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sushi459N VancouverSince January 31, 200719 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value2 (2.2)
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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Tourist Trap open in time for the summer.
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2012 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

Pier7, a gorgeous little restaurant right on the water. Same owners as the Lobby at the Pinnacle Hotel.

In terms of ambiance, the restaurant is extremely beautiful, massive 2nd floor patio, uniforms are great, staff is welcoming and friendly. But unfortunately, no pun intended, it's not a hotel lobby, it's a restaurant.

I was there last week for a business lunch. I ordered the Tuna Club, colleague ordered the burger. 18$ is quite a bit for a sandwich and fries especially when they forget the bacon and the fries are undercooked.

In terms of drinks, you're looking at $8 for an import bottle and the cocktail list runs from 8-14 for a drink. I'm sorry a single drink even if its 1.5 or a double should not cost what a bottle of wine costs at home, unless you're into top shelf premium spirits or aged single malt scotch.

To be fair the place is just getting started and it shows. There were a lot of staff including the Chef cruising around while there were some shabby plates leaving the kitchen (not just my own). The menu isn't completely copycat Vancouver chain food, its got some interest, but its not groundbreaking.

If you have lots of cash, and want to have a quick drink, and maybe a snack on a nice sunny day this is the place...otherwise the quality and value will leave you a bit high and dry.

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Ensemble Tap990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Take Two - Much improved.
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

After being thoroughly dissapointed dining at Ensemble, I decided to give a go at Tap, aimed at upscale pub grub.

The ambiance is really strange and odd. It's quite bleak..the layout is very strange, TVs are mounted too high and overall its just plain odd. If you're inside you'll see a lot of people look in, and then walk by. It needs a bit of a facelift, some colour, some plants...something...if you go you'll understand.

The beer selection is ok...it's definitely not all its hyped up to be. I mean I do like the fact that they're supporting Canadian breweries, but really? Howe Sound and Big Rock? Why not approach Whistler Brewing or Storm, i.e. a brewery doing some different. Oh well.

I ordered the full rack of ribs to share. They were beautifully cooked. The sauce...well...it was BBQ sauce...signature? well you could sign John Doe, but the meat was very nicely cooked and unlike Ensemble the portion size was generous and provided good value.

Sides: A bit of an afterthought. WAY too much butter within the cornbread batter, and the slaw was nice and sharp and acidic but very one note. Even some chopped parsley would have brought it way up.

Looking around the rest of the plates looked nice coming out and everyone seemed to enjoy their food.

It didn't blow me away but I think a certain owner is trying to improve and moving in the right direction

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
The evidence that so many still have no palate.
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

For the past year or so, this place gets busy. I mean really busy. When they first opened, I went in with some friends. I ordered the Irish Stew (one of their popular dishes). It looked like reheated slop and did not taste much better. After that I vowed never to eat there.

I went back the next summer, sat on the patio and had drinks. I ordered biscuits to snack on and they were not bad.

As I kept seeing the place busier and busier I thought (Ah! The owner has woken up and hired a new chef, new cooks and is trying to put their place on the map), so I went in, trying to be fair to the community I live in, and give the place a 2nd chance. This time I asked a number of the employees what they eat and to recommend a few things.

Biscuits -> Completely undercooked dough in the center. Now they're trying to add herbs, but no taste...as if they added dehydrated paskley flakes in a effort to make it a signature biscuit

Seafood Paella -> Not a Paella, the mussels were off..shrimp was overcooked, all swimming in a bland tomato sauce.

Yikes! There must be a bunch of horseshoes buried under this restaurant, because I don't understand how its even in business.

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La Terrazza1088 Cambie Street, Vancouver
A nice restaurant with good standards.
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

Dined recently for a birthday dinner. Restaurant is beautiful inside without feeling overly formal or pretentious.
The restaurant area was at 25% capacity with a private party in the adjacent space.

