Posted on January 27, 2011 by Wendy
As promised! Cattle Cafe post!!
I’ve went to the Richmond location quite a few times already. It was around the time the no-MSG fish-soup-noodle-combo thing started to get popular. They really do make quite good food. And they’re always packed.
When a good good friend of mine came to visit from Taiwan, we wanted a no-frills lunch so I took her there. It was probably the only time in quite a few years that I ventured into the Alexandra Road area on a Sunday at 1pm. I really hope I never have to do that again actually….
My choice is always the Cilantro (they call it Parsley there) & Century Egg soup with the thicker vermicelli (米線), fish puffs, and basa fillet.
As usual there’s tons of napa cabbage and tofu puffs in this. I like the soup here much more than that of Deer Garden ‘cuz the version here is less salty. Much much less. It tasted more authentic. They also put more of your own chosen toppings too.
I guess M wasn’t much of a soup noodle person. Her choice was the Cajun-style Boneless Chicken on Rice. It was actually very very good.
I like how they give you tons of sauce. Now the sauce tastes just a lil’ bit like Thousand Island sauce but the “cajun” was still there. It was slightly spicy.
The chicken was done very well. It was crispy and moist. My only complaint would be that they didn’t give a lot of veggies on the side. But it’s an Asian restaurant. What did I expect eh~
M also ordered the XO Sauce Pan-fried Turnip Cake. Man this was so good. It was done quite perfectly in that the sides were just the right amount of crispy and they definitely didn’t skimp on the XO sauce either. For me it was quite spicy but I could stop eating it either. They pan-fried it along with some garlic bits and onion slivers which were an awesome touch.
Filed under: Bubble Tea, HK Style Cafe, Richmond | Tagged: Alexandra Road, bistro, bubble tea, cafe, Chinese, fusion, HK Style, noodle, noodles, richmond | Leave a Comment »
Posted on January 14, 2011 by Wendy
Happy (very, very) Belated New Year! I know I haven’t been very good with updating. Life has been hectic and with eating, taking, editing, blogging pictures of food, I’ll have to say eating is progressing much faster than the rest. I’ll try to change that this year and blog more often!
So with my first post of the new year, it’s a simple, simple lunch at Meat & Bread at Gastown.
After all, when you’ve partied hard the night before, when (if) you eat, you just want something no frills, hearty, comforting. For me, that was a nice cup of soup. For others, maybe a fresh sandwich?
Which is why Pretty Sis and I ended up at Meat & Bread.
As you can see, it really is no frills. One long communal table (plus a couple smaller ones near the door at the window). Minimal choices on the menu. Once we walked in we were greeted by someone with an accent. He basically reiterated what was on the menu. It didn’t take him long though.
They’re liars though. On their receipt, at the bottom, it clearly states a sentence along the lines of “We’ll never be out of Porchetta”. But as you can see on the menu above, they’re out of it. Boo. That’s their signature item.
Filed under: Gastown, Sandwich Shop | Tagged: bistro, Gastown, sandwiches, Vancouver | 4 Comments »
Posted on November 21, 2009 by Wendy
Update Jan 28, 2011: This restaurant is now closed.
As I said before the next dish I wanted to try at Sensus Bistro was the Pork Cartilage Ramen. I finally got the chance to try it.
This was $7.95 and it’s quite a large portion size. The soup looks flavorful and it was, it didn’t really taste like MSG.
There’s also quite a few pieces of the pork cartilage. They were perfectly marinated and were fall-off-the-cartilage tender. Even though they were soaked in the broth they didn’t lose any flavor.
Filed under: Casual Dining, Chinese, HK Style Cafe, Ramen, Restaurant Reviews, Richmond | Tagged: bistro, Chinese, HK Style, noodle, noodles, ramen, richmond | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 10, 2009 by Wendy
Dinner at Guu! Woohoo! However, it’s only the one at Aberdeen, and I think that one has a reputation for not being up to par with the Downtown ones. However, this was back at the time before the Canada Line was finished, we didn’t want to go drive all the way there, we settled for the Richmond location.
Maybe due to the fact I didn’t have high expectations, things were actually not bad.
