Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

Kelvin_BrownNorth Vancouver, BCSince November 15, 201019 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2 (2.2)
  • Value2 (1.9)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 19 of 19 Reviews Found
Dark Table2611 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
An unusual dining out experience in the dark
Submitted Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

We were along on Tues. night, having booked the day before. It was popular. We selected our main course outside whilst waiting, then were introduced to our waiter & lead inside to our table. It was totally dark. We were surprised how the waitering staff managed to find their way around. Impressive.

We ordered drinks. A large beer in a tall glass might not have been the most practical of receptacles, but I didn't manage to put it down & knock it over when trying to re-find it ! Our starter was a small, beeroot & lettuce caesar salad, which was difficult to chase around the plate. It was also difficult to determine whether you had anything on your fork, so whilst it was an unusual experience, it was also a little frustrating at times.

My main course was beef tenderloin, which whilst very tasty, the portion size was somewhat small.

My sweet was a chocolate slab, again which was tasty but small.

The experience was undoubtedly unusual & different. But the portions were generally small, very average & the whole experience was severely over-priced.

We tired it once, but wont be going back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar, The905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Nice but expensive beer. Extremely loud.
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

Went there on a Friday night with friends.
Nice beer but expensive.
Extremely loud throughout. Do not go in if you want a decent conversation, you will come out hoarse from shouting !
Conveniently & centrally located. An easy to find bar, with a pool table & shuffleboard games upstairs.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Salam Bombay755 Burrard St, Suite 217, Vancouver
Nice but over-priced food. Exploiting it's central location
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

We'd heard great things of this restaurant from friends, some of whom originate from the sub-continent, so we thought we'd give it a try last Friday evening. We'd also travelled extensively through the sub-continent & love Indian food, even though western menu items tend to bare little resemblance to the Indian dish of origin. Most dishes have been modified to suit western tastes, esp. by British culinary influences.

It's centrally located in the heart of town & is relatively easy to find. It's exploiting it's location & potential high clientele turnover in the price factor, but I was somewhat let-down by the whole experience.

The place is extremely neat, clean & tidy inside. It is popular & by selecting a window table you can watch the world go by on Burrard whilst you eat.

There was a great range of food, but it was extremely expensive for what you got. One poppadum "cut" into 4 cost $3.25 & each pickle offering was $3.25. Veg. options generally start at $15.75 & meat dishes from $18.75.

I like my curries extremely hot & asked accordingly on ordering, but had to send it back because it was so bland. It was meant to be lemon & coriander-based, but was weak in flavour & lacking substance. The dish that came back was different altogether - more tomato-y based. All our meals were somewhat watery, thin & on the small size. The garlic nans were great though.

There was no draught beer. There was a good range of bottled beer, prices of which started from $7.

It was a very expensive Indian, the bill for 4 coming to $160 !

Good to have tried it, but we wont be going back.

Just go to Vaades in North Vancouver, it's tons better value for money & has an absolutely excellent range food..

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
London Fish & Chips6686 Sooke Rd, Sooke
AVOID - A long wait for poor VFM food, bad service & a missing order
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2014 - 6:14pm [Take-out]

Avoid - in our experience the portions of fish & chips are woefully small, while the prices remain relatively high. We were not given our complete order, which we only noticed when we got home & despite repeated requests for some kind of compensation, nothing has ever been forthcoming. A rip-off. We also had to wait 1/2hr for a take-out !

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
Banana Leaf820 West Broadway, Vancouver
Out at the Banana Leaf with friends & the mother-in-law for an evening meal
Submitted Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

We tried out the Banana Leaf with the mother-in-law & friends, on a busy Saturday evening. We didn't have to wait thankfully, as there’s plenty of table space. It's very popular.

We started with shared rotis & an assortment of spicy dips, all of which rapidly disappeared !

There certainly was a huge & diverse choice of menu items. I ordered lamb curry & asked for it to be spiced up a lot. The dish was delicious. There were huge hunks of succulent lamb in a spicy hot & flavoursome sauce. The spiciness didn’t mask the flavours. Additional rice & rotis were not needed.

It does tasty draught beer & an assortment of wines & cocktails.

