Ardor: Baoqi

Dear pho of Baoqi, Embrace me. Take me into your arms. Envelop me with you warm, sweet fragrant stock. Allow me to stroke the tendrils of your velvety rice noodles. Caress me all over with slices of your tender, raw beef. Overwhelm my senses with you unending leafs of basil. Nurture me with the the pure manna within your bean sprouts. Throw me upon the trapeze of your beef balls. Dear betel -leaf wrapped beef vermicelli of Baoqi, Grant me the power of our complacent leaders as my chopsticks tightens around you like them upon their stogies. Confer upon me … Continue reading Ardor: Baoqi

Light, light, and lite: Bistro Sakana

My original plan was to visit the new southern BBQ place on Denman for lunch today, but my wife convinced me that it would probably be a better idea to wait for the restaurant to work out its newly-opened-restaurant kinks before trying it out. Instead of finding another restaurant in the west end to dine at, we headed all the way across the downtown core (in less than 10 minutes) to Yaletown so that we could audition the food at Bistro Sakana. Since my wife, son, and I visited during lunch time, we ordered off of the restaurant’s lunch specials … Continue reading Light, light, and lite: Bistro Sakana

The Burger Chronicles: Hamilton Street Grill

My ongoing quest for the best local burger brought me to Hamilton Street Grill for lunch today. I have read and heard good things about its burger, and I wanted to try it out for myself. I brought along the usual panel of weekday lunch taste-testers: my wife and my son. Both my son and I had different versions of their hamburger, while my wife had a pasta dish. In additional to our main courses, my wife and I also shared an order of the restaurant’s interpretation/implementation of the classic French Onion Soup. Both my wife and I agreed that … Continue reading The Burger Chronicles: Hamilton Street Grill

The “Anti-Gastropub”: Phat

Even though the restaurant has somewhat of a lame name, and even though its menu is a mishmash of breakfast items, deli sandwiches, and (North American) pub grub, my wife, son, and I had a very enjoyable lunch at Phat. Sometimes it’s the small things that count. And it was exactly a perfect storm of several small and positive factors that resulted in our enjoyable dining experience today. We enjoyed the atmosphere. The abundance of flat screens, jerseys, LED displays, and sports memorabilia might seem tacky to some, but it worked well with the loud background noise to create a … Continue reading The “Anti-Gastropub”: Phat

Overrated and Overpriced? Part I: Cioppino’s

Cioppino’s – My wife and I dine out way more often for lunch than we do for dinner. This means that we don’t get a chance to try some of the more highly-regarded local restaurants that only offer dinner service. Cioppino’s falls into that category. It also happens to fall under the category of being regarded by some as overrated and overpriced, which will be the focus of my reviews for the next few days. My wife and I have actually made one previous visit to Cioppino’s and we quite liked the food we were served. The prices were a … Continue reading Overrated and Overpriced? Part I: Cioppino’s

Downtown Sushi Town (Clone) in Yaletown

Yamato Sushi – I wouldn’t have known about tiny Yamato Sushi on Davie if not for its being one of the more popular downtown/Yaletown sushi places on Urbanspoon. From the reviews, I gathered that it wasn’t popular for its authenticity or the variety of fish it offered; it was popular because it served huge portions of inexpensive sushi that didn’t taste all that bad. So when I needed to get some takeout before heading home for lunch from Yaletown today, it was the first restaurant that came up on my mind (it was also within my line of sight). I … Continue reading Downtown Sushi Town (Clone) in Yaletown

Don’t Believe the Negative Hype (Just Like You Shouldn’t Believe Positive Hype).

Ramen Jinya – My post today was originally going to be about my father’s day dinner at Gotham Steakhouse, but when I got home, I realized that the pictures I took today were simply too dark. They probably need a lot of ┬ápost-processing (which is totally beyond what I know how to do) before they could be posted online. So my post today is instead about where my wife, kids, and I went for lunch: Ramen Jinya. We chose Ramen Jinya because we wanted to have a quick meal within a short driving distance of Science World, which was where … Continue reading Don’t Believe the Negative Hype (Just Like You Shouldn’t Believe Positive Hype).