Thursday, 26 November 2015


Had breakfast at yolks today. I waited a long time to be able to visit on a weekday when it's not so busy. No wait at all.

Three of us had the Benedict. And B had the chicken and waffles.

My aunt had the single egg on portobello and English muffin, with the aged cheddar sauce. She really enjoyed it and said it was very flavourful.

I decided to have the bacon and topped with goat cheese. I thought the hollandaise sauce was too tart for my taste. But I couldn't be sure if it was the sauce or the cheese. I think I will need to try it without the cheese. The egg was cooked perfectly. But the bacon and the muffin were a little over cooked in my opinion and were very tough and hard to cut and chew.

My cousin decided to have the egg on bacon and lemon truffle hash browns. When I first saw it, I thought, I wish I ordered the hash browns. But then I tasted a piece and it was very bland and normal tasting. I couldn't even smell or taste the truffle. My cousin said it was rather mild - until she got to the bottom of the plate where the truffle had collected in a pool. I think perhaps they did not toss it well.

B ordered the chicken and waffles. It's really amazing how something can be both sweet and savory at the same time. The chicken was nice and crispy yet juicy. The waffles and a nice crunch on the outside yet soft in the middle. The gravy was well seasoned and very good.

I always try a Benedict when I first visit a breakfast place as a standard test. The eggs were cooked perfectly but the hollandaise was not good enough. I enjoyed my time there and the service was great, but I don't know if I'd go back on a weekend because I don't think it would be worth the line up. Definitely worth a try on a weekday.

Yolk's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 20 November 2015

House of Dosas

We decided to get take out from House of Dosas because we had heard good things about their food but bad things about their service. The place looked busy even at 5:30pm.

We had the Chicken 65 to start because we'd heard good things about it. I'm not sure if it's because the food has been sitting in their containers or if it is how it's normally cooked because it was soggy. We'd hoped it would be crispier. But the taste was good and the chicken was tender.

Next we thought the Uthappam sounded cool - pizza? Who would've thought? So we got the cheese and onion one. It was okay. I personally found it too sour and doughy. B thought it was interesting, but we wouldn't order it again. It's like eating dough.

Lastly, it's not a visit to the House of DOSAS if we didn't order Dosas, so we got the lamb dosa. It was really good. The lamb was so tender and well seasoned. Normally it's probably crispier, but unfortunately because we got take out, it was a little soggy. I wished it had more dosa, a larger dosa to lamb ratio.

All the sauces that came with the food were great. We may go back, but it wouldn't be a priority. We'd recommend it for people looking for Sri Lankan food and definitely try some dosas.

House of Dosas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 6 November 2015

Seoul Doogbaegi Korean Restaurant

Had dinner at the closest restaurant that wasn't our normal go to. I've been to Seoul Duck Bae before with friends and family, and it was always solid. It's very quiet at 5:30pm.

Since it was so cold, we wanted something spicy and warm, so we started with the Yuk Gae Jang, which is a spicy vegetable soup with beef and vermicelli. It was really well seasoned and the right amount of spice. Split very well between the two of us.

We also ordered the Goon Man Du and the Jeyuk Bakum. The prices may shock you at first, because I used to order Man Du in Korea for less than $5 and here it's $9. What the take out Man Du in Korea  did not come with was all the side dishes. Here we have, potatoes, daikon, bean sprouts, kimchi, and two bowls of rice. I'm sure we could've got unlimited refills on those too.

The Man Du were really tasty. Crispy on the outside and flavourful on the inside. It also had a nice balance of meat to vegetable ratio.

The Jeyuk was really great. The pork had great texture and the sauce was very well seasoned and had great flavour. Don't be fooled by the word "vegetable" in the description though, I think there was one leaf of cabbage on the bottom and then it was all pork - not that I'm complaining.

My one complaint is that there was no drink menu presented and she didn't come back to ask us if we wanted anything to drink. If she did, I would've ordered some makgeolli. But we couldn't get her attention until she came with the food and by then I felt it was too late.

Overall, it was a positive experience and we'd recommend and return. Not only did it feed us dinner, but we packed enough to make us really full for lunch the next day.

Seoul Doogbaegi Korean Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Fish Shack

The We went to the fish shack before going to the symphony tonight. When we got there it was still fairly quiet. I've ordered take out from here before, but haven't had a dinner yet. This is my first time sitting down and taking a good look at the place. The decor is pretty cool and minimalistic, in a way. It's pretty much a warehouse, but with pallets on the wall providing some texture.

We ordered the Spot Crab Jalepeno poppers and two beers to start while we wait for our friends. They looked really dark, like they were fried in really old oil. I barely tasted any crab in there, it was like they threw a 1 inch cube of crab into two cups of cream cheese and somehow that qualifies as a "crab" dish. Not impressed.

Our friends ordered the small fisherman's catch. It was neat that it came with a cutting board and bibs.

