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GorgeliciousVancouverBlogging and GORGing on a budget.Web siteSince December 7, 201252 Reviews
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Miku1055 West Hastings Street, #2, Vancouver
pricey for what it's worth
Submitted Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 12:37am [Dine in]

We decided to give Miku a try after having recently reopened at their new location at Waterfront, conveniently located right beside Waterfront SkyTrain station.

Calamari - $14 (7/7)
This isn't your typical calamari! This is THE calamari. It's not all batter, and the batter actually stays ON the squid without flaking off or leaving any batter residue at the bottom of your plate. The squid itself is the most moist and soft we've had. It's not chewy, and it melts in your mouth! Garnished with pickled beets and cucumber.

Cast Iron Baked Mussels - $21 (7/7)
This also isn't your typical order of mussels. It's not accompanied by a broth / sauce, however, it comes with some sort of butter for you to dip your magical, heavenly mussels in. The bacon is oh-so smokey and delicious. PERFECTLY complements the mussels. Probably the best dried (dried because it isn't swimming in a broth / sauce) mussels in town.

Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi - $15 (5/7)
You can't go to Miku without ordering their signature aburi dishes. We opted for the salmon one, and to be honest, it was pretty amazing, BUT it just tastes like any other salmon nigiri. Miku salmon aburi enthusiasts - please forgive us. Note - this took an HOUR to come out. Yes, one (1) hour.

Pacific Roll - $15 (4.5/7)
This was kind of .. weird? It's definitely creative, that's for sure. You can SLIGHTLY taste the minty-ness from the leaf, if you tried hard enough. Couldn't really taste the avocado, and the roll had a mushy consistency. This also took an hour. Had we been starved and disappointed with their other dishes, this would probably have been a disastrous meal. Their saving grace was the calamari and mussels.

Miku, when they were at their old location, had much better food. This wasn't as good, despite their pretty amazing calamari and mussels.

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Save on Meats43 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
excellent ambiance
Submitted Monday, April 15, 2013 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

After hearing much rave about this place, and seeing as how they have chicken and waffles (!!), this was the perfect place for us to dine for lunch. The interior was absolutely gorgeous. It was very retro - very 50’s diner feel. Even the staff made the atmosphere and ambiance pop up that much more. Speaking of which, the staff were VERY friendly, even when they seemed short staffed, they kept their cool and still asked us how we were doing and maintained their manners. Kudos.

Chicken and Waffles - $13.95 (4/7)
Okay, this is literally just chicken and waffles. Chicken with waffles. Waffles with chicken? What’s so good about this dish?!?! Someone please enlighten us. Are you supposed to eat this together or separately!? Anyway, aside from that, the waffle was just meh. Would’ve been better if there were more syrup, though. Or if they gave a thing of syrup on the side. However, the waitress did ask if we wanted more syrup. The chicken was dry but there was only ONE bone throughout. Amazing. The skin was crispy, but not to Church’s Chicken/KFC level. The jalapeno-lime butter was interesting. Different and interesting. Overall, we probably wouldn’t get this dish again. Would we try elsewhere? Maybe.

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Miura Waffle Milk Bar2521 Main Street, Vancouver
mind blowing waffle sandwiches are mind blowing!
Submitted Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 9:08am [Dine in]

We’re on an adventure to try out all of Vancouver’s finest waffle-making establishments. Sadly, we have yet to try the infamous chicken and waffles combination, so if you have any suggestions, please throw them our way!

Hoisin - $6.99 (7/7)
If you ever have difficulty deciding on what to get because their menu has one too many options, please do yourselves a favour and get this one. Their signature waffle sandwich might be their Bulgogi, but this one is hands down just as good, if not better. Fans of Vietnamese subs will absolutely fall in love with this waffle sandwich. It tastes IDENTICAL to a one, except in place of a freshly baked sub, you get an amazingly fresh and fluffy waffle. The flavours and each ingredient perfectly complement each other and is no doubt the best thing invented.

Bulgogi - $8.49 (5.75/7)

Their signature. This one doesn’t quite taste like authentic bulgogi. Close, but no cigar. The kimchi is quite prominent but does not give off that offensive smell/taste. This combination of ingredients in a waffle is definitely unique. Probably needs more beef though.

