Restaurant review: Portobello in the Fairmont Château Whistler

For a sunny June weekend, we took a day trip to Whistler BC. This was my first visit since before the 2010 Winter Olympics.  A great deal has changed since then, I found much of the village unrecognizable. We decided to grab lunch at Portobello, located at the Fairmont hotel, in the upper village. During the…

Restaurant review: Beach Avenue Bar and Grill

For a sunny Sunday brunch, we headed to a newly opened pub on the False Creek waterfront called the Beach Avenue Bar and Grill.  This location was previously occupied by TAPShack, and the Pirate Pub before that. We arrived shortly before noon, and the restaurant was not quite ready for service. After the doors opened,…

Restaurant review: Freebird Table and Bar

On a sunny June weekend, we decided to check out the newly opened Freebird Table & Bar in the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport (in Richmond at the corner of Westminster Highway and Alderbridge Way).  This is not to be confused with the Freebird Chicken Shack in chinatown (they are not related as far as I…

Restaurant review: Co’M Vietnamese Restaurant

On a June weekend, we stopped for lunch at Co’m Vietnamese restaurant in central Richmond This is relatively new establishment (open for perhaps a year). Their menu was fairly expansive, beyond the ubiquitous phở, vermicelli dishes and bánh mì, to include curry dishes, stir fries,  vegetarian dishes, desserts, and a bar menu of colorful cocktails….

Restaurant review: ChiMec Fried Chicken and Burger

Now that restaurants have reopened for dine-in service, we checked out a newly opened fast food place in Vancouver’s West End on Denman Street Their menu is quite concise, made up of fried chicken, chicken sandwiches and sides. We arrived around 12:30 on a Sunday afternoon in early June, and were immediately seated.  We placed…

Restaurant review: Saku

On a cool January weekend, we stopped for lunch at Saku on west Broadway (between Cambie and Ash St).   There was a long line, so we left our names and took a short stroll, before returning 20 minutes later. Saku is a chain of tonkatsu restaurants that originates from Japan. Their menu is fairly concise,…

Restaurant review: The Shoestring Cafe

During Dine Out 2020, I made a stop at The Shoestring Cafe in east Richmond for Saturday 5:30 seating. The restaurant (actually more like a French bistro) is located in a light industrial area along Number 6 road and Maycrest way. We arrived just before our reservation time, and it was a near full house. …

Restaurant review: Little Bird Dim Sum & Craft Beer

A new chinese restaurant opened in Kitsilano in December 2019, one of very few such establishments on the west side of the city. Little Bird occupies the space previously home to Yak & Yeti, and they offer a select menu of popular dim sum dishes plus a short menu of a dozen beers and wines,…

Restaurant review: Two Rivers Specialty Meats and Eatery

While in North Vancouver, we decided to stop for lunch at Two Rivers Meats. Two Rivers is a specialty butcher shop that supplies many of the restaurants around Vancouver.  Their retail store has a full kitchen, and some long table and counter seating. The menu is fairly straight forward: burgers, roast chicken, grilled sausages, hot…

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…