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.
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.
Hub Restaurant and Lounge 1165 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2 Ph: (604) 696-0400
Hungry after a couple of intense hours of boot camp, we walked up to Mainland Street's restaurant row for supper but did not get very far. My dinner companion confessed that since his last visit here he had been craving for a repeat meal of the sushi burger at Hub Restaurant. So that's where we went. The Sushi burger consists of sesame crusted albacore tune loin with a wasabi soy mayonnaise, cucumber avocado, lettuce and a soy chili dip. There is a choice of side house or Caesar salad or fries. As you can see he chose fries, which I was only too delighted to share because if you don't order the fries yourself the calories don't count. They were crisp and good but I left some for him anyway!
Sushi Bella on Davie
1175 Davie Street,
Ph: (694) 559-7707
Friends who live round the corner from Sushi Bella had been urging us to try it out. Davie Street was swarming with people in town for the annual Pride Parade and the restaurant was fairly full but luckily we had made a reservation. While we were debating the rest of our sushi choices, we ordered gyoza and the sushi pizza to share as starters. The gyoza were plump and juicy.
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Yaletown
1011 Mainland, Vancouver
Ph: (604) 633 3524 or reserve through OpenTable
Four of us decided to head up to The Keg on the corner of Mainland and Nelson for dinner. I made a reservation through Opentable and requested a patio table, only to realize that the very popular patio tables at the Keg are assigned on first-come, first-served. Two of our party decided to go a bit earlier to see if there was room on the patio but were told there would be at least an hour wait, so we settled for a table near the window, and ordered wine while we waited for the others.
Although I had thought I would order a BC Gewürtztraminer but when Jeff, our server brought a taster of my selection and of an Italian Pinot Grigio, I actually ended up choosing the latter: a Danzante Pinot Grigio from Delle Venezia, Italy.
Cactus Club Cafe, Coal Harbour
1085 Canada Place
Ph: (604) 620 7140
On a glorious sunny Vancouver Sunday, twenty-three of us arrived at the Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour for an family out-of-towners post-wedding lunch. Canada Place was humming with activity. There were a couple of cruise ships docked, the open-air market was crowded and everywhere, people were enjoying the beauty of the mountains and the water.