Category Archives: Vancouver

Catch 122 Cafe Bistro – Vancouver

Another new brunch place I tried out was Catch 122.

We were a party of 7 so we had to wait an hour for a table!

duck confit poutine…..  the cheese wasn’t melted enough….

The dirty breakfast: duck fat toast, duck confit, sunny-side up eggs, house made maple beans and Yukon nugget potato hash….. love this! I could actually taste the duck fat in the toast!  I don’t normally eat beans but this was really good… slightly sweet from the maple…

Eggs Benedict with braised short ribs…..

eggs benedict with smoked salmon….

I like how all brunch items are 12 CAD…. a more economic brunch option in Gastown.

FAIM? OUI OUI!!

Catch 122 Cafe Bistro

122 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Canada
+1 604-731-3474

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Tuc Craft Kitchen – Vancouver

It seems like every time I go back to Vancouver, more brunch places pop up!

One highly rated place is Gastown’s Tuc Craft.

We went on a long weekend and surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of people!

iced chai tea blossom

crispy bacon and egg…. this was the highlight! bacon wrapped in onsen egg and fried.  inventive and delicious!

Pork belly crackling with red wine reduction… this was really good too.. I don’t think anything with pork belly would be bad…..

 

elevated diner (sunny side up eggs, pork belly crackling, sourdough toast, BC new potatoes)

okonomiyaki (traditional Japanese pancake, shredded pork, cabbage, bbq sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, bonito flakes)

berries and gauffres  fresh waffles, blueberry compote, cream cheese)….

Crispy Chicken & Waffles (free run chicken breast, savory waffles, dijon mournaise)…

The brunch options are a bit different from the traditional eggs benedict and the sides are interesting too…. definitely a place to return to!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Tuc Craft Kitchen

60 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9, Canada
+1 604-559-8999

Ask for Luigi – Vancouver

#98 on the Canada’s Best 100 list in Ask for Luigi, a restaurant specializing in pasta.  It seems like a lot of new restaurants are moving to Downtown Eastside,  even though the area has not completely been gentrified yet……

It doesn’t take reservations and if you don’t get the there half an hour before it opens, it’s usually a 2 hour wait after that.   So we got there 35 minutes before it opened and got a table!

We got a few appetizers and pastas to share:

octopus carpaccio… 

meatballs…..

anchovies and eggs.... this was simple but good.. anchovies and salmon roe on onsen eggs… I want to attempt this at home!

Special pasta of the day : risotto with white truffle, corn and spicy sausage…. very flavourful and our unanimous favourite pasta of the night…

Special pasta of the day with vegetables…..very light.. tastes like spring…

Ricotta ravioli, olive tapenade and marinated tomatoes…. onto the more heavy-flavoured pasta…

Fusilli nero, calamari and nduja crumbs………..

Pappardelle and wild boar ragu……

We also ordered all their desserts…..olive oil cake… very simple yet delicious.. it’s like a warm pound cake….

panna cotta

chocolate budino…..

I would come back for another meal… if there isn’t such a long lineup!

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Ask for Luigi

305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4, Canada
+1 604-428-2544

Farmer’s Apprentice – Vancouver

#72 on the list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants is Farmer’s Apprentice, a restaurant specializing in farm-to-table.

We went for brunch and there was a lineup even before it opened!

Smørrebørd: dry-aged beef tartare, gribiche and sea asparagus / cucumbers, fresh cheese, black pepper, herb salad and soft boiled egg / smoked cod rillette, potato, radish and dill….  This is the Scandanavian type of open-faced sandwich…   interesting toppings and it looks so pretty!Albacore tuna, heritage peppers, grilled onions, soft boiled eggs…. this is mostly like a salad…

Octopus, sieglinde potatoes, corn, jalapeño, poached eggs…. a salad again! the corn tasted really sweet.. totally from farm and not canned!

Berkshire and tamsworth pork biscuit sandwich, FA sauce, fried egg… love the biscuit! very buttery like a scone.

The brunch offering at Farmer’s Apprentice was a bit different from the normal brunch joints, making it a standout!

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Farmer’s Apprentice

1535 W 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1, Canada
+1 604-620-2070

Maenam – Vancouver

This summer trip back home was filled with lots of new food discoveries! Apparently there’s a Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants ranking so I tried to eat my way through the list!

First restaurant I tried was Maenam, a modern Thai restaurant that is ranked number 26.

I pass by it almost everyday and never noticed it!

The setting is very non-Asian….

handmade roti / mussaman beef curry / banana blossom salad with toasted sesame, fried shallots, tamarind and palm sugar dressing)… The roti was buttery and light but not too crispy.  The curry wasn’t spicy and the beef brisket was tender.  The highlight was the salad with the light and sweet dressing… so different from other salad dressings.  We were so impressed with the dishes that came that I forgot to take pictures of the pad thai and stir-fry vegetables.  The pad thai was authentic and didn’t have the westernized ketchup-y flavour.

