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Hawksworth last night

ate t here again tonight. went a la carte this time. spot prawn soup, bar pizza (not that special and not my choice) trout, cheese plate and the kalamansi dessert.
again the food was good. but the wine "taste" seemed laughably small. 3 sips perhaps?

Jul 15, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Hawksworth last night

just got back from a three hour dinner at hawksworth.
the two of us shared a summer tasting menu with wine pairing,
the foie gras parfait and the 48 hour short ribs.
as well as two cocktails.

the food and service were both excellent. color palettes and plating were all modern and well executed.

highly recommended!

Jul 12, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Trip Report: Fritz, Peaceful, Dragon Ball, Elysian, Ajisai, Celine's, Market Grill, Kingyo

i'm also a visitor to vancouver, i liked fritz too. i like ajisai,

i went to kingyo last night and the three of us found EVERYTHING too salty. i know its pub food meant to eat with beer but it was over the top.
i also didnt like the sauce over the black cod. in fact. i didn't like any of the sauces. its also why i dislike tojos.
similarly found the king salmon (white color) carpaccio over dressed.

i thought the bibimbap was dul and yes, even though it was a dol sot bibimbap, the rice didnt crisp at all. the rice for the pressed sushi was pretty dismal. i wouldnt even call it sushi rice.
service, decor and plating were great though.
i prefered the straightforward more traditional food at guu. havent tried any hapa's yet.

i havent tried peaceful yet, but the beef roll at kalvins szechuan was really good (touch too oily though), as was the smoked duck and other dishes i had.

Jul 05, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

superlative vancouver foods?

ok a more specific question.
i was thinking of getting a smoked meat bagel at siegels.
then i heard that Omnitsky's deli had better smoked meat.
is the best bet to get a bagel at siegels and then smoked meat from Omnitsky's?
or is it not that great and just wait til i go to montreal one of these days?
and smoked meat from schwartz's of course

my gold standard for bagels is ess-a in new york (and smoked salmon from russ and daughters). i've never had a montreal style bagel...

Jun 29, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

lunch options near mammoth studios in burnaby (lougheed hwy near production way)

had a nice seafood jigae at good friends on clarke road.
heavy on the seasquirts, but some fish and mussels too.
lunch specials of tonkatsu and bibimbap for 6.99 too.
i dont feel msg cracked out this time.
they also have soon dubu which i might try next time.

Jun 29, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

superlative vancouver foods?

what is the likely cost of omakase at kimura?
the a la carte nigiri prices are a touch more than ajisai. but if they have a large selection of imported fish then i'd be willing to try?
kimura was on my list. he and his partner were both LA chefs.
i used to go to terried sake house when i was in college.

suhang was excellent for shanghainese/hanzhou/suzhou cuisine. better than i've had in LA perhaps in a nice setting to boot.

i hear lao si chuan is good.
and peaceful restaurant for shanxi food.

vietnamese probably cant compare with garden/grovewestminster. are there any good nhau joints? (pub food, like vietnamese izakaya)

Jun 29, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

superlative vancouver foods?

thanks guys,

i'll probably check out bishops. and try some pacific northwest cuisine!

Jun 29, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

superlative vancouver foods?

i sent this email to chowhound but i guess if it might help the public forum with a discussion i'll put it up here:

heres my situation.
i've been here three weeks and i've got about three more weeks in vancouver.
would like to make the most of it.
i try hard not to sound like a food douchebag, but sometimes i can't
help but be disappointed...i think traveling and living in LA has
spoiled me.

i just recently moved to barclay right next to stanley park (was
living main and 4th for the first three weeks)
(i've been to motomachi shokudo which is pretty good)
i have a car so i can go ANYWHERE

i want to get king crab one time (i know its off season, but might go to come together for 20.00/lb)
spot prawns til season is dead
i'll definitely eat at ajisai more (took me 3 weeks to find a good sushi joint).
any other sushi joints on par with ajisai, and a similar price point?
point of reference:
my old go to spot for sushi in 2003 was sakae sushi, and i dislike tojo's for their heavy sauces,

i might be misguided/misinformed but i find that the main superlative
food in vancouver is chinese food. (so far i've had kalvins szechuan,
suhang, lao shandong, come together, guilin noodle joint on victoria,
and fishermans terrace) all have been good. (want to try peacful
restaurant and probably lao sichuan).
its the only thing ive found that is/on par better than LA.
in general. most asian food is unbeatable in LA due to the immigrant numbers

curious about la quercia (but i'm thinking i might be disappointed
again (and with western/euro food in general), and i'm heading to new
york for half a year in july)
chambar maybe overrated? same with campagnolo? abbatoir? salt?
i liked lumiere when i was out here last in 2003 but that seems history.
vij's i dont remember what i ate back then.

