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ShawnDOeVancouverSince May 28, 20078 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
Decent food (GREAT pizza), good bang for your buck
Submitted Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 9:48am [Dine in]

First off...

I LOVE their meat-lover's pizza. A small will feed two. When you bite into the pizza, you can see the layers of salami and pepperoni. Loaded with cheese and crumbled meat. This is my favorite pizza place in the country. Just a tip: if can't eat there and you get their pizza for take out or delivery, be ready to pop it into oven for a bit to warm it up and crisp it up (It does get a little soggy traveling). It stores and reheats beautifully though. And darned if I don't want to get myself one now that I've talked about it... be right back...

...I'm back. Okay, anyway, about this restaurant.

Their food is pretty good most of the time. My favorites include their calamari and souvlaki (I mentioned their pizza, didn't I?).

I like their steak too, it's decent. But in all honesty, it's not that great - when I want a good steak, I go to the Keg. But this is where I should probably talk about their other great strength - VALUE. Their steak is generous, comes with onion rings, mushrooms, fries, salad and a huge piece of garlic bread. All their portions are very generous. The value from this place is outstanding.

The only disappointment I had from this restaurant so far is their pasta. Believe it or not, I was just over-cheesed. They put so much baked cheese on top... it was almost all I could taste. It was so thick that it formed a sort of unpleasant, sort of rubbery layer. I couldn't finish the dish. The pasta underneath was only mediocre too. So I would stay away from their pasta.

I take friends and family here all the time and so far, they have all enjoyed it. BUT... this is not a place I would take a date. The restaurant itself is really old and pretty run down. It's not as clean as it should be. There are tacky plants and decorations everywhere. And the restaurant has a mild odor... I describe it as kind of like candle wax. I have no problems with it but one or two people I have brought there find it unpleasant. Even from the outside, it looks a little sketchy... okay a lot sketchy. I suppose it is a compliment to the food and value that despite this, I return regularly with initially skeptical (but usually content in the end) guests in tow.

The service is normally pretty good. One or two times, I have encountered a snooty host (NOT hostess - host - the girls working there have always been great). A few times there was an overly friendly waiter / supervisor who was just a little too chatty and intrusive. But that's maybe four incidents over the fast *five years* and I come back here fairly regularly.

So, there's my two cents. A decent place. If they renovated (which I believe they are doing piece by piece. For example, their bathrooms are state-of-the-art, brand-new and beautiful. A stark and almost humorous contrast to the rest of the restaurant) and tweaked a few of their dishes, they could be great! They are also open till the wee-hours (like 3:00 in the morning) so they can satisfy your hunger pangs almost any time. Give it a try and remember...

...meat-lover's pizza.

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Le Bistro Chez Michel224 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Fine Fine Dining
Submitted Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 9:03am [Dine in]

I was reading over the reviews and frankly, I am beyond surprised at the negative reviews. I have been having dinner at Chez Michel on and off for the past eight years and they have *always* delivered a solid performance for me.

Are they expensive? A bit - but if you consider that it is fine dining, it is quite reasonable. It is a shade more expensive than say... the Keg. But far cheaper than almost any other fine dining restaurant I know and much, much, much, much better than almost all of them (the only exception so far being the exceptional Le Crocodile).

My favorite dishes are their steak, their French Onion Soup, and their Duck Confit. They also have a Chantrelle Mushroom appetizer that is amazing (mushrooms perfectly sauteed in Garlic butter and herbs) which is a seasonal special. We have tried almost all their dishes over the years, and we have our favorites but none of their dishes have ever been bad.

The restaurant has always been spotless, charming and classy. Some people have complained about it's ambiance and no, it has not changed much over the past eight years - but why should it? It's not run-down or dirty or tacky. I mean why mess with what works? I never understood change just for the sake of... change. It had a superb view of Vancouver City and the harbour.

The service has always been polite and considerate and friendly. I have never experienced poor service and many of the staff have been there for a long time.

Good food. Good Service. Charming decor with a very nice view. It is fine, fine dining and I have no hesitation in recommending it.

P.S. They take Entertainment cards.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Simply Amazing... Adding my voice to the chorus of praise
Submitted Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

Le Crocodile is *amazing*. The food, the service - absolutely top notch. I can recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

We ordered the from the chef's menu which changes every week. The menu had so many courses and so much variety and dazzled me with such fantastic flavors that ironically, I honestly cannot remember all the details.

I remember snow crab legs AND lobster ravioli where I mopped up every last drop of mouth watering cream sauce.

I remember tender veal in a fragrant Au Jus.

