Sunday, September 18, 2016

Just Wow! – Cabrito Tapas Bedidas

Oh my, Cabrito.
Simple, but tasty small bites
So good I came twice

The food at Cabrito seems simple but it is very thoughtful and delicious.  After posting a picture of the Jamon Iberico Bellota from my first visit with Dennis the Foodie, my sister (the Planner) asked if we could come for dinner when she returned home for a visit.  I could not resist the idea of a second round of Jamon Iberico Bellota.

If you want to read about my initial visit to Cabrito, check out Dennis’ post here.  I totally agree with his assessment.  I’ll answer the questions Dennis posed in his post with this review of my second dinner at this Commercial Drive eatery.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Wonton Mein Saga: Daimo Noodle Express

Solid Small Wontons
At Daimo Noodle Express
Good Eats in Marpole

When I started my blog, I thought it would be really easy to devote a specific section to my favourite, Wonton Noodle Soup.  However, the reality is quality wontons are slowly being phased out in Vancouver, replaced by more trendy noodles like Ramen and build it your self noodle combos.

I love all noodles but there’s a special place in my heart for these bulbous soup dumplings.  They were there for quick family meals when I was kid, bad days at school or work, and are perfect for grey wet Vancouver days.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Los Amigos Taco Tuesdays

Different Fillings
All about the Tasty Tacos
Homey Los Amigos

After whining about the lack of diversity in taco fillings in my La Catrina post, Grayelf, prolific Chowhound board poster, suggested I try Los Amigos.  The Davie Village shop has a Taco Tuesday special where you can get 6 tacos for $10 – a perfect opportunity to sample all the options.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Meh Files – Koyuki Sapporo Ramen

Where is the Butter
In the Sapporo Ramen
At new Koyuki?

Hokkaido is the second largest island in the Japanese archipelago. Being further north, the island has a colder climate than the rest of the country.  As a result, the place is known for its seafood like the heavenly Bafun uni and hairy crab, agriculture, dairy products, and the heartiest and renown bowls of ramen.  In fact, miso ramen was invented on this island.  It is no coincidence the locally beloved Santouka chain’s full name is Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.

When I visited Koyuki Sapporo Ramen I was expecting bowls of noodles bathed in a rich broth augmented with butter (remember Hokkaido is known for their dairy and Sapporo is the biggest city on the island). 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Meh Files – Kofta Meatball Kitchen

On top of meh carbs
with mediocre sauces,
Poor Kofta meatballs.

For a large portion of June and July I was working from home instead of my Gastown office.  When I returned I was surprised to learn new eateries had opened around the area in my absence.

The first restaurant on my “To Try” list was Kofta Meatball Kitchen.  Their selling point is gourmet meatballs either served in sandwiches or personalized bowls.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

Great Local Oysters
A more Polished Place to Slurp
Great New Seafood Joint

Raw oysters served in their half shells are a work in progress for me.  It’s one of the foods that I’ve grown to appreciate as an adult, although still in small quantities and only select varieties.  This is in stark contrast to my LA based cousin, SheClooney, who can down dozens of oysters of various types.

My cousin’s favourite place in Vancouver is Rodney’s in Yaletown due to the staff and atmosphere.  When it comes to oyster bars, I find that as long as the bivalves are of good quality and shucked properly, other factors like ambience and staff are huge influences on where you like to consume your oysters.

SheClooney’s brief visit to Vancouver prompted a lunch at the recently opened Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Meh Files: La Catrina Tacos

Tacos by the Bay
A La Taqueria Clone
Solid but not wow

This will be a short review.  La Catrina is essentially a copy of La Taqueria.  Former employees started the West End shop and the menu of tacos is very similar.  

Depending on your perspective, this is either fantastic news as one can get good tacos and enjoy the beauty of English Bay, or disappointing if you were looking for something more unique.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Tsukemen from Ramen GoJiro

A Different Dip
Tsukemen so slurp worthy
At shop GoJiro

As I looked up from my seat, I spotted a black and white portrait of who I believe to be a young Kazuo Yamagishi, the inventor of Tsukemen and founder of the Taishoken chain of ramen shops in Japan. 

I took this as a good sign.  I had specifically returned to Ramen GoJiro for their tsukemen.  When I first visited, the shop was only selling their gatsuri ramen with its bounty of bean sprouts.  However given Menya Kouji affiliations with the inventor of dipping ramen, Yamagishi san, I was curious how GoJiro’s tsukemen would be.  The other Menya Kouji outlet, Ramen Butcher, serves a distinct and tasty seafood based version.