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,…

Restaurant review: Din Tai Fung – Tukwila

Din Tai Fung is an international chain of chinese restaurants, originating from Taiwan, with branches throughout asia, as well as in the western United States (in California and Washington state).  Their Hong Kong location earned a coveted Michelin star in 2010. During a weekend getaway in south Seattle, we visited Din Tai Fung In the Westfield…

Restaurant review: Good Sushi on Fraser St

We were driving by and on an impulse, decided to try Penang Bistro, but it was full with a considerable wait. So we decided to give the sushi place next door a go. It’s a new place, next door to Penang Bistro, and a about 5 doors north of Earnest Ice Cream. It appeared to be…

Restaurant review: P2B Bistro in the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

I received an “Entertainment coupon” book at Christmas, and used it during a visit to the P2B Bistro in the Pinnacle Hotel. The restaurant was located at the back of the hotel, on the ground floor, past the main lobby.  We arrived shortly after noon on a Saturday and were immediately seated by the windows, with…

Restaurant Review: Osteria Savio Volpe

Last year, I took a cooking class (for roman style pizza) from a chef named Peter Cuiffa (aka Pasta Boy Peter) who mentioned that he worked at Osteria Savio Volpe. Since then, the restaurant was on my to-do list. So on a spring weekend, we went. Savio Volpe (I think this roughly translates to “Wise…

Restaurant review: Zauo Shibuya

During my research of places-to-eat in Tokyo, a friend reposted a YouTube video about a concept restaurant in Tokyo, where you go fishing to catch your own dinner.  It was called Zauo the Fishing Restaurant (ざうお新宿店). This was actually a small chain of izakayas with several locations.  We booked two tables at the Shibuya location….

Restaurant review: Udon Kanōya

During my spring vacation in Japan, we visited the Sensō-ji buddhist temple in Asakusa Tokyo. After spending an hour in the temple and the adjacent Asakusa Namamise Market, we stopped for lunch at a small noodle place called Kanōya (手打ちうどん叶屋) Many of the restaurants in the area were small, and had difficulty seating our group (there…

Restaurant review: Konjiki Hototogisu Shibuya

During a vacation in Tokyo, we were sitting around the AirBnB house in Shibuya, looking for nearby places to eat when we came across a small ramen/soba shop called Konjiki Hototogisu (金色不如帰). Although it didn’t earn a Michelin star, it’s mentioned in the Michelin restaurant guide, earning a “Bib Gourmand” (meaning it’s exceptionally good, and…

Restaurant review: Tonkatsu Wako Shinjuku I-land

During a spring vacation in Japan, while wandering around the Shinjuku ward (and after checking out the panoramic view from the Metropolitan Government Building) we decided to grab a bite to eat, and picked Tonkatsu Wako Shinjuku (とんかつ和幸 新宿アイランドタワー店). The Wako group is a national chain of tonkatsu restaurants with almost 200 locations in just…

Restaurant review: Diva at the Met

My last dine out meal of 2018 was in Diva at the Met in the Metropolitan Hotel. It’s been many years since my last visit to Diva.  It’s aged very well, they’ve done a good job keeping the place fresh and contemporary. It’s spacious and bright, and modern. This complementary bread came out of sequence…

Restaurant review: Baru Latino

During Vancouver Dineout 2018 we stopped in at Baru Latino in the Point Grey neighborhood for a Friday night dinner. We arrived about 20 minutes early, but the restaurant was ready for us, and we were seated immediately. Baru Latino is a modern latin american restaurant, with a emphasis on Peruvian cuisine. The restaurant was…