Unfortunately, the bussers (not our server) who brought the dish out was not very well trained. After she took the "net" off the catch, she had to mix the butter and seasoning in. She was very clumsy and splatter butter sauce all over B and I. Luckily we had dark clothes on, but if B wore his white shirt instead of his checkered shirt, it would have been VERY obvious and not good for the night at the symphony. The mixing busser said sorry, but this other guy bringing out our dishes laughed. Very unprofessional. Otherwise, the sauce was buttery and rich.

I ordered the 1 piece snapper fish and chips- I had forgotten how big that one piece was, so it was good I just ordered one. The fish batter was really rich and made me a bit nauseous, good thing it came with a creamy horseradish coleslaw, which helped cut the fat. When Crave was still around, I found the beer batter light and crispy, not overly rich at all. Although this was light and fluffy, it just seemed that the batter absorbed a lot of oil.

B orders the blackened tuna tacos, and though it tasted alright, he was not impressed. The bottom of the tacos were soggy from the heat contacting the bottom of the dish. They should put them on some prongs like at earls.

Both dishes came with kennebec fries, but they were overfried and hard. Though I liked the seasoning, I know it's not tasty when I leave more than half my fries on the plate.

Near the end of the meal, some of the patio diners started smoking right beside the patio. That was surpremely annoying because our table was right at the entrance between the patio and the restaurant. We thought our server would tell them they had to stand at least 6 meters from the patio, but we ended up having to tell her it was bothering us before she enforced that bylaw. At least she responded to our request, I guess.

All in all, food was not that impressive and I was quite disappointed at the unprofessional actions of some of the staff. Will not recommend or return.

The Fish Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Arbutus Club

Went by the invitation of a member to watch the game.

Apparently they have free popcorn, and it's delicious. Salty and buttery. We had about 4-5 bowls.

We had the wings to start. I liked the honey garlic more than the barbecue, as usual, since I don't like sour stuff.

B had the regular burger, which was really good considering it was not REAL Kobe, but just kobe style. It was flavourful and had crispy bacon to go with it.

He finished it, so it must've been really good.

I had the low carb burger, because I have been counting calories. It was also really good, but I really missed the carbs. Luckily it came with some really good fries. It was good enough that B ate some despite being really full from his burger.

Great experience. Good food. Good service. No tip necessary. Awesome deal.

Ask a member to take you there some time.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Toshi Sushi

B had never tried Toshi, so we decided to stop by on our way home. They have lots of 2 person seating, so we didn't have to wait at all.

We had the 8 piece salmon sashimi, Tako sashimi, 2 ikura nigiri, 2 unagi nigiri, and a Philadelphia roll. We also had a hot sake.

The salmon was good. Although we actually like the fatter farm raised salmon, the Atlantic wild salmon still melted in your mouth. Although I personally found the Tako too chewy, B thought it was fine and really liked the taste. He thought it was equal to the Tako sashimi at Kimura.

The Philadelphia roll was good. They mixed the cream cheese with green onions, which made the flavour more complex. The unagi and the ikura were a little disappointing, compared to Kimura. The ikura did not "pop" in your mouth like you would expect (like when I tasted it in Sapporo and discovered my love for it). The unagi also did not melt in your mouth and tastes a little fishy.

Overall, solid sushi, but we'd still prefer Kimura over Toshi - partially for price but mostly because of taste.

Worth visiting if you're in the hood.

Toshi Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Waterfront Wines

Waterfront Wines was one of the highest rated places in Kelowna that was available for labour day weekend, so we decided to give it a try.

The decor is pretty neat, we especially liked this tree branch light fixture in the dining room to the right.

We decided to all go for some tapas style appetizers first. B and I had the cheese platter and the potted foie gras. For the three types of cheese, we had the St. Geric Blue Cheese, the Alpine Gold semi soft cheese, and the Louis d'Or firm cheese.

The blue was of course the strongest, and the other two were good on their own, but would be drowned out by the apricot if added. We really loved the walnuts that were dusted with cinnamon sugar.

The potted foie gras was REALLY good. It was creamy and the wine jelly was a good balance of tart but sweet to go with the creaminess of the liver.

We didn't stay for main courses because we were pretty stuffed from the appetizers and none of the main dishes stood out for us.

Great for a night out while lake cabin-ing in Kelowna. Give it a try if you're in town.

Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Golden Garden Vietnamese Cuisine

Went to Golden Garden for dinner tonight. We just happened to be in the neighbourhood around dinner time. I've been here a few times for lunch. It's an interesting little establishment.

It's one of the nicer looking Vietnamese noodle places in town. Fairly clean both in design and physically. Down those stairs you'll find the Chinese Opera Association (or something like that). The members gather there to listen to Chinese Opera. Sometimes you might hear it upstairs, but usually, the background music in the restaurant drown out the opera music.

