Category Archives: gastropub

The Scran and Scallie – Edinburgh

I didn’t get to try Edinburgh’s  Michelin starred restaurant, The Kitchin, but I did try their other venture, a gastropub.

I love trying out gastropubs because they mostly serve classic pub dishes, but with a twist.

BBQ pastrami ribs & chips… This was their newest creation.  The meat was tender but was too salty.

fish pie…. Their famous classic fish pie but it tasted like normal fish pie.. carbs overload!

steak pie with bone marrow….. This was quite interesting! I’ve never seen bone marrow jutting out from a pie before… The pastry was so flaky but the steak was a bit too tough….

I was really looking forward to this meal but I think the food was a bit overhyped.


The Scran and Scallie

1 Comely Bank Rd, Edinburgh EH4 1DT, United Kingdom

Phone:+44 131 332 6281

The Spotted Pig – New York City

I planned the first full day in the city around food (no surprise here).  The plan was to have breakfast at the hotel, work that off by walking the entire length of the High Line, have lunch and dessert in West Village, work that off by walking to Soho, have afternoon dessert, take a break eating by visiting Wall Street 9/11 Memorial, then finally, have dinner.  What a jam packed day!

High Line!

I love the idea of an elevated park in a urban concrete jungle.. wish Hong Kong has this….

After walking the entire High Line, we continued to West Village for lunch at The Spotted Pig.

The Spotted Pig is one of the most influential restaurants in the world.  Why? cause it started the whole gastropub trend. O! and it has one Michelin star.

The interior decor reminds me of a pub in some quaint British countryside.

There are so many pig figurines!

Since we were still stuffed from breakfast, we didn’t order much.

soup of the day: tomato soup… kind of sour..

Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort Cheese & Shoestring Fries.…. mom and I shared the famous burger.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know Roquefort is blue cheese.. so I didn’t really like this… The patty was juicy and the shoestring fries are like hickory sticks!

Once again, I made friends with people sitting next to us.  Both of them are foodies and gave us lots of food recommendations! Thanks!!!


The Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Phone:+1 212-620-0393

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro – Vancouver

My friend and I planned to have dinner in Kitsilano and I yelped to see what’s good.. and it turns out the Oakwood is ranked #3!  I pass Oakwood almost daily and didn’t realize it existed!

It’s a gastropub and has the small plates concept…

warm kale salad, cauliflower, sprouts, lemon parmesan dressing, buttermilk onions…. Loved the warm kale.. and the baked cauliflower!  This was so good I tried to make it at home!

tuna raw, blueberry soy albacore, puffed rice, horseradish aioli, sesame snow…this was really good.. heavy Asian influence… the sesame snow is so good.. it’s made by solidifying sesame oil.. yummy but unhealthy!

Salt Spring mussels, lemon, garlic, white wine butter broth, smoke essence…. plump mussels…. loved the sauce

kept dipping the bread into the sauce!

The dinner at Oakwood blew me away and I kept raving to everyone about the food!  Kinda pricey… but worth it!


The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

2741 W 4th Ave  Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9
(604) 558-1965

The Purple Pig – Chicago

The Purple Pig is one of the most hyped and highly rated restaurants in Chicago.

The location is hard to beat.. right on the Magnificent Mile! They don’t take reservations and lineups are usually 2 hours during peak dining hours… so we went there for a late lunch at 3pm… and no lineup!

The restaurant is a gastropub that specializes in cheese, swine and wine.. We were seated at the communal table and we got real close to the adjacent diners.  Mom got nearly whacked in the face many times!

Pork Fried Almonds with Rosemary & Garlic… nothing special.. tasted like regular almonds but with rosemary and garlic…


Deviled Egg with Arugula & Capers

a close up.. this is made by draining out the yolk, mixing it with cheese, and stuffing it back into the egg… it’s a pretty interesting concept.. but doesn’t taste spectacular…

Milk Braised Pork Shoulder with Mashed Potatoes…the meat was tender but it was EXTREMELY SALTY…even when paired with the mashed potatoes

Chicken Thigh Kebabs, Fried Smashed Potatoes & Tzatziki.. nothing special.. the chicken skin was slightly burned…

The Purple Pig is seriously over hyped.. there’s not a single dish that is outstanding…


The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave  Chicago, IL 60611, United States
+1 312-464-1744