BEC - $6.99 (6/7)
Craving for some breakfast but don’t have time to sit down and properly dig through it with your fork and knife? Your solution would be the BEC. It has all your usuals - crispy and crispy bacon, fluffy egg, infused and glued perfectly together with that cheese. And oh, is it ever cheesy and stringy! The smokiness of the bacon paired with the creamy, light, airy egg is pure brilliance. Try eating this without having cheese smeared around your mouth. We dare you.

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Meat & Bread1033 West Pender St, Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 8:52am [Dine in]

After having gone there a few years back to try their infamous Porchetta sandwich, and to see for ourselves what the hype was all about, we were thoroughly disappointed and just thought it was overhyped. Since we’re Chinese, pork is nothing special to us. Pork in a sandwich? Pffft. Having said that, we admittedly had high expectations for this place, which may or may not have hindered our thoughts on the oh-so-great Porchetta sandwich.

This time, we went to their other location on Pender Street and tried their daily special.

Bang Bang Turkey - $9 (3.5/7)
We can’t quite remember what’s in this sandwich, but there’s turkey, of course, some peanut sauce, some spicy sauce, and a bunch of random veggies as pictured above. This is definitely NOT date food. The mixture of sauces starts dripping onto your plate, and probably generously slathers around your mouth. The taste of the sandwich itself was eh. The peanut sauce didn’t mix with the other ingredients. It’s as if they needed to put sauce in this sandwich but didn’t know what, so they just blindly used peanut sauce. Overall, we’d probably go with the Porchetta next time. ….If there’s a next time.

$8/9 for JUST a sandwich is extremely pricey, especially since the sandwich is probably just a 6”.

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Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar602 W Broadway, Vancouver
not your typical burger/pasta joint, this is better!
Submitted Friday, April 12, 2013 - 8:58pm [Delivery]

Thai Beef Salad - $16.99 (3/5)
Salad! With Noodles! That’s a first. Good for people who are craving salads but want more because salad’s aren’t usually filling. Bad for people who are trying to avoid the carbs. The sirloin was absolutely delicious, the avocado gave this salad a nice touch, and there needs to be more lotus root chips.

Had this been our first time at this establishment, our first impression would probably be to pass for the future. However, this wasn’t our first time. We will definitely be going back as they don’t serve the typical burgers/pasta dishes. We’ll just get something else other than this dish.

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Menchie's Frozen Yogurt2315 Cambie Street, Vancouver
best froyo
Submitted Friday, April 12, 2013 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

Another froyo joint where you self-serve the flavours you want, add on the toppings, mix and match more flavours, weigh your concoction, and pay probably a little too much.

That's what we first thought about Menchie's. But they're different. They offer a wide range of flavours and toppings. Probably the biggest selection against their competitors. With that reason, Menchie's is our favourite froyo place.

We really shouldn't be allowed here because we don't look at how much it costs per however many grams or however they weigh this by. The one thing that Menchie's differs from froyo places is that they freely let you sample. Just grab a sample cup and try to your tastebud's content.

Pictured is green tea, key lime (absolutely refreshing), birthday cake (addicting), vanilla, yogurt chips, brownie, mochi, and crushed peanut butter cups.

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
their lunch and dinner menus are better
Submitted Friday, April 12, 2013 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

One of Glowbal Group's many restaurants, this restaurant is located in Yaletown. Having been here for their lunch and dinner menu's, we decided to come try out their brunch.

Glowbal Benedict - $12.95 (3.5/7)
We always have to get benedict's. Always. What's brunch without a good ol' benedict? This one was quite the disappointment. Something was off about it. Perhaps the sauce was too thick? Though most benedict's come swimming in hollandaise sauce, this seemed like it was drowning. The pancetta gave it a nice kick though. The potato wedges were meh. Some parts of it had a nice salty flavouring to it, some were dry. It was kinda 50/50.

Complimentary Waffle
This was weird. Very weird. The waffle tasted very plain and ordinary, and the pink stuff was confusing? We didn't know what it was. Pretty sure it's banana soaked in some weird tasting pink sauce. The white cream thing was ... weird. Sorry for the lack of vocabulary, but did we mention that this was weird and confusing? But hey, who are we to complain since it was free?

Not everything was a fail about our brunch, though! Our server presented this to us the moment we sat down. Some sort of strawberry watermelon smoothie thing. It was sour. But free! So yay!

Glowbal Grill, we're going to pass on your brunch menu.

