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rustygullNorth VancouverSince November 30, 200528 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value1.5 (1.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 28 of 28 Reviews Found
Pasparos Taverna132 W 3rd St, North Vancouver
Pasparos: Great character, atmosphere and food
Submitted Saturday, January 7, 2006 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

Pasparos Taverna has, in my opinion, one of the coziest and most ambient Greek dining rooms in North Vancouver, perhaps even the Lower Mainland. The restaurant is situated in a heritage house on bustling 3rd Street in Lower Lonsdale. Once inside, you can almost imagine yourself being transported to a Mediterranean village.

Pasparos has food to match the atmosphere. The usual dishes - calamari, salads, souvlaki - are reliable and very tasty. A particular stand-out is the roast lamb entree, which is incredible!

Perhaps my only qualm with Pasparos is that it can be pricey vis-a-vis other Greek restaurants, especially if you add a couple of appetizers and drinks to your entree. On the other hand, this is delicious food in a wonderful, cozy room. Rest assured, we'll be visiting Pasparos on many more occasions!

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Gotta Love the Nu Kid on the Block
Submitted Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 11:40am [Dine in]

Nu, a fresh addition to the shores of False Creek North in downtown Vancouver, serves up some exceptional scenery, the room itself jutting out into the waterway and reaching out almost to Granville Island and the marine traffic passing by.

Having visited for an organization event, I found the food and drink experience there to be wonderful. The ribs were delicious; and the goat cheese stuffed chicken wings were outstanding and a Nu favorite.

The service at Nu was initially soft, with the young hostess seemingly of a gloomy disposition. But the bar and wait staff made up for that initial hiccup with their enthusiasm and attitude. All in all, this is a great place to come with friends or co-workers for beverages and some delicious snacks!

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Joe Fortes - Almost Perfect!
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

Joe Fortes serves up wonderful ambience and incredible food. In short, it makes for a first-rate dining experience. The seafood tower was nothing short of perfection, especially for those who love shellfish. My New York steak was nicely done. As for ambience, there aren't many rooms in Vancouver that are cozier than Fortes...

Only downsides: Our waiter was a bit on the passive-aggressive side; he basically snarled at me when I turned down dessert. Also, the kitchen inexplicably ran out of prime rib, and this was at the early hour of 6:30pm.

Despite these blips, I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Joe Fortes!

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Brazza Gelato & Coffee1846 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Brazza: OverPromises, UnderDelivers
Submitted Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 2:49pm [Dine in]

I want to love Brazza. I really do. But the place is consistently inconsistent. On a recent Sunday, the staff seemed to be all new, and didn't know much about the coffee menu, or the icecream, or even how to work the cash register. The manager/owner was nowhere to be seen.

I don't blame the new employees. They were untrained, and left to fend for themselves. The specialty coffee drink my friend ordered was disappointing and overpriced. The service was weak. Brazza still has its work cut out for it.

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Rugby Beach Club Grille950 W Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Rugby Club: The Verdict is Still Out
Submitted Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

The pros on Rugby Club: some nice dishes, nice ambience, decent prices. The cons: SLOOOOW service, especially at lunch time, and a lack of overall attention to customer service. A nice place for drinks and snacks; but not so much for a proper meal.

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Wing Nuts4444 Main Street, Vancouver
Wing Nuts: A Bit of Buffalo on the West Coast
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 10:52am [Dine in]

The state of chicken wings in Vancouver is a very sorry one; however, Wing Nuts has done a good job of introducing near-authentic Buffalo, NY style wings to the city.

I recommend going with the original sauce option. Some of the other sauces are novel or downright silly. Stick with the tried and true Buffalo, NY style for the best bang for your buck.

One complaint? They shouldn't be nickelling-and-diming customers for blue cheese on the side. That would be considered wing blasphemy in Western New York. $1 for a blue cheese cup? It should come standard with every wing order at no cost.

Still, Wing Nuts is a great outing for those who love Buffalo Wings.

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Clubhouse: A Restaurant Mystery
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 10:46am [Dine in]

With an excellent menu selection, good pricing, and a nice atmosphere, Clubhouse should be one of the Lower Mainland's most popular restaurants. And yet it's not.

Why? Let's start with the inconsistency of the food. I've had burnt gyozas which were sent out by the owner Masa himself. Also, the okonomiyaki isn't served up in the true Japanese tradition, with mayo/fishflakes, etc.

I will continue to go to Clubhouse because I like the laid-back atmosphere and home-style Japanese cooking. However, like the last reviewer said, this place is very touch-and-go in terms of the kitchen, wait staff and just about everything else.

With all of that being said, I most certainly would go back.

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Nando's Chicken1301 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Nando's North Van: On the Decline?
Submitted Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 10:33am [Dine in]

During my last visit to the North Vancouver location of Nando's (the original in the Lower Mainland, for those who care), I couldn't help but be disappointed. I planned on eating in, but with the server clearly wanting to close up early and shut the joint down, he talked me into take-out ("to go, right?"... "uh, yeah, sure.")

Secondly, I asked specifically for extra Nando's sauce with my half-chicken and salad take-out order. Alas, there was no extra sauce to be had. Three of those tiny little sauce packets? Give me a break! The sauce is what makes the Nando's experience. Why do the servers there insist on being so cheap with the stuff.

Third, the server was counting cash while my food, ready-to-go, was getting cold in the kitchen. I call BS on that. Rule #1 with any restaurant is that as soon as the food comes up, it goes... to ensure that the customer enjoys a hot meal.

Finally, why did this location remove the pop fountains in favor of cans of soda? That was one of the lures of this restaurant a few years back... Sadly, that's no longer the case.

Nando's North Vancouver has evolved from North Shore star to Lonsdale dud.

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