So I rarely ever eat Mexican food really and when I do it’s not authentic so I can’t say I know much about burritos but so far these are the BEST that I’ve ever eaten! Ok so I don’t eat many burritos so you gotta keep that in mind. However, I am now going to try all the burritos I can find so I can compare them!
Sal Y Limon is located on Kingsway and Fraser in this small complex that I would never visit otherwise. In other words, it’s a bit of a hole in the wall but I’m so glad I found it! The inside looks alright and there was a steady stream of customers. The parking lot is really small though.
I had the Pierna Burrito which was slow roasted pulled pork (yes I still have a thing for pulled pork) and it’s nice that they cut it in half for you so you can see all the lovely ingredients. The burrito was really juicy and flavourful and the rice was really good. I didn’t even mind the beans in there. You can also customize it so if you want extra jalapenos or something, go for it! I just had everything in it. I just can’t describe how good this was!!! The pork was really soft and tender too and the burrito was just mildly spicy to me even though there were jalapenos. The tortilla wrap was quite soft and thin and it held everything really well. I thought the burrito might be bigger but it was a good size for me and the flavour made up for it! Price was good too. They also have a variety of different salsas and sauces you can use ranging from mild to spicy! You can try them all by putting them in little containers.
My co worker got some tacos which she also thought were pretty good and comparable to La Taqueria. Top left: fish taco, top right: chicken, bottom right: pulled pork, bottom left: marinated pork with pineapple. She said the fish taco was the best!
This place was so good that my co workers and I decided to come back the following week. Yes we were that impressed! I got another burrito, this time I had the Cordero Al Cilantro which was lamb marinated in cilantro. I put some chipotle sauce on top before I took the picture. I liked the lamb even more than the pulled pork!!! It was just marinated even better and the flavour was stronger? If you don’t like lamb then you’re probably not going to get this but if you do it’s delicious! I noticed the second half of the burrito got really oily though because the wrapper was wet. =/ Other than that it was still really good!
I also tried my friend’s horchata which I’ve never tried before. It’s a drink made with rice and barley and cinnamon and it basically looks like milk and tastes like cinnamon flavoured milk! It was pretty good
I wouldn’t coming back again soon but it can get messy! I have to try more Mexican food now! Burritos here I come!
If you haven’t noticed already I seem to work near a lot of restaurants! Beta5 Chocolates is also surprisingly close on Industrial Avenue. You would never really look for a chocolate shop there but it is there. Even though they are one of North America’s top 10 chocolatiers, they are also well known for their cream puffs and that’s what we tried!
Here are all the cream puffs they have available! We were informed they didn’t have any more of the chocolate pastry shells though which was fine.
We decided to share a box of 4 so it was $16/box whereas it is $4.50 each if you buy them individually. At the top left we have the 85% Dark Chocolate and Caramel cream puff, top right is the Milk Chocolate S’mores cream puff, bottom right is the Blueberry Yuzu cream puff and the last one is the Salted Caramel cream puff. They’re all decorated with something on top so you know which one is which.
Close up of my Salted Caramel! Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the inside. The exterior was more crunchy than I expected and these cream puffs were pretty big compared to say Beard Papa’s. The filling was pretty good and not too sweet! There was just enough salt to balance out the sweetness.
I also tried the 85% dark chocolate and caramel cream puff and it was very rich and chocolatey. The consistency of the filling was also more solid and less creamy than my salted caramel.
We all agreed that they were delicious! They are quite pricey though for a cream puff.
I came here to pick up lunch with my co workers since it’s awfully close to us and we can’t have Meat and Bread everyday right? Railtown Cafe serves sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods. They can get pretty busy at lunch time.
The first time I went I ordered The Pork Sandwich with tender shoulder, jalapeño, cilantro, pickled vegetable aioli, french baguette. Okay so I mentally compared this to Meat and Bread and they’re not really the same kind of sandwich but I still like Meat and Bread more. The crunchy baguette held everything together and the pork was tender but it wasn’t that flavourful. It was tender though but I expected it to be more… exciting. It was also kind of like a Banh Mi with the cilantro and pickled vegetables and french baguette. It was still a good sandwich but I think I had really high expectations haha
I also shared the Chicken Quiche with my co worker. The chicken part was really dry. It was just sitting on top and it wasn’t covered up in the store so that’s probably why. The rest of it was okay. I don’t eat a lot of quiche so I can’t really comment.
On my other visit, I had The Smoked Turkey with avocado, provolone, ancho chili aioli, sourdough. There was a lot of turkey inside!
Since the bread was thin it had trouble holding the large mound of turkey inside. I like the ancho chili aioli though since I like spicy food and there was more flavour to it. I think I would’ve liked this better in a different type of bread though. Also because it would hold the sauce inside a bit better. Both sandwiches I had cost $10 and they’re both quite hefty. You can also add a side salad or soup for $3.
They were good sandwiches overall but I still like Meat and Bread better!
Strike is a fairly new Taiwanese restaurant that opened last year and they have two locations already, one on Broadway and one in Richmond. I actually went to both last month!
I ordered the Taiwanese minced meat sauce on rice but it was with a sesame peanut sauce instead of the usual meat sauce. The portion was really big and there was plenty of meat! I found the sesame peanut flavour to be too strong after a while and the flavour became overwhelming. I think I’ll stick with the original.
The other time I went I had the Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice. The sauce was good but I think the chicken pieces were really fatty and soft. It was like there wasn’t really any meat…
Pork chops with rice? I didn’t try this. I don’t know why they didn’t put the pork chops on another dish like for my sweet and sour chicken.
The Broadway location opened first and it’s smaller than the Richmond location and their menu was smaller too. I’m not sure if that was just the lunch menu but usually they serve everything for both lunch and dinner. I think it’s another good choice for Taiwanese food (I like having choices!). I should try their bubble tea next time.
