Nachos Libra, West Vancouver Nachos
West Vancouver Nachos sits on the North Shore of the Burrard Inlet. It is defined as North and West of Stanley Park (directly North across English Bay from Kitsilano to the University of British Columbia). Review the Nachos bounty by crossing the Lion’s Gate Bridge!
- The full sized nachos was ordered with braised beef ribs. Cheese was layered throughout the nachos. Nachos Libra peeled off & ate the crispy cheese melted onto the paper liner. 🙂
- Quite a bit less vegetables than previous visits. Tomatoes were fresh & diced as were the sliced green onions. Black beans & yellow corn niblets replaced the usual standby, black olives.
- Sauces are served on the side. 🙂 Nachos Libra finds soggy chips distasteful; sauces on the side rule! Sour cream was declined (it is included). Extra salsa was not ordered, although it was fresh, it did not bring on exclamations of , “Let’s fully load a chip with this dip!”. Mild flavours are so easy to miss … & dismiss! Guacamole was made in-house, smooth, tasty & included at no extra charge!
- These $23.75 nachos ($20 + $3.75 braised beef) were close to losing its five chip rating. Nachos Libra missed the “Good Old Days” of 2015/16 (see “Old Nachos” below) when there were more vegetables, more of everything. Nachos Libra visited during the Village Taphouse’s “Happy Hour“; perhaps this explains why portion control became strict. To recover the costs from selling beer so inexpensively? <Whining sound ON>Why can’t we have both lots of food & beer specials? Every day?<Whining sound OFF>
- This full order nachos was enjoyably eaten on 06 March 2017. 🙂
- Chicken was ordered with the full size nachos (only one size available); not much there, 3 oz. of microwaved / unflavoured poultry. About 5 oz. of cheese is spread on the top deck & not in the middle layer. One should get at least a 1/2 pound or 8 oz. of cheese for nachos (they’re for sharing, right?).
- Vegetables were a bit skint. Fresh diced tomatoes & green onions, black olives & a good amount of hot banana peppers.
- Sauces are served on the side. Nachos Libra passed on the sour cream to get a second salsa serving. This resulted in a $1.50 charge for the extra salsa, on top of letting the kitchen keep the sour cream for another order. The fresh, made-in-house salsa was tasty & lasted until a few chips remained.
- These nachos present as a very flat profile. This adds to the feeling that there isn’t very much for sharing. The chips were a bit oily, but crispy. Troller’s half-sized, compressed nachos are poor value at $20.50 ($15 plus $4 chicken plus $1.50 for salsa (that should have been included for free)). Chicken little, not enough cheese to cover chips, even the extra charge for a “large” salsa brought these otherwise capable nachos down to a low rating. Nachos Libra didn’t like the premium price of the beers either. C’est la vie en Horseshoe Bay. 🙁
- These nachos were regrettably eaten 19 June 2016.
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I’m a Libra who loves nachos. I wasn’t always so obsessed. Nachos were plentiful & on most every menu. Just another pub grub option ordered so all could share.
Then I moved to Dublin, Republic of Ireland. The Irish don’t eat when they drink. “Eatin’s cheatin!” my Irish friends would intersperse amongst the witty, tavern conversation.
Well, I have to eat! I’m Chinese! So, I thought that if I ordered a platter to share, would it be more acceptable?
And then, nothing! No matter the menu, nachos were not on it. I began to compulsively search for pubs with nachos even when I wasn’t hungry. Slowly, incrementally, I displayed severe withdrawal symptoms. I began day-dreaming of those “corn-based” nachos back in Vancouver, Canada.
Finally, I’m back. I’ve been back for a while. And, at least once a week, I have a hankering for nachos that needs satisfying. Now I manage my obsession by tasting & sharing with you, my dear fellow tavern mates!
Older Nachos Reviews Below
- The share sized nachos was ordered with braised beef ribs & there was plenty! There wasn’t much taste, but this was appreciated as most are smothered in BBQ sauce. Nachos Libra believes these nachos were double-baked in order to get the cheese to melt & turn crispy throughout the nachos. Double baking explains the 18 minute ordering-to-landing time frame. The cheese was generous & plentiful except for two chips. One of those was a shard of a chip! Nachos Libra wanted to eat the paper liner with crispy cheese on it.
- The vegetables adds to the presentation with fresh, diced tomatoes & sliced green onions. Black beans & corn was a splendid alternative to olives. It built on the presentations’ strengths & was similar to St. Augustine’s nachos in Vancouver’s East side.
- Sauces were served on the side. 🙂 This demonstrates an unmistakable conscientiousness towards the prevention of soggy chips. Nachos Libra nixed the sour cream for extra salsa. Salsa was mild flavoured, fresh & lumpy with tomatoes. The guacamole was bright green, made in-house, tasty & lasted until after the first pass, AND, the avacado-cream was included, no charge. Yaay!
- The house-made sauces were well portioned. The generous beef weighed down the nachos. This along with the double-baked cheese, ample vegetables & timely delivery makes the Village Taphouse nachos a really good deal for $2.75 more than the average. These were the nachos that had it all. Placing it at the pinnacle of best nachos practices!
- This full order nachos was eaten on 19 August 2015. A re-visit on 20 Feb 2016 resulted in the same five chip rating. 🙂
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