I have not eaten at Chambar since they moved a short while ago to their new location just up the street from their first spot. This was a good choice for lunch with a friend before we went to a VIFF screening at the Vancouver Playhouse a few blocks away.
The new restaurant had a lighter more open feel. We sat at a table toward the back of the restaurant. It was very busy for lunch time but our service was prompt and efficient..
Earls Vancouver Downtown Test Kitchen
905 Hornby Street
After seeing a film at the Scotiabank Cinemas we exited the complex to find that rain was pelting down with gusts of wind blasting our umbrellas inside out. We speed-walked a few yards to the corner of Smythe and Hornby to have supper at the Earls restaurant round the corner.
We asked to be seated where it was reasonably quiet and the lighting was good. The area in the dining room where we sat was excellent. We were not bothered by any booming loud music as so often happens these days. The light was bright enough so that the menus could be read without the aid of my mini-flashlight, and the food photographs worked well too.
I liked the sound of the dynamite prawn and mango roll - a panko-breaded prawn and mango with avocado, cucumber, unagi maple and sriracha mayonnaise. It was beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked.
Good Wolfe Kitchen and Bar Restaurant
1043 Mainland Street
Ph: (604) 428 1043 or reserve online
This review covers two separate dinners at this restaurant. The first visit was before heading up to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to see an opera. I thought the calamari appetiser was one of the best dishes of this kind I have tasted, and when another friend came into town for a visit, I suggested we see if a repeat would be as good.
Urban Thai Bistro
1119 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Phone (604) 408-7788
After a hard day of training, the thought of my usual "nutritionally correct" supper of baked salmon and green salad was not really appealing, and instead we decided to head up to the local restaurant rows on Hamilton and Mainland Streets and pick somewhere for dinner.
To celebrate two January birthdays, three of us picked dinner at Minami, since we had all enjoyed previous dining experiences there. (Minami Restaurant and Minami Reprise). We all chose to sample the special Dine Out menu for $38.00. It sounded great and proved to be excellent value.
The first course was a sampler of aburi sushi. Aburi is the signature sushi at Minami and it's sister restaurant Miku, which incidentally has moved from the location it was in at the time of my review, to 70-200 Granville street. The raw fish is lightly seared with a blow torch allowing the juices and flavour to seep into the rice of the nigiri sushi.
Second course of Zen dishes: This was beautifully presented in a four compartment box.
After seeing a matinee performance of Except in the Unlikely Event of War at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, it was just a few minutes walk up Davie and past the Canada Line Station to Mainland Street, to find Yaletown L'Antipasto.
We almost walked right past the restaurant as the entrance was tucked away between the coverings of their patio and that of Sakana.
1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Ph: 604 566-6903
We were going to see The God that Comes at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Looking around for a different restaurant in the vicinity of the Cultch, I came across the Absinthe Bistro and thought we would give it a try. It was a good choice. A cosy, friendly, very busy restaurant, they offer a fixed price menu although you can also order the items a la carte.
990 Smithe Street
Phone (604) 559 8588
It is very rare that I dine at the same restaurant twice within a week but the recently (6 months) opened Kamei Baru is conveniently located a few doors away from the Scotiabank Cinema complex where I just happened to see two films set in space, two days apart. The first night, on a rainy Halloween, after seeing Gravity with a friend, we decided to drop in and try Kamei Baru for a light supper.
Kamei Baru is not your standard Vancouver sushi-sashimi restaurant but bills itself as a sushi-oyster-tapas bar providing Japanese -Spanish fusion cuisine. Although it has only been open about six months it is part of the Kamei restaurant group that has been operating Kamei Royale for twenty years.
With a planned visit to Pacific Theatre on West 12th for the opening night of Daniel McIvor's play, Communion, we decided on a pre-show dinner at Portobello Ristorante. Although we were quite a bit earlier than our Open Table reservation time, we were seated promptly and offered ice water while we perused the menu. We both decided to try a glass of the house white wine, a Trebbiano wine from Citra winery in the Abruzzo region of central Italy - a crisp dryish wine with a citrus flavour.
Vancouver Canucks Bar and Grill
at Vancouver Airport US Departures
With a mid-morning flight to the US, as always I got myself to Vancouver International Airport with lots of time spare before boarding. Not wanting to succumb to the awful snack choices on board, I usually treat myself to a light meal at one of the restaurants. My favorite is Vino Volo, although I go for the appetizer plates rather than the nice wine selection but today I really wanted a breakfast omelette.
I asked the helpful server if there was anywhere serving a decent omelette in this section of the airport and she mentioned that a new restaurant had opened yesterday, a little further towards my boarding gate, although she did not know what type of menu they were offering. Deciding to check it out, I wandered along to see the Vancouver Canucks Bar and Grill. This was in fact the new restaurant and in the breakfast part of their menu was exactly what I wanted - a bacon and cheese omelette.