eatwith.ROBINLEUNG.com http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com Eating Tri-Cities and beyond. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:25:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Coast by Glowbal Group – Happy Hour Edition http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/16/coast-glowbal-group-happy-hour-edition/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/16/coast-glowbal-group-happy-hour-edition/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:25:25 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2408 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 1054 Alberni St Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V6 Phone: (604) 685-5010 Hours:  Monday – Thursday...

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Location: 1054 Alberni St Vancouver, BC 

Phone: (604) 685-5010

Hours: 

Monday – Thursday 11:30am-1:00am
Friday: 11:30am-2:00am
Saturday 3:00pm-2:00am
Sunday 3:00pm-1:00am

Hints: 

  • Buck a shuck
  • Pay street parking / Valet Parking
  • Happy Hour Everyday from 3-6

Web: http://www.glowbalgroup.com/coast/

Coast Restaurant on Urbanspoon

 

Coast is another restaurant owned by the huge Global Group in Vancouver. It is where British Columbia fresh seafood is highlighted. It offers a true west-coast dining experience in a trendy and fun environment. What’s best about Coast is its “Happy Hour” menu! It’s got an extensive list of appies that you can pick from at 50% off during 3-6pm everyday. My girlfriend and I came to try it out.

Lobster Poutine

First up is their “Lobster Poutine”, a 5oz. Atlantic lobster tail with smoked bacon and a sunny-side-up egg on top of a layer of poutine underneath. This was the attention grabber of the night, if you get this, your tables next to you will definitely peak over. The poutine was heavy but what the heck it’s a poutine!

Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Fresh from the oven is a smoked salmon flatbread with dill crème fraîche, red onion, capers and arugula. This was a little on the chewy/hard side instead of crispy, but the flavours were incredible. Loved it!

Buck-a-shuck

On top of their Happy Hour special, they also have freshly shucked oysters for a buck! They were decent sized, but for a dollar this was totally worth it. I’m not sure how I feel about their complimenting sauces.

New England Chowder

This was a very interesting chowder. First, it wasn’t the colour I was expecting. Second, it tasted fabulous. Filled with manila clams, double smoked bacon and potatoes.

Rickard’s

Also got a bottle of Rickard’s on special for $5.

Overall, I was pleased with the Happy Hour offerings at Coast. I would say everything was executed well, but like always there’s room for improvement. The service was great, our server was attentive. Overall an enjoyable experience. The price is fair, depending on what you order, prices may add up.

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Broken Rice http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/07/broken-rice/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/07/broken-rice/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:24:59 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2398 Reviews Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 4088 E Hastings St. Burnaby, BC V5C 2J3 Phone: (604) 558-3838 Hours: Tues –...

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Location: 4088 E Hastings St. Burnaby, BC 

Phone: (604) 558-3838

Hours: Tues – Sat: 11am -10pm | Sun – Mon: 11am – 9pm

Hints: 

  • Contemporary Vietnamese cuisine
  • Modern cooking techniques
  • Patio during summer season

Web: http://www.brokenrice.ca/

Broken Rice on Urbanspoon

 

For many, the first thing that comes to mind when Vietnamese food is brought up is probably “Pho”. In general, it’s on the lower-scale of the food chain. It’s comfort/fast-food. There is, however, more to Vietnamese than just Pho. This is “Broken Rice”. Ironically, the term broken rice (com tam) is traditionally eaten by the Vietnamese working class and is known to be cheaper to consume. However, “Broken Rice” on Hastings is not your typical cheap pho joint. In fact, it’s upper scale and blends right in with the Burnaby Heights area. The restaurant offers a wide range of contemporary approaches to Vietnamese food.

Ambiance

My girlfriend and I walked in for an early dinner. It was a weekday and there wasn’t a lot of people. The patio windows were open, overlooking the busy Hastings street. The tables were well-set and the light blue sky of the restaurant’s ceiling just made it a very breezy setting to be in. I think this was one of the hardest decisions ordering in Vietnamese restaurant because their menu items are much different than a regular Pho joint. After studying the menu (for not too long), we decided to try their “broken rice”.

