ALL YOU CAN EAT SHRIMP AND FRIES AT THE CAPTAINS BOIL KINGSWAY AYCE – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

ALL YOU CAN EAT SHRIMP AND FRIES Limited Time at The Captain’s Boil

The Captain’s Boil had a special ALL YOU CAN EAT SHRIMP and FRIES deal for a Limited Time Event November 18 to December 1st. The event is now over but here is the video!

With locations in BC, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia The Captain’s Boil is really popular!

For $27.99 you could get all the shrimp and fries you want. Any wasted food (specifically wasted shrimp) would be an extra charge.

There was no special AYCE menu. You start by ordering a drink then
picking your Flavour and Spiciness level for the shrimp and fries.
Every time you order another round you can switch up the flavor.

The fries at The Captain’s Boil are surprisingly good. They are crispy and are nicely seasoned.

Gutom Tip: You don’t have to order fries every round. Stick to the SHRIMP!

ROUND 1
1 lbs Shrimp Garlic and Butter!
1 lbs Shrimp Captain’s Boil Flavour!

All shrimp is served in plastic bags. One bag contains 1lbs of shrimp, or around 20-25 individual pieces of shrimp. We counted! One bag of shrimp is worth $17.99 on the regular non-AYCE menu. They do give you the option to order a Half pound of shrimp.

The shrimp is VERY HOT! You will burn your finger tips if you reach into the bag. It is nicely mixed with flavour but you have to do all the peeling yourself!

Gutom Tip:
The best technique is to dump the shrimp on the table for it to cool down, then put the waste in the bag!

ROUND 2
1 lbs Shrimp Garlic and Butter!
1/2 lbs Shrimp Captain’s Boil Flavour!

A seafood boil is when you combine shellfish like shrimp, crawfish, and crab and boil it together with various spices and veggies. The boil is popular in the Southern USA, like Texas and Louisiana.

Seafood Boils in Vancouver are not common which makes The Captain’s Boil unique.

ROUND 3
1 lbs Shrimp Garlic and Butter!

ROUND 4
1/5 lbs Shrimp Garlic and Butter!
Garlic and Butter is so good! The best flavour if you don’t want spice.

$27.99 x 2
Nestea $3.00
Ginger-Ale $2.50
+Tax
TOTAL $64.56
That’s A LOT OF SHRIMP!

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. Similar pricing to AYCE sushi.
$27.99 plus a $2-$3 drink.

QUALITY:
Pretty good. Shrimp definitely served hot. Good portion size. Lots of seasoning. The fries are great. Nice and crispy.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. A bit of a wait to get food during busy dinner time. A wait to get a seat if you’re not early

VERDICT:
The Captain’s Boil AYCE Shrimp and Fries is a good promotion for shrimp lovers. It can get addicting if you love AYCE.

It is not the best deal however. For a similar price you could go to sushi restaurants for AYCE, that offer not only Shrimp Tempura, but also sushi and a bigger menu selection. At the Captain’s Boil you’re limited to Shrimp and Fries.

CASH and CARD
Street meter parking.

 

Address:
3309 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5K6

VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET 2019 GERMAN FOOD! – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET 2019 FOOD!

Vancouver Christmas Market is a outdoor event inspired by Christmas Markets in Germany. You will see lots of European food and decorations, as well as local arts and crafts.

Admission is $8 from 11:30AM – 2PM Weekdays.
Regular Adult price is $15!!!
Youth $9, Senior $13, and Kids (6 and under) are FREE.

Celebrating 10 Years the Vancouver Christmas Market is located outside Vancouver Convention Center at the Olympic Cauldron.

Glühwein $8.50 in paper cup.
Add $5 if you order the drink in a Mug.
Mulled Wine is served hot. It’s a holiday drink mixed with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, and sugar.

Spätzle
“are a traditional variety of thick, soft noodles or dumplings cooked in the Central and Eastern European cuisines.” – Wikipedia

Spätzle $12
Egg Noodle with caramelized onion and cheese. Delicious!

HAXEN HAUS – Pork Hock $12.38
Half order comes with Sauerkraut and bread slices.
CRISPY! DELICIOUS! This vendor is CASH ONLY.

The Pork Hock is definitely a highlight of the Vancouver Christmas Market. At $12 it’s affordable and the quality is very good. It’s like the Filipino dish LECHON. All that’s missing is the RICE!

Poffertjes with Toppings $10
This is a Dutch sweet treat. Basically mini pancakes.

