Eating With Kirby

Mosaic Bar and Grille- Italian Chef Tasting Menu

The barely cooked runny yolk is meant to be popped and enjoyed along with the risotto...and enjoy I did. The golden lava coated every kernel of rice with its warm embrace and made the risotto that much more comforting.

Adorabelle Tea Room- Catching Up With the Girls

This is an Onion, Chive, and Bacon Savoury Cupcake. Even the icing was savoury! It was super delicious and was really innovative. Overall, the ambiance was great (loved the fake sky ceiling!), food was well thought out and executed, and the service was attentive.

Forage- Pretty Decent Food.

All six of us ordered their Award Winning Seafood Chowder with soft poached quail egg and crispy pork rind. While the soup was smokey, full of flavour, it was too thick and tasted a bit more like sauce than soup. The quail egg added a certain richness to the soup too which was nice.

Jethro's Fine Grub- That's Some Tasty Grub.

Overall, Jethro’s is an awesome breakfast and lunch diner serving up good eats with a twist. I most definitely will return for some alligator nuggets or pancakes!

Teppan Kitchen and Mambo Cafe (Aberdeen Food Court)- Crazy Sauce.

They serve this to you with a little sleeve around the plate to catch any splattering oil that radiates from the oven hot iron plate. If you are noob (hehe) at this Teppan Rice business, you can read the "How To Cook" instructions on the sleeve.

Ask For Luigi- Hidden Gem

Ask For Luigi specializes in fresh handmade pasta (only available during dinner service) which I am a total fan of. They also don't take reservations so Meta Knight and I purposely arrived at 5:30pm (when they open for dinner).

25 January 2015

Coast Restaurant - Delicious Noms

I always found Coast to be a very cool place to lounge and chat with friends. Their Happy Hour which happens daily from 3-6pm is also very enticing so Meta Knight and I came one day for an early dinner.

Unfortunately, I had a gift card I wanted to use but the waitress said it didn't work with other promotions (ex.happy hour). Boo.

I forgot what drinks we ordered but they were on special and it tasted delicious.

I always like the open kitchen concept. I love watching chefs at work doing what they do best.

Their Crispy Garlic Calamari (50% off $13.95) comes served in a little bamboo dim sum steamer. It's a really cute concept that's more for presentation than anything.

These Truffle Parmesan Fries (50% off $8.95) were the bomb! If you like the taste of truffle oil, parmesan, and rosemary, you will love this rich combination.

I enjoyed the Prawn Mac' n Cheese (50% off $12.95) the most out of all the dishes we ordered. I liked the fact that it wasn't too rich, yet the robust cheese was still prominent throughout.

You can never go wrong with buck-a-shuck oysters. :)

This is a must order dish! The Thai Steamed Mussels (50% off $19.95) consisted of a lemongrass and spicy coconut curry, served with a big piece of crusty garlic bread.

The broth was spectacular and really held it's own. I recommend dipping your fries or getting extra bread on the side to soak up all the broth.

At the end of the day, Coast is a solid seafood restaurant with great variety and affordable prices during happy hour. It's not one of the restaurants in Vancouver I'd recommend to a tourist staying for, let's say, a few days, but it is good for an occasional birthday birthday or romantic dinner.

Service Rating: 3/5
Food Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $$$-$$$$

Overall Rating: 3/5

Happy Eating!

            Don't you ever feel like this at some fine dining restaurants?

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18 January 2015

Maenam (Dine Out Vancouver) - So. Impressed.

Throughout the years I've always passed by Maenam and heard great things about their Thai food. However, for whatever reason, I never made the conscious effort to really give it a try.

This year during Dine Out Vancouver, I finally got to try it and I'm SOOO glad I did.

Their menu is $28 and is truly a tasting menu for people who love variety. It's a little complicated because for every pair, you choose one starter, one salad, one curry, and one stir fry to share. For dessert, each person gets their own. This process made it difficult for our table of 7 to order so the hostess recommended that we just trust the chef to give us a variety of dishes fit for 7 people. We were apprehensive about our decision at first, but it was actually the best decision EVER.

 Green Papaya Salad had a bit of a spicy kick but overall quite refreshing.

This one was probably the least favourite dish of the bunch. The Hot and Sour soup of Halibut and Thai Basil was too sour for our palate but the abundance of mushrooms and fish made up for it.

OH OH OH. I can drink a gallon of this stuff. If you go to Maenam, make sure you get the Creamy Hot and Sour Soup of Chicken Thighs. The creamy, slightly spicy broth is incredibly flavourful and boosts the right amount of coconut, chicken, and mushroom.

The Lemongrass and Thai Basil Mussels were also a hit with the crowd. Plump, fresh, juicy. Yum.

I forgot the name of the drink but it's essentially a Passionfruit Ginger Beer concoction. The left one is alcoholic and the right is non-alcoholic. I really enjoyed the non-alcoholic version way more and definitely recommend it.

Thai Iced Tea with Rum was also surprisingly good. Who can already see a great night with a couple of these eh? ;)

3 Flavour Pork Ribs is a vague name so I don't know exactly what it is. But I think these pork ribs are flash fried, coated in an indulgent sticky coating, and tossed with thai basil, fresh baby corn (I've only ever had the canned ones so this was a treat!), parsley, and deep fried onion.

A few of my friends thought this Aromatic Curry of Braised Duck Leg was the best dish of the night. I don't like it when curries are just 'sauce'. I like it hearty, meaty, and bountiful. This curry was exactly that so it was a big thumbs up for me.

The Southern Style Tumeric Curry of Seafood had black cod, clams, and mussels. Highly recommended.

I also loved the Grilled Tuna Salad with Green Mango. This was so refreshing to eat in between bites of curry and the mint/tuna combo was just fab.

