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EarlPearlNorth VancouverSince March 22, 200969 Reviews
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Pho Saigon128 East 14th Street, North Vancouver
Hot Pho
Submitted Friday, November 29, 2013 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

When we first walked in, the Pho Saigon reminded of a diner; brightly lit, spartan tables and furnishings and very neat and clean. And the instrumental elevator muzak playing in the background kind of grew on me as we ate (from disco to russian symphonies). We were in search of a good bowl of beef pho on a cold winter evening and the Siagon sounded like the rght place to be.

We ordered 2 large bowls of beef noodle pho with eye of round and well-done flank steak. Glasses of hot weak tea came out first to warm our hands. The bowls came out steaming with a mound of rice noodles and sliced beef in the middle, swimming in broth with diced green onions, with a side of bean sprouts, lime wedges, sliced chillis and sprigs of fresh thai basil for dressing.

I'm no expert on pho but it was a great bowl of beef noodle soup; the eye of round was very tender and very rare until stirred into the hot tasty broth. The flank steak was a bit chewy so I'd probably stick with the eye of round next time. And there will be a next time I'm sure. Damage was $20 with a tip.

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Agro Cafe1207 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Great little coffee shop find in Yaletown
Submitted Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Cruising the False Creek seawall on a crispy sunny Saturday, we popped into Yaletown to find a hot drink and something to eat. We literally stumbled into the Agro Cafe on Hamilton. Ordered 2 London Fogs and their whiteboard specials, a turkey and brie baguette with cranberry mayo and vegan chili with sourdough bread. Food was very good, the sandwich was delicious and the chili was nicely spiced and filling. The London Fogs hit the spot. Bill was $25 including tip. The shop is fairly small, with a couple window sill counters with stools for eating and a half dozen leather armchairs for kicking back with your java. The decor is funky (even the bathroom) and we loved the eclectic background music. We enjoyed our visit and we'll probably make it our go-to spot whenever we're in the area. The patio would also be a nice place to chill on a warm summer day.

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Thai Cafe4160 Hastings St, Burnaby
Decent Thai in a Thai Desert
Submitted Friday, July 19, 2013 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

We've explored the food outlets along the 4100 block Hastings many times...it has a tasty mix of shops and restaurants to sample. The Thai Cafe is one that we had never tried before and Thai food is not easily found in North Burnaby. The decor is quite spartan, beige walls with a few Thai inspired wall hangings, and dark brown floors and simple tables with white plates. All accompanied by classical piano music (?!).

Service was fast and efficient from start to finish so full marks there. The 3 of us ordered Thai iced teas, Som Tum (green papaya salad), Chicken Panang curry, Beef Pad See-ew, Cashew Nut Prawns, and a large bowl of steamed coconut rice for mopping up the curries. We ordered everything medium spicy but we could have gone spicy hot on most of the dishes as they were still quite mild.

The Som Tum was a refreshing start although they could back off on the amount of iceberg lettuce filler. The Beef Pad See-ew was a tasty stirfry of beef and broad rice noodles coated with a sweet soy sauce. The Chicken Panang seemed a bit shy of chicken swimming in a big dish full of tasty coconut-peanut sauce.The only real glitch was the Cashew Nut Prawns came out as stir fried chicken and veggies with nary a prawn in sight (they fixed the bill but still charged us for the dish). In general, the food was decent Thai although we've had better (and worse for that matter). Bill was $58 before tip for the 3 of us. If we're in the area, we'll try the Thai Cafe again.

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Vedder Sushi7300 Vedder Road, #8, Chilliwack
Excellent sushi group feast
Submitted Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 7:25am [Dine in]

A dozen of us were working in the Sardis area and one of the locals suggested Vedder Sushi for lunch. They managed to quickly assemble a large table for 12 in the upstairs part of the restaurant and promptly served us tea as we perused the menu. Once we ordered our individual lunches, miso soups came out and it took about 20 minutes for the sushi plates to start rolling out of the kitchen.

The servings were huge....the tempura plate was stacked high, the combos, bento boxes and specialty rolls were often more than one person could comfortably eat. And the quality was excellent. My nigiri plate was fresh and generous, with large slices of fresh salmon, tuna and poached cuttlefish and prawns, with a few variety nigiri thrown in for effect. We shared around so everyone got a taste of something different. The chef also sent out complementary samplings of some other rolls that I've never tried with beef and crab combos.

