Saturday, 17 January 2015

good wolfe kitchen and bar: yaletown treasure

travelzoo vouchers are amazing. they give you a full meal for two usually but between me, my mom, and my dad, we always get an extra entree and just share which is the perfect amount! this time we went to good wolfe kitchen and bar in yaletown and the food was absolutely delicious. the meal made it a great price for the amount and quality but the prices aren't too high otherwise. 

the voucher we got was $59 and included two entrees, two appetizers and two desserts, 

fresh baked bread: it was really soft and fluffy when it came out

1lb mussels and frites ($17): served in a coconut curry broth, these mussels were plump, juicy and so fresh. there was plenty for the 3 of us and my parents claimed it was one of the best they'd ever had

the fries (with chipotle dip): my dad polished of the very last crumb of these fresh cut fries. he loved them so much because they were crispy but really soft on the inside. they were fresh fried when they came out but i felt a tiny bit over salted. 

dungeness crab cake: lime aioli, brie cheese and pistachio crumble ($16): this was again very delicious. an abundant amount of crab and it was not greasy or over fried at all. it was missing a little bit of the "cake" in crab cake but i actually prefer that over the croquette type breading! 

 sablefish with sake-soy glaze and soba noodles ($25): this was my favourite dish (although all were 5/5 worthy) because the soba noodles complimented this dish so perfectly. the sable fish was moist and oily, the only way to enjoy sable fish, with an asian glaze and seared perfectly. the noodles were so good too…being not quite hot but mixed with the sauce, was amazing. 

yarrows meadows duck with baby potato and winter vegetables ($26): the duck was cooked to perfection. served with a dijon mustard sauce, it was one of the best dishes i'd ever had. perfectly rare in the middle, the flavour of duck breast just shined in this dish, so good.

braised short rib risotto with mushrooms ($25): this was super rich and cheesy but so delicious. it was filled with mushrooms and the short rib was break-apart soft. the flavours were perfect, not too salty or bland and there was so much, we had to pack some to go! 

apple cake: a bit sweet and served cold (not the best idea IMO) but it was good and the cream was fresh and light. 

kaffir lime creme brûlée: of the two desserts, this was the better one. the kaffir lime was subtle but helped balance out the sweetness and the creme brûlée itself was smooth and decadent. 

overall: one of the best "european" dinners i've had in vancouver. the food was amazing and portions were MORE THAN ENOUGH. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOU TRY THIS PLACE OUT!! 
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Thursday, 8 January 2015

bob likes thai food: and so do i...

 after my final exam LAST APRIL (yes, very behind) i met with my mom on main street for our first real thai food experience at bob likes thai food. they have really great lunch specials and in my opinion, delicious food. i've never had thai due to my peanut allergy and fear of contamination but this was so good that now, i will risk my wellbeing for deliciousness! 

 green curry with chicken ($9): this lunch set came with a tiny salad and wonton crisps but the star was the curry. so delicious not being too creamy and packed with chicken i still think of this curry today. it was spicy but nothing past a mild-medium.

pad thai ($9): the REAL STAR OF THE DAY. this was so very very delicious. i had never had pad thai but the flavours were ohmygosh good. i read online that lots of restaurants use ketchup but this was NOT ketchup. i at least can taste that. and it was not clumpy or too wet either. it had a decent amount of shrimp, tofu and eggs and was a pretty big portion for lunch size! 

maw-gang - taro root, coconut, egg and palm sugar ($3): wanting to end on a sweet note, we ordered dessert being adventurous and it was worth it. the maw gang tasted like a custard/pudding/jello but wasn't too sweet and had a creamy consistency but wasn't runny. the taste of coconut and egg were prominent to me (since I'm not sure what taro root tastes like) but this delicious and reminded me that i should try more new things in my food adventures! 

maw-gang - taro root, coconut, egg and palm sugar ($3): wanting to end on a sweet note, we ordered dessert being adventurous and it was worth it. the maw gang tasted like a custard/pudding/jello but wasn't too sweet and had a creamy consistency but wasn't runny. the taste of coconut and egg were prominent to me (since I'm not sure what taro root tastes like) but this delicious and reminded me that i should try more new things in my food adventures! 

overall: my first experience with thai food was an amazing one. it was delicious, huge portions, good prices (lunch specials even on weekends!) and just a wonderful meal. 

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

waffle gone wild: a snack? nope a full meal.

after experiences at neros, waffles have become all the rage in vancouver and with a social shopper in hand for $12 including 2 drinks and 2 waffles waffle gone wild was mom and i's next food destination.

japanese matcha latte ($3.75): delicious and not too heavy or sweet but missing that pretty design

passionfruit slush ($4.75): looking back, probably a bad choice since it was winter time but it was tasty albeit a bit icy (it is a slush though)

original liege with ice cream and berry sauce (~$4): we went with the original waffle because all the flavour combos allowed for our voucher had loads of whipped cream but no ice cream. so for $1.99 + $1 + $.50, this was a fresh baked waffle as our ice cream started melting off right away! we had to have dessert before our "meal" but thats okay, it was so light and delicious! 

black forest ham and cheese ($5.99): with a mini salad, this was PACKED with ham and the savoury actually complimented the waffle very well! it wasn't too salty and the two of us couldn't finish both halves…but we decided that sweet waffles are our preference (: 

overall: their menu is larger now (delayed post of course) and their waffles are quite different from neros as they only have liege but they are chewy but light at the same time! 