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Smoke's Poutinerie942 Granville Street, Vancouver
Best poutine you'll ever have
Submitted Friday, April 12, 2013 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

Smoke's Poutinerie is a new-ish poutine joint in town, with two locations in downtown Vancouver - the first on Granville, and the not-quite-ready-to-be-open one on Robson. Being poutine fanatics, we obviously couldn't pass this place up.

Triple Pork Poutine - $7.99 (100/7)
ABSOLUTE heaven. This triple threat consists of chipotle pulled pork, double-smoked bacon, and italian sausage. Picture doesn't do this any justice at all. There was the PERFECT fries-gravy-cheese-pork-bacon ratio. And as seen the picture, only a few dollops of sausage. But that doesn't matter because seriously, this is THE BEST POUTINE EVER. We didn't want it to end. Seriously party in your mouth. Definitely "wow-size" it for an additional $3 because you will regret not having more. We inhaled this after two minutes. No mercy, no shame. There was a sweet tang to this which definitely enhanced this new drug that is poutine.


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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
lunch special
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

Italian Kitchen is a upscale restaurant situated in the heart of downtown, cleverly located near its sister restaurants. If you're not really into steak (Black + Blue) or seafood (Coast), you may consider Italian Kitchen for some pasta or other cuisine. We have dined here for both lunch and dinner, but today we decided to try out their Glowbal Friday burger special. Italian Kitchen's special is actually a chicken parmesan panini with a choice of soup or salad with a beer! You can get all of this for a mere $10.

Chicken Panini - $8.95 (regularly) (6.5/7)
This was actually one of the best sandwiches that we've ever had! We honestly enjoyed this more than the pastas and fish that we have ordered in the past. The bread had the perfect crunch to it but wasn't too hard nor too soft. The fior di latte complemented the breaded chicken cutlet perfectly, making it a light but satisfying lunch.

Pumpkin Soup (6/7)
The creamy soup was nice, thick, and hot. It was really cold today so the soup warmed us right up and dipping the panini into the soup was a great combination.

Ceasar Salad (6/7)
This was just a typical ceasar salad that didn't really have anything special about it. The vegetables were fresh and the sauce was nice and light.

Italian Kitchen is definitely a trendy restaurant that you should visit for lunch or dinner! It gets quite packed though so make sure you make reservations!


Food: 6/7

Value: 6.5/7

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Bella Gelateria1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
the place for gelato!
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2013 - 10:50pm [Take-out]

This is THE place for gelato. Bella is a fairly new establishment located on the ground level of the Fairmont Hotel Pacific Rim. The owner of this particular shop graduated from the "University of Gelato" and recently won two awards at the international gelato competition in Italy. We ventured down to Waterfront hunting for dessert and to our surprise, the shop was packed on a late Sunday night! The staff here are very friendly and you're allowed up to 3 samples. The gelato (and sorbetto) is a bit on the pricier side but it's definitely worth it. After tax, it cost around $5.50 for a small one scoop cup and $6.50 for a small one scoop cone.

Black Sesame Gelato (7/7)
This is seriously one of the best ice creams that we've ever had in our lives. Trust us. Gabriel's been to Japan multiple times to eat this (黒ゴマアイス)and somehow, this Italian version was even better! The rich creamy black sesame tasted perfect as an icy confection.

Yuzu Sorbetto (7/7)
Yuzu is an East Asian citrus fruit which is slightly tart, and popular in Korea and Japan. This is believed to be a hybrid between the sour mandarin and the papeda (a Chinese lemon/orange like fruit). The taste is extremely unique and the sorbetto is light and refreshing. This taste is definitely not something that you can experience often in North America so it was really surprising to see it on the sorbetto menu!

Matcha Cannolli (6.75/7)
This is basically an Italian flaky pastry roll with gelato inside. There were many flavours such as chocolate, expresso, and dulce de leche but we decided on matcha since it seemed to be their best seller. This was extremely delicious but not as amazing as the first two ice creams!

Toasted Pecan with Maldon Sea Salt (6.75/7)
This was amazing as well as the pecan and sea salt perfectly complemented each other! While it sounds quite sweet, it was actually quite light and creamy so at the end of our snack, there was no sickly sweet after taste that you get from eating inexpensive ice creams.

The frozen confections here are very expensive but definitely worth it!

