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interactbizNorth VanSince September 15, 200734 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value3 (3.1)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.4)

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Displaying 21 - 34 of 34 Reviews Found
Golden Pearl Restaurant333 Brooksbank, #128, North Vancouver
Friendly Neighbourhood Restaurant
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Like many others, our family has dined regularly at Golden Pearl since it first opened. Sometimes we eat in the restaurant, other times we do take-out. They offer the usual comfort food that Canadians expect when dining Chinese but also list many Szechuan style dishes, although hot pepper levels are rather modest. We enjoy the cheerful serving staff and notice the restaurant has many regular customers get an extra friendly welcome. Serivce is fairly quick and meals are of consistent quality. Bar service is offered.

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Gusto Di Quattro1 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Welcome Back Carol Chow!
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

We had vague knowledge of its solid reputation but, with so many other fine choices, Gusto di Quattro hadn't yet topped our list. That mistake is now corrected and we will return, soon.
Selecting wine took careful consideration because Gusto di Quattro offers a multitude of choices. Of course, Italy is well represented with selections from Sicily to Piemonte. About a dozen wines are on offer from famous BC estates, including Burrowing Owl, Blue Mountain and Wild Goose. The restaurant serves an excellent range of reds, whites and frizzantes by the glass or half-litre.
I chose Mere e Monte (Sea and Mountain). A veal medallion and two perfectly seared scallops topped a wonderful porcini risotto with tender crisp asparagus. The plate was dressed with red wine sauce and truffle butter. Across the table, my partner had Filetto Lombardo – beef tenderloin on polenta with spinach, glazed carrots and buttery gorgonzola sauce. Perfect portions, perfect preparation and perfect presentation.
After dessert and coffee, we passed by the open kitchen and noticed there a familiar face. Sure enough, Carol Chow has returned to the North Shore. Fans will know that, after beginning her career with Umberto’s and Bishop’s, she spent 10 very successful years at the Beach Side Café in West Van. That restaurant never recovered from her departure and is now only a memory. After several years at Burnaby’s Hart House, Carol Chow has returned to the North Shore as Executive Chef of Gusto di Quattro.

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
Quality Bistro Food, Well Presented
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 12:54am [Dine in]

We arrived early Friday evening. A neighbouring restaurant was empty and La Regalade was already half full, soon to be completely occupied.

Service was prompt and friendly and freshly prepared food was offered rather quickly. It was just as ordered and quite delicious. All told, a happy experience to be repeated soon.

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Bakehouse, The1050 W Queens Rd, North Vancouver
Good Quality Healthy Food
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 12:26am [Dine in]

Two adults and a child stopped for lunch on a busy Monday. There was a short line waiting to order but service and food delivery was prompt. Seating was a bit crowded but not difficult. I had Roast Beef sandwich on multigrain, dressed with balsamic onions. Very Good. Wife had a boiled egg sandwich with generous filling. Our young guest had a half ham and spinach sandwich with delicious carrot soup. Desert included a nice shortbread cookie and a cinnamon sticky bun. Sweet. Coffee was fresh, hot and served in a large mug.

This is comfort food, made to order with quality ingredients. Baked goods that we sampled were excellent and choice was wide.

The menu on a wall board is fine with me because it allows them to change items easily and keep things fresh. I think the prices matched the quality fairly.

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White Spot333 Brooksbank Ave, #1100, North Vancouver
People Enjoy This
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

Having grown up with the White Spot I yearn for the old days when they baked their own buns and made soups that were much superior to ordinary commissary fare.

Nevertheless, White Spot keeps reinventing itself and still offers decent food with many healthy choices. Serving staff is a mix of youngsters learning the business and some vets who anticipate every need. Overall, this friendly place enjoys support of many regular diners.

The menu, with its seasonal specials, is fairly ambitious but the kitchen staff is not up to that ambition. Recent Tuscan specials were nothing like the presentations advertised. Instead of a well constructed serving, mine was glop on a plate and looked to be the work of a sloppy home cook. Supervision and training would solve the problem of promising one thing and delivering another.

However, when you want to eat and are too lazy to make it yourself, White Spot offers predictable fare served in clean, friendly surroundings.

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Tommy's1308 Ross Road, North Vancouver
Is Bigger Better?
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

A few diners equate large servings with great meals. If so, try this place. Despite being busy, the server delivered food quickly. However, that indicates some cooking is done ahead of time. Indeed, the fried potatoes were not fresh. I think they were waiting for our arrival.

