Halong Bay – Newly Discovered Viet Gem

Halong Bay is a newly discovered gem near my workplace. All my co-workers have been continually raving about this joint. Halong Bay serves simple but fairly good Vietnamese cuisine. Their menu is pretty standard of what is found at other restaurants.

Halong bay restaurant
Halong bay restaurant

Their décor is worth a mention and not because it is gorgeous. With laminated pictures of their menu items plastered on their pale blue walls.

Lemongrass Vietnamese sub was decent very typical of what you would get. $4.75 3.5/5

lemongrass chicken sub
lemongrass chicken sub

Special tripe beef balls were comparable to the standard pho available downtown. Special tripe beef balls $6.50. Very comparable to the standard pho available downtown 3.5/5

pho
pho

JJ’s Restaurant – Best Lunch Deal

VCC culinary school is one of my favorite lunch spots and, definitely on my list of best lunch deals. It is delicious, cheap and usually booked up a week in advance. It took many attempts to get a table of 6. Apparently the buffet needs to be booked 2 months in advance. Yea, it’s that good.

What I love about culinary school’s or cooking schools is that they make everything from scratch, no processed shortcuts.

Appies…

Charred Vancouver Island Octopus, Chorizo and chick pea stew $4. A damn good deal! It was good and the portions were similar to Hawksworth entrée sizes.

charred Octopus

Roasted vegetable soup was hearty and healthy $2.50

Roasted vegetable soup

Salmon, prawn and scallion cake with Thai lemongrass sauce $4 had a nice layering of flavors.
Salmon cake

Entrees…

Scallops with truffled potato gnocchi and crispy artichokes $10. This creamy dish was very filing. My friend who can usually eat for 2 was full. I would have preferred if the gnocchi had more buoyancy, it was too soft.

scallops with truffled potato gnocchi

Slow cooked leg of lamb and pan roasted loin, rosemary jus $10. The meat was tender and flavourful. It’s $10 for lamb and loin!

Lamb leg and loin

I had to call attention to the sides, Cucumber and squash was pretty and delicious.

Cucumber & Squash

Related Lunch Deals:

Hawksworth at Georgia
Fairmont Hotel Waterfront – Herons
Joe Fortes


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Culinary Art School – Art Institute of Vancouver

One of the more acclaimed culinary school tucked on Granville. The quality of food is superb. Compared to VCC’s JJ’s Restaurant the price point was a little more expensive.

Service was impeccable and welcoming. It’s kinda endearing when young to be cooks shyly serves you.

Butternut squash with apples, this was delicious mmm…$7
Butternut squash with apples soup

Arugula & beet salad, portion is smaller than usual but, still very refreshing.
Arugula & beet salad

Braised lamb butternut squash risotto and pear. The risotto was a nice switch to the usual cream and loads of butter. $19
Braised lamb butternut squash risotto

I recommend reservations, this place gets packed for lunch.

Related Lunch Specials:

JJ’s Restaurant at Vancouver Community College

Joe Fortes

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