Restaurant review: Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin (Honolulu)

During a spring vacation in Hawaii, I read some excellent reviews for a small tonkatsu (japanese style fried pork cutlet) place on Beach Walk in Honolulu.  Being close to where I was staying, I decided to check the place out. Ginza Bairin is a chain of japanese tonkatsu restaurants, with locations in Japan, China, Korea…

Restaurant review: The Pig and the Lady (Chinatown, Honolulu)

During a spring holiday in Hawaii, I met a friend for dinner at The Pig and the Lady. P & L is a modern Vietnamese restaurant located in Honolulu’s Chinatown I had read numerous glowing reviews and received several recommendations for this place, so I had to check it out.  I made reservations three weeks…

Restaurant review: Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine

On a cool snowy winter day, I met a friend for lunch at Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine, on Kingsway, adjacent the London Drugs pharmacy. My friend advised me that the restaurant does not take reservations and fills up quickly, and we should arrive early.  It’s a tiny family run place, seating no more than 40 Their menu…

Restaurant review: L’Abattoir

For my second stop during Dine Out Vancouver 2019, we went to L’Abattoir in Gastown. L’Abottoir is located on Carral Street, just steps from the statue of Gassy Jack. I arrived a little early for our 5:30 reservation, and the restaurant wasn’t open yet.  I wanted to get a later seating, but the restaurant is…

Cooking: home made yakiudon

During my trip to Japan in 2018, I took a cooking class which including a lesson in making udon noodles from scratch. It took almost a year for me to try to make it at home. Part of the issue was the ingredients.  Udon noodles are simple, just flour, water and salt.  But to be…

Restaurant review: Sai Woo

For Dineout Vancouver 2019, my first restaurant was Sai Woo in Chinatown. I arrived a little late, but my dinner companion was already seated.  Good thing we had reservations because it was a full house, and the restaurant was turning away walk-ins. Sai woo is a relatively new casual restuarant that features a fusion/pan-asian menu. …

Restaurant review: Gusto

On a cool January weekend, we visited a new Italian bakery in the Olympic village called Gusto, A Taste of Italy. It’s next door to the London Drugs. The menu features freshly ground espresso beverages, Italian wines and fresh pastries. And they have this striking rotating dessert display case. The menu also includes antipasti and…

Restaurant review: La Belle Patate

While I was downtown for some christmas shopping, I wandered into the Davie Village to check out La Belle Patate. This was at the request of a friend, who is apparently a fan of poutine. I’m going to preface this review by stating that I’m actually not a big fan of poutine. As such, I…

Restaurant review: Homer Street Cafe and Bar

On a cool December weekend, we decided to grab some brunch from the Homer Street Cafe and Bar. I’d walked past this place many times, and wanted to try it. This was finally the time for it to happen. I made reservations on Open Table, and arrived about 15 minutes early. Our table was waiting for…

Restaurant review: Smoke and Bones

On a drizzly November day, we went to Smoke and Bones (on Marine Drive in North Vancouver, just west of Capilano Shopping Center).  This space was formerly occupied by the North Van edition of the Hurricane Grill. The menu is a blend of pub fare and smoke house specialties We started with their Smokehouse Nachos This…

Restaurant review: Pepino’s Spaghetti House

To celebrate a birthday, we made reservations at Pepino’s Shaghetti House on the north end of Commercial drive (between East Georgia and  Frances Street).  Pepino’s took over the space that Nick’s Spaghetti House occupied up until December 2017. The ownership behind Savio Volpe at Fraser and Kingsway is behind Pepino’s and the restaurant concept is similar to…

Restaurant review: Chewies Biscuit Co

On an autumn weekend, I decided to grab some brunch, and visited Chewies Biscuit Co. It’s a newly opened casual eatery in Kitsilano (on West 4th avenue at MacDonald St) that took over the space previously occupied by Raviolino. Chewies Biscuit Co is under the same ownership as Chewies Oyster Bar restaurants (in Kitsilano, and…