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Penang Bistro: Solid Malaysian Food

We’ve always been a fan of Malaysian food. That’s why it’s surprising that we’ve never heard of Penang Bistro on Fraser before (on the same block as Earnest Ice Cream). Based on the name, I wasn’t sure if they are related to Penang Delight… but they do seem to share some similarities.
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Golden Eats Seafood Restaurant: Lobster Sticky Rice

It seems like everywhere you go nowadays, Chinese restaurants are offering lobster sticky rice. If you’ve never had this before, it’s exactly what it sounds like… a big serving of sticky rice with lobster. Sticky rice is a serious comfort food and lobster just kicks up the luxuriousness of it all.
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Hapag Ihaw-Ihaw: Average Filipino Fare

As I’ve mentioned on many occasions in the past, there is a distinct lack of Filipino restaurants in Vancouver. I’m still not entirely sure why.
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Love of Pho: Bun Bo Hue

Do you love pho? Whether you pronounce it “fo”, “fuh”, or something in between, it’s definitely a popular Vietnamese dish in Vancouver. Lately, however, I’ve been focusing more on Bun Bo Hue which is a similar but spicier rice noodle soup.
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Sen Pad Thai: Holy Basil Stirfry

Sen Pad Thai is yet another Thai-inspired street food eatery from Angus An to go along with his other sister restaurants (Longtail Kitchen, Freebird Chicken, etc…). This shop is actually located in the Net Loft building at Granville Island (as opposed to the food court located in the market).
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The Birds & The Beets: Avocado Toast with Poached Egg

The Birds & The Beets is a cute little café located in the historic flatiron-shaped Hotel Europe in Gastown. Given the triangular shape of the building, the shop fronts on both Powell and Alexander Streets (but the main counter area is near the Powell Street entrance).
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Peaceful Restaurant (Kingsway): Hand-Dragged or Blade-Sheared Noodles

Peaceful Restaurant is a popular noodle house chain which recently opened a new location on Kingsway. Surprisingly, the inside of this location isn’t too small (a pet peeve of their Broadway location).
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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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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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