eatwith.ROBINLEUNG.com http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com Eating Tri-Cities and beyond. Mon, 18 May 2015 14:42:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Artisan Tea Bar http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/05/18/artisan-tea-bar/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/05/18/artisan-tea-bar/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 14:42:32 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2574 Reviews Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 3578 Fraser St Vancouver, BC (& 20th Ave.) Phone: (604) 563-8999...

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Location: 3578 Fraser St Vancouver, BC (& 20th Ave.)

Phone: (604) 563-8999

Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 11am – 7pm | Sundays 11am – 6pm | Mondays CLOSED

Hints: 

  • Street Parking
  • For the tea enthusiast

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Artisan Tea Bar

What to better do on a Spring afternoon than sip on a cup of tea? Stumbling upon Artisan Tea Bar in the area was a treat! You know the time you just had lunch and it wasn’t time for dinner yet, that’s when we found Artisan Tea Bar. It was a warm afternoon after lunch, we were looking for something to do. So I decided to dig out my phone and see what’s in the area and surely enough Artisan Tea Bar came up.

Artisan offers a variety of fresh tea, smoothies, iced teas, and lattes. It even offers an afternoon tea menu which is a good idea to book in advanced because it’s a fairly small place. I think this place is ideal for grab-and-go. The owner of this place is definitely a tea enthusiast. There is even a tea interactive board that will educate you on the different types of tea it offers.

Matcha Avocado

I had a matcha green tea with avocado, condensed milk, milk and ice all blended into a smoothie. It was perfect for a warm afternoon, even better if it was hot. The matcha was cooling and the hint of avocado was a perfect match. For those who love sugary loaded drinks, this ain’t for you. No sugar is added here, it’s all natural. The only sugar substance is probably the condensed milk.

Matcha Latte

Usually my girlfriend gets something different but she opted for something similar this time. The matcha latte was just the perfect sweetness. It wasn’t sugar loaded at all (unlike Starbucks version).

Artisan Tea Bar also offers Afternoon Tea service but it’s a good idea to book ahead in advanced as they only have a handful of tables.

 

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Bistro Wagon Rouge http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/05/15/bistro-wagon-rouge/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/05/15/bistro-wagon-rouge/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 21:26:27 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2570 Reviews Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 1869 Powell St Vancouver, BC V5L 1H9 (East Van) Phone: (604) 251-4070...

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Location: 1869 Powell St Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 251-4070

Hours: Open Tues-Sat 5:00PM – 10:00PM

Hints: 

  • Street Parking
  • First come, First served
  • Bar table

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Bistro Wagon Rouge

Decided to come here for my early birthday celebration. It was just the two of us, so we opted to sit at the bar instead of wait for table which could’ve taken an hour on a Saturday evening. Bistro Wagon Rouge is a “blue collar” bistro with French dishes like pâtés, duck confit, pork belly, etc. Located in East Village, it’s a rather quiet area for a restaurant. But it was lively on a Saturday evening.

Bread service

First up, the bread service. Thin slices of baguettes with butter (not whipped). Bread was warm, it will come in handy for what’s to come.

Pork Rillette

They have a few selections of Les Tartines, which is a spread (usually on a baguette or some bread form). We both chose the pork rillette which was made from pork, meat chopped and salted heavily then cooked slowly in fat (like a pâté). It was soooo good, anything that is good is probably fat too!

Moules Frites – $19

Coming to a Bistro, I get to practice my french a bit. This is mussels cooked in cherry tomato, wine, cream and croutons. The broth was so hearty that the bread came in great use! The frites were a good compliment but too much starch for us. The mussels were small sized and having the broth alone was just too salty.

Pacific Halibut -$26

The pacific halibut was cooked in a smokey tomato bouillabaisse, fennel, mussels and crushed potato. The crushed potato was very interesting, you can still taste the potato bits. The halibut was seared right. Flavours were alright, but let’s just say I’ve had better bouillabaisse.

