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

Chirashi Attack + ! Gyo-O

My wife and I are so committed to our chirashi-prioritized diet that we chose to have raw fish over rice for our dinner even when we were in Richmond – the land of amazingly tasty Chinese food. There seemed to be no better place to have our almost-thrice-weekly (yes, “thrice” is an actual word with an actual definition in at least one dictionary[site]) fix of chirashi than Gyo-O – a restaurant that supposedly specialized in various preparations of raw fish on rice. My wife went with the regular seafood don, which was the rather plain English name the restaurant assigned … Continue reading Chirashi Attack + ! Gyo-O

Pearl Castle Back To Back Part I: Pearl Castle Richmond Centre

When did I visit this place? Two, three months ago? I honesty do not remember. What I can recall is how much my wife, daughter, son, and I enjoyed our meal there. Like so many of the local Taiwanese restaurants, Pearl Castle serves some of the best Taiwanese food ( casual-bubble-tea-style, in this case) I’ve had in North America. What does one order at a casual-bubble-tea-style restaurant? Bubble tea, of course. I had the plain milk tea (shown in the glass), my wife had the milk tea with pearls (shown in the second photograph), and my daughter had the milk … Continue reading Pearl Castle Back To Back Part I: Pearl Castle Richmond Centre

Chirashi Attack! Momo Sushi

Standards on what makes a restaurant and its dishes good vary greatly from one person to another. Some might think that value is of utmost importance, some prefer intimate surroundings, while others will consider no factor other than the freshness of ingredients. My wife and I have developed our own preferences and standards as to how we like certain foods, and it may or may not agree with the preferences and standards of others. As a result, we have learned to temper our expectations when we are urged by friends to visit restaurants that they liken to the second coming … Continue reading Chirashi Attack! Momo Sushi

Overrated and Overpriced? Part II: Tojo’s

Tojo’s has become the poster child for local overrated and overpriced restaurants. The consensus from local foodies and food bloggers seems to be that the restaurant serves average-quality sushi with prices so high that they border on being unconscionable. I’ve been to Tojo’s a couple of times since moving here, and I have to say that I agree with the popular assessment of the restaurant. Even though I was definitely entertained by my conversation with Tojo when I sat at the sushi bar, I didn’t think that it was worth the $200-$250 per person that we were charged. With two … Continue reading Overrated and Overpriced? Part II: Tojo’s

Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food

Applause Japanese Restaurant- After reviewing the pictures that I took of my family’s lunch at Applause Japanese Restaurant today, I have to say that they are truly awful. There were so many items on our table that I couldn’t take a picture of one item without five other items also making it into to the picture. Our table wasn’t crowded because it was too small. Quite the contrary, the four of us were given a table that could’ve easily seated six. Our table was crowded because there was a lot of food included in each of the four lunch specials … Continue reading Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food

Brown Rice Makes All The Difference

Shizen Ya – I’ve never been to any restaurant that purport to serve food made from mainly organic, sustainable, environmentally conscious, and “healthy” ingredients. More often than not, these restaurants are vegetarian/vegan places that serves tofu this, soy that, raw sprouts Y, wheat X, germ of some sort, lots of quinoa, or grass and hay (I think I’ve just offended half the local population). I simply can’t get myself up for a meal at one of ┬áthese restaurants after reading their menus. I’d rather be labelled a big, bad, enemy-of-the-environment than eat a meal at one of these places. But … Continue reading Brown Rice Makes All The Difference