eatwith.ROBINLEUNG.com http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com Eating Tri-Cities and beyond. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:21:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 The Flying Pig (Happy Hour Edition) http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/23/the-flying-pig-happy-hour-edition/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/23/the-flying-pig-happy-hour-edition/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:21:52 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2616 Sunny days call for Happy Hour. The Flying Pig has been on the wish list for awhile...

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The Flying Pig

Sunny days call for Happy Hour. The Flying Pig has been on the wish list for awhile but haven’t really made it here till now. We chose the Gastown location over their other locations for convenience sakes and also because there was a Beer festival in Yaletown. We met up with our friends A&J on a Saturday afternoon. Surprisingly, it wasn’t packed. Our friends arrived earlier but it seemed the waiter couldn’t make up his mind on seating them until the whole party arrived. But in the end, they scored a table before we arrived.

$5 Beer

I believe they had two beers on their appy hour menu along with a bunch of other drinks that can be ordered from their wine & beverage menu. Most of them are reasonably priced. Their appies are also reasonably priced at $6 each.

Beet & Bresaola Salad

We ordered organic beets salad with Bresaola. A great summer dish as the beets creates a very refreshing taste.

Beef Short Rib Croquette

The short rib croquette came breaded and deep fried. It came with a spicy dipping sauce. Not a very exciting dish as I have hoped.

Steamed Clams

Although the clams were small in size but very well prepared. Prepared with white wine & herbs and topped with frites.

Andrew’s Pulled Pork Poutine ($7.5)

Not on their appy hour menu but they rave themselves for this side! It’s made with organice pemberton valley potatoes, pulled pork, melted cheese and gravy. Nothing beats melted cheese.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts ($6)

Also on their sides menu, these were brussels sprouts fried with lemon, parmesan and capers. It was very flavourful and right balance of saltiness this time. “A” mentioned last time it was very salty probably because of too much capers. You have been warned.

Crispy Salmon Cakes

I think these were my favourite tonight. Salmon was juicy and meaty inside, outside was crispy. It topped with a house made tartar sauce and greens. I was surprised to find 3 salmon cakes instead of 2. Very generous!

Overall, I liked the atmosphere at The Flying Pig. It was vibrant yet comfortable enough to carry a conversation. The appy hour menu items were priced fairly along with the portions. There’s a good variety of different genres of meat to satisfy the crowd. Though I’d like to see more seafood, perhaps that’s why the fiancée and I like Rodney’s so much. The service was friendly and laid back.

Hints:

  • Cheaper parking just before Gastown and walk down
  • ‘Appy Hour everyday 4-6PM
  • Order sides as well! (Get the poutine!)

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VanVan Izakaya http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/19/vanvan-izakaya/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/19/vanvan-izakaya/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 03:42:24 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2607 EWRL Disclaimer: I was invited by ChineseBites to try out the menu at VanVan Izakaya. Opinions are my own. Location: 1333...

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EWRL Disclaimer: I was invited by ChineseBites to try out the menu at VanVan Izakaya. Opinions are my own.

Location: 1333 Robson Street, Vancouver

Phone: 604 568 2998

Hours:
(Lunch) 
11:30AM – 3PM
(Dinner) 5:30PM – 12AM (except for Sunday, 10:30PM)

Hints: 

  • Street parking
  • Alcohol offerings
  • Japanese Tapas

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VanVan Izakaya

Surprisingly this was the first time I’ve heard of VanVan Izakaya. They are located on 1333 Robson St. I can’t recall, for the life of me, what this was before VanVan. But anyhow, it’s an Izakaya place now. For those who have not heard of Izakaya in Vancouver, then I am not sure which turtle shell you’ve been hiding under. Izakaya’s are popular in Japan, especially for the working class to just enjoy a drink and some tapa-like dishes after work.

