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JLgirlWest VancouverSince February 22, 200715 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

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Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
Blue Fence Special $25
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

We came here specifically for the highly appraised Blue Fence Special. For starters we had onion tart and grilled pesto sourdough, which was borderline burnt. For main, the lamb was "fell off the bone" good. The cod was ok, but the grilled asparagus was definitely burnt. It was black.. hidden beneath the cod. Not acceptable. The desserts were to die for. The terrine got the thumbs up, while the creme brulee came in a wider/shallower ramekin dish. All 3 courses for $25 including complimentary bread basket. Good value. Reservations only accepted for 8+ and only for 6pm seating. No Amex.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Dessert Buffet
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

First time visiting Griffins for dinner. Received a mini tour of the restaurant by the maitre d. We were pleasantly surprised. Our server switched napkins from white to black as we were wearing dark clothing. He said "no visible lint". I was impressed. To start, we ordered some wine and skipped appetizers. For main, we had the halibut and the seafood trio. Both were excellent. The complimentary dessert buffet sealed the deal. Over a dozen of desserts from delicious cakes to sweet pastries. This restaurant is in the Entertainment Book. Happy Dining.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Desserts only
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

We came here for desserts only. At a price tag of $8, it was not bad. The sorbet trio was light and refreshing; while the creme brulee was a hit and miss. Some parts were burnt. My dining mates said the cheesecake was "light", compared to the richness of New York or Boston cheesecakes. The server left us alone most of the night as it was a pretty busy place on a Saturday night. One thing to note is the dress code. Most ladies (regardless of age) dress to impress, as there's a small dance floor for those who want to mingle.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
The Dining Room Upstairs
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

We dined upstairs in the dining room. It was quiet for a rainy Saturday night. We were seated by the window, but couldn't really enjoy the view as it was dark and stormy. Service was attentive right from start to finish. Complimentary bread basket to start. For appetizers we had Caesar Salad, Soup of the Day, and Trio of Tartare. For the main course, we ordered salmon, sablefish, lamb, tenderloin, paella, and scallops and prawns. All were delicious. Everyone enjoyed their selections. Desserts were additional $10 (eg. creme brulee, cheesecake....etc). Bill came to just under $400 for 6 of us.

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Caffe Barney2528 Main St, Vancouver
Chicken Wrap
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

I recommend their chicken wrap. It's full of yummy ingredients (avocado, mayo...etc) and comes with a side salad for about $10. My dining mates rave about their salmon omelette, also at $10. Service is friendly and prompt, but this place can be really busy at times as it's not a very big restaurant.

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Pho Japolo2070 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Renovated/New Ownership
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

My partner and I have been going to this same pho restaurant for years. Now it's got a new name and some new faces, we can only assume new ownership, especially the service has gone from "here's your food" to "how's your food". Price is about the same. Clothes still smell like pho after, but definitely an improvement with a big air purifier installed. The place has also been renovated with new paint and carpets, but watch out for uneven surface. There's also a big hole in the parking lot.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Sunday Brunch (Dim Sum)
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

We made a reservation 5 days in advance for a Sunday brunch at 12noon. Arrived on time and got seated right away. I noticed a long line of guests waiting. The hostess used a microphone to announce as tables were ready. Not sure if this is a norm, but it was definitely interesting to watch.

I've been to many dim sum places, and honestly, I can't tell the difference, other than the prices. For under $15 per person (for a group of 7), we weren't super full, but content. The service was definitely top notch. No need to run after cart ladies and attempt to speak Chinese with sign language. We were given a menu with dim sum pictures and an electronic bubble sheet/2B pencil. No Chinese required. Can't wait for the day to order with iPhones. :)

The place is pretty clean for a Chinese restaurant, and wedding banquets are often held here, so I'd say it's a pretty nice restaurant for dinners as well.

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Boston Pizza4219 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
10 for $10 is back!
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

Ever since "Mama Meata Penne" mysteriously disappeared off the regular menu, I had to settle for Jambalaya. Guess what? It's now available with the current 10 for $10 promo! Try it, it's amazing. There's enough sausages/meatballs with every bite. My partner had the Spicy Italian Penne. Just as yummy. Both came with a slice of garlic bread. Pop at $3/ea was a bit steep, but the unlimited refills made up for it.

