Tag: Late Night

Lips Resto Vancouver | Davie Street Elegant Dining

Lips Resto Vancouver | Davie Street Elegant Dining

[image_with_animation animation="Fade In" img_link_target="_self" image_url="13225"][image_with_animation animation="Fade In" img_link_target="_self" image_url="13217"] LIPS resto is a newly opened elegant restaurant on Davie Street. With a million-dollar renovation, Lips is a comfortable fine-dining addition to the West End neighborhood with reasonable prices. Menu focused on casual and ethnic fare. Finally, you [...]
Gringo Vancouver (Gastown) | Nacho Libre, Pink Flamingo, and Night Cap

Gringo Vancouver (Gastown) | Nacho Libre, Pink Flamingo, and Night Cap

  In the back alley of Blood Alley you can watch fights break out over an umbrella, grab a tasting flight at Salt Tasting Room, or grab some affordable Mexi-Cali-style food and drinks. This hot pink flamingo restaurant is perfect for your night cap, a pre-and […]

Cuchillo Vancouver (Gastown / Downtown Eastside)

Cuchillo Vancouver (Gastown / Downtown Eastside)

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver


Cuchillo Vancouver is a new new Latin-themed restaurant in the fringes of Gastown and Downtown Eastside, landmarked by a skull  neon awning. Barely opened a month and there’s a crowd forming already and protesters outside, green with envy, for city revival and booming business. Oh, what credit does that give them. But I digress. Service is friendly, food is top shelf – perhaps this is what they call ‘high end’.



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Inside exposed brick and wooden communal high top tables fill the center; skull themed tiles surround the kitchen and the smell of delectable warms the space.



Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver


Mojito: one damn fine drink with all the essential aesthetics.


Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver


White Sangria: Pears, pineapples, grapes, apples.


Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver


Ceviche – Mixto Traditionale: octopus tiradito, side stripe prawn, rockfish, mussels y calms, sweet potato puree. I felt like I was a at seaside market in Spain filled with colorful flavors.





Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver


Ceviche – Local Albacore Tuna Y Pipian Rojo: warm Peruvian double smoked bacon causa. Light delicate flavors highlighting the buttery tuna with bursts of bright smoked bacon. The potato stack at the bottom was unexpectedly distinctive with seasoning.





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Taqueria – Mole Lamb: albondigas sardo parmesan browned garlic popcorn. We appreciated the gameyness from the lamb meatball which was only elevated with the toasted garlic. The use of the popcorn was clever and at times I almost thought it to be cracklin skin softed by sauce.


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Taqueria – pulled duck y cracklin’ roasted garlic, blackberry habanero jam. The duck shallows in comparison to the lamb tacos. The flavors are subtle and not as pungent. The best would be to have the duck first followed by the lamb.



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Pork Belly Confit: maple chipotle,  tamarind glaze, chicaron, patacones, minced onion y jalapeno. Tender soft pork belly in a sweet-spicy sauce. The sweet yam patty is slightly crispy with stickiness. And contrasted with fried pork rinds. The sauce however was  too overdressed, overpowering the natural flavor of the pork… Like arriving to a beach picnic in full prom attire.



Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver


There was only so much we could sample in one sitting. We must make a feast out of this sometime and try the other dishes. For now, I’ll have to just reminiscence and drool over the photos.



Cuchillo on Urbanspoon

Cuchillo Vancouver
URL: http://www.cuchillo.ca/
Cuisine: Modern Pan-Latin, Latin American, Mexican
Mon 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

261 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z1
(604) 559-7585


Guu Kobachi (Guu Izakaya), Vancouver (Downtown)

Guu Kobachi (Guu Izakaya), Vancouver (Downtown)

  Friends and fans for Guu Kobachi will rejoice over their Denman location also. This small izakaya joint amongst the street filled with ramen – Motomachi, Kintaro, etc. Inside are small wooden tables and a bar area with a projection screen. We arrived one Monday […]

Shilin Night Market Taiwan 士林夜市, Taiwan (Taipei)

Shilin Night Market Taiwan 士林夜市, Taiwan (Taipei)

    Everyone that visits Taipei, Taiwan wants to visit the Shilin Night Market Taiwan. Will visit the Shilin Night Market Taiwan. It is one of the most famous, most talked about night market in Taipei. It is located just off the Jiantan MRT 劍潭站. Please do […]

Ebisu Japanese Restaurant (Kamei Group), Vancouver (Downtown)

Ebisu Japanese Restaurant (Kamei Group), Vancouver (Downtown)




Many of you living in Vancouver will pass by えびす Ebisu Japanese Restaurant on Robson x Butes location at one point in time; or perhaps frequent this eatery. Like Ebisu in Richmond, it comes from the same parent group Kamei Group. This place is forever jammed action packed and is great of late nights or happy hour. Problem with this location, like any other establishment on Robson is that street parking is terrible and there isn’t any free parking. There is a long bar table, booth seats and high tops tables in the back. Again, it is a great place to watch the game, pre-drink, chill and grab a bite.





