My husband & I recently stayed at a B&B on Bowen & dined at Tuscany for dinner. The ambience is quite groovy as it obviously used to be a private house. We were seated downstairs near the pizza oven. The food is exceptionally good. My husband had penne carbonara & it was delicious. Having had a few bad meals out recently, I appreciated the quality of the food. It's quite kitchy how they write the daily specials on a blackboard as well. The service was very good. All in all, a terrific meal. We'll be back for sure!
No complaints about this place. They have a nice outdoor seating area and it feels like you're at peace with the scenery which slightly resembles the village of Whistler. There is a nice pleasing atmosphere that makes you feel energetic and thrilled about being there. The food was fine; the service was adequate; the prices were a bit steep; the electricity was ecstatic.
This Earl's did not impress me at all. A crummy, congested restaurant that feels muggy even in the cooler months is not my cup of tea. It seems that if you are not up to the waitresses' standards - i.e. rich guy with a six-pack and lives on the top floor penthouse in downtown - then you don't exist in this restaurant. The servers always look flustered and seem annoyed when you order food; why else would we be there? The food is less than appealing as well!
My friends & I arrived at about 9:15pm for a late dinner. Super slow service from the start and all throughout dinner. from the time we sat down, it took them about 20 mins to get us our drink orders and another 15 to bring us the starter bread&butter, which was stale & leathery. We had the most inconsiderate & unpleasant server. He was in the middle of taking our food order when he decided to leave us to go serve the table next to us before returning to take the rest of our orders... WHO DOES THAT?!
Mediocre food that is too overpriced ... my friend ordered a rare westcoast tenderloin. It came out well-done...our server was no where to be seen so she sent it back with another server. 10 seconds later, our original server brings the over-cooked steak back & asks my friend to cut into the centre because it will be more rare there. WHO DOES THAT?! when a customer sends something back, there is a valid reason...fix it & send out the correct order...this guy gives it back to my friend and implied that she doesn't know what a rare steak looks like. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! I was so unhappy with my overall experience that I took the time and effort to make my awful experience known to the whole lower mainland so that they NEVER GO THERE... I have also written a complaint letter to management. My last words about Salmon House on the Hill: a "high-class" restaurant with low-class service and expensive food that belongs more in a pub...
i highly recommend this place, but i'm very wary of the lack of space and high cost of food. Brunch at the weekend is fantastic - when you can get in. If you manage to get a table away from the chaos ie away from the door or till, you can enjoy your food and relax.
Their staple/variety of pie is beyond excellent - taste wise. We bought a whole blueberry pie and 2 soft drinks. the bill came to a whopping $38.
Rose Thai brings a pleasant touch of Thai to the community of West Vancouver with it's good food, excellent service and a wonderful fine dining atmosphere. If you go there I am sure that you will enjoy the pleasant Thai decor and soft music that is played.
I frequently go to the restaurant, where I am greeted by "Rose" with her big smile, who has been always been happy, very friendly,providing great service and excellent food over the last two years that I have dined at the restaurant; either for business lunches in the afternoon or for an enjoyable dinner in the evening. The service is excellent as I have found my pot of tea or teacup never to run empty. On some special occasions while dining in the evening, have had the pleasure of listening to live music where very talented musicians perform - singing and playing soft enjoyable music that is something special and unique to find where one can eat and relax to the soft beat and swing of the music.
When talking to the owner she seems to have different themes and events planned each month or on those special occasion as she tries to connect with the people in the community who are interested in the arts of fine music and fine dining.
I visited Rose Thai on a number of occasions in the past two years, and I have enjoyed my visits there (everytime)! Let’s face it. All restaurants have their good days and bad, but overall, the owner of the restaurant really cares about the business and its patrons. The restaurant is celebrating their third anniversary this year. The owner has created a very nice décor for the restaurant … a warm, elegant and romantic restaurant. In my many years of dining out at Thai restaurants, the prices at Rose Thai are reasonable, lots of selection on the menu, and a very good wine bar. The food is prepared by a chef who has had over 20 years of Thai food preparation experience. The restaurant is also quite clean & tidy. They also have a nice patio outside … nice to sit out there when it’s not raining. It’s a nice place to hang out in West Van and it’s close by Ambleside, which is a short walk to the beach, the Art Gallery, Silk Purse and the Harmony Arts Festival. Not bad at all for a taste of Thai food, with a nice décor and live music too!
Located inside the west van aquatic center, you can enjoy coffee inside or outdoors. Spacious, bright, relaxing and when you're finished with your swimming, workout, skating to physio or massage therapy, this is the spot to enjoy a coffee.
