The food was pretty decent, but I didn't really feel I got my money's worth. It's cozy and cute, but the music really annoyed me after about 10 minutes. I thought they had a fantastic range of baked goods, but I think it's really just known for its breads. I wouldn't go for a meal really... I wouldn't really go for coffee either, but it's a convenient location and a nice place to escape the rain when you forget your umbrella.
I rarely ever visit West Vancouver, but I was on a trip to Sunshine Coast via the BC Ferry. Made a quick stop at the Park Royal Shopping Centre to pick up some food and drinks and somehow found this place named Santa Fe Pizza who specialized in stone oven non-conventional pizza.
My girlfriend and I were craving pizza and we didn't think it would end up being great but we were pleasantly surprised! A huge variety of pizza were on display for selection and they will toaster it in the stone-oven so it will taste fresh. The taste is really unique and it's really yummy. On top of that, the staff were extremely friendly and had great patience as we were making our selections. I ended up ordering more and the manager even gave us an extra piece on the house!
It was honestly a nice little surprise to jump start our weekend getaway. If I were ever around Park Royal, I would definitely go back! Top notch fast-food pizza!!!
Although it has a couple of tables for lunchtime snacks this slightly hidden counter near the south side superstore is a great takeaway pizza.
A wide range of pizza made fresh in front of you, excellent ingredients and a proper pizza oven not a giant toaster machine.
Also slightly cheaper than the usual chains and does your local McPizza remember that you don't like one ingredient on your favorite pizza and leaves it off without asking.
If you are watching the cents they also sell the freshly made pizza to cook at home (no tax!)
Came here for brunch with a couple friends. Service was friendly and had my coffee refilled before my cup was empty. But we came late, and there were only a few other tables occupied when we arrived, so I can't comment on how quick/attentive the service is when they're busy.
I had the Beecher's benny, which was 2 eggs, backbacon, lemony hollandaise and came with hash browns. My friends had the spring omelette (assorted vegies and toast) and Cindy's breakfast (fruit, scrambled egg whites, spinach and toast). We all enjoyed our food and it seems like it's good quality too(the fruit was a mix of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, not your usual crappy fruit bowl, and the toast is whole grain).
However, while my benny was pretty good, I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever had. The lemony hollandaise was nice, though I wish there was a bit more sauce, especially since the eggs were poached a little long (yolks were pretty solid). The hash browns had green onions over top, but otherwise seemed pretty standard to me.
The portion sizes are decent, but I was hungry and have a good appetite, so I wish I had a little more food. That said, I think most would by happy with the portions (and some other reviewers thought they were big).
The only thing is it was $18 for the benny ($15) and a coffee ($2.75), so I paid over $20 (incl. tax and tip), which seems like a lot to me for brunch. There are cheaper options; I think the brunch items ranged from ~$10-15. But I often get the same meal at a local chain, with more food, and pay $13-14 altogether. I think I'd prefer not to go back because of the price, but would deal if friends really wanted to go back.
I love the decoration with old pictures and old pieces of furniture although the place can be quite chaotic for the limited space. I have tried soups, breads, bakings and, of course, pies. Most of them are really good (especially breads), but pies. I tried different kinds, apple pie, blueberry and pumpkin pie... and found all pies were too sweet. The sweetness kills the flavors of the fruits. Another negative aspect of this place is their cashiers; they are not good at numbers. I have got wrong changes more than once. Just be careful.
I was in Horseshoe Bay, waiting for my bus, when I got hungry. I have always wanted to try Arigato and they were open for lunch. I got a seat by the window, was greeted by the owner who was friendly. I did find the prices a bit on the high side, but the food had tons of flavour and very fresh. I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki Bento box with Sashimi, california roll, salad and assortment of tempera. I was quite surprised the Tempera was crisp and tasted great, which is rare for me to like it. I loved the Tuna and Salmon Sashimi, fresh, cold with great flavour. The remaining meal, the Chicken Teriyaki and salad was delicious, and loved each bite. It definately hit the spot and was surprised how good the food was prepared.
I will be back, and nice place to enjoy a meal while watching the ferries come and go.
Went to the Red Burrito on Saturday and I was really happy with my experience.
