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WeLoveFoodNorth VancouverSince November 23, 200853 Reviews
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3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
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Village Table, The437 North Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
Walkabout
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 12:23am [Dine in]

We live right next door to this place. They have a simple menu, they aren't trying to reinvent the wheel here. The burgers including the cod and salmon ones are scrumptious. They make everything fresh. The ahi tuna dish is a big serving, I don't really like the sauce so I just get them to grill it with salt and pepper because it's great quality tuna and doesn't need to be all dressed up. There seems to be something for everyone on the menu. Prices are reasonable in comparison to other area eateries. We enjoy spending time with Seth at the bar, sometimes we just pop over for a glass of vino and a draft, shoot the breeze a little. We enjoy having this addition to the neighbourhood and we feel really at home when we pop in to grab a bite or just a couple of drinks. Easy going neighbourhood eatery, exactly what we needed right next door.

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Pelican Seafood Restaurant1895 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
20 Visits later...
Submitted Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Yes, we've been here quite a few times. Sometimes they're smokin' busy and sometimes, like just this past Tuesday, there's only a handful of tables. We have had wildly inconsistent experiences from really good food with fairly attentive and pleasant service to completely the opposite. This last time we ordered Peking duck, crispy chicken chow mean and Buddha's feast veggies. Basically, this restaurant just seems tired. The food was fine, no real complaints but nothing outstanding. There was one guy (maitre'd?) running around like crazy, one busser/waiter delivering food and carrying bus pans of dirty dishes around with his eyes permanently downcast and a guy in jeans walking around picking up credit cards and delivering the odd dish (owner?). When we were done eating it took them ages to clear our plates, then we asked for and paid the bill and sat for about 10 minutes before leaving. Then, with 2 of us already in the parking lot the busser comes out with the dessert that was included in with our Peking duck. Seriously? No one said, hey you still have dessert coming or what not when we were paying our bill 10 minutes before we actually left. There were exactly 7 tables occupied in the restaurant... So you can't say it was because they were swamped. Anyway, we'll be moving on, Pelican you have underwhelmed us probably for the last time. We're not having a great run with the Chinese restaurants lately **SIGH**.

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Expected better...
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

We've been to the Richmond location where they really delivered on food quality and service, therefore when we had out of town visitors we chose Sun Sui Wah, Main St. Location for a casual meal after airport pick up. We were 5 and ordered roast duck, free range chicken, lettuce wrap, scallops and veggies, salty spicy deep fried tofu and sauteed snow pea shoots. The waiter tried to talk us into a soy chicken instead of the steamed ginger chicken we wanted but our visitors wanted the ginger dish so we stuck with ordering that only to be told 10 min later by the waiter that they were out of that and only had the soy chicken left. We said that was fine but he should have been honest in the first place, that was annoying. The best dish was the snow pea shoots, hard to go wrong with that. The duck was dry and probably the worst chinese style roast duck I've ever had in Vancouver and I would say we've had that in about 50 different chinese restaurants. The free range soy chicken was ok, just ok. The filling for the lettuce wrap (pork) was bland and anemic looking. The scallops and veggies were fine, and for the price a good amount of scallops. My son ordered a coke and it took them 15 minutes to bring it. The whole meal was completely underwhelming and if I hadn't experienced the Richmond location first I would not have any clue as to how Sun Sui Wah holds the reputation they do in Vancouver for being one of the best Chinese restaurants. By the way, I am Chinese so I know about the off the cuff service style in these restaurants but the service here was even less remarkable than say, Hon's, so that's not up to snuff. Maybe dim sum is really the only thing they do well or maybe we hit them on an off night, nevertheless we probably won't go back there any time soon.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Happy with Happy Hour
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:56pm [Dine in]