Pork Three Ways on Rice (Cơm Bi Suon Cha) – $12.50 + $2 (spring roll)

It was very well presented. The plate was pork three ways, a grilled pork chop, shredded pork and minced pork loaf on broken rice served a side salad and a spring roll (for +$2). I thought everything was delicious and flavourful. my favourite would be the pork loaf. It’s truly a Viet delicacy because they don’t have this at every Viet restaurant in the Lower Mainland. The spring roll was also a nice edition and well worth it.

Lemongrass Chick and Egg on Rice (Cơm Gà) – $11.50 + $2 (spring roll)

My girlfriend had the grilled lemongrass marinated chicken with a fried egg on broken rice, a side of greens and a spring roll. When it arrived to our table, the first thing I noticed was the egg. It was perfect, runny yolk and brown-fried egg whites. The chicken was a little disappointing because it had no lemongrass flavour at all. It was purely a grilled chicken. I’m thinking they didn’t marinate it enough.

The Damage

Overall, I liked the offering they have here at Broken Rice. There’s a few more adventurous dishes I would like to try next time, but as for the original plates, I think they did a pretty good job. It was a little more expensive than your typical Pho joints, but given the ambiance, the service and the presentation, I personally think it was worth the extra dollar or two. I’ve seen a few people get the “Sizzling Saigon Crepe” will definitely have to try it next time. There aren’t really much parking along Hastings, so prepare to parallel park on the streets.

 

 

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Longtail Kitchen http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/02/longtail-kitchen/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/07/02/longtail-kitchen/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:36:27 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2393 Reviews Food Ambiance Price Overall Location: 116- 810 Quayside Drive New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9 Phone: (604) 553-3855 Hours: 10am – 7pm,...

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Location: 116- 810 Quayside Drive New Westminster, BC 

Phone: (604) 553-3855

Hours: 10am – 7pm, 7 days a week

Hints: 

  • Thai food at The New West Quay
  • Pay parking

Web: http://longtailkitchen.com/Facebook | Twitter

Longtail Kitchen on Urbanspoon

 

Longtail is named after the famous water taxi’s of Thailand. Serving up authentic Thai comfort food in the Riverside Market. Longtail offers modern style Thai street food like curries, noodles and soups, stews and much more.

Daily Specials

When you walk pass the doors, don’t forget to look at their daily specials. You might be in for a treat that is not typically on their regular menu.

Famous Chicken Wings – $8

My girlfriend and I came for lunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon. They were quite busy, despite we got there past normal lunch time. Everything was served on disposable boxes/plates because they just didn’t have time to wash them. I guess the experience wasn’t nearly as great as having real plates. The place is like a cafeteria style restaurant, you place order at the counter and you are given a number and when they call your number, you pick up the food.

Tamarind Dipping Sauce

The chicken wings were perfectly deep fried with spices. Even eating that alone would have had enough taste. The tamarind dipping sauce was good, it wasn’t too flavourful that it overpowered the wings. What I was more disappointed was that their were more drumlets than wings. I loved wings and though drumlets had more meat, I would’ve wanted more wings.

Pad Thai with Prawns – $12

Yes, I know you can’t see the prawns because there were only 3 prawns in the dish. But they were tiger prawns so that was of quality. This is a classic pad thai (rice noodles) fried with tofu, shallots, eggs and topped with bean sprouts in a caramelized tamarind sauce. The bean sprouts were good because it wasn’t cooked at all, when mixed with the noodles it was perfect. For those allergic to peanuts, be careful. I thought the tamarind sauce was a little too much. Otherwise, it would have been perfect.

som dtam green papaya salad – $7

The dish was very flavourful. However, be warned if you can’t have spicy food, don’t get it (or ask for non-spicy). It was fault on my part that I skimmed the menu instead of reading it. The salad was spicy!! I can eat some spicy food, but this was spice that won’t hit you until it’s all the way down. The salad is typical Thai street salad pounded in a motor & pestal shredded unripened papaya with snake beans, tomato, peanuts, and chili lime dressing.

