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Chong’s Restaurant: Inexpensive Dim Sum

Walking into Chong’s Restaurant on Kingsway is like taking a step into the past… complete with glass blocks accents at the entrance (this is one 80’s design trend that I hope doesn’t make a comeback).
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Ebisu (Broadway): Royale Boat Dinner

Ebisu (and their sister Kamei restaurants) has been around Vancouver for quite some time and this particular location, despite being tucked away from the bustling Broadway corridor, is still quite busy. The interior is fairly large but the tables are arranged in a cozy layout and the windows along West 8th gives you a nice view of the north shore mountain range.
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Gyu-Kaku (Broadway): Japanese Yakiniku House

Gyu-Kaku has been on my radar for quite some time but we’ve only just managed to visit this place in late November. Gyu-Kaku is a chain of Japanese yakiniku houses which specializes in self-grilled meats that the diner cooks at the table. Generally, you see this much more prevalent in Korean cuisine so it’s nice to try this Japanese version.
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Crab Park Chowdery: Clam Chowder and Grilled Cheese

It was a dark and stormy night in late November when I first visited Crab Park Chowdery. Located in the heart of Gastown (about a 10 minute walk to Crab Park), this place has been on my radar for quite some time. I mean, who doesn’t like chowder?
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Kyo Korean BBQ & Sushi House: AYCE Korean and Japanese

Kyo Korean BBQ & Sushi House is known for their All-You-Can-Eat menu. Located on the 2nd floor of a building at Granville and West 14th, Kyo occupies the former Shabusen Yakiniku location (also known for AYCE).
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Popina Canteen: High-End Fast-Food at Granville Island

Popina Canteen “popped” up on my radar earlier this year when I saw pictures of lobster rolls and seafood trays show up in my social media feeds. Lobster roll in Vancouver? Yes, please!
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Temaki Sushi: Chef’s Sashimi

While Temaki Sushi has been around since 2003, it really hasn’t been on my radar until just recently (I suppose the overabundance of sushi restaurants in Vancouver is partly to blame).
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Ipoh Asian House: Mid-Level Asian Fusion

Ipoh Asian House is was a Chinese-Malaysian fusion restaurant located on East Hastings (“Ipoh” being the name of the capital city of the state of Perak in Malaysia). Dropping by for a late dinner in September, we found that one of their popular menu offerings was a 4-dish meal for $69.80 which included an order of crab.
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Secret Garden Tea: Holiday High Tea

While we’ve been to Secret Garden Tea in Kerrisdale before, this is our first revisit since they moved locations. Their new spot (really close to their last location) seems brighter and a bit larger. That’s a good thing because it gets really busy here for high tea… especially around the holiday season.
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Tangram Creamery: Frozen S’mores

This past August, we came across Tangram Creamery who had a food stall located at the Powell Street Festival. I’ve heard of their shop located on Arbutus Street in the west side of Vancouver but we’re hardly ever in that area so we were fortunate to come across their tent.
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BierCraft Tap and Tapas (Commercial Drive): Belgian Mussels and Frites

During our July staycation, we were getting a hankering for some quality mussels and we headed down to our old stomping grounds on Commercial Drive only to be disappointed that our destination (Carthage Cafe) was closed despite their hours saying they should have been open. After a hurried Google search, we headed 7 blocks north to BierCraft Tap and Tapas because their menu said they offered mussels.
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Hometown Pizza: Factory Special

Many, many years ago, there was a pizza joint located in Champlain Heights called Hometown Pizza that we’d often grab takeout from. The mom and pop shop left the area and we eventually forgot all about them. Recently, we noticed a Hometown Pizza that was located on 57th Ave and Knight Street so we decided to drop by and see if it was in fact the same place.
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