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Looking for Various Recommendations!

Thanks for the recs!

Hard for me to say re: Izakaya, here in Edmonton we only really have one Izakaya. What's the difference between them all? Any specific dishes that are must-eats?

Miku - it sounds like they are open starting today or tomorrow - and it is very close to where we are staying so it may be an option, but as I mentioned, I'd rather spend on better quality food than spend money on better 'service' or a nicer dining room.

In terms of 'typical' cantonese dinner, I usually categorize chinese restaurants that arent' Szechuan or Shanghai as "canto". May not be accurate, but that's how they are organized in my head :)

Thanks again!

Jun 24, 2013
kashirat in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for Various Recommendations!

Hey all! I'm going to be in Vancouver for about 5 days and want to hit up as many tasty eats in Vancouver as possible! Looking for some recommendations for the following:

- Great Chinese Bakery (Pineapple Buns, "Loh Poh" pastries, BBQ buns etc)
- Dim Sum
- Shanghainese
- Ramen
- Typical Cantonese Chinese Dinner
- Very good Chinese BBQ (Roast Pork, Roast Duck, BBQ Pork)
- Izakaya/Japanese

I would much prefer a hole in the wall rather than the very fancy restaurants - high quality with reasonable portions, and bonus points for the sort of 'family owned' type feel would be preferrable.

My research and friends recommendation have led me to this so far:
Ramen
- Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
- G-Men Ramen Izakaya

Shanghainese
- Shanghai River

Chinese Bakery
- Lido Restaurant

Izakaya/Japanese
- Guu
- Miku

Chinese BBQ
- HK BBQ Master (Richmond)

Dim Sum
- Empire Seafood Restaurant (Richmond)

How's that list look so far? Would love to hear some more feedback!

Jun 24, 2013
kashirat in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Moving to Calgary

OEB Breakfast is a place for breakfast - I make a point to go there every time I am in Calgary.

Mar 20, 2013
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Good places for lunch around Jasper and 104 Street , Edmontoin

Tres Carnales, Free Press Bistro, V's Sandwiches (Viet Subs to go), Sabor Divino.

Those are my favorites in the area!

Oct 20, 2011
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

ramen in Edmonton

I just came back from Samurai Bistro. Not worth going again. The noodles were over cooked, none of the ingredients were fresh, disappointment all around... I was at Shikiji in Calgary the week before and that ramen was miles ahead of the ramen at Samurai Bistro.

Apr 22, 2010
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Sabor Divino Edmonton

Unfortunately, same can be said about u2ka's post. Hopefully someone with more forum activity can respond.

I'm always a bit suspicious when there's only 2 polar opposite reviews for a new place.

Apr 04, 2009
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Sushi Club / Club Sushi - Calgary

I thought it was quite good when I went. Very creative and 'different' rolls. Everything was fresh when I went, though I did not have any sashimi (usually my staple at a Japanese restaurant, but I wanted to try all their different rolls.)

It is a bit more expensive, but worth it once in awhile in my opinion.

Mar 26, 2009
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Recent resto closures - Edmonton

Fantastic for their fries and garlic mushroom burger. I've never tried anything else there because every time I go, I can't resist ordering the burger.

As far as I know they are still open... closed on Mondays, but they always look like they're closed. Sure hope they are not closed.

Mar 05, 2009
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

YEG-The Hat: Formerly known as The Silk Hat Dinner; have you been?

Off topic from the OP, but have you tried the burgers at Tasty Toms? Wondering how those compare to burgers at Hudson's.

And just to be on topic: I've been to the Hat once for lunch, had a pretty decent portabello mushroom burger.

Feb 26, 2009
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Calgary - Must-try Places

I was only in Calgary for 2 weeks, so I guess my recs should indeed be taken with a grain of salt. Perhaps I should change my statement to 'Do not go to Happy Valley in Chinatown'. I went there and was extremely disappointed. Coworkers there also confirmed to me that the majority of authentic chinese restaurants are outside of Chinatown in Calgary, but that is second hand knowledge, so again, grain of salt.

I'm surprised about your dislike of Sushi club... They are definitely very different from your typical Japanese restaurant... their rolls are more unique and inventive than any place I have been in Alberta. I was personally impressed with the excellent mixture of taste / textures they incorporated into their rolls. But perhaps that's just me. You won't find california rolls at Sushi club!

Feb 16, 2009
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Recent resto closures - Edmonton

I'm not exactly sure the address but it is on Calgary Trail south and approx. 72 or 73 ave. Their sign is small so it's easy to miss, but it's on the left hand side of the road.

Feb 16, 2009
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Recent resto closures - Edmonton

Unforgettable opened up in January and is actually a FANTASTIC new Chinese restaurant with many modern dishes straight from Hong Kong... I would thoroughly recommend it if you want to try some more modernized Chinese food!

