Casual. Neighborhood. Comfort food. Central Bistro Vancouver downtown is located on 1072 Denman Street. It features an international menu with the weekend brunch option. Their East Coast Benny with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and topped with caramelized onions and fresh lobster meat is sinful. Sunday Night […]
Tag: Comfort Food
The best seat in the house is the chef’s table.* We love to peer into the kitchen and see what everyone is up to. Prepping, chopping, roasting, sauteing, garnishing, etc… For this reason, we truly love sitting at the high-top bars at the Homer Street […]
Monday’s nights are always hard to find a place to eat. Most restaurants typically close Mondays or Tuesdays. For us, these are the two days we are most tired from work – call it Monday Blues – that we simply don’t want to cook. We made the mistake of going to Kam Ho Restaurant 金豪麵家 to be greeted by closed doors and dimmed lights. But I really wanted their dinner combo with steamed fish. On the other hand, we go to Neptune Wonton Noodle 鳳嗚粥麵 all too often, so that was out of the question… Tonight we decided on Jubilant Restaurant 恩榮小館, which is actually opened by some of the good folks who was from Neptune. You’ll notice some resemblance in the menu.
The restaurant is a cozy place but with questionable interior design – for one matter: carpet. Carpet makes the place stuffy, old and appears dirty with stains. Laminate or tiles would be a much better option. A visit to the Interior Design Show would be helpful. But who am I to complain in this beggar / chooser predicament?
We ordered a dinner combo for two for 27.99: Choice of 2 dishes with a complimentary marinated half chicken and soup.
Daily Soup: Carrots and corn. A little watery but nonetheless tasty.
Braised cod fish and tofu stone pot: a sizzling hot pot filled with lightly coated flash fried cod and tofu, Chinese mushroom slivers and cabbage.
Salt and pepper chicken wings: a crispy skin with decent sized flappers.
Service was friendly and food came out prompt. I saw on their tele that they have lunch specials for fish ball noodle soup plus a drink for under 6 bux. Guess where I’m going for lunch next time?
4200 Number 3 Rd Richmond, BC V6X
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JAR Just A Restaurant located on Lyndhurst Terrace (Central, Hong Kong). It is inside the same building where one of my favourite outdoor patio and terrace roof garden is – Black Bird Bar Lounge. JAR is rustic with exposed ceilings and industrial bare lightbulbs, brick walls and […]
Congee Noodle House Vancouver 粥麵館 on Main x Broadway is your one stop noodle, rice, and congee house. They are opened late at night and a crowd favorite for many during lunch time. The location is convenient needless to say. The service is prompt but they […]
Kam Ho Restaurant 金豪麵家is a modest restaurant in between No.3 road and Hazelbridge Way. In its previous life it was Ho Yuen, now reincarnated as Kam Ho Restaurant . It specialized in small dishes, dinner combos and soup / noodles. The restaurant is clean and service is quick. The downside is there are inadequate parking spaces. If you come early, you should be alright.
4 Item Dinner Combo for 44.95.
Dried Bak Choy (Soup of the Day): I didn’t taste the msg which is a good thing. On the lighter side of watery.
Pan Fried Halibut + 2: A lightly battered crust with a nice control of temperature. The fish was juicy, flaky and buttery.
Hainanese Chicken: The chicken was cold, the way it should be after being dipped in ice after cooking. The gelatinous layer of fat underneath was modest and the meat was firm. Served with ginger/onion and chili vinegar sauce.
Tofu Egg and Broccoli: Lightly fried tofu egg served with imitation crab and egg whites over a bed of broccoli. A dish meant to be shy from bold flavors.
Steamed Salty Fish / Cuttlefish Minced Pork Cake: There was a lot of turnip bits and cuttlefish morsels. The cake was thick and pretty flavourful. Pour over some soy sauce and serve. It makes a great dish to mix with some rice.
Sweet Potato Soup (Dessert of the Day): Sweet yam with ginger makes this dessert soup not only light but warms you up when the temperature drops outside. I like how it wasn’t too sweet.