We arrived, party of 4 around 5:30 pm and were seated on the downstairs patio right away. We were given all the right menus and our drink order was taken after a few minutes. We ordered 36 oysters, buck a shuck local variety we were familiar with to start. They took awhile to arrive but were worth the wait. Cleanly shucked, cold and delicious. Followed on with half price applies, Poutine with braised rib, calamari, flatbread, tuna and chicken soft tacos, spiced frites, and carpaccio. The standout was the poutine, everything else was ok but lacking in seasoning. The calamari looked good but tasted bland and a bit soggy. The soft tacos, edible but unremarkable. Carpaccio needed some infused olive oil or any seasoning for that matter, but quality and quantity of beef was decent. A different drink special every night some for $5. We loved the view, the oysters, pleasantly efficient service from our waitress, and the excellent appy hour deal. Yes, the food needs work but with a bit of salt and pepper added, it's not the end of the world. We were too stuffed to have any mains but did squeeze in a piece of cheesecake which was a nice size portion, attractively presented with berry compote and coulis. It got inhaled by my teenage son which could mean anything as far as whether it was good or not (just being honest) but we'll just say it was fine. When we got the bill we wanted to yell "Start the car !!"But we did leave a ridiculously good tip. Would go back for happy hour, definitely.

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Wishes and Luck2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
On the fence...
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Sunday night, don't feel like cooking or doing dishes, no kids around for a change. We surfed around for a new place to try and settle on Wishes and Luck. We frequent the Drive alot and this place looked interesting. We arrive with no reso's around 8:00 pm. There aren't a whole lot of seats (35?) and the tables were full (good sign) so we sat at the bar. We are happy bar stool dwellers so that was not a problem. Usually we find bar service to be more personable because you are so close to the action. Here we had 2 bartenders working in a not very large space, yet oddly they were both rather shy and reserved. We ordered wine and a Negroni, followed by beet salad, pork bites, tartare, and meatballs. Strangely even though we were practically sitting on top of them we had to initiate asking for everything from the (maybe they're a couple?) barkeeps who were very busy slicing, dicing, mashing, swirling behind the bar and didn't seem to have any time left over to serve us (only 2 guests) sitting at the bar. The beet salad was outstanding, tricolor beets, goats cheese, nicely dressed. The pork bites, we didn't like, kind of dry and honestly can't remember anything else about them except we wouldn't order them again. They forgot to bring our meatballs and then when they did, they said it was on the house, but they appeared on the bill anyways. We paid and left without saying anything. Funny thing is that the owner (Dolly?) chased after us to apologize for not taking the meatballs off the bill, she seemed genuine when she said next time you come in we'll do something special for you. The thing is to do something special for people the FIRST time they come in. We may or may or may not return but nice to know she actually cared enough to run down the street after us, we give her 10 points for that, no 15 points, she had heels on.

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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Old School Fine Dining
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

Last Saturday we had a nice treat, chauffered in an SUV limo, dinner at this gold standard of a steakhouse, pampered for a few hours. The room was elegant, the food classic, the service impeccable. We ordered iceberg wedge, spinach salad, beefsteak tomato salad, calamari, rib eye steaks and blackened ahi tuna with roasted beets, asparagus and mashed potato sides. All the food was well prepared and nicely seasoned. Excellent dressings on all the salads. Great wine selection with some surprisingly reasonable selections, although if you're at all price conscious you really should not come here because dinner for 4 could easily set you back a mortgage payment on the average Vancouver condo. We were seated on the upper level at an excellent table overlooking all the action. The service as expected was unobtrusive, understated yet always there, and well timed. We did feel that the steaks, while tender and tasty, was not the best we've ever tasted, although to be fair we've had some amazing steak. It is not dry aged, rather wet aged 30+ days, so we were told by our waiter. Anyway, enough first world whining... It was an elegant meal with good company, fine wine and classy service. And at least we didn't get shot (ha ha).

