a food court so our expectations were not high.

We had a combo of BBQ beef, beef curry, and fenugreek mushrooms (sauteed mushrooms in a yellow sauce) all on basmati rice for 6 bucks. We also got a very nice and tender naan bread for a buck more. The kiosk looked appealing and hygenic (it is a franchise joint) and the servers were helpful and offered us an extra plate, etc. That was good to see.

The food was incredible considering the location, and much better than you can get at most Indian places on the North Shore. Normally I treat mall food as fuel but this was good! They have other choices on the menu, so we will be back for more.

Recommended.

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Cupcakes3026 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver
Hopes Dashed
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

I was in Edgemont Village buying books when I spotted Cupcakes. "Woo-Hoo", I said, and into the store I scampered. Maybe the clerk heard my cheer because she scowled at me while I was there and spoke in cold monosyllables throughout my transaction.

I saw they had red cocoa cupcakes. Hearkening back to my childhood I remembered having many red cocoa chocolate cakes and I was ready to eat an old friend.

Sadly I was disappointed. The cake was tasteless and dry, and the icing was sugary and tasted vaguely of rancid butter. Yech!

I really wanted to like the cupcake, but I could not. They have cupcake shaped cookies for 4 bucks, so maybe I will get one of those if I have more money to throw away.

Well, at least it was clean, bright, and pink inside the place. Some folks like that...

Can't recommend.

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Ellie3779 Sexsmith Rd., #1111, Richmond
Tasty Malaysian
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

I went with some friends to try this place based on the reviews here. We had a great meal. The ambience is a little weird, with gigantic MC Escher prints on the bright yellow walls, and fake palm trees (including one in the reasonably clean w/c). We got seated right away and scanned the menu. So many choices!

We had seafood laksa, gyoza, clams with sambal sauce, squid sizzling plate, seafood fried rice, and chicken satay. All were very good, but the laksa deserves special mention.

Our teacups were kept full by the attentive staff, and the place was reasonably comfortable if slightly packed. My only regret was that we didn't try more of the menu items. We were too full!

Overall a very positive experience. Plus it was a very inexpensive meal. The strip mall where Ellie is located has about a dozen other restaurants so we will definitely be back to sample more savoury delights.

Recommended.

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Moxie's Classic Grill10608 151A St, Surrey
good enough for me
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

I was in Surrey for a meeting and tried the Moxie’s for a quick bite. I was seated right away by the server, who was friendly and knew the menu. She kept replacing my iced tea and I think I had about a gallon before I finally begged her to stop. The honey garlic chicken wings that I had were fine, and the price was right. The whole place was nice and clean including the w/c. Overall a totally forgettable experience, but not one that will stand out as traumatic either. So I guess it was okay. I will probably go back if I am ever in the wilds of Surrey. If I am lucky that won’t be soon.

Recommended.

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Darby's Pub2001 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Nasty
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

I went to Flying Tiger with Mrs. C, but alas it was full. So we ended up in Darby's because we had such a great parking spot that we couldn't bear to move. Big mistake. The restaurant/bar is old and grungy inside and hasn’t changed in the million or so years since I lived in Kits. Since there were beer specials and I was still savouring my great parking spot, we decided to eat there. The server was great, so no complaints there.

We started with a couple of pricey beers. Next, I had a clubhouse with Caesar salad and Mrs. C had a classic burger and chicken corn soup. The salad and soup were fine, but our sandwiches were just plain weird. My clubhouse was a processed chicken breast and bacon on ciabatta bread, and the burger was a cremated beef patty also on ciabatta. Both were awful. Ciabatta is an Italian word for slipper. I would have preferred to eat the footwear. The problem with most pub food is that you are expected to be inebriated when you eat it. Otherwise you would just say no. I should have known better.

Can’t recommend.

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Could be a lot better...
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for some NS sushi and we decided to give ATB a try based on the reviews here. The restaurant is nice inside, and it is very clean, including the w/c.

We were seated by a friendly server and perused the menu. I had a bento box B (beef teriyaki, tempura, sushi) and a triple combo (tuna/salmon/cucumber rolls). My beloved dining partner had a chicken udon, and shared part of my sushi. We started with miso soup, which was like dishwater. Not an auspicious beginning. Then I had the sushi which was pretty good. The teriyaki however was burnt, and the tempura was hard, cold, and not at all good. We were given two pieces of free sushi roll, which had cucumber skin instead of seaweed and a filling like California roll. That was different and quite tasty.

