Dinnrtime (formerly known as RightOvers) is a social impact start-up promoting better access to home-cooked food and is aimed at reducing food waste and increasing sustainable dining across the city. Recently launched by Todd Lajeunesse and Dylan MacDonald, as part of the Revolving […]
Tag: Mount Pleasant
Freakishly delicious donuts. Lucky’s Doughnuts Vancouver is part of 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. You come here to get Lucky. How can you come to Lucky’s Doughnuts and not be tempted to get a donut (a box) to go along with your coffee? Lucky’s Doughnuts at 49th Parallel […]
Burdock & Co Vancouver Brunch Affair is most stimulated by a great cup of coffee. Elysian Coffee Roasters shows no mercy. With Joe by my side, we were ready to dive into Burdock & Co brunch menu. Burdock is on Main Street near Thyme to Indulge. Burdock & Co serves a casual fare. Meals made from organic ingredients by Chef Andrea Carlson. Andrea Carlson was formerly Executive Chef at Bishop’s restaurant. Dishes at Burdock are vegetable focused.
Spicy Almond Sauce, Braised Burdock, Greens with Alkaline Noodles 13 + Crispy Beef Brisket 3: Much like a bowl of Sichuan Dan Dan noodles 擔擔麵, Burdock and Co won’t burn you and leave your face numb from fiercely spicy sauce. This dry ramen noodle bowl is mild. It has a lot of textures, flavors and substances for a good bite. Add some shredded beef brisket to compliment the pickled braised burdock root. This was perhaps the best of all the dishes we ordered. Flavors good and portions fair.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Sweet Onion, Biscuit 14: This was a light dish in the sense of size. The chicken nuggets were battered with a nice crunch. Though we would have preferred a better tender chicken meat to flour ratio. The pickled balsamic onion had a tangy note but was surprised us as being served cold. This was not a welcoming contrast. In the end this dish left us incomplete.
Grilled Maple Fennel Bacon 6: The soft tender bacon pieces were thickly cut and liberally glazed. It not the thin crispy strips you are served over Eggs Benedict. Hangry* would be an understatement if Dave didn’t order this extra side to go with his lean buttermilk chicken.
*Hangry – Hungry to the point of being angry.
Burdock & Co
Cuisine: Canadian, Tapas Bar
Mon 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2702 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8
SEX DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL! That’s the first thing I can think of when I enter Gene Coffee. Located right across Foundations and Nice Cafe on Main Street. To continue the theme from the hipster treatment of I don’t give a s#*t about our customer […]
Thyme to Indulge is a boutique catering company that also specializes in gourmet breakfast, brunch and the occasional market dinners. Thyme to Indulge is located on Main Street next to Dairy Queen. The interior is fresh and cute with white and black composition. Their […]
Matchstick Coffee Roasters is a local roastery and retailer in Vancouver on East 15th (Fraser / Kingsway). This sneaky corner is also home to Les Faux Bourgeois local artists, boutiques and workshop studios: Spool of Thread, The Artway Art Studio etc. The cafe is brightly lit with natural light, long wooden communal table, cafeteria grade school chairs and also a long standing bar.
Matchstick Coffee Roasters roast their own beans in the back of the cafe and also has cheese and bread plates available.
Sparkling Water 1.00/jug | 50 cents /glass: On the dog days of summer, a Loonie seemed like a bargain. But if you go to Elysian Coffee it is open tap. However, what you don’t know is that they donate all the profits they make from this to a water charity: Water For People. So drink happily and donate wholeheartedly.
Iced Latte: A rich dark espresso with a slight acidic sour note over milk.
I can’t wait to return on a cooler day where I can savour a hot cup of joe.
Matchstick Coffee Roasters
639 E 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6
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There’s a new kid on the block of West Broadway that offers you similar takes on Cambodia / Vietnamese food with a fusion twist. Indochine Kitchen brings you food that shadows crowd pleasers as Phnom Penh, but is it the same, better, or shallows in […]
It was a cloudy Sunday afternoon after service at Tenth and we were all craving a little pho. Dave suggested there is this awesome chicken Pho place called My Chau on Kingsway, but alas they are closed on Sundays. Our friend suggested we try Pho Tan Vietnamese, […]
That –Ish Cray! First we had Jay-Z and Kanye West to play on words and boggle our minds. Now we have Cray Kitchen & Bar to intrigue your tastebuds and bring you back to your childhood when you ate with your hands. This place is meant to be messy. Please do not come in your Sunday’s best or anything white for that matter. Paper towels, bibs and gloves are provided. We didn’t even bother with gloves because it’s only gonna get in your way. Besides it’s not that hard to pop into the washroom and wash my hands afterwards.