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Yolk's1298 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Thought we would like it more...
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

Because we practice the fine art of breakfast cookery at home we don't often go out for the morning meal, but on this particular Sunday we didn't have breakfast or lunch so decided to finally come for a 2:15 pm "dunch" because every time we drive by we say, "we've got to try that place". It was surprisingly busy still at that time and there were 2 or 3 other small parties waiting at the door when we arrived. but it didn't take long to get seated. It's very basic inside. They erased all traces of the brave bull, quick paint job, table and chairs, and bam, breakfast joint. Didn't hire any designers here, and who cares for a cheap n cheerful breaky? Except it's not cheap. Hubby ordered the special eggs benny with avocado fritter, side of bacon (extra), side of home fries (extra), me, benny style eggs on arugula and lemon truffle potatoes. The food took AGES to come, easily over 30 minutes, seemed like an hour for my tummy. Way too long to wait for breakfast food. By the time it came we were both so hungry we would have eaten cotton balls sautéed in butter. Thank goodness the food was tasty, but not very hot. The portions were fine for us because we are both watching our waistlines but they weren't generous portions by any stretch. Our waitress was saccharin sweet and narrated each thing she was about to do, "I'm going to get some more water for you now", "I'm going to get some more coffee for you now". If it was actual breakfast time when some people might be sporting hangovers, her life could be in peril. Still, the food was definitely flavourful, although the hollandaise was a little thin for my liking. The coffee was good quality and we saw some yummy looking waffles and beignets cruise by our table. Our bill came to $40.00 for two breakfasts and 1 bottomless coffee. We were kind of surprised. So, finally I'd say we would come again if there were no line ups but we wouldn't wait in line again just to have to wait a long time for the food. Also, I noticed on the menu they put 18% gratuity on large parties... really? For this kind of service? I would expect that at Gotham's where we had dined the night before, but no way at Yolk's. Craaazy.

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In Grain Pastificio1133 Mt. Seymour Rd, North Vancouver
First Impression - Meh
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

Brand spanking new place serving alternative / gluten free pastas located in the Safeway plaza on the way up to Mount Seymour. We are local diners and since there are only about 4 decent eateries in the area we zoomed over as soon as they opened to see the digs and check out the food. We always want to like and support the local eateries but judging by our initial visit this will not be anywhere on the top of our "local" bites list.

Let's start with the positive. The decor is well done. Stone, wood, glass elements all carefully integrated... it's a nice place to walk into. It goes a little downhill from here...

Onto the service. They have modeled this place after places like Formosa Pizzeria on the drive where they give you a menu and a seat then you go order at the counter (a tip is expected when you pay for the food) and then take your own drinks and water to the table and wait for someone to bring your food. Question begs why is a tip expected up front when you're not sure what the quality of food or service is going to be? My dinner partner ordered and paid and tipped 10% instead of our usual 15% and said he felt stupid giving them anything but was too embarrassed not to. Still, if the food was good we could deal with this set up.

So, the food: We ordered a Salumi plate (antipasto), a mixed green salad and kamut pasta. Pay attention people, go to Via Tevere on Victoria Drive and see how to do a real antipasto platter!
The best thing was the bread, proper semi-dunkel rustic european style bread. When a restaurant puts the bread on the platter you know they're just filling up real estate with it. Bread should be served on the side or serve it on a larger board. The salad was drenched and I mean drenched in vinaigrette. Both of us are salad lovers and will eat almost anything resembling a salad, but the dressing was way too sweet and did I say drenched? It came in a little 70's era soup bowl and was basically a clump of soggy greens with a ton of either raisins or dried berries and some sunflower or other seeds. All we could say was YUCK. The kamut pasta was tossed with peas, I think ricotta and arugula. Somehow it managed to be hot only in the very middle and pretty much cold radiating out. It was edible, that's the best I can say. All pastas are about $15.00. Cheap for a restaurant but expensive for a self service place....

I told my dining partner we should let them get their training wheels off and go back and try them again in a few weeks but he said I'd have to go with someone else, he was so not impressed!

