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lunch West End or downtown today?

You can get pretty far if you are willing to drive 10 minutes from Burrard & Cordova.

Full disclosure about Gyoza Bar, my experience was at Friends and Family dinner. However I stand by my recommendation for the Kaisen Tomato Ramen. It's bouillabaisse soup as the base with seafood and sous vide chicken (so good) as toppings. Very tasty - complex and full of umami. The only thing I observed that maybe off putting to some is there is a layer of oil on top. I don't mind it but others have not liked it. You can get smaller portion is you ask and I found the regular size too big for me.

At the preview dinner, some of the gyozas were lack luster and not surprisingly I've seen complaints about the gyoza.

I plan to return to Gyoza Bar fairly soon to see what tweaks have happened since my first visit.

Other Lunch Ideas ....

Hmm what about Taikoshen for Tsukemen.

Tuc Craft Kitchen is open for lunch.

Bestie in Chinatown. I like their daily salads. They had this awesome watermelon and feta salad in summer.

Via Tevere food truck is situated close by.

lunch West End or downtown today?

Hmm interesting about the Kamei Baru curry as I remember the small bits of beef but definitely not the fat chunks. I like the overall taste of the curry, much more complex than Glico curry (or something similar) that most places serve.

Where are you going to be based downtown, GE? I figure if this is work related thing then you're not going to have a lot of time to get to a place and eat.

Off the top of my head.

Gyoza Bar for the Tomato Ramen.

I like Vij's Food truck in particular if they have a fish curry on the menu.

Anatolia Express at the new convention centre is good.

Vancouver Ramen or Sushi and a splurge

Like LR stated, you are literally a hop and skip away from Vancouver's epicenter for Ramen. You can choose from:
-Santouka's Toroniku Ramen
-Motomachi's Charcoal Ramen
-Kintaro's Robust Basic Ramens
-Marutama's unique and light chicken ramen featuring the best Ramen egg in the city.

These 4 shops are within a 2 minute walk from one another.

Regarding Miku, its Aburi sushi is fantastic but this is a splurge as it is an upscale sushi restaurant.

For a more wallet friendly place, I would recommend Sushi Mart (just a few stores fronts away from Santouka). They offer basic but very fresh sushi.

For your return to Vancouver and a splurge I would recommend the following:
-Blue Water Cafe
-Bishops
-Farmer's Apprentice
-Miku (if you still feel like sushi)
-Yew

(new) Yah Yah Ya Ramen - Richmond

LR, Thanks for supporting my cousin's blog.

Also Ooopsy, I'm a bad fact checker and made a huge BOO BOO on my post about Yah Yah Ya, that Dennis kindly posted.

It turns out that the special broth from Yokohama is called "iekei" not "lekei or Le Kei". My sincere apologies to Yah Yah Ya ramen. Still very good ramen and everybody should go try this place out!

I've updated my post with the correction at the top.

Good salads in Van?

Shishinori, near the Whole Foods on cambie & 8th, offers salads and generally healthy eats. Their formula is raw fish in several preparations served with brown rice and a whack load of greens and sometimes fruit.

My only issue is they seem to like adding an annoying sweetish Teriyaki like sauce to their dishes.

Interested in what other CHers will suggest.

I miss the Nicoise salad from the defunct Street Meet food truck. That thing was awesome.

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

Wait, no neon lights, and is cozy enough to make a customer want to linger and stay a bit longer?

Hmmm so Bon Cafe is a nouveau Vietnamese place?

NICE, will check it out next time I'm in the area.

anyone know what happens to 29th Ave Cafe for Japanese Yoshoku food ?

Sam - I noticed a Chanpon noodle on Moncton Cafe's menu. Have you had? If so what can you share about it?

Been searching for a good Champon Ramen in the area but have not found anything good. I believe based on the photo in Moncton Cafe's menu, the Chanpon is a Champon ramen.

anyone know what happens to 29th Ave Cafe for Japanese Yoshoku food ?

Not sure where the 29th ave Cafe folks went but if you are looking for Yoshoku food, you can try:
-Marulilu Cafe
-Cafe De l'Orangerie

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

Thanks for adding to the list LR! The only one I don't think I've been to is Bon Cafe, any intel you want to share?

