Last time I was at Ancora was during last year’s Dine Out Vancouver. I was still pregnant and now baby is almost 3 months old. To celebrate Motherhood and my friend’s pregnancy we decided to head over to Ancora for brunch! I love the bright […]
It’s been two months postpartum. My first 30 days with baby was the hardest! The learning curve was so steep – I was not mentally nor physically ready! To celebrate I took a well deserved day at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver. First […]
Miku at Coal Harbour waterfront is one of my favourite Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. It is located next to Canada Place and has wonderful views – you can watch the sunset over the North Shores. To celebrate our third wedding anniversary, Dave and I wanted to indulge in their omakase menu – Aburi Kaiseki Dinner.
Kaiseki menu is only available during dinner service. There are three choices of Shokai (zensai, entree, signature sushi and dessert) $68 per person, Kaisen (six course chef’s tasting menu) $88 per person and Aburi (unique multi-course experience with premium and seasonal ingredients) $135 per person. Traditional Kaiseki Ryori incorporates region’s food culture and is presented in unique Arita plateware from Kyushu, Japan.
To start the evening we savoured a glass of Riesling while watching the thunderstorm – after all it is September in Vancouver.
Amuse Bouche: croquette
Aburi Sashimi: trio selection of flame seared salmon, scallop and tuna with signature sauces.
Appetizer: Presented in a beautiful bento box from Arita plateware that is so Instagram worthy. Seven seasonal bite size appetizers that consists of fresh oysters (or substitution for clams), Salt Spring mussels with mignonette and tiger prawn cocktail. The bottom layer includes octopus ceviche, pan seared Hakkaido scallop, beef carpaccio, and ahi tuna.
Lobster Tail: The third course consists of half lobster table grilled with tomato chili sauce served with seasonal vegetables.
Wagyu Beef: tender and cooked perfectly medium rare with a dash of pink Himalayan salt. Served with seasonal greens.
Miku’s Signature Sushi: The fifth course includes an assortment of Aburi nigiri, rolls (Miku roll and Red Wave Roll) and oshi sushi (salmon, ebi). Before ending the evening with dessert, you have the option to add more food a la carte. For us, it was the perfect amount. Besides we wanted to get ice cream afterwards…
Black Forest Tiramisu with Vanilla Bean ice cream. This dessert was airy, light and not too sweet. Just the way I like it.
If you are looking for an omakase dinner service with an amazing view. I highly recommend the Aburi Kaiseki dinner from Miku.
Mon 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
200 Granville St #70, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4
Fayuca is a newly opened Mexican restaurant in Yaletown, Vancouver. It is located on 1009 Hamilton Street (replacing the old Hamilton St. Grill). Opened by Ernesto Gomez and Mexican chef Jair Tellez (Laja), this cantina menu focus on modern North Pacific Mexican cuisine in a […]
Mosquito Desserts & Champagne is one of my favorite locations for desserts in Vancouver. It is located on 32 Water Street in Gastown. The restaurant is elegant and chic. It makes for the perfect location for the best date night. Now that they have also introduced Afternoon […]
Grand River Seafood Restaurant 濠江尚品海鮮酒家 is a Chinese restaurant located in Coquitlam (next to Silvercity Cineplex Cinemas) on 100 Schoolhouse Street. This is another humble restaurant with minimal decor. This restaurant offers dim sum lunch service as well as seafood dinner (set menus and combos available). We’ve been here several times and consistency is an issue. Food quality is not always up to par.
Dim Sum option here at Grand River is not bad however. There are a lot of choices – some other Chinese restaurants in Tri-Cities does not have.
Deep Fried Bean Curd Shrimp Roll
Rice Roll with Chinese Donut and Shrimp Paste.
Three Mushroom Rice Rolls
Curry Baby Octopus
Steamed Bean Curd Roll
Pineapple Bun BBQ Pork Bun
Deep Fried Sesame Balls: This is one of my favorite desserts here.
Not to confuse you, not Coquitlam has a Chinese restaurants all with the name “Grand”.
- Grand Palace 富豪酒家 in Henderson Place Mall.
- Grand Seasons 四季 in Burquitlam
- Grand River 濠江尚品海鮮酒家 by Silvercity Coquitlam
Grand River Seafood Restaurant 濠江尚品海鮮酒家
Mon 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
#112, 100 Schoolhouse St, Coquitlam, BC V3K 6V9
四季 Grand Seasons Chinese Restaurant is a humble diner in Coquitlam. It is located just across from the Burquitlam SkyTrain station at 555 Clarke Road. Our friends introduced this place to us after we were complaining about eating at the same restaurants in Coquitlam Tri-Cities […]
We finally decided to try HAAN Korean BBQ in Coquitlam after an intense craving for barbecue meat! We were not disappointed. The restaurant is clean and service is friendly. I like the interior. It also helped that it was well ventilated and you don’t leave […]
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks is a local craft beer brewery in Richmond behind Ironwood in Steveston. This craft brewery is a place for big geeks, pop culture, comics and anime. You will recognize it by the names of the draft, the retro video games console, etc. This feels like a hang out place – a lounge if you will.
