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GeezerNorth VancouverSince August 5, 200631 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.4)
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Displaying 1 - 20 of 31 Reviews Found
Takumi Japanese Restaurant4422 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
The Latest Incarnation of Takumi
Submitted Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

Warm welcome. Clean, modern, elegant, brand-new Japanese-themed interior without tatami. Reconnaissance visit took in dessert ... coffee jello ... and green tea only. No complaints. Looking forward to the full experience.

This review does not meet the length standards of DineHere which clearly were established BT (Before Twitter). Now I know why the bulk of the reviews are stale.

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Floata Seafood Restaurant180 Keefer Street, #400, Vancouver
Interesting Experience ... will go back
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

We followed a small regiment of well-dressed Asians into this place on a Sunday evening. Must have been a major function with registration desk at the door. Despite the hubbub and congestion, which had made me think of going elsewhere, or waiting for things to settle, we were immediately identified as separate from the group and escorted to a table in the west dining room. Pleasinglyt, we were not, as a party of two, placed in a corner or by the door. Tea and soup came quickly and we were able to watch the continuing arrivals in the lobby on closed circuit TV in black and white on a huge projection screen behind us ... why? ... who knows! The sweet and sour soup was excellent and thick with shrimps and tofu. The won-ton soup good too. A live king crab paraded past us to a large table. Scallop and prawns excellent. Sole fillets a bit greasy. Mango pudding with evaporated milk first class. Service good. Easy to get attention when needed.

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Casa Fabesso850 Barnet Highway, Port Moody
Outstanding Italian Lunch
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

We went to Casa Fabesso for lunch on a sunny Saturday at the end of August and had a delightful experience. Patio dining, or indoors if you wish. Preorder and pay at the kitchen window. Everything brought to the table. Panino crudo with prosciutto and cheese. Fresh halibut grilled with peppers and zucchini. Fish soup with salmon, snapper, shrimp and vegetables. Caffe latte and Italian soft drinks. Food quality: stellar.
Even if you can’t bring ten for dinner, if you are lucky you’ll be invited to leave your name and number and they’ll call you when your smaller party can be included one evening.

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Ham Ji Bak1205 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Korean Family Restaurant - Comfort Food
Submitted Friday, August 21, 2009 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

This is a gem. Completely authentic, down to the metal spoon accompanying the chopsticks, and patronized by the Korean community as individuals, couples, families and extended families - from 5 to 95.
The welcome to non-Koreans is warm and friendly and advice on menu choices is happily given. Specialities are noodle dishes, deep fried dishes and light stews and hot pots served on rice. Kim-chee and pickled radish come as included side dishes. Presentation is simple yet elegant. Flavours are distinct and tasty. Value is great. No barbeques or table top cooking. The overall feeling is that you are eating in your favourite sisters's kitchen. The food is that good, and that fresh.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Fabulous Halibut
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 10:47am [Dine in]

We tried this place after reading the reviews and were not disappointed. No reservation. A few minutes before prime time. Friendly greeting. Choice of inside or out. Confirmation that the patio heaters were on. Outside. Immediate menus. Water. And a small challenge - Campari/Orange - orange juice with pulp and mandarin segments. Great start! It got better - miso halibut ($18) was the best I've had in a restaurant anywhere at any price - juicy and fresh. The orange chocolate torte ($7) was super rich and would have served three people at that stage of the meal. Friendly and attentive team service. Great people watching. The restaurant exceeded expectations by more than a halibut fin!

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Stunning Restaurant, Stunning Location
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 1:46am [Dine in]

This is a first class establishment in all respects. The staff are friendly, experienced and polished. The food is presented imaginatively and carefully prepared.

The avacado crab shrimp tower was a delicious lunch appetiser and the tenderloin peppercorn medallions as main were mouth watering. Others in the party praised the halibut and chips and the salad and soup starters.

The service is impeccable. Minor issues were dealt with swiftly and cheerfully. Water and bread came quickily. Wine was of good quality and reasonably priced.

For $3.5 million you could have bought a half duplex next door, but hey, live somewhere-else and enjoy the restaurant experience as well as the view. You could take a party of four for lunch every day for the next sixty years for the same money!

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Le Gros1200 Altalake Rd., Whistler
Try it … you might like it …
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Nesters is where the locals shop. Le Gros is where they eat.

The chef owns the restaurant.

This restaurant has a long history … originally Les Gros … then briefly Jade … and for the past several years Le Gros. Its location is hidden in the trees south of Creekside.

Phone to make your reservation. Take a taxi and enjoy your self.

If you are the DD. Turn off the highway on to Alta Lake Road and then it’s the second drive way on the left. leading uphill. There’s a sign on top of the rock at the Alta Lake turn off and another sign at the bottom of the drive. The restaurant itself has no signs because by the time you are that close … that’s where you’re going! Above two dedicated parking terraces, the restaurant is approached by sturdy staircase and covered walkway. Heavy wooden windowless doors lead into a narrow cozy loggia with fireplace and comfortable chairs preceding the bar and the centre of operations (at least the ex-kitchen ones!). There are two rooms: to the left a smaller one behind the previously mentioned double-faced fireplace; ahead a larger one allowing the seating of groups of a dozen or more if necessary. Both rooms are carpeted and have expansive windows and high ceilings. Both rooms but especially the smaller have magical outlooks when snow is falling.

