Chain: Joey Burrard

Is this place called Joey Burrard or Joey on Burrard or just Joey? My daughter asked me before we arrived at the restaurant if the restaurant had pictures of kangaroos on their walls and I told her that I didn’t know. What I knew was that Joey was probably the only local chain restaurant that I have not visited since moving to the local area. I know I’ve mentioned it several times before, but it never hurts to mention it one more time: local chain restaurants rock. Every time I visit a Cactus Club or an Earls, I am reminded … Continue reading Chain: Joey Burrard

Isn’t this a HK Cafe?: Yuu Japanese Tapas

It is rare that I eat alone, but I had to when I visited Yuu Japanese Tapas last week. I had a meeting in Richmond that extended from early afternoon into dinner time. It was too late to drive home for dinner. I had to find a spot to dine by my lonesome. My original plan was to pick up a bahn mi from the Chinese-operated Vietnamese place next door, but I randomly changed my mind at the last minute and decided to give Yuu a try. Yuu looked like a HK cafe. It smelled liked a HK cafe. The … Continue reading Isn’t this a HK Cafe?: Yuu Japanese Tapas

Yet Another Hyped-Up Triple-D Featured Place: The Red Wagon

From the online reviews I’ve read of the place, The Red Wagon seemed to be a triple-D featured restaurant that lived up to the hype. It seemed to be a place that was well regarded before triple-D; it also seemed to be a place that retained its popularity even after the buzz form Guy Fieri’s visit died down. I’ve known about The Red Wagon for quite a while now, but I have not visited primarily because I was weary of the potential wait I would have to endure. Another reason that has prevented me from visiting the restaurant was that … Continue reading Yet Another Hyped-Up Triple-D Featured Place: The Red Wagon

Where A Kid Can Be A Kid: Rogue Kitchen and WetBar

A few days ago my wife, son, and I visited Rogue Kitchen and WetBar for the first time. Even though it was our first visit, the food we received there gave me a very familiar feeling. At first I couldn’t not quite ¬†pinpoint what the flavours reminded me of. It was not until I was biting into a piece of pizza while watching my son playing with a Gundam action figure that I realized where I have experienced the flavours before: Chuck E’ Cheese’s. Because there is only one Chuck E Cheese’s in GVRD, and because the lone local branch … Continue reading Where A Kid Can Be A Kid: Rogue Kitchen and WetBar

No Cleanliness = Minimal Food Memories: Vera’s Burger Shack On Denman

Since there is no way to sugar coat it, I’ll just come right out and say it. Every single physical object in the restaurant felt so unsanitary that it was impossible for my wife, son, and I to enjoy our meals at Vera’s branch on Denman. I couldn’t even focus on the flavours and textures of the individual items we ordered. The floor was grimy, our table was sticky, our seats were icky, and the kitchen looked like it needed a good blast from the power washer. Since we ordered and paid before we sat down, we were kinda stuck … Continue reading No Cleanliness = Minimal Food Memories: Vera’s Burger Shack On Denman

The Great Canadian Burger

Harvey’s – (Note: This post was written prior to my “reboot”.) Okay, I might be (grossly) overstating it in the title of this post. But Harvey’s was the ONE burger that my wife missed during our eleven years away from the country. She missed how she could customize the accompaniments and condiments of a Harvey’s burger just like a Subway sub. Although I didn’t particularly miss their burgers, I did miss being able to choose between their burgers or Church’s fried chicken at their locations in the GTA (during the 90’s…I have not been back recently so I don’t know … Continue reading The Great Canadian Burger

A Great Experience Without The Need For Great Food

Oru – How can you complain about a meal at a nice restaurant in one of the more exclusive hotels in the city? You can’t. It was sunny, and the second floor restaurant had wraparound wall-to-ceiling windows that allowed bright, warm sunlight to penetrate through them without allowing any of the frigid outside air to seep in. The windows – ¬†besides allowing us patrons of the restaurant a chance to bask/bake in the heat of the sun’s (ultraviolet) rays – also provided us with a great view of Canada Place, the Burrard inlet, and the north shore mountains. The white/white … Continue reading A Great Experience Without The Need For Great Food