Hip New Vietnamese with a Price Tag to Match at Anh + Chi

Price isn’t usually that much of an issue for me unless something jumps out — and jump out it did when I took my family to the new Anh + Chi in the old Pho Hoang space on Main & 18th. I don’t mind paying more for a commensurate increase in quality, technique, freshness, and service…but I’m not sure that what I ate justified the increase in price.

TLDR: Average food with hints of greatness for a premium price.

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Chicken Run: Fresh Fried Chicken at King Chicken (BAGOCK!!!)

Dedicated fried chicken places are actually hard to find in Vancouver proper. There’s the famous LA Chicken and Red Rooster Broasted Chicken in Richmond, but in Vancouver it’s mostly chains like Church’s and KFC. Korean independents like Lee’s Chicken are long gone. Enter King Chicken located on Broadway and Rupert, next to Sushiholic. Is there anything different that these guys bring to the table?

Note: this place is not affiliated with King’s Chicken (née Lee’s Chicken) in Surrey.

Note #2: I forgot about Zabu Chicken, the Korean place on Robson. I haven’t tried it yet, but might be an interesting comparison since Zabu also does a straight-ahead plain fried chicken in addition to their Korean-style sauced fried chicken.

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Local BC Spot Prawn Sashimi with Deep Fried Heads. Cuz it’s awesome.

In the 80s and 90s, my parents used to go to Richmond and buy bags of fresh prawns to boil up and eat with Maggi sauce mixed with sesame oil. When I was older, I’d realize that what we were in fact eating spot prawns! So the big hot local sustainable BC seafood product of the last decade or so had always been part of our family. 😀

Spot prawn season just started yesterday, so I bought some fresh live ones for myself. I went to The Fish Counter on Main St. (beside Portland Craft) and they had a tank of them. Besides great fish & chips, they also sell sustainable Oceanwise seafood. I’ve bought sidestripe prawns from here before, and they tasted pretty good sashimi-style. How would ultra-fresh BC spot prawns compare? Well…our local sidestripes are good but these spot prawns (only available a couple weeks out of the year) are fantastic! If you love that crunchy texture and clean, sweet taste of raw prawns, then you should get some spot prawns fast!

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Dinner Quickie: Poutine & Craft Beer at Poutinerie Jean Talon

Poutinerie Jean Talon is the newer sister restaurant of Cafe de L’Orangerie (review here) that specializes in poutine. They just had their one-year anniversary and put on some anniversary specials like $3 craft beer for a week (until May 8, 2016). That was music to my ears so I checked them out. The place was empty at 6:00, so I think this place really flies under the radar. I didn’t even know about it until I was in the area to go to Harkness & Co Butchers.

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Dennis Dreams of Maumi: The Omakase Experience at Sushi Bar Maumi

NOTE: I made a bit of an error in this review. Only the $90 omakase course contains bluefin tuna. I was confusing the red tuna with bluefin. So you can safely dine with cheaper omakase levels and avoid bluefin tuna if that is a concern to you. I’m leaving my review uncorrected below. Thanks.

NOTE #2: Another error I made was the reference to a “semi-well-known” chef. I should’ve actually said, “uber-famous chef”.

ALSO: my dining companion Moyenchow has posted her take on the dinner here. We did not “compare notes” or discuss that much in-depth during the dinner, so it might be interesting for you to see the differences and similarities between our reviews.


The omakase (“chef’s choice”) experience at Sushi Bar Maumi (Facebook, Instagram) is defined as much by what it isn’t as by what it is. There’s no rolls. No aburi (torched) sushi. Not a bottle of mayonnaise in sight. There isn’t even soy sauce at the table. No children are allowed. No alcohol. Period. This is the purest and most stark example of the nigiri-focused omakase experience available in Vancouver.

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Lunch Quickie: Fine Tacos at Molli Cafe

Vancouver has a huge concentration of restaurants, no joke. Even for someone as greedy as me, I can’t eat at every place I want to due to time, money, and mood. It took me being on a staycation before I was finally able to check out Molli Cafe. It’s a cute, small space with friendly service. Recommended if you’re in the area.

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Craft Beer meets Kick-ass Tacos at Four Winds Brewing

Four Winds Brewing is mentally far for me but not actually far time-wise. In good traffic, it takes less than 30 minutes! That’s about the same amount of time for me to drive to Kits. Four Winds started offering tacos in their tasting room about three weeks ago, and since I was on my “staycation”, we checked them out. I’m glad to say that they’re now not only a great beer destination but a great LUNCH destination too!

Read about my very first visit to Four Winds back in June 2014 here, and their one-year anniversary pop-up restaurant here. These guys are serious about their food!

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Top 10 Places to Eat in Vancouver While High

Do you like to get high and eat good food? Crave something beyond the usual potato chips, breakfast cereals, and other junk food? This little adventure down the foodie-friendly “green brick road” will expand your mind and palate at the same time. This won’t be a list of obvious places (7-Eleven, Mega-ill Pizza, combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell, New Amsterdam Cafe, etc) — this a list that will appeal to all gastronomes, stoned or not. Now, if you choose to use cannabis, you’ll find that it really heightens your sense of taste, texture, smell, and vision, so something that’s delicious when sober usually means it’ll be MEGA-DELICIOUS when high. Enjoy the ride!

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