Everyone loved their lunch and there were doggie boxes for the leftovers. Price was very reasonable (ca $12-14 each before tip). Next time I'm in the Sardis area, I know where I'll be going for lunch.

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Marble Slab Creamery180 West Esplanade, #3, North Vancouver
Watch out for the on-line order option
Submitted Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 9:59pm [Take-out]

We wanted to get an ice cream cake for a special birthday boy who always says he loves the ice cream from the MSC so we went on line to check out their offerings. They have an on-line ordering option to get a cake if you place an order at least 24hrs in advance so we ordered a cake with a birthday message Friday night for pickup on Sunday afternoon. A small cake looked about right for the 6 of us so we placed the order on-line and got a confirmation email soon after.

The email says the store will call to confirm our order and if we didn't hear from them, to give the store a call. We didn't get a call back, so Sunday morning we called the store and the girl on the phone said there was no order on file. Yikes! So I asked if they at least had the type of cake we wanted and she said they had 2 in the freezer.

So off we go to get the cake and it turns out they didn't have the type of cake we wanted after all (mis-labelled or something like that). So we selected a strawberry cheesecake from the few small cakes they had left and they wrote a birthday message on it right there. So far, not impressed with the on-line ordering. The store seems to be manned by teenagers and I'm not going to give them a hard time for something best brought to the attention of a manager or the head office so we gathered up the cake and headed home.

We were very impressed with the cake...everyone loved it and it was just right for 6 people. Next time though, I'll skip the on-line ordering and call the store directly and pick it up a day in advance to be sure.

Now where's that head office email address...........

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Ebo4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Food was outstanding
Submitted Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 9:19pm [Dine in]

We tried the EBO for breakfast once; verdict was the eggs Benedict (a traditional back bacon and a novel crab cake) were very good but the accompanying “crispy breakfast potatoes” were deep-fried frozen and disappointing. The meal was expensive for breakfast as well coming in at nearly $50 with juices, a tea, and tip. But we thought we’d give it another go for dinner since we’d heard good things so we ventured out in the driving rain.

We were seated at a table for two on the wall near the middle of the restaurant; unfortunately all the window tables were booked. Candles and soft mood lighting, dark brown wood panels, and functional simple tables.....but not exactly romantic because our neighbours were a bit close for much privacy. Obviously you need to make a reservation if you want a more private table near the windows.

We ordered a tea, orange juice, a garden salad and a caesar salad for starters; both salads were lightly dressed, crispy and tasty. Wife had the seafood linguine, dark nero pasta with lots of perfectly cooked seafood in a rich and creamy, white wine and truffle sauce. She loved it. I had the 10 oz ribeye, perfectly medium rare on top of a potato puree and sautéed vegetables (some chefs love to stack food don’t they?). Delicious and leaving no room for dessert. Bill with tip was just under a c-note. Service was good with only one service glitch with the tea.

The chef(s) obviously put a lot of care into the food at EBO. No salt and pepper shakers on the tables was our first clue. Overall, we’d definitely go back again for dinner....the food was excellent.....but we’d call ahead and reserve a table near the windows.

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Rodos Kouzina Mediterranean Grille221 Ioco Road, #100, Port Moody
Good but needs more Greek for me
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

We had never been to Rodos before but we were visiting family in the Port and they are regulars at Rodos and wanted us to come for dinner at their favorite Greek restaurant. Except for an unfortunate incident in my 20's with a bottle of Retsina, I've always been a big fan of Greek food so we were up for it.

The owner of the restaurant, Michael I believe, greeted us at the door with a big handshake and welcome, calling our friends by their names and moving at light speed to prepare a table for us. Waitresses swooped in and never left us waiting for anything. It didn't appear we were getting any special treatment; they were equally attentive to the other tables of diners. So high marks for service.

The restaurant is cosy with blue tablecloth covered tables adorned with white plates and tea candles, and a scattering of mediterranean items around the room for decor. Fairly standard restaurant decor and background music with only a hint of Grecian inspiration. I'll admit I'm a sucker for the blue and white ceramic tiles that seem so Hellenic in other Greek restaurants.

We started with a bread basket and an olive oil/balsamic dip and a tsaziki yogurt dip.The bread and pita were excellent with the dips and we quickly devoured everything on the table. Chicken souvlaki, roast lamb, and veggie spanikopeta were on our orders. Total bill for two of us came to $48.

