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The God of Cookery-Movie-Comedy-Hong Kong

One of my favourite food-related movies, stuck with me ever since I watched it as a teenager. It helps a bit if you understand some Hong Kong specific humour too.

Sep 21, 2014
Blueicus in Food Media & News

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

I understand what you're saying, I've been the recipient and giver of staff meals of varying quality and a well fed staff is important for building morale. However, just because trimmings are used doesn't mean you can't make a tasty and filling staff meal, just because you have leftover salmon belly, pork rinds, a jar of old olives in the fridge and a half an old onion laying around means you're to throw it all in a blender, boil it in a pot and serve it up for the poor folks.

Sep 14, 2014
Blueicus in General Topics
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One week in Vancouver... The catch? Two little kids

Glad you liked Kingyo, that and their sister restaurant Suika are two of my favourite izayaka-style restaurants in the city.

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

A family restaurant operates on a different level since it's all your own money anyways, I personally like to keep my food costs tightly in line so ultimately we make staff meal out of the least expensive ingredients and trimmings of meat/veg of whatever we have laying around. Sometimes if we're in a generous mood we may get something from outside or get some nicer stuff to cook for ourselves, but that's fairly rare.

Sep 14, 2014
Blueicus in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

wow, let me work at the Chinese restaurant that serves that as staff meal every single day...

Sep 13, 2014
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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Ironically, if you go to a nice continental or North American restaurant if the staff were eating what the restaurant serves it's probably cheap and frozen. Our restaurant would be losing money if our staff meals were things we served to customers

Sep 12, 2014
Blueicus in General Topics

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

Let me ask this: What if it was a table of 4, 10, 20? When you send food back and it gets remade the kitchen gets backed up slightly. The backing up interrupts the flow of service and causes delays for other customers.

Now, I am not against sending food back if there are real concerning issues with it but to have the whole table remade because of one possible mistake is going a bit far. The restaurant will probably comp your dish anyways because it got sent back so it's already losing money for two sets of prep for the bad plate and the cost of charging you nothing for a mistake; to punish the restaurant (and by extension the rest of the customers) so severely by remaking the entire table's food is ridiculous.

Very few restaurants can absorb the delay of re-firing a whole table, and it will probably be put back into the back of the firing queue anyways. Would you feel comfortable making everybody at your table wait an additional 20 minutes just because you had problems with your food? Either way, somebody at your table will be discomfited.

Customers don't need to know how a restaurant works, but apply a little logic and you can see how silly it gets.

Sep 01, 2014
Blueicus in Not About Food

Sat August 23rd Dinner for 13-14 - ideas?

I didn't notice the 13-14 person restriction until now for some reason. Bambudda does have a private room for 20, but might want to arrange it quickly, large groups are easier to work with the earlier the arrangement's made

Sat August 23rd Dinner for 13-14 - ideas?

Bao Bei, which is close to the Keefer Bar. Either that, or Maenam and you can stumble to a number of Donnely Group places relatively nearby afterwards.

Ramen Koika - new ramen on Robson

Went to Taishoken and had the miso. I've never seen a broth quite as rich as this one, verging on oily. However, I feel that the broth should have a bit more complexity of flavour, the taste of pork bones was almost a bit much.

East of Main Cafe - closed

I am acquainted with the two women who own East of Main and the project limelight organizations, and they are certainly not hipsters. Unfortunately for a number of reasons the restaurant did not work out financially.

East of Main Cafe - closed

Just as a note the name of The Parker restaurant and its operating hours are plastered on the window beside the front door. The restaurant isn't open during the day in any case so the blinds help indicate the fact that we're not open yet

When you are hosting a dinner party, do you ask guests whether they have dietary restrictions, or preview the menu for them?

I have to say in that scenario I wouldn't unleash this group of diners on a restaurant either... that's just cruel. Just make everyone bring their own food.

Jun 12, 2014
Blueicus in Not About Food

Stick a fork in Top Chef Canada... it's done.