The size of the menu was quite nice, however they could have balanced the amount of entrees and appetizers.

Starters:

Oysters - Very fresh and enjoyable. What can I say...does anyone ever use all the silly amount of accompaniments that they always bring?

Gnocchi in a simple marinana sauce with mozzarella - very nice texture.Extremely light considering it wasn't a ricotta gnocchi. The sauce was very lively and the portion size was correct.

Salad with pulled duck confit - Yeah it was ok, very uninspired from the greens to the duck and the strange dry sunflower seed. It had a very strange plating too. it was just a tower of greens. Considering there are only 2 salads on the menu and one is a caesar, someone should give their head a shake here.

Mains:

House-made ravioli with gorgonzola and candied pecan sauce. - I was skeptical about ordering it because of the gorgonzola, but they really showed a lot of finesse in balancing the strong flavour. The pasta was beautifully made and delicate. The plating was simple yet elegant. Top quality dish.

Arctic Char and Crab - The char was cooked and plated beautifully. The Rabe was nicely cooked and flavoruful. The Crab came in a croquette with baked potato and was completely horrible. It was like a bad hush puppie that someone snuck on the plate as a joke. If you're gop

Sometimes less is more. For instance, even a claw in the shell, or removed and butter poached would have really brought this dish up.

Dessert:

Tiramisu : It was tasty albeit a very adult dessert. The liquor was strong and I was drinking a Trad. Martini at the time

Overall, a nice Italian restaurant. You can have a nice meal at a slightly higher price than many restaurants and it won't let you down, although I wouldn't expect to be blown away. Then again, how many places in Vancouver really do that anyway :)?

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Ensemble850 Thurlow St, Vancouver
It's Tapas and really nothing special.
Submitted Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 3:59am [Dine in]

Every time I go out I'm waiting for a restaurant to create the missing Vancouver food scene.

First of all, Ensemble is a Tapas bar and that's somewhat generous. The menu reads fairly well, but does not deliver on value whatsoever. You can't really go there for dinner. I ordered a number of dishes off the menu and left quite hungry.

Risotto - Cooked properly but you couldn't taste the herbs, just a 1/2 pound of butter.

Pulled Pork - Decent, but I can get better pulled pork and the Lonsdale Night market for $6.

Black Cod with Pork broth - A nice dish. Lacks a bit of acidity (like a pickled vegetable). The broth is very nice, but again I can go to Lao Shan and get that will hand-made noodles for $7.

Beef Shin and Frites - Probably the best dish I tried. Again, its a kids portion at best.

It really blows me away (especially as a cook myself), that Vancouver is so hurting for good restaurants. Don't people ever travel at all and get inspired to at least achieve a hotspot status? There's going to be a lot of disappointed people who watched the TV show with high expectations and then never go back.

Sedlak's restaurant failed there and I wouldn't be surprised if this goes under unless Mr. Mackay wakes up and listens to his customers.

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Nicli Antica Pizzeria62 East Cordova, Vancouver
Great Pizza ..... definitely some room for improvement though.
Submitted Monday, May 16, 2011 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Was there this past Sunday before the game. It was not packed like a normal Friday or Saturday so the service was pretty good.

Ordered a salad to start...the previous user review was dead on when they said even though it was interesting it lacked depth. I was happy to see a 'different' salad, but they went brutus with the radicchio and skimpy on the fennel. It definitely lacked acid and some richness or sweetness. Still it was good to wake the palate up.

Ordered the diavolo pizza. It was excellent. The crust was light with lots of texture but was not tough. Toppings were very tasty and nicely proportionate.

I would definitely go back for the pizza. Mine was $16, friends was $20, but really they are quite large and enough to easily feed 2. (Don't order your child one for themselves).

Warning: Avoid cocktails here..we ended up getting stiffed for $12 drinks...(and they weren't even doubles).