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Best Sequoia restaurant!
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

**Dine Out Vancouver**

At this restaurant, you may be able to get one of Vancouver's best views while enjoying delicious food during brunch, lunch, or dinner. We highly recommend coming to Season's on a nice sunny day as you will get to experience Vancouver's breathtaking skyline while enjoying your meal. The view is also sublime at night, but we much prefer the daytime since you can walk around the park after. We came here for the Dine out Vancouver 2013 lunch menu, which is actually the same as their dinner menu.

Yukon Gold Potato Soup (5.75/7)
This was very creamy and thick and tasted excellent with our bread. However, the soup was served a bit cold so we have to dock off marks!

Braised Beef Short Ribs (6/7)
The dish was very well presented and the beef was tender and succulent. Again, the dish was lukewarm so we were wondering how long they let the food sit out before serving it. The mashed potatoes were very delicious at room temperature though!

Grilled Steelhead Salmon - (regularly $25) (6.75/7)
This salmon was actually one of the best chunks of salmon that we've ever had! The huge piece of fish was cooked all the way through but wasn't dry at all. The meat was moist and tender and easily flaked off into layers. This dish wasn't too filling but it was definitely worth it!

Vanilla Gelato (5.5/7)
This tasted like store bought ice cream but we can't really complain since it matched the description exactly. The espresso was a nice addition, however, it would have been better if it was drizzled throughout as opposed to having it just sit at the bottom.

Hazelnut Chocolate Torte (5.25/7)
This huge piece of torte took a while to finish but it was a bit too sweet. It kind of felt like we were eating a solidified piece of nutella.

Anyways, come to seasons for the view and order the salmon! This is a great way to enjoy Vancouver's nature and scenery while having a nice meal.

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Cardero's1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
there are better places
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

**Dine Out Vancouver**

We decided to try out Cardero’s after having gone to Seasons In The Park for Dine Out. Since they’re under the same chain of restaurants (Sequoia), we wrongly assumed that the food would be just as amazing as Season’s. Sequoia is known for having their restaurants face an absolutely stunning view for their diners, so Cardero’s was no exception. Being right on the Coal Harbour, this would make a nice romantic place for a date. The interior resembled something of the inside of a boat/ship - makes sense given that there were quite the number of boats docked. The food however, was good but wasn’t mind blowingly remarkable.

Tomato Bocconcini Salad - (6/7)
Presentation was definitely well thought out. Everything was laid out neatly to a pin, which showcased each ingredient that was put into this dish. The balsamic reduction definitely complemented the salad, and the basil gave it a nice hint of mint flavour.

Manhattan Style Clam Chowder - (regularly $4.50 (cup) / $8 (bowl))
This had no presentation value to it at all. It appears like they literally just scooped the soup out from the pot and into this small bowl. No crackers, no garnish. Perhaps it is not common for Manhattan Style Clam Chowder to be garnished or to be eaten with crackers, but it would have been nice if we were asked if we wanted crackers with it. However, this just tasted like a regular tomato based soup with lots of clams.

Braised Lamb Shank - (5/7)
The lamb was very soft, as we were able to peel it off the bone with ease. It was juicy and not chewy, and did not have that offensive lamb smell/taste to it. The mashed potatoes were sitting in the red wine demi-glace which made it taste a bit different - in a bad way. And the presentation of the vegetables were questionable. It’s as if they got lazy and didn’t feel the need to dice or cut it into bite sized pieces. Yes, we’re capable of cutting it ourselves, however, giving us a 1/4 piece of red pepper and the entire long carrot was quite troublesome and unexpected.

Grilled Steelhead Salmon - (5/7)
Having tried Season’s same entree, as previously stated, we had high expectations. Yes, it is unfair to compare as they are different restaurants with different chef’s and we should have an open mind, but can you blame us? They are under the same chain, after all! However, this WAS very good, though. A friend of ours said this was the best salmon she’s had. The vegetables tasted absolutely delicious with the brown butter sauce.

Cardero’s Chocolate Mousse Cake - (6/7)
We had mixed opinions on this. One doesn’t like chocolate so they automatically disliked it after the first few bites, but after trying it a bit more, they grew to like it. It was light and fluffy (as should be) and just melts in your mouth. Another one of us thought it was way too sweet. There was one thing we all agreed on, and that was that raspberry coulis does not mix well with chocolate.

Complementary Bread + Butter (5/7)
Yes, this needs to be reviewed only because the bread was rock hard, and they did not provide us with any butter knives.

