I used to frequent Cafe Zen quite often, but due to the increase of new brunch spots opening up in the past couple years, I haven’t been in a while. I decided to re-visit today, and decided to finally try a new menu item! I’ve always ordered eggs benedict, but today I decided to try the Mexicano Baked Eggs. Runny poached eggs over avocados, tomatoes, refried beans and rice, covered in cheese and then baked. I ended up liking them more than their eggs benedict, so my lesson of the day is try new things. I know it sounds lame, and predictable classics are easy choices but sometimes you may end up surprising yourself- and find a new favourite!
Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines to eat, because everything is so flavourful from the different spices that are used. The spices that are used in Indian food create a variety of different flavours that other cuisines don’t offer. I’ll never forget the first time I tried Indian food- I was at a friend’s house for a potluck and I was amazed at how the food tasted.
I went on a Wednesday night and the restaurant was pretty busy- always a good sign! Handi offers a large menu with lots of different options to choose from- different meats, sauces, curries, and lots of vegetarian dishes. I would have to say that they have the best Butter Chicken I’ve ever had! The chicken was moist and the sauce was really good. I also noted that there was quite a lot of chicken in the dish. My favourite dish of the night was the Chicken Kadhai (on the menu it’s Lamb Kadhai, but I ordered it with chicken instead). The curry sauce was very flavourful and was just the right amount of spiciness for me. I also loved that they serve their curries in tea candle-lit warmers so they stay hot during the entire meal! I ordered Pea Pulao (basmati rice cooked with green peas & onions) as well as Lachhedar Parantha (multi-layered flaky, whole wheat bread with butter) to eat with the Butter Chicken and Chicken Kadhai. The Lamb Tikka was perfectly cooked and also really tasty. Anything cooked in a tandoor is good in my books! For dessert, I had Kheer (rice flour cooked in milk) which reminded me rice pudding, but with sliced pistachios on top.
There were a lot more things on the menu that I wanted to try, so I will be back for more someday soon!
My fellow foodies and I (#yvrfoodclub) went for brunch at Belgard Kitchen to celebrate two of our birthdays (one was mine!) The restaurant was consistently busy, even as the menu transitioned from brunch to lunch. Unfortunately, they ran out of the Belgard Meatball Brunch Skillet, which was what I wanted to order, so I ended up getting the Belgard Brunch Burger instead. I love brioche buns so that was a plus! I also got to try some of the Belgard Bacon which was thick-cut and sweet from the maple caramel it was served with. Everything tasted good and I loved the interior of the restaurant! I’ll be back to try the Meatball Skillet!
Presented by vaneats.ca, SaladDate runs from November 10, 2014 – January 10, 2015 with limited passes available for $22.
The SaladDate package includes
1. Your choice of any Carvery Salad
2. Your choice of any Gourmet Sandwich
3. Your choice of two items “sides” (wine, soup of the day or bottled/fountain drinks)
My visit to SaladWorks in Yaletown consisted of prompt, friendly service and my meal was served to me within a couple minutes.
I ordered the Grilled Malibu Chicken Carvery Salad: free range lemon herb chicken, strawberries, grapes, sunflower seeds, avocado, shredded carrots, avocado vinaigrette dressing. The salad came with a pretty decent amount of chicken on top!
Garlic Roasted Porchetta Gourmet Sandwich: oven roasted BC free range natural pork loin seasoned with herbs and garlic, sriracha mayo drizzle, pickled carrot, red onion and fennel, hot banana peppers. I loved how they grilled the bread to give it that roasted, barbequed flavour and the porchetta was really flavourful. The sriracha mayo was a perfect sauce to go with the pork.
Their soup of the day was Tomato Roasted Corn Soup: tomatoes and roasted poblano pepepers, in a special mix with parmesan, basil and garlic. This soup was hearty and very flavourful. The poblano peppers really added depth to the flavour of the soup.
