[Review] Chongqing Noodle House

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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

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[Review] Beach Ave Cafe

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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

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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

[Review] Tokyo Joe’s Sushi Factory

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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

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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

[Restaurant Review] Jules Bistro

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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

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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.

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Lunch @ Minami

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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

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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

[Review] Maruwa Restaurant

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Address: 11300 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC V7A 5J5

Greater Vancouver is home to a plethora of Japanese restaurants, which means there is always a lot to choose from! One sunny evening, we stumbled upon Maruwa Restaurant, which is tucked inside Ironwood Plaza in Richmond. The reviews on Yelp and Zomato seemed positive, so we decided to give it a try.

We were a little concerned at first because the restaurant was empty at 6PM. Alright, it was a week night, but it was a little eerie…but another table did have a reserve sign on it, so perhaps people eat late?

Spicy Tuna with Chili Oil – $6.00

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This was essentially tuna sashimi drowned in a mixture of chili and sesame oil, green onion and tobiko. It was a bit too salty for our liking, but it was nevertheless quite an interesting dish. Probably wouldn’t order it again, especially at $6!

Philadelphia Roll – $4.99

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I cannot speak for the other Molang, but I personally LOVE Philly rolls. The combination of cream cheese, salmon (sashimi not smoked) and avocado is just heavenly. I love the texture, the taste and everything about it. With that being said, I have very high standards when it comes to a good Philadelphia roll – it has to have the right proportion of ingredients. Maruwa’s Philadelphia roll was OK – it tasted quite good but it wasn’t outstanding. For $4.99 – it’s not a bad deal.

Winter California Roll – $7.95

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Imagine a California roll topped with the same creamy, cheesy sauce used for motoyaki oysters. That is the Winter California Roll in a nutshell, with the chef’s special “winter” sauce as the highlight. Very innovative roll – we felt like we were eating baked cheese rolls. Honestly, I would never pay more than $5 for California roll, but I guess restaurants can get away with it by adding special sauces and extra ingredients, i.e. Alaska Rolls and Dynamite Rolls.

Dragon Roll – $7.95

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It’s difficult to mess up a Dragon Roll. This was my favourite dish of the evening – made fresh with hot (not cold!) prawn tempura, unagi, tobiko and avocado. We liked the texture of the Dragon Roll, and the presentation was quite nice too.

Overall, we’ve had better food and experiences at other Japanese restaurants. The waitress was very attentive, and poured tea into our cups without us asking. I guess we cannot complain about having a whole restaurant to ourselves for the duration of the meal.

Molang Scores & Verdict

Food: 3.5/5

Value: 3/5

Service: 4/5

Ambiance: 4/5

Total: 14.5/20

We’ve had better. Not bad if you want a quick fix before going to the movies.

[Review] Old Surrey Restaurant

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Address: 13483 72 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 2N7 5V9

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Old Surrey Restaurant is situated in a charming little house near the heart of Surrey. The establishment has been around for more than forty years. It’s bit old on the inside, but the vintage decor gives off a warm vibe; like going to grandparents’ house. From the moment we stepped in, to the end of dinner service, we were served by one of the friendliest and most courteous staff.

For dinner, we decided to go with Spring Special. It was a four-course special that showcased some of the locally sourced ingredients. Price was $58 per person.

Amuse bouche – seared beef with vegetables in vinaigrette (complimentary)

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Tender beef (perfectly seared) with tangy veggies. Delicious.

Appetizer A. Wild mushroom & Abbostford duck confit risotto

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This was a heavy appetizer. The earthy flavours of the mushrooms matched well with the salty and succulent duck. The rice had been infused with parmesan cheese as well as truffle oil.

Appetizer B. Mussels & fries

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A generous pot of mussels cooked in white wine sauce. We were pleasantly surprised to see this served as an appetizer. The shoestring fries made it less filling (in a good way).

Second Course – Caesar Salad

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Caesar salad prepared live by our table! Crisp romaine lettuce, fresh croutons, parmesan cheese tossed in a dressing consisting of mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar, raw egg, anchovies, and crushed garlic. It doesn’t get any more classic than this! This had got to be one of the most satisfying and biggest salads we’ve ever had. We were about 65% full at this point.

Main Course A. Chilliwak-Ryder Farm’s spring lamb combo

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Roasted rack and leg of lamb served with red wine sauce and mint jelly. Meat was cooked medium-well, but was still tender and flavourful. Side veggies were roasted zuchinni, green beans, and red pepper; simple but healthy contrast to the red meat. Potatoes were a bit more unique. They seemed to be mashed and lightly fried. The end result was very fluffy and creamy.

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