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Cattle Cafe3510 Kingsway, Vancouver
comfort food
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Cattle Cafe, probably THE original create-your-own noodle soup restaurant, in our opinion. If not the original, then one of. It’s not bad here, but then again, you can never go wrong with a large cozy bowl of noodle soup, made to your liking. We prefer Deer Garden over Cattle Cafe though.

Noodle Soup Combo - $8.50 (5/7)
Nothing too special. The toppings are plentiful and the soup is delicious. Come here on a rainy day and this will taste like heaven. The above picture is of the Parsley and Century Eggs Fish Soup broth.

Spareribs in Black Bean Sauce with Rice (5/7) - $6.50
This was absolutely delicious! Ultimate comfort food. There was a good amount of spareribs to rice ratio, however, a few more helpings of the veggies would have been nice.

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Mambo Cafe4151 Hazelbridge Way, Suite 3020, Richmond
nothing special
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:04am [Take-out]

This kiosk/stand (? what do you call restaurants in a food court?) is located at the Aberdeen Centre food court. Serving your typical Hong Kong style cafe dishes, this kiosk/stand is one of our favourite places to eat at whenever we’re at the mall. Along with your typical dishes, the prices are also pretty standard.

Baked Porkchop on Rice 焗豬扒飯 - $7.50 (5/7)
Typical dish. Typical tastes. Typical expectations. We’ve had better elsewhere, but you can’t really expect much from food court food. The rice to porkchop ratio is poor, but there’s lots of cheesy goodness. The one good thing about this place is that you DON’T have to wait 20 minutes for this baked item, unlike most Hong Kong style cafe’s.

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Deer Garden Signatures6270 Fraser Street, Vancouver
come for their noodle soup combos!
Submitted Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

Deer Garden is one of the original restaurants that serve those noodle soup combinations where you get to pick a soup broth of your choice, noodles, toppings, and a drink all for a set price. The portions are fairly generous and the options provided are plentiful. Among the popular noodle soup, are your typical Hong Kong style cafe menu items such as your baked rice/noodle dishes, and your milk tea.

Noodle Soup Combo - $8.50 (7/7)
This combo comes with the above price, provided you don't add any add-on's such as getting your drink cold as opposed to hot ($1 extra), or add in a few extra toppings. Although it may not seem like a lot seeing as how they only allow you two toppings, the dish actually comes with a lot of various items such as cabbage and mushrooms! It's a great "trick" for first timers so they would spend an additional $1.25 for each item they add. The picture shows the Thai Tom Yum Goong Soup base () with rice noodles (), luncheon meat (), fish tofu (), and sliced beef (). The soup tasted "normal" (how it's supposed to taste), however, if you like spice, this probably wouldn't give you any "zing" at all. It's more sour than spicy. The Malay Laksa soup base would be your best bet.

Baked Porkchop on Rice with Honey Tomatoes Bacon Sauce - $9.25 (1/7)
Perhaps it is not the wisest decisions to come to a place known for their noodle soup and NOT get the noodle soup. We wanted to be adventurous and try something new for variety and decided to get the typical Baked Porkchop on Rice. This dish would be our go-to on deciding whether or not a restaurant is a good Hong Kong style cafe. Unfortunately, they somehow managed to butcher this dish. They skimped out on the sauce (just a thin layer spread across the top), and honey? What honey? Also, if by bacon they meant non-existent, then they certainly got that right. Their only saving grace was probably the porkchop, and even then, it's just mediocre. Perhaps a better name for this dish would be "Baked Porkchop on rice topped with loads of diced onions and mushrooms."

Baked Seafood on Rice with Bearnaise Sauce - $9.75 (2.75/7)
This one is slightly better than the Baked Porkchop, but only a bit better by a margin. They definitely weren't afraid to scoop the sauce on as it kind of felt like we were having some sort of creamy rice soup (as disgusting as that may sound, it was actually kind of delicious? In a weird taste-bud kind of way..). They did, however, forget that this was a seafood dish. Their definition of seafood is just two sticks of imitation crab meat. And mushrooms. And onions. Lots of it. Maybe there was a sale at the local grocery store on mushrooms and onions?

Beef Stomach in Spicy Sauce - $5.75 (6/7)
Ahh, comfort food. Tastes just like at dim sum. Beef stomach may not sound appetizing at all, but it is oh so delicious. It's marinated perfectly with just a slight hint of spice. Perfection at your fingertips for just $5.75. Give it a try, you won't regret it. But of course, this was also loaded with onions. ..

