Food, Vancouver

Gyo-o

Yet another chain opened by the makers of Gyoza King (same makers of G-men Ramen in richmond). So what makes Gyo-o different than their original Gyoza King izakya? Their large selection of Donburis (sashimi rice bowls), udon and specialty ramen (i.e. lobster ramen, clam and butter ramen).  If they focused on one specialty instead of trying to have a bit of everything on their menu, I think their consistency and quality in their dishes would be a lot better. Continue reading

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Afternoon tea, Food, Vancouver

Urban Tea Merchant – West Georgia

Finally, a real specialized afternoon tea shop in downtown Vancouver! A little pricey but an absolute treat for tea lovers! They always have seasonal specials and events so make sure to check their website/twitter. I have to say I was impressed with their large selection of the prestigious TWG and THEODOR’s teas for purchase. They also sell TWG macarons by the piece. Continue reading

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Food, Vancouver

Hidden lounge at the Westin

I have a thing for hotel restaurant and lounges and their two story high ceilings; It makes me feel comfortable and at home. Plus, the service is usually good. At least in this case it was good at Hidden. I was not expecting such a creative seafood selection of dishes like the lobster poutine and the scallop mac n cheese. Hidden is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver with a view of the beautiful Central library. The bill for two people came out to be about 55 dollars (tax and tip included). Continue reading

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Food, Vancouver

Santouka Ramen (Hokkaido style)

Santouka takes the gold medal for their consistently flavourful broths and tender fatty meat. This is the only Ramen shop where I leave with an empty bowl every time. Santouka is so close to perfection I could almost cry… Cry because their noodles do not even come close to matching the caliber of their soup and pork. (refer to My 1,2,3s of Ramen). Santouka is internationally famous for using the same cooking methods they have used since 1988 in Hokkaido (a region of Japan). They never bring their soup to a boil but simmer the pork bones for 20 hours before serving. The great thing about Santouka compared to other Ramen shops are their wide selections of soups and rice bowls. They also serve a limited amount of pork cheek meat daily because the pork is rare and only 200-300g can be taken from each pig. Their pork cheek is so soft and tender it melts in your mouth! Orgasmic! Continue reading

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Food, Vancouver

Hoi An Vietnamese Cafe

I came across Hoi An Cafe because my boyfriend had read on an online forum that they serve authentic and special Vietnamese dishes. The staff are friendly and helpful and they serve iced tea which goes well with hot noodles, especially in the summer! It was my first time trying most of these: Continue reading

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Food, Vancouver

Kadoya Japanese Restaurant on Denman street

Opening their second location on Denman with a 2nd floor view of English Bay, I think I’ll have to go to this Kadoya more often. I’ve been to their original and smaller location on Davie but avoided it because it was always so crowded. Kadoya is basically a Japanese restaurant with a large selection of popular creative rolls. After lunch, the bill came to a total of $40.00 for two people. Continue reading

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