RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET 2019 – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

A special episode of Gutom with Guest Host Tiffani!

Finally had an opportunity to go to the Richmond Night Market after the big rain storm shut down plans.

The Richmond Night Market located next to River Rock Casino, is open from May to October weather permitting.

Admission to the Richmond Night Market is $4.75 per person.
CASH ONLY. $50 and $100 bills NOT ACCEPTED at Entrance.

The Coupon Book is included with admission. A great idea to get a discounts on vendors and try food you have never had before! Be sure to READ THE FINE PRINT! Coupons have restrictions!

The Richmond Night Market has games, rides, shopping, but it really is a INTERNATIONAL STREET FOOD FESTIVAL.

Squid Feast
Taiwanese Fried Squid Tentacle Small $10.50
($12 regular price. $1.50 off with coupon book)
Good portion size, good pieces of squid topped with basil, tangy spicy garlic red sauce.

Tasty BBQ Oyster and Scallop
Giant Garlic Oyster $7.99
(Discount if you spend over $20 with coupon book)
Large portion size. Nice garlic flavour with hot sauce. Served hot, steaming and well-cooked.

Twinkle Cube Cafe
Watermelon Drink $8
Naturally sweet, no sugar added.

Fish Sticks $8 plus seaweed topping $.50
Thin sliced Fish Cakes on a stick breaded topped with terimayo and seaweed. Buttery good!

Lobster Tail Large $23
Grilled comes with a slice of lemon. A little over cooked and portion seemed small but it was good.

La Meza Grill
Lechon Tacos $8
Delicious flavours and textures with some crunch!

TOTAL SPENT AT THE RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET 2019

Entrance Fee $4.75 (x 2) $9.50
Taiwanese Fried Squid Tentacle Small $10.50 ($12 regular price. $1.50 off with coupon)
Watermelon Drink $8
Giant Garlic Oyster $8
Fish Cake Skewer $8.50
Lobster Tail $23
Lechon Taco Sliders $8

TOTAL $75.50

 

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. Prices vary depending on the vendor but most are over $8-$10+. Coupon Book is useful for a small discount.

QUALITY:
Very Good. Portion sizes were fair.
Hot items were served hot, cooked to order. Cold Drink was made to order and cold.

SERVICE:
Good. Service depends on the vendor. Most are friendly. There is a bit of a wait to get your food because it is cooked to order. Also it gets very busy so be prepared to wait to order, and then wait for the order. Not all vendors are open depending on the weather.

VERDICT:
The Richmond Night Market is a nice way to try International and Asian street food. Expect to spend quite a bit trying different dishes and drinks. The food is a large part of the Night Market but there are also some shops, rides, and games.

CASH ONLY. LIMITED DEBIT CARD, CREDIT CARD.
ENTRANCE FEE. FREE PARKING. ATM on site.

Address:
8351 River Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1Y4

SUSHI ROYAL HOUSE JAPANESE KOREAN GRANDVIEW HIGHWAY – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Sushi Royal House at Grandview and Renfrew serves Japanese cuisine and Korean food! If you ever wanted Korean and Japanese food at the same time this place has it. But is it any good?

Sushi Royal House has a massive menu!
Rolls, Cones, Combos, Tempura, Bento and Korean items like Tofu Soup. A la carte sushi typically has fancier sushi plates compared to AYCE sushi, and it can get quite expensive. If you’re a big eater expect to spend more than $20!

Sashimi and Tuna $13.50 (8 pieces)
Four pieces of Tuna.
Four pieces of Salmon.

Korean Spicy Pork Bone Stew $13.95
Big pork bones. Amount of edible pork meat may vary.

Korean Seafood Tofu Soup $13.95
Chunks of tofu, seafood medley comes with a side of rice.

Awesome Roll $9.50
Specialty sushi. Fancy plated, avocado, crab, cucumber, BBQ salmon, fish flake on top. Nice crunch with your sushi and the sauce is salty.

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. Prices here seem higher than similar restaurants. Korean menu seems expensive for the quality.

