I have been eating a lot of Western Japanese food lately and therefore had to make a trip to Barefoot Kitchen in the West End.

This is my second time going to the Barefoot Kitchen and the first time I was less than impressed. The food came at different times, wasn't hot, and the taste was just ok. This time things were a little better but I much rather eat at Yoshoku-ya, Tenhachi or Guu Thurlow.

I tried the shrimp and chicken au gratin served with broccoli on penne for $8.95 and my buddy ordered the shrimp stone bowl for $11.95. The au gratin was nice a cheesy but a little small and tasted fairly basic, similar to the dishes you get out of HK cafes. The shrimp stone bowl had a ton of shrimps but could have used some other ingredients such as some vegetables or an egg. Their set combos (not shown here) are pretty good because they come with a wicked selection of slides (rice or galic bread + yam or kimchi + sunomono or potato salad).

What was nice was my dessert. I ordered the green tea shaved ice for $5.50. There are not many shaved ice spots in Vancouver but if you want a dessert that brings you back to the days of snow cones at K -Mart or at your friends house you should try this spot. The green tea flavoured shaved ice was served with ice cream, red bean, and mochi pieces. RAD!!! Great as a sharing dish at the end of a date.

I don't ever rate places but if I did this place gets a 7 for a dinner. Although the dessert was nice and tasty.

Barefood Kitchen
1725 Davie Street
(604) 681-9722

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Coco Cake Land said... @ May 30, 2009 at 10:52 AM

ohmygoodness. i LOVE SHAVED ICE!! that dessert is totally made me want to visit this spot. another awesome place for shaved ice is the Powell Street Festival-- 2 days of Japanese food (and art and music!) on the BC Day Long weekend... the Vancouver Japanese Language School has the best shaved ice, with green tea, mochi, red bean... yum.

Anonymous said... @ May 30, 2009 at 10:57 AM

shaved ice rules!!!!

timinganddelivery.com said... @ May 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Shaved ice reminds me of the circus from back in the day.

Great photos, the shrimp dish looked fantastic!

Anonymous said... @ May 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM

The shaved ice dessert looks deeeelish.

I love shaved ice treats, makes me think of my Dad when he was a young lad selling Filipino shaved ice (halo halo) in the motherland.

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