Marutama Ramen | Dining in Vancouver

Simple, cozy and delicious! The ramen is honest and the broth is flavourful. A hearty bowl of noodles is just what you need during this fall weather! Hit up Marutama Ramen on Robson Street, in downtown Vancouver to satisfy those ramen cravings. The egg is fantastic and the rest of the toppings are standard. With so many different ramen shops in town, it's hard to narrow down the good ones, but Marutama Ramen is indeed one of them. Enjoy!

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Made by: Marutama Ramen
Location: 780 Bidwell St, Vancouver BC

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

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.

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

The Sardine Can | Vancouver Restaurants

Happy New Year!

What a great start in the restaurant world - I finally got to try The Sardine Can in Gastown here in Vancouver.

Known for their spanish tapas, I was very impressed by the level of cuisine that was presented. It really brought me back memories of when I have been in Barcelona. The Gambas was to die for - the sauce was a revelation!! Could not stop dipping my patatas in the sauce... The baked burrata special was so creamy and soft. Wrapped in a ham, it was fantastic to spread on a piece of toast with a prune compote to go with it. Another special served were their veal cheek and potatoes stuffed empanadas - talk about holy yum! Vancouverites: you seriously need to get yourselves to The Sardine Can.

The restaurant is also owned by renown chef in Vancouver, Chef Andrey Durbach and business partner Chris Stewart (La Buca, Pied à Terre, and The Abbey.) I can finally check off all four from my list!

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 Feature: The Sardine Can

The Fat Badger | Vancouver Public House

IMG_7726Vancouver has finally got a more than decent pub - the right beer, cider and proper pub grub.The Fat Badger is situated in a house in downtown Vancouver - top floor only, bar and tables, it's the perfect hangout after a long day's work. The scotch egg is by far my favourite of the establishment along with a pint of Fuller's ESB.

Chip butties, sticky toffee pudding - classics from the UK and many more.

It's a small, loud and proper pub. On Sundays, they offer their Sunday Roast. To be expected: Yorkshire pudding, roast pork or beef, and sometimes I've heard of lamb being present. What a treat!

The Fat Badger is a hit and we can't be anymore grateful for its presence.

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Burdock & Co. | Vancouver Dining

Chef Andrea, who used to work at Bishop's (another one of my favourites), offers refined dishes at Burdock & Co.  The restaurant uses organic produce and fresh resources from all over Vancouver. I've been twice already: one for an event with That's Life Gourmet and the second time with friends (which is the feature of this post). The menu is always changing, but every customer of Burdock & Co. are impressed by the creativity of the dishes and how delicious they are. I had a fantastic experience from beginning to end with the company of good friends.  I highly recommend that you visit Burdock & Co. as you will enjoy the cozy atmosphere, attentive wait staff and mouth-watering dishes.

From Aug 6

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cheese and crostini (no longer on menu) the infamous burdock and co. grits ribs (literally falling off the bone deliciousness) burdock's version of ramen (very good surprisingly, egg is key) and for dessert, milk and cookies (cookies that were HOT and milk was smoky!)

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Restaurant Burdock & Co.

 

Fable | Vancouver Dining

 If you're looking for fresh ingredients with a twist, Fable is the place for you. I've found that, "Farm to table," has been a popular theme in Vancouver. Everyone is into fresh, local (and sometimes organic) produce - a great way to promote the amazing products BC has to offer. I found Fable Restaurant to be a great dining experience (minus the extreme heat you'll experience during the summer inside) that has tasty dishes and great service. I'll definitely be back at some point to see what's new.

From top to bottom: Rhubarb and strawberry soda with Fable syrup. Trout tartare. Spaghetti and Meatball with duck jus inside and a parmesan sauce (my favourite!). Schnitzel special.

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Restaurant Fable