Tired and uninspired: Morak

I would never dare order alcohol in this restaurant. Never. It says it right on the printouts they stuck on their walls; they’ll check your I.D. if you look under fifty. I don’t think I have the courage. I don’t know how I would react if they don’t check my I.D. And then on the piece of paper glued to the wall right next to the alcohol deterrent they warn you that your car might be ransacked. I walked straight out of the place; without my coat; in sub-five-degree-weather. I walked into the parking lot to re-lock my car doors … Continue reading Tired and uninspired: Morak

Minuscule portions and tiny flavours: Kyung Bok Palace

My daughter’s friend’s mother recommended that I try this restaurant around two years ago. She said that it was one of the better and and more authentic Korean restaurants on the north shore. I stored the name of the restaurant in one of my mental palaces and forgot about it…until I was traversing through it one day not too long ago trying to find a piece of information I needed to retrieve. Kyung Bok Palace in my mental palace. Hmmm. I thought. Maybe I should give the place/palace a try. And I did. With my wife as my dining partner. … Continue reading Minuscule portions and tiny flavours: Kyung Bok Palace

Attention To Detail: Potter’s Garden

I have to tell the truth. My wife and I decided to visit Potter’s Garden today not because we particularly liked the restaurant’s food, we visited Potter’s Garden to satisfy our son’s intense desire for Korean short ribs. My family has dined at Potter’s Garden on one previous occasion, and we thought that the restaurant served decent but unspectacular Korean food. The items we ordered on our first visit did not impress us enough for us to put the restaurant on our regular dining rotation. Although I do not remember much about the food that my family had during our … Continue reading Attention To Detail: Potter’s Garden

Proteins and Scallions: Chui

Great tasting food is the primary reason that influences my decision on whether or not to revisit a restaurant. I am willing to overlook A LOT of other unpleasant factors about a restaurant if it serves me delicious food. On the flip side, if the food that I receive at a certain restaurant happens to not be spectacularly tasty, I tend to look harder at the other elements of the dining experience. I focus on the dining environment, the menu prices, the portion sizes, and the level of service. A restaurant that scores above average in most of these categories … Continue reading Proteins and Scallions: Chui

Variety Is The Spice of Lunch

Dae Bak Bon Ga- Unlike my unplanned visit last night to Ramen Sanpachi, my visit to Dae Bak Bon Ga for lunch today was totally planned. I had planned on having a lighter lunch consisting of  a Korean soup or stew with some pickled veggies and a bowl of rice. I wanted to have a lighter lunch so that I would have enough room in my digestive system for my planned dinner a Fraiche tonight, which I presumed would be rather filling as I had my mind set on ordering their adventurous degustation. I was surprised at how big its … Continue reading Variety Is The Spice of Lunch

The Second Time’s The Charm

Hanwoori – The weather was great today. Temperatures were in the low twenties; the sun was out in full force unimpeded by any clouds; and the winds were mellowed out. It looked to be a perfect day for some outdoor activities. I could take the kids hiking, biking, to the park, or even do some urban exploring….But alas, it was Saturday. And Saturday meant a family lunch in Burnaby followed by Mandarin school for my daughter. Unlike the past few weeks – when I had to do a bit of online research to find a restaurant to go to – … Continue reading The Second Time’s The Charm

More Than Just a Dish

Damso – I debated long and hard with myself on what name I was going to give this post. I had just eaten a bulgogi burger at Damso on Denman for lunch. I wanted to write a post about it, but I didn’t know if I should make it one of my ‘burger chronicles’ post or not. On the one hand, the restaurant did call the sandwich I had a burger. But on the other hand, the ‘burger’ I had didn’t even fit the basic definition of a hamburger from wikipedia: “hamburger (also called a hamburger sandwich, burger or hamburg) is a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty ofground … Continue reading More Than Just a Dish