The style is comfortable fine dining … white tablecloths, gleaming glasses but no pretence. No place settings courtesy of Set Square and Micrometer. The menu is extensive but unchanging – rack of lamb. Dover sole. Mimosa and Caesar Salads … the standards. Specials every day. Catch of the day, maybe orange roughie. Soup, perhaps vegetable curry.

Service is professional and friendly. You will never be rushed. Prices are reasonable. Wine list runs from here, to very far over there. The food is delicious. There is a proper dessert menu.

In the end it is about the food and the atmosphere. Not a particularly good place for a first date, or popping the question or for making out between courses. If you are trying to impress people and you want the staff to play along … wrong place! … they are too busy with real people. If you are a celebrity no-one will care. Take your children if they enjoy your company and you theirs.

The owner of the restaurant is the chef.

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Suvai Restaurant2279 West 41st Vancouver, Vancouver
Still on the upswing ...
Submitted Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

Judging from the reviews, this restaurant had a few teething troubles. It is not there yet: but it is making progress. The remaining issues include: a pleasant but not coherently styled room. Somewhat amateur art on the walls attached to price tags makes the restaurant look amateur … buy good stuff that speaks to the concept. Similarly business licenses etc in pvc folders taped to the wall ain’t cool … buy hotel notice frames which allow changing the content. Losing two seats of 28 is no small loss: but face it the corner table in the middle of the lobby doesn’t work.

No table cloths suggests a bistro or a brasserie. Not an absolute barrier to high price demands, but certainly an obstacle. Riedel wine glasses are notable. Serving water in martini vases is strange.

The service is friendly and unpretentious. Prompt and efficient. The wait staff work together smoothly. The most smiling face was in the kitchen!

Food good. Notable crab cakes (reduce or eliminate the prawn content) and beet salad appetizers and chicken main. The scallop main didn’t work. Scallops have a subtle flavor that can’t overcome a strong sauce. Not all of the menu is intelligible to non-graduate student of cuisine. Crème brulee ok.

No dessert menu. If you don’t care about dessert don’t offer it. No sorbets or ice cream. Bill delivered before requested. Wash room … overflowing paper towel bin ... get a bigger one.

Prices are high … this may be being recognized since there’s even one ball-point reduced one on the menu. They may be a reflection of a perceived opportunity to capitalize on the locals’ willingness to pay up to walk, rather than drive downtown, but they discourage a longer range clientele.

Web presence ... there isn't.

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Neighbourhood Noodle House1352 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Fast service, low prices but watch it ... Overall 3 with warning
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 12:01am [Dine in]

The other reviews are very likelyl to be accurate based on my experience ...

This place is consistently busy, especially at lunch time. The service is fast and to the table and the prices have a very good dollar per mouthful factor. The plates are clean and the food tastes OK and there's room to put a broadsheet newspaper under your meal and keep reading.

Just one thing ... tipping. The staff have a weird idea that if you pay with a bill the change is the tip! Even if you pay with a bill that is more than twice the amount of your food bill grab the change when it comes back and substitute your tip because if you leave the change lying there they'll move to take it as the tip!

But it is what is ... and if you don't want to eat a custom made sandwich on a six inch counter, or a small lunch special sandwich with a few potato chips, or wait for the front of house person to come back from a step out for a moment, or pay $15 for your lunch. or struggle to try to get a bill, or line up for your lunch and then have about one foot square of table to eat it on ... all available Lonsdale experiences ... this place ranks highly.

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Kwong Chow Congee & Noodle House3163 Main Street, Vancouver
Busy for a reason
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 1:23am [Dine in]

Tried this place for the first time. It's open til 2 am so no pressure on late evening diners.
Fresh poached and spiced scallops on special, very tasty with steamed rice. Corn chicken swirl soup - no complaint (small bowl was massive). Friendly, on the ball, service. Slightly slow but they were busy. Good value. Bathroom not visited.

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Cafe Calabria1745 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Etiquette review
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

"Considering we were meeting at a specific time, especially considering my friend walks with a cane and could not remain standing until I got there, they would not seat her!"

Miss Manners says "After arranging to meet a young person, an elderly person, or someone with a disability at a restaurant, be sure to get there first so that she is not put in any difficulty ... especially if your guest is not a regular customer of the establishment"

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Bread and Tulips2240 Chippendale Road, #2, West Vancouver
CLOSED
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

As the last reviewer noted. Said to be reopening under new owners Feb 14.

A very challenging location, unfortunately.

As the last reviewer noted. Said to be reopening under new owners Feb 14.