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
Tasteless white-washed Italian food.
Submitted Friday, April 22, 2011 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

I had high expectations as I hadn't been here in a couple years. It has a great ambience and charm to it, the service was quite friendly although a little unattentive.

The sad thing is the best thing they have is the bread. I ordered a number of dishes including Spaghetti Carbonara that had bacon as dry as cardboard and cream? There's no cream in Carbonara and the waitress got argumentative over it. It was under seasoned and sadly lacking in any flavour. The cooks also didn't take the time to wipe the mess off the rim of the plate. (I've seen cleaner plates at Denny's).

The Osso Bucco was also a great dissapointment. It was braised just long enough to be called braised but not as tender as you'd expect it. It was covered in a bland tomato sauce that was watery and underseasoned. The saffron rice was decent, and the small pieces of veg you get were, well boring.

This place is the biggest scam on the market. Charging 38-45 for entrees! I don't understand how people can give this place anything more than 2.5 stars for food quality, unless they measure it SOLELY on portion size and pinch their nose while their eating.

Another example of a big disinterest in quality food in the city. Another establishment gone downhill and pillaging customers and serving them soul-less food.

I did enjoy the bread and the fact they carry Moretti beer.

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Circa Restaurant & Lounge1050 Granville Street, Vancouver
This is a club trying to be a restaurant and failing.
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 6:08pm [Dine in]

Reservations for a friend's birthday. Space is quite nice although far too dimly lit, we were seated upstairs.

Service - Plenty of attitude, lack of service. Partly due to being understaffed, partly due to being incompetent.

We ordered a round of appetizers for the platter. The sample cost 14 pp with a min of 2 people ordering. Basically its a way to completely gouge customers. We received very small samples and were charged for 3 people sharing which comes to 42$. You could order each of these items separately and pay less. When I talked to the manager about this he claimed 'well we size them to the number sharing'. He did seem to have an answer when I said 'what if 12 people here had a nibble on each'.

The food itself was very average...some of the bread tweels were rancid...lamb meatballs underdone. Food was barely warm...fried items soft...We didn't bother ordering mains. We were also doublecharged for drinks.

Large parties pay a 18% gratuity...this is because they know their staff won't get tips any other way.

Also FYI, the club with laser lights and DJ starts at 10pm, so make sure if you decide for some strange reason to eat there, do so early.

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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
A lot of show, not much go.
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

Went to Miku recently for lunch. Very modern/cold decor, but ok.

Ordered the premium sushi lunch. Some of the items were ok and had decent flavour, but most of the fish pieces were extremely thin and bland. They don't provide soy for any of their sushi, and won't but they also don't ask you to eat it with your hands (go figure).

Presentatiion of all the dishes was beautiful, but really its taste that counts and it lacked.

The service was somewhat abrasive...in general probably decent for the corporate fat-cat lunch crowd, but definitely better value elsewhere.

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Curry Feast1265 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Are they joking?
Submitted Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

Went to curry feast for lunch. Every dish was literally swimming in oil. The chicken was tough and tasted like it was 2 days old. Some older Korean lady was cooking ( not sure why).

Every dish lacked flavour. The rice and Naan were fine, but you're not going to have much success if that's all there is.

Hopefully this place puts itself out of business as there isn't much in the way of care, authenticity or pride.

If you're looking for east indian flavour where there is some quality standards, try mumbai masala or Saffron in Burnaby.

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Cheshire Cheese Inn123 Carrie Cates Court, #218, North Vancouver
Great Burnch.
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 8:22pm [Dine in]

Yes, the Cheshire cheese is just a pub, but I've found the staff pretty attentive and the atmosphere quite good.

I typically only go for the brunch there, but the eggs benny (and variations of) are always nicely done including the hollandaise tomatoes and potatoes.

Definitely worth checking out for brunch.

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Dundarave Fish Market2423 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Great place.
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

Crab cakes - fresh and delicious.

Where else can you go and get something like fried smelt?

