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foodyfudderNorth VancouverSince November 3, 20067 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
  • Food2.5 (2.4)
  • Service2 (1.9)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Nektar's Pizza397 N Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver
Decent Pizza, Always Reliable
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 6:05pm [Take-out]

We have only ordered Pizza from here so we can only review that. Good things are, it's always ready when they say it will be. We usually order Meat Lovers for the kids and Greek or Vegetarian for us grown ups. They use a decent amount of cheese and right amount of sauce so the pizzas are not too dry or soggy. The crust is a little bland, but at least it's not hard or chewy, overcooked or undercooked. Over the years we've probably ordered pizza 40+ times and it's consistent. It is not cheap though, 2 large run about $35. We've tried all the pizza places around here and the kids like Fresh Slice which is way cheaper and they even like Little Ceasars (I can't eat that, find it yucky). Tried Panago but pizza was late and cold, and Deep Cove which is just too expensive for Pizza (even if they call it gourmet, it's still just pizza to me). Raven Pizza is good too, but prefer to eat in and never order it out for some reason. So, Nektars will continue to get our once a month order.

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Saucisse437 N Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
Looks Nice, That's It...
Submitted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

We peeked in and liked what we saw so took a chance and booked an early table to check it out. Our table was ready when we arrived at six and we were promptly seated. Good start, but it slid downhill pretty fast from there. The menu is very limited. Forget this place if you have kids or teenagers, although even with only two of us "middle aged" folk we still had a tough time getting enthusiastic about the choices here. We ordered Pacific Chowder and Romaine Wedge Salad to start. the "chowder" was a fish consomme with assorted seafood. It was served without a spoon. I had to request one... Basic service 101, score "F". Then, being quite hungry I dug in. Lukewarm, more luke than warm and the clams were so full of sand I nearly lost a filling. My husband touched the bowl it was served in, stone cold, no wonder. Basic kitchen training 101, score "F". We sent the soup back to be re-done, since there was really nothing else on the menu that appealed to me. While waiting for the soup to re-appear we tried to flag someone down for a 2nd glass of wine with no luck, surprising for such a small place with no less than 4 people serving around 24 seats. The soup 2nd time around was good. The waitress stated emphatically, "it's on me". I appreciated that they were comping this, but did not understand why it was "on her". I do not want a waitress paying for the kitchens mistakes, which is what the statement implied. Strange, that's all. My husbands wedge salad was fine, not great, just ok. For the mains, the Beef and Blue was, again served on a cold plate. Often we get served steak that looks delectable with nice grill marks, a glistening steam rising off the meat as it is served. This steak did not present well, plated old school tower style greens on potatoes, steak piled on top, and again, it was just ok. We do better at home, to be perfectly honest. I had Salad Nicoise (served without a fork, again I had to ask for one) which was served with a very runny soft boiled egg. When questioned about the egg the server adamantly insisted that was the way it was supposed to be, if I hadn't lived in Nice and eaten this salad every other day, I might have believed her. Still, the rest of the salad was fine and well put together. Sitting right next to us were neighbours of ours and in the middle of their dinner all we could hear was the waitress profusely apologizing about something awry with theor meal...to the point we wanted to cover our ears up. So, wrap up on this is that this place has alot of work to do on their service and food and in a small community they only have a limited time to get things right. Looks alone won't keep most people coming back. Good luck, they're gonna need it.

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Red Pagoda1408 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Consistently Happy!!,
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

We have come here regularly for a couple years, usually for lunch. We've had a variety of dishes, curries, lemongrass chicken, green papaya salad, spring rolls, etc. Everything is well prepared but we always come back for the soups. All the noodle soups are FANTASTIC. We've been to 3 or 4 other places for PHO (sorry Red Pagoda, we cheated on you) but nothing compares. The broth is excellent, the spicy soups tasty as well as spicy, the noodles are firm and fresh and they give you plenty of sprouts and basil. The service is always very pleasant and the kitchen is pretty fast and obviously great at what they do in there. Oh, did I mention, we are picky? Oh yes, not too many places pass muster with us and when they do they really deserve it.

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Bravo Cucina1209 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Incredibly, Seriously, Mediocre
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

