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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Celtic Treasure Chest, The5639 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Pies!
Submitted Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

This place has all the UK favourites. A big selection of teas, jellies, relishes, chutneys, candies, and English style pies. Awesome big pies. Also pasties (and little pies) for the smaller eaters.

You can go and get a steak and kidney pie, a real cup of tea, and then sit out front to watch the passing parade of humanity. Okay, so Dunbar isn't that exciting. Better get take away. The owner is helpful, and she goes to the UK every so often to get the latest treats. I can't wait until they have tinned oxtail soup in stock (mad cow, so our fearless leaders say you can't import it right now).

Plus they have decent haggis and a selection of Marks and Sparks products. Worth a visit.

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Churrolicious3143 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Not so 'licious
Submitted Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

After seeing the positive reviews here, I scampered over to Churrolicious to taste the fare. I had the churrorico with lulce de leche. The sauce was sugary and tasty but the churros were a little on the raw side in the middle and a bit too crispy on the outside. If I wanted bad churros I could go to Taco Bell. Maybe I went on a bad day.

The staff were super friendly and helpful, and the cafe Americano was fabulous. So that part was great. Unfortunately, this is a churro cafe.

You are WAY better off to go to Hola Churro. They are at 3066 West Broadway near Balaclava. Their churros are the real deal.

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Notte's Bon Ton Pastry & Confectionery3150 West Broadway, Vancouver
Bon gâteau!
Submitted Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

BT is right across the street from Churrolicious, but worlds away in terms of quality and variety. They have a wide array of cookies, candies, pastries and of course, cakes. The tearoom is an inviting oasis in the chaos of Kits.

While the shortbread and marzipan are awesome, I live for the cakes. My favourites include the asparagus (so-called because of the icing design on top, not the ingredients) and the lawyer, a mocha masterpiece.

The staff are helpful and very knowledgeable. Don't be afraid to ask questions!

The cakes are not cheap (the little ones are about $1.80 each) but they are worth it. I've had French bakery when I lived in Paris, and these are the equal of anything in la belle France.

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Savoury
Submitted Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

Andreas has a good rep on the North Shore, but somehow I never tried it until lately. My loss. The restaurant has a strong Mediterranean theme. The decor is a bit dated, but the place is very cozy. Perfect for a romantic dinner. Martinis were on special (they have daily drink specials) so I went with a crantini. It was smooth and strong. Next came the roast lamb. It was well-prepared, juicy, and not over-spiced. It had the usual sides of potatoes, rice pilaf, and Greek salad. The rice was particularly good. My wife went with the steak, and had a lemon drop martini. It came with a baked potato and lots of fresh potato toppings. I think she liked it, since she gave me the thumbs up (her mouth was full).

The service was reasonably quick and the staff very friendly. For a neighbourhood restaurant this place definitely punches above its weight.

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Mr Mikes Steakhouse & Bar2991 Lougheed Highway, #32, Coquitlam
My ears hurt, my stomach is unimpressed
Submitted Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

I went to MM because I heard it was be a notch above Montana's or Kelseys. Being a burger lover, I had the mushroom burger which was good enough, and a side of fries (also just okay). The Antler Ale is average. Basically, I found the food to be about what you can get at any similar joint.

The big issue for me was the intensity of the noise/music. It was really ear-splitting. Okay, so you go on a Friday and what do you expect? So be it. I found it impossible to carry on a conversation with my friends, and we had to shout to be heard.

Since the food was only average and the prices are no bargain either, I won't go back. There are just too many better choices in the area.

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Maxim's Restaurant257 Keefer Street, Vancouver
The bakery is good.
Submitted Sunday, April 16, 2006 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

I always go to Maxim's bakery for the famous cheesecake. It is truly the best you can get in Vancouver. I was in Chinatown recently, and finally climbed the stairs to try the restaurant above the bakery. It was small and mostly clean. You can see the kitchen from the booths, so there is a show with lunch...

I had the squid in curry sauce with french fries. It is a combination I never would have thought of, but it works. The curry sauce is more of gravy, and the squid hits the right balance between chewy and tender. It was pretty good (be sure to dip your fries). Once I had the julienne pork with noodles and soup which is a bit on the spicy side, but in a good way.

They also have a lot of mini-meal choices, which I haven't tried.

There are better places to go for a quick meal, like Hon's, but none have bakery as good as Maxim's. The baked buns are fabulous, and if you go near closing you can get a bag of the steamed buns very cheap. Did I mention the cheesecake?

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Benny's Bagels2505 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good enough if you can wait
Submitted Saturday, April 15, 2006 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

I go there rarely these days, mostly because the service is truly awful, and the place is quite dirty. The one at UBC is way better. Still, if I am in the neighbourhood, I can't resist the lox on a bagel (w/capers, onion, etc.), and they do have a pretty diverse selection of bagel flavours. I used to get the smokie with the pretzel dough on it, but who needs the cholesterol?

Somehow this place always seemed better after a few belts at The Side Door, but that's ancient history....