I also had a GoodDrink Green Tea with lemon and honey.
This package is a good deal for the price as normally all of these individual items would easily add up to over $22. I personally found the meal portion to be quite large, and was only able to eat about half of the food (I was able to save the other half for my dinner!) Overall I was very happy with the meal I had and would definitely go back!
My first time having Korean Grilled Pork Belly (“Samgyeopsal”) I was super excited to finally try it after months of my friend telling me we would go together one day. Technically in Burquitlam, it wasn’t as far from the city Vancouver as I had expected. I love Korean flavours, so having grilled pork belly, onions, garlic, and kimchi all wrapped in lettuce was right up my alley! We ordered duck breast to grill as well and the meat was tender and tasty. They had some of my favourite side dishes (“banchan”), the sweet potatoes, bean sprouts, pickled radish, and of course kimchi!
My first visit to Hawksworth was made possible by attending Brunch Club- their 2 for 1 Brunch special they offer on holiday long weekends. I don’t often eat at “fancy” restaurants, 1) because my wallet really wouldn’t be able to handle that, and 2) I’ve often found that just because a restaurant is higher priced and “more fancy” it doesn’t necessarily mean that they serve better food. My overall opinion: the food is good, but not fantastic- with all of the hype Hawksworth has gotten, I expected a lot more. I probably would have been even more disappointed with the food if I’d had to pay full price for the food. I preferred my boyfriend’s burger and fries over the steak and eggs I had ordered. No complaints, but I was expecting more.
Of course, after our meal I had to go next door to Bel Cafe for some macarons for dessert. I liked the flavours (Passionfruit and Cookies And Cream were my favourites), but Thierry’s texture still trumps anyone else!
The Meat Lovers for 2 ($55) is around the same price for an all you can eat dinner. Even though the food isn’t “unlimited” and you may not end up getting as much food, I would choose to eat here over an AYCE barbeque place because I prefer quality over quantity. This option is for those who love meat and want to try a lot of their different kinds of meat. To be honest, I can’t remember which was my favourite, but they were all good anyways!
I’ve always loved every meal I’ve had at any Guu location, and this location was no exception! As always, everything was tasty, cooked well, and I had great service. This location is definitely the most quiet one as I’ve never had to wait for a table. One downside is that they don’t have my favourite item at the Gastown location- the Mushroom & Cheese Bibimbap. Also, their Sashimi Salad was slightly different than the Gastown location in that they served the sashimi in larger pieces rather than smaller, easier to eat pieces. Other than that, no complaints! My favourite thing was the Scallop Carpaccio, but that may be because I’m a scallop junkie.
Creme Brulee is one of my all-time favourite desserts. The first time I tried creme brulee was on a cruise ship, and the crunchy, crackled caramel topping with the soft custard below instantly became my favourite. I love how you have to crack through the topping- it reminds me of tapping on a boiled egg to get to the inside. Crackle creme boasts a variety of flavoured creme brulees such as Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Organic Matcha. I had the Pandan Coconut Creme Brulee and I loved that you could definitely taste the coconut!
They also sell made-to-order liege waffles with your pick of ice cream. I chose Earl Grey ice cream, and the waffle was made in true liege style, with sugar chunks and a caramelized exterior.
I had the day off today, and decided to go to dim sum! I don’t go very often although it’s one of my favourite meals to eat…I see it as the Chinese equivalent to “brunch” and who doesn’t like brunch? My must-orders are always Shiu Mai, Pan Fried Eggplant with Shrimp Paste, and Steamd Rice Rolls with Prawns, although I honestly don’t think there’s a single item on a dim sum menu that I don’t like. Portion-wise, all of the dumplings are much bigger than at most dim sum places, and I thought the prices were very decent. It got pretty busy with people waiting outside around 11am, so I’m glad I went early at 10am. My favourite thing turned out to be the sticky rice (no surprise, I love rice!). I’ve had dinner here before as well, and enjoyed the food.