Spices

Overall, I was pleased with the food at Longtail. Dishes were flavourful, although I would’ve gave it a few more points for ambiance if everything was plated. The patio is open during the summer, so you can enjoy the scenic Fraser river along with some authentic Thai food. The prices were fair, maybe a bit on the high side but this is at the Quay. Also, you will have to pay for parking for eating here. I haven’t experienced any service to comment on the service.

 

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Matcha Cupcakes feat. KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade Matcha http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/17/matcha-cupcakes-feat-kissmeorganics-culinary-grade-matcha/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/17/matcha-cupcakes-feat-kissmeorganics-culinary-grade-matcha/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:51:03 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2386 Just want to give a shout out to KissMeOrganics for sending me this pack of Matcha to...

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KissMeOrganics Matcha

Just want to give a shout out to KissMeOrganics for sending me this pack of Matcha to review. It’s got a whopping 5-stars review on Amazon.ca and is exclusive to Amazon.ca. It is 100% organic, tested for purity and contains more than 137x the antioxidants found in a cup of brewed tea. It’s great for baking, mixing with drinks, and even plain water. For me, I love matcha cupcakes. So that’s exactly what I made!

Ingredients

You will need:

  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 oz of unsalted butter
  • 0.5 to 1.5 cups of sugar (depending on sweetness)
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg tolk
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of KissMeOrganics Matcha

These portions will make a dozen of large cupcakes.

Step 1

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder

Step 2

Mix together the milk and matcha

Step 3

In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then, add eggs (one at a time), beating well after each.

Step 4

Add the flour mixture and milk/matcha mixture to the batter, alternate each while beating.

Step 5

Spoon out mixture into cupcake paper. Fill only 3/4 full because it will rise. Preheat oven at 350F and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Step 6

Matcha Cupcakes!

After 23 minutes, it’s ready to eat! The smell of matcha was amazing. In fact, a lot of times I find that matcha I use in local food mart’s don’t have a strong matcha taste. However, Kissmeorganics Matcha was full of it! It definitely lived up to its name, “culinary grade” Matcha!

KissMeOrganics Matcha

If you are looking for a Matcha to try, this would definitely be the one! Try it today: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00DDT116M

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LoveDrink Café http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/12/lovedrink-cafe/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/12/lovedrink-cafe/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:56:45 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2363 Location: C5 – 2229 Kingsway Vancouver, BC V5N 5A1 Phone: (604) 435-8998 Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm – 11pm Sun: Closed...

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Location: C5 – 2229 Kingsway Vancouver, BC 

Phone: (604) 435-8998

Hours:

Mon – Sat: 12pm – 11pm
Sun: Closed

Hints:

  • Bubble Tea spot
  • Opens late
  • Street parking
  • Hong Kong style desserts

LoveDrink Cafe on Urbanspoon

LoveDrink Café

I saw LoveDrink Cafe when I was visiting Sushi by Yuji last year. My girlfriend and I were feeling like we needed some Asian dessert! And this place popped up. It was rather early in the evening because we had an early dinner. So the place was pretty empty when we were there.

 

MANGO SAGO POMELO (楊枝甘露)

I got the mango sago pomelo dessert. A bowl filled with mango cubes, sago and strips of pomelo in a mango sweet soup. The mango was sweet for non-mango season. Quite enjoyable if you are a mango lover, like me.

Coconut Taro and mochi

My girlfriend had a hot dessert. It’s a big taro ball with mini mochi’s in a coconut sweet soup. It was an interesting dessert, though the photo is not entirely all that pleasant. But it did taste pretty good.

 

 

 

 

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Hot weather calls for Night Market Eats! http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/01/hot-weather-calls-night-market-eats/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/06/01/hot-weather-calls-night-market-eats/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 08:03:31 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2380 Nice weather usually means you will find yourself outside soaking up the sun! Especially in rainy Vancouver....

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Nice weather usually means you will find yourself outside soaking up the sun! Especially in rainy Vancouver. One of the most attractive activities at night is visiting one of the many night markets in Richmond, BC! I like coming to the International Summer Night Market (iSNM for short) for several reasons. #1, I find it less crowded than the other one down the street. #2, free and closer parking! Yes, it’s free parking this year (but prepare to come early for spots). But in return, they have started the admission model the Richmond Night Market has taken ($2 per head). #3, it used to be that food was generally cheaper on this end of the market than the Richmond Night Market, but I think it’s now pretty standard.

