Gami Chicken and Beer has recently opened up at Central Park mall. The restaurant had a refreshing blue themed shipping container inspired interior. It’s located on the lower level of the mall where Doughnut Time used to be and it’s quite spacious in there. I love Korean fried chicken or any fried chicken in general!
We started off by ordering the Seafood Pancake. I’ve definitely had better. This one just didn’t seem like it had many ingredients and lacked the crispiness I was looking for. Continue reading →
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.
Happy December! I can’t believe Christmas is only 24 days away! I’m trying to get Christmas-y now and I just decorated my staircase with purple and gold foil garland.
Long post ahead!
For my friend’s birthday, we decided to celebrate at Sura Korean restaurant in Richmond. It’s located where Tropika used to be inside Aberdeen mall. I’ve never been to their location in downtown before but the reviews for the Richmond location were really bad… so I was just crossing my fingers and hoping they were wrong.
The servers will bring your food over on a small cart with all the food on it instead of carrying each plate. For the Bulgogi Bibimbap, they mixed it tableside and they ask you how much hot sauce you want mixed in too. Since we had a lot of people sharing I didn’t end up trying a lot of this dish but it tasted standard.
Okay I haven’t really ventured into Korean food much, mostly because all the Korean restaurants are either downtown or in Coquitlam/Burnaby. However, I did hear about Haroo through the food blogger grapevine and it was conveniently located on Alexandra road next to Deer Garden. It is fairly small inside and reservations are recommended. I had a small group for my birthday so I thought this place would be perfect.
We started off our meal with the usual side dishes (sorry no pictures) as well as a salad and Korean style congee. On the menu it says that you can only get one refill of the side dishes. We were too full from our meal though so we never refilled it anyway.
Most dishes are meant to be shared and cost around $18 but they’re quite big too. The first thing I had my eye on was the seafood pancake of course.
I didn’t think it would be THIS big though! There was a lot of seafood incorporated into the pancake and the pancake was quite thick too. I like the crispy batter but I’m not sure if some people will say if it’s too thick or not. I really enjoyed this though! It didn’t feel too greasy either. The pancake was served on a rack on top of the pan, perhaps so that the bottom will not become too greasy? I think this is one of the best seafood pancakes I’ve ever had though!
Of course we can’t get Korean food without ordering Bibimbap! We chose the Bulgogi Bibimbap I believe. Served with plenty of veggies, this was a very satisfying dish. The bulgogi was lightly marinated and not overcooked or dry. It also came with spicy sauce on the side in case you needed that extra kick to your meal. This is more like a personal sized bowl but of coures you can share as well. You really can’t go wrong with bibimbap! =D
Next we had the Spicy Pork which also came with a fair amount of veggies and topped with some radish I believe. I’m not sure since I didn’t really eat that part hehe. I loved this dish too it was fairly spicy and the pork was very tender. This dish came with a bowl of rice which would be great for soaking up the spicy sauce! Our food came quite quickly after we ordered and we were really impressed with their speediness.
Finally we had another one of my favourites, Japchaeor Korean Glass Noodles! Yes okay almost everything we ate was my favourite lol ^__^ Don’t worry everyone else liked the food too! The noodles were soft and sort of like vermicelli but thicker and bouncier? I just loveee these noodles! As with the other dishes, there were also veggies mixed in as well. Yay for veggies!
We had also brought a cake and we asked them to put it in the fridge for us but we were informed that there would be a 15% charge for cutlery for the cake. O__O But we didn’t have a choice since we already brought the cake right so we obliged. I assumed they would cut the cake for us too but we were only provided with the necessary cutlery so I’m not sure why they need to charge us an extra 15% for that! There is also a limit of one credit card transaction per table as well and a minimum charge of something like $10 per person. However, many dishes are ~$18 so that shouldn’t be a problem even if you were sharing.
Besides that, we were all very satisfied with our meal here. The dishes are great for sharing as well and if you’re not too hungry you can always get the personal sized bibimbap or tofu soup dishes. This is my new go-to Korean restaurant for sure (so far at least!) Also there aren’t many in Richmond so it’s a good convenient place to check out.
I biked the seawall with my coworkers!!! It only took us an hour plus stopping for pictures so it was faster than I expected and renting wasn’t so bad either $10.64. =) Maybe I’ll do it again before summer is over.
Interesting rock by the seawall
Obviously we got food after and since the bike rental place was on Denman, we decided to go on Robson for some Korean food! It was a nice day so we decided to sit on the patio.
They had a deal for unlimited all you can eat of some hot pot dishes for $13.95 but we didn’t go for that.
Les appetizers! There was even pasta salad.
I haven’t had Korean food in a loooong time and I wanted Jap Che! This one has beef in it and a lot of veggies like onions, zucchinis, mushrooms, carrots, green onions and spinach leaves lining the sides of the plate. I wasn’t expecting this much sauce with the noodles though. I would have preferred it more dry like at some other places but it was still ok. It had a lot of beef and mushroom flavour. It was pretty big and I couldn’t finish it. It was $14.99.
My friend’s kimchi fried rice. This was $9.99
Seafood pancake. Typical seafood pancake I think! This was $8.99.
My friend ordered this rice meal with spicy chicken and cabbage but she asked for it to be mildly spicy so it didn’t have any flavour… :S Also it was slightly dry too. This was $8.99.
Beef bibimbap! A popular Korean dish I would have ordered it but I had just had one the week before. Look at all those yummy ingredients! This was $9.99.
I noticed there were a lot of flies hovering by the patio though but none actually came near the food. The waitress also let us split the bill even though we had a shared item.