Thursday, July 19, 2018

BEST DIM SUM VANCOUVER REVISITED WESTERN LAKE CHINESE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

#Gutom #GutomBlog

We went back to the extremely popular Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant to see if they still had the best dim sum in town.

After about a hour wait, we were seated. Extremely busy during brunch and lunch.


What We Ordered

Rice Flour Rolls in Hot Pot with Beef Offals
- Chewy textures of assorted organs like tripe and rice roll. Yum.

Steamed Shrimp Dumplings
- AMAZING! Massive portion of shrimp

Eggplant with Shrimp Paste
- SO GOOD! Nice portion of eggplant and chewy shrimp paste.

Chicken Wings with fried garlic
- Nice chicken wings. Not the meatiest or most flavorful, but still good and the fried garlic slices are good.

Steamed Shiu-Mai Dumplings
- AMAZING!

Pan Fried Chive Dumplings
- AMAZING!

Steamed Rice with Pork Toro & Salted Fish
- Nice hotpot of rice, meat. No many pieces of salted fish.



VALUE:
Large Dim Sum portion size. Good prices.

QUALITY:
Very good, hot, fresh.

SERVICE:
Friendly. Slow during brunch, lunch time.

VERDICT
Good price, good food. The Best Dim Sum in Vancouver.
Get there early to avoid a long wait.


Address: 4989 Victoria Dr,
Vancouver, BC V5P 3T7


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

AUSSIE BBQ AND EGG BURGER AT MCDONALD'S CANADA - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

#WorldTasteTour #McDonalds #FastFood #FoodReview


McDonald’s Canada is offering a unique summer promotion.
'World Taste Tour' June 18 - July 29, features international
flavors China, Italy, Australia, Mexico, and France.



These are the last two items on the World Taste Tour at McDonald's Canada.

Aussie BBQ + Egg Burger
Egg, Beet chips, cheese, lettuce,
smoky BBQ sauce, brioche-style bun.

Nice amount of cheese, egg. Crispy chips were good.
The brioche bun was nice and warm.
The burger patty was a good temperature.

French Crème Brûlée McFlurry
Vanilla soft serve, caramelized sugar topping
and Crème Brûlée sauce.

The French Crème Brûlée McFlurry was very good.
But some of the sugar topping was too hard and
bad for the teeth!

Overall, the Aussie BBQ Burger and
the French McFlurry are surprisingly good!

The McDonald's dining experience definitely varies at each location, and time of day. This location was at Burnaby Metrotown, and the quality was pretty good, considering it is fast-food.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

GREEK SUMMER FESTIVAL AT ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH BOUNDARY ROAD - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA


Greek Summer Festival July 5th - July 15.
A popular event held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.



What We Ordered

3. Lamb on a spit (1/2 Kilo) $22.00
Good for two people.
Nice flavor, salty seasoning.
Nicely cooked, tender.

18. Tzatziki w/ Pita Bread $4.00
Freshly made Tzatziki, clean flavor, good portion

11. Pork Souvlaki $6.00
Pork skewer, with a side of bread. Salty seasoning,
Some fat on pieces.

21. Loukoumades $5.00
Seasoned with sesame seeds, and sweet sauce.
Fried, soft, and sweet dessert.

25. Greek Coffee $3.00
Good strong coffee.

VALUE:
Average pricing compared to local Greek restaurants.

QUALITY:
Good lamb, Tzatziki, desserts. Good menu.

SERVICE:
Friendly. Fast kitchen if you arrive early.

VERDICT
Good food and entertainment for the whole family.
Cash, Debit, Credit accepted.

Address: 4641 Boundary Rd, Vancouver, BC V5R 4N4

Saturday, July 14, 2018

FREE ROOT BEER DAY AT A&W CANADA BURNABY METROTOWN - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

July 14, 2018 is Free Root Beer Day at A&W Canada.

Chilled mug is the best way to enjoy Root Beer.

Two locations in Metrotown Mall in Burnaby. The food court A&W will only serve drinks in paper cups. The second A&W closest to the skytrain station will serve it in glass mugs.


Friday, July 13, 2018

KULINARYA FILIPINO EATERY COMMERCIAL DRIVE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

Kulinarya Filipino Eatery serves up authentic cuisine, in a hip casual setting on Commercial Drive. There are two Kulinarya locations.The original location is in Coquitlam.



Here's what we ordered:

Lumpia - Fried pork spring roll.
Pansit - Noodle dish, beef, veggies.
Tapsilog - Beef, egg on rice platter.
Sinigang - Pork Tamarind sour soup.


Lumpia - Fried pork spring roll. 10 pieces.
Comes with sweet and sour sauce. Small portion size. The lumpia wrapper was hard not crispy.

Pansit - Noodle dish, beef, veggies.
*Pork was sold out at the time. Beef was used instead.
Good noodles, and toppings.

Tapsilog - Beef, egg on rice platter with veggies.
Nice presentation. The beef wasn't sizzling. Was kind of tough.

Sinigang - Pork Tamarind sour soup.
Lots of ingredients, veggies. Pork pieces were a bit small. Soup was oily.
Way too sour as if cook used 10 packs of sinigang powder!

VALUE:
Expensive for the portion size and quality.

QUALITY:
Average. Could be much better.

SERVICE:
Friendly. Slow kitchen.

VERDICT
Average Filipino food, with a good atmosphere
for entertaining. Pricey.

Address: 1134 Commercial Dr,
Vancouver, BC V5L 3X2

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BBQ AT MANG INASAL BBQ SM CITY PAMPANGA PHILIPPINES - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

GUTOM TRAVELS - PHILIPPINES

Mang Inasal is a barbecue fast food restaurant chain in the Philippines, best known for UNLIMITED RICE! This location is at SM City Mall in Pampanga.

What We Ordered
2-Piece Pork BBQ comes rice
Chicken BBQ with rice
Complimentary side of soup is handed out once you're seated at your table.

This place was packed, with a line up to order. You have to wait to be seated by one of the servers, because it was so busy.

Simple meal of BBQ and rice. Pretty good for Fast-food!

Calamansi is provided. It's like a lime. It's used for citrus flavor.
A cross between citrus and kumquat.
Mix with soy sauce, and hot pepper for amazing flavor!

Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Patis (fish sauce) are also condiments at your table.

Overall, good fast-food BBQ. Very Filipino.

ITALIAN PESTO CHICKEN SANDWICH AT MCDONALD'S WORLD TASTE TOUR - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

The Italian Pesto Chicken Sandwich is part of the McDonald's Canada "World Taste Tour" going on from June 18 to July 29.

The special menu features World-themed flavors from China, Mexico, France, Australia, and Italy.



Italian Pesto Chicken Sandwich
Pesto aioli sauce, parmesan, arugula, tomato.

The idea may sound good on paper, unfortunately, all the ingredients don't add up to anything good.

The smell of the cheese is too strong. The bread is too large, and the patty too small. The sandwich is a mess!

The bread was tough, the chicken patty was cold, dry, and doesn't resemble actual chicken. The greens were dry and cheese shavings were like plastic.

This could be an issue with the location McDonald's at International Village Tinseltown in Vancouver's Chinatown. The quality is very poor.

