Taqueria Playa Tropical Mexican Restaurant

Location: 334 6th St, New Westminster, BC

If you want value and Mexican food combined, this is the place to go. Definitely get a hole in the wall feel when you step into this joint but the food is alright.

Typical authentic Mexican fare with huge portions. I ordered the Monster Burrito and managed to almost defeat it. Taste was ok but I think I prefer something less daunting.

Overall: 3/5

Kook Korean BBQ Restaurant

Location: 2800 E 1st Ave #211A, Vancouver, BC

I love Korean food, it’s probably number to on my list in terms of my go to foods. Kook Korean BBQ is the newest entry into the East Van hood and i’m a fan. Why?

  • Marinades are amazing

  • High quality cuts of meats

  • Amazing selection of side dishes that can be refilled

  • Awesome decor

  • Plenty of free parking

  • They use OpenTable and booking is a must if you want a table here.

Score: I’m not even going to break it down. This is an easy 5 across the board for me 5/5.

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Lucky Plus Restaurant

Location: 3823 Rupert St, Vancouver, BC

My parents are regulars here but have frequented less in the past months due to their use of MSG. I know it’s pretty hard to avoid but for us, we have a hard time sleeping after wards.

Satay Beef on Gai Lan

Satay Beef on Gai Lan

In terms of the food, they off huge portions and the food was great. I highly recommend the salt and pepper pork chops and the satay beef on veg.

Salt and Pepper pork chops

Salt and Pepper pork chops

If you’re keen to try, it seems like you need to have reservations here at night.

Seafood Stir Fry

Seafood Stir Fry

Taste: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Cost: 2.5/5

Uniqueness:  3/5

Overall: 3.4/5

Repeat: No

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Joon's Kitchen

Location: 3093 Oak St, Vancouver, BC

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Absolutely fantastic. If you want to try, I recommend coming at lunch cause their lunch sets are an awesome way to try a bit of everything. They have this special garlic hot sauce which has a nice sweet taste to it.

I’ve been there for dinner as well but the value isn’t the same. I recommend the soy miso pork dish and also the nigiri lunch set.

For those who are concerned about how they smell afterwards, make sure you don’t wear something nice cause you’ll smell like Korean bbq after.

Taste: 4.5/5

Value: 5/5 for lunch 3. for dinner

Cost: 3.5/5 (higher the score, the more affordable)

Uniqueness:  3.5/5

Overall: 4.1/5

Repeat: Yes

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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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