Total Spent at Vancouver Christmas Market 2019

Admission $8 x 2

Spätzle $12 x 2

Pork Hock $12.38

Glühwein $8.50 in paper cup.

Poffertjes with Toppings $10

TOTAL $70.88

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. While food is fairly priced you still pay for entrance to this event. Compared to something like the Richmond Night Market the admission at Vancouver Christmas Market seems high.
Best deal is Early Bird Weekday.

QUALITY:
Good. Unique German and European cuisine all in one place. The Pork Hock is excellent! Good portion size. The spatzle is delicious also good portion size. Mulled Wine is perfect for the cold.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Food served fast not much a wait. Food was hot.

VERDICT:
The Vancouver Christmas Market is a nice place to try European food and to see local and international arts and crafts. The Entrance fee is not cheap but the food is fairly priced.

Mostly CASH ONLY Vendors. Some CARD ACCEPTED. ATM on site.
Parking at Vancouver Convention Centre. Street Meter Parking.

Nov 20 to Dec 23, 2019 – Open daily from 11:30am to 9:30pm
Dec 24, 2019 – Open 11:30am to 6pm

Address:
JACK POOLE PLAZA
1055 Canada Place (home of the Olympic Cauldron)

KIM CHAU DELI BEST BANH MI VIETNAMESE SANDWICH KINGSWAY SPECIAL EPISODE GUEST HOST – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS GUTOM.CA

SPECIAL EPISODE GUEST HOST!

CHEAP EATS!

The BEST Banh Mi in Vancouver?

We went to Kim Chau Vietnamese Deli with Gutom Guest Host Angela!
Angela Phan
Instagram @cheesedarling

Angela is a local Cheesemonger, a CHEESE EXPERT. She loves the Vancouver food scene, and Vietnamese cuisine! Follow her on Instagram @CheeseDarling

Kim Chau on Kingsway in East Vancouver, is a deli that supplies many local businesses with Vietnamese specialty products. They sell Kim Chau branded items produced in-house, as well as imported products.

Kim Chau has many products you won’t find anywhere else like Nem Nuong Vietnamese Pork Patty.

What Makes a Good Banh Mi?
Mayo ✔
Pate ✔
Pickled Daikon and Carrots ✔
Good deli meats or other meat fillings ✔
Sauces ✔
Made In-House ✔
Good bread fluffy and not all air or hard bread ✔
Does it smell good? ✔
Portion ✔
Price ✔

Kim Chau is a grocery business not an eatery. You will find no seating, no washroom, and no nice way of presenting the sandwich making process. Maybe one day they will make it dine-in friendly.

Kim Chau is family owned, and has fresh ingredients made at the deli. The bread is unique to this business and different from other Banh Mi restaurants. Delicious and toasted.

What We Ordered
#1 Special Banh Mi $4.00
#4 Roasted Pork Banh Mi $4.50
#6 Meatball Banh Mi $4.50

#6 Meatball Banh Mi $4.50
Ground pork in delcious soft bread.
Lots of veggies, and pate.
Excellent portion size!

#1 Special Banh Mi $4.00
Assorted deli meats in soft bread.
Lots of flavour, veggies and pate.
Excellent portion size!

#4 Roasted Pork Banh Mi $4.50
Chewy Roasted Pork slices in delicious soft bread.
Excellent portion size!

 

PRICE:
$ CHEAP! $4 the cheapest Banh Mi in Vancouver. LOWEST price cheaper than the competition.

QUALITY:
Very good. Good portion size. Nice dense bread with soft inside, crunchy toasted and flaky. Delicious pate, and mayo. The Deli meats don’t stink like the competition.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. However this is not a restaurant or cafe. No seating for customers, no washroom for customers. A very busy deli business with lots of people working and packing products.

VERDICT:
You can’t beat a $4 Vietnamese sub sandwich at Kim Chau. A very satisfying Banh Mi experience with an unbeatable price. This is the perfect Cheap Eat! Kim Chau has been around for many years and is definitely a must for foodies.

CASH.
Limited 2 Hour Street Parking.

Address:
1327 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3E3

HAPPY SUSHI ALL YOU CAN EAT MENU – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Will Happy Sushi Make You Happy?

HAPPY SUSHI on Victoria Drive in South Vancouver serves up Japanese food a la carte and All You Can Eat Sushi.

At Happy Sushi the All You Can Eat is available All Day and costs $19
The selection is very good but like similar sushi restaurants sashimi is not included in AYCE, and costs extra.