The service was fast, efficient & very friendly. We were even advised by the waitress, we might have ordered too much food, as we were not overly familiar with Malaysian food ! Nevertheless, we cancelled a couple of dishes & nothing was left at the end !

I would rather the waiting staff didn't remove people's plates when others at the table are still eating. It's rude & somewhat destroys the atmosphere.

It was a great night out. Good food, drink, ambiance, company & service. I’d definitely go back to try something else out of this diverse menu. I now love Malaysian food. Highly recommended.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Back to ‘Burgoos’ with the mother-in-law
Submitted Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

We’ve been to Burgoo’s a number of times now. This time it was with the mother-in-law on a busy Saturday night. We couldn’t get in straight away, so put our names down & went for drinks round at the Cheshire Cheese, on Lonsdale Quay – because for some strange reason you can’t have a drink at a restaurant bar in Canada, whilst waiting to be served, we were told ! Hell, where’s the commercial & logical sense in that little archaic law ? Incredible !

Nevertheless, when we eventually got in, we ordered (amongst other things) the lamb tagine. The combination of flavours & the quantity was absolutely excellent. There was a selection of menu items.

There was a small selection of somewhat pricey, but very tasty draught beers.

Service was adequate, friendly & busy, though I was disappointed by the high expectation that a tip was automatically going to be given via my credit card payment. A disappointing, abrupt, arse-y-ness followed from the waitress, which somewhat spoilt an otherwise excellent meal & evening out. My tip (only ever given for excellent service & food) was always going to be left in currency, on the table, under the bill, on our exit from the restaurant. Consequently, the tip was reduced !

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
A return to 'Fishworks' with the mother-in-law
Submitted Monday, September 23, 2013 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

We went back to Fishworks with the mother-in-law, to try something different off their menu.

For a light starter the ladies had two different scallop dishes. The fusion of tastes were absolutely excellent & the scallops simply melted in your mouth. Incredible. Recommended.

For main courses I ordered smoked sockeye, whilst the ladies ordered (farmed) sturgeon. Unfortunately, the waiter returned 5 mins. later to tell me there was no more sockeye. Consequently, I ordered the halibut. Unfortunately, the same thing happened 5 mins. later. Now very disappointed that the waiter hadn’t bothered to enquiry of the chef what exactly was exactly still left on the menu at 7pm on a Saturday night, I defaulted to fish & chips ! Again he returned 5 mins. later to announce the sockeye was back on the menu ! A curious turn of events, nevertheless it all worked out OK in the end & the sockeye was superb. Again, there was a complex mix of flavours which worked well. We were reticent about having sturgeon, a protected fish, until we were told it was farmed & sourced from Egmont on the Sunshine coast. That too tasted delicious – a dense, white meat, a cross between steak & chicken.

A crisp Marlborough, NZ cabernet sauvignon went very well with the meal though it was a pricey $36. The very hoppy, Driftwood draught beer for ‘starters’ was equally good. There is an adequate selection of wines & beers.

Our waiter was extremely friendly & helpful, though could do with being a little more clued-up as to what was on the menu.

We booked to ensure we got in, as the place can get busy.

The surroundings are bright, clean & adequate.

The food & drink are still a little on the pricey side. The quantities may initially appear small, but are adequate & filling. The food is presented well & the flavours are excellent. What a great treat.

ORIGINAL REVIEW
Popular seafood restaurant for a good Saturday night out
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Initially wasn't sure whether this place would live up to expectations, but went on a busy Saturday evening & had a great time.

The restaurant was clean, well lit, airy & vibrant. It was popular & open plan, possible to hold a conversation without loud music or other distractions.

The menu seemed somewhat limiting, focusing on salmon, trout & shellfish, as you might expect. Don't go if you want an extensive range as an alternative to fish - spag.bol., chicken & beef are the only alternatives. I went for the salmon wellington, the name of which seems a bit of an oxymoron, however it's a cullinary term reflecting the fact the salmon was cooked in phyllo pasty ! Nevertheless, although the portion seemed small, it was perfectly cooked & was a well thought out dish, all of the favours complementing each other. The quantity was sufficient in the end. Others in our party had the carbonara & paella, which were equally well presented & tasted good.

