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…

Restaurant review: BC Kitchen

During Dineout Vancouver 2018, we visited BC Kitchen in the new Parq Casino (next to BC Place stadium).  The casino was on the second and third floors of the hotel, and BC Kitchen was  on the west corner of the second floor.  We arrived a little early, but were quickly escorted to our waiting table in…

Restaurant review: La Piazza Dario

On a very wet January evening, I met my dinner companion at La Piazza Dario (in the Italian Cultural Center) to celebrate her birthday.  La Piazza recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in business. In many ways, the restaurant is a throwback to the late 70s. After we ordered, our server returned with a basket of…

Restaurant review: Timmy Kitchen

I was invited to a company group lunch at Timmy Kitchen in Steveston. This was a first visit for me.  I’d walked past this place many times over the years but never gave it a thought.   After all, this is Steveston; its out-of-the-way for me, and most of the time, when I come to this…

Restaurant review: Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar

We visited the Boulevard Kitchen at the Sutton Place Hotel for a weeknight birthday dinner. He had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival.  The restaurant had a small “happy birthday” card waiting for us at the table. Boulevard Kitchen is a white tablecloth west coast cuisine (i.e. farm to table) dining establishment known for…

Restaurant review: So Hyang Korean Cuisine

On a rainy winter weekend, I met the family for dinner at So Hyang on Fraser Street This is a fairly contemporary casual korean restaurant with a large menu of popular dishes.  It was very busy that evening, but fortunately, we had reservations We ordered a set menu for four people, and added the HAE MOOL PA…

Restaurant review: Chinatown BBQ

After reading the Vancouver Sun article about a new chinese barbeque shop in Chinatown, I figured to give it a try. I wanted to buy some bbq pork anyways. Ordinarily, a new chinese bbq shop opening is not a news story. But in Chinatown, it is. Chinatown has been shedding chinese merchants at a steady…

Restaurant Review: Sugarholic Cafe

On a weekday lunch break, my lunch companion lead me to Aberdeen Center in Richmond to try the Sugarholic Cafe.  This is a Hong Kong style cafe on the ground floor of the shopping center. Like many other HK style cafes, they have a collection of menus is excessive.  From what I understand, the cafe…

Restaurant review: Burger Lounge

During my vacation in southern California, I wandered past this small burger place on a street corner in San Diego’s Little Italy.  This is actually a San Diego based chain of restaurants. One of the stumbling blocks with vacationing alone is finding a place where I feel comfortable dining by myself.  So I tend toward…

Restaurant Review: Johnnie’s Pastrami

During a day trip to Los Angeles to visit a friend from my high school days, we stopped for lunch at Johnnie’s Pastrami in Culver City. This is a retro dinner serving classic burgers, sandwiches, chili, onion rings, fries, and pastrami and beef dip sandwiches.  And when I say retro, I do mean retro.  The…

Restaurant review: Napizza

During a late summer vacation to San Diego, I arrived at my hotel in Little Italy in the early afternoon.   After checking in and settling into my room, I took a walk around the immediate neighborhood and spotted a small corner pizza-by-the-slice place and went in. Napizza is a small California pizza chain with counter…

Restaurant Review: Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar

On a sunny weekend afternoon, we stopped for brunch at Pier 7 Restaurant and Bar in North Vancouver, in the shipyards adjacent to the Lonsdale Quay. Upon arrival, we had to wait several minutes just to get the attention of a maitre d’ or server.  I was tempted to leave get something to eat at…