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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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Symposio1564 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
greco dining
Submitted Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang was looking for some Greek action and I saw that reviewer bc made a positive review of this place. That was good enough for me.

The restaurant was nicely decorated and extremely clean, including the w/c. Service was good. Our water glasses were kept full and there were two quality checks. My companions had roast lamb, lamb souvlaki, prawns souvlaki, and chicken souvlaki. I had lamb kokkinisto (roast lamb with penne pasta and savoury sauce). We also had a great calamari appetizer with fresh hot pita bread and tzatziki. All the food was really tasty, and the moderately-sized portions were packed with flavour.

Our only real quibble was that the souvlaki dishes and the roast lamb came with potato but not rice. No rice was expected with the pasta dish, but the other dishes would have had it at any respectable Greek place. We were informed that rice was $2.50 extra. When one of our party complained about this, we were comped one serving of rice. That was nice, but maybe they should not cheap out on this inexpensive food item. So smaller portions and lack of rice reduces the food rating to 3 stars.

Value-wise, it wasn't cheap, but not outrageous either. A good choice for a little uptown North Van Greek.

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Home Restaurant21667 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge
not my home
Submitted Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in MR and looking for chow, and we spotted this place. The interior looked like a typical family restaurant, sort of like a Denny's/Pantry... Everything was clean except the carpets. Service was pretty good and the place was packed, although we may have been the youngest people eating there.

We ordered a light lunch: I had a schnitzel with fries, and my beloved dining companion had a spinach salad and a cup of soup. We both had coffee. The schnitzel was way overcooked and was tough as leather. At least the fries were okay. I got a rather expensive side of gravy and that helped with the schnitzel. One point that irritated me was that the special schnitzel sauce touted on the menu was in fact the same gravy I got on the side. That was just plain wrong. The spinach salad was acceptable, and the soup was tasty so Mrs. C was satisfied.

As for value, that was a big disappointment. The meal was way more expensive that it ought to have been, and the total was about 30 bucks with tax and tip.

We won't be back. There are better choices in town.

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Fresh Slice2002 South Park Royal, West Vancouver
big cheap pizza
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving the za, so we decided to nip over to PR to get some pie. The FS is in the food court, and while the area could be a lot cleaner, the pizza stand looked hygienic. We ordered a XL all meat pizza which was less than 13 bucks with the coupon. Alas, we discovered too late that the coupon had just expired, but the friendly pizza guy gave us the deal anyway. As usual the FS pizza was delicious and had plenty of toppings, and the price was right. We will be back for more.

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Austin Heights Diner2154 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
unexpectedly good
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were looking for someplace to take the usual weekend dinner gang, and we saw the previous esteemed reviewer's posting about AHD. Thanks to reviewer E we had an excellent meal.

The place was old and beat up, but was clean enough, including the w/c. We almost turned around and headed home after our first glance because it looked like a "red sauce Chinese" place, circa 1980. Luckily we gave it a try.

Service was great, and the server/manager could converse with us in English and Cantonese. As for value, it was crazy cheap. Example: I had basa fish and fries with soup and salad for $7.50.

This place does Chinese and Western food and both are well prepared and inexpensive. We had fish and chips, chicken strips and chips, spicy coconut seafood fried rice, chicken and prawns sizzling plate, and deep fried wontons. All were very good, and we were impressed that the prawns tasted like fresh, not frozen. We all ate our fill, and it averaged out to 11 bucks each including tip and beverages.

A good restaurant choice if you are in Coquitlam.

Recommended.

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Cindy's Cafe1850 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
the big breakfast
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were up early for a change and decided to hit this place for some breakfast action. The restaurant is not big, but it is nicely appointed. Service was great, with frequent quality checks and beverage top-ups. There was a lot to choose from on the menu, but we settled on eggs Benedict for me, and Belgian waffles for my beloved breakfast companion. Both were tasty, presentation was appealing, and the portion sizes were big. The only shortcoming was the price: 35 bucks for breakfast for two with bevvy's. Sure, this wasn't the kind of place where they slap down a couple of eggs and some cheap toast, but I felt the bite in my wallet. Par for the course for West Van, so I have only myself to blame.