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Cafe Orso4316 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Finally, a complete hit.
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2015 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Living in the Cove, we are so lucky.... except for the limited selection of eateries in our tiny little enclave of perfection. The last place I reviewed was the new pasta place up at Parkgate, which was pretty much a miss for us. So, when we walked into this new Cafe Orso, we were a little reserved about what to expect. Nicely decked out, urban chicque crosses wood finishes and carefully chosen art, original and unique fixtures. We likey, but then the new places pretty much all look good. But was this going to be another pretty face with no personality? Thank gawd, not this time. We ordered a savoury waffle with arugula, bresaola, pecorino(?), avocado and avocado on toast with a side of bresaola. We paid for our food at the counter and had a nice chat with the owner who introduced himself and shook our hand. So basic, yet no other restaurant owner has ever done that that we can remember in the Cove. Good manners, Luca, your Mama should be proud. We found a comfy couch to sit on and someone brought chilled water and cutlery to us right away. We waited about 10 min for the food and when it came it was very simple, nicely presented. It's not rocket science, good bread, ripe avocados, nicely seasoned, good portion for the prices charged, and a check back on the food after it was served. And they're awake enough to actually remember you and what you ordered without plonking a giant number on your table. We also saw some other food go by that looked scrumptious (tomato melted cheese toast) yet again, simple. Afterwards came the real test, does this "Cafe" actually serve good coffee? After we ate we ordered a long Americano and an Espresso. I judge all coffees by the Espresso. It's got to be properly balanced slightly bitter, nice crema on top. Yes, we have a winner here. Biggest bonus, wait for it......they have a liquor license! We'll be back for some vino and appies, that's for sure. We were also told they have live music, I think they said Friday and Sunday nights. Finally, maybe a place we can make our favourite local hang out, we've literally been waiting for something like this for years. Yes, home run, first visit. It so rarely happens, we are in shock. Also, they don't stick a giant tip jar in your face, just a small tip cup beside the cash. We spent about $25, and I popped over a fiver tip because I felt they deserved it not because I felt pressured to tip, because technically it's self service and tipping isn't a given. Anyway, we'll be back and we'll be bringing others. Our only complaint, if it could even be called that is that there seems to be very limited seating. At 2 pm on a Friday every seat was full so I think they might need to rethink their seating before too long.

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Tacofino Comissary, The2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Simple, Tasty, Fresh
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

At lunch they always hit the mark. It's hopping busy most days so be prepared to wait during peak hours. The menu is ultra simple, 1 taco for $6, 2 for $10, a burrito, nachos, tortilla soaps, that's about it. The concept is they only do what they do well and nothing else. The concept works, there is brilliance in the KISS principle. We have had all the tacos and our favourites are the tuna, pork jowl, and tempura although I think they are all equally good, it's just personal preference. My hubby loves the burrito here as well. Drinks are decent and reasonable, we especially like the Caesars. The service has been efficient and congenial every time we've been here, no one's trying to pretend they're anyone they're not or trapsing around trying to serve you on stilettos. They just say flat out on the menu no substitutions so if you're high maintenance, ultra fussy or have allergies that need to be catered to this might not be the ideal place for you. Also, a majority of the seating requires sharing tables which is only a problem if you think it is.

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Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot5108 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
A fun and interactive meal...
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

We were a party of 8 on Sunday after Chinese New Year, 2 families, mixed nationalities. This is very fun experience. A couple of people at our table weren't so adventurous and I think they had a hard time with the concept of cooking all the food, the communal boiling soup, etc. but that's nothing to do with the restaurant, just something to consider if you're bringing guests who aren't used to Asian food. The food was plentiful, in fact we over ordered and had to send some back! We liked the prawns, marinated beef, dumplings, wontons, noodles and veggies. Lots of selection and variety, maybe even a little too much. The value is absolutely great for the sheer quantity of food including seafood and very fresh greens of all kinds. This is a fun meal to go out for once in awhile, maybe not something to have when it's super hot out or if you're not very hungry. We booked an early table and got excellent service to start with but once the place filled up the servers were really stressed to keep up but still did their best. We found the "time limit" to be a non-issue because we had more than enough time to order, cook, eat and do it all over again until we were completely satisfied. We would do this again, absolutely without a doubt. Great value because this is an entertaining activity (the cooking part) as well as a meal.