I came across Ebi Ten on Robson and their pictures seemed enticing enough so I decided to try it. Yeah all it takes are some nice pictures (read: marketing) to get my attention! I tried to keep my expectations low though.
There aren’t that many seats inside and their whole menu is basically up there. I have a thing for chicken and spicy things so I was drawn to the Sweet Chili Chicken on Rice Bowl.
They have three different size options: 10oz, 16oz and 20oz. I decided to go for the 16oz which was reaaally big with tons of rice. Should’ve went for the 10oz but I’m greedy. The chicken was tender and served on some lettuce and combined with the sweet chili sauce (which tasted exactly like it sounds), it reminded me of some frozen food that I’ve had that was similar. There was also plenty of sauce for the rice too even though it doesn’t seem like it. It was alright but I wouldn’t order it again. I think I should’ve ordered something else …
This place seems pretty popular and if you want cheap and filling this seems to cover it.
For my second dine out I went to the Teahouse at Stanley Park located at Ferguson Point. I believe it was built in 1938 and then they added an “observatory” section which is made out of glass so there would be a nice view all around. Unfortunately for us it was dark already and probably the foggiest night I’ve ever seen… so there was no view that stretched more than 5 metres ahead of me. The dine out menu was $28. I had also considered going to the Fish House which is also at Stanley park but their dine out menu is $38. However, the Teahouse does offer a $38 menu as well in the form of “upgrades”. So for your entree you can choose a sable fish or tenderloin instead.
We also had the Stuffed Mushrooms with crab, shrimp and cream cheese. There was also an additional layer of cheese on top of the cream cheese. Now I have to say that I’m not a fan of mushrooms but I’ve heard a lot about stuffed mushrooms so I was willing to try them at least once! I mean I do eat mushrooms but I can’t say I like them. The crab and shrimp were pretty much lost in the warm cream cheese mixture. I wished that they had used larger mushrooms though. I mostly tasted the cream cheese so I did not mind eating these mushrooms. Also they seem incredibly easy to make yourself!
The Slow Braised Lamb Shanks with roasted chickpeas was really tender! I don’t think it tasted gamey and the meat came off the bone really easily. Also the portion was quite large. The server explained that the lamb had come from New Zealand or something and was organic or specially raised…something like that.
The Duck Confit with fig demi-glace. The skin of the duck was really crispy and the duck didn’t have that much fat. There was also a side of something like mashed potatoes but it was green… it was delicious though! There was also one piece of tomato which seemed kinda random. The fig demi-glace tasted really weird to me and I just didn’t like the flavour. I wish they had used something else instead. Or I just don’t like fig. There was also some broccolini but the ones I had at the Oakwood were much tastier. These were kinda bland but still alright. I think the duck confit I had at West Restaurant was better.
The Shortbread Lemon Bar with coconut macaroon and almond brittle was actually a tart. The macaroon was airy and filled with coconut. The tart had a layer of meringue and then lemon underneath. It also wasn’t too sour and I loved how there were two different textures going on. The tart part wasn’t that buttery though and it didn’t taste like shortbread to me. The almond brittle was crunchy!
I enjoyed my meal here but it didn’t blow me away. The service was very attentive though. The music was a bit loud though and it seemed more appropriate for a lounge. I’m sure it would be even better in the summer with a nice view of the water! I think the location and ambiance would make a return trip worthwhile.
The Oakwood has been on my list of restaurants to try for a long time now and after going to Fable last month I decided that this was the perfect chance to try the Oakwood. The Oakwood’s dine out menu this year is pork themed!
For one of the appetizers we had the Smoked Seafood Chowder with oyster crackers. The flavour from the bacon was strong and someone at the next table said that it was too salty but I thought it was okay.
I had the Pork Terrine with maple cauliflour puree, pickled shallots and rye soil. I also got a piece of free oyster cracker because the server said it fell in but that’s ok! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this but the pork was really pressed together. My friend commented that it reminded him of spam hahaha… but not as salty but the shape was similar! I think it was just a little bland to me but the pickled shallots helped. You’re probably wondering what rye soil is and I forgot the description but it really tasted like a bunch of cookie crumbs? I think the seafood chowder was the better appetizer in this case.
For my main I had the Porchetta with garlic broccolini, dijon spatzle and carmelized onion puree. I couldn’t taste the carmelized onion puree which was basically used to decorate the plate. The spatzle which I’ve never tried before was really good! It was crunchy but kinda soft in some parts? Sorry I just realized this is a terrible picture… but anyway the porchetta was on the dry side and not as tender as I’d expected. I was thinking it would be like the porcchetta from Meat and Bread. That is probably my only experience with porchetta. The skin was also really hard and not crispy and crunchy it was just hard and I didn’t eat it. The fatty parts were good though of course and the portion was quite big.
The other enticing item on the menu was the Sable Fish with confit pork shoulder, pork rinds, lentils and carrot. The sable fish was melt in your mouth soft and very flaky. This was a great choice! =D
The table beside us ordered the pork crackling separately and man was it crunchy and crackly!
This was the Creme Caramel with cranberry gel and shortbread in the shape of the maple leaf! Very Canadian. The texture was really smooth and soft and pudding-like. I thought it would be more solid? It was light and tasty though and slightly sour from the cranberry.
I had the Chocolate Mousse with coffee crunch. It was cute that they served their desserts in mason jars. The mousse was light but still rich in chocolatey flavour and the coffee crunch on top tasted familiar but I’m not sure what it was… It was a light and airy kinda crunch it reminded me of eating cereal or popcorn. Both desserts were good in their own way.
Okay so I guess there were some hits and misses for me but it was still a good experience and I would love to try their regular menu sometime.