The udon was reported to have lots of chicken and veggies, but the broth and the noodles were sub-par. On the plus side the chicken was marinated, which is a good thing with chicken udon. The service was okay, but the server had to be summoned repeatedly for tea and for the forgotten rice with the bento box.

All in all a mixed experience. The sushi was quite good, but the rest of the meal was a tragedy.

Can’t recommend.

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Cookies Of Course555 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Good Cookies
Submitted Friday, February 15, 2008 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

I was at SFU downtown and I was craving a snack. I remembered a previous esteemed reviewer spoke favourably about this place so I looked for the goodies. After a little searching I found C of C. The service was quick and friendly, the ambience was, well, a food kiosk, and the cookies were great, which is fortunate since cookies are the point of this place.

I had a peanut butter chocolate and an oatmeal raisin. The cookies were light and fluffy (if that is the right word) and tasted great. I had intended to give one of the cookies to Mrs. C, but I was overcome by gluttonous greed and ate them in the car. Sorry honey!

The coffee that I had was not so good, but they had lots of flavours, so I probably picked the wrong one.

I will be back for more!

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Real1795 Pendrell Street, Vancouver
Nice place, okay food
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving some Valentines's takeout and we decided to try Real. This place is run by HK folks and the food is very authentic. We had the beef and ginger rice, the cod and gai lan, and the squid with XO sauce. All the food was well-prepared and tasted okay. The server offered us tea while we were waiting for our order and we had a chance to check out the decor. It was very nice and new inside, and even the w/c was spotless. Overall a very good experience and one we will soon repeat with a sit down meal in the restaurant.

A welcome addition to the West End scene. Recommended.

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Daimo Noodle Express8185 Granville Street, Vancouver
good for a quick bite
Submitted Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving a light dinner and she needed congee to clear up a cold, so off to Daimo we went. The restaurant was clean enough, including the w/c, and was pleasant if a bit plain. My beloved had congee with preserved egg and I had yin yang chow fan (honeymoon fried rice). The congee was reported to be of the right consistency and flavour, and the rice dish was also good, if not spectacular. Lots of shrimp and chicken, and the sauces were a little better than at most places. We also had dong café which was just fine.

Service was good, and the food was satisfying. Plus it was cheap.

The right meal at the right time.

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Knight and Day Restaurant1061 Denman Street, Vancouver
New restaurant smell
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

I have to agree with the previous reviewer. The KD on Denman is so new it squeaks. I decided to treat myself to an afternoon meal, and in I went. It looks awesome inside, and the servers are friendly if a bit hyper. The food is about the same as the other KD's I have visited. I recommend the mushroom burger, which was awesome. They close at 8 (I was told), but they may soon extend their hours. I suspect it is a staff issue. This place will not change your mind if you don't like diners, but if you have the extra bucks, it is a change from some of the lower priced places on the street. Good value for the money? No, try the Grove for that. But hey, its fun to try something new.

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Regent Bakery4231 Hazelbridge Way, Unit 110, Richmond
Not bad for the price
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were cruising Richmond when we came across Regent. Three buns for $1.40? That seemed like a good deal. We got a few kinds of buns and cakes and took them home. The place looked very nice inside, and the server was quite helpful.

As a previous reviewer stated they have small buns, but for the price it was reasonable. They also have mini Swiss rolls and lots of different breads. I liked what I tasted, and I thought the cheesecake with fluffy white cake inside was interesting. The cream buns were great, but the tuna buns could use more fish. Despite the shortcomings, I will probably go back for more.

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Looks nice, fix everything else
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving sushi, and we tried this place based on previous reviews. We arrived on a Sunday and the place was empty. Not sure why since it looked nice, but it was quite hard to find. They have radiant heat elements in the tables, so this place must also do hot pot. The whole restaurant looked new and even the w/c was clean.

The service was okay, but could be better since we were the only ones there. We ordered a selection of AYCE items. Some didn’t arrive until I reminded the server a couple of times. What did arrive was good, especially the deep fried chicken wings and the tuna and salmon nigiri sushi. They limit sashimi, which is kind of stupid. That combined with the fact that they seem to have trouble getting all the orders to the table might also help to explain the lack of customers.

