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dnj060VancouverSince November 27, 200532 Reviews
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Kelsey's1378 Main Street, North Vancouver
Big Chain from Ontario...
Submitted Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 9:49am [Dine in]

We went for a bite to eat before going to a movie at Park & Tilford and this was one of very few options in the Park & Tilford area. And, I had passed by Kelsey's numerous times and was curious as to what it was all about...

So, I went on their website to check out the menu - it's standard burgers, steaks and pastas from an inexpensive family restaurant chain. I was surprised that the chain has 90+ stores all across Canada. I figured that they must be doing someothing right and we would give it a try...

Unfortunately, it was terrible. I had a chicken burger and the bun was almost soggy and with no sauce, not even mayo, served with some horrible coleslaw. This was about $9. My fellow diner had a hamburger, with fries, and that was dry and tasteless.

The room is sort of like Denny's and the food fits into that genre too. The service was ok... that being said, don't bother with Kelsey's as it's one of the most generic, low quality restaurant around.

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White Spot752 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
bleh
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

Having been born and raise in Vancouver, I have been to many White Spots over the years. And have been to the Park Royal location numerous times, however, over the past 15+ yeas, White Spot has deteriortated so much that I rarely patronize their restaurants. But sometimes a Triple O burger is what I like.

The burger was mushy, the fries limp...

The service was beyond bad. We waited 45 minutes from when we were seated to when our food arrived, and it wasn't that busy.

How the restuarant has been renovated into a quasi sports bar seems bizarre. It's always been a family breakfast/burger stop.

I don't think I will return as it's not worth the wait and the disappointment. I've had enough of White Spot in my life and I know I'm not missing out!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
So not worth the bucks...
Submitted Monday, September 18, 2006 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

The Keg has never been known for outstanding food. Yes, it's a big chain restaurant. But, still, for $100 (taxes/tip included) for two people at dinner, you would expect a bit better...

There is no value for your money... we shared one appetizer (crab cakes), had two entrees (I had a baked salmon special and my guest had prime rib), two drinks each and when all was said and done we left feeling dissatified with our meal.

The portions are large but there is something to be said for quality and taste. My entree was dry, overcooked and flavourless. The crab cakes were dismal. Their signature drink, Caesar, was watery and not worth the $8 for The Keg Size.

However, on a brighter note, the service was prompt, efficient and friendly. The atmosphere is good, nice family dining out vibe.

I have been to this location a number of times and this last experience was less than previous visits... although I have never had a "wow" food experience at any Keg.

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Cactus Club Cafe101 Schoolhouse Street, #110, Coquitlam
sumin sumin...
Submitted Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Is goin' on with Cactus Club Cafes... I recently wrote a review of the Park Royal location - noting that the food quality seems to have deteriorated.

So, I was at the Coquitlam location, which I have patroned a few times, and was quite disappointed in my Cheddar Veggie Burger. Blah. And way over cooked. Not enough mayo/relish either. Had a side Ceasar salad which was all right.

Our waitress was downright weird... she did her job adequately but her behaviour was odd (won't bore you with details). But what was most disconcerting was that when she brought back our change, she said that she left out the 44 cents because she didn't have it!?! Like, isn't that illegal to not give correct change?

I don't particularly like the Coquitlam location but it's an after Ikea lunch stop (never eat at the Ikea cafeteria).

Anyway, the Cactus Club chain seems to be declining in their quality of food. Not that the food was great but at least moderately satisfying.

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Kingston Taphouse & Grille755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Basic Pub Grub
Submitted Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch... overall, it was just ok.

Food - Large portions (had Roast Turkey Sandwich) but lacking in quality and taste. Sandwich was served on a baguette, with fries (old and flaccid), and a small casear salad (a few bits of lettuce with barely any dressing). The person I was with had pizza which looked pretty good. Oh yes, we shared Edame (never had it before)... that was so-so.

Service - Good (prompt) but not too friendly.

Ambiance - Nice but forgettable. It wasn't very busy so the room seemed big and vacant. The decor is pleasant (for a pub style restaurant).

This place is one of those "let's do a casual lunch"... not known for its food per se but at least it's better than a fast food lunch.

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Cactus Club Cafe855 Main Street, West Vancouver
Hum drum...
Submitted Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

I know Cactus Club quite well (I would estimate conservatiely that I have patroned the chain's various locations 60+ times but, then again, that's spanning 18 years) with the first shack on Pemberton in North Van.

