Pho D’lite

Hey Everyone,
So since recently finding out that there was no pho near my place, once I discovered that Pho D’lite would be opening up at Solo, I was thinking wow, someone is definitely taking advantage of the fact they will be the only pho restaurant in the Brentwood area!

 

The interior looked very modern, and rightfully so as it was a brand new restaurant. They had very unique chairs that didn’t look very comfortable, but actually were.

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Ryuu Japanese Kitchen- Richmond

Hey everyone,

Yesterday Phil and I went to the McArthur Glen Outlet to purchase some tshirts for Phils football team. Since it was during dinner time, we decided to check out if the new Japanese restaurant was opened yet. We were happy to see that there is finally a Japanese restaurant at the outlet so we decided to go try it out! It was during dinner time and the restaurant was pretty dead. There were a few tables here and there but probably because it’s still brand new and not a lot of people know about this place just yet.

The interior looks fresh, new, clean and bright. The staff were very prompt in filling up our tea occasionally and making sure we are doing okay.

 


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Pronto

Hey everyone!!

So currently Phil & I are in Vegas for this whole week. You’ll see a few posts from Las Vegas on our blog and if you are interested in watching our Vegas adventure, check us out on youtube! We are posting daily vlogs on our Youtube channel!

Day 1 in Vegas:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNVKeqPkeSU

So before we headed out to Vegas, we went to Pronto with a great friend of ours. Its located along Cambie and between 18th & 19th Avenue. Try finding parking at the back of the restaurant. They had a few along the alley way that was free parking after 6pm. 

When we stepped into the restaurant, we waited approximately 5 minutes and nobody from their staff walked up to us to ask if we were helped. There were quite a few staff members that passed by us and we were totally ignored. Since it was our first time at this restaurant, I decided to walk up to the one at the cashier till and ask her if we seat ourselves or someone is supposed to help us. She seemed like she was trying to fix something in the till and answered with a quick no, we help you out. BUT she doesn’t tell one of her staff to assist us….. So we were just standing in front of her for a few minutes, confused, not sure what to do…and then FINALLY a blonde lady from their staff team saw us and decided to ask if we were helped. We answered no, and she quickly brought us to a table at their back patio. Right off the bat, this place already gave poor service so I was really hoping the food will be MUCH better than their service. 

Their menus were very limited. Not that many options to choose from. They have their primary Pastas, got two pizza options, salads, sides, etc. Their back “patio” was pretty interesting. It was like we were within a tall sealed tent with heaters all around. The lighting was very dim, so pls don’t mind my photos. 😛

Our friend got the Gnocchi with pesto (minus the Pancetta- since he doesn’t eat meat)- hand made potato gnocchi with creamy pesto & parmesan cheese (he substituted the Pancetta with mushrooms) $18.00.

I got the Rigatoni Boscaiolo- proscuitto, sundried tomatoes, cremini mushroom & garlic in cream sauce $16.00. I thought the sauce was very watery and didn’t mix with the pasta, so when I ate the pasta, it barely had any flavour. The sauce didn’t absorb into the pasta so it was lacking flavour for sure. The portion was decent sized and filling. 

Phil ordered the Margherita pizza – tomato sauce, mozzarella, sliced roma tomatoes & fresh basil ($15.00). Surprisingly the pizza was MUCH better than the pastas. Considering their main focus is not on pizzas, their Margherita pizza was delicious! The ingredients were spread out evenly within the pizza. For $15.00, you get a very good portion. The size is shareable among 2-3 people. Great flavour, fresh ingredients and the dough tasted great. It was crunchy and soft at the same time. Definitely recommend trying out their Margherita Pizza if you come here.

Food: 3/5

Service: 2/5
After the situation from the beginning, the service did not improve after that. We were lacking water for the longest time and our waitress actually saw our bottle emptied but decided not to refill it until we asked. Service was slow and we were definitely not happy about it.

Price: $$

Overall Rating: 2.5/5

Thanks for reading!
-Jess

Pronto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Whole Foods Burnaby

Hey everyone!

