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any Japanese restaurants offers Kaiseki (not Omakase)

Highly recommend the Nabeyaki Udon at Tastu! Best I've had in the city.

any Japanese restaurants offers Kaiseki (not Omakase)

No Worries - reviewing the menu again I see what you mean by the Korean influences. It actually reminds of Tatsu (Korean Run) on Commercial with their use of black rice and fusion dishes.

any Japanese restaurants offers Kaiseki (not Omakase)

Nice Find GE.

Do you have any more intel about Black Rice?

It's not in the West End, it's actually a block up from BC Place and most likely in the new hotel that went up in the area.

It looks pan Japanese but if it's good then a nice option to have before Canucks games and Concerts.

Sushi restaurant in Vancouver that takes reservations?

I think I need a definition of what "Reasonably Priced" means. Since you can rack up a bill if you order nigiri, sashimi and chef's selection dishes. Of the top of my head, here's what might work.

Miku I think would be the closest sushi restaurant to Gastown that would be a "Special Occasion" location and walkable. It takes reservations but I'm not sure if it would fit the reasonably priced criteria. It's one of the pricier sushi places in the city.

Another walkable suggestion would be Tsuki Sushi Bar. They've got good sushi and I think they do take reservations. The decor isn't exactly special occasion though.

Miko (different restaurant) is great sushi, short cab ride (10 mins) but may not fit in the reasonable priced category as you can rack up a bill pretty quickly here. I think they take reservations.

Sushi by Yuji would be excellent sushi at a great price and takes reservations. It's about 25 minute cab so that may not be fit the short cab ride criteria. I think that cab ride would cost about $25.

Boston hound visiting Richmond

If the noodles in the wonton dish are an important factor, then Max Noodle is the winner over Old Buddies.

I'll give Max the nod too in terms of the superior broth they use.

Boston hound visiting Richmond

I'll comment on your wonton request as that's a slight obsession for me.

Michigan is no more I believe and have closed down.

From a value perspective, no one can beat Old Buddies on Alexandra Road. Biggest shrimpy wontons in the region; like large jawbreakers sized.

However if you are chasing a traditional snack size version straight from the street of Hong Kong, MaxNoodle on Alexandra Road will be the best bet.

Although if you have the appetite for it, you could probably do both as they are only 2 blocks away from each other.

Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

I agree with you there, pete. The Lobster Cappuccino, chicken and lamb shank dishes in some variation has been on their menu since my aforementioned 21st birthday dinner.

My gut feeling on the staid menu is it's the compromise the restaurant makes in order to make it feel like a comfy neighborhood place.

The Pear Tree would not have survived as long as it has if people in the area didn't go out and support it.

Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

Glad to see Scott Jaeger and The Pear Tree get some recognition.

I always thought despite the great food they put out, Chef Jaeger and his restaurant was overlooked because it is in North Burnaby and not Downtown or in the West side of Vancouver.

They've stood the test of time. Had my first meal there for my 21st birthday and that was 14 years ago.

Ramen coming to Kerrisdale!

I'm not sure what I'm rolling my eyes at more:
-the title of the article
-how a place in Kerrisdale would be a threat to Downtown Ramenyas
-how ramen Koika is treated like they are serious competitor
-why mention Benkei when they have be reduced to one lonely shop at Broadway & Cambie

Until there are great Ramenyas in the suburbs and non-downtown neighbourhoods, there's room for more noodle shops in the Greater Vancouver area. I wonder where the author thinks all the citizens of the GVRD live. I'm sure if there were more viable options spread across the city (like in Kerrisdale), fewer people would trek downtown for ramen unless it was spectacular.

Three Nights in Vancouver

I recommend it simply because I really like the After Eight dessert and tartare.

I agree with assessment of the service. Found they were eager to please but a little green. As a result, some minor miscues.

However if you dined during the previous chef's regime, the improvement in the food is pronounced.

Will go back and try the pork chop per your review.

Three Nights in Vancouver

REGARDING BLACKTAIL: Yes I recommend it now that Chef Rogers has taken the helm. Just from having a lunch there, there was a huge improvement over the previous chef. Some photos for your consideration.

With the exception of the Tuna Salad, all the items shown are available for dinner too.

Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

Well hopefully true foodies will do their research before coming to Canada.

Although this is no different than when your friends/relatives take you to their favourite place in their city that they think is the "Best". YMMV depending on your friend/relative.

Oh, this thread is supplying traffic to the Rogers Media group who put out that list 'cause it use to be overseen by Maclean's magazine.

Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

TBH these lists are always contentious and that's the point. They are great for driving traffic and generating exposure to these media's sites and publications.

It's perfect click bait. In order to debate, people need to see the list first.

Sometimes I think those that create the list purposely put an oddball choice in the top 10 to get people riled up.

New Taco joint in Gastown - Tacomio

Thanks for the support LR. To be honest, yesterday's trip was a scouting mission so you may have to wait 6 weeks for a review.

Don't think it's fair to write a review based on them being open only 2 days and without a full menu available. Just wanted to see if it was worth my time to return in about month to do a proper visit or two.

To be honest I read they were offering tortas and that's actually what I wanted to try.

The greeter confirmed they would like to add tortas to the menu but it will come later.

I will go back in about a month.

New Taco joint in Gastown - Tacomio

I too was surprised that there wasn't a lot of sauce. However, with the exception of the Carnitas, the meat in the filling was moist.