Overall, the food was well cooked and presented. My only gripe was the scarcity of Greek seasonings which seems to be a trend in many restaurants catering to a mixed population

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Cupcakes at Park Royal925 Main Street, H2, West Vancouver
Guess you have to be a cupcake person to really appreciate them
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2013 - 10:00pm [Take-out]

I've never been much of a cupcake guy.....I find the icing they use usually far too sweet and the cupcakes themselves difficult to eat without making a mess. But the women in the family adore them so I suffer in silence.

They've made several special trips to the Cupcakes store at Park Royal to secure a box of their mini-cake creations for Sunday dinner dessert and they take great pride in passing around the box for cupcake selection. I've tried the koo koo, the red velvet and the chocolate; the koo koo was a messy super sweet coconut explosion, the red velvet was a bit dry with a very sweet cream cheese icing and the chocolate had the taste and texture of a giant fudge brownie with chocolate icing. The girls love them but the boys and I find them all too sweet. I'll probably have to tempt the girls away from the store with a promise of Bananas Foster next Sunday.

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Yummy Donair & Kebab942 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Very good Persian fast food
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:21pm [Take-out]

#2 son and I were alone for Friday dinner and having a tug of war over either burgers from the redhead lady's place or anywhere else on the north shore. I had recently noticed the sign for Yummy Donair driving by Cap Mall on Marine Drive, made a mental note and managed to twist his arm into trying a donair takeout from there. Parking is a little sparse at the corner but we managed to squeeze the truck in.The restaurant has seating if you want to eat inside but we were looking for quick takeout. Big skewers of vertically rotating roasting meats occupy the wall behind the counter.

Donairs and kebabs seem to make up most of the meat parts of the menu so we ordered two lamb donairs with everything except lettuce (sacrilege in a true donair). Counter girl asked if wanted them super-sized (extra meat) so we threw caution to the wind and went for it for the extra dollar. Service was prompt and we were out in less than 10 minutes. When we got home and unwrapped them, a couple of big fat pitas burst forth over-stuffed with shaved spiced lamb, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers with a generous addition of garlicky yogurt sauce to hold it all together (sort of....).

They were delicious and somewhat messy towards the latter parts. In hindsight we wouldn't order supersized because we couldn't finish them and I think we'd prefer less meat and more veggies next time. We'll definitely go back and try some of their other non-donair offerings now that I've diverted #2 son from his favorite redhead. Couldn't find a takeout menu or a website for the store so you'll have to linger over the counter while reading their wall menus. Damage was $16...pretty cheap eats for two.

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Save on Meats43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Disappointing trip to the DTES
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 9:06pm [Dine in]

We wanted to give the SoM diner a try after watching the Gastown Gamble TV series and we finally got around to crossing the bridge to give it a go. Definitely a diner atmosphere, fairly loud with music and conversations and with the appropriate cute and funky diner decor. We arrived at 4:30, more of a late lunch, patting ourselves on the backs for avoiding the Saturday night dinner line-ups we expected later. We were surprised to see that only a couple of the 10 or so booths were vacant and only a couple of the dozen counter stools were empty at that early hour. By the time we left there was a small lineup attesting to the fact that the SoM diner's popularity hasn't waned.

We ordered a lemonade and a pine-apple grapefruit juice which took a while to arrive, the former in a small drinking water glass and the latter in an even smaller cocktail glass. The small sizes surprised us but we thought they must be fresh squeezed to justify their long prep time and $2.75 and $3.25 price tags. Asking the waitress, she admitted they were from concentrate and tetrapaks. Recommend you stick to the water at that price.....

Wife ordered a hamburger and fries which the menu promised to be "The best damn deal in town & Save On Meats original claim to fame!" She was disappointed in their claim; the burger was lukewarm, the bun was stale, dry and cold and the patty and condiments were relatively sparse and tasteless. She was expecting a hot flavourful burger off the flattop, like we used to get at the old SoM shop. The burger came with a small cup of room temperature fries, clearly not freshly fried or cut. $6.95 with that level of quality was no deal.

I ordered the chicken dinner with fries which promised 2 pieces of crunchy buttermilk chicken for $12.75. What I got was two small chicken thighs with bones intact, comprising 5 bites total, overcooked and dry in a tasteless breading. We couldn't stop laughing; the serving was ridiculously pitiful. It also came with the same small cup of room temperature fries that the burger did, some steamed peas and carrots, and a small dish of chicken gravy. When I asked the waitress if this was normal, she asked if I wanted to order an additional piece of chicken for $3.50! Ha....fool me once, shame on you........

