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dnj060VancouverSince November 27, 200532 Reviews
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Cafe TrafiQ1860 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Try the Chunky Monkey...
Submitted Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

Have only tried two pastries here... Chocolate Croissant and Chunky Monkey (a cake of chunks of banana with a bit of chocolate on top).

Both pastries are delicious and make great companions to coffee.

It's always busy and service is pleasant. Very much a neighbourhood cafe with its quirky charm.

They also serve sandwiches, muffins, scones, etc.

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Presto Cucina1746 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Not for Italian foodies...
Submitted Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

A friend suggested we go here because it's close to home and reasonable... however, for $10.99, a pizza should have toppings and flavour.

I tried a chicken garlic pizza... all I could taste was the crust. Very few toppings. Frozen supermarket pizza is better. And it was the size of a dinner plate.

The counter order system doesn't seem to work as I received my pizza well before my friend's. The servers were in a flap and not very polite.

It's very fast food in terms of ambiance, food and service but with higher prices.

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Kypriaki Taverna1356 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Homestyle Greek...
Submitted Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

Was here once or twice over 20 years ago... ventured back on the suggestion of a friend.

We shared the Vegetarian Platter (just under $35) which was comprised of dolmades, moussaka (minus meat), humus w/pita, roasted potatoes, Greek salad, etc.

The portion of the platter was ample - it was too much for us to eat it all so we took the leftovers home. The quality and flavour of the food was very homemade which is good if that's the calibre of cooking you're looking for.

The service was good. The ambiance a bit cramped and dingy.

Overall, just an ok sort of place. Not the best Greek dining nor the worst.

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Earls10160 152nd Street, Surrey
Not the Earl's of the 80s...
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Had lunch at the location recently. Have never been to this one before and actually haven't patroned any Earl's for a number of years.

Ordered a chicken quesadilla with ceasar salad. Both were 'meh'.

I practically live at Earl's in the 80s and their food was quite good for casual dining. That was then, this is now...

The chain is way past its prime and the menu selections are dull and tired. Food quality, quantity and flavour were not worth the price.

Will think twice before going back but that's probably why I have stayed away from Earl's... because Cactus Club is much superior for casual dining.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1096 South Park Royal, West Vancouver
Why ruin a good thing?
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 11:50am [Dine in]

After the renovation of this location a few years ago, which ruined the look and feel of the restaurant, I had not been back. And haven't been to any Milestone's locations for several years...

When this location opened in the mid 90s, I ate there a lot. The atmosphere was great - the bar area, was open, airy and conducive to enjoying yourself. Had many great times there.

But, as a result of the renovation, the bar was butchered and the fabulous French doors leading out to the patio were covered up with orange panels, making the restaurant dark and depressing.

Anyway, I had dinner there recently. The food was never outstanding and I can vouch for that as I have eaten at this location more times than I can count.

All three of us had the Portobello Mushroom Chicken. It was ok, large portion though. I think it was $17.49 which seemed a bit pricey for a casual dining entree.

The service was good - pleasant and prompt.

Unless someone really wants to go to the Park Royal location, I will not return because of the dreadful ambiance.

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Browns Socialhouse900 Main Street, Park Royal Village, West Vancouver
Not feeling the food...
Submitted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 10:37am [Dine in]

After trying the Browns on Lonsdale two years ago, and was disappointed, I have not ventured back until recently for lunch.

I haven't missed much... Browns is as dismal as it was the first attempt at this small chain.

Food - I had the pizza special for $8. Even at its reduced price, it was not really a pizza but more like a flat bread with a few minuscule toppings. Like three shrimp. A few flecks of feta.

If I had paid the regular price of $13 for the pizza, I would have felt really ripped off.

Service - Attentive, friendly and courteous. Repeatedly asked for refills on iced tea and coffee.

Ambiance - Retro 60s. It wasn't that busy but got quite loud. Music was a bit much. It has an ok vibe. Nothing special though.

Overall, not recommended.

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Hamaei Japanese Restaurant2601 Westview Drive, #620, North Vancouver
Generic Sushi Experience...
Submitted Friday, May 9, 2008 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

Had lunch there after having it recommended by a friend. We had a California Roll, a box of Sashimi, Miso Soup, Tempura.

