The VCC Chef’s Table dinner is prepared by VCC’s International Culinary Arts students. I believe they host one in the fall and one in spring. They offer a 5 course seasonal tasting menu for $30 which is a great deal if you want to try fine dining but don’t want to fork out a lot of money. For an additional $15, you can do a wine pairing as well.
To my surprise, most of the diners in attendance were middle aged and we were the youngest people there. Maybe it was just that night but I expected a wider age demographic. Or maybe people my age don’t really know about this event because I had never heard of it before either. Read more
The Poke Guy is the latest newcomer to the poke scene. They are closer to Gastown on Richards and Hastings Street so if you work around here you don’t need to go as far for your poke fix now.
They’re right next to a barber shop. This also used to be a waffle place that flopped. I had considered trying them but I was just put off by their lack of ambiance and decor and based on the pictures of the food, they could’ve worked on presentation more. Anyway, I’m glad The Poke Guy took over! Read more
I was not planning to go to Black Star Pastry at the beginning of my trip but I happened upon one of their newer locations in a Japanese bookstore called Kinokuniya in The Galeries (a shopping centre). The watermelon cake is their most popular item and it’s gorgeous! Perfect for Instagram photos. ;)
Black Star Pastry is located right at the entrance of the bookstore. The bookstore is massive and sells tons of cool stuff akin to Chapters here. For example, they were selling the gold crown thing that Sailor Moon has on her forehead and I got kinda giddy over it. Read more
Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine is a fairly new Shanghainese restaurant in Richmond. Located on Browngate road behind Aberdeen, it’s convenient to get to if you take public transit. They also have a parking lot beside the restaurant too or you can park at Aberdeen and sneak over like us.
We didn’t have a reservation so we walked in around 7pm and the manager spent several long minutes debating how to fit us in but he did give us a table! I was also glad that he spoke Cantonese as well because I tried to ask for a table in my terrible broken Mandarin so I was relieved I didn’t have to continue that.
The restaurant looks very classy and high-end inside! I love how all their chairs are blue. It’s very eye-catching and also my favourite colour. They really put a lot of effort into the decor. Price-wise, it wasn’t as steep as we thought too. Their entire menu (which is extensive) is available on Zomato and it includes photos of each item.
Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
Foodgressing was organizing a media tasting on behalf of MagiCream and kindly invited me to go! I had seen a few photos on Instagram but I hadn’t really heard much else about them. They seem to be the only liquid nitrogen ice cream shop not located in downtown. They are in Kerrisdale to be exact. Little did I know, I was about to be impressed.