No sticky plates here.

We both ordered the Bun Bo Hue, a spicy broth usually served with pork hock. Unfotunately, there were no hocks in our noodles. The broth also wasn't seasoned enough and definitely not spicy enough. We also thought that, in comparison to Pho Tan (Main & 30th), there wasn't enough meat while being more expensive.

I don't know why I ordered the Bun Bo Hue, to be honest. I think I was craving Pho, but it didn't even end up being served with Pho (face palm). What I should have ordered was their Vietnamese Sandwiches.

If you've ever been to Au Petite Cafe for their Vietnamese Subs and was amazed by how delicious they are, Golden Garden has comparable sandwiches / subs. They don't serve those fake thin sausage meat in their subs, but use actual meat. I like their Chicken one the most, my mom prefers their Pork Meatballs.

I definitely recommend trying out their subs and will try to remember to go back for their subs and not their Pho next time.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Cafe Salade de Fruits

Went to this community centre restaurant with some family tonight. When we arrived at 6pm, there were already quite a number of tables on the patio and most of the tables inside were reserved. Luckily, we also made reservations and were seated promptly.

One of us were a little late, but the server didn't really check up on us and we had to flag her down to order. Even then, she took a while. I don't think anything is computerized at all so everything you order would be written down on checks and probably written down again for the cooks.

I ordered the duck pate (Rillette de Canard) to start. It tasted nice and came with a side salad. Unfortunately, the pate was a little dry and lacking in fat. It tasted like bits of duck were packed together like a burger patty and not really creamed together like pate usually is. The salad was overly drenched in vinaigrette and was too acidic for my taste. Luckily, we had unlimited bread to go with the dish.

I ordered the frog legs (Cuisses de grenouilles) as my main dish. That butter sauce was like liquid gold, but too bad our "unlimited" bread wasn't refilled so I couldn't really enjoy it. The frogs were sautéed nicely: the meat was perfectly cooked and well seasoned. Although by the end, it was a little overwhelming and I couldn't get the garlic taste / smell off my mouth.

I also ate half of one of my cousin's rack of lamb (Carre d'agneau). It was cooked to a perfect medium rare and well seasoned. I didn't use any gravy that was served with it, but I was not lacking in seasoning at all. The lamb meat was tender and easy to tear off the bone. It came with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The vegetables might have been a little overlooked by the heat of being next to the mashed potatoes, but still nice to have with the meat.

My other cousin ordered the halibut (Fletan), and that was very well done. The halibut was tender but still had texture. The mushroom clam sauce was refreshing once you added that squeeze of lemon to it.

Another cousin ordered the mussels with fries (Moules et frites). Those fries were like a meal on its own. I'm glad it came with mayo and not ketchup. Also, despite what the English menu says, it's a choice between fries OR salad; it does not come with fries AND salad.

The mussels themselves were the star of the dinner. The server brought out a place mat for my cousin, then this big pot. Then she lifted the lid off the pot and all you got was this delicious lemon-y aroma. The mussels themselves were small, but they were so soft and creamy and the broth was very flavourful. Again, I wish they refilled the bread so that I could dip it in the broth.

Overall it was a good experience. I wasn't blown away but it's a solid restaurant with fresh ingredients. It's a little tight, cash only, but I'd recommend a try. I probably won't be returning though: I'd rather have French food from my French cooking classes.

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Ryu Sushi

Went to Ryu because we saw it online when we were looking at patio places on Main Street.

Decor is pretty typical- functional enough. 

We ordered tuna and salmon sashimi, tako sashimi, yam tempura roll, and the assorted aburi nigiri.

The tuna and salmon were okay. Nothing spectacular, not frozen, but not melt in your mouth either. They were sliced unevenly- knife skills need some practice.

The aburi sushi were okay. They were soaked in sauce so it caused the rice to fall apart. They didn't tell us what we got, but I suspect I can list them. The mackerel was overly sour, they must have really soaked them in vinegar to get rid of the fishy taste. On the bright side, it doesn't leave the fishy taste in my mouth like it normally does. The Saba was also soaked in sauce. I thought there was too much pepper, but you can at least taste the fish. The tuna taste was completely overpowered by the char taste. The salmon was the best of the bunch. Best balance of fish taste and char, but none of them blew us away.

Lastly, the yam tempura either didn't have enough batter, or it was soggy from sitting too long. Either way, there was no crunch. The tako was also not treated well. The skin was still very visible and the texture was mushy and chewy.

We came because it we thought it would be cheap based on the online menu from Zomato, but they've recently changed their menu. They don't offer half portions and they no longer serve ikura nigiri, which is the only reason I wanted to come. The online menu showed a price of $1.75 for each piece. I will gladly pay the $2.50 from Kimura if only to have tasty, well treated sashimi.

Won't return nor recommend.

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