Some dishes ordered

Prawn Tempura, Hash Brown and Chicken Nuggets (Karaage).

At Happy Sushi the Chicken Karaage is called Chicken Nuggets on the menu. Unfortunately, they don’t have McDonald’s style Nuggets. They do have Hash Browns like you’d find at Tim Hortons.

Assorted sushi
Tuna and Salmon sushi rolls and cones, and nigiri.
Comes with ginger too. Other AYCE restaurants charge extra for ginger.

Salmon Tempura
Fish sticks delicious!

 

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. FAIR pricing. $20 AYCE. However their AYCE is the same all day. No difference with Lunch or Dinner. This is more expensive then AYCE lunch but cheaper than AYCE dinner at similar restaurants.

QUALITY:
OK – Good. The miso soup was better than other sushi restaurants. The Salmon Tempura was hot and fresh, the sushi was good but the tuna had a funny color.

SERVICE:
Good. Not busy during weekdays at lunch.

VERDICT:
Overalll SATISFIED. Happy Sushi is a good choice in the South Vancouver area if you’re craving sushi rolls, tempura, and other Japanese dishes. The AYCE has a good selection and the price is fair. Quality and freshness maybe a hit or miss depending on what you order.

CASH, CARD.

Address:
5632 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3W4

SMOKED SAUSAGE BREAKFAST SANDWICH TIM HORTONS VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Is this the worst Tim Hortons item?

 

NEW at Tim Hortons!
Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. How low can Tim Hortons go?!

Tim Hortons Smoked Sausage $3.89
Instead of a sausage patty, this new menu item comes with a hot dog.

PRICE:
$ Cheap but could be cheaper. Not worth $3.89. Should be $2.

QUALITY:
OK. It doesn’t taste bad. It does have a different flavour from a regular hot dog.

SERVICE:
Fast Food Tim Hortons.

VERDICT:
The Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is a strange menu item.
There’s something disappointing about seeing Tim Hortons put a hot dog on their menu. It doesn’t taste bad, but it’s not worth $3.89.

CASH, CARD.

 

Address:
Various locations

SHILLA KOREAN RESTAURANT KINGSWAY – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

SHILLA KOREAN RESTAURANT (Formerly SEOUL DOOGBAEGI)

 

Shilla Korean Restaurant is a brand new business on Kingsway. This restaurant was previously called Seoul Doogbaegi. Shilla Korean has brand new owners.

SEOUL DOOGBAEGI (July 2018)
The old restaurant we previously featured on Gutom.

SHILLA KOREAN RESTAURANT (2019)
Nice spacious modern interior with big windows for natural light. Good for solo diners and groups.

At Shilla, Tteok-bokki (spicy rice cake) with Takoyaki (Japanese) combo seems like a unique appetizer not common at other similar restaurants. There is also Yam Fries, Shrimp tempura.

The rest of the menu at Shilla seems pretty standard with the usual items you’d find at similar Korean restaurants. Their fish offerings are Mackerel and Black Cod.

What we ordered

Fried Dumplings $8.98
7 Pieces of Pork filled dumplings. Good portion size.

Beef Tofu Soup $12.95
Mild spiciness. Lots of beef pieces and tofu.

Bibimbap $12.95
Beef, veggies, and egg on rice.

GUTOM-TIP: Remember to ask for a refill of Banchan Side Dishes. First refill is free.

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. $13+ for main dishes. $9 for appetizers.
No Weekday lunch special offered.

QUALITY:
OK. The Beef Tofu Soup had lots of beef however the soup was oily compared to other similar restaurants.

The Fried Dumplings were delicious and filling. The Bibimbap was nothing special.

SERVICE:
Needs improvement. It was very busy on the weekend lunch time at the time of this video. There was only one server working.

The server did not provide the rice that’s included with the Tofu soup until requested because the cook/she assumed the Bibimbap would enough rice for the meal!

VERDICT:
Shilla Korean Restaurant on Kingsway is a OK choice for Korean cuisine in East Vancouver. Unfortunately, they don’t have a lunch special menu, and the service might be slow during busy times.

CASH, CARD.

Address:
1031 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C7

CASTELLA CHEESECAKE SOUFFLE JAPANESE ROBSON STREET – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Castella Cheesecake on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver serves Japanese Style Cheesecake Souffles, Cheese Tarts and soft serve Buttermilk ice cream, coffee and tea.

