Restaurant review: Sprezzatura Restaurant

We recently visisted a new-ish Italian place on Kingsway at 11th Avenue (opened in 2019). This blog entry represents two different visits over several weeks. Sprezzatura’s menu is built around their hearth/oven. Pizzas, panuozzos and roasted offerings are the focus of their menu. We were here for lunch which meant pizza. We arrived early for…

Restaurant review: Capo & The Spritz

Capo and The Spritz opened last year in the Opus Hotel in Yaletown, occupying the space that was previously home to La Pentola. The restaurant is really two different concepts occupying the same space. Capo is the pizzaria, and The Spritz is a cocktail bar. But we were here for the pizza. Capo’s menu is…

Restaurant review: Marble House Eatery

We decided to go for dim sum at the newly opened Marble House Eatery on the second floor of Burnaby’s Crystal Mall. The restaurant occupies part of the space that was previously home to the Victory Seafood Restaurant.  The restaurant does dim sum and cantonese barbeque during the daytime, and switches over to hotpot service…

Cooking: Cantonese style Braised Beef (炆牛腩)

This is one of my favorite homey dishes, its comfort food for me. There are variations on this dish, but I’m presenting my recipe (which is just a slightly modified from my mother’s recipe). This makes about 3-4 servings. 750 g (1.5 pounds) brisket (can use flank steak, or short rib as alternatives) 1/2 cup…

Restaurant review: Chef’s Choice Chinese Cuisine

The Chef’s Choice Chinese Cuisine restaurant opened January 2021, on West Broadway near Oak street.  It earned some recognition from the annual Chinese Restaurant Awards, earning a “game changer award” (I’ll admit, I have no idea what consideration contributes to such an award),  but given that there are relatively few nice chinese restaurants on the…

Restaurant review: Fortune Terrace Joy Cafe

On a sunny Saturday, I arranged to meet with a group of friends to try a newer restaurant near the Marine Gateway development in south Vanccouver. Joy Cafe opened in spring 2021, after what appeared to be a protracted development period (it was “opening soon” for what seemed to be 2-3 years). It is the…

Restaurant review: Shilla Korean Restaurant

During the peak of the June 2021 heat wave, we had no inclination to cook, so we went out for dinner. We had passed by Shilla Korean Restaurant (on Kingsway) many times, eating at other restaurants on the same block, but decided that we should try it. We made reservations, and arrived a few minutes…

Restaurant review: Potluck Hawker Eatery

Potluck Hawker Eatery is a relatively new restaurant that opened during the summer 2020, in the Cambie Village, a couple of doors over from the Park Theatre.   “Potluck” is an homage to the casual fare offered in hawker markets in south-east asia. Even though, at the time of our visit, the public health officer had…

Cooking: Chow mein with Assorted Meat & Vegetables

 I don’t make chow mein very often.  Much like rice noodles, chow mein are sold dried or fresh, but  with chow mein, I find only the fresh noodles produce satisfactory results.  And just like the fresh rice noodles, they are sold in large packages (4-6 servings), and they only keep for about 2-3 days.  That’s…

Takeout review: Reggiano’s Pizza

On a dreary Saturday, we decided to check out a new pizza place on Vancouver’s West 4th Avenue (at MacDonald Street) called Reggianno’s. This casual place is currently set up as a takeout operation, but does appear to have limited seating (currently unavailable because of the public health orders during the coronavirus). They have pizza-by-the-slice…

Restaurant review: NSCS Discovery Cafe

On a sunny weekend, walked out to visit the NSCS Cafe at the D.I.C.E.D culinary school on Discovery Street (between Jericho Park and Lacarno Park).  The cooking school is on the ground floor of a heritage building that it shares with Hosteling International-Jericho Beach. The interior dining room was closed by provincial health orders, but…