Chef Hung – West Vancouver’s Newest Noodle House

West Vancouver newest Taiwanese beef noodle house.  A nice addition to West Van’s dining district on Marine Drive.

When I go out I always hear people complain,” this is too salty”, or “there is not enough flavor, it needs more salt”, is there a happy medium!?

I am one of the “too much salt” complainers.  That being said, it was one of the reasons why I enjoyed this place. The dishes were overall less oily and salty compared to the other noodles houses, IE #1 Beef Noodle House on Willingdon etc. the plethora of noodle houses I tried in Richmond.

Chef Hung Beef Noodle House | Food Persuasion

Champion braised beef tendon & beef shank with noodle in soup $10.95. I liked it wasn’t too salty or oily like some other noodle houses. The combination of flavours was simple yet it was delectable. The braised beef tendon was so tender 3.5/5

Beef Noodle - Chef Hung
Beef Noodle - Chef Hung

This is more expensive than similar bowls in Richmond but for the West Vancouver, it’s a decent deal. Also, there are not that many options in West Van for noodle houses.

Pork chop rice, the pork is really crispy and not too salty, not much to say here, it was very typical. Similar to what you can find at bubble tea houses. 3/5

Crispy Pork Chop on Rice

Marinated beef wrap 6.95. The wrap itself was crispy but it lacked the meat lacked flavor.  3/5

Marinated Beef Wrap | Food Persuasion

Mango green tea, Argh… I want real fruits, I could almost taste mango kool-aid. 2/5

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Fraiche – French Fine Dining at It’s Best

Fraiche – French Fine Dining, Top French Restaurant

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=5]
Ambiance: [rating=5]
Price: $$
Cuisine: French Fine Dining
Location: West Vancouver
Fraiche Restaurant
Tel (604) 925-7595

Amazing fine French restaurant overlooking scenic city views. Almost everything about our experience at Fraiche was impeccable. From the warm and personalized service to the amazing food and the spectacular views.

Now the Food..

Starters

Seared Albacore Tuna Tataki – cucumber & micro green salad, spicy asian black bean vinaigrette. Light and refreshing and tuna cooked very well, too bad it was a size of a quarter.

Albacore Tuna Tataki - Food Persuasion
Albacore Tuna Tataki

Duck Liver Parfait – country bread toasts, seasonal chutney. Very flavourful and liver was not too overpowering as found in some.

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Duck Liver Parfait

Mains

Pan seared Steelhead Salmon – turned potatoes, provencal garnish, sautéed shellfish, rich aromatic tomato saffron emulsion. Amazing! The tang from the apricot and lemon sauce highlights the the sweetness of the perfectly cooked salmon. Explosion of flavor

Steelhead Salmon - Food Persuasion
Steelhead Salmon

House-made Turkey Boudin – spiced with caramelized onion, winter fruits & herbs, apricot chutney, pomme purée, haricot vert. I expected more flavor in the turkey, a bit bland for me. The mash was very creamy not overly salty.

Turkey Boudin - Food Persuasion
Turkey Boudin

Desserts

Pear & Almond Tart – chantilly cream, spiced caramel sauce. It was above par however the Coconut Brulée – toasted coconut tuille, chocolate sorbet is the clear winner. It was lovely not too sweet, the texture was smooth and creamy. The sugar layer was crispy without being burnt.

Pear & Almond Tart - Food Persuasion
Pear & Almond Tart
Coconut Brulée - Food Persuasion
Coconut Brulée

Fraiche gets Food Persuasion of Date Restaurant Approval. A bit of a warning if you are not familiar with West Vancouver this place is quite hidden and off of the busy major streets, bring your GPS.

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La Regalade – Delectable Comfort French Food

La Regalade – Delectable Comfort French in West Vancouver

Make Reservations La Regalade

West Vancouver’s best French restaurant offers delectable traditional French dishes in a charming rustic setting. They work on a rotating daily menu, a few items may not be available depending on the day of the week you go. This place gets packed very quickly even during weekdays

The mood was charming and inviting and, the service was attentive without being intrusive. So comfortable and warm it was as if I was eating dinner at my Gram’s house and, just as delicious.

Appies..
We started with the soup of the day, Duck Soup with Foie Gras – $9.50. A semi clear broth soup with a duck infused essence, with bits of foie gras and mushrooms and a dollop of cream. It was so intense as if drinking juices from directly from a duck.

Entrees..
Lamb shanks with apricot glaze and spices – $18.85 on a mixed with sweet carrots on a bed of cous cous. This was above average the sweetness from the carrots and the tanginess from the apricot was good. It was good but by far not the best lamb I’ve had.

Our comfort French dish of the night was the Beef bourguignon $24.50 with a side of potato gratin. The beef was very tender, the sauce mixed with mushrooms was perfect.

The potato gratin was creamy and flaky. I would go back just for this side dish.

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