It's too bad were so disappointed by the food; comfort diner food sounded like great fare on a cold winter evening and we really wanted to like this place. At least our curiosity has been satisfied so we won't be back to eat lunch or dinner. $29 before tip. Service and staff were excellent and no complaints there at all.

BTW, we popped next door to the butcher shop after dinner and grabbed a couple excellent tenderloin steaks for $16 that we grilled at home the next day. Delicious.....

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Pier 733500 Cessna Drive, Vancouver
Consistently good food and service
Submitted Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

We've been to the Pier 73 four times so far. I can use my Delta Hotel loyalty points there for dinner but we've also been making the long drive south to Richmond because the food and service have been consistently good. The waiting staff are well trained and attentive when you want it...we've never wanted for anything any time we've been there.

Summer on the deck overlooking the river and boats is an outstanding place for a beer and burger and they have live music some nights during the winter. We're addicted to sharing their calamari starter....tender rings in a light crispy batter with red onion slivers and a couple of tasty dipping sauces. The rib eye steak with mashed and yorkshire is always good as is the grilled halibut and various daily steak specials. I love the eclectic mix of sauteed veggies they serve with all the dinners...all perfectly cooked from the cherry tomato and brussels sprout to the spinach and asparagus. Burgers are deliciously grilled and I can honestly say we've never had a bad meal there. Never had room to try their dessert offerings though.

My only complaint is the cost of parking in the Delta parking lot but the restaurant reimburses up to $6 of the cost.

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Mr. Mikes Steakhouse & Bar2991 Lougheed Highway, #32, Coquitlam
Boy have they changed.....
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

We haven't been to a Mr Mike's for a very long time.......last time we were there you got a steak, baked potatoe and garlic bread for $4.99, collected self-serve cafeteria style carrying your own tray (obviously that was a long time ago).

Well, things have certainly gone upscale at Mike's place. Ambience is the same muted greens and beiges that adorn White Spot or Milestones and the prices, ambience and some menu items are very similar. We both ordered New York steak sandwiches that came with a big handful of fries and a few onion rings. Steaks were both done perfectly, char grilled and perched on grilled bread; tasty but they weren't melt in your mouth tender. Rings and fries were just average and they were the only veggies on the plate. I think I should have subbed in a caesar salad for the fries or got a side.

The waitresses (we had 3 serving us) were fast and efficient, and we never wanted for anything. $45 with a good tip. We'd go back but we'd probably try their Mike burgers with a side salad.

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Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill20395 Lougheed Hwy, #680, Maple Ridge
Pleasantly surprised
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

We were out exploring the Pitt Lake area last weekend and we were looking for some place for dinner in the area. Rotissery chicken sounded like a nice healthy choice after a Saturday of exercise so we pulled into the Swiss Chalet. We'd heard about the restaurant chain but had never eaten in one so it was a bit of an adventure.

The ambience is sort of a cross between Dennys and Fatburger; functional and beige. Our server was very fast and efficient, explaining the menu choices and options. We both ended up with half chicken dinners, me with a caesar salad and wife with a bowl of chicken noodle soup to start. Both were nicely done. The chicken dinners were very good, juicy and flavourful with crispy fries. The Swiss Chalet dipping sauce was interesting...I expected a thin chicken gravy but it had the curious flavour of cloves, unexpected in a dipping sauce for chicken. Must be a Swiss thing. Didn't really care for it.

Overall we'd go again but we'd probably order the two leg dinners....the dark meat seemed to be the best part of the half chickens...more juicy and flavourful. $46 with tip and we were stuffed like roast chickens.

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Wok Box879 Marine Drive, #640, North Vancouver
Fast but nothing special
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 6:33pm [Take-out]

We were in the area, eyeing the new Swiss chicken place for dinner, when we spotted the Wok Box, browsed their menu and decided to grab some take out and head home as the rain fell. Stir fries on rice and noodles sounded appealing and the four of us were hungry so we ordered a 4-6 person feast with 4 boxes, 6 spring rolls and an order of green onion cakes. The Butter Chicken on rice box was pretty good, a mild butter sauce with lots of chicken. The Singapore cashew chicken box on noodles was my son's favorite though it was more of a peanut box than cashew. Wife tried the teriyaki beef on hokkien noodles and declared it swimming in starchy sauce; clearly the worst box of the set according to her. My beef DAN DAN on hokkien noodles was good but extremely spicy, even without the hot chili sauce they give you on the side. Which is saying something because I can handle pretty hot foods. The green onion cakes were just doughy sides, nothing appealing. The damage was $48 after tax. Not a cheap take out meal. Overall we probably won't go back; it wasn't bad but I think we'd prefer ordering a few Szechuan dishes from a local chinese establishment for a quick and cheaper takeout feast. But I give them full marks for cranking out the food quickly.