A group of foodies and influencers were invited by Chinese Bites to try out their dinner menu. Yes, no lunch menu allowed which meant no sushi or rolls. It’s rather interesting that they would have sushi and rolls on their lunch menu but not their dinner menu.

Anyhow, I arrived a bit late (not fun driving to downtown during rush hour), so I forfeited my first round of ordering. Despite that, I really enjoyed the company with those sharing the same passion as me, FOOD!!

Eel w/ Teriyaki sauce ($10.8)

I love eel! Presentation is 5/5. Despite, we took our roundtable of snapping shots at the dish, it was still hot. A recommended dish, although quite pricy.

Japanese old style Omelette ($8.8)

Thought it’d be rice inside, but surprisingly it was mostly veggies (cabbage)! Smothered with mayo and teriyaki sauce. A very tasteful dish.

Seared beef w/ garlic dressing ($9.8)

Beef Carpaccio ($9.8)

We ordered two very similar yet very different dishes. I would have to give thumbs up to the first beef dish. I really liked the garlic taste to the seared beef. I’m not sure what to make of the Beef Carpaccio. It was dressed in mayo, balsamic and (Parmesan?) cheese. I think the mayo was a bit of an overkill.

Battered Prawns w/ Garlic Chilli Mayo ($8.8)

I had high hopes on the ebi mayo but it was a bit of a disappointment. The batter was a bit too thick, making the batter nothing but grease. Not recommended.

Grilled Pork Jowl with Japanese Citrus sauce ($8.8)

This dish came sizzling hot on the table! One of the best dishes of the evening. The pork jowl was seasoned well and the citrus got rid of the oily and fatty taste.

Marinated Saba ($7.8)

Atlantic Salmon, Scallop, Albacore Tuna ($8.8 each)

We basically ordered all of the sashimi on their menu (which isn’t a whole lot). Too bad they ran out of Octopus that day. Remember it’s an izakaya not a sushi place. It was great they had a few selections of fresh sashimi. The scallops were my personal favourite!

Russian Roulette Octopus Balls ($6.8)

This was a little fun in the food, Russian Roulette. They are basically Takoyaki balls but one of them were super spicy! Good thing there was only 5 and we had 6 people. Guess I was the lucky one who missed out.

Seared marinated mackerel w/ ginger dressing ($7.2)

Chicken Thigh Karaage ($6.8)

I give kudos to this dish because of its attention for detail. It did not just come with just like any other karaage, the dish was drizzled with lemon zest. The chicken was also full of juice.

Marinated Jellyfish ($4.8)

The marinated jellyfish reminded me of a similar appetizer at authentic Cantonese cuisine, except this had more of a kick and more flavours.

Grilled Ocean smelt w/ chilli mayo ($4.8)

Another one of my all time favourites, but not everyone’s favourite. The one I love about smelt is that they usually have many egg roe’s in them. It was a delicacy.

Raw octopus w/ wasabi ($3.8)

Bite-sized octopus in a wasabi dressing. You just wrap it in a bed of seaweed and partake.

Grilled Beef Short Ribs ($9.8)

I think it’s safe to say that anything on a grilled plate here is served really hot! The beef short ribs were seasoned well and with the teriyaki sauce on the side just made the finishing touch.

Avocado Salad ($6.8)

Originally, I ordered the raw tuna salad but for some reason it came to be just the avocado salad. The salad was well dressed with a citrus dressing.

Chicken Gristle Karaage ($4.8)

Chicken gristle or more commonly known as the cartilage is chewy and crunchy. This is the perfect compliment for beer.

Deep Fried Eggplant w/ miso sauce ($6.8)

This was a rather interesting dish. It would’ve made more sense if it was grilled but this is a deep fried version of it. This was a bit bland for my taste, even the eggplant’s meat was a bit bland.

Curry Poutine ($6.8)

VanVan definitely makes their Izakaya a Canadian one with the addition of poutine on their menu. This is not your typical Canadian poutine with cheese curds and hot gravy. It’s a “Japanese” version of it with curry sauce (and I know exactly which one they used) with melted Mozzarella cheese and of course, fries. I think I prefer sticking with my traditional poutine.