any "only in vancouver/canada" favorite spots or dishes you'd
recommend? historical joints?
i've been to fritz for my first poutine experience. good!
and had smoked salmon from granville. anything else?
superlative examples of foods?
dont really care about trendy, decor, service.

i thought bao bei food was pretty dismal but i was expecting that.
and i found the food at nuba to be borderline inedible,
i am spoiled with excellent lebo/armenian food in LA.

i might head out to an island or okanagan for this long weekend so if
there is a short list of spots out there that would be awesome too.
i know this is asking a lot but i just thought i'd throw it out there.

cheers! and happy to return the favor with LA one of these days..
david

Jun 29, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sushi around UBC

i've been in vancouver for three weeks now, and i finally found my spot..
ajisai!

from kitchen:
kanpachi kama (freaking delicious!) 18.00
sunomono 4.00

sushi:
aji 2.50 (delicious! i had multiples)
shima aji 3.50
toro (albacore-dining partner only eats sustainable) 2.50
tsubasu baby yellowtail 2.5
"white tuna" i'm not sure what this is, but i wasnt a fan, tasted frozen 2.00
hamachi 2.5 (finally, found airmail hamachi and i asked for belly cuts and it was really good, had multiples
uni (was a colder temperature than i'm used to) 3.00. tasted good, and a bit fruity, curious what kind of uni t hey are serving.
amae ebi 2.00 (no heads served after)
mejina 2.50

the negatives. i didnt like the gari/ginger
i got there around 7:45, found bar seating immediately, (tables were mostly full) the sushi chefs were pretty busy so it took a bit of time between orders to receive our food. if we had ordered all at once, we probably would have gotten our food all at once, but i dont like to order like that.

as a point of reference. i used to really like sakae sushi on alberni.
i went to aki next door, and it was fine but nothing special and more expensive than ajisai.
as another point of reference, i dislike tojo for all their heavy handed sauces (i'm more of a purist i guess)

Jun 29, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

lunch options near mammoth studios in burnaby (lougheed hwy near production way)

being from los angeles, i'm going to avoid mexican altogether. i'm too spoiled.

same with arab/lebanese. i went to the super popular nuba, and found it borderline inedible.
tabbouleh had zero lemon or olive oil, falafel tasted like chick pea pancakes, and the "fattoush" resembled nothing to fattoush, leafy greens with some sort of salad dressing. **shudder**

however, an iraqi girl i met said there is some hole in the wall shawerma place that is good on robson or something like.

Jun 29, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

KING CRAB NOW!!! (late june -i know its super late/off season)

so the king crabs that are in the tanks in cantonese restaurants for 20bux a pound are likely from russia?
i guess i can try and ask the restaurants where the crabs are from

Jun 28, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

lunch options near mammoth studios in burnaby (lougheed hwy near production way)

had a soon dubu and bulgogi combo at house of soon tofu on north road south of lougheed hwy.
it was tasty but i'm damned thirsty right now.
not sure if they are using msg or what.

gonna try good friends next...

Jun 27, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

King Crab Season has started at Vancouver Restaurants ($13.80/lb)

bumping an old thread hoping i can get some old "king crab veterans" in on the discussion.

here is a post i put up last friday. basically i'm looking for a good and value place to get king crab now, knowing full well its very late season and more expensive now.

hey folks,

i'm here in vancouver from los angeles for 3 more weeks and i want to get king crab.
i know its waaay late in season and waaay overpriced, but i'm looking for value/quality ratio. dont care about ambience or service. in general, how do the crabs taste at this time of year? less fatty?
people always say that the big king crabs taste better, but personally i've always found smaller crustaceans to taste better, smaller shrimp vs. big, smaller lobster vs. big... any thoughts?

i had dimsum at come along restaurant and noticed that king crab was about 20/pound and they had 8 pound crabs.

i also had dimsum at sunsuiwah and king crabs were 40/pound (not sure how big they were)

but the way, the dim sum at come along dominated the surprisingly completely mediocre dimsum at sun sui wah

thanks for your help!