The tasting room has a series of beers on tap on rotation: Destiny IPA, The Last Strawberry, The Last Mango, Four Winds Pilsner, Kiwami Plum Sour, Hikari, REI Boysenberry Sour, Moody Ales Affable IPA.
Each sleeve is $6 and a flight of four is $7. A taster is $2 each.
My favorite was the Kiwami Plum Sour and the REI Boysenberry Sour (above). It is refreshing and sweet. I love a good sour gose!
We also bought home The Last Strawberry Wit 4.9% at 8IBU. It is brewed with fresh strawberries. Perfect patio beer that is easy to drink!
Order some snacks to go with your beer. Fuggles and Warlocks offers Calbee chips, pepperoni, sandwiches, etc.
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks
Cuisine: Craft Beer, Brewery
103 – 11220 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC V7A 4V5
Noodlebox Canada announces a guest feature recipe series, slated to launch in all twelve stores across BC and Alberta on August 8th. Known for fresh food wok-cooked with flame, Noodlebox has partnered with three local influencers to create feature dishes, each available for a week-long run this […]
Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine 福滿樓海鮮酒家 is a high-end Chinese seafood restaurant located in Richmond by the Richmond Oval – next to Ora a large scale residential community with T&T Supermarket. The restaurant is spacious with a large screen projection screen (perfect for weddings). Service is […]
Taps and Tacos is a new Mexican restaurant in Port Moody. It is located on 91 Moody Street and Saint Johns Street – diagonally across from Pizzeria Spacca Napoli and just up the street from Brewery Row (Yellow Dog Brewing Co, Twin Sails Brewing, The Parkside Brewery, Moody Ales). I’ve been looking forward to a good tacos joint in the Tri-Cities for a long time.
The interior of Taps and Tacos is clean, bring and has a high ceiling with a mezzanine second floor for extra seating. Menu focus is tacos (of course).
It also offers a good variety of local craft beers on tap and well as bottles: Moody Ales (exclusive brew “It’s About Lime” Kölsch), Twin Sails, Yellow Dog, Dageraad, Steel & Oak, Strathcona, Parkside, Whistler Brewing and Strange Fellows. If you fancy cocktails and wine, they’ve got a good wine list also.
There is a good selection of tacos with eight flavours to choose from. $6 each. My favourite is their Coffee Spiced Pork and also the Korean Pork.
Coffee Spiced Pork: gelderman farms pork, habanero apple chutney, pickled onion, crispy yam. Spice level 3/3)
Mama’s Beef: Ground beef, lettuce, mozza, charred pico de gallo, crema, crispy tortilla strips. Spice level (2/3)
Mojito Whitefish: tropical salsa, cucumber lettuce, mint and lime. This is a subtle tasting taco.
Tequila Lime Chicken: Local free run chicken, mexican tapenade, spiced almonds, cream, arugula, pea shoots. Spice level (1/3)
Korean Pork: gelderman farms pork, gochujang BBQ sauce, red cabbage slaw, cucumber, sesame seeds. Spice level (1/3).
We’re looking forward to our next visit here again. Too bad this place is not very baby friendly with loud music. I guess we will just need to find a babysitter and have a date night (day) here instead!
Next time I will need to try the Cajun Tofu Tacos with black bean corn salsa, micro greens, pico de gallo, vegan crema and spiced almonds.
What will you order here? Let me know in the comments below!
Taps and Tacos
Cuisine: Tacos, Mexican
91 Moody St, Port Moody, BC V3H 2B7
This global Taiwanese dessert franchise, Meet Fresh Richmond 鲜芋仙, opened its first location in Richmond on Capstan Way. It then opened a second Metro Vancouver location at 1232 Robson Street. Popular menu item includes taro balls, shaved iced, fresh herbal jelly and tofu pudding. I was […]
Deer Garden Signatures 鹿園魚湯米線 finally reopened yesterday (replacing Deer Garden Restaurant 鹿園茶餐廳). Although it was sad to see our go to restaurant in PoCo close down, many welcome the casual selection of rice noodle combos, curry dishes, and HK style cafe approach. The interior went […]