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smokedmeatlovernew westSince April 26, 20099 Reviews
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3.5 (3.4)
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Hy's Encore637 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 2:11am [Dine in]

Okay, my last two visits should be forgotten. The steaks came out cold... and the service as not good. The 2nd to last time I was there I had to suffer due to a client who sounded like Kermit the Frog.

His voice echoed througout the place almost forcing my steak to hide under the table. When you pay those prices for a quiet evening, getting Kermit to share his life story with strangers just doesn't cut it.

That said... Hy's makes the absolute best Caesar's Salads anywhere. The ONLY one I have enjoyed as much was at the Salmon House on the Hill. Hy's makes it at your table. Great! (For all I know, Salmon House orders it FROM Hy's... it's equally as good!!)

Ambiance: Hy's decor in Vancouver is from another era, no doubt. Toronto has a new one downtown that ooozes modern. Somehow the modern just didn't work for me. I kind of like the old-fashioned decor... the wood-paneling... the dining, not eating feeling.

Price: It's Hy's. The steaks are great quality beef. That costs a bit more, no? The portions are generous. It's hard to find a place that serves a real steak and not a beef cookie. A 16oz bone-in prime rib steak is life.

The potato: I have read some reviews slamming the Baked Potato. Each to his / her own, but I think they are great. I don't do butter or sour cream on mine... so I get to enjoy the actual spud rather than goo... and i have always found them to be fresh and tasty.

Cheese and Garlic Bread: Okay... nine million calories per bite. Who cares. If I knew my waistline could handle it, I'd eat the bread all night long and pass on the steak!

Service: Here's where I will agree with many past reviewers. It is hit and miss. Some of these guys (I have never been served by a woman there) think they work at Buckingham Palace and that we should consider ourselves fortunate to cross the threshold.

Other times... well I saw one smile once. It's part of the charm, no?

Parking: Valet unless you get lucky on the street (meter parking with very ambitious meter-maids running about!)

Coat-Check: They have one of those things... just like in the movies. Sadly they must have done away with the cigarette girl... but the coat check is a nice touch... even if it does cost a toonie to be a sport.

The Candies at the Coat-Check:
Now isn't that a nice thing to remark about?? These after-din-din mints are individually wrapped (nice) tasty tidbits that will actually add to the entire dining experience. A nice touch.

Sadly Hy's is gone from Edmonton and Calgary... and the Mansion here in Vancouver became Macaroni's Grill (now gone too), making Hy's on Richards one of the last of herd.

Would I go back:
Absolutely. Positively. Without a doubt. Tomorrow if circumstances permitted it. In fact I have a date to do so in a few weeks.

If you want a steak... not a cookie... and if you want to dine, not just eat... then go to Hy's.

(No, I have no 'steak' in the place!!)

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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant326 Columbia Street, New Westminster
It's average with a great view
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Let's do the great part first:

The view is wonderful. The restaurant is perched above the Fraser River allowing guests to enjoy a panoramic view (thanks to wall-to-wall windows). It may not be ocean... but it's the next best thing.

Service: Fine. Good enough. I have never been there when it was super-busy... so I can't say more than that.

Ambiance Part 2
How does one describe this? The odor... it SHOULD have smelled like a Greek restaurant, right? It didn't. Each of the 3 times I was there filled my nostrils with the quaint aroma of a just-washed floor. Sorry folks, it wasn't a lemony-fresh or pine scent either. It smelled like a mop, soap and water.

A few moments and you'll get used to it... maybe.

Price: I found it to be higher than I liked... but as I have written in other reviews, I am spoiled by Vancouver's Stepho's pricing.

Food: This is the most important part because it dictates whether or not I block my nose against the mop-smell and pay the extra few bucks to eat there.

It's okay. I can't say I loved it... but can't say it was tasteless either.
It was ok.

Would I go back?

Yes, I would IF I wanted to take someone (for lunch) to a place with a view who fancied Greek food.

Would I reserve a seat there for dinner? No.

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Waffle House636 Sixth Street, New Westminster
Not a place to run to
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 1:35am [Dine in]

Radio advertising works. I heard the ads and decided to visit the place.

Service: Adequate. Sometimes fast... other times lacking.

Taste: Hard to tell... couldn't taste much.

