Mott 32 卅二公館 in Vancouver recently just launched their summer menu and we were so excited to taste test it before it was open to the public. This high end fine dining Chinese restaurant is located at Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver at 1161 W Georgia […]
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Rosa’s Cucina Italiana is a tiny Italian restaurant in Port Moody on 2331 Clarke Street. This local Cucina is a classic mom and pop shop that offers homemade pasta. Unfortunately, well, it is just that, “homemade” – and not particularly gourmet. In a small market it may be considered a “gem”; however, with a larger demographic and competition it can only be considered mediocre. The self pro-claimed “best Italian food in the Lower Mainland” is quite the stretch.
This Italian restaurant has been opened for many years. The decor is dated and lighting is dim. It takes no reservations. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. We came on an otherwise quiet Thursday night and waited over an hour outside before we were seated. It is terribly mismanaged and understaffed. The husband and wife team simply can not attend to their patron at a reasonable fashion despite their best intentions. After we ordered, it took another hour before our food arrived.
Caesar Salad 13.50: One oily salad and fresh crispy Romaine lettuce, cheese and Anna’s homemade dressing. This salad was bland and requires some anchovies. If you are looking for a gourmet Caesar, I’d suggest heading to Boulevard Kitchen.
Meatballs 14: This side appetizer came with four giant meatballs. Uncharacteristic of a juicy and gourmet meatball, it lacked seasoning. I would prefer Glowbal’s truffled spaghetti and meatballs any day of the week.
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage 16.75: Unfortunately I’d like to say that Rosa’s completely missed the mark on the red marinara sauce. The sausage needed some seasoning and perhaps a little kick of peppers.
Spaghetti Vongole 16.25: Despite what the photo on their website suggests, the clams did not come with shells. It was tiny morsels diced and suggests previously frozen. We chose a garlic and oil base.
Spaghetti Carbonara: This classic Carbonara tasted much like their Spaghetti Vongole – switch out the clams for bacon. It was not a creamy pasta dish filled with cream, bacon and egg yolks like Spacca Napoli.
Homemade Gnocchi 17: Traditional Gnocchi made white cream sauce we soft and pillowy. The cream sauce was nice but also not very flavourful.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana missed the mark on so many levels that it is hard to justify a re-visit given Spacca Napoli is just at up the street and Jimoco is not to far away. There are simply better food options in the Tri-Cities nowadays with better flavour profile, culinary execution and service.
And as a closing side note: Our dining experience was rudely interrupted by another patron (who probably was drunk) who mocked us by taking photos of us taking photos of our food, dancing around the tiny restaurant like a buffoon. His childish behavior was not addressed by the owners. No action was taken to put a stop to this clown. Instead, it left us accosted, saddened, and frankly a little angry that it our inconvenience was not acknowledged and that no apology was made. A restaurant that doesn’t value their customers does not value respect.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
I can never get enough of pan fried soya noodles! It is a classic Cantonese comfort dish. Pan Fried Soya Noodles 豉油皇炒麵 pairs so well with congee for breakfast or over dim sum! Those thin, crispy pan fried noodles are so irresistible and the soya […]
Kai Japanese Restaurant is located in Port Coquitlam by Fremont Village (beside A&W, near Wal-mart). This new sushi bar / izakaya has only been opened for approximately four months. This new sushi restaurants offers oshi sushi (pressed sushi similar to Miku and Kishimoto). So you […]
It’s been a very long time since we last visited Sushi K Kamizato. Even though we live mere minutes away, we’ve been going to eat at other places in the Tri-Cities. The menu has changed a lot since they first opened. It is more concise and focused on sashimi, Okonomi / nigiri pieces and fresh sheets directly from Japan. Cooked food is absent from the menu and don’t expect to see any bento boxes or California rolls options here.
Prices are relatively steep and an average dinner for dinner with drinks can run you $100. If you are looking for speciality items or daily specials, be sure to check their Facebook Page for updates. If you see something you fancy trying, I’d suggest asking for the price first. Some items like the Imonolith – marinated blue fin tuna cup, topped with snow crab leg and sweet shrimp mixed with my homemade avocado mayo sauce – is $11 per piece.
One thing is for certain, we probably will be coming back real soon. We’re already thinking about what to order next time! However, if you are pressed for time or expect to be somewhere in an hour, I’d suggest you visit Sushi K Kamizato another time. Their service is slow and the food takes time to come. There is only two people working there: the Chef and the server. Our last visit, it took over 50 minutes for our sushi pieces to arrive.
Has anyone tried their omakase? $40 seems very reasonable. The only caveat is that it requires one day advance notice.
