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sinnerNorth VancouverSince October 2, 200771 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3 (2.9)

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All India Restaurant1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Nice Discovery in West Van
Submitted Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

I took a client out to this place yesterday... She loves spicy food and we always go to the same place, so I suggested we check out this place instead.. The reviews have been pretty good. We weren't disappointed. We could have gone for the buffet, but instead chose a la carte. The server was extremely nice. She asked us our preference on the "spiciness scale". My client had a wine spritzer... the waitress didn't know the proportions and asked... Nice to see wait staff ask when they don't know something instead of butchering an order. We had the prawns vindaloo and the lamb methi as well as the garlic naan. The food was very flavourful as well as having the right amount of heat. Ambiance is a little bit of the weak spot, but the decorations are quite nice.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly surpised!
Submitted Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

I came in this restaurant hoping to hate this place... I know that's shallow but at least I'm admitting it... It started when I saw the Ferrari parked in front of the joint... Oy vay! That pretentiousness takes 1 star off the ambiance!
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised with the whole package. We had a reservation for a Christmas lunch and were told we'd have to vacate by 1:15 - understandable for Christmas but a little bit declasse, in my opinion... you don't tell guests to your home they are welcome but make sure they get the hell out of your place by 10PM. The waitress was excellent though - she was very attentive, but not intrustive.
My only overt compalint is that Italian Restaurant is a noisy place. If they had 15 foot ceilings, it wouldn't be a problem. The restauraunt does attract the "poseur crowd" who couldn't care if they were eating broken glass smothered with ketchup, just as long as they were acknowledged...
I had the linguine vongole which was excellent, except the noodles were a little "pre-al-dente" - a little tough on the teeth... I hope my dentist doesn't mind.
All in all, the Italian Kitchen suffers from guilty-by-association - poseur crowd, but good food and pretty good service. If you can survive the 'tude, you'll enjoy this spot.

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East Passion Bistro & Lounge630 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Growing Pains? (I hope)
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2007 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

This is the new restaurant which used to be Koji in the HSBC Building.

Wanted to try something new and decided to go here for lunch. We tried the appetizers/dim sum and these were very good. Try the yam cakes and the spring rolls - they're excellent. The main courses are a different story. The "spicy" beef is bland and not very good value for the cost. My lunchmates weren't impressed with their mains either - teriyaki chicken... just a bunch of meat thrown on top of some iceberg lettuce.

The highlight is definitely the ambiance. There's a profusion of dark wood, leather and chinese motif furniture. It looks like something straight out of Hong Kong.

The low-light is the service. Our waitress forgot my drink, didn't write anything down. She came for a drinks order. After we ordered appetizers and she was going to come a third time for mains... but we stopped her. The lady who brought our San Pellegrino put the bottle on the table and didn't even open the bottle and pour it out...

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Sabatino's Trattoria & Bar15355 24 Avenue, #950, White Rock
A decent place for lunch
Submitted Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

I've been eating out a lot lately and my client suggested this local place. I got to meet one of the owners - Dom who seemed to be a very pleasant chap.
The service was quite good and the kitchen quite accomodating. I asked if the linguine vongole could be prepared a l'olio and garlic instead of the standard white or red sauce... it was not problem and it was well prepared. Pasta was al dente, just right. I started with a chicken and vegatable soup which was also good. The restaurant is lively, but not overly crowded, which is good. I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
The menu has a good mix of pasta, meat and fish dishes.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
What can I say... a great place
Submitted Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

Took out one of my favourite clients today for a Christmas Lunch... She says caucasian restaurants are so much more relaxing than Chinese restaurants... she's chinese, so she can say that...

Everything I've heard about this restaurant is bang on... professional service is not something to be desired... it's delivered, in spades. Bernadette was our server and she delievered the utmost in a professional demenour, without being intrusive. It's what I've dreamed of in restaurants in Vancouver. She even suggested I have a sauterne with my foie gras appetizer... I was thrilled someone would go "above the call of duty" in this fashion.