I’ve noticed a few new stalls this year…

The Fish God

Haven’t given this a try, but they are the same owners as Teppan Kitchen in Aberdeen Mall. I only took a picture of this because of its interesting name.

Ice Cane

Many were holding a cane-like looking jabber and sucking on cream. This might interest some people who wants a new twist to having soft ice cream.

So onto the real food…

Steamed Pork Dumpling – $4

This is from Top Wok (the red giant booth as you walk in from the entrance), they have been there as long as I could remember. And it’s one of my favourite eats at the market. I almost get this every single time at a buck a piece. It is a steamed pork dumpling (aka siu mai), one of the most famous Dim Sum of all times. Why I like it here? The pork they use is leaner and the sweet soy sauce combo just makes this amazing.

Steamed Rice Roll with mixed sauces – $4

Also at Top Wok, you will find another famous dim sum item. The steamed rice was hand mixed with hoisin sauce, peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce and simmered with sesame. We found the rice roll to be a little hard. But taste was still good.

Chef James Xin Jiang Man BBQ

One of the most well-known and media intensive food stalls at the market is Chef James BBQ skewers. I don’t think there is another stall that has his own picture as part of the sign. Tonight, we had the honour to eat from his son’s cooking.

Chef James BBQ Skewers – $7

Skewers prices are pretty standard now at $7 for 3 skewers or $11 for 5. We had chicken, beef and lamb tonight. The skewers were cooked right off the grill, but prepare to wait a bit for it. (We waited around 5-10 minutes for our order.) The beef skewer was my least favourite because it wasn’t tender. The chicken was my favourite tonight because it was tender and juicy.

Roasted Corn – $3

I insisted that we try this. For some reason, I just felt like having a corn tonight. The corn is freshly roasted in the roaster oven. You have a choice of butter or no butter. I chose no butter, but even without butter it was really good. It’s ripped open for you on the cob and you can choose to simmer your toppings. I had a little bit of parmesan, taco seasoning, seasoning salt, black pepper, and lemon salt. It was very satisfying, though try hard not to think too much about how many corns you can get for $3.

Squid INKcorporated

I’ve tried just about every squid place at this night market. Except for this new stall (or one that I didn’t take much notice of the past years). This is Squid INKcorporated, love the play-on name. Just about everything is deep fried here, but just looking at the samples and people eating these deep fried tentacles around me, I had no choice but give in.

Deep Fried Squid Tentacles – $7

This place is about $0.50 more than other places, but you get what you pay. The portions are slightly bigger than others. It’s deep fried and you get to put your own sauces on, including smokey mayo; wasabi mayo; hot sauce and sweet and sour sauce. The tentacles were very filling, but not bad. I say it’s different than the other squid places because this one is deep fried rather than pan fried. The sauces were almost addicting. However, without the sauces, I would say the squid tentacles are lacking some flavours. Best of all, they have box for you to take out.

Mango Sago Pomelo – $5

Last but not least, we got a drink to share. It’s a mango sago pomelo drink with coconut milk. One of my favourite drinks of all time, a very refreshing drink every time. It is in a smaller cup than a regular bubble tea because it’s got more ingredients and of course it’s milk and not water.

So that’s it for now! What do you like to eat at the night markets? Let me know in the comments section below! 

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Kisoji Japanese Kitchen http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/05/21/kisoji-japanese-kitchen/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/05/21/kisoji-japanese-kitchen/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 21:11:01 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2372 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 1 – 19040 Lougheed Hwy Pitt Meadows, BC, V3Y 2N6 (Pitt Meadows) Phone: (604)...

