Restaurant review: Yajima-Ya

One the first night of my winter vacation, I met my aunt and cousin for dinner a casual local place in the Moana/Makiki neighbourhood. This was a relatively new place, transformed from what was a more traditional japanese restaurant called Hinone Mizunone.  From what I can tell, the owners of this restaurant also operate a…

Restaurant review: The Rice Place

During a winter vacation in Honolulu, my cousin picked me up and took me to a new place in the Kakaako/Ward neighborhood called The Rice Place. This is a small fusion place, with a menu that combines various asian and north american cuisines. We started with the Lettuce Wrap Rice Flour Crepe. This is what vietnamese…

Restaurant review: Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Nicli Antica was the first of the certified Neopolitan Pizzerias in Vancouver. It’s been years since I first visited, not because it wasn’t worthy of revisiting, but because so many other great pizzerias arrived in the years the followed… it took until now to return. And it doesn’t help that Nicli is in a… exotic neighborhood….

Restaurant review: Campagnolo Roma

It’s been a while since I frequented Campagnolo Roma.  It’s a small casual place featuring rustic italian style cuisine. We arrived at noon on a Sunday, and were seated immediately by the windows. We ordered the Roman Hot Chicken This is a marinated piece of boneless chicken, battered and deep-fried to a crunch.  It’s dressed…

Restaurant review: Chi Modern Vietnamese

Chi Modern Vietnamese is a new place on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano. As expected, Modern translates to fusion.  In this case, it’s Vietnamese cuisine taken upscale by combining with west coast cuisine, premium ingredients, and a nice full service bar. We went with a the Canh Ga Chien These are marinated chicken wings, dredged in…

Restaurant review: Shanghai Wonderful

On a cold December Sunday, the extended family met for dinner at the new Shanghai Wonderful location, in the Best Western Abercorn Inn on Bridgeport road in Richmond. The restaurant was previously located in a strip mall onn Lansdowne and Cooney Road, but closed several years ago when the strip mall was sold and redeveloped….

Restaurant Review: Bistro Verde

While downtown to watch the Christmas Santa Clause Parade, we stopped inside Nordstrom’s and went for lunch in their bistro on the top floor. It’s modern space, bright and airy, with floor to ceiling windows. Theirs is a casual upscale menu and vibe, somewhere in between an Earl’s or Cactus Club restaurant. We decided to…

Restaurant review: Afghan Horseman Restaurant

First return visit to the Afghan Horseman. The last time I was here, it was still on West Broadway, probably some 10+ years ago. appetizer of flat bread, with spinach dip, hummus and salad. These are yeasted whole wheat flat bread, baked until lightly crisp around the edges.  They were warm and lightly crisp on…

Restaurant review: Salmon n’ Bannock

Salmon n Bannock fills a unique niche in the local dining scene, it’s a west coast cuisine  restaurant with a pronounced aboriginal twist.  There’s an emphasis on (what many might consider) exotic game. We arrived for an early dinner on a Saturday night, and were seated immediately (we had reservations). The menu is adorned with…

Restaurant review: Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse

On a wet lazy sunday, we decided to grab some brunch downtown. We abandoned our original plan, and instead went to Joe Fortes on Thurlow st. It’s been years since I set food inside Joe’s, but it felt like coming home.  Joe’s has been something of a local institution., serving up steaks and seafood since…

Restaurant review: Juke Fried Chicken

So a new southern comfort food place opened up Chinatown, in a new building on Keefer Street, just east of the Floata restaurant. Juke apparently takes it’s name from “juke joint”. This comes from the pre-desegregation days of white-only and black-only bars and restaurants in the American southern states.  Juke joints were black pubs and restaurants…

Restaurant review: Cheesecake Etc

It’s been a few years since I set foot in Cheesecake Etc. This little dessert place has been something of a local institution since the late 1970s. The place is almost frozen in time.  The menu is basically a raisin & walnut cake, and plain cheesecake, a chocolate cheesecake topped with whipped cream, and various…