Jun 27, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

lunch options near mammoth studios in burnaby (lougheed hwy near production way)

tried out fuji sushi. they had a wider selection of fish from japan, japanese owned, more skilled, however i ordered the wrong thing. i was asking about aji, mirugai, uni and amaebi, and the waitress suggested the "deluxe nigiri" set.
what i got was decidedly not deluxe

i consider most of these pretty cheap filler throwaways:
aoyagi
tamago
ikura (dried out and salty)
tobiko
ika
sake (atlantic)
ebi (cooked)
albacore
local hamachi (i have yet to come across import hamachi)
hotate
and an albacore roll

the rice was pretty low grade/not tasty and waay too much.
wont be going back.

i think i'll be sticking to korean.

Jun 24, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

KING CRAB NOW!!! (late june -i know its super late/off season)

hey folks,

i'm here in vancouver from los angeles for 3 more weeks and i want to get king crab.
i know its waaay late in season and waaay overpriced, but i'm looking for value/quality ratio. dont care about ambience or service. in general, how do the crabs taste at this time of year? less fatty?
people always say that the big king crabs taste better, but personally i've always found smaller crustaceans to taste better, smaller shrimp vs. big, smaller lobster vs. big... any thoughts?

i had dimsum at come along restaurant and noticed that king crab was about 20/pound and they had 8 pound crabs.

i also had dimsum at sunsuiwah and king crabs were 40/pound (not sure how big they were)

but the way, the dim sum at come along dominated the surprisingly completely mediocre dimsum at sun sui wah

thanks for your help!

Jun 24, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

lunch options near mammoth studios in burnaby (lougheed hwy near production way)

thanks folks! i'll check some of these bad boys out!

Jun 22, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

lunch options near mammoth studios in burnaby (lougheed hwy near production way)

yeah, metrotown is just a touch too far for me to get to. its about a 20 minute drive from my office. im ok with 10 minutes and the occasional 20 minute trek if there is some totally super food there (are there)?

yes i do have a car.
thanks for the blog link. the map is very helpful.

Jun 21, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

lunch options near mammoth studios in burnaby (lougheed hwy near production way)

hi folks,

i've been here for two weeks and will be here for four more.
i hear pho101 is legit.
i went to the sushi joint next door and it was edible but still pretty bad (not as bad as california sushi though)
i will more than likely stick to the korean joints on north road (havent been to any yet)
i saw there is a dimsum joint too (yans garden)

any other thoughts of eating in this area? i prefer traditional asian but am willing to try anything unusual, special or superlative.

thanks!

Jun 20, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver---Best Sushi place that also serves cooked food

my go to place back in 2003 was sushi sakae. i'd eat there twice a week.
traditional nigiri but its closed. what would be a close approximation to that?

basically i'm interested in traditional nigiri with a large selection of fish from japan.
i thought tojos was gross with all the heavy sauces.

Jun 20, 2011
modernist in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Happy Hour and other Aloha Favorites in O'ahu..

a little late in the game but:

if you can make it
kaiwa (on lewers) has a nice food and drink happy hour. (5-6pm)
the food is much better than sansei (i finally ate there last week and thought the food was pretty mediocre)

there are good happy hour drink specials at my favorite places to drink (in chinatown - a younger artiser/hipster vibe) a lot of them go til 8pm!
39 hotel
bar 35
manifest

also at apartment 3, which is a more trendy, stylish beautiful people kind of hang out.

i like the tar tar and steak sandwich at wolfgangs (they also have a discounted new york steak that i haven't tried)

Sep 21, 2010
modernist in Hawaii

FYI - Mori (of all places!) has a bargain of a lunch. The Bento Box.

can anyone speak to the contents of the chirashi vs. the chirashi deluxe?
ie. premium stuff? toro? uni? amae ebi? etc?

thanks.... i've been getting my chirashi fix at toshi sushi in jtown these days. which usually throws in some toro, ikura, uni and then the usuals...

May 11, 2010
modernist in Los Angeles Area

Oaxaca City recommendations needed

i actually went to that crossstreet to look for la gran torta too but i never saw it.
i also had some street pozole south of the zocalo by the markets...