No wine tonight as I was the designated driver. Overall, the portions were generous compared to other French Bistros in Vancouver. Priced fairly and their menu changes up every now and then. They don’t have a fix menu and it really depends on the week and what ingredients they get which is good or bad. You probably can’t eat the same every time. So it could be adventurous. I wished I liked Bistro Wagon Rouge more but I don’t think it’ll make it to my regular list. Service was attentive and friendly.

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Shiny Tea 溫哥華嚮茶 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/04/15/shiny-tea-%e6%ba%ab%e5%93%a5%e8%8f%af%e5%9a%ae%e8%8c%b6/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/04/15/shiny-tea-%e6%ba%ab%e5%93%a5%e8%8f%af%e5%9a%ae%e8%8c%b6/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:46:02 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2521 Review Food Service Price Overall Location: 2nd Floor Aberdeen Square, 2340 – 4000 No3. Rd Richmond, BC V6X 0J8...

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Location: 2nd Floor Aberdeen Square, 2340 – 4000 No3. Rd Richmond, BC

Phone: (604) 588-4242

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday 11:00am-7:00am
Thursday – Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-7:00am

Website: http://www.shinytea.ca/

Hints: 

  • Same parkade as Aberdeen
  • It’s in a hidden location, right beneath the food court in Aberdeen SQUARE
  • A wide selection of teas
  • Real milk is available here
  • English menu available

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Shiny Tea

Shiny Tea has been around since late 2014. I was actually there on their opening date with a huge lineup because they were selling Bubble Teas for dirt cheap of $0.25. This has been my regular favourite and it’s taken me this long to write about it.

Teas!

One thing very different than your norm Bubble Tea shop is the use of real tea here. In fact their name says it all, “SHINY TEA”. This is one of the reasons I’ve been coming back. In fact, you can buy their teas in loose leafs and packages. Shiny Tea is a franchise from Taiwan and this is the only location in Vancouver.

Bubble Teas

There are two types of “Bubble” or “Pearl” offerings here. There is the original one (the black circle shaped one) and there is a smaller version called “Extra white pearl”. It is in the shape of a tapioca ball but it’s actually a pearl.

Boba Black Milk Tea

The one reason I really like this place is because it serves real milk instead of using milk powder on some of its drinks. It just makes the drink not only healthier but more authentic. By the way, did you know that in Taiwan most bubble tea places use real milk! On a cold day, you can also get a drink with no ice. And if you are like me that doesn’t like my bubble tea too sweet, I always get half sweet (just like at Starbucks).

 

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Green Bamboo Vietnamese Restaurant http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/04/06/green-bamboo-vietnamese-restaurant/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/04/06/green-bamboo-vietnamese-restaurant/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:45:18 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2560 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: #1230-4500 Kingsway Burnaby, BC V5H 2B1 (Crystal Mall) Phone: (604) 677-8648 Hints: ...

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Location: #1230-4500 Kingsway Burnaby, BC

Phone: (604) 677-8648

Hints: 

  • Hole in the wall restaurant
  • Separate outdoor entrance from Crystal Mall
  • Extensive menu

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Green Bamboo Vietnamese Restaurant

The girlfriend and I came on a random occasion. As there’s so many Vietnamese restaurants in the Lower Mainland, we seldom make an effort to search for Viet food as there’s always one near. However, this was recommended by one of our friend “the bank guy”. Green Bamboo is literally a hole in the wall. It has its own separate entrance from the mall entrance. A small restaurant with a dozen tables.

House Special Bahn Mi

I was surprised by the ingredients in the Bahn Mi. It was loaded with lemongrass grilled chicken, cured meats, shredded carrots, cilantro and cucumber. It was a bit too salty for my taste buds, otherwise it was good. A little different than the traditional Bahn Mi.

Stewed Beef Brisket in Tomato Soup Pho

They have soup bases here that are very different from the traditional Pho beef soup base. This one is a tomato soup base, it was fantastic. The beef brisket was a bit tough. However, if you want to try something different from the ordinary this is a must-try.

Deep-Fried Lemongrass Chicken Wings

The lemongrass chicken wings were a bit salty IMO. But we just felt like having wings today.

