eatwith.ROBINLEUNG.com http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com Eating Tri-Cities and beyond. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:41:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Soft Peaks – Coming soon… http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/01/22/soft-peaks-coming-soon/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/01/22/soft-peaks-coming-soon/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:34:43 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2509 A new twist on ice-cream is here! There’s lots to love about ice-cream, especially during the summer...

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Soft Peaks

A new twist on ice-cream is here! There’s lots to love about ice-cream, especially during the summer time. My girlfriend raves for ice-cream and dreams about opening one up, but …one day! Anyways, Soft Peaks is two brothers owned ice-cream joint. What sets them apart? Their ice-cream is made with Avalon organic milk, a touch of sweetness and churned to smooth perfection. It is all-natural, low calories and low fat! (Ok be honest, I got you at low calories!)

They are having their soft opening right now until February 1st and be sure to join them for their grand opening on the 6th!

Be sure to check them out soon, softpeaks.ca!

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Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse – Dine Out Edition http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/01/18/burnaby-mountain-clubhouse-dine-edition/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/01/18/burnaby-mountain-clubhouse-dine-edition/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:43:09 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2503 Came here for Dine Out this year. It’s also the restaurant’s first time to join dine out,...

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Came here for Dine Out this year. It’s also the restaurant’s first time to join dine out, so we both weren’t sure what to expect. Just a bit of background of Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse, it is also known by “Mulligan’s House & Bistro”. It was renovated in July of last year, giving it a more hip look & feel. They serve American comfort food on a regular basis and serves up a special menu every now and then. While dining, we had the privilege to meet executive chef, Jason Mok.

Thoughts: $18 for a 3-course menu, this was well worth it!

Louisiana Fried Chicken

Freshly made waffle, tomato & jalapeno chutney, sour cream.

Onsen Egg Carbonara

Guinness cheddar, bacon, edamame, linguine

8 oz. Certified Angus New York Steak

Yukon gold roasted garlic mash, market vegetables, green peppercorn sauce

Apple Crumble in Jar

Granny Smith apple, vanilla ice-cream

Dark Chocolate Mousse in Jar

Oreo cookies, shaved chocolate

Final Thoughts:

  • It felt like having two entrees instead of one. The appetizers were quite heavy, however, done quite well.
  • An Angus New York steak for $18 (3 course) is a steal!
  • For some reason they really know how to make good steaks at golf courses.
  • The newly renovated restaurant was spacious and the staffs were attentive and friendly.

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Every year I’m late joining the bandwagon of posts for the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Not sure why, maybe because I don’t get too excited about it than I used to. Anyway, #DOVF is back for the 13th time this year. Has it been that long? Wow! Time sure flies. So for those who have yet to find out, this year’s dine out dates are from January 16th to February 1st. A big whooping 17 days for you to try all sorts of international cuisines that Vancouver has to offer.

There are 270+ restaurants joining this year, some old, some new and some no longer but hopefully there’s something for everybody. The price points this year remains the same from previous years ($18, $28 and $38) for a 3-course meal. And of course, wine pairings are available at an additional cost. There are also 20+ Vancouver hotels that offer rooms at discounted rate during these times at $78, $108, and $138 per night for those visiting out of town or too tipsy to drive.

DON’T JUST EAT! If you’re spending the money anyways, why not enter the contest to win dineout for a year!

Okay, so here are my top picks for this year! This is based on what I see as value, creative and worth spending the $$$ for the first timers. It’s an extensive menu and restaurants selection this year, let me know your favourites below!

$18

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse

Chutney Villa

Thai House Restaurant – Kitsilano

Vaades The Indian Restaurant

$28

The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

Bogart’s Bar & Restaurant

ChiCha

The Wild Fig

$38

Salmon House on the Hill

Brix

The Keg

YEW Seafood + Bar

 

Don’t forget to check out other food festival events happening around town all 17 days long!

