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WeLoveFoodNorth VancouverSince November 23, 200853 Reviews
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3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
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Dan's Kitchen1022 Deep Cove Road, North Vancouver
Ok Standby Chinese
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 1:32am [Dine in]

We order from Dan's because it's close, convenient and fast. We know we're going to get the food hot because they are only 3 minutes away. However, I know the place well and there are only certain things that I'll order. These items are definitely good: Singapore Noodles, Ginger beef, Lettuce wraps, Buddha's feast, Beef & Green Beans. They used to do a great deep friend tofu but now they've changed it and it's soggy and I hate it. The weekend delivery guy is a hoot and we love it when he comes because he used to look like Elvis and now he looks like Bon Jovi and I think he's been delivering for Dan's for about a gazillion years.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Not great but would go back...
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 1:11am [Dine in]

This is a cool place to dine. I like the atmosphere, the patio, the general feel of the place. I've been here about a half dozen times in a couple of years, usually @ lunch. I find the food to be inconsistent, ranging from excellent (big salads) to bad specials (halibut special that was dry as grandma's teat). The service is also hit and miss depending on who you get. And they have such a big staff it's not possible to pinpoint the good servers and request them. Last time we were there we got a server that treated us as though we were his long lost cousin Joe. I thought he was going to slap us on the back to thank us for tip but thank god it didn't come to that. He called us "guys" although I'm clearly not one and he was completely annoying. I will go back to Cardero's because I do like the place but I wish they would be more consistent with staff training and food quality. They have got the market cornered as far as location and ambience, though... and I know what to order now, so it's all good!

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Ocean Club, The100 Park Royal, #105, West Vancouver
Stuck up bartenders
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 12:48am [Dine in]

We had our Christmas party there and they did a great job with the food. The decore lends to a very shi-shi ambience and it was a very nice atmosphere in general for a holiday function. Unfortunately, there were a couple of bartenders who were completely full of themselves and for what reason, I am at a loss. It was a cash bar and there were alot of people waiting for drinks and they just couldn't keep up with the volume. We were a 30+ crowd for the most part and no one was being belligerent... except the bartenders. They were just getting snappy and seemed more intent on flirting with their fellow staff and chatting with each other than filling drink orders. I looked at these guys and could tell that not one of them had worked hard a day in their lives and they weren't about to start any time soon.

This Xms party was last year and I have never even considered returning to this place although I'm at Park Royal all the time and go to several of the restaurants there all the time.

Nice face, shame about the legs, kiddos.

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Carthage Cafe1851 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Will be back...
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 12:31am [Dine in]

We walked in without reservations and were accommodated quickly and hospitably in a nearly full restaurant without any "attitude".

We ordered mussels and were blown away as by the plump, juicy, delectably spiced specimens that arrived. The rest of the food was also delicious (lamb & chicken dishes) but by the time the mains arrived we were more immersed in each other and the atmosphere than the food. Aaaah, a truly romantic dinner, at last!

The server was attentive, was fully awake, brought what we needed and did not intrude on our privacy, which was perfect.

It was a little dark in there but all the better to play footsies under the table.

The menu is a little limited but it beat the eggs and bacon that was in our fridge that night!

we'll go back and if it's half as good as the first time, we'll go back again! I think it was very good value but then again my honey never lets me look at the bill... so I don't really know for sure.

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Crab Shop, The2455 Dollarton Highway, #121, North Vancouver
It's not perfect... but we like it
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

We live close by and that makes a difference to our feelings about this place because sometimes when people hear about places and come from a long way just to try it out they build it up to an impossible standard to measure up to.

The new location is clean, clean, clean! That matches well with selling fish & seafood. We never went there much when it was an actual shack, we didn't like the way it smelled.

For people who think this place is expensive... think again. When was the last time you bought halibut at a fish mongers? We eat a lot of fish so we think the prices are fair for what you get here.

The halibut and cod is good although sometimes I think they fry it too long in the deep fryer. I like the yam fries better than the french fries but I go there mainly for the fish and not the fries. In the summer we park our Westy out front, pop the top and have our lunch inside. There are tables out front in the good weather... very utilitarian and not too much ambiance as they are located in an industrial type business park.

The staff is always very pleasant... never been annoyed by anyone working there. Sometimes the fish n chips take a lot longer than expected to prepare but somehow because we know this and expect it... it doesn't bother us. Besides we're usually schnoodling in our Westy while we're waiting so the longer it takes, the more schnoodling time...

We are lucky to have the Crab Shop in our neighbourhood and we will continue to support it... but maybe if you've heard about this place and driving all the way out from Surrey just for a hit of fish n chips it might fall short of your expectations.

