Hundy

Location: 2042-B W 4th Ave, Vancouver

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Hundy has been on my radar since their soft opening. I sat at home watching their instagram stories of people snapping photos of their burgers and fries. Yesterday night, I had enough, it was time to try out Hundy.

First impressions, the music playlist really sets the vibe of the whole place. I love how they converted this place into a restaurant at night and a coffee shop by day. I also like that the take my phone number and text me when my table is ready approach.

It’s a counter service restaurant (like PDX restaurants) so while we waited for our table we ordered beers. Their beers are constantly changing but I had the Farmhouse 33 Acres experiment beer and it was amazing. It’s a very refreshing IPA without too many hops and fruity flavours.

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Alright, 4th paragraph in, I should start talking about the food. I ordered the bacon cheese burger with fries. The sauce in the burger is what makes this burger amazing. It’s hard to explain what it is, but their secret sauce is boss. Bun, patty, veg, and cheese were all great sidekicks in this burger. But, the true Robin to the Batman were the fries. These fries… their like my crown jewel of fries… places like Cockney Kings and other OG fish and chips places. You think you come here for the burger, but when you leave… the fries are what you think about.

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My buddy Bryan ordered the bacon poutine with a chicken burger. I tried the poutine and must say it was worth the $7. As for his review of the chicken burger, he said, “I’ll be back.”.

Once I posted the pics on IG, the DMs exploded with, “How was it?” “Is the hype real?”

THE HYPE IS REAL

5/5

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Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant

Location: 551 Howe Street, Vancouver

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I recently went out for lunch with my mother downtown and she says she’s a regular at this Vietnamese restaurant. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. First impression, the menu is on the wall and it took me a minute to find where the noodle soups were. There is probably less than a handful of options for pho but definitely more rice dishes, western options, and desserts.

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There are also two options of ordering, a. sit down and wait for service or b. you do it the Portland way and order at the counter. (you get a number).

In terms of the food, my mom ordered desserts for herself which included the coconut sticky rice which is sticky rice with banana in the middle topped with a scoop of coconut cream. This was the first time I had this dish in Vancouver and I recently had it in Ho Chi Minh City. Taste is very similar but definitely not as fresh and warm as the original.

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I ordered the brisket pho. I noticed that the soup looked rich and full of flavour. As I lifted the noodles, I can tell that the thickness is a lot more narrow that I’m accustomed to. Briskets were full on chunks of brisket instead of the traditional thin slices which is a welcomed sight. Soup has this Chinese style brisket flavour to it and comes with carrots and daikon. Definitely very tasty and it was under $10.

In terms of service, it’s one of the slower Vietnamese places i’ve been to. Generally pho places bring out the orders probably within 5 minutes of ordering.

Overall, I’d recommend this restaurant because of the desserts which are very authentic and the soup wasn’t bad at all.

Rating: 4/5

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Birry, what’s your favourite restaurant? 2018 edition

I get this question almost immediately when people find out I have a food blog. It’s never an easy question but I’ve figured a way to answer it.  

I break it down to 4 price points. Cheap, affordable, expensive, and splurge.  

Cheap - Banh Mi Saigon - Definitely my go to for a fresh sandwich. After going to Vietnam and trying banh mi sandwiches from the North to the South, I have to say that Mike makes the best banh mi. For $5 you can get their special or try their lemon grass pork. 

Affordable - DD Mau in Chinatown is a premiere Vietnamese restaurant that offers regional specials from all over Vietnam such as Hanoi’s egg coffee, chicken pho, Hoi an’s chicken rice, and some really special dishes like their fried chicken wings and carpaccio. They also have a great selection of craft beers. 

Expensive - Savio Volpe is my choice for expensive if you pick the family style meal. You have to do the family style meal and go with another couple cause it’s just an amazing experience. You basically touch almost every food group during that meal and by far the most memorable meal I had in 2018. 

Splurge - Miku is still my splurge restaurant of choice of 2018. The only way to put it is foodgasmic when you bite into the aburi. You’re wallet will definitely feel lighter but you can die happy knowing you experienced such an amazing culinary experience. 

Want to see the reviews for the above restaurants? Simply hit ctrl+ f (or command + F) and search the name. It’ll appear in the links below.

What is your top 4 categories? Let me know, I’d love to explore the picks you have. 

Pepinos Spaghetti

Address: 631 Commercial Dr Vancouver

There’s been a lot of talk about Pepinos and how amazing everything is. From the service, to the dishes, and their wines. So I went online and made a reservation cause it’s definitely required to get in. 

First impression, everyone is so friendly. I haven’t been to a restaurant where everyone greets you as you step through the restaurant. The decor reminds me of Godfather and it really makes you feel like you’re in an Italian restaurant.

We ordered two glasses of wine. The $13 Savio collaboration (which was really acidic, do not recommend) and a $17 cab sauv and it was amazing.

Started with the calamari and I’ve never had such meaty calamari in my life. The garlic sauce that you dip into was 👌🏻

 

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As for the mains, we ordered the signature Spaghetti and meatballs in gravy and the Chicken Piccata. Meatballs were massive and the tomato sauce was delicious. The chicken piccata was a bit rich cause it’s cooked in butter but it was delicious. The chicken is fried similar to a chicken teriyaki cutlet. 

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We finished off our meal with a cheese cake which was super fluffy. On top was a cherry compote but I secretly wished it was strawberry.  

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Overall, the meal, the experience were top notch but it was a pricey meal for Italian food. 

Rating: 5/5

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DD Mau

Location : 45 E Pender St, Vancouver

DD Mau Chinatown Menu: https://www.ddmau.ca/chinatown/

DD Mau is definitely my top 3 recommended restaurants in Vancouver right now.

