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Bakehouse, The2453 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Okay Sandwich
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 7:36pm [Dine in]

I was walking along Dundarave, over the weekend, seen the Bakehouse many times with lots of people, and decided to order sandwich. I tried a multigrain turkey sandwich, and for $7.50, It was okay.

The place wasn't too busy, the service was friendly, the bake all their breads and decided to order it. The turkey had flavour, but I found the bread to be dry side.

Glad I tried it, with so many other places to explore, I try something else another time I'm back in the area.

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Dundarave Concession2506 Bellevue, West Vancouver
Where's the Beef?
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 7:28pm [Dine in]

I miss Vera burger shack, repeat again somewhere in this statement. I decided I would give this reasonably new joint a try, craving a burger, having memories of pass burgers. Did I say, I miss Vera's Burgers?
The cost of my Organic Cheese burger was $7.50, and if having a small organic beef pattie is any indication of my sudden disappointment and cost of tiny, weenie, lack luster, burger.
Where's the beef, it was so thin, you couldn't call it a burger, and the bun looked like someone drove over it with a steam roller. Did I say I missed Vera Burger? The cost of burger was expensive, for what I didn't get, and could have gotten a better deal at Wendy's, Vera, Fatburger or even White spot. This didn't include fries, drink, only my organic burger.
Don't expect much from service, high school students were working the counter, and ambience is concession stand terrace.
Did I mention I wish Vera could have stayed, but its replacement is far from a good burger.
I doubt I will be back to try it anytime soon.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Stunning Restaurant, Stunning Location
By Geezer of North Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 1:46am [Dine in]

This is a first class establishment in all respects. The staff are friendly, experienced and polished. The food is presented imaginatively and carefully prepared.

The avacado crab shrimp tower was a delicious lunch appetiser and the tenderloin peppercorn medallions as main were mouth watering. Others in the party praised the halibut and chips and the salad and soup starters.

The service is impeccable. Minor issues were dealt with swiftly and cheerfully. Water and bread came quickily. Wine was of good quality and reasonably priced.

For $3.5 million you could have bought a half duplex next door, but hey, live somewhere-else and enjoy the restaurant experience as well as the view. You could take a party of four for lunch every day for the next sixty years for the same money!

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Restaurant Chez Michel1373 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Needs an update?
By shellyBjolly of Vancity (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 2:02am [Dine in]

Was here on a very quiet Tuesday night and what gave me the impression of an upscale restaurant from the outside ended up being an ok dining experience.

I'm an all round dining experience kind of person. I need to have a standard of ambiance, service and food quality in order for me to return. The food was good enough.. nothing to complain but the decore of the establishment was completely dated. It must of done really well in the 80's but this isn't at all inviting. The restaurant is upstairs and the whole time I just couldn't get that "hey this is a nice place" feel in me.

They did have a table of regulars and they seem to love it.. but they were easily in their 60's so I'm guessing this isn't our kind of scene.

Won't be back because nothing was particularly great and the ambiance lacked for me.

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
This restaurant is nothing but a name.
By ruck_star of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2009 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

Stopped into La Regalade in West Vancouver for a family dinner this weekend, and could not have been more shocked or dissapointed.

To be honest, I have avoided this restaurant until now as I have heard that it does not live up to its reputation but a family member wanted to give it a go.

What can I say but average food, average attention to detail, average service, and a poor by-the-glass winelist, to say the least. Our server was rushed, not terribly attentive, and clearly did not understand his menu or wines.

We began our evening with one of our party asking our server for a reccomendation on a "sweet wine" from the glass selection. The server informed her that their glass of Fume Blanc, " was in fact Sauvignon Blanc" and as such, was quite sweet! Excuse me??? Sauvignon Blanc is of course fruity and dry, not sweet, and Fume is stylistically even dryer. Huge gaff here on a VERY simple question.

Our appetizers arrived a short time later, along with bread (which as another reviewer has suggested; certainly was not made from scratch). While the muscles were quite delicious, the Prawn and Lobster Ravioli the rest of us ordered contained brutally overcooked seafood, and mushy, doughy pasta.

In anticipation of my entree arriving, I ordered a glass of Cote du Rhone to compliment my meal. This glass of wine (from a bottle which had certainly been open too long), was served to me so extremely warm, that the glass actually cooled down considerably over the course of our dinner on what was a rather hot summer evening. Certainly by-the-glass red selections are often served warmer than ideal, but this wine must have been sitting in close proximity to a heat source to have reached this point.

