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Daikatsu Sushi – Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on May 24, 2009 - 7:45pm

Well, while driving up Alma from 4th Ave recently, I caught a glimpse of some signage across the street from a running goods store, and seeing the words ’sushi’, I thought to myself, oh no yet another place offering up this cuisine. Now I should have kept on going, but instead I pulled over. Rather than go home and have a proper home cooked meal, I ventured into Daikatsu Sushi...

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http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/daikatsu-sushi-vancouver-bc/

Pita Star and The Curry and Kebab Grill – Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on May 24, 2009 - 7:42pm

I love getting tips about great places to eat…especially holes-in-the-wall. So when a friend called me the other day and said that he had a tip about a new Indian place from a reliable source, we jumped at the chance to try it out. The tip came from a friend of Indian descent, so this place must be solid…or so we thought. As it turns out, it was a food counter that is being run within Pita Star, a place I used to frequent when they served some of the best falafels in the city.

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http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/pita-star-and-the-curry-and-k...

Terra Breads Bakery & Café - Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on February 16, 2009 - 2:09am

At this location, you can elect to eat your meal at the communal table that is plopped right in the middle of the café, or along one of the bar counters facing the street. It seems to always be packed however, and I’ve never seen an open seat, though imagine there is some pretty fast turnover, just not when I am there.

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http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2009/01/30/terra-breads-kitsilano-bakery...

T Room Bakery - Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on February 12, 2009 - 12:48am

A hybrid between a dessert café, pâtisserie, and a kitchen supply shop, the T Room makes the best use of its quaint space to provide an experience that can cater to all sorts of people interested in many aspects of baking. With a keen sense of always adapting to the times and season, in addition to the baked goods and sweets, menu items such as soups, salads and sandwiches are available...

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http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2009/02/06/t-room-bakery-vancouver-bc/

Montri’s Thai Restaurant - Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on February 4, 2009 - 12:17am

Nestled in a plain looking, one-story row of buildings on the very western edge of West Broadway and slightly recessed from the roadway, is the locally known and popular Montri’s Thai Restaurant. Clearly in need of a decorative make-over, the space itself feels trapped in the late-Eighties/early-Nineties, and is modestly decorated with some artwork to try and raise up the southeast Asian theme...

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http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/montris-thai-restaurant-vanco...

Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant - Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on January 22, 2009 - 12:12am

With an empty stomach and a chill in the air, I settled on having a large bowl of pho with rare beef. Now my memory of the soup here was positive: a light broth, with none of that metallic tasting sensation that I tend to associate with a heavy handed chef shaking his MSG bottle. On this occasion, the noodles were a miss, noticeably overcooked and limp...

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http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/pho-hoang-vietnamese-restaura...

Mr.Pickwick’s Fish and Chips - Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on January 19, 2009 - 7:43pm

The order board that hangs above the main counter had sort of a retro look with the old school fonts and magnets that are used to list items and their accompanying prices. The lit up photos of their most popular fish and chips combos, just your regular run-of-the-mill fast food variety. Being able to see entirely into the small kitchen and prep area, made me think of those narrow spaces that some of those french fry specialty places in shopping malls operate out of. I’m not sure how it is every day or during more busier times, but the space was occupied by a single person who was doing the phone answering/order taking/frying and bagging duties all alone.

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Ebisu on Broadway - Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on January 18, 2009 - 12:39am

From a takeout perspective, sushi is a fantastic item for a quick grab and go, but is equally enjoyable during a sit down meal. To start this commentary, I’m going to walk you through my first take-out experience at Ebisu on Broadway. I’m still confused about the name of this restaurant since the street signage clearly says Ebisu, the menu says Kamei Royale and the “coming soon” website refers to Kamakura. Maybe customer confusion is how you distinguish yourself in the Vancouver sushi scene. This restaurant clearly has a case of confused identity and I was hoping this wouldn’t translate into the food.

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http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2009/01/18/ebisu-on-broadway-vancouver-b...

Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe - Vancouver, BC

By shokutsu on January 9, 2009 - 12:32am

For comfort food in Vancouver, a popular spot in Kitsilano is Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe. Celebrating their 20th year of business in 2008, this business managed by the Dikeakos family is located on busy 4th avenue and is well known even for non-Vancouverites when visiting the west coast. On weekends, lineups out the door are commonplace - though I often wonder just who is in that que: devout neighourhood loyalists, curious tourists, or a mix of both?

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http://foodosophy.wordpress.com/2008/12/26/sophies-cosmic-cafe-vancouver...

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant - Richmond, BC

By shokutsu on December 23, 2008 - 5:47pm

Go to where you know. In this case, it could apply to one’s stable consideration set of restaurants when heading out to have a meal. It may be formed by factors such as proximity convenience, local knowledge of the geographic area, familiarity with the chef/cook/menu, or just simply knowing that you or your dining companions have had satisfying eating experiences there in the past. With this latter point, just how far back should one go back in time? One month? A year? Perhaps more?

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