NEW OMELETTE BITES AT TIM HORTONS PROTEIN KETO – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA


NEW at Tim Hortons: Omelette Bites!
These are similar to the Egg Bites at Starbucks but are not Sous Vide.
You get Two for $3.09. A choice of Spinach & Egg White, or Bacon & Cheese.

The Omelette Bites may look small, but they are quite dense. It may take a few bites to finish one Omelette Bite.
Lots of egg packed in to these small bites. Both are tasty.
The bacon and cheese is the best of the two.

PRICE:
$3 for Two Omelette Bites.

QUALITY:
Ok portion size for the price. Lots of egg and fillings. A little dry.

SERVICE:
It’s Tim Hortons.

VERDICT:
If you’re looking for something other than bagels, and donuts, sandwiches and wraps, this is a good protein choice with no bread/carbs, on the Tim Hortons Menu. Good for Keto?

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HOT STAR LARGE FRIED CHICKEN TAIWANESE SOFT OPENING – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Hot-Star 豪大大雞排

NEW BUSINESS SOFT OPENING!
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken opened on May 1, 2019. Like J&G Fried Chicken, Hot Star boasts multiple international locations and hopes to capitalize on the popularity of Taiwanese street food in Vancouver.

Located at Central at Garden City outdoor mall in Richmond, BC.

This business is known for fried chicken flattened to appear like a large breaded cutlet like Japanese Chicken Katsu. They offer assorted seasoning like Salt & Pepper, Seaweed, Plum, and different levels of spice seasoning. They also have fries, popcorn chicken, cheese fried chicken, fried mushrooms, and various beverages. No Bubble Tea.

Everything on the menu is FRIED at Hot Star except for the drinks. Looks like they even have Drumsticks and Half Chicken which were unavailable at Soft Opening.

The advertising shows that you’re supposed to hold the fried chicken and bite into it like a sandwich but it’s really easier to use utensils
when filming!

The restaurant has a large space but is there enough seating?

We Ordered
Original Fried Chicken $10.99
Drink Lime Mojito $4.00 + .50 to make it a Large.
Fries: $2.50

The Original Fried Chicken came with Salt and Pepper seasoning and mild chili powder. The cutlet was hot, steaming and fresh from the fryer. It took around 10-15 minutes for it to cook. The food is served in typical street food style — paper and plastic bags. NO plates for dining in but there are forks and knifes. Expect to get greasy fingers!

Drink was served in a plastic Bubble Tea cup.
The images advertised show a glass cup.

The fries were nice and crispy and sprinkled with seaweed seasoning.
Good portion size. They provided 2 packets of ketchup.

 

#HairGate
We discovered a hair in the cutlet mixed in with the breading of the fried chicken. We immediately brought this to the attention of the server. They were happy to cook another original fried chicken. However the lady mentioned that if it was their hair it would have been “curly” when fried with the rest of the chicken.

The newly made Original Fried Chicken took around 10 minutes and was seasoned with Seaweed flavor.
No hair was spotted.
The seaweed flavor is not actual seaweed flakes.

TOTAL SPENT AT HOT STAR FRIED CHICKEN
Original Fried Chicken $10.99
Drink Large $4.50
Fries: $2.50
TAX $.90
TIP $2.00
TOTAL $20.89

 

PRICE:
$$ Over $10. Expect to spend at least $18 for their chicken, fries, and drink combo. $4.50 for a drink seemed overpriced.

QUALITY:
It’s good. Good portion size enough for 2 people.
The Fries were good, crispy and nice seasoning flavor.
The Lime Mojito was refreshing, not too sweet. About the size of bubble tea without the boba.
The chicken was tender, hot. The breading seems to fall off easily. BEWARE the chicken has bones. BAD: there was a hair.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Noticeable wait to get food. They acted quickly to fix the hair situation by cooking another on the house. However unclear if they were implying that the hair came from the customer.
BAD: They have utensils but no plates for dining in.

VERDICT:
Nice take on fried chicken with a Taiwanese twist. Many missing menu items on Soft Opening but the menu looks good. Original Fried Chicken is worth trying. Large space, and lots of parking.
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Address:
1623-4791 Mcclelland Road, Richmond, BC V6X 0M5

NEW FISH AND CHIPS AT MCDONALD’S CANADA – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

McDonald’s NEW Fish and Chips! “100% Atlantic Haddock”
It’s on the cover of the May Coupon booklet. However, inside the coupon booklet there are no coupons for the Fish and Chips! 🙁

WHAT IS HADDOCK?!
Wikipedia to the rescue!

Haddock is very popular as a food fish. It is sold fresh or preserved by smoking, freezing, drying, or to a small extent canning. Haddock, along with Atlantic cod and plaice, is one of the most popular fish used in British fish and chips.[18]

Our Order

Sausage Egg Multigrain Bagel Sandwich $4.39
Pretty good portion size, and good soft bagel.

Fish and Chips $7.19

The Main Event.