Castella Cheesecake Souffle is $13.65 and comes in one 7″ size.
The Cheese Tarts come in 3 varieties: Original, Original Baked, and Chocolate.

Cheese Tart $3.50 each.

Baked for delicious texture on the top.

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. $13+ for Castella Cheesecake it is a little more expensive than Uncle Tetsu’s.

QUALITY:
Good. The Cheesecake is more spongy than Uncle Tetsu’s.
The Cheese Tarts are delicious.

SERVICE:
Friendly server and knowledgeable about the process of making Castella Cheesecake. Not busy at the time of this video.

VERDICT:
Castella Cheesecake is a nice place to get dessert in downtown Vancouver. They have their own unique take on Japanese style cheesecake. Though the cheesecake is the main focus here, the Cheese Tarts at Castella are the real winner.

CASH, CARD.

Address:
1190 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1Y4

GRAND VILLA CASINO SURF AND TURF BUFFET – ALL YOU CAN EAT – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS

ALL YOU CAN EAT SURF AND TURF

Grand Villa Casino Surf and Turf Dinner Buffet
Seafood and Steak. You’ll find roast beef, shrimp, mussels, and salmon as main dinner items. Friday & Saturday | 4pm – 10pm | $29 Per person

The Grand Villa Casino buffet is smaller than River Rock Casino Buffet and features less items than Uncle Willy’s Buffet. You will find a selection of salads, soup, sides, and mains There is also a dessert section, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda and ice cream soft serve.

Grand Villa Casino Desserts!
Soft serve ice cream, cake, melon, and more.
Perfect for Senior Citizens!

 

PRICE:
$$-$$$ Not Cheap but similar to other AYCE restaurants. $30 per person. You get a discount with a Casino Membership card. Seniors 55+ eat for cheap. Cheaper if you go to Lunch Buffet.

QUALITY:
Generally good based on multiple visits to Grand Villa Casino Buffet at Lunch and Dinner. Depending on the dish food is replenished often.

SERVICE:
The staff do their best to stay happy while it is busy. The Grand Villa Buffet is very popular. There can be over an hour wait just to get a seat. Plate clearing is generally fast.

VERDICT:
Grand Villa Buffet is a solid AYCE at either Lunch or Dinner. Not the fanciest buffet, or largest buffet, but there are enough items to satisfy any AYCE fan.

CASH, CARD. Discount with Casino Membership Card.

 

Address:
4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7

LA MAISON DA NANG VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT VICTORIA DRIVE- VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

La Maison Da Nang is a brand new restaurant on Victoria Drive in South Vancouver. For their Grand Opening there is a 10% Off special.

‘La Maison’ is French for the house, and Da Nang is a city in Vietnam.
The building at Victoria Dr. and 36th street is a totally new construction.

Nice big windows bring in natural light, and the interior is modern and clean. Tables are close together in cozy dining area.

The servers ask if you’d like tea or water. The tea is served in these cups with funny handles. Be careful you might spill your drink!

Nice menu design. Very modern to go with the modern interior.
A good sized menu, with lots of choices.

 

#30 Da Nang Mì Quảng Chicken $10.95
Nice presentation. Wide noodle, quail egg, chicken, sesame rice crackers, peanuts, and onions. This dish has a small amount of broth at the bottom of bowl.

#24 Pho Special $11.95
Beef Noodle Soup with Beef Ball, Tripe, Tendons, Brisket.
Light, clean broth compared to similar Vietnamese restaurants.

#2 Pork Spring Rolls $5.95
3 Rolls per order comes with a leaf of lettuce, and dipping sauce.

 

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. Similar to other Vietnamese restaurants in the area.

QUALITY:
Pho broth was not as flavourful as other similar restaurants. Temperature was lukewarm and not hot.
Da Nang Quang Noodle was more spice over flavour.
Spring Rolls nicely wrapped and filled with meat but were served cold like they were not freshly fried.

SERVICE:
Friendly but server lacked knowledge of the menu and specialties of the restaurant to recommend. Utensils are all in the same tray. Spoons hidden under forks and knives. Cups with strange handle, and overly designed plating decisions. The food was served pretty fast.

VERDICT:
La Maison Da Nang is a brand new restaurant in a nice modern space. The food is ok with lots of ingredients used, but needs improvement for freshness, and flavour. In an area with many Vietnamese restaurants, La Maison Da Nang is lacking quality.

CASH and DEBIT at time of this video.

Address:
5195 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3V1