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Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits2991 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
Popeyes, Aye Aye
Submitted Saturday, April 15, 2006 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Although I am a devoted Churches-goer, I do think that Popeyes is very good. They have stuff the other guys just don't have, like red beans and rice, catfish (!), and of course the biscuits. I actually ate at one in the HongKong airport. I had the deep fried shrimp and a chicken sandwich on a biscuit. Yum!

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Manyo Sushi Japanese Restaurant180 E 2nd Street, North Vancouver
All you can eat
Submitted Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

Manyo has been around since the 80's, but about 10 years ago they got a new owner who made some changes, all for the better.

They have an extensive all you can eat menu ($18.95 for dinner after 5 every day) that includes a variety of sushi, sashimi, various maki rolls, hot foods like baked oyster, miso, gyoza, karaage, tempuras, and a bunch of other things. LOTS of items for your 19 bucks.

The quality of the ingredients is very good, super-fresh, and the sushi is made with workmanlike skill. This is not Tojo's, but it has none of their attitude either. The restaurant is very clean, and the staff are attentive. I have never had a bad experience at Manyo, and because of all the menu choices, I usually eat until I am about to burst. It is all good.

Best of all, you can eat as much sashimi as you want. But if you load up on that, you'll miss out on all the other tasty foods.

Highly recommended.

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Stormin' Norman's Spirit Grill1438 Commercial, Vancouver
Banal Exoticism
Submitted Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

I tried this place because I remember the proprietor from my UBC days. He used to (and still does) sell burgers at the end of Wreck Beach. It was nice to eat with my pants on, on such a rainy night.

I was in luck the night I went because they had muskox burgers with fries and a pint of Sun God (a very good wheat beer) for $10.99. I decided to upgrade my fries to poutine for $2.50 more. My wife had the venison dog (that's a hotdog, not a weird meat combination of bambi and bowser).

Overall, the muskox tasted like beef, and I really couldn't tell the difference. The patty was too small (next time I'll get the double burger), but it was well-cooked, and a lovely medium. My wife's hotdog had a nice citrus and meat flavour. It could have been a bit juicier. My biggest gripe was the ridiculous condiment station. It is way at the front of this narrow restaurant, and you have to fight your way there. Maybe they could move it to where the tables are, or better yet include requested condiments on the burger.

The server was very friendly, and was darting around like a dervish to serve all the customers. I think they need more staff.

It was fun to try the exotic meat, and I will go back for more. With a few tweaks, this place could be really outstanding. For now, it could use a bit of refining. Kind of like Wreck Beach.

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Tom & Jerry's Restaurant2828 E Hastings St, #101, Vancouver
Tasty Burger!
Submitted Monday, April 10, 2006 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

I went to to TJ's to watch the Canucks get beat up and to have a big feed. The double deluxe burger had 2/3 of a pound of beef (2 char broiled patties, made from actual hamburger, not frozen beef byproducts), bacon, cheese, mushrooms tomato and lettuce. It was extremely filling and savoury, and juicy in the extreme. The fries were also tasty and freshly prepared.

My wife is a bit more conservative, so she went with the TJ burger (1/3 pound beef, cheddar, onions, tomato and lettuce, with extra mushrooms) and salad. The burger was great, and the salad was really fresh.

Sadly, the prices at TJ's have gone up since the new owners bought the place, but the service is really good, and the beer specials are a welcome addition. They actually congratulated me for using the Entertainment Book coupon.

My only regret (other than the increased prices) is that the famous steak and spaghetti is no longer on the menu. Also the waitresses who worked here since the beginning of time have all been retired. They will be missed.

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Rainbow Butterfly2850 Oxford Street, #1, Port Coquitlam
Very Tasty Chinese
Submitted Sunday, April 9, 2006 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

This place is tucked away at the edge of Port Coquitlam. It is packed on weekends and at lunchtime. The have reasonably-priced dim-sum and weekday lunch specials for under 8 dollars. The deep fried squid with chillies, salt and pepper is tasty, and the pan fried chow mein noodles with soy sauce are smoky and salty. I was a little dissapointed with the fung zhou (chicken feet) which would have been better in a spicy sauce. They have lots of other tasty dim-sum favourites. Most dim-sum is in the $2.50 - $3.75 range depending on size, with some chef special menu items around $4.95. The booths are a little small, but I think they weren't designed for "gwei-lo".

It is about average price but the quality is very good. Plus it is close to shopping. Highly recommended!

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La Casa Gelato1033 Venables Street, Vancouver
So many flavours!
Submitted Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

This place has a bazillion flavours of gelato from wasabi to garlic to truffles to dragon fruit. It is truly mind boggling. Its a good idea to try a few samples before you make up your mind. Be warned: It is always packed on weekends and summer evenings with chaotic parking.

They make the cones on site. I've had better gelato at other places, but there are so many flavours to choose from. I usually try some weird combinations.

Whenever friends come into town I take them to La Casa Gelato for a cool treat. When I want great gelato, there are better places. This place is really more for the kiddies than the connoisseurs.

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Brave Bull's House of Steaks, The1298 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Meat for the masses
Submitted Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

This place has always attracted me, with its numerous signs promising cheap prime rib, cheap steaks, etc. I mean $8.95 for a big slab of prime rib, every day? Wow!

