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EarlPearlNorth VancouverSince March 22, 200969 Reviews
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Pizza Garden1596 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
A solid Neapolitan pizza place
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 8:09pm [Take-out]

We've never ordered from Pizza Garden before but reviews for the pizzas seemed good although tempered by a number of complaints about the poor delivery service. So we ordered takeout to be safe. Two extra-large pies, a Parma Prosciutto and a Pizza Magic, for 5 people. We probably could have eaten most of a third pie, it was so good.

If you're expecting Pizza Hut style pizza, look elsewhere. Ready for pickup in literally mere minutes, it was classic Neapolitan pizza, thin smoky and crispy bubbled-up crust fired super hot for a couple minutes in a red hot wood oven with minimalist toppings. In Naples the crust is the starring canvas and the rich pomodoro (tomato) sauce, fresh soft mozzarella and flavourful toppings paint it. The Parma Prosciutto had a rich pomodoro sauce finished with fresh mozza and arugula but they were a bit too minimalist on the ham for my liking. The Pizza Magic was a loaded vegetarian pie with a rich herby basil, artichoke and spinach topping, probably the best of the 2 although opinions differed.

Tab for the two pies for 5 people was just under $50 so that's pretty good value for dinner for 5. Next time I think we'll try a Pepperoni and a Deli Italiano for more meat and heat. And maybe order that third pie just to be safe.

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Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant7546 Edmonds St, Burnaby
Spicy evening
Submitted Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 5:50am [Dine in]

We were picking friends up in New West/Burnaby for dinner last Friday and they wanted to try something different so I searched for ethnic restaurants in the area and found the Abyssinia. Not many reviews but mostly good and in any event it's tough to go wrong with Ethiopian food so I made a reservation for 6 at 6. Parking is thin on Edmonds but we found a spot on the side street. The restaurant is small with seating for about 25 and it is tucked back from the street with a small patio in front. There was only one other table with a couple Ethiopian guys eating so we likely didn't need to make a reservation although it did secure us a large table at the window.

The sole Ethiopian hostess turned out to also be the cook but she was very friendly and had no problem getting us drinks, making recommendations and helping us select the right amount of food before retreating to the kitchen to prepare it. We ordered 2 vegetarian platters, 2 meat and veggie platters, a lamb Tibis and a signature beef Kitfo, all shared on a large Injera bread platter. We ordered some Tej (honey wine) and a couple Ethiopian beers for drinks to start.

Two of our friends had never had Ethiopian food and they were very impressed with the whole concept of sharing and eating with your fingers and pieces of Injera. Overall the food was excellent, a bit spicier than other Ethiopian restaurants we've eaten at but nothing we couldn't handle. The lamb Tibis was especially good and spicy and we fought over the last bit of the creamed spinach. Total bill for 6 with drinks and tip was $130 so it's good value. We highly recommend the Abyssinia.

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Yolk's1298 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Great breakfast
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

We hit Yolk's at their funky place on Hastings and Clark last weekend for breakfast and really enjoyed it. Wife had a double smoked bacon double eggs on lemon truffle hashbrowns with sharp white cheddar and I settled on their apparently famous chicken and waffles. Wife's hashbrowns were yummy, I pinch as many as I could get away with. The 2 pieces of fried chicken were juicy and crunchy and made a nice contrast with the sweet waffle. Probably the best chicken and waffles I've had in a while. Service was smooth and friendly with our chatty servers. Great breakfast experience, very reasonable prices.......we'll be back with friends while they are still at this location.

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Fish Shack, The1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good pre-game lunch
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2015 - 8:03am [Dine in]

We stopped in at the Fish Shack for a late lunch before the Canada-Swiss FIFA game. We got a table near the front entrance patio which was nice with the breeze. I can understand some people's complaints about the close quarters among tables. Service was fine.

Our calamari appetizer was pretty good, a different breading, not as crunchy as most but the aioli was very tasty. Fish and chips for both of us. My haddock was very good, crispy batter, lots of fish. Hand cut fries were perfect. The horseradish coleslaw was a bit overdressed with dressing running out into the fries, making some soggy. Wife's cod was also good but a bit small so I shared some haddock with her. She didn't care for the Asian coleslaw, it was very overdressed and didn't appeal to her at all. But generally she loved her F&C.

$58 for two with tip. Overall, other than the slaws missing the mark a bit, it was a good pre-game lunch. And Canada won. Yea!

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Milestone's Grill and Bar2745 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam
Great group lunch
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2015 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

A dozen of us planned to meet at this Milestone's last Sunday for lunch so we made a reservation for 12:30pm. We only had to wait about ten minutes while they pulled our table together and we were promptly offered drinks.

