My friend from London and his mom wanted to try the best Chinese food in Vancouver and they asked me to pick the spot. This was too much pressure for me but I figured Kirin was just as good as any other spot in Vancouver and the location was convenient (Richmond was out of the question).
We ordered the set menu which was 45 dollars a head. The first dish was the cold plate, and the highlight of that dish was the jelly fish. The second was the crab corn soup which came with its on candle to keep the soup hot, also tasting incredible. Next, a crab served in black bean sauce that was very tasty. After that, the last few dishes did not manage to keep up with the first few dishes. The chow mein was only just a bit tastier than what I would get at my regular take out spot and the prawns in sweet chili sauce were actually bland. The dessert was actually boring. I guess they impress you with the first dishes and the fillers just don't stack up. The good thing that none of the plates felt like they were packed with MSG.
The service was fantastic. Our dishes were served to us individually, the pace was excellent and they were very attentive to our needs. My UK friends didn't understand that the tip is not included and only left 10 dollars on the 170 dollar bill. I walked out with them so I would not insult my friends family but I ran back into the restaurant after to add some more money to the tip.
1166 Alberni St
I don't think Kirin is the best Chinese restaurant in Vancouver but what is? Sun Sui Wah?
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.
1725 Davie Street
When I die I want to be reincarnated as a pig's belly so I can have the chance to bring someone as much pleasure as I feel when I eat the pork belly at Kakurenbou.
Mama Roma just posted about the Argo Cafe and I went on the weekend to check it out.
Near the corner of Ontario and 3rd, you will find a place to pick up day labourers and the Argo Cafe. I could never go to the Argo cafe because their hours were always 7-4 Monday to Friday. However, a reader just sent me an email telling me that the Argo Cafe is now open for brunch on Saturday, so I was stoked to try it out.
The menu consists of brunch items only and all items are 10 dollars plus GST. We ordered the bangers and hash ($10), and the steak with two poached eggs ($10) and a side of fries with gravy ($2.50).
Before our main course came we got a baked grapefruit and a blueberry scone. I usually find grapefruit very bitter for my liking but in this case it was baked which carmelizes the sugars and takes away the bitterness of the grapefruit. It was a fantastic starter.
The bangers and hash was served with a chipolte hollaindaise sauce. The sauce was a little too rich and we all had problems finishing it, even though we all took turns having the plate in front of us.
The plate of steak and eggs was great. The cut of beef was not as cheap as I thought it would be and they cooked it perfectly medium as requested, the gravy was tasty and having some eggs and potatoes on the side made it a great first meal.
The fries are gravy are super tasty. The thin fries go down nice like McDonald's fries and the gravy is some sort of mushroom /beef gravy, that was a little salty but still tasty.
For 10 dollars the price was a little higher than I expected but the meal was still a good deal. I want to stop in on the weekday and get a 5 dollar burger.
1836 Ontario Street
Anyone know the going rate for those day labourers? I could use someone to build some Ikea furniture, damn Allen keys and stripped screws.
5615 Harold St. (just off Kingsway)
I was just informed that this month is Max's 60th Anniversary and they are celebrating. Everyday this month they will have sandwich of the day and that is 60% off. I got the toasted egg salad sandwich with a soup and it came to just over 5 dollars (what a deal). The soup was really tasty and the sandwich was cut into four pieces, just like finger food. My friends who ordered before us got their sandwich grilled and it came with cheese. Mine came with an extra pickle but it didn't come with cheese. I rather of had cheese, but oh well it was a good meal nonetheless.
Go check out Max's deli while you can still get the deal
Matt (I often go here for the open face turkey sandwich.)
Max's Bakery and Deli
3105 Oak Street
This will go on my list of favourite things under $6.50. Bosa offers a great variety of paninis for cheap ($3.50 - $6.50). The grilled sandwich is a perfect sandwich for when you are not too hungry and want a nice meal that won't put you to sleep at your desk. Lately, I have been getting the chicken cutlet but this time I ordered the spicy club for $5.95. They are not incredible but they are pretty damn good. A great deal regardless. Not many places to sit but you can always take it back to your office.
It is also a great place to visit if you are looking for European imported goods
1465 Kootney Street
Rather than try and psyche Matt out by suggesting a restaurant he hasn’t been to (it’s virtually impossible) I thought instead to introduce him to one of my all-time favorite dishes at Zakkushi.
I’ve been to Zakkushi several times over the past few years. I think it’s actually the first Izakaya I had ever been to – that curious mix of being seemingly yelled at (I’ve since learned its traditional greeting) and allowing one’s self to have faith and simply order the pictured oddities with gusto. You really can’t go wrong.
We both had cocktails – under $5, which is more than reasonable. I had the sweet plum wine on ice; Matt had a fresh-squeezed grapefruit concoction. In the past I’d tried the umeboshi sour, which is actually just very … sour (though the giant spheres of gelatinous plum are fun to poke with a straw if you’re desperate for distraction). Matt appreciated the ‘thimble-shaped’ ice cubes; I must admit that I’m more of a chipped ice kind of lady – how can I be sure that the thimbles are not holding back drops of my drink? I don’t trust them.