I got a huge fresh burrito for 6-ish dollars. Toppings were delicious and fresh, guacamole was very tasty but they charge extra for it :(
Spicy beef was perfect, comes with rice, beans, tomatoes, onions, lettuce sauce, sour cream.
Service was mediocre, could not hear what they were saying. Everytime they asked what I wanted, it was in a whisper which is pretty frustrating. But it is basically a fast food joint so I wouldnt expect a whole lot more.
Value is pretty good, cheese and guacamole is extra, ($1 and $1.25 respectively).
Ambiance is basic, but the place is clean and nice.
Would recommend it for a quick tasty meal!
I have been in this restaurant twice. It haven't appered to me the first time that the service is so poor. The food was solid, nothing special. However,the second time we dined here, our server was borderline incompetent. Our bottle of wine was splashed on the table along with water which was never cleaned for the entire dinner. Thankfully, the server didn't consider pouring wine or beer into glasses as his obligation, so we were able to avoid any more spills the remainder of the evening. When a member of the table waived to the server, he finally came to give us the bill. That was all service we got.We loved the view it is beautiful. I might not come back there ever.
Great little Swiss breakfast spot in picturesque Dundarave in West Van. Hard to beat the Swiss rosti with eggs up and the coffee. Eggs benedict also on the menu, but no one who has lived in Switzerland is likely to pass on the rosti. Service is friendly and efficient. Arrive early though; breakfast stops at 1100am on weekdays and 1200 on weekends. Basic but popular spot with locals and Swiss rosti lovers.
Waiter was aloof and unfriendly. Food took a long time. When it finally arrived it was nothing great and had been sitting at the pass too long and was not hot. Lobster thermadore had only a couple small pieces of lobster throughout. Will not go back. We were very disappointed because we brought my parents there from out of town hoping for a great night out, but were met with unpleasant service and disappointing food, all for a $230 bill!! The service can really make or break an experience at a restaurant. Sometimes the food can make up for that, but this time it wasn't up to par either.
We have eaten here for lunch, dinner, delivery and Valentine's Day. Each of the four dining experiences have been absolutely excellent. Our first meal was dinner which consisted of lemon chicken and stir fried veggies. We ordered the same for delivery and it arrived warm and delicious and the leftovers were still great the next day. When we went for lunch we ordered sweet and sour soup, cream of corn soup, beef and broccoli with black bean sauce, honey garlic pork and rice. Our Valentine's Day menu consisted of won ton soup, sole with green beans, seafood fried rice, lemon chicken and dessert. The ambience is warm and friendly and the service is superb! This restaurant is a fantastic addition to West Vancouver and we highly recommend it on every level.
We called ahead tonight and picked up two bento boxes suitable for Olympic TV viewing (truth be told, I did the same thing last night when all family members but me were off to the opening ceremonies). We are regulars at Dundarave Sushi. It's not about the ambiance or the table service, it is about the efficiency, quality, and the value. This is a great neighbourhood place.
This place is often busy - and for good reason! Their food is amazing. Slightly pricey, but well worth it. Their pies are hands-down the best I have ever tasted. They have delicious sandwiches as well - my favourites are the grilled chicken basil ($12) and the veggie ($10). Sinfully good!
Like other reviewers have mentioned, the cafe is small and because it is so popular, it can be hard to find a table. Service can sometimes be slow, but trust me - it is worth the wait.
If you are looking for a departure from the standard chinese fare you must try Ginger and Soy.
Each dish was uniquely flavourful and the dinner portions were a decent size.
If you try nothing else, the seafood hot and sour soup is a must.
The wine prices are extremely affordable which adds to the appeal of any meal.
Atmosphere was comfortable and welcoming. Service was great.
We would recommend this restaurant to anybody and everybody.
We plan on becoming regular fixtures at Ginger and Soy.
You should really check it out...
(Corrected report). Trolls has a great family atmosphere, but not much else to commend it. The quality of the fish and chips is very poor for what is supposed to be a fish and chip restaurant. Fish is small with hard and dark batter, Chips are soggy and mainly little bits. Why can't they buy better quality potatoes?
Other food on the menu is awful. Chicken stir fry - lots of broccoli but no sign of any chicken and it was badly cooked anyway.
Service is a "don't care" attitude.
