Location: Aberdeen Centre, 1008-4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 0A4
The Molangs went to Sugarholic Cafe for dinner on a regular weeknight. It’s almost impossible to miss the place. It is located on the ground floor of Aberdeen Centre, right by the water fountain.
This Asian cafe/restaurant is decorated like a petite palace, with the white colour scheme. We did realize, after passing by this place for months (or years), that they never seem to take down the Christmas ornaments. Just an observation…
Sugarholic Cafe offers a dinner combo; for which you can pick a main dish, a drink, and a dessert. The combo is priced at $15.97 per person. There is also a $17.97 deluxe dinner combo. The main difference between the two is that for the deluxe combo, you choose from a selection of heavier/larger main dishes and desserts. Regardless, the main dishes that they offer are all Asian-style Italian dishes. We went ahead and ordered two regular dinner combos.
Lemonade iced tea – Tasted like regular lemon tea. Mint flavour was hardly there.
Hazelnut milk tea – Tasted good as a regular tea, but again, where was the flavour of the key ingredient (hazelnut)? Also, it wasn’t chilled enough.
Rewster is conveniently located in Downtown Nanaimo. There’s plenty of free side street parking nearby 🙂
The interior of the restaurant is very spacious. They can easily host 100+ patrons. The high ceiling and modern decor makes it a comfortable place to dine.
Our server was courteous, and she explained their menu concept. Rewster aims to provide modernized classics using locally sourced ingredients. Whether it is vegetables, fish, or meat, everything is grown, harvested/caught, or raised on Vancouver Island.
For our brunch, we ordered two eggs benedicts.
Crab (cakes) – $18
It looks and tastes fancy. Eggs were poached to order. The mini fries were very delicate. Crab cake was light, but flavourful when combined with the hollandaise sauce. We were a bit taken off guard by the lack of substantial carbs, i.e. an English muffin or equivalent.
Salmon Tempura – $17
I would call this fancy fish and chips (without the chips). The salmon was moist and delicious. The batter was light and not overly crispy/hard. The sauce and the garnishes are mostly the same as the ones for the crab cake. Instead of thin fries, I got pickled radishes. This dish is more of an East-West fusion (something you could already tell from the name).
Molang Scores & Verdict
Tasty and healthy food, but we felt like we had fancy appetizers instead of a proper brunch.
We wanted to make a dinner reservation at Wolf in the Fog this past Sunday, but they were already fully booked weeks prior. Luckily, we walked in, and got ourselves a table for late lunch 🙂
You could tell from the clean decor that this is a higher end restaurant. Service wasn’t the quickest, even at 2:00 PM.
I noticed their “den” (lunch) menu look rather ambiguous. Everything is typed on a single sheet of paper, and the appetizers and entrees are grouped together. I suppose you could tell them apart by the prices. It didn’t really matter because we ordered a bunch of different dishes 😛
Salt & Pepper Squid – $10
We really enjoyed this dish. Imagine calamari but lighter and fluffier. The squid meat was tender and not chewy. The dipping sauce was a mixture of olive oil and herbs. I believe it was called chimmichurri. On the side was a refreshing coleslaw. We didn’t feel fat or greasy eating this 🙂
(Side dish) Mac & Cheese – $9
Perfect comfort food for a foggy/chilly day! We loved the choice of white cheddar. We also liked how they deviated from using the traditional elbow macaroni (different texture!). Continue reading →
The Molangs went on a trip to Vancouver Island this past long weekend. We stopped by Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, and Tofino 🙂 Matterson House Restaurant was where we had dinner in the peaceful town on Ucluelet .
The Matterson House Restaurant looks and feels like a grandma’s house, with the vintage decor. The overall vibe was warm and comforting.
For food, we ordered a variety of seafood dishes!
Matterson Seafood Chowder – $6.75 (bowl)
Due to the addition of corn, this is a sweeter variation of the cream-based seafood chowder. Other goodies in the chowder include shrimp, white fish, spinach, and carrot.
Shrimp and Scallop Creole – $12.95
What is this? It’s shrimps and scallops tossed together in a tomato-based sauce. The sauce resembles marinara sauce with a hint of spiciness. Although it’s not an entree per se, this dish was surprisingly filling (maybe it was because of the garlic bread :P) Continue reading →