11 September 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014 Downtown, Fusion, Indian, Japanese, Media Launch, Snacks, Steakhouse, Tea Bar, Vancouver, Westcoast, Western, Wine Bar No comments
It's another edition of Tasting Plates YVR! This time, its a foodie tour in the West End, all around downtown Vancouver.
Spaghe-Tei is a spaghetti joint with a Japanese fusion twist. Their menu includes items like Mentaiko, Barayaki, and Yakiniku, all unlike your typical spaghetti fare at say, Anton's.
Their Autumn Slaw on the left was missing salt and some sort of acid to balance the flavours out. The Corn bread in the middle was as hard as a rock, and the housemade smoked sausage on the right was grainy and too spicy.
In a very unassuming location on Nicola street lies this cute little pop up shop called West End General Store.
All in all it was a great edition of Tasting Plates YVR and I'd recommend it for anyone wanting to sample a whole bunch of restaurants in a short period of time. I definitely wish some restaurants provided bigger portions though because some bites were so small, I could barely comprehend the flavour. At the end of the entire tour, neither Curtis or I were that full which really says a lot about the portion size considering we went to eight different restaurants.
10 September 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Burnaby, Fast Food, Fusion, Healthy, Late Night, Rating: 2/5, Vegetarian, Vietnamese No comments
After our throwback party at PNE with BoyzIIMen, my friends and I went to Le Petit Saigon for some hot comforting pho. Who doesn't love pho on a chilly cold night? :)
I'm surprised by the 93% rating on Urbanspoon because I didn't think it was impressive at all. Their prices are on the higher range compared to my favourite pho spot Thai Son, and they use way too much MSG in their broth.
Service Rating: 2/5
Food Rating: 2.5/5
Overall Rating: 2/5
3 September 2014
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 Fusion, Late Night, Pub, Rating: 4/5, Thai, Vancouver, Vegetarian, Westcoast, Western, Yaletown No comments
CRAFT Beer Market is a casual restaurant located a few minutes away from Olympic Village and they specialize in all things beer.
A lot of their entrees are made with some type of beer like their Craft House Beer, Beer Braised Brisket, Philips Beer Can Chicken, and more. If you're a beer lover, you gotta come here!
Their Nacho Barrel ($18) was no joke! Served in a legit barrel (weighing at least 10 pounds), the mountain of nachos, cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, peppers were perfect to share amongst our large table.
I chose the Craft Mac and Cheese + Gluten Free Pasta ($16+$2) and it was made with a blend of cheddar, gouda, mozzarella, and fontina cheese.
The cheese wasn't overly creamy or saucy but it did caress each pasta enough for me to enjoy it very much. I don't know if the pasta was made with quinoa or corn or brown rice, but it held its own and tasted exactly like regular wheat pasta! Two thumbs up.
I'll definitely be coming back to try more of their dishes and maybe catch the Canucks game with some beer and wings.
Service Rating: 4.5/5
Food Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5