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Calgary Rodizio - Bolero vs Gaucho

Personally I prefer Gaucho for their meat and atmosphere (old location, not been to their new location however). If memory serves, you might have more veg/salad bar options at Bolero. I'd say just go a la carte off the menu if your daughter wants to avoid the meat, as I don't think there is a requirement that everyone must order the all-you-can-eat.

Jan 20, 2010
jay_kay in Prairie Provinces

Suggestions for "Italian" lunch in Vancouver on Sunday

Campagnolo (@1020 Main St.) for Peidmont and Emiglia-Romagna regional cuisine. Open today from 11:30-2:30pm for lunch.

Oct 04, 2009
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

help plan a day in Vancouver complete with Vij's, an izakaya (or two), and raw bar

Or earlier if you can get the day off. :) The diehards will always be there well ahead of opening to get the first round of seats...

Aug 21, 2009
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Marra's Way Sushi, Canmore

Cheaper but still quality sushi in Canmore indeed a welcome thing. Sounds worth checking out.

But got to correct you on the use of your terminology. A 'robata' refers to a charcoal grill, where things like yakitori would be cooked over heat. No ties to a 'style of sushi place', and no links to anything like a conveyor or toy train either. Rather, as Hoj notes below, I think you mean to say 'kaiten sushi'. 'Kaiten' meaning like 'revolving' or 'moving around', the often seen cheap (as low as 110 yen per plate for two pieces; with the color coding system for more expensive items) convenient, sushi joints you find in Japan.

Question, that sushi laid out on the back table, is each plate covered (with say a clear plastic dome) or is it exposed (e.g. prone to drying out if left too long)?

Aug 21, 2009
jay_kay in Prairie Provinces

Westside Bakery for Bread? (Vancouver)

Definitely no T&T out in the westside, no room. :) Prob. closest one is in Chinatown.

Aug 21, 2009
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

2 new Restaurants Vancouver - Lucky Noodle & Kanpachi - Broadway/Cambie

Thanks Christine for your thoughts on Kanpachi - I'd noticed the prominent signage recently as well and was curious to see what it was about. When you say you thought it would be expensive, was that assessment made based on the appearance of the inside (eg. looked like they spent a lot of money on design) before you had a chance to see the menu/eat your lunch?

May 28, 2009
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Buffalo Mozzerella - Where to buy in Vancouver?

Thanks everyone for your input! Great to have so many knowledgeable people to count on here.

Feb 26, 2009
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Buffalo Mozzerella - Where to buy in Vancouver?

Seeking to find out if anyone has experience with buying buffalo mozzerella retail in the city? I've heard that les amis du fromage may have it, but does anyone know of any other places? Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Feb 25, 2009
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

In search of mini hamburger/slider buns in Vancouver

Does any one know where I could pick some up - something a bit smaller in size than say a hockey puck or the lid of a disposable coffee cup? Need them for a kid friendly event, hence the smaller size requirement. :)

Jan 29, 2009
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Tantakan Shochu in Victoria?

I think you're missing a syllable there - Tantakatan - if its the same popular, sweeter tasting shochu that I know of. I've not seen it being available retail or in restaurants here in Vancouver, not sure about Victoria, but assume it might be the same.

Dec 06, 2008
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

La Quercia, Vancouver

Thanks for the review! I've been looking for an alternative to La Buca in this part of town, and this looks like it fits the bill.

Nov 04, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

1st time to Vancouver where's a must eat?

Oct 25, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Wondering about Wa's (CGY)

Thanks for the details. Yes, my understanding of it being closed on Tuesday is a few years old, but sounds like they might be open week-round now. Might I ask what you ate on this particular occasion?

Oct 03, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Wondering about Wa's (CGY)

Just curious, I remembered that Wa's was closed weekly on Tuesdays - exactly the same off day that Shikiji down the street had as well (which was always strange to me as one of them could easily capitalize on the other's off-day by "getting their customers"). But if you called on a Tuesday and they were open, perhaps they changed their schedule. Can you fill me in?

Oct 02, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Opening? Menya Japanese Noodles, Vancouver

Thanks for checking it out tom_edo. Might try to sample it myself one day when I pass by.

Sep 10, 2008
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

True Seoul Food: Dinner at Insadong (Vancouver)

Insadong is one of the better Korean restaurants in the GVA for sure. The spicy stews are my favorite there.

Grilled and salted Mackerel, when its in season is even better when its meat is fatter and oily. Not a popular dish to cook at home given all the smoke. :)

Sep 05, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Happy Hour near Children's Hospital? [Vancouver]

Having lived in three of these cities, pretty sure this is Vancouver as the Children's Hospital is on Oak St. Knight St. is about 20 blocks east of the hospital so this is a pretty big area to cover (as they don't actually intersect, being they both run north-south). Sorry can't offer any options as not too familiar with this part of town, but your best and closest bet is to probably go a few blocks west of the hospital to Granville St.

