Restaurant review: La Pentola

On a Sunday evening, we had dinner at La Pentola in the Opus Hotel to celebrate a birthday. La Pentola is a northern Italian restaurant located one the ground floor, in the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. We arrived a few minutes early for our 6:45 reservations, and were seated immediately. The reservations appeared to be…

Restaurant review: Happy Noodle House

While downtown, we decided to stop for lunch at one of the newer Chinese restaurants in Yaletown. The original plan was to go to Grand Chinese on Hamilton street, but at the last minute we switched and went to the Happy Noodle House on Davie. The small (seemingly family operated) restaurant is between Granville and…

Restaurant review: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

On a cool October Sunday, we went downtown for lunch/brunch at the Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish market on Cambie street, just south-west of the CBC studios. It’s the same company that farms oysters in Baynes Sound on Vancouver Island, and a seafood market near the Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal.  This location is both…

Restaurant review: Pagliacci’s

During a weekend excursion to Victoria to visit the Royal BC Museum and the ancient Mayan exhibit, we stopped for dinner at a downtown italian-american restaurant called Pagliacci’s. While the menu is covers steak, seafood, pasta and salads, Pagliacci’s is best known for their pasta dishes. We started with an appetizer of Minnesota Fats (arancini)…

Restaurant review: Le Petite Belge

With a cool October weekend, we decided to check out the new location of Le Petite Belge on Main street (the original location is on Robson Street).  It’s easier to find parking at this location, but it’s certainly a more, shall I say, adventurous, neighborhood. Le Petite Belge is best known for their Brussels style waffles. We…

Restaurant review: Blossom Dimsum & Grill

On a cool September Sunday, we decided to check out Blossom. It’s a new chinese / asian fusion restaurant in downtown on the corner of Bute and Robson, on the second floor. We made reservations on OpenTable, they weren’t required, the restaurant was not that busy. The lunch menu (didn’t see the dinner menu) consists…

Restaurant Review: Ouisi Bistro

For a Sunday brunch we went to Ouisi Bristro on Granville Street.  It’s a long time New Orleans Cajun/Creole restaurant, that opened in the mid-1990s, and unfortunately is slated to close at the end of October 2019.  This was actually my first visit to the restaurant. We arrived just after noon, and were seated immediately. The…

Restaurant review: Shoom

On a summer weekend, we visited the punjabi market area to try Shoom restaurant on Fraser Street between east 49th and east 50th avenue. We had reservations and arrived a few minutes early.  It was a full house, and there a couple of groups waiting for a table outside the restaurant doors. The place looks like…

Restaurant review: Greenleaf Sushi

On a warm spring Friday evening, being out of fresh ingredients, I decided to head out to grab some dinner. My dinner companion suggested a sushi place way out in the Alma area of West Broadway, called Greenleaf Sushi. I’d driven past this place many times over the years, but never thought to try it…

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…