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Location: 1 – 19040 Lougheed Hwy Pitt Meadows, BC, 

Phone: (604) 457-4567

Hours: 

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Friday – Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm

Sunday: 12:00pm-8:00pm

Hints/Remarks:
  • Fresh Sashimi
  • Private party room
  • Wide selection of cooked and uncooked food
  • TVs in the room

Kisoji Japanese Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Kisoji

I don’t remember where I’ve stumbled upon Kisoji but I did. As a foodie, sometimes you somehow find out things others don’t (even if it’s on the edge of the earth). Kisoji is one of those rare finds, located on the edge of Pitt Meadows and Port Coquitlam. When my girlfriend came here months ago, it was very quiet. I’m guessing because it was a Sunday night or it was just the location. There are at least 3 other Japanese restaurants within 1 km of proximity.

Beef Sukiyaki Hot Pot

This was on their Seasonal Menu and was highly recommended by our waitress. The pot was huge for 2 people. It came boiling with thinly sliced beef, napa cabbage, tofu, enoki, shiitake, king oyster mushrooms, green bean noodles, scallion in a sweet soy sauce soup base. The hot pot was beyond flavourful with loads of ingredients! A really good deal for just $14.

Nigiri’s

In addition, we ordered some sushi nigiri’s. From bottom left and around, we have hotate, ikura, tamago, ika (custom order), aburi toro, aburi saba, aburi sake (salmon), and amaebi. Presentation was phenomenal. The aburi’s could’ve been better if it was lightly seared instead of heavily seared. Overall, I liked it.

Receipt

The bill came to just under $40, which I thought was a pretty decent meal. My only problem was that it’s an extra drive to get sushi when I have many sushi choices close to home. The service was good from start to finish, I couldn’t speak for if there was more people dining. But since we were close to the only ones in the restaurant, they really had no others to serve besides us.

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Spot Prawns are in season! http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/05/20/spot-prawns-season/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/05/20/spot-prawns-season/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 06:34:03 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2365 It is that time of year again! May is the calling of all Spot Prawns lover! It’s...

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It is that time of year again! May is the calling of all Spot Prawns lover! It’s up in prices a bit this year with the price ranging from $16 to over $20 per pound! It’s insane that prices keep going up each and every year. Yet, people will still pay for these large orangey spiky species of shrimps. (I know I will!)

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Photographer Karen Hamilton

I’m a little late in posting this year, but be sure to check out the Annual Spot Prawn Festival next year. That being said, if you are interested in having spot prawns, they can be still found at these following places:

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Chez Meme Baguette Bistro http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/05/17/chez-meme-baguette-bistro/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/05/17/chez-meme-baguette-bistro/#comments Sat, 17 May 2014 18:16:51 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2359 Review Food Ambiance Service Price Overall Location: 4016 Hastings St Burnaby, BC V5C 2J1 (Hastings Heights) Phone: (604) 299-1141 Hours:  Mon –...

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Location: 4016 Hastings St Burnaby, BC 

Phone: (604) 299-1141

Hours: 

Mon – Fri: 8AM – 3PM
Sat: On the 2nd Sat of each month (once a month) 9AM – 2PM
Sun: CLOSED

Hints/Remarks:
  • Baguette, duh!
  • Street Parking (Free parking lot half a block down on the side street)
  • Small place
  • Serves wine/spirits/beer

Chez Meme Baguette Bistro on Urbanspoon

 

This is a hidden gem in the Hastings Heights area. I’ve been dining quite a few times in the area lately and this had always been on my wishlist but it’s never open on weekends. So my girlfriend and I came during the Easter long weekend to give this place a review. We like to sleep in, so we didn’t get there till 1pm. But it was pretty busy with people lining up, but not out-of-the-door line ups. The Baguette Bistro has its own character, it’s really a hole-in-the-wall restaurant (as you can see in the picture). However, the inside was very Bistro-like. We left the waiter my phone number and decided to go walk over to the dollar store next store and they have this service of calling you once your table is ready. I also think they do reservations, but don’t quote me on it.

Bourguignon – $10.25

My girlfriend had the Bourguignon baguette which is a boneless beef short ribs with caramelized onions and horseradish (on the side). The horseradish was supposed to be in the baguette as well, but because my girlfriend didn’t know if she could handle the spice so she ordered in on the side. With every meal, there is a choice of their daily soup, green salad or fries. Daily soup today was a tomato soup. The soup was good, very fresh but not overpowering with tomato. The baguette itself was good, but I have mixed feelings about the short rib. (And I’ll tell you why next.)

