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…

Restaurant review: Tutto Restaurant & Bar

To celebrate a March birthday, we made reservations at Tutto, a newer Italian restaurant at the corner of Homer Street and Smithe Street in Yaletown (opened Fall 2020). It occupies a century old heritage building that was originally built as printing house, but was last home to a coffee shop and an art gallery. We…

Restaurant review: Harbour Oyster + Bar

While stopping on Commercial Drive, intending to go for pizza, we happened across Harbour Oyster & Bar, and decided to go for seafood instead. This is a small place with an long bar and an fairly extensive drink menu, but we were here for the food. The menu is focused on small plates of shellfish…

Restaurant review: Jo’s Italian Deli

In early February, we decided to visit the new location of Jo’s Italian Deli located on the corner of West Broadway and Alma in Vancouver (the other location being in Chilliwack). Jo’s is a family run operation serving pasta, sandwiches, and espressos.  They also have a small grocery store with imported pastas and sauces. Jo’s…

Restaurant review: Z & W Shanghai Kitchen

While running some errands along West Broadway we stopped to grab a bite at Z&W Shanghai Kitchen (near Arbutus).  This restaurant is one of a very small number of chinese restaurants on the west side of Vancouver. The menu is fairly expansive, and I was thankful for the menu with photographs, given the sometimes questionable…

Restaurant review: Moon Cafe

On New Year’s Eve, we decided to check out Moon Cafe on Kingsway.  This is a “Hong Kong cafe”  occupying the space that was previously home to Ken’s Kitchen.   From what I gather the restauranteurs had a different location before, and moved here in November/December of 2020. Like many “HK cafes”, Moon Cafe has an…

Restaurant review: Mogu Fried Chicken

In late October, while wandering around Commercial Drive, I spotted Mogu Fried Chicken. This was a fairly new restaurant, from the owners of the food truck of the same name. The food truck ceased operations in 2019, and set up shop on the north end of Commercial drive, near Parker Street. This establishment is more…

Restaurant review: Bonjour Vietnamese Bistro

On a gloomy October weekend, we decided to visit a newer vietnamese restaurant, Bonjour, on Fraser Street, between East 23rd and East 24th avenue (a few doors north of Earnest Icecream). This place had the misfortune of trying to open for business just as the coronavirus pandemic forced the public health department to close all…

Restaurant review: Mahony and Sons

On a bright September Sunday, we decided to wander to Stamps Landing and grab some lunch at one of the pubs. We opted for Mahonys and Sons. Mahonys rests on a pier jutting out over False Creek, surrounded by a marina. I haven’t been to the Stamps Landing area since this restaurant was home to…

Restaurant review: Lunch Lady

On an midweek August day, we decided to visit the recently opened “Lunch Lady” on Commercial Drive. The name of the restaurant came from the nickname that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain gave to the proprietor of one of his favorite street food vendors in Ho Chi Minh City.  Local chef Michael Tran visited the now…

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,…