Overall, you will have a variety of menu items that are not in other Pho restaurants. Definitely will come back on another occasion to try their other menu items. The items are a bit on the salty side from initial visit, but not too salty that it’s inedible. Perhaps I’m really specific about my taste. Don’t expect too much in terms of ambiance, there really isn’t much. The price is fair and comparable to most cheap Viets eat in the area. The only problem you might have is the busy parking lot in Crystal Mall.

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Little Babycakes (a new type of cupcake in town) http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/03/26/little-babycakes/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/03/26/little-babycakes/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:00:42 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2480 It is with my greatest privilege to introduce to you a new type of cupcakes in town:...

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Little Babycakes

It is with my greatest privilege to introduce to you a new type of cupcakes in town: “Little Babycakes”. Little Babycakes reached out to me just before Christmas to sample their cupcakes, so I said sure, why not? It caught me by surprise that they personally delivered these “little baby cupcakes” to my door! I was ‘wow-ed’ by that level of service. Kudos.

Samplers

I received two boxes of these bite-sized cupcakes. My first impression when I opened the boxes were wow were these the tiniest little cakes ever. But made with so much attention to detail. It was a piece of art that I couldn’t decide which to bite into first.

Let me take your around and show you some of the popular flavours that Little Babycakes offer:

Earl Grey

Red Velvet

Double Chocolate

Original

Salted Caramel

And the turquoise coloured looking one is a “Coconut Paradise”, which I don’t have a close-up of (probably cause I got too hungry and devoured it). All the babycakes were unique in their own way. But my favourite would be the original. My mentality around “original” being the best is because it’s the probably the very first one they perfected and if they can’t make the original good, then the ones to follow won’t be good.

I think these will make it big, especially in weddings and events because of their perfect one-bite size and their elegance looking shapes and flavours. So check them out at http://littlebabycakes.ca/. They are still looking for a store front, so stay tuned on where you can get a doze of these tiny cakes. If you really can’t wait, you are in luck! They will be popping up at Holt Renfrew Vancouver from March 28th till April 4th! Cupcakes will be on sale $7 for 6 and $13 for 12.

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M Cafe – “What’s a Hong Kong style cafe?” http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/03/22/m-cafe-whats-a-hong-kong-style-cafe/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/03/22/m-cafe-whats-a-hong-kong-style-cafe/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:56:11 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2555 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 2773 Barnet Hwy Unit C Coquitlam, BC, V3B 1C2 (next to Sushi...

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Location: 2773 Barnet Hwy Unit C Coquitlam, BC, 

Phone: (604) 474-2773

Hints: 

  • Upscale Hong Kong style cafe
  • Good ambiance
  • Shared parkade with the strip mall
  • Choice of large/small portions on most items all day

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It’s been rather inconsistent, ever since I started this new job last year that I’ve been writing less and less consistent. Not sure if it’s the job or if my interest is shifting with age. But the food journey continues regardless. During this journey, I’ve learnt many things. For one, it’s not easy to create interesting content all the time. Second, it’s not easy to engage your readers either. Lastly, all these take time. And I guess that nobody has enough of.

Okay enough of the intro, let’s get into “M Cafe”, Coquitlam’s newest Hong Kong style cafe. You might ask, what’s a “Hong Kong style cafe”? Well, it’s basically a tea restaurant for affordable and cheap eats. It’s not the best ambiance, but for those that have been around for decades, they hold dearly to having that “back-in-the-day” style. In Chinese, we call it “Cha-Chaan-Teng”.

M Cafe

M Cafe is nothing like that. It’s modernized and has a very elegant look and feel to it. I came visiting for dinner shortly after it opened after a week. After studying the menu for a bit, I had to say it was very similar to that of Copa Cafe down the street. However, they claimed to have no connections with Copa though I recognized some of the staff from Copa had come over.