There were a few choices of coffee but two of the self-serve thermos servers were empty when I tried for a second cup.

Restaurants should treat coffee as highly perishable. Offering too many choices almost guarantees that very fresh coffee is not served. Choice one excellent medium blend and serve within 15 minutes of brewing. After then, toss it.

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Le Bistro Chez Michel224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Solid Performances
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

We were reintroduced to this place when they hosted a community group meeting and provided coffee and snacks. This operation has been here for some time and that achievement generally says much about quality of food and service.
This is the place to choose when you want a nice meal a little upscale from family restaurants. Room is bright with views toward the water and there is a good patio for warmer days.
Service is friendly but professional and the food is excellent.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
North Shore Institution
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 2:33am [Dine in]

Another reviewer called the aboriginal art that fills this building tacky. I’m proud the Chamberlains display artefacts that reflect North Shore history. Too few people and local institutions give recognition to societies that settled this region perhaps 8,000 years before Europeans arrived.

This is a family diner, heavy on simple comfort foods. The Tomahawk hasn’t altered much over time. The chain restaurants may redecorate every few years and change their menu every season but not this place.

We took a grandson to the restaurant recently and I remembered taking his father there after Saturday morning hockey practice. Years ago, we were amazed at the heaping Yukon Breakfasts and they are probably still amazing. Simply entering the room makes me eager for an old fashioned milkshake and I automatically checkout the pie shelf too.

I hope new generations of the Chamberlain family keep the Tomahawk much as it is.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
These products don't get any better
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 1:43am [Dine in]

Thomas Haas would succeed in any world city. Artisans at the top of their game precisely craft these products with ingredients that are the best available. Prices reflect top quality but the delivered value is invariably high.
Despite a very busy shop, service is usually quick and the staff is friendly and attentive. This place is popular with the school students from across the street so avoid the 3 o’clock rush.
If you want to impress friends or family, visit this place and take home something - anything.

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Marina Grill1653 Columbia St., North Vancouver
Pleasant place for decent food
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 1:23am [Dine in]

We go here reasonably often and have never been disappointed - or amazed. I like the ambience and the servers are typically young and diligent. The food is simple but well presented. We choose this place when we want to dine simply without spending too much.

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Kelsey's1378 Main Street, North Vancouver
Food not even close to good
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 1:09am [Dine in]

If I order a steak, I expect it to be a well chosen cut, competently prepared. That's not what was served here. I suppose that when management buys cheap cuts and hires untrained burger flippers, the customer shouldn't expect much.

This place is run by a number pusher who wants the cost ratios to fit the template. Good restaurants depend upon people who care about the food on the plates. Those people don't work here.

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Good spot for an informal meal
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 12:51am [Dine in]

We've done lunch here a few times, usually with a toddler grandchild. Service was fine and appropriately informal. Server helped us share dishes with the little guy and was attentive to details. Food was good - not the least pretentious but that we expected.

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New management
Dundarave Fish Market2423 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Perfection
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 12:32am [Dine in]

We tried this for the first time a few months ago. The concept of a fish market and a restaurant in one location seems so right because freshness is everything when you eat seafood.
Our visit left us wondering why we hadn't been here before. Dinner was perfectly prepared and presented. Not formal service but friendly and efficient.
Our return visits were perfectly fine. Again, food was impeccable including the extravagant deserts. They have a reasonable selection of wine by the glass.
My wife - who does not love seafood - now considers this one of her favourite restaurants. Me too.

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Browns Socialhouse1764 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Restaurant or Bar?
Submitted Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

This is a restaurant trying to be a bar. Trying without much success. Molded plastic chairs are not my idea of comfort. Ok for fast and cheap food but not here. Food menu is fairly limited and the listings focus on beverages.
Entering the premise, I sensed a strong smell of deep fryer grease. Either the oil is old and overused or the ventilators don’t work well. Probably both.
It was early and not busy so service was ok.
A glass of Rosemont red blend came from a bottle past its prime. My guest had to wait for coffee to be brewed. Starters of crab dip (bland), yam fries (soft and oily) were less than ordinary. Chicken wings were OK. My Thai chicken salad was small and soaked by a very modest dressing, no doubt poured from a bottle.
I suspect this room is wrong for the business plan and won’t survive long

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