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

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[Review] Maruwa Restaurant

Maruwa Sushi Japanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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Patbingsu! Sulmida Dessert Cafe

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Address: 140 – 8211 Ackroyd Road, Richmond, BC V6X 3K8

Sulmida sells many desserts and drinks, but their specialty would have to be their bingsu (Korean shaved ice)! There’s quite a few flavours to choose from, ranging from fruity flavours to chocolatey flavours. The Molangs decided to try one from each group 🙂

Choco Oreo Bingsu – $10.85 (regular size)

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Toppings: vanilla ice cream, whole Oreo cookies, chocolate powder, almond flakes, chocolate syrup, and cookie crumbs.

Flavour-wise, this was pretty one-dimensional. If you love chocolate/Oreo, this would be heaven for you. Personally, we found that there wasn’t enough chocolate syrup, so it was quite easy to choke on the chocolate powder (because there was so much of it!). Nonetheless, when you scoop a bit of everything at once, it tasted great. Even though we were eating 70% ice, the cookie crumbs buried in the bottom were quite filling.

Melong Bingsu – $15 (large only)

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Top notch presentation! This one was less-busy than the Choco Oreo Binsgu. Topping: vanilla ice cream, almond flakes, and a lot of honeydew melon, and possibly a little bit of syrup. It looked and tasted refreshing, since honeydew isn’t that sweet to begin with. Continue reading

Dinner @ YEW Bar

YEW Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Address: Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4

During the past Holidays season, the Molangs had the fortune to have a fancy meal at YEW Bar! Being a upscale restaurant in a fancy hotel, the ambiance of YEW Bar was definitely something special.

Let’s dive right in to the seafood!

Salmon Gravlax – $18

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Cured salmon + avocado + cucumber + tamarind sauce. Overall, this was a refreshing appetizer, but we wish the sauce was a tad stronger.

Lingcod – $33

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This meaty piece of fish (perfectly seared by the way) was accompanied by fennel, baby onions, orange marmalade, and daube sauce. We’re not entirely sure what the last one was, but it was sure tasty! The tangy orange marmalade was excellent with a firmer fish like lingcod. They should add a bit more!

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[Restaurant Review] Sekai Udon Bar

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Address: [Metropolis at Metrotown], Ground Level, 236-4820 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4P1

After an afternoon of shopping in Metrotown mall, it only made sense to have dinner at Sekai Udon Bar! I believe they took over an All-You-Can-Eat Japanese restaurant a few years ago, but they still retained some of the similar traditional Japanese restaurant decor. Seating is abundant and spacious.

One of the waitresses was very helpful and efficient. She escorted us to a new table when our original table was wobbly. Then came an awkward situation when we were about to order food. Our waitress was jotting down our order, and suddenly the supposed manager came over, and order the waitress to greet new guests instead. In the end, we had a different waiter taking our order. Awkwardness aside, let’s focus on the food!

Japoutine – $6.75

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Japoutine = tempura-battered potatoes (or sweet potatoes) + poutine-ish ingredients (cheese and gravy) + seaweed sprinkles.

The texture of the fries was interesting. We thought they would be light with tempura batter, but they were quite dense and filling. Instead of cheese curds, they opted for melted cheese (I think it was mozzarella). Not a bad twist on poutine, but we still prefer the French-Canadian original 😛

Niku Udon – $8.25 (regular size)

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This was a very traditional bowl of udon with dashi broth, sukiyaki beef, and assorted veggies and mushrooms. Very hearty to eat on a cold day. Soup wasn’t too salty, and the beef was tender (+ generous portions!).

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Dazzling Cafe – Restaurant Review

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Address: 7971 Alderbridge Way, Unit 140, Richmond, Richmond, BC V6X 2A4

Dazzling Cafe is a petite little bubble tea/dessert shop that also serves modified Italian cuisine. By modified, I meant flavours revised to cater Asian palates. In broad strokes, the pastas, pizzas, and risottos are lighter (and smaller) than you’d expect.

Pesto Risotto w/ Pan Seared Salmon – $13.50

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Salmon fillet, though small, was seasoned and seared well. The flesh was still moist. The pesto risotto did not have an overpowering basil taste, which could be a pro or a con depending on who you ask. Rice firmness was just right.

Smoked Duck Breast w/ Pesto Sauce Pizza – $10.95

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Compared to the risotto above, the pesto sauce was even more faint. Personally, I felt there was too much cheddar cheese, and combined with the thin crust (which was delicately pleasant), it almost felt like eating nachos. Duck breast, while tender, lacked that smokey punch.

Italian Tomato Sauce Spaghetti w/ Seafood – $14.50

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This is what I meant by Asian-Italian pasta. The tomato sauce had a lot less acidity than the “original stuff”, and more white wine + basil flavours. We liked it because it tasted more sophisticated. There was a good variety of seafood: prawns, mussels, squid, and scallops. Pasta was al dente.

Squid Ink Risotto w/ Pan-Fried Squid

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Warning: this still will momentarily stain your teeth and lips! To make the dish even darker, they added mussels. The squid ink infused rice was rich and creamy. The squid meat was chopped up and mixed in with the rice as well. Very interesting overall.

Molang Scores & Verdict

Food: 3.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

Service: 4/5

Ambiance: 4.5/5

Total: 15.5/20

Dazzling Cafe is certainly… dazzling when it comes to presentation. The decor is very cute and highly suitable for high tea. Food was light and tasty.