For our entree, I ordered the filo-wrapped beef tenderloin (note: medium rare), while others ordered the prime rib. The prime rib arrived properly cooked and tender, but shockingly devoid of much flavour. A little salt turned this around slightly, but not completely. As far as my tenderloin goes, it arrived cooked until literally grey; certainly mid-well to well. What bothers me most about this situation, is that this dish is served cut in half. It was plainly obvious for both chef and server to see that not only was this not medium rare, it was grey! Of course (and this is slight speculation) it seems that this very apparent and obvious mistake was ignored in the hopes that I would not notice. While being promised a replacement in short order after I requested a new piece, it took a further 20 minutes for a replacement to arrive.

While we enjoyed ourselves this evening, as at the end of the day it is the company, not the location counts; this restaurant should be avoided at all costs. My experience has confirmed and reinforced the many horror stories (many worse than mine) that I have heard about over the last while, and it has become apparent that this restaurant is passed its prime and no longer relevant.

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All India Restaurant1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Wow factor
By foodcritic786 of West Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I am a resident of West Vancouver ...I was just passing by Marine Drive and I noticed East Indian restaurant and we decided to try some Indian food as soon we entered the restaurant we were greeted by friendly staff and we were offered where would like to sit ...I was surprised to know that they had an outdoor patio as well as an Indoor Patio room ... We had Rack of lamb as a starter and it was amazing .There server was really educated with wines and he suggested us for a bottle of Malbec and it was fabulous .We had Lamb Methi with Onion Kulcha and Prawn Coconut with Spinach Nan . It was the best surpise for us and we really enjoyed it .

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Dundarave Sushi2459 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Misunderstood
By joeyservant of Ambleside, West Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 1, 2009 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

After reading the other reviews for this tiny sushi place, I think the expectations are a lot higher than they should be and customers are getting disappointed because of that.

It is a small, really cheap, high turnover restaurant with 7 or so tables. I agree, the server is abrupt and quiet but c'mon it's the same girl every lunch and afternoon as far as I can tell, and she's covering twice the amount of tables any server at most other restaurants would have. Even then, she still remembered what we ordered after only our second visit.

Regardless, I find the service is accurate, extremely well priced and good quality. The food is on the table within 10 minutes of sitting down and it's hot and fresh. The ambience sucks and the service is dry but what do you expect for that price? C'mon people. You get what you pay for.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Salmon House over the Hill
By montealto of burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 31, 2009 - 11:39am [Dine in]

Recently two of us ate here and were profoundly disappointed. Though salmon is still a good value, other fish dishes are not. I had a sole entree that had been frozen since the early 20th Century and was bone-dry with no sauce to hide the aridity factor. It was barely edible. Fortunately they served with it a couple of asparagus stalks and twelve grains of rice, for variety...
For dessert we decided to share an exotic sounding multi-textured chocolate cake,ice-cream and fruit sauce priced at $12. The three components came on a stylish plate with artistic swirls of red sauce, but the other parts...cake and ice-cream had been measured out with a coffee spoon and had to be seen with high-powered magnifying lenses...not supplied. Good-bye Salmon House over the Hill.

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Savary Island Pie Company1533 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
A little disappointed...
By Ellie of Langley (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend talked up Savory Island Pie for a long time and I finally got to experience it the other day. It's a beautifully rustic location, but the seating leaves much to be desired. We ordered soup, which was good, but stood waiting for people to leave, or shuffle over so we could actually dine in. That never happened and people who walked in well after us grabbed tables because it's so packed in there it's hard to get across the small room to claim a table.
So we left and it's not likely I'll be returning. I'll try something else in West Van next time where we can actually get a seat without stressful competition.
Never tried the pie, but it looked great. The soups were hearty, homemade and very filling and tasty...we ate in Lighthouse Park...so they were a little cold by the time we got the spoon into them, but still decent.
I purchased a loaf of grain bread, which was huge, but it had a taste of the fridge or something in it...obviously not made that same day or something was off, so not a great first impression there either.
So all in all, it's a great concept, love the wood details...reminded me of an Irish cafe. But...there should be a little more concern for customer comfort, and fairness of how the tables are allocated...

