West Restaurant | Dining in Vancouver

West Restaurant always offers a classy, dining experience. Prepared to perfection and always plated elegantly, chef Quang Dang really knows how to treat a customer right. The West coast flare in each dish is really well integrated - whether it be the use of local ingredients, west coast oysters, or the use of forest greens, the menu is filled with British Columbian options. Fish has always been perfectly cooked, never overdone, and the appetizers are always a great way to start your dining experience at West. The cocktails are fantastic - originals and classics are offered on their drinks menu, as well as an extensive wine list that you can have by the glass or bottle or even half bottle. The menu is always changing to keep up with what's in season. We love West!

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Cocktail: Midnight Manhattan
Food: Land Tasting Menu (always changing), Crispy Duck Salad, Foie Gras Pâté, Braised Fraser Valley Pork Cheek in bone broth, Roasted Lamb Loin with black olive jus, Pineapple Cake with passion fruit parfait and pineapple custard, chocolate cake dessert from the Sea Tasting Menu.
Made by: West Restaurant
Location: 2881 Granville St. , 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

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! 

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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

Torafuku | Dining in Vancouver

A great spot for sharing plates and having delicious cocktails (during or not during happy hour). They also have a delicious sake list, including one of our favourite producers, Kozaemon Brewery. 

Torafuku features some great dishes with great ingredients, such as fresh seafood like octopus, or rice bowls and a very unique ramen bowl. There are different combinations of foods in each dish and they all have particularly delicious flavours. If you want a unique and tasty experience, Torafuku proves to be quite intriguing. The menu does change and the cocktails as well. 

Be sure to check them out in the Chinatown area of Vancouver! 

Food & Beverage: Bison Grass Fizz Cocktail, Ramen Bowl, Rice Cakes with Pork, Calamari, Octopus and Tuna poke, Egg and cream mushroom rice bowl, Oolong Infused Yuzu Jello Dessert with condense milk and crispy salted caramel.
Made by: Torafuku
Location: 958 Main Street, Vancouver

Royal Dinette | Dining in Vancouver

It's hard to believe Royal Dinette has yet to be published on The Gourmoo. Well here we go! 

We cannot count how many times we've visited this Downtown restaurant in Vancouver. Owned by Farmer's Apprentice, its sister restaurant is just as amazing. The Royal Dinette features local ingredients, creating a fresh, farm to table experience. The restaurant is spacious accompanied with a comfortable and chic ambience. It's a fun place to try new dishes that are created almost every day (as the menu changes quite often).

The cocktails (happy hour is a must) are classic and inventively delicious. If you're looking for a unique dining experience and unique menu, Royal Dinette is your place to go.

Below there's a look as to what you might find at this establishment. All the photos are from many visits put together. All their pastas are made in house - they even make their own gluten free pasta which is actually quite fantastic! Their salads are very fresh, sometimes you can find cheese or fish in them - very delectable.

Food: all food varied (take a guess or just go and see for yourself!) 
Made by: Royal Dinette
Location: 905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver BC.

Soft Peaks | Dining in Vancouver

Soft Peaks is made with organic Avalon milk with little sweetness and is silky smooth. It is by far the best place in Vancouver to get a soft serve ice cream. Having memories of getting the perfect soft ice cream in England (because the cows just make tastier milk there) I was taken back to the same flavours and memories of a proper soft serve. There are many options to choose from as well as toppings, and if you're in Gastown looking for a place to stop for dessert, this is the place to be. 

This was the Sunrise In California - Sweet and Sour Yuzu marmalade on their signature twist. 

There are SO many different twists and soft serves to choose from (himalayan pink salt to toasted coconut and matcha powder toppings.) It is definitely a place to frequent. Lines can get a little lengthy but the wait is worth it. 

Food: Sunrise In California - Sweet and Sour Yuzu Marmalade on their Signature Twist
Made by: Soft Peaks - Organic Milk Soft Serve
Location: 25 Alexander St. Vancouver, BC. V6A 1B2

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen | Dining in Vancouver

This is a fantastic hole in the wall on the Drive in Vancouver. Commercial Drive holds Kishimoto, a Japanese restaurant with traditional and one of a kind dishes. They also have a sushi bar you can sit at - but just note, this place is small and does not take reservations. The line ups start right before opening hours, but if you're not willing to wait in line, call up for take out! 

It's a great spot for dates, get togethers with friends and/or family. It's got many options from oshizushi (which is what they're well known for) as well as hot stone donburi (rice bowl)s, and sashimi. 

The sushi rice at Kishimoto is savoury, sweet and more, and the fish is as fresh as it gets. 

Be sure to put Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen on your list of places to check out in YVR. After hitting up a great place to eat, you can pick the many options on the Drive for a nightcap.

Food: Salmon Oshizushi, Hamachili Sushi, Hamachi Stone Rice Bowl.
Made by: Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar
Location: 2054 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC

Kinome | Dining in Vancouver

One of my favourite spots for traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine is on West Broadway called Kinome (Kee-no-may). It is a gem found here in Vancouver, where there’s sashimi, sushi, and classic hot dishes like tamago (which is freshly made to order) and chawanmushi (also made to order).  The great thing about Kinome, is that you can order Omakase – a menu set by the chef, serving their best and in season ingredients.

They make their own soba noodles and they are very tasty and have great texture to them. The menu has a variety of specials and is always changing.

The sake list isn’t extensive but offers a great and exquisite collection of sakes.

The food is locally sourced from throughout BC and the seafood is Oceanwise.

Kinome is a great place for a romantic evening, and a journey through proper Japanese fare.  Be sure to make reservations in advance.

Food: Chawanmushi, Fresh Sashimi, Homemade Soba, Freshly Made Tamago,
and a Special of Seared Tuna.
Made by: Kinome Japanese Restaurant
Location: 2511 West Broadway, Vancouver

Long's Noodle House | Dining In Vancouver

You wouldn’t be too keen on walking into an establishment like Long’s… the outside is run down and it looks tiny from the outside (it is pretty small inside). However, it is almost always busy and filled up mid day. They are open for dinner too, but Long’s Noodle House is a great stop for a quick lunch between your work shifts, or a quick and cheap dinner.

This restaurant has been in Vancouver for quite some time now. Having always heard good things about it, I finally decided to give it a go earlier this year… and I wasn’t disappointed! 

Must haves: XLB (Xia Long Bao) the juicy pork dumplings – the skins are thin and the soup is hot. Second, the drunken chicken – even though the serving is in a small clay bowl, don’t be fooled, as it is enough for two people to snack on. Third, the Tan Tan Noodles – usually I don’t go for this sort of noodle bowl because the noodles tend to always be soggy and horrible and the soup is way too thick. BUT thanks to Longs, I can say that this is by far the best Tan Tan noodles I’ve had in a while. 

Be sure to either get here at an off time or for an earlier lunch as it does get busy or make a reservation to guarantee you can get a seat. They are closed on Tuesdays and it is cash only. 

Food: Juicy Pork Dumplings, Tan Tan Noodles
Restaurant: Longs Noodle House
Location: 4853 Main Street
VancouverBC V5V 3R9