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WeLoveFoodNorth VancouverSince November 23, 200853 Reviews
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Dime Road House, The1565 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Simple, Decent, Nice - No BS, just food and drink
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

We've been here half a dozen times in the last couple of months. It's consistent, it's cheap, it's good. Good burgers, good wings, good salads, good drinks. nothing to rave or write home about but for $4.95 a meal and $3.50 for a can of PBR, it is what it is, and we like it (although I cannot let PBR pass my lips). The servers are pleasant and efficient. The menu has enough old standbys on it that everyone can find something they like. Don't bring your shi shi friends in here, they don't have fancy schmancy sinks in the loo or hostesses in stilettos. We like sitting in front and people watching out the front windows. When we get the bill here, I always get the sudden urge to yell "start the car!"

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Merchant's Oyster Bar1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The Oysters Made Us Do It, nudge nudge wink wink
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

We really enjoyed our light repas here recently. Just done some shopping on the drive and not sure whether we were ready for dindins or just a little sumthin'... Well we wandered in kind of undecided, sat at the bar for a few minutes and as soon as we saw them shuckin' those oysters we were hooked. We sat on the patio, ordered a dozen, they passed muster with our fussy oyster palates, so we ordered 2 dozen more. With a nice Prosecco... How maaarvelos daawling. We also ordered the flank steak which was tender and nicely seasoned. Our waiter was normal, sincere, and knew how to do his job, we need nothing more. We have already recommended this place to others and they came away with good reports as well. If they can stay consistent here they might have a commercial drive success on their hands. We will definitely be back!

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
See, be seen, drink up and get out. Been there a dozen times, this time was the last...
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

Joe Fortes is supposed to be a Vancouver institution of sorts. One word describes my visits over the years and that is inconsistent. I've had excellent service, good (never great) food, and terrible service, lousy food and everything in between over the years. My last experience convinced me finally that there are far more worthy places to spend my money than Joe's. My BFF took me out for a birthday lunch, late Friday afternoon. We were on the deck at a round table beside the bar. We ordered lunch with one server, drinks with another and then served by a busboy. We had calamari, fish cakes, and my GF had a caesar with salmon. The food was mediocre but nothing I'd complain about, just mediocre. After lunch my hubby joined us and we ordered a bottle of white wine in lieu of dessert. It was about 4 pm and getting busy with the after work crowd. The server came by 4 times in a span of 5 minutes just after opening our wine to ask us if we wanted anything else. The fourth time she asked, we thought she was joking, but she was not. She clearly wanted us to leave so she could get a new table sat. So, we obliged. We drank up quickly and we left. In the past I have spent anywhere from $100-$1000 in one visit at Joe's but that is the last time they will see a dime from me and I will tell all my visitors to skip it because no one should be treated like that in any decent establishment. To Joe's staff... You're not all that, get a reality check.

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar602 W Broadway, Vancouver
Not bad, actually...
Submitted Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

I take clients out to lunch often and Cactus Club is usually a safe bet (it's like a super duper high class McDonalds). This time we tried the Rogue instead and it was quite ok. Good things first, the staff appear to be well trained. I was cheerfully greeted and sat at the table of my choice without any attitude. Service was prompt, courteous and not over the top coquettish. No stiletto heels, yeah, a waitress with common sense! Drinks were reasonablly priced. A decent glass of wine for $5, even better for a little more. Nice selection of beer. Appies were good, sushi bombs were a little kitschy but tasty nonetheless. Lobster Mac n Cheese, sounds better than it is. The combo of lobster, pasta, cheese is just too rich, I really should've known better than to have that at lunch time. Excellent espresso. The only bad thing is that it seems like the same designer went around town dispensing this formulaic look to these places. Rogue, Browns, Earls, Cactus, Keg...they all look the same although some places dim their lights more than others. Also, I found this location to be very loud, not ideal especially for a business lunch. Still, it was not too bad, so I'll be back for more.

