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 ❤

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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 ❤

Asteras – Nanaimo, BC

Again, we just googled what restaurants were on the way to the ferry from Parksville and this was one of the best options that we all agreed on…

V-STAR RATING: 

Variety – 9/10 – There were a lot of different choices to choose from. Your typical Greek options plus pasta (which is usually not on the menu for legit Greek Restaurants according to my former Greek boss). But it was nice to have that variety.

Service – 7/10 – It was very busy so the service was a little slow. Perhaps we were overlooked because we just got back from the caves/hiking and were on the way to the ferry so there was no pampering up, thus we looked scrubby and we were the youngest group there. They did, however, offer us a free dessert which was really nice of them considering they didn’t do anything wrong… (and we did check the other tables who had left or were about to leave, they did not get free dessert like we did).

Taste – 9/10 – Everything was very delicious. Taste just like how a Greek restaurant should. The meat was tender and soft.

Atmosphere – 5/10 – it was pretty cool that they turned the house into a restaurant but it was not cool that the place (or the area of our table) smelled like urine. Occasionally we would get a whiff of urine – maybe the walls were a little stinky… but something definitely reeked.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – Some things were very overpriced but some was very worth the money. What I assumed I was getting, was definitely not it, and WOW the portion was HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!! I did not dent that plate at all (lamb rack).

Overall, I would recommend just for the one time experience.

Address347 Wesley St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A7

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 ❤

Empire Seafood Restaurant – Richmond

Since we were hanging out in Richmond for the early afternoon, DIM SUM was the appropriate lunch cuisine! I’ve never been here, but I think it is one of my favourite places now….

 

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – It’s DIM SUM. There’s always a variety of food choices and lunch menu items

Service – 9/10 – Maybe it’s because my friend was speaking in Cantonese, but the service was good?

Taste – 10/10 – Everything was delicious or I was really hungry. The ha (g/c)ao wasn’t soggy like some places. My taste buds were dancing in a good way.

Atmosphere – n/a – However, it started to snow and it was so beautiful to watch it fall while we were on the upper level…

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I don’t think it was cheap but it was not expensive either. Just about right for Dim Sum here anyways….

Overall, I would definitely come here again!!

yours truly,

tb ❤

Pizzeria Lucida – Vancouver

Food? Pizza? Boardgames?!?! All in one place?!?!?! YESSSSSSSSS!

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – n/a – well it’s a pizza place so their specialty is stone-oven baked pizza and some pasta. That’s all you can get I think and some Italian appetizers… (that are overpriced)

Service – 8/10 – they were quick to seat us (there was only 1 table there), our food took time to arrive (probably because of the method and it also gave us time to play our games?), the game helper was super helpful and approached us first to see if we needed help with any games that we were unfamiliar with… (we had one game that we could not figure out how to play…)

Taste – 9/10 – Pizza & Pasta was really good…. maybe because I was hungry, but everything was perfect to the taste buds.

Atmosphere – 9/10 – super cozy feeling

Reasonably Priced – 7.75/10 – some things are way too expensive for what you get… like really? over $7 for olives…???  RIP.

Overall, I would come here again to play more board games and if I got nothing else to do…

yours truly,

tb ❤