Green Leaf Sushi Café | Dining in Vancouver

Green Leaf sushi is quite the small restaurant, however they serve a fully loaded menu. The options seem endless at this establishment - fresh sashimi, ozisushi and decadent cooked dishes. Uni is currently in season, and as a special they're serving uni udon! We will definitely find ourselves visiting Green Leaf sushi often. The service is good, the food is great, and they take reservations in the evenings. Be sure to get in line early for lunch service - it's absolutely chaotic after 12pm (they open at 11am). If you want that sushi fix, be sure to head to into the Kitsilano area for a treat!

Food: Hamachi, Uni and Toro Sashimi, Pressed sushi or boxed sushi - Ozisushi,
and negitoro rolls and Tobiko Nigiri.
Made by: Green Leaf Sushi Café
Location: 3416 West Broadway, Vancouver

The Arbor Restaurant | Dining in Vancouver

Now we aren't ones to usually rave about anywhere that doesn't serve meat, however, there's always the exception. The Arbor Restaurant on Main St, offers a variety of vegetarian dishes that will just make you say, 'wow'! It's like some genius came up with the incredible idea of turning good old vegetables into something unusually fantastic. Take their Southern Fried Artichoke Sandwich for example,  battered and fried artichoke with eggplant bacon (yes eggplant bacon), avocado mousse, spicy mayo, cheddar cheese, jalapeno pepper (careful they are hot!) all between a ciabatta bun. I swear, it was like there was meat in the sandwich but there really isn't. They have quite a bit of deep fry on the menu, from fried oyster mushrooms, broccoli popcorn (crispy fried broccoli), onion rings, and even poutine (duh it's vegetarian!) The Arbor does not disappoint. Definitely a lunch joint to be visited, and they're also open for dinner. Oh and don't forget their chocolate mousse parfait - the praline crumble just tops it off. They also offer a great wine list, so be sure to check The Arbor out!

Food: Fried oysters - lightly battered oyster mushrooms with a creamy dill sauce, The Southern Fried Artichoke Sandwich - battered and fried artichoke with eggplant bacon, avocado mousse, spicy mayo, cheddar cheese, and jalapeno peppers all between a ciabatta bun, Tacos - poblano peppers, cremini mushroom, jalapeno, roasted tomato salsa, cashew creme fraiche, and avocado mousse.
Made by: The Arbor Restaurant
Location: 3941 Main Street, Vancouver

Anh & Chi | Dining in Vancouver

Talk about a stunning make-over and change-over for Phó Hoang! Anh & Chi can be seen as the child product of its parent restaurant Phó Hoang which had been an institution in Vancouver. However, that institution has proved that it can go through an evolution without dampening its ever so tasty noodles and rice bowls. Anh & Chi brings modernity to a Vietnamese restaurant. Chicken wings, banh mi, pho bowls, spring rolls (which are by the way, so crispy and very tasty with basil), rice bowls plus more is what you can expect to find at this establishment. As a current hot spot, Anh & Chi is always busy for lunch and dinner - reservations are only taken for dinner service. So be sure to show up early before the line up begins. 

Food: Spring rolls, Beef pho bowl, and Chicken wings.
Made by: Anh & Chi
Location: 3388 Main Street, Vancouver

Bar Oso | Dining in Whistler

Bar Oso screams hip, fun, and gorgeous food. As part of Vancouver's TopTable Group, Bar Oso is just what Whistler needs. A place for gathering with friends for après, to enjoy not only very good tapas but top notch beverages ranging from wines to cocktails and so much more. Finally the restaurant scene in Whistler is climbing its way up to more-than-mediocre standards. Bar Oso definitely brings a finer side of dining to Whistler, even when it's simply a bar for small plates. Their charcuterie board (fresh & cured board) is absolutely massive but it is without a doubt a must-have. You get a mix of salumis, pâté, rillette, terrine, cheese and more. Their classic pintxos include anchovies, spanish omelette and of course Iberico ham. There's a great mix of seafood and meat, and vegetarian options; something for everyone! As for handcrafted beverages, their gin + tonic list is certainly unique. BC, UK and Scottish distilleries are all included on the list, sometimes even a mix of the two in one cocktail. The bar is all about using fresh ingredients in their drinks, like their sangria with options of peach or classic red. Of course, craft beers on tap and bottled are available for your enjoyment. If you find yourself up skiing or snowboarding in Whistler, be sure to head into the village to have your après and happy hour at Bar Oso.