Mar 22, 2010
modernist in Mexico

Oaxaca City recommendations needed

just got back from two week eating tour of oaxaca. thanks for all the good information on these boards!

i ate mostly local style (at markets, tlayudas libres, empanadas at el tule; delicious pork fat drizzled tostadas, estofado and other moles in etla; goat barbacoa in tlacolula; loved breakfasts and tetelas at itanoni

but did a few fancy meals:
casa oaxaca (good but nothing blew me away in my one meal of duck breast - i asked for rare and it came medium, and the tamale was dry)

la biznaga (i loved the space, vibe, scene - i tried to comida corrida twice and both times the salads were borderline disgusting with the way they were dressed - trying to be overly capricious in my opinion) and beef filet entrees were only marginal.

i think my favorite thing i ate was menudo in the markets, and a great costillas tlayuda made in some residential part of oaxaca.

also had an itsmeno comida at la teca (reforma), and seafood at marco polo in el llano, seafood cocteles and micheladas at juan camaron (in reforma), all good meals.

also tried several nieves (in the park by the cathedral to the west side side of town) and paleteria popeyes were great.

bummed i missed el biche pobre.

one thing that was interesting, is i can't remember a trip where i felt so full all the time. i did an eating tour of DF, baja and yucatan and i can't remember being this stuffed constantly!

there is way more but i'm at work and this is just off the top of my head

Jan 12, 2010
modernist in Mexico

modernist's ultimate guide google maps style

sorry, friend let the thing pass on.
been too busy traveling and working to do any updates either.

Jan 08, 2010
modernist in Los Angeles Area

Lamajun (sp???)

i actually found it at st vincents court. its part of the pizza spot on the corner as you walk into the court.

its sort of how in the east coast a lot of the pizza joints have burek because they are actually bosnian.

Jan 08, 2010
modernist in Los Angeles Area

The Essential Valle de Guadalupe food and wine!

thanks for the great responses. i will definitely map this out before i take off for a food tour. there should be a "create a google map" option where one can put pins. its seems like a lot of reference is "by the pemex" or "at the entrance to..." so if one isn't local or well versed it seems could be hard to find...

streetgourmetla, do you live in tijuana? if you ever need an eating buddy i'd be down. my coworkers don't go to tijuana, besides the two young PA's and i'm not sure they have the money for it.

Nov 02, 2009
modernist in Mexico

The Essential Valle de Guadalupe food and wine!

streetgourmetla, thanks again!

i'm curious what your thoughts are as to why baja wines aren't good value?
the D.F. elite scene propping it up? american consumption?

we are actually forbidden from going to TJ (corporate security policy) but i'll be on my way for sure. liked your post on the "baja med movement" will be checking those out during the week as its easier reached, then exploring ensenada on weekeneds when i stay in mexico.

we are also not allowed to go to popotla - the fishing village next door - because apparently our studio has screwed things up for them and they are angry at us. there is also narco activity down there.

and i always have a good time!

Oct 29, 2009
modernist in Mexico

The Essential Valle de Guadalupe food and wine!

great chatter! i'm currently working on the movies at the studios in rosarito. i should be here a couple months. while i am going back to los angeles nearly every weekend i will be going down to ensenada on some weekends (probably thanksgiving)

any recommendations for rosarito? i havent had anything too outstanding and i havent seen too many notable seafood options but i also haven't been looking too hard either.

i am also intersted in exploring the baja wines. what would you recommend in the 20=30 dollar range? i tend to prefer bigger reds. cabs, petit syrah's zins, but am open to others, especially if its notable to the region.... just beginning to do my research now but a primer and cheat sheet is always good.

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Syrah
Ejercito Nacional #843 Loc C 101 Al C 105, Mexico City 11520, MX

Oct 28, 2009
modernist in Mexico

The Newest L.A. Treasure! The Stunningly Delectable Roast Chicken Skewers of Yakitori Master (*and* Kyoto-Style Oden Specialist) Torihei! [Review] w/ Pics!

well the most interesting thing was the hanpen, which i had never had in such a fluffy cloudlike form before.

all the yakitori was great. well seasoned, good texture. i liked the chicken meatballs with little bits of cartilige in it. mmm. now i'm getting hungry again.

have you been to shin, the okinawan izakaya? (not the yakitori shin) i'm going there next.

Mar 19, 2009
modernist in Los Angeles Area

The Newest L.A. Treasure! The Stunningly Delectable Roast Chicken Skewers of Yakitori Master (*and* Kyoto-Style Oden Specialist) Torihei! [Review] w/ Pics!

rolled in last night wtih two friends. we got more or less one of almost everything we wanted to try. rolled out completely stuffed with a pitcher of beer for 30pp.
nice recommendation!

Mar 18, 2009
modernist in Los Angeles Area