Deep Fried Cauliflower ($6.5)

Cauliflower itself is already crunchy but deep frying it gave it a whole different world of taste. It was really good, everyone at the table concurred. It came with a tartar sauce dip.

Rice cake wrapped strawberry ($4.8)

Green Tea Soy Milk Pudding ($4.8)

Black Sesame Ice Cream ($4.0)

Out of the three desserts we had, I liked the black sesame ice-cream the most! It was churned to ultra smoothness and the addition of red bean with the ice-cream was surprisingly a great compliment. I think I will try that more often. The Green Tea Soy Milk Pudding is exactly what the name is, it’s very green tea and almost in the texture of milk, nothing like a pudding I’d expect. But it tasted very green tea and soy. The rice cake strawberry was also fairly good, chewy like a mochi. The strawberry and red bean paste was the perfect match, just the right amount of sweet.

Overall, some items were better than others at VanVan. I would recommend their grilled hot plate items over anything and the desserts were good. They have beer specials weekly, so be sure to ask for their beers special.

 

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Asia Kitchen Restaurant – Dim Sum Edition http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/11/asia-kitchen-restaurant-dim-sum-edition/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/11/asia-kitchen-restaurant-dim-sum-edition/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 03:00:36 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2578 Reviews Food Ambiance Service Overall Location: Schoolhouse Square, 112-100 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam Phone: 604 526 1336 Hours: 9AM – 10PM...

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Location: Schoolhouse Square, 112-100 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam

Phone: 604 526 1336

Hours: 9AM – 10PM (7 Days a week)

Hints: 

  • Chinese Dim Sum
  • Authentic Cantonese Dinner (no longer serves buffet)

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I know what you are thinking, the name! It could not be more generic. But hey, sometimes it’s more about the name. Asia Kitchen used to be called China Kitchen and it was owned by a friend’s family I knew. After that, it became Asia Kitchen. I didn’t find out about the place till my parents came home one day and said they had some pretty decent dim sum. So I decided to go try it out.

Asia Kitchen is not an upscale Chinese restaurant. But its presentation doesn’t disappoint for a good value Chinese meal either.

Chicken on Rice ($2.99)

This was their signature selling dish. For only $2.99, you get a bed of rice and smothered with steamed chicken. It was delicious. I came back on several occasions, but each time there was inconsistent amount of sauce. Decent for $2.99.

Steamed Baby Cuttlefish in Curry Sauce ($4.10)

These are my favourite at dim sum places and rarely any dim sum places makes it good these days. I was surprised that Asia Kitchen was on the dot! It was juicy and not over-steamed. This is a must if you like cuttlefish.

Steamed Meat Dumpling Chiu Chow Style ($3.90)

These weren’t bad either. It’s got a thicker shell compared to other dumpling and semi-translucent. The inside is filled with assorted minced pork and other vegetables. It’s quite saucy, but the most important is the outer layer.

Steamed Beef Tendons and Tripes in Special Sauce ($3.90)

I usually am a fan of the tendons and not the tripes. This place has it mixed so it satisfies both parties. The tendons are usually quite tender but it should melt in your mouth after a few bites. The tripes on the other hand are more chewy. This dish was okay, it didn’t wow me.

Deep Fried Prawn Spring Rolls ($4.50)

The spring rolls were stuffed with minced prawns and came with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. I could tell they fry their spring rolls as you order them because it was came piping hot and it juicy on the inside but still remains the crisp on the out. Thumbs up for this one!

Steamed Pork Dumpling (Xiu Mai – $4.50)

Everyone’s favourite! I’m not a major fan of this dim sum dish overall. So it is what it is.

