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…

Restaurant review: Fable Diner

It was a lazy weekend morning, and I decided to go for brunch. I’m not actually a brunch kind of person, but I enjoy it once or twice a year. We decided to go to Fable Diner, on East Broadway, just west of Main street. There was a line up outside, when I arrived, and…

Restaurant review: Pho Hong

On a cool, wet and drab Friday night, with no inclination to cook, we decided to go out for dinner and get some comfort food in the form of a hot bowl of noodle soup. Our first choice of restaurant was strangely closed on this day, so our next choice was Pho Hong on Fraser…

Restaurant review: Frankie’s Italian Kitchen

While going to the QE theatre to catch a Friday night show, we decided to grab a quick dinner first. I made reservations at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen at the Georgian Court Hotel. I wasn’t sure how busy the local restaurants would be on this night, given that there was Friday, and there was this show…

Street food review: Seattle Street Food Fest

For Food-Day Trip to Seattle, we decided to check out the Street Food Festival, consisting of some 40+ food trucks, and another 25+ tents lined up along Ninth Avenue near Denny Park. I spotted Delfino’s Chicago Pizza truck.  I’ve not sampled a “real” deep dish pizza.  I vaguely recall going to a greek restaurant in Vancouver during…

Restaurant review: Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill

During a day trip to Seattle, we stopped for dinner at Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill by the marina.  Anthony’s is regional chain of contemporary upscale restaurants, mostly located on waterfront properties. The Hearthfire Grill features a prominent wood burning oven that plays a central role in the menu. The menu is an eclectic blend of fresh…

Restaurant review: Palamino

For a day-trip to Seattle to catch a matinee at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, we stopped for a quick lunch at Palamino. This is a chain of contemporary european bistro with locations in Chicago, Seattle, Bellevue, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis and Los Angeles. The restaurant is located on the upper floor of a small shopping center. We were…

Restaurant review: Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table is a pub on Yew street in Kitsilano, occupying the space that was previously the King’s Head pub. It still bears the old signage. Kitchen Table features an array of craft beers, and freshly made pub style fare like burgers, chicken wings, nachos, pizza, salads and soft shell tacos. We were seated upon…