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Mui Garden (Richmond): Curry Beef Brisket and Baked Pork Chop on Rice

If you’ve ever been around the Victoria Drive area near East 41st Avenue, you’ve probably seen the popular HK Style Cafe known as Mui Garden. As it turns out, they also have a Richmond location (they had another location on Main Street that closed out last year).
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Young’s Cafe: Breakfast in New Westminster

Does anyone ever wonder how the small Chinese-Canadian cafes started up? I mean, a place that serves both hamburgers and sweet and sour pork? Many moons ago, during the early settlement of Canada, Chinese immigrants introduced Chinese-style dishes that were refined for the tastes of their western contemporaries. In many small towns across Canada, the Chinese cafe was the first and only restaurant available as the unique recipes were a novelty for many. However, to attract more customers, these Chinese restaurants would also add western dishes to appeal to their customers.
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V Cafe: Banh Mi and Vegan Beef Stew

I had such high hopes for V Cafe. I mean, I was just coming here for a banh mi. For those of you who haven’t tried it before, a banh mi is a type of Vietnamese sandwich served in an airy and crusty baguette.
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Prince Seafood Restaurant: Lobster Sticky Rice

Prince Seafood Restaurant is one of those higher-priced Chinese restaurants that, at first, you wonder how they can justify their prices. It’s been about 4 years since we last visited but I still fondly remember their special beef tenderloin with green beans.
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Kelly O’Bryan’s Restaurant: Average Bar Food

Back in the day, the iconic former CPR station located at the convergence of Front and Columbia streets in New Westminster used to be home of The Keg. That is, until The Keg closed these doors in 2013. For years, it sat idly by until recently a new tenant, Kelly O’Bryan’s, decided to call this place home. Interestingly, the founders of Kelly O’Bryan’s worked in The Keg at this location back in the 70’s.
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HealthFare Restaurant: Not So Butter Chicken

I’ve seen the signs every time I go shopping at Market Crossing… “Not So Butter Chicken” available at HealthFare Restaurant. I love me some butter chicken but not so butter chicken? I was curious but never curious enough to try them out until just recently.
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Woomi Sushi: Unremarkable Eats

Okay, I’m going to do my best to give this place a fair review. After all, it seems unfair to compare the sushi from a shopping mall in New Westminster with the sushi that we had in Japan. So here goes… Woomi Sushi is located inside Royal Square Mall (next to IT Char Burger). I mention IT Char mainly because it is a gem of a find inside this mall and I had hoped Woomi Sushi would provide similar unexpected results.
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Tairyou Ichiba: Hits and Misses

Tairyou Ichiba is a fairly busy Japanese restaurant located on Kingsway in Burnaby. From the outside, the main identifying aspect is their large wooden door, which seems to be a hold over from the last Japanese restaurant that occupied this location (Kura Japanese). Like Kura before them, Tairyou Ichiba (Japanese for big fish market) has a fairly extensive menu to choose from.
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Abdul’s BBQ: Dry Shawarma (Déjà Vu)

Occasionally, I get asked how I got involved in writing a food blog. My answer is usually the same… I’m getting old. But more to the point, I like to try different places when I eat out and sometimes I can’t remember whether or not I’ve eaten somewhere before and whether or not the food was good (because I’m getting old). So it’s mildly ironic that I wound up at Abdul’s BBQ at Crystal Mall.
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White Spot (Bridgeport): Dry and Overcooked Eggs

As someone who was born in Vancouver, I have fond memories of White Spot… especially their pirate paks. As I got older, I started to appreciate their legendary burgers and other casual dishes like chicken pot pie and fish and chips. However, over the last 15 years or so, I’ve noticed a decline in their food. Nothing too serious but noticeable enough that I often lament about how their coleslaw used to taste better or their hamburgers used to be juicier.
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Ramen Raijin: Tsukemen and Ramen

Ramen Raijin is the latest entry to the Zakkushi Group of Restaurants. For those of you that haven’t heard of Zakkushi, check out our post on Zakkushi on Main for some seriously delicious izakaya food. Located in the former Sushi Bella spot on Kingsway, near Royal Oak, Ramen Raijin focuses mainly on ramen and is named after the Japanese Shinto god of lightning and thunder.
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Nemesis Coffee: Beautiful Avocado Toast

Okay, seriously… when did avocado toast become a thing? If you look on social media a few years ago, you couldn’t scroll far down your feed without seeing someone post about their avocado toast. And while no longer at the height of popularity, it’s still common enough to see people posting pics of their favourite gram worthy dish.
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