Everyone ordered off the brunch and lunch menus and everyone seemed to like their selection. Not a gripe in the bunch which is most unusual. The 2 piece cod and frites I had was very good, crispy panko crusted fish with excellent fries. Heard rave reviews about the eggs bennies and Mayan burger.

Took 40 minutes to get our food after ordering but that was to be expected given they wanted to serve us all at the same time, which was appreciated. And settling the cheque was surprisingly easy...kudos to our server.

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Hachi Hana1426 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great sushi at good prices
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:31pm [Take-out]

We've only ever had takeout sushi from the Hachi Hana as opposed to eating in but the quality has always been very good by the time we got it home. Certainly worth the struggle to find parking on mid-Lonsdale. Wait time was only 20 minutes on a Friday....awesome I think. I'd like to try dine in and some of their sushi bar specials and other Japanese dishes with a large Sapporo although I think the restaurant probably fills up quickly.

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Flying Wedge Pizza Co.140 Brooksbank Ave, #333, North Vancouver
Still very good gourmet pizzas
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 12:53pm [Take-out]

Anytime we want to splurge on pizza instead of suffering with the bland, greasy, pedestrian pies from the cheap pizza chains, we order a couple pies from Flying Wedge for pickup. This time we got the "buy one large, get 50% off the second" deal. The Sicilian Express was a 3 pepperoni with mushrooms on a thin flax crust. Very tasty and the 3 types of pepperoni complimented each other nicely. To fool ourselves we were eating some healthy veggies, we also ordered a Tuscan Garden with artichokes, zucchini, tomatoes, olives and feta. It was good but paled against the Sicilian Express flavour-wise. Should have gone with their new Tres Belle. The two pies were $36, skipping the pop part of the deal, which isn't actually much more than some of the other pizza chains. Worth the quality I think.

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Trattoria757 Main Street, Park Royal South, West Vancouver
Nice place but the kitchen needs some work
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

Three of us hit the Trattoria for our first time around 6 pm on a Friday. Only a few tables were occupied so we were seated promptly. Marble tabletops and red and white checkered dinner napkins are the main decorative nods to an Italian Trattoria. It looked like a good place to hang with a group of friends over drinks after work and small groups drifted in while we ate dinner.

The brief menu focuses on pastas and pizzas with some side and dinner salads/antipasto and breaded veal/chicken dishes. Waiter didn't mention any specials so we chose off the menu. Service was very attentive and the food arrived promptly so full marks for service.

But we were a bit disappointed with the food. My Caesar starter salad was nice, crisp and garlicky so that was a good start. But I was halfway through my linguine carbonara before I realized the bitter aftertaste I was detecting was burnt garlic and not just a sharp cheese. The prosciutto pizza that one tablemate ordered had a lovely slightly charred thin crust but the sauce was pronounced bland and the prosciutto and cheese were just dropped cold on the hot pizza . A minute back in the pizza oven would have warmed and crisped up the prosciutto and melted the mozza. The spaghetti and signature meatballs that our other tablemate had was well executed but the marinara sauce was also quite bland, likely the same sauce used on the pizza. We're used to more kick in our Italian food so that was a little disappointing.

Three entrees, a Caesar salad and an iced tea came to $82 with tip so the value without alcohol is decent.

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Narrows Public House1970 Spicer Rd, North Vancouver
Dinner, typical pub style
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 9:11am [Dine in]

Three of hit the Narrows for dinner on a Thursday night. I hadn't been there since it was the old Maplewood. We got there at 5pm so it was still happy hour with $3 sleeves of lager or pale ale. We had planned to sit downstairs near the fireplace but the Canucks were playing back east and all the big screens were blasting the game so we retreated upstairs to a slightly quieter table in the "nightclub" part of the pub where we could talk.
We ordered a spicy chorizo pizza which was nicely done, a calamari which was fine but would be better if they used a crispy batter instead of breading, and a pulled pork sandwich which was a bit bland but the fries that came with it were very good. The single server did her best to make sure we were well served but she was obviously a bit overworked by the time we finished up. Overall with tip the tab was $70 including 5 sleeves of pale ale. Next time we go there, we'll check the sports schedule first, hit happy hour for the beer deal, and share a few pizzas.

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
A fun and delicious birthday dinner
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2015 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

We booked a table for 5 for a birthday dinner at Harambe on Sunday evening. Commercial can be a challenge for parking at night in the pouring rain but we managed to squeeze into a vacant slot close to the restaurant.