At $6 Canadian, the Italian Pesto Chicken is a definite miss. The Szechuan burger was more palatable.

Verdict: AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS! YOU MAY GET SICK!


Monday, July 9, 2018

SPECIALTY FEAST PIZZAS at DOMINO'S PIZZA - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

Pizza Night with Medium Thin Crust Specialty Feast Pizzas: Deluxe and ExtravaganZZa from Domino's Pizza.

Deluxe - Pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers,mushrooms, onions, and cheese.
Medium Thin Crust.

ExtravaganZZa - Pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, cheese. Medium Thin Crust.

2 Medium Feast Pizzas for $24. Lots of toppings!
Price may vary at different locations.

 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

BEST BUDGET INDIAN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET AGRA TANDOORI RESTAURANT BURNABY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

The BEST Budget Buffet - All You Can Eat (AYCE) for less than $15!

Agra Tandoori Indian Restaurant is known for their lunch buffet. It is available weekdays Monday - Friday and on Sunday. They also have a regular menu however the buffet is most popular and the best deal.

This place gets really busy during the week with the lunchtime office crowd.

The buffet has a good selection. Favorite buffet items like butter chicken, tandoori chicken, etc. There is also a mixed veggie salad, and lentil soup. Some days feature goat curry, and Indian fries.

A budget buffet doesn't have to be bad, and Agra is very good!
Food safe temperature is very important!


Masala Chai Tea is included with the Sunday lunch buffet price. Not included
with the weekday lunch buffet.

VALUE: All You Can Eat on a budget.

QUALITY: Good flavors, and selection.

SERVICE: Friendly. Good service.

Cash, Debit, Credit.

Address: 3790 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1G4

Sunday Special Lunch Buffet For Only $13.95 From 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Monday : Lunch Buffet 11:30am - 2:30pm

Tuesday : Lunch Buffet 11:30am - 2:30pm

Wednesday : Lunch Buffet 11:30am - 2:30pm

Thursday : Lunch Buffet 11:30am - 2:30pm

Friday : Lunch Buffet 11:30am - 2:30pm

Friday, July 6, 2018

HOT POT AND DUMPLINGS AT SEOUL DOOGBAEGI KOREAN RESTAURANT - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA


Seoul Doogbaegi is a popular Korean restaurant with BBQ, hot pot, and hand-made dumplings (Mahn Doo).



What We Ordered:

Banchan
Potato, bean sprouts, radish, and kimchi.
1 time refill of side dishes.

Spicy Pork Bone Stew Hot Pot

Goon Mahn Doo (Dumplings)
Beef and Pork Mix. Hand-made and very good!


BBQ Beef Short Rib Gahl Bee
Not the best BBQ but still good.

Verdict:
A good option if you're craving all things Korean food.

VALUE: Good portions. Average pricing.

QUALITY: Good. Authentic. Dumplings made fresh.

SERVICE: Good, friendly.

BUMMER:
Only one side dish refill.

Address: 1031 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C9

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

MEXICAN BACON QUESO MCDONALD'S WORLD TASTE TOUR - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

McDonald’s Canada is offering a unique summer promotion
'World Taste Tour' June 18 - July 29 features international
flavors China, Italy, Australia, Mexico, and France.

Mexican Bacon Queso
Chunk of egg. A few bacon strips, tomato and lettuce.

Verdict:
McDonald's Mexican Bacon Queso is OK!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

BEAN BANH MI VIETNAMESE SANDWICH SHOP - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW - GUTOM.CA

Bean Banh Mi Modern Vietnamese Sandwich Shop is a Vietnamese sandwich shop along Kingsway in Little Saigon.



This is a NEW banh mi business in Vancouver. At the time of this video, they have been open for about 1 week.

"Bean" means success in Vietnamese. The owner is named Bean.

What We Ordered
#1 Special Tri-Meat Classic Deli Meats
#5 Beef Stew


VALUE: Good portion size and ingredients.

QUALITY: Fresh, clean. Very good!

SERVICE: Friendly. Straight forward menu. Clean presentation.

BUMMER: More expensive than other Banh Mi shops.

A few menu items not seen at other Banh Mi shops such as the Beef Stew, Meat Balls Banh Mi, and Five-Spice Chicken. Worth repeat visits to try each sandwich.





Address: 1198 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C8

Monday, July 2, 2018

STEVESTON VILLAGE SALMON FESTIVAL CANADA DAY JULY 1 2018 - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

Canada Day Steveston Salmon Festival July 1, 2018.

Steveston Village is a small town in Richmond, BC with lots of history. It is also used as a backdrop for many film shoots for TV shows and movies.


The star of the event is obviously the salmon but there are also many food vendors to choose from like Japanese Squid.

The salmon is BBQ'd on large wood fire grills.

Preparing the salmon takes many volunteers.

That's a lot of fish!

$16 salmon plate.
Comes with salad, butter, and bun.

The bread bun or roll, is supposed to be used for the salmon, like a salmon sandwich.

The salmon is very good! Though, I wish the piece was bigger!

The Steveston Salmon Festival is a great way to spend Canada Day!



There are signs that say CASH ONLY, however if you are purchasing a ticket for Salmon plate they should be able to take credit card as well.

There is conflicting information from volunteers working the event. Some say there is Cash Only and will tell you to go to the ATM at a near by bank.

Beware the service fee at the ATM like at Coast Capital Savings. It is $3.



Sunday, July 1, 2018

CANADA DAY POUTINE FRIES AT BELGIAN FRIES ON COMMERCIAL DRIVE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Poutine is a dish originating from the Canadian province of Quebec consisting of French fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy. - Wikipedia


Poutine at Belgian Fries on Commercial drive offers fries, fries, FRIES!

There are many more flavor combinations and toppings offered on their menu.

We Ordered
'Classic'
- Cheese Curds, Gravy, and FRIES.

Fresh cut fries are assorted sizes, and have a nice consistency.

Add some sauerkraut. It's free!

VALUE: Good amount of cheese, and gravy.

QUALITY: Very good fries!

SERVICE: Good menu. There's also a condiments
station with lots of free choices like sauerkraut.

If you love fries, go to Belgian Fries on Commercial drive. They also offer Yam Fries.


Address: 1885 Commercial Dr,
Vancouver, BC V5N 4A6

Friday, June 29, 2018

GIANT DONAIR AT MEGA DONAIR PORT MOODY COQUITLAM - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

MASSIVE FOOD!

*One of our viewers suggested we try this restaurant. Thank you!*



Mega Donair located in Coquitlam/Port Moody is a Lebanese cuisine shop known for their
MEGA supersized food.

Ordered:
Mega Donair mixed Chicken and Lamb.

This thing is truly Mega!

VALUE: Lots of food here. Feed the whole family.

QUALITY: Nice flavor. Nice chunks of chicken and lamb.
Donair wrap is made with fresh dough.

SERVICE: Not friendly. No chit-chat.

BUMMER:
Falls apart easily, needs to be eaten with a fork.

Overall, lots of food if you're feeling very very hungry!

Address: 912 Clarke Rd, Port Moody, BC V3H 1N9

Thursday, June 28, 2018

JAPANESE CREAM PUFF AT BEARD PAPA'S BURNABY LOCATION - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

*This is a new Burnaby Beard Papa's location.*


Beard Papa's is a global Japanese cream puff franchise.

