SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE – AUTHENTIC IKEA JULBORD CHRISTMAS BUFFET ALL YOU CAN EAT – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

GUTOM TRAVELS – SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE

When visiting Europe specifically Sweden during the holiday season, be sure to stop by IKEA (yes IKEA THE Swedish furniture store) to experience their All You Can Eat Christmas Buffet: JULBORD.

IKEA has a Christmas Buffet! The ‘Julbord’ is a large buffet, with traditional Swedish cuisine. You’ll find Julbords all over Sweden during the holiday season.

IKEA is one of Sweden’s biggest brands and they put on quite a Christmas Table for customers.

The IKEA Julbord is 149 Swedish Kroners or $20 Canadian for Adults, 39 Swedish Kroners for Kids (with IKEA Family membership). A Fair price for an ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet and compared to other buffets in Canada $20 is actually cheap!

Julbord Christmas Table
So what’s in the buffet? You will find a variety of Swedish foods. Bread, crackers and cheese, veggies, kale salad, cold cut meats, pate, eggs, potatoes prepared a few different ways, meat balls, salmon, herring and desserts! Alone the items might sound not very exciting but together it is truly a Swedish feast.

 

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. FAIR pricing. Around $20 Canadian for AYCE.

QUALITY:
Very Good. Lots of food replenished often. Freshly prepared. Lots of veggies and fish. Flavours are unique but sometimes salty depending on what you get.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Fast. Very busy at the time of this recording.

VERDICT:
Overall VERY SATISFIED. There’s something special about having IKEA Christmas Buffet in Sweden. It is a nice way to experience Swedish cuisine surrounded by Swedish locals.

(NOTE: The quality and menu may be different at IKEA’s outside of Sweden.)

CARD. Sweden is CASHLESS.

Address:
VARIOUS LOCATIONS

GUTOM FAVORITES 2019 YEAR END – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

YEAR- END

GUTOM FAVORITES 2019! TOP 10 LIST!


10
ANTON’S PASTA BAR is a Gutom Favorite for the flavours and portion size. Massive pasta portions! Yes there is a a wait to eat here on busy nights but the experience is worth it if you love pasta.

9

GOLD TRAIN EXPRESS VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT is a Gutom Favorite for a solid bowl of PHO. This is ONLY 24 HOUR VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT IN VANCOUVER. All other “Gold Train” wannabes are bad imitations!

 

8

AGRA TANDOORI RESTAURANT is a Gutom Favorite because they have a lunchtime budget Indian Buffet at with a simple but delicious selection. Friendly servers, and the price is right. ALL YOU CAN EAT!

7

DAE BAK BON GA is a Gutom Favorite because the All You Can Eat Korean BBQ is delicious and affordable. Lots of choices in their AYCE menu, and there’s a budget Happy Hour AYCE.

6

KIM CHAU is a Gutom Favorite because of the quality of Banh Mi tastes good, and even better knowing the price is $4. Cheaper than the competition. Get it while the price is low.

5

GREAT WALL MONGOLIAN GRILL is a Gutom Favorite because of the friendly service, All You Can Eat price, and amount of food offered. This is a very satisfying meal cooked right in front of you.

4

SUMI KOREAN RESTAURANT is a Gutom Favorite because they offer a nice lunch combo that will leave you very satisfied! Add the fried dumplings and you have a very filling meal!

3

KINTARO RAMEN is a Gutom Favorite because it’s a small Japanese restaurant but with big delicious bowls of noodles. Made fresh right in front of you. They’ve been in business for many years.

2

RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET is a Gutom Favorite because of the variety of food vendors showcased here. Lots of fried and BBQ food, sweets, and treats!

 

1

TANDOORI FLAME is a Gutom Favorite because it is the largest Indian buffet in Vancouver. Las Vegas sized buffet ALL YOU CAN EAT. There’s even an ice cream buffet!

EXCELLENT DIM SUM KING RESTAURANT – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Excellent Dim Sum King Restaurant is a new Chinese Cantonese restaurant on Kingsway near Victoria Drive. Celebrating their Grand Opening by offering 20% OFF. But Is Excellent Dim Sum King really EXCELLENT?

