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jose-svancouverSince November 14, 200620 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
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Coral Court Szechuan Cuisine137 E 2 Street, North Vancouver
Beware the green eyeshadow lady.
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I'm revising my review of this place because on my last visit I encountered the waitress with the freaky eyeshadow that Pickygirl mentioned. If you see her, stay away! The food is still nice, but it might not be what you ordered. In my case she missed half the order, and I waited half an hour for what did show up. I pointed out that I ordered more, and she denied hearing it, even though I ordered everything at once! After telling her I felt let down, she babbled some nonsense about it being my fault, so I just paid and left without a tip. Food is still nice, but I'm not returning.

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White Spot2205 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Quick Start breakfast takes an hour.
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

Came here for breakfast. This location just finished some dining room renos, and the staff were not used to the new setup, so one side was packed and the other practically empty. We were on the emptier side and barely saw the servers, who always looked rushed. We ordered off the Quick Start menu and then waited about half an hour for pancakes and a fried egg sandwich with fruit. The sandwich was tasty, but the pancakes were blob-shaped and tasteless. And the fruit bowl had canned stuff in it, so much for their slogan of "fresh thinking." The renos did make the dining room look more comfortable, but the food and service will keep me away.

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Saravanaa Bhavan955 W Broadway, Vancouver
For buffet--ask for dosas and naans upon entering!
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

Been here twice for the buffets and enjoyed them. The tables have assorted rices, curries/stews, lentil "donuts" and patties (idlies) with dips, thin soups, spicy pickles, and buttery desserts. Nicely spiced. The buffet comes with dosa and naan bread, but the servers bring it to the tables in small baskets and run out fast, so ask for them as soon as you get to your table. But that's the only downer. The dining room overall is clean and orderly, even though there are lots of people around the buffet. If you're hungry for a big veggie meal, this is the place!

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
The stews will leave you feeling stuffed.
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

The hearty stews come in casserole dishes big enough for two people. The Irish stew was tender and nicely spiced. The ratatouille also had a nice blend of flavors, even though it's missing eggplant. The soups were also well done with fresh vegetables and smooth consistency. The dining room has a cozy fireplace and vintage travel posters and feels like being in a nice hotel in the mountains. Friendly staff who know the menu well.

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Bella Candela109 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Nice interior, so-so food for the price.
Submitted Sunday, December 30, 2007 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

The staff is friendly and attentive, and part of the kitchen can be seen from the dining room, so you can watch cooks tossing pizza crusts in the air while you wait. The dining room is well lit and includes a lounge area by the bar. The food is hit-and-miss, not good given the prices. The linguini in tomato sauce was well done, and the tortellini comes with a homemade pesto sauce, but the pesto was crunchy (it only takes a few seconds in a blender to smooth it out). The ceviche was a flop--fish not tender, not a hint of citrus flavor at all!

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Waves Coffee House93 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great for insomniacs, also fine during the day.
Submitted Sunday, September 9, 2007 - 11:24am [Dine in]

My friends and I first came here when we couldn't sleep one hot summer evening and found some like-minded people enjoying the wireless access, the comfy seating, the TV on the wall, and of course the coffee and cakes. I've since visited during the day and got the same friendly service as at nighttime. The decaf is good enough to take without milk or sugar. The pastries I've tried so far have been yummy. There's a variety of seating styles including regular tables, high tables, and easy chairs as well as patio seating. The dining area is spacious enough that you can have a conversation at a normal volume, and if you're working on your computer, you won't be disturbed by people yakking away.

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Buffet at River Rock, The8811 River Rd., Richmond
Got my money's worth.
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2007 - 12:18am [Dine in]

Not a buffet fan but my friend wanted to try it. Went to the weekend buffet dinner, which was almost $30 a person! It's good quality food, so if you come hungry you'll get your money's worth. I have a lot of restrictions (health issues) but found plenty to eat here including desserts. The roast beef and medallion steaks were great and so were the curried basa fillets. Most of the salads were pre-dressed with more oil than I'd like, so I dressed the plain greens with small amounts of tomato and onion salad and beet salad. The dining room is very roomy and well lit. The table staff is very friendly and attentive but seems to be on orders to restrict the amount of beverages they serve, though I managed several drinks with some persistence.

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Lonsdale Sushi1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
New review because of improvements
Submitted Thursday, September 6, 2007 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

Since my previous review, my dining companion dragged me in here again. I've given a slightly better rating now--no more cabbage core! And the decor has cleaned up a bit though is still garish. Still dull overall but edible.

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1629 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Come hungry.
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

The tables are set up so you'll enjoy a meaty and messy meal, with never-ending paper towels and plenty of condiments. Dining room has decor inspired by the Southern US, the posters and photos give you something to discuss while waiting for the food. Big portions: even a small sandwich has lots of meat fillilng, and they come with beans and coleslaw. The beans actually taste better than the meat.

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Kimono Japanese Restaurant869 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Confusing menu, nothing special.
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Came here before a movie because the restaurant we wanted to go to was closed that day. Too bad for us. The menu looked like a phone book for a small town, so one of my companions simply closed it and described what he wanted to the waitress. She assured him they had it and then gave him something completely different. When he complained, she pretended not to understand. I had a curry that was made from frozen vegetables and very watery. Another companion ordered a bento box that she didn't enjoy either. Oh well, it looked clean and comfortable and that's it.

