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musicmamaNorth VancouverSince September 10, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
Amazing food, croissants, pastries and chocolate
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

I just read some of the previous reviews. One who states that Thomas Haas doesn't make his own chocolate, yes he does. Which is why it is so excellent. Some people to not like it because it is very refined and you do have to like real chocolate. Some people find the chocolate too strong tasting, or bitter, but it is high quality dark chocolate... The coffee is the same, by far the best expresso on the North Shore, but you have to like the taste of expresso, if you are looking for Starbucks, then simply go to starbucks... more milk and water, less coffee.

His chocolates are to die for, but again not the overly sweet syrupy kind, he makes chocolate for a refined palette. Mint chocolate made with mint leaves, not extract, he has an amazing Fleur de sel caramel... it is to die for.

His pastries are fantastic. Some better than others, but all really good. And the artistry...

It is expensive but value for what you are getting? I recently bought a cake at Whole Foods which was schlocky concoction, chocolate something, and paid $30 for it... the following week bought a cake at Thomas Haas, which was delicious for the same price. yes you will not get a HUGE cake for $30, but the whole point of French Pattisserie, is that you eat a small piece not 6 inch square dessert.

I find the value for quality to be very reasonable. You buy a croissant and it is made with real butter, not lard, not oil, like the ones at other coffee shops. These are the closest to French croissants I have found in Vancouver to date. (and I am French).

The only downside I see to Thomas Haas, is that it is not a comfortable place to go enjoy and sit and delicious coffee and dessert.

He makes amazing sandwiches as well, and soup. If you go in the morning of a weekday it is nice to sit and have something in the store.

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Browns Socialhouse900 Main Street, Park Royal Village, West Vancouver
Bad service, food so so
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

I went here with my husband after having gone to Browns on Lonsdale for appies and enjoying it a few years earlier. After looking at the menu that had little on it to begin with, the waitress first began by telling us all the things they didn't have... which included over half of the menu's entrees.

I decided to get an Avocado salad, when it arrived, there was no avocado on it... so I asked the waitress. The manager then came out and said he was terribly sorry but there was no avocado left. I told him the entire reason I ordered an Avocado salad was for the Avocado... he said he would make it up to me...

When we got the bill, he had deducted $1 from the cost of the salad! I thought this was extremely poor customer service. Ludicrous. I mean you order a chicken sandwich and they bring you the bun and don't say anything, so you ask where's the chicken and they say "oh we are out of chicken."... Honestly, it would have been better if they'd ask the busboy to run to Whole foods and buy a few avocados.

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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Hip place, great food, nice owner.
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

Went in here with my family and my mom, my mom had gone and said the food was great. Wasn't sure how we'd be received with two children, but the owner came up to us and said we were most welcome, and he was happy to have families come in. They don't cater to children in that it's not the type of place with chicken strips and grilled cheese. But we found food on the menu that they loved. My daughter had a cheese plate with lots of delicious french cheeses. She was in heaven.

I loved the food, the atmosphere is nice. Yes it's not White Spot, the tables are small. But I found it very comfortable none the less. Only downside is the door opening and closing makes for cold air coming in if you are sitting near the door. But they have now taken over the space next door and expanded the dining area...I have to go back to check that out.

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Capilano Heights Chinese Restaurant5020 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Good food, comfortable, great for families, quiet
Submitted Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

What I love about this restaurant, it holds many people, so you rarely have to wait more than a few minutes for a table, though there are lots of people the tables are large and chairs are very comfortable, and I love how quiet and peaceful it is... Great for families. Yes the servers walk around fast and don't spend much time taking your order, but this is a chinese restaurant... I have never been to a chinese restaurant where the server dotes over you. I have found they are actually very nice and way more patient than China town restaurants.

The lemon chicken is great, but the ginger beef is amazing.

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