Everybody knows the other Cambodian restaurant in town, Phnom Penh, but there’s another Cambodian place on Victoria Dr. and 33rd called Angkor that’s been open for about 5 years. In fact, the last time we went there WAS about 5 years ago, soon after they opened! I wrote about it way back then on Chowhound here.
Aree Thai on Kingsway has been around since at least 2010. I got some really good takeout from them about 4 years ago and was impressed enough to bring a whole group to try dinner. Unfortunately that dinner experience kinda sucked…small portions, slow service, underwhelming flavours. We didn’t go back…until now. We quite enjoyed it!
Burmese food is almost becoming a thing in Vancouver, with Laksa King (previously Bo Laksa King), Amay’s House and now Wahh Tee. Burmese food in Vancouver still isn’t at the level of say Burma Superstar in San Francisco, but with more places popping up, hopefully it will lead to a more developed scene.
I had a little dose of British food at The Abbey the other week, so I thought I’d finally go try the other newish British gastropub in town, The Fat Badger. While The Abbey has quite a few British-inspired dishes like Welsh Rarebit, Lancashire Hotpot and Sausages & Mash, The Fat Badger is actually a full-on British gastropub experience, with a full British menu, all British beers on tap and a UK-focused playlist on the sound system.
Knifewear has rolled into town for a 6-day pop-up at the Chinatown Experiment pop-up retail space. Knifewear specializes in high-end Japanese knives. Too rich for my blood at the moment, but it was really fun and tempting to just look.
After a somewhat disappointing ramen experience at Ramen Koika, I was in the mood for some better ramen to restore my faith in the Vancouver ramen scene. Taishoken (sparse Twitter account here) opened in late May this year and I finally got to try their ramen — tsukemen, to be exact. I loved it.
Ramen Koika is the latest entrant in the Vancouver ramen sweepstakes. They had their soft-opening in late June featuring all ramen bowls for $6 but now they’re on their regularly-priced menu. Not much web presence except for a Facebook page. Apparently people behind Ramen Koika are the same people behind the Korean-owned 3-location mini-chain Sushi Bella.