Overall, the sushi was a little better than average but not much. The price was $11.95 for lunch (they add $1.00 on weekends). The dinner price is ridiculously high. If it was a bit better or cheaper I might go back. With so many choices, I will try other places first.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Miss Popularity
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

On a recent non-DOV experience a group of us went to IK for a meal. They told us we could only have the table for two hours, but they need the turnover with the high rent. The restaurant is on two floors, and it looks nice and trendy. The w/c was clean too. The one complaint is the loud music and overall noise level due to the place being full. The server had an expert knowledge of the menu, and made recommendations.

I had a lamb sausage goat cheese pizza which was outstanding. The egg on top is nice, like you get in Europe. All the others at the table had the garlic clams pasta which was fantastic. The drinks are a bit pricey, but given the location that is understandable. I had iced tea anyway. Nobody had room for dessert, so I can’t make a report about that. By Vancouver standards this is a good Italian joint. It sure seemed popular.

Recommended.

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Tantra Lounge & Grill123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Sports bar, not restaurant
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

I went with my favourite dining partner for a little DOV action on the NS. We go to Lonsdale Quay a lot, but for some reason never went to Tantra before. The room is really more sports bar than restaurant, with TV's all over the place. There is a sheltered area outside for the smokers. The w/c was clean. The view was nice, and we could see the Seabus coming and going. There was a less welcome view for some of those present as our server looked like she was about to spill out of her top at any moment. She managed to keep them in though, and she seemed to know her work, so we tried to maintain eye contact :).

We both had the DOV menu, which for us was chowder, tenderloin tips, and then cheesecake. The chowder was a little salty but had nice bits of fish. The tenderloin looked like a taster plate, with almost no food. The potato sample I had tasted vaguely of burnt plastic. Not sure what the secret ingredient was. The meat portion could be covered by a toonie, and I do not exaggerate. It was tender and my one bite tasted good. There were exactly four green beans. The cheesecake was at least a normal size, so nobody fainted from hunger. It was good. Still, they really cheaped out on the food. Not a good first impression! Maybe a bun would have added some nutrients, but none were offered. There was a beer special though, so we managed to get some ‘liquid bread’ in our bellies.

But it’s a sports bar. Not a restaurant. I might go again to watch the game.

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Pepper Leaf Asian Restaurant127 E. 3rd St., North Vancouver
Pest Control
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

Mrs C and I went with some friends to eat a little Malaysian on the North Shore. We wanted to try this place since the fission that divided it from the sushi restaurant that was there previously. The sushi place is still there, but now half the space is Pepper Leaf. The same guy owns both, and we were told you can actually order from both restaurants. That was a neat idea. You get into the restaurants by the same door. The ambience seemed nice enough, and the w/c which is shared with the sushi place was clean. Plus they have parking underneath so you don’t have to search for a place to put the car.

We had roti to start which was very good, and then had beef curry, which was only okay followed by clams in coconut sauce that was satisfactory, and minced pork with eggplant which was outstanding.

Things got ugly about halfway through the meal when Mrs. C made a little yelp of distaste. I looked over and there was a cockroach scurrying across the table. “Maybe he wants to taste the curry”, I thought. Just then my spouse used her lightning fast reflexes to smash the little critter into oblivion. We showed the remains to the server who apologized and took the body away. We were given a 15% discount, free dessert, and assurances that a pest control expert was to be alerted, but I kept wondering if any of the cadre of bugs had managed to get into the food while in the kitchen.

I think I will take my chances elsewhere.

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Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant152 Chadiwick Court, North Vancouver
Math and other issues
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

I dropped into LT for a quick bit of sushi, and as I was heading in a guy was leaving and he said “This is the best sushi on the North Shore”. I must respectfully disagree. The restaurant is tiny but tidy, and the staff was eager to please. The sushi just wasn’t all that great. Small, poorly made, unexceptional. To make matters worse, the clerk who took my money needed 3 tries, plus suggestions from another staff member, and my help to get my change right. Maybe they were all tired.

All in all not horrible, but not good either. Can’t recommend.

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