ARC (#DOVF) – Vancouver

We decided to go here for DINE OUT because it was close to the hotel and I didn’t want to walk very far… 🙂

V-STAR Rating:

Variety: n/a – We did dine-out so we were not looking at the main menu.

Service: 9/10 – Our waitress was nice, but when it was dessert time, she let someone else cover for her and they gave us the wrong dessert apparently (because she came by after and said my plate was supposed to say Happy Birthday but the other girl gave it to someone else).

Taste: 7.5/10 – the tuna tartare was okay. I wish there were other things to accompany it with. The taste was a lil too fishy for it to be eaten alone. The Braised cheek was pretty good, except the flavour was too much after half-way through the dish. As for the dessert, it was SUPER RICH. Dark chocolate was very strong, so it was something that I couldn’t finish on my own. The whole thing was just too much.

Atmosphere: 9/10 – the ambiance is very classy, dim, soothing(?). Interior looks very nice.

Reasonably Priced: 7.5/10 – super expensive but it is a high-end restaurant and I am not too sure if the quality of the food is worth the money. Since we did dine-out, it was dine-out portion… The Tuna Tartare was not what I expected and that was my most anticipated dish…  Regardless, if you like classy expensive things, Arc is the place to try out at least once?

Overall, maybe I need to come try this place again and order things off the menu. It is quite pricey though so .. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

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Estea Café – Burnaby

Originally we were going to go to Fondway Café except 1) it was packed with only 1-2 seats here n there because people hog space with their homework/laptop etc. Limited seating. 2) the menu wasn’t too appetizing. So then, we walked over 4 stores and boy am I so glad we went to Estea Café instead!!!

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 10/10 – There’s your Asian food/appetizers (similar to bubble world but I think they focus on dessert?). They also have Bubble Waffle, Belgian Waffle, Layered Cake, Bubble Tea, etc. It’s an all in one shop for dessert/Asian food!!

Service – 8/10 – You order at the counter and then they bring out the food to you. Not much service.

Taste – 9/10 – Everything was really good. Bubble tea was good (can’t mess up Lychee Tee). Bubble Waffle Ice Cream thing was good, but it was better to eat on a plate. The layered cake was delicious the first few bites and then after it gets a bit too creamy.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 7.5/10 – Not sure what the prices for the food is but for the dessert, it seemed okay.. Not super overpriced, but not dirt cheap either.

Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend you to come here because I will definitely return!

Yours truly,

tb ❤

Charisma Café & Dessert House

After Pizzeria Lucida, there was a new bubble tea shop/café that had a soft opening. The need to quench our thirst was real, so we popped inside to give it a try.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – not your average Bubble Tea shop. Very fancy. They also had cheesecakes that looked very rich and delicious but we were too full to try. They had a lot of fancy coffee specialties, ice cream, smoothies, bbt, and other drink specialties.

Service – 10/10 – super friendly owner (I think) and gave us suggestions for next time and told us a little bit about their café and their concept. It was nice and refreshing to be able to talk to the owners who can interact with the customers – in English.

Taste – 9/10 – One was a milk tea (I think) and the other was some coffee one. Regardless, both of the bubble tea drinks were good. The pearls were good too (surprisingly).

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 7.5/10 –  It’s pretty pricey, but it’s supposed to be high up or like … you get a lot / better quality etc.

Overall, I would come here again to sit down

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

 

 

Tuc Craft Kitchen – Vancouver

Blindly  chose a restaurant near Portside and this was one of the top restaurants according to TripAdvisor/Yelp etc.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 6/10 – To me, there wasn’t must selection. Everything was really pricey – especially for the portion size that you get. I wasn’t too pleased with the selection so I chose something that I THOUGHT WAS FISH & CHIPS!!!!!!!!!! (But it wasn’t close).

Service – 7/10 – The staff was friendly and nice. Not that quick since we were upstairs, but that’s no excuse. Not much to say since there was very little interaction.

Taste – 6/10 – The dish that my friend and I both ordered thinking it was Fish & Chips was disgusting. It felt like I was just eating deep fried batter and not the “fish skin” or whatever they claimed it to be. I was hoping for legit Fish & Chips.  The whole dish itself was disgusting and needless to say, I was starving and barely touched that.

Atmosphere – 8/10 – yes, this is a bumping place to be at it seems. When we arrived and when we left, it was busy at all times..? The music’s alright. It’s dim…?

Reasonably Priced – 5/10 – again, I think it’s overpriced for the portion you get, for the quality you get, and so forth. I don’t think they justified their prices enough.