DOVF

Website: www.dineoutvancouver.com
Twitter/Instagram: @DineOutVanFest
Hashtag: #DOVF #MyDineOutStory
Tourism Vancouver:  www.tourismvancouver.com  @MyVancouver

 

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Maji Taiwanese Stir Fry 麻吉台式熱炒 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/12/23/maji-taiwanese-stir-fry-%e9%ba%bb%e5%90%89%e5%8f%b0%e5%bc%8f%e7%86%b1%e7%82%92/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/12/23/maji-taiwanese-stir-fry-%e9%ba%bb%e5%90%89%e5%8f%b0%e5%bc%8f%e7%86%b1%e7%82%92/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:12:30 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2476 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: #1180 – 8391 Alexandra Rd Richmond, BC, V6X 3W5 (on Richmond’s eat...

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Location: #1180 – 8391 Alexandra Rd Richmond, BC, 

Phone: (604) 270-3100

Hours: (Mon-Thurs) 5:30pm – 1:00am, Fri-Sat ( till 1:30am), Sun (till 12:00am)

Website: http://www.majirestaurant.ca/

Hints: 

  • Free rear parking (very limited)
  • Paid street parking
  • Reservations are highly recommended
  • Alcohol available (Both domestic and imports)
  • Opens only at night

Maji Restaurant 麻吉台式熱炒 on Urbanspoon

 

Maji

I’ve been wanting to try Maji for a long time, despite my girlfriend’s love for Taiwan I had a hard time convincing her to try this place. Mostly because she has this perception that food from Taiwan are mostly fried and hence bad for the skin. Well all ladies out there, it’s no worries at Maji. In fact, most of their famous dishes are “stir fry” one way or another.

Maji

We came on a busy Saturday evening and we didn’t reserve a table. Luckily, we only waited for roughly 15-20 minutes before a table. We were told otherwise an hour wait at around 7:30pm. I remembered that Maji used to be a Chinese/Shanghai restaurant before Maji’s existence. It has changed a lot since then. A lot more smaller tables and clearly a younger crowd. In fact, it’s “the place” for drinks and socials. They serve up domestic and Taiwan beers/alcoholic drinks.

Five Flavour Squid

Since it was our first visit, we decided to try most of their famous dishes. I didn’t know this was a cold dish until it arrived. As much as I like deep fried squid, this wasn’t bad. The five flavour squid was garlic-y and sweet at the same time, a very interesting dish. It served with chilled cucumbers.

Pan-Fried Oysters

Another of their famous dishes were the oysters. It’s pan-fried with onions, green onions, and black bean sauce. The dish was really good and would have been a perfect dish with rice. Oysters were fresh and decent in size.

San-Pei Chicken

The chicken dish was heavenly. I loved the “San-Pei” sauce they use here, very original. It was super tasty and all the flavours spilled out unlike other places I’ve been where it was only salty and nothing else.

Braised Sparerib soup

Braised Sparerib soup

The soup came in a jar and was steamed inside the jar. It was very tasty. There were an abundant amount of ingredients with lots of clams, spareribs, and melon. My girlfriend and I had two full bowls. And it was only $6.25.

The Bill

Overall, we were very impressed. The dishes were smaller than usual Chinese places (hence, each dish is slightly cheaper). But at the same time, it’s perfect size for couples. Plus you get to try more varieties. Will definitely come back and try their other dishes.

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Location: #110-6125 Sussex Ave Burnaby, BC  (Outside Metropolis)

Phone: (604) 559-6125

Website: http://cafejoie.com/

Hints: 

  • Street parking (a few free parking on the side streets)
  • Study / hangout place
  • Patio available in the Summer time
  • Variety of goods and sweets

Cafe Joie on Urbanspoon

Cafe Joie

Blogging has been on the back burner for me these days. Maybe it’s the Christmas season where I just want to lay back and do nothing or that this blogging business has taken a toll on me and I just need a break from it. But whatever it is, there’s still a fire inside that makes me want to keep this going for a little longer. Anyhow, I’m picking “Cafe Joie” to visit today (actually more like visited last month). I’ve heard from several of my friends say, you must try this place! Every time I hear this phrase, I’ve already put an expectation on it that it must be REALLY REALLY GOOD! Well, not a bad thing. It’s just that I’ve given this place in my heart a higher expectation.

Anyway back to Cafe Joie, it’s my first time here. This place is right outside of Metropolis and this makes it impossible to find FREE parking. Well, almost! I was lucky to find free parking on the side streets. There’s a few spots that are 2 hours and the rest is just metered parking.

