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    Kei's Bakery

    Has anyone tried Kei's Bakery on Burrard just a little bit north of Broadway? I noticed it today on the way to Orchid Delight (which was just as good as their previous location in Burnaby across from BCIT). Kei's appears to be a rather authentic Japanese pastry bakery. Cheers!
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    Korean BBQ - Kalbi

    Ok, so I'm on the hunt for the best Korean BBQ in the area. My ideal: - Excellent meat - Excellent marinade - Grilling at your table (ideally with charcoal) - Excellent and numerous side dishes What are your favourites? I haven't found any that use real charcoal yet. They all seem to be gas grills. Cheers!
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    Kintaro

    That's a drag. Ours didn't taste "bottled" at all, and there were deffo no heat (or lack of heat) issues. But keep in mind we are by no means ramen (or okonomiyaki) experts. Maybe we lucked out?? ← It sounds like both you and nondual had good experiences there. I just wonder if it was an off night or a permanent change......
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    Kintaro

    I visited and I wonder if it was just a bad night. Tried the chashu miso and the broth really tasted like the type that use the instant powder. Soup was lukewarm, and the pork, corn, and bamboo were all cold to the touch. Off night? Or permanent change?
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    Kintaro

    Sounds like a great tip, nondual! Seeing this thread again makes me just have to say that Menya has gone downhill since it opened. They just aren't consistent sadly.
  6. Tried out Senhor Rooster's (3885 Rupert) last night for a change of pace. It is a small casual neighbourhood place that appears to have been recently renovated inside with new floor tiles, new paint, and newish tables and chairs. The majority of customers were speaking Portuguese. Had the flame grilled half-cornish game hen (quite the steal at $9.95) which was nicely spiced (I believe it was marinated in a chili mixture) and served with 3 sauces in bottles which had a level of complexity above what I was expecting. They were a piri-piri sauce (Brazilian pepper), a mango pepper, and a blueberry vinegar. The sauces had multiple layers which was the pleasant surprise. The game hen itself was juicy and tender on the inside with a crispy skin. It was served with a side of fries and a small salad. Again the dressing on the salad was more complex than it appeared. They do their sauces and dressings quite well there. Dessert choices included a mango mousse, chocolate mousse, and creme caramel. We tried the mango mousse and creme caramel. The mango mousse wasn't really a mousse - it was closer to a pudding. But it had a superb mango flavour. The creme caramel was slightly too set, but the caramel sauce had an excellent taste - slightly burned in the right way. Again, top notch saucing. The service was extremely friendly, seemed to know everyone that came in, and made us feel quite welcome. Will definitely return to dig into some additional sauce treats! Cheers!
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    Chinese in Vancouver 2007 -

    That's about the only winner I would agree with. Did the judges taste these dishes themselves or were just voting based on the contenders' reputation? In almost all categories I have tasted better dishes elsewhere. And since when is geoduck and scallops one and the same? Even the Diners' Choice Award portion seems to have suffered from ballot-stuffing. ← Out of curiosity - which dim sum would you recommend over Shun Feng? I really liked them the one time I was there.
  8. Vancouver

    Vietnamese coffee,

    A wonderful Vietnamese roaster is Triumph Cafe in Austin, Texas. They will ship if you ask: http://www.triumphcafe.com/
  9. Vancouver

    Kei's Bakery

    That is good news all around! Thanks for the update!
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    Kintaro

    Menya specializes in tonkotsu broth. My favourite soup on the menu is the miso version. You only get two slices of pork in the soup, and since they are tender and delicious I want more. Thankfully for just $3 you can order extra and get 6 extra slices to add in. You can also add in an egg, extra noodles, etc. all for very reasonable surcharges. Their gyoza are very well prepared and served very hot. The gyoza have a very pleasant ginger and green onion flavour to them, and are my preferred gyoza in a restaurant in Vancouver. The service is very friendly and helpful, and really gives a similar feel to a similar type place in Japan. The food appears within 2 minutes normally when they are busy, and on a "slow day" in about 3. Tip: Order one of their set menus. It includes the ramen of your choice, a side of gyoza, and a rice ball flavoured with sea kelp and with little bits of konnyaku and carrots. The set menu is just a $3 add-on to the soup. I think Menya has passed the ramen places from "ramen row" near the corner of Robson and Denman in my book.
  11. They have a webspace reserved as well, but nothing there yet: http://piato.ca/
  12. Interesting. I might have to have a first hand look. ← Is that in the old Saigon space? Hopefully they have improved it. The old place was awful.
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    Chinese in Vancouver 2007 -

    You DEFINITELY have to make one with your Pho list! You have a good deal of photos too that would be nice to integrate! Cheers!
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    Chinese in Vancouver 2007 -

    Oooh....I like the zones idea! Thanks for another map to explore!
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    Chinese in Vancouver 2007 -

    This calls for a Google Map, canucklehead to help the rest of us along! They are easy to setup: Create a google map Here is my attempt so far: Vancouver Ethnic and Hole-in-the-wall Restaurant and Food Guide Would love to see a Canada Line specific one!
  16. Perhaps a quick skytrain ride from the Quay to downtown and then enjoy a full selection?
  17. Two more locations opening soon.... Crystal Mall (unit 2320) in Burnaby and City Square (unit 26) in Vancouver. So that will be a total of 4 so far.
  18. ooo, i've been wanting to try this place! it's called "Alenka" i believe. ← Yep, sure is... drove by on our way to pho last night but sadly it was after hours... ← Thanks for the name! I just finished the last can of sprats last night. So it will be a return trip soon!
  19. Vancouver

    Coffeehouse and Cafe Reviews

    Looking forward to your review once you do make it in!
  20. Vancouver

    Coffeehouse and Cafe Reviews

    I'm not waylman, and haven't tried it yet. But they have their menu online at: http://www.medinacafe.com/. Cheers!
  21. There is a new European specialty food shop on the corner of Kingsway and Fraser operated by a couple from the Ukraine originally. I think the complex is 701 Kingsway. It is a nice little shop, with handmade pieroge available made by the owner. They have cheese, sour cherry, cabbage, potato, potato cheese, turkey, and beef. Bought some of the cheese to take home and prepare and they had that nice sourness common in the Eastern European style cottage cheese pieroge. The dough was the perfect chewiness. Still have the cabbage ones waiting to try next. They also have a nice selection of canned products from Russia, including wonderful sprats in oil. Deliciously smoky on a slice of rye bread! I don't know the name of the place though. Does anyone know the name?!?!?!?!
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    Nachos in Vancouver

    While they don't have nachos on the menu, Tequila Kitchen has all the ingredients including good chips, excellent guacamole and salsas, etc. So you can build your own: http://www.tequilakitchen.ca
  23. I wonder how much of it is driven by hotel concierges that utilize opentable for bookings? Anyone know what percentage of Opentable reservations are the actual guest themselves vs. a concierge?
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    Four+ Hours at YVR

    You should be fine. This is Vancouver which is very casual overall, and at the airport it is even more so. Try to avoid wearing a bathing suit and you shouldn't have a problem.
  25. Or these too: http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=66451 http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=65482 http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=64794 http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=63293 http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=59143 Have fun!
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