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Cove Fine Foods437 North Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
Money to burn...
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:58pm [Take-out]

This place is what happens when people who have a fantasy about owning a restaurant and enough money to burn go to town. We walked by last week to find the restaurant in the throes of a "makeover" with a new name, new concept and new furnishings. This after only being open a few months. We had been there when they first opened and not gone away with positive impressions, yet we live walking distance and we LOVE to EAT... So several times sauntered over to give the place another go... But each time there was another note on the door explaining this that and the other thing going on with the owner and changes in hours of operations and days they were closing. Their only regular patron appears to be the crazy shopping cart guy planted in front on any sunny day. Yikes. Please, someone take this place over who actually needs to make some money instead of just spending it. All the redecorating in the world doesn't make a hospitable, warm, welcoming establishment. The owner needs to check her ego at the door and realize this is a service business and you need to give warm, sincere, service to every patron, not just the ones you know. But it is still our duty as neighbourhood foodies to give it a try and report back objectively on the new menu and food....so stay tuned, that is still to come.

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Osaka Sushi4355 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
Under New Management... MUCH IMPROVED :-)
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2012 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

We originally headed to our 1st choice in the neighbourhood, Genji, only to find them closed so ended up here, and lucky thing. The new owner is clearly very motivated to change things for the better. It was busy for a Sunday night and the place was fuller than I've seen it before. We were worried when we saw how busy it was because the last time we'd been here we ended up leaving because we couldn't get any service at all when it was the previous owners.

This time, everything went tickety boo. We ordered dinner boxes A & B, Maki Combo, Cali-rolls, Sunomono, Gomae, saki and beer. Everything was served in a timely manner and our waitress was pleasant, efficient and aniticipated our needs for tea refills, condiments and drinks. The fish was excellent quality and presentation of the dinner boxes was especially appetizing. The California rolls aren't very large but tasted fine.

Dinner for 4 came to $75 + we left 25% tip. We have been tiring of Genji a little lately and it irks me that they charge $1.00 for a tiny dish of spicy sauce there, so I'm very happy Osaka is now up to snuff. Not only that, we all agreed after this last meal at Osaka that this will now be 1st choice over Genji for neighbourhood sushi. Hopefully the new owners can keep up the good start.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Sad to say goodbye after so many visits :-(
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

We have been to this place maybe 40+ times over several years The last 6 visits as "Biercraft" and prior to that Stella's. It was our "go to" place on the drive for a good beer and a delicious plate of mussels. Unfortunately, the staff has been completely changed over, and sadly, not for better. Last Friday we popped in for a quick beer and some mussels and the server was completely condescending to us. We asked how the mussels were that day because in the past the bartenders and servers could always be relied on to give an honest appraisal of the size of specimens coming out of the kitchen, as we know mussels are varietal in size and that is no fault of the cooks. This server looked at us like we had three heads each and said, "Well, they are fantastic, we are known for our mussels." She was both flip, arrogant, and condescending... quite a feat to convey all three attibutes in a single sentence. So, we took her at her word and ordered a pound of mussels of "drunken" mussels with bread for dunking. The mussels we got were, 1. Not hot, 2. Soaked in a disgusting lime flavoured watery liquid with tons of RAW garlic thrown in, and 3. At least 4 of the mussels were dead prior to cooking, 1 of the mussels was so completely off that I gagged and spit it out as soon as it entered my mouth. Since we were short on time and could not see the waitress having even the slightest couth in dealing with our complaints, we just paid and left. Honestly, we wouldn't have complained to this server because her hostile attitude made us feel that she might actually so something disgusting to our food or drink if we did. Goodbye Biercraft... one bad server managed to kill off our business after years of visits. Hello Portugese club across the street, ambience isn't super... but we've never had a nasty server there.

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Giuseppe's Bread and Deli, Da Vito3596 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
One of my favorite "joints".
Submitted Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:21am [Dine in]

So, it's really just a deli with a few tables in front of the cash register. No liquor license. But this place has character. Not on the walls or the furnishings, but from the inside out. We love the owners wife (daughter?) She's a breath of fresh air, some days decked out in an outfit that will be sure to make you smile. She treats everyone with the same cheer, not just the "special" customers. My favorite is spaghetti vongole. A proper plate of pasta just like Mrs. Dippolito served up way back when when I lived next door to the nicest family from Napoli. Oh, I digress. Funny thing is you have to walk thru the kitchen to get to the washroom and you see them working hard in the kitchen, all having a good time. Get there early if you want a table at lunchtime. Be careful if you're sitting next to the shelves, last time I saw a guy knock a bottle down. The free cookies are a nice touch. Don't go expecting fancy anything... It is what it is and it's quite a treat as far as I'm concerned.

