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
Cured salmon + avocado + cucumber + tamarind sauce. Overall, this was a refreshing appetizer, but we wish the sauce was a tad stronger.
Lingcod – $33
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!
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
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)
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!).
Address: Venezia Place, 1160-8580 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC 6X4B3
The Molangs have been meaning to try this place for a very long time! The Taiwan Taipei Original Pot restaurant always seemed to be packed with people. A rainy Saturday night called for a hearty meal.
House Special Marinated Cucumber – $5.88
Spicy garlic marinate + crisp cool cucumbers = delicious appetizer. This really got our taste buds going.
Three Spiced Squid – $10.88
At $10.88 per dish, the portion size is a bit disappointing. Still, this dish was packed with flavours – scallions, soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, and basil. The squid rings/legs were crunchy but not chewy. Be sure to order a bowl of rice to go with it!
Traditional Bone-in Hua Diao Chicken (SM) – $20.68
The sauce in the chicken pot was very similar to that of the three spiced squid. One of the key ingredients was the premium rice wine (Hua Diao). The chicken, scallions, and veggies were cooked in a boiling pot of special sauce, and the resulting flavours were heavily concentrated. We needed an extra bowl of rice to soak up all the remaining juices/sauce/gravy (whatever you want to call it)!
Molang Scores & Verdict
Heavy and satisfying chicken!
Address: Lansdowne Centre, 221-5300 Number 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6X 2C7
Toku’s ambiance can be described in three words: vibrant, modern, and spacious. Conveniently located in the Lansdowne Centre, this restaurant is highly recommended for large gatherings.
In terms of food offerings, Toku has everything you would typically see in a Japanese restaurant, but with more emphasis on chirashi dons. They have 14 different variations of these sashimi rice bowls!
Tokyo Zeitaku – $28
It was a tough decision, but we chose this particular chirashi because it had some of our favorite fish: toro (tuna belly), salmon, shrimp, chopped scallop, and hamachi (yellow tail). Freshness of the sashimi was adequate, and portion size was decent. If we were to nitpick, we wished the fish were sliced 25% chunkier/thicker. The presentation was neat, and the side dishes (including miso soup) were great additions. With all that said, $28 was pretty steep.
Mentai Kimchi Yaki Udon – $15
The plate didn’t look very big, but the that was because this dish was very heavy.
- Mentai (fish roe) sauce: salty
- Kimchi: spicy and tangy
- Bacon: fatty and salty
- Udon: thick
Still, the flavour combination was a guilty pleasure. They also added a bit of scallops in the mix. Proceed with caution, as this is definitely comfort food material.
Scallop Magma Roll – $12
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This roll contained spicy tuna and chopped scallop. It was topped with tempura bits & black sesame sauce. We enjoyed this roll, as it had good protein-to-rice ratio. It had excellent flavours and texture as well. There was no need for soy sauce because the black sesame sauce was already strong enough. Continue reading
Address: 5-421 Main Street, Tofino BC V0R
After two hours of intense (for our standards :D) stand-up paddleboarding, we felt we deserved a hearty lunch! Most of the restaurants in town were full, so we picked Sea Monster Noodle Bar, as it seemed to serve fast-er food.
For whatever reason, neither of the Molangs were drawn to noodles. Instead, we ordered two rice bowls.
Salmon Poke – $14
Awesome post-workout bowl #1. This bowl came with salmon, avocado, seaweed/dried seaweed, onions/scallions, ginger, and tobiko. We determined the marinate to be some kind of sesame oil. If you’ve ever had poke before, this would taste very familiar. Your choice of white or brown rice.
Fish Curry – $15
Awesome post-workout bowl #2! This was a Thai-inspired rice bowl as seem by the usage of green curry and coconut milk. Other toppings: white fish, prawns, cilantro, basil, bok choy, and mushrooms. The acidity of the lime juice balanced out the richness of the curry. Having spent hours in seawater, this warm curry bowl was truly satisfying to consume!
Molang Scores & Verdict
Very fresh food! For those who are health-conscious, many of their noodles/rice bowls are gluten-free (including the two we’ve reviewed)!
Address: Cartier Place, 181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 3B4
There’s always a lineup outside Toshi Sushi. At 5:30 PM, we saw at least six groups waiting for a seat. Fortunately, the staff manages their waiting list very intelligently. Patrons write their name and # of guests on the list, and are then instructed to wait outside. Name will be called when table is ready, and every diner must be present (or else no table for you)! Part of the reason why Toshi Sushi is so packed is that the restaurant itself is very small; approximately six tables only + a sushi bar. Another reason Toshi is so popular is the supposedly great food! As a party of two, we finally got a table after 90 minutes of waiting.
Cold Tofu – $5.95
Fresh firm tofu served with “fixings” – bonito flakes, wasabi, scallions, and garlic. Very light and simple appetizer. Mix the fixings with soy sauce!
Salmon Kama – $8.00
Mm… Grilled salmon cheeks. Tender, well-seasoned, crispy skins, and rich in fish oil. Another great appetizer!
Sushi rolls – Smoked salmon mango roll & ika tobi kyu – $7.95 & $4.95
Top row – smoked salmon mango roll. It was an interesting combination. The saltiness of the smoked salmon paired well with the sweetness of the mango. Texture-wise, we would’ve liked more smoked salmon 😛
Bottom row – ika tobi kyu = raw squid + flying fish roe + cucumber. I personally liked this roll better than the other one because it was well-balanced in terms of “ingredient distribution”. The varying textures were also very pleasant (sticky squid, crunchy cucumbers, and soft rice). Continue reading
Address: 1205 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC 7M2H6
Being a Korean-Chinese restaurant, Ga Hyung Ru serves something different from the usual affairs: bulgogi, BBQ, or hot pot, etc. Instead, this quaint eatery serves predominantly noodles and rice dishes; something more homey.
Seafood, Pork and Black Bean Sauce on Noodle – $12.75
It appears that the black bean sauce is one of their specialties. It had strong flavours of bean paste (obviously) and caramelized onions. The pork and seafood (which was just shrimp) were hard to see in the dark sauce, but the textures were definitely there. Overall, the sauce wasn’t too salty, and it struck a perfect balance with the noodles. Speaking of which, the noodles were quite tasty, and had a good springy texture.
O-Mu Rice – $12.50
O-Mu Rice = fried rice wrapped in an omelette. Very cute looking! As you could see, one of the major ingredient in this dish was ketchup. The fried rice was seasoned with ketchup as well, so it tasted sweet and tangy. This dish was also semi-vegetarian, since there was no meat in it.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Good comfort food with great portions! Next time we will try their bigger dishes like fried chicken 😛