Monday, February 28, 2011

db Bistro & Lumiere - Closing March 13th

Some sad news today :(

db Bistro and Lumiere will be closing their doors on March 13th, 2011

Unfortunately, they were unable to meet their sales expectations. I will miss these restaurants.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Hermitage

We'd bought a groupon for The Hermitage restaurant just before Christmas.  A few weeks ago, we got an email from them saying The Hermitage was closing and that we had to use our coupon soon, so we made reservations for the night before they closed.  The restaurant had a nice cozy feel to it.  Very home-y.  Located just past Robson and Burrard, it was very easy to get to.  We found out that they're rezoning that area that's pushed back off the street where The Hermitage kept its residence.  However we also found out that they're not closing for good!  They're moving to Main and 27th sometime in April I think.  Anyway, on to the food!

We each had an appetizer, main, and dessert course.  Hers was the Caesar Salad.

Caesar Salad - with garlic parmesan 
croutons and prosciutto chip

This was a pretty standard caesar salad, good but nothing special.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cattle Cafe (Burnaby)

I was meeting up a friend in Burnaby for lunch and we decided to go to the Cattle Cafe which was located in the space where Death By Chocolate used to be. Cattle Cafe and Cattle Hot Pot (Richmond) are sister restaurants and owned by the same person. Cattle Cafe is a Hong Kong Style cafe and is known for their noodle selection. There is a large menu with a variety of items where you can customize what type of soup noodles you want to eat. And the portions of the noodles here are huge!

But unfortunately, I wasn't too hungry and my friend isn't much of a noodle person. So we didn't order any soup noodles. I would like to go back and try that one day.

For lunch, I just had a luncheon meat & egg sandwich and chicken wings. I have this strange liking to Spam and egg sandwiches... My boyfriend never understood that. Maybe it's because I grew up eating it and it's comforting and reminds me of my childhood. My friend had the chicken & rice and also the chicken wings.

My sandwich also came with a drink, so I had a hot milk tea.

Hot Milk Tea

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Moderne Burger

We have passed by Moderne Burger several times while heading to D.B. Bistro, and finally had a chance to try it out after a friend invited us to dinner there.  The decor is that of a 50's diner, simple and well lit.  It's a fairly small restaurant, so they won't sit you until your entire party is there.  That meant we had to wait a bit as one of our party was late, but they were really great about it.  In fact, the service here was really fast and friendly.  The guy on the left in the picture below who I assume is the owner, even helped clear our plates and told some amusing horror stories about people trying to park out front of the restaurant after our friend's car was backed into by some idiot lady who couldn't drive.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dine Out Vancouver - Five Sails

Our final restaurant for this year's Dine Out Vancouver was Five Sails at the Fairmont Pan Pacific Hotel.  Its elegant decor is complemented with a gorgeous view of Coal Harbor.  

 We were seated promptly and given water and menus.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dine Out Vancouver - 100 Days

Our second Dine Out experience together was at 100 Days.  100 Days is a pop-up restaurant located in the OPUS Hotel and is open only for 100 days. When I walked in, my first impression of the decor was: interesting and funky. There was unique graffiti art sprayed over the walls, empty spray paint cans lining the windowsill, and the menu was written on giant chalk boards on the walls with different colour fluorescent lights illuminating them and the room.  The folding chairs give the restaurant a sense of temporary-ness which makes sense given that its time is limited, and I suppose makes it easier to redecorate as they are doing constantly throughout the restaurant's life cycle.  However they are not terribly comfortable to sit on.

We started with cocktails.  They were featuring 3 on their dine out menu, and since there were three of us, we decided to try all of them.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dine Out Vancouver - Ouisi Bistro

For Dine Out Vancouver this year, we decided to try three restaurants we'd never been to before.  First up: Ouisi!

There were two bottles of hot sauce on our table.  I'd had Franks Red Hot many times, so I tried the Auntie Bev's Hot Sauce.  It was pretty spicy and lingered for awhile.