I’ve been following this guy David (atelier_nomadique) on Instagram for a while. Don’t remember how or why. Maybe cuz he collaborated with Juno Kim at 33 Acres during one of those Monday Night Dinner Series…or maybe it was the fistful of black truffles he was holding in one of his pictures. Anyways, he just started a dinner/late-nite eats pop-up (“chef in residency”) at The Pie Shoppe in Chinatown this week, and he’ll be there for January (2016). Yes, a tiny chef’s table kind of setup at the tiny space that is The Pie Shoppe.
After recovering from some shitty stomach flu, I decided to ease back into eating real food and checked him out. Glad I did.
For the people who don’t read: this pop-up is only for the month of January 2016. After January, who knows?
Somehow I stumbled onto this group calledLuz Kitchen (pronounced “looz”) who are a group of cooks and chefs who put on Filipino-themed pop-ups, doing a modern take on Filipino cuisine. I haven’t had a ton of experience with Filipino cuisine, but I see it becoming a larger part of the landscape here. Take the area around Joyce Station as an example, and also pockets along Fraser St. Of the little that I’ve tried, I absolutely LOVE crispy pata (deep fried pork hock):
Duffin’s Donuts has been a divey institution for ages. In the 90s, they used to be located on Main and 33rd where they did the same combination of donuts and Mexican torta sandwiches. A failed attempt at trying the newish TK Sub Cafe (which apparently was opened up by an ex-employee of Duffin’s) resulted in a trip down to the truck-stop vibe of Duffin’s Donuts at Knight and 41st to try the original taste of Vancouver tortas.
As you might know, I wear my love for Longtail Kitchen on my sleeve. It’s the more casual and affordable version of Maenam (who still have an awful Flash-based website). I was less enthralled with Fat Mao, their other restaurant. But on December 1, after several months of gestation, Angus & Co. opened up Freebird Chicken Shack at River Market in New West. It’s the same mini-Granville Island market that houses Longtail Kitchen and Re-Up BBQ. With a tight, focused menu, does Freebird bring my dreams of hawker stall-style eating to the Lower Mainland?
I stumbled on The Bao Place cuz of Instagram. Good thing about Instagram is that it’s good for discovering places that other people like. Bad thing is that it’s impossible to remember who mentions what because it’s like Twitter — it’s a deluge of data that’s unrelenting…like a firehose. There’s only one lukewarm review on Zornado of this place, but since I was in the area, I thought I’d check it out for a quick lunch.
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The One Restaurant is a popular later-ish nite Taiwanese place that I’ve been meaning to try for ages — especially since I discovered that they had deep fried chicken skins. The food isn’t particularly well-executed, but the prices are reasonable, portions big, and the service (for our visit) was actually fairly quick and prompt.
There is scant information about this brand-new ramen place, The Ramenman, that opened up just a block away from Ramen Santouka. They’re now in their soft-opening phase. They opened quietly on Sunday, October 18 and I visited then on their third day of operation to check them out. Much thanks to Sean (Sean’s Adventures in Flavor Town) for the early intel — which you can view here, here, and here.
As with all of my “First Look” posts, take all these details with a grain of salt. Menus, prices, food, everything may change in the coming days, weeks, and months!
Ah, the good ol’ Chowhound BC forum…we’ve been beaten down with heavy-handed moderation and ugly site redesigns, yet we still go back like dogs to vomit.
I’ve only met a couple Chowhound people in person. You know “tweetups”? Well, sometimes there are “chowdowns” where we meet up in real life to take photos of our food and eat food while talking about other food. A few of us Chowhound members met up at Double Double in Richmond recently and it was a night of firsts. I had never been to a chowdown (nor eGullet meet-up) before, and I had never been to Double Double before. I’d do both again.
TLDR: This dinner goes to show that most restaurants aren’t all good or all bad. It’s usually a matter of finding the best dishes that suit your taste. I hope this post helps you with that!
Hog Shack just celebrated it’s 5th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 with Swinefest, a “competition-style” barbecue buffet that included a glass of Driftwood’s fresh hop Sartori Harvest for only $35! It was a sweet deal that probably flew under a lot of people’s radar, but it sold out well ahead of time anyways. We were there to celebrate and indulge, so here’s the recap. Enjoy!