I finally gave it a try a couple of years ago. The interior is like a trip back to 1970, and it is to put it mildly, dingy. The place is owned and operated by an old Chinese couple and they are attentive and friendly (hey, they are not youngsters, so don't expect any running). But most people go to a steakhouse to have steak, not to soak up the atmosphere...

The steaks and prime rib (and pretty much every dish) come on big stainless steel platters with a few steamed vegetables on the side (more like a garnish). I have eaten my way through the menu here over several visits. I found that the meat is always done right, and the fish is just okay. They have a couple of vegetarian offerings, probably for the vegan friends of the carnivore crowd.

Basically, everything is unexceptional except the meats, which are great. It is a unique place to eat, and not for the fussy.

Meat lovers will find this joint a guilty pleasure. The rest will likely heap scorn upon it.

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Candia Taverna4510 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Opah!
Submitted Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

Candia is a gem of a restaurant. The interior is like the inside of a boat (minus the oars) and very cozy. Maybe a little to cozy for a big guy like me. The pizzas are awesome and the Greek dishes are all uniformly good. The platter for two is a belly-busting array of savoury Greek treats. It usually takes 3 to finish it. I find the appetizers are pretty much the usual things, but the drink specials are always interesting. I generally have a glass of retsina, so I can get into the whole restaurant ethos.

It isn't so much any one thing as a combination of good food, a unique atmosphere and decent (if sometins hectic) service that makes this place a winner. I've never had a bad meal there in over a dozen years

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Hamburger Mary's Diner1202 Davie Street, Vancouver
Not bad, not amazing either
Submitted Friday, April 7, 2006 - 11:43pm [Dine in]

I read the glowing reviews and decided to give this place a try. I had a buffalo burger (the wild meat special) with cheesy fries (aka poutine) and my wife tried the canuck scramble. The menu has some interesting items, like turkey and lamb burgers, and I wish I could have tried them too.

I found my burger was a generous size, but a little dry, and the fries were less than terrific. The potato chunks my wife had with her breakfast were very tasty, and were cooked to perfection. The scramble (a sort of omlette) was not very nice.

The service was quick and the waiter attentive. Also, the beer special was a great deal ($4.99 for a 23 ounce Canadian).

Overall, the place did not live up to the hype, but I will likely go back to see if my experience wasn't just a one-off.

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Golden Dynasty Seafood Restaurant8360 Granville Ave, Richmond
Good Dim Sum
Submitted Sunday, April 2, 2006 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

This is one of the better Richmond dim sum restaurants. They have a good selection, and you can special order if you don't see what you want on the carts. It isn't flashy, but it is good value.

There are huge lineups most weekends, and parking requires some patience and a knowledge of hand gestures ;).

Best of all it is not expensive. Seven of us had a big dim sum lunch with desserts for 9 dollars each. Including tip.

A good solid (and did I mention cheap?) place to eat dim sum.

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Dai Tung1050 Kingsway, #108, Vancouver
Okay for cheap dim sum
Submitted Sunday, April 2, 2006 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

This place has solid dim sum, but it is only average. There are plenty just like it. One huge plus is the cheap price. I find it is a good place to go when my favouite places are too crowded. In fact that is probably the only time I go. I wasn't as impressed with the chicken dishes as some other reviewers. I think that if you are in the neighbourhood, it is acceptable.

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant4121 Hastings St, Burnaby
Good Sushi!
Submitted Sunday, April 2, 2006 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

This place lives up to the reviews I have seen, mostly. They have a mind-bogging array of rolls to choose from, as well as the usual stuff. Since it was my first visit I wasn't being that adventurous... I thought the tuna roll was fantastic. The fish was very fresh. Even the lowly cucumber roll had a dash of black sesame which gave it a tasty twist. The Alaska roll was on special and it was pretty good. I was a little overwhelmed by the spicy beef roll. MMM, hot and beefy! My wife raved about the sukiyaki, but she said it needed more cabbage and konyaku noodles. The tofu and beef in the sukiyaki were tasty, and the broth sweet and savoury.

The service was intermittent (fast then slow then fast again) and the tea was actually like hot water. Also, the decor looks like the place started out as something else, but it is very comfortable and clean, and several notches above the usual cheap sushi joint. Most important, the food was terrific, and not expensve. If only they had better drink specials! Also they have real Japanese sushi chefs, which was a nice touch.

I will be back for more tasty sushi!

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Angel Cafe5995 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Great Experience!
Submitted Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

I read the positive reviews on this site and decied to give Angel Cafe a try. The menu was extremely comprehensive and it took a while to choose, but I was impressed by the tasty food and low price. The lamb shank was excellent! My wife had the black bean and bitter melon chicken, which was a giant portion and perfectly prepared, and my friends had sizzling plate of beef and prawns and a beef curry. We all agreed that the food was terrific. Way better than Gloucester. The place is well-lit and clean, and the service was super. Plus they have a bakery next door, which seemed pretty good. We sampled the deserts too, and they were satisfying.

All in, I would say this place is good value for the money. I will be back!

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