A good spot for the wealthier eaters out there...

Recommended!

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Jumbo Cup6649E Hastings St., Burnaby
worth the drive
Submitted Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

After reading the previous esteemed reviewer's report on JC, I was determined to give it a try. The place is way out in the depths of Burnaby, and I was surprised to see there were so many shops in the area. I scrambled in I saw the comfy padded chairs and welcoming atmosphere, and I knew I was in the right place. They have a huge selection of coffees and teas, but I settled on a strawberry smoothie. At $3.25 it was a good deal since it had real fruit. FYI, regular BBT was 3 bucks. The server was a friendly sort, and my tasty smoothie was expertly prepared. I will definitely return for more.

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Double One Chinese Restaurant4057 Hastings Street, Burnaby
double ten
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving Chinese chow and we decided to give this place a try based on the reviews on this site. The restaurant is in a slightly seedy part of the Heights, but we weren't too worried about our car.

The restaurant was very taupe-ish inside and the carpet was amazingly dirty. Other than that is was okay, and the w/c was old but tidy. Service was friendly and quick throughout the meal. We ordered Shanghai fried noodles with beef, and yin yang chow fan (aka honeymoon fried rice). Both were tasty, but the portion sizes were smaller than expected.

As for value, we ate well for about 20 bucks including tip.

Works for me.

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Red Hot Grill1393 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
red hot good
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2009 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

Our usual weekend dinner gang was in the mood for something different, and Mrs. C always craves Iranian food, so we decided to give this place a try. The restaurant is located near Ambleside, and the decor looks like it used to be a diner/cafe or something similar in its last incarnation.

The whole place was reasonably tidy and comfortable, although the w/c could use some attention, and it is about time for some renovations to the dining area. There were lots of families dining in the place, but we got a booth without any trouble. Service was good, and our server was very friendly and helpful. We were amazed at how cheap the prices were for all the menu items, and that was a welcome surprise, especially in tony West Van.

We all ordered kubideh, except for one in our group who ordered fish and chips for his own perverse reasons. The kubidehs were all huge portions, and of course they all came with a roasted tomato, a pickled pepper, lime wedges, and tons of basmati rice with saffron. We also got lots of pita bread on the side and two kinds of tzatziki (or something like it) and some raw onion. The kubideh was fabulous, although the f&c was merely adequate.

We left with bellies full to bursting and most of our money still in our wallets. A very positive experience.

Recommended.

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Dairy Queen1199 Lynn Valley Rd, Unit 144A, North Vancouver
small is good
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2009 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

I found this tiny DQ/Orange Julius location in the food court of the LVM. The place was tiny, but looked clean enough, and the adjacent seating was acceptable too. LVM is always very clean, and you get a better clientele there. Since it was warm outside I ordered a piña colada smoothie. As usual it was great, and not too pricey. Service was also good, and the manager gave a smile and thanked me for my business. A very positive experience. I'll be back for more.

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Eagles Pub170 West 3rd St., North Vancouver
nice pub
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang headed into the EP to enjoy some Canada Day food. We were not disappointed. The while place was new and clean, including the w/c. Service was terrific throughout the meal and we really felt pampered. We had a variety of dishes, including the daily pasta special, 2 kinds of fish and chips, and bangers and mash. All the food was tasty, and the price was very cheap. The beer was quite pricey though, but members get 10% off, and you can join the club for 65 bucks a year. Might be worth it for the regulars.

All in all a decent experience, and one I plan to repeat soon.

Recommended.

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Bridge Between Pub & Club, The1970 Spicer Road, North Vancouver
workin' joe
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

This place has been around for ages but lately got a new name. It is near the recycling plant and is in an industrial area on the NS. Most of the clientele are working guys but on weekends and holidays it gets a small but eclectic mix of locals. I took Mrs. C for some Canada Day beers, and there were maybe 6 people in the place. The pub was a little bit dingy, but the staff were friendly enough. They had a decent pub menu including some inexpensive chicken wings on special. I kept thinking there were cheaper places to drink beer on the NS, but they would probably be crowded, so the extra cost was more of a 'privacy tax'.

