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.
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
Special tripebeef 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
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.
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.
Roasted vegetable soup was hearty and healthy $2.50
Salmon, prawn and scallion cake with Thai lemongrass sauce $4 had a nice layering of flavors.
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.
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!
I had to call attention to the sides, Cucumber and squash was pretty and delicious.