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Papi’s Seafood Dine Out Vancouver 2020

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Buttered Praline Coffee Latte with Melitta

Buttered Praline Coffee Latte with Melitta

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Tojo’s Vancouver Happy Hour Menu

Tojo’s Vancouver Happy Hour Menu

Tojo’s is a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver that is internationally acclaimed for creating exquisite food. Chef Hidekazu Tojo creates dishes that are fresh, unique with a modern twist yet rooted in Japanese fine dining traditions.

The restaurant is spacious, featuring a sushi bar, cocktail and sake bar, lounge area and dining room.

I was invited to Tojo’s for the launch of their new Happy Hour menu beginning December between Monday to Saturday (4 to 6 pm).

Tojo’s Happy Hour Menu

Tojo’s Happy Hour menu features exclusive cocktails crafted by BC Barman Jeff Savage from Fairmont Pacific Rim. There is a variety of both raw and cooked food and yakitori options.

Drinks

  • Japanese Highball – inspired by the delicate, nuanced whisky highball so popular in Japan. This drink combines Suntory Toki with Bitter Sling Lem-Marrakech Bitters and soda.
  • Tokaido 53 – A vibrant martini riff inspired by journeys on the ancient road connecting Kyoto and Edo. Bison Grass Vodka, Kazuku Gin, Herb and Citrus Oil.
  • Salaryman – A stern cocktail best used to signal the end of the workday. Japanese Whisky Blend, Notes of Matcha and Black Sesame.
  • Tojo’s Milk Punch – Eastern flavours and Western techniques meets in this milk punch, named after the Iconoclast himself. Bank’s 5 Island Rum, Shiso, Sencha, Mint, Lime, Clarified Milk.
  • Kitsune Gimlet – A bright, fresh cocktail that’s as cunning and playful as it’s mythical namesake Kazuku Gin, Yuzu and Honey.
  • Nitobe Garden Fizz – Vibrancy and earthly bounty come together in this drink honouring the beautiful Nitobe Memorial Garden. Seedlip Garden 108, Matcha, Herb, Citrus Oil, Soda

Food

  • Tofu Ankake
  • Miso Mustard Lotus Root
  • Tojo’s Chowder
  • Tojo’s Tuna
  • Royal Chicken
  • BBQ Scallop
  • Dashimaki + Caviar
  • Tojo’s Roll (aka California Roll)
  • Dragon’s Sweet Potatoes
  • Citrus and Sea Salt Wings
  • Wagyu Sukiyaki

We ended the evening with Okonomiyaki. This housemade Japanese pancake was hearty yet made with a light batter without a lot of flour used. Just plenty of shredded cabbage, shrimp and scallops.

Tojo’s Happy Hour is worth checking out and the food pairs nicely with the cocktail options. Unwind after a long day’s work or simply enjoy some pre-drinks before dinner service!

I was invited by Tojo’s for a menu tasting. All opinions are my own.

Tojo’s Japanese Restaurant
URL: https://tojos.com/
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Bar

Hours:
Saturday 4–10:30pm
Sunday Closed
Monday 4–10pm
Tuesday 4–10pm
Wednesday 4–10pm
Thursday 4–10pm
Friday 4–10:30pm

133 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1
(604) 872-8050


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Torafuku Vancouver | Lunch Menu

Torafuku Vancouver | Lunch Menu

Torafuku in Vancouver’s Chinatown is now open for lunch service and I’m very excited. I’ve been a fan of this “Lucky Tiger” since it started as an Asian Fusion food truck “Le Tigre”. I’ve been here for events and during Dine Out Vancouver – not […]

The Red Accordion Vancouver

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Afuri Ramen + Dumplings Richmond | 阿夫利

Afuri Ramen + Dumplings Richmond | 阿夫利

AFURI RAMEN from Japan is now open in Vancouver (well, Richmond to be exact!) Afuri Ramen + Dumplings is located at 140-7971 Alderbridge Way next to Chunyang Bubble Tea. The Afuri brand was established in 2001 with locations across Japan, Portland, and soon to be opened in Hong Kong. I was excited about last night’s media review, tasting and first look before it opens official at 11 am today January 7, 2020.

