NOTCH 8 CHRISTMAS BRUNCH BUFFET AT THE FAIRMONT VANCOUVER HOTEL – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Happy Holidays! Here’s our video from Christmas Day Brunch at Notch 8 The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver All You Can Eat Buffet.

Is this the most expensive buffet in Vancouver?

Notch 8 Christmas Day Holiday Brunch Buffet at the historic
Hotel Vancouver. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

Hotel Vancouver takes reservations for the Christmas Day
Holiday Buffet in early November, so be sure to plan ahead.

VERY POPULAR
Guests are seated in waves. 11:30 AM is the first seating time.
There was some confusion and disorganization because of the lack of communication
from the hotel staff.  We were seated after noon, 30 minutes after the reservation.
Tip: Arrive 30 min before your reservation time, and check-in at the desk.

This buffet at Notch 8 is $89 per person. Yes, $89! Before tax and tip.
Toddlers are charged half that price depending how your server
feels about the amount of food your toddler eats.

Beautiful Dessert Bar presentation.
Cakes, fondue fountain, and pastries, hot chocolate and mulled wine!

Carvery the main attraction.
Lamb Roast, Beef Roast, Ham, and Turkey.

Delicious!
Lamb, Beef, scrambled eggs, and Chimichurri Sauce.
“It is made of finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil,
oregano, and red wine vinegar.” – Wikipedia

Charcuterie and Seafood
Meats, and smoked salmon, candied salmon, shrimp and crab.

The Carvery was very popular and highlight of the buffet.
Unfortunately, the servers were very slow, which created a line up.
The odd layout of the buffet made it very crowded and difficult.

Mushroom Soup
Nice take on mushroom soup with real mushrooms.

Total Spent at Notch 8
$89 x 4 persons
$373.80 + tax before tip.

PRICE:
$$ Very Expensive! $89 per person before tax and tip.

QUALITY:
Very good. Clean, well prepared.

SERVICE:
Ok server, friendly, fast clearing plates.
Not good. Disorganized check-in. Carvery was too slow, waiting time.
No steak knives were offered. Layout of the buffet seems bad,
line-up to carvery blocking seating area.
Server never offered beverage options such as coffee, and tea.
Confusion over reservation and billing. Never received itemized receipt.
A 20% Gratuity is Pre-Authorized on the credit card.

VERDICT:
This is an overpriced holiday buffet in a historic downtown hotel.
There are some very good premium items on the buffet, but many
other ‘cheap’ items to skip. Strict time limit.
Good for a holiday visit once, and perhaps never again.
For this price you might as well fly to Vegas for buffet.
CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE – FOODIE ALL YOU CAN EAT ASIAN BUFFET GOTHENBURG GOTEBORG – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

SWEDEN

FOODIE NEO ASIAN GOURMET KITCHEN – ALL  YOU CAN EAT BUFFET AND MONGOLIAN GRILL

All-You-Can-Eat Asian Buffet and Mongolian Grill
in Gothenburg Sweden.

Lunch Buffet is 119 Swedish Kroner  ($17-$18 Canadian)
Under $20 Canadian dollars! What a DEAL!

An extensive selection of meats, seafood, and veggies for grilling.
Cooked (hot) food, Sushi, Dim Sum, a soda fountain, desserts, and more!

PRICE:
$$ Affordable All You Can Eat.

QUALITY:
Very Good. Fresh veggies. Good meats, and seafood.
Make your own dishes with Mongolian Grill, and sauces.

SERVICE:
Good-Friendly. Self-serve buffet.

VERDICT:
This is a popular All You Can Eat buffet, with a large
selection of Asian food. Something for everyone.
Perfect lunch if visiting Gothenburg Sweden.
Come hungry! Good for the whole family.
CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
Östra Hamngatan 5, 411 10 Göteborg, Sweden

 

MEHFIL INDIAN RESTAURANT SURREY DELTA ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Mehfil Indian Restaurant in Surrey, BC, is known for their
$15 All Day Buffet.