For dessert, I ordered coconut tapioca dessert.. it was normal…..

I was impressed with Maenam at first but other than the pad thai and salad, everything else was so-so compared to what is offered from a traditional Thai restaurant (and at a fraction of the price!)

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Maenam

1938 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, Canada
+1 604-730-5579

 

Earnest Ice Cream – Vancouver

My 4 year old nephew asked me out on an ice-cream date!!!!  The cutie-pie sent me a voice message a few weeks before my trip home saying that  he’ll take me for ice-cream!”

My nephew’s favourite ice-cream shop is Earnest.  He’s such a regular that other patrons recognize him!

Earnest is an ultra-hip ice-cream parlor that is only opened Thursday-Sunday.   With it’s minimalistic decor and the scruffy, beanie- wearing staff…. I could totally feel the cool vibes!

There were a lot of flavours to choose from and it was sooo hard to pick.  We ended up getting 4 scoops to share:

whiskey hazelnut  and 33 Acres of Malt

The whiskey hazelnut is probably the best flavour ice-cream ever. It’s smooth, creamy with lots of hazelnut pieces to give a good crunchy texture.  The whiskey flavour is light but it gives a kick, making this ice-cream in a league of its own.

33 Acres of Malt is a flavour made in collaboration with the local brewing company, 33 acres.  This flavour is quite subtle (compared with whiskey hazelnut) and tastes a bit like maltesers and the Vita Malt Soy.  Oddly, my mouth and throat started getting numb and felt tingly near the end…..food allergy???

fresh banana and London Fog

I only had a taste of the fresh banana because my nephew ate it all! He loved it! It actually tasted like eating mashed banana.

London Fog (aka. Earl Grey) is basically highly concentrated earl grey tea in the form of smooth, thick and creamy ice-cream.  This is way better than Bella Gelateria’s Earl Grey flavour.

I was soooooooo in love with Earnest that I wanted to have more before I left.  Unfortunately, it was during the week and the ice-cream shop isn’t opened but fortunately, Earnest is also sold at local retailers (not the chain supermarkets, but the local neighbourhood grocery stores).   I found Whiskey Hazelnut at Stongs!

love the packaging..it’s as cool as the shop

I really wanted to have London Fog again but didn’t see it at Stongs. I ended up calling a few of the stores to ask if they have it in stock but none of them did.  I decided to pop by Windsor’s Meat since I was passing buy and lo and behold, there were 2 jars left of London Fog! I ended up buying both and giving it to my friend to try.

sooooooo yummms

I can’t wait to go back to Vancouver in the summer to have Earnest in the sunny weather!

FAIM? OUI OUI!!!

Earnest Ice Cream

3992 Fraser St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
 (604) 428-0697

West – Vancouver

I took a few days off to fly home for Chinese New Year and it coincided with the end of Dine Out Vancouver 2014.   This time, we decided to try the normally-very-expensive West.

They had the same menu for lunch and dinner but the prices were $28 and $38 respectively. We went during lunch so it was a really good deal!

Golden Beet and Orange Soup (with bacon panko and tarragon creme fraiche)…. The soup was poured in front of us.. pretty interesting presentation.  It was an odd combination but somehow it worked..it tasted really light and refreshing..with a subtle hint of orange and beet..

Baby Carrot and Watercress Salad with Agassiz hazelnuts and preserved stone fruit vinaigrette….  My friend ordered this and said it tasted really bland. The presentation shocked him cause it looks like it’s a half-eaten salad!

Braised Veal Breast (with roasted cauliflower, pearl couscous and thyme jus)… The meat looked like it would really tough (from the sheer size of the dense meat) but it was surprising really tender…. and the skin on the top was really crispy!

Pacific Provider Wild Pink Salmon  (with Yukon gold potato blini, sunchoke puree black truffle and parsley marmalade)… I had a bite of this and the fish was really tender and had crispy skin.  I’m all for crispy skins!

Citrus tart ( spiced whole wheat crust with vanilla and raspberry swirl ice-cream)… the tart was really sour..but the sweetness of the ice-cream balanced it out..

Malted Chocolate Cake (with caramelized banana and sesame snaps)… really dense choco cake..

Overall, this was probably one of the best Dine Out meals I’ve had….artsy presentation and great food but mainly because the portions were quite big for Dine Out standards!  Unlike other restaurants, this time, I didn’t feel like I was eating a “cheaper” version of the normal dishes.  If Dine Out was this stellar, the regular menu must be amazing.

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West

2881 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J4
Phone:(604) 738-8938