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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’.

 

 

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

 

 

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.

 

 

Cuchillo Gastown Vancouver

 

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.

 

 

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Cuchillo Vancouver
URL: http://www.cuchillo.ca/
Cuisine: Modern Pan-Latin, Latin American, Mexican
Hours:
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)

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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

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

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A beautiful array of my favourites.

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Generous chunks of spicy tuna garnished with green onions

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Sweet awesomeness of hotates.

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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

 
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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…

Guu Otokomae Japanese Izakaya, Vancouver (Gastown)

Guu Otokomae Japanese Izakaya, Vancouver (Gastown)

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Guu Izakaya. “Shouting is one of our specialty other than serving Izakaya dish”

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Guu’s empire is steadily building in Vancouver and Toronto. There are 6 establishments locally. The Gastown restaurant has been around since 2003 when a bulky 3 megapixel camera was top of the line. I guess I can say I grew up with Guu and been here numerous times when pictures were very noisy and my memory was hazy.

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Guu Otokomae. Otokomae apparently “means handsome man or true man in physically and mentally. Guu with handsome man? The concept behind its name is a better customer service with attractive contemporary tapas than “authentic” Izakaya.” Skeptical like I was? Google comes up with Processed Otokomae (Handsome Guy) Tofu – tofu that tastes of chocolate?! Eh? Whatever the case may be, Guu Otokomae won’t leave you feeling strange. They won’t even shout or yell after every dish you order.

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The venue is spacious with split levels – bar area and a dining area overlooking Water St.

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We came here to celebrate the April babies birthdays’. Three early in the month and me at the end of the month! To start things off correctly we ordered some Saporro and Matcha Sake Mojito and Sake Mojito.
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I prefer drinking beer directly from the bottle – I feel more manly. And unless my beer mug / sleeve is chilled, it probably wouldn’t be my first choice. It’s unfortunate Guu Otokomae does not carry Ashai Black. Actually not many places do and if you come across an izazkaya that does, please let me know! Oh, that lagery aroma of toffee and faint chocolate with some earthy woody hop presence…. mmmmm. But any Sapporo will hit the spot regardless.
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Matcha Sake Mojito – subtlely bitter and minty. It is refreshing. I like to pound and muddle my mint leaves as much as possible. Rum, green tea, mint, lime, maple syrup and soda
Sake Mojito – Sake, Plum wine, lime, mint leave, ramune

 

 

 

Small Dishes
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Taka Wasa – instant wake me up. Even those with the strongest allergies will be cleared up. Wasabi power.

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Edamae – steamed beans lightly salted

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Chicken Bang Bang-Z Salad – steamed chicken breast with greens (bean sprouts, cucumbers and tomatoes). Guu’d dressing with black sesame sauce. Refreshing with plenty of proteins and I really like the sesame touch.
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Yam Fries
Sashimi Bar

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Scallop Carpaccio – wee bit on the smaller side. There wasn’t much taste to it. I much prefer the hotate at Gyo-O with a hint of wasabi mayo.

 

 

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Salmon Sashimi

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Hamachi Sashimi

 

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Salmon with 7 Friends – it was interesting to see the server flip, stir, mix the ingredients together. By the end of the ordeal, it was paste-like and wasn’t very aesthetically pleasing. Taste-wise it was alright, but we much prefer the ingredients left separate for our own entertainment.
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Guu Tataki

 

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Maguro Tataki – black pepper and nicely seasoned. One of my favourites!

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Seafood Salad – Sashimi on a bed of spring greens

 

Pan Fried or Grilled
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Grill Black Cod – A miso glazed juicy and flaky fish. Always a delight
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Lamb Hamburg Steak – a hamburger patty made with lamb. We were intrigued by the presentation on a hot skillet and paper towel guarding the flying oil more than anything. Seasoned minced radish on top. Nothing outrageously spectacular unless I see fireworks. But it was still tasty… I can not knock them on that.

 

 

 

Deep Fried
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Chicken Karrage
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Brie Cheese – reminds me of a Saganaki. Lightly breaded brie that is crispy outside and soft inside. Be careful it is hot inside!
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Crab and Shrimp Gratin Croquette – Yum! Creamy. Soft.

 

 

 

Carbs
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Mushroom Cheese Bibimbap – Risotto a la Nippon style in a hot stone bowl

 

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Kimchi Udon – like a mentaiko with kimchi. Stir fried undo with a lil spice

 

Have we ordered everything on the menu yet? Almost I think…

 

Moving down the list of Guu’s strong holds… Let’s see what unique items and atmosphere it has to offer. Stay tuned!
Guu Otokomae on Urbanspoon
375 Water Street  Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5C6
(604) 685-8682

 

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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,…