Mehfil (also spelled mahfil) is an evening of courtly entertainment
poetry or concert of Indian classical music and Pakistani
classical music (particularly Hindustani classical music) and
dance, performed for a small audience in an intimate setting.
– Wikipedia

This place is just down the street from Tandoori Flame.

The buffet selection is not bad. A few items like Fish curry and
Goat curry are not common at other cheap buffets.

Papadum
Thin, crispy, and light. Perfect for dipping in chutney.

PRICE:
$$ mid-Budget All You Can Eat Buffet

QUALITY:
Ok-Good selection including Fish Curry, Goat Curry.
Food temperature, freshness is questionable on some items.

SERVICE:
Basic. Water refills, and clearing plates.

VERDICT:
$15 Buffet All Day, All You Can Eat. Limited buffet items.
Recommend going during lunch. After lunch
buffet may not be fresh. No tandoori chicken.
Papadum is good, not common at similar restaurants.
This place is in need of repair, renovation, cleaning.
Cash, Debit, Credit accepted.

Address:
9570 120 St, Surrey, BC V3V 4C1

NEW TOWN BAKERY STEAMED BAO CHINATOWN CHINESE CANTONESE – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

 

BAO FAMOUS STEAMED BUNS AT NEW TOWN BAKERY

New Town Bakery is one of the oldest, and most popular Cantonese
Chinese cafe/restaurants in Vancouver, known for steamed buns (Bao).

New Town Bakery is located in Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown and has a long history in the city.

What We Ordered

Chicken Mami $7.50
Steamed Bun Asado $2.60
Steamed Bun Chicken $2.85
Steamed Bun Sticky Rice $2.85
HK Milk Tea $2.75
GST .93
TOTAL $19.48

Chicken Mami $7.50
Light broth, with shredded chicken, soft noodles.
A simple Filipino chicken noodle soup to go along with the steamed bao.
Order this or the Wonton Noodle soup.

Steamed Bun (Chicken) $2.85
Nice soft bun, and steaming fillings.

Steamed Bun (Sticky Rice) $2.85
Nice presentation, they are served already sliced.
Delicious rice and meat fillings.

Steamed Bun (Pork) Asado $2.60
The original that everyone loves. Salty, and has pieces of fat.

Hong Kong Milk Tea $2.75
Good, but there’s better elsewhere.

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. Used to be cheaper back in the day.

QUALITY:
Very good quality. The best steamed buns in town.

SERVICE:
Good. Sometimes friendly, other times unfriendly and rude.
The place looks well lit, and clean.

VERDICT:
Come here for the steamed bao.
You can have steamed buns with noodles, soup, and other Cantonese dishes.
The food on the menu is also good but they are best known for the steamed bao.

Fun Fact: They also have Filipino food on the menu. Bao Bakery is also owned by New Town Bakery.

CASH, DEBIT, NO CREDIT.

Address:
148 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T3

DIM SUM AT FORTUNE HOUSE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT METROTOWN BURNABY – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Fortune House Seafood Restaurant is located inside Metrotown Mall.
Chinese Tea House that serves Dim Sum and other Cantonese dishes.

Prices start at $4.95 for Small items. Medium $6.45 and Large $6.95.
Most of the items on the menu are Medium, Large and Special $7.50.

Taro Dumpling $6.45
Nice crispy outside, nice fillings.

Siu Mai $6.95 (4 Pieces)
Pretty standard Siu Mai. Tasty, chewy, but portion seemed small.

Hot Sauce Dip

Scallop Dumpling $7.50 (4 Pieces)
Nice presentation, delicious.

Jumbo Ha kau $7.50 (4 Pieces)
Shrimp Dumpling. Ok portion size. Tasty chewy shrimp.

Singapore Vermicelli $18.80
Yes, $18.80! We were shocked by the price.
Tasty, but not worth $18.80!

Total $pent at Fortune Seafood Restaurant
Tea Charge $3
Siu Mai $6.95
Taro Dumpling $6.45
Scallop Dumpling $7.50
Jumbo Ha kau $7.50
Singapore Vermicelli $18.80
GST $2.51
TIP $5.27
TOTAL $57.98

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable-Overpriced. Priced higher than similar restaurants.
Dim Sum is priced over $6.
The noodles are overpriced at $18.80! Costs a small fortune!