Pan Fried Boneless Chicken in Teriyaki Sauce - $1.75 (6/7)
You can only order this side item with any noodle soup combo, however, because it is a side order, it's fairly small. Though it may be a small item, we don't recommend ordering side item's with your noodle soup combo, as previously stated, the portions of the noodles are fairly generous. Do share this, or come starved. This was just okay. Typical. Nothing special. Perhaps just "meh." But definitely nothing bad about it.

Milk Tea + Coffee - $2.50 (cold) / $1.75 (hot)
One of the many "staple" drinks at a Hong Kong style cafe. It is a mixture/combination of, you guessed it - coffee and tea. They serve cold drinks in a take out/bubble tea-like cup, which isn't very environmentally friendly .. But that doesn't alter the taste of the drinks. Just a random side note.

Lemon Ribena - $2.75 (cold) / $1.75 (hot)
Another Hong Kong style cafe staple drink. Not quite sure as to what it exactly is, but it's pretty to look at! And it's fizzy. Can anyone inform us as to what this is? It seems to have a mixture of 7-UP/Sprite and maybe blackcurrent juice? Tasty, nevertheless.

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Pit Burger Bar, The6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver
amazing waffle fries poutine
Submitted Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 12:28am [Take-out]

This is a classic grab-and-go place that's open later than most of the other food joints on campus. Located in the basement of the SUB (Student Union Building), The Pit Burger Bar has been our favourite place for burgers, waffle fries, and poutine for the past four years. The prices are decent but unfortunately, you can't use your UBC card meal balance to pay for your food.

Waffle Fries Poutine - $4.41 (6.5/7)
This is pretty amazing stuff. We wouldn't have ever thought of putting together our two favourite foods until we noticed the Thursday special sign at the till. Upon reading the words "Waffle Fries Poutine", we legitimately felt like we were experiencing an epiphany. The thing with The Pit's poutine is that they don't use the classic ingredients to create their Canadian dish. Instead of cold, squeaky cheese curds and gravies heavy with mushrooms or meat, their poutines consist of a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese, runny gravy, and green onions. The combination of this, plus the amazing waffle fries, creates a sublime experience. This is a must try!

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Oakwood, The2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Submitted Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

Since we were in the Kitsilano area already, we decided to give this place a try after hearing such rave reviews about their brunch menu. We all know that high expectations lead to disappointment, well, to say we were disappointed would be a HUGE understatement. We were looking to satisfy our cravings for a traditional eggs benny so we stumbled into this restaurant hoping their lone benedict dish would be of justice.

We should know that if you’re not into eating with strangers (sharing tables), then be sure to eat elsewhere, or come with a party big enough for your own table. Maybe they’re also known for their long tables that can seat 10, but a little warning would have been nice before we were told the wait would be 20 minutes long. Things also start to get a bit confusing because at one point, it was hard to tell if the ketchup belonged to us or to the party next to us.

Albacore Tuna Nicoise Benedict - $11 (3.75/7)
This was definitely something different. In fact, too different for our liking. The corn muffin was way too dry and although the tuna was cut generously, it was kind of weird having two slices of thick tuna atop of corn muffin. Perhaps a weird combination? The entire dish was confusing and we had to pour hot sauce on it to make it more flavourful/less dry + confusing. Accompanied the benedict were hashbrowns. … or were they just fries diced up into small hashbrown looking bits? The latter seems about right. Nevertheless, the hashbrown/fries were just okay.

Corned Beef Hash - $11 (3.75/7)
Again, confusing. The sauerkraut threw everything off .. just didn’t blend well with the dish. We were 50/50 on the corned beef - one thought it was way too salty while the other thought it was just right. This also came with the hybrid “HashFries.” Hot sauce to the rescue, yet again.

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Donburiya1329 Robson Street, Vancouver
best yakiudon in town!
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

This is a quaint Japanese fast food restaurant located on Robson Street which is well known for their quick service and cheap eats. We’ve been their patrons for many years but recently they had a price hike so we’re not sure if we’ll frequent them anymore.