Kam Ho Restaurant makes a great place for a simple dinner with friends and/or family with economic value. Best bang for your buck. I think next time I’ll want to try their salt and pepper shrimp (it looked rather tasty from the table next door). The grass is always greener on the other side…
8053 Alexandra Rd, Richmond
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What do you look for in a restaurant? I longed to be surprised and excited. I want food to be punctuated with flavours and complexities and not simply thrown together. We can came to Wildebeest for a daylight view for their wooden high top tables […]
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House first found its claim to fame in Taipei, Taiwan. The juicy soup dumplings Xiao Long Bao 小籠包 touched many people and quickly become one of the world’s top 10 restaurants by The New York Times. It grew nationwide and even expanded […]
Gone are the days of Refuel’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken and bone marrow. Before I even went around to write about Refuel, the space has been taken over by Fable Kitchen for almost a year (since March 2011). I better not procrastinate any longer. Before Chef Trevor Bird from Top Chef Canada goes anywhere. Fable Kitchen is located on West 4th in Kitsilano. The menu is concise but has a lot of varieties.
Not much has changed in terms of the decor, fancy red bricks, wood tables and a fabulous chalkboard wall in the back. The service here is top notch and the food is impeccable with lots of great textures and flavors I came here many months ago for a girl’s night out, while I longed to seat at the bar to soak in all the kitchen action and see secrets maneuvering skills Bird pulls out, we grabbed a table near the front.
House Bread: Tarragon and orange butter with rosemary, olive oil and butter focaccia. The bread is salted lightly on top and holds a melt in your mouth yet does not crumple as you spread the butter. The smell is amazging: pigmented with rosemary herbs and a humble citrus flare. But what took this baby home was the butter. If you like garlic butter… it can not compare. This was a good start.
Our waitress was such a dear and explained everything to us, never rushed us, and made sure to give us plenty of great recommendation.
Canned Tuna “The Best Canned Tuna” 12: Albacore Tuna, fingerling potatoes marinated with lemon and sage, served with sea salt on the side and crostinis. The sous-vide fish is tender and moist. The olive oil made it slightly on the oily side, but it is no doubt sinful. Sea salt cuts thru the fattiness nicely while the potatoes packed in all the flavours in a small mason jar .
Chickpea Fritter 9: Pickled red onion, shoots, curry mayo and pea shoots. This battered breading was filled with curry reduction in a light density. I liked how it wasn’t overly crunchy and the curry mayo was powerful enough to standout without stealing the show. Tartness of pickled onions was needed to lighten the heaviness of the dish and added great sharp textures.
Veal Breast Raviolli (daily special) 23: A bounty of game meat that wasn’t gamy. This was no doubt a bold dish with bold flavours. Unfortunately the veal was slightly tough which Bird explained later it was perhaps the cut he chose. Raviolli was beautiful with juices and meat all stuffed inside.
Spaghetti and Meat Ball 11: Duck meat ball served over tagliatelle. The flavorful meatball was impressive. Juice and the sauce oozed out as we slit it apart. The tomatoe and duck au jus reduction was perfect for the al dente pasta.
To continue our epic meal, we moved onto desserts.
Daily Sweet Bites 10: Mini Pavlovas filled with rhubarb and blueberries. What’s not to love about this elegant dessert with a fluffy meringue? nothing. It’s amazing. The pavlovas were crisp and airy. Blueberry Macarons had a crispy eggshell exterior. I liked the fact it was not tremendously sweet. The love-hate dual Curtis Luk and Trevor Bird nailed it. Sable Cookies were buttery soft but forgettable.
Bread Pudding (daily special): Vanilla cream and rhubarb sorbet. A simple way to transform stale bread into a timeless classic comfort food. Drizzled with blueberry sauce (as you can tell blueberries and rhubarb was the season’s finest!). Slightly toasted golden brown bread adds for an extra special touch while the bottom layer is moist and sweet. The sorbet was refreshing and broke away from traditional flavours!
Yay! We were all star stricken! We love you Bird!
1944 West 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7
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PLUOY (People Love Us On Yelp) stickers are kind of a big deal, so maybe that’s why we were drawn to Pike Place Chowder Seattle in Post Alley. Pike Place Chowder has another location on Pacific Place 600 Pine St, Seattle… The 4.5 stars shop was closed […]
Old Town Mexican Café on 2489 San Diego Ave, located a short walk from Old Town San Diego (it is considered the ‘birthplace’ of California, Spaniards first permanent settlements). Old Town is a popular tourist attraction when visiting San Diego, California and the place to go for some Mexican spirit, live entertainment, shops and award winning restaurants. After visiting Legoland and eating Granny`s Apple Fries, Sea World and and eating at Georges At The Cove at La Jolla , it was time for some mean Mexican food.