Here is what to order:

Sticky rice - I’m still thinking about this simple dish. The mushrooms and the soy with the fried egg on top.

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Pork Belly Combo - comes with the soup, but the pork belly is so tender, melt in your mouth goodness.

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Chicken wings - by far the best wings in town. Gives Phnom Penh a run for its money. It’s different, more like a cola sweet fried glaze.

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Trifecta Rice - 3 different types of meats, veggies, and a fried egg (no pic)

Grilled Betel Leaf Meatball Platter - it’s a messy dish but it’s a delicious one. Wrap your own vermicelli tacos. (no pic)

Chicken Pho - a light soup. This is the best comfort dish when you’re feeling under the weather. (to the left)

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BÚN CHA HÀ NOI - Very different from the traditional buns you find in town. Do not dump all the sauce on the noodles or you’ll be having a very salty dish. (to the right)

Would I recommend? Hell yes. This is the top 3 on my list of recommends for Vancouver. Atmosphere is great, prices are reasonable, the wings are to die for, service has always been excellent. I consider DD Mau the biggest hidden gem in Vancouver right now. Hype is real.

Rating: 5/5 Go try it, let me know what you think

Dai Tung Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Location: 108-1050 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

Cash or debit only during lunch

What did we order?

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Pork Sui Mai - very good

Scallop and shrimp dumpling - better than the normal Har Gow

Chicken feet - pretty decent

Spare ribs - recommended

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XO sauce turnip deep fried turnip cubes - spicy but highly recommended

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Taro meat dumpling - definitely a classic

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Would I recommend it? Yes, I would. The average price per dish is about $7.00 so expect the bill to be expensive. Each person is charged 99 cents for tea. Bring cash or debit during dim sum cause they won’t accept a credit card. But the food is good, it’s good traditional dim sum. Try their tapioca pudding as a dessert if you go.

Rating: 4/5

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Burgoo

Location: 3096 Main Street, Vancouver,

I’m going to keep these post shorter from now on. You’re here to see if I would recommend a place to try and I know you’re hungry so I’ll keep it brief.

Burgoo Menu: https://burgoo.ca/food-for-comfort/

Happy hour? Yes, available for drinks and snacks

What we ordered:

Fondumental

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Tater Tots

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Tastier Chicken Sandwich

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Would I recommend it? I don’t really crave burgoo. It’s not the type of food where I want weekly and the last time I went was 10 years ago. Therefore, I wouldn’t say it was great, it wasn’t bad either. It was ok.

Rating: 3/5

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Honey and Salt

Location: 39 Smithe St, Vancouver

I don’t write a lot of bad reviews, but because this place is in a high end Casino and the prices are moderately high for some dishes. I feel that it is morally right for me to warn my readers about this place.

The only good thing we had was the charcuterie board. Everything else that was ordered below was bad to awful.

We ordered:

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Fish and chips. Worst type of batter you can use for fish and chips. Imagine fish and chips you buy from the grocery store, the batter is floppy and has no crunch to it. The fish itself didn’t taste good at all, left a bad after taste.

BC Poke Bowl. My friend had maybe a handful of bites and couldn’t eat it. It was that bad. She ended up being sick later in the evening and believes it had something to do with her dinner.

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I had the crispy chicken burger. The burger itself was ok, but the salad was perhaps the worst side salad i’ve had in my life. Each bite was just filled with salt. Of all the possible dressings you can use for a salad, why did you pick one that tastes like oil and salt?

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Finally, Lillian ordered Tourtière Québécois, a meat pie. The taste was probably the best of all that we ordered but unfortunately, they burnt half of the bottom of the pie crust…

Overall, I find this place super pretentious, the food beyond mediocre, and the pricing does not match the quality. They need to make huge improvements before I would even consider revising my review.

Rating: 2/5 I was going to give 1/5 but their Kentucky Old Fashion Cold Brew was really good.

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The Kitchen Table

Location: 1618 Yew Street, Vancouver

We’re huge fans of happy hour especially when the food is at happy hour prices. That day, we actually went to Chewies afterwards for buck a shuck as well but I digress.

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The happy hour menu is pretty decent here. We ordered yam fries, Thai sweet chilli wings, and their Mac and cheese. Yam fries and wings were on point. The Mac and cheese was ok but it wasn’t amazing. Price wise, was ok, wasn’t too expensive, definitely acceptable for happy hour. I’d link you to their happy hour menu, but their website is half done.

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Rating: 3.5/5

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Saku

Location: 1773 Robson St, Vancouver

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Pork cutlets are probably my favourite meat when it comes to Japanese food. When I went to Tokyo in 2012, I remember having a fast food place called Hotto Motto. For $5 cad, you could have the best Katsudon experience ever. I’ve since wanted to find something that came close to that.

Saku is a Japanese cutlet specialty restaurant. They serve pork cutlet in a variety of ways but the menu is streamlined to provide the best experience. They have cheese cutlet, original fried cutlet, cutlet in broth, and a couple other varieties.

I ordered cutlet in broth because I like it moist instead of extra crispy.

The taste was good, they have the Olive Garden service, unlimited salad and soup. The sesame dressing for the salad is very good!

Cutlet, it wasn’t a 10/10, maybe a 8/10. Broth in the soup was good, definitely had that Katsudon pop in it. Price, it’s a pricey meal for what it is, but with unlimited soup and salad, it’s an ok deal.

It’s a nice spot to bring a date, decor is nice and bright, service is excellent. Would I come back? Most likely.

Rating: 4/5

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