Both our appetizers were amazing... the foie gras appetizer in a reduction was amazing... I'm sure the goose gladly gave his life willingly for such a gastronomic delight. My guest and I both had the "off-book" specials... she the halibut and I the lamb rack. I ordered it medium-rare and it came exactly as I requested it... a true feat.

My client was gob-smacked about the quality of the place... intended effect! I'm glad an oasis such as this exists in this metropolis. It's nice to see French people do what they were born to do... create beautiful meals which make you want to run to the gym to exercise the excesses of the day.

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Washington Avenue Grill15782 Marine Drive, #5, White Rock
A decent choice in White Rock
Submitted Friday, December 14, 2007 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Attended a Christmas Luncheon today. They had us seated in the back room. Everyone seemed to enjoy their lunches which had a seafood theme. I had the Seafood Hot Pot which was a coconut curry base with salmon, mussels, scallops and rice noodles. It tasted pretty close to authentically thai. Service was quite good. The waiter was attentive and prompt - especially difficult when you are serving 15+ people. The ambiance is rustic with a lot of wood. The restaurant's is at the ocean front and has a beautiful view of the bay (when it's not raining). I wouldn't mind coming back...

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Slocan Restaurant2715 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
The Reviews are Right!
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2007 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

Looking for a good restaurant? The most dependable indicator is that it's usually full. That's the case with Slocan. I go to Bo Chau (next door) for my pho fix and Slocan is usually as full or fuller. After reading numerous reviews, I decided to check it out for Sunday brunch.

I rarely give "Incredible" ratings for any restaurant. Incredible means the chef and the waiter walk on water. Slocan is a nice neighbourhood diner and they're the best diner they can be. No pretention and foo-foo attitude here. Friendly and professional are the two words that come tom mind.

I had the eggs bennie with a side of sausage. They asked if I prefer the eggs runny or medium. Nice touch. The eggs came out exactly as I asked for. Coffee was refilled every five minutes - I didn't have to beg or gesticulate to get more joe. If I have a small complaint, it's that the food took a little longer than expected, but then again they were packed at 11:00 a.m.

This place attracts quite an ecclectic crowd... the twenty-somethings who are looking pretty scraggly the "morning after the night before", the families and the old Italian men sitting by themselves. Just what I picture a neighbourhood diner should be.

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Vij's1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Quite an experience
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

Went to dine here with a friend tonight. I think the surest sign of quality is the quantity of people wanting to share in the experience of a restaurant. I got here at 5:00 and there were already people queing to get into the restaurant at 5:30. My only beef with Vij's is they don't take reservations. Then again, if my restaurant was so popular, that it was always full, maybe I wouldn't take reservations either.

Vij's has a great vibe. It's flowing over with humanity. Tonight CITY TV was filming inside the restaurant... not that this is important but it shows there's life here... something worth documenting. It all adds to the great ambiance.

The service is exceptional. Wait staff offering free chai, papodums, spicy fries... all this added a little extra to the experience. My friend and I asked for two beers and within a minute they magically appeared in front of us... no interminable waits.

The food... quite exceptional. Instead of the usual farmed vietnamese prawns, BC spotted prawns were served as an appetizer in a coconut curry sauce... nice touch to provide something locally. We also had the lamb popsicles in a creamy cardamom sauce. They were quite nice. The duck dish in a fruit reduction was also quite good. All the dishes were a careful combination of spiciness, flavour and texture - all in balance without one overpowering the other... a true gift in any type of fusion cuisine.

I now understand why this restaurant enjoys such a sterling reputation. It's something everyone (who can afford it) should experience once, at least.

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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant4530 Hastings St, Burnaby
Authentic, Fast and Tasty
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 11:38am [Dine in]

Whenever there are ugly rainy or snowy days, I start hankering for spicy food. I drove out to Rehanna's (Roti Godess) in Port Moody for a Roti but she was inexplicably closed. Driving back to North Vancouver, I remembered this Ethiopian restaurant from the reviews on this website. I did a takeout order of the non-vegetarian combo, complete with Njera. The owner was very friendly and told me it would only take ten minutes to get my food. I don't know what the name of the dish is, but the lamb in a berbere sauce was amazing. Flavourful without being overwhelmingly spicy and the spices were expertly blended. My only "beef" is the njera tasted too "vinegary". After having the ethiopian sampler, I will be back for a sit-down meal. My wife prefers vegetarian options, so it's good to see they also have a vegetarian combo.

