Kiyo Sushi is located in the less busy area of Richmond. It doesn’t look like the fanciest Japanese restaurant, but the food quality is up there among the best. For dinner, we ordered four dishes.
Salmon Aburi Sushi – $15
True to its name, this sushi roll is loaded with salmon. There wasn’t any “fillers” (e.g. avocado, cucumber, or imitation crab meat) inside; it was straight up a huge chunk of salmon sashimi! The charred salmon on the outside not only added a different flavour, but a melt-in-your mouth texture as well. Don’t underestimate the tiny bit of greens up top. Seriously, those gave the sushi roll a sophisticated aroma.
Negima – $7.50
It may look like chicken, but it is actually grilled tuna on the skewer. It was nice to eat fully cooked tuna for once. The flavour wasn’t too heavy, as the skewers weren’t drenched in soy sauce. Texture-wise, the fish was like a very tender chicken breast. Continue reading →
Pot Belly Mini Hotpot is a newly opened restaurant in Richmond. They picked an interesting location because one of their direct competitors (I would presume) is just around the corner. Perhaps they’re trying to siphon off some customers since the other mini hot pot place is almost always fully booked.
Ordering is pretty straightforward, as you go through a list, and circle your preferences. Hotpots are $13.99 each.
We went doing lunch hours, and every order of hotpot comes with a free drink. The drink can be either iced black tea or green tea. Milk tea or fruit juices would cost an extra dollar.
They also offer side dishes (~$6.00) like fried chicken nuggets, Taiwanese fishcakes, and stinky tofu, etc., but we were mostly interested in hotpot at the time.
Our cooking apparatus looks cute. The pots were heated up by some kind of oil-jelly. They seem more cost-friendly than gas/electric stoves.
Do you like Japanese rice bowls? Go to Gyo-O. Do you like seafood rice bowls? Why aren’t you at Gyo-O yet?! 😛 Yes, Gyo-O is a cozy little Japanese restaurant that specializes in rice bowls. They also offer creative ramen/udon dishes, but it seems like the rice bowls are their best sellers.
For dinner, we ordered…
Salmon & Ikura Don – $15
This was one of the most expensive dishes on the menu, but it was still fairly priced at $15. As seen in the picture, you get decent chunks of salmon sashimi, and a dollop of ikura (salmon roe). Ikura were deliciously salty poppers that meshed so well with the warm rice. On the side was a sprig of bamboo shoots, but they didn’t add much to the dish (not complaining though; more food!). I wish the rice was slightly more vinegary, but that is just a small nitpick.
Tuna Mayo Don – $11
We were curious to try a dish with cooked fish, in a Japanese restaurant… Here is a short summary of this bowl: tuna salad on rice. The tuna was boiled, and they used fresh tuna (we didn’t notice any canned tuna taste). The mayonnaise was lighter (i.e. healthier) than what you would expect. Topping off everything were seaweed shreds, green onions, and a sunny side up egg. When properly mixed, this bowl packed a gooey texture, and a deep flavour profile. It was yummy and filling, but we still prefer raw fish bowls like the Salmon & Ikura Don.
In retrospect, our dinner was a good source of carbs and protein! Not so much veggies though… 😀
Molang Scores & Verdict
Gyo-O is another good restaurant to visit for a weeknight dinner after work. The atmosphere is cozy, and the (yummy) food is inexpensive.
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 →