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ChickletWest VancouverSince January 2, 200621 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service3.5 (3.5)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Amici1747 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Two Strikes and Amici is out
Submitted Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Tonight was one of the most disappointing dining experiences in many years.
The food is not thoughtfully prepared and reconstituted rather than fresh. It actually tastes Dated.
Tonight's horror story was beef liver disguised as veal. My partner and I both ordered it ( it was recommended as a special) and we were shocked by the taste and texture. We could not saw off even a small piece since the liver had the consistency of leather.
The waitress did not once come by to check on us ( now I know why ...she clearly knew it was bad ) and was very curt.
This was a second visit. The first was to try it out ( Very indifferent food) and we gave it another chance tonight.
Never again !

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
This is a bit uneven
Submitted Friday, April 5, 2013 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

The ambiance is lovely and the guitar player a nice touch. The food is mediocre. My standards are high since I cook a lot but the dishes were without a doubt very mediocre. I had a small spinach and strawberry salad to start which had no dressing and tasted bland for nineteen dollars. The risotto with three carefully placed prawns was ok but very uninspiring. I am a local but this truly is a hotel tourist trap. I wish them well. the place was full and there were happy sounds coming from other tables. The staff is lovely. The food could certainly be pulled up a few notches. I was dying to go into the kitchen to re-invent what I was give. My dinner companion said all was agreeable but he eats everything ( read anything ) with pleasure :)

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
We are going back !!
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

What a spectacular meal and what perfect service ! Unobtrusive, appearing just when needed the service at this ten star restaurant was perfection. I had the salmon salad and the short ribs. My partner had the bruschetta and the nocchi with shredded duck...both were delicious and presented beautifully. The portions are civilized. You are not presented with a huge trough of food and if hungry I would recommend ordering three courses.
Parking is a problem but there a few solutions. Avoid the- permit holders only - street parking otherwise you will be towed. There are some spaces for none permit holders and valet parking is seven dollars.
We are definitely going back. All the great reviews are justified.

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Golden Boot, The1028 Ridgeway Ave, Coquitlam
As good as it gets
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

I have tried everything on their menu. I am now a few pounds bigger, a great deal happier and an expert on Italian food. Honestly the canneloni has me humming while I eat it. It's a good thing that they expanded so we can get a seat whenever we arrive. The salads and pizza have already been described and I will affirm that they are spectacular. I appreciated them more tonight than any other time after a very bad Italian meal in another restaurant. Don't bother going anywhere else. This is as good as it gets.

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Carmelo's1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Do not ever come here
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Worse meal in over three years and we go out regularly. I had previously submitted a review of Carmelos a few years ago but things have deteriorated to a shocking degree. They clearly have a new owner .
We ordered canneloni (me). It was hard on the top, burnt, and had a cold filling. Two tiny pieces was the dinner portion. Disgusting. I had canneloni the previous week at the Golden Boot cafe in Coquitlam and the difference was incomparable. My partner had a cold soggy veal cutlet and indifferent pasta on the side. We were ignored all night and had our water refilled once at the end of the meal. I wanted another glass of wine and couldn't get the waitress's attention all night. I am amazed that this place stays open with the quality of food and service provided. This was to the tune of over $80.00 for a horrible meal. We dine out three to four times a week . Never Carmelos again.

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Bon Bon Bakery5807 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
You get what you pay for
Submitted Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 1:04am [Take-out]

. The little cakes were delicious and the puff pastries were ok, The problem is that this place is a hit or miss in what you buy or order. The St Honore cake is nice but it looks slapped together as do all the other items sold. That's ok as long as you do not expect the Bon Ton quality . The products basically match the prices. I came here to pick up some dessert for a very casual luncheon otherwise i would have paid the higher price and gone to the Bon Ton. Would I go back ? Sure provided presenenation was not an issue. Oh, by the way, stay clear of the rock hard stale bread buns. What a disappointment .

