I wrote about Hida Takayama in the Robson Public Market more than a year ago. While not outstanding, I was charmed by the man and the ghetto mall where “other malls go to die”. Longing for a taste of classic shoyu ramen, I went there for lunch and was pleased by their improved housemade noodles and generous portions.
Have we reached “peak ramen”? In the same month that Hapa Ramen opened up, Sanpoutei Ramen in Richmond (next to Parker Place on No. 3 Road) had their grand opening on January
30 20, 2016. In short: good but not worth lining up for. I’d wait until the crowds die down, or go during non-peak periods. There are some unique positives and not many negatives.
Hapa Ramen (stillborn twin of longstanding Hapa Izakaya) just opened up on January 8, 2016. I had no particular expectations, aside from being curious to see what they could bring to the increasingly crowded ramen game in Vancouver. Evidently, not much.
NOTE: Hapa Ramen has nothing to do with the short-lived Hapa Ramen in San Francisco, started by Richie Nakano. Read this Munchies article for some interesting background on that whole deal. Anyways, seeing that Hapa Izakaya took a name that already existed, it might cause some problems social media-wise because Richie is still doing events and people are still using the #haparamen hashtag in reference to them.
On my way to get some Big Al’s fried chicken from The Lion’s Den Cafe, I thought I’d check out Savio Volpe, seeing as it’s just down the block. I only had room for a couple dishes, but man, was I happy to finally check it out!
You might’ve read about it on Scout. The “highly anticipated” bbq place on Hastings and Gore called Dixie’s BBQ is now open! Actually, they’re just going to be open for Dine Out Vancouver (Jan. 15-31, 2016), then they’ll close down to fiddle with things and re-open on Feb. 10. They’ll launch a brunch menu soon after on Feb. 13. (I was told that the brunch menu would be a full-on Southern brunch with stuff like chicken ‘n waffles.)
Disclaimer: This is early, early, early days for these guys. In fact, I was their first customer 😛 So take everything with a grain of salt. I’m sure things will change and hopefully improve over time as they get into a rhythm and get to know their smoker intimately and carnally.
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?