QUALITY:
Just ok. The Tofu Soup was ok, but not as good as you’d find in a proper Korean restaurant. Soup seemed lacking ingredients.
The sashimi had mushy texture. The Awesome Rolls were nicely presented, but fell apart easily, and had too much sweet sauce.

SERVICE:
Ok. The server said they were Japanese but they’re actually Korean and the receipt is also in Korean, but they greet you in Japanese when you enter.
Service seemed slow and the restaurant was not busy. One of the (overworked?) kitchen staff was sitting on the floor in front of the bathroom.

VERDICT:
Sushi Royal House is another one of those budget Japanese sushi restaurants, the kind of place you go to for over-designed, elaborate sushi plates. Good for people working in the area, and students but the prices seem high for this quality. They have a big menu with not just sushi. Creative specialty sushi designs.
CASH, CARD. Street Parking.

THE BEST PASTA ANTON’S PASTA BAR BURNABY GIANT PASTA PORTION – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Anton’s Pasta Bar is a popular local favorite known for generous pasta servings, a variety of pastas, sauces and Italian cuisine all served family-style. On a busy night, wait times to get a table at Anton’s can be over an hour. Waiting for Anton’s RAIN or SHINE or SNOW!

A server with a waiting list will occasionally come outside to take your name. Be sure to put your name down. They will not seat you unless your whole party is there!

Anton’s started in 1983 by Tony Mauro who is originally from Calabria Italy.

Lots of Pasta at Anton’s!
Anton’s offers Spaghetti, Penne, Fettuccine, Fusili, Linguine, Rigatoni, and so much more. Anton’s is the ultimate pasta destination!

Complimentary bread and butter for each table!
You can also pack the bread at the end of your meal.

What We Ordered

Linguine Veneziana $17.50
Venetian chicken stew in a spicy tomato sauce.
Huge portion size can feed the whole family!

Fettuccine Creola $19.50.
Italian sausage, chicken, shrimp, with spicy tomato sauce. This is definitely a satisfying order. You can’t go wrong with this. Huge portion size, and lots of chicken pieces.

The price has gone up over the years this dish used to be around $16!

Risotto Alla Pescatore $20.50
Rice with seafood medley. Shrimp, mussels, clams. Lots of food!

Garlic Bread $3.26
Hot Bread with garlic butter. YUM.

Fun Fact: Anton’s Pasta Contest
If you finished the entire plate of pasta, you would get a pen saying “I finished it all.” Unfortunately, they stopped doing this! Ran out of pens!

TOTAL SPENT AT ANTON’S PASTA BAR

TOTAL SPENT AT ANTON’S PASTA BAR

Linguine Veneziana $17.50
Diet Coke $3.50
Fettuccine Creola $19.50
Risotto Alla Pescatore $20.50
Garlic Bread $3.26

$64.26 before tax and tip.

 

PRICE:
$$ Affordable. $20+ . Prices are fair for the portion size.
It used to be much cheaper a few years ago.

QUALITY:
Very good! Large generous portions served fresh and hot. Lots of ingredients used in the dishes make for a substantial meal, with lots of flavor and no skimping on meats or seafood.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly servers. A wait to get a table, and a wait to get your food during busy times.
You can also split items on your bill across your whole party.

VERDICT:
Anton’s Pasta Bar is worth the wait. This is the go-to restaurant to get a GIANT satisfying pasta experience. Local favorite food for families, friends, students, and date nights. Just be ready to wait in line if you are not there before opening time. Can’t go wrong with spicy red sauce.

CASH, DEBIT CARD.
NO CREDIT CARD.
Street Parking. Parking behind TD Bank.

Address:
4260 Hastings St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2J6

SUMI KOREAN RESTAURANT BEST LUNCH SPECIAL – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

NEW BUSINESS!

Grand Opening of Sumi Korean Restaurant in South Vancouver.

GRAND OPENING! Sumi Korean Restaurant on Victoria Drive in South Vancouver is a brand new restaurant offering Korean cuisine.

It is the only Korean restaurant in an area popular for Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine.