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Cove Sushi449 North Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
Only good for take out...
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

The sushi is decent and dinner boxes are good. Noodles in soup aren't good at all. Take out is fine but out of the many (20?) times we've tried to dine in, it's usually a lesson in frustration. The female servers are particularly clueless. You can wait forever for your food and they just avoid looking at you the whole time. Last time I was there my son got his food after 35 minute wait and after he finished eating, I waited another 10 min for my food. Awkward. Other times they've forgotten parts of our order, substituted items in bento boxes without telling you and just generally have no clue how to give decent service, yet they always expect a tip. Like I said, take out and stay out.

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Cordon Bleu Cafe & Catering250 East 1st, North Vancouver
Decent food but everything else mediocre
Submitted Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 10:28am [Dine in]

My sweetie picked this place for his BD dinner on Friday night and we called for a reso but they said just to come on down. We arrived around 8 pm and it was pretty busy, a good sign. We ordered melon and proscuitto, sea bass and venison with a nice bottle of Pinot noir. The service was minimal. We asked for water and never got any, the mains were brought to our tiny table before the appy plates were cleared, and there was no pouring of wine or water. My hubby loved his venison and the accompanying strawberry vegetables that came with it. My sea bass was perfectly cooked but the frites were soggy and the bell peppers were tasteless and overcooked. We found both mains to be poorly presented on very small cheap plates. The desserts looked good but we had to pass because we had birthday cake at home. They have a lot of older customers due to the old school nature of the decor and food. I found the room to be very hot, stuffy and uncomfortable even though it was a cool evening outside.

We might go back when our parents visit, we think they will like being able to order escargot and other old standbys that were popular in the 70's.

This won't be one of my favorites but not a write off by any means.

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Wild Rice117 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Fusion.... of Blah and Bling
Submitted Monday, July 5, 2010 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

This place is nicely decked out, an oasis of interior bling in a neighbourhood where posh is an anomaly and panhandlers await your entry and exit from the restaurant. It's a place that we've always wanted to try.

We reserved a table and were greeted at the door by a cold unsmiling hostess who actually stared down her nose at us. It is a pet peeve of mine when people who work in restaurants clearly display that they have better things to do than be bothered actually serving people. It'd be like a dentist playing solitaire on his laptop while drilling your teeth in between cards. This hostess was actually on her laptop at the bar with her back turned to the room designing some kind of web project while she was working.

Thank goodness for the server, who redeemed the evening with a bit of grace. She was fully awake and knew what she was doing. We ordered Hot & Sour soup, Peking duck wraps, Kung Pao chicken & Short ribs.

If fusion means that non-Chinese cooks are making Chinese food that they know nothing about, then Wild Rice has got that down. The Hot & Sour soup was not hot, just a little sour but it did not have tapioca starch in it to give it body, nor any seafood. It had some shitake and julienne vegetables in it and it was not disgusting, that's the best I can say. The Kung Pao chicken is supposedly the most popular dish. If that's really true, that is sad. The noodles are gluey and clumped together in a soggy mess. You have to hunt for the chicken. It cannot be considered even slightly spicy unless chicken mcnuggets are what you're used to eating. With 2 of us we were resorted to a "no you have it, I already had 2 pieces" negotiation on the chicken in that dish. Share with more people? I think not. The short ribs were tender and tasty and accompanied by the star of the evening, taro frites. Although the soup arrived first, our other "dim sum" dish came last, the Peking duck wraps. The presentation was the defining factor for this dish. They looked poopy brown, soggy and unappetizing and they were not hot. Chinese duck is one of my favourite dishes in the world. Whoever made this dish and calls it fusion should know what they're trying to fuse. If it's blech with blah, they've nailed it. We did send this back and they were gracious enough to remove it from the bill. We noticed there weren't any Asians at this restaurant in an area heavily populated with Chinese, and now we understand why. Chinese people are too smart to pay these kind of prices for bad food just because it's served in a designer setting. Come here to look good and be seen, not for the food or value...