Oreo Smoothie $3
A little watery. Like a melted McFlurry.

To find the NEW Fish and Chips on the McDonald’s Self-Order kiosk choose the Filet-O-Fish Menu. The order also comes with
tartar sauce.

Fish and Chips $7.19
Two piece fish and chips. They look similar to chicken fingers
flat and breaded. No real Fish and Chip batter here.

Good tartar sauce dip really gives it the Fish and Chips flavor.
The fish itself doesn’t have a strong flavor. Only 2 pieces for $7.
Smaller than expected. The fries portion seemed small.

 

PRICE:
$7 bucks for two small fish pieces and small fries.

QUALITY:
It’s ok. The fish is not battered like real Fish and Chips, it’s more like chicken nuggets. The flavor isn’t like a Filet-O-Fish. Tastes less fishy than Filet-O-Fish. The fries are McDonald’s fries, nothing unique or special cut fries or wedge fries.

SERVICE:
It’s McDonald’s. Can’t order individual fish pieces.

VERDICT:
McDonald’s new Fish and Chips is an interesting idea, but it could be so much better. Basically fish sticks and regular fries. If you’re craving fish sticks this is an ok second to Filet-O-Fish. At least now you have two fish choices at McDs.

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Address:
4700 Kingsway #1160, Burnaby, BC V5H 4M1

SELF ORDER KIOSK NEW AT TIM HORTONS – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA


NEW at Tim Hortons: Self-Order Kiosk.
Tim Hortons has rolled out a new ordering system just like at McDs. Large touch screen display with card payment.

The touch screen is pretty large, and clear but has lots of reflection. Remember to scan your Timmies Card before ordering and paying!

Very Large Text and fast responsiveness. Not sure how many locations have adopted the new ordering system so far.

This location is at Renfrew Skytrain Station
2899 E 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5M 4T5

MCDONALDS TWO FOR FIVE DOLLARS BREAKFAST SANDWICHES – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA


TWO FOR FIVE DOLLARS

McDonald’s has a promotion that is actually a pretty good deal.
You can get TWO breakfast sandwiches a Egg McMuffin with Sausage or Bacon for only $5! So $2.50 each!

McDonald’s is competing with Tim Hortons who also has a 2 for $5 breakfast sandwich deal.

The McDonald’s Egg McMuffin is quite a substantial sandwich!
The egg patty is big, good amount of cheese, and bread.
For $2.50 it is a fair price!

PRICE:
$ CHEAP! Good deal for McDonald’s.

QUALITY:
Good for $5. Pretty good portion of egg, and meat.

SERVICE:
It’s Fast food.

VERDICT:
The best deal you’ll find at McDonald’s, cheap and filling.

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Address:
Various Locations

NEW INDIA BUFFET AND BAR RESTAURANT – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

ALL YOU CAN EAT
New India Buffet + Bar and Restaurant took over the old Earls location on
West Broadway. This restaurant boasts 70 items, giving Tandoori Flame a little competition. For foodies this means avoiding a drive to Surrey. But is New India Buffet any good?

The Lunch buffet at New India Buffet is $18.
More expensive than Agra and Saffron in Burnaby but cheaper than Tandoori Flame in Surrey.
Lots of items to choose from, and UNLIMITED chai tea!

The Tandoori Chicken at New India Buffet is different from other
similar restaurants. Even the color is different with a more orange look rather than red. The flavor of the Tandoori Chicken is more lemoney. The chicken portion size is bigger than other restaurants.

A few of their items on the buffet are Gluten Free and Vegan.

 

Tandoori Chicken with rice, Butter Chicken, and naan.

The Butter Chicken at New India Buffet has some mild spice to it, and seasoning. It also tastes tomatoey and looks different compared to
similar restaurants.

Papadum with green chutney, veggie samosa and veggie
spring roll.

 

PRICE:
$$ Not So Cheap. $20+ with tax and tip, but it is ALL YOU CAN EAT on West Broadway.

QUALITY:
Ok. Inconsistent. The rice was hard. The Tandoori Chicken was good on the first round. Second round Tandoori Chicken was dry. Buffet temperature is questionable. No buffet lids to cover food. Flies around the buffet.

SERVICE:
Bad. Only some dishes were replenished.
The fish curry was never replenished during the time we were there, even when mentioned to server.
No fish pakora in their buffet is disappointing.

VERDICT:
This is a good sized buffet for the lunch time crowd but the quality might be a hit or miss. Tandoori Flame is still the superior large Indian Buffet.

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Address:
901 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4M3

CHICKEN SANDWICH TIM HORTONS – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

CHEAP EATS

NEW at Tim Hortons. A chicken sandwich at an extremely low price. The chicken sandwich looks pretty basic: bun, patty, lettuce.
For only $2 how bad can it be?

PRICE:
$ CHEAP! Pretty low price for Tim Hortons.

QUALITY:
Good for $2. The chicken patty was hot, breaded and seasoned. One piece of lettuce. Soft bread. It tastes like a chicken nugget.

