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Entries from April 2009

Saravanaa Bhavan – Vancouver

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments

This well-known south indian chain which originated in India has now set up 3 restaurants in Canada – 2 in Toronto and now one in Vancouver. I remember the hype surrounding its opening in Toronto when it was being touted as a chain in India which is known for being hygienic (not always an easy […]

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Tags: Indian · Inexpensive · Kid-friendly · Vancouver

House of Dosas

April 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

When we feel like indian food but don’t want to commit to a larger heavier meal, we often go to House of Dosas. This south indian restaurant specializes in dosas, which are like an extra-large super thin and crispy chickpea-flour crepe that comes filled with your choice of filling. The fillings range from palak paneer […]

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Tags: Cheap Eats · Favorites · Indian · Inexpensive · Kid-friendly · Vancouver

Kitanoya Guu with Otokomae – Vancouver

April 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Huge fans of Guu with Garlic (I’ll abbreviate it GwG to save me some typing) – been there 3 times (at least). Great, super-fun, raucous atmosphere at GwG – one of the best places in the city that I’ve been to for after-work relaxing with beer and fun bar food, too much noise – a […]

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Tags: Asian · Japanese · Vancouver

Shanghai River

April 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Shanghai River is one of the nicer-looking Shanghainese dim sum places in Richmond with new modern decor. You can tell the food is good because the restaurant is crowded and people are waiting even at the tail end of dim sum/lunch service. Services is good and we didn’t feel rushed. The popular dishes include the […]

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Tags: Asian · Inexpensive · Vancouver

The Naam, Vancouver

April 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

So, a post about the Naam is long overdue. It’s one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in the city, and is an establishment. Your friends that have been to Vancouver may not have seen much of the city, but chances are good that they’ve been to the Naam. How do I feel about the Naam? […]

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Tags: Vancouver · Vegetarian

La Casa Gelato – Vancouver

April 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Gelato, you say? Of course! Vanilla? Maybe. How about 218 different flavours? Even better. The place is always packed – obviously it’s a bit of a destination where folks can go, mill around, try a bunch of free samples, and find a flavour that fits their personality and/or their fancy for a fun dessert. But […]

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Tags: dessert · Vancouver

Stella's Tap and Tapas Bar – Vancouver, BC

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve been meaning to write about this place for a while. M was in town, and after having checked out the Cascade Room and The Five Point together, we had heard that Stella’s had a good selection of Belgian brews on tap, so off we went. Now M is a gent who knows his beer. […]

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Tags: Beer · Vancouver

Seto Japanese Restaurant – Richmond

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

One of the many japanese restaurants amongst the sea of asian restaurants in Richmond. Nothing special. In fact, I found the sashimi lunch box rather skimpy and the fish so-so. The service was below average – perhaps because they may have forgot us as we were politely asked to move to a more private room […]

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Tags: Asian · Japanese · Vancouver

Burgoo – Vancouver

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Not sure what the hype is about this restaurant chain. All these people we know have recommended this place to us. We tried several times to go to the Main Street location and it’s always been packed. We saw their soups at Edible BC in Granville Market. We’ve seen their neon sign high above main […]

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Tags: Vancouver · Western Food

S & W Pepper House – Burnaby

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Hot and spicy food in Burnaby near Metro town in the Crystal Mall. It doesn’t seat too many people (?20people) so be prepared to wait outside on plastic stools. But the wait is worth it. It is cheap, fast and tasty – thus its popularity with the mainly Asian crowd. Our favourites were the eggplant, […]

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Tags: Asian · Cheap Eats · Vancouver