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mistraalNorth VancouverSince November 7, 200824 Reviews
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Chilli Lee Szechuan Cuisine1927 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Pretty good Szechuan in North Van
Submitted Friday, September 24, 2010 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

North Van does not have any outstanding Chinese restaurants. However the food at Chili Lee's is very good. But stick to Szechuan. I ate one evening and had a great cumin lamb and a chicken dish with vegetables(which did not taste like Cantonese cooking). It was great...but Szechuan restaurants always charge 30 % more than Cantonese for some unknown reason. The person beside me order a Cantonese Chicken chow mein that looked bad(dark with soy, very little chicken and no veggies...this is not how to cook this dish). I've eaten twice and always ordered Szechuan dishes(easily identified by a red chili besides the menu selection. The Szechuan chicken with chili and peanuts(cold dish), and one of my favorites isn't available. Too bad, I use it to compare greatness; just like Cantonese cooking is defined by superbly steamed fresh rock cod. Try the Tan Tan noodles. Unfortunately I was with someone who can't stand heat...great Szechuan food is bloody hot. I'll have to go back and order real Szechuan.

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
My new Indian buffet spot
Submitted Friday, September 24, 2010 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

Ate here finally for a really nice lunch(buffet). The food was very good. A small selection yet satisfying. Nice Naan bread, the chicken dishes were excellent, wish there was lamb instead of beef( beef was too lean and didn't absorb the sauce's flavour), the veggies were great...I'll definitely come back.

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Sushi Mart1668 Robson Street, Vancouver
japanese, not other asian, but...
Submitted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 9:43am [Dine in]

Sushi Mart is a take-out/eat-in place with a long communal table and some table seating. The owners are Japanese, however, they're not really trained sushi chefs...my chirashi don was full of fish, yet something was wrong?...the pieces were too large !!! Properly cut chirashi pieces are bite sized and plural, not one large honkin' piece that you must tear to pieces before swallowing(no knife and fork provided); it was awkward to eat. Some of the fish was tastless; the bowl costs $12.50, yet I wasn't pleased. Their rolls seem ordinary and small, yet pricey; can't really recommend this place.

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Shanghai Cuisine3779 Sexsmith Rd, 1118, Richmond
Mebbe, the best Shanghainese...?
Submitted Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Discovered this place whilst eating at the Lam Chu Kee, at Continental Plaza. We came the following week and discovered a gem. This restaurant has the most extensive Shanghainese menu I've found, with some fusion appetizers and food I"ve never tasted before I've eaten Chinese food everywhere, in the past 40 years!We ate a freshly made noodle soup with chives and sliced eel, the ubiquiteous xia lon bao,Chinese cabbage with bean curd(chopped fine...like a rough houmus),thinly sliced pork belly in a soy, and hot soy milk with Chinese donut. Fabulous! It's not just the food that makes the Shanghai Cuisine so good, the interior and decor is terrific(tastefully appointed with high ceilings and good lighting).Go and give your tastebuds a treat.

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Lam Chu Kee Restaurant3779 Sexsmith Road, #2118, Richmond
a great wonton/noodle house
Submitted Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:01am [Dine in]

Ate here for the first time on Wednesday, on someone's recommendation and it was worth it. Unlike the previous review, I had a very good experience, sometimes it's what you bring to the table(ie. your attitude) that colors your perceptions.
Lam"s has a spacious interior, very nicely appointed(for a noodle house) and find the menu pretty extensive for a little noodle house. We ordered beef with rice noodles, dry fried...the best I tasted in a long time, not greasy, the portion was mid sized(but the price was right, dim sum places can charge $9/plate and all you get is noodles! ; beef brisket lo mein(lottsa of beef ), fish congee...I thought the congee was outstanding(try making great congee sometime, it's really difficult)...better than the congee I had at the Congee House,on Broadway,(theirs is too runny). The last dish was duck on rice.The bill was $28. that was good considering the quality of food. Lam's is better than the Jubilant because the cooking is a notch superior.This restaurant may be be better than Master Hung's(although I must go there to compare). It's already better than most noodle houses.

