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thill01North VancouverSince December 17, 200718 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.6)
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Thai Pudpong1474 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Best Thai on the North Shore
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2015 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here a few times over the last couple of years and have found the food to be excellent. The flavours are not as pronounced as at some other Thai places, but I find that they are more balanced. My last meal consisted of Beef Larb, Green Papaya Salad, and the Pannang curry. The portions size was good for the price and quality of the product was excellent. The ingredients were perfectly prepared and the balance between the spices was bang on. I find some places drown their papaya salad in fish sauce, which was not the case here, and the larb had a nice mix of citrus and heat. The Curry was rich and complex and again a good balance of spice and sweetness. I would also add that they do use tamarind in their Pad Thai...unlike a lot of the other Thai restaurants that use Ketchup.
It is a small place and yes the service can be a little spotty, but I have always had friendly and attentive service whenever I have been there...albeit a little slow at times. The d├ęcor is basic, but it is comfortable and definitely not stuffy.Not a place for a romantic date or big party, but a great place for a quiet tasty dinner.
Having traveled a fair bit throughout Thailand, I would say that this is the closest I have come in Vancouver to the flavours and quality that I encountered there. There is no such thing a "typical" Thai food. Every region has it's variations, but if there somewhere that comes close, it would here.

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West Oak1035 Mainland St, Vancouver
Confused about what it wants to be
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

My friend and I dropped in for dinner last night. The room itself is nice looking but the way the entrance door is setup, a gust of cold wind entered the place anytime someone entered.
The menu is not extensive but what we had was well made and presented. My companion had the Ling Cod and I had the Beef Short Ribs. The flavours were well balanced and tasty, properly seasoned and presented. The portions were appropriate for the price.
The issue I had there was that although the room is setup mostly as a restaurant, the staff and ambiance tilt more towards a bar. The music was mostly current or "classic" rock, which is fine for a bar...but if you are actually trying to have a dinner and talk, it was a bit much.
The service was OK, but the server did not know very much about the menu and had to go to the kitchen a couple of times to answer a couple of our questions. The servers were all very friendly but the level of professionalism was definitely lacking.
If you are looking for some upscale bar food later in the evening, then this may be OK, but I would go next door to Glowball for a dinner before going back to West Oak again.

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La Brasserie1091 Davie Street, Vancouver
Bland and rather uninspired food
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

After seeing how busy this place is, we thought we would give it a try. I have to say the experience was disapointing. The menu leans more to the German than the French side of things. The Suckling pig was OK, not much additional flavour, sauce was very minimal, and I found it a bit on the dry side. It was served with some spatzle and the saurcraute was served as the only vegitable. Normally I would think of that as an accompanyment rather than a main veg. I also found the portions somewhat small. My friend had the roast duck, which was cooked well, but again quite bland and the vegitables were a mere token on the plate. We shared a creme brule for desert and it was quite good, great texture and perfectly done Brule. The wine selection is small but well suited to the type of food. I didn't try any of the beers, but they appeared to have a good selection. While nothing was particulary bad, nothing was also particularly great either. All in all fairly mediocre given some of the competition out there at similar price points. I doubt I would make an effort to return.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
When Vegitarian really Is'nt
Submitted Monday, December 20, 2010 - 11:51am [Dine in]

