The Portly Chef

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#4 of 586 places to eat in North Vancouver
ClosedOpens at 11:30
Seafood, Canadian, Spanish, Vegetarian options
$$$$ Average price: CAD 31-61
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1211 Lonsdale Ave
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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In case the rain took you by surprise during the promenade around Victoria Park, stop by this restaurant. Among other Canadian and Spanish cuisune places to eat at, The Portly can be one of the best. A lot of people say that waiters serve perfectly cooked scallops, fillet steaks and belly pork here. Find good cheesecakes, shortbread cookies and crème brûlée on the menu. As clients write in their comments, port wine offered at this place is delicious. It might be nice to enjoy great coffee.

This spot is famous for its great service and friendly staff, that is always ready to help you. Prices are found affordable here. You will certainly appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and nice decor. Zomato users assigned this restaurant 4 according to the Zomato rating scale.

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The food here was sooo good and the service was friendly band warm. Try their poutine it's great!
A small restaurant but with great service. Food are surpriseingly great.
My fiancé and I arrived here around 7pm last night thinking we'd drop in on a local restaurant and grab a bite. We've been in the neighbourhood for six months and haven't tried anything in this block yet so, why not tonight, right? We're met at the door and quickly came to realise that this hopping little spot was not the drop in sort of place we were expecting. Regardless, a space was made for us and the woman who made it happen made it feel special and secret that we could sneak in without a reservation. Immediately we loved the irreverent humour and charm of the staff. We sat at the table gifted to us determined not to be a bother and ordered quickly.Torn bread to start, rack of lamb for him, venison over mushroom risotto for me with a glass of gerwurtztraminer. We held hands over the table and chatted amid the din of an active small space. No somber diners here. It had the feeling of a gathering of old friends that could erupt at any moment. And then it did. For a birthday song which everyone joined! The bread arrived in an unassuming heap artfully laden with balsamic and oil. If I were to never eat anything again that would be okay. I'm a fan of simple fare. Bread, meat, cheese. Done well, this makes a lovely meal. But heck with the meat and cheese, all I ever needed in my life was to meet the torn bread starter at The Portly Chef. The mains came and we tucked in to a couple of very nice displays. My fiancé declared his lamb to be perfect. He says it melted and was exactly what he needed. He was very excited to see that it came with an arrangement of seasonal vegetables. We frequently go out in search of meat and veg, that's what he wants, no fuss, but it's incredibly rare to find. My risotto was perfect, lovely consistency and flavour. If it's on the menu somewhere that's usually what I will order and it's sort of a barometer for me now. I will come back for this risotto. The venison was perfect as well and another dish that can go awry so when it's prepared well it's really obvious, and this was. The addition of the blueberry cassis sauce made for a sweet note that added to the forest fresh warmth of the entire entree. It was delightful. By the end of the entrees we decided to give dessert a whirl. My fiancé went with a brownie sundae while I opted for the vanilla creme brule. The sundae with its two bite brownies and vanilla icecream was exactly the cap my fiancé wanted. Creme brule is another barometer menu item for me and what I really love is a hard crack on top. A glassy caramelised lid, thick enough to really seal in the cream custard underneath. Too often it's just a sprinkling of sugar and it still looks like sugar on top, lightly bubbled with a small hand torch. You could push it gently away with a spoon. No. If it's done right you need a good whack with the flat bowl of a spoon. And that's exactly what I had to do. The gerwurtztraminer was a lovely complement to the entire meal. If you like a sweet wine, as I do, you're set. I don't think I've had a dining experience in recent memory where I felt so well attended with unobtrusive care. Whether checking on the wine or leaning in with more water, to giving us lots more to laugh about, the staff are truly part of the experience. Next time, I promise we'll make a reservation. This was a perfect way to end an awesome week and I'm so grateful to the staff for seating us and giving us a really beautiful, and a little bit strange (in a really good way), experience. They were all so gracious and charming. Thank you for helping us feel special. I can't wait to come back. If I haven't said anything to convince anyone else to come here, I'll say this:We walked the short two blocks home, sat on the couch to greet the cats, and were ready for bed by 9:30. That meal was so satisfying it sent us to bed at a more than reasonable hour. As a modern working adult with more than chronic insomnia, I can't tell you what a gift that was.
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1211 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Outdoor seating Takeaway Booking Сredit cards accepted Wi-Fi Wheelchair accessible No delivery Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 10:30-14:00, 17:00-21:00
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue Closed
WednesdayWed 11:30-14:00, 17:00-21:00
ThursdayThu 11:30-14:00, 17:00-21:00
FridayFri 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00
SaturdaySat 17:00-22:00
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