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Jubilant Restaurant4200 No. 3 Road, Unit 190, Richmond
Down home cooking
Submitted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:48am [Dine in]

This restaurant is a "won ton" house style with a more extensive menu. The lunch specials are very good at $7.99, a dish, a bowl of rice, a drink or house soup. I ordered the down home style specials: tilapia fish head with green onions and ginger and the steamed fish with slices of pork liver and kidney. We also had wonton noodles and 4 kinds of BBQ meat and rice. There was ample food for 4.
In Chinatown, eons ago, my father took me to a restaurant which boasted of cooking 1 small whole fish, five different ways! Fish head soup, battered deep fried fish bones with vegeatbles, and the fillets 3 different ways(all out of a 1 to 1 and 1/2 pound rock cod).. Jubilant also cooked the fish head and bones battered and deep fried than tossed with cooked green onion and ginger. It was terrific! My Western friend was leery at first but after one bite, really dove in to it.Jubilant is decently appointed, service was fine, the food was tasty and we will be back...for more down home style food like pig's feet in vinegar, jook with preserved duck egg, etc.,etc.

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Golden Sea City Restaurant8360 Granville Avenue, #145, Richmond
old fashioned dim sum
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 10:13am [Dine in]

Although this restaurant has an astonishing dim sum menu, I can not whole heartedly recommend it because the food I received was luke warm. That's the problem with dim sum cart food that doesn't turn over.The steamer basket food stayed hot but the open plates were luke warm. The hai gow, siu mei, chicken's feet looked great; as did the large beef balls.Bowls of rice with free range chicken were popular.The chinese sausage/black bean sparerib with rice, in a tin , was very good but the flakey BBQ baked pork buns were only warm.At 11:30, it was packed and the lineup never stopped...I guess people still love looking at the carts as it rolled by. If the food I received was served piping hot, I would endorse this place, but with the plethora of dim sum places(go to the Happy Valley, the Golden Spring, Lin's, Viva City, the Suhang, the Shanghai onderful...before going here).

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Szechuan Chongqing1260 Robson Street, Vancouver
Great new chinese restaurant in the West End
Submitted Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 9:39am [Dine in]

I ate lunch at the new Chongquing on Robeson and was impressed. The lunch specials looked good and I tried Tan Tan noodles with the deep fried pork chops. Very, very good( better than Lin's, the the Golden Great Wall but not as good Tan Tan Mein as at the Shanghai Wonderful), and a bargain at $7.75 before tip, because you have enough to eat !!! and it tastes good too! The portions were generous, service was very good(mebbe because it wasn't crowded) and the black seating and white interior is very stylish and relaxing, although the music can be obtrusive. Much better than over priced ramen houses with feature soup, noodles and just an excuse for protein. A small joint with seating for 50? but very cool, very tasty and a true find('cos there aint very good Chinese food in the West End). The only caveat is no xiao long bao...alas?

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Shun Feng Seafood Restaurant4380 No.3 Road, Unit 1425, Richmond
Delightful new Richmond find
Submitted Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 10:23am [Dine in]

Ate at the Sun Feng, at Parker Place for the first time, the other day and was pleasantly surprised. The dining room was elegant with high ceilings and lots of light. We had the special menu before 11:30, which was 20% off,as advertised in the Ming Pao. There was a Northern style appetizer with shredded chicken, carrots, and jellyfish, excellent.There were steamed buns stuffed with chicken and chestnuts, a plate of fried rice noodles, and we ordered leather-jacket fish with maggie sauce. I noticed elsewhere that the siu mei looked large and juicy, as did the dim sum on other tables. The green onion pancakes were very thin and tasty. The menu is not that extensive, however the food was very good, not greasy and the ambiance and service were just fine.I shall return.

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Su Hang Restaurant8291 Ackroyd Road, #100, Richmond
Very nice
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

Ate at the Su Hang because I read reviews of it from dinehere.ca and was not disappointed. The food is great! Mebbe a bit pricey but we were quite pleased. The suzhou duck was nice, not quite the same as 5 spice duck at the Shanghai Wonderful, but both duck dishes are excellent "tapas". The rice cakes, spinach, preserved vegetable with pork in a freshly made chicken broth was terrific; not salty and no MSG. We enjoyed the following veggie dumplings.
The place is nice and clean and the service was fine. My fiend ordered in English(he's Caucasian). We will return.

