MAX’S BAKERY AND DELI – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Max’s Bakery and Deli has a large selection of cafe style foods with a small seating area to enjoy your meal.  It is more of a cafe than a traditional deli.

During our first visit to Max’s we ordered a samosa, and breakfast wrap.
The samosa comes with a side of dip sauce.
The breakfast wrap is loaded with egg!

On our second visit to Max ‘s we ordered
Chicken samosa
Cabbage Roll
Breakfast Wrap egg and sausage.

All the food was heated up and served hot. The cabbage roll has ground beef filling, and goes well with the tomato sauce.

The samosa and breakfast wrap are delicious.

Still hungry, we ordered even more food!
Club sandwich
Almond croissant
and daily soup.

The large club sandwich is delicious. It has a combination of cold cuts, veggies, mustard, and more.

Daily special salmon soup. Good chunks of fish in the soup.

PRICE:
$-$$ OK price depending on what you get.

QUALITY:
Good portion size for the sandwich. Good fillings for breakfast wraps.

SERVICE:
OK. Friendly. Cafeteria style self-serve water station, tissue/napkins, utensils.

VERDICT:
A good alternative to Starbucks or Tim Hortons with a large menu, a bakery and cafe experience, from samosas and sandwiches, to cakes, and cookies.

LIMITED street parking.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

 

Address:
3105 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6H 2L2

BUBBLE WAFFLE CAFE BURNABY METROTOWN – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Bubble Waffle Cafe is now open at the Metrotown Food Court! There are several locations around the Lower Mainland. Taiwanese street food is served here.

A free drink is included with combo orders, but an extra charge for
adding boba/bubbles. The free drink menu is limited.

A free drink is included with combo orders, but an extra charge for
adding boba/bubbles. The free drink menu is limited.

You can also build your own noodle soup.
Looks like $10.95 is the base price for combo dishes.

What We Ordered
Chicken Noodle Soup Laksa $10.95
Iced Milk Tea FREE with order
Bubble Waffle $2

Chicken Noodle Soup with Quail Egg and rice noodle.

You can add a bubble waffle to a combo order for $2.

Chicken Noodle Soup Laksa w/ egg noodle $10.95
Good portion size. Lots of noodles, veggies and chicken.

Good sized drink. Iced Milk Tea no boba/bubbles.

The bubble waffle was good and has a nice chewiness but was cold!
They served ones that had been sitting for a while.

 

PRICE:
$$ Ok price for what you’re getting in a mall food court.

QUALITY:
Good portion of chicken and noodles. Lots of veggies. Not bad for a food court food vendor.

SERVICE:
OK. Friendly, helpful. Seemed to have a noticeable wait to get food served. Bubble waffle could be better if made hot and fresh.

VERDICT:
A good option at the Metrotown Food Court for hot noodle soup, rice dishes, bubble waffle, and drinks.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

 

Address:
Inside Metrotown Mall Food Court beside Nando’s Chicken.
#342 – 4820 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

BUN CHA CA HOANG YEN VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT REVISITED – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

STILL THE BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT IN VANCOUVER?

We went back to Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen one of the most popular
Vietnamese restaurants in Vancouver.

Previously we reported that this restaurant had a cockroach problem. During this visit there were no roaches on the walls!

What We Ordered
#23 Bun Rieu $12.95
Special Crab Soup Vermicelli Large

Extra side of raw beef $3.50

#16 Hu Tieu Do Bien Chua Cay $11.95
Seafood Hot & Sour Rice Noodle Soup

Goi Cuom $3.25
Shrimp and Pork Salad Roll

Bun Rieu $12.95
Special Crab Soup with Vermicelli
with tofu, pork ham, pork leg, and shrimp.
Crab flavored soup. No crab pieces.

TIP: Remember you can order cooked bean sprouts.
It is served uncooked by default.

Wow, colorful soup, and lots of round noodles!
Different from a bowl of Pho!
Very filling and delicious.

Total Spent at Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen Revisted
#23 Bun Rieu $12.95
Extra raw beef $3.50
#16 Hu Tieu Do Bien Chau Cay $11.95
Shrimp Salad Roll $3.25
Total
$31.65 + tax, tip

 

PRICE:
$$ Affordable

QUALITY:
Very good. Nice portion size. Delicious flavors.

SERVICE:
OK. Straightforward. Sometimes rude. Server mixes up orders with wrong table. Small dining area. A wait in line during busy times.

VERDICT:
Very good restaurant for authentic Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll want to try everything on the menu.

CASH ONLY!

Our Original Video on Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen

EAST IS EAST SILK N SPICE – ALL YOU CAN EAT CHAI FEAST – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

EAST IS EAST CHAI LOUNGE SILK N SPICE

East is East is a popular restaurant serving multi-ethnic
Middle Eastern, South Asian Indian cuisine in a cozy hip setting. There are two locations one on Main Street and one of West Broadway.

All-You-Can-Eat ‘Chai Feast’ at East is East is fantastic way to try a
variety of delicious dishes. $33 at the time of this recording.
It doesn’t include Chai drink, or Chai refills 🙁

Other non-AYCE options include entrees, and wraps.
There is also a fee for Live-Music nights.

A special Chai tea sampler for the whole table.
Thank you East is East for the hospitality.
4 samples per person just for GUTOM!
Regular customers get 1 tea sample.