All food was very average. Many other Japanese restaurants offer the same calibre of food. Even the tea was weak...

If you want quality and innovation, you must go to Zen in West Vancouver.

Service was prompt, always asking us if we wanted more tea.

Ambiance is unfortunately cramped and crowded. Quite dark and dingy too.

Would not recommend unless you were stuck in Westview and had a craving for Japanese.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Tourist Trap?
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

Had lunch there recently and tried the Wild Salmon Burger. Blah. Had a Ceasar to drink. Yuck.

The prices do not warrant the quality of food. It's like churned out junk. My companion had a Ceasar Salad with chicken and it looked dismal.

We both had Ceasars to drink and they tasted like they had no vodka and used some cheap, generic Clamato juice.

The service was minimal even though the restaurant was not busy.

The decor is reminiscent of a tacky bar.

I miss the good old days when it was the English Bay Cafe...

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Bakehouse, The2453 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Lunchy Munchy
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:07pm [Dine in]

Recently visited for lunch and had the Grilled Cheese. Very good. The coffee was also surprisingly tasty.

The ambiance is unfortunately lacking. Really not suitable for more than two people with the cafeteria style set up. Not for a relaxing, leisurely lunch.

Was very busy during the peak lunch period so come early or later to avoid line ups and lack of tables.

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Village Taphouse900 Main Street, #1C, West Vancouver
Much needed Feng Shui...
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

West Van has always lacked decent spots for food and drink... when Steamworks first opened in the Village a few years ago, we gave it a try. The place was ill conceived and the ambiance was so off we only tried it once. Can't recall the food but I have never been impressed with the food of Steamworks even at the Gastown location.

But recently I ventured back since its renovation and ownership by the Cactus Club chain... really dig the new decor.

We sat in the lounge - love the fireplace - had a drink and a bit of food.

I had yam fries (a tad salty) and my companion had a side salad which looked really scrumptious. Both dishes were generous and good value at just under $7 each. My beer was on special for only $3.50.

Service was attentive and prompt. It was fairly busy for a mid week night.

Will certainly return now that it has a vibe that makes you want relax, and enjoy yourself.

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Cafe Crema1495 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
Like your coffee pink?
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

Had meant to try Cafe Crema for some time but never got around to it... had coffee there recently and tried their 'Pink Mocha'. Raspberry infused with a traditional mocha. Delish! A Tall (12 oz) is a pricey $4.33 with tax.

Haven't sampled the food but the small menu is of sandwiches and baked goods.

Ambience is all right, not great. Seating is a bit odd. Background music a tad too loud. Decor is a valiant attempt at urban chic but seems to be lacking something.

Still think of the days of when it was Milieu in its early years. Sigh.

Too bad Cafe Crema closes at 5pm. Wonder why they aren't open evenings. Would do very well if open later.

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Bakehouse, The1050 W Queens Rd, North Vancouver
Patience for Home Style Cooking...
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

Have been to the Bakehouse several times. Its uniqueness is in the home-style cooking. The food itself is mediocre in terms of quality but it definitely doesn't taste or present itself like going out to dine food. It's like eating at Grandma's house...

It's a cramped odd little place. Good luck getting a tiny table and jostling yourself in line to order. It's chaotic and you have to be in a good mood to tolerate this place.

Food and beverages are ordered at the cash regiser, with the menu posted on the chalk board. Then they bring your order to you by calling out your name. Cutlerly, napkins are self serve so really there is no 'service' per se.

It's not cheap but during my last viist, I had the Chicken Mango Stew which was huge ($11.50). It was sliced chicken, mangoes, grean beens atop mashed potatoes and gray, with home made bread on the side The portion was substantial and very filling. You know you've had a meal when you have eaten there.

My companion had the Lamb Stew for the same price and it was such a large portion it couldn't all be eaten.

Their Hot Chocolate is excellent. Better than most baristas.

Try the West Van location on Marine Drive as it's much more spacious and you have room to breathe and enjoy your food.

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Mangia E Bevi2222 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Worth a visit...
Submitted Friday, November 30, 2007 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

Appetizers – We both had the Grilled Vegetable and Goat Cheese Tower with a Balsamic Reduction ($8). And we felt the flavours were a tad simple with the reduction sauce being very strong. Presentation was simple yet appealing.

