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dean__oYaletownSince June 25, 20064 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3.5 (3.3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.5)


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Three Lions Cafe1 East Broadway, #1, Vancouver
A solid offering from the new kids on the block.
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

After watching and waiting to see what would be the results of renovations, we finally made it into the quaint cafe. It appears to be a cozy little place, with a limited "fresh sheet" breakfast menu.

Special of the day was a "veggie" omelette, which two in our party had, and was described as having portobello mushrooms, courgette (zucchini), and red pepper. Some "cheese" was detected, but apparently quite subtle.

Another had the ham hock quiche, and a side of toast. The quiche was good, but the toast was not served with any spread (jam) and was not consumed.

The English breakfast with sausage, eggs, beans, tomatoes, was rapidly devoured.

The fifth in the party had the Eggs Benedict, which were served on "johnnycakes". The eggs were poached perfectly (which seems to be a rarity in Vancouver) and the hollandaise was nicely flavoured and proportioned to accompany the eggs, not drown them.

All the dishes were served with roasted potatoes and a bowl of "leafy green" salad. The potatoes were a touch cold, but the texture indicated freshness, and were nicely seasoned. The salad was lacking any crispness, and seemed to be salty, even though the dressing was light and lemony.

Those who had coffee were pleased with the full bodied flavour.

The table service was adequate, with the waitress being competent and friendly. The wait time for the ordered food was too long, running over half an hour, with a pretty empty dining room at half past ten on a Sunday morning.

Some nice details:
Cutlery, plates, and glasses are high quality and sparkling clean.

The kitchen that can be seen if you are sitting in the right place appears to be clean and well organized.

There is a bar with draught beer, and a Guiness tap.

The table and chairs are a rough hewn wood, which lend a sense of "ye olde English public house" to the place.

I wish it success, and will go back.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
Nostalgia *does* add value.
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

This was my second visit to the Tomahawk, as I happened to be in North Van at dinner time.
The first thing that struck the nostalgia chord was the paper place mat touting the superiority of BC. I recall having lunch at different diners during my childhood years as we traveled up and down Highway 97 to visit Grandma, and they had that same cartoon menu!
Our server was be far the best waitperson I've encountered in months. She was attentive, efficient, patient, and running the whole place by herself. Oh yeah, she gave the owner/manager some friendly sass as she hustled around, which always gets marks in my book.
I had a burger, and the girlfriend the turkey sandwich. First impressions were that the salad and chop portions were too small. The turkey was genuine pieces of roasted turkey, not "luncheon meat", and the cranberry dressing was the store bought type, which "was just like Mom would make".
Burger was tasty; the bun very fresh, and the mushrooms piping hot and garlicky.
Fortunately, the portioning was small enough that a slice of pie was in order.
Raisin was the choice, and like my Mom, the girlfriend said that she didn't like raisin pie. Not even if it was a la mode.
Then she tasted it.
Then we shared it.
All in all, a simple evening. No throbbing music, under dressed servers, or complicated foods.
Next time I'll go for breakfast.

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Mr. Pickwick's Fish & Chips8620 Granville St, Vancouver
Nice Halibut.
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 12:34am [Dine in]

The girlfriend likes the fish and chips, and having been to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal late in the afternoon, we couldn't wait to make it back to "Go Fish", our usual fave.

We popped into Mr. Pickwick's and were surprised by how small it is; four low chairs and two barstools with room to wiggle up to the counter to place an order.

We both ordered Halibut, but I split mine with prawns. I also ordered a side of the "mushy peas"; never having tried them it seemed like the thing to do.

The order came up promptly, hot and fresh. The Halibut were nice sized pieces, and the chips appeared to be fresh cut, but in a "steak fries" sizing. Both were delicious; almost a buttery flavor to the fish batter, and nothing oily or greasy about either. The prawns were good sized, but only four to the serving, which given the price was a disappointment.

The portion of coleslaw that came with was also a bit scant. The tartar had subtle, almost red pepper flavor to it.

The mushy peas? Could have been good, but I didn't care for them.

The only contention that I could have is with the appearance of the place. In such a small space cleanliness is essential, and the kitchen could use a thorough cleaning and polishing. It is a fish and chip shop, but I prefer to see the stainless gleaming. If fast food joints can keep a kitchen clean, then a small operation like this should have no problem doing likewise.

Having said that, I would readily return to this establishment.

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Cafe Crepe796 Granville Street, Vancouver
Never again.
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 6:58pm [Dine in]

I have a nostalgic soft spot for Cafe Crepe, having had some great company while noshing at the different locations.

Having said that, I will never return to this location, and would hesitate going to any of the others based upon the incompetence I have experienced.

After a long morning that ran into the afternoon, hunger pangs were getting the better of me. I walked past a couple of the hot dog carts on the street and bee-lined for the cafe crepe for one of their foot long euro-dogs.

The counter person asked if I wished to have condiments, and I agreed, choosing mustard and mayo. After five or so minutes the dog was brought to me at the dirty counter on a piece of paper towel. I refused the food as it had ketchup and mustard. I reminded the staffer that my order was for mustard and mayo.

Another five or so minutes passed, and another dog was brought to me by the same person, this time with ketchup and mayo. Again I refused the order, politely saying that I do not want ketchup. Off she huffed to return within a minute, with a properly dressed dog.

Unfortunately, the haste of microwaving the food this time rendered it inedible; The first bite was scorching, and then the bun solidified into a solid mass that couldn't me chewed.

I went to the front counter to see the original counter person making espresso drinks, the crepe chef busy at her station, and the two remaining staff turning their backs as I approached.

Into the garbage went my lunch. Five bucks for a lesson learned.

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