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It’s hard to find Japanese restaurants actually run by Japanese people in Vancouver. So when I do know of one, I have to visit it. Kinome Izakaya specializes in soba noodles. The ones served at Kinome are handmade and hard to find in Vancouver. Everything I had at Kinome was well made but nothing was outstanding. The food was okay, the service was good and the company was great. Would I come back? No. But I enjoyed my first and final visit there. I would recommend you try the soba and the tempura but that’s about it.

7/10

Singaporean Food at Prata Man

I had high hopes for this restaurant because of its great review online but unfortunately I was disappointed.

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We got half a free range chicken and it was not very good. It didn’t taste like free range chicken. It wasn’t very tender. I prefer City1 Café. 5/10

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We got the Singapore noodles which were really sweet and overly Ketchuped. The noodles were very limp and over cooked. There weren’t many toppings in it and had no wok fire which was disappointing. 4/10

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The pancake with curry was also just mediocre. There wasn’t enough curry flavour but the beef was tender. The pancake also didn’t pick up the sauce well. 6/10

Overall: 5/10. They did not have good food and the atmosphere was mediocre. Would not come back.

Prata-Man Singapore Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Denny’s?

In all honestly, I’ve been craving Denny’s for a long time. I think it’s the childhood nostalgia that made me want to visit Denny’s. When I was little, my dad used to take my sister and I to Denny’s for lunch and my mom would hate it but obviously being kids we loved it. I hadn’t been there in so long so we decided to visit for my sister’s birthday.

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For birthday’s they have a special Slam Birthday special which comes with pancakes, eggs, bacon, a choice of fries or hash browns and sausage for the birthday girl.

But of course being the hungry people we are, we ordered nachos, poutine and club house sandwich to go along with it.

What tasted the worst out of everything was of course the free stuff. We had a hard time finishing the Slam but finished everything else pretty quickly.

The Slam Birthday special was disappointing. The pancakes were fluffy but it felt like it was made of cardboard. It was difficult to chew and was flavourless. The eggs tasted like they came from the bottle. The bacon was crispy which was good and the sausage was okay too. The hash browns were also good. 5/10

The nachos were quiet big and not disappointing at all. Although the cheese might not be real cheese but the processed stuff, I was still satisfied with it. The nachos tasted like they were fried there but some of them were not fried all the way through while others were perfectly crisp. The nachos were covered with a good amount of toppings and I couldn’t have asked for more from this dish with Denny’s standard. – 7.5/10

The poutine was a total let down. The bacon was too salty. There were no cheese curds but instead melted, what tasted like Cheese Whiz that had gone stale, and the fries were under-fried and not crispy. 4/10

We also had a club sandwich that isn’t in the picture because we devoured it before I could remember to take a picture. We had actually ordered a Cali Club but by mistake gave us a Club sandwich. We were too hungry to tell them. The Club sandwich was actually not bad. The ingredients tasted somewhat fresh. There was a good balance of meat to vegetables. But there just wasn’t enough sauce to offset the dry crisp bread. 7/10

Overall: Denny’s did not disappoint in spit being well Denny’s. Some of the dishes were actually eye openers. 6/10

Would I be back? – Maybe? To try some of their burgers.

Denny's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Caliburger

I had the animal fries at Caliburger and they were okay. Nothing I would go back for. A lot of onions. But the fries weren’t crispy and they also had forgotten my order. (I had to go up and ask for it).

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Overall: Unorganized fast food making it slow food. The flavours were okay – definitely on the salty side. The fries weren’t crispy at all.

5/10

Will I be back? Maybe – to try the burger.

CaliBurger Vancouver Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Butter Bakery

I had no idea that Butter Bakery had moved to its Dunbar location to Macdonald street. It’s now located on the cute corner of 33rd and Macdonald street.

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The cappuccino was okay. Not too bitter and overall a standard cappuccino.

The cinnamon bun I couldn’t finish because it was a little too sweet for me. It was very dense. I was a little disappointed that there was no no icing option. The cupcake tasted very chocolatey which I enjoyed and the icing was very creamy and tasted strongly of butter.

Overall: 7/10

Would I be back: No.

Butter Baked Goods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Baoguette – Kerrisdale Location

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about a new Vietnamese place in Kerrisdale that’s really good. Since it’s near me, I was like yes I definitely will check it out. I didn’t know the name or anything so I went assuming it was a new restaurant. But it wasn’t. It was basically the second store of a restaurant on Denman.

Since we had already arrived we might as well give it another try.

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We shared the lemon grass chicken and spring roll over dry noodle, Special pho and the grilled pork banh mi

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The lemon grass chicken and spring roll over dry noodle was pretty good. The spring rolls were crunchy and the lemon grass chicken was nice and chewy. They had forgotten to give us the fish sauce sauce for the noodles so we had to ask because it was way too dry. With the fish sauce mixed in it was nice and sour. 8/10 Good balance of toppings to noodles.

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Next the pho – The broth itself was good – it had a good amount of flavour and didn’t taste like msg or overly salted. Everything was well cooked. There was a good amount of noodles. 7.5/10

The pork banh mi which I forgot to take a picture of was pretty good. The bread itself was somewhat thin but really crunchy which was good. The pork was sweet and salty which I liked. It was not dry at all and I liked the amount of mayonnaise they put into it. 8/10

Overall: 7.75/10 – Busy restaurant with good flavours but I personally prefer the Denman location because of their less crowded atmosphere.

 

 

Bob Likes Thai Food

Apologies for my absence the past couple of weeks. I’ve been pre-occupied with other things such as… well in all honestly I’ve just been busy going out and eating but I didn’t have any time to sit down with my laptop. So basically I’ve been lazy. Sorry 😉

The next few posts will be restaurants that I’ve visited in the past few weeks/months. Sorry for the delay.

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Bob Likes thai food is definitely a place that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. It’s been here for a long time and there’s more than one branch but I’ve never gotten around to trying it because there have been other things to try. I also don’t crave Thai food that often if you haven’t noticed in the blog.

We came for lunch and we had Thai iced tea which was good – not too sweet, good amount of tea flavour 7/10

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We ordered a few things the papaya salad – sweet and salty. The textures were crunchy juicy and more crunch from the peanuts. 7/10

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The red curry with beef was a good consistency and very satisfying – 7.5/10

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The green curry with chicken was on the blander side but still good – 7/10

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A dish I always get at Thai restaurants – Pad Thai was pretty good. The serving was just right and I liked the balance of sweet, sour and salty here. The noodles were nice and chewy. – 8/10

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For dessert we had fried bananas which wasn’t really bananas it was more like a batter that was deep fried. It was somewhat chewy and not crispy at all. Definitely different from the usual dessert I get – 7/10

Overall: I enjoyed my meal at Bob Likes Thai food. 7/10

The flavours were overall good but nothing makes me want to go back.

Bob Likes Thai Food Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato