1886 (#DOVF) – Vancouver

Located at the new PARQ place, a high-end Chinese restaurant. Since our group didn’t want to eat anything except Asian, we ended up choosing to this place because 1) it was new 2) it was affordable due to dine-out menu 3) it was Asian. Definitely a once in a ‘lifetime’ kind of visit for youngins’ like us. *rolls eyes*

V-STAR Rating: 

Variety – 9/10 – They have Dim Sum, typical Chinese dishes, soups, meat dishes, vegetarian options, seafood, etc. Anything you can think of in the Chinese cuisine.

Service – 7/10 – The service was phenomenal. He was friendly – tried to make conversations with us. Tried to educate us with the history and the name of the restaurant and what not. HOWEVER, we were NOT impressed that we were getting charged for water. It would have been fine if we were NOTIFIED that we were getting charged for water. They kept refilling out cup instantly even though it wasn’t even half empty yet. Because of that, they opened 3 bottles themselves which we had to pay for (without knowing). Not impressed – seems like a violation but we didn’t want to make a fuss about it at the restaurant.

Taste – 7/10 – My favourite was the Peking Duck Salad (which seemed like it was just some lettuce you can grab at Walmart in a bag) but the dressing was delicious. Then they slapped on 3-4 pieces of Peking duck. My second favourite dish was the dessert. Fruits in a watery yoghurt base with ice cream half melting … LOL. The main course was disappointing. The THREE CUP CHICKEN CLAY POT was so mediocre. Quite bland and dry. First bite was good(ish) and then the rest were meh. The sweet and sour pork (it had a slightly different name) was VERY basic… Nothing special or different about it but the original price was probably overpriced. The SZECHUAN CHILI PRAWNS looked pretty lame. Overall everything was basic and we had higher expectations for the MAIN COURSE.

Atmosphere – 9/10 – very boujee, very classy, and everyone is well-trained for providing excellent customer service etc.

Overall, I would not come here again.

yours truly,

tb ❤

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CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice – Downtown Vancouver

My first time trying CoCo bubble tea. I didn’t know what to get and I was pretty lazy at looking at the menu so I made my sisters choose for me. They got the original with the pearls. Overall, it was NOT the most amazing bubble tea I’ve ever had. People hype this place way too much. Don’t get me wrong though. It isn’t terrible. The pearls are good, but I’ve had better..

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Overall, I would give this a 7.75/10.

yours truly,

tb ❤

Colossus Greek Taverna – Toronto

Some pretty good Greek food in Oakville. If you live in the lower mainland of BC, this area would remind you of White Rock.

V-STAR Rating:

Variety – 8/10 – strictly greek options: the typical chicken, beef, lamb, etc.

Service – 8/10 – The staff was nice and they were really busy so it was semi-understandable if they took a bit of time to get our bill or order …

Taste – 7.5/10 – did not like the salad. That was definitely not what greek salad tastes like in my opinion. Everything else was good though or tasted like how it should be.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably priced – 7/10 – a little expensive for the portion you get.. but they are very popular and busy so they are milking it I guess?? I mean, I’ve had better in BC so maybe this is considered their best in Mississauga..?

Overall, I would recommend you to try this place at least once because it’s a cute restaurant with good Greek food.

http://www.colossusgreektaverna.com/

221 Lakeshore Rd. E.
Oakville, ON
L6J 1H7
(905) 849-8175

yours truly,

tb ❤

Lee Gar Nei – Surrey

We only went here because Big Chicken Town had a 15+ minute wait. So glad we went here though. I finally found a place that had soft tofu soup that wasn’t super spicy for me!

V-STAR Rating:

Variety: 8.5/10 – I would say there are a lot of different things you can get from here. There’s a wide selection here compared to other Korean Restaurants where they are more specific (ie: chicken only, kimbap stuff only etc).

Service: 7/10 – We had to ask twice for water and they don’t really come to check up if you need anything else. I guess that’s just how some Asian restaurants work.

Taste: I thought it was really good. The soup was super good (only because it wasn’t burning off my tongue or I wasn’t drinking a lot of water due to spiciness).

