Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Crispy Beet Salad & Toro Kobujime Nigiri From Kishimoto

Kobujime is
the real find, not the knockoff,
at Kishimoto.

When Lady Gaga tremendously performed a medley of songs from the “Sound of Music” to the approval of the 2015 Oscar audience (including Fraulien Maria herself, Julie Andrews), people were shocked.  Anyone who has attended a Lady Gaga concert shouldn’t be, but I understand the surprise.  The singer is known more for her stunts (emerging from an egg and over the top stage theatrics etc). 

However in my opinion Lady Gaga doesn’t need the outrageous spectacles because she has the vocal talents to shine on her own.  Similarly, I feel the same way about Kishimoto. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wow, You’ve got Something There! – Small Plates and Rice Pudding from Bambudda

Classic but novel,
Bambudda by Chef Luk yields
great modern Chinese.

Modernity, some non-Chinese ingredients, and classic Chinese flavor combinations and cooking techniques intertwine to form the dishes at Bambudda.  Chef Curtis Luk unravels traditional Chinese cuisine and weaves a new tapestry that is familiar yet new. 

Sampling a fair portion of the menu, the food is firmly rooted in Chinese culinary tradition but heightened by Chef Luk.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Re-Visit: Wow, you've got something there! An Improved Blacktail Experience

Dishes cohesive
Gone the needless trendiness
Straight forward good food

Much has changed at Blacktail since my last visit in July.  The “Florist” has departed and he took his celery with him (thank goodness)!  New chef, Geoff Rogers, quickly re-worked the menu and in short order received praise from Vancouver’s food mavens, Alex Gill and Mia Stainsby.

Despite the complimentary chatter about the revamped Blacktail, I was still hesitant about returning; the place still isn’t cheap.  However, a staff lunch gave me the opportunity to experience the improved Blacktail.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Meh Files: Kitanoya Guu with Otokomae

Gastown Guu: Some Good
And some not so good dishes,
Average dinner.

For 2015, I’m introducing a new type of post to the blog, The Meh Files.  These write up will be of meals that didn’t wow me or piss me off in some way.  Meals that are neither here nor there but the restaurant is notable enough to warrant a review. 

In the two years and a few months I’ve blogged about food, I’ve been to the various locations of Guu in the city on numerous occasions but not felt compelled to write about it.  Not that any of the meals were bad.  The Guu group is solid and serves tasty food.  However they have been around for so long, their food just doesn’t have the “Wow” factor for me anymore.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Pollo Torta & Everything Else from Molli Café

Molli Café serves
yummy Mexican tortas
near busy Davies.

I have to give a hat tip to Chowhound Vancouver board participant, Grayelf (@grayelfvan), for bringing attention to this small café blocks away from St. Paul's Hospital. 

Molli Café blends into the apartment complex it's located in and doesn't stand out.  I’m sure I would have walk right by it without realizing it serves delicious Mexican food within.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Tacofino Taco Bar

Tacofino, Yeah!
The Taco Bar is rocking,
with Mexican flare.

Originating in Baja California, Mexico and beloved in Southern California, the humble but delicious fish taco has lifted some Tofino locals to lofty heights.  The Tacofino empire has expanded again with a new brick and mortar location in Gastown.

Unlike the Commissary in the East Village neighbourhood where the focus is more Vancouver Westcoast (they serve tater tots and there are lots of Asian influences), the new Tacofino Taco Bar’s menu has a more Mexican bent to it.