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Urbanspoon App to shut down - implications for BC/Vanc and PNW users comprends. Been a little slow on the uptake lately.

Thanks LR.

Urbanspoon App to shut down - implications for BC/Vanc and PNW users

Sam what does POFS stand for?

The only thing that popped into my head was Plenty of Fish which I'm pretty sure is not what you meant.

Urbanspoon App to shut down - implications for BC/Vanc and PNW users

It seems Zomato in Vancouver is up and running. I thought it was weird that daily blog posters like Sherman were missing in action at Urbanspoon.

Some food bloggers have embraced Zomato and began using Zomato's system.

I noticed that my blog posts have been ported over from Urbanspoon to Zomato. I was able to access/login to my profile but I found the back end a HUGE work in progress. Seems they are creating things (to mimic Urbanspoon) on the fly - things are glitchy, kind of random and don't make sense.

From just a average joe perspective, I don't find the home page very inviting or informative. No real way to see which restaurants are being reviewed.

Full disclosure I didn't participate in any of the round tables / meet & greets Zomato was holding for bloggers in town prior to their launch.

Curious what others think about Zomato?

Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

Great insight NoMoreSnuggles!

I didn't think of the diet thing which makes perfect sense! 2 of co-workers who are Tractor devotees are on some sort of diet program.

Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

SMH, McDonalds will now be offering Kale salads too now!

Like I said YMMV. I do question my co-workers' palate, quietly in my head when I'm at Tractor ;).

Then again I'm sure they question mine when I rave about Spam Musubi.

Even the most respectable foodie has their blind spots.

I think with Tractor it's the fact they tout themselves as healthy, local, organic and fresh. I think this blinds a lot of people from judging the food for what it actually is - upscale cafeteria food.


Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

Sigh GE, yes I have. I'll give you my reasons for recommending it first and then I'll rant.

Tractor is a relatively healthy option given the area.
My colleagues LOVE the place.
The space is gorgeous! It's open, bright, light, airy and whimsical - everything I wish the food was but isn't.

If my co-workers didn't insist on lunching there, I probably wouldn't go there on my own. Most of the food is unremarkable. It's probably a step up from cafeteria food.

Personally, I find the entree salads to be very awful. I'm not a big fan of kale being used as a raw salad green; it's got a strong taste, and is tough and corse in texture.

I think you need a deft hand to create a great salad with kale and Tractor does not come close. They basically try to overwhelm the kale by over dressing it with heavy dressings.

This is not my cup of tea but YMMV since my co-workers, some who have very refined palates, adore the entree salads and Tractor as a whole.

For me it's a head scratcher. I'm going to chalk it up to the fact I'm not a huge salad person. For me to rave about salad it needs to spot on in terms taste, texture, ingredients and presentation.

Off the top of my head, I can only really think of 2 salads that stand out in the city:
-the Pomelo Salad from Baoqi
-the seasonal watermelon, feta, basil salad from Besties

End Rant.

Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

Joyeaux is very average Vietnamese. I think it's popular b/c it is the only place around that sort of resembles proper pho & Vietnamese cuisine. Oddly I see Chef Hawksworth and his staff lunching there often.

Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

With in a 15 minute walk:

Miku for sushi
Meat & Bread (Pender Location) for Porchetta sandwiches
Tableau for French
Gyoza Bar for Ramen (next door is Cartems for Gourmet Donuts)
Tractor Foods (Marine Building) for salads, sandwiches and soups
Via Tevere Neapolitan Express food truck for Neapolitan Saltimbocca

Retirement Dinner in Burnaby

I'm not sure Trattoria is in the same weight class as the Pear Tree - not as refined.

Have you considered the Hart House at Deer Lake? Beautiful venue and it's a picturesque stroll around Deer Lake on nice evening.

Although food at the Pear Tree would still be better.

Good yoshoku (Japanese-run) - what's left in Vancouver ?

Marulilu Cafe, near the City Hall skytrain station, has a limited menu of Yoshoku items, including omurice.

Dinner before U2 @ Rogers?

Most of the Restaurants in Gastown are Walkable, within 10 minutes from Rogers Arena.

Here are some restaurants I've dined at prior to an event at Rogers Arena:
- The Abbey
- Guu in Gastown
- Tacofino
- Tuc Craft Kitchen
- The Flying Pig
- The Pourhouse

any good price for freshly made sweet and sour spare ribs ?

According to Sai Woo's instagram, they are going to closed for a few days due to smoke damage.

Their neighbor New Town Bakery will be closed too but they don't know for how long.

My guess it may be longer for New Town since they probably would have more smoke damage.

West End Foodies

Under new ownership but La Brasserie on Davie has re-opened today.

Based on this, some old favourites are coming back onto the menu.

Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

WOW, THAT'S A LOBSTER!!! Lucky easterners, would never see a lobster that big here in Vancouver.

Hawksworth #2 in Canada?

From the pictures, the crustacean combo looks like it's done in the "Typhoon Shelter" or maybe the "Salt & Pepper" style.

Other than the fact that the suburban Toronto Chinese restaurants preferring vertical plating of a dish that is pretty common in Vancouver, can you explain why the lobster and crab tower dish you mention is awesome?

Just curious?

TBH there are dishes I've sample in other cities that I wish would come to Vancouver but doesn't mean that that city's Chinese cuisine is better.

Man, I wish someone would do the "Salt & Pepper" style soft shell crab I had in Las Vegas in Vancouver.

New on Lower Robson - Straight Outta Brooklyn Pizza

They had the White (mozz, smoked provolone, ricotta, grana, garlic, oregano) available for per slice purchase the day I went.

No clam though as that what I want to get as a whole pie to bring back to the office.

I hope they do well but there was definitely some "sticker shock" with some who wandered in. I think they were expecting $2 per slice but Straight Outta of Brooklyn charges $3.25 - $4.25 depending on the slice.

Here are some pics of the per slice offerings and how the whole pie looks. They are not the best due the glare off the glass partition but it gives a good idea of the pizza served.

Best cheap Chinese food -- not too salty or greasy

Funny you mentioned that - I think my Mom knew to avoid certain things at Kent's.

Even though she was tired, she always made a fresh pot of rice and a quick stirred fried veggie dish.

The only things my Mom got from Kent's were the meat dishes (i.e. deep fried squid, prawns or pork chops or black pepper beef).

Best cheap Chinese food -- not too salty or greasy

Wouldn't Kent's Kitchen in Chinatown trump all in this debate?

Grew up eating their takeout when my Mom was too tired to cook.

Three Nights in Vancouver

No you ordered correctly. The crab and pork Xiaolong bao should have been a little soupy on the inside.

However in the picture, the XLB look a little too shriveled which means that they may have not been made well (ie the soup escaped through a hole in the dumpling skin during steaming).

St. Paul's area

Sorry to hear about your situation.

Cazba at Davie & Thurlow might work for the Gluten free request.

Molli is great for non gluten free, the sandwiches are great.

I noticed that La Brasserie's facebook and twitter have sprung to life again, so it may mean they are open again and maybe an option.

Also there's Kamei Baru at Nelson & Burrard which is pan Japanese if you want a different option other than Kadoya.

Ramen coming to Kerrisdale!

I should have put a hyphen in there, so it reads ramen-ya.

I believe in Japanese, when you add "ya" to the end of a food item, you are referring to a shop/"House" that specializes in that item.

For example, sushi-ya means a place that serves sushi. In my case, ramen-ya would mean places that specialize in ramen.

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.