Food & Beverage: Brockmans + Phillips Philosopher's Brew Tonic - blueberries, balckberries, murcian orange peel, sweetened tonic with citrus notes of lemongrass and orange peel | Pintxos: gilda - anchovy, olive and piparras and iberico ham - manchego cheese and tomato | Fresh + cured board - house made foie gras parfait, rabbit rillette, pheasant pate, ham hock terrine plus prosciutto san danielle, salami, serrano, chorizo and wagyu bresaola | Beef tartare with aji chillies and chives | chorizo sausage with salsa brava, soft boiled egg and potatoes | Jamon iberico de bellota
Made by: Bar Oso
Location: 150-4222 Village Sq, Whistler BC.

Nuba Kitsilano | Dining in Vancouver

Cozy and a fun place to have a meal with friends, Nuba provides a cultural and satisfying menu for all. Lebanese cuisine includes everything from seafood to poultry, to vegetables and so much more. If you've not tried it for yourself, Nuba is definitely your stepping stone. Baba Ganooj is one of our favourites: creamy roasted egg plant purée with lemon and tahini. Another great dish is their sautéed minced lamb with onions, pine nuts and spices with hummus and avocado. All the many flavours put together in the one dish are simply divine. Be sure to try their spiced prawns cooked with chile garlic oil, and their stuffed eggplant: spicy tomatoes and red pepper stuffing, topped with feta dressing and toasted walnuts - yum! Bring your friends and family to Nuba to try Mediterranean cuisine, they'll for sure be impressed.

Food (from Top left to right): Baba Ganooj, Garden Falafel of chickpeas, fava beans, veggies and spices with hummus and avocado, Najib's Specal of crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon and sea salt served with tahini,  Lamb Hushwie - sautéed mince lamb with onions, pine nuts and spices served with hummus and avocado, Halloumi Cheese - traditional Middle Eastern cheese, seared and served with fresh tomato, pomegranate nut dressing and fresh mint.
Made by: Nuba Kitsilano
Location: 3116 West Broadway, Vancouver

Mak N Ming | Dining in Vancouver

Well what a treat this was! Last week, we visited Mak N Ming, voted best new restaurant of 2016 and we are delighted to introduce them to you all! Makoto Ono and Amanda 'Ming' Cheng are the owners of this French-Japanese fusion restaurant. The restaurant is in Kitsilano, Vancouver. Ono was the previous owner of Gastown's PiDGiN restaurant, and Amanda also came from the same establishment. The food is forever evolving and innovative. As our first time at Mak N Ming, we were spoiled with the chef's tasting menu - note there is only a choice of two set menus: the chef's menu being seven courses or their demi menu of four courses.

Our first bite was a smoked cheddar cheese ball - hot and a great start to the evening. Following, we had kombu cured snapper in tofu sauce. Then we treated ourselves to the additional course (because why not?). The feature was uni topped with a citrus yogurt & foam, miso compressed carrot and charcoal choux crumble - talk about WOW! The flavours worked so well together and the taste was like nothing we've ever had. We then had their mushroom chawanmushi (which we hoped was a little hotter), followed by pork chop with black truffle and cauliflower rice. Then as if that wasn't enough, we were presented with a Dungeness crab noodle soup - very well executed. Their bread dish of the evening was a seaweed crusted bun with spicy mayonnaise - a nice kick to the dish. The dessert was preceded by a pre dessert of a pistachio and honey cigar with milky hot chocolate - very decadent - the dessert feature was a hibiscus pear pavlova, which was refreshing, clean and tasteful. And to complete our wonderful experience, the chefs prepared petit fours of grapefruit pâte de fruits, chocolates and almond cakes. 

Be sure to order a bottle of sake from their drinks list and share with friends whilst tasting their menu. There's quite the selection of beverages at Mak N Ming, so make sure you pair to your dinner with some of their quality wines.

Let's just say, we will definitely be back again at Mak N Ming once the next menu is in! 

MakNMingfoodblog-9.jpg

Food: Smoked cheddar cheese ball, Kombu cured snapper in tofu sauce, Uni topped with a citrus yogurt & foam, miso compressed carrot and charcoal choux crumble, mushroom chawanmushi, Pork chop with black truffle and cauliflower purée, Cauliflower rice, Dungeness crab noodle soup, Seaweed crusted bun with spicy mayonnaise, Pistachio and honey cigar with milky hot chocolate, Hibiscus pear pavlova.
Made by: Mak N Ming
Location: 1629 Yew St., Kitsilano, Vancouver

Red Miso // Nagoya Japan | Dining in Japan

What an experience we had at this family owned restaurant just outside of Nagoya. We were recently in Japan and we were fortunate enough to try a delicacy of the area: Red Miso. Red miso or aka-miso, is used to make thick sauces or broths. We visited an udon establishment where the broth base was aka-miso. The portions are quite large, so be sure to have an appetite - and the Japanese typically eat the huge bowl of noodles with a bowl of rice to soak up the leftover broth! Just brilliant! On top of that, there are different versions of the broth - you can ask for extra pork, or you can have different meats or parts of the pork in your broth as well. Tempura, an egg, cabbage and negi are all included. The rice bowl comes with pickled vegetables and it's a perfect mini size to finish off your authentic experience. 

