Nabebugyo Hot Pot Cuisine

Location: 3190 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Nabebugyo has been open for a while now and the other day my friend Tim and I tried it for the first time. The restaurant has two types of seating choices, table or the bar. The u-shaped bar is very reminiscent of the restaurants you found in Japan like Yoshinoya in Tokyo.

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Nabebugyo is a personal hot pot restaurant where you order different varieties of hot pot. Each meal comes with veggies, rice, salad, your choice of meat, choice of soup, and dessert (ice cream). In terms of taste, it’s not over powering, it's actually seems healthy (I ordered the sukiyaki). The portions are just enough to feel slightly full but compared to other personal hot pot restaurants in Vancouver, it seems small for the price.

The one really cool feature of this restaurant is that they don’t accept tips. Their credit card machines don’t even have the tip option.

I’d only recommend Nabebugyo if you’re fairly new to hot pot but if you’re fairly experienced and expect a lot, I’d say it is a hard pass.

Rating: 3/5

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Chinatown Barbeque

Location: 130 E Pender Street, Vancouver

Before the original location burnt down, this was the go-to place for me to buy my BBQ meats like BBQ pork, BBQ crispy pork, and soy chicken. I also came here to have their congee and noodles. After the fire, they have simplified their menu to mainly BBQ platters. It’s sad that they don’t have the original congees and noodles but i’m glad their back.

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If you like crispy pork, this is the place to get it. Made fresh daily and even fresher if you show up at 11am. This place brings back so many memories of eating out of a styrofoam box in Hong Kong when I was little. If you enjoy Chinese food and you’re not afraid of fatty meats, Chinatown Barbecue is one of the better casual places to dine. Some days they have winter melon soup and if it’s available, order it, cause it’s fantastic.

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Rating 5/5 for all the nostalgia and feels

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Crazy Raven Bar and Grill

Location: Cypress Mountain 6000 Cypress Bowl Road

I haven’t been skiing in over 15 years and in the past 3 months I’ve been 3 times. Sometimes it is like riding a bicycle and it takes time for the muscle memory to return. But after a morning of tumbles and falls, it was time to eat.

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We went straight to the bar cause I deserved a nice cold beer on a snowy af day. I also ordered the quad burger because I worked hard for those calories. I won’t do it justice so here is the official description.

The Quad has been a staple on the bar menu at Cypress Mountain since the 1990s, back to the days of Growlies Bar & Grill in the Black Mountain Lodge! It's built with a 6-ounce grass-fed all-beef patty and the big-4 toppings: caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, bacon and a slice of aged cheddar.  The Quad Burger is designed to satisfy our hungry skiers and riders appetites after a day on the slopes and it's remained our top seller for over 25 years.

Here’s a pro tip, if you see an empty table, go to it and sit. Too many polite Canadians who always stand at the front to wait to get seated, guess what, they’ll never come to seat you.

I’ve been there all 3 times for lunch and I have to say, it’s good. The only other time I didn’t get the quad burger was when they were backed up in the kitchen so I ordered the chicken strips and fries ( it was meh).

Rating 3/5 where else are you going to eat on the mountain?

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Heritage Asian Eatery (Take out edition)

Location: 1108 W Pender Street and there is also a new Broadway and Yukon location

I’ve heard and seen a lot of Heritage Asian Eatery posts in the past but never was interested in going. Recently they opened the Broadway and Yukon location where the old Chronic Tacos was. Being that it was lunch hour, I ordered by phone and picked up in person. Thankfully the line was short, but if it was bigger, I might have waited a while to just pick up and pay (I suggest a pick up line).

As for the decor, it looked like a casual cafeteria restaurant, very industrial looking. There’s a lot on the menu that I want to try but the prices are a little high for lunch. I typically would want to spend just around $10 for a lunch meal but it’s a bit higher at Heritage.

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I ordered the fried chicken rice bowl and the chicken was fried to perfection. It was very good, on par with The Gray Olive Cafeteria in Burnaby. The green onion ginger sauce wasn’t authentic enough but it was a nice try. Egg was cooked to a perfect medium. Rice was on the cold side and I was a bit disappointed at that. The bowl is topped with crunch bits, ear worm mushrooms, and a nice thick sauce to mend everything together.

The food itself is good, portions could be a bit bigger, but definitely a once a month type of joint.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Yum Sweet Shop

Location: 4150 Main St

This place is a child’s paradise and also a kidult’s heaven. Unlike a lot of places that weigh the amount you buy, they offer Chinese take out boxes and you fill it up until you can close it. It’s a flat rate but the prices are a lot higher. I don’t recall the price for the smaller box maybe $6/7 but the larger box is $20. I’m a sucker for the sweet and sour ones and I have to say, they have a very good selection.

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As for the ice cream sandwich that is two giant cookies, it was AMAZING. The ice cream was my favourite part, the cookie came second, and the chocolate with caramel came third. I loved the vanilla flavouring of the ice cream, it tasted really natural (it may have been from Rocky Point Ice Cream). It’s under $10 for one and I recommend that you share it. It took us two sessions to finish it but it was still very good the next day.

