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…

Cooking: Dry aged steak using Koji

Last summer, during the Powell Street festival (Japanese Canadian community festival), I was wandering around the merchant booths, and met Tonami. She’s been cultivating and selling shio-koji for a few years now, and on this day, she was selling a variety of sauces made from it. Koji is a fungus that grows on rice, and…

Restaurant review: Kauai Family Restaurant

While in south Seattle to attend a Polynesian festival (which turned out to be disappointing), we left and went to lunch at a small family restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood in south Seattle.  It was located in a out-of-the-way industrial area. When we arrived around noon, the restaurant was full, and there was a short wait….

Restaurant review: Gyo Para Gyoza & Ramen Bar

On a lazy Friday evening, we went to Gyo Para Ramen & Gyoza on Broadway at Arbutus Unlike many other ramen places around town, we were able to walk in and get a seat immediately (no line ups). The proprietor’s family comes from a history of ramen restaurants, dating back to Japan in the 1950s,…