A decent place to wet your whistle and enjoy a little pub grub.

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Taco Shack1937 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
shameful shack
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were with some friends and looking for a snack after watching a play in Vanier Park, and we decided to give this place a try. Big mistake.

The restaurant was dirty and there were lots of flies. The food cooking area seemed okay, but I didn't look too closely. The prices were ridiculous, but we figured the tacos must be big for the price. Wrong again. We asked for one of each kind of taco, and got three tiny flat kid-sized tortillas with a little sprinkle of unidentifiable stuff on top. That cost 8 bucks. It looked and tasted terrible, and the tortillas were still a bit frozen. The counter service was efficient though since they took our money quickly.

I guess they don't really care too much because they can always snag the tourists... I hope so, because we won't ever be back.

Not Recommended.

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Shobu Japanese Restaurant581 Clarke Rd, #2, Coquitlam
good sushi
Submitted Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

Our usual dinner gang showed up here based on the strong reviews below. This place had a big 'Grand Opening' sign out front, and as of this writing they have been open for about 6-7 weeks. I also noted that they had a printout of their DineHere page posted at the front door for all to see. I was expecting another discount Korean sushi house (and it is that), but this place provided a pleasant dinner experience.

The restaurant was very clean including an amazingly hygienic w/c. It is not the biggest sushi joint in town, but the simple decor was nice, and everything looked new. Service was awesome throughout the meal, and the food was well-presented and quick. We had tempura, gyoza, sashimi, and a party platter of roll sushi. All the food was just fine, although nothing really stood out for us.

As for value, it was comparable to other places in the area. The North Road/ Clarke Road corridor is very competitive and there are lots of sushi places to choose from. This one more than holds its own.

Recommended.

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Deer Garden Restaurant3610 Westwood Street, Port Coquitlam
a solid choice
Submitted Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 12:38am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I have been regular diners at DG for many years. This time we went with the usual dinner gang plus one esteemed guest. The restaurant was reasonably clean (except maybe the w/c), and simply decorated. Service was good throughout the meal, and the servers were friendly as usual.

We had beef with gai lan, salty/spicy deep fried squid, ma po tofu, curry beef brisket, roasted chicken, and sweet and sour pork, accompanied by lots of steamed rice. All were great, but the curry beef was awesome. About as good as at Mui Yuen. As for value, it was less than 12 bucks each and we had lots of leftovers, despite the fact that two teenagers were at the table.

A good spot for family dining.

Recommended!

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Dairy Queen935 Marine Dr., Unit 8, North Vancouver
free smoothie
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C had a coupon for a free light smoothie from Orange Julius dot com (along with about a bazillion other people), so we got in the chasiucruiser and headed to DQ. The place is in the Cap Mall food court, but it was clean enough and the huge lineup was orderly. We got our smoothie after a brief delay, plus a coupon for another free one tomorrow. We went with the strawberry flavored one, and it was quite tasty. Service was good and the staff remained friendly despite the obvious stress. I almost got a free smoothie without the coupon, but I told the server I was sharing with my beloved, and gave it back. They are really trying to get people to try them!

As for value, it was FREE. I would say on a normal day value is about 3 stars.

Recommended.

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Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant3432 Lougheed Highway, Vancouver
jam packed
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 1:17am [Dine in]

Our usual weekend dinner gang headed over to HV for some Cantonese soul food. The restaurant was uber-crowded, but it was nicely appointed and the whole place including w/c was clean. Service was excellent throughout the meal, which was a huge surprise. We had a variety of dishes including duck meat lettuce wrap, beef with satay sauce and rice noodles, deep fried spicy squid, eggplant with chillies, and Szechuan green beans. We also had some steamed rice. All were good, but the eggplant and beef dishes deserve special mention. They gave us complementary red bean soup at the end, but I would have preferred ice cream or some fresh fruit. As for value, it came to about 16 bucks each, including tax and tip.

