Don’t Go For The Signatures: Deer Garden Signatures

My last three visits to Richmond have all occurred on Saturday nights, and I ended up having dinner at restaurants in Continental Plaza on two of those three occasions. I noticed on both my visits to Continental Plaza that there was always a huge lineup at Deer Garden Signatures. The sign outside said that the restaurant specializes in rice noodles in fish soup, which I can honestly say is not something that I am even remotely familiar with. To me, the name of the dish made it sound like it came from a coastal province in China whose cuisine is … Continue reading Don’t Go For The Signatures: Deer Garden Signatures

When In Doubt…Choose The Casual and Inexpensive Option

Michigan Noodle Shop – Our original plan was to first take the kids to the Disney video-game themed animated/CGI feature at Silvercity Riverport in Richmond and then drive over to Big Chef for our dinner after we were done watching the movie. But when we arrived at the plaza where Big Chef was located after the movie, we were greeted unexpectly by the restaurant’s sign; it seemed to indicate that it was a hot pot focused restaurant instead of one that specialized in traditional Chinese/Cantonese meals. There were also hardly any diners in the restaurant. ¬†An empty hot pot restaurant … Continue reading When In Doubt…Choose The Casual and Inexpensive Option

London: Wagamama

I first heard about Wagamama ramen in the mid-to-late 90’s, when it was a rapidly expanding chain of Japanese-themed restaurants in London. It was sort of a cutting edge concept back then. It served ramen, which was a much lesser-known genre of Japanese cuisine when compared to either sushi sushi or teriyaki. The restaurant also popularized a few concepts that at the time were virtually unheard of in Western casual dining chains. Its tables were exclusively communal, and its servers used wireless pda’s (think palm pilot) to send orders to the kitchen. The combination of these ‘fresh’ ideas gave the … Continue reading London: Wagamama

Don’t Believe The Hype: The Sequel (If you get the reference, you’re old)

Peaceful Restaurant – Although twelve degrees celsius in May is considered “pretty warm” in Vancouver – which is in the top two of warmest major cities in Canada – it is considered extremely cold in many other major cities of the world. Having lived in mild, warm weather for the past three years, the cool springtime local weather is something that my wife and I is still trying to get used to. So to insulate ourselves from yesterday’s twelve degree daytime high, we opted for the warmth of Chinese noodle soup from Peaceful Restaurant for our lunch. Peaceful is often … Continue reading Don’t Believe The Hype: The Sequel (If you get the reference, you’re old)