QUALITY:
Dim Sum is satisfactory overall but portion size compared
to similar restaurants like Western Lake seems small.

SERVICE:
Bad-Poor service. Asked two different servers for a second
serving of hot sauce. Neither of them brought any hot sauce!

VERDICT:
If you are desperate for Dim Sum in the mall
in a sit-down restaurant setting, this is your only option.
Other options are Neptune at Station Square, Crystal Mall,
or Chef Tony in the Food Court at Metrotown.
CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
4700 Kingsway #2199a, Burnaby, BC V5H 4M1

Metrotown Skytrain Entrance

 

SUSHI AT FUJIYA JAPANESE FOODS SUPER MARKET – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Fujiya is a Japanese market in Vancouver with a large selection
of imported products, and Ready-To-Eat foods!

You will find all kinds of sushi, bento, and even curry!

Fujiya also offers complimentary tea!

What We Ordered
Salmon Roll $4.95
Tuna Roll $4.95
Negitoro Roll $5.45
Sashimi $8.95
Cooked Renkon Root $1.70
Japanese Curry $6.95

PRICE:
$ Very Affordable!

QUALITY:
Good quality. Prepared fresh. Clean.

SERVICE:
Nice complimentary tea! Self-serve super market.

VERDICT:
This is the place to go for Ready-to-Eat Japanese food.
Authentic Japanese business. Large selection.
Imported Japanese products/brands.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
912 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC

CHICKEN STRIPS – TIMMIES MINIS TIM HORTONS KIDS MEAL – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW – GUTOM.CA

Tim Hortons has Chicken Strips! Unfortunately these Chicken Strips
are for KIDS ONLY! New Timmies Minis Kid’s Menu.

Hash Brown and Breakfast sandwich not included.
We ordered the Chicken Strips separately
from the Timmie Minis Kids Meal. It came with dip sauce.

Two piece chicken strips.
Tasty but small portion.

Will Tim Hortons put Chicken Strips for grown-ups on their menu?

DELICIOUS HOMEMADE LATKES FOR HANUKKAH – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Happy Hanukkah!

Some delicious homemade latkes for Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the
Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt
against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
-Wikipedia

Latkes or latkas (לאַטקע) are potato pancakes that Ashkenazi Jews have
prepared as part of the Hanukkah festival since the mid-1800s, based on
an older variant of the dish that goes back to at least the Middle Ages.
Latkes need not necessarily be made from potatoes.

Latkes can be served with Sour Cream, and Apple Sauce, but not ketchup!

OH ZZHU SAM KOREAN RESTAURANT BEST LUNCH SPECIAL COMBO BURNABY – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

 THE BEST – LUNCH SPECIAL – OH! ZZHU SAM KOREAN

The Lunch Special at Oh! Zzhu Sam is a fantastic deal less than $10!
$8 for Tofu Soup w/ Rice! One of the BEST lunch deals in town!

Delicious Tofu Soup with beef. Large tofu portions, lots of meat,
and veggies. Plus an egg on top!

Fried Dumpling $10.50 (8 Pieces)
Delicious pork dumplings with nice fried wrapper.
Comes with cabbage, and vinegar dumpling sauce.

Total Spend at Oh! Zzhu Sam Korean Restaurant
Soon-Tofu Jjigae Beef $8.00
Soon-Tofu Jjigae Seafood $8.00
Fried Dumpling $10.50
Tax $1.33
Total $27.83

PRICE:
$ Excellent! Less than $10. What a great deal!
Best Lunch Special! (Dumpling are not in Lunch Special)

QUALITY:
Very good. Fresh, and hot. No skimping on portion size.

SERVICE:
Very good. Even during busy lunch hour.
Complimentary refill of side dishes.

VERDICT:
Good flavorful dishes, and excellent LUNCH price.
Limited parking at rear of restaurant.
CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
7506 Edmonds St, Burnaby, BC V3N 1B4