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Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana1190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Worth waiting in line for...
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

Our first time here was about 3 months ago and we've been back 5 times already and we are NOT avid pizza eaters! This is traditional Naples style pizza, so not very similar to the Panago, Domino Little Caesars poor excuse of pizza we North Americans are used to. We heard Via Tevere imports the flour and don't know if it's true or not but it TASTES true! It's a busy place, no resos so get here when they first open. They are only open for dinner and there will be a line up around the corner if you get there 10 minutes later. The service is casual but friendly and efficient. Everything we've tried has been a hit. So far we've ordered caprese and arugula salads, both dressed just right and the arugula salad is big enough for meal with some bread. Antipasto platter has all the elements we like, good mix of meats, cheese, pickled/roasted veg, more than enough to share. Be forewarned, the meatballs are moist, tasty, and addictive. But the star of the show is obviously the pizza. We like the Napoletana best but all the pizzas we see served to other tables look awesome. It's all about the basics, the oven and the simplicity. We did order the daily pasta one time and my hubby liked it but I didn't think it was stellar. Still, why would you come to the best pizza place in town an not order pizza? If you still have room share a donut for dessert. I'm not much for sweets but I found the donut to be yummy. My teenage son inhaled 2 of these donuts without even blinking.

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In Grain Pastificio1133 Mt. Seymour Rd, North Vancouver
First Impression... Meh.
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

Brand spanking new place serving alternative / gluten free pastas located in the Safeway plaza on the way up to Mount Seymour. We are local diners and since there are only about 4 decent eateries in the area we zoomed over as soon as they opened to see the digs and check out the food. We always want to like and support the local eateries but judging by our initial visit this will not be anywhere on the top of our "local" bites list.

Let's start with the positive. The decor is well done. Stone, wood, glass elements all carefully integrated... it's a nice place to walk into. It goes a little downhill from here...

Onto the service. They have modeled this place after places like Formosa Pizzeria on the drive where they give you a menu and a seat then you go order at the counter (a tip is expected when you pay for the food) and then take your own drinks and water to the table and wait for someone to bring your food. Question begs why is a tip expected up front when you're not sure what the quality of food or service is going to be? My dinner partner ordered and paid and tipped 10% instead of our usual 15% and said he felt stupid giving them anything but was too embarrassed not to. Still, if the food was good we could deal with this set up.

So, the food: We ordered a Salumi plate (antipasto), a mixed green salad and kamut pasta. Pay attention people, go to Via Tevere on Victoria Drive and see how to do a real antipasto platter!
The best thing was the bread, proper semi-dunkel rustic european style bread. When a restaurant puts the bread on the platter you know they're just filling up real estate with it. Bread should be served on the side or serve it on a larger board. The salad was drenched and I mean drenched in vinaigrette. Both of us are salad lovers and will eat almost anything resembling a salad, but the dressing was way too sweet and did I say drenched? It came in a little 70's era soup bowl and was basically a clump of soggy greens with a ton of either raisins or dried berries and some sunflower or other seeds. All we could say was YUCK. The kamut pasta was tossed with peas, I think ricotta and arugula. Somehow it managed to be hot only in the very middle and pretty much cold radiating out. It was edible, that's the best I can say. All pastas are about $15.00. Cheap for a restaurant but expensive for a self service place....

I told my dining partner we should let them get their training wheels off and go back and try them again in a few weeks but he said I'd have to go with someone else, he was so not impressed!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The800 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
No Christmas Eve @ The Keg this year....
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 9:36pm [Dine in]