Dim Sum prices start at $5.50 and go up $6.25, $6.75, $7.25.
$12-$14 for Chef Specialties. The popular items like Siu Mai ($6.75) and Har Kau ($7.25) are not cheap.

Har Kau (Har Gow) Shrimp Dumpling $7.25
4 Pieces not small but not big, medium-sized portion. Seemed to not have too much fillings.

Pan Fried Chive Dumpling $6.75
Good portion size. Lots of chive fillings.

Steamed BBQ Pork Bun $5.75

Shiu Mai $6.75
Good portion size.

Hot Pot Spareribs on rice $6.75

TOTAL SPENT AT EXCELLENT DIM SUM KING

Har Kau (Har Gow) Shrimp Dumpling $7.25
Pan Fried Chive Dumpling $6.75
Steamed BBQ Pork Bun $5.75
Shiu Mai $6.75
Hot Pot Spareribs on rice $6.75
TOTAL $33.25 before tax and tip

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. but overall not cheap. Prices seem high on some menu items that you can find cheaper at similar restaurants.

QUALITY:
Good. Good portion size, smaller than Western Lake. Food was hot. They offer the same things you can get at many other similar restaurants.

SERVICE:
RUDE. Slow to take the order paper. Too busy chatting and the cooks were sitting around. The server questioned the amount of food being ordered for this video.

VERDICT:
Excellent Dim Sum King Restaurant is a good choice for ALL DAY Dim Sum, however the food is mostly average and seems overpriced. Western Lake still offers much better.

CASH, CARD.
STREET PARKING.

Address:
2141 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 2T4

TORIMARU RAMEN INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE TINSELTOWN FOOD COURT CHINATOWN – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Torimaru Ramen is a new noodle shop at the food court of International Village Tinseltown Mall in Chinatown. It is owned by the same people who run Kamamarui Ramen Burnaby.

Food Court ramen. Is it any good?

Black Ramen $10.50
Chicken soup, 2 Pork Chashu, Half Egg, King Mushroom, Green Onion, Bamboo Shoot, Red Onion, Black Garlic Oil.

Extra Noodle $1.50
Extra ramen noodles served on the side. Because the first portion of noodles is not enough!

Shoyu Ramen
Clear soup base, 2 pork slices, King Mushroom, Green Onion, Bamboo Shoot, Red onion.

Bomb Rice Balls

 

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. $10 is cheaper than ramen restaurants.

QUALITY:
OK. Not bad but not great. Lukewarm soup.
Noodles are chewy and not bad but not fresh like you’d find at ramen restaurants. The noodles are like instant noodles that come from a plastic bag. The ramen toppings were Ok. Garlic oil was good. Pork Chashu had weird texture. Portion size is small.
Soup served in cheap plastic takeout bowl.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Served fast.

VERDICT:
For food court fast food ramen, Torimaru is an ok option if you’re really craving ramen. The toppings are fine, and the flavour is ok. You can find better and more expensive ramen elsewhere.

CASH, CARD
Free Mall Parking.

 

 

Address:
International Village Mall Food Court
88 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

TJ’S SPICY CHICKEN FRIED CHICKEN FOOD COURT INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE FOOD COURT – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

FRIED CHICKEN CHICKEN SANDWICH FAST FOOD FOOD COURT

 

TJ’s Spicy Chicken is a new business at the food court of International Village Tinseltown Mall in Chinatown. Their menu has Pasta, Chicken by the piece, and Chicken Sandwiches.

Classic Sandwich Combo $12.95 with Fries
Chicken Breast, Pickles, Picked Cucumber, Onion, TJ Sauce, and Honey. The owner says the buns are specially made for TJ’s.

The portion size is very good and it comes with lots of wedge fries. Overall satisfied with the meal!

 

 

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. Fair $12.95.

QUALITY:
Good. Good portion size. Well cooked chicken breast, lots of toppings. The bread is fluffy and the fries are good.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. A bit of a wait to get food when during busy lunch. NO PICTURES! They don’t want their faces on camera.

VERDICT:
TJ’s Spicy Chicken is a solid choice for fried chicken sandwiches in the Tinseltown food court. Good potion size, and fair price.

CASH, CARD.
FREE MALL PARKING

 

 

Address:
88 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

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