The service is friendly and when I left my physio appt, I stopped in for a latte. I had a beautiful weather outside, enjoy the new water sculpture and drank my vanilla latte.
If in the area or planning a swim, beans around the world has a great location to enjoy any type of beverage.
Will be back.
I had to add this little bakery to Dinehere. Stayed on Bowen Island for 2 nights over the long weekend, and would recommend this place to anyone for breakfast.
If you are on the island for only one breakfast, you will want to try out Artisan Eats (by the people that own Tuscany) which is very good. If you are staying for 2 days, or just can't make it to Artisan Square, this place fits the bill.
I was staying just by the marina and wanted something to take back to the cottage for breakfast, and had seen this bakery while on a walk. It is just up the hill, in the main square, next to the movie rental shop.
Was going out to find a muffin or pastry of some sort for myself and wife.
While waiting to order a customer at the counter commented that that was the best breakfast sandwich ever. I had to try it.
Breakfast sandwich was amazing. Great, fresh, home made break. Bacon, egg, tomato, mayo, and cheese. Nothing fancy, just the product of good fresh ingredients going into a made to order (not prepackaged/assembly line) meal. It was on the pricy side though at $7, but well worth it.
I also got a cinnamon bun for my wife which was fresh, light, and very tasty. Excellent quality.
This is a place where locals and visitors alike sit outside, drink coffee, eat excellent food, and tell stories.
Excellent Restaurant on Bowen Island.
Make sure you make a reservation. While the Island is not exceedingly busy, the restaurant can be.
Food comes out fast and hot, and the quality is just excellent. Great wood fire pizza. Simple ingredients, but incredibly tasty.
The a pizza with potatoes and capicola, which was amazing. Next time I think i'll try the all meat pizza.
Also had a mixed pot of fresh scallops and clams. They were very well cooked and done in a chorizo and white wine sauce. Amazing.
Very highly recommended.
With all the negative reviews about Trolls I just had to throw in my bit. We ate there yesterday, Sept 7, 2009 and had a great meal. They told us right at the beginning that the kitchen was quite backed up and that our meal would take at least 30 minutes. I was not timing it as we were in no hurry but it took no where near 30 minutes. The oyster burgers were good and plentiful, the seafood salad was great, the service was very good and the prices fair and reasonable. You people need to give it another shot!!! I will be!
My wife and I were looking for a place to enjoy a morning and enjoy brunch in an area we seldom visit. West Vancouver. I looked up places and thought I would give Cindy's a try. I'm not gonna say anything bad about this cozy little cafe but leave some time for your order to process so that you will have time to enjoy the food. I had a Daryls breakfast, your average western breakfast, sausage, eggs, hash browns (large ones at that) and toast. My wife had the seniors breakfast which explains a smaller version of the Daryl breakfast. We enjoyed the experience but it was very slow to reach the table. Not a particular busy day for them either. Those breakfasts were reasonably priced, it was everything else on the menu that might be a little over someones breakfast budget. There were alot of condiments on the table, we didn't have to ask for anything, that was nice and the server was very nice as well. If you have other choices or can't decide where to go for breakfast, give Cindy's a try. You'll need to take a walk around the beach after a Daryl's breakfast, its big.
The view is spectacular, but the food is over-rated and too expensive for what you get. We had the Salmon and the beef tenderloin. The salmon was bland and very average and the tenderloin was nicely cooked but the sauce was too rich and 1 bean and one asparagus stock were simply not acceptable. For $30+ per dish you got at best 50% value. Ant low range steak house would be as good but you would get some vegies and pasta or potato. In short walk around the front to look at the view and then go to eat elsewhere.
Came to bowen island for the day and heard great things about this restaurant so gave it a try. Person taking the reservation over the phone was rude when I was undecided between patio or indoor for a minute. But in person, service was better than expected given the reviews. Server was great with recommendations and thorough with the specials. Also very helpful when helping us take a group photo.
Food overall was good, we had the Tuscany and the very meaty one (can't remember the name) and it came out very fresh and not overly oily. Portobello mushroom canelloni was also very tasty. Dessert was pretty solid, had the white chocolate cherry creme brulee and tiramisu, both very rich and creamy. Left pretty satisfied. Price was reasonable given what you get. Will come back but probably not for a while since there isn't much else to do on the island.
I had always been under the impression that the food served at The Beach House was top notch. After looking at the menu a few times when walking the seawall and noticing their prices I natural assumed the food quality would match the price point....shame on me!
