Somewhat of a hidden Korean Restaurant – The Kitchen

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Location: 2620 Sasamat Street, Vancouver

With a name like “The Kichen”, we expected it was another one of those Western, rustic, and farm2table restaurants. However, upon closer inspection, The Kitchen turned out to be an authentic Korean family restaurant.

We loved the ambiance of The Kitchen. The interior was lit by natural sunlight, and cooled by the breeze outside. Free parking was also easy to find because this wasn’t a busy neighbourhood.

Alright, let’s get to the food. As mentioned earlier, The Kitchen serves authentic, home style Korean cuisine: pork bone soup, BBQ short ribs, bibimbap, and hotpot, etc. For convenience, we ordered an appetizer and a hotpot.

Regular-size yeonuh salad (salmon salad) – $6

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It came with “The Kitchen Sauce”. We had no idea what it was made of, but it tasted sweet and tangy. Refreshing starter.

Bulgogi-Jeongol (Bulgogi hotpot) – $36

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Side dishes: kimchi, fish cakes, soy beans

For the level of spiciness, we picked “mild”, but the soup was not spicy at all ._. It was flavourful nonetheless, and a bit on the sweet side. Ingredients-wise, you get a fair share of veggies proteins. There was also vermicelli in the hotpot as well.

Our hotpot was losing liquid very quickly because:

  1. The soup was boiling rapidly
  2. The ingredients soaked up all the soup

Near the end everything tasted a bit too salty, and only then the did waitress offered to fill up our pot with more soup. >_<

The hotpot came with two bowls of rice, and unlimited side dishes (you’d have to take the initiative to ask for seconds). We really loved the fish cakes! It was a good alternative to the typical potatoes.

Molang Scores & Verdict

Food: 4/5

Value: 3.5/5

Service: 4/5

Ambiance: 4.5/5

Total: 16/20

I believe this is the one and only Korean restaurant in the neighbourhood. It’s a good one too!

 

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Sandwiches @ Pronto

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Location: 3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Pronto is a quaint little Italian restaurant that is seemingly famous for their pork. We liked the unpretentious ambiance of the place. It’s a great place to sit down for a casual meal.

We came to Pronto for a quick Sunday brunch/lunch. We weren’t in the mood for pasta (partly because they were pricey at $14+), so we focused our attention on sandwiches. Pronto offers wide range of sandwiches/panini: prosciutto, porchetta, salami, or meatball, etc. (you get the drift). At a price of $8.75, each sandwich seemed like a good deal, until…

Sandwich #1: Porchetta

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The first thing we’ve noticed was that the sandwich was under-seasoned, and borderline dry (but not quite). The spread was cream-based, but it wasn’t rich or flavourful enough. As mentioned before, the pork could have been juicier. The crispy crackling was the saving grace of this sandwich.

Sandwich #2: Prosciutto & Pear Panini (panino?)

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Provolone, arugula, lemon mayo

Why so small? 😦 I understand that panini are compressed, but still this portion size hardly justified the $8.75 pricing. Flavour-wise, the combination is good, as you get the saltiness of the prosciutto and the sweetness/acidity of the pear. Then you have melted cheese binding everything together. Though tasty, this panino was just too small, and the ratio of the ingredients were off.

Molang Scores & Verdict

Food: 3/5

Value: 2.5/5

Service: 4/5

Ambiance: 4/5

Total: 13.5/20

Underwhelming. Perhaps we came on a bad day.

 

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[Squamish] Lunch @ Chef Big D’s

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Location: 38040 Cleveland Ave,Squamish, BC V8B

If you ever go to Squamish, and you are hungry, Chef Big D’s is definitely a good place to go!

Chef Big D’s is a diner with a casual and family-friendly environment. They had a rather interesting seating arrangement. At the entrance, they had a sign that says (and I paraphrase): “please seat yourselves at the next available, clean , and vacant table”. Once you sit down, the waiting staff is friendly and quick to hand you menus and water.

In terms of food offerings, you can expect the standard, hearty North American affair: sweet and savory breakfast dishes, and an assortment of sandwiches and burgers. Don’t scoff at their Kids at Heart menu (1/2 portion size). You will know why as you read more below.

(Kids at Heart Size) Beef dip sandwich – $6.50 ($7 with melted cheese)

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As you can see, the sandwich was about the size of a 6″ sub. The bun was freshly toasted, and they gave a generous portion (understatement) of juicy and tender roast beef! Dip it in that salty au jus, and receive a foodgasm in your mouth.

All the Kids at Heart dishes come with a soup, salad, or fries. Terrific value isn’t it? The soup of the day was a tomato cream soup that was very tasty. We really liked the addition of red peppers, as it gave the soup another note of flavour. Continue reading

First Nations Cuisine @ Salmon n’ Bannock

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Location: 1128 West Broadway, Vancouver

If you are looking for authentic Canadian food that isn’t poutine, go to Salmon n’ Bannock!

The atmosphere in this eatery was incredible – spacious seating, relaxing background music, local artwork on the walls, and courteous owners!

Looking at the menu, you may see ingredients that may be considered “exotic”: elk, bison, and boar?!

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I call this a fancy pate. The marrow packed a lot of beefy flavour, and it had just the right of fat/grease in it. It was also perfectly seasoned with coarse salt. In terms of portion size, it was on the small side, but I don’t think this is something you should overindulge :P. Anyway, this was a great dish to get your appetite going.

Entree #1: Salmon Burger ($17)

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Sweet potato wedges with chipotle mayo… *Drools*

No no, they don’t use minced salmon patties here. Instead their burger comes with a whole, 6 oz wild sockeye fillet! This had got to be one of the tastiest salmon we’ve had recently. It had a nice smokey, sage flavour, and the fish was incredibly moist. Sweet potato wedges (with a chipotle mayo dip) was an excellent pairing as well. Continue reading