Takeout Quickie: Persian Food from Zeitoon (West End)

My downtown Persian standby had been Cazba on Davie and Thurlow, but someone recommended that I try Zeitoon on Pendrell near Denman. So after a lunch at Che-licious around the corner, I got some takeout from Zeitoon for dinner. Our food ranged from good to incredibly awesome, so we’ll be back!

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Lunch Quickie: Vietnamese Eats at Chè-licious on Denman

Vietnamese options in Downtown/West End are few and far between. But Denman St. has become a little hotbed (maybe not hotbed exactly…perhaps warmbed) for Vietnamese restaurants with three that I now know of: Cafe Phin (reviewed here), Baoguette Vietnamese Bistro, and today’s pick Chè-licious.

Side note: Baoguette is mildy famous for their salad rolls that contain a full-sized spring roll inside. Check out Maggie’s or Sean’s post. I’ve never tried it myself, but maybe next time I’m on Denman?

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Good but not great ramen at Ramen Danbo in Kits

I’ve been a little bored with the ramen in Vancouver lately. My top 3 places are still Ramen Jinya, Marutama, and Ramen Santouka. Taishoken made a blip last year, but ownership changes didn’t sit too well with me although when I tried their tsukemen last November, it was still good. Ramen Butcher was good but didn’t wow, and now they’re reworking their broth, which seems worrisome because considering their pedigree, wouldn’t their parent company have nailed a broth recipe already that’s precise to the last detail?

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Northern Vietnamese Food on the Westside: Linh Cafe on Broadway

Cafe Regalade made it’s transition into Linh Cafe last fall, turning it into a French/Vietnamese restaurant. I think we’ve had a pastry or two at Cafe Regalade, but nothing that memorable. I’ve been following Linh Cafe on Instagram, and have been enjoying the photos of their process. We finally had the chance to check them out for lunch last week and were quite pleased with their Northern Vietnamese flavours.

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Well-Trained but Restrained: Farmer’s Apprentice

Well-trained but restrained… maybe too restrained.

The first time I went to Farmer’s Apprentice was more than a year ago when I went for brunch. I remember being stimulated more intellectually than gastronomically. Since then, this restaurant has won a few awards and is generally regarded as one of the best restaurants Vancouver has to offer — especially when out-of-towners ask where to eat on Chowhound. Speaking of Chowhound, check out this little discussion of Chef David Gunawan’s new downtown venture with Donnelly Group (!).
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Beer Recap: Four Winds 2nd Anniversary Pop-Up Restaurant

Four Winds surprised the hell out of everybody by announcing a pop-up to celebrate their 2nd anniversary, a mere 5 days beforehand. Just check out the Instagram reaction:

 

Four Winds’ limited bottle releases have consistently sold out fast and furiously. If there was one BC brewery that inspires the madness of crowds, it would be Four Winds. (Driftwood would be up there too.) The guys are the nicest, and this down-to-earth quality was reflected in how we were treated last night. I had a great time and I didn’t want it to end.

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Great Congee and a Super Weird Dish at Kongee Dinesty in Richmond

Instagram has been great in finding new restaurants and seeing what places are new, hot, popular, or strange. Wicca wanted congee (Chinese rice porridge) but didn’t want some cheap ‘n dirty Cantonese place. She found an Instagram post about this new place in Richmond called Kongee Dinesty. A) Fucked-up spelling, and B) as far as I know, not related to the other Dinesty. We went for a little lunch and were very pleased.

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Needlessly large American diner pancakes at Jethro’s Fine Grub on Fraser St.

I try not to read too many restaurant reviews because I’m more interested in what my own personal experience would be, not some online rager with shallow observations. But maybe I should’ve at least looked at the Urbanspoon rating for Jethro’s Fine Grub (Fraser St. location) before going there for brunch…

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Big Al’s Saturday Night Special at The Lion’s Den Cafe: Cajun/Creole/Soul Food

I wrote last week about the damn good oxtail stew and goat curry at The Lion’s Den Cafe, and I mentioned that longtime Vancouver chef/caterer Big Al takes over their kitchen on Saturday nights every few weeks and serves up Cajun/Creole/Soul food classics. I got some takeout and was very pleased with the mild yet deep flavours. Both comforting and satisfying yet light-feeling at the same time.

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Takeout Quickie: Soulful Jamaican Eats at The Lion’s Den Cafe

Can you believe The Lion’s Den Cafe has been open for 16 years? It’s a neighborhood institution and one that (even for me) gets a bit forgotten about when it comes to places in Vancouver to get Caribbean food. It’s been years since I got food from here but it’s totally going back into my rotation :)

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