Price: Not really worth the price for the quantity or quality. It just didn't live up to the ads.

It's a place to go to for pie and coffee. I found the 'meals' to be anything but home-cooked. If they were home-cooked, I'm glad I was raised in my house, not theirs.

So, would I go back? Well... let's see... if I was hungry... if there were few to no other choices around and I was very close by, like outside the door and there was no line-up... maybe.

It's not on my target.

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Paddlewheeler Pub810 Quayside Drive, #126, New Westminster
It's a pub...
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 1:30am [Dine in]

The ambiance is nice... great view of the river.

Food: It's a pub. Food is a second-thought to the beer.

I've tried a few things there and they are ok. Spent some time there during the hockey playoffs and although the place was packed, the service then was fine.

Under normal circumstances... the servers show up as they would in any pub.

Price: As reasonable as one could expect. Average.

Would I go back? Sure. It's... ok.

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Burger Heaven Restaurant77 10th Street, New Westminster
To Die For!
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 1:18am [Dine in]

If you like grease, you'll find it here. The hamburgers are greasy. The fries are greasy. If you like clogged arteries, then this is the place to go.

Does this sound nasty? It's not supposed to. The place sells monstrous-sized burgers and huge amounts of fries. How bad can that be? Y'know what you're getting when you go in so one should not complain about one's future blood flow.

The service has always been great... friendly, fast enough and the food always comes out hot.

Price: It's not McDonald's. These burgers seem to be home-made and that in itself can cost a bit more.

Would I return?: Once my body has rested up, absolutely. I may even try their two pound version... or something like that. After all... if you're going to go for it... why not go for it.

Thanks for the fun time and the great burger. Oh one more thing... best darned club(house) sandwich I've ever had!!

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Mount Royal Bagel Factory701 Queensbury Avenue, North Vancouver
A real Montreal Bagel in North Van
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 1:10am [Dine in]

Tried these bagels for the first time after having seen them in a supermarket in West Van (expensive, but wonderful place... the name slips my mind).

Mount Royal is a familiar name to Montrealers, so I thought I would look these folks up.

These bagels are round and kind of LOOK like the real thing... but flat bottoms suggest conventional-oven baking rather than the wood-burning baked, hand-rolled versions that make the Mtl bagel what it is.

So how come if the oven is different (which should change the taste, right?), they taste right? I have some poppy seed bagels in front of me and just chomped into one. Excellent. The texture is a bit different, but nothing to make me care.

Price:? They are just as expensive as Siegel's making them expensive. However bagels seem to cost that much in BC no matter where you go.

I LOVE BAGELS is gone from North Van and they were an 8 out of 10 (even when the original owners ran the place). Mount Royal is a 9.5 at least as far as the poppy seeded version goes (i haven't tried the sesame yet. As Montrealers know, flavoured bagels don't count!)

Would I go back?

Absolutely! Without a doubt!! Nice people. Clean place. Parking is easy (street).

Hours: They are only open til 6 pm... but they aren't in a heavy commercial area either.

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Siegel's Bagels1883 Cornwall, Vancouver
The Real McCoy...
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 12:57am [Dine in]

If you've never had a Montreal Bagel, then you WON'T know what all the fuss is about.

Siegel's are the real thing. They make them right. The ingredients are right. They bake them right. They are the real thing.

If you've been to Farimount or St. Urbain in Montreal one walk into this place will remind you of home. Okay, Siegel's is more modern and brighter, but the aroma along with the sight of the wood-burning oven (soon to be extinct in Montreal if the municipality gets its wish) are all one needs to be swept away.

Price: Yikes... crazy. Waa-aaay too expensive. I have no idea why their product costs what it costs... but it is cheaper than flying home for a dozen. Getting the day-olds is a solution.

As for the smoked meat... well, look... this is a bagel place. The smoked meat IS from Montreal (but if you read my other posts you'll know my thoughts on these wannabees), but it's not prepared right... period. It's not a superior recipe and well, that's that.

The baked goods aren't bad. He sells good pickles. The coffee is tasteless (no, I don't like Starbuck's either cause it's TOO strong). This stuff is (at least the last two times I had coffee there) awful... so no more coffee there.

But the bagels? They are undoubtedly the best... and I daresay better now than anything I have had in Montreal in many years. (and I go back regularly). Siegel's seem to absorb the smokiness of the wood ovens as they used to do in Mtl.

