Pepper Lunch (Cambie): DIY Teppanyaki

A couple of years ago, the first Pepper Lunch location in the Lower Mainland opened up in Richmond. This chain of DIY Teppanyaki originates in Asia where they’ve got hundreds of outlets. Recently, they opened up a shop in Vancouver along the busy Cambie Street corridor.
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Green Leaf Sushi: Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi

Green Leaf Sushi has been on my must visit list for quite some time after seeing countless pics of their aburi oshi sushi. We finally found ourselves in the area after first hitting the UBC Botanical Garden Tree Walk and came for a late lunch. While the restaurant was still fairly busy, we did manage to find a table right away.
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Cattle Cafe (Edmonds): Crispy Pork Chops on Ramen

After being located near the corner of Kingsway and Edmonds for a few years, the Cattle Cafe has recently reopened a short distance away on Edmonds (about a block away from Canada Way).
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Benkei Ramen: Miso Ramen

Okay, so this post is a bit late… about 10 months late. In that time, Benkie changed their menu a bit, closed down, and is finally gearing back up to reopen next week. Benkei Ramen is a busy little ramen shop on West Broadway, near the Cambie Skytrain Station. We were lucky that we arrived around 11:30am because diners quickly filled all of the seats by noon.
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Nuba (Kits): Don’t Waste My Time

As I’ve mentioned on my post for Nuba Gastown, each Nuba location is run by an independent management team. That means that, while the menu may appear similar, the experience at each location will differ. For example, while the Mount Pleasant location is bright and airy and the Gastown location is dark and a bit seedy, the Kits location is actually decidedly different.
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Nuba (Gastown): Underground Lebanese

I’ve been to Nuba in Mount Pleasant before and fondly recall the food that I had for lunch. There are actually 4 Nuba locations in Vancouver… and while the menus are generally the same, they are each run by independent management teams. This means there’s actually quite a bit of differences in terms of the experience you receive at each.
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Nando’s: Barcelos Wannabe

When Barcelos first opened up at Market Crossing, I thought it was just a copycat of the more well known Nando’s. To be honest, I’ve only eaten at Nando’s on rare occasions (mainly in shopping mall food courts) and I’ve never been very thrilled by their offerings.
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Perak Malaysian Cafe: Marpole Malaysian

Back in mid-August, we came across a newish Malaysian restaurant in Marpole called Perak Malaysian Cafe. I’m not sure if this place is related to Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken in Crystal Mall but it seems vaguely familiar.
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Ningtu Restaurant: Peking Duck

Ningtu is a small Chinese restaurant that’s been around for over 2 decades on Kingsway, on the same block as Happy Family Restaurant. The interior has an odd L-shape with the restaurant frontage smaller than it is in the back of the establishment.
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La Forêt: New Bakery in Burnaby

When I saw my social media feed light up with posts about a new bakery located in Burnaby, I just had to see what the whole hype was about. La Forêt is pretty close to Metrotown but is tucked away on a side street just off Imperial Street. The thing that hits you immediately is how large this bakery is.
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Baru Latino: Rockfish Ceviche with Crispy Patacones

Ever since our trip to Portland last year, we’ve been on the search for quality Cuban food in Vancouver. Unfortunately, there’s a distinct lack of Cuban restaurants in the area so we’ve been expanding our search to various Latin cuisines. That’s how we found ourselves at Baru Latino on Alma Street this summer.
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Baker and Table Cafe: Melonpans!

After our introduction to melonpans during our trip to Japan last year, I’ve been seriously craving these crunchy-topped buns. Recently, I heard that a place on Fraser Street had started selling these in Vancouver and we wound up stopping by after a Lobster Sticky Rice dinner at nearby Ho Yuen Kee.
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