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
million dollar view
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

Haven't been to Troll's for many years & I think it has improved. We got a seat at the window and it was great watching the ferries coming & going. I think our server was there the last time I visited many years ago & she offered super service. I notice lots of customers were there & they had lots of servers working so we didn't wait very long for our food

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Savary Island Pie Company1533 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
One of my Favourites
By yahzick of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2009 - 11:17am [Dine in]

I've been a fan of the Savary's Pies for quite a few years, but as of late I am a huge fan of their sandwiches and soups.

Their veggie sandwich is one of my favourite lunches. It is loaded with raw veggies and sandwiched between delicious slices of their whole grain bread, it is practically flawless, but it is a little too big of a meal for lunch sometimes. And i am yet to be disappointed by their soups (i've only had their vegetarian ones) which go great with the sandwich.

Now their pies, Wow! they are fantastic. I think it's not really worth the price for just a slice but getting a whole pie is a great deal. Their crust is amazing (unfortunately it has shortening in it. I asked them...) and their filling (if i'm not mistaken from watching them make it) is purely filled with fruit and only fruit! When I buy the whole pie, i can never eat just one slice.

But for the rest of their sweets i'd recommend asking the employees which ones they think are best, it's been hit or miss sometimes but usually the employees were able to recommend good ones. It's also hard to get a seat and it would probably be impossible to be able to seat a large group together, but with a group of 3 we've managed to get a seat by the time the food is made.

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Sakura Ichiban1405 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Not just a restaurant to dine!
By pipi of West Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

We've been the regular cusomers since the first time we had dinner there. The food is excellent, especially the premium sashimi...The dinner boxes are HUGE! The service there is the best. They offer picturing and little toys for kids. They give birthday surprise... The Sushi man is so nice and can make vivid special rolls, like caterpillar and volcano.... We will defenitely go there again and again coz it's not just a place for dining but for fun and comfort.

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Big Orange2002 Park Royal South, Unit 2028, West Vancouver
don't rip me off
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I was in PR looking at computers when I saw this joint. They had the sign promising $2.50 BBT. Since I am a glutton for punishment I once again tried to order this non-existent beverage. As usual (I have been to other locations) there was no $2.50 BBT. I pointed at the sign and pleaded my case, all to no avail. I did get some derisive laughter from the staff, so points off for bad service. Dissatisfied I had to settle for a ridiculously overpriced slush, which I have to say was not very good. I actually went to the nearby DQ to get a better (and cheaper beverage). I was so annoyed I did not finish the drink from this clip joint.

Strongly NOT recommended.

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Dairy Queen873 North Park Royal, West Vancouver
piña colada
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were fleeing from the nearby ripoff Big O (the one that advertises the non-existent $2.50 BBT) and we spotted this place. I saw that the kiosk was clean and well-staffed. Service was friendly and efficient. I ordered a piña colada and it was terrific. I think DQ owns the Orange Julius brand because they sell those products, including my beverage. I would give extra stars but the rest of the DQ menu is pretty standard fare. As for value, it was good and the prices were not deceptive like at some places I could name...

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Takumi Japanese Restaurant5775 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Quite an effort to get there
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 1:44am [Dine in]

After reading the Mia Stainsby article, we were intrigued enough that a restaurant imported fish from the Tsukiji Market that we trekked all the way to W. Van for a casual dinner meal. It was quite the effort to get there especially when you miss the Highway 1 exit #2 turnoff and end up getting caught in the ferry traffic.

Food: This was the only reason why we came here, to re-experience incredible fish from Tsukiji Market. And I must admit that for the most part, we were not disappointed. The fish was fresh, exclusive (e.g. oo toro), and not readily available at your run of the mill sushi restaurant. The sake, regular & oo toro nigiri's were delectable. The maki's were well made with rice made with proper seasoning and quality seaweed. Dynamite, negitoro, and sweet potato rolls were tasty. California roll was average. The Japanese pickles were a little disappointing, - daikon was fine, Japanese cabbage was like bland kimchi without the spiciness.

Service: Upon arrival, it took a few minutes for the hostess/server to acknowledge us but once seated, our orders were promptly taken and tea was served. The appies came out quickly and then an unexplained 25-30 minute lull before any of our sushi orders arrived. Food eventually did arrive after a request for service check. Tea was refilled and our plates were changed. Server was professional.