The white wine we selected complemented the food, although the mark-up was significant (total price $40). Unfortunately this seems to the norm in Canada, despite the entry level prices already being stupidly over-inflated by BC Liquor's mark-up. Canadian's you really are getting ripped off on alcohol prices - 2x the majority of western countries - disgraceful. It's almost as if the Canadian & Provincial governments are afraid of anyone having a good time.

An acceptable diverse selection of beers.

Service was solid, prompt & efficient.

Value was OK, though probably a little over-inflated by a couple of dollars.

Conveniently located in Lower Lonsdale.

Good for a change. I'd go back sometime in the future to sample something else when the menu's updated.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
OK for a beer & to people-watch but if you want food & service go elsewhere
Submitted Monday, August 19, 2013 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

Went with friends on a sunny Saturday & sat outside on the patio. It can be very busy when the cruise ships are in town, however we got straight in.

Service: They are quick to serve you drinks, but the waiter we had knew very little about the types of beer on offer & the location of the home breweries. The beer is good but the measures were under-sized (ie. you get less than the imperial pint you order. Service was extremely slow once we finally got round to ordering. It took 30-40mins for our food to come, probably because there seemed to be only 1 chef working in the kitchen. The waiting staff are somewhat surly.
Food: There's a decent selection of food on offer, but it is expensive for what you get. I was not impressed with a very plain, basic salad for $15. Someone else complained they had not been asked how they wanted their bison burger cooked & when it came it was under-done & gristly.
Value: Poor value for money.
Ambiance: Great for people-watching & 'chewing the fat'. Even saw an accident at this busy junction ! Go for drinks, but not for food, especially if you're in a hurry !

I get the impression the staff couldn't careless. The place is complacent - they don't have to try because they have a ready clientele of cruise ship holiday-makers, who will come here once & then never again.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
Popular. Good beer. Food portions getting smaller
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:32am [Dine in]

Went here with friends on a Friday night. Didn't book. It was loud & crowded. Had to wait 1/2hr for a table. But whilst waiting, instead of staying outside, tried to order drinks at the bar, only to be told we couldn't order drinks at the bar ! ...well, how bizarre is that...a bar that doesn't want to do commercial business ! ...i think that would be could a riot in the UK & probably some parts of Canada too ! It's a BREWERY ! It has BARS ! ...but doesn't want to serve CUSTOMERS !

It's a convenient meeting place. I've been in here quite a few times, but not again.

The food options seem to be getting smaller, just like the portions, whilst the prices are expensive for what you get. $15 for a burger ! ... just go to McDs down the road & get an even cheaper & nastier one for $1.39 ! My burger came first, then the chips about 3 minutes later !

The beer certainly tasted nice. There were about 6 or 7 beers on tap, brewed on the premises. But beware, if you order a pint (that's an imperial pint), it's served in an over-sized glass to accommodate the head, however you get significantly less than a liquid pint ! That's a rip-off & against the law. But if you ask politely for it to be topped up, the serving staff get very agressive. The manager had to be called & he resolved the issue after some contention. Unbelievable ! No draught cider.

Service comes with a false smile & too much routine, I'm afraid.

I wont be going back, but I'm sure they wont be short of business because they are living off their location & being a brewery. Avoid - there are much better places out there.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
High expectations given the crowds, but was disappointed by the standard
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

We finally called in here mid-week for an evening meal, with the mother-in-law from out of town, having seen the place was popular.

We had a short wait for a table, so opted to review the menu at the counter / bar whilst waiting.

Not having had too much sushi in the past we were novices, but wanted to try something different & requested helpful recommendations from the waitress. However, her standard of English was poor & she gave the impression she couldn't be bothered & didn't want to be there.

There was a large selection of dishes, mainly priced between $7 & $15, but we had no idea what they were or more importantly, how big each menu item was. We ordered a crisp go-go roll, some clams & some sushi to be shared by three, only to find it wasn't enough. The waitress didn't really help with the quantity ordering, despite us asking !

The dishes certainly looked attractive, but some were sadly lacking in quantity & taste. We ordered more, having looked at what others were eating & were still none-too-impressed.

We came to the conclusion the cooked dishes were far better than the sushi.

There was a moderate selection of wines & bottled beers, but nothing on draft.

There were quite a few fruit flies buzzing around the tables !!

