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. Read more
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…
It’s that time of the year again where participating Vancouver restaurants offer fixed menus for $18, $28 and $38 for the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. I had previously heard a lot of good things about the Boathouse and I liked their menu so my friends and I decided to venture to their English Bay location. There were many other interesting restaurants that I wanted to try but they all seemed to have $38 menus…
When we arrived, we waited about 10 minutes to be seated even though they really weren’t busy. They have a dining room upstairs and a downstairs area that had more of a sports bar vibe. When we were presented with the menu, it turns out that they also offer a $38 menu as well but we stuck with the $28 menu.
For my starter I decided on the calamari. I love deep fried stuff! I found that this calamari wasn’t particularly seasoned but it was crispy and the texture wasn’t too chewy. The best thing was that it was served with a sweet and sour sauce of some sort. Usually it’s just served with a tzatziki sauce and I found this one to be quite mild in flavour.
My friend had the lobster bisque which I didn’t get to try but she said it was pretty good. Interestingly enough it came on a plate with the lobster in the middle and then the rest of the soup was poured over it.
Usually restaurants like this will serve you complimentary bread but they somehow forgot ours and we had to ask for it when we saw that all the other tables had some. It was sourdough bread served warm and straight out of the oven with some garlic butter.
For my entree I had the lobster and prawn curry bowl. I was surprised that it was unlike traditional Asian curries that come with a lot of sauce. Okay I shouldn’t have been that surprised since this was a fusion type dish. This dish came with quite a lot of veggies including cherry tomatoes, snow peas, red peppers and onions. I like how the veggies added colour to the presentation of this dish. The prawns had a slight crunch to them but the lobster felt a bit too overcooked? Also it had too much of a charred taste on some parts so it wasn’t that great. Finally you may be wondering where the curry is in this dish. The Jasmine rice was actually infused with a mild curry flavour making it very moist and tasty but I wish they had used more of a traditional curry sauce instead. I enjoyed this dish and the portion was pretty big too.
My friend had the cedar plank sampler which came with steelhead, wild salmon and pacific cod with mango salsa. There didn’t seem to be much mango salsa but the fish was very tender and moist. Actually to the point where it seemed almost uncooked in the middle … not sure if that was normal or not. The fish seemed a bit on the bland side and there wasn’t any particular flavour to it but I liked that it was super soft and flaky. My favourite was the wild salmon and then the steelhead was a close second.
My other friend had the 7-oz fire grilled sirloin medium rare. The mashed potatoes were delicious but the sirloin kinda fell short of my expectations. It was a bit too tough to chew despite being medium rare… I’m not a steak expert but that’s what I thought.
For dessert we all had the mocha mud pie with chocolate ganache and maple almond. Ok obviously I’ve never had a mud pie before because this was not what I was expecting. It was basically like a mild mocha flavoured ice cream cake with a crumbly chocolate crust topped with whipped creams and maple almonds slivers. The whipped cream was mildly vanilla flavoured and I wish the chocolate ganache was drizzled on top of the mud pie.I liked that this was a very light dessert because I was quite full after my entree. The almonds gave the dessert a nice crunch and I like the sweetness it gave the mud pie. On the other hand I was not overly impressed with this dessert either.
Overall this was a pretty good meal but nothing really stood out to me that much. The service could have been more attentive too.
We were feeling exotic so we decided to go for Thai! Ok as usual I decided but still hehehe We found an entertainment book coupon too and the deal was “buy one lunch/dinner entree and get a complimentary one of equal or lesser value for free” so that was a pretty good deal! We went at like 2:30pm so the place was empty. The interior is really nice too. They have some nice lunch specials for $9 or so but then our coupon wouldn’t work so we opted to use the coupon instead.
After pondering the menu for a while I think I got this “Neua Pad Khing (Beef with ginger, onions, mushrooms & green onions). $13.50″. Except instead of mushrooms we had spinach. They also serve ostrich!!! :O Not too keen on trying that though.
This was pretty good the sauce was sweet and there was ample beef although it could have been a tad overcooked. Under all the beef are more onions, been sprouts and spinach. For some reason it was watery at the bottom of the dish though…
I thought the beef dish was pretty good until I tried this! This was “House Seafood Combination A – Tiger prawns, clams, mussels, fish filet, squid served with house sauce. $15.50″. It also had green and red pepper slices, scallops and egg mixed into the sauce. The sauce was sweet but spicy at the same time! I think it was a good balance and I like spicy things and this had two red chilli peppers on the menu? I think the fish fillet went really well with the sauce! Totally recommend this! ^^
We also got rice to go with our entrees this cost $5. We didn’t actually ask how much rice we’d be getting but they gave us this and it was good for two people. Rice is totally necessary when there’s so much sauce. I think on the receipt it said it was jasmine rice or coconut rice or something but I couldn’t really tell since I was really hungry and I just ate it.
This restaurant is part of the Thai House group and it fits right into the Yaletown neighbourhood. Maybe I will try the lunch specials some other time.
So according to my sources, this is the first Kirin opened out of the three; the other two being in Richmond and New Westminster. The restaurant itself has undergone renovations and the exterior looks decent enough. Once you go in, the reception area looks lovely, it sort of gives you this classical restaurant feel. However, although the interior isn’t crowded or stuffy, it starts to feel a bit gloomy after a while; maybe due to inadequate lighting. There aren’t many windows as the restaurant opens up to the back and the ceiling near there feels sort of low. That being said, we went their for Mother’s Day with my grandma and I know this post is oh so late, but better late than never right? They gave all the mothers chocolates so that was nice of them. Oh, and they also had a special menu for the occasion.
I’m also missing a dish, but I don’t know the name of it. In Cantonese it’s called, “Zhern Muk Tong” I think, but that was good too. However the next dish is fairly disappointing. It is a chicken dish and it was just overcooked, dried out.
Their noodle dish looks the same as any place, so not very special or anything. They also had soup and rice, but again, all traditional Chinese restaurants serve those as well. Dessert wasn’t to my liking, but it was to my mother; aka not very sweet.
All in all, I think I’d prefer it more if we didn’t order the special Mother’s Day menu and just picked what we wanted from the menu. I also prefer the Kirin in New Westminster for their food and decor over the historical significance of this Kirin.