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
Address: 5830 Beach Ave, Peachland, BC
During our trip to Kelowna, we stopped by Peachland to grab lunch. Beach Ave Cafe is a casual place to order tapas, and enjoy the lakeside view.
Chorizo Patatas Bravas – $13
We didn’t feel like getting our fingers greasy (i.e. eating ribs or chicken wings), so we ordered things that can be effortlessly eaten with a fork :D. This was a classic dish consisting of cubed potatoes and chorizo, topped with a spicy tomato sauce + aioli. Though flavourful, this dish was too heavy to finish towards the end. Continue reading
Address: 8211 Ackroyd Road, Richmond V6X 3J9
Tokyo Joe’s is one of those local favourites. Everyone in the neighbourhood raves about them. Prior to this visit, we had bought take-outs from Tokyo Joe’s, and we were always amazed by their speedy service. We would order a 30 to 50 piece party tray, and the sushi would be rolled and packed within five minutes!
Today, we decided to dine in, and the service was once again very fast and friendly. Dining in also means free miso soup 🙂
Salmon & avocado salad – $9.95
Everything tasted fresh. Sashimi was fresh and chunky. On the side (and not pictured) was a sesame-based salad dressing. One salad alone can be quite filling as a summer lunch. Continue reading
Address: 216 Abbott Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2
Jules Bistro is tucked in the heart of Gastown in Vancouver. Among many fancy establishments, it was nice to see a casual French restaurant.
The decor decor had rustic charm, and the staff was overall friendly and professional.
For dinner, we decided to go with the value option – two course meal for $29.
First course – Tomato gazpacho
If I recall correctly, Gazpacho is a classic Spanish dish. This was essentially a chilled tomato soup that tasted very similar to salsa (obviously due to ingredients like tomatoes and garlic). Unlike salsa, the gazpacho wasn’t spicy because it had no chili peppers. Furthermore, we tasted a hint of celery which gave the soup added freshness and lightness. This was a perfect starter on a hot summer evening.
Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9
Minami is one of the many upscale restaurants in Yaletown. Food quality (and price :O) is certainly on the high end. Naturally, we had high expectations too!
We ordered two lunches (miso soup included) as well as an aburi sushi to share.
Sushi Lunch #1: Traditional – $23
Ten pieces total of nigiri and sushi rolls (I learned that those are called hosomaki). As seen in photo, there was a variety of fish, and each piece of sushi was delicately made. For those who care, everything on this plate was gluten free. Continue reading