Overall, I would not come here again. Not my thing.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Shang Noodlehouse – New West

I’ve been here for take-out a few times – for Dim Sum and for the Noodles. I would say their specialty is the different style of noodles (ramen, etc.. LOL). @yvrnomswidlindu won a 3-course meal (The Christmas Special) for two so she took me instead of her (picky) boyfriend 🙂

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 8/10 – There’s dim sum options, lots of noodles (dry or soup base or fried), and meat options. I guess it is to your discretion what you think would be good at a SHANG NOODLEHOUSE

Service – 9.5/10 – The staff is very friendly and understanding. They noticed we didn’t really touch our Lobster Bisque so they asked us if anything is wrong with it. I was too shy to say anything so I said it’s fine, but L was quick to speak her mind. As a result, we got it replaced with the other appetizer option, Smoked Salmon and Spring Roll. The oddest combination but meh.

Taste – 7/10 – The best dish was the XLB, then the two dessert (Milk Tea Pudding with Pearls and Mango Pudding), then the coffee, then the Squid Ink Noodles with Steak + the other soup base noodles, then the Lobster Bisque and Spring Roll w/ Smoked Salmon tied for last – l o l. I guess appetizers aren’t there forté? But no seriously, The Milk Tea Pudding with Pearls was BOMB DOT COM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUST TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – I would say it’s very expensive for dim sum. The soup and/or noodles are okay priced – you get your bang for the buck for this one. Since this was free (thank goodness), I can’t really say much about the pricing…

Overall, I wouldn’t come here again for the Christmas special, but I would still come back for the soup and noodles stuff (Thai Style Noodles yum yum!)

yours truly,

tb ❤

Suika – Vancouver

Went to this place for a friend’s birthday. All I knew about this restaurant was that it was a Japanese Restaurant with a lot of tapas – which reminds me of quite a few other restaurants like this.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7/10 – The selection was alright. To me, the cooked vs raw selection was 40/60 respectively. There wasn’t much on the menu that appealed to my eyes and also based on the price and the amount you would get. Meh.

Service – 9/10 – for a large group, their service was really good. They were quick and nice. Super friendly and made a couple jokes about how we already finished the bottle.

Taste – 8/10 – Most of our dishes were really good except for the duck. Was not expecting that at all and I definitely did not like that peanut sauce. Yuck. Everything else tasted fine/normal but they came in small portions.

Atmosphere – 10/10 – the whole customers entering/leaving and the employees would shout something in Japanese. The atmosphere was lively even though I didn’t understand. Their birthday song/singing got me really hyped even though it wasn’t my birthday. You can see their employee/restaurant culture is strong.

Reasonably Priced – 6/10 – For the portion that you get, it is really expensive. I don’t know if there are other costs placed into consideration when pricing these dishes, but wow, it is definitely not the bang for your buck!!

Overall, I would not come here again. I feel like their chain in Toronto is a bit better (Kingyo)

SUIKA VANCOUVER
1626 W. BROADWAY
VANCOUVER, BC, V6J 1X6

yours truly,

tb ❤

West Village Cafe – Surrey

Saw this cute little cafe on one of those articles (buzzfeed? dailyhive? etc.).

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 7/10 – there was not much to choose from as we had missed breakfast by 10 minutes OR we were actually there in time but by the time we ordered, it was over…… Couple things I wanted on the menu was actually NOT available but they did not remove it or put a sign saying not available. . . . thus, I was in a panic and had to either choose quickly or not get a drink at all.

Service – 7/10 – There was very little service as you order at the counter and you collect your food at the counter when you hear your number. Just based on those two interactions, the service was meh. Nothing significant that made me go “wow, they are so nice and so fast and just amazing!!!” – no.

Taste – 9/10 – The food was really good though. The beef dish I had was not what I expected but it was very delicious. I quite enjoyed it. I usually never eat brown rice but it was either that or quinoa and I know I am not a fan of quinoa so brown rice was a default choice. Nonetheless, the food was tasty and flavorful!!

Atmosphere – n/a – cute interior design though

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – a little expensive in my opinion. Perhaps they put the interior decor into consideration when pricing their dishes and drinks? Some things are quite cheap/worth the buck // Other dishes were expensive in my opinion.

Overall, I would highly recommend this place as a one time visit. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to come here and eat BUT if I was in the area and was hungry, I’d pop in.

Address5620 152 St #160, Surrey, BC V3S 3K2

yours truly,

tb ❤