The episodes are available to stream from the Food Network Canada site, though obviously if you aren't in Canada that's not going to work

Jun 11, 2014
Blueicus in Food Media & News

"New" Places for Dim Sum

I went with my mother sometime last year. Most of the items were merely okay either in terms of execution or flavour. I feel there are better places in town. Also bad bathrooms, looks like one you'd find in a dingy Chinatown restaurant

"New" Places for Dim Sum

Aren't there a lot of Chinese vegetarian restaurants around? I know of two already i the downtown Vancouver area. Surely there are more in the neighbouring area. Chinese vegetarian cuisine is not an unknown thing, it's just a niche market.

Report on stuff I did... passing the time in SF

Ah, he's opening another place. Interesting. I'll swing by there when I'm back next. I know it costs money but I really think they should eventually renovate porcellino to give the place a better flow and structure. Right now it feels a little confused

Report on stuff I did... passing the time in SF

Understood about the new 'incanto' pricing and style. Unfortunately their menu also got truncated in the process too (guess it helps with volume and costs and difficulty of service)

Report on stuff I did... passing the time in SF

I was at Manresa on Thursday. The dining room was fairly empty when I got there but filled up halfway through.

I thought about Crenn but for better or worse I just wanted to experience Manresa.

Report on stuff I did... passing the time in SF

I'm in the airport, so I figure I'd be mildly productive.

day 1: had some pizza close to the hostel, not particularly great... maybe I should've just grabbed some touristy seafood when I was at the wharf. Good coffee at blue bottle, as ubiquitous as they seem now.

Benu, food was very good, a couple of amuses didn't have much impact but being Chinese I didn't think the Chinese influenced dishes were gimmicky or contrived. I liked the white chocolate yuba dessert, the bread/bamboo fungus soup in particular though savoury courses were all tasty. Service was... servicable.

day 2: ate at Tartine, had a good lemon cream tart, thought their almond croissants were huge and okay, I like a flakier/butterier and little more tender croissant... didn't find out I could have some of their bread toasted in the morning until I already stuffed my face. Left my hostel downtown at 4, hoping to have 30+ minutes to walk around Los Gatos, one Caltrain, LRT, and community bus later I'm speed walking to Manresa with 5 mins to spare for a 7 pm reso.. go figure. Despite what I read, I liked the service at Manresa, friendly and formal enough. Lots of children (for a 2 michelin resto). Alas, food was mildly disappointing, few dishes (mostly sauces and broths) on the salty side, even though a couple were my favourites (diced big fin squid with preserved plum, carrot with sprouted lentil and onion broth). I cook for a living so I have a fairly high salt tolerance. As for the rest, can't say if it's a seasonal ingredient thing (lots of mint, one lovage heavy dish, favas, asparagus, rhubarb, etc.), but there were few dishes and amuses I wanted more of after I cleared my plate... desserts and bread service were the same way. Have to admit I liked the food at Benu a lot more. Utmost respect still, but sad.

day 3: speed crammed some tacos at the taqueria in mission, one with steam tables so it was serviceable, rushed to grab the ferry and bus out to Napa, stumbled upon Kellerland/Yountville had a decent macaron then managed to grab a table at Bouchon. Good, solid bistro fare, had some chilled seafood, decent bread, good steak frite (though a bit rare and over rested) and OK lemon tart, filling could be smoother and more velvety... in Vancouver I am partial to lemon tarts at a place called Thierry so I use that as a benchmark.