Beard Papa's location in Burnaby at Imperial and Royal Oak features
Bubble tea on their menu.


We Ordered
Green Tea Cream Puff 6 pieces.

The texture of the puff and cream is a very tasty combination! The green tea matcha cream puff is powered with more matcha powder. Overall it is very good. The cream puff also comes in plain cream.


VALUE: Good portion and cream ratio.
It's a Japanese pastry. Not cheap! Over $20 for 6 cream puffs.

QUALITY:  Good. Consistent cream flavor with other locations.

SERVICE: Friendly.

Large space just a short walk from Royal Oak skytrain station.


Address5252 Imperial St, Burnaby, BC V5J 0G



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

MESA MODERNE FILIPINO CUISINE GREENBELT MANILA MAKATI PHILIPPINES - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

MESA MODERNE 


FORGET JOLLIBEE!

Mesa at Greenbelt Ayala Center Makati specializes in modern Filipino food. Nice plating, presentation, and ingredients!

What We Ordered:

Tinapa Rolls
Fried smoked fish flakes, onions and tomatoes
salted egg rolled in wrapper.

Pinakbet
Bangus (fish) Belly and mixed veggies, squash, okra.

Pork BBQ Skewers

Kare Kare
Ox Tail and veggies peanut sauce.

Malunggay Shrimp Beancurd (Soup)
Simmered shrimp in moringa puree with beancurd.

Crispchon Lechon with pandon crepe.
Assembled at your table.
Served also in chili garlic.

Chili Garlic Lechon.
Fried banana in wrap with ice cream. YUM!

Mesa is a great Filipino food experience for the whole family! A MUST if you are in Makati!

 

 Located in: Ayala Center Makati Address: Greenbelt 5, Legazpi Street, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, Philippines

Saturday, June 23, 2018

NASHVILLE SPICY FRIED CHICKEN AT THE DOWNLOW CHICKEN SHACK COMMERCIAL DRIVE - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

NEW BUSINESS



The Downlow Chicken Shack is a Nashville-style spicy fried chicken fast-food eatery on Commercial Dr. and Venables.

Prepare for a wait in line as it is very popular!

The menu is simple. Drum, thigh, breast, or wings served a few different ways, with different levels of SPICY.

What We Ordered
Chicken On A Bun (Chicken Breast Burger)
Half Bird (Four pieces, drum, wing, thigh, breast)
Fries with medium spice.
Ginger Beer

Chicken Burger
(Mild spice)
Crispy, slightly sweet glaze on batter/breading. Mild spice was very mild forgot it was there.

Nice toppings pickle, Downlow sauce.

The potato bun is basic.Nothing special here.

It's served in a box, and is very oily when you pick it up. The bar counter top we were seated at was covered in oil, so watch out when putting your phone on the counter top in front of the kitchen/assembly line.

Fries
Fries are ordered separate from chicken burger. Good amount of fries in a box.
Flavor is nothing special. Some sauce, but the style of fries doesn't go well with burger. Reminded me of lloppy fries like McCain frozen fries. Needed ketchup.

(Skip the fries and try the other sides)

Half Bird
(Classic no spice)
Four pieces, drum, wing, thigh, breast
Good amount of meat to bone. Slightly sweet flavor glaze on breading.

VALUE:
Good portion size. Average prices. Could be cheaper.

QUALITY:
Good flavors and food temperature. Very Oily.

SERVICE:
Ok. Friendly. Slow when busy. Lots of tissue dispensers.
Cash, Debit, Credit.

BUMMER:
No soda fountain or water station.
Only bottled water, or bottled soda for sale.
Fries are not included with the burger.
Loud rap music with profanity during our visit. May not be good for children.

Overall, the chicken is the star of the show. Definitely worth repeat visits for fried chicken cravings. However somethings can be improved for the customer experience.

Address: 905 Commercial Dr,
 Vancouver, BC V5L 3W8

Friday, June 22, 2018

CURRY KATSU AND MORE AT HI GENKI FAMOUS JAPANESE SENIOR HOME BURNABY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW - GUTOM.CA

HIDDEN GEM / SECRET EATS

Hi Genki is located INSIDE a care home for seniors.
The restaurant is the dining area used by the residents. It is very popular with the lunch crowd. Most people wouldn't think about eating at a senior home, which makes Hi Genki a very unique experience.

The menu features rice bowls, curry combos, and more.
Hi Genki is affiliated with Fujiya Japanese Market so the ingredients are coming from a legit source.



What We Ordered:

Tea and water included.

Chicken Katsu Curry
Comes with rice, and salad.

Potato Croquette and Spinach Gomae.

Pork Donburi (Rice Bowl)
Comes with miso soup.


VALUE: Good portion size. Good prices.

QUALITY: Good flavors and food temperature.

SERVICE: OK. Friendly. Slower when busy.

Cash, Debit, Credit.

Tip: Get there early. Busy during lunch.

Overall, good place for authentic Japanese cuisine.

Address6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4N3

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SZECHUAN BURGER MCDONALD'S CANADA WORLD TASTE TOUR - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

World Taste Tour at McDonald's Canada.

McDonald’s Canada is offering a unique summer promotion called the
'World Taste Tour'. It runs from June 18 - July 29 and features international
flavors. Themed menu items include China, Italy, Australia, Mexico, and France.



The Szechuan burger is inspired by Chinese flavors.
There are crispy wontons in the burger with grilled onions, on a toasted black and white sesame seed bun.

The Szechuan sauce is sweet like a generic Asian sweet sauce.
It is not spicy, unlike true Szechuan cuisine. It's mostly salty sweet.

The crispy wontons add a nice crunch to the burger. The grilled onions add to the sweetness.

Overall, the Asian themed burger is good choice for people looking for a crunchy sweet McD burger.


  • Chinese Szechuan Burger - June 18 to July 1
  • Italian Pesto Chicken Sandwich - July 2 to July 15
  • Aussie BBQ & Egg Burger - July 16 to July 29
  • Mexican Bacon Queso More-Ning® McWrap® - June 18 to July 29
  • French Crème Brûlée McFlurry®- June 18 to July 29    

Sunday, June 17, 2018

AIRPLANE FOOD ON PAL PHILIPPINE AIRLINES YVR TO MANILA - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS GUTOM.CA

Vancouver to Manila Philippines on PAL Philippine Airlines.

The flight is around 12-13 hours direct non-stop from YVR to Ninoy Aquino Airport.

Here's a look at some of the meals on the flight.



Departing flight Vancouver to Manila.
Western and Asian options.
(A) for Asian  or (W) for Western.

Dinner - Butter Chicken
Butter Chicken, veggies, and rice.

Breakfast - Chicken Teriyaki
Chicken, eggs, mushrooms, and rice.

Return Flight Manila to Vancouver.
Western and Asian options.
(A) for Asian  or (W) for Western.

Dinner - Bourbon Chicken
Chicken, veggies, and rice.

Breakfast - Bangus (Fish) Lamayo
Fish, eggs, and rice. Great way to start the day!

Be sure to order drinks, alcoholic ones!