The reason I'm choosing to write a review now is because the last couple of visits to the Park Royal location have not been quite right... the quality of the food seems to be declining. Although Cactus Club has never been known for its food, you come to expect a certain level of satisfaction with your food.

There is a new menu item - Hawaiian Tuna Poke ($10) - that was good but tasted a bit cheap. It's an appetizer with sashimi tuna, tropcial salsa, avacado, wonton chips, etc. It was presented well with a fair portion but something was amiss. On a previous visit, the Chocolate Lava Cake was not that great and my Veggie Burger (what I have ordered many, many times) was dull and not very fresh.

The restaurant layout and atmosphere of the Park Royal location is not the best Cactus Club has to offer. My favourite location is Broadway & Granville. It's always very busy at the Park Royal site and it's hard to get a seat even in the bar/lounge.

Service is always pretty good and consistent so they must have a good training program for the staff as regarless of location the service and attitude are about the same.

Overall, I still enjoy Cactus Club however it just may be the Park Royal location that needs some fine tuning in the kitchen. Otherwise, it's a great place for a casual relazed bite to eat.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
A family affair...
Submitted Friday, July 21, 2006 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Well, after having been here numerous times since it transitioned from the beloved Peppi's, I feel my last visit at The Beach House was about the same as my last several visits. Mediocre.

When the restaurant first became The Beach House in the early 90s, it was upscale but over the years, and one bad renovation later, it has devolved into a family restaurant for West Vancouver (not a bad thing but this is not a fine dining experience).

We shared the Crab Dip (pita chips were nice with an overly cream cheese dip), shared a bitter Crab/Arugula Salad, then a very salty with tough pasta Crab Ravioli and finally a Creme Brulee (tiny and not that great). I had one speciality drink - Watermelon Ice Tea which was refreshing on a hot summer night.

Our server, we sat in the lounge, was hurried, forgetful, disinterested... there seemed to be an over abundance of staftt (we counted at least 20). They were all scurrying around like disorganized rats with confused and mixed up orders. The service is comparable to Earl's et al. Lucky if you get noticed in all th flurry of chaos.

Ambience - when TBH was new, the room and ambience were nice, however, the last renovation made a mess of the bar/lounge area and the colour scheme is way too dark. And from the bar/lounge you cannot enjoy the view.

Overall, this is a nice place to go with family or friends but don't go for a special occasion.

ps, the night we were there the ladies' room was out of tissue in two stalls and one stall was out of service. We had to tell the hostess and they reacted with the "deer caught in headlights".

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Ocean Club, The100 Park Royal, #105, West Vancouver
Lounge Lizard...
Submitted Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 9:56am [Dine in]

The Ocean Club is set up primarily as a lounge and bar. Not so much as a restaurant. It has 10 double-sided sofas in the center of one big room. And they are all white. In fact, all the bar stools and dining charis are white, too. Which makes for an interesting design concept.

It's not cheap here. Especially for drinks - martinis are $10 and a small sleeve of import draft beer is $7.50.

The menu is very limited but the appetizers are surprisingly good in terms of taste and quality. Presentation is just so-so. We shared Crab Cakes ($14) which were excellent. Yam Fries ($6) and a Spicy Tuna tartare ($8) - both of these were quite scrumptious.

It wasn't very busy when we were there and the OC seems to attract an odd mix of clientele. So the ambiance was a bit... odd. Although I will go there again to see if they were having an off night... and I would go back just for the delicious crab cakes!

The service was inconsistent by the first server and later on the service improved when a new server started in our section. Both servers were very polite and attentive when they did stop by.

Overall, this seems like it could be a great place to see and be seen. They just need to improve the menu and perhaps re-evaluate their prices.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Ships Ahoy!
Submitted Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 9:15am [Dine in]

I have been to Cardero's three times - 5+ years ago for dinner, once in the lounge/bar two years ago and most recently in the lounge (never been to the patio).

Anyway, each time, over the years, the experience has been about the same. The location and its view being the best aspect of Cardero's.

For my most recent visit, we wanted an afternoon drink and snack so we decided Cardero's would be perfect to relax by the water. The lounge has big leather chairs but unfortunately they were all taken so we ended up sitting at a table right above the dock. Very nice. Very nautical. Very Vancouver.

We only had beer (no price on the menu but on the bill a sleeve of draft beer was $5.13) and we shared a Homus plate ($9.95). The portion of the appetizer was quite small but of good quality and presentation. Quite tasty. The menu selection has changed and there is too much seafood and not enough variety of items (especially for appetizers).