Opens Daily 7am to 2am
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
Initially we were a bit lost for food until we came upon this bustling restaurant with line ups out the door. On the window there were stickers and awards stating that they were San Diego Restaurant Gold Medal Award 5 years in a row. Although somewhat weary that we may fall into the ‘tourist trap’ we decided to give it a shot. The decor is a bit rustic and bit of a dive but nothing short of authentic Mexico.
From the window you can see several lovely senoritas making fresh tortillas – a thin disk of unleavened bread made from wheat flour, masa, or corn and baked on a hot surface. This was both entertaining and a guarantee that we were served freshly made hot tortillas and not store-bought inventory. Always a bonus!
To start, we were served freshly fried corn tortilla chips – hot, crispy and lightly salted; They didn’t look much more than regular out of the bag chips, but wow, they were pretty tasty! And what better to accompany them than some Guac!
While waiting for the entries to arrive devoured the picture-less
- Mariscada $17.50 – marinated shrimp & halibut with lime juice
- Fire Shrimp $15.50 – large shrimp tosses in spicy fire sauce served with crisp cucumber, avocadoes, and tomatoes; pretty spicy! proceed with caution.
- Ceviche $8.95 – chopped pieces of fresh halibut marinated and cooked in a mixture of onions, chiles, cilantro and citrus juices. Served with sliced avocado. Unfortunately I found the citrus slightly too acidic and fresh halibut pieces less than firm.
Throughout the meal there were mariachi band that plays in each section of the restaurant. What a great added to the experience of Mexico.
Finally food with some substance! Comes our entries.
1/2 Chicken Mole Dinner $12.50
A normal roasted chicken served with beans and rice. The menu says it’s a spicy sauce with a hint of chocolate – but it was neither spicy nor chocolaty. The chicken was juicy and tender however.
Mexican Style Ribs – Full Rack: $19.95 / Half Rack: $11.95
Pull of the bone softness prepared in Mexican-style rotisserie pork ribs served with rice, beans and tortillas. Again nothing special and something available everywhere; say Vancouver?
Old Town Famous Carnitas – $12.75/serves 1; $24.50/serves 2
Delicious braised pork served in Mexico’s traditional style served with a side plate full of cilantro, onion, avocado, tomato, peppers, beans and tortillas (chose from flour or corn and served regular or crispy style. We had ½ and ½ and the crispy version is much better. Gives everything more texture!
Tostatas $3.75 to $8.95
Deep fried tortilla as the base of this dish. On top choose from Bean Beef Combo (Bean/Beef), Guacamole Combo Chicken (Bean/Chicken) or Chicken Suprema. Served with a plate full of beans, beef, pork, lettuce, tomato, olives, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. Definitely a sharing plate.
There’s always room for dessert.
- Grilled Basa Fillet
- Fresh tortillas
- generous portions
- long line ups
- friendly service
- Old Town Tourist Attraction
- Reasonable Prices
- Late Night
- Drinks Menu
- Old Town Mexican Café has been the proud recipient of many awards and recognitions over the past 21 years:
- Silver Fork Award (1984)
- San Diego Home and Garden Magazine
- Silver Award of Merit (1990)
- Southern California Restaurant Writers Access Award
- Accessible San Diego (1996)
- Gold Medallion Award (1995, 1996, 1998)
- San Diego Restaurant Association
- Best Mexican Restaurant (1997, 1998, 1999)
- San Diego Union-Tribune Readers Poll
- Reader’s Choice Award Ten Consecutive Years (1990 to 2000)
- San Diego Magazine
- Voted Best Margaritas
- Sunset Magazine
- Various other awards over the past 20 years.
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Cosca Restaurant is a recently opened Italian resto located within steps of English Bay, Vancouver on Denman Street. This resto brings a rustic charm to this area with its cozy atmosphere, romantic setting and dark wood décor by Nicole Eve Quinn. The idea is to bring […]
Jimoco Café & Pasta bar is hidden in a tiny strip mall in Coquitlam on Austin Ave cross street with Marmot St; easily missed and a recessed parking lot on the major street. This tiny pasta joint offers their 2 for 1 special since grand […]