Food: Handmade Udon in Red Miso Broth
Made famous in: Nagoya, Japan

Root & Bone

What a treat! Root & Bone is a small restaurant, with crazy line ups so be sure to make a reservation well in advance if you can! The southern comfort of this restaurant is just simply perfect for a winter's night. The food - deep fried chicken (a whole or half), the cornbread soufflé (something we've never experienced until now) and so much more. Root & Bone might be a little on the louder side because of the small space, but it is definitely a tasty discovery. If you're in NYC in the east village, be sure to go check them out! We had biscuits to start as well as the cornbread soufflé which was ever so fluffy and delicious.  A whole chicken was worth it, as well as the braised short bread meatloaf dish - very flavourful and very filling. And to top it off, go for the macaroni and cheese. If you're missing great southern food, Root & Bone is the place to go.

Food: Biscuits and honey dip with salt and sesame seeds on the side, Cornbread soufflé, Deep Fried Chicken (whole), Braised Short Rib Meatloaf, Mac & Cheese.
Made by: Root & Bone
Location: 200 East 3rd St., New York, 10009

Nightingale | Dining In Vancouver

After having heard mixed reviews about Nightingale, one day we decided to check it out for ourselves. The restaurant, also owned by the same group as Hawksworth Restaurant, offers what they call "fresh and vibrant modern Canadian cuisine" and I think they're on the right track. Vegetables, pastas, pizzas and more are what you can find at this trendy establishment. It's definitely a place to be seen. The bar offers a wide range of cocktails and beverages, and on top of that their menu alone is extensive. There was so much to choose from it was simply overwhelming - so make sure you dine with lots of your friends and family. 

The cocktail featured here is their seasonal special we had during the summer, a Sherry Cobbler. It was a mix of a few different types of sherries - it was absolutely delicious! 

The food was very tasty and we were very happy with the quality of all the ingredients presented to us. We will definitely be back to try the many dishes we didn't get to taste! 

Food & Beverage: Sherry Cobbler - Fino + Amontillado were definitely in the cocktail, can't remember what else... either way it was fantastic, Burrata & anchovy on toast with peperonata and parsley, Crispy fried chicken with preserved lemon yogurt, dill and espelette, Cavatelli with braised wild boar, grilled kale and roasted apple.
Made by: Nightingale Restaurant
Location: 1017 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver.

The Pig & The Lady | Dining in Honolulu

A new hotspot in downtown Waikiki, Honolulu. The Pig & The Lady serve up vietnamese fare and it's hot and delicious! Their pho was tasty, their chicken fat rice was super hot, and their appetizers were all delicious. A line up outside the door means this place knows what they're doing. You can definitely make reservations, so don't think you have to wait an hour for a table. The cocktails were inventive, the staff were lovely, and the restaurant itself was bumping. It's a little on the louder side, but you'll be busy eating and stuffing yourselves. 

At their chinatown location, located in Downtown Honolulu, the food was superb tasting, and the ambiance was lively. The cocktail featured in our first image below was a rum, coconut, chili pepper and lime cocktail, topped with a basil leaf. It was definitely a unique drink, be sure to ask for a straw... it's a little difficult to manoeuvre with the excess amount of delicious coconut foam. The caviar on ramen eggs were to die for. They were our absolute favourite of the evening. A soft, marinated boiled egg with fried chicken skins and pickled shallots and topped off with caviar - the perfect combination! Find out all the foods photographed at the bottom of this post.

Food & Beverage: All In The Reflexes Cocktail - kohana rum agricole, coconut, lime, chili pepper, basil. Shakshuka - a middle eastern spiced tomato and pepper sauce, soft egg, smokey eggplant, goat gouda cheese, zataar spiced baguette. Crispy Soft Shell Crab 0 inspired from the famous fish dish from Hanoi, marinated in turmeric-galangal, aromatic herbs of dill, shiso, rau ram and mint, house pickles, roasted peanuts, rice vermicielli, mam tom bac sauce. Special: Uni pasta - absolutely to amazing. Sides: Chicken Fat Rice and Chicken Fat Bread - WARNING IT IS EXTRA HOT as it is both made with hot chili oil. P&L Pho - 12 hour roasted brisket, rare beef, stewed bone marrow, fresh ginger, calamansi, scallions, sawtooth herb, chili pepper water, fresh rice noodle. Vietnamese Ice Coffee. Yuzu Semifreddo - cocoa coffee crumble, fresh strawberries, charred pavlova, sugar cured yolk, strawberry yuzu sauce.
Made by: The Pig & The Lady
Location: 83 N. King St / 808.585.8255