Welcome back to Domo Is Craving! The other day, Phil and I stopped by the new Whole Foods in Burnaby. They’ve officially opened one under the new Solo residential building. With new residents moving in, this a great way to unite the community! They have everything you need around this neighbourhood. They’ve got Boston Pizza, Sushi Garden, soon to open a Shoppers Drug Mart, etc… Anyways, since we were around the neighbourhood, we decided to grab some lunch at the new Whole Foods. I’ve tried their food before in the Cambie location, so I thought i’ll see what type of selections they’ll have at this new location.

The overall design layout is very similar to the Cambie location. The food selection in the Burnaby location has a bit more variety. They had multiple soups to choose from, extremely overpriced sushi (a box of packaged sushi costs $9.99…) pizzas, etc. Phil went for a pizza and I got a box and filled it up with whatever I want.

So I grabbed some Garlic Pasta, Bacon Chedder Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese, Teriyaki Chicken and I believe the other chicken was a maple garlic chicken? (approx. $8-10)
I also got a side Chicken Noodle Soup (approx. $5.50)

All prices are “approx” because I totally forgot to keep the receipt and my brain only can remember so much… So here are my thoughts on the food…

The garlic pasta was plain, cold, bland and pretty much not worth your time trying.
The bacon chedder mac & cheese tasted WAY better than the plain mac & cheese that I’ve tried at the Cambie location. Not as cheesy as I want it to be, but fills you up and is a decent option.
Teriyaki chicken was great, loved the flavour and was cooked very well!
The other chicken was good too but the meat was kind of dry.
The Chicken noodle soup, at least what I scooped up, had no chicken. Not my preferable place to get soup and the soup was pretty pricey in my opinion.

For Phil’s pizza, he liked it alot. Don’t remember which one he got! But he had no complaints towards their pizza options! So he would recommend getting that at Whole Foods.

Obviously I had to try out their coffee! Their coffee bar is not a cafe style like the Cambie location. Their coffee station is near the primary seating area and is near the bread, pastries section. I just ordered their original coffee in small and it was good!

Service: N/A

Food: 2.5/5- basing on just my own food that I got.

Price: $- basing it on what I paid for for my meal, it was pretty pricey.

Rating: 2.5/5

Thanks for reading!
-Jess

Whole Foods Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

TaiShoKen Ramen

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Jess and I were in downtown for a Canucks game and we go there early to go eat somewhere nearby, and we happened upon TaiShoKen Ramen when walking around the area. It seems we’re on a ramen streak recently so without further adieu!


We beat the rush here as we only had to wait about 15 minutes or so to get a table. We were asked if we minded sharing a table with other people and we didn’t, so they paired us with the next two on the list. The restaurant isn’t that big, just like almost every other ramen restaurant so there would usually be a wait here during busy times. 

I just went with my usual ramen pick of Tonkotsu (miso) $10.25 plus Butter $1.00.


The options you can choose for your ramen are whether you want miso or karamiso, which was the spicy option, and also pork shoulder or belly. I picked just miso because I don’t like spicy, and pork belly. You don’t get to pick your noodle type or soup’s richness either.

The miso soup that I picked actually turned out kind of spicy, which was very strange. It wasn’t very rich, so it wasn’t overwhelming like Gmen soup, but it wasn’t that tasty. The noodles they use are the harder kind which I don’t like, because they don’t absorb the soup’s flavour very well, and they also don’t taste as great either in my opinion. On the other hand, it may have been a good thing these noodles didn’t absorb flavour as this soup wasn’t that great anyways. The egg was ok, nothing special. The pork belly I picked was mediocre. The piece wasn’t as big as the ones served by other ramen joints, so I was hoping it would make up for it in flavour, but that wasn’t the case. I did not find the flavour to be anything special at all. There were copious amounts of bean sprouts in here, so much to the point that I gave most of it to Jess’s bowl as she had none in her ramen. They give you the butter separate like at Jinya. The butter I added did not do much to help the overall flavour of this ramen, and I was utterly disappointed at this dish all together. The servers and chefs are all Japanese, so this was very surprising!

