Tae Yang Gak – Surrey

It happens every single time we watch Wok in Love – we get hungry!!! Frantically looking for a Korean Restaurant that would still be opened, we found Tae Yang Gak.

 

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 8/10 – Rice, Noodles, Chicken!!~ (all Korean style dishes) They actually have black bean noodle here!!!!!!!!! I finally found a place other than Sunny Dragon that has jjajamyun!!~

Service – 9/10 – Server was friendly. Tried to be fast? The food took a little bit long, maybe because they were already starting to do their clean up routine. We were their second last customer – I think…

Taste – 9/10 – Everything was delicious!!! Saucy but not TOO saucy? This is probably the best jjajamyun in Surrey. It is much more flavorful than Sunny Dragon’s…. Highly recommend!!

Atmosphere – n/a 

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – It wasn’t too expensive. The average Korean cuisine price. You are definitely getting the bang for your buck.

Overall, I would come here again and I would recommend.

yours truly,

tb ❤

 

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The Gray Olive Cafe – Burnaby

Even though it’s ‘Burnaby’, I would consider it Vancouver. Super cute and small but can get packed very quickly.

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 7/10 – They have sandwiches, 1 burger, toast, oatmeal, salads, benny, and chicken & waffle. Their menu only has Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, and Drinks and they close at 3 so you best believe everyone would be coming here at roughly the same time.

Service – n/a –  Order and sit down. Then they bring it to you. You are expected to get your own cutlery or other condiments from the ‘help yourself bar’.

Taste – 9/10 – I thought it was pretty good. But most of the dishes we got, the taste started to get repetitive and I think I was unable to finish mine completely.

Atmosphere – n/a – other than the fact that it is really cramped in there.

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – It is pretty expensive if you want the more interesting dishes. The plain jane dishes are decently priced.

Overall, I wouldn’t come here again. It’s too hyped/crowded. I would just go closer to home like West Village Cafe.

yours truly,

tb ❤

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 ❤

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 ❤

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 ❤

 

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 ❤

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 ❤