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ShantivancouverSince August 7, 20073 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.7)


Displaying 1 - 3 of 3 Reviews Found
Sushi Katsu1857-1861 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Delicious and Efficient
Submitted Friday, July 17, 2009 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

I live less than a block away from Sushi Katsu and have been drawn there 4 times already in the last month. I like to go to different places and try different cuisines, but this place has brought me back like no other.

Why? The service has been consistent - friendly and timely. The appetizers are well-priced. They have the best Horenso Goma-ae I've had in a decade (spinach with sesame), great gyoza, a sinfully good Oyster Motoyake (incorrect spelling!) and perfect tempura. My favourite is their 'Beef Sashimi.' The first time I ordered it, the chef and two waiters came out together to ask how I wanted it prepared. I asked for medium rare and that's what I got. It comes with a Ponzu sauce and is great to share.

The sushi and sashimi are fresh, but I noticed a little warm - they may have been placed on a hot counter after they were made. Still good though. The Udon soups are tasty and they provide ones of those tasty little shakers of Japanese seasoning to spice it up. Their Bento boxes are excellent value and are satisfying and tasty.

Dinner for 2 with 2 beers and sake - $50. I know I'll be back.

The only complaint I have is their hours. It's currently open until 10pm. I usually go out at 9 or so, and I have seen many people come to Sushi Katsu close to 10 and be turned away . Lonsdale needs venues to wine and dine and I'd love to see them open until midnight. They'd get the business for sure!

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Maxine's Hideaway1215 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Cold, Cold Heart
Submitted Friday, July 25, 2008 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

I recently went to Maxine's on a burlesque/Broadway night. I enjoyed the burlesque. The 'Broadway' was was bland. I applaud live entertainment instead of the usual DJ fare.

My main concern was the extreme lack of ambience and warmth. The staff seemed indifferent, the cocktails were weak and unacceptable, the wine prices were laughable.... The menu looked great but I didn't want to stay long enough to try it. Something about the vibe and the lack of staff charisma, charm and hospitality was 'yucky.' It's such a shame because it is a gorgeous venue.

If I hear improvements have been made, I'll be back. But right now, I am extremely unimpressed - and I don't want to be.

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Deuce Restaurant1617 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
I Will Be Back!
Submitted Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

I noticed Deuce on my commute and, as I live in the Lonsdale area and am a 'foodie,' decided that I must sample their wares. The service was great - you can tell that the staff are all bright and optmistic, are interested in what you think of Deuce and the food and drinks - without being invasive. The seating arrangements are varied and comfortable (back room, bar, front room). The lighting is lovely and golden and would be great 'date lighting.' A bit of live music (which they are considering) and it would be the creme de la creme of Lonsdale ambience!

Duece offer a menu of luxurious, smaller plates that are ideal for sharing. I tried the Deuce salad, tuna tartare two-ways (the Asian version was excellent!), and the crab risotto balls covered in fondue. Everything was gorgeously presented and was a lingering taste sensation. A lot of their produce is organic and/or locally produced and you can almost taste the pride that goes into every single bite.

Though it is a little pricey, I enjoy small, tasty dishes and Duece certainly soothes my appetite. I look forward to returning to further gastronomic delights!

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