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noreservationsVancouverSince October 4, 20093 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value3 (3)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Nooch Snack & Chill3757 Jacombs Road, Richmond
We all have off days.
Submitted Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 2:01am [Dine in]

**Disclaimer**My visits to Nooch were months ago but am posting now due to being terribly busy.
This was my experience months ago, things may be different now.

At the behest of colleagues, I decided to venture into Richmond to sample some of Nooch's fare.
My visit did not fare well...
I arrived a bit after lunch only to be told that they had run out of food and only had the BLT available.
I can understand if a brand new establishment runs out of food but one that has been around for awhile?
Odd, but possible that they had a really busy day.
I order the BLT, which was decent, but not enough to satiate my palate.
I left hungry but very understanding that sometimes life throws us curve balls that leave us without ingredients.

About a month later, I decided that I should repay a visit to Nooch to get a better sample.
This time there weren't even any bacon strips lying around. I left with empty hands and an empty stomach.
It could be very possible that I came on two very off days for Nooch... Or perhaps the owner of Nooch's Snack and Chill are a bit too "chill."

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Sura Korean Cuisine1518 Robson St., Vancouver
Home away from home
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 1:31am [Dine in]

Walking down robson against the grain of flow is not the best way to decide upon a place to eat. Amongst the already diverse selection of restaurants, there is a plethora of Korean establishments all along the robson strip. So when my friends and I decided upon Korean food, we were no step closer to eating then we were 30 minutes ago.
Finally after deciding against the usual "drinking" places, we hop into Sura. Afterall, man does not live on soju alone! Okay, everyone save for my father.
The friendly staff acknowledge our presence and begin setting up a table right away. The menus arrive and we are plesantly suprised that the prices do not reflect the sophisticated decor of the restaurant.
The waitress returns to take our order... wait a minute, our waitress suddenly looks shorter and her hair is longer. Wait, this isn't our waitress. This may pose problems in the future.
We order and soon after, our side dishes arrive and due to our earlier indecisiveness in choosing a place, we are famished! We devour all three sides in less than a minute and laugh and comment on how hungry we must be to have eaten the sides like wolves... Only to realize that... the sides are actually really delicious! We sheepishly ask for more... and once again before our entres arrive.
On to the main course. I ordered a spicy chicken stew (dahk bokeum tang) and my first impression is, "where's the chicken?"
Boy was I mistaken.
Before eating we ask the waitress who took our order for some more tea and, you guessed it, some more sides. After a few minutes go by, niether our waters no the sides have reached our table. Soon after a different waitress walks by and, noticing that our sides were empty, asks us if we would like more. We say, "yes" thinking that our first waitress has forgotten about us. Our second waitress comes back quickly with our sides who is followed by the first waitress who has brought another set of sides. Not suprisingly, our tea arrives with a different waitress altogether.
On to the food.
I begin eating. It was love at first bite.
The flavour was spot on. Everything I was anticipating and more.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit your grandma, or a friend's grandma who lives in the country sides of Korea, go and ask her to make you her variation of this dish. Otherwise, come to Sura.
The flavour is rich, the stew is hearty and they have killed an entire bird for this dish (an exaggeration but not by much.)

Korean establishments usually serve as places to drink, with items on the menu leaning towards more the cheaper, generic items which any homesick Korean could make at their home away from home. But some restaurants have ditched that to become food establishments at which we could have a drink at if you'd like. Making the food the main focal point. Sura is one of those places. A place where their food speaks volumes and many other Korean restaurants are following suit.

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Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant2292 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Delicious Bowl of Pho
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

In Vancouver city, there is just about as many vietnamese restaurants as there are most fast food joints. So to be able to find this gem hidden amongst the vast sea of other pho restaurants has brought joy to face and tummy.
First thing you'll notice upon arriving is that for a pho place, it's pretty damn clean. The floor doesn't feel like a safety hazard and is free of sprouts that have fallen far from the table tops.
After placing my order I perform the ritualistic set up of chopsticks, soup spoon, sauce bowl (squirting equal amounts of hoisin and the spicy stuff), a squirt of lime. I'm ready to go.
I'd also like to note that the chopsticks here are dark as opposed to the standard off-white (which may have at one point been white in it's lifetime) so they seem cleaner. They may be just as worn down as it's off white relatives but because they're dark, you can't tell. I guess ignorance really is bliss.

The Le Do Spicy Roll arrives first. It's an interesting combination of a spring roll wrapped by a salad roll and it's a winning marriage of two roll staples in vietnamese cooking!
The noodles arrive soon after and the broth is by far the best I've ever tasted. (if you know of any better, please let me know!)
I usually drown my bowl with the brown and red sauces creating a murky colored soup but not this time.

You can see the French influence in the form of the vietnamese sub (bahn mi.) And they do a decent job on them here. Nothing really noteworthy to write about but nothing bad either.

This place can get busy at times and it's a small place but the food is great. The food will hold you over until the next time you're able to roam the street vendors of vietnam.

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