This place should have so much going for it, but seems to have sat back on its past reputation. It now is fast gaining a bad reputation. Food is bad, service is bad, decor is old fashioned and worn out. If you want good fish and chips in Horseshoe Bay, Ya Yas delivers much better quality and value.
Having been regular attenders at this restaurant in Horseshoe Bay, we now go only rarely. Prices are now beyond the level of quality or value. Have recently eaten at fine dining restaurants in Whistler and Vancouver where the main courses cost less than here. Their flight of wines is good and Sunday brunch is OK, but quality is very variable (can't cook eggs!)
There are so few waterfront restaurants in Vancouver that it is such a shame that the quality of the food does not match the prices they are charging. Lower prices and up the quality and we will come back.
This is French food done in a country style. Outstanding choice from blackboard menus. I have eaten here many times and never yet been disappointed. The Chef has twice (in France) been awarded a Michelin Star.
Welcome is very warm, friendly and personal. We went again on New Year's Eve. It was packed but still the food was delivered promptly and was as fantastic as always. (One group - not ours, even pre-ordered and received suckling pig!). Always full and warm and cosy.
Nothing is too much trouble. Hostess (wife of chef and co-owner) Brigitte is a delight.
The restaurant is situated in a nice part of West Van, along Marine Drive. Parking is ample and convenient. Restaurant is clean and orderly. It's a nice little restaurant with a warm atmosphere, but where is the live jazz that other people have mentioned in dinehere. It would be nice to see more live jazz ... each time I visited Rose Thai, I was hoping I would catch some live music, but each time, I'm disappointed because there was no music.
It's a good thing when we can bring different cultures together where live music can help to bridge the gap between the east & the west. Look forward to some live music soon! Keep it up - the restaurant has a lot of potential.
Ginger & Soy is a wonderful new Chinese restaurant that has opened in the old VIP's location at Marine Drive and 15th in West Vancouver.
G&S serves slightly up-scale Chinese dishes with an emphasis on quality and flavour. The lunch special portions could be a bit larger but the dinner portions are great. Since discovering G&S a couple of weeks ago, we have introduced many of our friends to it and everyone, including my picky neighbour, loves it.
The lunch specials are $9 to $12 and come with steamed rice and a soup - the seafood hot & sour is terrific. Most of the special dishes are $9 so it is about average for the area. So far, we've tried the Beef with Scallions $9 (my wife's favourite), the Honey Garlic Pork Loin $9, and the Spicy Kung Pao Prawns $13. Everything was delicious with high quality products handled with a light touch. No thick, heavy sauces here.
The dinner menu and Chef's Recommendations are $12 to $14 with a few seafood items a bit higher. Based on the owner's recommendation, I tried the Shanghai Rice Noodle Medallions $14 with julienned pork and cabbage. Very differnt from any Chinese dish I've ever had and fabulous! The dishes are slightly more expensive then your average Chinese restaurant but this is no average Chinese food.
Service is first-class and staff is very friendly and go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your meal. The decor is comtemporary and stylish. My wife also wants me to mention the cleaniness - she was very impressed.
I suggest that you try G&S for lunch or take-out and see if you like it. We love this place and hope you will too.
I was off work on Remembrance Day (November 11, 2009) so I went for a brisk walk in Ambleside Park. Afterwards I wandered onto Marine Drive and discovered Rose Thai Restaurant.
It was about 11:30 and happily enough the restaurant was open for business. I met the proprietor (Rosemary) and her lovely daughter Michelle. I ordered the green vegetarian curry dish for lunch and it came quickly. Michelle told me that the cook is a professional chef with a great deal of cooking experience in other Lower Mainland reataurants.Rosemary and Michelle were delightful to talk to.
The food was as good or better than any Thai food I have eaten in Vancouver and I have lived in Vancouver since 1975. And the menu prices at this restaurant are extremely reasonable.
The layout and decor of the restaurant is quite nice and overall it seemed to be extremely clean. The restaurant did get quite busy after 12:30 but mind you it was a major holiday and it didn't seem to affect the excellent service.
I noticed that Rose Thai Restaurant also had a fairly comprehensive dessert menu and an excellent tea selection. I had Green Tea ice cream and a pot of green tea to go with it.
I plan to go back again soon and I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to family and friends. My dining experience at Rose Thai Restaurant was incredible.
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