Argo Cafe was featured in the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here. The outside looks pretty run down and the inside is similar but it’s a busy local diner. Their daily specials change everyday and you can find them on their website.
There weren’t any booth seats left so we sat at this counter here. The diner is small so there were a lot of things stashed at the counter. Continue reading →
The Flying Pig opened up their third location in Olympic Village recently which is right in ma hood. So of course we had to go for lunch on Friday! The interior looks really nice with a wood theme going on and the wall behind our booth was lined with wine bottles.
We started off with some Complimentary Bread served with EVOO on a large plate convenient for dipping. Probably a little too convenient since I accidentally drenched my slice of bread. Not sure what kind of bread this was but it was really soft and served at room temperature.
We shared the Devilled Jumbo Chicken Drumettes served with a side of parmesan basil sour cream. As you can see, they gave us two huge celery stalks for the garnish which was really weird. Usually they cut it up into pieces for you! Not sure why they didn’t do it here… The drumettes were glazed with a sweet sriracha BBQ sauce and there was suppose to be sriracha sauce in there but I couldn’t taste any. The meat was very tender though but besides the BBQ sauce on top the meat had no other flavour so it felt like it wasn’t seasoned/marinated enough. The parmesan basil sour cream helped though!
This was one of the specials of the day. Jumbo Macaroni with cheesy garlic bread, chicken breast, bacon and a 3 cheese cream sauce. I was debating between this or the braised short rib jumbo macaroni. Despite how good it sounded on paper (or their chalkboard), we felt that the dish fell short of our expectations. It wasn’t bad per se but it could’ve been a bit cheesier or more flavourful. The chicken breast wasn’t dry though and the cheesy garlic bread was really good!
For our side dish, we ordered the Truffled Cauliflower Gratin. When we received it, we complained that it was too watery and our server overheard us and offered to replace it for us! My foodie friend suspects that it was frozen before so that’s why there was so much water.
This was the replacement and it looked much better. It was less watery and more cheesy but we still thought the 4 cheese cream sauce could’ve been creamier and thicker in consistency but it was an improvement. The service was great! They even took it off the bill for us.
Maybe my expectations were too high since I’ve been wanting to try the Flying Pig for a while but our experience wasn’t as exciting as we hoped for. I would still like to try them again for dinner or happy hour though.
I’ve heard that Pronto Cafe also makes a porchetta sandwich similar to the one at Meat and Bread. Pronto is a small Italian cafe with limited seating but they have a nice outdoor patio at the back of the restaurant. They serve pasta, sandwiches and paninis .
So on my lunch visit to Pronto, I ended up not ordering the porchetta since I wasn’t thaaat hungry and the Proscuitto Panini also sounded appetizing so I settled for that instead.
This is made with sundried tomato mayo, sweet Fabri cherries, arugula and provolone cheese. I thought the panini was a bit on the small size since it was $8.50 but I guess the price is similar to Meat and Bread except I feel like Meat and Bread would be more worth it but I’m just biased. The panini was good with nice stringy cheese but I wish the proscuitto was more spread out in the sandwich rather than just being on one side of the panini. It was so packed in that when I bit into it I ended up pulling a lot of it out in one bite. The only other thing was that I had no idea what sweet Fabri cherries were before ordering. I thought it might be dried fruit? However, it had this really weird flavour like cherry medicine and I didn’t like it…
My friend had the Gnocchi with Pesto and Pancetta. The gnocchi had a nice chewy texture that contrasted with the crisp pancetta. The creamy pesto sauce with the cheese brought everything together. They also have daily specials written on a chalkboard.
While the food was not bad, I’m not in a hurry to return anytime soon. Maaaaybe for the porchetta?
Cafe de L’Orangerie is in a small plaza on W73rd and Hudson. It’s right next to Penang Delight Cafe. They serve a lot of Japanese style spaghetti and Japanese takes on other dishes.
We shared this Beef Stew Poutine with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. It comes in a small or large size and this was the small but it was still a pretty big portion to me. The beef stew was just minced beef with some small pieces of carrot and onion. The cheese was actually in slices under the sauce so a lot of it wasn’t melted yet when it was served but it did eventually melt more. The fries were exactly like Costco fries!!! I love Costco fries since they’re quite crispy but still soft so this was a win for me! I could probably eat this for my entree.
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Ask For Luigi has been one of the most talked about restaurants in town for a while and it was high time that I tried it out. They only take reservations for time slots between 5:30-6pm so we did not end up getting one. I got there around 6:20pm and was told that the wait would be about an hour and they were pretty spot on with that. The interior is pretty small I think there were only 12 tables that seat 2 or 4 people.
We shared an appetizer which was the Crispy Polenta with Taleggio Cheese on some marinara/tomato sauce. The outside looked a bit like fried tofu covered with cheese. The outside was crispy and the inside was soft with some mild flavour from the cheese.
The special of the day was Gnocchi with Rabbit. The gnocchi was pillowy soft and slightly chewy and while the rabbit meat was tender and had that pulled meat texture.
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My friend came back from Toronto and we had a get together at Basil Pasta Bar. You can customize your own pasta and choose the type of noodles, meat, vegetables, sauce and toppings! Or you can choose some of their house specials too. The interior is quite small though but kinda cozy?
My friend had fettucine with carbonara sauce, bacon, chorizo, broccoli, mozzarella cheese and parsley.
This had fussili, bolognese sauce, chorizo, some vegetables I’m not sure of, no cheese and parsley.
