Sherman's Food Adventures: Raglan's Bistro

Raglan's Bistro

Sometimes I really wonder why we drive so far away for food after Friday hockey.  You'd think since we are in North Van already, we'd eat in well, North Van!  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.  Wait, maybe a rocket scientist wouldn't figure that out! So, in my personal goal to be more assertive, I suggested we go to Raglan's Bistro out on Lonsdale.  We've been there before, but that was like 5 years ago.  Lots can happen during that time, such as the introduction of bike lanes in Vancouver...

For $9.00, we weren't expecting much, but when the Classic Poutine hit the table, it was of a significant size.  We liked the fries as they were crispy and held their own against the gravy.  However, the melted Mozzarella was a definite let down.  Now if we put away the authenticity attitude for a moment, the poutine as a whole was not bad as the gravy had a nice consistency without being salty.  We were surprised again when the Spicy Mexican Nachos arrived as they were ginormous with chips piled high and topped with beans, guacamole and spiced sour cream.  Not bad as there was no absence of flavour where pockets of spiciness were strewn throughout.

Again, for $9.00, the Coconut Prawns were also a surprise.  The butterfly prawns were fried up really crunchy while not being too greasy.  I didn't get a whole lot of coconut hits, but the dipping sauce was a nice balance of sweet and spicy.  As for the prawns, they had a light snap and were moist.  Since no one ordered the burger, I got a 360 Burger for the heck of it.  The burger patty was charred crispy and smoky, yet was fairly dry.  I got quite a bit of onion essence from it.  The rest of the ingredients were fine while the ciabatta bun was toasted up nicely.  Crispy and slightly dense, the side of fries did the job.

Gadget Girl decided on the Spicy Pepperoni Deluxe Pizza made with a whole tortilla shell.  It was a bit too wet from all the ingredients though.  Thus, the super think crust did not stay crunchy for very long. She thought the flavours were pretty mild, but then again, she asked for less spicy.  Both Milhouse and Lionel Hutz had the Beef Burrito stuffed with black beans, aged cheddar, tomato and green onion with garden salad, chipotle sour cream and salsa.  There was a definite lack of beef, but there was a smokiness from the char.  Overall, it was okay (due to the fresh ingredients), but not especially flavouful.  In reality, the food was fine for the price and considering it was late night eats on the North Shore.  Not particularly memorable, but did the job.

The Good:
- Reasonably priced
- Good portions
- Funky surfer thing going on

The Bad:
- Food is pretty average
- Seating is a bit squished

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