Overall the meals were tasty and pretty good. The extra sides, like bread, and butter, fruits, etc are nice additions.


The beer was the best part!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

AA PLUS CHINESE RESTAURANT SOUP NOODLES - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW - GUTOM.CA

好好味百搭魚湯米線
AA Plus Restaurant VANCOUVER

AA Plus is a authentic Hong Kong style Chinese
noodle soup restaurant. They also offer a Build Your Own Soup option.

AA Plus is CASH ONLY and cafeteria style.
Order at the counter, and pre-pay, then wait for your number to be called.

Chicken Laksa Soup
Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in the Peranakan cuisine 
- Wikipedia

Nice flavor laksa soup. Lemongrass, spices, but not too spicy.

Yum! The chicken in the laksa soup is boneless.


Build Your Own Soup
Beef and Mushroom Soup

VALUE: Good. Large bowl, lots of ingredients. A drink is included with Soup combo.

QUALITY: Fresh. Filling. Good pieces of boneless chicken in Laksa soup.

SERVICE: Self-Serve. Pre-Pay upon order.

Tip and Tax included w/ price.

There is a tip jar, but no need to tip for no service. You get your food on a tray which you bring to your table. Careful you might trip and spill the soup!

There is a Water and Tea dispenser.

A noticeable wait for order.

CASH ONLY.

Address: 5207 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3V4

Friday, June 15, 2018

TOFU SOUP AT DOOBOO KOREAN TOFU RESTAURANT BURNABY KINGSWAY - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM



DooBoo is a good place to go for your Korean food craving.



Tofu Soup also known as Soon Du Bu is a classic Korean dish. At DooBoo, it comes
with a side of steamed rice in a stone bowl. The tofu soup also comes with raw egg.

At DooBoo there were 3 banchan dishes at time of filming. Barley tea is included.

The leftover rice in the stone bowl is soaked and eaten as a dessert!

Tofu Soup with seafood and beef $11.99
Mild spice flavor.

Wet rice dessert. Tastes like watery rice!

There are also combos available.

Tofu Soup with Bulgogi or Grilled Mackerel for $18.99. Not the cheapest price but if you're hungry it's a good option.

VALUE: Good. Lots of ingredients in soup but only 3 banchan dishes.

QUALITY: Fresh. Soft tofu. Soup flavor is ok.

SERVICE: Friendly. However the server never brought a second round of banchan.

Cash, Debit, Credit.

Overall good restaurant for Korean cuisine for return visits.

Address: 6907 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5E 1E5

Thursday, June 14, 2018

GUTOM TRAVELS JOLLIBEE SUPER MEAL COMBO GREENBELT MAKATI MANILA

Jollibee is a popular Filipino fast-food chain, known for combining Western and Asian cuisine.

This location is in Greenbelt Makati Manila.



What We Ordered

Jolly Super Meal
Fried Chicken, Spaghetti, steamed rice, and Lumpia spring roll, Peach Mango Pie and
Pineapple juice and water.

Yum Burger is not included with Super Meal, so we ordered it separately.

Jollibee Spaghetti
Sweet tomato sauce, nice cheese bits, well done noodles.

Jollibee Shanghai Rolls
 (3 pieces)
These were not crispy at the time of ordering. They were warm and tasty but not crispy.

Jollibee Fried Chicken
Crispy, mild seasoning.  Compared to chicken in North America, the chicken at Jollibee Philippines would considered small.

Peace Mango Pie
It's like a McDonald's pie.
Crust outside, sweet inside.

Overall Jollibee is a good fast-food stop with a combination of Western and Asian. Spaghetti and steamed rice!


AddressGreenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Monday, June 11, 2018

IHOP IHOB MEGA MONSTER CHEESE BURGER - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS - GUTOM.CA

International House of Pancakes Burgers  at Burnaby, Kingsway.

IHOB is REAL!

When IHOP announced they were changing their name to IHOB, the entire internet went nuts on social media. What does the B in ihob MEAN?

The epic marketing stunt from IHOP revealed that the B was for BURGERS. Not Breakfast. Not Bacon. Not Beer.

IHOP announced they would be adding burgers to their menu. FOR A LIMITED TIME.



Ultimate Steakburgers - Made with 100% Canadian Beef.

The diner-style burgers are comparable to something you'd find at Denny's or Red Robin. Prices range for $13.99 - $14.99 (Canadian).

The burgers come with UNLIMITED FRIES and fountain DRINK!

In this review we ordered the Mega Monster Cheeseburger.

Double patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and IHOP sauce. $14.99 | 1090 Calories.

IHOP burgers? Expecting the worst, but pleasantly surprised.

The burger portion was pretty good. Didn't expect the beef patties to be steaming hot. Food safe temperature is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. The cheese was melted nicely, and the onions, lettuce, toppings were fresh.

The pickle was served on the side, unlike the picture in the menu which features pickle slices in the burger.

The fries are nothing special, but they were hot and salty, and unlimited.

VALUE: Good portion. Unlimited drink, fries.

QUALITY: Hot burger patties, and good toppings. Food safe temperature.

SERVICE: Good service, friendly.

Cash, Debit, Credit.

Experience may vary at other locations.

Address: 5137 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2E6




IHOB BURGERS MENU via Fox News

  • Classic, with lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese, as well as the brand's new "Steakburger sauce,"
  • Classic with Bacon, with all of the above plus hickory-smoked bacon,
  • Big Brunch, with bacon, a fried egg, a potato pancake and cheese,
  • Cowboy BBQ, with bacon, onion rings and BBQ sauce
  • Jalapeno Kick, with jalapeno mayonnaise, bacon, Pepper-Jack cheese and sauteed jalapeno peppers, serranos chiles and onions,
  • Mushroom and Swiss, with sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions, Swiss cheese and mayo,
  • and the Mega Monster, with two steakburger patties, two slices of cheese (American and white cheddar) and pickles.




Saturday, June 9, 2018

ALL YOU CAN EAT INDIAN BUFFET AT TANDOORI FLAME SURREY DELTA BC - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS GUTOM.CA

GRAND INDIAN BUFFET


Brand new Indian buffet opens in Surrey,BC.

This ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet boasts over 150 items "The Largest Indian Buffet in North America." So is Tandoori Flame really the largest and best Indian buffet in Vancouver?

Simply put, yes!



Originally from Ontario, Tandoori Flame has locations in Mississauga, and Brampton.
This is the first location on the west coast. Tandoori Flame brings serious competition in an area already popular with Indian restaurants. 

The prices and times of the buffet for lunch and dinner are quite reasonable in comparison to AYCE sushi which is actually priced higher.

Definitely come hungry!

All You Can Eat means All You Can Eat, so choose your dishes wisely, and don't
waste any food!

Unique features of the buffet:

- Indian Pizza oven for Tandoori Pizza.

- Naan Bread Station
Wow! Fresh Naan Bread!

- Dosa Station
Wow! Fresh Dosa!

While the tandoori chicken and butter chicken are nice, the crispy fish pakora is a real winner.

Overall, Tandoori Flame really is a Grand Indian Buffet experience. The scale is larger than any in BC. The Dosa, Naan, and Pizza stations are great. All you can eat ice cream. This is the closest you'll get to a Las Vegas style buffet.