Baked Ox Tongue in Tomato Sauce Fried Rice (Small) – $9.95

I ordered a small baked ox tongue in tomato sauce in fried rice. The portions was normal for the price point. However, the dish was underwhelming because of the ox tongue being all sliced up (which was out of my expectation). Otherwise, the dish was decent. For most dishes, there was an option for a small size or a big size. The small size is decent for one person’s portion and the bigger size is for 2-3 people.

Roasted chicken with vegetables and rice noodles – $8.95

This was my favourite dish at Copa. And I’m glad it was very similar as of Copa, if not identical. The noodles, however, was thinner in width.

Salt and Pepper Deep Fried Pork Chop – $14.95

This dish was a special request as it came with rice, we didn’t want any rice and only the pork chop. The price of the dish was a bit high for the portion served (IMO). We asked to have it less salty, I’m not sure if they misheard but it was way too salty for anyone’s taste.

The Bill

Overall, I wasn’t overly too excited about M Cafe. Perhaps, I had some expectation in mind that it would have tasted better than other Hong Kong style cafe’s in the Tri-Cities. However, it wasn’t. The service was mediocre at best, I felt that some of the waiters were still under trained and some senior waiters/waitress have attitude problems. The ambiance was nice, it was modern-looking and made use of wood. I’m not so sure about the bar-like round tables in a Hong Kong cafe though. The food was alright, it’s usually a hit or a miss. No guarantees. The menu (IMO) is too busy, but that’s usually the case at most Hong Kong style cafes.

Have you been to the new M Cafe? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section below.

 

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What’s new in Vancouver? http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/02/27/whats-new-in-vancouver/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/02/27/whats-new-in-vancouver/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:23:53 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2545 When it comes new restaurants in Vancouver, there’s no shortage. There’s a few that are opening this...

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When it comes new restaurants in Vancouver, there’s no shortage. There’s a few that are opening this Spring that maybe worth the visit.

The Greek by Anatoli

Located at 1043 Mainland Street in the heart of Yaletown is a new Greek restaurant by Anatoli Souvlaki which has been a long time Greek restaurant serving in the Lonsdale area for over 30 years. This spring, these familiar flavours will be reimagined in Yaletown with the opening of The Greek by Anatoli. Brothers Iani and Alexi Makris, sons of Anatoli’s founding family, have joined partner Daniel Bergman to open the doors of their second restaurant. More information coming soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out their social media outlets: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Kongee Dinesty

Kongee Dinesty opened its doors at 9020 Capstan Way in Richmond earlier this month. It serves delicious congee and a variety of house-made snacks, open 8am to 10pm daily! But wait, they serve more than just congee. I was invited for a media preview, however, I was too busy and missed it. But will definitely give this a try when I’m in the area. Don’t know what congee is, be sure to check out their website.

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Pepper lunch

First of its kind in Canada! Pepper Lunch is making its way to one of the busiest streets in Richmond in March. Originally founded in Japan, Pepper Lunch is a DIY fast service concept. I first tried Pepper Lunch in Hong Kong a few years ago.

Pepper Lunch

It was really good and I can’t wait to try this new location in Richmond. Be sure to check them out here.

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The Wild Fig (Dine Out Edition) http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/02/10/wild-fig-dine-edition/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/02/10/wild-fig-dine-edition/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:54:31 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2527 The Wild Fig was one of the new additions to be part of the Dine Out Vancouver...

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The Wild Fig

The Wild Fig was one of the new additions to be part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival this year. Being one of the lonely restaurants in Coquitlam and after a study in their menu, I decided to come here with “the gang” (9 of us). For those unfamiliar with The Wild Fig, they are inside the Executive Hotel in Coquitlam. We came on a Saturday evening with reservations, I actually haven’t been inside here before. Upon walking in, I was caught by the glowing purple lighting. (Thought to myself, this place looks pretty decent.) It was a busy evening, as they had a live band doing some-type of swing music, the dance floor was full of people, and we were sitting right next to the dance floor. (Little did we know it was 60’s night, nor were we told at reservations or else I’m pretty sure we would have alternate plans). You can imagine an entire evening trying to carry conversations over the really loud music.