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

Thanks for the intel on Hoi Ann! Never tried Mi Quang before. It looks very unique - definitely want to check that out.

Can you or anyone else who's had describe kinda what it tastes like so I know what to expect?

Best cafes in Vancouver

I have to add another "Gold star" for Timbertrain. Spotted this on a trip report by SF poster, Reformed, in another thread who mentioned they had a cookie with potato chips in it at Timbertrain.

I had to check it out. The cookie is unique and wonderful. Called the Comfort cookie, this thing contains not only Potato Chips but also Pretzel bits and chocolate chips!

It's a nice bake good that combines both savoury and sweet.

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

Yes I agree the Pho at Mr. Red is above average and Rose takes great pride in adhering to proper cooking techniques and shows a great deal of care in making their food.

I think I must go to My Chau to try this Chicken pho with a deep fried chicken leg.

The thing is Mr. Red has worked hard to really set themselves apart from other Vietnamese restaurant and as a result they have line ups.

Why don't more Vietnamese places do that? There are so many Vietnamese restaurants you would think they want to stand out.

Or is it simply the average Vancouverites cannot really tell the difference and as a result restaurants can get away with serving average food?

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

In all fairness before this joke gets out of hand, I don't think brokentelephone was actually calling me a pedantic tossss.

Thank you all for responding to my question. I think you all confirm my natural instinct that yes there is good Pho in Vancouver but not necessarily ones that are "Must haves". In the end, it comes down to personal preference and other factors maybe not relating to the Pho itself, simply because there really isn't a lot separating the good Pho.

Although I was reading how the chefs at Slanted Door in San Fran roast their ginger and onion before putting them into the broth. Any Pho place in Vancouver doing that? Or is it something no restaurant would bother with here since it probably take a refined palate to appreciate that?

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

I remember that! I wish I could of gotten the Mary Tyler Moore gif of her tossing the hat working. I think it would been even funnier than the pic I posted.

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

Thanks Scoffier!

Well, what's that rule of thumb? Don't eat Pho west of Main. :)

Mr. Red' s is unique because their food is northern style.

Beside putting a big smile on your face, is there anything else that makes Thien Kim your go to?

The pho at Song Huong is usually my go to with Le Do sometimes thrown in there for variety sake. Although sometimes if I'm really tired I make do with Thai's Saigon Bistro in North Burnaby.

I just find it interesting that there are more Pho places in the city than Ramen places, but there isn't a lot of differences when it comes to Pho.

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

Thanks Brokentelephone. I agree and I should go with my gut.

I don't want to be an ass where I'm nit picking that this pho is better as it uses just a touch more ginger or this place use a little more clove. Most people don't give a crap about that.

I think everybody has at least one good pho place in their there area.

It's not like Ramen where the West End is the place you have to go to for a good bowl.

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

Did I get called a pedantic Tossss? I guess I've made it!!!! ;)

State of Pho in Vancouver? Help needed.

I'm hoping my fellow CHers can help me with this dilemma.

Is it possible to come up with a list of 10 or more good/fantastic Phos in Vancouver, where each Pho has its own distinct/unique reason on why it's good/fantastic?

My initial gut reaction is NO. However, I've been asked to give it a sober second thought. I'm still thinking "NO" but I thought I would ask the residents of this board for their thoughts.

Any insight in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance!

Best cafes in Vancouver

Timbertrain is my morning Americano and the shot they use is tasty and nuanced. Been able to reduce the amount of sugar and cream to a bare minimum. The guys at Timbertrain are good.

Also Very interested in Pallet since they are around the corner from Basho.

New to Grandview area (Victoria/Venables) - recommendations within walking distance please!

Too bad about Bistro Wagon Rouge. Still haven't gotten to eat there due to line-up issues.

I forgot to mention Jackalope's Neighbourhood Dive near Campagnolo Roma. My cousins liked it there.

Also there's Song Huong Vietnamese Restaurant.

SF Bay Area hound needs fun foodie stops near Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center

For sushi: Miko and Miku (For Aburi style sushi & sashimi) are higher priced options.

Sushi Mart on Robson is a good budget option

For Ramen: Santouka's Toroniku ramen is a great recommendation. Also Mauratama's Tamago Ramen is tasty as well.