Jambon-Brie – $9.00

I had the Jambon-Brie with black forest ham, melted brie cheese and dijon mustard. This was heavenly! If I came back next time, I will order this again. It was that good. The cheese keeps on melting on every bite. The salad, on the other hand, was mediocre. The dressing was a little too sour/citric for me.

Since this is a baguette restaurant, let’s talk about the baguette. The bread was fresh and crispy on the outside and very tender on the inside. I don’t know if it’s the best baguette ever, but it’s definitely of quality.

Overall, I liked Chez Meme. My girlfriend thought it was on the expensive side. The servers are busy but I did feel I was taken care of, they do have a bit of a French accent. Good thing I took French in high school, it sure came in handy.

 

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The Fish Counter http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/05/10/fish-counter/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2014/05/10/fish-counter/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 07:28:49 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2355 Review Food Ambiance Price Overall Location: 3825 Main St Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2 Phone: (604) 876-3474 | Web: http://thefishcounter.com/ Hours:  Daily 10am – 8pm...

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Location: 3825 Main St Vancouver, BC 

Phone: (604) 876-3474 | Web: http://thefishcounter.com/

Hours: 

Daily 10am – 8pm
Now open Mondays
(Fish & chip counter opens at 11am)

Hints/Remarks:
  • Fish & Chips!
  • Street Parking
  • Very limited seating space
  • Take-out available

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The Fish Counter

Another busy week gone by, so sorry for not keeping my blog posts consistent this past months. I’ve been really busy and was just hard to keep up with the eating and writing. And I could totally see that in my audience drop in the past month, so just to make it up I’m going to do at least one post every week. Pinky swear! ;-) Anyhow, my brother and I stopped here for lunch on a weekday. We arrived around noon and there were only a few people. But soon after, swamps of people came. Guess we arrived at the right time.

The Fish Counter

It was a rather interesting setup they had, one side of the store was for fresh seafood pick up and a salad bar. And the other half (in this picture) is a cafeteria line up to order and a pick up counter. There were a few benches outside the restaurant, and literally “a counter” where you can stand and enjoy your food. However, there is one table for 2 that can enjoy the comfort of sitting down. So a great hint is find a spot before ordering (especially during peak hours) or else prepare to stand and hold your food while eating.

Bouillabaisse – $6.90

My brother and I shared a Bouillabaisse which is a fish stew with mussels, clams, fish in a tomato base and a dollop of roasted garlic puree. It was really good! The tomato base was not overpowering the soup at all, the seafood were fresh and I could taste the freshness in the stew. There were different kinds of fish and lots of ingredients. This would’ve been a lunch for one!

Fish & Chips – $15

We also shared the Pacific Cod and chips. There is a choice of 1/2/3 pieces at various prices. There were also Ling Cod, Wild Salmon and Halibut. It came with fries, cole slaw and tartar sauce. The fries were better than the fries at other fish & chips places I’ve had. They were crispy and well battered. The cole slaw was refreshing for a sunny day. My only complaint would have been more tartar sauce! But that’s probably cause I consume sauce like no other. The cod was good, well battered – crispy on the outside and quite solid on the inside.

Oysters

In addition, you can add an oyster for $2 on top of your fish and chips meal. For some reason, our oysters took longer than usual, so it came separately. The oysters were on the small size (probably the size of a regular shucked oyster). I’m not sure if I liked the batter, it was a little over-battered.

Overall, I enjoyed The Fish Counter. All of their seafood is from local producers and is 100% oceanwise. For the gluten-free individuals, there are gluten-free options available. However, you have been warned about seating. There is a reason why this is called The Fish “COUNTER”. And they are now open Monday’s due to the high demand in Spot Prawns season!

 UPDATE: (Re-visit June 26th, 2014)

Crispy Cod Taco and Poached Halibut Taco - 4 for $20

Doña Cata’s Gluten-Free corn Tortilla, mango salsa, and spicey crema with a wedge of citrus.

Spring Salad Mix – $11.90

Seared BC Albacore Tuna, fresh grain (quinoa) and spring mix with mango salsa.

 

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