SERVICE:
It’s Tim Hortons. Fast.

VERDICT:
The $2 chicken sandwich at Tim Hortons is the cheapest deal around and it’s actually pretty good.

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Address:
4700 Kingsway Unit #1157, Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2

BUNS AND BOBA BUBBLE TEA CAFE – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Buns + Boba Bubble Tea Cafe on Broadway is a modern looking cafe with a small menu of drinks and pastries.

WHERE’S THE BOBA???
The first thing you see in a large menu full of Lattes.
A little confusing for a place called Buns + BOBA.
The boba menu is on a small menu at the counter.

Buns $3.75
The buns we’re told are made in house every morning.
The style of bun is not a steamed bun.
The selection is also limited.

Lots of space! Buns + Boba seems pretty spacious.
There’s a nice lounge at the back of the cafe.

They have fruit slush (blended), fruit tea, and milk tea (ice cubes).
the menu is pretty limited compared to other Bubble Tea businesses.
Prices are $5-$6 dollars for Small or Large.
Added toppings $.50, Milk Alternatives $.75

Like other bubble tea businesses you can change the sweetness.
You can also change the milk, and add toppings.
No option to change the ICE level.

Matcha Bun $3.75
B&B Milk Tea $5.25 Large
When you order for Here they serve the drink in a jar w/ metal straw.

Drink size seems small for a LARGE $5.25 drink.
Lots of ice. The straw doesn’t fit the hipster jar.

The buns are a little different if you were expecting steamed buns or something similar. Is this a bun or a puff pastry like a croissant?

 

PRICE:
$ Under $10. $3.75 buns. $5-$6 for drinks. $7.50 sandwiches.

QUALITY:
Good. The pastry was nice, soft, and chewy.
Bad. The drink was nothing special and the portion size was not fair for $5.25. Too much ice.

SERVICE:
Nothing special. Pick up your drink from the counter.

VERDICT:
The buns are good. The drinks seem odd. Minimal menu boba shop in a minimal setting. They should change their name to “A Few Pastries and Some Drinks” or “Lacking Buns + Boba”

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CHUTNEY VILLA LUNCH BUFFET – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE RESTAURANT REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Chutney Villa Indian Restaurant at Main and Broadway
has a lunch buffet for $15.
Turns out he ‘Grand South Indian Lunch Buffet’ is not very grand at all!

A small buffet selection.
They have butter chicken, pakora, dosa, some vegetarian dishes
and a few others. No tandoori chicken.

 

PRICE:
$$ Expensive. Almost $20 with tax and tip.

QUALITY:
Bad. The only redeeming part of the buffet was the fish pakora. It was hot, and crispy. Everything else tasted bad. Butter chicken bad flavor. The lentil soup burnt taste. Food temperature is questionable. No covering on the buffet was and there were flies.

SERVICE:
Bad. The lady working was overworked running around taking orders, taking payments, picking up dirty dishes, and refilling the buffet. She was also trying to pressure groups at the table to all order the buffet.

VERDICT:
Avoid this buffet. Food safe violations all over the place! Selection and quality are bad not worth the price. $15 buffet should $8!

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Address:
147 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1W1

KOREAN BBQ ALL YOU CAN EAT DAE BOK BON GA WEST END – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE RESTAURANT REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

We went back to Dae Bok Bon Ga Korean BBQ.
This restaurant is known for their All You Can Eat BBQ
and late-night Karaoke.

Choose Wisely!
The prices for AYCE are $29, $34, $39, $49.
Each menu has different combinations of meats Beef, Pork, Chicken.
$49 Menu D has Seafood Shrimp, Squid, Mussel, Beef Short Ribs,
and Unlimited Pop/Soda.

Different from our last visit. SAUCES!
Instead of oil and salt dip, there are a few sauces to choose from.
Miso, Tonkatsu, Spicy. Lots of flavors!

We Ordered Menu C $34
Total $40.80 per person!
Remember it is ALL YOU CAN EAT.

Different from our last visit.
New plates for presenting the meats!
Garlic Pork Belly, Spicy Bulgogi, Spicy Pork Belly and more!

PRO-TIP
Use the salad bowl and combine all the food!

The Torched Tuna Sushi is very delicious!
Definitely order it!

The servers will replace your grill after a few rounds of grilling.
Servers may not do this depending on how busy it is.

 

PRICE:
$$-$$ $30+ Expensive but ALL YOU CAN EAT. Tip is included with the price.
There is also a non-AYCE menu.

QUALITY:
Very good. Lots of choices. The side dishes are great. Some raw meats are icier than others, but the grill still cooks them well.

SERVICE:
Cook it yourself. Servers used to grill the meats for you, but this doesn’t seem to happen any more. Nice of them to change the grill after use.

VERDICT:
If you love AYCE Dae Bak Bon Ga is the place to enjoy Korean BBQ. You will smell like BBQ.

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Address:
1323 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2B1