Maybe that's why they cost twice as much.

Would I go back? Absolutely... just less frequently ($10 a dozen is nuts)!

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Phat1055 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Yaletown doesn't excuse the place
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 12:42am [Dine in]

I know the restaurant business is tough. Everyone is a critic. However if one is going to SPECIALIZE in something, do it right or call it something else.

Just because you bring a product in from a place (in this case Montreal) and just because the manufacturer calls it Montreal Smoked Meat doesn't mean it IS the real thing. Cola ain't Coke. "No Name Brand" ain't Heinz... and what these folks sell ain't smoked meat.

Okay wait... it IS Smoked Meat from maybe Montreal but there's the best and then there are sub-qualities.

Most places now sell pink meat. Pink isn't 'old-fashioned' style smoked meat; there IS a difference. It's kind of like a light beer... decaffinated coffee... you get the idea.

Real Smoked Meat falls apart in your hand or mouth. It's from a brisket... and it's marbled. The meat texture is similar to a jig-saw puzzle... interlocking grains of meat so-to-speak that if cut properly (against the grain) it is tender, never chewy and always mouth-watering.

It should NEVER be cut by machine. It should NEVER be cut (ugh) deli-thin... and it should NEVER be cut WITH the grain.

So, what do you get here? Thin cut, not Old-Fashioned (only ONE place in BC sells that and it's not IN Vancouver)... and sorry to say it's over-priced for what you get.

Real Smoked Meat is like a Montreal Bagel. It is different from the rest. A bagel is NOT just bread with a hole in it (as virtually every one you buy in BC is). They are fine if you like that style, however one should not cheat with smoked meat anymore than one should not cheat with fine wine.

So, now that I have pontificated here, would I go back to Phat's? Sorry, not a chance. Call it a deli sandwich and maybe you'll fool me. Call it smoked meat... and, well... no thanks.

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Estrella's Montreal Deli5932 200 Street, Langley
There is nothing better anywhere!
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

I have travelled from coast to coast and have eaten in Montreal's finest. Schwartz's, The Main, Pete's Meat (related to The Main), Briskets, Snowden Deli, the old and now gone Ben's, Dunn's, and a large number of others around the island.

I have had smoked meat in Toronto at Centre Street Deli (related to Snowdon Deli in Montreal), the Pickle Barrel, The Corned Beef House, Dunn's (gone thankfully and not the REAL Dunn's in Montreal which is great, by the way), a place that tried to copy Wilensky's (the famous Special) on I think Adelaide or King and it was good, and a few others.

Then there was Michel's in Saskatoon. Another in St. John New Brunswick... a couple in Calgary, including Cafe Metro (now gone) (not even close to the real thing and everyone raved about them!) and another with the name Pickle in it I think, My Marvin's and another greasy place that sells steamies near the airport called King of Subs.

Then Vancouver.

Okay, let's see here. Annie's. Sorry. Compare champagne to Baby Duck and you're close there when comparing to Estrella's. Estrella's is Champagne.

Then Kaplan's. Please. Not even close. Phat's in Yaletown. Nope. Not even close to close. European Deli on Davie. Uh uh. And the deli on Cambie and Broadway... sorry. Not authentic.

Costco. Yup, they sell Dunn's in a package. That's better than all the restaurants named above... as it comes from the REAL Dunn's... not the imitation stuff that was in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto

There is only ONE outside of Montreal that is as authentic as it gets and it IS Estrella's.

If you know Montreal Smoked Meat and have had the real thing (only a few places now serve it in Montreal... Schwartz's, The Main, Pete's Meat, THAT's what you'll get at Estrella's.

Oh and for my fellow Smoked Meat snobs from Montreal who may be reading this and scoffing... ha! Try it. You'll see what I mean.

One more thing. Real Cole Slaw (not the creamy stuff), real Pickles... (Mrs Whyte's and Putters), Karnatzel (those who know will know), Cheese Cake and real Montreal fries (yes, he makes it and it's great)... and the rest of his food is just as good.

No he's not paying me to say this either.

If you LOVE Montreal Smoked Meat, just go to Estrella's. Just go. Then enjoy. Then carefully re-roll your eyes from the back your heads!

Bon Appetit!


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