Sablefish and Sea bass are properly portioned and have always (in my experience) been perfectly cooked. The menu is concise and simple and offers lots of choice.

I will agree that the service can be a bit lax and the bar area is somewhat small, but the patio is great during the summer and the food delivers.

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Kypriaki Taverna1356 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Try the Roast Lamb Dinner & the Mushrooms
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

I usually don't dine-in but I get their delivery on a fairly regular basis. The roast lamb dinner is always cooked perfect (albeit fatty). The portobello mushrooms in the port cream sauce are also a big winner. Salad, rice, potatoes are always flavourful and the food is consistent.

I can't speak for the seafood, since generally I think if you want really fresh seafood, either hit a seafood or sushi restaurant.

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Bella Candela109 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Potential
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

Potential is the key word with Bella Candela. Inside, the place is beautiful with well spaced tables and an open kitchen.

The food is well-priced and prepared properly, portioned generously but sometimes lacks flavour.

Overall its a pleasant experience but nothing special.

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Casual Gourmet Bistro333 Brooksbank, #770, North Vancouver
Consistency problem.
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

A few years ago I thought this place was the bomb, but recently I've found that the quality of the food has gone down. The veg don't get steamed with fennel seed any more. You have to request roasted potatoes, and the meat is portioned smaller and now poorly marbled.
Yet the prices have gone up.

Most recently I ordered a steak sandwich with salad. The salad was overrun with onion, and the steak was so tough and grisly that I had to sharpen my teeth to eat it.

They need to get back on track if they want to justify charging what they do for their dinner entrees.

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Browns Socialhouse1764 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great little spot.
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2007 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

Brown's has a sexy little lounge in upper Lonsdale. The new one in West Vancouver is still a bit better but this is a solid place.

Drinks: The clamato for the ceaser shaken with horseradish is brilliant.

Food: About 1/2 the menu items are great...the rest are just kinda ok. .either way its still better and offers more variety than cactus club.
Nice items: Cowboy Salad, Tandoori Quesdillas, 22 hr ribs, yam fries, squid, Blackened fish sandwich.
Items to avoid: Burgers..(boring).

Service is decent, and the atmosphere I personally think is great.

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Cafe Caribana108 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Won't last long.
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

Having been one of the first customers and knowing the owners, it's really too bad the way it has gone under new management. I decided to give it a try again at its higher prices and just can't go back.

I ordered the old standby chicken curry. It was served to me cold. The chipotle veg were also cold but somewhat tasty. I got rice and was never offered roti. The price was ludicrously high..portion size was roughly the same. The new management are family relatives and are spanish so I don't really know why they're trying to cook what they don't know.

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Citroen Coffee House208 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Both of your are right.
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 4:56pm [Dine in]

With respect to the previous posts I feel that you are both right.

The ambience is excellent..it mixes a lounge area with tables and chairs as well as a stool and bar setup facing Lonsdale. Dean has done a lot with this space considering how recessed it is from the street.

Basically I go there for his sandwiches and soups. The food is high-quality and well-prepared. It's worth the slightly higher price.

As for coffee I have never liked the coffee there, finding it far to strong and bitter (including the lighter roasts). However the service is excellent and Citroen is a place worth checking out.

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Gusto Di Quattro1 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Quality Product
Submitted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

Gusto has a very nice corner location at Carrie Cates and Lonsdale.
The decor and atmosphere is very sleek and sexy although the table spacing and layout could be better.

Recently, I shared the antipasti platter for an appetizer and the roasted duck breast wrapped in wild boar pancetta. The service was acceptable but not outstanding however the food was lovely. The duck was cooked to a perfect medium and the sauce was delectable. Friends of mine had the pasta which looked quite good but they didn't feel too excited.

The quality of preparation was phenomenal. However that being said I don't think every item on the menu is a big winner. You have to know what to pick.

The pricing is a little high to make it a regular event, however the food is well worth it.

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