VALUE: All You Can Eat. 

QUALITY: Fresh, Very good selection. Unique Dosa, Naan, and Pizza stations.

SERVICE: Very good. Lots of servers. The server would check in with table often, and leave additional napkin/tissue. 

Cash, Debit, Credit.

Tip: Arrive before 11:30AM Lunch service.

Address: 11970 88 Ave, Delta, BC V4C 3C8

A few things that can be improved.

  • Placement of Indian sweets in the same section as curries, can get awkward when there is a line for the curries.
  • People are confused where the queue starts and ends at the buffet.
  • Being seated on the patio customers have to use a door to come and go from patio, difficult when holding dishes of food from the buffet! Please leave the door open!

Friday, June 8, 2018

REST IN PEACE ANTHONY BOURDAIN DEAD AT 61 LOVED VIETNAM AND VIETNAMESE FOOD

ANTHONY BOURDAIN DEAD AT 61


If you watched A Cook's Tour, and No Reservations you'd know that Anthony Bourdain's favorite place to visit was Vietnam. Thank you Anthony Bourdain for introducing the world to Vietnamese cuisine.


Here are a few of our videos celebrating Vietnamese food.

Anthony Bourdain, a unique voice for food and culture has been lost, but leaves behind his body of work we can watch and re-watch.

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

THE BEST VIETNAMESE PHO AT BUN CHA CA HOANG YEN VICTORIA DRIVE VANCOUVER - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW GUTOM.CA


THE BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT IN VANCOUVER?

Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen is an extremely popular authentic Vietnamese restaurant
on Victoria Drive in South Vancouver.

This place is so popular, there always seems to be a wait to get a seat.

This video features two separate visits to the restaurant.


What We Ordered

#7 House Special Pho - Large
Beef ball, tripe, rare steak, cooked steak.

What makes the Pho so special is the flavor of the broth! Very unique in a city full of Pho.

Shrimp Salad Roll - Cheaper if added as a Combo to Pho order.
Vermicelli Noodles, shrimp, pork in rice wrap.

#36 Lemon grass pork chop and rice with egg.
Comes with a side of soup!

#38 Grilled lemon grass chicken,
minced meat patty, vermicelli noodles. No soup.

VALUE: Very good for the price. Portion size is good.

QUALITY: Unique flavorful broth (Pho), lots vegetables, meat.

SERVICE: Straight to the point. No nonsense.
Average. Bad during busy times.

Asked for water, the server never brought it.

CASH ONLY.

Overall, go for the food, not the service.

Tip:
Be sure to check out the kitchen to see the amazing pho making process.

LIMITED seating. Be prepared to wait. Peak times lunch time, dinner time, weekends.

Address: 5083 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3T9

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Monday, June 4, 2018

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN AT KENNY ROGERS ROASTERS PHILIPPINES - GUTOM TRAVELS - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW GUTOM.CA


Kenny who?
Kenny Rogers Roasters is a chain of chicken-based restaurants. It was founded in 1991 by country musician Kenny Rogers. 
After closing all of its U.S. operations Kenny Rogers Roasters now operatesprincipally in Asia - via Wikipedia

Apparently,  Kenny Rogers Roasters is a big deal in the Philippines. The North American equivalent would be a Swiss Chalet or a Nandos.



Here's what we ordered.

Group Meal good for 2-4 people.
- Chicken and steamed rice, and choice of side dishes.

Side Dishes included with Group Meal
- Steamed veggies (x2), mashed potatoes, fruit salad, biscuits.

Drink Jug included with Group Meal
-Iced Tea.

 The chicken is nicely seasoned, and overall the meal is filling.


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Sunday, June 3, 2018

FRUIT SMOOTHIE AT GREENDERFUL VANCOUVER CHINATOWN - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW GUTOM.CA


Greenderful serves Smoothie, Juice, and Salad in Vancouver's Chinatown. It is a brand new business, with first time business owners. They have a few things to work out to improve the customer experience.

What We Ordered:
Green Energy $11.75
- Almond, Banana, Pineapple, Kale,
 Spinach, Almonds, Date, Chia Seeds, Spirulina

(Also ordered a cold plain matcha and water drink on a separate occasion.)

Looks like they only have one blender, so don't expect Jugo Juice/Booster Juice style speed. The drinks are blended and poured facing away from the customer. Again, different from Jugo Juice/Booster Juice. The owners seem to think the customer doesn't want to see what goes in the drink.

The Pineapple garnish added after blending the smoothie is not edible. Not sure if the garnish is reused with other drinks. It certainly doesn't make sense with the drink when you get a to-go lid for the cup.

The prices seem high for this style of drink. One cup size was available at the time of purchase, nothing larger.

Noticed no tissue dispensers.

There are no trash bins.

The smoothie is served in plastic.


Value: The price is a bit high. Small cup size.
Quality: Made fresh, nice ingredients in smoothie.
Service: Friendly. Cash or Card.



Address: 636 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

CHOCOLATE FREEZE SLUSH AT FAMILYMART PHILIPPINES - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW GUTOM.CA

Staying cool in the Philippines with drinks from FamilyMart


Originally from Japan, FamilyMart is a popular convenience store around Asia.

The Philippines can get very hot so staying cool is especially important. Why do you think the shopping malls are so massive? Air conditioning is your friend!

Go to FamilyMart for snacks, a cold tasty beverage! FamilyMart in the Philippines is filled with Filipino snacks.

The Chocolate Freeze slush has the consistency of a Slurpee, and will give an instant brain freeze.

If a slush is not your thing, FamilyMart has BEER and other liquor!


Here is the short video from FamilyMart.


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Friday, June 1, 2018

UNCLE TETSU'S JAPANESE CHEESECAKE NOW OPEN AT BURNABY METROTOWN MALL

UNCLE TETSU'S JAPANESE CHEESECAKE

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake is officially open at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby. The international franchise has legions of fans waiting 2 hours in line just to get a taste of Japanese style delight, and other baked goods on their menu.



The Japanese Cheesecake is the obvious star of the show. It can be best described as light, and melts in your mouth.

1 cheesecake is $13.00 and is good for 2 or 3 people.

The Honey Madeleines 4-pack is $7.50.
These Madeleines, were not warm, or soft at the time. They were more like muffins.

The Rusks, were unavailable/sold out at the time of this video.

Be prepared to wait almost 2 hours in line.

Overall this is a nice unique dessert that is a welcome addition.

Address4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2


 

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TIM HORTONS DONUT BREAKFAST SANDWICH - NATIONAL DONUT DAY JUNE 1

TIM HORTONS NATIONAL DONUT DAY DONUT BREAKFAST SANDWICH!

June 1, 2018 is Happy National Donut Day!
Tim Hortons is offering a Donut Sandwich for a very limited time. One day only, and only in the morning.



The donut sandwich is not on their regular menu. Simply ASK the cashier when ordering!

You have TWO choices: Sausage or Bacon.
Comes with egg, cheese, and of course glazed donut.

Sorry, no choosing your own donut!

The donut is soft and sweet. It compliments the salty sausage/bacon!

Overall, this is a very cool limited offer by Tim Hortons.
Get there early!