A very challenging location, unfortunately.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
An enjoyable evening
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

We arrived at the Salmon House one recent wet and snowy weekday evening not knowing quite what to expect. The place was hopping!
Without a reservation, we were greeted pleasantly and our coats taken by the hostess. A comfortable booth at the back of the lower level. Several groups already seated and clearly enjoying themselves. No music that we could hear above the hub-bub but also no ringing cell-phones or TVs and hardly any cell-phone use.
It’s a bare polished wood table and no fussy place settings. Sparkling glasses. Linen napkin. The wine list features BC wines. We had the house salad and the fresh kushi oysters, and then spring salmon ($30) and the tenderloin ($32). Absolutely no complaints. Friendly unrushed competent service.
If you like a place with some energy, and staff who are on their game … it’s a good experience … perhaps better for groups than romantic couples, but not everyone wants hush

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Ric's Grill4154 Village Green, Whistler
Solid
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

In the shoulder season doldrums Ric's seems to be doing better than many competitors. The room is attractive with chocolate tones and a mix of booths and free-standing tables. Cyndi Lauper type music not unbearably loud. No TVs. Cheerful, but not perfect service. Attractive salads promptly but everything else slow mo. Food competently cooked and presented but nothing to run back for. Lamb chops and lemon-garlic prawns were sampled. Some managerial angst on display. Bathroom a bit untidy. Overall a reasonable choice for a wet night.

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Shijo1926 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Sad
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

This used to be one of my preferred Japanese restaurants. Visits were regular on a two or three times a year frequency. The menu changed and a delicious Kobe beef entrée disappeared. A recent visit found the interior layout altered. No longer the intimate little tables side by side against the window with partitions screening faces but not sound, but a more conventional arrangement of fewer tables, more widely spaced and unscreened. The tatami rooms are now quite open.
I understand that ownership changed about five years ago. It no longer feels Japanese. Service lacked the customary Japanese urgency – are we going to get hot towels or not?: we did but late. There was gin but no tonic! The presentation of the sunomono salad was odd – deep cup rather than a bowl. The toro was very tired. Gomae lacked zing.
Not very busy.
Sad.

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Seto Japanese Restaurant8460 Alexandra Road, #155, Richmond
It's OK ...
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 11:39am [Dine in]

This place is busy and offers good value for money in terms of quantity of food per dollar. Where I beg to differ with previous reviewers is as to its quality. It is certainly better than many places but it is not top-flight.If you like to be given a hot towel as you sit down, prefer not to survey walls with shiny photographs of menu items, and believe that kim-chee should not be on a sushi restaurant menu, then you should look elsewhere.
Having said that a $40 sushi boat for two came with miso soup, shrimp sunomono and ice cream for dessert and multiple fills of green tea. However, six oysters on the boat lacked sweetness and the tuna and salmon seemed tasteless. The shrimp tempura was good and came with its own sauce.
The service was friendly, prompt and efficient. The bathroom was fine. The room was comfortably shabby but not dirty.
I guess we got what we paid for.

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Salade de Fruits Cafe1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Quirkily consistent
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2007 - 12:06am [Dine in]

A revisit found the service friendlier. A party of two was offered a larger table than the original card table proposed since the restaurant was less busy than perhaps was expected although it later filled up with walk-ins in parties of three and more. Service was prompt and cheerful. Water copious and initial refusal of alcohol caused no concern.
The food was fine. This party would probably have preferred smaller portions with a little more finesse.
The ambiance is odd if you are seated in the lobby. Feels a bit temporary and makeshift. Not a place you'd linger in.
Value for money - no complaints, but remember it is cash only.
Toilets upstairs. Spacious and clean. if there is an elevator I did not see it

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Olympia Pizza3205 West Broadway, Vancouver
Consistent value
Submitted Friday, April 6, 2007 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

Judging by the lack of reviews and the busyness of the establishment, this is another neighbourhood gem that the locals aren't keen to share. The place is easy to find, kitty corner to the famous Fiction. A second deliberate visit confirmed an earlier serendipitous impression.
The welcome is natural rather than acted. The service is prompt and friendly and teetotallers need not fear hostility. Although the name suggests a Greco-Italian blandness, it's a perfectly adequate Greek restaurant without the hackneyed decor and the Zorba music, The Greek salad is mild and pleasantly seasoned and the souvlakis, available small and large, include a delicious marinated lamb. Worth a moderate detour if you are on the West Side and in need of genuine flavourful food at a reasonable price.
Next time I'll try the pizza: I suspect it is equally authentic, since anchovies are available!

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Bouzyos1815 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Comfortable Spot
Submitted Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 12:57am [Dine in]

Dropped in out of the wind and rain. Pleasant ambiance. Good service. Food On COLD plates. Flavours not stunning - New York steak and grilled calamari. No hassles. Worth considering if you are in the area.

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Handi1340 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
West Van East Indian: Warm and friendly
Submitted Friday, December 8, 2006 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

This a pleasant spot on the south side of Marine Drive just west of the police department. Two visits have found it well-patronised by locals of all ages and it clearly meets their needs.
Interesting space with a front section, a side against the dividing wall and a coveted rear section with views towards the water. Carpeted. reasonable noise level.
Service courteous, helpful and prompt.
Specialities include tandooris which are satisfyingly flavorful.
This review may be marking low. I should be interested in others impressions. It is certainly worth anyone's travel time from Horseshoe Bay to Second Narrows, or sampling by transients.

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