We noticed there are an unusual number of positive reviews on this restaurant and they all seem like they were written by the same person, one liners with no details... hmmm, interesting is all I can say.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
Disappointed yet again...
Submitted Monday, June 14, 2010 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

We live in the Cove and have been coming to Arms Reach for about 4 years on and off. We used to like sitting on the big leather couch in the corner and having a bottle of wine and appetizers and/or a light dinner. We usually spent about $100 and stay maybe a little over an hour.

A couple of months ago we went in around 5:30 and asked if we could sit at our usual spot. Just then the chef went and sat on the couch with a sales rep for a chat. The restaurant was completely empty but instead of asking the chef to have his chat at a table the hostess told us we couldn't sit there. Wow, employees take precedence over paying customers. On top of that this was about the 50th time we'd been in and the hostess treated us as though we were dirt under her shoe. We left and spent our $100 at the Raven that night.

Last night we went in again and discovered that the couch had been altogether removed and replaced with a 4 top. Ok, I guess that's a business decision and fair enough. We sat at the bar and had a drink and while we were there we watched 3 servers doing their cash out at the bar. We felt uncomfortable and like we were sitting in the staff room. We left after 1 drink and on the way home we decided we will probably never return. Since we only went there about once a month that's only $1200 revenue they're losing, I'm sure that won't hurt them and we won't miss it now that theirs no couch to schnoodle on.

Goodbye Arm's Reach, you won't see us again but we know you won't really care.

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Carmelo's1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
If you can't get into il Giardino's....
Submitted Monday, June 14, 2010 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

We really enjoyed our dinner here. Called same night and got a reso for 7:30 on a Fri night. We were warmly greeted at the door, the place was completely full. The service was professional and charming. The waiter rhymed off a list of specials that sounded so good we ordered one of each. We ordered buffalo caprese appetizer, minestrone, pistachio crusted halibut and roast lamb. Washed it all down with a nice crisp pinot grigio. Everything was expertly prepared, well-timed, nicely presented and tasty. My sweetie said my minestrone is better than, though...sorry guys, must be the extra love.

We recognized a few ex il giardino staff working here and that's a good thing because they brought along their italian restaurant smarts with them but not the prices.

Oh, and it turns out I know the owner from a ages ago. Cool. We'll be back, Peter, you can bet on it!

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Moustache Cafe129 W. 2nd, North Vancouver
Help! Restaurant looking for an identity...
Submitted Monday, June 14, 2010 - 9:35pm [Dine in]

We have pleasant memories of a couple of nice meals at their old location on Marine Drive so when we heard they had moved closer to where we live we naturally wanted to try it.

We walked in without a reso around 8 pm on a Friday night and the restaurant was less than half full. It's a very chic room and they obviously spared no expense designing a fab open kitchen and choosing very vogue colours, fixtures and furnishings.

Unfortunately that's where the accolades end. We didn't see any connection between this new Moustache Cafe and the old one in the charming yellow house. Therefore, although fully intending to have dinner we decided to start with appetizers and drinks first. There were about 8 appies to choose from, I chose carpaccio and my sweetie ordered gravlax. The waiter returned to say they were out of carpaccio. It was hard pressed to find anything else that appealed to me but I went with the cold duck appetizer.

The gravlax was so salty and dry (over cured) my hubby couldn't eat it. I can't recall the last time he ever sent a dish back, but he did this time. My duck appetizer had a fatty, stale taste and completely unimaginative. The only reason I ate it was because it was only 2 bites big and it took me 2 bites to believe that I wasn't tasting anything at all. The only redeeming part is that the chef came over and talked to us about the gravlax and agreed that it was over cured. Anyway, we ended up leaving and going around the corner to Fishworks for oysters, vodka martinis and a plate of pasta.

Moustache Cafe is like a good looking guy who turns your head when he walks by but makes you cringe when he opens his mouth. We probably won't go back for dinner but might try them for lunch.

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Red Pagoda1408 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Good Decent Pho
Submitted Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

My sweetie and I went for Sunday lunch on the drive and gave this place a try.

