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looking for a decent Japanese restaurant with fresh Uni On Sunday (Feb 1)

Not sure who will have fresh uni - best to call and ask them directly.

How much do you want to spend?

High end:
Octopus Garden
Tojo's

Mid:
Miko (on Robson)
Kishimoto (on Commercial Drive)

Jan 26, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Dine Out dilemma...

Thanks for the report. Sounds like you managed to find some great chow!

Jan 24, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Suggestions

Thanks for the report! Too bad about Lions Pub - it is very close to my office and I would agree, the food is sub par.

Jan 24, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Dine Out dilemma...

Order the cheapest thing on the menu because it all tastes the same!

Jan 23, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

For Those Who Have Been to Le Pichet In Seattle...

Never been to Le Pichet but it sounds like La Regalade in West Van might fit the bill. I have not been in an at least a couple of years but it used to be fantastic.

I'm not a fan of Les Faux.

Jan 23, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Mt Pleasant Virgins

Mt. Pleasant is a great hood! Curious what the cross street is where you are staying?

Jan 19, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

The Dine Out dilemma...

Chambar is a no brainer. Can't go wrong.

I haven't been to Pidgin yet but would love to check it out. Please report back.

I'd go to L'abbatoire instead of Wildebeest. I was not all that impressed with Wildebeest.

Jan 14, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Every week sushi?

No way! Shiro was fantastic back in the day!
Thanks for the intel.

Jan 06, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Suggestions

I usually order "hot" at Cactus. Didn't even know they had extra hot...next time...

Jan 06, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Every week sushi?

Zest is a joke.

OG competition? Not much. Obviously, there is the much debated Tojo's. If someone else is buying, I'm all for a Tojo's meal, but on my own dime it just feels like I'm getting ripped off!

Blue Water Cafe puts out some outstanding sushi as well. The sushi menu is rather short, but top notch stuff.

Miko on Robson is great as well but not in the same league as the aforementioned.

Jan 05, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Every week sushi?

Sushi at Temaki is so-so? Where are you getting great sushi!?

Jan 05, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Every week sushi?

No, Temaki is certainly not better than Octopus Garden. Octopus Garden is probably the best sushi joint in town.

However, from a value perspective, you cannot beat Temaki. It is far cheaper than OG.

Jan 05, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Every week sushi?

Your topic is right in my wheelhouse!

Agreed on Kibune - it's awful.

The best value sushi in Kits hands down is Temaki. Trust me, just go.

Sadly, Dan has closed but it was great also. I did read somewhere that the Dan sous-chef would be re-opening the resto under a different name. I'll be checking that out for sure.

Tokyo Thyme and Hitoe are also decent but not in the same ballpark as Temaki.

If you find yourself on Commercial drive check out Kishimoto. Flat out awesome sushi.

Vancouver Suggestions

Cactus does a good wing, yes. They are not all that spicy to be honest. They are deep fried and doused with Frank's I think. Nothing too exciting but they are good!

If you're looking for a hotter option, I did have some great wings a couple weeks ago at Tap and Barrell. They had some serious zip!

Jan 05, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Suggestions

Vij's is far from bland, but would not be great solo. It's always packed to the gills and there is no bar to sit at as far as I recall. It has been a couple years since I ate there though so perhaps someone else can chime in on solo options there.

Phnom Phenh is a tough solo option also. It would be better to go there with a group as dishes are generally meant to be shared.

Sorry, I can't help with Vancouver's dive bar scene although I've heard good things about Narrow Lounge.

http://narrowlounge.com/

For a (much) higher end option, I'd go sit at the bar at Blue Water. The bar is great there and you will have a fantastic meal guaranteed.

http://bluewatercafe.net/ - Warning - not cheap!

Another good option is to wander around Gastown. There are tons of great spots there such as L'abattoir and the more casual Pourhouse.

http://www.labattoir.ca/
http://www.pourhousevancouver.com/

Hit The Diamond for a drink while you're at it.
http://di6mond.com/

If you want good wings just hit up a Cactus Club. Also excellent eye candy there! haha

Not sure if you are into sushi but hit Miko on Robson St. if you are.
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/334624...

Have a great trip!

Jan 05, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Topanga salsa to go: still great after all these years (Vancouver)

How's the chow there anyway?

Jan 02, 2015
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Are "small plates" just a trend (I hope)

I too, love small plates/family style dining.

As a foodie, the more stuff I can try the merrier!

Dec 22, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Christmas dinner - Turkey? Prime rib? Ham? And where to source it?

I'd go with turkey. I honestly wouldn't worry too much about where you get it from. All the places you list will have good turkeys.

Get a meat thermometer so you don't have to worry about cooking temps. You also must make gravy from scratch! Gravy is really easy...it's just turkey drippings and I add some water from the boiled spuds. Then you need something to thicken it up. I use a flour and water mixture. There's lots of easy recipes on the internet I'm sure.

The thing about turkey is you should let it rest after it comes out of the oven for at least an hour. Just tent it with some foil and start prepping the other stuff while it rests.

You won't really need the oven for anything else. Some typical accoutrements with turkey are mashed spuds & steamed veggies. These can be made on your cooktop.

Give yourself plenty of time as turkey's can take several hours to cook depending on size. Just look up cooking times online. I think the Butterball site has a little chart.

Good luck!

Dec 17, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Restaurant recommendation

Yes, that is downtown. There are no houses at Robson & Seymour so I hope you were not ripped off! Is it an apartment you rented?

Dec 10, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Restaurant recommendation

A few places to checkout depending on what you like....
Also where is the house you rented?

West Coast/Farm to Table
Farmer's Apprentice

Seafood/French inspired
Blue Water Cafe

French/West Coast
L'abbatoir

Old School French
Le Crocodile

Italian (high end)
Cioppino's

Italian (mid)
La Buca
La Quercia

Modern indian
Vij's (no resos, go early or wait forever)

Sushi
Blue Water Cafe
Octopus Garden

Dec 10, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seattleites in Downtown Vanc

"We're staying at L'Hermitage New Year's Eve thru Saturday pm. No car this trip"

Dec 10, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seattleites in Downtown Vanc

Not sure why you would go to Kits if staying downtown?

Anyway, you must check out L'abbatoir in Gastown. I also love Pourhouse for a snack and a drink. The bartenders at both of these places are top notch. Order some cocktails and get loose! You could also take a walk through Gastown and bar hop - tons of great spots.

A newish place that is getting lots of love is Farmer's Apprentice. It is worth the short jaunt from downtown.

Also, if you're looking for a higher end option I'd suggest Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown. It's been around a long time and for good reason. Some say it is too "corporate" but I don't get that vibe there at all.

You can wear jeans to any joint in town although some of the Yaletown "hot spots" might frown upon this. I would rather go to McDonald's than any of these places.

As for breakfast, a very popular spot is Cafe Medina. Just expect a crowd.

Dec 09, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best izakaya for a Birthday party?

Thanks all!
I think I'll give Kingyo a shot as I've never been. I've been wanting to check it out for ages.
I'll report back at the end of Dec!

Nov 21, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Best izakaya for a Birthday party?

Looking for an izakaya that can host a party of 10 or so. Only requirement is great food of course!

Any suggestions?

Nov 18, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

3 Dinners in Vancouver

Le Croc is an institution in Vancouver. It is quite unfair to right it off due to your singular experience. It is easily the top French restaurant in the city if you ask me and I would recommend it without hesitation.

Keep in mind it is a fine dining restaurant and the crowd is a little older (but not all 60+)! I'm in my late 30s if that helps any.

If you want a more "hip/happening" room look elsewhere.

Nov 13, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Potholes in the Vancouver Dining Scene and a Thumbs Up to the Folks of La Buca/Pied de Terre

Come on - you cannot compare Van to London!

Vancouver pop: 600,000
London pop: 8.3 million

Good restaurant for family in Whistler?

Araxi is the best joint in Whistler if you ask me. Not cheap though!

Kits Happenings Part II (Jan 2014 onwards)

Huge bummer. I love this place.

Nov 06, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

3 Dinners in Vancouver

A few recs:

As mentioned L'abbatoir is a great spot.

Indian - Vij's
Old School French - Le Crocodile

I'll let others chime in on the many Chinese options as it is not my area of expertise!

Nov 04, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

La Buca game and mushroom menu

I haven't but I can tell you this. Every time I go to La Buca I make sure to order risotto as a starter to share. They make fantastic risotto! Also, they have the best pannacotta in the city. Enjoy and please report back!

Oct 29, 2014
waylman in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)