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Some Improvements Needed.
Submitted Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

We had a late lunch and asked to be seated outside. We were offered a high stool table by a very cranky hostess which we turned down and requested a table by the outside wall. She tried to put us beside a fire pit which would have obscured our view. ( The place was almost empty.) We pointed to the table we wanted and she was not happy. Why we wondered. It was in the same area of the patio. Hot bread was put on the table. Delicious. Although we were one of a few people our german waiter appeared hurried and harassed. We waited ages for him to take our order . That was fine by us because it was a hot Vancouver day and we were loving the breezes and the view. Our entrees were about $26.00 each which is about right and fair. The food was just good. Nothing to complain about but ,,,you get the picture. The presentation was lovely.
We left our usual 20 percent tip because quite frankly these guys work hard for their money and don't get paid that much.
I would take an out of town guest there for avery late lunch to be assured of good seating. ( If you can by Miss Cheerful)

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Shore Club, The688 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
I will be back
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 1:53am [Dine in]

The service was outstanding. From the valet, to the host to the waiters. There were six of us and we all ordered different dishes and shared everything. There was no room for dessert but I will certainly get some next time. You do need deep pockets but it is worth it. I felt like we were at a private house party. It was intimate, quiet and spacious. Well done Shore club !

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Tried this place twice
Submitted Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

I went came here the first time after work and a glass of merlot Anywhere after along day with a bite to eat is sensational . Tried it again this afternoon. My daughter had the skirt steak which was fine and I had two amusing appetizers. Duck in tacos and shrimp in a coconut sauce. The waiter was wonderful and I love the atmosphere.... I tend to feel weirded out in the bar section with the high chairs so the dining area suits us better. I'd go back when in the neighbourhood .

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Crave1362 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
VERY inexpensive brunch
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

Entrees for a great dish of sausages, eggs and potatoes was $10.00 Eggs Benny same price. Coffee was outstanding ( $3.00)
Food was solid and predictable and very delicious. If I wasn't so health conscious I would have ordered a side of buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup. If you live in West Van ( we do ) it's a great brunch/after church place . If you don't it is NOT worth crossing the Lions Gate Bridge for. The staff are all outstanding. As I mentioned in my earlier reviews Chalmers (the owner) has to have the most ultimate people skills and attracts people to work for him who are equally stellar. ( His son floats around the place sometimes and has obviously the same skills in making all patrons feel great. )
I will be coming here again midweek . I love it as an alternative to the big mall places.

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C-Lovers Fish & Chips555 Clarke Road, #8, Coquitlam
North Van Location
Submitted Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

Well I was absolutely starving after the Save-on-Foods Christmas baking ingredients marathon so I went to C which is conveniently almost next door. I was alone and had a lot of fun chatting up the people around me who I suspected thought I had been let out for the weekend. I asked them what they recommended, how often they came here etc. It was well worth the interviews. I ordered the North Van platter for $15.00 which came with gorgeous prawns and halibut. In spite of my relatively small size ( I am a runner ) I do eat a lot. I could Not finish this. It was delicious and predictable. Crispy fish and hot Not- soggy fries. This is Not where you come to count your calories unless you opt out for the salad and fish. ( That looked good too.) I was there at about 6:30 0n a Sat. night and the place was buzzing. If you are in the neighbourhood eat here.

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Cactus Club Cafe855 Main Street, West Vancouver
Go Here !
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 1:27am [Dine in]

I took a few girlfriends there for lunch. "The Cactus Club !! " they screeched !! "You Know we are restaurant snobs". Well guess who keeps going back ? The cactus club owes me ! The salads were fabulous, ( Seasonal greens with cajun chicken , dressing on the side to keep us svelte) fish tacos were amazing... ( Had some on an other visit) and the huge bowl of won ton soup is to die for. Wonderful fusion of east/west dishes and So west coast. I took a california foodie there who proclaimed the salad with dates the best she had ever had. High praise indeed. Cactus Club keeps on improving and with the gorgeous and knowledgeable Feenie onboard it's hard to go wrong. Speaking of Feenie I think that he should be declared a national treasure. He put northwest cuisine on the map as far as I am concerned.