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Cactus Club Cafe855 Main Street, West Vancouver
Great looks, no heart or soul
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

This review is applicable to any Cactus Club in the lower mainland... I've been to about 6 of them and I will give them this... the chain is very consistent, but that's not necessarily a compliment.

Over the last several years I've been back to the various CC locations because when entertaining clients it's an easily recognizable meeting place and is "posh" enough to entertain clients and most locations are nicely accessible. Those are the positives.

One of my few non-business related visits to CC in West Vancouver I ordered fish tacos, touted as a Rob Feenie creation. Well, Rob Feenie has become more of a public relations addict than a chef but I still wanted to believe that there would be some magic in this dish. After all, fish & Mexican... 2 of my favourite things in life, how could it go wrong? Well, first, the dish was cold... but not supposed to be. The fish was dry and tasteless, oh... it's too painful to go on. It's one of those dishes that returns to haunt you in your mind for years and years everytime you think about ordering something similar in another restaurant. If I were a "Chef" and they put my name to this dish I would crawl under a rock for at least a month. Poor Rob, did he ever taste this dish? But he sure got paid for it, no doubt.

Onto other visits... I order the Rocket Salad usually because it's a salad and a safe bet. It's very big, very mediocre and very soul-less. Onto the service... I can't help but notice that all the waitresses look exactly the same and they all dress in exactly the same tight style of black clothing with slilettos which is oddly uncomfortable looking. They are all trained to be pleasant but many times they forget things and you just smile and repeat yourself whenever you need to. Nobody really seems to be there to work hard, they all look like they're looking to pick somebody up. If I was there with my date, I might be tempted to peak at the cheque to see if the waitress wrote a cute little note with her phone number on it (but I'm sure that's forbidden in the employee handbook).

Unfortunately, this chain is a sad indication of where our society is headed. This is upscale fast food chain where everybody looks good and doesn't know anything about truly good food & service. The decore is exceptional and it lulls the average customer to buy in that the food must be special too.

I feel like like a fraud everytime I go there because we make Hollandaise from scratch at home for our eggs benny and we drink wine from crystal goblets on a Wednesday night in our sweat pants if we feel like it.

I don't like these places because I think they cater to the tasteful but tasteless crowd, like people with gourmet kitchens who never cook. But Cactus club is probably here to stay and I will probably still go there whether I like it or not.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill900 Main Street, West Vancouver
Good First Impression...
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

My honey and I snuck away from the kids on Sunday and went out for lunch. We wanted to try someplace new and this place caught our eye. We were seated straight away and it was a good sign that the manager looked up from his paperwork and greeted us warmly as we entered. We had a bottle of Peony Gewurz, lettuce wraps, buddha's veggies & seven spice beef. Everything was A-ok but the beef was drowned in too much sauce. The buddha's feast tasty but a tiny portion. The service was attentive and not at all annoying. The waiter was well spoken and did not call us "Guys", not even once. Note to hostess: CFM boots are not appropriate in a dining room unless you're a guest.... then you can wear what you want. The decore is acceptably hip but the crazy huge picture of the Asian chickie staring at us made us gag just a little. I don't know how much we paid because my honey never lets me look at the bill when he pays. Gawd, I love that man. We'll go back and try other stuff. By the way, nowhere on the bottle of Gewurtz did it say the name Peony... but heck it was white, crisp, fruity and had just the right tang to compliment the food...so what does it matter?

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Raven Pub, The1052 Deep Cove Road, North Vancouver
Soggy Fish n Chips...
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I took my assistant out for lunch today and we both had the special fish n chips. What a disappointment. The fish was soggy and floppy, the chips were good and after checking first if there was coleslaw served with the meal BEFORE I ordered and was told yes... you guessed it, no coleslaw. Apparently they ran out. Nothing was offered in it's place (a few veggie sticks maybe?) It amazes me how something so simple could be so poorly executed. Fortunately, I'll go back because I've had good meals here (pizza, burgers, salad) and generally find the pub fare to be above average here. Also, living about 5 minutes away virtually guarantees them our business. But fish n chips... never again. Also, must mention that there are maybe 2 servers who work here who are actually awake and glad to be there for their shift. We have had everything from mediocre to absolutely appalling service here but we're comfortable enough that we just go to the bar and start ordering what we need from the bartender if the services sucks.