Entrees - I had the Scallop & Apple Ravioli with Champagne Sauce ($22) and my companion had the Spaghetti with Pesto, Grilled Asparagus, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts ($18).

Both entrees were of excellent quality. The freshness of the ingredients was apparent. The portions were substantial. We had to take half of the spaghetti home. One small detail about my entrée, the scallop was a tad over cooked.

Dessert – Creme Brulée. Simple presentation but rich and creamy ($7.50).

Drinks – I had a martini modeled after a Caesar. Good but not great. My companion had the Apple Martini and it was fabulous ($8.50).

Coffee - was also of quality. My Americano was smooth and rich. Cappuccino was equally nice.

Service – Example of what pleasant, unpretentious, service should be. Although we went on a slow night, and the place was about ¼ full, the service was attentive and welcoming. There was a mishap with the martinis and, without making it known, the martinis were deducted from the bill. Very gracious. There was another slight problem with guests at a table close to ours so that may have also been why the drinks were comped. Nice gesture. Makes for excellent customer service.

Ambiance – A bit lacking. It’s not entirely their fault as this location has hosted many businesses over the years and it would require substantial time, effort and money to truly convert it to a restaurant. It did not appear a lot of money was spent to upgrade the space. So, it felt a little odd having a great meal in peculiar surroundings. The décor is all right but lacks an inviting feel and style.

Overall – Definitely worth a visit for the food. Given time, it will become a staple place to eat in the West Van restaurant scene.

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Rosie's on Robson298 Robson Street, Vancouver
New York Deli transformed into an English Pub
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

Used to come to Rosie's for lunch 10 years ago and it was pretty good. Now, it's owned and operated by Elephant & Castle so it's entirely different.

Had lunch there recently and it was not good. I had Chicken Pot Pie for $10 and it was dismal. Not much filling and bits and pieces of cartilage in the chicken. It also came with a side salad.

The decor is different too and modeled after an English pub (go figure). It used to be reminiscent of a New York Deli in terms of its menu and decor.

Service was good but the ambiance was odd. The room seems to lack continuity. Feels more like a cafeteria with dark furniture.

Would not go back again or recommend. It's not terrible but not worth spending the time or money. There are other choices in the area that are better.

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Red Lion Bar & Grill, The2427 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Menu Makeover...
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Have been there several times since it opened a few years ago. Hadn't been back for a year when I was there for dinner and had a chicken/pasta dish which was delicious and still on the menu.

We have always enjoyed the food, service, decor and ambiance of a neighbourhood pub.

However, for our most recent visit, we had lunch and the dining experience was not the same. For both of us, the food was merely so-so. I concur with the other reviewers that the Red Lion is inconsistent and the prices are too high.

I had the Chicken Pot Pie which was a staggering $16. It consisted of a French pastry with typical chicken pot pie filling, albeit small. The contents of the pie were a tad salty. The dish was served with a big chunk of broccoli, mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley (mostly corn). My lunch companion had a open faced sandwich trio of shrimp, turkey and salmon at $9.75.

We each had a sleeve of Strongbow at $7 a pop. And had Crème Caramel and Tiramisu for another $7 each. The desserts were ok. Not great. The Tiramisu was covered with shaved chocolate and not of very good quality.

Service - two young girls alternated serving us. They were prompt but not particularly friendly.

Because the Red Lion is so close to home, it's an obvious choice since there is a serious lack of eating establishments in West Van to choose from.

The ambiance is still pleasant, welcoming and cozy. However, the menu needs revamping for selection, quality and value.

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Moxie's Classic Grill180 West Georgia, Vancouver
Not for a foodie...
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

Visited Moxie's for the first time recently for lunch. I wasn't expecting too much given the genre of the chain.

However, I was a little surprised that for a $10 clubhouse sandwich the turkey was the roll type, not even real sliced turkey. It came with a side mixed spring greens salad which was better than the sandwich. The bread was white and cheap. Not much else on the sandwich, it seemed like a bunch of bread with one slice of turkey roll and a meager bit of cheese.

My lunch companion had a salmon sandwich which she described as "dry".