We went with open minds & high expectations of trying something different for a change, but were sadly disappointed. Shame, because it's quite conveniently located for us. Maybe we'll try sushi in 2 or 3 years time, at another restaurant !

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine1440 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Saturday night out experiement with friends
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

After reading the reviews, we thought we'd try this place out on a Saturday night & were pleasantly surprised.

There was a diverse selection of menu items, all very reasonably priced, with the hotness being indicated by a "chilli" rating. We started with the "roti canai", which was a good appetiser. For main course I had the kari lamb & asked for it to be spiced up a little. It was a succulent dish of tender lamb in a superb-tasting curry sauce. It was the perfect hotness; very spicy without losing the flavours. It was a good sized portion & came with a adequate bowl rice. Delicious.

Friends ordered different dishes, all of which were extremely tasty & colourful & once again the portions were generous. Great value for money.

The service was solid, efficient & attentive, without being overbearing.

The restaurant is not too big & is popular, so we booked & I would advise you to do the same, particularly if dining on a busy Saturday night. Be aware the restaurant closes at 9.30pm on Sat./Sun., which does seem a little early. We were given notice that the bar was closing & were invited to order additional drinks & food, if required. However, we did not feel rushed, despite the staff wanting to shut up shop.

The decor is basic but adequate. The atmosphere is OK. You can carry on a conversation without loud music etc.

There's a good selection of beers & wines, but there was no cider for my wife. It would be good to see a few draught beers on tap.

I'm not overly familiar with Malaysian food, but this was a great find & I would definintely a go back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Alibi Room157 Alexander St, Vancouver
Great selection of beers but limited & poor value food
Submitted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

Had never heard of the place, but went along with friends to try it out.

Huge selection (20+ ?) of beers on draught - beers/ales, lagers, porters/stouts, fruity little numbers & even a couple of ciders. You're spoilt for choice if you're a beer drinker. Excellent, with the possibility of small sample orders. A breath of fresh air, more like a traditional British pub.

But whilst the beer selection is excellent, the main course food selection is somewhat limiting (5 or 6 items ?), poor quality & poor VFM. They serve a small selection of tapas-type nibbly dishes to go with your beer, which are OK.

Service seems a little stressed & a little pushy, but that could be because they were busy. Go to the bar & order direct & browse the selections on offer. Check out the guest beers on the chalk board.

Good atmosphere & not a TV is sight, so you might be able to have a conversation with your friends !

It's located a little out of Gastown. You could quite easily walk past it, as there is no signage advertising the establishment. Great for train-spotting, as it backs onto the railyards !

I'd definitely go back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Sailor Hagar's Brew Pub86 Semisch Avenue, North Vancouver
Birthday beers & dining out whilst watching the hockey
Submitted Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

We went on Tues. for birthday beers & something to eat. The beer was OK, the service was basis. There appeared to be only one waitress serving a whole pub full of customers, so as a consequence service was slow. The lass in question was a little inexperienced too, but was trying hard.

The food was basic too. I would have liked the Guinness & steak pie, but this I was told had sold out, so I opted for the NY steak sandwich / burger. When the food came the (medium-rare) steak was tepid, while the chips (fries) & onion rings were hot, suggesting the steak had been sitting around waiting to be served. I sent the meal back to be re-heated & was rewarded with a few extra chips. However, the steak tasted as if it had been grilled on a recently sanitised hot plate. mmm ! Suspicious ! Not great. The battered onion rings were oily & basic.

Nevertheless, the pub was very popular. Most people had come to watch the hockey, the loud coverage of which made conversation difficult.

The place is conveniently located in Lower Lonsdale, has an affordable range of menu items, but whilst the beer & alcoholic beverages were OK, the standard of the food is sadly lacking.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Thai House Restaurant116 W Esplanade, North Vancouver
Evening out at the Thai
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

Went for an evening out with friends. The Jungle Curry was good & tasty, but not particularly hot & spicy as expected. The rice was a little stodgey - not worth getting. The service was OK, but we felt rushed, as we were told we had to order by 9.15pm, because all the kitchen staff had to catch the "sea bass" (turned out not to be a menu item, but a mode of transport home) ! The food was a little over-priced. The ambiance was plain, pleasant & uncrowded & like the "Tradis", the place is bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside !

