Posts with tag "- Yaletown"

Between Two Buns

With a cheeky name like that (all pun intended), this new shop has sandwiches that are as playfully creative. As with the local food trend, they use ingredients that are seasonal, fresh and organic.

Between Two Buns is located on Homer Street a block away from JJ Beans; a perfect convenient lunch spot for the Yaletown techies and fashionistas. We arrived around peak lunch time and it was pretty full with a lineup. It’s a small spot that can seat about 20 people but I think they can fit at least one more table in. The ordering part was pretty fast but the waiting for the food part should have been faster. Maybe there was a huge takeout order (but didn’t see someone walking out with a huge doggie bag) or just Freshman hiccups but we did wait quite awhile for our sandwiches.

When the food came, it was good to see my order was still hot. I got the supposedly healthy The Hot Chick

It’s a hearty sandwich layered with Moroccan chickpea patty, roasted red pepper harissa, baby arugula, and grilled zucchini.  I really liked the crunch from the patty mixed with the freshness the arugula.  The unique salad was a mix of green and black lentils, arugula, and zucchini.  A very hearty decent lunch combo for $9.

My fellow coworkers tried the new menu addition: The Big Kahuna

It’s a big sandwich of grilled ahi tuna, cucumbers, and arugula. I didn’t try it but it’s a good indicator when the coworkers scarfed it down quickly.

Aside from the slow food preparation time, Between Two Buns is a nice welcome to the hood. The sandwiches are unique and gourmet, and they are open to customer suggestions for new ones. Their sides shouldn’t be underestimated with a 5 pound poutine as an option….can someone say clogged arteries.

Between Two Buns
1271 Homer Street
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The Flying Pig

A very neighborhood uncharacteristic restaurant opened in Yaletown. What do I mean by uncharacteristic? Well, Yaletown is synonymous with chic trendy lounges and restaurants. A few weeks ago, the Flying Pig, a restaurant more suited to hipster historical Gastown, quietly opened among the hip and happening and hip length skirts. The restaurant refers to itself as ‘nouveau Canadian bistro’ which apparently means seasonal, local, comfort foods.

The decor and atmosphere feels like a restaurant that could have been comfortable along side Salt Tasting Room and Cork and Fin: the room is spacious with touches of rustic, whimsical, humble, and historical.

The menu was ‘cutely’ attached to the board with rubberbands (totally kitsch but smart too when they need to change up the dishes). It was varied selection of comfort foods with noticeably local ingredients like ‘Queen Charlotte Halibut’ and ‘Chilliwack Corn’

To share, we ordered the light Beetroot and Arugula Salad

It also had whipped chevre with a splash of apple walnut cider vinaigrette. It was simple fresh salad and vinaigrette was light and tangy – a good palette cleanser for our dishes to come.

I ordered the Pan Seared Queen Charlotte Halibut

The halibut was served on top of crispy gnocchi, chilliwack corn nage. The first few bites of the halibut was way too salty and then it got more edible; seemed like the chef need to go easy on the seasoning as third of the fish was over salted. The fish itself was moist and flaky, and aside from the uneven seasoning, it was cooked well. The chef must have missed the memo on the gnocchi because it was not crispy at all as described on the menu but it was still nice and chewy.

My dining and wine-ing friend decided on the Veal Piccata

The veal was served on top of parmesan risotto and caper brown butter. The thinly sliced veal was very soft and tender to the bite and the risotto ‘buttery’. Even though it was all cooked well, the combination of brown butter and risotto gave me a last impression of ‘mush’.

When I first stepped in the restaurant, I think it was the owner who greeted me, was attentive and cheerful. However, throughout the night the wait staff wasn’t really on the ball with promptness and memory capacity.

The food in general was pretty good and there is a number of dishes on the menu which makes me want to go back to try. It still has a few Freshmen bumps to iron out but worth giving it another shot. Even my dining partner begrudgingly admits he doesn’t mind stepping foot in Yaletown again and making The Flying Pig another dinner destination.

The Flying Pig
1168 Hamilton Street
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Paul Stirfry Chopstick House

Paul Stirfry Chopstick House is probably the first restaurant that made me cringed when I first learned of the name. I can’t really put my finger to it but as an individual of Asian background I actually felt offended. I hope ‘Paul’ created the name with maybe irony and cheekiness in mind.

Paul Stirfry’s theme is South East Asian Street Food with a West Coast twist. The menu specializes in healthy alternatives like vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free healthy items. Even though Paul’s is literally 1 min away from my building, I initially had no desire to check it out. Early reviewers felt the prices were way too high for the food that claims to be ‘street food’ and criticized the food preparation and portions. Since I grew up with ‘stir fry’ as part of my diet, any noodle or rice bowl over $8 seems preposterous. Well the restaurant paid heed to its customers and have since lowered their prices by a $1 or so.

I’ve been to Paul’s a couple of times now and to be honest the ‘local’ discount coupons lured me in. Thus this post is based on the times I’ve been there.

Paul’s restaurant is small but cleanly designed with a couple of tvs to entice the Canuck fans. The first time I went I ordered one of the ‘Build Your Own’ bowls where you choose a base, your protein, and starch. I picked The Red Head with Shanghai noodles.

The Red Heat is a spicy combination of ginger garlic, sambal soy, bok choy, carrots, snow peas, and fresh herbs. It was nice to see fresh vegetables to add the crunch and healthiness to the bowl. But even with the ginger garlic and sambal soy, I would have preferred if they found a sauce combination stronger on the sambal than soy. After I was done, there was a little pool of sauce at the bottom. So I think if the sauce base was a thicker it’ll coat the noodles better and providing more flavour to each bite. Along with my meal, I had ordered a white. I had to wait for it because it was a brand new bottle that wasn’t chilled yet. The cute waitress came by often to check on my meal and apologized for the lateness of the wine. I was almost done with my noodle bowl when my wine came; they ended up comping my wine. Dear Restaurants Elsewhere, this is an example of excellent customer service.

I was still hungry so I ordered some satay skewers to fill up the remaining spaces in my stomach. I ordered a prawn and chicken.

The satays came with the duo sauce of ginger soy and siracha aioli. The skewers were lightly seasoned but it would have nice if it had that open fire grill taste to it.

Another time I went to the restaurant was with my friends who also lived nearby. That time I ordered the Yaletown Salad (didn’t take pictures) which was a basic roughage combination of vegetable medley, romaine lettuce with a Japanese mustard and sesame dressing.

To start our meal, we shared the Surf and Turf Spring Roll with banana ketchup

The spring rolls were filled with seasoned ground beef, baby shrimp, and julienne carrots. The greasy spring rolls were just ok but I did think it was cool that I actually tasted banana in the ketchup.

Paul Stirfry has become a local popular spot to grab take out or a have a quick dinner. It helps that they have a health conscious menu that caters to the locals, rewards neighbors for their patronage, and have good customer service. I don’t know if I would come by often because I still prefer my $6 and under noodle and rice bowls. But it’s a nice low key spot to eat some comfort food while cheering for the Canucks

Paul Stirfry Chopstick House
550 Nelson Street
Vancouver, BC V6B
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