Steamed Rice Flour Rolls with Fish Paste ($4.50)

One of my favourite rich flour rolls at Dim Sum. It’s a fish paste that is deep fried and then rolled in steamy rice flour roll. It’s not easy to make because you need to roll it when it’s really hot! I know because I saw mom making this when I was young.

The Damage

Overall, I was pleased how well the dishes tasted. They could work on the presentation a bit more but for the price paid, it was decent. We also got some discounts cause my parents were VIP’s here. The dim sum here is made when ordered, so you will have hot food every time. I presume like all dim sum places, it gets pretty busy here on the weekends. But if you come on a weekday, it’s nice and calm. (I think you also get 10% discount if seated before 11am.) So there you have it, one more dim sum option in the Tri-Cities area.

 

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International Summer Night Market 2015 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/09/international-summer-night-market-2015/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/09/international-summer-night-market-2015/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:55:05 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2591 Is it just me or did Summer come early this year? June just arrived and it’s already...

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Is it just me or did Summer come early this year? June just arrived and it’s already broke heat wave records this past weekend, according to Vancity Buzz. Besides hitting up the beach, summer also calls for Summer Night Market fun! My friends over at ChineseBites rounded up a few of the top food bloggers in the Lower Mainland and invited us to pig out at the International Summer Night Market. I came with the fiancée and here I met up with old pal EdEats.

For those who are unfamiliar or confused about which night market this is, here’s some info:

  • a truly diverse night market (near IKEA Richmond)
  • one of the first and largest night markets in the Lower Mainland (if I’m not mistaken)
  • 30,000 visits each weekend (according to Summer Night Market)
  • FREE admission
  • $4 Parking / FREE Street Parking

Without delay here’s just some of the things you can find at the night market this year…

Halal BBQ

Halal BBQ skewers, if not mistaken, are the only skewer place here this year! Yet, they serve up piping hot skewer selections (chicken, lamb and wings). We wanted to try all of them but they only allowed us to sample one.

Lamb skewer

We tried the lamb skewer. It was absolutely delicious. You can opt to have it spicy or not. This was not. The wings looked really good too, will definitely need to go back next time.

Twister Potatoes

There were at least 2 or 3 stalls of these twist potato, very popular in Korea. These are potatoes cut into twirls and deep fried on a stick and then you get to pick from a selection of powder-typed or sauce-typed toppings.

Twist Potatoes

We had the white cheddar with garlic mayo. Delicious! It’s $4.50 per stick, quite a hefty price tag for potato if you ask me. They also have samples to lure you in cause they’re just that good! But don’t afraid to grab a bite-sized sample.

Yuja Ade ($4)

This place did not have a stall name yet, but promised it is coming. But you will not miss this. They have a pretty clear sign that says “Yuja Ade”. You heard it right, not ‘Lemon-ade’ but ‘Yuja-ade’. Yuja (as they say) it’s a type of Korean Marmalade with 3 times more Vitamin-C than a lemon. Great for skin care and to get rid of flu or the cold. Since my fiancée is getting rid of one, we decided to give it a try. It was very refreshing, especially on a hot night out. It’s mixed with soda so you get a fizz taste to it.

Takoyaki @ Toyoto-Ya

Takoyaki (4 for $3)

I loved this Takoyaki (squid ball) place. It was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Most importantly, it was piping hot! They also serve up Yakitori (Japanese style BBQ wings).

BBQ Squid

I’m not sure if this was strategically placed but two of the most popular BBQ squid places are across from each other (just in case, you can’t make up your mind which one to have). I’ve always tried “Lao Er BBQ Squid”, but today I’ve opted to try something different.

BBQ Squid and BBQ Tofu Combo ($8)

The squid here did not disappoint, it was the right amount chewiness and crunchiness. Drizzled in their slightly sweet sauce and a bit of their hot sauce. I couldn’t imagine how full I was after this plate.

Tantuni Authentic Turkish Cuisine

Next, we found something out of the ordinary. A Turkish stall that sold Tantuni. Originally, we wanted to try lamb but they only had chicken left. So we opted for the chicken.