Definitely recommend taking your date here for the 3rd or 4th date.

Rating 3.5/5

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Boiling Point

Location: 4148 Main St, Vancouver

My first experience to Boiling Point was probably 10 years ago at their Richmond location. A decade later, they are growing exponentially across North America and provides one of the better personal hot pot experiences available.

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I always feel like Korean so I ordered the Korean style hot pot. It’s packed with ingredients and the flavour was very good. I love how you can have a side bowl of sauce for extra flavour and spices. We also ordered drinks which in my opinion a bit too sweet.

On a cooler day, hot pot is definitely something I crave. I’m not sure how I would do on a hot summer day though. In any case, Boiling Point is a good reliable choice whenever you struggle to decide what to eat for dinner.

Rating 4/5

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Heirloom Vegetarian

Location: 1509 West 12th Avenue

I’ve known about Heirloom Vegetarian restaurant for awhile but never felt like going for vegetarian food. A really close friend works there and suggested we try some of her favourite dishes.

First off, the space is beautiful and the people who serve there are so friendly and helpful.

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Lillian ordered the Kale salad which was recommended by Candice and I ordered the beyond meat burger. The kale salad was indeed very good and definitely met the hype. Lots of texture and packed with flavour. As for my burger, it was smaller for the price but it was still very enjoyable. Also, if you’re extra hungry, order the humus and veggies because this is one next level humus.

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Humus

Humus

Lillian also wanted to come back for brunch one day and we did. We ordered their Lavender latte with soy milk and it was amazing! She ordered the greens omelette and I ordered the mushroom benny. Both were very good and I would recommend both in an instant. I loved the mushroom selection in my benny and paired with the runny yolk and hollandaise… it was perfect.

I forgot how good those potatoes were…

I forgot how good those potatoes were…

Rating 5/5 highly recommended for a date spot.

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Poke Bar

Location: 800 Carnarvon St #372, New Westminster

We were in the area to see friends and need a quick stop for a bite. Poke seems to always be high on our list so we decided to try out Poke Bar. It’s a franchise found all over North America so I figured they have certain standards they follow.

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I built my own poke bowl and it was nice to see that ahi tuna is not an extra charge like it is in Vancouver. They have a nice selection of seafood, sides, and sauces to choose from. But when it came to the taste, I have to say I felt overwhelmed compared to places like Hoke Poke or Steve’s Poke Bar. Not only that, someone definitely did not concentrate on tearing out the lettuce that day (see pic below).

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The poke competition is fierce just like the ramen businesses, therefore the quality of the food must be up there to survive. It was great to try but we probably won’t return.

Rating 2/5

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Saha Eatery (Squamish)

Location: 38128 2 Ave, Squamish

This is a nice little addition to Squamish. My love for Middle Eastern food has grown exponentially in the past 12 months with awesome places like Jamjar, The Afghan Horseman, Chickpea, and the list goes on for Vancouver. So when I heard that Saha Eatery opened in Squamish, it was a no brainer to try and see how it stacks up.

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We ordered the quinoa Royale salad and the Meshwi sample platter for 3 people. The quinoa salad is perhaps the best quinoa salad i’ve had in a very long time. The only closest one would be at Tractor in Vancouver. Why? because it contains the following: RED & WHITE QUINOA, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, DATES GARNISHED WITH PISTACHIOS, BARBERRIES, DRIED APRICOTS & FIGS ON MIXED GREENS WITH ROASTED SHALLOT POMEGRANATE DRESSING. The dressing is just perfect and brings a nice spring lightness to it.

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The Meshwi platter was also very good. Very fresh salmon skewers with zero fishy after taste. Also comes with two chicken and beef skewers. The skewers are served on a bed of perfectly roasted baby potatoes that are lightly salted. To top it off, the tahini… I mumbled these words as I inhaled the food, “probably one of the best tahini sauces i’ve had in a while.”

If you live in Squamish or driving by, want something healthier, come give Saha Eatery a try. Their wraps and bowls also look very good if you don’t want to spend too much for lunch.

Rating 4/5

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The Arbor

Location: 3941 Main Street, Vancouver

We’ve been on a roll lately exploring vegetarian restaurants in town. The Arbor was a spot that we came across while strolling on Main St. Depending how long the wait was, we were going to give it a shot. Thankfully, the line was short and we got in within 5 minutes.

The restaurant itself is very small, nicely decorated but very loud inside. I ordered the southern fried artichoke sandwich with fries and Lillian ordered the fungi pizza. The food took a while for it to come out so don’t come here if you’re starving already. As for the food, the sandwich was ok, the cheese inside overpowered everything inside the sandwich. My favourite out of the whole dish were the fries as they were how I like it (fish and chip style).

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The pizza for me was meh, it really wasn’t anything special. I’d take Virtuous Pie over this pizza any day.

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Perhaps it was our items that we ordered, I saw people order these Jackfruit Bao’s which looked delicious.

Overall, it was nice to try, but probably not a repeat for me.

Rating 3/5

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