Zakkushi’s main focus seems to be its wide variety of grilled skewers. If money and time were not a problem I’d think going balls-to-the-wall and just ordering one of every skewer would make for a good time. It’s hard to choose. Each order contains two skewers, and most are under $2.00. We went with the P-Toro (pork with lemon), Aspara Maki (asparagus wrapped with sliced pork), and my personal favorite, the Cheese Yaki (chicken thigh covered in cheese). The cheese skewers are especially glorious because of the unapologetic inclusion of processed cheese. I appreciate all cheese, and feel that the low-brow processed variety is skillfully used here. An order of Chicken Karaage ($4.80) provides the protein push – coated, boneless chicken pieces deep fried and served with a house-special horseradish sauce. I especially appreciate the boneless aspect; it’s stressful enough eating chicken wings in front of people, it’s even more so when chopsticks are involved. Problem solved.
And now, the reveal – my favorite dish. Kimchi Mentai Yaki Udon is pan-fried udon noodles with cod roe and kimchi ($7.80). Not something I would ever order myself, rather, it was introduced to me by some friends the first time I went to Zakkushi. I was so blown away by the creamy, mild fishiness of the roe combined with the spicy, pickled kick of the kimchi. I order this dish every time I come to Zakkushi and have made a point of trying it at other Izakayas as well. Typically I do not share, knowing I will resent those who are sitting at my table for inevitably having more than what I deem fair. Yes, I’m a selfish person and yes, it’s just that good. My only comment is that the portion seemed a little smaller than previous visits – perhaps it’s recessionary.
RF (Guest Blogger)
823 Denman Street
My colourful haired friend is a Vegetarian so we took a trip to the Bandidas on Commercial Drive. I never knew how much I liked meat until I was at a place where I couldn't order it. The tacos came in a variety of fillings, walnuts, beans, tofu and yams all of which made me want more meat.
Being a person that eats out everyday, I don't eat out like most people. Maybe I am cheap but I usually don't order booze unless it is a Friday or a Saturday or a tough day at work. My friend order the tequila lemonade and I just had the water. For food we ordered the Laura May (3 for 6 bucks) and the Estelle (4 for $6.50).
The tacos were cheap but a little bland. It was hard to gauge for me being there was no meat. In the end, if you are down with vegetarian and vegan tacos this could be your spot. It was a busy Monday and service was nice but slow.
2781 Commercial Drive
READY TO DINE
We got Tees!!! I have been asked about this shirt numerous times since it was first displayed at Pecha Kucha. This shirt was created by O-toro and is now available at Walrus. The Vancouver Slop "Ready To Dine" T-Shirt gives a nod to the Notorious Big "Ready to Die" Album cover and will be loved by both Hip Hop fans and foodies alike.
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This T - Shirt is available at Walrus located at
3408 Cambie Street
This mexican joint was located on the 300's level. The menu wasn't too impressive with only 4 items; Beef Quesadilla, Chicken Quesadilla, Vegi Quesadilla and Nachos. All the quesadillas were $9.50. Since I still had a sausage of unknown meat digesting in me I ordered the Vegi Quesadilla. These were way overpriced for what you get, a simple flour tortilla with beans and cheese, some wack salsa and sour cream on the side.
The Canucks took this game and with a few stadium beer in me I forgot how disappointing the Mexican food was. If I'm fortunate enough to attend another game this playoff season, I will stick to the White Spot Triple'O Burgers for the same price as those sorry quesadilllas!
As a birthday present, I have offered to give Matt some cooking lessons. Not that I want to jeopardize how much he eats out and in turn blogs for vanouver slop, but to help him see the process of the activity we love so much from the grocery store to the dinner table.
Every so often on a Monday evening, Matt and I travel to the grocery store, argue about who's pallette is more mature and spend a little time in the kitchen, helping Matt learn the in's and out's of seasoning, baking, serving and being a good host. On this particular Monday, Matt prepared a tomato sauce with chicken thighs, peppers, garlic, onions, and tons of seasoning and love served on linguine. Along with a fresh salad of parmeggiano reggiano cheese and a simple olive oil/balsamic/lemon vinagrette, our favourite slop blogger pleased not only me but a round of guests who gathered for the meal.
Not only can Matt bbq a turkey like nobody's business, but he can serve a pasta dish and bottle of wine like a true gentleman..
ps. watch out for vancouver slop jogging pants (see matt's pants) for easy eating.
I let to bet on things once and a while. I decided to get cocky and bet Daniel from El Kartel that I would beat him at squash, I am not that good but I don't mind betting dinner with friends. I lose often and I don't mind paying up with a ten dollar meal.
So Daniel kicked my ass at squash and then decided that we go to Kingyo for a late snack. I did not know that this Monday was his Friday at work and he wanted to drink, plus it was eleven o'clock so I thought he ate already. We sat down and he ordered a ton of deep fried things, the snow crab spring roll ($9.80), edamame ($3.80), chicken karaage ($7.20), ebi mayo ($8.80), and chicken wings ($6.80). I was like this is going to be an expensive meal and then the Mexican decided to order a couple of pitchers of beer, and then large sake (umm its Monday, WTF). I was like, okay store owner, I am not that rich, we don't have to make the stakes this high.
The meal was excellent. The spring rolls were super tasty, the chicken karaage which had a juicier taste than the typical Japanese karaage, came with salt from the mines in Utah, Himalayas and Okinawa. The chicken wings which claimed to be spicy tasted more like it was seasoned with pepper rather than chilis, but still tasted good.
Daniel was nice and said I didn't have to pay for the 90 dollar tab but I lived up to my end of the bargain and paid for the meal. Next time I am going to challenge him at something that I know I can beat him at.
871 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2L9
Matt - The one on the right smiling but not really smiling because I just saw the bill. lol