Osteria Savio Volpe To Open it’s Doors in Vancouver

Osteria Savio Volpe, the latest venture from three of the city’s renowned restaurant pros, will throw open its doors to the neighbourhood in early October 2015. Residents of Vancouver’s flourishing Fraserhood will soon have a bustling new tavern to satisfy their hunger for classic country Italian fare.  Continue reading “Osteria Savio Volpe To Open it’s Doors in Vancouver”

The Fish Counter- Sustainable Seafood in Hipsterville

The Fish Counter

The Fish Counter is a new small joint that opened up on Vancouver’s own  Hipsterville, Main Steet. Opened by Oceanwise co-founders Chef Robert Clark and Marine Biologist Mike McDermid . Clark was behind the brilliance of C restaurant.

They’ll only serve seafood that’s available in season and sustainable.

Sustainable fresh fish market
Sustainable fresh fish market

Think of this place like a standup only cafeteria/ market. There are only two benches, no tables.

The Fish Counter

I wanted something light; I figured I wanted to go restaurant hopping on Main St, so I ordered their dairy free seafood chowder.

The broth had a powerful punch, amazingly fresh and flavourful.  However, where is the seafood? I think I found pinky-nail pieces of clam, probably 7, and a sliver of salmon.

Dairy Free Seafood Chowder
Dairy Free Seafood Chowder

I was eyeing the seafood bouillabaisse and that looked delicious and hearty. Damn, should have gotten that instead.

The fish counter daily menu
The fish counter daily menu

I really wanted to love this place. It isn’t really far of me to judge The Fish Counter on one dish, although underwhelming as it was. I will be back.

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Thyme To Indulge Bistro – Whimsical and Delicious

Thyme to Indulge Bistro is so whimsical like stepping into an old school Parisian patisserie. They are also a catering company and restaurant hours are open from Wednesday – Sunday. Weekends are reserved for their brunch only.

thyme to indulge bistro
thyme to indulge bistro

We sat near the window on a sunny Sunday watching hipsters walk by with their JJ Bean coffee and donuts, while indulging on Thyme to Indulge wild berry pancake bombsButter milk pancake spheres filed with wild berry compote topped with confection sugar with a side of warm maple syrup. Yeh. Yeh. I was in pancake heaven.

stuffed pancake - Thyme to Indulge
stuffed pancake – Thyme to Indulge

The only down side was that this took quite a while for it to come out, approximately 20 minutes wait after we ordered. Our server came over and apologized twice.

I was eyeing the benny’s on the table beside us, they looked hearty. I will definitely be back for that.

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Kaya Malay Bistro – Tasty Malaysian Plates

After a whole day of lounging around with my sister and her boyfriend chowing down pepperoni sticks and cured meats at Granville Island I was ready for a real meal.

We hiked (in a sense, it’s uphill) from Granville Island to W Broadway for Kaya Malay Bistro.

Menu and decor reminded me of Banana Leaf and Tropika.

Char Bee Hoon, fried rice noodle with shrimp, fish cake, squid, bean sprout, & egg  $10 Nice wok-like flavour, reminiscent of homemade shrimp fried noodles. 4/5

Char been hoon rice noodles

Rendang Beef   Tender beef stewed in spiced coconut milk gravy $14. The curry sauce lacked intensity. Granted Thai curry is on the milder side of the curry spectrum. The beef should have been stewed a lot longer, it was tough and stringy. 2/5

Rendang beef curry

Satay  $1.5 per skewer Chicken, Beef , Lamb, & Vegetarian, Charcoal grilled marinated skewers with a spicy peanut dip Vegetarian satay with cherry tomato, mushroom & Japanese squash. The skewers lacked the smoky flavor.  The vegetable skewers were disappointing, go for the beef instead.

Satay skewers

Roti Canai   $6 Handrolled layered flat bread with curry sauce, 2 pieces,came out lukewarm, I like them hot off the stove. Because they were cold when they arrived they were soft. 3/5

Roti

Sambal Green Bean  $10 Stir fried crispy green beans in Malaysian style shrimp paste and fresh tomato and our second favourite dish of the night 4.5/5

Sambal green beans

Langkawi Coconut Prawn, deep fried prawns in a light tempura, flavored with shredded coconut $10. The outside was crisp and had a hint of coconut and the prawns were juicy and fresh. Delicious! 5/5

Coconut prawn

Deep Fried Banana. Delayed for more than 20 minutes, by this time I asked to cancel. It was nice that they took care of this dish, however we had to wait 10 more minutes… the lengths we will do for free food. No picture sorry, we attacked the deep friend banana’s before I even considered to take a pic.

Kaya Malay Bistro on Urbanspoon

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – My New Obsession

I’ve recently became obsessed with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt on Cambie,  a self-serve frozen yogurt bar.

Menchies frozen yogurt
Menchies frozen yogurt

First you choose and sample from a selection of yogurt, they do vary by day. The setup reminded me of 7-11’s slurpee machines. Don’t go too crazy on the samples, while I understand that it’s self serve refrain from being greedy, like the cheap skate I saw who collected samples of each flavor for everyone at his table. I don’t even think he purchased anything!! Flavours that day ranged from Strawberry Tart, Coffee, Triple Chocolate, Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet Cake and original.

Yogurt Bar Selection

You move down to choose from a huge selection of toppings, from chocolate, gummy bears, nuts, fruits, mocha, lychee, oreo’s. You name it, they probably have it.

Fruit toppings
Fruit toppings
Candy Candy Candy!!!
Candy Candy Candy!!!

Lastly, you choose the syrup. I decided to forgo this, I had enough candies piled in my cup to give me a sugar high to last me for at least half a day.

syrup
syrup

They charge by weight. Not sure how Menchie’s compares to others in terms of price ie Qoola and Pink Berry but, you sure do get a lot more variety of toppings. As for the yogurt itself, the quality of the yogurt is a tad bit better at Pink Berry but, it’s also a lot pricier and, you only get 2 toppings. My frozen yogurt cost me $3, how can you not be happy?

Frozen yogurt goodness
Frozen yogurt goodness

Walking out of the store with a cup full of goodness, who wouldn’t be jealous? I kept on getting hungry stare downs. Didn’t care, I was already on a high.

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt on Urbanspoon

Eight 1/2 – Casual Hipster Restaurant

We decided to get out of downtown for a change and explore Mount Pleasant. Eight ½ is quite hidden but, they were bustling for a weeknight almost every table was taken. The atmosphere was casual almost hipster and the food reflected that.

Bacon sliders, the corn gave it a nice sweet flavor all in all it was decent. The patty was a little on the dry side but the sauce was rich. 3/5

eight 1/2 bacon burger sliders

Perogies, are supposed to be a little cirspy and seared on the outside and soft on the inside. This was just soggy and bland
perogies

Seafood Bouillabaisse Soup, the soup was flavorful and chalk full of seafood. This could definitely fill you up and more 3.5/5

boullbaise

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