Unlimited rice!

Oh that Caramelized Pork Belly doe. Think of the most indulgent thing you can think of, and times it by two. This will beat that in one bite. It took the sweet and savoury combo to a whole nother level.

This is essentially a Deconstructed Passion Fruit Tart. With some torched meringue on the side, fresh raspberries, passionfruit sorbet, and tart shell crumbles on the bottom, this was an amazing finish to the dinner. Nothing was too sour, too sweet, or too cold. Everything was where it needed to be.

Rice Doughnut with Pandan Custard was freshly fried and delightfully light despite it being a fried item.

Maenam completely surprised and impressed us from beginning to end. From the aromatic curries to the well balanced broths, everything was spot on and I can't wait to come back again. What we thought would be an underwhelming DOV experience ended up being one of the best DOV experiences we've ever had!

Service Rating: 4/5
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $$$

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Eating!

    my reaction when I accidentally eat a hot pepper X.X

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12 January 2015

The Buffet at TI (Las Vegas) - Fantastic Selection

Recently my family and I went to Las Vegas to celebrate my parent's 30th anniversary. We stayed at Treasure Island and had a great time watching shows, shopping at outlets, and eating at my favourite place, BUFFETS!!

Since we stayed at the hotel, they gave us two free buffet tickets as well as one 2-for-1 ticket deal for their TI buffet. I'm not sure if it's because we came during low season, but it was a great deal. The buffet for us costed only around $6 each! What a steal!

The Buffet at TI is known for their variety of classic dishes that Americans love. From barbeque to pasta to pizza, they have it all. I had absolutely no expectations going into this buffet so I think that was one of the reasons why I was so impressed. Normally its about $21 for lunch.

Their selection of pizza.

Their salad bar is different than other buffets in that someone behind the counter makes it for you. You either choose one of the combinations they have on display or get the chef to create a custom salad for you.

Coutnry fried steak, stuffing, cornbread, mash potatoes.

My spinach salad with extra avocado was absolutely delicious!! It had balsamic vinaigrette, almonds, bacon bits, red onion, and spinach.

My brother's plate of barbecue pork ribs, chicken breast, pulled pork, beans, and mexican rice.

They even serve Vietnamese pho, wonton soup, and seafood soup. The pho was surprisingly delicious, though nowhere as good as the ones from Vancouver.

In addition to their selection of international dishes, they also actually have a lot of desserts that look really tasty. I don't know about you but I love mini donuts. Especially soft fluffy ones, so I was excited when I saw all these little tiny donuts up for grabs. :)

Red velvet cookies, chocolate dipped macaroons, apple pie, cherry pie...

They even have a little cereal bar!

Fruit tarts, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate cake, lemon meringue.

All in all, the buffet at TI exceeded my expectations. The desserts weren't overly sweet, which is the case 80% of the time for my tastes. Plus they had Asian food, Mexican food, Italian food, and more so you really can't go wrong with any choice.

Service Rating: N/A
Food Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $$

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating!

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     many choices

Click here to check out my other Vegas post:
BurGR by Chef Ramsay

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10 January 2015

BurGR (Las Vegas) - Best Burgr I've Ever Tasted

So... I found out that Gordon Ramsay is the real deal. How? I went to his relatively new burger joint in Las Vegas called "BurGR" and had the best burger I've ever tasted in my life. Bold statement, I know. 

This American style burger restaurant is located inside Miracle Mile Shops which is the mall connected to Planet Hollywood. Super central location, very easy to get to when walking around the strip.

The restaurant felt like a classy pub and sports bar, with cute waitresses in short shorts and toned men in muscle tees.

They specialize in burgers (obviously) and everything is served a la carte (without sides). The prices are reasonable and the offerings are strikingly similar to Romer's Burger Bar here in Vancouver. They cater to both carnivores and vegetarians surprisingly.

These Jalapeno Poppers ($12) were heavily promoted by our server and wow was I glad I listened! Talk about swanky presentation. Each full size jalapeno popper comes with its own shot glass of cheddar ranch and the popper itself was bursting with bubbling cheddar bacon. Oh such sinfulness!

Another MUST GET item: Truffle Parmesan Fries ($11). You can easily share this with 3-4 people and it's not to be missed if you like anything with truffle or parmesan. The fries could have been crispier overall but the toppings were out of this world. And when you dunk the fries in the extremely fragrant truffle aioli? Jackpot. No need to gamble in Vegas, I just won the whole lot.

The Farm Burger ($15) consists of duck bacon, beef patty cooked medium, english sharp cheddar, and an over-easy egg. 

This burger is honestly one of the best burgers I've ever had. Why? Two words. Runny egg. Why do any of us eat burgers without a runny egg anyways? It should be a necessity! Anyways, the patty was perfectly seasoned, cooked a perfect medium, and the fluffy sesame seed brioche bun soaked up the juices/yolk lava like a sponge. All is good with life.

My mom got the Chanterelle Burger ($16) which is essentially a mushroom burger. It came with chanterelle mushrooms, figgy-onion jam, and arugula.

For the vegetarians, there is the Earth Burger ($15) which contains absolutely no meat. Instead, the meat is the portobello mushroom and it comes with arugula, fontina cheese and roasted tomato. This can never replace a solid juice dripping meat burger, but it comes pretty darn close to it.

BurGR is a restaurant worth checking out when in Vegas. Expect long lines during peak times, short skirts, delicious juicy burgers, and a whole lotta Chef Ramsay's face everywhere.

Service Rating: 3/5
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $$

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Eating!

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Click here to check out my other Vegas post:
 - The Buffet at TI (Treasure Island)

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