The Fish Shack-Brunch

EDIT: Ok never mind I went again the fries are still HORRIBLE and everything else is really average so it’s not exactly a brunch place.

I was looking for a brunch place to go to before watching the Avengers and the Fish Shack was relatively close so we decided to try it. The Fish Shack is owned by the Glowbal Group and it used to be some Mediterranean place that I also tried but it closed down.

It was interesting how they used pallets to decorate one side of their wall and they had a fishing theme going on which was pretty cool. There are also some TV’s for watching sports games.

The Fish Shack

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Big Rock Urban Eatery-Not Impressed

Big Rock Urban Eatery is the newest brewery to join the Olympic Village area. They started out in Alberta and now they have a BC location.

We were here for the food though since I am still acquiring the taste for beer. The building doesn’t look like much from the outside but the inside looked industrial hip. It was really loud inside even though there weren’t that many people or loud music playing but it was hard to hear people from across the table or even beside you. Maybe it was just the way the building was constructed.

Big Rock Urban Eatery

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L.A. Chicken: Deep Fried Goodness

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!

L.A. Chicken

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.

L.A. Chicken

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.

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Original Joe’s Happy Hour

My co-worker suggested we hit up Original Joe’s for their happy hour (50% off certain appetizers from 3-6pm) and since I’ve never really gone anywhere for happy hour I thought it was a good idea. Original Joe’s is located above Starbucks on Broadway and Cambie and the entrance is next to La Taqueria. I never really thought about visiting before since it just didn’t look that exciting.

The restaurant is a sports bar with lots of TV’s and even a nice pool table at the back! There were lots of large comfy booth seats as well but the lighting is dim as with most bars/pubs. Not all appetizers are available for the happy hour promotion though although I can’t remember which ones are not available…

Original Joe's Happy Hour

We all agreed that we love Sweet Potato Fries so we had to order it. the fries were long and crispy on the outside but flavour wise it was really meh … they just felt a bit under seasoned and didn’t have that sweet potato flavour. It was disappointing since it is hard to screw up fries but these just tasted kinda weird. Just not the addictive fries I was hoping for. I believe we ordered the chipotle dip but I think they gave us the dill dip instead as evidenced by the dill pieces in the dip.

Original Joe's Happy HourThis was the Chili Lime Chicken which was breaded chicken tossed in a sweet chili sauce with lime, cucumber, crispy chow mein noodles and green onions. This dish was not bad since I really like the sweet chili sauce and it does feel a bit spicy after a few pieces.

Original Joe's Happy Hour

Next we also had the Calamari which came with a tzatziki sauce and also some breaded red peppers, onions and jalapeños. As far as calamari goes, this tasted extremely bland to me even though it looks good. The portion was a good size but it really lacked flavour and you need copious amounts of dip to help it out.

Original Joe's Happy Hour

I love wings so we couldn’t pass up the chance to order some! These were the BBQ Wings which were served with celery and carrots sticks and some ranch dip. The wings were not dry and had a decent amount of meat on them! It probably helped that the wings were coated in a wet sauce too. Each serving is 1lb and has about 8-10 wings.

Orignal Joe's Happy Hour

To further satisfy our wing cravings, we also had an order of Sweet Chili Wings as well! It came with the same sides and the wings were also the same quality as above.

So my favourite items were the wings and then the Chili Lime Chicken. For the happy hour price of $5-6 I can’t really complain about anything. It’s a cheaper chain restaurant so nothing amazing here but I would pass on the calamari and sweet potato fries … Our server wasn’t exactly friendly but she was efficient for sure.

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Thyme to Indulge Catering and Bistro

Thyme to Indulge is such a cute name for a restaurant. They seem like they’re known for their brunch but I just went for a late lunch. The space is whimsically decorated and they even sell  many flavours of macarons in a display case. Not sure how good they are though…

Thyme to Indulge Catering and Bistro

We explored their menu online before showing up and we saw The Jerk which sounded interesting. The online menu never mentioned that it was a sandwich though and also didn’t say that it came with fries or salad so we were pleasantly surprised. The sandwich consisted of roasted jerk chicken, grilled pineapples, avocado and guava chutney with a house made aioli sauce. I believe I’ve only had jerk chicken once before and that was at the Caribbean Festival and it was more heavily seasoned and grilled. This roasted version was almost on the dry side. There were bursts of sweetness from the grilled pineapple that helped keep the flavour interesting though. The bun was soft but unremarkable. I don’t know my bread but it might’ve been brioche? Anyway, I wouldn’t really recommend this sandwich and I was expecting a bit more from it.