New to Grandview area (Victoria/Venables) - recommendations within walking distance please!

Congrats!

Grocery Stores: Donald's Market on Hastings

Butcher: Windsor Meats on Hastings a few storefronts west of Le Do

Japanese: Tatsu Japanese Bistro on the drive when Kishimoto is too insane. Best Nabeyaki udon I've found thus far and good basic sushi.

Also you're close to Fujiya for all your Japanese grocery needs.

Coffee: Haven't been yet but Pallet Coffee Roasters just opened up near Basho so that might be worth checking out, not sure about the hipster quota though.

Other things of note: Yolk's & Bistro Wagon Rouge

One week in Vancouver... The catch? Two little kids

Crap You're Right Sam!

I meant Guu with Garlic on Robson and typed in Guu Garden by mistake.

Thanks for catching the mistake.

One week in Vancouver... The catch? Two little kids

Good list! A few additions:
If Revolver, which is bit cramped, is busy. Around the corner is Timbertrain which has good coffee and booths for the little ones to squirm around in.

With booths in mind, for seafood Blue Water Cafe is surprisingly kid tolerant especially for kids that are well behaved. Just ask for a booth in case they want to nap or play on the ipad in the corner of the booth.

For Izakaya I would add Guu Garden which has good food and a small upstairs area where you sit on the floor.

Chinese places don't bat an eye when it comes to kids, even if they are running a muck in the restaurant.

For you dim sum, I would drop Sun Sui Wah and consider Chef Tony in Richmond (http://cheftonycanada.com/en/). Easy to get to from downtown on the Canada Line and it might be neat for the kids, you go over the river to get to Richmond.

Another Ramen place to try is Taishoken for their tsukemen ramen.

Any Intel on Mr. Red?

It may not be as bad as we feared it terms of the "hungry hordes" descending onto the place. I went by the place both Saturday and Sunday in between 2 - 3 pm and it wasn't busy. I think dinner service maybe busy but I'm thinking afternoons might not be bad.

Also if we going to point out issues with Gill's piece the veg in the Bun Cha dipping sauce is carrots and papaya, not daikon. Texture seemed off for daikon so were asked the lady and she told us it was papaya.

Any Intel on Mr. Red?

You mean like the "Groupon" effect, people rush there and it overwhelms the business leading to poorer experience than the restaurant can normally execute, which ensues a backlash?

OR

The "Bo Laska" effect where all these people show up because of the buzz and the owner gets a false sense of the demand for their food. They expand but the people move on to the next trendy food item and they are left with an empty restaurant?

OR

The "Kimura" effect which Scoffier mentions below, they get the buzz and manage to retain the large customer base. As a result, the people who discovered it get shut out because it becomes impossible to get a table anymore?

It's a tricky balance: you want them have the publicity so they can thrive but hope for the best it doesn't overwhelm them.

We going to find out if they can cope, with both fmed putting them on his Eater Banh Mi list and Eater having them on their heat map.

To be honest, the lady is so nice and food is tasty, so I do hope they succeed. I do hope they get an extra person to help out in front.

Weekday Dim Sum for 10 incl kids,

It's not flounder and the presentation is different, but I had a similar dish at Golden Lake near the Vancouver/Burnaby border on Hastings street.

It was a stunning dish. I think it's on the special dishes menu.

Any Intel on Mr. Red?

Nice write up, GE!

LOL, nice "that upstart, basil"

I was actually wondering if that wrapper for the Crab Spring Roll is not a rice wrapper but something else like a bean curd sheet since it has a different text and appearance.

Any Intel on Mr. Red?

Thanks for the update. Can you elaborate on the appie or entree sizing option? I was quite surprised that my crab meat spring roll was an entree.

Which dishes have you been able downsized to appie portion? Can they all be downsized? Curious if that can be done for the sticky rice.

Also have you had the dish that looks like a small mound of sheets of rice flour noodles? I didn't have chance to ask the poor lady what the dish was, as it was super busy.

Granville Island - Restaurants

Everyone's different and the tasting flights are great to figure out what one likes and dislikes. Personally, I like the Osake Junmai Ginjo Genshu and have it at home.