I went here on Sunday for the first time with a group of 4, one of whom is a vegitarian.
The restaurant is very small and was fairly busy so seating was not immediately available. First sign of service issues was on arrival we were asked to wait outside rather than in the restaurant. This would be OK in the summer, but in the cold and damp of winter...not so much. Second they wanted to split us up between the kitchen bar and the communal dining table. We declined as we wanted to stay as a group. This obviously frustrated them but allowed us to wait anyway. We finally all got seated and placed our orders, the vegitarian in our group ordered the vegitarian ramen, assuming it was truly vegitarian. What we did not know, and was not made apparent anywhere on their menu, is that all of the ramens use the same stock base, with is a chicken\pork broth. For those of us carnivors, this is not an issue but for the vegitarians in world, a big issue. As such our vegitarian companion could not eat her meal. It was pointed out to the server that this information should have been presented and asked for a takeout container so we could keep the meal. They informed us they do not have take out containers because "all the liquid spills". I would suggest that they check out the nearest chinese take where they deliver soups all the time. At that point we asked that the meal be taken off the meal as the menu was not clear and they could not accomodate us taking it with us. An arguement ensued and they finally did remove the meal from the bill.
The ramens themselves were actually pretty tasty and a good value for the money. I found the Gyoza however to be somewhat overly greasy.
If service and vegitarian options are not important (thats why I gave a 2 rating, otherwise I would have given it a 3), then this is a neat little place. Otherwise, give it a pass

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Takumi Japanese Restaurant5775 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Sushi done right
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:49am [Dine in]

Having driven past here a number of times and having read previous reviews, I was interested in giving Takumi a try. We were not disapointed. The room has a nice mix of being airy while still retaining a feeling of warmth and intimacy. The location is the old La Regalade seafood location and they have definitely improved the decore. The sushi was outstanding. The Nori used for the rolls was top quality and melted in your mouth, I agree with the previous reviewer that the rice was properly seasoned and it was well proportioned to the fish. The fish itself was very fresh and expertly cut, not chewy or tough. Even the Squid was tender, which shows the chefs knife skills. We has a number of different Maki and Nigiri selections, all were excellent. My only complaint is that the service was definitely slow and not what I would call attentive. It was not a busy evening, and there were sufficient staff, they just did not seem to be well organized. The prices were definitely on the high side, particularly for the exclusive import selections, but given the quality of the food compared to some of the other more industrial options on the North Shore, it was definitely worth it.
All in all I would say that Takumi stands out as an island of quality in what has become a sea of McSushi restaurants around. I will definitly be back!

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Raincity Grill1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Quality and Value just not there
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

Having been to this restaurant a year ago and having a wonderful experience then, I was looking forward to a great dinner again. Sadly, not to happen. The service was good, prompt and courteous and the waiter definitely knew his wines. The problem was with the food itself. An order of Prawn Linguine had overcooked pasta and very weak tasting sauce. The Lamb Cheeks were not tender and poorly seasoned. The chicken was well cooked but small, and the accompanying sauces were somewhat bland. The portions for all dishes were definitely on the small side. Given the prices, the plates could have been more substantial. The desert was very good, but again very small given the price. The plating was very well done, creative and pleasing to the eye. Given the lack of actual food on the plate, they had lots of room to work with.
Appart from the location, which is always great, regardless of the weather, I cannot see any reason to return here. There are much better fine dinning values in Vancouver.

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Jules Casual French Bistro216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Better values elsewhere
Submitted Monday, August 2, 2010 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