I had Beef Pho and he had Curry Chicken. The soup broth was nicely seasoned, but I prefer my beef served raw on the side (they put it right in). I will ask for it that way next time. The curry sauce for the chicken was very thin but we aren't sure if that is the traditional way it is supposed to be in Vietnamese curry. Anyway, it was nicely seasoned. We also shared a salad roll and the best thing about that was the dipping sauce, the roll itself was nothing special.

The service was really very good, the waitress was both pleasant and efficient.

As an added bonus we got 20% off the bill (Sunday special??) We were astounded that we could have lunch for under $17 for two.

We'll go back for sure, and bring the kids next time!

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Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
The Oysters Did It To Us!
Submitted Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

My sweetie and I are oyster lovers. They're supposed to do good things for your-ahem-"mood" Well, after two dozen oysters each on our very first visit to this welcome addition to the lower lonsdale eatery choices... we were in a fabulous mood.

The server, if he isn't related to the owner, should become an honorary family member. A well spoken, fully awake, professionally mannered young man who gave us just the right amount of service without calling us "guys" even once. In fact, even the server who wasn't serving our table kept an eye on the table and it was just professional service with no ego, no swagger, and no pushiness.

After the oysters we had a rest, my man had the sablefish and I had a hankering for fish n chips. Everything tasted delicious, even the coleslaw. To drink we had martini's, a bottle of Prosecco, followed by a delicious Gewurtz,finished off with a taxi.

When we were leaving, both the servers thanked us for our business and told us we were a pleasure to serve (we are). This is the kind of customer appreciation that brings people back. Dinner was $250 including tip, not including the taxi home.

Yes, we overdid it abit, but I have to have a good reason to go to yoga 5 times a week, don't I?

One word of advice to the owner... make your sign more prominent, it's almost invisible, we were looking for it and passed it 3 times until we saw it.

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Food Loft1836 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The Worst Fast Chinese Food I've Ever Had...
Submitted Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

Ok, so I was hungrier than a football team and wanted to grab some quick Chinese, fast and filling.

I walk in to see a guy in the corner doing something on a computer. I'm clearly interrupting him, first of all. The food looks decent enough and at 5.99 for a 2 item special, if it's not wonderful, I'll forgive'em, as long as I get fed!

I pick the curry noodles with some breaded deep fried fish and chicken & zucchini in black bean sauce. With tea it comes to about $7.89 or something like that.

The place is cold and empty. I sit as far away from the guy on the computer as possible, not wanting to bother him anymore than I already have by making him get up and dish up the food.

I tuck in, not expecting anything except a hot lunch and a quick fill. The food was all luke warm. I looked around for a microwave (nada) and at the guy on the computer (immersed in something far more interesting than customers) and decided it wasn't worth the effort. Anyway, the noodles were chewy and stale, the fish was doughy and tasteless and the chicken & zucchini was edible but he had given me very little of that (most of the plate was filled with the gross noodles). I ate only the chicken and left 1/2 a plate of food behind. The tea was served in a paper Pepsi cup and it burned my hand to pick it up and drink it, so I had to leave that too.

Ok, so it's cheap, but if it's horrible, that's not value, is it?

This was a meal that made me wish I had Bulemia.

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Nautical Nellies1001 Wharf St, Victoria
A different Christmas Dinner
Submitted Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

We checked into the Empress and made a reso here for a somewhat unconventional Christmas dinner. The hostess was genuinely pleasant and personable, seated us straight away and set a good tone for the whole evening.

Our server approached passed our table numerous times before finally coming to take a drink order. Unfortunately the personable hostess had not given lessons to the waiter. We ordered vodka martinis and oysters to start with. When we asked him what oysters he had available he said, "oh, I haven't had a chance to look at the board yet." Not in an apologetic way, but in a snippy, "how annoying that you should ask me just what I don't know" way. After our oysters and martini's, I was ready for another one and he again passed our table empty handed numerous times without either stopping to clear our glasses/dishes, nor offering to replenish our drinks. By this time we had figured things out and being in a wonderful mood from our afternoon of various delights we just flagged down the very pleasant hostess and ordered our drinks from her. She also cleared our glasses and plates. The waiter then took our order for mains. I ordered a whole lobster and my sweetie the "cowboy lollipop". I asked if there was any way they could pre crack my lobster in the kitchen and the waiter just said, "No, they won't do that". My hubby made a little joke about sweet talking the chef into it and the waiter, again, in flip, snotty way said, "On a night like this no sweet talking will make them do that." When faced with a snotty, snide, incompetent waiter like this... we can only do what we do best, ignore him and have a good time anyway. The mains took awhile to arrive but we weren't in a hurry and when the food came it was absolutely worth the wait. My lobster was perfect, sweet and moist. The Rib-eye was perfectly aged and grilled medium rare as ordered. The veggies were crisp and well presented. The food made up for the very annoying waiter and we loved every bite.

