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Beach Bay Cafe (old Raincity Grill location) - now open

The doors are now open. The space is soooo white inside. Will circle back when I've actually had a chance to eat, which I will do despite the fact that it has the most generic name possible.

http://scoutmagazine.ca/2015/05/21/di...

about 3 hours ago
NoMoreSnuggles in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Korean on Robson Street?

+1 on Sura. I dream about their galbi.

If you're interested in something different, I also think Damso ("modern Korean") on Denman is fun.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/157312...

about 3 hours ago
NoMoreSnuggles in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Quark (German Farm Cheese)

I think North Americans decided cottage cheese was good enough. Have you ever tried making your own? I've never done it but I'd imagine it's as simple as making fresh ricotta (that is to day, pretty simple)

C Prime at the Century Plaza Hotel - ehhhhhh.

That explains a lot - thanks! And, I like a good deep fried calamari too - but there's something about a really good, spanish-y hot charred squid that I want all the time.

C Prime at the Century Plaza Hotel - ehhhhhh.

I can only really blame myself for setting my expectations for the new restaurant from prodigal chef Moreno Miotto. But I finally went and I have to say, it was a lot of meh. Actually, I also blame Alexandra Gill for her review of the previous incarnation of the restaurant after the chef took over, praising the handmade pastas with "exquisitely balanced sauces". So, I went mainly for carbs, glorious carbs.

We ordered calamari which was deep fried (boo!) and served on decent marinara and burrata with prosciutto. The apps were way bigger than I anticipated, the seasoning either too much or not enough depending on which side of the plate you ate from. This was not a good start.

We then each had a half pasta course which is when things went wrong-er. My date ordered the spaghetti and tomato sauce. At a place that prides itself on pasta, this move is like ordering a margherita pizza place - if it's not good, the chef needs to step back and work their fundamentals. It came and looked and, to be honest, tasted like Campbell's tomato soup - except more watery and strangely bitter. My pasta was a campanelle with fennel sausage desperately seeking salt, and body. Two big disappointments on a pricey date night.

Fortunately, my honey ordered a wagyu-style rib eye and it was very, very good! Well-seasoned with an excellent crust, spot on doneness with a sutble touch of rosemary and olive to finish, it was delicious (and we were really not hungry at this point). The sauteed mushroom side he got was also very well done. This, coupled with the decent wine list (not too badly marked up, especially for a hotel restaurant), saved the night. If they can bang that out consistently, there may be hope yet.

Retirement Dinner in Burnaby

Trattoria is part of the Glowbal Group and it's servicable for a meal but I wouldn't pick it for a special occasion - especially if you are considering something in the price range of the Pear Tree. There is no contest.

Vancouver: Coal Harbor (near convention center)

The first time I went to Tractor, I thought, this place would be literally the only place my co-workers would ever want to go for lunch if it were near my office. It's healthy without feeling puritanical - kinda like the Whole Foods on Cambie hot bar. I work with a lot of women who are perpetually on some phase of a diet so there's that.

Downtown, I assume it survives because of that and the fact that it is quick.

Coal Harbour restaurants and other Vancouver dining question

We seem to really like seafood and oysters here so there is a full range of options open to you (from Blue Water to Go Fish).

Given your initial post, I would suggest Joe Fortes for cocktail and oysters because their patio is so lovely. You'll be here at the best time of year for patio-ing as we get extremely long summer nights. It's a rooftop patio on Robson Street that feels like an urban oasis. The menu is classic steak & seafood house stuff, reasonably well executed. It is on the expensive side and Rodney's and Chewie's would both be more casual.

I am also not a fan of Homer St. Cafe. I always think, "hmmm, I could make this at home for $5 - also tastier."

Depending on where you are coming from, you might not want to miss dim sum while you are here.

La Brasserie

Went this week - they are still in a settling period but the chef has apparently been rehired. The menu is a little slimmer than I remember but yes several favourites and the burger are still on it - fried leeks and all, though it seemed a little less meaty than before. I was sad to see that the onion tart had not survived the reopening but was assured it would be back once the chef felt like he could expand the menu. It's nice to see the room open again.

Coal Harbour restaurants and other Vancouver dining question

Oh beautiful views. The only patio that truly comes to mind in terms of satisfying both of those criteria is Miku near Canada Place but it's not a mountain-facing view. The patio at Lift is incredible but the food is pretty unspectacular. Same for Cactus. The sushi at Miku is very solid and the patio does have a lovely view of the Burrard Inlet side.

Dinner before U2 @ Rogers?

I would pick Cinara or the Abbey over Chambar but I'm probably in the minority.

Dim Sum and Sushi with Excellent Service and Good value in the North Shore?

Westview is pretty much the only game in town as far as dim sum goes and it's just good enough. Honestly, there's not a lot of great options left in Vancouver proper, forget about the North Shore.

For sushi, I would +1 Hamaei. It's not a particularly elegant room but the sushi is good.

New on the Drive: Wishes + Luck

Dropped into a new spot on Commercial Drive at 6th, next to Jamjar for an impromptu dinner after failing to get a table at 3 other spots. Wishes + Luck's big draw for us was the elevated wooden slat patio but the food was pretty well executed. The menu is super westcoast - we had house-smoked salmon, house-cured ham, salmon belly toasts with nori, squash salad and beef tartare - all very decent. The cocktails were promising but could use a little more finesse.

All in all, it's nice to see another viable option on the Drive - every neighbourhood in this city should have decent restaurants and bars.

Didn't have a chance to take photos.

Restaurants near Delta Burnaby hotel

Well, the restaurant in your hotel is actually pretty good, as is the Grand Dynasty Seafood place literally around the corner from the hotel. The neighbourhood is definitely for car folks; it's especially not friendly for walkers.

