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Named after Executive Chef Curtis “Lips” Demyon, Lips Resto takes classic cuisines and adds their own modern bistro touch. Newly opened, Lips celebrated their grand opening with a bang- a red carpet, free drinks, a DJ and lots of food! I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening on May 31st, 2015 and had a great time with some of my fellow foodie friends.
The management at Lips was also kind enough to invite myself and a guest for a private dining experience, on the house. They were very accommodating even when I had to short-notice cancel my first reservation.
When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the Maitre D’ and were seated right away. The manager and head chef personally greeted us. They asked if I would like to order dishes off the menu or if I wanted to let the chef send out what he wanted us to try. I chose to let the chef send out his dishes of choice, because I thought it would make it a more interesting dinner. I’m glad I did, because my favourite dish turned out to be the Salmon (which is something I don’t usually order at restaurants).
Overall I had an amazing dining experience. The service was excellent and I appreciated innovation of each dish.
Food Rating: 8.5/10
Would I return? Yes
Many thanks again to Lips Resto, Chef Curtis + the entire team for being so attentive and providing great service and hospitality!
BitesOfVancouver disclaimer: I was invited for dinner by the management at Lips Resto Restaurant. The service may not represent their usual service as Lips was aware of the invitation.
Locations: 1274 Robson Street, Downtown, Vancouver, BC
1545 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC
450-9100 Blundell Road, Richmond, BC
BitesOfVancouver disclaimer: I was invited to try Chatime’s Robson Location by ChineseBites.com. The service may not represent their usual service as Chatime was aware of the invitation.
With over 1200 locations worldwide, this Taiwan-founded bubble tea company brews their tea leaves in-store. Chatime’s bubble tea is made with precise timing, temperature and proportions. Their drinks are fully customizable, allowing you to choose your tea, toppings, sugar levels and ice levels.
The Top 10 Drinks:
Pearl Milk Tea
Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea
Taro Pudding Milk Tea
Brown Rice Green Milk Tea
Taiwan Mango QQ
Matcha Red Bean Milk Tea
Red Bean Pearl Milk Tea
Matcha Tea Latte
Customize your drinks:
o 8 toppings available: pearls, grass jelly, coconut jelly, red bean, coffee jelly, aloe vera, rainbow jelly, pudding.
o Ice level: regular, less, no ice
o Sugar level: extra, regular, less, half, slight, no sugar
Thank you to Raymond of ChineseBites (chinesebites.com) for inviting me to celebrate and enjoy the opening of Chatime!
I tried the Taiwan Mango QQ and the Jasmine Green Tea Mousse.
Even at 50% sugar, I still found the Taiwan Mango too sweet for my liking (although I usually drink my tea and coffee with no sugar). I think I would like it if I had ordered it with “slight” sugar, or perhaps if there was no coconut jelly. It had good mango flavour so I would recommend it to all those mango lovers out there!
I preferred the Jasmine Green Tea Mousse over the Taiwan Mango. I was curious to see what the mousse texture would be like. I think the best way to describe it is when you get regular milky bubble tea and the top is foamy/frothy. More of the Jasmine Green Tea Mousse was foam/froth although it seemed to be more blended and liquid-y at the bottom. 50% sugar level was perfect for me, but I would assume most people would like it with a higher sugar level.
Overall, the bubble tea was good, but I didn’t find it extraordinary. Although they do offer some things I haven’t seen elsewhere (the “mousse” and the ice and sugar levels), I think that their bubble tea is pretty comparable to other popular bubble tea restaurants. I would return, but I wouldn’t make the trip downtown (30-40 minutes for me) for a drink.
Happy Hour at Joe Fortes is offered every day of the week between 4-6pm. The Happy Hour menu is only served in the bar area of the restaurant. It gets pretty busy and they don’t take reservations for Happy Hour, so I would recommend getting to the restaurant right at 4:00pm. (I actually got there at 3:50pm and they seated me right away but wouldn’t take my order until right at 4:00pm.)
The Happy Hour menu prices are significantly cheaper than the regular prices. Everything that I had ordered was good, nothing blew my mind but I would definitely come back for Happy Hour! I think most of the prices and portion sizes were appropriate, and that being said, I would not pay full price for the Happy Hour items.
I think the best thing about Happy Hour are the Buck A Shuck Oysters (it’s not listed on the actual menu!) The next time I come, I want to try the Oysters Rockefeller and the Calamari.
Food Rating: 8/10 Value Rating: 7/10 Wait Time: I was seated immediately, was served water, but was not allowed to order until 4:00pm Would I Return? Yes