Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2008 - 12:14am [Dine in]
I thought I'd check this Irish pub /restaurant out even though it was out by West Broadway near Alma. I read some reviews beforehand and thought it was good enough to try and it also had entertainment. I brought my parents, who are also restauranteurs themselves and thought they would enjoy a pub styled restaurant since they've never been to one. In addition, they always enjoy critiquing a place and comparing it to their own place. We arrived around 7:15 pm on a Friday without appointment, we were greeted very promptly and had plenty of seats to choose from. The place was warm and comfortable. We ordered a few martinis, and the "spinach and artichoke dip" with tortilla chips for appy, and it was very tasty. For entrees, most of opted the 8 oz NY steak ($16.95) and added prawns ($4.95) and I had the Cannemara chicken potpie with salad. My family agreed the steak was delicious (fresh and tender) and my parents said it was way better than eating at the Keg. Music, violins and singing started around 8:20 pm....and I was pleasantly surprised as the entertainment wasn't on a stage, but rather from a table booth where the musicians were sitting, across from our table. The singing and music was not too loud, ie no microphones or speakers, so it was enjoyable. By the time we finished, we were absolutely stuffed. I would have gone for the creme brulee but, it would be pushing the limits, so we passed. I'm not sure what the weekends would be like at this place, but you should check out their website. I chose friday to come here because they have different music venues on different days, I wanted something very Irish. I think I like this Irish pub better than the other Irish pub in Gastown.
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glad to know I wasn't the only one who disliked the food !
Submitted Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 8:48pm [Dine in]
I had to chuckle as I came across this other commentaries. The first time I was there was at least 8 or 9 years ago. A joke was that a friend of mine used to call it "No No" (On On spelled backwards) restaurant . I am asian, Canadian born and was raised by authentic home style Cantonese, and am very aware of the "Chinese Canadian restaurants" around the lower mainland, as my own parents ran one. I have to say, on my first visit. this is the worst Canadian Chinese food I have ever tasted. It was definitely bland and quality of non existent. I would much rather buy something premade at Safeway or Superstore. What's more amazing is that it is still around. But, then, most of the customers are non asian.
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