Posted on September 14, 2013 by Wendy
There comes a time in your life when it really dawns on you that you’re growing up. Or old. This is that year for my high school friends and I as we’re all turning 30 this year. “Luckily”, my birthday isn’t until the end of the year so as of now I’m still the youngest of the bunch and I take every opportunity to milk that
For Cat’s 30th birthday, she originally wanted to have a celebratory dinner. However one of us had plans the evening of, so it got changed to a brunch instead.
Cat got to pick the restaurant and she chose The Oakwood in Kitsilano. They don’t take reservations so be prepared to wait. For the 5 of us we waited 35 minutes at noon.
I picked the Open-faced Corned Beef sandwich, overeasy eggs, sauerkraut, dijon and home fries ($14). First the good: it was LOADED with meat. I mean, there was so much corned beef slices on there I could’ve easily made another sandwich. It was pretty tasty and not overly salty as it could easily have been.
The bad: the bread was really dry. And thick. It was not very tasty to eat overall. The eggs could’ve been runnier too…it was too well done for my liking.
The good again: The bread softened overnight (I packed it) and when I had it for lunch the next day it tasted much much better.
I ordered a side of Brioche muffins with maple butter ($5). They were served fresh and warm and fluffy. A bit savory, and the maple butter wasn’t overly sweet. I was full from this so I had my sandwich packed to go.
Filed under: Bistro, Brunch, Kitsilano, West Coast | Tagged: bistro, Brunch, Canadian, Kitsilano, Vancouver, West Coast | Leave a Comment »
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 »
Posted on July 25, 2009 by Wendy
One of Boyfriend’s favorite places to eat at Metrotown when working is a little bakery called Manzano.
Filed under: Bakery, Bistro, Burnaby, Dessert, Fast Food, Restaurant Reviews, Sweets, Wraps | Tagged: bistro, burnaby, cafe, cheesecake, Dessert, Fast Food, Metrotown Centre, pastries, sandwiches, soup, tarts | 2 Comments »
Posted on July 23, 2009 by Wendy
Continuing with the blueberry theme, on the same night we had dinner at Swiss Chalet, I urbanspoon’d to see what dessert places were closeby. Calhoun’s Bakery Cafe was a few blocks down so I decided on there.
It was a bit of a wet and drippy evening that day. However it was a short walk. We quickly came up to this big barnhouse looking building.
As this place was opened 24hrs, obviously there were quite a bit of students here with their laptops (doubt they’re actually doing homework/studying though….Facebook-stalk much?). But it’s clear why it’s so popular with that crowd…open seating, fast, satisfying food, relatively ok prices.
I don’t quite remember but there’s a special order you do things here….I believe the logical choice would be to pay first then pick up your order. There’s a sign that says if they’re not busy they’ll take the food to your table.
They have an assortment of wraps, pizza, salads, and custom-made gourmet sandwiches, much like another similar eatery called Max’s Bakery & Delicatessen. I’ve heard good things about Calhoun’s prawn sandwich. However it’s about $7-9 so it’ll probably be a while before I indulge in such an expensive sandwich.
Filed under: Bakery, Bistro, Casual Dining, Dessert, Drinks, Fast Food, Food Court, Pizza, Snacks, Sweets, Vancouver, Wraps | Tagged: bistro, cafe, cakes, cheesecake, Dessert, Fast Food, food court, pizza, richmond, salads, Snacks, Sweets, Vancouver, Wraps | 1 Comment »