First up, ordered a few things we always order at “original” Guu (I consider the Thurlow location the original, and this location has the same menu as that one).
The Beef Sashimi was good as always. The meat was tender and not chewy. The vinagrette was tangy and tasty. A good start.
The Pumpkin Croquette is a must-order of mine. It’s really nothing special but I really like it, it’s simple and always done well.
The pumpkin mash was slightly sweet and goes well with the mayonnaise sauce that tastes like thousand island dressing.
Filed under: Fusion, Japanese, Richmond, Snacks | Tagged: bistro, izakaya, japanese, richmond, Snacks | 2 Comments »
Posted on October 25, 2009 by Wendy
Wendy likes to check out the Klip magazine where they feature local restaurants and other interesting items. The front cover to a recent issue had Gyo-O as one of the featured places (it sure pays to be on the front cover)! Gyo-O is at a good location inside the usually busy Continental Centre in Richmond. It is basically facing the ever-popular Pearl Castle, so it will be an easy find.
A nice night view from the outside. I particularly enjoy the attempt for an authentic Japanese feel with the board signs, etc.
That wall just memorizes me. I have no diea what it says, but it is pretty darn cool. Unfortunately, they were playing an ancient Japanese show from possibly the early 80s and being a techie, the VCD quality of the show doesn’t do the TV justice (sorry, just a pet peeve).
Wendy thinks this place is more of a Sashimi Bar/Cafe than an izakaya. They don’t really have tapas, but more sashimi rice bowls and noodle bowls.
This is their specials menu for the day. The item that I ordered was the “Spicy Tuna & Salmon Bukkake Udon”. I nearly bursted out in laughter after reading that (and took a pick and sent it to my male friends for a good laugh). It was interesting that I could not not order it.
Filed under: Casual Dining, Izakaya, Japanese, Richmond, Snacks | Tagged: bistro, cafe, fusion, izakaya, japanese, noodle, noodles, richmond, sashimi, Snacks | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 19, 2009 by Wendy
We had originally planned to have dinner on Coronado Island. However, the time we reserved for dinner and the time the last ferry takes us back to the mainland didn’t quite matchup, plus the restaurant is again on the other side of the island from where the ferry is, which is 10 blocks away, so we ditched that plan and had dinner at a place near our hotel instead.
Earlier on our walk to the ferry terminal, we passed by Currant Restaurant which is the hotel restaurant of historic Sofia Hotel. The menu looked not too expensive, and the decor looked really nice, so we decided to have dinner there.
It’s interesting because they have a window from the kitchen that’s open to the street, so you can actually see what’s going on in there if you really wanted to.
The greatest part of the restaurant really is in the decor. It’s one of those dark ones and it feels really high-end and intimate. I especially liked the chandeliers that add a sophistication to the overall ambiance. Service was good at the beginning. Our server however jokingly called us “princesses” afterwards cuz apparently we have too many requests? Not sure if a server’s supposed to say that. We were afraid to have too many requests afterwards.
Filed under: American, Fusion, San Diego, Seafood, Travel | Tagged: American, bar, bistro, Downtown, fusion, San Diego, Seafood, steak, Travel | Leave a Comment »
Posted on August 1, 2009 by Wendy
Update Feb 11, 2011 – This restaurant is now closed.
Driving down No. 3 one day, Boyfriend and I noticed a new restaurant where Montreal’s Roast Chicken used to be (never had a chance to try that one by the way…). It seems like a HK-Style Cafe and we all know how much I love those, so I made a mental note to visit it.
In fact, we went the next night! The night of the thunderstorm!! And we enjoyed it so much, we went again the next night! So there’s going to be lots of pictures in this post~
First of all, I thought the place was pretty stylish. I especially liked the hanging pictures in front on top of the bar area. They also have a liquor license for those interested.
As they’re new, they had a few deals. We took advantage of the 2nd one on our next night.
Filed under: Bistro, Bubble Tea, Casual Dining, Chinese, Fusion, HK Style Cafe, Ramen, Richmond, Snacks | Tagged: bar, bistro, bubble tea, cafe, Chinese, HK Style, noodle, noodles, ramen, richmond, Snacks | 3 Comments »