Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
Thanks to ChineseBites, I had the opportunity to visit Firebird Cafe with fellow blogger Sophia (Everyday Is a Food Day) and our respective +1’s. If you can recall, it is in the same location that Deer Garden used to be in Continental Centre. Firebird Cafe also happens to be serving the same kind of food as Deer Garden i.e. noodle soup and HK style cafe food. The interior looks the same as Deer Garden too. You can basically pretend it’s Deer Garden but with a different name.
Noodle soup ordering sheet
The ordering sheet looked fairly similar to what you would find at Deer Garden.
Last year when I was in Toronto, Hot Star Large Fried Chicken happened to have just opened! I had not intended to visit but we were passing by and there was a huge line up so we decided to join in. Hot Star is a well known chain in Taiwan.
They have this giant wall mural that teaches you all about their chicken. Continue reading →
I’ve finally tried the famous lunch set at Sura Korean Restaurant! This was my first time at their downtown location but I’ve been to their Richmond location in Aberdeen Mall twice now. We also just beat the lunch rush here, so far so good! We actually decided to go to Sura after we tried to go to the Ramen Butcher for their $5 soft opening special but the line was ridiculously long.
We ordered the $15 lunch set which comes with a lot of food. You need to order a minimum of 2 sets per table. We had 3 people so we had 3 sets. Sorry this was a while ago so I don’t quite remember everything!
Everyone starts off with a bowl of congee! More flavourful than I expected since I’m not a congee fan.
Spicy Squid Salad. I liked the addictive spiciness.
Bulgogi!Meat was tender and the sauce was good. I liked how it came with some veggies.
Mung bean jelly with salad but it didn’t have any flavour except for the spicy sauce on top of it. It was just like eating jello.
Herb Pork Belly/Bossam. Tender and fatty!
Grilled Atlantic Croaker. Lots of bones and fishy. Gotta eat this really carefully!
Nam Yang Chicken (sweet and sour fried chicken or it could’ve been pork…) I love sweet and sour stuff so this was one of my favourite dishes.
At the end of the meal we were served some Korean rice punch which I’ve never had before. It was mostly like a sweet tasting sugar water with some rice particles.
We each got a bowl of rice too. I liked that there was a variety of food and we were stuffed after the meal. The food just kept coming! The price is also pretty good if you want to sample a variety of Korean cuisine. The dishes aren’t big but there’s enough to fill you up.
I decided to grab lunch at Miura Waffle and Milk Bar since it was conveniently close to work.
I settled on the Garlic Fried Chicken which was served with lettuce, teriyaki sauce and mayo. The portion is large and very filling. I was really looking forward to the garlic fried chicken since you know I love fried chicken! However, the chicken seemed to be under seasoned and there really wasn’t any garlic flavour which was disappointing.
The waffles are American style and they are quite soft so the last piece tends to get a bit soggy if you eat slow. I think it was alright but didn’t quite hit the mark this time for me.
Their restaurant seems to be quite empty though no matter what time it is. Read about my last visit here and here.
I’ve heard a lot about L.A. Chicken and I finally got the chance to try it last week! I actually tried some leftover chicken before that my brother brought home and it was still delicious so I knew that the freshly deep fried chicken would be amazing. You know how much I love chicken kaarage!
The place is quite small and there are only 3 tables but we managed to snag the last one! It’s located on No. 5 road near Cambie and across from a park. It would be nice to get chicken and eat it in the park in the summer! Like a picnic where you don’t have to cook.
There was a family special for 8 pieces of chicken (mix of breast and thigh) with medium fries and gravy and 2 drinks. All for $23. Sounds like a deal to me!
You can choose to get a mix of spicy chicken and regular chicken. This was the Spicy Chicken and the batter looks different than the regular batter. It was more crispy? It had a very mild spicy flavour. If you didn’t tell me it was spicy I might not be able to tell.
This was the Regular Chicken. I like the regular batter more since it felt like it had more flavour or seasoning? The chicken was moist and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. It was so good!!!
The fries on the other hand were pretty average… it didn’t really have flavour and they were limp and not crispy. However, good thing it came with gravy because the fries dunked in gravy were perfect. The thick gravy was also seasoned well and had a strong peppery flavour to it. Ketchup was provided in packets but we didn’t end up using it.
Although we ordered 8 pieces, they actually gave us 10!!! Wow what a deal! According to my Instagram follower, they are known to give extra pieces if they feel that the pieces aren’t big enough. They seemed pretty big to me! We ended up having 2 pieces leftover so 8 pieces would’ve been perfect for us but I’m not complaining!!! I’m glad they’re far away from me or I could be there very often.
On Black Friday, instead of shopping, my co-workers and I decided to drive downtown for lunch… needless to say, it was a bad idea. It took us forever to get there! We were originally going to Sura for their lunch special ($15/20 per set) but it was super busy so we went across to Jang Mo Jib instead. They used to be one block down on Robson before but now they have a new bigger location.
This was the tofu soup with soy bean paste. I’m not really an expert on tofu soup but it seemed like it had a lot of tofu and veggies but more beef would’ve been nice. It’s quite spicy so it will warm you right up! I think we chose medium for the spiciness. This came with a side of rice.
So I’ve been to Chewie’s for dinner a few times now so I thought I’d do a more comprehensive post! They have a new location near Coal Harbour that just opened this year.
Also, I tried my first raw oyster last month!!! =O *gasp* yes what kind of a food blogger am I anyway? I just wasn’t interested before and it didn’t look that appealing to me but it turns out they’re not bad! Yeah I don’t know why it took me so long to try them haha Chewie’s has a buck a shuck oysters from 3-6pm everyday!
I can’t really say much about the oysters since I’m still new to them…
I’ve only been to Guu for lunch once I think and the other times were always for dinner. Hence I did not know they had such great lunch specials! Everything was $8-10 which I think is a pretty good deal. Usually for dinner they have small tapas that are meant to be shared so it was weird seeing larger portions here.
This was the Curry Doria. It was a delicious combination of chicken, corn, onion, curry, creamy white sauce on rice with melted cheese!!! I think the melted cheese sealed the deal on this. On the menu they don’t have it with curry but my friend who has been here before asked if they could add the curry since she’s ordered it before and they said it was ok. Of course it is a heavy and filling meal since it was very cheesy and creamy. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this sooner!
It also came with a side salad to offset the heaviness from the Curry Doria.
I had the Tamagotoji-Don with deep fried chicken, egg, onion and dashi broth on rice with a side of miso soup. The portion of chicken was huge! It was slightly sweet and very tender. The egg was mixed into the rice with the broth so it was on the wet side but it was really addicting! Also, I love fried chicken! Some of the pieces were not crisp anymore since the rice was wet but I didn’t mind. So glad I ordered this hehehe They also have the option of just the deep fried chicken on rice with no egg for $1 less.
The rice bowl was a pretty good size and the lunch menu is cheaper than places like Kingyo and Suika. I was also surprised that it was much cheaper than dinner!