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Guu with Garlic1698 Robson St, Vancouver
What Diners want... an experience
Submitted Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Too many restaurant owners/operators have forgotten is that diners are looking for an experience when they go out for a meal and drop a big chunk of their daily salary on a restauraunt. The people who run Guu with Garlic define this brand of "experiential" dining.

We had a couple from Toronto and Los Angeles who were blown away by Guu - they said there was nothing comparable in their home towns - understandable in Hogtown, but hard to believe for L.A. But Vancouver is blessed with some great dining experiences - Guu is one of those.

Where to start? Orders are not only shouted out to kitchen staff, but are then repeated back - ostensibly to ensure the order has been heard, but it definitely adds to the ambiance.

The food is innovative - try the Tuna Tatake, the Salmon Carpacio, the deep fried egg "enrobé" with deep fried pumpkin or the Daikon salad - it's all prepared with aplomb with a dash of the irreverent.

The service is a little chaotic because it seems no one server is responsible for your table. We were sitting at the bar, so we didn't know whether we should order "directly" or through one of the servers - a slight issue in an otherwise great dining experience.

Bring your friends, your countrymen, your relatives from "out East" - for once Easterners won't have any superlatives to lob at you ;-)

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Yohachi Sushi161 Esplanade West, North Vancouver
Not as good as the reviews
Submitted Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

Yohachi was a little bit better than average. The bride and I tried it on Saturday night and my wife was impressed (then again, she's easily impressed). She loved the Futomaki rolls, and I thought they were pretty good as well. I say stick with the rolls, because they're priced quite reasonably. Speaking of the rolls, the fish was fresh, but the rolls weren't rolled tightly or properly. The grilled mackerel was pretty bland. They didn't have the sea urchin that night... The negiri was OK.

Service was so-so - our waitress forgot one of our appetizers and didn't come around very often to refresh tea and water. What is surprising was they weren't even half full...

The ceilings are 20ft. plus which doesn't really suite a sushi place - I usually prefer cozier places.

We should have walked the extra couple of blocks to Hagashi West...

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Good place for cheap eats
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

5.75 for a hearty pho-style soup is a sweet deal, if you don't mind waiting 20 minutes for lunch. It's not the kind of place you go out of your way to enjoy the ambiance. Phnom Penh seems to be choking on its success.

I have to agree with previous posters though, the crispy wings are really good. There are little bits of garlic clinging on the wings, having survived their immersion in hot oil (that kind of sounds poetic, Mr. Haiku man). I'm looking forward to being a little more adventurous next time I come here.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Good place for a casual business lunch
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

I've eaten many times at Saltlik and I always find their offering to be quite good and consistent. I always have the Hanger Steak with a side salad. It usually comes with fries, but I'm trying to lay off the carbs. They are always very accomodating with substitutions. Today, my client and I waited for about 7-8 minutes before our server finally clued in we were ready to order drinks and our main course. The waitresses are usually very friendly but they sort of look like the girls who couldn't get in at Earls or used to be at Earls until they got too old... Then again, I'd rather have good food than foxy waitresses. Saltlik is a good place to bring a client if you don't mind a little noise...

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Higashi West143 Chadwick Court, North Vancouver
Come for the View, Stay for the Food!
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went to Higashi West just as the sun was setting and the view to Downtown Vancouver was beautiful - especially because it was one of those rare non-outdoor-shower days. Many of the dishes are very similar to what you will find at most Japanese restaurants, but I do agree with previous reviewers, the price/value combination is excellent at this restauraunt. Try the crispy duck confit rolls (with Hoisin Sauce). My wife hates duck but loved the rolls. The Tuna Tataki is melt-in-your-mouth tender accompanied with a great soya based infusion. The garlic butter prawns were cooked perfectly - not rubbery at all. Even the Lychee soda cocktail was great. You can tell the owner/chef takes a lot of care in his craft. We will definitely be back. We hope more people discover this place. The only downside I could think of is the constant stream of people getting on and off the Seabus at Lonsdale Quay - it takes away from the ambiance...