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East Fusion Food88 West Pender Street, #1021, Vancouver
east is not fusion
Submitted Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 10:26am [Dine in]

I did not see any evidence of fusion food here, but East Fusion may be considered one of the better choices in Chinatown. The food is solid, good Hong Kong bistro food with generous portions. I dined here at about 2 PM after lunch and the place was packed! I got the last table. The menu is small, I ordered the lunch special, rather than the $3.88 wonton noodle soup(which was readily available) and was pleasantly surprised. The hot and sour soup was pretty good, the spring rolls weren't greasy and heavy and my curried beef brisket dish was full of meat and veggies...I couldn't finish it . The reason this restaurant was packed was because Chinatown's food emporiums don't exist! Food sucks in Chinatown! All the good places are in the suburbs or in Richmond...even the Flota isn't great(and there's no great Chinese restaurants in the West End either). People have voted with their feet, the East Fusion, may be one of the best of a poor lot. I saw people taking food home because the portions are generous. The prices are reasonable and the food is good enough to return. The service was harried because the place was so full but one should expect this and relax.

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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant1143 Davie Street, Vancouver
Damn, I should've known better
Submitted Monday, January 4, 2010 - 10:20am [Dine in]

I should have known better! The only thing that applies to
AYCE places is that they're INCONSISTENT!
On the way to eating poutine at La Belle Patate, I decided that some fish and tempura was a better choice than gravy soaked fries; saw Kisha and walked inside. It was a typical sushi place with tables and booths, and for the late afternoon, it had some customers. Right away I realized that Kisha was cheap...it offered very little raw fish options. This is one of the few sushi places I got miso and sake at the proper temperature and not blistering hot; but the portions were so small...only 2 pieces of gyoza? Yet the yam tempura was generous and very good.The tuna and salmon were ok but my salmon skin appetizer was unrecognisable...say no more, this place was bad. I wish I had read about it on dinehere.ca before I went, but I was on Davie and took a gamble. Poor choice.

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Golden Star Seafood Restaurant2163 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
good dim sum
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 11:20am [Dine in]

I have eaten here a few times and enjoyed it. However the restaurant can get very busy and then service becomes mediocre...try to get someone's attention!The dim sum menu is on the table, no push carts here, although a small menu, the classic Cantonese dim sum is served well. My friend is obsessed with eating chicken wings at a dim sum joint and I usually suffer the indignity of eating sub standard food(since he's my chauffeur, I humor him); however I must admit that the wings are pretty good here. The dumplings do not try to outsize other dim sum places(some places make gigantic dumplings to impress you). Parking is tough, a small lot in the back and Hastings Street to contend with. The overall quality is good enough that I keep coming back. It's better than the Pelican and close to the Happy Valley, plus the prices are decent. This restaurant is a keeper, just be forgiving about the slow service(sometimes).

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Chen's Shanghai Kitchen8095 Park Rd, Richmond
good homestyle cooking
Submitted Friday, December 18, 2009 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Ate at Chen's Shanghai,for the first time,on Thurs.12/17/09...had noticed it before whilst shopping in this Park Village mall. The shou long bao was very juicy but the wrap was doughy(perhaps to keep in all the juice); we enjoyed the rice roll and the Szechuan Beef. I noticed large bowls of soup and noodles going by and next time will order the Tan Tan noodles. t is not a fancy dim sum place, the menu is small and the food is goodthere are better).
My friend summed it up by saying "this is good home cooking".

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
one of my favorite Shanghai restaurants
Submitted Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 10:52am [Dine in]

I have eaten here a few times and was always impressed by the food and its consistency(always good) and the interior is very nice. My experience with the wait staff was good ... no complaints here. The soup of shredded pork with snow cabbage and noodles is a staple of Shanghai cuisine(the best ever was at the long gone Shanghai Paramount); Shanghai Wonderful does a great version, not too salty and very flavorful. The shiu longbao were nice and juicy much better than most Shanghai places. Overall, given the consistency and quality of the food, and the reasonable prices, I rate the Shanghai Wonderful above its peers.