The menu doesn’t say ‘AYCE’ so you might skip over it!
UNLIMITED Sampler size All-You-Can-Eat presented in small dishes,
There doesn’t seem to be a limit to how often you can order.

Live-Music entertaining for the whole family!

Some dishes in the Chai Feast we tried.

Boulani (Bolani)

Basmati rice

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

Wild Salmon in green Thai coconut milk curry.

Persian Salad

Lamb Curry

South Indian Fish Curry

Gulab Jaman $5.50 2 Pieces.
Indian hot cakes with cashews, cardamom, rosewater.
Delicious!

PRICE:
$$ Reasonable AYCE price.
$33 plus a Live-Music fee, tax, and tip.

QUALITY:
Very good. Wonderful dishes, flavors and ingredients.

SERVICE:
Excellent. Very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.

VERDICT:
Excellent value and a unique dining experience. Chai Feast is well worth the price. The Wild Salmon Curry is a must-try. Delicious Chai Teas.
Reservations are recommended.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

Address:
3035 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9

LAO SHAN DONG HOMEMADE NOODLE HOUSE TAIWANESE BEEF NOODLE SOUP BURNABY METROTOWN – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodle House

This is a CASH ONLY business.

Where’s the BEEF?
Lao Shan Dong is known for their Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
A popular eatery located across from Metrotown Mall.

 

What We Ordered

Cold Meat Combination Large $9.95 Beef and Pork Ears
Nice presentation. Very interesting flavor, and textures. It’s good!

Braised Beef Flank with Noodle in Soup Large $10.99.
Lots of big meat chunks. Soup is oily.
Homemade noodles are nice.

 

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. $10 – $12.99 soups.

QUALITY:
Good. Lots of beef chunks in the soup. Good serving of noodles.

SERVICE:
Unfriendly. Servers seemed rushed.

VERDICT:
Good place if you’re looking for Taiwanese cuisine and Beef Noodle Soup in the Metrotown area.

CASH ONLY.

Address:
4887 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4T2

PAULS OMELETTERY BREAFAST BRUNCH LUNCH – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Paul’s Omelettery is popular eatery only open for breakfast, and lunch.
This place gets busy, so prepare to wait in line.

What We Ordered:

Corned Beef Hash, $13.50
Two eggs, potatos, cheese. Good portion size.

Omelettes $10 – $16

For a Omelettery, the omelettes are disappointing!
Small portion size, and very few filling.

Sad pancakes!The pancakes are quite forgettable.

Two Eggs, $8.75
Small portion of pan fries.
Sad orange slice. Hard bread.

Roast Turkey Sandwich $10.25
Fries $2.50
Not enough turkey filling or avocado in the sandwich!

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable.

QUALITY:
Mediocre. Small portion size. Bad pan fries. Stale bread. Unsatisfactory dishes.

SERVICE:
Friendly. Long wait to get a seat.

VERDICT:
Overrated Paul’s Omelettery has devoted customers but the food is mostly mediocre.
This place is in serious need of an update.
There are better breakfast, and lunch options out there. They need better chefs, and better food.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

 

Address:
2211 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G1

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE – CAFE DU NORD SWEDISH FOOD – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

SWEDEN TRAVEL GUIDE – CAFE DU NORD

What to eat in Gothenburg?

Cafe du Nord in the heart of Gothenburg Sweden serves traditional Swedish cuisine.

What We Ordered

Köttbullar 85 Swedish Kroner ($17 Canadian dollars)
Two Swedish meat balls, mashed potato, and lingonberry sauce.

Räksmörgås 90 Swedish Kroner ($13 Canadian dollars)

Shrimp sandwich. Shrimp served on rye, with egg.

Not Swedish. Italian pastry sfogliatelle.

PRICE:
$$ Expensive! Swedish prices in a tourist part of town.

QUALITY:
OK portion size. Unique flavor experience.

SERVICE:
Order at the counter. English speaking staff.

VERDICT:
A good place to try Swedish food while visiting Gothenburg. Swedish prices might shock you! Swedish cuisine is definitely worth a try!

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

 

Address:
Kungstorget 3, 411 17 Göteborg, Sweden

RETURN TO SHABUSEN YAKINIKU HOUSE ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI AND BBQ – VANCOUVER FOOD REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Return to Shabusen, the most famous All You Can Eat Sushi restaurant in Vancouver.

 

The price has gone up at Shabusen.
Prices as of December 2018 are…
Mon-Fri $18.50 Mon-Fri (w/ BBQ) $20.95 Sat, Sun, Holiday $20.95
Child 3-10 $1.25/yr

Shabusen is one of the oldest AYCE sushi restaurants in Vancouver. They are known for in-table grill, and assorted sushi.

Choose meats for grilling such as beef, chicken, and pork.

Tuna Sashimi, Salmon Sashimi, and Spicy Salmon Sashimi.

Boo! There’s a limit of 8 sashimi pieces per person at your table.

 

PRICE:
$$ Moderately expensive. The price has gone up over the years.

QUALITY:
Good quality for All You Can Eat.
Food temperatures are good.
Good karrage and sushi. Crispy and hot tempura.

SERVICE:
Ok. A little slow during busy lunch and dinner times.

VERDICT:
This is a good place for All You Can Eat sushi and BBQ. The food is consistent. It is expensive but still affordable. The location is in downtown with limited street parking.

CASH, DEBIT, CREDIT.

 

Address:
755 Burrard St #202, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X6