Ramen Danbo | Dining in Vancouver

Sometimes you just need a little ramen in your life. Ramen Danbo on Robson Street in Vancouver has always got a line out the door, no matter what time of day. The noodles are thin and cooked to your liking - firm to soft. You can even order extra noodles if you think part way through you're still hungry for more! The service is quick, the noodles are fantastic, and the broth is very tasty. Be sure to check out Ramen Danbo!

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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

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.

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

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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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

from top to bottom:

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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Food Photography | Vancouver Food Photographer

What consists of taking a real foodie picture? Well, to keep it short, LOTS. Lighting, glossing, you name it. It took almost four hours to photograph 4 objects. Insanity!! Here's a look at just what I got to learn about food photography in one afternoon and the results. Featuring Thomas Haas specialties and Hakkaisan Sake.

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West | Vancouver Dining

I hadn't been back to West Restaurant in a couple years.

West was packed and has definitely turned into a hip place for drinks. Turns out the bartender had one an award at some point in their career (I was impressed!) The Mint Julep was very tasty.  The other cocktail that you see below the julep is a signature cocktail made by the award winning bar tender. Check out the cocktail list here.

For dinner, I had all appetizers (as that's what seemed to catch my eye as I was going through the extensive list).  We started with an amuse bouche, followed by our courses we ordered:

pea soup, beef tartare, and lastly a seafood risotto of prawns. 

I highly suggest making a reservation, as West is one of the popular choices in Vancouver (it's also great if you don't have to cross a bridge into downtown to dine if you plan on having a beverage or two.)

I would definitely go back in a heartbeat (it is a little more pricy) but this is because West is fine dining in Vancouver (rare to find in the city these days...)

A take on canadian, western cuisine with a modern twist. West, thank you for a pleasurable dining experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge you offered about my dishes or the cocktails I got to try.

 

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