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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
Brunch Review
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 1:17am [Dine in]

First of all congratulations to Mr. Chalmers and the chef who own this exciting establishment. The Chalmers touch is evident. People friendly. imaginative and exiting.
We went for brunch without reservations and were asked if we need more than 1 1/2 hours ( we didn't) so were seated. The breakfast was delicious but unimaginative. I Loved my eggs bendict but suggest that this outstanding chef try out some new brunch dishes ( Like stuffed French toast with blueberry sauce. ..the stuffing is a lemony cream cheese. I would accompany this with turkey sausages.) I will write again after lunch and dinner reviews.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Upscale Family Restaurant Fare
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

This is nice family style comfort food. I ordered the porterhouse steak which at $49.99 was ridiculously thin , salty and tasty. The apargagus was done beautifully, the potatoes were mashed ( That's All I can say abouth them, and the corn was creamed :) I have eaten at the great steak house of New York and this does not come cloise. I had a similar steak at the keg ( theirs was thicker.) We were seated on the edge of the passage and were brushed by literally about four times by waiters and patrons. The room was gorgeous though and I liked to people gaze discreetly. Behind me sat two enormous gangsters (upscale hell's angels types) wearing jewelled jackets. Very shiny. Our waiter was solicitous and attentive and I left him a very hefty tip. He suggested we share some dishes and was perfect. Helpful get not obtrusive. Go once for the experience.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
A French Bistro Gone Wrong
Submitted Sunday, March 26, 2006 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

I cook a lot and know what food should taste like. The Mistral disappoints. I had the onion soup to start which should have been robust and full flavoured. It was watery and barely edible. My partner had the nicoise soup and pronounced it watery also. He then order the chicken breast which was string and came with ( get this ) fries which tasted like McCains. Not that there is anything wrong with them but in a fRench Bistro ?? I had the braised lamb shoulder ....watery again. We asked for the bill and left quickly. The r4estaurant was half full and I presume the patrons were first timers. I predict it will close within 6 months. Le Rigalade which we frequent in West Vancouver is more of what I expect in French Bistro but that is another review.

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White Spot752 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Great Breakfast Place
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 1:25am [Dine in]

There are very few places that do breakfast in West Vancouver. This is my place and it is predictable and never disappoints. Be prepared to go for a very long walk after "Nat's" breakfast. I love watching people here as well. There are pensioners with happy smiles and lots of time on their hands greeting each other on arrival ( A regular hangout no doubt), lots of young families on weekends, and baby boomers like ourselves. The very best is the "everything". Bacon, eggs, sausages and pancakes. Happily we exercise a great deal otherwise Nat would have done us in some time ago.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Be Careful Who You Bring Here
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Salmon House on the Hill was first tried by us when 21 years ago I was expecting son number 2. Well it was AWFUL. Dry salmon etc etc. My husband was shocked by his entree as well. I have tried again and again at 5 year intervals and can tell you confidently that things have not changed. The view is great. The food is awful.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Go For The Patio in Summer
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Have any out of town guests in the summer ? This is the place. The view from the outdoor patio is gorgeous and the air when cool is heated by lamps. Indoors it is awful. The ceilings are low and there is NOWHERE you and your guests will not be drowned out by noise. The food is tres passes darlings. Everything is "stacked" a little over the top. They try too hard and the great "kicker" tastes that you would expect in such a place are not there. At lunch avoid the salads . The dressings taste bottled. Service is so so. Lots of youngsters spilling water in the summer and very busy friendly harassed waiters .

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Beach Side Cafe1362 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Nice neighbourhood lunch place
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 1:01am [Dine in]

I go here for one thing ! The Warm Scallop salad. It is not as good as when the original chef created it since the scallops are now sliced in half and there is much more romaine but NEVERTHELESS it draws me back gaian and again. The soups are very disappointing.

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Shanghai Chinese Bistro1124 Alberni Street, Vancouver
We are regulars
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 12:49am [Dine in]

We go there at least once a week. The kids are all at UBC and we get to see them once a week with a Shanghai bribe. Week-end dim sum a la carte is fresh and fabulous. The hand made noodles ( shredded pork with spinach is great) accompanied by deep fried silver thread roll is awesome. The curried beef brisket is succulent and not to be overlooked. Tonight I had the spicy noodles with eggplant which caused disappointment. ( A little heavy on the hoisin sauce.)
An unexpected dessert which is TRANSPORTING are the poppy seed dumplings in ginger soup[. The "soup" is a sweet ginger infusion and the dumplings explode in your mouth. Not to be missed ! If you are a regular expect the fur lined red carpet treatment.

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