We've eaten at a couple of other Ethiopian restaurants in the city before but not the Harambe and one of our party said it was her favorite so we took the recommendation.The Harambe is nicely decorated in African themes with not too loud background music. There were only a handful of people in the restaurant so service was good.

A couple of our table mates had never had Ethiopian food before so the lack of cutlery and the large Chef's combo platter we shared were quite a novelty for them. Everything was delicious and authentic from the various wots to the teff injera bread. There was plenty to eat with leftovers for one of our mates to take home.

We also enjoyed a decanter of their tej honey wine which was a sweet treat to toast our birthday boy with. And the bill for 5 with the wine and a generous tip was only $110.......excellent value. Highly recommended.

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Re-Up BBQ810 Quayside Drive, #114, New Westminster
Barbecue breakfast sandwiches
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

We were out poking around the River Market this morning, looking for a bite to eat, and decided to try a couple of their breakfast sandwiches. Expensive at $5.25 each but delicious and well worth the investment for our tummies. A lovely buttermilk (?) biscuit stuffed with perfectly fried egg and lots of their home-smoked bacon. Yum. We'll have to come back and try some of their barbecue.

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Mooyah1431 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Quality fast food
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 10:20am [Dine in]

Mooyah is an American chain that specializes in quality burgers, fries and milkshakes at a premium price, similar to Veras, Fatburger and Manhattans. Ordering from the menu to construct your burger is quite complicated...like following a flow chart for assembling an Ikea desk so it takes a little getting used to. Three of us grabbed a booth for dinner and ordered burgers and fries at the counter with cups of free tap water. Bill was $43 which seems pretty steep for B&F but the quality of the grilled burgers and fries was excellent. If you like your burgers "your way", there are plenty of options on the menu to explore. We'll go back. Maybe try a milkshake next time.

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Club Ilia8902 University High St, Burnaby
Nice little cafe/bistro/club/bar/pub on Burnaby Mountain
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 10:12am [Dine in]

I've been to Club Ilia for lunch a couple times with friends and have enjoyed both times. It gets busy over lunch which is testimony to its popularity with locals. Menu is pizzettas, sandwiches and burgers, salads, pasta, and other typical pub/bistro fare. I've tried the Rueben and the graduate burger and both were very good. Service is efficient, there are a variety of beers available, and the atmosphere is cozy.

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Meat & Bread1033 West Pender St, Vancouver
Sometimes great, sometimes just okay
Submitted Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 8:23pm [Take-out]

Meat and Bread is very close to where I sometimes work and I've grabbed a sandwich from there 4 or 5 times so far. Several times, I've had amazing sandwiches and a couple times the bread has been dry or too chewy to eat easily. The corned beef and curried chicken were my favorites; the vegetarian was my least favorite. I don't expect gourmet for those prices so overall it's a good price for a quick bite that satisfies and that's all you really need for a working lunch.

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Palki Restaurant116 East 15th St., North Vancouver
A Great Indian Supper for Three
Submitted Friday, October 3, 2014 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

I always ignore reviews for restaurants based on lunch buffets...totally different experience from an a la carte dinner. Palki had some poor reviews largely based on lunch buffet experiences so we three decided to give Palki a try for dinner on a Friday night, being lovers of good Indian food and never having been to Palki before. The restaurant is nicely decorated, muted brown tones, a few Indian wall hangings with Indian bollywood music playing in the background. The aromas when you walk in the door are spicy and mouth-watering. So far so good. There were only a few other tables occupied so service was friendly and efficient provided by our two servers.

We started with two mango lassi’s and an IPA, then ordered 2 sides of tandoori naan, 2 bowls of basmati rice, lamb rogan josh, tandoori prawns, channa masala, and murgh vindaloo, all medium heat which turned out to be just right for us. All the food was excellent. The red tandoori prawns arrived sizzling with black char marks on an iron plate with a bed of seared onions. The lamb rogan josh and murgh vindaloo were very rich and well spiced and the sauces were nicely mopped up with their lovely tandoori grilled naan bread. Delicious. One of the best Indian meals we’ve had for a while and we’re already planning to visit again soon to try some more of their tandoori dishes.

Total bill was $96 including a nice tip for efficient service....we were out of there in just under an hour with a small doggy bag to fight over.

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Sailor Hagar's Brew Pub86 Semisch Avenue, North Vancouver
Dinner and beers with the boys
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:06am [Dine in]

Three of us hit Sailor Hagar's brew pub on a Saturday evening for dinner and beers. Haven't been there for years. It was sunny but a bit chilly for the patio but we had our choice of window tables inside. Great view of Vancouver and the harbour.

