We were craving some Taiwanese food so we debated between Beefy Beef Noodle or Corner 23. Both feel kinda the same to me and I haven’t been to both in a long time so in the end we went to Corner 23. They also recently opened a new location called Uncle Lu in Continental Square in Richmond.
Passionfruit green tea with pearls. Refreshing and not too sweet. Pearls were nice and chewy.
This was the Milky Seafood Hotpot and there was a lot of vegetables as filler and not very much seafood.
I had the Pork with Red Fermented Sauce rice set. The side dishes for the day were seaweek, cabbage and bok choy. The pork was really good! It had a crispy batter and the meat had the right amount of fat. Unfortunately I thought the portion was on the small side though. Even for me and it’s not like I eat a LOT. I feel like other Taiwanese restaurants would have a bigger portion for this. Side dishes were nothing special.
So the meal was ok but it feels like they used to be better? Strangely enough I’ve never actually blogged about them before…
While searching up new lunch places to visit, I came across the Fish Counter located on Main and 23rd. When we arrived around 1pm, the place was bustling with people getting take out or eating in the limited store space. Seating is extremely limited so be prepared to get take out. While waiting for my food I also noticed they sell their own home made sauces. In addition to prepared food such as salads and crab cakes, they also sell…well you guessed it! Fish.
They also have sturgeon! Not sure what that would taste like though. I debated between getting a sandwich or fish and chips since they both sounded good. The portions for the fish and chips looked really big too and I saw the fries were made from real potatoes.
My friend had the Oyster Po’Boy served with a large side of coleslaw. On the menu it said it was served with spicy cabbage and it turned out to be kimchi. The sandwich was put in a brown take out box but she said the bread got soggy from the coleslaw so maybe they should have a separate container for it. The coleslaw tasted fresh and crunchy and was dressed with a light vinaigrette.
I opted for the Salmonito which was a salmon burrito but I didn’t figure this out until after I received the food haha This cost $8.90 and if you want it with fries it will be $10.
The warm soft tortilla was filled with moist and flaky wild salmon!!! It was perfectly cooked and a lot tastier than I expected and very juicy too. Inside there was also fennel, onion, cilantro and chipotle mayo which gave the otherwise soft wrap some crunchy texture in every bite. I was so full after eating it! The amount of salmon inside was generous too. Glad I didn’t get the fries too or I wouldn’t be able to finish it.
Gotta try their fish and chips next time!
My co worker had heard about the Brown Paper Packages ice cream sandwiches available at Pazzo Chow so we decided to pick up some take out for lunch along with an ice cream sandwich. It’s on the corner of Quebec and Keefer street on the side of the big parking lot for Floata Seafood restaurant if you know what I’m talking about…They had really nice looking pictures on Instagram so we were excited to try it out.
The tiny shop also sells some Italian food and merchandise such as pasta sauce, pasta and olives.
Sorry for the crappy lighting. This was the Peach and Plum salad with arugula, almonds, cashews and goat cheese. The peach and plums were fresh and tasty and I like the addition of the creamy goat cheese to the salad. The salad was pre-made and came out of the fridge. While the fruits were good and organic, it didn’t seem like it was worth $8.
We also ordered the Baked Baby Eggplant with heirloom tomatoes, arrabiata sauce, greens and foccacia bread. Firstly I am not that much of a fan of eggplant so I might be kinda biased here. The sauce as slightly spicy which was nice and the foccacia bread is made in-house. For an all vegetable dish we just expected more… and we felt disappointed they didn’t include anything else with the eggplant. It would’ve been nice if it was eggplant lasagna or something.
And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Ice Cream Sandwich! We got the Strawberry Blonde flavor which is strawberry ice cream with a lemon cookie. They only had one other flavor though which was something like raspberry and chocolate? Besides ice cream sandwiches, they also serve scoops of ice cream and affogato.
There was actually a lot of ice cream and it would be difficult to eat if you were to just bite it. We cut it in half and shared. The ice cream was alright but the cookie part tasted really weird. It was too soft and tasted a bit herb-like… in a way it reminded me of the foccacia bread we just ate with the eggplant. This just did not fly with us. =(
Overall I think there are other places where I can get a better $8 lunch. Also, it would help if they had some meat!
On an impromtu lunch, we had no idea where we were going so we ended up driving by Menya Japanese Noodle and I was just like ok let’s try it. The interior was actually more spacious than I expected and definitely more spacious than a lot of other ramen joints which was nice. Their stools were also shaped like tree stumps. The menu was also more extensive than other ramen restaurants and included yakisoba and bento boxes.
My friend decided to order the Oyako Don which was mixed with some snow peas and came with a side salad. There wasn’t that much chicken and it was chopped up pieces of chicken too. The egg part didn’t look very appetizing… rice seemed a bit hard… I was expecting something better looking but it does look close to the image they have on their menu.
My friend decided to have her birthday dinner at Joey’s and I remember a few years ago I also had my birthday dinner here too and it was alright. Apparently they only take 20% reservations and the rest of the space is for walk in customers.
We started off by sharing some Yam Fries with Truffle Lemon Aioli and grated Grana Padano cheese on top. The fries were good but the acidity from the lemon aioli just didn’t go well with the yam fries but it sounds good in theory. The presentation on the wire basket as also cute.
Any guesses on what a “flatizza” is? It’s Subway’s new flatbread pizza and they cost around $4.00-4.50. There were a couple of flavours to choose from such as pepperoni, cheese and BBQ chicken. I decided on the BBQ chicken. You can choose all the veggie toppings you want too and then they add the cheese on top and bake it.
The flatbread was really soft and it was too difficult to hold the flatbread slice since it was heavy with toppings that threatened to fall off. Or I was too ambitious with my toppings … haha I had tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, and banana peppers along with the chicken. Since I had the BBQ chicken flavour, there was waaay too much BBQ sauce which made it extremely sticky and difficult to eat as well and then it was just too overpowering and sweet.
I think I will stick with the sandwiches!
I’ve only been to Guu for lunch once I think and the other times were always for dinner. Hence I did not know they had such great lunch specials! Everything was $8-10 which I think is a pretty good deal. Usually for dinner they have small tapas that are meant to be shared so it was weird seeing larger portions here.
This was the Curry Doria. It was a delicious combination of chicken, corn, onion, curry, creamy white sauce on rice with melted cheese!!! I think the melted cheese sealed the deal on this. On the menu they don’t have it with curry but my friend who has been here before asked if they could add the curry since she’s ordered it before and they said it was ok. Of course it is a heavy and filling meal since it was very cheesy and creamy. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this sooner!
It also came with a side salad to offset the heaviness from the Curry Doria.
I had the Tamagotoji-Don with deep fried chicken, egg, onion and dashi broth on rice with a side of miso soup. The portion of chicken was huge! It was slightly sweet and very tender. The egg was mixed into the rice with the broth so it was on the wet side but it was really addicting! Also, I love fried chicken! Some of the pieces were not crisp anymore since the rice was wet but I didn’t mind. So glad I ordered this hehehe They also have the option of just the deep fried chicken on rice with no egg for $1 less.
The rice bowl was a pretty good size and the lunch menu is cheaper than places like Kingyo and Suika. I was also surprised that it was much cheaper than dinner!