CASTELLA CHEESECAKE SOUFFLE JAPANESE ROBSON STREET – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Castella Cheesecake on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver serves Japanese Style Cheesecake Souffles, Cheese Tarts and soft serve Buttermilk ice cream, coffee and tea.

Castella Cheesecake Souffle is $13.65 and comes in one 7″ size.
The Cheese Tarts come in 3 varieties: Original, Original Baked, and Chocolate.

Cheese Tart $3.50 each.

Baked for delicious texture on the top.

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. $13+ for Castella Cheesecake it is a little more expensive than Uncle Tetsu’s.

QUALITY:
Good. The Cheesecake is more spongy than Uncle Tetsu’s.
The Cheese Tarts are delicious.

SERVICE:
Friendly server and knowledgeable about the process of making Castella Cheesecake. Not busy at the time of this video.

VERDICT:
Castella Cheesecake is a nice place to get dessert in downtown Vancouver. They have their own unique take on Japanese style cheesecake. Though the cheesecake is the main focus here, the Cheese Tarts at Castella are the real winner.

CASH, CARD.

Address:
1190 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1Y4

GRAND VILLA CASINO SURF AND TURF BUFFET – ALL YOU CAN EAT – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS

ALL YOU CAN EAT SURF AND TURF

Grand Villa Casino Surf and Turf Dinner Buffet
Seafood and Steak. You’ll find roast beef, shrimp, mussels, and salmon as main dinner items. Friday & Saturday | 4pm – 10pm | $29 Per person

The Grand Villa Casino buffet is smaller than River Rock Casino Buffet and features less items than Uncle Willy’s Buffet. You will find a selection of salads, soup, sides, and mains There is also a dessert section, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda and ice cream soft serve.

Grand Villa Casino Desserts!
Soft serve ice cream, cake, melon, and more.
Perfect for Senior Citizens!

 

PRICE:
$$-$$$ Not Cheap but similar to other AYCE restaurants. $30 per person. You get a discount with a Casino Membership card. Seniors 55+ eat for cheap. Cheaper if you go to Lunch Buffet.

QUALITY:
Generally good based on multiple visits to Grand Villa Casino Buffet at Lunch and Dinner. Depending on the dish food is replenished often.

SERVICE:
The staff do their best to stay happy while it is busy. The Grand Villa Buffet is very popular. There can be over an hour wait just to get a seat. Plate clearing is generally fast.

VERDICT:
Grand Villa Buffet is a solid AYCE at either Lunch or Dinner. Not the fanciest buffet, or largest buffet, but there are enough items to satisfy any AYCE fan.

CASH, CARD. Discount with Casino Membership Card.

 

Address:
4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7

LA MAISON DA NANG VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT VICTORIA DRIVE- VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

La Maison Da Nang is a brand new restaurant on Victoria Drive in South Vancouver. For their Grand Opening there is a 10% Off special.

‘La Maison’ is French for the house, and Da Nang is a city in Vietnam.
The building at Victoria Dr. and 36th street is a totally new construction.

Nice big windows bring in natural light, and the interior is modern and clean. Tables are close together in cozy dining area.

The servers ask if you’d like tea or water. The tea is served in these cups with funny handles. Be careful you might spill your drink!

Nice menu design. Very modern to go with the modern interior.
A good sized menu, with lots of choices.

 

#30 Da Nang Mì Quảng Chicken $10.95
Nice presentation. Wide noodle, quail egg, chicken, sesame rice crackers, peanuts, and onions. This dish has a small amount of broth at the bottom of bowl.

#24 Pho Special $11.95
Beef Noodle Soup with Beef Ball, Tripe, Tendons, Brisket.
Light, clean broth compared to similar Vietnamese restaurants.

#2 Pork Spring Rolls $5.95
3 Rolls per order comes with a leaf of lettuce, and dipping sauce.

 

PRICE:
$-$$ Affordable. Similar to other Vietnamese restaurants in the area.

QUALITY:
Pho broth was not as flavourful as other similar restaurants. Temperature was lukewarm and not hot.
Da Nang Quang Noodle was more spice over flavour.
Spring Rolls nicely wrapped and filled with meat but were served cold like they were not freshly fried.

SERVICE:
Friendly but server lacked knowledge of the menu and specialties of the restaurant to recommend. Utensils are all in the same tray. Spoons hidden under forks and knives. Cups with strange handle, and overly designed plating decisions. The food was served pretty fast.

VERDICT:
La Maison Da Nang is a brand new restaurant in a nice modern space. The food is ok with lots of ingredients used, but needs improvement for freshness, and flavour. In an area with many Vietnamese restaurants, La Maison Da Nang is lacking quality.

CASH and DEBIT at time of this video.

Address:
5195 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3V1

LE BL CAFE VIETNAMESE SPECIALTY SANDWICH AND BUBBLE TEA – VANCOUVER FOOD GUIDE REVIEWS – GUTOM.CA

Le BL Cafe Specialty Vietnamese Sandwich and Bubble Tea is a brand new restaurant on Victoria Drive in South Vancouver.

Family owned and operated Chef Derek Nguen says his restaurant uses NO MSG.

A simple menu with some SPECIAL items like Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi! They also have Bun Cha Ca soup, Iced Coffee, and more.

Iced Coffee $4.50
Nice presentation! Coffee and condensed milk.

Toasted Sandwiches.
Le BL Cafe toast their sandwiches for added texture. Their banh mi bread is more dense and less airy compared to the competition.

#1 Special Banh Mi $5.50
BBQ pork, Pork belly, Meat loaf, Pate.

#9 Brasied Pork Belly $6.00
Delicious! Well flavoured with some chewy bits of mushroom.

Special Eggnog Coffee Latte
Made from scratch! This is not currently on the menu at the time of this video.

PRICE:
$ Affordable. Similar pricing to other restaurants.

QUALITY:
Good. Good sandwich with lots of fillings. The toasted bread gives it a nice crunch.

SERVICE:
Good. Friendly. Clean and spacious.

VERDICT:
Le BL Cafe is a nice spot to get unique Banh Mi.
Try the Braised Pork Belly sandwich.

CASH ONLY at the time of this video.

Address:
5088 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3T8

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