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feevoWest VancouverSince April 11, 20076 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value1.5 (1.5)
  • Ambiance2 (2.2)

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Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Boathouse Restaurant, The6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
Not going back - no crab stuffing on the crab stuffed prawns
Submitted Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:42am [Dine in]

Three strikes against the Boathouse last night - one of us tried to order a nice lager and they did't have the first second or third choice that he wanted. None were available even though they were on the menu.
Then three of our party tried to order the lobster ravioli, only to be told they were already out, even though it was only 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night. Finally, and worst of all, the crab stuffed prawns which I always order and have always come with generous cream cheese herb and crab dolloped on top of each shrimp and baked - they arrived with a barely recognizable teeny swipe of some kind of moistener on them - maybe cream cheese or butter? and then they were dipped in panko. There was no stuffing. At all. And no crab. At all. And three of us ordered that once the ravioli situation went south so it wasn't just my plate. Three of us paid 30$ and got panko dipped shrimp - I can do that at home for far less money. Rip Off! Bye Boathouse.

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Honey doughnuts are CAKE, not "dough".
Submitted Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:00am [Take-out]

Honey "doughnuts" are cake doughnuts, which means they are made from batter, leavened by baking soda/powder; they are deep fried cake. Traditional doughnuts are made from dough, leavened by yeast; they are deep fried bread. The two have little in common, in my opinion. Several people I know say they don't usually like doughnuts, but they love Honey's! They never specified (or realized?) that what they love is cake, not dough. So hearing all the rave about the best"dough"nuts ever, I was excited to try them. They are like a deep fried cake muffin, not my thing, and I could taste the baking soda, also not good. They are heavy, not light... So, if you like deep fried cake, greasy and crunchy on the outside and a rich cake center, try Honeys. If you actually want a doughnut made from dough, good luck finding one in Vancouver that isn't a Tim Horton's! The ones in Granville market are pretty good though!

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
like spicy?
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 9:16am [Dine in]

If you like your food to have a bit of kick, and aren't allergic to paprika, the food here will probably be to your liking. There's no indication on the menu that most of these dishes are served with spicy components, so if you have to go here because of a group you're with and this isn't your thing, you'll have to ask a lot of questions which may make for too much work for the staff and too much embarrassment for you...
There's paprika in the butter for the bread (lovely moist bread), paprika seasoning on the fries (golden and yummy) some kind of chili kick in the vinaigrette over the scallops appetizer (3 scallops served). The veal is marinated in paprika or cayenne pepper, the duck was commented upon as being spicy, and the steak, well, online it said it was served with bearnaise sauce, which I adore, but I guess there was a menu change that went unnoticed by me, because it is actually served with a generous splash of what looks , smells and tastes like a chili powder laden BBQ sauce, but I was told was "actually a peppercorn horseradish sauce".
The steak wasn't as tender as I expected and had that char-grilled flavour, which may or may not be your thing. Finally, with the "cafe cafe" desert, the largest component by far is the cheesecake, the other bits including the sugar crusted, not "dusted", cake donut/beignet are tiny.
Everyone else at the table who like cinnamon flavored meats (ie duck/lamb) and hadn't a problem with spicy seemed happy enough, but it was very difficult to hear anyone who wasn't sitting immediately next to you and yelling at you, which is why I rated the ambiance as "poor"; I like to be able to talk to the people I'm out with and hear their reply, and our waiters had to bend with their ears right next to our mouths to discuss dishes and orders etc, which made me even more reluctant to have an interaction over menu choices.
Service seemed capable and friendly, although my waiter's efforts to protect me from the spicy food I asked to avoid were ultimately unsuccessful and I had to send my entree back and give up which seemed to make him avoid me for the rest of the evening. Since food experience is very much a matter of personal taste, I can see why this buzzing, busy, noisy, spicy place is popular, but I do not see why it is so highly reviewed as the second best place to eat in Vancouver; I won't go back.

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
wonderful rich gorgeous food!
Submitted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

I adore this place! One of the reviewers felt he didn't get value for his dollar. Excuse me?! I have never been given such a huge portion of food, enough for three meals, for the price of 24$. I never see this kind of value anywhere unless I go to the states where most portions are huge. For people who feel they have to finish their plates, good luck!
The stunning array of desserts that greet you as you arrive are a wonderful visual feast to encounter. The "open air European bakery" style of display is delectable. I have eaten here many times, and I know some people find the shameless use of real butter and bacon and actual salt somewhat off putting, so don't think of this as a diet location. The flavours here cannot be created without those oh so French ingredients.
I agree that the atmosphere is bustling and close, but only if there are just 2 of you. Go with more people and you get a normal sized table.
I suppose that seeing inside of the kitchen, any kitchen, is too much information for some patrons, such as the got2hot reviewer attests, but Regalade is hearty, robust, vigorous, shameless indulgence, not finicky and dainty. Enjoy!

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Steamworks900 Main Street, #1C, West Vancouver
Make sure you ask who's sharing the party room with your group!
Submitted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

I have thought of Steamworks as an adult pub oriented restaurant, so it came as an unpleasant surprise to have booked a co-worker's retirement party in their special side "party" room, to be surrounded by 20 or so screaming 11 year old boys and their very harried parents. We couldn't tolerate the ear-splitting noise, could not have any conversation whatsoever for the first hour until they finally left, and didn't use our second table since it was too close to them and instead crammed all of us around our far booth to stay away. We sincerely wished we had been told that a group like that was sharing this one room with us since we would have chosen another night. Our waiter was so overwhelemed himself we felt very uncomfortable. Food took a very long time as well and it was not a special occassion to remember among friends.

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Carmelo's1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
I'll try it once more
Submitted Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

After going to this restaurant for 5 years and always being delighted, we went in January and SO much had changed: the gorgeous garlic spread suddenly had no flavour at all, the tender focaccia had been replaced by dried out, tough, flavourless bread, the wonderful butternut pasta you used to get with meat entrees was now one very undercooked piece of gorgonzola ravioli, and the special was a shock. Usually Carmelo's is very generous with the meat portion, but we spent 25$ expecting to get a gorgeous filet mignon, and it was half the size we expectd (4 to 5 oz) of overcooked tough meat. We felt ripped off compared to what we were used to. The men in my family won't go back since they LOVED the bread and spread, pasta side and big properly prepared meat dishes. It's up to the women to try again (at lunch under less expensive circumstances) and see if these changes for the worse are permanent.

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