Mine had penne, pesto cream, parsley, spinach, corn, zucchini, red onions, mozzarella cheese and parsley. The pasta was al dente and there was a good amount of sauce and ingredients. Yum! All of the DIY pastas are only $7.95!!! That’s a super great deal! The portions were pretty big and filling and you can make anything you want! I’m definitely coming back again. All my carb and pasta cravings were satisfied and there must be something you like here! It’s nothing fancy but there’s a lot of variety! Apparently you can also order online.
For my friend’s birthday, we decided to go somewhere fancier and we went to Italian Kitchen. Yes this is what I consider fancy and I know not everyone will agree haha It was my first time here. We were seated upstairs by the window and it was much quieter upstairs compared to downstairs because that’s where their open kitchen is.
We started by sharing the Bruschetta Sampler. It had three kinds of brushchetta (from left to right): pesto with fior di latte (fancy huh?), tomato basil, and chickpea. The flatbread was served slightly warm and the texture was just right, not too soft or hard. I was not particularly fond of the bruschetta and I don’t have much experience with it. With that being said, I found it a bit…boring? The flavours were just not exciting or special. It was alright for an appetizer meant to be shared and the only problem I had was with the tomatoes which completely fell off. >.> They should probably make some sort of paste so that the tomatoes will actually adhere to the flat bread. The chickpea one was the best. The pesto was not bad either and the fior di latte which I assume is some kind of cheese was mild in flavour.
I also decided to order a non-alcoholic drink. This is the Lychee Rosa with some lychee, strawberry and bubbly soda. The flavours were nice and the lychee was evident but there was a lot of ice so the drink was diluted quickly. =(
For our entrees we had the Pappardelle with lamb sausage, potatoes, cabbage peperoncino and olive oil. This was really good! There was a bit of spiciness in the sauce and the noodles were al dente and the portion was not bad. However, this dish was super oily from the olive oil though and it made the noodles very slippery!
Our other entree was the Veal Milanese. Despite the size and the delicious looking breading infused with herbs and spices, it actually did not have that much flavour. At least it wasn’t dry though. Under the slab of meat were some veggies like carrots and string beans and potatoes to balance out the meal. The veggies were bland as well but it must be healthier that way right?
We were super full after, especially from the bruschetta! I wouldn’t get the bruschetta again though and maybe I’ll stick to their pastas. Service was good and they even have a coat check too.
My BFF <3 from Toronto came back so we met up for lunch at Anton’s! Thankfully there was no line up at 1pm and the restaurant was only half full. My first visit to Anton’s was over two years ago now so I can’t quite remember what the food tasted like. The only thing I remembered was the giganormous portions and that’s what they’re famous for. Anton’s is in North Burnaby and it took me an hour to bus there! The decor inside had a homey feel to it but it was nothing fancy.
Excuse my horrible yellow photos, apparently my camera was on some kind of weird setting I didn’t know about. Oops! ><
We were given some free bread to start off with but neither of us touched it since we knew we were going to be really full from the pasta. We had intended to eat it after but we had room so I can’t comment on the bread. There is also a minimum charge of $8 per person so we decided to share a pasta and a dessert to fulfill that requirement.
All pastas are $12.75 for lunch unless otherwise specified. The pastas are divided by the type of sauce used in it such as red sauce, white sauce, clear sauce etc. They also have a selection of stuffed pastas and vegetarian pastas We chose the Penne Mezza Luna with Italian sausage & pancetta in an olive tomato sauce. I’ve always preferred red sauces and who doesn’t love anything with Italian sausage right? Our server asked if we wanted any pepper on our pasta and we said yes. She kept going for longer than we expected before we realized we had to ask her to stop. First of all I thought that the penne was really thick and a bit chunky. It was also on the soft side and not quite al dente either. Otherwise it was alright and the sausage gave the pasta a bit of a kick or it could have been the black pepper we had sprinkled on top. The pasta was rather mediocre due to the noodles they used so I think this is somewhere you would go for quantity over quality.
Then we had our Tiramisu which turned out to be huge too! It also came with copious amounts of whipped cream. I was so glad we were sharing this. The cake was moist and spongey but the bottom layer was soaked in waaay too much espresso. It was pretty much soggy. =S I’m not too picky with cakes but this was probably the worse tiramisu I’ve ever had. They probably didn’t make the cake in house though and they’re not known for desserts anyway so I shouldn’t complain too much…
Anton’s is somewhere you go for quantity over quality. It’s definitely a good spot for a cheap lunch or dinner but you can get better quality pasta elsewhere. Also I don’t think it’s worth the hype and lineups at night either. If you want to try it, go during lunch times and skip dessert!
On a random lunch with my dad, we ended up at Silver Tower after noticing the long line up at Cattle Cafe and we didn’t feel like waiting. Silver Tower is actually quite big and spacious.
Some sort of Malaysian fried rice with minced meat. I expected it to be a bit spicy but it was more salty from msg. However, I still enjoyed this.
The usual cold milk tea. Here they don’t charge you an extra dollar for cold drinks which is probably one of their redeeming features. Hey a dollar is a dollar right?
Fettucine with tomato sauce and sausages. There were also some mushrooms thrown in. The sauce was pretty generic stuff. You know the Asian pasta sauce that’s kinda ketchupy… it really wasn’t that great but edible and I don’t expect gourmet food here anyway.
It’s a nice place for quick cheap eats! I also like that they have a lot of booth seats.