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Friday, May 25, 2018

FRIED CHICKEN AND UBE FROSTY AT WENDY'S PHILIPPINES - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW GUTOM.CA

WENDY'S PHILIPPINES - GUTOM TRAVELS!

Wendy's in the Philippines is a little different from what you see in North America. Their menu features Fried Chicken and Ube (Purple Yam) Frosty!

 2 Piece Fried Chicken combo 155.00 Philippine Peso (Around $4 Canadian)
Comes with steamed rice, and gravy. RICE!

Wendy's fried chicken is crispy, and tasty. Good portion size, meat.



Frosty 50.00 Philippine Peso (Around $1.20 Canadian)
A regular sized Frosty would actually be a small Junior size cup in North America!

Purple Yam or Ube as it is known by Filipinos is a popular ingredient used in desserts, foods.

Frosty is topped with a ube icing.
 Tastes great!


VALUE: Very good. Dollar vs Philippine peso.

QUALITY: Good portion size, good food temperature
for fast-food. Didn't get stomach illness!

SERVICE: Friendly, fast.

Filmed at Wendy's Ninoy Aquino Airport



Monday, May 21, 2018

UYGHUR CUISINE Xinjiang Efendi Halal Uyghur Restaurant - Vancouver Food Review Gutom.ca

Xinjiang Efendi Halal Uyghur Restaurant (阿凡提清真维吾尔餐厅)


Uygurs are a Turkic ethnic group who live in East and Central Asia. Xinjiang cuisine - reflects the cooking styles of many ethnic groups of the Xinjiang region, and refers particularly to Uyghur cuisine. - Wikipedia


Xinjiang Efendi Halal Uyghur Restaurant located in East Vancouver is a family run business, with a simple straightforward menu.

What We Ordered:

Uyghur Lamb Pilaf
 Tender lamb, nicely seasoned rice.

Lamb Skewers Flavorful
 skewers, good portion size.

Dry Fried Noodle
 Various spices, vegetables, with noodles.

VALUE: $$. OK portion size.

QUALITY: Unique flavors. Fresh, made to order.

SERVICE: Friendly, family owned.
Halal.

Overall, a unique flavor experience.

Address: 7-3490 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5L6

Saturday, May 19, 2018

TRIPLE COFFEE JELLY ICED CAPP AT TIM HORTONS MANILA PHILIPPINES - MAKATI AYALA CENTER

INSIDE TIM HORTONS AT THE LINK - GLORIETTA AYALA MAKATI - MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Surprised to find a Tim Hortons in Manila.

Tim Hortons the Canadian cafe bakery chain has expanded overseas! There are a several locations popping up around Metro Manila.



The menu and presentation is similar but with some differences.

What We Ordered
- Iced Capp and Iced Tea. Perfect cold drinks for hot weather.
- Timbits Assorted

Iced Capp - Triple Coffee Jelly aka Iced Capp Supreme (Not Available in Canada)
- Coffee jelly, chocolate chips, and whipped cream.

Very good! Generous amount of chocolate chips, coffee jelly, and whipped cream! Mix the coffee jelly well. Iced Capp requires a clear straw for the coffee jelly.

Problem: StrawGate
The straws are not wide enough for sipping the coffee jelly pieces. Wider straws such as those used for Bubble Tea would work better.





Timbits in the Philippines:
- Tastes exactly like those in Canada.

Overall, good experience at Philippines Tim Hortons. 

Clean location in Makati, friendly service even better than some Canadian locations!






Address
West St, Ayala Center, Makati,
1224 Metro Manila, Philippines

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ALL YOU CAN EAT HOLIDAY BRUNCH BUFFET AT RIVER ROCK CASINO RESORT VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW


All You Can Eat Holiday Brunch Buffet at River Rock Casino Resort

The holiday brunch buffet at River Rock is perfect for family gatherings, and has lots of choices for picky foodies. From carvery to dim sum, sushi and more.

The holiday buffet is priced higher during dinner and holidays, but offers more items.

Drinks
There is a touch-screen soda fountain, and servers will bring you coffee, tea or water.

The video below was filmed in December 2017.


VALUE: ALL YOU CAN EAT!
Something for everyone.
Come for the variety!
More expensive during Holidays and Dinner.

QUALITY: Good selection of items.
Food temperature is acceptable. Hot when fresh.

SERVICE:
Food is replenished often, and servers take away used plates often.
CASH, CREDIT, DEBIT.

TIP: Get small discount with Casino membership card


Address: 8811 River Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3P8

Thursday, April 26, 2018

KOREAN LUNCH COMBO AT CHOSUN KOREAN BBQ RESTAURANT

Chosun Korean BBQ Restaurant is a good option if you're in East Vancouver, South Burnaby area, and are craving authentic Korean cuisine.

The lunch combos are good for a quick filling meal. The banchan is standard. Nothing too special about this place.

What We Ordered:
Lunch Combo Tofu Soup, and grilled mackerel.

VALUE: Good lunch deal.

QUALITY: Average portion size.

SERVICE: Average service.
Server picked her teeth with her finger then served banchan dishes to our table. GROSS!


Accepts: CASH, CREDIT, DEBIT.


 Address: 3486 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5L6

Friday, April 20, 2018

WWE SUPERSTAR BRAUN STROWMAN CHIPOTLE MASSIVE ORDER VANCOUVER FOOD

This is what WWE Superstar and #MonsterAmongMen Braun Strowman orders at Chipotle.  #GetTheseHands #GetThisBowl



The Braun Bowl

 1 scoop of rice
 Grilled veggies
 3 scoops of steak
 2 scoops of chicken
 Corn
 Guac
 Sourcream
 Cheese if you're'feeling froggy'.
Add some lettuce for extra green.

Not sure if it's white or brown rice. And it sounds like he skips the beans.

Depending on where you are in the world, the price will vary but should be around $25.

 Will you try this massive order at Chipotle?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Indian Food Tour at Vaisakhi 2018 South Vancouver - Vancouver Food Reviews

Vaisakhi Celebration April 14 2018 South Vancouver Fraser, 49th St, Main St.

Vaisakhi is a Sikh and Punjabi harvest holiday but it is also known for being a food festival. FREE Vegetarian Food!

There are many tents on the food tour along Fraser, 49th, and Main.
Serving food, and drink, chai and water!



FREE Fresh Chai Tea... ENDLESS CHAI!
 Typically at a restaurant chai tea can cost $2.50-$3.50+.

Variety of dishes to sample.
So many that you will get full from eating so much!

Dish 1 - Pakora, and Indian sweets.

Dish 2 - 'Toast bread' fried soft bread w/ ketchup

Dish 3 - Chickpea sandwich.

Dish 4 - sweet rice, and veggie pakora.

Dish 5 - white rice, and veggie curry.

Dish 6 - Veggie samosa, chickpea,
tomatoes, onions, chutney.

Dish 7 - Pears in sour sauce.

Dish 8 - Milk and Soda beverage.

Dish 9 - Chickpeas, indian sweet Jalebi, naan.

Dish 10 - Chickpea and naan.

Vaisakhi is a great way to learn about
Indian Sikh culture and food.

An abundance of food flavors worth experiencing!
This video doesn't feature all the food tents from the event.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN AT UNCLE WILLY'S BUFFET ALL YOU CAN EAT

Uncle Willy's is a local favorite family buffet with a large selection and good prices.