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

sushiful: best in taste, value and service!

sushiful is a tiny place on kingsway that serves up some amazing food at a great price with the kindest service i've experienced. they care about their customers and are just two guys that started a business together hoping to bring good food to this area. 

ive been here only twice and can honestly say i'm in love with it. 

they have a whole list of special rolls as well as the ones made popular by sushi garden/town joints but are made carefully with very fresh fish. 

visit 1: 
complimentary miso soup 

dynaska roll ($5.95): this is the alaska roll but instead of avocado on the inside, they use prawn tempura. very tasty and the sauce on top is money. 


alaska roll ($3.95): same flavours as sushi garden BUT much nicer in terms of appearance and the quality as well. avocados are perfectly ripe (not overripe like others) and the slices of salmon ontop are ACTUAL slices. also, they use less rice! 


spicy salmon roll ($2.95): very generous with the salmon inside but i feel like it could have used more spicy sauce. 


house roll: ($4.50) the most disappointing roll just because the crab meat didnt have mayo in it but otherwise its pretty packed for a good price! 


 visit 2:

alaska roll (as good as last time!) 

1/2 order spicy salmon sashimi ($5.70): very generous portion (as seen by the picture below for perspective) with the sweet and spicy sauce that i love! 


overall: the best sushi place...just go. warning though, it's a tiny place but the wait is worth it. 

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

famoso neapolitan pizzeria: groupon and good food makes a happy pizza eater

i dont stray away from asian cuisine that often but with groupons in hand, i would explore all of vancouver! famoso neapolitan pizzeria is one of those cases and turned out to be a lovely treat! 

pizzetta with a side of soup (lunch special) ($12)

peking duck pizza: this was creative and so delicious. a thin crust with a sweeter hoisin sauce base and shredded duck with cilantro and green onions this pleased my asian-preferred palate immensely. it was great and i loved it.

tomato soup: the soup was so creamy and delicious but not too heavy either. a strong tomato flavour i loved it even though i'm not usually a fan of drinking my calories.

abruzzo ($14.95) : with spicy italian sausage, mushrooms and red onions, this was our classic italian pizza to try and it was good but the tomato sauce was a bit weak in my opinion and made the crust soggier than i prefer. it was really tasty though! 

pizzetta italian ham and crushed pineapple (or essentially a hawaiian pizza) ($7): my dad is kind of boring so we ordered this for him to be able to eat when he got home from work but it was quite good! nothing special about it but a good pizza. 

overall: a great meal with my mom on a sunny day. we don't venture outside of asian foods often but she LOVES thin crust pizza with that burnt bottom and crispy perfection over deep dish and greek style so we both enjoyed this! 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

marulilu cafe: comforting japanese breakfast (but we're too into the western to notice)

marulilu cafe is a tiny shop on west broadway that is known for the breakfast offerings (both western and japanese) as well as many specialty japanese specialties such as rice burgers, oyako dons and omu rice. my two best friends and i made a visit down here one day and tried out some of their low priced but delicious offerings! 

eggs benny without hash browns ($6.49): they did not have any ham that day so we went with bacon. the hollandaise was quite good and eggs were cooked well! a very simple and not too greasy rendition

katsudon ($7.99): deep friend pork chop over rice with onion and egg. this was pretty good although there could have been more sauce to go with the rice. the pork cutlet was not too chewy though! 

breakfast plate A ($5.99): two eggs any style, choice of sausage, ham or bacon, toast, hash browns and tomatoes. this was a pretty good deal although all the food is very generic tasting. it isn't too greasy and was plenty to fill the three of us up

takoyaki ($3.99): octopus balls!! i love these and 6 pieces for 4 bucks was a great deal! these were fresh out of the…machine? but I'm not sure if they were homemade. still very enjoyable! 

overall: the ambience is so cute and homey with a diverse menu at good prices. nothing special in their western breakfasts but i would love to try their japanese offerings! 

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

sushi ame: special rolls are so beautiful

sushi ame is located deep in downtown on robson with really good reviews so i decided to grab takeout from here for dinner! although the food was good, it was a bit pricey for the amount of fish to rice but i did enjoy the special rolls more since i love non-authentic sushi. 

negihama roll ($2.95): a little lacking in the fish department 
salmon avocado roll ($4.50): not bad but nothing amazing, thicker on the rice

spicy crispy roll: prawn tempura, cucumber in a roll with avocado, yam tempura and crunchy flake with sweet chile sauce ($7.95): this was probably a bad choice to have for takeout because the tempura was a bit soft. i asked for it without the spicy worrying my dad couldnt take it but it ended up being a bit bland. 

black tiger roll: spicy tuna, crab meat, cucumber in a roll topped with avocado and unagi ($10.95): my favourite of the bunch..all my favourite ingredients in a roll and beautiful presentation! 

overall: would return to try more of the special rolls but there are lots of other sushi options that i think are a better value. not bad for robson street though. 
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