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White Spot20855 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
Trying the peanut butter burger special
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 7:56am [Dine in]

It's been at least a decade since we last visited a White Spot. No particular reason, there are just so many other restaurants to try. But we were very hungry after a long sunny afternoon exploring the Pitt dykes and WS was the first non-Chinese/Sushi place we saw so we stopped in. They chose to seat us at a table surrounded by babies and kids for some reason but they were remarkably quiet so we could still chat comfortably. WS was having their burger extravaganza and we both decide to try their peanut butter/jalepeno/bacon burger which they promised was exotic and delicious. Came with the usual coleslaw and their Signature Delta-origin never-ending french fries which must make the local potatoe farmers proud because WS does do fries well. The burger was fine although the peanut butter didn't really appeal to either of us...tasted satay-like which was a bit odd for a burger. I remember WS always had great burger buns, almost brioche-like with a soft crumb and a tender crust that had a nice "bite" and it seems the buns have changed...not bad, just not what I remember. Overall the meal was fine, nothing special. Service was quietly competent and the tab was $36 with tip and a bottomless ice tea.

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Pajo's Fish & Chips12011 7th Ave, Richmond
Cooks need a talking to.....
Submitted Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:15pm [Take-out]

We had a great F&C experience at the Pajos on the wharf a couple months ago so we decided to spend one of the possibly last sunny Saturdays at Garry Point Park enjoying a F&C lunch in the park. We got to the concession about 11:30 and grabbed a table in the sun overlooking the river beach. Ordered 2 large cod F&C for $30. While I was collecting our condiments for the table I could see the cook in the back had stockpiled several fryer baskets with precooked cod and sure enough, our order came up much too quickly to be fresh fried. Not a good omen.....

The fries were okay but dry and needed vinegar and ketchup and the fish didn't have the crispy light batter we enjoyed previously at the wharfside PAJOs. Smoking guns for pre-fried food re-heated. Still edible but disappointing after our previous experience down the dock. I can appreciate they want to try and keep ahead of the crowd but pre-cooking F&C should be a cooks sin punishable by boiling oil immersion.

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Pajo's Fish & Chips3500 Bayview Street, Richmond
Delicious if you time it right
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

It was a warm sunny Saturday so we decided to drive down to Steveston for a walk and a fish & chips lunch at the docks. Of course I first perused the Dinehere reviews for F&C in Steveston and saw middlin' to good reviews for Pajos so we aimed our sights at their wharf-side location. It was just before noon and there was no line-up to order so it took about 15 minutes to get our order of two large cod F&C and a bottled water ($32). The cone-cup dishes were novel and would be a challenge to eat from if you couldn't find space at one of their picnic tables with special holes in them for the cups, but we found a nice table up on the dock in the sun. Tartar sauce, lemon wedges and ketchup could all be gathered at the take-out counter and there were vinegars and salt on the tables.

Wife and I were very impressed with the quality of the food. The cod fish was deliciously moist and lightly battered in an almost tempura style batter, very crispy without being oily. The chips were double fried, crispy on the outside and fluffy potato goodness inside. The condiments weren't even necessary, we enjoyed the fish and chips so much. I was starting to get a little jealous at my wife's pleasurable moans. It was truly just the way F&C are supposed to be. We would have had seconds; our mouths said yes but our tummies said no friggin' way. Combined with the sun and location, we both agreed they were the best we've had since York, England a dozen years ago. The place was starting to get busy as we left so we were glad to have stopped in a bit early. We'll definitely go back soon.

I think one reason F&C places like Pajos and others can have such mixed reviews is traffic volumes. If you go when they are very busy (i.e. big line-ups), I think they have problems keeping their oil temperatures hot enough while cooking order after order, and that leads to a soggy, oily, not so crispy product. If you go before the big lunch rush like we did, you'll get peak quality. Makes a big difference.

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Mumbai Masala333 Brooksbank, #770, North Vancouver
A Kinder and Gentler Indian Cuisine
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

It was a damp Sunday and we were hungry after poking around MEC and the Park and Tilford area so we thought we’d give the Mumbai Masala a try. We love Indian food and I’d read some reviews on Dine Here that raved about it. Arriving just after 5pm, we were the first patrons there but it quickly filled up until there were only a couple empty tables by the time we left. The restaurant has 9 tables for 4 and 5 tables for 2 so it’s a relatively small and quaint place with a subdued Indian decor and music. There was a stream of customers coming in for takeout so that appears to be a popular option.