I would venture up to Hastings. That area of East Hastings has a number of tasty options including Kazu Sushi, Chez Meme, Cioffi's, Chad Thai, and Glenburn and Chez Christophe for treats. There's the Pear Tree for a splurge. I would go solo to any of them.

I Guess It Was Inevitable-Artisan Perogies

I know some of this is mockery but I have totally been wondering why this hasn't happened with a number of Chinese comfort foods - especially congee, dumplings and barbecue. Honestly, ramen has its limits.

I Guess It Was Inevitable-Artisan Perogies

I wouldn't use the word artisan because ew, but I am a big fan of the frozen pierogies from Piast on Cambie St. When I am too lazy to make my own, they are my go to.

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/piast-bakery-v...

Where to buy pre- marinated meats for Korean barbeque

Not sure about the grill but HMart downtown might be worth a look.

New on Lower Robson - Straight Outta Brooklyn Pizza

I think theirs were more in the $3-4 per slice range depending on toppings. Don't Argue's by the slice is a favourite of mine but this is closer to home for me.

New on Lower Robson - Straight Outta Brooklyn Pizza

Had the chance to check out the just-opened pizzeria Straight Outta Brooklyn (350 Robson St.) this weekend. As the name suggests, the pizza is New York-style (crisp/dry bottoms and a lot of focus on delicious salamis). It's pretty darn tasty and they have *slices* available, which is as good an excuse to go to the library as any. I didn't know til we were paying but there seems to be an ownership relationship with Via Tevere (I'm not a detective but credit card slip said Via Tevere)

St. Paul's area

Not a great everyday option because of price point but maybe a spot for a treat and open all day is the C Prime in the Century Plaza hotel. I haven't been yet (it just opened) but I have faith in the Chef Miotto who owned an amazing restaurant here a decade ago.

I would also suggest Shizen-Ya on Hornby and Maumi on Bute for sushi over Kadoya. Next to Maumi is Exile which will def have gf options.

And Gurkha Himalayan on Davie (upstairs in an old house, next to the Shoppers Drug Mart).

Nutty cake, not too sweet?

For sure chinese bakeries are a possibility. I have also found Ganache Patisserie's cakes to be on the less sweet side in general, compared to a Thierry. And they have many praliney options http://www.ganacheyaletown.com/menu.html

Three Nights in Vancouver

If you are staying in the West End, I would consider Le Crocodile for your anniversary night.

New Taco joint in Gastown - Tacomio

It looks like Tacomio had a soft opening this weekend. Haven't gone yet but the menu has chicharrones so it'll happen soon.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B92QDx1CU...

La Taqueria NĂºmero Tres (North Vanc) Opened Yesterday ?

Yes it's open. Go lunch from there today and the menu is the same. It's nice to have one plausible taco option on the North Shore.

They said it would be a couple of months before the tortilleria part is up and running - boo! (Sorry, no pics.)

Bao Down Coming to Old Lily Mae spot.

Clearly, someone out there likes me... and wants me to weigh 1200 pounds.

http://scoutmagazine.ca/2015/02/20/di...

Who makes the best sausages in Vancouver?

I haven't had one from Original D's or Big Lou's that I didn't love. As for best? There's just too many out there to pin me down! Don't ask me to pick a favourite wine, sausage or cheese.

Soft Peaks - organic soft serve in Gastown

Hi ho. Decided to pop into the soft opening of Soft Peaks last night. The concept is organic soft serve (plain) available with a few toppings. I tried the very appealing North Pole Breakfast which was topped with cornflakes and a drizzle of honey. They also had one with chocolate sauce and Tim Tam bits, another with pink salt and chocolate caramel, a multigrain powder and honey and others.

The ice cream itself had really lovely thick, smooth texture and a pure milk flavour that was not sweet. And there isn't anyone else in town doing an upscale soft serve so that's a plus. I have to admit to occasionally craving a DQ and hating myself the minute it's weirdly petroleum finish sinks in so I am glad it's there.

That said, I found their pricing a bit aggressive. A small plain cup is $4; my large cup with a sprinkle of cornflakes and honey (pictured) was I think $6. For cornflakes and about 2 teaspoons of honey. There's a $0.50 up charge for what looks like a totally run of the mill wafer cone. I also spotted bottled chocolate sauce so I don't think they do anything but the ice cream in house. Price wise, that puts them in the same arena as Bella whose product generally has a lot more going on than milk and sugar.

The Dine Out dilemma...

I've done Dine Out at Pidgin and had a really great time. Not Wildebeest's biggest fan so I'm not the person to ask.

I wish there was a place as great as Altura here!

Robson is a bit of dining dead end if you are not looking for ramen, izakaya or korean but Left Bank at the very top (Denman) is decent.

Unfortunately, Farmer's Apprentice, is closed until Jan 26. Fable is doing their own version of Dine Out with a $30-something dollar prix fixe.

Vancouver's underground supper clubs

I don't have a ton of experience but I have gone to a few of the more popular ones. I would say that Bird's Nest is a favourite because it's so adorable and the food is tasty. Swallow Tail has never really impressed me. Farm 2 Fork seems to be one of the most food-forward and I believe they are doing more open seatings as a pop-up of sorts this season. Can't remember where I saw that.

Every week sushi?

Maumi is definitely legit - very small husband and wife operation importing fish fresh from Japan a few times a week. Their hours are a little hard to nail down. I will check next time I'm there to see if it's settled down.

Miko is totally solid and a personal downtown favourite for sure but our bills there have really crept up over the years, not that it was ever a cheap sushi joint. $80 would work for two non-gluttons... I would imagine.

For really good value, I would nominate Shizen-Ya (downtown and in fairview) and Tsuki on Abbott St.