Atmosphere: n/a // Korean.

Reasonably Priced: 8/10 – I would say the dishes at this place are reasonably priced for the portion that you get. I wouldn’t say this place is expensive either.

Overall, I would come here again for my soft tofu soup.

Unit 128, 15280 101 Ave
Surrey, BC, V3R 8X7

yours truly,

tb ❤

Sekai Udon Bar

This udon bar is located right inside Metrotown (across from ICBC). I went here for lunch and they had a really good lunch special.

“V-STAR” Rating: 

Variety – 10/10 – There are so many things to choose from. Noodles, Rice, Sushi, Raw Food, Soups, and much more.

Service – 7/10 – The service here is a bit slow. Yes, it may be crowded, but that means they should have more staff during lunch.

Taste – 9.5/10 – Either we were really hungry or everything genuinely tastes really good.  I would definitely recommend.

Atmosphere – 9/10 – there are booths, tables, and booths that require you to sit cross legged or you can slip your legs through the limited space under the table (Japanese style). It’s loud but a good kind of loud if that makes sense.

Reasonably Priced – 8.5/10 – I think their lunch deal is really good. You get to choose 2 semi-big portions (but not like the full size) and it comes with salad and 2 chef choices.

Overall, I would definitely come here again during lunch.

www.sekaiudonbar.com
236 – 4820 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 4P1

yours truly,

tb ❤

La Pentola – Yaletown

Went here for a friend’s birthday. Saw someone else go here for an occasion and saw that they have this cute painted wall outside the restaurant… You know what they say .. do it for the ‘gram.

“V-STAR” Rating:

Variety – 8/10 – Pasta, Risotto, Salads, Appetizers, Duck, Seafood, Steak; I guess that is a good variety. We got a bit of everything and shared among the 3 of us so that we weren’t stuck with one dish.

Service – 7/10 – they wanted to charge us $3.50 PER person just to cut OUR cake.. We could do that ourselves thank you very much… =\ They were kinda slow when we needed them but the female server was super nice to us. I think the owner was there, he wasn’t very talkative.

Taste – 9/10 – everything that we got tasted very good. The Risotto turned out to be my favourite and i wasn’t excited for it either.. The lemony pasta was my 2nd. The steak was my least favourite next to the “supposedly alcoholic drink”.

Atmosphere – 8/10 – really bright by the windows or you can be in the dim dining room. The furniture was cute.

Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – Kind of expensive but you should expect it when you’re in downtown/yaletown etc. I don’t think the “steak” was worth it. The risotto was worth the price though. The pasta – not really.  The drinks was DEFINITELY not worth $13. There was not an ounce of alcohol. I was drinking carbonated JUICE with bits of watermelon.

Overall, I probably wouldn’t come to this restaurant again. Maybe only to take photos outside their wall..

yours truly,

tb ❤

Song Huong – Surrey

A small Vietnamese restaurant that isn’t particularly on a popular strip or plaza. I would consider this the sketchy area of Surrey. However, I would consider it one of the hidden jems in Surrey.

“V-STAR” Rating:
Variety – 8/10 – you can eat different appetitzers here that you can’t find elsewhere (in Surrey). There’s your typical Pho dishes and Bun (vermicelli) dishes. Of course, you can have rice dishes and more..

Service – 7/10 – You seat yourself. It takes some time for the waitress to come and help you or get their attention because they don’t stay in the front. They’re always in the back doing something… They should have another worker who is always at the front counter.

Taste – 9/10 – Pretty good Bun Bo Hue. To me, it’s very flavorful and it isn’t super duper spicy where I’m dying and my appetite is ruined. It’s perfect. The Banh Bot Loc is quite interesting….. You can eat about 5 of these and be full off of it so I’d highly recommend you share this dish with other people.

Atmosphere – n/a

Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – You’re not going to break the bank trying to eat here. But it’s not dirt cheap. Just about right in my opinion.

Overall, I will be coming here again!

yours truly,

tb ❤

Address: 14667 108 Ave, Surrey, BC V3R1V8