yesterday: hoofed it to little yangon, first time with Burmese so not an expert. Tried this salad of sliced raw onion and a thick shrimp based sauce, very unique and didnt think I'd like it but I did, sauce mutes the raw onions. Also first time I got the 'you no like' speech, especially since I'm not Burmese but I'm at least east asian. Also had the pork curry and tea leaf rice, quite different, glad I tried them. Swung over to porcellino, polished off 2/3rds of a porchetta plate, very tasty, well seasoned and moist, wished there was crackling. Huge portions and fairly low price. Service style is strange, like being at a bar and holding my credit card like I had a tab going. Stumbled by a bookstore where david lebovitz was signing books, pretty cool. Tried looking for spqr but I found state bird provisions instead. Wait for a solo was only 20 minutes and I wasn't particularly hungry so it was fine. Good food, tried the sweetbreads (liked), pork belly with grapefruit and viet vinaigrette not on menu (liked more), chawanmushi and guinea fowl dumpling (both OK). Good atmosphere, had a good time, and cooks were good enough to be fairly sociable.

thanks everyone for the recommendations, I enjoyed myself, had some good food and walked up a lot of hills.

Places to eat, second week of May?

Damn, it all sounds good, too bad I'm traveling alone. Impromptu SF chowmeet on saturday?

3 Days, Need Seafood & Asian, Vancouver from SF

I agree regarding octopus garden. Also like kingyo, guu gardenand zakkushi. Also agree that vijs is unique enough for a visit, I like beaucoup on fir and 5th for pastries and I don't know where but Chambar wouldn't be my first choice.

Sorry about the formatting, I'm on a mobile device

Places to eat, second week of May?

Sorry, one more question. How are the likes ofmore a la carte dining places such as jardiniere or spqr? What would you guys lean towards in that price range? I had one less day on my trip than I thought so I will definitely fit in the tacos and little yangon. Is lunch at little yangon the same as dinner? Which dishes are more uniquely burmese? I'll keep an eye out for that dried shrimp salas

Places to eat, second week of May?

Now that I'm actually in SF I can actually have a better idea of what I'm looking for...

Im staying downtown near the powell bart station and I have to say that I was quite pleased with my meal at benu. I had a few small quibbles regarding the balance of flavours but everything was well executed and as a person who grew up eating chinese cuisine I didn't feel cheated in the slightest. As for tomorrow I think I'll grab a few small bites in the mission then hoof it to los gatos. Going to napa on friday and my slate is blank on the weekend. I've read a few taco threads but I'm confused, is the mission district the place for tacos and other mexican food or should I go elsewhere?

3 Days from Toronto - Kelowna, Okanagan and Vancouver

OG is dinner only, but worth going.I would skip Cioppino's and the Acorn, personally... I'd go to the pour house in gastown or even the parker (if you actually want vegetarian snacks)

Places to eat, second week of May?

Yeah, that's the plan... unless it's not worth being there for much of the day.

Places to eat, second week of May?

I rarely have the patience to endure long line-ups unless i have no other option, thankfully i am not a brunch person. The porchetta is a good idea, places i can just wander around and snack is good too, with bakeries or small counter-type places.

How about a light lunch at los gatos? Is this the right board?

Places to eat, second week of May?

I made reservations at Benu and Manresa, one because I wanted to try a meal with strong east-asian influences from a French-laundryish context and the other because it feels like a very good example of the more modern Californian fine dining movement that is known internationally.

Incidentally, to offset the costs of these meals I'm staying at a hostel, go figure

Places to eat, second week of May?

Hi, I'm swinging down from Vancouver on the second week of May to visit. I already made a couple of resos to big ticket places, now looking for the wide gamut of places from cheap to mid-scale that offers something different. Prefer to not go somewhere overly suburban, if I need to travel outside downtown it'd be good to be able to walk around and see things nearby.

I'm casting a fairly wide net, but to be more specific I'm going alone, so places that do large platters will be awkward and I'm happy to try and cuisine type.

George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

Seriously, the EXACT SAME issue was discussed just last month http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9667... and with the same inconclusive result. This is getting as silly as people arguing on star trek boards over whether Picard is better or Kirk is better.

Also, the metropolitan area of Chicago is home to about 75% more people than the metropolitan area of Toronto (which includes the GTA).

Oh, and also Toronto doesn't have good BBQ, as always... and let's not get started on Carbon Bar