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explorerNorth VancouverSince March 2, 200817 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
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Kyung Bok Palace143 West 3rd St., North Vancouver
Satisfy my craving for Korean food
Submitted Friday, June 4, 2010 - 2:10pm [Dine in]

I've passed by this restaurant numerous times, and never thought of going there. After a recent trip to Korea, I have developed a craving for Korean food, so I decided to give it a try.

The place is run by Koreans. Each table seems to equip with the bbq facility. We ordered the short ribs with house special sauce. Unfortunately, we were told that the bbq won't be lighted unless there is more than one order. Make sense to me. So the ribs were prepared in the kitchen and served on a cast iron plate. The marinate was amazingly delicious and the meat is incredibly tender.

The two of us were getting full after this short ribs dish and all the wonderful side dishes (4 different kinds). Don't know why but I decided to order one more dish: stir fried squid with vegetables and noodle in spicy sauce. The server asked to make sure that we can take spicy food. Very nice of her. When the dish came, it blew our minds off. The serving size is 3 times bigger than what it shows on the menu. The noodle was cooked just right; it was served cold, which went well with the hot sauce. The squid was a bit chewy. The flavour was well balanced. Another fantastic dish. We were too full to finish even half of the plate. The server came and asked again to see if it was too spicy.

We left with two full belly but leftover for next day dinner. We'll be back.

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Whip Gallery, The209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
Good until a huge pole appeared above our heads
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

The restaurant is suggested by my hubby as he is a beer drinker. Since both my friend and I are not. So we're really only into food. We'd ordered 3 appetizers, a burger plate and dessert to share. The best plate is the roast duck pizza on puff pastry and the truffle dessert. I can't really taste the roast duck at all but the pizza is full of flavour. The organic chicken wing is a bit of a disappointment. Judged by the taste of it, it seems that the wings got freezer burn. The Steak bites sounds interesting. However, we both think that the steak doesn't really go well with nori (do you like beef with a fishy taste?), and I can't taste any wasabi in the wasabi butter.

The server is friendly. We told her that we weren't planning to drink tonight and she offered us coffee, and refilled it regularly. Always carried a smile on her face, which is a positive thing. Later in the night, suddenly out of the blue a huge pole showed up above our heads. As I looked up, another server was trying to open the window above our table with that gigantic pole. Without a word, she held this huge pole above us, tried unlocking the window. She struggled a bit, without any success, and then walked away, again without a word. I'd appreciate a simple "excuse me" sort of heads up message.

If I come back again, I'd choose another table to seat.

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1873 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
comfortable 3 hours
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

My friend and I just finished dinner at the Trattoria Italian Kitchen across the street. The restaurant was too noisy to chat, so we left, went for a walk, then looked for a place to have dessert and chat. We stumbled on Pinkys. It was a Friday night around 8pm. We told the server that we were here for dessert only, and she greeted us with great smile and seated us. While we were looking at the menu, the waitress brought us a "demo plate" of dessert to showed us how they looked like ...three gorgeous desserts! What an eye teaser! We decide to go for the 3 samplers. Great value, great taste and simple but good presentation. The waitress also kept refilling our coffee which went well with the food.

The desserts were good. They were probably made somewhere else. So this review was mainly about the good service and comfortable environment that we were in. Since we can't finish the food (the sampler size was big!), the waitress packed them up nicely for us. We stayed there till mid-night.

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Paul's Place Omelettery Restaurant2211 Granville St, Vancouver
omelette or crepe looking omelette
Submitted Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

I would say, it is more of a crepe than an omelette. My "omelette" is more cooked than my friend's, so we swapped plate. The food is decent, with melted cheese, pepper, onion, you know, the usual combo. On the side of the dish, there are 2 slices of multigrain bread (cut into 4 half slices), a little bit of jam, and thinly sliced orange as garnish. $10.

The service was good though. Once I sat down, coffee was served, and they do refill. $2. The place is nice and quiet.

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Refuel Restaurant1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
eat by the bar
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

Coming to this restaurant was a spontaneous decision. But we were satisfied.

It was a Friday night last month. We were looking for a place to dine out, and we flipped the magazine and we phoned and there we were, the first 2 customers at 6pm. First we were seated at a table in the middle of the restaurant. While munching our bread with butter, we decided to move our seats to the bar so that we can watch the kitchen in action.

