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The Joker and the Thief: Ungava Gin, Prevedello prosecco, elderflower, lime, honey syrup, Barkeep saffron bitters
Summer is Coming: High River whiskey, Southern Comfort, Amaro Averna, maple syrup, lemon, Rosehip hibiscus tincture
Kimono: Zubrowska Bison Grass vodka, Domaine de Canton, Grand Marnier, Peychaud’s Aperitivo, lemon, strawberries
The Carbon Bar
Cuisine: Bar, Lounge
Mon 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am – 2:15 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 10:30 am – 2:15 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
99 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1S1
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Rosa’s Cucina Italiana is a tiny Italian restaurant in Port Moody on 2331 Clarke Street. This local Cucina is a classic mom and pop shop that offers homemade pasta. Unfortunately, well, it is just that, “homemade” – and not particularly gourmet. In a small market it may be considered a “gem”; however, with a larger demographic and competition it can only be considered mediocre. The self pro-claimed “best Italian food in the Lower Mainland” is quite the stretch.
This Italian restaurant has been opened for many years. The decor is dated and lighting is dim. It takes no reservations. You are seated on a first come first serve basis. We came on an otherwise quiet Thursday night and waited over an hour outside before we were seated. It is terribly mismanaged and understaffed. The husband and wife team simply can not attend to their patron at a reasonable fashion despite their best intentions. After we ordered, it took another hour before our food arrived.
Caesar Salad 13.50: One oily salad and fresh crispy Romaine lettuce, cheese and Anna’s homemade dressing. This salad was bland and requires some anchovies. If you are looking for a gourmet Caesar, I’d suggest heading to Boulevard Kitchen.
Meatballs 14: This side appetizer came with four giant meatballs. Uncharacteristic of a juicy and gourmet meatball, it lacked seasoning. I would prefer Glowbal’s truffled spaghetti and meatballs any day of the week.
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage 16.75: Unfortunately I’d like to say that Rosa’s completely missed the mark on the red marinara sauce. The sausage needed some seasoning and perhaps a little kick of peppers.
Spaghetti Vongole 16.25: Despite what the photo on their website suggests, the clams did not come with shells. It was tiny morsels diced and suggests previously frozen. We chose a garlic and oil base.
Spaghetti Carbonara: This classic Carbonara tasted much like their Spaghetti Vongole – switch out the clams for bacon. It was not a creamy pasta dish filled with cream, bacon and egg yolks like Spacca Napoli.
Homemade Gnocchi 17: Traditional Gnocchi made white cream sauce we soft and pillowy. The cream sauce was nice but also not very flavourful.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana missed the mark on so many levels that it is hard to justify a re-visit given Spacca Napoli is just at up the street and Jimoco is not to far away. There are simply better food options in the Tri-Cities nowadays with better flavour profile, culinary execution and service.
And as a closing side note: Our dining experience was rudely interrupted by another patron (who probably was drunk) who mocked us by taking photos of us taking photos of our food, dancing around the tiny restaurant like a buffoon. His childish behavior was not addressed by the owners. No action was taken to put a stop to this clown. Instead, it left us accosted, saddened, and frankly a little angry that it our inconvenience was not acknowledged and that no apology was made. A restaurant that doesn’t value their customers does not value respect.
Rosa’s Cucina Italiana
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
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Earls Restaurant Group is opened its new Ambleside Beach location on May 9, 2018. The first Earls to open in BC since 2010, Earls Ambleside Beach has been conceived specifically for this West Vancouver location and demographic. The design is ‘West Coast meets California Beach’ style overlooking Ambleside Beach. This waterfront-dining destination where every table has a view!
The menu was created by Culinary Development Chef, David Wong, and will be managed day-to-day by Head Chef, Simon Zanotto, in the kitchen. Opening from 9am on weekends, Earls Ambleside Beach will tempt guests with an expansive brunch menu inclusive of new, location exclusive, menu items such as Lobster and Pancetta Pizza, Salmon Zen Bowl, and The Grilled Avocado Brunch Bowl. This location will also be the first Earls to offer a permanent plant-based menu section with seven vegan-friendly options.
Behind the bar, Beverage Director Cameron Bogue, has partnered with internationally renowned bartenders Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage of Trash Tiki (London/Toronto) to reduce the environmental impact of the beverage program and its operations. Most notably is the introduction of an innovative, five flavour, shelf-stable bottled cocktail range – the first of its size and kind in Vancouver – that will be bottled in front of guests daily. In an effort to reduce unnecessary waste, Earls Ambleside Beach is eliminating disposable plastic straws from the bar entirely.
The wine menu, curated specifically for Ambleside Beach by local wine educator and Earls Sommelier, David Stansfield, emphasizes cool local wines among iconic international producers. There will also be a rotating Reserve Menu featuring a concise selection of world famous bottles with daily Reserve glasses offered from Coravin.