Even though the lounge was about a 1/3 full, there was only one server staffed so the service was a bit spotty. However, the girl was pleasant and polite (not her fault she was the only one there).

Overall, this is a great place to take out of town guests or a date. The view is impressive and the ambience is casual and relaxed.

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Browns Socialhouse1764 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Cactus Club Wannabe
Submitted Sunday, May 14, 2006 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

It's like stepping into a hokey attempt at being Cactus Club. If you enjoy the decor, service, menu selection and food at Cactus Club, Browns will surely disappoint.

Food quality was poor. We shared yam fries ($6) and they were dry and overcooked. Spicy but tasteless. They were like bagged frozen fries you woul buy at the supermarket.

I had a salad/rice bowl with blackened chicken ($9). The menu said it was served with black beans and salsa. There were no black beans and the salsa tasted like the cheapest store bought type. The rice was cold and mushy. The chicken piece served with the rice was tiny. The salad was ok but it was chintzy on the dates and feta. My fellow diner had the Roasted Chicken Sandwich ($10) and it was said to be bland with a lack of sauce. It was served with regular fries which, again, were dry and overcooked and cheap. It also came with a teeny salad.

They only have two desserts, Key Lime Pie and an Oreo Cookie Sandwich (both $6). So, if you like dessert, you will be sorely disappointed with the selection. We didn't try either dessert but given the quality and taste of the other food, it would have been a waste of money.

Service was all right. Probably the best part of the Browns experience.

The Lonsdale location is very small and feels cramped and does not have a good ambience.

Overall, I would not recommend Browns. For the same concept, go to Cactus Club where you know the food will be good (even if a tad more expensive).

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Fleuri845 Burrard St, Vancouver
How the Fleuri Stole Christmas...
Submitted Monday, December 26, 2005 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

After not having ventured out to a Christmas day buffet for 10 years, last year we decided to try the Four Seasons’ brunch and it was horrid (food & service). This year, we tried the Fleuri at Sutton Place, hoping it would be better, unfortunately Fleuri disappointed.

Food: Mediocre quality & quite limited selections - the food was not innovative as items were those you would have at any buffet. If the food quality and flavours were exceptional, the lack of interesting choices would have been a consolation; however, the dishes were quite bland. To be fair, the dishes were well presented and replenished frequently.

Service: The restaurant seemed to be somewhat understaffed which resulted in a manic air to the service. The service was adequate but the staff was overly hurried and a tad abrupt although they were very polite and tried to make the best of the situation (it’s not their fault that the management did not schedule enough staff for a fully booked restaurant).

Ambiance: There was virtually no Christmas atmosphere in the restaurant which really marred our experience. There was no holiday decorating in Fleuri (only the hotel lobby) and no ice sculpture at the buffet. There was a pianist and guitarist who were playing lounge music (ie. On Broadway) but did not play any Christmas tunes?! The guest tables were decorated with tiny fake plastic holly/greenery in small vases. You would think they could at least have real greenery cuttings for the tables. The buffet tables were very poorly laid out so there wasn’t enough room to navigate and there were bottle-necks of people trying to access the food which was annoying and awkward.

Overall: You would expect more from a 5 star hotel – the buffet experience was comparable to a 3.5 star. If you appreciate good food, nice surroundings, with a festive feel, don’t waste your money ($55 per person, excluding tax & tip). Instead, cook food that tastes great in the Christmassy coziness of your own home!

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Azure Mediterranean Bistro3135 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
What a joke...
Submitted Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 11:27am [Dine in]

Recently I had lunch there, the menu posted on the door was limited but seemed well-priced and given the lack of restaurants in Edgemont Village, this seemed like worth trying. Over the years, this site has been the location of several different restaurants. I had what was supposed to be a Chicken Panini ($8) - instead, the bread was a sesame seed topped French loaf with a tiny bit of chicken and edam cheese. The sandwich tasted like toasted bread. It was served with a miniscule mixed green salad with a balsamic type dressing. My fellow diner had the Frittata ($8) which apparently was bland and very small. It looked like a white egg omelette. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant and there were two people serving yet they couldn't manage the two or three tables. I had coffee ($2) and it was dreadful and my fellow diner had hot chocolate ($3.50), which was served in a tiny cup and was tasteless. There was a table of four next to us and they were dismayed at the food and service as well so it wasn't just us... perhaps dinner is better but given the stingy portions (the server told the group of four that they couldn't afford to split salads in half!?!) and the dismal service, it would be unlikely that it gets any better. Don't bother as you will be hungry when you leave and frustrated by the lack of proper service.

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