Ramen Gojiro – Vancouver

Heard this place was popular so we decided to come here for a late-ish lunch. Wow…. The line outside the door speaks for their popularity.. Regardless we waited…

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 8/10 – It’s a Ramen place so expect there to be 80-90% Ramen choices. There are salads, other deep fried things like chicken and gyoza etc.

Service – 7.5/10 – I guess because it was really busy, the service wasn’t the greatest. It would take long to wave someone for water or get a box etc or take our order. However, once you get their attention, they move really fast.

Taste – 9/10 – The salad I had was realllllllly good even though I could smell and semi-taste the flakey octopus thing.

Atmosphere – 8/10 – I guess most – if not all – Japanese restaurants have that culture where they say something when someone gets seated and when they leave (I think it’s welcome and thank you / good bye / see you again – I wouldn’t know considering I practically failed Japanese lol). That whole thing makes the atmosphere fun and lively.

Reasonably Priced – 8.5/10 – You get A LOT for the price you’re paying for. Definitely worth it.

Overall, I would not come here again UNLESS I am sharing with someone. I couldn’t finish my own bowl .. and there was A LOT left!!! So wasteful… Maybe the chicken and salad prior to my Ramen made me really full… oh welps.

yours truly,

tb ❤

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YEW (#DOVF) – Vancouver

To be honest, I really wanted to try this place because they had Tiger Prawn Ceviché. I’ve heard of this restaurant before and I knew it was popular and usually expensive, so why not take advantage of the Dine-Out Festival (a 3 course set menu with options for the price range of $30 – $40). Super glad we still decided to go here despite a few negative comments about how YEW sucks during dine-out…. They definitely turned the table around this year though!!

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – n/a – again, with dine-out, the selection is limited to 2-3 choices per course; thus, no rating was given for this category

Service – 9.5/10 – our waitress was super friendly and was super cool (because she took more than ONE photo and tried different angles as well!!!!) she was super helpful and chatty but not TOO much .. just the right amount. The only negative thing about this experience was that we noticed they took the jacket of the girl in front of us but did not offer to take ours *shrugs*

Taste – 9/10 – for my dishes, they were all delicious! The tiger prawn was REALLLLLLLLLY sour. Even though I like sour things, this was just WAY too sour but somehow I still enjoyed it thoroughly… The Beef was SO TENDER. MY GOODNESS. It just falls apart when you try to poke at it/separate.  The Earl Grey mousse dessert was a little weird though. It had the nice earl grey taste, but then it would get kicked away but the tangy orange taste .. I don’t know if i enjoyed that one …

Atmosphere – 9/10 – Everyone and everything is so boujee (extra fancy). The interior was really nice and everything just screams “high-end” (even the ceiling was quite high….). The dim lighting created that “ooh-lala” atmosphere.

Reasonably Priced – 10/10 – for the $40 dineout menu, this was definitely worth the bang for your buck!!!!

Overall, I probably would come back here for a special occasion or dine-out next year. I would recommend those who had a bad experience with them to try it again next year!!

yours truly,

tb ❤

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 ❤

 

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 ❤

Kurumba Restaurant – Port Moody

I was going to get my car fixed at the Open Road Autoshop, so I quickly googled restaurants nearby. We ended up choosing to go here because it was a fusion of different Asian Cuisines.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – There were a lot of dishes to choose from: Noodles (different flavors and styles), Rice (different flavors and style), Soup based, Bread, and more (can’t remember).

Service – 8.5/10 – There wasn’t much. She was nice? She took our order? And left us alone which is nice? LOL I don’t know what else to say about this.

Taste – 8/10 – The Roti Canai was really good – probably one of the best I’ve had. The “Mee Goreng” dish was good. Not too oily. The other seafood dish was meh. I didn’t like the flavor. It was too strong in seafood. It was slimy texture but also stir-fry noodles? Half wet-half dry – It was confusing. I wouldn’t get that dish again if I were to come back one day.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I would say you get A LOT for the price you’re paying for so definitely worth it!

Overall, I would recommend and come back to try different dishes!

Yours truly,

tb ❤

Widgeon Falls – Pitt Lake, BC

Wow, I am really slacking the posts for hikes/trails/walks etc. This hike is HIGHLY recommended for the summertime. Super fun but you have to get there early.

Recommend being there at 7:45AM as it opens at 8AM. The line already forms before it “officially” opens. There are limited kayaks, so you have to hurry!! If you have your own then you’re good. The next best time to come is probably late afternoon like 2-3PM when people are heading back from there.

  • Kayak for an hour or less (if you’re synchronized with your squad)
  • Hike for an hour or so
  • Hang out/swim play/lunch etc
  • Hike back for an hour
  • Kayak back for an hour

You’re looking at spending roughly 5 hours there!

Recommendation list:

  • Water Shoes or flip flops for the kayak part
  • Shoes for the hike
  • Snacks/Lunch
  • Bathing Suit
  • Waterproof gadgets for recording awesome footage!

***** 5/5 trail hands down.

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 ❤