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…

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….