Went to Jules for the first time the other night knowing from previous reviews that it might be hit or miss. Sadly it fell on the miss side. The room itself is very nice and I agree with other reviewers that it looks like something right out of Paris. We had good service, and the owner was very helpfull and polite (we must have gotten him on a good night). That the service was good should not have been a big surprize as the place was near empty. As for the food, we ordered a salad to split as an appitizer. It was fairly bland and basically lettuce with a few token nuts thrown in. I ordered the duck confit, and my partner ordered a scallop dinner special. The duck confit was well prepared, but all it was was a leg on another fairly basic salad. The scallop dish was just that, 5 scallops and bit of dressing...not much else. Again well prepared, but not exciting. For the prices charged, I would have expected more on the plate or at least some more creative use of the ingredients. Les Faux Bourgous or Le Regalade offer a much better experience and value than Jules does. I doubt I will go back to Jules any time soon.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
Another great experience
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a few times and every time I have had a great experience, last night was no exception. We shared the Chad salad, nicely balanced vinigrette and a good portion for the money. I had the duck with cassoulette and my date had the scallops and crab with saffron rissotto. Both were cooked to perfection, I have never had duck so perfectly cooked and tender and the scallops were perfectly seared and just cooked through. The desert was the chocolate torte which was dense and an explosion of chocolate. My only complaint is that the room is quite noisy and it can be hard to carry on a conversation. That said, the energy in the room was great and the service efficient without being overbearing. Definitely make a reservation on a weekend, there was a lineup of hopefulls out the door and some even braved the night to eat on the patio.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Excellent experience
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Just got in from my first experience at Chambar and I have to say I was impressed. We ordered a few share plates, salade d'hiver, Les coquilles st. jacques , and Le faisan aux morilles. The salad was a bit undertated but had some interesting flavours. The coquilles were superb, definitely not the traditional version, but perfectly done. Now is when the fun began. There was a mix up and instead of the Pheasant Tortelinni, we were served the Goat cheese spring roles. We informed the waiter of the mistake and without an argument, and with a sincere appology, the incorrect dish was removed. Within 5 minutes the correct dish was brought to the table. In addition we were offered the incorrectly produced dish at no charge!! We gratefully accepted and although I am not a fan of goat cheese, I found these to be delicate and the attenant mushrooms delicious. The Pheasant Tortelinni was worth the wait, rich and complex flavours. The deserts were also excellent, the pot du creme was nicely balanced and the expresso cheesecake was rich and flavourful. Add to that a great selection of beers, and a good wine list and I can see why this place is packed even on Monday night.
In a city were getting great service is about as likely as winning the 649, this was a refreshing and welcome change. I will definitely be back.

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Tamarind Hill Malaysian Cuisine1440 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Excellent Malaysian
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

We went here based on the dinehere reviews and I have to say I concur with the previous positive reviews. We had the Mee Georeng, Hainanese Chicken, and Sambal Green Beans. All were prepared perfectly, the Chicken was tender and flavourful, the beans crisp and hot, and the Mee plentiful. The spicing was well balanced with just the right amount of heat. The room has inherited the seating from the previous incarnations for this location. The room is well appointed without being too fancy or overly adorned. The service was friendly and prompt. All in all a great experience and I will definitely be back.

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Thai Garden555 Clarke Road, #5, Coquitlam
Substandard Thai
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

We went to Thai Garden for dinner on Friday night. We arrived around 7:00pm and the place was pretty much empty. This should have been our first clue. We were hungry so decided to give it a shot anyway. We ordered the Prawn soup, which had very little flavour except for a slighly off prawn flavour with only a couple of prawns in the soup. We then ordered the Green curry, Pad Thai, and Brocolli in oyster sause. Neither the Curry nor Pad Thai were anywere near authentic. The Pad Thai was tomato based instead of tamarind and the green curry had so much corn starch it had the consistency of concentrated mushroom soup. The flavour for both was bland and uninteresting. The brocolli was the only positive note as it was fresh and well prepared. The ambiance was cold and somewhat sterile. It did not feel like a place to sit and spend time. There are so many other quality Thai places in Vancouver, I would give definitely give this one a miss.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Pretty Ho-Hum for the price
Submitted Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 11:21am [Dine in]

We went to Wild Rice on Saturday night. We didn't have a reservation, but were able to get a table, which surprised us. We tried the green papaya salad, which was fresh but pretty bland and uninteresting. Next was the Kung Pao chicken, which was supposed to be spicy, but was instead quite bland. It was also mostly noodles and very light on the chicken. We also tried the Salmon, which had a nice flavour, but was way overcooked. I have always liked the ambiance of the room, but given the quality of the food for the price I doubt I will be back anytime soon.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
It was all good
Submitted Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 11:55am [Dine in]

First it was nice to have a restaurant actually open on a Monday night. It seems most restaurants in Van. are closed on Mondays. I agree with previous reviewers that the room is nice but could use some sprucing up. We had the quinoa salad which was light and delicious, not overly dressed. We also had the jerk rubbed scallops and the maple glazed wild boar, both of which were excellent. A good balance of spicing and flavours. My only complaint is that the boar was a bit on the fatty side, they could use a leaner cut without comrimising flavour. The desert was a brownie with hazelnuts and stewed bananas and was fantastic. The room was pretty quiet when we were there, but I would love to go back when things are a bit more happening. All in all, a positive experience.

