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First time - 2 dinners & 2 lunches (from Toronto)

The only things my sister misses and complains about in terms of food when it comes to Van vs. TO are Japanese Food (especially Ramen) & the West Coast Seafood.

When she comes home for a visit we feast on Sushi, Ramen, Izakaya, Sable Fish, Dungeness Crab, and if in season Alaskan King Crab & Spot Prawns.

My Recommendations and all in Downtown or close to it:

Lunches: Santouka (My sis swears the one in Toronto doesn't taste right) and Marutama for Ramen. Good for Solo dinning.

Sushi: Miko, Miku/Minami for JUST Aburi sushi, Octopus Garden

Izakaya: I would do a Izakaya Crawl as the Guus, Zakkushi, Kingyo are all within a few blocks of one another. Aki for Robata, especially the Sable Fish.

For Seafood in a non Asian preparation: Yew at the Four Seasons & Blue Water Cafe

The only other recommendation is Forage. They showcase ingredients that they forage and as a result are very local to Vancouver. The concept may not be unique to Vancouver, but the ingredients should be.

Apr 08, 2014
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any good pho place offers deep fried spring roll with white rice paper ?

LOL FB & LR! You guys are too much sometimes :)

Mar 13, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

any good pho place offers deep fried spring roll with white rice paper ?

Don't forgot about the waving cat statue.

Thought you might like this:
http://www.followmefoodie.com/2011/12...

Mar 13, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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any good pho place offers deep fried spring roll with white rice paper ?

Do you know about the spring roll in a rice flour roll that's served for dim sum at Happy Valley? Pretty tasty.

Mar 12, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

any good pho place offers deep fried spring roll with white rice paper ?

NP, LR. I have seen some Vietnamese places go with the Chinese wheat wrapper before but I have not come across it lately.

Most Vietnamese places that serve traditional fare will go with the rice wrapper. It's actually very easy to spot the difference. See the the pic from the blog Wandering Chopsticks. Wheat wrappers on top and rice wrappers on bottom.

I would love to know if anyone has seen woven strands of vermicelli being used as a wrapper for Cha Gio. That would be chow worthy.

Mar 12, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Just moved to YVR; can you help me come up to speed?

Chinatown has changed but it's still Chinese during the day, but very less so at night.

All Hail Night Time Hipster Food!

Seriously, I like the fried chicken at Mamie Taylor's and Besties has tasty currywurst.

Mar 12, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

any good pho place offers deep fried spring roll with white rice paper ?

Yes LR. Even food court Vietnamese food purveyors like Vina use Rice Paper.

Mar 12, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Friday afternoon Hastings crawl with miss foodie

Thanks for the report! Those Chez Christophe hazelnut croissants are so tasty. I tried not to walk there to often for fear of becoming diabetic.

How was the Brie sandwich at Chez Meme (top pic)? Always wondered how it compared to Finch's. I always order the lamb baguette.

Were you apart of Miss foodie's dinner at Lucky Tao? Her pics on twitter looked yummy? Would love to see a report on that dinner too if you were there. :)

Mar 08, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

healthy hot pot around vancouver?

It sounds like you are new to hot pot. Here's a quick overview.

Hot Pot, at least Chinese Hot Pot, is always a cook it yourself experience and is as healthy as you want to make it.

Whether it is all you can eat or a la carte, the onus is on you to make choices that work for your dining party.

All Hot Pot places around town will offer lots of choices, with bilingual menus, which includes lean cuts of meat such chicken breast, beef sirloin and tons of veggie options.

I'm not sure what plain broth is but chicken broth is usually the cheapest soup stock option / default option.

Brown/Wild Rice probably will not be available since that's not really popular in Chinese Food culture.

As for gluten free noodles, you can go with Rice Noodles, Rice Cakes or Mung Bean Noodles. HOWEVER if there is a gluten issue with one of your guests, you may want to avoid the dumplings, meatballs and a few dipping sauces like the soy sauce.

The differences which separate the top tier hot pot places, won't apply to your request as you just want chicken stock and lean cuts of meat.

My advice, find a place you're comfortable with and make sure you make a reservation since it's hot pot season now. Please note most places have a 2 hour limit for your stay.

Feb 28, 2014
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Best Ramen

For me, I flip flop between Santouka and Marutama depending on how I feel.

Marutama is unique b/c it uses a chicken stock and a much thinner noodle to match the more subtle and delicate stock. Also the special seaweed, somewhat overlooked, really helps accentuate the flavour of the chicken stock. It's much lighter Ramen and my go to when I feel under the weather.

Santouka is my go to for their bold and balance pork stock, and of course the tender melt in your mouth Toroniku.

My 3rd choice is Jinya specifically for their Black Tonkotsu Ramen. The black garlic oil makes this particular ramen fragrant and complex. For me, their pork broth has a stonger umami flavour and is a bit thicker than Santouka.

Feb 13, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Bistro Wagon Rouge rolling out some fine casual French in Vancouver

Thanks for the report GE!

I can confirm about the waits as my friends and I had to go else where a few times after being told it would be 1 hour wait.

Guess I have to keep on trying.

Feb 06, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best cafes in Vancouver

She missed Matchstick (Is that the one you were thinking of GE?), but it may not have fit her "by the neighborhood" format.

Off topic but has that area (Fraser & Kingsway) been given a trendy name yet? It probably will get one soon as there are some good eats there.

Jan 15, 2014
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Can You Name a Local Restaurant That Accepts Amex?