I remember being so full and satisfied that I swore I couldn't eat another bite - but when desert came - a luscious slice of pistachio cake, I couldn't resist.

The chef's menu is a little pricey ($75.00) and whether *any* single meal could be worth is still a question I wrestle with - but chef's menu at Le Crocodile comes darned close to making me say YES.

I needed to make my praise of Le Crocodile clear right up front because I was going to rant about "fine dining". These days, the notion of fine dining almost makes me cringe. Look at my reviews of The Observatory or the C restaurant. Add to that many other "fine" dining experiences that barely qualified as mediocre that I couldn't find the energy to bother reviewing.

It seems that to many (dare I say MOST) fine dining establishments, "fine dining" means three things: Pretentious. Small Portions. Expen$ive. Notice that fine flavorful food is NOT a requirement. Most of the cooks for these restaurants should be relegated to McDonalds to *upgrade* their skills.

But Le Crocodile is... it's just beautiful. It's great food. It's great service. It is everything that fine-dining should be. Try it, you will not be disappointed.

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Observatory, The6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Fantasic view - Dismal Food.
Submitted Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 4:33am [Dine in]

The view from this restaurant is one of the best in Vancouver. The restaurant provides a very nice ambiance to enjoy it as well with fantastic interior design and woodwork.

But at the end of the day, this place is supposed to be a restaurant and that is where the bubble pops.

Extremely small portions of incredibly pretentious food that tastes bland and uninspired, all for an outrageous price. Appetizers are $16.00, main courses $40.00. Not worth 99 cents in my opinion.

We started with the Dungeoness crab appetizer. It was a pile of crab mixed with dill and cucumber and some kind of acid, maybe lemon. As you can tell from my description, none of the flavors in this dish complemented each other at all - each component just there on its own. Indeed, the sour component ruined what would have just been pleasant sweet crab. Very disappointing.

We tried another appetizer - a dish consisting of heirloom tomatoes with cheese and a tomato consomme. This was a very pedestrian dish at best and awful at worse. This was probably the best dish AND worst dish of the night. The tomatoes were very tasty. But, come on, they were just sliced raw tomatoes marinated in olive oil and salt. Seriously - $16.00 for that? Oh, sorry, did I say tomatoes? I meant ONE tomato. Actually, one HALF of a tomato. And the Consomme was DISGUSTING. It was like... like... severely watered down barely tomato water. There was some kind of vodka gel floating in it too. That just made it 10 times worse as a totally inappropriate flavor combination.

Now came the mains. First off... talk about stingy portions.

My companion ordered the Pacific Ling Cod. It wasn't bad. It sure as heck wasn't good though.

I ordered the salmon. It came with a salmon and pea cannelloni. And this is where The Observatory managed a first for me. They created a cannelloni that sucked. I love cannelloni, I have eaten it in restaurants and cafes, made fresh and microwaved, meat, seafood, vegetarian - cannelloni all across the country and I always like it. Till I tried this. This cannelloni was UTTERLY tasteless. I might as well have been eating paper. Couldn't even taste salt or pepper. I mean SHOCKINGLY tasteless, as in I don't know how someone can cook something so completely sterile so as to taste like nothing. How do you get salmon to taste like that? Quite the accomplishment.

The main part of my dish, a small piece of salmon was overcooked. It was also unsatisfying and totally forgettable. Afterward, my dining companion asked if I wanted anything else (i.e. dessert).

To which I replied "Yes. Food."

The only thing keeping them away form a one-star food rating is only because the food wasn't totally disgusting - I save the one star good rating for that.

The value was terrible too - definitely one star material. BUT... since dinner comes with a complimentary cable car trip - a $40.00 value by itself - I bumped it up one star. Considering the spectacular view and the mediocre food, I'd say that it is more like the cable car trip came with a free entree.

Save your money. Eat somewhere else. There is a cafeteria downstairs with fries and chicken strips and pizza. It's 1000 times better.

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Darned Good - A notch above.
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

At first glance, this place would seem to be your average Japanese Sushi restaurant. It has all the typical things you would expect on the menu... California rolls... Bento boxes... tempura... etc.. etc... just like hundreds of sushi restaurants all over Vancouver. They have the basics down - the staff are friendly and efficient. And the restaurant is modern and clean.

So what set's them apart?

Simple - they do it all *BETTER* than everyone else.

I can order the EXACT same bento box with the EXACT same items somewhere else, but Tom-Bo's is tastier. It's the same but BETTER. Their Udon (noodles) are wonderful, with a fragrant yet delicate soup base - and in my opinion, better than many other Japanese restaurants that claim to specialize in it. It's just BETTER. Their Sushi and rolls may have the same names, but they are just BETTER.