3 years in a row we've finished all our shopping at Park Royal and hubby and I looked forward to dinner at The Keg with our 2 teenage boys. I had forgotten about our last experience until we started to discuss our plans for this year. Then, it all came back to me. We were sat at a nice table by the fireplace. The hostesses are always pleasant here. Then our server, young chap, long hair in a ponytail took our order. We ordered jumbo prawn cocktai, cheesy garlic bread and caesar salads followed by ribs for the boys, prime rib for me and a ribeye for hubby. Our server was completely charmless and should have been working in the dishpit, not out front serving people. He brought the cheesy bread and we waited forever for our other appetizers and when we nicely asked him, he made some flip remark about good food taking time to prepare. Funny, the 3 appies he did not bring were cold and required no cooking, while the cheesy bread did require at least toasting and melting. 2 minutes after we reminded him he brought the other appies. Clearly he had just forgotten to pick them up. Our mains were fine, quality of meat is pretty consistent at all Kegs, but my "side" consisted of some very gross crispy fried onions that smelled like old grease and tasted like stale cardboard. And there was a massive pile of this stuff on my plate. My prime rib was also not hot at all. There was no quality check on the meal. We are 20-25% tippers, especially on holidays like Christmas but this dismal server got 10% and we didn't even feel he deserved that. Because of the convenience of ending our shopping day with a nice meal we will stay at Park Royal but this year will go up the Village to Cactus Club instead.

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Greedy Pig, The307 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
We Likey...
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

This is our favourite for appies & drinks in Gastown. $15 "create your own" charcuterie and/or cheese platter. Pick 5 from over a dozen choices. Excellent, and I mean excellent bartenders mixing, muddlin' and recommending drinks. Nice vibe and tunes here, just a comfy bar to hang out and very easy walking distance from seabus/skytrain. Maybe not a real dinner destination but nice for some casual nosh. We had a plate of bacon (yes, that's right, a whole plate of just bacon) with our drinks later on in the evening and it was the most flavourful, perfectly crispy bacon we've ever had and we are not ashamed to say we fough over the last piece.

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La Casita101 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Big Satisfying Burritos...Service, not so much...
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

We slipped in on a packed Friday night without a reso and sat at the bar (4 of us). We liked the vibe here and we were all famished. Usually we find that sitting at the bar gets you the bartenders undivided attention and therefore, decent service. But here we had to flag someone down to get drinks, then again to take our order, then again to re-order drinks, and then again to get the check. We ordered 3 beef burritos baked with queso and an enchiladas plate, and we all had margaritas. The good news, the food was served in a timely manner, piping hot and was very satisfying, if a little pricey for what it is. The bill for 4 with no appies, 2 drinks each, no dessert was over $175.00 before tip. I'd forego the margaritas if you're on a budget because that's the major gauge here. My teenagers would love the food here, I'll bring them next time.

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Saucisse437 N Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
Strrrike One...
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

This former deli-cafe, made over into a high end dining establishment may now have some potential. We normally give restaurants a one strike and if they strike out we either take a long time to get back for strike two or we just never go back. But this is different because it's in our "hood". We have so little to choose from that we almost desperately need this place to be good. So, we went in for an appy and a couple glasses of wine to check things out. We ordered a charcuterie platter as meats are supposed to be the themed specialty here. Unfortunately, not impressed with anything on this plate. Several kinds of cured meats, some rather bland seafood type spread, tiny bits of pickled fennel, beans, and raw onions. Presentation was sparse, lacked colour and wow factor. A good charcuterie plate is at Biercraft on Commercial. That plate is well presented, ample variety and really satisfying as an appy for 2 or even more people. We were there early in the evening and they staff were very attentive, a little over the top even, but understandably, first week open, everyone's nervous about making a good first impression. At least they're trying hard, nothing wrong with that. So, next time we'll skip the charcuterie, but we'll order mains and see what happens with strike two. We hope they hit a home run so we can stumble home happy.

