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Palate1Vancouver, B.C, CanadaSince February 29, 20123 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food4.5 (4.3)
  • Service4.5 (4.3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)


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Sushi Katsu1857-1861 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Renos complete! Huge improvement! Great sushi!
Submitted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Feeling obligated to update. Same "new" owners but a "new and better" restaurant for sure! This restaurant was closed for a while for renovations and recently reopened. We had to check it out. The entrace is now off of Lonsdale. The dining room is completely open, spacious, bright, and new. Many big screen TVs have been added --great because the hockey game was on. The menu has some new options. Plates, cups, glasses, etc. were all clean and new. The prices went up a tiny bit (25-50 ¢) but the quality, quantity, and presentation of the food was great! It is on a different level now -- such an improvement! The fellow who served us was great and our food arrived freshly-made in a timely manner. Our tea and water was topped up regularly and empty plates were removed promptly. My partner loved the fried calamari! All the rolls were fresh and tasty. The sashimi was fresh and portions were generous. We were so full and completely satisfied when we left. Hope they keep this up! Glad we can count again on Sushi Katsu as our local "go-to" sushi place! If you liked it before, you will love it now!

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Double One Chinese Restaurant4057 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Very impressed
Submitted Monday, May 6, 2013 - 12:07am [Dine in]

After a bad experience at a different Chinese restaurant months ago, I was a little uneasy about going out for Chinese again...but we did. I was so impressed with this place! Almost afraid to let you all know about it. I think it "our place" for Chinese moving forward.

If you care about fancy decor then you should know this is an older restaurant. It is very basic inside...and that was ok for us.

If you care about the food, value, and service, then I can say this rivals some of the best Chinese food places in Vancouver. (A rating of 4 stars on here means "outstanding" and it was!) The server was very friendly and helpful. She helped us order the "right" amount of food. The food arrived hot, tasty and not over-cooked. You could just tell it was "fresh" because it didn't have that dingy taste you get at the more questionable places. Each plate had a clear flavour that you expected. Maybe it cost a tiny bit more for some selections on the menu but not enough to make a difference. We were willing to pay that extra dollar or two gladly when everyone enjoyed the variety, freshness, and flavours! At this place, volume did not compromise quality. We were very full and satisfied when we left.

I noticed there were a lot of people picking up food for "take-out dinner" on our way in but it did not affect our experience. We did not have to wait very long at all for our food despite the take-out orders.

It is a casual, family-friendly restaurant and we can't wait to go back and try more things on the menu! The dining room is not huge so I would suggest reservations just to be safe.

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Just a little less than perfect.
Submitted Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

The Anniversary Menu was a good 5-course tasting menu and was $150 for two, plus tax, plus automatic 15% gratuity. The service was that of a top-notch fine dining establishment and the gratuity was well-deserved. The ambiance was very nice and cozy. A beautiful orchid and "candle" made it feel elegant. The plates, cutlery, glasses were all very nice and the white linens added that extra level of sophistication. The food was very flavourful, well-balanced, and beautiful to look at. Each course was like a piece of artwork. The background was nice -- white plates and the food colours popped. You can tell this Chef knows what he is doing because everything was perfect.

The only problem was, all the portions were small -- very small. When we got to the dessert, we realized we were still hungry and wondered if dessert would be enough. The creme brulee was delicious, rich, heavier and more "filling". I would not have wanted a bigger serving of the dessert. However, after spending over $200 (added two cheaper glasses of wine), you want to leave feeling satisfied (not "full" but "satisfied"…and certainly not "hungry") even at a "fine dining" establishment. It really would have only taken just a little bit more here and there to fill the void. Maybe even a little more brioche, or some bread, a few more pieces of veggies, a touch more salmon? Instead, we left happy with the flavours and experience but still hungry. So…dinner was followed by a visit to the coffee shop to grab a scone, muffin, and lattes. My advice? Have an early evening "snack" before you go! It is "fine" dining and in this case it does mean less (really tasty & pretty) food at a bigger price.

Check it out.

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