My wife and I dined here for one romantic evening and found the ambiance to be great, the service above par and the food terrible. Let me elaborate: the mains were over cooked, seasoning and sauce bland, portions incredibly small and overall lacked imagination, effort and the worthiness to actually charge $28 & $36 per plate. On a side-note the desert was incredible....but also terribly small for $10
we were disapointed and sadly will not be back.
The Best Outdoor Eating
I was born in Vancouver and have been visiting its concession stands since I was young enough to blow a pinwheel and I have to say that this is not your average concession faire! I have lived in London, England, San Francisco, CA and have eaten up and down the West Coast of North America and I consider the delicious food and heartfelt service at Mr. Raymond Poirier’s concession to be better than some of the wonderful restaurants I have dined at in my lifetime, thus far, of 41 years. I love food!
The WILD salmon burger I had today for lunch was the best I’ve ever eaten and I’m picky! The salmon was moist, the sauce divine and the caramelized onions and pickle were the perfect accoutrement. The buns on all burgers are freshly baked on the premises. The ORGANIC beef burger I had last night (I can’t stay away from this place) was also delectable, with tender meat and real leafy green lettuce and tomato as toppings. My four year son ate every centimeter of his Premium Beef Hotdog and he’s picky too! The roobois teas are great – try the tea latte. If I hadn’t had seaweed in my fair from my evening swim and felt the hardness of picnic table under my legs, I would have thought I was sitting at a great restaurant in the city. I’m taking my husband (grew up in W.Van), son and mother-in-law back to the Dundarave Concession on Monday night so that I can show off my new find to my honey! So, I urge Mrs. Vittery, her supporters and all of you who are staying away because your burger doesn’t have a “V” – go and check out the Dundarave Concession stand before the word gets out and the line-ups are longer than the wait for the Lion Gate Bridge on a long weekend. Get over the change and don’t wait the sunsets and view are free!
I must admit that I prefer the sublime fish at both Market and the Five Sails, but the food here is very decent combined with the fabulous ambience. But I must recommend that you go and share the mussels to start! They were simply fabulous...fresh, huge, perfectly prepared and with a lovely tomato-based sauce. Fresh baked bread would put this over the top, but it's a must if you are in West Vancouver and are looking for a mid-afternoon snack or a wonderful starter to your meal.
Skipped the food court this time and went straight to Black Forest. Tried some of their sausages before but never their cold cuts. I've heard about their sandwiches but never tried them. Many types of cuts to chose from (roast beef, ham, turkey etc). Chose the ham and even with that there are approx. 5 types so chose the European style. Served in a Ciabbata bun, lettuce, tomato and cheese (3 types at $.50 extra). Comes with a free can of pop so approx. $7. Great sandwich as the bun was good and good portion of meat. Nice alternative to the subways and quiznos. Fast service (if timed right) and just your food court type of setting. Will try the turkey next time.
I love to stop inside Pastemeli when I'm in the area, the food is constantly good & very fresh.
I've tried their pasta, pizza, salads and sandwiches over the years and today I bought their Turkey Sandwich. I bought my coke and at last minute bought their mini french baquettes for future lunches, and my lunch was tasty. When I got home, I toasted one of the french baquettes, amazing and loved each bite.
If you're up in the area of Caulifield and want to eat in or take out, the food is good, service is friendly and helpful.
Will be back.
My husband and I took the Bowen Island Express from Granville Island to Bowen for a romantic first anniversary outing and supper, with reservations at Tuscany. It was very busy so we were glad to have reservations. We saw a friend there from Vancouver too.
As another reviewer commented, staff are very chatty with their customers who are friends but we did not find this a problem as we had excellent service the whole evening. Water is replaced as it is drunk, menu items were explained despite being on the board behind us and other customers recommended certain desserts. Very friendly place!
We had the Molto Vegetariana pizza and the Firenze pizza. Both were delicious. The firenze was heaven. For dessert we had the panna cotta and the tiramisu. They are not stingy with the mascarpone! We enjoyed the entire experience and our bill, including green tea and 20% tip, was $54.00. We took some of the pizza home too as we could not finish it and still eat dessert...you see where our priorities lie =) This place is worth the visit.
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|3.||Beach House, The|
|5.||Boathouse Restaurant, The|
|6.||Cactus Club Cafe|
|11.||Red Lion Bar & Grill, The|
|12.||Five Guys Burgers & Fries|
|14.||Zen Japanese Restaurant|
|15.||All India Restaurant|
|19.||Savary Island Pie Company|
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