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Wildebeest120 W Hastings, Vancouver
First All 5's Review Ever!
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

I am smitten. Congrats to these people... they have created an experience that is right up my alley. We came here for a Xmas party and as such events go, the food and drink is usually acceptable at best. Well, not here. They took the simplest of things and turned it into something amazing. First, the decore. Nothing Cactus-Keg-Browns-Rogue here. It's edgy, yet classy, well thought out spaces. We were downstairs and the ultra long high table set up was impressive at first glance and worked very well for our group. I did not care that the bathrooms were basic, they were clean and worked. I don't understand why a restaurant needs more. Next, the service. Genuine, awake and eager to do a good job. Nothing phoney or egotistical here. We got everything we needed before or as we asked and not one server clipping around in stupid stilettos, braless, and no armpits showing. And, they were consistent. They served us well from arrival to last call, I noticed because I was the only one in our party still sober by then. But the star here is the food. We were late and missed the country terrine but by all accounts (5 or 6 professional chefs at our table) it was amazing. Poutine with froie gras, oh my oh my. I am not a general fan of poutine but this is like none other I've ever had. The fries themselves were not at all greasy and the cheese curds were not gooey or gluey, like I've experienced before. The addition of the froie gras was decadent but somehow it works. I would return for this dish alone even if nothing else was edible. Luckily, the poutine was not the highlight. The main dish, served family style was roasted chicken on a bed of mashed potatoes and cabbage saute (like a hot coleslaw). How they managed to make something this ordinary sounding into something so delicious is what impressed me the most. The chicken was so tender and fresh tasting, I could swear it whispered the name of the farm it was raised on as I ate it. It was the first time I felt compelled to ask the server about the story of the chicken I was eating as I ate it, and I've eaten a whole lot of chicken! The mashed potatoes, perfectly mashed and seasoned, so easy to do well, yet so few places do it well. The sauteed cabbage slaw... again, simple, yet so delicious and flavourful. The whole platter perfectly complimentary. Along with wines served at the correct temperature, drink orders taken and promptly delivered, and genuine happy vibes from the bartenders to the servers to the chefs behind the line, a win win win. Yes, I am in love with this place and we are already planning our next visit. Good job, Wildebeest, Vancouver restaurants, take note, this IS the competition!

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Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Not quite right....
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

We stopped in to try this place for the first time and were really impressed with the very cool pizza oven, which is the heart of the whole operation. Here you have to get up and stand in line to place your order at the counter, then the rest is table service. They have giant tip jars at the counter where you go to place your order, stuffed with 5 dollar bills. What ???? They give half the service, but want the full tip, ha ha. I just don't understand this concept. Ok, whatever. We weren't famished so we ordered a mixed greens salad and a pizza with proscuitto and arugula. To drink we had 2 caesars followed by 2 glasses of sangiovese. We always order our caesars spicy and easy on the ice. They understood the spicy but the ice cubes were right to the brim. It is aggravating when people cannot do even a simple thing like that correctly. The salad came and it was a little soggy with too much dessing. No biggie, we've had worse. But my teenage son makes a better salad at home. The pizza came and it was good. Not great, just good. I've eaten pizza all over Italy and Europe, and it is probably excellent compared to what locals here are used to but just mediocre compared to what I've had in the past. Specifically, the white sauce was rather tasteless and the whole pizza was pretty dry. The crust was perfect though, and that's the most important, the rest can be tweaked. So, all in all, just ok... Could be so much better. Oh, and we did not stuff any 5 dollar bills into the giant tip jar on our way out.

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Sweet Cherubim Natural Foods & Restaurant1105 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Casual, Decent, Good Variety
Submitted Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

I go to yoga above this place so stop in quite often to grab a little nosh or sometimes a full meal. For people complaining about service, saying people should be fired, etc.... GET REAL. This is a cafeteria style joint and the people who work here probably make minimum wage. Is everyone supposed to be a ray of sunshine to make your day? They try to do their job, get the food served up, that's all. Take your five star expectations to a five star establishment where they are motivated by big TIPS. I find the service ok here and the selection of vegan offerings to be very acceptable. Miso salad, samosas, pakoras, gulasch, curries have all been decent, although the spicing is generally a little on the sweet side for me. I am happy for choices like this in our city, no frou frou, just decent, well priced food. For those complaining about this being expensive, have you checked out the price of a big mac lately? You should really eat toast at home if you can't afford 2 bucks for a samosa. Keep up the good work Sweet C., I think you're doing fine.

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