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White Spot

I ended up eating lunch at like 3pm and ended up going to White Spot at Oakridge since it was convenient and also they have happy hour from 3-6pm so I thought I’d take advantage of that. Also I saw pictures of their new burger guest stars on Instagram and they looked good.

Unfortunately we did not end up picking appies that qualified for happy hour because a) I can’t read the menu obviously and b) even though I checked with the server and she was like yup yup it turned out that it was a nope nope >.> so we ended up feeling ripped off after and I could’ve ordered other stuff that was more worth the money.

White Spot

This was the Crispy Three Cheese Ravioli filled with mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheese and served with arrabiata sauce. The ravioli were fried and cheesy inside but tasted mostly doughy and all the different cheeses they used didn’t seem to have much of an impact.

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Joey’s Broadway

My friend decided to have her birthday dinner at Joey’s and I remember a few years ago I also had my birthday dinner here too and it was alright. Apparently they only take 20% reservations and the rest of the space is for walk in customers.

Joey's BroadwayWe started off by sharing some Yam Fries with Truffle Lemon Aioli and grated Grana Padano cheese on top. The fries were good but the acidity from the lemon aioli just didn’t go well with the yam fries but it sounds good in theory. The presentation on the wire basket as also cute.

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Chicha

Chicha is a Peruvian restaurant and I don’t think there are many Peruvian restaurants in Vancouver. The food is served tapas style.  They also only have lunch on Fridays and brunch on weekends. Since my co workers and I go out every Friday, this was a perfect opportunity to try some Peruvian food. Also, I saw Follow Me Foodie post some pictures on Facebook from Chicha so that totally helped us make our dining decision!

Chicha Menu

Here’s a quick snapshot of the menu. It was a bit different from their online menu.

Chicha

My co workers both had the Empanadas with chicken served with a side of salsa. There were 2 pieces in a flaky pastry shell. The chicken was quite moist and tender from that one bite that I tried. It felt a bit expensive though for $12.

Chicha

Chicha

For myself, I had the Roast Pork Sandwich with fries and it was damn tasty! The pork was super tender and moist but not too fatty at the same time. The sandwich was also dripping with what looked like mustard but it was some sort of aioli sauce and it was really juicy. The ciabatta bun was nice and soft and there were some greens in the sandwich to balance out the pork. Another notable mention is the glazed yams inside which added some sweetness to the sandwich. Definitely did not regret getting this! The fries were also nice and crisp too and accompanied by  a side of spicy mayo. This sandwich was a win albeit messy to eat!

Ok so the tapas do seem pretty expensive but the sandwich was worth it.

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McDonald’s Poutine…Don’t Bother

So my brother got McDonald’s poutine and I tried some and we both agreed that it was just their fries+gravy and cheese curds. Since their fries are so skinny it just doesn’t taste good with the gravy and cheese which weren’t special either. Unless you’re extremely desperate, please go somewhere else for poutine. The fries taste much better with just salt. I wasn’t expecting much anyway.

McDonald's Poutine

Tap and Barrel: False Creek

Last week I went for lunch with my co workers at the Tap and Barrel right by False Creek. It has a fantastic view of the water, Science World and BC Place Stadium on their patio. When we arrived around 1pm there was a long line but it turns out that it was for the patio. We didn’t really care where we sat as long as we were seated so we were seated relatively quickly. It was a beautiful day and it seemed like no one wanted to sit inside except us. There menu items were standard pub fare such as burgers and pizza and a couple of snacks. They also had a lot of beer of course and they said they don’t do pitchers.

Tap and Barrel I know this might sound weird to some of you… or a lot of you. But I had the PB&J Burger served with chipotle peanut butter and bacon jam. The peanut butter and bacon jam was actually quite tasty and smooth. On the other hand, I did not taste any chipotle or bacon though. Otherwise, the only issue I had was that the oil from the peanut butter made the burger a drippy mess and difficult to eat. However, the flavours went surprisingly well together. The sea salted fries on the side were came hot and crispy but many of the pieces I had were small and ended up being really crunchy when fried. They lacked the starchiness that fries are supposed to have. Although I enjoyed my burger despite the mess, the fries need to be improved. Guess what the crispy thing on top of the burger is? It’s actually a deep fried pickle! It was wonderfully crunchy and not sour at all. It was a LOT better than the deep fried pickles I had at the PNE.

Deep fried pickles

Deep fried pickles from the PNE

These were dill pickles and the batter was just really greasy and thick.

It was interesting that all the burgers were served in a shallow metal pan and covered with something similar to parchment paper. All my colleagues seemed happy with their food and the poutine burger seemed to be a hit. Despite the fact that we sat indoors, we still enjoyed the view through the open doors and large windows in every direction.

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