They have a station for various salsas and pickled veggies to help dress up the tacos.

I just went plain for this round to better understand the flavour of the fillings. There's potential.

New Taco joint in Gastown - Tacomio

Quick Take: Just had 4 tacos (No palitos, Cochinita Pibil, pollo con mole & Carnita) from Tacomio and I see potential but I would wait a few weeks for a re-visit.

Just their second day and they don't have their full menu available. The more interesting fillings like the Pork Rind are not available yet.

I like the No palitos (cactus & chorizo) filling. The kitchen needs to do some adjustments on some of the flavours.

Nine Dishes

"The Force is strong with this one" --> fmed

That review confirms Chef Yves presence at Gala Cafe.

Nine Dishes

If you are looking for Chef Yves, he's at Ga La Cafe in the Metrotown area in Burnaby according to fmed.

Or you can follow fmed on twitter @wisemonkeysblog to get all his hole in the wall finds.

Yaletown lunch on a Sunday in March with gluten free options?

I like BaoQi out of the all the choices you rattled off. Love the Pomelo Salad. Everything is fresh. The only thing is that it's a tiny little spot, so it might be cramp quarters for your party.

Minami is open during 3-5pm but with a very limited "Bar Bites" menu if I recall.

Sai Woo - E. Pender, 2015

I'm greedy I want more. My vision is for Chinatown to be the epicentre of Modern Chinese movement in Vancouver. Certainly Bao Bei has done a great job of being a Standard bearer but there can be more.

Chinese cuisine is very diverse and regionalized. I think a few "modern" Chinese restaurants could exist in Chinatown as long as they specialize in different regional cuisines.

Imagine modernize Cantonese, Hakka, Shanghainese or Chiuchow all with a short stroll of one another. A renaissance for Chinese food and for Chinatown.

Fat Mao Noodle Bar (coming to E. Georgia/Main)

I'm curious if this place is leaning towards soup noodles, wok stir fry or a combination, especially since the article noting that they will only have set number of number portions.

I can envision soups done in one culinary tradition and then maybe stir fry in another.

Eager to check this place out since Angus An is involved.

Sai Woo - E. Pender, 2015

I've been keeping an eye on this place too. I truly believe that modern Chinese could flourish in Chinatown and help with the area's revitalization while maintaining some cultural roots.

My only concern is the person behind the project, formerly of Section 3 in Yaletown, will make the spot more about drinks than food.

More than happy to TOFTT as well when the place opens.

Dream burger

I tried my first Five Guys "Baby" Cheeseburger this week and I get the love.

However, for a single patty comparison I think I like the 2.85 food cart Cheeseburger more for its beefy flavour.

All those fresh free toppings at Five Guys kinda of obscure the patty's flavour in Baby Version.

To be honest, anything unhealthy I feel East Coast does it better. I didn't try Burger Priest, but I was impressed with the Cheeseburger at Toma Burger.

On the flip side, I couldn't get on a plane fast enough so I could come home and get decent sushi.

AYCE Chinese hotpot (includes Wagyu beef) @ Jun Yuan Restaurant

To be honest I'm highly suspicious when a blog/article uses the same images from the restaurant's website for their piece.

Did the person even go to the restaurant? Did they just rip off the photos off the website.

Or more likely given the website, the restaurant provided the images and the write-up is an advertorial.

Buyer Beware. I would wait until more reviews come in.

Vancouver’s top new restaurants of 2014

So Mia Stainsby Best of the new in 2014 is out and it's a bit different than Alex Gills.

In summary Mia Stainsby's list includes:
-Au Comptoir
-The Abbey
-Café Medina
-The Fat Badger
-My Shanti

Some similarities. I might have to re-visit Blacktail. Seems like the new Chef has turned the place around. I think I need to move up Cinara on my list of places to try, as both critics have it on their top 10.

Vancouver Suggestions

I found Espana to be average. Was disappointed with some of the meat dishes which were kind of bland. Liked the Patatas Bravas and the flan.

There may not be a lot of Tapas specific places but there are lots of small plates Asian and non-Asian in Vancouver for comparison sake and Espana just didn't have too many "wow" dishes for me.

It also didn't help that I had a wonderful meal in Toronto at Bar Isabel this past summer and Espana's not even close.

Every week sushi?

GE, Regarding Zero One it's still the same people running the place. They pared down the menu to eliminate rolls and simply re-branded.

They still have excellent chirashi dons.

Best 21 New Neighborhood Cafes in 2014 | Vancouver Foodster

I like the below website to keep track of the new and upcoming Cafes & Coffee Shops in Vancouver.

Are "small plates" just a trend (I hope)

I don't think this is a fad especially when it's been around for almost a decade and is rooted in a lot of various cultures' eating habits.

I've been dinning on small plates since I was kid thanks to Dim Sum and Da Lang.

From a non-Chinese perspective at least since 2005 with restaurants like Brix, Tapastree, the BINs, La Bodega.

Today it's places like Chicha, Burdock & Co, Espana, Wildebeest and not to mention all the izakayas.

I think the only thing one might have to wrap their heads around is ordering in rounds throughout the meal instead of once at the beginning.

Easy way to try different things maybe one normally doesn't eat and if you like something order another plate of it.

Vancouver’s top new restaurants of 2014

Not sure which ones and maybe it's more her mythology than fact. Here's a video of her speaking about food and why she stayed in Vancouver.