Finally, Real Chinese Food in West Van: Shanghai Village

There is a lack of quality Chinese food in West Van, so I was quite excited when I found out about Shanghai Village as I drove by its front doors on my way home one day. I was even more excited when I found out that it was an established and fairly well-regarded authentic Shanghainese restaurant transplanted from Vancouver proper. As excited as I was about finally having possibly good Chinese food within a ten minutes drive from my house, I didn’t visit Shanghai Village immediately. There were simply too many Chinese restaurants in the local metropolitan area on my … Continue reading Finally, Real Chinese Food in West Van: Shanghai Village

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

WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

I’ve always found so-called “fast food” places in Japan to be reliable because most of the quick-service chains in Japan have clearly-detailed standard operating procedures (SOP) as to how each menu item is to be prepared and assembled (much like McDee’s). A beef don will taste like a beef don no matter which Matsuya or Yoshinoya you visit; a bowl of Ippudo ramen tastes as good in New York, Singapore, and Taipei as it does in its native Fukuoka. SOP in the restaurant industry is supposed to make the highly-regarded food at commercially successful restaurants easy to replicate. But what … Continue reading WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

Pearl Castle Back to Back Part II: Pearl Castle Sexsmith/Alexandra

My family’s previous experience was at Pearl Castle Richmond Centre was positive enough for us to choose to visit its only other current location (on Sexsmith/Alexandra) after foolishly and unsuccessfully trying to secure a walk-in table at Sushi Hachi on a Saturday night. We arrived at Pearl Castle a few minutes after 6:00 P.M., and we were able to secure the last open table at the restaurant. After sitting down, we didn’t need much time to ponder over what we wanted to order. We wanted dishes similar to the enjoyable ones we had at their other location. I wanted the … Continue reading Pearl Castle Back to Back Part II: Pearl Castle Sexsmith/Alexandra

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

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

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)