So what are these weird looking, miniature lobsters? These Louisiana Crawfish have a head to tail ratio 3:1 – there really isn’t a lot of meat. But, it was really fun to destroy and break the heads and peel and tear them apart. The meat in the tiny claws were also a battle to dig out. In the end, most of the weight you’re paying for comes from the shell. Was it worth it? It was certainly a fun experience! But the Crawfish was just meh.
As much as I enjoy sucking the brains out of shrimps and eating the glops from crab shells, the heads of these crawfish were really fishy! The roe were hard and not very pleasant. The meat wasn’t very bouncy as I would imagine a baby lobster to be. I’m sure it was fresh. It’s just the type of species their texture is different.
Cray offers various flavours in cajun, garlic butter, lemon butter, or cray mix (which is a mix of all the seasonings) with different levels of heat. We of course got Cray mix in spicy because it’s a great way to try everything but after a while, it’s hard to tell which is which aside from the garlic butter (much to do with lil garlic bits).
All the seafood came in plastic bags. It’s interesting, perhaps this helped to better seal in the heat and juices. But what happened to BPA and don’t leave your plastic bottles in direct sunlight / heat? Would some chemist please help explain this?
The stars of this meal were the added corn: half cob for 50 cents. Delicious as it soaked up all the sauce and juicy essence. Well worth half my loonie.
Now back to the garlic butter shrimps.
The shrimps were of a fair size. They were juicy, moist and bouncy. Soaking in all the garlic butter. It was delicious. The shrimps were much more enjoyable than the cray crawfish.
Remember Yelpers, if it’s your first check-in, there is a free Cajun Fries with min $5 purchase. The fries were crispy, crunchy and golden seasoned with Cajun pepper. A great deal for a full size grab!
After the massacre…
Cray Kitchen and Bar is located on Main Street, diagonally from Foundations and a few steps away from Nice Cafe and Gene Café. Cray serves up Louisiana style cuisine. Crawfish, shrimps, crab, lobster and oysters are served by the pound in plastic baggies. Since all the weight comes from the shells, I beg to argue the bang for your buck. For 10.99/pound I much rather order a Atlantic lobster at any Chinese restaurant. Pound for a pound, I would be more satisfied…
Cray Kitchen + Bar
Cuisine: Southern/Soul, Seafood, Cajun
Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
2470 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T3E3
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Salut! Les Faux Bourgeois is perfect little bistro located on a perfect little corner on Fraser and 15th; Or maybe I should say Fraser and Kingsway would make more sense. This sneaky little corner is full of goodies: Matchstick Coffee, Spool of Thread, The Artway Art Studio […]
A great greasy diner breakfast is what Nice Cafe is. This busy place dishing out breakies and morning Joes has survived many moons. It can probably be listed with one of the oldest Vancouver breakfast restaurants alongside Paul’s Omelettery or Bon’s. Iconic to Mount Pleasant […]
Marulilu sounds almost like a song out of The Beatles vinyl album. But it’s actually a small Japanese café in the Mount Pleasant area. We stumbled across Marulilu Cafe Japanese Restaurant one day after church at Tenth Church. It is on West Broadway off Cambie near La Taqueria. Marulilu Japanese reminds me a lot of Moii Crepes in Kitsilano and Cafe L’Orangerie in Marpole.
The menu is uniquely strange and specializes in Japanese / Canadian style comfort food – home like with Ome Rich (omelette rice with cheese), oyako donburi, Japanese style breakfast with nikujaga, rice and tofu with natto beans (fermented from soya beans and salt), Okonomiyaki, royal milk tea, etc. You can also find Western products like waffles, eggs benny, toasted bagels, etc.
The variety at this friendly restaurant is ridiculous. The chalk boards are filled and it is all too hard to make a decisions, especially if you are indecisive. You are spend hours (ok, maybe a little exaggerated)
Royal Milk Tea
I was expecting velvety richness and kick of caffeine like those in Hong Kong or the ones that comes from a bottle in Kirin Special Double Royal Milk Tea (麒麟午后红茶). Although tasty, this milk tea lacked some serious flavours.
If you are expecting a lot of flavours to wow you, this isn’t the place. The focus is simplicity and homey. Low sodium and low calories.
A blank of egg gently cooked blankets the individually cheese smothered rice. Drizzled with some ketchup for added flavours. There aren’t any meat inside. I would prefer some chorizo but I guess this is woudln`t the Japanese way?
Overall this quaint little 6 tabled Marulilu café is a unique experience and offers a simpler, lighter choice to brunch. Ingredients are fresh and good quality but I find it lacked some seasoning.
I hear the okonomiyaki are pretty tasty. Perhaps one day I will return when I run out of ideas for lunch.
Marulilu Cafe Japanese Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese, Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes
Mon 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
451 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R4