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Hachi Hana1426 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Not sure where the raves are coming from
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

I tried the restaurant the other night. The sushi was definitely fresh but I found the restaurant itself definitely lacking. It was a cold night in between bouts of snow, but they did not seem to have any heat on in the restaurant itself (the bathrooom may as well been outdoors) The service was friendly but nothing special, considering the place was pretty empty. The menu itelf is a bit shallow compared to some others, with really just sushi on the menu. While I have not tried too many Sushi places in NV, I think Honjin (till skimming issues not withstanding) still the best yet.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cool Tapas
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

This is a great place. The ambiance is hip without being pretentious, a really good vibe. The service is outstanding. We never lacked for anything all of the staff were upbeat, friendly, and engaging. The food styling is unique and very interesting. You order by the meatfish type and you get 3 variations of that ingredient (African, Indian, and Mediteranean).A great format for couples or a small group. We had the Prawns, Pork, and Squid dishes and all were great. We also had a side of spicy long beans that were fantastic. It leans a little heavy on the fried side, but that not uncommon for tapas food. All in all a fantastic experience. The only downside is the location. It is at the south end of the Granville mall, not such a nice area, but there is valet parking.

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
Hit and miss
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

I have been going to La Regalade for a couple of years now. As some of the previous comments suggest, consistancy and service continue to be an issue. We dined there on Friday night and started with the Prawn ravioli in lobster sauce, outstanding. We followed it with the rabbit in white wine sauce and a side of fried vegitables, major let down. The rabit was dry and the sauce somewhat bland. The veggies on the otherhand were tasty, but were extremely salty. Desert was the Hazelnut Paris Brest, which was little more than a hard patry with what tasted like burnt Nutella for a filling. On top of that, before we even finnished the desert, the bill was uncerimoneously deposited on our table. It was busy, but that was a bit off-putting. That said, I will go back, the roast duck and the pear and gorganzola tart are worth the trip.

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Spice Islands Indonesian Restaurant3592 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
Top Quality Indonesian
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:34am [Dine in]

I agree that this is a hidden gem. It has almost no street presence but once inside it has a pleasant and understated atmosphere. We had the Beef Rendang which was amazing, tender and great depth of flavour with a good "kick" to it. Also had the Gulai Udang prawns which were cooked perfectly and served in a very light curry sauce that did not overpower them. The Nasi Goring was also excelent. The service was efficient but never pushy. My only complaint is that it seemed that they forgot to turn the heat on, so it was a bit on the cold side. All in all though, a pleasant experience with top notch food. I will definitely be back.

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Extremely disapointing
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure how this restaurant is staying in business. Unfortunately there is no "non existant" rating for the service. We were there on a Saturday night at around 7:30. Our first clue that things were amiss was when we noticed only two tables were occupied when we arrived. Once seated it took at least 15 minutes for someone to pour water and ask if we wanted a drink. The drink came fast enough but then it took at least another 20 minutes for someone to take our dinner order. The first course came very quickly. We both had the salad with warm brie. Tasty but not over the top. I had the Duck for the main course and my partner had the pork. Both were good, but nothing really special. For both of these courses we had to ask for pepper (a small thing but pretty standard to be asked at most good resaurants). Once the main was cleared we asked for the desert menu. The menus were brouight promptly but then then it took at least 20 minutes before we could flag down the server and then another 20 minutes befroe the deserts arrived.The deserts were OK, but again nother special. The food as a good value for the money, but the cold atmosphere, inappropriate music (country and western!) and the even colder service really made for a disapointing experience. I could understand if it was busy or understaffed, but there never more than 3 other tables occupied the whole time. Call restaurant makeover, we have a canditate.

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