We're here on a fat fest weekend eating everything Vancouver has to offer. Although we found this spot via a TV show, it did not disappoint.
Forage was far from your typical farm to table washed out hipster dining experience. No quinoa kale salads here, just a solid spotlight on BC sustainable ingredients. Bison ribeye, braised octopus, browned butter duck and some nice locally sourced produce were the highlights of our meal.
Our new favorite local spot. She does some awesome seafood preparations. My wife is a fan of chef's seafood paella. I've had the petrale prepared similar to the french core style and its a winner. I have had the lamb shank and short ribs on multiple occasions. Her braised dishes are on point -- fall off the bone and robust with flavors.
we recently had a solid dining experience. if you'd like to avoid the crowds -- go on a sunday evening. a friend organized a holiday dinner and Chef Evan prepared a prix fixe menu for our group.
Our salad was a great beet salad with different varieties of beets ..... can i call them heirloom beets? you get the idea. awesome start.
we had a pasta dish (orchiette) with a house made sausage. meaty, hearty, good salt -- off set with a slightly bitter leafy green in the mix.
one of the standouts was the pork belly dish. i believe it was served with an asparagus puree. solid. perfectly crisped skin with warm fatty goodness.
the salmon was also well prepared. the skin was hot seared until crisp while the flesh was cooked to a barely opaque pink.
i think the last super standout was the chicken breast. the chef described the care that goes into the preparation. from breaking it down and skin removal, to brine, then re wrap in the original skin. it was an awesome preparation for something as simple as chicken breast.
overall it was a great dining experience. everything is well thought out. lots of care goes into each dish. go check it out.
I stopped by for lunch today. I grabbed 2 sandwiches just for the sake of gluttony. I had the traditional cold cut (#2) and the meatball. The baguette was great ... softer, fresher than the traditional 2 buck sandwiches we're used to. The cold cut sandwich was coo ... nothing crazy. The meatball was the standout. The house made meatballs were served hot with the normal pickled accompaniments. That'd be the one I go back for. Nice to have a place serving the norms, as well as a few newer creations, so close to work.
sorry ..... i had the tonkotsu. it lacked depth of flavor and richness. the broth was almost bland. there wasn't much to it. on a high point the takana fried rice was solid as was their gyoza; however, since this is a ramen-ya i based my review upon the noodles. sorry.
i've been meaning to check out this spot since it opened about a year and a half ago. Since I live up in L.A. it was a little while before we made it down to North County.
Since we've been waiting to go here we tried a bunch of things and ordered way more than we should have. Surprisingly though, there were no leftovers.
The food -- We started with some clam steamers. I don't think these are on the regular menu. Definitely different. They had a little snaz to them. Leeks and a nice clammy broth. Winner! Next we had some oysters, which are farmed just down the coast. Nuff said. The beer battered tacos were solid as was the grilled salmon plate. We also shared a bowl of chowder that was excellent as well. Not your typical heavy, heavy cream. Good stuff. The albacore tataki was impressive too. Well seared with micro greens and a citrus soy reduction, if i recall.
We wrapped it up with a couple of desserts that the owner had suggested. I think he mentioned that his wife makes all of the desserts. They too were good. I think the standout was the bread pudding.
Go check it out. Arrive early, as its a popular spot ... especially during the summer months. Definitely can't go wrong.
HA, Oh kiomi, are you a yelper now? Agree ... they have different cusine and flavors. Coming from a person who isn't really into Thai food, I was surprised that I enjoyed this neighborhood spot. By no means am I an expert on Malaysian grinds, but I think this restaurant makes the grade.
My girlfriend and I usually order he same 3 things :
- curry leaf prawns
- eggnoodle/egg sauce dish
- lamb curry
All three of those dishes have us coming back for more. We have tried a few other dishes and some were hits, others misses. The crab is supposedly their signature dish, but we haven't tried it yet. Definitely worth a try when you're in the mood for something..... different.
I've been here about 5 times. Finally I am writing a review. In my opinion, and my friends, this place is the best bang for the buck. Most of the kushiage sticks are 1 buck. The facnier sticks cost 2-3. Some of my favorite kushiage (fried skewers) are the salmon/ikura, butter scallop, oyster, and chicken meatball. The small dishes are solid too. Try the wa-gyu tataki or the uni onigiri. The ulitmate meal ender is the small size tonkotsu ramen. Their tonkotsu is way better than some of the more popular spots in the area. Dont sleep on the daily specials too. Enjoy, one of my go to spots when people are visitng.