Sep 05, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Opening? Menya Japanese Noodles, Vancouver

For sure, I'm well aware that it will probably be Chinese-owned, thus no need to get excited. I just get stopped at the light at that intersection all the time, so I guess I just notice it when I am waiting for the light to change. :)

Aug 30, 2008
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Opening? Menya Japanese Noodles, Vancouver

Saw the paper down yesterday, perhaps opening soon?

Aug 28, 2008
jay_kay in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Barefoot Kitchen

Ya, that's what I was alluding too as well... if you don't know what its all about, its hard to appreciate where it's coming from. Yoshoku has less of the "sexy" factor behind it too, as its more home-style cooking, so another factor it it becoming the boom that izakaya are. But then again, looking back say a decade ago, who would have thought that I could be sitting in a place like Zakkushi and sitting nearby would be a 40-something white couple munching away on nankotsu and tako-wasabi. It could happen to more standard fare like Japanese curry rice and hamburg. :)

Aug 26, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Barefoot Kitchen

Interesting that the whole yoshoku style is taking hold more and more in Vancouver, with this Barefoot Kitchen joining the likes of Yoshoku-ya, Ping's Cafe, etc. I will be curious to see if it gains the widespread appeal of the izakaya craze - I have my doubts on this as the base of many of the dishes are more familiar to Canadians so perhaps has less "exotic" appeal.

Aug 25, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Whistler Anniversary

I'd asked for something along those lines recently, albeit with a focus on seafood. Some others had some inputs:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/528527

Ended up at Araxi, great meal was had. I see they currently have a summer tasting menu for CDN99/person, and they have a solid wine selection.

Aug 09, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Lumiere

Its closed. More details can be read on here...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/496761

Aug 09, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Rasoi, new Globefish open (Cgy)

Thanks cancowboy for the additional info. I suspected it would be a Japanese ramen offering, probably to tackle the ones on Centre St.

Wonder if they can do anything about the parking situation there, as when Globefish got busy (eg. lunch) finding a spot was very difficult. Will be interesting to see, and hopefully open on my next visit to YYC.

Jul 31, 2008
jay_kay in Prairie Provinces

Rasoi, new Globefish open (Cgy)

Did you hear anything specific about what kind of "noodle place" it is slated to become?

I'd heard good things about Shan Tung, but had never been. Guess I'll never be able to find out for myself if its permanently closed up shop and not relocating anywhere...

Jul 31, 2008
jay_kay in Prairie Provinces

B-Bim-Baap Restaurant Review Edmonton

Hard to say, I've been in places where they immediately mix it up for you (along with cutting all your noodles for those dishes that contain them, cutting your long strips of barbeque meat, etc.) or just leave you to your own devices. Mixing in the amount of hot paste is left up to the customer though, as everyone has their own preference there. I don't see it being rude if you ask that they let you do your mixing on your own, try it next time. :)

Jul 31, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Korean lunch counter at Arirang (Cgy)

I think you're referring to "tteokbokki"?

Jul 31, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

B-Bim-Baap Restaurant Review Edmonton

I'd enjoyed the hot spicy stews at Bi-Bim-Baap in the past, right around the time they switched to the new name (I think it used to be called Korean Gardens or something like that for the longest time). Never had the Bi-Bim-Baap though. It is indeed in an out of the way place, and the interior I guess hasn't changed much (same wooden look that reminded me of some outdoor patios or something, etc.).

My guess with the lack of raw egg topping was that more often than not, many people are afraid of the risk of contracting salmonella and they probably assumed you'd want it cooked (guessing you are non-Asian). Mixing the dish for you is often table side service that you receive in Korean restaurants both here in N. America as well as in Korea. In this case, I might guess the server thought you didn't know how to eat it (eg. its to be mixed and hot sauce added), not eaten in its presented form as brought to the table, with all the toppings orderly and laid out nicely. :)

Jul 30, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

Korean lunch counter at Arirang (Cgy)

I do recall it shutting down as well after seeing it open during the lunch hour. If my memory is correct, circa 2006/2007, they were also selling some sushi rolls to go as well. Did they revert to a 100% Korean menu now?

Jul 30, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives

How is Vera's Burger Shack? (Vancouver)

My experience is similiar as fmed's... generally feel the patties are dried out. You can get "the works" toppings to really boost up the flavor however, and raise the moisture level, but the burgers will just be okay. O-rings are fine too, but when you get them "to go", they end up being put in a small bag which is just dripping in oil when you open it up later. :(

Jul 24, 2008
jay_kay in Western Canada Archives