The restaurant seats 59. It is spacious, bright with high ceilings. Afuri uses a self-ordering kiosk system. Simply place your order at one of the three kiosks, take your ticket and wait at your table.

Afuri’s signature broth and ramen noodles are prepared fresh daily in-house. The chicken-based broth serves approximately 500 bowls of. 300 lbs of chicken (meat and bones), 3 types of dried fish, kombu seaweed, and plenty of fresh vegetables are boiled at 90 degrees – separating the fat and the clear broth. The fat is later added back to your bowl when its ready to be served.

Another signature of Afuri is their Yuzu Broth (Shio, Shoyu, Ratan, Tsuyu Tsukemen). The yuzu broth is refreshing and fragrant, closely resembling that of the grapefruit, with overtones of mandarin orange.  The intensity and aroma of fresh yuzu is incredible without being overpowering.

Yuzu Shio Ramen 16: This light and refreshing ramen noodle is my favourite. It is fragrant and goes well with the thinner ramen noodles. This would be equally perfect in the Summer months when a typical Tonkotsu would be otherwise too rich and heavy. This yuzu broth is much lighter than Marutama.

Tonkotsu Shio 17: The broth is rich and flavourful with a layer of black garlic oil on top but still lighter than most Tonkotsu broths commonly found in Vancouver.

The chashu pork was very tender and flavour and the optional sides were all quite nice. I especially liked the fried garlic but wished they would have the option to add more finely chopped green onions.

Other Food Options

  • Gohan Rice Bowls: Afuri also offers 4 types of rice bowls ($7-9)
  • Kakuni Pork Gohan (with marinated chashu pork cubes)
  • Tantanmen Gohan (with minced ginger pork
  • Karaage Gohan
  • Kimchee Gohan (vegetarian)

The gohan rice bowls are topped with a slow cooked runny egg, bamboo shoots, frisee, green onion, pickled ginger, togarashi, nori and is generously portioned.

Buta Dumplings 10: The pan-fried gyozas are deliciously crispy with a juicy meaty filling.   

Chicken Karaage 7: Nicely deep fried with a crispy coat of seasoning and served with a yuzu kosho egg salad dipping mayo and fried shishito pepper.

Buns: 3 types of buns ($6-8)

  • Kakuni Pork Bun
  • Spicy Chicken Bun
  • Soft Shell Crab (spicy mayo and kimchi)

We also sampled few signature cocktails including

  • Endomame – house snap pea vodka, lemon, egg white and mint
  • Hanami – tequila, aperol, pierre ferrand cognac, lemon, honey and bitters
  • Homemade Gingerale
  • Yuzu Limeade

Overall, Afuri Ramen + Dumplings in Richmond is off to a great start and I’m excited to revisit this again. Arrive early to avoid disappointment as there will be long line ups during the first while of its official opening!

What was your favourite dish? Where is the best Ramen shop in Vancouver? Let me know in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @instanomss if you’ve tried this menu. I’d love to see your food photos!~

Afuri Ramen + Dumpling
URL:  https://www.afuriramen.com/
Cuisine: Japanese, Noodles, Ramen

140-7971 Alderbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 2A4
(604) 306-3063

Monday 11a.m.–10p.m

Tuesday 11a.m.–10p.m.

Wednesday 11a.m.–10p.m.

Thursday 11a.m.–10p.m.

Friday 11a.m.–11p.m.

Saturday 11a.m.–11p.m.

Sunday 11a.m.–10p.m.


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Instant Pot Turkey Pho Recipe

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Montana’s BBQ & Bar Pork Back Ribs Texas Style

Montana’s BBQ & Bar Pork Back Ribs Texas Style

Montana’s BBQ & Bar restaurant chain launches its first-ever retail offering of fully-cooked and ready-to-eat succulent smoked ribs that are ready in minutes!

Available in the refrigerator section of supermarkets like the Real Canadian Superstore from coast to coast, the mouthwatering Texas-style, fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork back ribs take only 25 minutes to heat in the oven or even less on the grill.