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Genji Japanese Restaurant3650 Mount Seymour Parkway, #153, North Vancouver
Glad they're in our neighbourhood...
Submitted Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

Out of the 3 sushi places in & near Deep Cove this is hands down the best. We have had lunch, dinner and take out from here and the seafood is always fresh. The dinner boxes, although a little pricier than other places are outstanding. The service is usually very pleasant, although sometimes the servers forget to refill tea and need to be flagged down. I am hooked on the sashimi salad which is what I have about 90% of the time I go there. The tatami rooms are cute and you can get some snuggles in with your honey if you ask for one of those! We've had some big family meals here and brought out of town guests here for dinner and we always had good solid food & service. This is my neighbourhood Japanese restaurant of choice and even compared to places out of the area it is excellent quality, but priced on the higher end for Japanese.

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Reef, The1018 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Drinking only please...
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 12:43am [Dine in]

I like the Reef on Main and we like the atmosphere @ the Commercial location as well. I used to live in the Caribbean for several years so the drink list is a big drawing card for me. Dark n Stormy's are hard to come by in Vancouver. But I've had several meals there now, each time trying something different, roti, curry, jerk chicken to name a few. Unfortunately, the food has gone from mediocre to sub standard to just plain yucky. What's that sauce they put on the jerk chicken? Not like any jerk sauce I've ever had, yikes! The roti's have frozen veggies inside and the curry tastes gluey and heartless. I will still go there for the drinks because I like the ambience and the music, but as for food I'll stick to yam fries and that's it. The service is very up and down depending on the server you get. We've had decent service there but last time we had a waitress that was clearly not in a good mood and didn't mind who knew it. She should get a job as a undertaker because those customers don't mind if you snarl at them.

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Tasty, Fast, Excellent Value
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

I have been there at least 6 times in the last couple of months, mostly dinner, but once for lunch. The service is very efficient and friendly enough (I'm not looking for a new best friend when I go out to eat, just good service with a smile). We've had the specialty rolls, dinner boxes, sashimi as well as many other menu items and everything is fresh, probably due to the high turnover of product. We ordered the huge 68 piece party tray to go (24 hours in advance gets you 10% discount) and it was ready when it was supposed to be and did not disappoint. I liked that it was in a cake box which is alot greener than those black plastic trays. The other day I took a colleague out for quick lunch and the bill was $11.75 for 2. The value is incredibly good and the quality of the seafood is excellent. That combined with servers who are actually awake and refill your tea without having to be waved over will keep me going back. This place is always busy, no wonder.

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Red Tom-Bo Japanese Restaurant449 N Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver
Go there all the time....
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

We have 3 sushi places in the Cove and if it wasn't for the fact that happens to be the one that is walking distance I probably would probably never go there. The quality of fish is not high and all the food is very mediocre. The husband runs the kitchen and he is always smiling and friendly. The wife runs the front and she is just short of being plain surly. We've been there about 50 times and she has never acknowledged that she recognizes us or appreciates our business. It would be good business decision for them to put the husband out front and her in the back. The best thing about this place are the sushi boats. They are a good value and the kids still get a kick out of the whole boat thing. Still, we really only go there because it's greener to walk to the Red Tombo than to drive to one of the other better places.

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District, The13 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
What's all the fuss about?
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 12:58am [Dine in]

We read all the great reviews about this place and got just a little excited about checking it out for ourselves being always ready to add another choice to our stable of decent eateries in NV. Our typical modus operandi is to go in for a drink & appies and if we like that then we stay for the whole meal. When we did this at Fiction 5 up the road when they first opened we left after appies and gave them less than a year to close the joint up. The District is not as black and white a call. We went early and there were 4 other tables there when we arrived. We were told to sit anywhere but the tables were so very small and tightly packed together that none of the available seats looked very inviting. We sat down at a seriously wobbly table and tried to look at the menus in the dim light with very tiny fonts. The specialty beer offerings are impressive for beer lovers but at $10 for a small bottle it is steep and we would expect to pay that price at a high end hotel downtown but not in lower Lonsdale. We ordered mussels "District" style and was given a choice of frites or bread. We chose frites but the frites were forgotten when the mussels came. Our server was pleasant at first but when the place started to fill up she forgot to quality check and we had to wave down another server to get the frites. The mussels were served in a tiny tight bowl that wobbled around on an underplate that didn't fit it. Very annoying, but they need small dishes to fit on the tiny tables. Mussels should be served in a wide brim bowl so you can dunk in the sauce... a simple detail that any chef would insist on. The mussels were fairly plump but not nearly as good as Stella's on the drive or even the ones at the Arm's Reach in Deep Cove. When we got our frites they were excellent. We paid our bill and went to Burgoo for dinner which we frequent often for their appetizer plates, salads and good mojitos. We decided we probably won't go back to the District for dinner because of the cramped seating conditions but we may go check out the brunch when the daylight will hold our claustrophobia at bay.

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