It is an open kitchen right by the entrance. The waitress and waiter are easy going and set us up right away at the bar. We had the traditional brodo and the foie gras as apps; dry aged 12 ounce cut prime ribeye and the pork belly rack as mains. They were well seasoned and well cooked. The pork belly rack is spectacular. We finished our dinner with the cheese plate. It comes with dried apricots and almond as the palette cleanser. I love it.

The only complaint that I have, and this really bothered me the whole evening, was the sparkling water. Yes, I know, we should just ask for our wonderful Vancouver water. But I don't expect that the bottle water that they serve comes all the way from New Zealand...New Zealand underground pure water. Why would they do that? I still can't get it. For that, I only give a 3 stars on the ambiance rating.

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Next Noodle Bar560 Robson Street, Vancouver
lack of identity
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

So I went for lunch with a group of friends. The restaurant was busy, which was a good sign. The five of us decided to share several dishes so that everyone can try out different things.

Spicy stir-fried bean: the flavour was good, just too salty though

Spicy Malaysian fried rice: tasted like regular Chinese fried rice and it is NOT spicy at all. It might as well called Asian fried rice (neither spicy or Malayisan)

Sticky rice: the flavour was average good. The rice seems to be a bit mushy and not sticky enough (comparing with the sticky rice that I had in Asia)

House stir-fried noodles with veggies, chicken and shrimp: it is a good one, though ordinary. You can get the same in any other Chinese joints

Service? The waiter put our first dish on the table. On the table, there was this lonely dish, nothing else. No plate, no cutlery, no napkins, nothing. Yes, they were busy, but setting up the table should be the first thing to do before taking order.

Though the place offers decent food and I'm satisfied with what I had, the place has no personality. The menu is huge, with dishes representing every part of Asia (ok, not every part). As a result, the food has no identity. It is neither Chinese or South East Asia. This is NOT fusion. This is confusion.

However, the restaurant located in a area where this kind of we-have-it-all-Asia approach will work. It definitely attracts the office lunch crowd who want varieties to spice up their office work, and ESL students who need food that is familiar to them.

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Seri Malaysia Restaurant2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
worth a try
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I have read positive reviews about this restaurant and I decided to give it a try. We were there at about 11.10am on a Saturday (finished running our errands earlier than expected) and the restaurant was still closed. The hour sign on the door says they open at 11am. We were poking around the front and saw a piece of newspaper taped on the front window. It was a review of the restaurant. We learned from the review that the restaurant actually opens at 11.30am. So we waited.

It was a one man (server/waiter/cook) job till 12.30pm. Then a helper rushed in. What can you expect when there was only one person serving and cooking for several tables? I can tell that he works as hard and fast as he can. Both the cook and the helper were very polite.

We ordered roti (flaky and crispy, yum), Mee Goreng, and Beef Rendang. We forgot that we have to mention the kind of protein for the mee goreng (we are new in ordering malaysian food). The server/cook didn't ask us about choice of protein either. Though my husband meant to have chicken, we ended up having shrimp. The taste of the mee goreng was good, but it was a bit salty, and a bit too much like the Chinese pan-fired noodles with dark soy sauce. I was quite disappointed. As for the rendang, it was very rich in flavor. Worth a try!

Though I didn't find the food too greasy, the rich flavor of the food filled us up for the rest of the day (1 appy and 2 mains for a couple). Was it the coconut oil or palm oil that they use in cooking? What made us feel so full for the entire day? I'm still wondering...

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
better than fast food joint
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

I agree that their burger is good. However, what are you comparing with? The burger is definitely better than that of the fast food joint, but for the price that I paid, I have had better burgers (and fries) at many other restaurants.

I opted out the mayo in order to taste their house sauce on the burger. Well, nothing special but a familiar taste of sweet bbq sauce type of flavour. The bun is warm and buff, the lettuce and tomato are the same as any other burgers. The patty is juicy, which is good.

The guy said their fries are made to order. Never double fried. Fair enough. Though I learn from the pro that you'll need to double fry in order to create perfect fries (crispy outside, soft inside and yet not greasy) As a result, when the fries came, they are hot (remember? made to order) but soggy. Pretty boring. I don't enjoy it at all.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
standard up to expectation
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

This is our second time to Le Crocodile and we have the same conclusion: we'll come back again.