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Dundarave Fish Market2423 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Dependable
Submitted Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

Been here several times now. The place is popular, especially in summer. The menu is wide ranging, provided you like fish - otherwise don't go ! I've had the sockeye & chinook salmon in the past. This last time I tried the halibut & chips, which was cooked to perfection. Really succulent. Presentation was good, though the portions can be small & the prices high.

A good atmosphere. Over-priced alcohol. Service OK.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Vaades149 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Great Indian on the Northershore
Submitted Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

Superb Indian restaurant. Tried it out for the first time with friends the other day & was well impressed. It seems hard to find a decent curry house in Canada, whereas they are ten a penny in the UK. The food, of course, bares little resemblance to that of high street sellers in India, the dishes largely being an English corruption of the traditional regional variations.

The food was excellent. I opted for the vindaloo (or "vindloo" as it's listed on the menu) at $12, & was well impressed. The quality surpassed many a vindaloo I've had in both the UK & Goa (it's origin). There was a prefect mix of spiced heat, without blowing your head off & without masking out the other more delicate favours - & I like extremely hot curries !

For an additional $4.99 you can get a side order of rice, roti (chipati), dahl etc.

A great selection of dishes from which to choose. Nice to see hints of southern Indian cuisine on the menu.

There's bottled Cobra or Kingfisher for authenticity (but of course they're brewed in the UK & not India these days). There were plenty of bottled beers from which to choose. However, they could have done with a couple of draught (real ale) beers on tap.

The sweets were traditional, sweet, colourful & tasty.

Service was friend & efficient.

The place was quiet (but it was a Wednesday night) & lacking of sub-continent decor. But I'm glad to see they've not opted for tabled dining in booths & have avoided the ubiquitous flock wallpaper !

Got to go back & try something else - some of which I've never heard.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
New Oxford, The1144 Homer Street, Vancouver
Sunday afternoon chillin'
Submitted Monday, March 21, 2011 - 11:48am [Dine in]

First time in this place. Was rather put off by the inane grin of Tony Blair (ex-Oxford Uni. guy) greeting you at the front door ! If this were a bar in the UK I think that picture might have been defaced by now ! A great "solid" pint of Guinness ! Good value roast dinner, with a huge, succulent half chicken & crisp vegetables (which seem to be a rarity in Vancouver restaurants !?) & coquette fried potatoes. Fussing, sexy waitress staff. Plenty of big screen TVs if you want to watch a game, but quiet enough to be able to chat & chill with friends. Sit in comfortable chairs or at the long bar. Bizarrely, mirrored toilets that offer little privacy ! Prices = reasonable.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Irish Heather210 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Irish Heather - OK for beers & whiskys but not good for food
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

The place has a good selection of guest beers & a comprehensive range of single malts from around the world, but the food is basic & over-priced for what you get. Poor value for money. I had a steak & Guinness pie. There wasn't much steak in it, though the pie was of a decent size. However, the pie was "watered down" with soggy vegetables. The vegetable shoudl have come as a side order - a selection of peas, carrots & boccoli would have been nice - like typical pub grub in the UK. Potatoes only came in a selction of chips (fries) or mash ! Too basic for $15 ! I know Canada is extremely expensive, but my local in the UK does 2 steak & ale pie meals, with vegetables & a choice of how your potato is cooked + a decent pint for GBP£5 (CAD$8.20). We really are getting ripped of here in Canada. Standards need to be raised.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Salmon House - pretentious & over-rated
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

This continues to be a let-down. The place is living off its location overlooking the Burrard Inlet. We'd been 2-3 years ago, but things haven't improved. It's simply pretentious. There are better value-for-money restaurants around.

The food is extremely expensive for what you get. Portions are small, but well presented.

We went for a birthday celebration & to take an out-of-towner for the prestigous setting. We had the set meal with accompanying wines, which worked well with the exception of the port with the sweet. The (chinook) salmon dishes were excellent. But $75 is excessive for what you get. There are better restaurants.

Service was slow which means the dishes can be tepid when they arrive at the table.

Fancy looking posh-nosh for all those nobs on the hill that can't be bothered to venture into town !

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance