Dining in Vancouver

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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby KeyserSoze » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:46 am

dangler wrote:been hittin the Tacofino @ Hastings/Nanaimo for their chorizo burrito verry tasty!!

Great tacos. La Taqueria is also very good.

A new taco place called Gringo is opening soon in Blood Alley (in the old Judas Goat spot).
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:06 pm

KeyserSoze wrote:Recently spent 10 days travelling down the coast from San Fran to LA.

Had a lot of great meals.

Best of the trip had to be at Ink in LA. Michael Voltaggio (Top Chef season 6 winner) is doing some really creative things...but not over the top where you don't know wtf you're eating. We ordered 6 plates, and 5 were really good. The service was equally as good. There were a lot of staff, our drinks were never empty, and each dish came with a detailed explanation of the ingredients and preparation.

http://mvink.com/food/

Very nice menu. Some very classical pairings and techniques being revised. Great to see. Asparagus cooked on hay reminded me of when I made a prosciutto, half way through the cure I cut off a piece and used it for an Easter ham. I cooked that on hay and it was fantastic.

I stopped in my tracks when I read the branzino dish. Brandade is a favourite of mine and the branzino-cauliflour combo would work wonders.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Rumsfeld » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:10 pm

Skyo wants to know what the cheese dogs are like at the Orange Julius in Kingsgate mall.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby SKYO » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:21 pm

haven't had one of those in years, how are they rummy?
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby SKYO » Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:49 pm

dangler wrote:been hittin the Tacofino @ Hastings/Nanaimo for their chorizo burrito verry tasty!!
La Mezcaleria on the Drive is quite decent too for mexican food,be sure to have a refreshing mechilada with your meal!!

Also the la Villetta at Hastings/Ingleton has been my favourite Italian joint for awhile, the linguine siciliana and canneloni are delicious.


Gotta try that La Villetta, haven't checked that joint, it sounds good!
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby KeyserSoze » Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:28 pm

Topper wrote:I stopped in my tracks when I read the branzino dish. Brandade is a favourite of mine and the branzino-cauliflour combo would work wonders.

The branzino was outstanding...the roasted cauliflower and fermented grapes were perfect pairings.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Uncle dans leg » Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:00 pm

SKYO wrote:
dangler wrote:been hittin the Tacofino @ Hastings/Nanaimo for their chorizo burrito verry tasty!!
La Mezcaleria on the Drive is quite decent too for mexican food,be sure to have a refreshing mechilada with your meal!!

Also the la Villetta at Hastings/Ingleton has been my favourite Italian joint for awhile, the linguine siciliana and canneloni are delicious.


Gotta try that La Villetta, haven't checked that joint, it sounds good!

That's been my North BBY favorite for many years. Every time I come back to town I try to go...

Has Ville de Lupo on Hamilton gone under? That place used to be amazing. If you can book the cellar dining table, it made for a really nice night...but bring your gold card as a night of wine and food was well over a grand
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:47 am

In Van for a conference. Hit Portland Craft on Main, forgettable beer, crappy charcuite.

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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Arachnid » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:28 pm

Topper wrote:In Van for a conference. Hit Portland Craft on Main, forgettable beer, crappy charcuite.

Glad I trimmed my beard so I could blend in with the hipsters.


Aging Hipster! :twisted:

You should go to Pidgin...it's all the rage :D

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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Wed Jan 29, 2014 6:08 pm

Once again, incredible sashimi feast at Ajasai. The dry squid on their special sheet may be the best prep of squid I have ever had.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby KeyserSoze » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:09 pm

Dinner at The Pointe restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn this past weekend...wow. One of the best overall dining experiences I've ever had. It was only the 2nd night of their new early-2014 menu, but everything we had was perfection, cocktails included. Service was just as good.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby KeyserSoze » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:10 pm

Topper wrote:Once again, incredible sashimi feast at Ajasai. The dry squid on their special sheet may be the best prep of squid I have ever had.

Somewhere I'd like to try...http://minamirestaurant.com/
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby LotusBlossom » Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:38 am

Topper wrote:Once again, incredible sashimi feast at Ajasai. The dry squid on their special sheet may be the best prep of squid I have ever had.


Yeah, every single time I come home from a work trip or any trip where sushi isn't at par like it is in Vancouver, namely fucking disgusting crap they try to pass off as sushi in Toronto or anywhere in their surrounding areas, I head to Ajisai. Thanks for the recommendation, Topper. I know at least you know good sushi, unlike stupid people from Toronto who think they know any sort of sushi art. Those restaurants there are a disgrace to good sushi anywhere. The cheap bento places on Robson >>> than Toronto sushi and the fucking retards that eat there and think it's good.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:40 pm

LotusBlossom wrote:
Topper wrote:Once again, incredible sashimi feast at Ajasai. The dry squid on their special sheet may be the best prep of squid I have ever had.


Yeah, every single time I come home from a work trip or any trip where sushi isn't at par like it is in Vancouver, namely fucking disgusting crap they try to pass off as sushi in Toronto or anywhere in their surrounding areas, I head to Ajisai. Thanks for the recommendation, Topper. I know at least you know good sushi, unlike stupid people from Toronto who think they know any sort of sushi art. Those restaurants there are a disgrace to good sushi anywhere. The cheap bento places on Robson >>> than Toronto sushi and the fucking retards that eat there and think it's good.

At least you won't have Spidey calling you a Toronto fan.
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Re: Dining in Vancouver

Postby Topper » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:50 am

LotusBlossom wrote:
Topper wrote:Once again, incredible sashimi feast at Ajasai. The dry squid on their special sheet may be the best prep of squid I have ever had.


Yeah, every single time I come home from a work trip or any trip where sushi isn't at par like it is in Vancouver, namely fucking disgusting crap they try to pass off as sushi in Toronto or anywhere in their surrounding areas, I head to Ajisai. Thanks for the recommendation, Topper. I know at least you know good sushi, unlike stupid people from Toronto who think they know any sort of sushi art. Those restaurants there are a disgrace to good sushi anywhere. The cheap bento places on Robson >>> than Toronto sushi and the fucking retards that eat there and think it's good.

Ajisai is on par with the best place I was taken in Sapporo though on my last visit I did notice the place is in desperate need of a coat of paint and new furniture.

As for "sushi art". What the hell is that?

Sushi has its origins as a street food. It is to be eaten (ecept for sashimi) with the fingers. In European terms it is more akin to Naples pizza than La Grande Cuisine Francias.

Fresh ingredients, simply treated are the rules. Yet another reason I enjoy Ajisai.
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