Sumi Korean Restaurant has a nice clean and well-lit interior. Very spacious, there’s lots of seating inside.

Sumi Lunch Special menu is $14.95 and features FOUR menu options.
Bulgogi Marinated Beef, or Bulgogi Spicy Pork.
Seafood Tofu Soup, or Bean paste soup.

Available only MONDAY to FRIDAY! Not available on the weekends.

The regular menu has so many choices!
Some common Korean dishes you will see here are seafood pancake, hot pot, japchae noodles, galbi, bulgogi, and more!

However, the Lunch Special Menu is the best deal!

Large Combo Meals offer a variety of dishes, great for groups.

 

Sumi Lunch Special $14.95
Bulgogi Beef and Seafood Tofu Soup.
Nice presentation, and portion size!

The Lunch Special at Sumi comes with a side of salad, kimchi, potato, seaweed, bean sprouts, and radish. That’s SIX side dishes if you count the salad!

Steamed Rice
Nice detail on the steamed rice.
Black sesame seed sprinkled on top!

Seafood Tofu Soup (Medium Spicy) at Sumi is loaded with delicious ingredients. They do not skimp on the portion size. There is lots of tofu, egg, veggies, mushroom, squid, and shrimp! Be sure to tell them how spicy you want it as they might forget to ask you.

Side Dishes

Miyeok Muchim (Seaweed Salad).
Slightly sweet, and vinegary flavour, chewy texture, delicious!

Korean pickled onion and radish.
Vinegary, nice crunch when you bite it!

Kongnamool (Korean Soybean Sprouts)

Side salad with citrus dressing.

Potato and of course Kimchi!

They will give  you one Banchan Refill.

Protip: Finish all the side dishes before requesting a refill so you get maximum REFILL!

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. Fair pricing for this amount of food. Similar to other restaurants.

QUALITY:
Very good! Nice portion size, and amount of ingredients used.

SERVICE:
Good. The owner and servers are very friendly. Sometimes they forget to ask how spicy you want the tofu soup. One Refill of Banchan side dishes.

VERDICT:
Sumi Korean Restaurant is easily a solid Korean cuisine destination in South Vancouver/ East Vancouver. The Lunch Menu is very good, and the amount of food you get will leave you SATISFIED! Worth repeat visits.

CASH, CARD. Street Parking.

Address:
5628 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3W4

BEST BREAKFAST! BONS OFF BROADWAY DINER GREASY SPOON- VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Bon’s Off Broadway is a popular greasy spoon diner known for their $3 Breakfast, and unique interior. They also serve Lunch, Dinner, and Chinese food. Yes, Chinese food! A true example of Canadian diversity!

It’s a nice place to hang out before a night out, or the next morning if you have hangover. Bon’s is a local treasure!

More than just a cheap breakfast, the menu at Bon’s is extensive, with lots of choices, and even handwritten corrections! This place has character! However, not all is cheap at Bon’s, some dishes are over $15 and over $20! How bout a steak??

Bon’s has a very colorful interior with posters, graffiti and other markings on the walls. It may look ‘unclean’ like you’re eating outside in an alley, but the food is clean! A diverse crowd all come to Bon’s.

Coffee is not included with the cheap breakfast.

Bons Cheap Breakfast $2.95
Sausage, scrambled egg, potatoes, and brown toast.

A basic breakfast like this can easily cost $13 elsewhere.

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. CHEAPEST BASIC BREAKFAST IN TOWN.

QUALITY:
Good! For $3 you can’t really complain. The type of sausage at Bon’s is different from similar diners. The ham is good too. Good amount of potatoes. You can always order more eggs for $1 each.

SERVICE:
Friendly service. Rushed servers want your order fast when it is busy. Getting food is fast, but if you order POACHED eggs expect a delay. Poached is ordered less. Took time for the kitchen to make them.
Coffee not included with Cheap Breakfast.

VERDICT:
Bon’s Off Broadway is a local favorite with the right prices. Worth return visits to try more of their menu or stick to the Cheap Breakfast. Good for families.

CASH, CARD. Street Parking.