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Fijian Curry House9190 120 Street, Surrey
Indian Curry with a Twist
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

The owners have "Fijian Style" on their menu. I asked them how it's different than regular Indian curry and they said they use no dairy products in the curry - no ghee, no cream, etc... Might be a good pick for lactose intolerant people. Other than that it's quite similar. I had the Goat curry with Roti. The curry was a little liquidy for my taste, but had all the right blends of spices to make it flavourful with a little kick of heat. The rotis (the cook packed 4 or 5 - Bonus!) in my takeaway were nice and moist and a little singed on the outside - just the way I like it. The place was quite smoky because the cook had just made a new batch, so it was nice that it was fresh. It's a nice variation from the regular curry restaurant.

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Bao Chau Vietnamese Restaurant2717 E Hastings, Vancouver
Bun Bo Hue a poor Pho substitute
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

I followed K-Dawg's advice and tried Bun Bo Hue - supposedly a dish which has changed his culinary life... Sorry K-Dawg, as far as I'm concerned you should stay in the pound... I don't know if all Bun Bo Hue is supposed to have a greasy taste to it, but I'll stick to my tried and true pho from now on... Bao Chau does look like a decent vietnamese restaurant though. It was about 70% full on a saturday afternoon and seemed to have a lot of regulars. Service was so-so, as you'd expect. I'm looking forward to returning for the the Pho.

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Wings Restaurants & Pubs7124 King George Highway, Surrey
Best Wings so Far
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 11:19am [Dine in]

I agree with other reviewers... There aren't that many decent wing places in the lower mainland... Sometimes you just feel like having a good beer, wings and watch the game. Well, if you're like me, this is a great spot. I've never seen such a variety of styles - jerk wings, salt & pepper, chicago style, etc... They wings are large and meaty and come with a side of blue cheese or ranch dressing with some veggies. Nothing fancy, just satisfying. Haven't tried anything else at this place... yet.

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Taste Nice Caribbean Restaurant13448 108 Ave Surrey, Surrey
Don't go for the Jerk Chicken
Submitted Friday, October 12, 2007 - 1:37am [Dine in]

I've had the goat curry before, which was pretty decent... but I don't know what the heck they thought they could pawn off to customers as "Jerk Chicken". First of all, real jerk chicken is grilled, not broiled. Real Jerk Chicken has skin on it... As well, it's a whole chicken leg, not a chicken thigh. It's not gooped up with some "jerk sauce concoction" on top of it. I was very disappointed this time...

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Southern Indian Learning Experience
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch today. I had a lamb curry, rice, paratha, mango juice for a little more than 15 bucks (including taxes) which I thought was very reasonable.

Food: Spicy, but tasty, not scorching hot. Very rich and flavourful curry. Lamb was OK. The paratha was nice and chewy and reminded me of roti canai (malaysian). The sambars and chutneys were a nice combination of savoury and hot, with a definite tropical feel.

Service: Waitress was prompt, friendly and explained to me they didn't have Naan because that's from the North - they didn't have Mango Lhasi because that's from the North, etc... I betrayed my lack of experience with Southern Indian cuisine. I had a chance to chat with the owner as well, who was curious about my first experience with her cuisine.

Ambiance: Indian background music (a little loud though) and the decor is appropriate for that type of restaurant, sheer cloth on the ceiling, etc...

Overall, I was quite impressed and felt I paid a good price for the food, service and ambiance. I will definitely go back.

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Rehanah's Roti & Trinidadian2518 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Best Roti west of the Rockies
Submitted Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

Rehanah Khan is a roti goddess. Thank God she never became an interior decorator. I ate her goat roti today and it was amazing. My wife had the shrimp roti. The roti bread was nice and chewy, but not tough and had a nice smoky aroma from grilling. The filling is just as I remembered it should be - flavourful, but not overpowering. The curried goat and potatoes just hit the spot on a wet soggy day. I ate all of it in the car, because I couldn't wait to get to North Van to scarf it down. I'll be back...

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