Service was good although I suspect our server was new. She had the same spiel for every table.

Parking is always a challenge at this location as it's shared with Cactus next door.

Lastly, don't forget to earn Airmiles. 1mile/$13.

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Earls303 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
What happend to the old Earl's?!
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 4:32am [Dine in]

This Earl's used to be a "family friendly" restaurant on the North Shore for years and years.. Growing up, I've celebrated countless birthdays with family & friends. Lately, it seems that it has lost the "family" appeal and attracts mostly "out of control" sports fans.

The reason I keep going back to Earl's, it reminds me of when I was younger, dinner out with mom & dad when we didn't want to cook. Out-of-town guests appreciate the big round table so everyone could sit together and still see each other. Friends often called up each other and just hung out and talked over dinner/drinks and could still HEAR each other.

Now, everywhere you turn, noise, noise, and more noise. Yes, partly from diningmates shouting so they can hear each other, but mostly, drunken guests who yell at the big flatscreen TVs even when there's no game on!!

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Handi1340 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Indian Buffet
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 4:10am [Dine in]

If you're like me who's unfamiliar with Indian food, go for a Weekend brunch (12-3pm) at Handi. For $12, I tried quite a few different salads and tandori dishes.

Not all tables have a view. Ask for it when making reservations.

Service is courteous but slow at times.

Parking is free underground or at back of the building. Just be careful not to park at the WVPD lot.

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Vip's Kitchen1487 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
Family Business
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 3:56am [Dine in]

Unfortunately, WV lacks authentic Chinese restaurants. VIP's kitchen is a tiny little restaurant in Ambleside. It opend approx 3 years ago with very little traffic, but its lunch take-out regulars have grown into a big part of business. Lunch special changes daily and is priced slightly over $5.

This is very much a family-owned business where dad is the cook, mom is the cashier and their son (who speaks English well) is the waiter. I have seen a few p/t help on busy days.

Best to order ahead for pickup. Not much to do or look at while waiting in the restaurant. Bring a book just in case your food is not ready, or else, take a moment and enjoy the family working together as one in an open kitchen!

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Dundarave Fish Market2423 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Best Fish & Chips!
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 3:37am [Dine in]

Let's just say that I don't even like fish & chips, but this place has got the best F&C platter for about $15. I was at a lunch meeting with a colleague in the summer. We both enjoyed it so much that we wanted to stay and have the exact same thing for dinner!

The name says "Fish Market".. but it is indeed a restaurant with patio opens on sunny days. Nothing fancy but great F&C.

I no longer have to drive all the way to Steveston for good F&C!

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Sunday Brunch!
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 3:23am [Dine in]

Benny lovers, look out! Absolutely delightful! Many families dine here on Sundays. Some treat out-of-town guests in this gorgeous viewspot!

Watchout for the mini croissants upon your arrival. These are to die for. However, if you ask for "more", you'll get charged (which caught us by surprise). This is not a typical "more bread please" situation at most restaurants!

Juice is freshly squeezed and the price is reasonable.

After brunch, go for a stroll along the Seawall.

Although the service is solid, some of the hostesses appear to be somewhat lazy. We understand that this is a 5-star restaurant, but please, you work here. You're not a guest.. So try to at least assist guests when asked, and not stare at us blankly in the eyes & shed the attitude of "I only bring people to the table, so whatever you're asking, I've got no idea". Then again, this could be an off day for the girls.

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Saltaire235 15th St., West Vancouver
Try the yam fries!
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 2:58am [Dine in]

We went on a double date. This is definitely a romantic date place wih stunning view!!

Food is alright.. Our favourite appy is "Yam Fries". Not a bad contender of the yam fries at Hamilton Street Grill in Yaletown.

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Ocean Club, The100 Park Royal, #105, West Vancouver
Try the dessert menu!
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 2:49am [Dine in]

Go on a live jazz night.. Order some desserts (you gotta try the "dome") and a couple of drinks..

For us, the bill often comes to $35 for 2 of us. (2 desserts + 2 teas). PRICEY!

Not recommended for a large group of hungry people! Drinks ok.. but appy portion.. not big enough.. The yam fries weren't very good.. In fact, everyone (there were 8 of us) voted it the worst dish of the night.

Bottomline.. be prepared to spend $$$$ and not be full if going in groups.

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