Feb 16, 2009
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Calgary - Must-try Places

I was in Calgary a couple weeks ago, staying downtown for work, so I can comment.

As mentioned, Calgary Court is decent for HK Cafe style food. If you're willing to walk a bit farther, walk north up centre street, up the hill to Happy Hill Chinese restaurant for your typical (real) Chinese food. Most of the chinese restaurants in chinatown are pretty westernized.

If you like sushi, I'd recommend heading out to Kensington (it's not walking distance), and check out Sushi Club.. They have some amazing rolls!

Feb 16, 2009
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Good place to buy wine/beer

I'm looking for a good place in TO / Hamilton / Waterloo to buy good local wines (Niagara wines? Any recommendations?) and maybe a place that might have some beer from Halifax... Anyone know if there are any places that might carry these?

Aug 19, 2008
kashirat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

4 Days in NYC

Sorry to piggyback on this thread, but I'm in the same situation -- I'll be in Manhattan Friday til Tuesday. Any suggestions for good:

- ramen
- sushi
- chinese food / dim sum
- pizza
- any distinctively 'new yorkian' foods that are must haves

Price range should be moderate-ish, our splurging would be something like spending $40 on a meal (without drinks). We'll be staying right near Carnegie Hall, but we'll hopefully be around the southish side and around Central Park. We'll have a car, but I take it that taking the subway will be much better overall.

Thanks for any recommendations!

Jun 25, 2008
kashirat in Manhattan

Best All You Can Eat Japanese in Toronto GTA

Any updates to this thread? I'm looking for a good AYCE in Mississauga... or somewhere not in the Downtown area.

Jun 01, 2008
kashirat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need some quick Help : Kitchener/Waterloo Bakeries

I'm looking for a good bakery to buy fresh pies or sweets in the Kitchener/Waterloo area... anybody know of a place?

Thanks!

May 26, 2008
kashirat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Halifax for a few days

I was in Halifax with a friend a month or two ago. We loved the Economy Shoe Shop. The atmosphere is casual and their nachos are awesome!

May 17, 2008
kashirat in Atlantic Canada

AYCE Sushi Dinner in Downtown Toronto (within walking distance of U of T)

I don't know, I 've been to Sushi D a couple times now, and its normally pretty spacious, the decor is pretty nice and the food is very good. Will have to try out Sushi Island next time though.

Apr 22, 2008
kashirat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Edmonton Restaurants

I'm in Waterloo, but I've driven into Hamilton a couple times and Toronto 4 or 5 times. Granted, I haven't had the chance to sample too many of the restaurants.

Apr 17, 2008
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Edmonton Restaurants

Agreed regarding Old Szechuan. I live in Waterloo now, but whenever I'm heading back to Edmonton that's one of the must visits.

I've lived in Edmonton for the majority of my life, I have never been to any of the more expensive restaurants but here's my picks for what its worth:

Chinese - Golden Rice Bowl, Wokkery (their cripsy chicken Fung Sah Gye is the best anywhere), Jumbo, Old szechuan
Japanese - Furusato or Zen if you're looking for All you can eat sushi
Vietnamese - Nihn Kieu for pho
Thai - There's a TINY little place on 97th street near lucky 97... seats about 4 tables of 4, but they have amazing food and it's always busy.. Unfortunately I don't know the name.
Italian - Piccolino's, Scicilian Pasta Kitchen on the South side
Cajun - Dadeo's
Burger - Tasty Tom's on Whyte (I love their garlic mushroom burger)
Greek - Kantouki Taverna on the west end

Other noteworthy places
Blue Plate Diner

Having been in Ontario for 4 months now, I'll say that the places in Edmonton rival the places here -- that is to say, I have not found any restaurants here that are far and away better than those in Edmonton... yet. The search continues though :)

Apr 07, 2008
kashirat in Prairie Provinces

Halifax Must Sees/Eats

Do you think it's worth it to rent a car for the 3 days we're down there? If not, any good places to stay that's sorta near everything, walking distance?

Mar 27, 2008
kashirat in Atlantic Canada

Halifax Must Sees/Eats

Thanks for the reply im_nomad! Looking forward to all the good food!

Do you know any good places to experience the music, in particular, any fiddle music? Do you think it would be worth our while to make our way to Cape Breton to wander Cabot's Trail?

Thanks again!

Mar 26, 2008
kashirat in Atlantic Canada

Halifax Must Sees/Eats

Hey All,

I'm planning a trip to Halifax April 12-15th. I know this isn't really "peak" season for NV, but I was hoping you folk could give me some good recommendations for must eats, and must sees. I'm looking for the foods that are the most unique to the maritimes, or would be particularly better than they would be elsewhere!

Also, are there any places that I can purchase lobsters, flash frozen and have them shipped home?

Thanks all!

Mar 24, 2008
kashirat in Atlantic Canada