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Guu Otokomae375 Water Street, #105, Vancouver
Fun dining, great tastes.
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

We never had this kind of tapas before, and it was fun. We had beer and plum wine and sake along with seafood dishes. Our energetic and helpful waiter talked us into trying salmon with natto and raw egg and a few other things in a seaweed wrap, surprisingly a tasty combination. All the dishes had a nice blend of flavors. Even though there's a lot of shouting of orders, you can still have a conversation, and the tables and lighting are comfortable enough for you to stay longer than you expected.

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White Spot752 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Feenie's inspiration is better than Bishop's.
Submitted Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

Lately the menus have been "inspired" by famous local chefs. I've tried a chicken salad from the Rob Feenie menu and a halibut stir-fry from the John Bishop. I liked Feenie's recipe better for its subtlety, though I'm probably biased because I used to fly on Harmony Airways before they closed, and he did their menu as well. The stir-fry was heavy on the black bean sauce and probably would have been better steamed than fried. The hostess was too distractable, but the waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. The dining room was comfortable; the lower ambience score was for one of the bathrooms being out of order and the other one having a dirty floor.

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De Dutch Pannekoek House1634 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
You can have salad with breakfast!
Submitted Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

The dining room was squishy the day I came here, but the staff maneuvered around everyone with grace and friendliness. No one batted an eyelash when I ordered a cup of hot water (I'm not a caffeine fan), and even better, the breakfast menu includes green salad as a side dish on many entrees (not a hash browns fan either). Can't comment on the crepes, but for eggs and salad this is the place.

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Martini's Restaurant151 West Broadway, Vancouver
Beware of huge portions.
Submitted Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 7:39pm [Dine in]

We ordered martinis, a shared appy, and two entrees but should have shared one entree instead because they're huge! That's not really a good thing either, because it comes at the expense of food quality. Veal cutlets should not be the size of bricks, and if you steam too many veggies for the pot size, some of them will not cook. I thought that should be basic knowledge to anyone working a kitchen, but not this one. The dining room is too depressingly dark even in midday--would it hurt to light a few candles? Maybe the manager doesn't want you to see the food. At least the servers were friendly and the martinis drinkable.

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Knight and Day Restaurant3684 Lougheed Hwy, Vancouver
Stick to the sandwiches.
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

I agree with the previous reviewer who preferred the 9.95 steak sandwich. I also tried their New York corned beef sandwich recently, which was as greasy as the one I tried in New York a few years ago. At least here I got a dry salad, a healthier choice even though it was cheap greens.

Years ago I used to come here in the wee hours with friends after we'd been to bars. So I think this place gets away with bad food because it gets so many customers wtih alcohol-dulled taste buds!

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Correction--no rice in ocean garden roll.
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

This is to correct my previous review. I went back for the ocean garden roll--it's seafood and avocado in cucumber, no rice, so if you're cutting carbs this is an option. Still tastes good to me, and I don't like cucumber much! The staff are friendly even if they don't all speak English (and aren't particularly vivacious)--the regulars seem to enjoy their service.

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Pho Hoa2257 Kingsway, Vancouver
Boring food, interesting customers.
Submitted Monday, April 9, 2007 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice at around Midnight on weekends. I had soup with tripe, flank, steak, and tendon, which is an "adventurous" recommendation here but tame from my experience. Their soups are bland in my opinion, and the condiments aren't very pungent. However, this is acceptable for my dining companion, a steak-and-potatoes type who doesn't like anything spicy. The soda lemonade was way too sugary; they should serve it with sugar on the side. Otherwise, the place looks clean, and the staff is attentive. Interesting people here at late night, some of them looking for a hangover cure and others gearing up for another bar crawl! I know I shouldn't, but eavesdropping here is fun!

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Taco Shack1937 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
A fresh surprise on a rainy evening.
Submitted Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

This cozy "shack" has a small but tasty menu. I liked the black beans that came in my burrito--they have fresh spice in them, like how a grandma would prepare them. Everything was made from scratch as far as I could tell. There was only the owner and one staffer when I visited, but they were on top of things, and the owner didn't mind being interrupted while cooking, and the food still turned out great.

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Thai House Restaurant116 W Esplanade, North Vancouver
Tasty, not filling.
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

Two of us came here for dinner--one beef appy plus two seafood entrees and rice. Never had Thai before--appy reminds of Viet salad and the entrees like Malaysian. But whatever it was, it's tasty with their house sauce, wished they retailed it! Also wished for more food on their big plates. Pretty view of Vancouver from their windows and bright decor. If you're not starving, you'll enjoy it here better.

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Montana's Cookhouse2929 Barnet Hwy, #1046, Coquitlam
Inattentive, scatterbrained service.
Submitted Monday, November 13, 2006 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

Wait staff hardly ever showed up at the tables, even though it wasn't very busy. If they did, they may have cut down on the other patrons' kids' high-decibel horseplay and messy spills. But at least their squealing gave relief from the profanity-filled conspiracy theory venom from the woman at the table next to ours, something that an attentive and experienced server would have picked up on and tried to defuse. Oh, and the orders got messed up too. Definitely didn't leave the standard tip.

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