Since it was our first visit we ordered some familiar dishes: chicken tikka, vegetable jalfrezi, lamb korma, naan, and basmati rice, at medium heat. A complementary basket of fennel papadums arrived first to enjoy with our Cobra beers; a nice start. The tandoori chicken tikka arrived sizzling on a flat iron with the familiar red and black seared chicken chunks scattered with onions and peppers. The vegetable jalfrezi was a mix of cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and other veggies in mild brown curry sauce. Lamb was a bit scarce in the korma but the sauce was nicely mopped up with the charred naan. Service was adequate and friendly but nothing outstanding or horrifying. $64 including tip.

Overall we found the food to be very light on the spices, flavours and chili heat of India that we’re very familiar with. The chef clearly holds back on the ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, and cardamom and although we ordered medium hot, we couldn’t detect any significant chili heat. Disappointing to our particular palates but it’s clear the Mumbai has many fans and many of the tables were occupied by people who were regulars, so I think they are strongly catering to a non-Indian crowd that might be easily overwhelmed by traditional Indian spice levels. If you want a rich mouthful of palate searing and sinus clearing Indian food like us, there are better places to explore around Lonsdale. But if you want Indian food that even the kids and grandma can enjoy, the Mumbai is a good choice.

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L'Artista Ristorante Italiano3891 E. Hasting Street, Burnaby
Good food...but we needed to make better menu choices.
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 11:57am [Dine in]

We had never been to L’Artista before and we were excited to try one of the small Italian restaurants along Hastings that we haven’t had the chance to explore yet. We met up with friends that knew about L’Artista and made a reservation for the four of us. I agree with previous review comments that described the decor as cozy and old fashioned....kind of an ‘80’s pizza parlour gone upscale with the red brick arches and Roman pottery. Our table was in the back where they obviously seat all the large families.....it was chattery, friendly and intimate all at the same time.

Started with a carafe of the house Chianti, a fruity, mellow and very drinkable red with sparkling water on the side. We shared a couple appies....Calamari Piccanti and Clams l’Artista, squid rings in a spicy garlicky cream sauce and clams in a pernod sauce. The Calamari was perfectly tender, just barely cooked in the rich garlicky sauce so it doesn’t get rubbery. Clams were a small bowl of small Manilas, a bit skimpy to share but tasty in another rich tomato pernod cream sauce. The crusty Italian rolls were excellent for mopping up the sauces. A decent start we thought although I think we would have switched the clam dish for a seafood antipasto to get more variety.

The menu extends from pastas and risottos to more substantial and pricier veal/chicken/lamb/seafood/steak dishes but we stayed in the former part of the menu. We ordered a Veal Ravioli/Penne Pesto combo, Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, Penne del Pescatore and Risotto Alla Marinara. Everyone enjoyed their pastas/risotto and the pastas and seafoods were perfectly cooked. I don’t think they make their own spaghetti/penne pasta in the kitchen...the textures suggested dried products which I actually prefer to fresh. The Carbonara was rich and cheesy and the Risotto was appropriately al dente. But we noted the extensive use of cream in both the appetizers and the pasta sauces we ordered which we thought was a bit too rich and similar for our tastes. In retrospect, we should have chosen our dishes differently, being wary of where the cream was in the menu descriptions to get more variety.

Finished off with a couple tiramisus to share which were made in house and were light and delicious. Bill was $75 per couple before tip. We’d go back armed with a better idea of what to choose to reduce the cream content to a heart healthy level.

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Panago Pizza1981 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Okay but a little bland for our tastes
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 6:34pm [Take-out]

We were feeling uninspired for making dinner last Friday and hadn't ordered pizza for a while so we browsed the collection of takeout menus that are stuffed regularly through our mail slot. Decided we'd try Panagos because we couldn't remember ever ordering from them before and they had some interesting looking pies. We ordered 3 large pizzas on regular crusts and they were at our door in about 20 minutes...wow.

The Veggie Mediterranean was the best of the 3 with the onions, spinach and feta making a flavourful topping combo. But the Italian Deli and Tropical Chicken were sparse on toppings and quite bland which was disappointing. And the bill came to $60 before tip. Not our best pizza delivery adventure.

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