The bone marrow was spectacular, and the duck breast was tender and juicy. We ordered the appetizers and the main courses from the menu but the dessert from the special: chocolate ganache with raspberry sorbet and fresh raspberry.

I can't give it a full 5 stars though: the double cut veal chop didn't cook evenly; green salad got brown spots on it, and the mushrooms were burnt.

Overall, it is a fine dining restaurant with a casual touch (the guy next to our table kept talking loudly throughout the whole evening). We enjoyed our meal.

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Zen Japanese Restaurant2232 Marine Dr., #101, West Vancouver
experience ruined by one poor service
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

With vast dining experiences at various sushi restaurants, I say that the food at this restaurant is good, but they come with an outrageous price tag. Why do I want to pay much more and get quality food that I can get from other sushi restaurants? Well, this one is in West Vancouver.

We ordered various items off the menu. Hamachi, toro, tuna, salmon, some special rolls, a couple appetizers. They were good. Ingredients were fresh. The taste is familiar. There is no wow factor.

The waitress serving tea and cleaning the table were very nice. However, the whole evening experience was ruined by the long curly brown hair woman who took our order. Boy, was she rude and impatient. When she put down our sample sake (3 samplers). She said in a care free and rush manner, "we were out of xxx, so we are giving you this". Then she was ready to leave. We asked what were these samplers, she said they are in the menu. When we asked for the bill, she asked in a loud voice, "NO DESSERT FOR YOU?". Is there a rule to have dessert before we can ask for a bill? Well, just a couple examples of her rudeness.

The chef behind the counter was excellent. My husband said the chef's nice personality can make up for the bad attitude of the long curly brown hair waitress. I do agree that the chef does provide professional service, but it didn't compensate for the bad experience I have. It is unfortunate that a high end restaurant is staffed and affected by one bad waitress.

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Manyo Sushi Japanese Restaurant180 E 2nd Street, North Vancouver
opps, did I put myself through suffering again?
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

A few years ago, my friend and I were starving for all you can eat sushi so we decided to give this restaurant a go. The only two things I remember were: slow service (there were only a few people there), the food was BAD. Actually, the restaurant decided to close early (around 8.30pm) because there were nobody there.

Yesterday, a few friends suggested going out for the all you can eat sushi. They picked one that was close to them, i.e. Manyo. Once I heard the place, I remember low quality food. However, I decided to give them a second chance as my experience was a few years ago.

Bad decision. First, the table they gave us was dirty (sticky surface). Some items that we ordered from the all you can eat menu never arrived. The red snapper was not fresh at all (smelly) and the tuna sashimi was watery and mushy. The imitation crab looked and tasted like rubber and the deep fried gyoza wasn't deep fried at all. (those were packaged gyoza that you can buy from the frozen section of the grocery store). The most appalling was that they didn't use proper sushi short grain rice! They used long grain rice!!! I listened to their talking and they do speak in Japanese...what's happening here?

No, no, you can't make me go there again. NO WAY!

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
sorry, one visit is enough
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

We had heard some solid credential about the chef, so we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the food didn't live up to our expectation. It was good, but just ordinary good.

Our appetizers are the lobster cappuccino and seared scallops with smoked bacon risotto. The lobster cappuccino tasted good. It is sorted of in between a seafood mousse or chowder. The mini puffs that were put on the side were awful though. The scallops and risotto was a simple straight forward good tasting dish.

Our main: lamb shank and beef tenderloin. Too much taste of the lamb. Taste was ok. Honestly, we can use some nice salt on both dishes. There was an absence in flavour.

The dishes came very quick (I didn't expect that in a fine dining restaurant). And we finished them quick also (there is no need to slowly savour them). By the way, the restaurant wasn't full at all. There were quite a few tables empty on a Friday night. Would that be the reason why they served up so fast?

Finally we got a little break between the meal and the dessert. By this time, we weren't excited by the food offered anymore, so we just ordered coffee and a chocolate ganache with caramel ice-cream. The taste was good. We just wish that the size of the ice-cream (about 2 tbsp) is bigger than the ganache.

We drink dark coffee. But I'm just curious to see what kind of sugar they offer. When I opened the little lid, there was the regular granulated white sugar. And that is it. No other sugars offered. Quite a surprise.