We tried most of their craft brews over a calamari starter, the Bitter and Nut Brown ale were our favorites. Calamari was good, crisp in a tempura batter with some veggies thrown in. I had the rustic chorizo and asiago pizza which was good but could have used a minute more in the oven to get a crisper bottom crust. Three fish tacos with crispy fish and slaw was another good choice. The beef dip was huge, with a bowl of excellent crispy fries. Overall the food and service was excellent and we had a great boys dinner. And it was a short walk downhill to the quay to catch a cab home.

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NSCS Discovery1515 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Breakfast at the Jericho hostel
Submitted Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 7:53am [Dine in]

We popped into the Discovery Café downstairs at the Jericho Youth Hostel for breakfast while scootering around the area on a sunny Saturday morning. Ordered the corn beef hash for me and the others got Chuckwagon breakfasts. Coffees was rich and we enjoyed a couple cups while we waited about 40 minutes for meals. There were only a couple other tables occupied so I don't know why it took so long but we weren't in any rush.

The corned beef hash was excellent...real corned beef (texture like pulled pork) with roast potatoes, onions and red peppers seared up with two soft poached eggs and hollandaise on top. The Chuckwagons were scrambled eggs, sausage patties, bacon, hash brown potatoes and a dish of baked beans. Each breakfast came with an enormous wedge biscuit with butter and jam. Lots of delicious food. Bill for three people was $42 including a tip. We'd definitely come back for breakfast and now we're wondering what lunch/dinner would be like.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House657 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Pricey but a nice treat
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

We don't frequent the Dutch House for anything other than the pannakoeken, those thick crepe-like pancakes with all the toppings. Spread the fillings out, roll the pannakoeken up, dress it with butter, syrup or even ketchup and start in the middle with your knife and fork and work your way out. Always a nice break from the traditional breakfast fare.

The House is small, about a dozen tables, and quaintly decorated.The 3 of us got there about 830am on Easter Monday, only a few tables were occupied. Service was fast and efficient by the single, pleasant server. Strong, dark dutch coffee woke me up with a kick. We ordered the bratwurst and eggs pannakoeken, the banana and walnut pannakoeken, and the Canadian (bacon and eggs) pannakoeken. All were great in their own ways. My bratwurst was nicely seared but more like a european weiner than a German bratwurst. Still good, just different. The banana and walnut pannakoeken was excellent according to number 2 son who brought part home with him.

The bill for 3 was $64 with tip. A bit expensive for breakfast but you're paying in part for the pannakoeken experience.

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Beijing Noodle House6451 Buswell St, #190, Richmond
Big Bowls of Northern Chinese Beef Noodle Soup
Submitted Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 7:17pm [Dine in]

We were in Richmond looking for a bowl of noodle soup for lunch on New Years Day and literally stumbled onto the Beijing Noodle House. There were a few empty tables near the door so we grabbed one and checked out the soup offerings over a cup of hot tea.

We decided on a couple bowls of the Braised Beef Noodle Soup and they came out quickly despite the crowd in the restaurant. Noodles were great, in a rich beefy broth with lots of mostly tender braised beef chunks. There were a couple baby choy floating around for veggie matter. A hot and filling lunch.

The tab was $20 including tip. The decor is fairly spartan but the prices are right. Next time were in the area we'll branch out to the rest of the menu. A word of caution...the restaurant only takes cash so hit an ATM before you get there..

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Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great Christmas Eve Family Dinner
Submitted Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

We chose Fishworks for a Christmas Eve family dinner with our sons and made reservations for 6pm. It’s a cosy little restaurant, with a display of fresh oysters on ice as you walk in the door, nicely decorated in muted tones and decor. Wait staff seated us promptly and were efficient and personable, neither too intrusive nor too distant for requests during our meal. By the time we left at 7:30 the restaurant was packed.

We ordered 4 of their Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater stouts which were rich, sweet, creamy dark milk stouts, a nice start while we perused the menu. Starters were a half-dozen freshly shucked oysters for me, crab cakes with a wasabi aioli for the wife, and crispy curry squid with cucumber raita and salmon Carpaccio with a garlic-ginger sauce for the boys. Each was delicious and forks were passed around the table to share the different tastes.

Mains were Haida Gwaii lingcod with a spicy and crispy seared skin; grilled prawn linguine carbonara with a raw egg in the middle for stirring into the hot pasta; a lovely seafood paella; and halibut poutine (seriously). All the starters and mains were excellent, very creative, rich and elegantly presented and some of the paella and carbonara came home with us in doggy boxes. We were too full to entertain dessert. Total tab was $208 including tip for four. Not cheap eats but an excellent special occasion dinner spot that we thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

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