 They are best known for their FRIED CHICKEN. All You Can Eat Fried Chicken and Rotisserie Chicken!

 The fried chicken is crispy, fresh, and hot when replenished. Better get there quick before it's all gone!

VALUE: Good price for Lunch, and Dinner. ALL YOU CAN EAT! Something for everyone. Come for the FRIED CHICKEN! 

QUALITY: Good selection of items. Food temperature is acceptable. Hot when fresh. 

SERVICE: Food is replenished often, and servers take away used plates often. CASH, CREDIT, DEBIT.

 TIP: Food is replenished and fresh during peak times. Come here when it's busy, not when it's slow.

This is a good option to get your All You Can Eat fix. Not many places offer endless Fried chicken, and roast chicken. There's lots to choose from for the whole family.



 Address: 6411 Nelson Ave #100, Burnaby, BC V5H 4H3

Saturday, March 31, 2018

THE BEST ALL YOU CAN EAT KOREAN BBQ IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER DAE BAK BON GA - VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW GUTO

Dae Bak Bon Ga is a popular Korean restaurant
known for (AYCE) All You Can Eat BBQ and Karaoke. It's located on Robson street, in downtown Vancouver West End.

There are many Korean restaurants in the area, but Dae Bak Bon Ga has been around for many years which means they're doing something right.

They serve AYCE and a la carte.

There are two main AYCE menus. Check their website for detailed menu.

Happy Hour - Features Pork Only.
Everyday 3-5PM or Late-night 9pm- closing Sun-thurs.
$22 Pork only or $33 POrk, Beef, Chicken


All Day - Features Pork, Beef, Chicken.
Menus A - D $29, $34, $39, $49 (Seafood)


What We Ordered
All Day AYCE BBQ
- Meats and side dishes.

Side dishes have all the basics, and more.

Meats
You can choose meats prepared
in various marinades, spices, flavors.

There are also special items on the AYCE menu such as mini-bibimbap, and Torched sushi.

Torched Sushi
 - Melted cheese on tuna sushi.



NEW GRILL!
Ask the servers to replace the grill
or they will do it after each round of grilling.


PORK BELLY!
Green Tea, Wasabi, Garlic.

SALAD BOWL!
Add kimchi, and more in the salad bowl!



 VALUE: ALL YOU CAN EAT!
Recommended Happy Hour AYCE menu
and All Day AYCE menu.

QUALITY: Good selection of items.

SERVICE: Attentive, servers replace grill.
 CASH, CREDIT, DEBIT.

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

Overall, we recommend this place if you are in downtown Vancouver, and are craving AYCE Korea BBQ.

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BANH MI SAIGON THE NEW KING OF VIETNAMESE SUB SANDWICH IN SOUTH VANCOUVER - GUTOM FOOD REVIEW

Banh Mi Saigon on Victoria Drive in South Vancouver is the latest in many Vietnamese sub sandwich shops popping up all over the city.

This shop however is a little more polished in appearance than the usual family owned business. The restaurant is clean, with open space to view the sandwich artists hard at work. The ingredients are front and centre. FRESH is what the owners want to show customers as soon as they enter. The branding is clear, and there are bread baking ovens revolving.

There is a small seating area, but when this place gets busy at lunchtime expect to stand. Each sandwich is made once ordered, so there is a short wait to get your food.

Price
The days of $3.50 Banh Mi are over in Vancouver. Expect to spend $4 - $5 per sandwich. Average these days.



What We Ordered
#1 - Special Dac Biet $5
ham, cheese, meat ball, meat loaf, pate
mayo, soy, veggies.

Stuffed full of filling, and good portion size.
 The bread is not too soft, or overly flakey.

VALUE: $4 - $5 sandwiches. Good portion size.
QUALITY: Good, fresh, deli meats, bread, veggies.
SERVICE: Fast. A short wait during peak times.
Limited seating. CASH ONLY.

CASH ONLY
This business only accepts Cash
at the time of this video.

Address:
5397 Victoria Dr,
Vancouver, BC V5P 3V6

Overall this is one of the best Banh Mi shops in Vancouver. Worth multiple visits!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

CAJUN ASIAN at THE CAPTAIN'S BOIL SEAFOOD RESTAURANT EAST VANCOUVER GUTOM FOOD REVIEW



The Captain's Boil a popular Cajun / Asian seafood chain restaurant across Canada. This is a new location in East Vancouver on Kingsway.

What we ordered:
Oysters - 6 piece order - $16
-Oysters were served on ice. Ok portion. Comes with lime, and dip.
Chicken Teriyaki Sizzling Plate Combo $12 (includes 2 shrimp, 2 mussel, 2 crawfish, 2 clam. Not included after 4PM)
- Comes with a scoop of steamed rice. Chicken pieces are good but are a little small. The seafood variety is good.

Fish Teriyaki Sizzling Plate Combo $12 (includes 2 shrimp, 2 mussel, 2 crawfish, 2 clam. Not included after 4PM)
- Comes with a scoop of steamed rice. Breaded fish is good, but pieces are a little small. The seafood variety is good.

Calamari $12.50
-Ok seasoning. Some pieces might have been a little over fried. but good overall. Different from Greek Calamari.

Seafood Fried Rice $12
-Good portion size. Filling. Similar to Chinese shrimp fried rice.

Value: $$ Average.
Quality: Good. Tasty, oily, salty.
Service: Prompt service.

Overall good experience, fun for the family, and friends. Good place if you are craving seafood. This place gets popular on the weekend.

Bib, gloves, come with the experience.

Address: 3309 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5K6


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

PAPUSAS AND TAMALES AT LOS GUERREROS MEXICAN FOOD PRODUCTS

Los Guerreros Mexican Food Products is a small
market in East Vancouver, that serves up
authentic Papusas, Tacos, Tamales, and more.



What We Ordered:
- Papusas (Mix) Pork and Cheese
- Tamales Chicken

Papusas (3 pieces) Pork and Cheese
- Made fresh, nice dough, fillings.
Includes sauce, and cabbage.

Tamales (Chicken)
- Made same day.
- Asked to get it warmed up in store.
- Nice fillings. Good portion size.

VALUE: Ok price for the portion size.
QUALITY: Homemade no frills recipes
SERVICE: Friendly. A little bit of wait for cooking.

Address: 4H3, 3317 Kingsway St
Unit #102, Vancouver, BC V5R 5K6

Sunday, February 4, 2018

HOW TO MAKE KIMBAP - MAKING KIMBAP AT YOGI KOREAN SNACKBAR VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEW

BONUS VIDEO!!!

Watch the expert chefs at Yogi Korean Snackbar make Kimbap from scratch!



Watch the full video.
The Best Kimbap Ever at yogi Snackbar Vancouver.
 https://youtu.be/LYqHT3qG930


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BEST KIMBAP IN VANCOUVER AT YOGI KOREAN SNACKBAR WEST END ROBSON STREET FOOD REVIEW

Yogi Korean Snackbar is a small shop on Robson Street in West End.
Their menu has a little bit of everything, noodles, deep fried stuff, and Kimbap.

These "snacks" are actually very filling meals considering the portion size.

