Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Pollo Torta & Everything Else from Molli Café

Molli Café serves
yummy Mexican tortas
near busy Davies.

I have to give a hat tip to Chowhound Vancouver board participant, Grayelf (@grayelfvan), for bringing attention to this small café blocks away from St. Paul's Hospital. 

Molli Café blends into the apartment complex it's located in and doesn't stand out.  I’m sure I would have walk right by it without realizing it serves delicious Mexican food within.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Tacofino Taco Bar


Tacofino, Yeah!
The Taco Bar is rocking,
with Mexican flare.

Originating in Baja California, Mexico and beloved in Southern California, the humble but delicious fish taco has lifted some Tofino locals to lofty heights.  The Tacofino empire has expanded again with a new brick and mortar location in Gastown.

Unlike the Commissary in the East Village neighbourhood where the focus is more Vancouver Westcoast (they serve tater tots and there are lots of Asian influences), the new Tacofino Taco Bar’s menu has a more Mexican bent to it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Meh Files: Tapas from Espana


Too Much Potatoes,
Too Stingy with Seasoning,
Meh at Espana.

For 2015 I’m introducing a new type of post to the blog, The Meh Files.  These write up will be of meals that didn’t wow me or piss me off in some way.  Meals that are neither here nor there but the restaurant is notable enough to warrant a review. 

One of the most memorable meals I had in 2014 was in Toronto at Bar Isabel.  A restaurant that serves small plates with Spanish influences.  If you venture out that way, I highly recommend a visit and in particular their ceviche (it’s presentation is unique) and the Basque cake.

Unfortunately, Vancouver doesn’t have too many Spanish influenced restaurants.  I was curious to see if I just like Spanish food as a whole or just like Bar Isabel.  With the closure of Le Bodega, the one notable tapas restaurant in town is Espana.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Wonton Mein Saga: Kwong Chow Congee Noodle House


Not the best version
Or the worst either, middling.
Kwong’s wontons are meh.

I needed a pick me up and had been craving wontons for about 2 weeks.  I intended to go to Congee Noodle House but I wanted to try some place new.  Just a few blocks south on Main street is Kwong Chow Congee Noodle House.  They are more known for their unique Ostrich meat offerings at dinner than wontons but any noodle house should serve a decent wonton.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Palestinian Food from Tamam


Palestinian
Cuisine from Tamam is just
Simply delightful.

I thought this review of Tamam may never come to be.  Each time I visited this place, I walk away impressed with the food but some sort of mishaps occurred to prevent me from posting about it.  Whether it was a lighting, phone or photo malfunctions, this write up is a year in the making. 

The silver lining in all this is I’m sure that Tamam serves great food and recommend it whole-heartedly.  I’m going to amalgamate all my visits into this one post so if you notice some differences in the photos that’s why.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Food Rumble: Chicken & Waffles


Crunchy and Juicy,
Sweet and Savoury in my
Chicken and Waffles.

Soul food from the Southern U.S. of A has been creeping onto menus in Vancouver for the last 2 years.  I have enjoyed discovering the comfy soul soothing nature of grits, but the one dish that I have not delved into is Chicken & Waffles.

This sweet and savoury combo perplexes me.  In my head the two together don’t make sense but as my friends point out how is this different than sausage and pancakes?