Cafe Joie

Upon walking in, I was surprised how many people are here! It’s almost like a Starbucks but filled with Asians. I’m not sure why all Asians, but I guess this place get its customers through word of mouth. They have a pretty large selection of menu items, wished they’d write bigger so I can actually see the menu.

Honey Latte

The espresso menu wasn’t cheap. But looking at their espresso machine, I knew I’d be getting a good cup of caffeine. (I don’t know much about espresso machines, but I can definitely tell if it’s a good one.) My girlfriend and I shared a Honey Latte. It was too sweet! I definitely tasted the honey, but just too sweet for me (might’ve been better if I had gotten half-sweet). If you have a sweet tooth, this would totally satisfy you.

Macarons

My girlfriend insisted we try their macarons (yes, she’s a macaron lover) and so we did. The macarons were alright, not light enough and a bit too sweet for me. It’s like putting sugar in your mouth (literally). I forgot what these flavours were but maybe I’ll fill you in if my girlfriend remembers.

Matcha Fruit Waffle

We were also told that the waffles here were pretty good here, so we had to try it. There were several types of waffles, we opted for the fruit waffle with Matcha ice-cream topped with strawberries, kiwi, whipped cream and a macaron drizzled with green tea extract. I liked the waffles here, it was chewy (kind of tasted like bubble egg waffles. The fruits were definitely fresh fruits, but probably not in season as the fruits tasted sour. Overall, this was quite enjoyable.

Cafe Joie

One thing I really liked about Cafe Joie is that it gives you a buzzer when your order is ready, so you don’t have to stand there and wait for your order. (Something you don’t see often in a small cafe like this one.) Overall, Cafe Joie was an enjoyable experience. The menu items were priced fair. The ambiance felt bright and awakening. And I would definitely try another of their beverages but probably not spend my money on food.

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La Belle Patate http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/12/02/la-belle-patate/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/12/02/la-belle-patate/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:54:38 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2404 Location: 1215 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6E Phone: (604) 569-1215 Hours: Mon-Thur  11am-11pm | Fri & Sat  11am-3am | Sun  11am-9pm Hints:  Authentic Québécois...

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Location: 1215 Davie Street Vancouver, BC 

Phone: (604) 569-1215

Hours: Mon-Thur  11am-11pm | Fri & Sat  11am-3am | Sun  11am-9pm

Hints: 

  • Authentic Québécois cuisine
  • 38+ variety of poutine
  • Opens late night on Fri & Sat

Web: http://westcoastpoutine.wix.com/labellepatatevan | Facebook | Twitter

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Welcome to poutine heaven! La Belle Patate has been known for their huge selections of poutine. Poutine is so Canadian that it’s probably one of the first thing you think of when you think Canadian food. So for Canada Day this year, my girlfriend and I travelled across town to what is truly Canadian food. I’ve been coming back to blog posts that I’ve started and have long forgotten.

Montreal Smoked Meat Poutine

Poutine does not get more Canadian than this one! This one is truly Canadian with cut up Montreal smoked meat, mushrooms, cheese curds, gravy and of course the fries. The fries were freshly cut in store. Gravy was hot enough to melt the cheese curds.

Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich

Though it was nothing compared to what I had in Montreal Schwartz, it was decent for something West Coast. There were a good portion of Montreal smoked meat, smothered with mustard and clamped in plain bread.

 

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Hanamori Sushi http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/12/01/hanamori-sushi/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/12/01/hanamori-sushi/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:01:25 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2460 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: #102 511 Rochester Ave Coquitlam, BC V3K 0A2 Phone: (604) 939-2422 Hints: ...

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Location: #102 511 Rochester Ave Coquitlam, BC

Phone: (604) 939-2422

Hints: 

  • Hidden beside an apartment
  • Very little parking
  • Very small restaurant

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I was here in the summer and in fear of heat, I was resisting from coming to this place because it had its doors open. This could only mean one thing, no air con! Well, I finally convinced my girlfriend to come here one day. The menu was selective and there wasn’t particularly anything that stood out for us. So we just ordered a few things we usually ordered at other Japanese restaurants.