Yakiudon - $8.50 (M) / $9.50 (L) (5.5/7)
This delicious dish consists of udon, beef, cabbage, various other vegetables, and is topped off with crispy tempura bits and green onions. It’s probably our favourite dish here and we order it every time. The overall dish wasn’t too oily and the amount of sauce used was just right. Adding Sriracha sauce definitely complements the noodles well and there are free spices and pickled vegetables at the condiment bar! The only thing that we didn’t like though, was that the cabbage were far too raw to be added into a cooked noodle dish.

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TRUE'STEA Restaurant , The8400 Alexandra Road, #180, Richmond
not that bad
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

What once used to be ESTEA is now TRUE’STEA. Hmm .. The meme “I see what you did there” would be appropriate for the owners. Do you see ESTEA in truE’STEA? Having said that, the windows still say Estea, and so do their plates. Menu is still the same as well (in terms of food). They spiced up their interior a bit - it’s more of a Hong Kong feel with a few private rooms complete with an MJ set. There’s also a stage for any people wanting to spontaneously, and is brave enough, to serenade other diners AKA karaoke. The atmosphere is still as loud as ever, but somehow it feels more homey than Estea. They still have the Korean style service bells stuck on the tables so you don’t have to spend eons of time attempting to flag down a waitress.

Wonton in Chili Sauce 紅油抄手 - $6.95 (5/7)
For those of you who can handle spice - this isn’t really THAT spicy, but if you don’t do spice - beware. Okay, it’s not THAT bad (for you non spice eaters), but the spice does linger and you will eventually need to drown out the spice with your bubble tea, so be sure to get a milk based drink! The sauce in general is just meh. We’ve had better, but then again, you can’t go wrong with wonton’s.

Fried Fish Cake 炸甜木辣 - $5.50 (5/7)
This was bland. Very bland. It’s a good thing it came with some chili sauce. The spiciness burnt our mouths/tongues but it was worth it. For you bland food lovers, this is the dish for you.

Fried Chicken Cartilage 炸雞膝 - $6.25 (7/7)
This was absolutely delicious! Fried perfectly, it wasn’t oily at all. Infused with the scents of garlic and onion, it was the perfect combination. A friend of ours doesn’t normally like garlic or onions, but she devoured this dish! Garlic and onion bits included. Be careful of the diced peppers though, they’re dangerously spicy and enough to numb your taste buds for the night. This was our favourite dish of the three and we would definitely order this again! Highly recommended!

Pudding Milk Tea 布丁奶茶 - $4.45 (4/7)
This is one of the must-get items at a bubble tea restaurant, to determine if they’re any good or not. One of them items where it is hard to mess up. They messed it up. Actually, not really mess up, per se, it just wasn’t up to par. As with all bubble tea places, they have an extensive list of drinks to get. This should probably be avoided at this restaurant.

Sesame Milk Tea 黑芝麻奶茶 - $4.45 (4/7)
Again, this is a pass. As shown in the picture, the sesame all anchored down to the bottom, so if you didn’t stir it, it’d be like drinking a milk tea with lots of black sand. If you held the straw mid way up the cup and drank it without sipping any of the sesame, it’d be like drinking a regular milk tea but less sweet. Perhaps this is how sesame milk tea is always made? Regardless, there are other delicious ways to get your black sesame fix, and this is not one of them. This will be a pass.

Will we come back? Sure, to try other items. We wouldn’t say this restaurant is a total fail. They’re getting somewhere .. slowly, but surely. They deserve a few more chances, and with their overwhelming options for food, we’re bound to find a few favourites, with the fried chicken cartilage being one. With so many other bubble tea places in and around Richmond, this would definitely not be up top with the others, however, if you’re looking for a new place to try, this wouldn’t be a bad choice. Free parking in the plaza is ample, and if the lot fills up, there’s always paid parking.

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Santouka Ramen1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:09am [Dine in]

Santouka is one of three well-known ramen noodle shops in downtown Vancouver. Yes they are all within walking distance, and yes, they are all small = line ups all day, every day. Okay, not exactly all day, but majority of the time.

Warning: It is like a massive sauna inside. Or like a desert. Whichever floats your boat.

Miso Ramen/Shio Ramen - $9.95 (5/7)
Nothing special about these two, pretty mediocre. It wasn’t loaded with MSG, and as shown in the picture, you get the typical “toppings” that usually come with ramen. The portions are fairly small (you can probably cover the bowl with your palm if you stretched out your hand), however, there is an option to make it a large with just a dollar more.

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