Barley Tea is included. There is a tea dispenser in the restaurant.

A side of soup is also included with orders.



What We Ordered:

Bulgogi (Beef) Kimbap (10 pieces)  is loaded with filling,
fresh rice, and seasoning.

There are 5 kinds of Kimbap on the menu.
- Veggie, Cheese, Ham, Tuna & Mayo, Bulgogi.

Kimchi Ramyun
"Famous Korean spicy noodle" Instant noodle brand?
- Nicely prepared. Lots of toppings.

Tui-Kim Set (Korean Tempura):
Deep fried goodness! Comes with dip sauce.
- Kim-Mari (Vermicelli, seaweed).
- Goon Man-Doo (Pork Dumpling).
- Ya-Chae (Veggies, carrots).

VALUE: Good price and PORTIONS!
QUALITY: Excellent! CLEAN, FRESH, FLAVORFUL!
SERVICE: Friendly. Good service speed.

Worth return trips to try everything on the menu.

Address: 1706 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2J7

Thursday, February 1, 2018

KOREAN FOOD AT ANDAMIRO KOREAN BISTRO EAST VANCOUVER KINGSWAY FOOD REVIEW

Andamiro Korean Bistro on Kingsway in East Vancouver, offers lunch combos of traditional Korean favorites. Yes, you can have your tofu soup, AND bibimbap too.

via Wikipedia - The name Andamiro actually means
 "So much that the cup runneth over".

An abundance of FOOD is the theme of the restaurant, which features Lunch Combos.




What We Ordered
- Tofu Soup and Bibimbap Lunch Combo

- Bibimbap and Mackerel Lunch Combo

Included: Barley tea!
-Banchan - Salad, Bean Sprouts, Kimchi, and Potato.
-Assorted sauces.


Bibimbap Beef, mixed veggies.
- Hot, steaming in a stone bowl. Veggie, meat, and rice dish. Can't beat a good bowl of bibimbap.

Soondubu Seafood, tofu soup (Mild Spice).
- Steaming, very good!
- Nice chunks of tofu, and pieces of seafood.

Korean grilled mackerel.
- Wish this was a bigger piece, but was still good.

For the amount of food, the price of the combos is very good. No wonder this place is very popular. Andamiro is a solid choice for Korean food, lunch.


VALUE: Great combos, price and PORTIONS!
QUALITY: Excellent! CLEAN, FRESH, FLAVORFUL!
SERVICE: Good response to requests even when busy.

Address: 2568 Kingsway St, Vancouver, BC V5R 5H2

Friday, January 26, 2018

WESTERN LAKE CHINESE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT THE BEST DIM SUM BRUNCH IN VANCOUVER

Western Lake Chinese Seafood Restaurant located in South East Vancouver on Victoria Drive is a very popular weekend brunch Dim Sum spot. There is always a crowd waiting outside the restaurant even when the weather is terrible.

Western Lake calls themselves the 'Best Dim Sum' and many reviews seem to agree, so we gave this restaurant a shot.

Is Western Lake really the best Dim Sum in town?


What We Ordered:

 - Stir Fried Sticky Rice
 - Beef Meatballs
 - Shiu-Mai
 - Prawn Dumpling
 - Eggplant with Shrimp
 - Steamed Sticky Rice
 - Egg Tart

Stir Fried Sticky Rice
w/ Chinese sausage.
- Good portion size
- Nice ingredients
and presentation.
- Good temperature
Steaming hot, fresh!

Shiu Mai (4 Pieces)
(Siu Mai, Sio Mai)
Shrimp and Pork dumplings.
- Excellent portion size.
MASSIVE!
- Quality ingredients
and presentation.
- Good temperature
- Steaming hot, fresh!

Beef Ball (3 Pieces)
- Decent portion size.
- Good temperature, fresh.
- The taste not for everyone.
- Not the best item on menu.

Sticky Rice Wrap (3 Pieces)
w/ Dried Scallops
- Very good portion size.
- Good temperature, fresh.
- Steaming hot!

Pan Fried Eggplant (4 pieces)
w/ Shrimp Paste
- Very good portion size.
- Good temperature, fresh.
- Steaming hot!

Shrimp Dumplings (4 pieces)
- Very good portion size.
- Good temperature, fresh.
- Steaming hot!

Egg Tart (3 Pieces)
- Hot tart! Fresh!
- Nice flavor.
- Yummy crust.

VALUE: Excellent price and PORTIONS!
QUALITY: Excellent! CLEAN, FRESH, FLAVORFUL!
SERVICE: Good response to requests even when busy. (Asked for water, tea, hot sauce.)

This place gets very busy, so if you're planning to go be sure to make a reservation or show up before 10AM to get a seat otherwise you'll be waiting 30 min to 1 hour.

Address: 4989 Victoria Dr,
 Vancouver, BC V5P 3T7

 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

BANH MI YEN LINH COFFEE SHOP THE SADDEST LITTLE VIETNAMESE SUB SANDWICH SHOP IN VANCOUVER

The saddest little Banh Mi Shop in Vancouver. Banh Mi Yen Linh is a new sandwich shop on Kingsway. The space is large, but with no customers makes this a sad shop.


Ordered:
- Lemongrass chicken banh mi $5.00
- Iced Coffee $4.50

Lemongrass bahn mi has good chicken filling, lots of veggies, and soft bread.

The iced coffee was served without a drip coffee filter, already mixed with condensed milk in a to-go cup.

Value: Too expensive for the quality of sandwich, and iced coffee. Better options in the area like Ba Le.
Quality: Lemongrass meat did not have a good temperature. Veggie fillings were ok.
Service: Server didn't understand much English. She was confused when ordering iced coffee.

Strange quiet Banh Mi shop with clean modern interior but there's nothing special about the food.


AddressUnit 128-888, Kingsway St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C3

JARRITO LOCO TACOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT TEX-MEX EAST VANCOUVER GUTOM FOOD REVIEW

Jarrito Loco Tacos & Mexican Restaurant serves up authentic Tex-Mex.

This is a new Mexican restaurant on Kingsway in East Vancouver, which opened late December 2017, featuring some eye-catching branding on the outside of restaurant: A funny cartoon cactus.

"Loco" means crazy in Spanish, so are the tacos CRAZY good?

Here's what we ordered:

Tacos
#8 Tacos (3 individual tacos per order)
- Meat choices: Pork, chorizo, and beef. (no Chicken)
- Tacos come with side of greens, sour cream,
 lime, and green salsa.

#10 Baked Wet Big Burrito
- Beef, fried beans, lettuce, rice, mozzarella. Topped with
melted cheese, and green sauce (salsa).
- Burrito comes with side of greens, sour cream,
 and green salsa.

The Good:
Enjoyed the burrito more than the tacos. The burrito has lots of fillings, and cheese.

Overall good fresh ingredients, and sauces. Nice presentation.

The Bad:
The tacos were too small, not enough fillings, and the price makes it disappointing! For a place with tacos in their name you'd expect the tacos to be the best item on the menu. Unfortunately, the tacos need work, or the price lowered.

It is worth a visit to Jarrito Loco Tacos.

 Address: 1707 Kingsway St, Vancouver, BC V5N 2S4