Right in the corner of Steveston, this busy, Japanese restaurant offers a full menu of a typical Sushi restaurant, alongside lots of specialty rolls and creative dishes. My favourite was the Godzilla Bites- the deep fried rice was crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy inside! We did have to wait a while for our table because it was was so busy, so plan ahead!
This being the first Meat & Bread restaurant to open, my first visit was actually a few years ago, just after it had opened. Since then, Meat & Bread opened two more locations- one on Pender Street, and one in Victoria. Although I haven’t been to the other locations, I imagine they are just as great as this one.
My favourite sandwich is still their Meatball sandwich (I’m a huge meatball fan, whether they’re in pasta or in a sandwich!). The Porchetta is a close second, and the reason that I’m not as wow-ed by it as other people may be due to the fact that I grew up eating the very similar Chinese roasted pork with crunchy skin.
I’ve seen pictures of apple tarts made in this style a long time ago, and immediately I knew that I wanted to try making it one day. I had the day off for Thanksgiving, so I decided to give it a try!
The crust was a basic ground almond crust, which actually turned out amazingly- it was sweet and turned out crisp when baked.
I tweaked the apple compote filling by adding some cinnamon in it- I absolutely love cinnamon and apples together. This recipe called for use of a vanilla bean rather than vanilla extract and I found that it made a huge difference in the flavour. I will definitely use vanilla bean opposed to extract whenever possible from now on!
The topping- although it may look daunting, it was actually quite simple to do. It’s simple, but tedious. I would definitely recommend using a mandolin to slice the apples- I didn’t, and got quite frustrated by having to slice all of the apples. The most difficult part was the very centre- I found slicing the apples more thinly and using smaller pieces made it possible to do. I also sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top right before I put the tart in the oven!
This overall was fairly easy to make…it makes a beautiful dessert and will impress anyone!
Although my personal opinion about high tea is that it’s a bit overpriced and not really my preferred “style” of dining (I don’t dress up too often, and prefer dining at casual restaurants), I do enjoy going for special occasions. I’ve been to high tea at this location twice, and both times I used a Social Shopper (or was it Living Social?) coupon. Everything was good, and I would have to say that my tier remains the same at every high tea I’ve gone to: the scone tier with Devonshire/clotted cream!
1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Brunch Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays 10:30am-2:00pm
Food Rating: 9/10
Having been to Campagnolo for dinner, and loving it, I knew I would like Campagnolo Upstairs for brunch. They offer quite a number of things on their menu- entrees as well as pastries and side dishes.
I ordered the fried chicken with biscuits and can honestly say it was one of the best fried chickens I’ve ever had. I love a crunchy, crispy skin and moist meat. I also loved that it came topped with a fried egg!
I had brunch with the YVRFoodClub (a food club consisting of myself and some fellow Vancouver Instagram foodie accounts) and had a great time (as always) laughing, trying each other’s food, and of course, shamelessly taking pictures from every possible angle!
I had dinner at Campagnolo on Main Street before and loved the pasta and pizza. I had been wanting to try Campagnolo Roma for the longest time, especially after seeing pictures of their soft serve! I saved my visit here for a special day: my second year anniversary with my boyfriend. I knew he would love the food here too, and everything turned out perfectly! Everything here was really tasty! No need for improvement in the flavour department… I only wish the pasta portion was a little larger.
I love this place! The food is fresh, healthy, and tasty! I can’t say anything wrong about this place. For one, it’s super cute inside- cute, clean decor is always a plus. The service has always been great, and their menu is fresh and unique. If you’re into brown rice, salads and fish, you should check this place out. Their drinks are good too, and you don’t forget to try their matcha soft serve!
Having seen line-ups down the sidewalk at lunch time, and knowing of my boyfriend’s love for fish and chips, I brought him here for his birthday. It wasn’t the best fish and chips I’ve ever had, it was a tad on the oily side. I’m also not a huge fan of battered, deep fried things (I know, call me crazy) so I probably didn’t enjoy my meal as much as someone who is a fan of battered, deep fried things. I had the Oyster Po’Boy which was tasty but again, I found the batter to actual oyster ration a little too high on the batter side. Overall, yummy but very, very filling!
My first visit to 33 Acres was for waffles! I’d previously tried their beer from my friend’s growler so I wanted to see what their food was like. Not the best waffles I’ve had but they were pretty good. 33 Acres is not a restaurant so I didn’t have high expectations anyways. I do love their beer though, so I’ll be back for a growler refill! To date, my favourite beer of theirs is the 33 Acres of Sunshine.
I’m (obviously) not a vegetarian, but I really enjoyed my meatless dinner at Heirloom! Loved the decor and my server was great, which made my meal that much more enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised at how satisfied I was without eating a “main protein” (other than some beans in my friend’s taco salad). I would love to go back for breakfast or lunch!