Sushi Combo

We ordered a nigiri combo, which consisted of 6 pieces of nigiri sushi and 6 pieces of tuna roll. The sushi was on par with other regular Japanese restaurants. Overall, the sashimi was fresh but wasn’t particular of high quality.

Tuna Goma-ae – $4.95

This caught our attention and it was indeed one of the better dishes of the night. Marinated tuna with sweet sake and soya served in a ice-cold cup. I liked the texture and presentation, simply a great summer dish.

Aburi Sushi

One of the other reason, why I wanted to Hanamori was their Aburi Sushi. For those who don’t know toom uch about Aburi Sushi, it is a seared sushi with sauce on top or the side. On the left, we have a torch toro marinated with sweet sake. The sauce was too too much and made the rice all wet and soft. To the right, we have a wild salmon aburi. It’s chopped scallop wrapped with salmon. The presentation on the wild salmon alone was worth it! Overall, the aburi’s were a bit wet and over soaked by the sauce.

Beef Yaki Udon

At this point, we were on the edge of being full but feel like we could still fill our stomachs with something warm. We decided to give the yaki udon a go with the choice of beef or chicken. We picked beef. There was an overwhelming amount of onions and very little beef. We were underwhelmed by the udon.

Hanamori

Overall, Hanamori is a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked in the corner of a strip mall on Lougheed and North Road. Food was on par but it was nothing surprising. Service was average. The ambiance was cozy but the fact that it did not have Air Con in the summer was a minus. Let’s just say there are better options for the price you are paying.

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Yolk’s Breakfast Restaurant and Commissary http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/11/06/yolks-breakfast-restaurant-commissary/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/11/06/yolks-breakfast-restaurant-commissary/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 22:35:23 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2453 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 1298 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC V6A 1S6 Phone: (604) 428-9655 Hours:...

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Location: 1298 E Hastings St Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 428-9655

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm

Hints: 

  • Busy brunch place on the weekends
  • Only here for a year or two…
  • Street parking

Web: http://www.yolks.ca/restaurant

Yolk's Breakfast Restaurant and Commissary on Urbanspoon

 

Yolk’s is one of those places in Vancouver which I don’t need to blog about cause there’s so much blog posts on it by now. When I first blogged about Yolk’s food truck, they were just starting up and shortly after they are so well established that everyone in the Lower Mainland knows about them. So this is a very belated blog post that I should have done a long time ago, but got tied up doing others. Here goes…

Yolk’s Restaurant + Commissary

Just a bit about this location, it’s on the intersection of East Hastings and Clark. If you think the building is very old looking, you are probably right. There’s a demolition clause on the building, so Yolk’s will only be there for a year or two before they move on. Though, it’s a big restaurant (with ~80 occupancy), you would have line ups out the door after hangover on the weekends. So either get there early or wait in line.

The Beast

One thing I love about Yolk’s that are not at other brunch places are their YOLKS! No seriously, their eggs are fresh and the yolks are has that orange-y colour to it! This was a special on their menu, which they don’t always have. It’s called “The B.E.A.S.T.” and just to make it easy to remember, it’s got bacon, eggs, avocado, spinach, and tomato on a English muffin smothered with Hollandaise sauce. I got potatoes on the side as well. The potatoes were seasoned well, but a little too dry IMO. The English muffin was a bit chewy and hard but other than that it was the perfect breakfast.

Poached Free-range egg sandwich

My girlfriend built her own breakfast using their menu. And since she doesn’t like her eggs runny, she got it to be a bit more cooked with honey ham.

4 Waters for 2 people

Just to get a sense of how chaotic it is on a weekend, our server gave us 4 waters for 2 people. But it was alright, it was hot outside anyway.

 

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/10/27/gyu-kaku-japanese-bbq/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/10/27/gyu-kaku-japanese-bbq/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:48:28 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2448 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 888 Nelson St Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9 Phone: (604) 558-3885 Hours: Monday...