Even though Moxie's is of the Earl's, Red Robin, Cactus Club variety, I found the decor and ambiance quite appealing and more upscale than the menu.

The service was prompt and efficient but the girls serving us carried a bit of an attitude (even at the hostess desk).

Overall, I may try Moxie's again, with a different menu selection but I know what to expect.

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Cassis420 W Pender, Vancouver
French Bistro Rip Off
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

Had a business lunch there recently. There were two of us and we had crepes. These were not crepes. These were thick, crusty bread like things with MINIMAL filling. Mine was supposed to have brie and peach chutney. Tiny sliver of brie with a tiny bit of chopped peaches. For dessert, I had creme brulee. Not good. The brulee had palatable pieces of sugar undissolved.

Service was prompt but despondent. The room was nice although a tad dark.

Overall, the food is extremely overpriced for the quality and value for your money. I believe the crepes were in the $13 range which is outrageous for what was served.

Do yourself a favour - don't waste your money here.

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Taylor's Crossing Restaurant and Brewpub1035 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Pleasantly surprised...
Submitted Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Haven't been to Taylor's Crossing in about four years. The first time wasn't worthy of returning but we decided to give it a try as my fellow diner had also been there before and did not care for the food et al. However, our second experience was surprisingly good with an early dinner before a movie.

The 5 Chees Pizza was good value - the ingredients were of decent quality and the portions large. My fellow diner had Halibut and Chips which was apparenlty one of the better samplings of fish and chips they had been served at a restaurant.

Service was the best part of the dining experience. Although it was quiet, the servers made an effort to be attentive, prompt and courteous. And, the ambiance was casual and relaxed.

The only minus is the decor - it has seen better days and looks dated and worn (I noticed on the way out that the hardwood floors were in dire need of refinishing).

Overall, we enjoyed our dinner and would return to try other menu items.

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Zen Japanese Restaurant2232 Marine Dr., #101, West Vancouver
Suburban Innovation
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2007 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

Haven't been to Zen in three or four years. Was not disappointed with a recent visit. Same excellent food quality and taste. The Popcorn Shrimp Roll is outstanding in its uniqueness. We also had Tempura as well as the Special BC Roll and Seawall Roll. All were delicious.

The atmosphere is light and jovial with many family regulars. Service is quite good witih prompt delivery of dishes.

Zen is not cheap. But well worth the price. Our dinner, with one beer and one carafe of warm sake, with tax, was about $73.

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Gusto Di Quattro1 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Like your Italian sweet n'salty?
Submitted Monday, November 20, 2006 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

So dismayed by the dinner eaten at Gusto Di Quattro this weekend that it almost seems unbelievable that a restaurant in the high end price range, with a solid reputation, would serve inferior fare under the pretence of being good Italian, that it boggles the mind…

Ambience - casual, relaxed and quite pleasant.

Service, well, they had one server on for almost full restaurant (even though the place is small). The server was polite yet brisk and despondent. There was a long lapse in between our appetizers and the arrival of our mains. I would expect they could staff their restaurant adequately and not be so obviously cheap about their guest per server ratio.

The food – this is where the experience becomes regrettable. My appetizer was touted as “phyllo stuffed with brie, goat cheese, sliced chicken breast and homemade fig jam with a balsamic syrup”. I ended up with two over baked pieces of phyllo with nary a hint of its supposed stuffings. It was served with a silly sweet fig dressing at an outrageous price of $12.95. Major rip off.

My fellow diner had crab and corn chowder for $8.95 that tasted like it was made with fillers rather than fresh, quality ingredients.

For my main, I had “ravioli filled with wild mushrooms, mascarpone cheese and white truffle oil in a light porcini cream” ($21.95) - it tasted and looked like it had been drying out under a heat lamp too long. It was way salty (to mask its low quality). My fellow diner had their lasagna special for $18.95. No raves, just meh.

For dessert, we tried our luck at the Tiramisu…how can a legit Italian restaurant mess that up? They did. It was like a supermarket’s rendition of the classic. To add insult to injury, my espresso was beyond bitter…

Presentation was hokey. Not even appealing.

What to say but don’t bother – it’s a sham and a shame that you can’t get decent food at even at – supposedly – one of the better restaurants Vancouver has to offer…

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