Moose's Down Under is an Australian pub and restaurant located on West Pender.
Apparently that is what they call food there. I went for a business lunch and it wasn't bad. The restaurant itself is in a basement but it looks like a rec-room bar and has the usual big screen TV's, dart boards, etc. The ambiance is very welcoming.
The whole restaurant does an Australian theme, and sure enough most of the staff and patrons sounded like they were from Down Under. I had a kangaroo burger and my companion had an Aussie meat pie. We had to decline the authentic beers as we had to be sober for work later... The food was pretty good, but the roo tasted like beef, so I could have saved the money and just had a regular burger. Service was excellent with no less than three quality checks.
It was a different experience, and way cheaper than flying halfway across the planet to have an Australian meal.
Went there for lunch yesterday to celebrate a birthday.
Have been to Moose's many times in the past two years and almost always in a large group. Groups of 10 people or so are not a problem here. Everyone is served in a timely manner not like some other downtown restaurants that have a difficult time with getting the food out in a reasonable amount of time.
Large groups are charged a 15% tip automatically so no fuss in figuring that out.
Can pre-order and that makes lunch less of a problem.
Food is consistently good, tasty and fairly priced. In some cases very reasonably priced. Service is good, staff are friendly and attentive. Have had veggie fajitas, veggie burger and beef dip. All are great. A good place for lunch for the downtown crowd.
A group of us went here for after work drinks on a Friday night. It's a little weird heading down to the basement, but we ventured on.
The service at this pub was awesome, they were very friendly and the service was prompt and very reliable. They billed us all separately, which is nice, I don't like when pubs bill everyone together, it gets messy.
We ordered a bunch of different appys and they were all yummy.
The only thing that I had a problem with was the lack of patio space for the summer.
We will be going back for sure!
Strolled in here on Friday to watch the World cup because it was close to my office. Ordered the house burger (I forgot the name) and was amazed at how good it was. I think they made it fresh, not the usual frozen crap they serve at the other bars and pubs near by. Server was very friendly and attentive. I liked the Aussie theme. Good pub food and fairly priced.
If there is one person in Vancouver who knows exactly what great service means, it's Corina of Moose's Down Under. A group of us have been going to their weekly trivia night for many months now, and I continue to be amazed at the level of service that is so consistently provided at this large and lovely pub.
The first time we went there, I was a little surprised that they asked for my name when I was ordering. However, this seemingly small gesture is what the beginning of amazing service looks like. All drinks and meals were associated with my name, and I was called by name throughout the night. It made me feel like a person, not just a table number. As I and my friends continued to dine here, the servers (and especially Corina herself) memorized our usual drinks as well as what we like to eat, and our food sensitivities. Now, when I walk in, I'm greeted with a "Hi, how's it going, would you like a cider?" before I even sit down. It's like walking into a group of friends, rather than a restaurant.
In addition, their menu is quite large, and provides a variety of excellent meals to choose from, especially for a pub. Though there is no specifc gluten-free menu, I have not had any trouble finding things to eat there. The servers and kitchen are all familiar with celiac and gluten-sensitivity, and I can always get an answer about whether something is "safe" for me or not. If not, there are absolutely no problems with modifying something to make it celiac-friendly. Corina and her staff go above and beyond to accommodate my dietary restrictions. They also go above and beyond for one of my friends who is a bit of a picky eater, heavily modifying menu items to suit her taste. And they don't do it grudgingly. They do it in the spirit of providing an excellent dining experience, and with a smile. Moreover, they do it at a price that's affordable.
The drink menu is also agreeably varied, though I know my boyfriend and one of my friends wish that the beer list was a bit larger. I'm a cider drinker myself, and have a few options to choose from, though I usually end up drinking Foundry. The man behind the bar also has a wicked shot list in his head and sometimes comes up with some awesome creations.
The location can be a bit tricky to find the first time, because the pub is below ground. As a result, it tends to be a little less busy on sunny days, and a little bit dark inside. However, I don't regret the lack of a patio or large windows one bit. The pub is large and comfortable, and well suited to big groups, as well as just a couple of friends.
You definitely don't get a generic cookie-cutter restaurant experience at Moose's. What you do get is personalized, world-class service, good drinks, delicious food and a fantastic experience. You make friends, you have an excellent time, you feel comfortable and you keep coming back. All the proprietors of the so-called high-end "chain" establishments need to go have a drink and a meal at Moose's and take notes. This is what service should look like. This is the experience that people are willing to pay for. Unfortunately for the dining public, places like Moose's are a rarity and often lost in a sea of restaurants offering overpriced meals and supercilious service. Corina and her staff have made a life-long customer of me and my friends, and with excellent reason. Keep up the great work!
I came here one Friday evening with some fellow co-workers. I had an Aussie burger; it was rather tasty and unique, as I've never had a cooked egg atop a hamburger patty before. I did pick off the beets, as I am not a fan of them. The drinks I had were huge, and I certainly received my money's worth. The servers were very friendly and attentive, and I adored their accents. My friend ordered a "Toblerone" drink, and the server even wrote her name on the drink, using chocolate syrup. We stayed there long after the restaurant closed, but they were gracious and accommodating, telling us to take our time. The only downside was the loud group of drunken people behind us who kept slamming the table, but I can't really fault the restaurant for that.