Red Lion Bar & Grill
If you were to ask me to describe examples of English cuisine, I probably couldn’t name anything other than fish and chips and bangers and mash. Fortunately, there’s a pub located in Dundarave that helps to dispel the common myth that British food is nothing to write home about.
Opened on St. Patty’s day in 2004, the Red Lion Bar & Grill looks like a typical restauarant from the exterior… patrons enjoying the sunny weather on their outdoor patio. But when you walk inside, the wood bar, leather, and stained glass transports you to a charming English pub half a world away.
On the weekends, they serve brunch and you can get their English Breakfast for $14. You get a toasted English muffin along with bacon, ham, baked beans and potatoes. You also get a “banger”, fresh fruit and grilled tomato as well as two eggs cooked any style. I chose over easy and they were cooked perfectly – the egg whites were cooked through and the deep orange yolks were nice and runny when i poked them open.
A long time ago, we had the best seafood crepes at a small little cafe at Oakridge. Ever since they closed, we’ve had trouble finding a place that has great seafood crepes. Sometimes the crepe is too thick, the stuffing too skimpy, or the sauce too salty. The shrimp and scallop crepes at the Red Lion Bar is the best that I’ve had for a long time and comes with rice and veggies for $15.
I wish there were more places like the Red Lion near our place. Unlike the bars in our area that sometime seems a bit skeezy, the Red Lion has a nice homey feeling inside and looks like it would be a great place to meet with family or friends.
Food: 4 / 5
Service: 4.5 / 5
2427 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC