Everything But The Pho: Ha Cafe

Ha Cafe is not the most inviting of restaurants if you were to look at it from the outside. Its red chairs, red walls, and photo-menu-board combined to give it a look as dated as the old orchard shopping centre that it was located in. Passing by the place several times as I visited Pearl Castle and the liquor store around the opposite corner, I hadn’t even noticed that Ha Cafe was a Vietnamese restaurant. It looked like a decrepit diner of some sort, and I never gave it more than a passing glance. It wasn’t until about five weeks … Continue reading Everything But The Pho: Ha Cafe

When In Coquitlam…Go Korean: Jeong Ga Nae

On a boring Saturday afternoon, my wife, kids, and I decided to visit the newly opened Target store in Coquitlam to see if it would be any different from their U.S. stores. It was not. It looked almost exactly like every other U.S. Target store – except that there was less merchandise on the shelves and no food service counter (and thus no Icee’s that my daughter was so looking forward to having). After spending around an hour picking up various unnecessary household items, the kids started to get hungry. This feeling of hungry grew from a desire for a … Continue reading When In Coquitlam…Go Korean: Jeong Ga Nae

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

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

Cheap From Top To Bottom And Inside Out: Norboo

Up until last week, I was never able to provide my wife a reason as to why we should visit Norboo for a meal. There never seemed to be any diners inside whenever we happened to walk or drive by the restaurant, and its interior looked extremely worn-out and run-down on the instances when we stopped and peeked inside. None of what we observed suggested to my wife that the restaurant was one that was worth visiting. Being someone who is always curious about the restaurants I have not seen but not visited, the need to try out the restaurant … Continue reading Cheap From Top To Bottom And Inside Out: Norboo

Real Korean Flavours: Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant

I was going through pictures of meals that I have not had a chance to post about and came upon the photographs of my family’s most recent non-B.B.Q. meal at Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant, the elder sibling of the more Japanese-cuisine-leaning Yakiniku Chosun. I was a little surprised by the flavours and textures that the pictures brought up from the stacks of my long-term memory. For example, the kalbi (short-ribs) we ordered very much resembled the kalbi that came on the bibimbap at Yakiniku Chosun. These short ribs were almost as wet as the ones from the restaurant’s West End … Continue reading Real Korean Flavours: Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant

Another New Kid On The Block: Yakiniku Chosun

Yakiniku Chosun is the third newly opened restaurant in the same city block that I’ve visited in as many days. I don’t think I’ve visited three new restaurants on three consecutive days before; I know I’ve never visited three new restaurants in the same block in the same week (or even the same month). Yakiniku Chosun was actually the first of the three new restaurants on the block to open its doors to paying customers, and it happened to the last of the three that I visited. It is also the sister restaurant to Guydonya further down Robson street, and … Continue reading Another New Kid On The Block: Yakiniku Chosun