Now, in addition to the typical stuff, the chef has created rolls of his own unique creations. And they are delicious. Try the Crunch combo, or their unique cucumber wrapped sushi (I forget the name, but you'll know what I'm talking about right away).

While our favorite Sushi place remains Sen up the street. and our award for best rolls still goes to Sen, Tom-Bo's is a close 2nd and offers a great deal more variety than Sen. If you love Sushi, you'll love Tom-Bo's

P.S. Try the Seafood Seaweed Salad too. I don't think it's for everyone, but we love it.

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Maurya Indian Cuisine1643 W Broadway, Vancouver
Good Service, Good Ambiance = High Price
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Maurya is acutally is one of the easier restaurants to review. Nothing especially bad or good. The food is very typical of Indian food - nothing outstanding. However, their prices are high.

On the other hand, the service was quite good and the ambiance was also quite pleasant, especially in comparison to other Indian restaurants that I have been to in Vancouver.

So - it's really about what is important to you. If you want a nicer place with above average service, and you are willing to pay a premium for it, Maurya is your place. But for someone like me, who prefers better flavors and better value, Maurya's not for me.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Beautiful... now if only they could cook...
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2007 - 12:49am [Dine in]

The restaurant itself is beautiful and classy with a wonderful waterfront view. If we were to judge this place on atmosphere alone, it ranks in my top 5 most intimate atmospheres. The service was classy and courteous, the menu sounded delicious too and we were initially very impressed and looking forward to our meal.

But we were met with horrendously bitter *disappointment*.

The food started mediocre and just went downhill from there. Their attempts at seasoning their small oysters was ineffectual (I could barely taste it). It's just a good thing that I like raw oysters. The lobster bisque was okay, but we have had better bisque for 1/3 the price.

Then the main courses came. I had the raw ahi tuna steak, my wife the scallops. For starters, they were both really small portions. Me and my wife are not really big eaters, but these were small portions even for us.

Tuna is such a light, delicate flavor but in this case, it was served over an overpowering bed of boiled cabbage (the menu had a much fancier term for it, but in the end, it tasted like *boiled cabbage*). I'm sorry - this was a monumentally STUPID thing to do.

My wife's scallops were okay... about as good as I could have cooked myself and that's not good. And they were served over top risotto cakes. I was at a loss to describe them until I read a previous review. Yes, they were very much like McDonald's hashbrowns, right down to the saltiness.

Now... to add insult to injury... this was one VERY expensive meal, over $100.00 with no drinks (incidentally, no full bar - no cocktails here) for a mediocre meal that left us both hungry and unsatisfied at the end.

As a side note, both my wife and I felt very ill about a half hour later. We cannot be certain that it was the because of our dining experience at the C. But rest assured, regardless of this, there is NOTHING that would cause us to come back anyway.

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Sen Sushi1855 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
The Hidden Gem in North Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

I think we were one of their first customers so long ago. And every since, rarely a month goes by that we do not eat there at least once. That was three years ago.

This is a tiny restaurant which is not much to look at from the outside, or inside for that matter. Clean, but with sparse furnishings and decorations. A husband / wife team who are very friendly. Their menu is VERY limited. There is almost no hot food - almost the entire menu is sushi and sashimi.

But oh... WHAT MAKI ROLLS! My wife and I love Japanese food. We have tried every single sushi place on Lonsdale, places in Vancouver, Richmond and places dotted across the country. And there are no finer maki rolls ANYWHERE. PERIOD. When my family come in from out of province, THIS is the place they want to eat. Not the Cannery, not the William Tell, not Tojo's or Maurya - no, they want to eat at Sen Sushi. When I fly over to visit them - they ask me to stop in Sen and bring them an order! (BE CAREFUL - Raw fish generally does not travel well).

You can get bigger, you can get more expensive, you can get weirder combinations elsewhere. But when you want simple, down to earth, TASTY maki rolls... this is the place. Their rolls are delicately and skillfully packed with just enough rice, and *small* enough to fit the entire thing in your mouth and absolutely delicious. So many sushi places have rolls that come to the table falling apart, or bloated with too much rice to make the rolls look bigger. Not Sen Sushi.

Here is what I would recommend, my favourites:

Dragon Roll
Spider (soft shelled crab) Roll.
Alaska Roll.
Spinach Gommae.
Tuna Gommae.

Yes, something else, just to top it all off, not only do they have the best maki, the also have the BEST Spinach Gommae.

This place is delicious, our favorite restaurant in Vancouver. Huzzah!

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