Restaurants downtown and usually high profile restaurant like Tojo's will take AMEX to cater to business travellers and tourists.

My boss uses the company AMEX to pay for our company dinners, so off the top of my head we've been to:
Miku
Cioppino's
Blue Water
Guu
Kingyo

And the AMEX was accepted.

Dec 27, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Delicious Takeaway for my work Christmas Lunch

There's a delivery service that you maybe interested in, https://food.ee/

Even if you don't use them, the restaurants they rep may give you some more ideas.

Dec 02, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Fresh Made Pandoro (or Pan D'Oro) in Vancouver

Holiday Season is upon us. I know there are a few bakeries in town that prepare Panettone but does anyone know if they also make Pandoro?

We got a boxed Pandoro as a gift last year and have seen both boxed Pandoro and Panettone at Coiffi's and Red Apple Market but I wanted to see what a fresh one would taste like.

Thanks in advance!

Nov 21, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Current State of Persian food in Vancouver? Who's on top?

I have to second flowbee's rec for Cazba at Davie & Thurlow.

I really liked the Gormeh Sabzi Stew and the rice with fava beans & spiced with Dill that comes with the lamb shank is delicious.

I also like the Grilled Chicken (Joojeh) too. The chicken kebab is moist, tender and seasoned well.

Nov 14, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Places around Dunsmuir and Hamilton

No Problems, just glad you didn't eat at Moxie's. How was your meal at Tuc?

Nov 14, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Places around Dunsmuir and Hamilton

How far is too far and is there a type of cuisine you are looking for? Also lunch or dinner? Off the top of my head and probably within a 10 - 15 minute walk:

- Back Forty (BBQ) is at Robson & Beatty
- Homer Street Cafe (Rotisserie Chicken) is at Smythe & Homer
- Tsuki Sushi Bar is at Abbott & Pender
- Nuba at Hastings & Cambie
- Meat & Bread at Hastings & Cambie
- Tuc Craft Kitchen is at Abbott & Cordova
- Dirty Apron Deli / Cafe Medina / Chambar is at Beatty & Dunsmuir
- Yolks Food Cart is at Beatty & Dunsmuir

Nov 12, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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PIZZA!

I second LR suggestion! These are great reviews. Thank you for sharing. I'll be waiting for your Via Tevere review.

I too like Campagnolo Roma's pizzas.

Nov 07, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recommend a restaurant for a 40th birthday party for a party of 8-10

Tuc has linguini on their lunch menu. Maybe you can inquire if they could make for dinner as well? If so

You get to go to your first choice + your wife gets her pasta = Win-Win!

Nov 04, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)
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Good ramen in Bur-quitlam area ?

Fuji Sushi might work.

I use to go there all the time when I was a student at SFU.

Happy to see they survived the Evergreen Sky Train construction by moving to St. John's Street in Port Moody.

http://www.fujisushi.com/

Insadong on North Road is my default Korean in that area.

Oct 24, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coming up from Seattle in October: mind reviewing my food itinerary?

Glad you had a great time at Bambuddha, Guu with Garlic and in Vancouver overall.

Kinda of curious where that liquor store was you were looking for?

The fog is a new-ish phenomenon, only in the last few years has it gotten foggy for an extended period. Although, a few elders I've spoken to said Vancouver use to be foggy all the time in the distant past.

Oct 21, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Japanese carrot ginger salad dressing

It's in the Condiment/Vinegar Aisle at the T&T near Chinatown.

H-mart might sell it or something similar as well.

Oct 16, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Japanese carrot ginger salad dressing

Would this work? It's not exactly the same but maybe it can be a base you can jazz up.

Mizkan line of Japanese Salad dressings.

http://www.mizkan.com/JapaneseProduct...

They sell for $4.29 at T&T.

Oct 16, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

any malay or thai catering companies in Vancouver?

Have you thought about trying out the food truck, Super Thai Food and if you like the food ask them to cater.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Super-...

Seems to be a trend with the food trucks catering special events such as weddings and office parties etc.

Sep 30, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Christmas in Vancouver

My pick would be Chez Meme Baguette Bistro at MacDonald & Hastings for lunch on Monday Dec. 23, HOWEVER the couple that runs the bistro are very family orientated and I recall them closing the restaurant down during their kids break from school so they may not be opened.

About a 10 minute drive West along Hastings is Red Wagon, Tacofino Commissary and Campagnolo Roma (Hastings & Nanaimo) which all should be open for Sunday Brunch on Dec 22.

Sep 24, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Visiting Vancouver

Oops, Yes I meant GE.... sigh can we chalk it to Mindless Mondays?

Sep 23, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Visiting Vancouver

Victoria Restaurant In the Hyatt is closed due renovations right now.

Kirin on Alberni would be the best for dim sum in Downtown Vancouver but I would hop on the Canada Line to go to Richmond and try out Sea Harbour.

Other watering holes to consider: Alibi Room & Bambuddha.

For Traditional Sushi try Miko (on Robson street)

There's also Izakaya for your consideration. There are the Guus, Kingyo and Zakkushi. They are lively places to share a few plates and have some beers.

Sep 23, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Visiting Vancouver

It's a shame you don't blog GS .... would love to hear about your experiences at Tuc and Homer street cafe (both on my Want to Visit List).

Sep 23, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Yikes! Owner from Two Chefs and a Table alleged to be a Peeping Tom

Hi GS,

I flagged my original post and requested the Title to be changed to "Yikes! Owner from Two Chefs and A Table alleged to be a Peeping Tom"

Sep 23, 2013
moyenchow in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)