Hibachi Teppanyaki Bar & Grill – Toronto

We were actually supposed to go to a restaurant in Hamilton but it was closed. Maybe everything happens for a reason because I really enjoyed this place.

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V-STAR Rating:
Varity – 9/10 – a lot of choices here. There are items on the a la carte menu like sushi and appetizers. There are a lot of choices for your meat and the style of your rice/noodles as well.
Service – 8/10 – would’ve been a higher score because of the entertainment that came with the dinner (our chef was funny and fun), but then our server failed to inform me that they ran out of “the things to make my sushi” so I had to ask where’s my sushi after we were almost done our main. Shake my head.
Taste – 9/10 – Omgosh, it was delicious. The sauce that came with it was soooooooo good! I want to know what it was but the server spoke too quiet/too fast/too much accent. At first, I thought the sauces were going to be gross just because it looked like runny peanut butter… LOL
Atmosphere – 9/10 – super fun! Super hot and entertaining! Note to self: learn how to catch things with my mouth so the next time the chef throws a zucchini at me, I can catch it.
Reasonably Priced – 9/10 – for the experience and the amount of food we got, I would say we got the bang for the buck!!!! Definitely worth it.
Overall, I would come here again!! A must try!!!!!!

Hibachi Oakville 
Yours truly,
tb ❤

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Fring’s – Toronto

Let’s be real here. I only wanted to go here because it was “Drake’s Restaurant” or affiliated with him one way or another. Luckily, I was able to convince M to come with me on a Tuesday


V-STAR Rating:
Varity – 9/10 – the menu is really random in my opinion. You can have pasta, lots of appetizers, lots of finger food choices. Can’t remember what else, but it’s a very loung-ie feeling atmosphere; thus, the selection available was catered towards that.

Service – 10/10 – Of course, the staff was trained very well. We were greeted as soon as we walked through the door. They were quick to take our order and was quick with the food.
Taste – 9.5/10 – We had the Pappardelle pasta, Lee’s Cheese Burger Spring Roll, and the Tuna Tartare. I personally like Cactus Clubs’ Tuna Tartare better. The pasta was delicious – cooked to the perfection of ‘al dente’. The truffle oil and mushrooms was delicious! At first I was a bit skeptical about the Cheese Burger Spring Roll. Sounds really weird doesn’t it? Well, It came as a spring roll with a lettuce underneath the roll. Inside was the meat and cheese. On top of the spring roll, they doused it in some sort of chipotle sauce. This was spicy for me (shocker – not) so it took some time for me to finish it. Regardless it was delicious.

Atmosphere – 9.5/10 – A little too dim for my liking but I guess that’s the feel/vibe they were going for. Definitely love the waves neon lights at the entrance of the bathroom downstairs. I also think they purposely make it dark af so that if there were ‘celebrities’, you couldn’t really see/be 100%. That was me the whole time. “Omg is that ____” “nah can’t be” “actually it’s too dark I can’t even see properly”.

Reasonably Priced: – 8/10 – it wasn’t as experience as I thought it would be. When you’re sharing with others, I can definitely justify the price since you get to try many things. If you weren’t sharing then I don’t think you can fully experience the place without breaking into your wallet a bit.

Overall, I would definitely come here again but on a thurs-sat (because apparently that’s when it’s really bumping and more chances of bumping into celebs (cough drake cough).

Yours truly,

tb ❤

Jack Frost – Richmond

Saw this all over Instagram so we decided to drive down here… All I can say is MEH.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7.5/10 – There are bingsoos, dippin’ dots, macrons, and a few variety of cake slices. I went here because of the dippin dots and bingsoo…………….

Service – 7/10 – It was alright. We just ordered, sat down, and then they brought it to our table and that was the end of that. There was a table of cups and a jug filled with a quarter of ice and no water..

Taste – 6/10 – I thought the dippin dots (banana split) was flavorless? Maybe it had more freezer burn than the actual flavor? I prefer mini melts over dippin dots any day!!! The Mango Bingsoo was garbage. It was so meh and the mangos were so hard. I believe they used green mango for this instead of the yellow peel mango…

Atmosphere – n/a 

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – The price did not match the quality so I would say this was not reasonably priced.

Regardless, it was a garbage experience and I was very disappointed to have come here all the way from Surrey…

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

 

Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot Pot – Richmond

Update: Highly recommend making reservations because it can fill it very fast and they have limited seating to give you the ultimate experience 🙂

I’ve been here before right after getting picked up from the airport only because I heard about it from @yvrnomswidlindu…then I went here again with my friends but with a groupon.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – WOW!!!! I feel like you get so much with the Groupon or my appetite is just really small… but we still had meats and some vegetables leftover…

Service – 9/10 – Our servers were really nice and friendly and patient. Plus she took more than one photo and automatically offered to take a photo for us without us even asking…. They were quick and tried to be there for us even when it was really busy.

Taste – 9.5/10 – the base that you get with the groupon was okay. My friend and I who sat on the same side got one miso and one tom yum base (paid extra $3). We decided that miso would be too ‘bland’ so we mixed the two together and it ended up being really spicy…….. oops LOL. Everything else was really delicious and I drank 1.5 cups of the milk tea (because it was unlimited). The dessert was also really good (it’s jello and not tofu dessert woooooo!)