We left full and happy.

Recommended.

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Wally's Burgers at Cates Park4131 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
let the dead bury the dead
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Cates Park enjoying the sun and looking at the giant refinery across the the inlet, and we decided to give the resurrected Wally's a try. Some guy bought the name and according to the North Shore News he is planning a string of fake Wally's across the city. Let's face it, the old Wally's was pretty bad near the end, and nothing like its glory days. This version was worse.

The newest incarnation is in the old Cates Park concession stand. It was not super-clean and the w/c's were horrific. The servers seemed semi-awake, but orders took forever, and there were a few angry faces among the people waiting for food. They have basically used the names of the old Wally's menu items, but they are really nothing like their namesakes. One new addition was yam fries at $4.00 for a really small side order. A can of pop cost $2.50. It was shameful value for the money.

We had a deluxe chuck wagon, a combo burger, and we shared a side of yam fries. The food itself was awful, and we felt totally ripped off.

They should have left Wally in his grave.

Not recommended.

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Nosh127 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
bubble tea time
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

I was in the NS with Mrs. C and we were craving BBT. I remembered this place was open so in we scampered. The restaurant was simply decorated but clean, and the single staff member greeted us enthusiastically. We shared a big cantaloupe slush for $3.50 (w/pearls). Not a great deal, but we were thirsty. Alas, it was basically syrup and ice, but it tasted okay despite the lack of real fruit. Okay I guess, but I am in no big hurry to get back there.

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Mr. Sub1301 Marine Drive, Unit B, North Vancouver
canadian cusisine?
Submitted Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I have been a regular MS patron since my school days in Toronto. I have had literally thousands of subs from their locations, and I can say that MS is a sort of institution. Okay, so maybe I am a little less than objective.

The North Shore MS is pretty typical of the 'new look' for the franchise. Gone is the all red and white with the tacky wallpaper and white smocks. Now the place looks like they sell cell phones or hair products, with pastel colors, etc. Except for the piles of meat and veggies and the display breads at the counter, which is a reminder of what you can actually buy there.

The menu has too many choices these days, and I still tend to get the assorted or the super-assorted, although I have tried most of the sandwiches they offer. In the past they used to get their breads from a central bakery, but now most locations make the bread on site like at Subway. For some reason, the MS bread tastes better in Ontario, but I am not sure why.

Service is usually satisfactory, with the occasional bit of banter from a bored counter clerk. I have always found the locations to be clean, and the food seems fresh enough. As for value, there has been some price creep over the years, but is it still solid value for the money.

I 've had lots of conversations with friends about what constitutes Canadian cuisine. Mac & cheese? Beer and Cheerios? I think Mister Sub is somewhere near what I think of as Canadian food.

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Save On Meats Coffee Shop43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
still hangin' in there
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were passing through the DTES and I was craving a burger. I always wanted to try SOMCS, so in we scampered. The central butcher shop section seemed to be closed, but they had produce along one wall and dry goods grocery items along the other wall. In the back was the cafe. The place was clean enough, but it was by no means deluxe. Also, most of the diners and customers for the grocery/produce sections were of the 'rough and ready' variety. This is not a place for people with delicate sensibilities. Personally I was more interested in dinner, so I didn't pay too much attention to the colorful ambiance.

Service was quite good, and for those of you who want to try their Cantonese, all of the staff could oblige. Mrs. C had already eaten, so she watched me have a bacon cheeseburger with fries and a coffee. The burger (with all the toppings) was very good and was real hamburger and not a patty. I saw that the fries were made from fresh potato. The quality of food from the humble diner kitchen deserves an extra star from me. I did not have to ask to get my coffee topped up, either. That was nice.

The best part was the price: $7.50 including the coffee. That's value! I plan a return visit, despite the rather seedy neighborhood.

Recommended for adventurous diners.

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