We like good italian. Our standbys are Umberto's and Carmelo's. Living on the far end of the north shore, though, sometimes you just don't wanna drive so far..... Last Friday, we made a reso for 4 of us here and arrived a few minutes late. Our table wasn't ready, no worries, we were offered seats at the bar. The place was pretty full, good sign. We sat at the bar and surprisingly were not offered anything to drink. They seemed short staffed and too busy to make eye contact with us. After 10 min, my hubby flagged a guy down and got a couple of beer. Then our table was ready. We ordered mussels, tomato boconcinni, mains were a duck special, ossobucco and peppercorn steak washed down with a couple of decent bottles of red. Thinking back, mediocre is shooting a little high. The tomato bocconcini had tomatoes that I would not have purchased to serve to my own family, never mind serve to restaurant patrons paying $11.00 for six slices of tomatoes and minuscule slices of bocconcini. They were not ripe, not fresh (previously cut?) white at the core, grainy and in certainly the cheapest tomatoes available. To their credit they replaced the salad with a new one and I was so starved, I ate it, but it was just marginally better. The mussels were unremarkable and the portion size was below standard for the price. The Ossobucco presented nicely but the sauce tasted strange. We've had this dish in other restaurants that when done beautifully makes you dream about the taste for weeks afterward until you have to go back and have it again in the same place. This is not such a case. Again, well below mediocre. The duck special was done in a cassis sauce and the best thing about the dish was the veggies. The duck was dry, bland, and I wanted to forget I'd ordered it as soon as I bit into it. The best dish of the evening was the peppercorn steak. That was several notches above mediocre but at this point not enough to bring up the total score. The service was decent and unobtrusive, although in Italian restaurants we usually see a little more flare, but not here. Our glasses were full and the waiter was awake, that's about it. All in all, we had a nice evening out because our focus during the meal was the company and not the restaurant. But when you get home after dropping a few hundred bucks on a meal you do tend to dissect it a little the next day to decide if you'll be going there again or trying somewhere else. Our conclusion on this was, "been there, done that." We'll look for someplace else.

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Sushi Nami Fusion Japanese Restaurant1315 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Really good food, shame about the service...
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

We popped in for lunch about 11:45 and were the first ones in the restaurant. We ordered a California roll, Rainbow roll, Chirashi Don, and Gomae for the two of us. The food took quite some time to come and they delivered the two rolls for my son first and by the time he was completely finished eating, they brought my Chirashi Don. The 2 waitresses working were pathetic. One of them dished out the most minuscule portion of Gomae (we're talking 1 unheaped teaspoon) and they tried to tell us it was because they had changed the portion sizes. I forgot to ask them if they had cut the price in third as well. Since my son had been there twice before and had Gomae both times and gotten a normal portion, her lie was even more ridiculous. Later on she thought better of trying to slide one over and brought us another portion of Gomae. Later on both waitresses were standing around staring into thin air while we waited for them to notice our tea pot was empty (I had taken the lid off... traditional Asian cue for a refill). My son finally had to wake one of them up to refill our tea. The saving grace for this place is that the food is very good. The rolls were both tasty and my Chirashi Don was nicely presented, the fish was good quality and it was very good value for $12.95. Still, I tipped barely 10% and I'm getting sick of tipping even that much when we would have had a more enjoyable meal if it were self-service. I did give the sushi chef the thumbs up on the way out for the food though, thinking he deserved the tip more than ther servers did.

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Century Restaurant & Bar432 Richards Street, Vancouver
Invest in staff training....
Submitted Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

We were at the Century with a group of 12 people. We found the menu to be interesting but it lacked thematic cohesiveness. Only people who know something about food and have tried to order off this menu would know what I'm even talking about.... Anyway, the appetizers were well presented for the most part, it was a little while ago so the details are a little blurry. My main course was a pork dish done in some kind of old south take off and it was cold, bland, chewy and dry. How the expeditor could've let that dish leave the kitchen is beyond me. I was with a group of people that I was meeting for the first time that night so I did not want to complain for social reasons, that's why I'm doing it here. The server was VERY VERY NICE. He brought drinks one and two at a time in his hands. When he took an order for 4 drinks at a time he delivered two first, another one and forgot what the forth drink was. Why don't inexperienced waiters use a pad and pen??? Is there a shortage of drink trays in this restaurant? The manager came around once or twice and was very nice as well but did not help the server much - who was obviously overwhelmed with our table because we were consuming a large variety of products and his product knowledge was ZILCH. He kept having to go back and ask about things. I just felt sorry for him... but at least he kept on smiling. This was not his fault, it is the managements fault for not investing in training for their staff. I have seriously had better service at White Spot (heck, I've had EXCELLENT service there). At the end of the evening we split the bill evenly and it came to $120 per person. A pretty decent deal, if only my main course had been edible. This is a beautiful restaurant to go for an appetizer and a nice bottle of red but unless the service improves to the point where it halfway matches the decore, I give it two or three years max.

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Fiction Five100 East 2nd, North Vancouver
Looks good on the outside....
Submitted Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

I noticed this restaurant just as they were putting the finishing touches on it and wanted to try it out because it looked pretty hot and the menu looked interesting. I went in with my boyfriend and sat at the bar. We sat there for quite a few minutes before being acknowledged by anyone (although they were standing right in front of us). This set the tone for the entire experience. Yes, the people working out front look pretty good but they don't know how to treat paying customers (go down the road to Burgoo and take a lesson from them). We had sauteed vegetables in truffle oil which was done without heart, soul, or seasoning. So, bland not even the expensive oil could save it. We had some other deep fried spring roll type appy that was so memorable that I've completely forgotten it. We had a couple of drinks and 2 appys for $40. Since we didn't get greeted when we entered the restaurant, we weren't surprised not to be thanked or acknowledged when we left. We often go to restaurants for an appy at the bar or a light meal to check things out and when we decide it's up to snuff we've spent up to $400 on dinner for two (with a very good bottle of wine). Too bad Fiction Five won't be seeing one more red cent from us. Not because of the food (because I'm sure some of the food must be good) but because of the attitude.

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