Address: 4018 Cambie St, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, Vancouver
Tonton Sushi occupies the space that used to be Sushi Aria. We suspect it’s the same restaurant rebranded because we noticed the decor looked mostly unchanged, and the owners are still Korean.
Compared to Sushi Aria, Tonton Sushi is slightly more upscale; as evident in the pricing and presentation.
Salmon & Tuna Sashimi – $12
Fresh tasting sashimi. Fish slices were generously thick. We liked the salmon more than the tuna because it tasted fattier 😛
Tontoro – $9
This was BBQ pork neck with a special soy sauce. Meat was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The flavours go well with the jalapeno garnish. Portion size was decent too for this appetizer.
Address: 11955 88 Avenue, Delta, BC 4C
La Meza Grill is nested inside the 88th Season’s Mart. Once we stepped in, the smell and sound of sizzling meat really opened our appetite. The restaurant wasn’t too big, but it was clean and modern looking.
We ordered two savory breakfast items off their extensive menu.
Longsilog and Tapsilog – $8.95 each
The two dishes were nearly identical except for the choice of protein. Longsilog came with pork sausages that tasted very similar to Taiwanese sausage in which they had quite a bit of sweetness to them. Tapsilog, on the other hand, had garlic cured beef that reminded us of Malaysian style satays. The beef was crisply caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside.
On the sides were refreshing tomato salad that paired well with the grilled meats, and garlic rice that was extremely satisfying to eat with the runny yolk of the sunny-side-up eggs.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Delicious and affordable breakfast!
Address: 8273 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6P 4Z6
To put it mildly, Sushi Wow (yes, that is the name of the restaurant) is a hole in a wall. The place is tiny, and dimly lit. You would most likely be dining on one of the bar seats. Takeout is certainly a popular option here. How did the food taste?
Black Orange roll & Saba Finale roll – $9.50 & $8.95 respectively
Saba Finale roll
Black Orange roll
Of the two rolls we ordered, the Black Orange roll was the heavy hitter. The “black” stemmed from the unagi on top of the roll, and the “orange” was referring to the spicy crab meat and spicy mayo. Again, this roll packed quite a punch in terms of flavour; sweet, salty, and spicy at the same time. Rice was well cooked (neither hard or mushy), and roll “construction” was tight).
The Saba Finale roll was a clear contrast to the first roll, as it was the “healthier” option. It was made out of brown rice, scallions, avocado, and saba (mackerel). To our surprise, we hardly noticed the brown rice. It wasn’t tough to chew like we first imagined.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Many rolls to choose from!
Address: 826 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 4B6
The Molangs stumbled upon Whiskey Six BBQ in the middle of a Sunday afternoon. Right off the bat, we could tell it was a very pleasant place to have a meal/snack. The room was distinct, clean, and well-lit.
In order to avoid over-stuffing ourselves, we decided to share one medium sized platter.
Organic Beef Brisket – $24
I believe this was a dry-rub style brisket. Texture-wise, it was very soft, and it melted in our mouths. Flavour-wise, it wasn’t very heavy due to the lack of sauce. We weren’t too sure what to do with the bread because there was no butter or sauce to smear with. Should we make a de facto sandwich? 😀
For the sides, we chose coleslaw and beets. The former tasted very healthy, as it was not drenched in dressing. Personally, we preferred cabbage over radicchio, but this one seemed fancier 🙂
Beets were warm, and they had been infused with an herb that I couldn’t not quite identify; nevertheless, it was very aromatic.
Molang Scores & Verdict
High quality food, but don’t expect “Southern hospitality” portions.
Address: 6780 Number 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1
The Molangs came to this particular IHOP because, according to rumors, this long-standing pancake house will be torn down/relocated due to recent developments in Richmond.
IHOP isn’t really just a breakfast joint anymore, as it has pivoted to serve more than pancakes and eggs & bacon. On the menu, one could find items such as sandwiches, burgers, salads, steak, and other diner entrees. All in all, very comparable to Denny’s.
Southwest Scramble – $13.95
Scrambled eggs topped with salsa and avocado. On the side were potato + peppers and onions. This definitely had the southwest ingredients, but the proportions were off. Portion size wasn’t very impressive; especially if you were to compare it with Denny’s. This was still very filling because it came with two pieces of butterscotch pancakes (not pictured).
Address: 16-8671 No 1 Rd, Richmond, BC V7E 1S9
It was Friday night, and the Molangs arrived at Kyoto Takenoko at 5:15 PM. Yes, we were early birds, but had we showed up 15 minutes later, we probably would have to wait. This restaurant is very popular!
Let’s get going with the food.
Itawasa (fishcake sashimi) – $3.39
I saw two of my favourite things – fishcake and sashimi, so I ordered right away. Apparently, this dish was simply chilled (cooked) fishcakes + cucumber slices + soy sauce & wasabi. We were slightly let down because we naively expected some type of special raw fishcake. Nevertheless, we enjoyed this dish refreshing side dish.
Unagi Hitsumabushi Set – $19.95
Address: 3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond, BC V6X 1J8
The Molangs have tried almost every restaurant in the Continental Plaza. Chongqing Noodle House is one of the newer ones we have yet to visit.
Atmosphere-wise, this noodle house is definitely casual. Seats are wooden benches with no back support.
We went in around 6:45 on a Sunday night. The place wasn’t exactly busy, but our server seemed impatient with us. She really wanted us to place our orders, even though we only had less than a minute to look over the menu.
Speaking of menu, there was a wide variety of noodles to choose from: dry noodles, soup noodles, spicy noodles, and sauerkraut noodles, etc. We ended up ordering two bowls of noodles with the same soup base… 😀 Continue reading