When we go to fine dining, we usually ask the restaurant to recommend wine to pair up with the meal. However, it might be a mistake this time. The white wine that went with the seafood was too sweet. It is almost 2/3 of the way to ice wine. The red wine that went with the meat was awful. When we asked the server what was it, she said she didn't know what kind of wine it was.

The service was decent. Yes, I appreciated that the three different servers all came with a smiling face. Why did we get so many servers?

Behind our table was a group of 10 people. Four women and six men. Four couples sat in the middle and two men sat on both ends. When their main was arriving, I was just making a comment to my husband that all the men are the same beef tenderloin dish. And my husband observed something else...all the men were being served first. Just a little difference compared to my other fine dining experiences.

The decor gives you a feel of a fine dining restaurant. But the food and the service don't live up to what a fine dining restaurant should be.

We had a dinner. Not an excited one. A usual one that you can get from many other (not necessarily fine dining) restaurants. No, they don't make it to my re-visited list.

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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Good place to hang out
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

After movie on a Friday night, we stopped by this place to have a few munches. Since the restaurant is closeby, we gave it a try.

We had a few small plates to munch on: french fries, spring rolls and ani tuna. They were good, but quite ordinary.

The restaurant is small and the room was packed. Music was loud, so as the conversation. The tables were very close together. If I were fat, I don't think I can get through the tables.

I guess I'll consider coming back for a proper meal.

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Hachi Hana1426 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
You'll see me often here
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

The quality of the food, mainly fish, simply blew us away.

My husband and I didn't feel like cooking last night. We weren't hungry but just wanted something to eat. Sushi would be a great choice. And we stumbled on this great sushi restaurant.

We had wild sockeye salmon, Hawaiian tuna, toro and hamachi. They were unbelievable. The "craftsmanship" of the sushi is also fantastic.

For some reason, I was very thirty that night. At the beginning of the meal, my tea didn't get refilled unless I asked for it. After several refills, the waitress got the idea and she kept coming back to fill up my tea. I was happy.

My husband and I have been looking for a good sushi place closer to home to dine out on a pretty regular basis as we both love sushi. We have stopped going for sushi since our favourite sushi restaurant has dropped their quality of food (2nd and Lonsdale). We thought that we have no place to go. Now we have found one, a great one, and it is much better than the one we used to love.

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Solly's Bagelry2873 West Broadway St., Vancouver
agree on poor service
Submitted Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Finally got a chance to visit this place. I have heard from friends that they have fantastic bakery. They are right. Although I'm not a big fan of cinnamon bun, I do enjoy it A LOT. However, I have to agree that the service was poor. Waitress aren't responsive. They don't seem to care. Visiting is not a good experience.

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Prima Taste Restaurant570 Robson Street, Vancouver
good time but ok food
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

Went with a colleague over lunch time. Very contemporary design and the seats are comfortable.
We ordered a roti to share. I love roti offered at those Indian restaurants and I was expecting the same quality. However, the roti at this restaurant is quite different. The texture is flaky, almost like a puff pastry and it is very greasy. Is this the Singaporean version of a roti? I don't know.

I like spicy food, so I ordered the fried rice with 2 chilies symbol listed on the menu. To my disappointment, it is NOT spicy at all.

I'll prefer Banana leaf over Prima if I have to choose one of the two.

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Posh1788 W Broadway, #101, Vancouver
if you want better service, spend more
Submitted Saturday, March 1, 2008 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

It was my first time to have sukiyaki. I went with two friends of Japanese decent and that helps understanding the dining process (eg. don't add too much liquid as it is sukiyaki, not hotpot).

The food is just like any other hotpot place that I've been. The meat (fatty beef and pork) is lovely, but the veggies (choices and varieties) are boring. Shitake is listed on the food list but we never get any despite of the order. We weren't told that they were out of shitake.

Our enjoyment on the food and the dining experience were discounted immediately when the bill appeared out of the blue. There were 5 of us, in the restaurant for about an hour. We haven't finished eating, nor did our order (second fill) arrive. We didn't order anything extra other than the basic $13.99 deal. I guess they don't like diners like us who just ordered the basic. Giving us the bill is to tell us it is time to move on and let other big spenders have the table. If this is the way they treat first timer, then this will be our first and last time.

The setting of place was nice. Staff outfit is in black with a taste of a professional look. Unfortunately, their attitude and the delivery of service doesn't live up to that level.

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