BBQ lovers will enjoy the same great, signature taste of Montana’s ribs from the convenience of home! It is perfect for game nights or friends and family gatherings!

Perfect for a quick and convenient meal for family gatherings, or a satisfying, melt-in-your-mouth snack for at-home sports-watching, the ribs are deliciously marinated and cooked to perfection in Montana’s unique and authentic Texas-style BBQ sauce, with a smoky taste and hint of spices.

“Montana’s ribs are described as ‘smokin’ hot’ with ‘messy BBQ goodness’ for good reason,” Chelsea Kellock, Director of Marketing, Montana’s said. “Now, rib lovers nationally have the option of digging in and enjoying the tender, juicy and irresistible sauce-smothered taste of Montana’s ribs in our restaurants or from the comfort of home. And what better time than football season to introduce Montana’s ribs to your home parties and score big with friends and family.”

Montana’s ribs come in 650g packs and retail between $12.99 and $14.99 – available for purchase at the following retailers https://www.montanas.ca/readytoeatribs.

About Montana’s

Montana’s opened in 1995 and now has more than 100 restaurants across Canada. A casual BBQ & Bar eatery, Montana’s is famous for fall-off-the-bone ribs, 100 per cent Canadian steaks and burgers, and a variety of other favorites such as fire-grilled chicken tacos and mac n’ cheese. A casual restaurant that’s great for all occasions and ages, the Montana’s thematic environment allows diners to kick back and relax, joke around with the restaurant’s friendly bartenders and servers, draw on table paper, and most importantly, connect with friends and family.

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First Table Offers Diners 50% Off the First Table of the Night

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Masayoshi Vancouver | Omakase

Masayoshi Vancouver | Omakase

Masayoshi Vancouver Noms

Masayoshi on Fraser Street is ranked #48 in a list of Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants for 2018. This chef-owned Japanese restaurant is by reservation only and offers an Omakase-only menu. The Chef, Masayoshi Baba comes from Tojo’s and creates all omakase dishes prepared with no MSG, real wasabi, and organic ingredients.

The cozy restaurant seats 20. It is an adult only. It is not baby-friendly. If you are still hungry at the end of your meal, it is not possible to order by pieces (Okonomi) from a daily fresh sheet.

Omakase Menu Prices

  • Nigiri Omakase $100 – 14 PIECES, MISO SOUP, DESSERT
  • Nigiri Omakase $130 – 16 PIECES, APPETIZER, MISO SOUP, DESSERT
  • There are two seatings each evening at 6pm and 8pm.

What We Ate

The multi-course menu changes based on seasonal ingredients – including hot and cold dishes and finishes with rice.

  • Dungeness crab. Turnip, melon
  • Albacore tataki
  • Black cod. Marinated Soy vinegar
  • Wild yellowtail
  • Baby snapper
  • Kohada
  • Mirugai geoduck
  • Bluefin tuna
  • Chi-toro
  • Pine nut soup with garden eel. Lime juice. Bone-in
  • Ajima
  • Isaki grunt
  • Baby hamachi
  • Bonito with ginger on top – very smoky flavour profile
  • King crab
  • Hirame
  • Scallops from Hokkaido
  • Uni
  • Tamago – soup soaked. V eggy savoury
  • Anago eel
  • Panna cotta matcha sauce

Overall our experience was delightful. The fish was fresh and I especially enjoyed the smokey bonito nigiri. The price at $130 per person was a little steep considering a one-star Michelin restaurant in San Francisco is only slightly more. This would be considered higher-end prices for Vancouver.

It would have also been great if they gave you the option to order by pieces (Okonomi) from a daily fresh sheet at the end of the meal if you are still hungry or fancied a repeat of any particular fish.

Masayoshi Vancouver Noms

What was your favourite dish? Let me know in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @instanomss if you’ve tried this menu. I’d love to see your food photos!~

Masayoshi Japanese Restaurant
URL:  https://www.masayoshi.ca/
Cuisine: Japanese

4376 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4G3
(604) 428-6272

Monday to Saturday 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

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Bacon Wrapped Turkey Thighs | Easy Oven Recipe

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