Jess had the Tonkotsu $9.95 at the bottom of the pic below.


Service here got off to a bad start, as after we were seated, they completely forgot to give us menus. When we finally got the attention of one of the servers to ask for menus, she said sorry as she thought we already had menus. After we had finished our meals, the couple we were sharing a table with asked for the bill first, but for some reason, the server printed out all 4 of our bills and gave them all to them! They saw that and gave us our bills afterwards (they didn’t treat us =p)

Overall this restaurant was quite disappointing as I was thinking it would be another good ramen place in downtown. For a Japanese staffed ramen joint, this was surprisingly bad. It didn’t make sense to me why this place was so busy, but I guess to each their own when it comes to ramen preference, but this place did not do it for me, so I would not be recommending anyone to this place as there are far better options for ramen in downtown.

Food:
2.5/5

Service:
2.5/5

Price:
$$

Overall:
2.5/5

Thanks for reading everyone! I think this is the lowest I’ve ever rated a ramen place so far, so don’t munch here!
– Phil

Taishoken Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wildleaf

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So after quite a wait for what would take over the previous location of Lung Kee at the Aberdeen Food Court, it turned out to be Wildleaf, a Vietnamese cuisine food court stall! 



So there used to be another Vietnamese cuisine food court stall at Aberdeen where Yougo Chicken currently is, and I used to go there for their banh mi’s, but ever since they left, Aberdeen was missing that Vietnamese cuisine! Let’s see if Wildleaf is the missing piece, or potentially another short-lived food court stall at Aberdeen.

They appear to be Chinese owned, as the staff there were all speaking Cantonese to the customers. 

I was there with my colleague, so we wanted to try as many of their items as possible to get a full review.

I had the Lemon Grass Chicken Rice $8.75 and added a Vietnamese Spring Roll $1.00.

So the chicken dish itself does not look like much to begin with. When you compare this with other restaurants’ Lemon Grass Chicken with rice, such as Thai Son, you will find that for the same price, or in this case more, you get significantly less chicken, and the overall amount of food was just visually less than what you would get elsewhere. This was a very bad first impression based on the visuals of the dish already. Another point on the visuals was that this chicken did not look like any of the lemon grass chicken I’ve had before. It almost looked like the chicken you could get from those Chinese food court stalls where you pick rice or noodle along with three to four meat or veggie options. The taste confirmed what my eyes told me, as this tasted very different than the usual lemon grass chicken, and not in a good way. It definitely tasted like the chicken you could buy in the premade hot meals from T&T. In fact the more I think about it, the more it seems this chicken was taken straight from those T&T premade hot meals! I’m not saying this tasted bad, but I’m saying if you ordered this expecting it to be lemon grass chicken, you are going to be disappointed. The chicken tasted good, just not what I was expecting from this order. The quantity of chicken was another downer as you could visually count five to six pieces of chicken there. 

The side dishes comprised of this pickled cabbage, radish, and carrot salad, and what my colleague called shredded pork. This was the shredded radish looking thing on the side, which I did not really like, and you know I don’t like eating pickled salads, so both side dishes were a bust for me. I know Jess would have liked the pickled salad, but she wasn’t here to eat it, so too bad!


Now onto the spring roll. $1 gets you one piece of this spring roll, which was again not like the usual spring rolls you would expect from a Vietnamese restaurant. This one had an unusual amount of mushrooms and vermicelli in it, which again gave it more of a Chinese flavour to it than the usual spring rolls I eat from Vietnamese restaurants. It was an ok spring roll, but nothing great. 

I had a cold lemon tea $1.00 to drink, which was exactly like what you would get from any of the other Chinese food court stalls at this food court.

Onto my colleague’s food! He had the Special Soup Noodle (house special pho) or as their menu board calls it, Combination Mix: All Kinds of Beef with Rice Noodle in Soup $7.95.


