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Dec 23, 2013 08:48 AM

Thoughts about Herons West ?

Strangely I see no mentions of Herons on this board.

My parents are celebrating their anniversary at the end of this week. After an OCD-style contemplation of the potential venues that would appeal to them (they have many criteria), I've narrowed it down to Herons and Seasons In the Park (lots of discussions on SITP), I'd like to hear what local CHounds think.

They are 80, frugal, not adventurous eaters outside of Chinese cuisine (they are Chinese, as you may already have surmised if you know me) and aren't attracted to Italian, Indian or any "trendy/nouveau/fusion-y" cuisine where portions are tiny and plates are ginormous. Haha I'm not criticizing them, merely pointing out their preferences.

So ...... I think either one would work. But I've not been to SITP for 4-5 years, and never been to Herons. Your feedback most appreciated


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  1. I know SITP has their naysayers but it has sentimental significance to me (first date with my husband, our wedding venue, etc) and the view and service have always been excellent.

    I've only ever done the buffet lunch at Heron's (which they don't seem to do anymore according to the website?) so can't comment on the a la carte service. Staff has always been great. The view is a little more compromised as you look out onto the road and the traffic of the Convention Centre.

    Have you considered Yew or Shaughnessy (at Van Dusen)?

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    1. re: islandgirl

      Thanks for that IG. Yeah, Herons doesn't have scenic view to its advantage.

      Yew .... haven't really thought about them. To me the space lacks that je-ne-sais-quoi homey coziness. Shaughnessy ..... totally off of my radar, I shall give them some thought :-)

      1. re: LotusRapper

        It was a close call between Globe & YVR, Herons and Cafe Pacifica. In the end, Cafe Pacifica won out about a tiny margin only because for its views which, all things considered, was quite the value when you look at their prices. A bonus, if you can call it that, is their menu is actually quite small and traditional, thus making it quite navigable for my parents. This being their golden anniv, we opted to keep things simple and as little stress as possible. I'll try to post a report after our meal on Sunday.

        1. re: LotusRapper

          Too late for LR and co but if anyone else is looking for similar criteria: