You Won’t Go Wrong By Ordering Italian

Cinch Grill – I never realized that Cinch was where it was until my meal at Gyoza King last week. I parked right in front of the place and walked across the street to Gyoza King without even noticing the place. It was not until after the meal when I was trying to chase down my son on the sidewalk so that I could coax him back into the car that I looked up and noticed the place. At that instant, I witnessed people entering and exiting the restaurant, and I saw that both the interior and exterior dining areas … Continue reading You Won’t Go Wrong By Ordering Italian

The Burger Chronicles: Definitely Better Than The Last Installment

Raglan’s Bistro- The partial shots of the interior of the restaurants from the online reviews gave me the impression that Raglan’s had an interior that was similar in size to an average branch of Earls or Cactus Club – but with a Hawaiian theme. It turns out that the restaurant was no larger than the average hole-in-the-wall ramen place – but with a Hawaiian/Rasta theme. What’s cool about the place was that it probably had more lcd screens than tables, and all of the screens had Garfield or The Chipmunks playing on them. Since my wife and I had both … Continue reading The Burger Chronicles: Definitely Better Than The Last Installment

There’s a Reason This Place is Not Called Ramen King or Chahan King

Gyoza King – Gyoza king was quite the popular restaurant when I first visited the city a few years ago. I can’t attest to its popularity now because I’m not usually out at the hours izakayas become busy, but I will say that there is much less online buzz about the place right now than there was on my first visit to the city. My first visit to Gyoza King was during lunch time about two weeks after my move to the city a little over a year ago. I wasn’t able to sample any of their usual izakaya fare … Continue reading There’s a Reason This Place is Not Called Ramen King or Chahan King

Somes the Journey is More Enjoyable Than the Destination

Great Wall Mongolian BBQ – Mongolian BBQ is a Taiwanese culinary invention that I thought was long dead before I moved here. I think the last time I had Mongolian BBQ was sometime in the early-to-mid 90’s when I was back in Taiwan for one of my junior high/high school summer vacations. Even then I could tell that the genre was on life support. There were few Mongolian BBQ restaurants left in Taipei and the ones that were still standing were so run-down that I felt like their days were numbered. The few remaining Mongolian BBQ places closed down in … Continue reading Somes the Journey is More Enjoyable Than the Destination

The Burger Chronicles: A Healthier Burger Joint?

Moderne Burger- Moderne Burger has been high on my list of restaurants to visit ever since I read an online review (or was it a discussion thread?) several months ago that proclaimed it to serve one of the best hamburgers in the city. I have planned on several occasions in the ensuing months to eat at the restaurant, but those plans have always been derailed by ¬†other, more-enticing restaurants that I have encountered on the drive to the restaurant. I had once again planned a visit to Moderne today as stopover for lunch before I was to travel to a … Continue reading The Burger Chronicles: A Healthier Burger Joint?

What ‘Chinese food’ is to the average citizen of a landlocked, non-diverse North American city, ‘Indian food’ is to me

Handi –¬† I’m as much an expert on Indian food as the average citizen of Fargo, North Dakota is on Chinese cuisine. Although I’ve eaten Indian food several times yearly for the last decade and a half, I’ve never gone further than plain naan, plain jasmine rice, tandoori chicken, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, and a few other ‘westernized’ staples of the North American Indian restaurant lunch buffet. These dishes have so satisfied me that I’ve never felt a need to travel outside this comfort zone even when I’m ordering a la carte at an Indian restaurant. It’s like a … Continue reading What ‘Chinese food’ is to the average citizen of a landlocked, non-diverse North American city, ‘Indian food’ is to me

It Was…Different

Hapa Izakaya (Coal Harbour) – Sometimes, when I don’t have half-a-clue as to where or what I want to eat, I will randomly visit a restaurant just for the heck of it. Today was one of those days, and the restaurant that I randomly threw a dart at was Hapa Izakaya’s coal harbour location. I thought I’d see what the food was like there even though I was not particularly impressed with the food I received at their Robson location when I visited it around six months ago. The decor at Hapa’s coal harbour location was very different from their … Continue reading It Was…Different