We came here this time for some food to bridge the gap on a TGIF and a late dinner party with friends. Thank goodness for the Royale Sashimi Feast Platter. Plenty of fresh sashimis that is filling but also easily digestible.


Royale Sashimi Feast 29.95: Amaebi, Hotate scallops, Sashimi (Salmon, tuna, saba, and hamachi) and spicy tuna.


Fresh oysters: Although on the skinny side. they were fresh.


A beautiful array of my favourites.


Generous chunks of spicy tuna garnished with green onions


Sweet awesomeness of hotates.


Two sweet amaebis prawns.


For $30, this was a great deal. After dinner at Ebisu Japanese Restaurant, I’m ready for some shopping before we migrate to dinner. TGIF! <3

Ebisu on Robson on Urbanspoon


Ebisu Japanese Restaurant

827 Bute Street  Vancouver, BC V6E 3Y4
(604) 689-8266
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Ebisu Japanese Richmond (Kamei Group), Richmond

Ebisu Japanese Richmond (Kamei Group), Richmond

  Ebisu Japanese Richmond, part of the Kamei Group has opened several locations in Vancouver and Richmond. One that we normally frequent is Ebisu Japanese Richmond since it is close to work which makes a great place for Happy Hour. Cheap beer, wings, and also a […]

Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland, Oregon

Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland, Oregon

        6:45: we just arrived at Pok Pok Portland, I asked Nancy if it was jam action PACKED with people waiting for a table, what should we do? She answered, we’ll wait… It better be good…           6:50: […]

Havana Vancouver (Commercial Drive)

Havana Vancouver (Commercial Drive)

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I love Commercial Drive. It has so much to offer; there are so many restaurants, bars and pubs. Belgian FriesBierCraft Tap and Tapas Bar, etc. Another one of my favorites is Havana. They first opened in 1996 and interiors are pretty rad: inspired by the faded glory of Old Havana in Cuba. All the scribbles on the walls reminds me of Jim Carrey horror movie The Number 23. Good thing this place comes with one of the best Sangrias in Vancouver! Havana Vancouver has my favorite is the Champagne Sangria: bubbles and fruits.


Although the food sometimes is a hit and miss, Havana Vancouver always friendly service and they open late and have a killer patio! This place is packed during summer times! In the back of the restaurant there is a little area displaying art works and serves as a gallery. For a list of upcoming events visit them here.



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Tuna Taco 14: House made tuna crudo with lettuce, guacamole and fruit salsa. Served with a hard shell taco. Although I like the crunchiness it brings, I prefer soft shell tacos. One bite and it simply breaks apart and pieces goes flying around. The fruit salsa was tangy but missing more of a lime face punch.




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Tuna Ceviche 12: Fresh Tuna crudo house cured ceviche with crispy tortilla chips. We made the mistake of order two tuna items (our waitress didn’t warn us about this. But then again I don’t think she really cares). This tuna tasted pretty very close to the previous fish tacos and had a heavy sesame taste to it.


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West Coast Mussels 15: With housemade chorizo sausage and tomato. The mussles were plump and there was a nice acidity with some heat to the broth. Can’t say it was the best mussels we’ve had but it wasn’t too bad.


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Paella 19: West Coast mussels, prawns, chorizo, peppers, onions, tomatoes, saffron, rice, coconut milk and Pernod. First I like to say the chorizo was ham. It wasn’t the sausages I am used to. Perhaps they ran out that day and had to substitute, otherwise it would be pretty disappointing. Overall not a bad dish and there were plenty of prawns, mussels and mild spiciness to this fried rice.

Jambalaya 17.95: Quite similar to the Paella but there was more acidity to the dish and it was a bit overwhelming. The dish was also a bit watery and seemed very rushed.



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Havana Vancouver Desserts of the Day: This changes all the time so best to ask to see what’s available.

Bread Pudding and vanilla ice cream –  best remedy for stale bread is to tear it into pieces and bake it in milk, eggs, sugar and spices. Covered with whipped cream and delightful pairing to ice cream.

