Thursday, December 8, 2016

Just Wow! – Juke

Enjoyable Eats
Lip Smacking Good Fried Chicken
Nice Details at Juke

Not all restaurants begin their life running fast.  Sometimes it’s a cringe worthy wobbly mess of a start.  Eateries that survive and eventually thrive, figure it out and rapidly improve.

When I first visited Chinatown’s Juke, I was fairly disappointed.  The fried chicken was not good.  However, they had just opened, and there was something about the flavour of the ribs I really enjoyed.  I made notes, filed them away, and decided to return later to see if there was positive progression.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Meh Files – Toronto’s Touhenboku West End Location

Toronto Ramen,
This is Vancouver. Get your
Bland bowl outta here.

When I visited Toronto a few years ago, I was not impressed with the ramen I tried (although I did like Momofuku but they are from New York).  Vancouver has a deeper Japanese food scene simply because we have a larger Japanese community due to our proximity to the Land of the Rising Sun. I thought the noodles from the “Centre of the Universe” was comparable to Vancouver’s second tier ramen-yas. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Just Wow! – The Poke Guy (And a overview of Poke in Vancouver – TLDR territory)

Marinated Fish
That’s raw is called Poke, yum
At The Poke Guy

I still remember the dull clapping noise my flip flops made as I ambled across the road from the strip mall grocery store to the my spot on the beach at Shark’s Cove on the North Shore.  I think I made this trip at least 3 times if not more during my last vacation in Oahu.  Each time I would unpack all the poke bowls I brought and hand them out to my friends.  Life was simple and good – eating a refreshing, tasty, and filling poke bowl, watching the waves while being warmed by the Hawaiian sun.

If you have read my blog from the beginning, you know I have been asking for proper Poke Bowls to come Vancouver for a long time!  Oahu has a special place in my heart and I would love to have something in the city to refresh my fading memories of the tropical paradise. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Just Wow! – Kissa Tanto

Does fusion matter
When the food is this awesome?
Yum Kissa Tanto

For my September company dinner, we had our meal at the retro and old school feeling Kissa Tanto.  Instead of being modern and sterile, or brick and beam generic, the second floor Chinatown space had an alluring vibe with its mood lighting and private booths. 

The ambience of Kissa Tanto added to our Chef’s tasting menu experience.  We were eager to see what the buzz was all about and what exactly Japanese Italian food is.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Just Wow! – Kingyo

A Shiny Gold Fish
A stand out izakaya
Kingyo’s thoughtful food

I have been to Kingyo before and have enjoyed my times their but haven’t written about it. I have always been a fan of the Guu group of izakayas, but with my sister in town I thought we should shake things up and head to Kingyo instead.   

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What the Hell! – Top Cantonese Cuisine Restaurant

Bad Bad Bad No Good
Worst Chinese Meal in long time
Bottom Cantonese

“They are all about the same” - my Mom.

When it comes to dining out for an everyday Cantonese meal, my family doesn’t bother checking reviews when trying out a new Cantonese restaurant.  To some extent I agree with my mom.  Within  the same price range, it really is hard to differentiate one Cantonese restaurant from another, other than a special dish the eatery may serve.  How you do really quantify Wok Hei?

To be honest, in my recent memory I don’t think we have had a truly bad meal out.  It speaks to the depth and strength of Cantonese cuisine in Vancouver.  Don’t get me wrong, there have been some meh meals but nothing down right awful until now.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Just Wow! – Cabrito Tapas Bedidas

Oh my, Cabrito.
Simple, but tasty small bites
So good I came twice

The food at Cabrito seems simple but it is very thoughtful and delicious.  After posting a picture of the Jamon Iberico Bellota from my first visit with Dennis the Foodie, my sister (the Planner) asked if we could come for dinner when she returned home for a visit.  I could not resist the idea of a second round of Jamon Iberico Bellota.

If you want to read about my initial visit to Cabrito, check out Dennis’ post here.  I totally agree with his assessment.  I’ll answer the questions Dennis posed in his post with this review of my second dinner at this Commercial Drive eatery.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Wonton Mein Saga: Daimo Noodle Express

Solid Small Wontons
At Daimo Noodle Express
Good Eats in Marpole

When I started my blog, I thought it would be really easy to devote a specific section to my favourite, Wonton Noodle Soup.  However, the reality is quality wontons are slowly being phased out in Vancouver, replaced by more trendy noodles like Ramen and build it your self noodle combos.

I love all noodles but there’s a special place in my heart for these bulbous soup dumplings.  They were there for quick family meals when I was kid, bad days at school or work, and are perfect for grey wet Vancouver days.