Value: More like a 2.5. Sushi rolls are reasonably priced for the quality, such as california ($2.95), negitoro ($4.95), dynamite ($5.95). Nigiri ranges from $1.50 (tamago) to uni ($3.95). Chu toro and oo toro ($8) were market price. I found everything else to be more expensive than its counterparts, like black cod ($15), katsu don ($16), chicken teriyaki ($18), ramen ($12). For food that has nothing to do with imported fish from Japan, I don't see the justification for the higher pricing. Our bill for 3 - $105. I guess you're paying for the location...which is actually out of the way for the majority of average folk.

Ambiance: nice view of the marina and covered patio area. The interior had leftover remnants of a Whistler inspired bistro with high ceilings and lots of green everywhere. Feels like a place I would have bennies for brunch. The "Japanes-y" feel exists in place setting, sushi bar, and landscaping near the entrance. Vibe was definitely subdued and caters to a more mature, affluent crowd (median age 45?). I even witnessed a fellow eating nigiri with a fork (yikes!). Although though the space is nice, I much prefer a livelier atmosphere.

Overall: Good food, decent service, out of the way location. Recommended for those who want to treat themselves to nice destination restaurant.

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Dundarave Sushi2459 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
will never go back
By kpe of west van (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here a few times and have always found the waitress incredibly unfriendly and the service slow but because of a convenient location would sometimes go back with friends and with my kids. Never again. Today I was served an udon soup with a huge piece of eggshell in it. Gross. When I pointed this out the waitress said "Oh well, that can happen just put it on the side". She made no offer to replace it and when our party left she and the owner still wanted to charge us for the soup which I did not eat. Not only that we had to ask several times to get water, my friends' orders took ages and did not come at the same time, we never received our tea and we had to go up to the counter to get our bill. Better to go to nearby Kin sushi - they are always friendly and the sushi is just as good. This restaurant is getting by on it's location and treats its customers very badly.

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All India Restaurant1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Top-notch Indian food
By rileycoyotes of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

Party of five at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We had 5 different dishes, rice and naan, plus a couple of cocktails and a lassi. Every dish was excellent, amone the best I've had in the Lower Mainland! The korma and the butter chicken were creamy and smooth, with subtle flavours, the aloo gobi and channa masala were nicely spiced.

All together, the bill was about $100. The portions were fine, but not huge. Service was attentive and pleasant. The ambiance is nothing special, but not at all shabby. But the food was just awesome, and easily makes this a place worth a visit I definitely wish that I lived closer to it!

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Cafe Crema1495 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver
coffee break
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

After a chilly stroll in WestVan, I needed a coffee. This place looked inviting enough, and as a previous reviewer remarked they have wi-fi (although I couldn't get my iPhone to tune in). After a brief inner debate I settled on a cup of drip Colombian and a cookie. Both were just fine but a little pricey. Service was okay too. No smile, but I suspect the server wanted to be outside. This place has a nice ambiance, and next time I will spend a little more time in there, if only to get my wi-fi on...

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TCBY1503 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver
ice cream weather
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out and about and we thought it was almost warm enough for TCBY. We were at this location in the winter and it was a ghost town. This time there was a lineup out the door. The place is kind of plain inside, but it is all about function not frippery (I have been waiting most of my life to use that word in a sentence :). Service was good under the circumstances. They really needed extra help, but the server was doing her best.

We ordered a waffle cone with golden vanilla and banana/macadamia. The yogurt tasted fine, and for three and a half bucks it was decent value for the size of the cone. If only it was warmer it would have been a perfect experience.

Recommended.

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Vina Vietnamese Cuisine2508 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Overpriced for the food provided but good for piano
By dinethere of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 12:42am [Dine in]

We've been coming to this place for year but always with a $10-12 discount. The service is "ok", the waiter we had tonight didn't wait for our olders, didn't provide what we asked, brought the bill before we had finished. My wife commented they act as if there is a line up but there's plenty of tables. They ignored my 5 year old trying to get their attention to ask something - maybe it's a culture thing... The food is ok, we always have the combo plates but they seem smaller than before. Price at $20 doesn't seem to be a great value but if you aren't price sensitive and can tolerate acceptable food at this price, you might be happy with the piano experience. Ours was great. No reservations were required.

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