If you’ve followed us on our Instagram stories then you’ve probably seen us sharing the new Brunch Happy Hour specials at Earls. $8 breakfast items between 9-11am. Full size dishes that’s worth waking up to! We suggest ordering one of each and share it Family Style!
Brunch Happy Hour Menu:
- Smoothie Bowl: Fresh blueberries, toasted almonds, banana, flax seed granola, spirulina
- Grilled Harvest Brunch Bowl: Grilled zucchini, roasted sweet potato, tomato, avocado, romesco yogurt, fried egg
- Avocado Brunch Toast: Poached eggs, smashed avocado, furikake, chili and radish
- Eggs Benedict: Two poached eggs, classic hollandaise, virginia ham, toasted baguette, served with crispy potatoes
- Chorizo and Mushroom Hash: Avocado, crispy fried potatoes, topped with poached eggs and hollandaise
- Country Breakfast: 2 eggs sunny side up, bacon, sausage, grilled avocado, baked beans, crispy potatoes, toast
- Golden Waffles and Cream: Chantily cream, maple syrup, seasonal compote
- 2-Egg Breakfast: 2 eggs sunny side up, 2 crispy bacon strips, crispy potatoes, grilled avocado
- Dim Sum Dumplings: Shrimp Har Gau, pork + shrimp Siu Mai, tobiko, soy vinegar, sriracha
ABOUT EARLS RESTAURANT GROUP
Earls Restaurants Ltd. is a family-owned operation started by Leroy Earl (Bus) Fuller and his son Stan Fuller in 1982 with its first restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta. Earls has since grown to become one of the most successful, family-owned independent restaurant groups in North America with 66 locations across Canada (56) and the US (10). Stan Fuller still serves as CEO and the brand is headquartered in Vancouver. From humble beginnings as a laid-back burger and beer joint to today, Earls offers a casual yet sophisticated dining experience within its group of independently compelling restaurant locations. While each experience is tailored to the location, Earls is committed to providing a consciously sourced, diverse globally inspired menu from quality ingredients. Its latest location, Earls Ambleside Beach, is due to open in West Vancouver on May 9, 2018.
I was invited by Earls Restaurant for a menu tasting.
Earls Ambleside Beach
Cuisine: Canadian, Pacific Northwest
Mon 11:00am – Midnight
Tue 11:00am – Midnight
Wed 11:00am – Midnight
Thu 11:00am – Midnight
Fri 11:00am – Midnight
Sat 9:00am – Midnight
Sun 9:00am – Midnight
Earls Ambleside Beach
1375 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7T 2P9
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Sushi Bar Maumi is a by reservation only Japanese restaurant in the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver – particularly between Bute and Davie. Menu focuses on traditional nigiri sushi. The omakase menu consists of a course of 11 pieces of sushi for $75 per person that is served with Ara miso soup made with grilled fish bone broth. If you are still hungry – it is possible to order by pieces (Okonomi) from their daily fresh sheet. There are two seatings: 6pm and 7:45pm.
This tiny restaurants has only 10 seats and you must call in person to make an reservation. It is an adult only. It is not baby friendly. In fact is does not admit children under 18 years old. Also they do not serve rolls. And they do not serve alcohol. They do not have a liquor licence.
There are four different homemade sauces on the fish:
- Nikiri Shoyu (strong): bonito flakes, dried kelp, soy sauce, mirin and sake
- Irizake: sake, umeboshi pickled plum, bonito flakes, kelp
- Nikiri Shoyu Tsume (regular): BBQ conger head, sake, soy sauce, sugar, bonito flakes
- Mojio: Hondawara, kelp, sea salt
Sushi Bar Maumi is operated by Maumi Ozaki (previouslly trained at Fuji Sushi in Coquitlam) and his wife. A two person operation much similar to Sushi Hachi. When we arrived, we quietly greeted and seated behind the bar.
The humble restaurant is very quiet. In fact, the restaurant is so strict, we felt like we couldn’t even chat. Once everyone was seated, the Chef presented us with a few rules – one of which, if you can’t finish your rice, let him know so he can make you smaller portions.
The chef studiously studies his handwritten notes in front of him and begins pulling out the fish from the refrigerators underneath the bar. Slicing and serving us nigiri pieces one by one. Whispering the names.
Maumi Sushi Bar Omakase Menu
Amaebi Sweet Prawns
Suture Ika Flying Squid
Shima Aji stripped jack
Ara Miso Soup
Blue fin tuna
Blue Fin chu toro
Anago sea eel
Overall our we thought Sushi Bar Maumi warranted a solid “good” but it didn’t blow our minds. Although fresh (imported from Japan few times a week), we didn’t think there was a great progression of mild to bold tasting flavours. My rice was uncharacteristically a touch too warm. The prices are steep without being orgasmic. Truly a disappointment given all the recommendations from everyone.
SUSHI BAR MAUMI
Mon 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tue 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Wed 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thu 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sat 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
1226 Bute St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z8
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