Given the growing popularity of Ramen in the Lower Mainland, it’s no surprise that there is yet another one to bring their version of authentic Japanese noodles to Vancouver. The Ramen Butcher is located on the edge of Chinatown on East Georgia. This little ramen shop boasts a nice little menu. Open for lunch and dinner, their small menu is geared towards letting their star dish, tonkotsu ramen, be, well a star!
The menu features seven times of ramen (moslty being named by colour), and four variations of gyoza. Note that their menu is currently expanding. They also offer kaedama – which is an extra serving of noodles only. That means if you still have broth left and you’re still hungry, load up on another serving of noodles for free! Continue reading
After consuming copious amounts of fried crayfish, chargrilled oysters, fried chicken and gumbo, it was a relief to walk into Bourbon House in New Orleans. Located on the corner of Bourbon and Iberville St. and (or a block off of Canal Street), Bourbon House is a seafood / oyster bar. Bourbon House flaunts a delicious seasonal menu. What does that mean for potential diners? If it’s not in season, you won’t find it on the menu.
It is a fairly large restaurants with floor to ceiling windows that overlook both Bourbon Street and Iberville Street. Dishes are authentically ‘New Orleans’ featuring classic creole-esque flavours. Being called Bourbon House also means that it flaunts an impressive Bourbon menu with over 100 American Whiskeys on the list as well as a classic “Bourbon Milk Punch” – which let me tell you is worth ordering (multiple if you have room). Continue reading
Have I ever told you that I have a thing for oysters? Raw oysters are even better. I could eat two dozen raw oysters by myself and still feel amazing – and be the happy as a clam. (I really should not make seafood jokes…). The only thing I dislike about oysters would be the price. Regular price oysters cost around $3 a pop – and with my oyster eating habits, that is nothing to scoff at.
Enter The Fish Shack on Granville. Fish Shack is one of many restaurants that are a part of the Glowbal Group. (For you non-Vancouverites, this is a umbrella company that owns several restaurants. Not to be mistaken for a chain of restaurants or franchise.) Fish Shack has this amazing deal called a ‘buck-a-shuck’, which happens every day from open until 6pm. However, we Vancouverites need to remember that there is also Happy Hour from 3 – 6pm, which means discounted appys and drinks. This is a seafood lovers paradise. Continue reading
There is something about authentic Cajun and Louisiana style cooking that you can’t find just anywhere. I’ve been to New Orleans, Louisiana or NOLA two times within the last two years. The culture and food there is simply fantastic. Everything has flavour – from the people, to the history, to the drinks, to the wide variety of foods. So when I came back a year ago from my first experience of the NOLA food, I was craving good fried chicken and an amazing Caesar. Enter Chewies.
Today, I’m introducing you to that old favourite. The Kitsilano location was its first location. Located two blocks away from the beach, it has a wrap around patio and a cozy interior. The restaurant itself features a unique open kitchen concept that allows guests of the restaurant to immerse themselves in the true style of southern cooking. Dishes like Gumbo, Creole Mussels and Jambalaya are on the menu and taste so authentically New Orleans that it was hard to pick where I had had the better of the two dishes.
The first time I heard of Jethro’s Fine Grub was on the TV show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. Interestingly enough, it’s located on Dunbar – about a 5 minute drive, 10 minute walk&bus ride, or 20 minute walk from my house. Jethro’s is a classic diner with HUGE portions and a line-up that makes you question waiting outside in Vancouver’s temperamental weather.
Now with TWO locations open from 8am – 4pm, 7 days a week, Jethro’s is nothing short of good value. Recognized as one of the Best New Restaurants on the West Side (2011) by the Georgia Straight and Best Cheap Eats by Vancouver Magazine, I understand why I wait an hour in the cold just to have pizza sized pancakes.
As mentioned, portions are HUGE. If you decide to order take out, Jethro’s buttermilk pancakes (which are light and fluffy) will be packaged for you in a small/medium sized pizza box. Everything you order here is pretty tasty. For the value, you just can’t go wrong. Personally, I think the extensive breakfast menu (which includes standard breakfast items, omelettes, french toast, pancakes and more) gives you a better value (and larger portions) than the lunch menu. For a full-time student, I think I can definitely afford the $6 – $12 menu items (since I always seem to have left overs).