Richmond has not seen quality Taiwanese cuisine in a long time. Recently, a few has popped up here and there. First there was Uncle Lu 安可盧萬巒豬腳 and now Maji Taiwanese Stir Fry 麻吉台式熱炒 opened beside Nan Chuu G Men. Maji Taiwanese Restaurant is a casual fare with […]
The Refinery Vancouver located on Granville Street, clubbing district. It is hidden upstairs on the second floor beside Sip Lounge and Le Chateau. There is two sections to the quiet restaurant (which would later be bustling with energetic guests): Bar and long high top tables in the front; and seated booths and long tables in the back. The atmosphere is casual, sophisticated but not stuffy. We were fortunate to be seated on a corner booth where Jess and I got to play catch up and exchange a few vacation stories.
Our focus was on the tapas menu. A few good plates to share after a long week. TGIF indeed.
Steak Tartar 13: I must admit I do find crostinis boring. That’s why Tableau Bar Bistro’s waffle chips were such a delight. The tartar here was deliciously seasoned mixed with cornichon, capers and shallots. The creamy quail’s egg yolk held everything together after you mixed it all up.
Seared Scallops 12: Three giant sized baja diver scallops seared perfectly. Carrot puree wine syrup, and scallions lifted the flavours of the juicy and sweet center.
Prosciutto Flatbread 14: Cured ham, pear, gorgonzola, walnuts, onion jam. Thinly crusted punctuated with sharp cheese. The amount was perfect – neither too much where the Italian blue cheese would overwhelm. God knows blue is not on my list of cheese heaven.
Bacon N’ Eggs 12: Crisp and fatty braised pork belly with two fried quail’s egg atop of caramelized onion and apple. A bite of sinfulness as it melts in your mouth.
After a few glasses of wine later, we wondered why we didn’t just ordered a bottle instead. A bottle of Kiwi Walk was only 35 anyways. But that’s the problem we you are in company of good friends, good food and good wine. | Kiwi Walk, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 8/g, 35/b
Next time, Charcuterie will be on my menu when we visit The Refinery Vancouver.
Cuisine: Wine Bars, Tapas Bars, Modern European
Tue 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Wed 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Thu 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Fri 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
1115 Granville St Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M1
The Drive (Commercial Drive) offers a lot of great eats and most of all great drinks and great patios. One of my favorite go to spots is BierCraft Tap and Tapas Bar. The other is Havanas (they have amazing Sangrias). BierCraft Tap, […]
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 […]
Yuu Japanese Tapas Richmond is a small restaurant that offers a lot of variety of contemporary Japanese cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Their menu offers wide selection of delicious appetizers, mini hotpots, okonomiyaki, donburi and signature Richmond ramen. For those that have a sweet tooth, they serve parfaits and bubble tea, coffee/lattes, slushes and smoothies. Their ramen has more or a fusion flare than your traditional ramen found at G-Men or Kintaro Ramen.
Take for example this Kimchi Seafood with Jumbo Scallop ramen in tomato Tonkatsu broth $11.99. The broth is nutty and tangy made of tonkatsu stock and plentiful of miso yellow and red miso together. A bit spicy with giant prawn and scallops but you can taste the frozenness of the seafood. The noodles itself wasn’t much, it was not very al dente and may not be filling enough if you are hungry.
Given that it is located in the same mall (Continental Plaza) as Gyo-O, Pearl Castle and Deer Garden, I’m not sure I find great value in a bowl of ramen at $11.99. I can easily hope over to Gyo-O or even over to G-Men on Alexandra for a quality ramen. Speaking of which I am getting a little bit thirsty! Seems to me MSG is at play. It has to be the culprit since I did not drink much of the soup.
Yuu Japanese Tapas 優
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen
Mon 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Tue 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Wed 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Thu 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Fri 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sun 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
3779 Sexsmith Road Richmond, BC V6X
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, […]
Chill Winston is a sexy restaurant and lounge located in Gastown on 3 Alexander St, Vancouver. I great location for after work happy hours and late night drinks with friends. Party district, hipster central and a see-and-to-be-seen places, you can always come to enjoy a full […]
A large part of my childhood was spent in the sunrise community of East Hastings. Drugs and prostitutions infest the once friendly neighborhood. I used to hate the stench every time I had to help my mother out in her garment factory on East Hastings and Victoria. Over the years I have seen changes to the community. Gourmet Factory moved from the back streets to Hastings. Café Nuba opened a location down the street in the Waldorf Hotel building. What used to be Kings Pizza (from memory of my childhood) to Campagnolo Roma, which I am dying to try out. Finally, theirs Red Wagon which serves, comfort food. The neighborhood facade has changed, so did the quality of food.
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
We were actually on our way to Pizzeria Farina and had the feeling of starvation, we settled half way down Hastings Street. At the end of the day, El Barrio was the right choice.
We started out with a Sol, and a mojito. The mojito was made just right.
For appetizer, and the most memorable dish of the night: Mussels! A pound of Gorge Inlet mussels tossed in a butter cream ale reduction and ancho peppers. (Mejillones En Cerveza) I tried my best to demonstrate how big and juicy these mussels were. These were so fresh, so damn good. The broth that the mussels were swimming in was addictive. Every time I cracked open a mussel, I looked forward to dipping it in the bowl. The broth even made me order another basket of bread to dip it in.
We originally wanted to do have one appetizer and one entrée to share. We decided on the tacos since I’ve been going on a rampage at Dona Cata and Biercraft with their tacos as well. There was a choice and we chose the home made chorizo. The chorizo itself was a bit dry in my opinion but the packed with flavor. At the end of the day my hand was still a mess with everything falling out. Licking my hand has never been more enjoyable.
Are we done? NO! We have decided to indulge more into this food porn dispute the fact that we already ordered and almost finished everything. We saw that everyone had the special from the sign so we decided to try it. Stuffed Poblano Peppers. I didn’t realize it was a vegetarian dish after I started writing it sentence. Why I say that is because usually veggie dishes doesn’t have that intense punch of flavours.
We ended the night with an open mic performed by two lovely ladies. Did this fit the style of the restaurant? I don’t know, I wasn’t able to concentrate on the music because all I kept thinking about was the food on the table.