Address:
2451 Nanaimo St, Vancouver, BC V5N 5E5

PERMANENTLY CLOSED LAO SHAN DONG TAIWANESE BEEF NOODLE SOUP BURNABY – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

CLOSED – LAO SHAN DONG BURNABY

Lao Shan Dong is Permanently CLOSED, OUT OF BUSINESS! The popular Taiwanese beef noodle soup restaurant across from Metrotown has been around for 16 years. Unfortunately, they’ve hit hard times and shut down on September 1, 2019.

The windows of the business have been covered up and a Thank You note has been posted.

The owners recommend you go to The One Restaurant just down the street for Taiwanese cuisine.

The One Restaurant 5908 Kingsway Burnaby, BC

 

So long, Lao Shan Dong!

HI GENKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT REVISITED SEPTEMBER 2019 – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Updated 2019 Video on Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant.

Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant is a unique eatery inside a senior home at Nikkei Place Seniors. It serves as the dining area for the residents and features affordable pricing and a very good menu of Japanese cuisine.

Chicken Karaage $9.00 (Side order no rice)
Sweet Soy Chicken Karaage.
Different from regular Karaage. It is sweet!

Chicken Katsu Curry $12.95
Nice presentation and portion size. Comes with salad and egg, rice, curry with potato pieces, and fried chicken cutlet.

Udon $4.50
Simple side of Udon. Could be cheaper.

First trip to Hi Genki
Chicken Katsu Curry $12.95
Udon $4.50
Chicken Karaage $9.00

Total Spent with tax $27.77

Second trip to Hi Genki
Chicken Katsu Curry $12.95
Inaka Tei Bento Fried Fish $14.95
Croquette $3.95
Sashimi $5.95

Total with tax $39.69

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable . $9-$15 main dishes. Cheap side dishes.

QUALITY:
Good! Overall good portion sizes and flavours.
The Chicken Katsu Curry is filling. Potato Croquette was nice and crispy.

Bad! Chicken Karaage, wasn’t fresh fried to order, some pieces were hard, overcooked, overly sweet. Bento had two small pieces of fish.

SERVICE:
Friendly service. There is a wait during busy lunch times.
Too bad dishes don’t come with complimentary miso soup.

VERDICT:
Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant is an authentic Japanese restaurant with Japanese comfort food from karaage to sashimi, rice bowls, bento and even dessert. This is a local favorite in a unique location. Some dishes are prepared with better quality than others.

CASH, CARD. Limited Parking.

Address:
6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC

PUMPKIN SPICE ICED CAPP TIM BITS TIM HORTONS – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

NEW at Tim Hortons!
Pumpkin Spice Menu: Timbits, Iced Capp, Latte, Tea Latte, Muffins, and Donuts.

Pumpkin Spice is a popular seasonal flavour for the Fall. The Pumpkin Spice trend was popularized by Starbucks who introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003.

The flavour brings to mind the harvest of pumpkins and baked pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings.

Traditional Pumpkin Spice is blend of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and allspice. Starbucks, and Tim Hortons have their own method of creating Pumpkin Spice flavour.

 

Pumpkin Spice Iced Capp Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Medium (The Iced Capp in this video is a SMALL)
Calories 450
Fat 21g
Saturated Fat 15g
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 120mg
Carbs 58g
Fibre 1g
Sugar 55g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 30% DV
Vitamin C 0% DV
Calcium15% DV
Iron 4% DV

 

PRICE:
$ CHEAP!

QUALITY:
Good! The Pumpkin Spice Timbits are nicely flavoured and the dough has a nice texture.
The Pumpkin Spice Iced Capp has lots of whipped cream, and syrup, tastes better than a regular Iced Capp. It’s SWEET!

SERVICE:
At this location the server put lots of whipped cream and syrup on the Iced Capp. Some locations might not mention whipped cream, so be sure to ask for it!

VERDICT:
The Pumpkin Spice Timbits and Iced Capp are awesome. Too bad they are seasonal items! 🙁

CASH, CARD

Address:
Various location.