BIRRY EATS

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

Hundy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Pepinos Spaghetti House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Trattoria

Location: 1850 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Meal: Herb chicken penne with sundried tomatoes

Service:  Awesome server who was friendly and very communicative. 

Atmosphere: It's a nice place with a nice wine wall. 

Bottom line: I think I've been here before or perhaps I've only been to the Burnaby location. But we came here for Tratt Tuesday which is $13 for all plates of pasta. The portions are always a bit on the small size but maybe it's just right when you have a beer. Taste of the pasta was really good, no complaints from me beside the portion size. The food came really quick as well, almost as quick as pho. 

Repeat: Yes

Final Rating: 3.5/5

Trattoria Italian Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tractor (Olympic Village)

Location: 1751 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC

Meal: Qunioa berry salad and the kimchi salad with 2 pieces of seared tuna

Service:  Counter service

Atmosphere: Cafeteria style. It was strange, a lot of lonely diners in here. I would totally fit in fine just eating by myself here.

Bottom line: I've always wanted to try Tractor but never had the opportunity to so I finally did. Lillian gave me some solid recommendations so I went with the above 2 salads and tuna. Tuna was really good, like seriously good. But the two pieces were $9 or $9.50? Pretty pricey for protein. In hindsight, I should have just gotten the chicken. I enjoyed both salads and it was good to see they serve Four Winds there. Good thing to note that their steak smelled amazing on the grill.

Out the door price: $17

Repeat: Yes

Final Rating: 3.5/5

Tractor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe

Location: 3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

Meal:  26 "The Farmer and 27 "Salmon and Chives" or was it shrimp...

Service:  Diner-style service, we got coffee refills so not bad. 

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is solid. It felt like I was transported to some other realm or city. The windows are small so it's hard to see where you are beside the decor. 

Bottom line: I'm not sure if I'm a huge fan of Dutch breakfast. It was definitely a hearty breakfast and my option was plainer because I can't eat hollandaise. Lillian's was a bit better because she had cheese in it and it definitely made a BIG difference in the flavour department. 

Out the door price: Under $40 with tip

Repeat: no

Final Rating: 3/5  1.5 moans out of 3

Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Juniper

Location: 85 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC

Meal:  Mixed Charcuterie board, Tuna Risotto, and drinks

Service:  Our server was really good, lots of water refills and a very gentle attitude

Atmosphere: It felt loud and the chair I sat in reminded me of an uncomfortable lawn chair. The whole place had a posh vibe but the lawn chairs...

Bottom line: We came here for the charcuterie board and it felt underwhelming. It was my first ever and I was expecting quite a bit for the $23. The shoulder deli meat was nice, grainy mustard was tasty, and the pickled veg was a nice touch. But the Tuna risotto... Tuna was good, the risotto was meh and it was a pricey dish. Highlights of the night? Probably the drinks, Grapefruit Mule was really good but their Gin Old Fashioned is a pass. 

Out the door price: $$$

Repeat: No

Final Rating: 3/5 or 1.5 moans out of 3  

Juniper Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Waraku Sushi

Location: 140 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC

Meal:  Lunch Special - BC roll, 3 pieces of nigiri, 4 pieces of salmon sashimi, salad, miso soup

Service:  They came and took my order, gave me my food, did not check in, did not say thank you when I paid. So half ass?

Atmosphere: I like the decor and the place was sort of busy for a lunch hour spot.

Bottom line: Been in this area for over 10 years and it was the first time I set foot in here. It is a Chinese owned Japanese restaurant and from the menu and the photos I thought it would be authentic Japanese. So how was the food? Salad was good, miso soup was good, everything else was pretty basic stuff. Not sure if I would come back but I heard everyone else ordering the chicken bento. Maybe that was what I should have ordered. 

Out the door price: Under $15 with tip

Repeat: Yes

Final Rating: 3/5

Waraku Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

White Lotus Cafe

Location: 1-5901 Broadway Burnaby, BC

Meal:  Pho Beef Soup (beef, brisket, tripe, tendon, meatball) and a black coffee

Service:  Table service, I wished they used numbers on their menu so I wouldn't slaughter the language. 

Atmosphere: Very small restaurant but nicely redone. It used to be a bakery. Large TV if you enjoy sports. 

Bottom line: This rating is based on my preference for pho and the broth. This was not a broth that I enjoyed because I felt it was overly spiced. I think there was cinnamon used and it even reminded me of chai tea. The broth is a lot darker compared to my other places that I frequent. The noodles felt a bit clumpy and the meat was definitely overdone. Brisket was tough to bite into, meatball was good, tripe was good, I didn't eat the tendon. Besides that, the coffee was a nice dessert for me. Again my rating is based on my preference for Pho, I would say give it a shot and make your own judgement. 

Out the door price: $13 with tip

Repeat: No

Final Rating: 3/5

White Lotus Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kingyo Izakaya

Location: 871 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC

Meal:  Deep fried calamari, deep fried chicken karagae, and New generation ginger ale.

Service:  Table service, it was later in the evening so it wasn't super loud like most Izakayas. No water refills though. 

Atmosphere: It's really nice inside, a mix of tables and bars seating.4

Bottom line: I was craving crispy meats so I knew that Japanese cuisine can satisfy my cravings. I haven't been to Kingyo but I've been to Suika (owned by the same group). I have to say, both dishes were really good. The new generation ginger ale reminded me of a virgin mojito but ginger. I'd definitely come back to try their pressed sushi next time.

Out the door price: Under $30 with tip

Repeat: Yes

Final Rating: 4/5

Service:  Table service, it was later in the evening so it wasn't super loud like most Izakayas. No water refills though. 

Atmosphere: It's really nice inside, a mix of tables and bars seating.4

Bottom line: I was craving crispy meats so I knew that Japanese cuisine can satisfy my cravings. I haven't been to Kingyo but I've been to Suika (owned by the same group). I have to say, both dishes were really good. The new generation ginger ale reminded me of a virgin mojito but ginger. I'd definitely come back to try their pressed sushi next time.

Out the door price: Under $30 with tip

Repeat: Yes

Final Rating: 4/5

Kingyo Izakaya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Service:  Table service, it was later in the evening so it wasn't super loud like most Izakayas. No water refills though. 

Atmosphere: It's really nice inside, a mix of tables and bars seating.4

Bottom line: I was craving crispy meats so I knew that Japanese cuisine can satisfy my cravings. I haven't been to Kingyo but I've been to Suika (owned by the same group). I have to say, both dishes were really good. The new generation ginger ale reminded me of a virgin mojito but ginger. I'd definitely come back to try their pressed sushi next time.

Out the door price: Under $30 with tip

Repeat: Yes

Final Rating: 4/5