Thursday, 14 May 2015

Hai Phong: How are they so highly rated?!

After our failed escape from Locked Canada's Asylum puzzle room, we were famished (and high on adrenaline)! BeautyQueen suggested a place nearby and here we were! There's lots of free parking up front, which is great!

Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant 海豐越南美食 on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant (visit their website here)
Location: 1246 Kingsway, Vancouver
Cuisine: Vietnamese, Noodle Soup
Price range: $10-15

Date of visit: May 14, 2015
Atmosphere: 3/5
Staff/service: 2/5
Food variety: 5/5
Food quality: 1.5/5
Buck worthy? 1/5

It was quite empty for a Friday night around 7pm, which kinda took me by surprise since they were so highly rated on Urbanspoon. Anyways, looked through the menu, there was a lot of variety for each person's liking. Their Garlic Butter Chicken Wings ($7.95 for 6 wings) sounded delicious! Utterly disappointed at how they looked when they arrived and disgusted when I tasted it. They were fresh and hot, but so salty it stung my mouth and throat. They were overcooked and dry, not crispy on the outside either. The lemon pepper sauce didn't have the pepper mixed in either =/.

RetroGirl and I got their small Rare Beef, Brisket, Tendon, and Tripe Rice Noodle Soup ($7.50), I got it without the rare beef. This was average, it met the norm but I wouldn't say it was exceptional. Broth was hot, rich and meaty, and there was a good amount of beef in it.

GoddessV ordered a Small Shrimp and Crab Patty Noodle Soup ($8.50) without the pork feet and pork blood. It actually looked pretty good and she said the broth was really yummy. She got really thirsty as she continued eating it though, probably too much MSG =(

Overall I wasn't impressed and felt scammed that they were so highly rated (maybe I ordered the wrong things). BigGuns tried many attempts at flagging down a waitress to get our bill but they completely ignored him. Not even a busy night, there were around 5 small tables of people and two waitresses managing the storefront. Quite disappointing for a Vancouver restaurant to operate so poorly. At least Locked Canada was fun, and I was with great company ^-^

Friday, 8 May 2015

Capilano Sushi: Hidden yummy sushis =D

After working hard and doing the BCMC at Grouse (hike beside Grouse grind), we treated ourselves to...sushi! =D

Click to add a blog post for Capilano Sushi on ZomatoRestaurant: Capilano Sushi (visit their website here)
Location: 1240 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Seafood
Price range: $10-20 per person

Date of visit: May 8, 2015
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff/service: 4/5
Food variety: 5/5
Food quality: 4.5/5
Buck worthy? 5/5

This was definitely a hole in the wall, as I almost missed the place, but its in a little strip mall near Marine Drive with some parking in front of the place. It looked quite clean inside and we figured the owners were either Taiwanese or from Hong Kong =P

We ordered from their lunch specials, which were all relatively cheap! GoddessV ordered a Chicken Teriyaki Lunch Special ($7.99) which came with a lot of food! There was miso soup, chicken teriyaki, a salad, rice, yam fries, and a California roll. Great deal! The food looked really good, and I liked the yam fries!

I ordered their Takoyaki ($5.99) which was very round, fresh, and delicious! The outside was crispy, the insides fluffy and creamy, and good size. I really enjoyed them!

RetroGirl and I both ordered the Everything Combo ($9.99). It comes with miso soup, 2 tuna and 2 salmon sashimi, 1 ebi, 1 tuna and 1 salmon sushi, and a dynamite roll. They had run out of tuna so we just got 4 pieces of salmon sashimi (which I don't mind at all). I swapped out my ebi for another piece of salmon. Everything was very fresh and the salmon was wild salmon. The dynamite roll didn't use crab meat, which was quite refreshing with the crunchy shrimp tempura.

Overall, I really enjoyed the food. If I had stayed with the cheaper options, my meal could easily have been under $10-- pretty amazing for quality Japanese food! =D

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pepper Lunch: Simple meat, rice, sizzle-- but salty.

After a whole afternoon of AYCS (all-you-can-sing), we were famished! We found our way over to Pepper Lunch as I've been super excited to try it and TheVoice approved.

Pepper Lunch Canada on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Pepper Lunch Canada (visit their website here)
Location: 5951 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Cuisine: Teppanyaki
Price range: $15 (on average)

Date of visit: May 4, 2015
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff/service: 4.5/5
Food variety: 3/5
Food quality: 4/5
Buck worthy? 4/5

TheVoice recommended Kobe Beef Burger and Sliced Angus Steak ($12.95), and Adorables ordered it (and didn't take a picture, shame on him). It was actually quite a good portion, the beef burger was moist and full of umami. The sliced Angus steak was similarly tender and juicy, went super well with the rice.

I got their Pork Pepper Rice ($8.50) and combo'd it up to get miso soup and pop for $2.75. The pork was raw and cooking, when i flipped it over, it was a nice golden color. Sizzle sizzle! Deliciously juicy, but I added extra garlic sauce (came in a bottle) which was a bad idea. The whole thing became too salty =/ It came with rice in the middle, corn, some beige paste, and pepper. Tasty where I didn't over sauce =P It was big enough that I couldn't finish it myself.

I would say it's good food for the price, with some fun to it. They come really quickly too, so the longest part was waiting for a table! TheVoice said that the crazy expensive dishes aren't worth it though, heard something similar from another friend too, so I would say, stick to the basics! It's solid. Sizzle on!