Funny thing is when we had finished our mains I told my hubby, "watch now, the waiters going to turn saccharine sweet just before presenting the bill". Having worked in service for number of years you know when you've given bad service and you tend to try and make up for it at the end if you get the chance.

When presenting the bill, our waiter poured on a syrupy voice saying, "Thank you so very much for sharing your Christmas evening with us". Well, no amount of sweet talking could get more than a 10% tip from us, although we did had both very lovely hostesses a ten spot each for doing basically all the work for their snippy co-worker.

We will go back to Nautical Nellies but if we get the same waiter we'll move to another section... problem solved.

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On Lok Restaurant2010 E Hastings, Vancouver
You have to understand this place to love it....
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 1:15am [Dine in]

The On Lok has stuck with me through 3 relationships, 5 jobs and 2 kids grown from babies to teens. They are still there and they are still the same. The give out the same calendars every year and their decorations will soon become artifacts.

For those people who are expecting great service, perfect English, spotless bathrooms and tea that gets poured perfectly every time, look elsewhere, i.e. elsewhere that charges more and is trying to impress you. On Lok doesn't try to impress anyone... they're just there to feed you... for less than what it would cost you to cook the same dish at home. This is fast, rather greasy Chinese and if you don't like fast, rather greasy Chinese, then just don't go there.

If you are expecting anything in the lines of service... again, go somewhere else. This is a place that will put the bill on your table before you get your food sometimes. If that disturbs you then don't go there. This is how they keep the tables turning and feed people for $5-$8, sometimes with leftovers to pack away.

Still, after everything I've said about the general lack of service... oddly, I get great service when I go there. The waitresses are nearly always in good spirits with genuine smiles and they are awake, working hard and have way too many tables. We go there about once a month and they know us and treat us with genuine kindness and quirky little personalities, giving my boys free pop, jello and lollipops. Sometimes I think the servers actually recognize the people who are going to be the ones who are demanding 5 star service in a no star establishment and they purposely give them bad service so they won't have a reason to return. So, if you are one of those people who can't seem to order a diet coke at the On Lok if your life depended on it... they are not that thick, they might not want you to come back... just a thought.

So, the food... our favourites: BBQ duck & Wonton noodle soup, all the congees are decent, most hot pots are good, Steamed chicken with ginger & green onion sauce (cold), Sweet & Sour Pork. The BBQ pork is sometimes excellent, sometimes too fatty.

Don't use the washrooms here unless you really have to. But then again my Mom used to tell us that about every Chinese restaurant we ever ate in.

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Certain things are excellent...
Submitted Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 12:32am [Dine in]

We've been to Burgoo half a dozen times in a couple of years and have had mixed experiences... but there's enough good to keep us going back.

After sampling a variety of dishes we've got a handle on what to order and what to skip. The soups and salads we've tried have all been good. We've found the stews to be below standard, the tagine to be almost inedible and the curries to be way underspiced for our taste, although some people might like them that way. The cheese fondue is a not what I'm used to (but I have a long history with Swiss fondues) and once was enough for me, but my honey thought it was fine.

The last 3 times we've been there we just skipped the mains and ordered up the appetizer platters (Mediterranean, Italian and there's one other one, I think French?). These are an excellent value @ 10 bucks. With baguette and a bottle of wine it's a rustic, sociable meal... we like this and we'll keep going back as long as they have these on the menu.

We like the casual, comfy atmosphere here... tables are a decent size and there's no Shi Shi factor to contend with. This is an affordable Lower Lonsdale eatery that we quite like and will return to.

The Mojitos rock as well and only once have we had poor service at this location.

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