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X Spot, The805 Denman, Vancouver
a good breakfast spot
Submitted Friday, December 4, 2009 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

Came across this little cafe, 2 years ago, and decided to try the coffee there instead of the franchise across the street; I'd rather support a mom 'n' pop operation than a big name franchise.
The coffee was Salt Spring Island Organic Roast and was please to find it excellent. I eat the bacon and eggs there and find that enjoyable; there are fresh meat sandwiches which Steve(the owner) uses roasts rather than deli meat. For those that eat less the X spot serves side dishes like one poached egg, side order of hash browns, etc., etc. I go because Steve and his family are very friendly and nice people, the coffee is excellent and the food is good. Prices are reasonable too.

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S&W Pepper House6400 No.3 Rd, Richmond
a hidden gem
Submitted Friday, October 2, 2009 - 10:22am [Dine in]

On No.3 Road just past Richmond City Hall, hidden by streetwork, one drives right past the S&W Pepper House...however a quick right and right again gets you into the parking lot; past the HSBC lot, turn right and voila! parking at the rear.
The restaurant is small and the menu correspondingly so; however there are some unique items: soup noodles in bowls as large as a pho house(all the other tables were chowing down on the different varieties of soup noodles), cooked slices of fish individually portioned in a basket, a small but reasonable priced dim sum menu(Shanghai and Szechuan style), Tan Tan noodles and a small lunch specials menu. I had a delicious Szeuchan cumin lamb special. The prices are modest, the food excellent, ambiance was nice and the service fine. I witnessed a lot of take-out orders. The food is much better than eating at a mall(like Yokhans). I eagerly await my next meal here.

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Szechuan Fusion3rd Street East, 127, North Vancouver
szechuan cooking has finally come to North Van
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 11:21am [Dine in]

North Van has some restaurants that advertise that they are Szechuan style but aren't...the Szechuan Fusion serves some really good authentic Szechuan food; some really "hot" food. I've eaten there a couple of times and found that the dim sum menu at lunch offers 1/2 sized and 1/2 priced plates of cooked food(not dim sum) which gives one an entry into Szechuan food. For some reason Szechuan restaurants tend to price their dishes 30 to 50 % higher than Cantonese food.
I ate the dim sum but the quality is average, not as good as Shanghai style dumplings, although on the dim sum menu the green oninion pancake was reasonabled priced and good(it's really overpriced on the regualr menu).This restaurant also cooks their version of Cantonese dishes for people who can't take the spiceness of Szechuan; they do this quite well.
The authentic dishes are acknowledged by an icon of a chili pepper beside them(on the regular menu)...I really enjoyed the beef and tripe(cold plate) on the appetizer menu(also non the dim sum menu); lots of szechuan peppercorns, chilies and chili oil. I feel that sticking to Szechuan dishes and avoiding the dim sum ones, you will get very good Szechuan food and good Chinese food in North Van is almost an oxymoron.
The restaurant isn't very busy at lunch but the food is a bit slow forthcoming(not a place to come if you're in a hurry)...the service is just ok.
I can't rate the food as outstanding because some of the food ia average but I rate the Szechuan items outstanding because I've never tasted this good of Szechuan food in North Van before. I go for the food not the service.

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Dosilac132 West 16th Street, North Vancouver
other reviewers were right
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 10:26am [Dine in]

Had lunch at the Dosilac because I read a great review about the BBQ Mackrel Bennto box; it was as good as the previous review stated. I found the fish very moist, not at all dried out and very flavourful. The owner was helpful in explaining his menu and very attentive. I came before 12 noon before the little restaurant got busy. I will return to try some more Korean dishes which I've never had.

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East River Seafood Restaurant1345 Kingsway, Vancouver
excellent food at excellent prices
Submitted Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 10:34am [Dine in]

Ate at the East River Cantonese restaurant at 1345 Kingsway, near Clark Drive, and was pleasantly surprised. Five of us ate the dinner for four( free soup, rice and 1/2 free range salt chicken and 4 courses chosen off the special menu) and there was enough food for six...tab came to $11/each with tip!!! Yikes! The best part was the food was terrific,very good Cantonese food. We especially enjoyed the black bean sauced Black cod.East River opens at 5.00 PM til 2.00AM. Large parking lot in the back. Also Pearl River beer is only $3/ bottle.

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