Let’s shift gears and talk about the food! After all, we’re “dining out”.

Tuna Martini

My girlfriend ordered the “Tuna Martini”, seared rare Albacore tuna with cherry tomatoes, fig, jalapenos, lemon, lime juice, and shredded daikon and carrot. It was an interesting dish, the tuna tataki was a bit salty and the daikon/carrot contrasted with no flavours. The chemistry just wasn’t there for this dish.

Sweet & spicy beef bites

I had the sweet & spicy beef bites, which reminds me of something like Manchu wok at the food court. It was a much nicer presentation of course, the CAB beef was tender.

Fig Arugula Salad

“Notyetafoodie” had the arugula salad with micro greens, curry champagne vinaigrette, peach, candied cashew nuts, figs, buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes. Her take on the salad was too much dressing on the greens, the buffalo mozzarella tasted good but it was cold and not melty.

Salmon “Carpaccio”

I’m not sure what to call this dish as it wasn’t on their original dine-out menu and a few things were added on the menu, this being one of them. “Tall guy” and “Music guy” had this. The bread was hard.

After having the appetizers, everything went down hill. Our entrees did not arrive till another hour or so later, and the not so good part was we were left unattended until I got up and waived down one of the servers because I could not located our server. Our server eventually brought us complimentary bread because we waited long for our entrees and was apologetic. We still waited another good 10 minutes till our entrees actually arrived.

Charbroiled baseball steak

Here’s the funny part, the dishes arrived lukewarm at most. My girlfriend ordered the baseball steak (medium rare), charbroiled well. It’s a Certified Angus beef centre cut strip loin, with jeera hash and sesame gai lan on veal port wine reduction, balsamic essence. The dish was executed poorly, you can see it in the photo with the reduction sauce poured onto the outer rim of the plate.

Zinfandel Lamb Shank

This caught my eye when studying the menu the night of, as it wasn’t on the original dine out menu. A braised lamb shank in red zinfandel, Fig, spices, shoe string potatoes, and brussel sprouts. The lamb shank was tasty but a bit dry, a little bit of sauces would’ve complimented well. The brussel sprouts was probably the best thing on the plate. The shoe string potatoes were not crispy.

Trio Dessert

After the entrees it was already 10pm, (2.5 hours into our dinner) and dessert was still a long time away. We again had to asked for dessert. It was a trio of chocolate banana cheesecake, mini Belgian chocolate cup Picasso, and an Okanagan fruit tart, hazelnut grissini and blueberry compote. The dish arrived cold (which means it was from the fridge). The compote was rock solid, couldn’t even be scrapped off the plate. Overall, the desserts were a bit too sweet for my Asian tastebuds. If I had to pick a favourite, it’d be the fruit tart.

By the end of the night, we were all exhausted from waiting. The front of the house manager was seen walking around but never once was he upfront on apologizing for the delay. In fact, I had to raise the issue with him. We ended up waiting for our bill for another (what felt like a long time). Our dinner for 9 totalled for over 3 hours! Probably one of the longest dining experience I’ve ever had as a food blogger. Well, at least we’ve sat through the entire playlist of the live band that evening.

Literally, “calling it a night”!

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Soft Peaks – Grand Opening http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/01/22/soft-peaks/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/01/22/soft-peaks/#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 (Dan & Ken Kim) 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!)

Toppings, it’s all about it! They have an unique array of premium toppings, like yuzu marmalade, organic maple syrup with Himalayan pink salt, or a piece of fresh Fraser Valley honeycomb. Prices range from $4.00-$6.75 depending on size and topping.

Soft Peaks

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They are having their soft opening right now until February 1st and be sure to join them for their grand opening on the 5th @ noon!

LOCATION: 25 Alexander Street, Vancouver

HOURS: WednesdaySunday ​weekly ​from 12:00pm-9:00pm.

Be sure to check them out soon, softpeaks.ca! For those early foodies, who’s tried it during their soft launch, how was it? Let me know in the comments section below!

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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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