Cheesecake: Pumpkin flavor just in time for fall! Rich, creamy and a hint of pumpkin. Not too sweet and smooth.



Havana Restaurant & Gallery on Urbanspoon



1212 Commercial Dr Vancouver, BC V5L 3X4
(604) 253-9119




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La Banquise Resto 24h Montreal | Poutine Resto La Banquise

La Banquise Resto 24h Montreal | Poutine Resto La Banquise

              We have two official languages here in Canada – English and French. Poutine is iconic as hockey is. When you are in Montreal, Quebec how could you not scavenge the city to find the best poutine available? It […]

Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대, Coquitlam

Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대, Coquitlam

Sometimes little things makes me really happy. Take for example my discovery of Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대 in Coquitlam. I’m excited because it closely resembles joints I’ve been to in South Korea.           Seok Gi Si Dae Korean […]

Happy Day Metro House, Burnaby (Metrotown)

Happy Day Metro House, Burnaby (Metrotown)

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Beyond kimchi, there is KFC. I don’t mean the stuff that Col. Sanders in Kentucky makes. I am talking about Korean Fried Chicken. Sure it’s similar to Church’s but KFC (  yangnyeom chikin) has a whole new meaning. You will most likely be consuming this with a group of friends, drinking soju and downing a few beers. You will most likely not be sitting at home alone with a 20 piece bucket, drinking grape juice and downing your sorrows in front of the tube. You will be served Korean side dishes aka banchan while listening to KPOP music playing in the background. You will not be eating fries drenched with powder mixed gravy.


KFC is amazing. I mean the fried chicken is seasoned and prepared in a way that the fat is removed from the skin. The result of that is a thin crust that is almost transparent. Crispy. Crunchy. Crackling.

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Happy Day in Metrotown or as my friends and I like to call it Happy Chicken. This Korean restaurant is located between Nelson Ave and Royal Oak Ave on Kingways. We come here for happy hour. We come here for dinner. And we come here for late nights (open until 2am on some nights).



Chicken Tenderloins

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Crispy and juicy chicken strips. Comes with a side of chips and dipping sauce!

Half Spicy / Half Non-Spicy KFC

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A mixture of dark meat and drumsticks. The spicy sauce gently coats the fried chicken. While it is initially sweet and mild to taste, it slowly generates heat in your mouth. The sauce reminds me a bit of buffalo wings, but the ginger, soy sauce and Korean chilli paste keeps the flavour unique. Of course, you can always ask them to add more heat to your sauce.





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Padak is a unique KFC with small pieces of fresh spring green onions and mustard honey sauce. When you look at the gorgeous protein it definitely stimulates your appetite. Golden brown flaky breading. The taste is sweet yet slightly sour. Refreshing and something rare to encounter when you eat fried chicken. The spicy taste of spring onion and tangy mustard sauce reduces the greasiness of everyday KFC. If you’ve never had this amazing chicken, I strongly encourage you to lick your fingers to it and wash it down with a cold pint of beer.

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Of course, Happy Day also serves your typical Korean staples such as JapChae (it’s alright), SoonDooBoo Tofu Soup (the mushroom one is pretty good), and Seafood Pancake (typical, nothing special).
Come hungry. Come lots. Good food is best shared among friends!

Happy Day Metro House on Urbanspoon




#109-5021 Kingsway  Burnaby, BC V5H 2E5
(604) 431-6995



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Guu Otokomae Japanese Izakaya, Vancouver (Gastown)

Guu Otokomae Japanese Izakaya, Vancouver (Gastown)

Guu Izakaya. “Shouting is one of our specialty other than serving Izakaya dish” Guu Otokomae Japanese Vancouver (Gastown) √ Guu Original Vancouver (Thurlow) Guu Garlic Vancouver (Robson) Guu Garden Vancouver (Nelson) Guu Richmond (Aberdeen) Guu Kobachi Vancouver (Denman) Guu’s empire is steadily building in Vancouver and […]

Manzo Izakaya Japanese Restaurant Richmond | Grilled Skewers 万藏居酒屋

Manzo Izakaya Japanese Restaurant Richmond | Grilled Skewers 万藏居酒屋

Manzo Izakaya Japanese Restaurant Richmond 万藏居酒屋 is located on Alexandra Road for over 10 years. They were one of the first izakayas offering Japanese tapas and grilled dishes and skewers in Lulu Island before Gyo-O Kaisen Shokudo Japanese Restaurant, G Men Nan Chuu, Gyoza King Group, Ebisu, […]