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 ❤

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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 ❤

Ancora – Downtown Vancouver

I literally googled “top restaurants for birthdays” and this was one of it AFTER I modified the query to have “Vancouver” in it. Originally, the top choice was McDonald’s. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#V-STAR Rating

Variety: 8.5/10 – There’s a lot of variety for seafood stuff. I believe there were one or two meat dishes that you can get. You can get basic steak for your entrée but everything else was practically seafood (except for the Beef tartare

Service: 8/10 – The host was quick to help us and seat us. Our server was super nice and friendly. It took some time to get our things or order – possibly because our server was super busy with other tables (it was quite packed). We were thinking maybe the atmosphere or style is supposed to be slow because you’re supposed to enjoy your drinks and scenery?

Taste: 9.5/10 – I am NOT a huge fan of raw food. I probably should have done more research and read the menu properly, since a few of our dishes were rawer than I expected. To my surprise, they were all really delicious.

Atmosphere: 10/10 – The patio is super pretty. The view outside the patio is amazing. You can watch the sunset. You can look at the calm water (ish). The inside is very white/modern/clean look. The upstairs is so elegant-looking. Just magnificent…

Reasonably Priced: 7/10 – Super duper over priced. Very high end. But I guess you are paying for the quality of the food? I don’t think the 6 pieces of sushi rolls was worth $14. Again, I think the fancy setting, atmosphere, service, quality of the seafood is taken into account for the price… *shrugs* ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Overall, I would not come here again but I would highly recommend you come here at least once. If I were to come here again, it would be more to enjoy the scenery/sunset etc. Or if I had rich friends, I would want a birthday dinner here because of the pretty private room they have upstairs. 🙂

https://www.ancoradining.com/

yours truly,

tb ❤

Anh + Chi – Vancouver

I’ve always wanted to try this place because of all the posts I’ve seen on Instagram.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 9/10 – This is not your typical Pho Restaurant. There’s more than just pho/rice dishes/noodle dishes. They have the Vietnamese Crepe dish, sandwiches, and much more. They even serve liquor here / bar style.

Service – 7.75/10 – It got really packed 15-20 minutes after we were seated. We got there just before noon and there were quite a few tables filled already! I must admit, the service was really slow. It was hard to get a hold of people. They are friendly people though.

Taste – 9/10 – We ordered: Bun Bo Hue, Banh Xeo, Pho Bo, and Banh Mi. Everything was really good. The Pho was rich in flavor – but not too much that you’d get sick of it? The Bun Bo Hue was perfect to my taste buds. It wasn’t overpowering in flavor and it wasn’t too spicy for me – which is perfect!! The Banh Xeo was very crispy – the way my sister likes it. The Banh Mi was fine – you can’t really mess this one up.

Atmosphere – 9/10 – the interior is really nice – very hipster.

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – The most expensive thing is the Banh Xeo. A lot of people say this place is pretty expensive, but I think a lot of it comes from paying for the atmosphere, the different style, the setting etc. and the presentation of the food.

Overall, I probably wouldn’t come here again. I would recommend for a first-time visit though.

http://anhandchi.com/

yours truly,

tb ❤

Chambar – Vancouver

Had a spa date downtown so we decided to go out for brunch prior. K chose this place because it looked nice and had good reviews (online). Made resos (luckily) and there were a lot of people waiting around even though there seemed to be a lot of empty tables farther in. We think we have kid-ish taste buds because this was all too much ..

“VSTAR” Rating:

Variety – 6/10: For brunch, you can only choose about 11 things but at least 2 of them are like steaks or burgers .. not something i’d like to eat for breakfast/lunch. A lot seemed too much but others seem to enjoy it.

Service – 7/10:  The girl who sat us down was not happy at all. She was not very friendly and very meh and that pretty much set the mood for the brunch. Not impressed. The guy was nice but after he started to treat us like we weren’t a valued customer. My friend asked for ketchup and he rudely said we don’t have ketchup and walked away. Didn’t offer alternatives. Didn’t say why or crack a joke… And when we all paid and walked by him again, he didn’t even say thank you for coming. Usually your server would greet you goodbye and thank you as you walk out etc. After we passed him, a waitress passed us and said  thank you for coming! She didn’t even serve us but she was happily greeting us and provided the standard customer service that was expected. smh. (shake my head).

Taste – 6.5/10: Everything was very herby. The Omlettes were good to start and after it just got very boring / very herby. The taste was just not pleasing. The Tarjine was really good the first few bites, and after you just get sick of it. My friend had that dish and she barely dented it. My other friend got the Brochette de Porc which seemed like the best choice of the 3. She finished it all but she said it was okay. I got Macchiato thinking it was like a DRINK .. with foam .. and stuff… but it turned out to be like an espresso shot. It was disgusting – I’m not much of a coffee person.

Atmosphere – 7/10: The whole wooden interior was nice. The lights were nice. It was very ‘hipster’ looking.

Reasonably Priced – 7/10: Everything was very expensive. If you don’t want to eat basic omlettes for $15 then you are look at paying $17+

http://www.chambar.com/

Address: 568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3
Phone: (604) 879-7119

Overall, I would not come here again.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Tractor Foods – Downtown Vancouver

Such a quick, healthy, hipster joint.

“V-STAR” Rating: 

Variety – 8/10: There are salads, entrees, sandwiches, soups/stews, lemonade, beer, wine and grilled favourites like avocado…

Service – 8/10: Super fast. There were a lot of working people when I went and I thought the line was going to take forever but I was able to order in a short amount of time.

Taste – 7/10: The mushroom salad I got was really good, but the stew I got was a little questionable. It was very tomato-pastie and there wasn’t anything about it (to me anyways) that was “Thai”. I was expecting that Thai style (tom-yum paste) or just hot and sour soup. It was a little bland in my opinion but it’s vegan!

Atmosphere – 8/10: It’s very loud, everyone is trying to eat and talk as quickly as they can during their lunch break. The staff seem very friendly and the layout of the store is very small and cute.

Reasonably Priced – 8.5/10 : You can get half orders for $5 and salads for $3.50!! Overall I think it is decently priced.

Tractor Foods: 
Address: 335 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C5
Phone:(604) 979-0500

yours truly,

tb ❤