Chicken Tantuni ($7.99)

The chicken tantuni was interesting, as it was my first. Cooked with cotton oil wrapped in crushed chicken, tomato slices, and mint/parsley. It’s pretty heavy and I found the chicken to be a bit dry.

JJ’s Roasted Corn

The corn here are served piping hot, plain or dipped in butter. And you have about half a dozen of toppings to sprinkle on top. Corn is very sweet.

Sugar Twist Cotton Candy

We could not help but stop at Sugar Twist. It’s definitely cotton candy with a twist. You get to pick from 2 to 4 layers of cotton candy and it’s artistically made into the shape of a flower.

Sugar Twist Cotton Candy

Definitely bring your date or anyone that loves flowers to this and they’d be so pleased!

Happy Lemon

If you want nothing fancy, Happy Lemon provides sugar free and 100% fresh lemonade.

All About Ice Cream

All About Ice Cream is really not just about ice cream. They offer soft served ice cream with a few flavours like honeycomb, mango, blueberry, and waffle. I opted for something healthier their fresh juice series ($8). It’s a choice between pineapple or watermelon juice. I picked the watermelon to quench my thirst. And yes, you get the entire watermelon. They pick out all the meat, blend it and pour it back into the fruit. Quite creative!

The one thing you will find no shortage of are seatings at this night market. There are fewer food stalls or rather stalls in general compared to previous years, and less people in general compared to the Richmond Night Market down the street. So if you are like me and don’t like lineups this is the night market for you.

EWRL Disclaimer: I was invited by ChineseBites to try the food stalls at ISNM. Opinions are my own.  

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Exciting News & Updates!! http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/04/exciting-news-updates/ http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/2015/06/04/exciting-news-updates/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 22:43:32 +0000 http://www.eatwith.robinleung.com/?p=2580 My first Zomato review after they have acquired Urbanspoon! It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here....

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My first Zomato review after they have acquired Urbanspoon! It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here. It almost felt strange coming back. But it’s good to be back after a long break!! There’s lots of exciting news to share but first and utmost I’d like to introduce my then girlfriend but now my fiancée to the blogosphere. We’ve been sharing lots of food adventures since day 1 (as you can tell from previous blog posts) and hope to do so in the future to come.

As a foodie, of course I had to integrate some sort of “food” in my proposal. It took awhile to think of what and how to do this but finally I had the perfect plan…

The Macaron Bouquet by Fuzzi Moments

The concept was perfect, I integrated her favourite matcha macarons from L’Opera Patisserie into the bouquet (special order, of course to make it em’ extra big). And since my fiancée was not too particular about flowers, I opted for artificial flowers (that’ll last a lifetime). It was just a matter of executing it. So I had my friends at Fuzzi Moments whip this up and you can guarantee they deliver above expectations!

Since I’ve made this post to be exciting news, there’s some new and coming soon restaurants I’ve passed by and this should be exciting to try in the coming months.

Strike @ Aberdeen Food Court

Strike has now 3 locations in the Lower Mainland with the newest addition being in the Aberdeen Food Court. They offer authentic Taiwanese sandwiches but don’t expect sandwiches to be cheap. A good meal around $10.

Club House Bacon Sandwich – ($7.25)

This is not your typical sandwich, it’s got 4 slices of toast and in between each layer it’s stuffed with just the right amount of ingredients. We both loved it!

Tasty Rice Noodles

For those who have not been to Continental Mall, Deer Garden Signature is no longer there. It has been moved to Union Square on Capstan Way.  This place called “Tasty Rice Noodles” should be opening its doors soon.

Mango Mama Café

Noticed this change next to my hair stylist, what used to be a cake café (on Hazelbridge Way) is now turning into a Mango Mama Café. Potentially a yummy dessert place?

That’s about it for now. Until next time. :)

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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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