Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Globe @ YVR at the Fairmont Airport Hotel

So I came for some afternoon tea at the Fairmont with my friends on a Saturday afternoon. We were greeted and guided to our table with no delay. We ordered our teas which were served to us promptly followed by our goodies (pictured below). I chose the "Fairmont Vancouver Airport Jetsetter” tea which was alright. One of my friend's teas, the "Safari Masala Express," was exceptionally good. The "Fairmont Express`and the "Berry Berry" were alright. What I liked about the teas, was that they were served in a glass jar that allowed us to steep the tea for as long as we like and kept the drinks warm throughout.


The Food


We requested that all our food be vegetarian. The sandwiches were boring and a bit dry. The bagel sandwich was too chewy. The only good thing on this tier was the Curried Egg Salad croissant. 


The Orange and Cranberry Scones were pretty good. They were fresh, flaky, not too sweet and tasted great with the butter and jam.


The sweet stuff were all a bit boring, except for the Opera Slice chocolate cake in the middle. The green tea slice of cake was actually quite bad with a bitter flavour that was very off-putting. 

Overall, the food was not great except for the scones and one of the cakes which were really good and the tea was alright. The service was good, and the place looked nice and high end. However, it isn't really the place I would go for high tea. I would prefer a more homely ambiance. My friends and I decided that we probably won't return just because of the food not being so great. If the food were better, we most likely would have returned.



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

El Camino's

Average review 

For 

Average food 

But 

Good, prompt service and great ambiance.

But

Won't be returning.

Food is of utmost importance

And El Camino's did not impress. 

The Good: Innovative Food Creations

Just did not pass the Yum test.

The Pao de Queijo


Was filling, but too much filling and nothing special.

The Queso


Was a bit like an egg and cheese sandwich. 

All interesting on paper but average in taste. 

As my friend suggested, perhaps it would all taste better 

With a couple of drinks. 

It's more of a tapas restaurant. 

Not my thing, 

Has potential to be liked by others. 


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

El Caracol Cafe

My Cheesy Little Secret...Shhh

I was considering whether or not I should reveal this recently found treasure to you all because it's quaint and interesting, and I want it all to myself! 

But now that I have gone twice in 3 days, it will be too selfish of me not to share this El Salvadorean Jewel in the dust.

So let's just get to the food stuff:

Tamales de Elote

This was the first thing I had. The vegetarian version is just made with corn, so there was no filling or anything. Kind of like a steamed cornbread. Not my favourite, but my friend had the Chicken Tamale de Elote which was apparently good.
2/5

Tortilla Con Queso
The Best! So cheesy and the cheese was so flavourful, there was some kick of spice in the cheese. And the tortilla itself was not some flimsy sheet of dough, but crispy, yet thick. My friend, on the other hand, could not handle the cheese overload.
5/5

Baleada
Pretty much a bean burrito :). So simple yet yummy and filling, especially when I scoop some of the cheese from my Tortilla con Queso onto my Baleada. You gotta try it!!!
3.5/5

Atole de Elote
This is a corn-based milk dessert. It tasted a bit like a healthy drink that I should be having to get better from a flu, but my friend sure liked it. Will be trying a non-liquid dessert the next time.
1/5

Pupusa
(Photo Credit-didn't take a pic of pupusas, so had to grab one from google images)
What I love about the pupusas here is that there is plenty of cheese to satisfy. However the vegetarian cheese pupusas were lacking in flavour. It would be great if they add some beans or maybe even potatoes along with the cheese in the filling. Maybe I'll request that next time :o, wish me luck! And yes there will be a next time very soon.
2.5/5

The ambiance is nothing special. Interesting to look at, low key, yet homely. Have to grab your own water from the water station, which I don't mind at all. I get my water refilled whenever I need it. Service is good, nothing to complain. The washroom is at the back in the kitchen.

Regardless of how the place looks, the food is definitely worth a visit, so don't miss out!

It's my South American dream come true!!!!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen

Service
I like :)

Great service from the waiter who may also be the owner just because he was attentive. We came 30 minutes before the lunch hour closes but he did not hint to us about having to close for lunch like most places would do (can't blame them). Even though the restaurant was busy, the waiter made sure to check on us occasionally. Best part is that when I left my phone here, he actually came after us to return it to me :D.

Dalai Lama Momos (deep-fried) 
I like :)

These were really good. It was vegetarian, yet wholesome and filling. Most restaurants have a hard time making tofu dishes taste good, this one has succeeded. (Another good tofu dish: The Reef's Mo-Ca Burger with Jerk Tofu). 

Palpali Paneer
Don't Like :(

Too creamy and lacking in flavour. Was similar to Shahi Paneer, but definitely not as good.

Tibetan Bun
I don't like :(

I was really expecting more from this bun, but it was just bland and slightly sweet. Kind of like the buns you can get at the Chinese bakeries here, but not as good. My friend, however did enjoy this bun

Will I be back?
Yes.

I'd like to try the other appetizers on their menu since I've heard good things about them.


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Anton's

Big Portions :).

But...

The salt in the Veggie Lasagna was over powering :(.

The leftovers tasted good the next day though :).




Service was consistent.



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Leonidas - Poor Service + Meh Dessert = Not Returning

Expected a lot more. Service was lacking severely, two of the ladies working there were being rude and the lady who was serving me crushed my macaron while handing it to me using her bare hand (picture below). Ick.

Rosewater Macaron
The macaron was rosewater flavoured and the filling was really good, but the shell was dry and had a stale taste to it. Patiserrie Fur Elise has a really good rosewater macaron.



Chocolates
The chocolates were nothing special. They were too sweet and did not use good quality ingredients. The only good one was the Ganache chocolate (bottom left), the other 5 were just meh.


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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Black + Blue

I know what you're thinking; What is a Vegetarian doing at a steak house? What can I say, my friend really wanted to try this place out so not wanting to be a party pooper, I decided to give it a try.

Boy were we disappointed. My friend's steak & salad order was apparently boring. My Grilled Vegetable Panini, pictured below, was just meh.



And service? I don't know if it was because we went for lunch, but it sure was lacking. The waiter serving was not out right rude, but he did not even smile once. Were we giving off the wrong kind of vibe or was he just having a bad day?

My panini was cold for some reason, it is suppose to be grilled isn't it? The vegetables inside smelled kind of like gas??? And the bread was hard. Using fresher bread and heating the food up before serving it could have made all the difference. The salad was also just blah. The fries were actually alright; I enjoyed the flavouring they added to these fries.

The only thing Black + Blue has going for it is the ambiance, but I felt that the fire they had going was too strong and made the room too warm. Oh and the other good part about the place is the host up front who was very friendly. Other than that? Zilch.

I really should have taken the low Urbanspoon rating for this restaurant as a hint about what to expect.


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