Sushi K Kamizato
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Bar
Earls Restaurant Group is opened its new Ambleside Beach location on May 9, 2018. The first Earls to open in BC since 2010, Earls Ambleside Beach has been conceived specifically for this West Vancouver location and demographic. The design is ‘West Coast meets California Beach’ style […]
Hello Fresh is a meal delivery service in Canada. They deliver to nine different markets: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Québec, Newfoundland, and the Maritimes. They deliver via courier Sunday-Thursday every week depending on your postal code. Usually deliveries will arrive between 8am-8pm. Although […]
Every spring a dusty array of Millennial Pink coats the city with cherry blossoms. While pictures of sakura probably is flooding your Instagram, the truth is the taste of cherry blossoms is even better than their smell. The flowers and leaves of the cherry tree contain a small amount of coumarin that provides a distinctive delicious roasted almond and sweet hay aroma. In Japan, to enjoy the flavour cherry blossoms all year, fresh cherry blossoms are preserved in salt (sakura no shiozuke 桜の塩漬け), and then used to flavour rice, tea and sweets. Plum vinegar is added to the cherry blossom brine to accentuate the pink hue and fruity taste.
One of my favourite way to enjoy Sakura is in tea. Here are four Sakura-yu teas you should definitely try!
Brilliantly blended with notes of wild Rainier cherry and rose blossoms, this marvellous green tea from the Haute Couture Tea Collection® yields an exceptionally fresh and fruity infusion with a subtle floral aftertaste. The delicate sweetness of wild cerise enveloped by lingering notes of romantic floral.
Also for the month of April, the Vancouver TWG Tea Salon & Boutique will also be featuring a special Sakura Tea Set priced at $48 pp featuring Japanese tea-infused savouries and patisseries paired with an extensive selection of exclusive tea blends perfect for spring.
Mildly grassy and cherry with notes of hay with a sweet cherry finish. It is high in antioxidants. This Cherry Blossom tea pays an homage to the hanami festivals of Japan and exquisite beauty of the blossoms, our Cherry Blossom Green showcases our artistry in blending through the harmonization of fresh, grassy Japanese Sencha with sweet, candied cherry. Featuring one of Japan’s most popular natural leaf teas, Sencha Fukujyu (“Green Spider Leg”) is known for its refreshing sweet and grassy taste.
This 2018 Silver Medal at the Global Tea Championship award winner offers a joyous pairing of tart cherries, flowers, and organic green tea. Named for the annual Japanese cherry blossom festival, each cup invites tea lovers around the world to breathe in and appreciate the fleeting beauty of spring flowers in bloom. USDA Organic with flavour notes of cherry with a lightly floral & fruity aroma.
Light and smooth, this Sakura Tea is mildly salty with a floral aftertaste and plum undertones. A transparent pink expands in the cup revealing a flowery aroma with hints of the sea. This tea is made by preserving cherry blossoms in salt and plum vinegar. Its salty taste is common in Japan and the tea is most often used for celebrations and special occasions.
Cherry Blossom Tea Steeping Instructions
1. Heat water to 175˚F.
2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
3. Steep for 2-4 minutes.
4. For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
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Sushi Bar Maumi is a by reservation only Japanese restaurant in the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver – particularly between Bute and Davie. Menu focuses on traditional nigiri sushi. The omakase menu consists of a course of 11 pieces of sushi for $75 per person […]
The Holy Crab recently launched a new lunch menu that offers delicious cajun seafood fare at a reasonable price – all under $18. Like their seafood boil, it uses a variety of premium and locally sustainable seafood choices, of which many are Ocean Wise. In addition, there is also […]
Aleph Eatery is a Middle Eastern restaurant that recently just opened in Vancouver at 1889 Powell Street. The space although tight is bright, airy and cozy – decor cross sectioned between Kinfolk and Cereal Magazine. Pastel pallets faded and banquette seating frames the restaurant with floating tables to maximize space. I am in love. Plus it is baby friendly – the owners welcomed baby (and stroller) without giving us a side-eye.
To start, two cups of Arabic Coffee with Matchstick Roasters coffee beans.
If you come here for the Hummus, I would suggest you order the Silk Road.
Silk Road 12: eggplant, labneh, hummus, zaatar, honey. One of the best dip platter around with great flavour profiles that doesn’t become too washed up. +2 add extra chimichurri saj.
Fattoush Salad 8 small | 10 large: Brightly flavoured with a good balance of acidity. Cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons, pomegranate vinaigrette.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Aleph, we highly recommend it. If the restaurant isn’t too busy young entrepreneurs Haitham and Fiona are friendly and would tell you the story behind the restaurant.
Aleph Middle Eastern Eatery
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Wed 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1889 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
A total Canadian classic cocktail is the ultimate Caesar cocktail. It is a classic and totally crushable. It goes well over brunch and has the snack built right in! It’s Clamato juice based with a hit of vodka with the whole shebang of flavour and […]
Lately I’ve been running around in the morning that I don’t have time to make breakfast. Luckily I always have a healthy stash of these homemade granola raw bars. These energy bars are gluten free, vegan, and made with organic ingredients whenever possible! I love […]