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Location: 888 Nelson St Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 558-3885

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11:30am-10:30pm
Friday: 11:30am-11:30am
Saturday: 11:30am-11:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am-10:30pm

Hints: 

  • Authentic Japanese BBQ
  • Great customer service
  • Paid underground/street parking
  • Happy Hour

Web: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ on Urbanspoon

Gyu-Kaku

Gyu-Kaku in the heart of downtown Vancouver offers social dining experience that is authentic to the Japanese Yakiniku (BBQ) dining experience. They offer premium cooked meats over a flaming charcoal grill while offering Japanese sake, Shochu and beers.

Charcoal BBQ Grill

The grilling experience was like no other. I particularly liked the ventilation from the BBQ grill. It was so well ventilated that there were no oil getting on my hands or my clothes.

Meats

Grilling

It’s been such awhile ago that I had forgotten what I had ordered. But I believe there was a combination of beef tongue, Bistro Hanger Steak, Harami Angus Beef ribs, and Kalbi chunk. The meats were fresh and well-seasoned.

Spicy Tuna Volcano

We also ordered a few starters from the Happy Hour menu. The Happy hour menu is much cheaper than regular dining menu and there’s a wide selection of items. The spicy tuna volcano is deep fried sushi rice topped with spicy tuna and green onions.

Chicken Karaage

The chicken karaage came in a mayo-like dipping sauce. It was piping hot.

Sukiyaki Bibimbap

We basically tried all their listed best-sellers. This was another one. Sliced pork in a sukiyaki style stone pot rice. It was flavourful but we were quite full as this came out last.

 

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Pho Holiday – A new Pho in town! http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/10/25/pho-holiday-new-pho-town/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/10/25/pho-holiday-new-pho-town/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:08:17 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2442 Food Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 1054 Austin Ave Coquitlam, BC V3K 3P3 Phone: (604) 931-2646 Hours: 10:30am –...

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Location: 1054 Austin Ave Coquitlam, BC

Phone: (604) 931-2646

Hours: 10:30am – 9:00pm, 7 days a week

Hints: 

  • 15% off till Oct 31st
  • Authentic Pho
  • Parking at rear

Pho Holiday on Urbanspoon

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated here. I’ve always been hoping to update more regularly but I’ve been too busy lately. If you want to stay up to date on my latest eats, follow me on my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram.

Pho Holiday

My girlfriend and I discovered a new Pho in the Austin Heights area in Coquitlam. This place used to be Austin Delicatessen, which focused on European goods and subs. But I had never visited the place. So it was indeed my first time being here, it seems like the place was newly renovated including new furnitures.

Chicken Stock

Since I couldn’t find parking in the front, I had to walk through the kitchen to get to the back door and rear parking. I was able to grab a shot of the chicken stock that they boil for hours! It’s amazing to see real stock. Most Pho places would leave me thirsty because of MSG. But this place was surprisingly good, you can tell that the broth was made from the real stuff and the broth tasted sweet.

Pho Holiday Special (Small)

I had the small Pho Holiday special which included a bit of everything – rare beef, brisket, fatty brisket, tendon, tripe and beef ball. The pho noodles were smooth and the right amount of chewiness. I wish there was a whole beef ball, but I had maybe a quarter. The meats were a great variety and fresh. The best was thing was the broth IMO. It was sweet to taste. The small size was decent and I was full, sometimes I wouldn’t be full from just ordering a small bowl.

Spring Rolls

We shared two orders of spring rolls. It was crispy on the out and soft on the inside. The fish sauce was light and sweet, complimented the spring roll very well. I would order this again.

Lemongrass Chicken with two eggs

My girlfriend had a lemongrass chicken with rice and double fried eggs. She mentioned the chicken was lightly seasoned or too lightly seasoned and didn’t have enough lemongrass. The rice was a little hard, but our waitress mentioned that the rice was harder and would be glad to swap it for us if needed. The amount of chicken was quite generous.

The Bill

Since it was their grand opening, we got a 15% discount. And they are currently doing a 15% discount till the end of October. They have about a dozen small tables but could be combined to make a table for a large group. This seems to be a family business and there were only 2 ladies running the place. I think it’s great to have another authentic Pho place in the area. So be sure to check it out, since we’re in the comfort food season. Having a hot bowl of Pho could just really warm up that cool day.

 

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