Atmosphere – 8/10 – it was dim and if you are a group of 4 or prefer the tables, there are only 2 (i think). Everyone else has to sit up at the oval bar which is really cool/nice i guess. You face the servers inside who help/serve you in and out etc.

Reasonably Priced – 9/10 – for 17.50 each ($45 groupon but discount code bringing it down to $35 which is $17.50 per person plus tax) it is DEFINITELY worth the buck!!!!! Highly recommend you try this place especially with the groupon. Make sure you get the dinner one if you’re going for dinner (because there’s also lunch time).

Overall, I would definitely be coming here again!~

3779 Sexsmith Rd Unit 2133, Richmond, BC V6X 3Z9

yours truly,

tb ❤

Milkcow Canada – Richmond

“Korean dessert cafe, Milkcow, famed for its unique milk soft ice cream and extraordinary toppings has arrived in Canada! Milkcow is one of the fastest growing ice cream chains in Asia, featuring endorsements by well-known South Korean celebrities.”

I’ve always wanted to go here but haven’t had the chance until last weekend. In addition, my sister won a contest that also gave her $25 gift card to spend at Milkcow so that enticed us to go sooner than later…

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 7/10 – There were about 10-15 different ice cream toppings and the prices vary by how tough it would be (from what I can see).

Service – 8/10 – They were quick and friendly.

Taste – 8/10 – It was very soft and fluffy tasting? It wasn’t sweet like Mcd’s/Ikea’s soft serve ice cream. It kind of reminded me like Costco’s soft serve though. Regardless, it was good.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 6.5/10 – It is the most expensive soft serve ice cream I have ever had. The original (just the cup and the soft serve ice cream) costs $4.95. If you want to add Macaroon or anything else (cotton candy), blue syrup, other things, it would be $5.95 and more. Personally, I don’t think it is worth the cost but it is very hyped rn so people would pay for it. It’s also different from the others (not bingsoo, not waffles, not waffles with ice cream, etc.) soooooooo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Overall, I probably wouldn’t come here again if I was in Richmond just because there are SO MANY other choices available in Richmond that I haven’t tried yet so I’d do that first before considering to come back…

yours truly,

tb ❤

Passion8 Dessert Cafe – Vancouver

I’ve heard of this place before so when we saw it after going to that Conservatory at QE Park, I just had to check it out.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7/10 – From what I can remember, you can get a few different flavors of cheesecake and bingsoo. I think there were macarons available but meh, not my thing.

Service – n/a – you order then sit and then they bring it to your table. Not much “service” needed.

Taste – 6.5/10 – The cheesecake was SUPER strong in the cheese flavor and the matcha. The Bingsoo wasn’t that great. It was a tad syrup-ie and the ice wasn’t as soft as Snowy Village. It was just presented very aesthetically and you get cheesecake on top of it (but I hate cheesecake).

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – it was roughly 6.50-8$ for the cheesecake and double digits for the bingsoo. That is average pricing to me.

Overall, wouldn’t make the trip here again. Side note: it was quite packed on a weekend night so maybe I am ordering the wrong things since lots of people come here…

yours truly,

tb ❤

1886 (#DOVF) – Vancouver

Located at the new PARQ place, a high-end Chinese restaurant. Since our group didn’t want to eat anything except Asian, we ended up choosing to this place because 1) it was new 2) it was affordable due to dine-out menu 3) it was Asian. Definitely a once in a ‘lifetime’ kind of visit for youngins’ like us. *rolls eyes*

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – They have Dim Sum, typical Chinese dishes, soups, meat dishes, vegetarian options, seafood, etc. Anything you can think of in the Chinese cuisine.

Service – 7/10 – The service was phenomenal. He was friendly – tried to make conversations with us. Tried to educate us with the history and the name of the restaurant and what not. HOWEVER, we were NOT impressed that we were getting charged for water. It would have been fine if we were NOTIFIED that we were getting charged for water. They kept refilling out cup instantly even though it wasn’t even half empty yet. Because of that, they opened 3 bottles themselves which we had to pay for (without knowing). Not impressed – seems like a violation but we didn’t want to make a fuss about it at the restaurant.

Taste – 7/10 – My favourite was the Peking Duck Salad (which seemed like it was just some lettuce you can grab at Walmart in a bag) but the dressing was delicious. Then they slapped on 3-4 pieces of Peking duck. My second favourite dish was the dessert. Fruits in a watery yoghurt base with ice cream half melting … LOL. The main course was disappointing. The THREE CUP CHICKEN CLAY POT was so mediocre. Quite bland and dry. First bite was good(ish) and then the rest were meh. The sweet and sour pork (it had a slightly different name) was VERY basic… Nothing special or different about it but the original price was probably overpriced. The SZECHUAN CHILI PRAWNS looked pretty lame. Overall everything was basic and we had higher expectations for the MAIN COURSE.

Atmosphere – 9/10 – very boujee, very classy, and everyone is well-trained for providing excellent customer service etc.

Overall, I would not come here again.

yours truly,

tb ❤