Now house special pho’s usually come with rare beef, but as you can see, all of the meat here looks pretty well done already. My colleague pointed out that the soup had a peculiar smell to it, a certain “stink” as he would put it. His thoughts were that the soup isn’t the best, the beef is pretty well done, and if you want pho in a food court, this is not a bad option, but of course he would rather go to an actual pho place. It’s a decent sub $10 meal, but you definitely do not get as much meat here as you would at a typical pho restaurant. Kind of reminds you of what happened with the lemon grass chicken eh? He said only the noodles and meatballs reminded him of pho, nothing else. 

Of course they provide you with the typical pho condiments at their stall:

Now onto the banh mi! I had the Assorted Vietnamese Cold Cuts Ham Baguette $4.50

The size of this was similar to a typical banh mi. The ingredients used seemed similar, and the layout of it was good, as they wrapped the veggies inside the meat. There could have been more meat here, but it was ok for the sandwich. The bun was toasted well to give it a nice crunch, and the flavour of the banh mi itself was not bad. This was the best item out of our entire order, and although I can’t say this was a great banh mi, it passes for something I would order again next time I’m there, but the same can’t be said for the pho and lemon grass chicken with rice. 

Overall this was somewhat of a disappointing dining experience. Both the pho and lemon grass chicken had too much of a Chinese influence in them that it took away from the Vietnamese aspect of their food. The food itself is not bad if they didn’t try and call it Vietnamese cuisine, but since they did, I just cannot consider their lemon grass chicken to be anything close to what Vietnamese restaurants are making, and the same can be said about their pho as well. If anything, this would only be a good place to grab a banh mi for a quick bite at the food court when you don’t want to get a full meal. Otherwise you’re better off going elsewhere if you’re craving for Viet food at Aberdeen.

Food:
2.5/5

Price:
$

Overall:
2.5/5

Thanks for reading everyone! Let me know if you agree or disagree with my review if you’ve tried their food in the comments below. Munch on!
– Phil

Wildleaf Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ricky’s All Day Grill

Hey everyone!

The other day me & Phil decided to go try out Ricky’s All Day Grill. It was a weekday and we were trying to choose a place to eat dinner. Without looking at any previous reviews, we decided to head to Ricky’s. We were really curious what Ricky was all about considering they have multiple locations throughout Canada. We got there around 7pm, which is the usual prime dinner time. When we walked in, there was nobody. It was completely empty and the host was sitting at one of the back booths talking on the phone.

We were seated at one of the booths in the middle. The interior reminded me of the old Denny’s & Swiss Chalet mixed. The menu looks quite new and they had many options available. The menu reminded me of what Denny’s and Swiss offers too but the price range was shockingly expensive.

I ordered the Baked Chicken Tetrazzini ($15.99)– Penne pasta with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, sweet piquante peppers and slice grilled chicken breast in a white wine alfredo sauce baked with 4 cheeses.

The portion was much smaller than I expected. I was actually able to finish majority of this dish and still feel a lack of satisfaction. Usually when I ordered these baked pastas elsewhere, I’m never near to finishing. The sauce on this dish was very liquidy. Overall the sauce did taste good but the amount you get for $16 bucks compared to what you could get from elsewhere was a major difference. The garlic bread on the side was crunchy and soft, so it was good.


Phil ordered the Perfect Prime Rib Sandwich ($15.99)– House roasted, melt in your mouth tender slices of Canadian prime rib, with 2 slices of Canadian Chedder and wasabi horseradish aioli, piled high on a ciabatta bun with crispy onion tanglers and au jus.

The prime ribs were definitely not “melt in your mouth” like described on their menu. Phil was having a lot of trouble biting into the sandwich without pulling all the prime rib out. The prime ribs were chunked up together and made it very difficult for Phil to eat. The prime ribs were placed very unevenly on the bun, so half of it would have more meat than the other. The overall of the sandwich was average and was nothing spectacular. The fries were okay but could use a little bit more salt & pepper to have better flavor.

Service: 2.5/5
After dinner, obviously I looked online to see what other peoples reviews would be. I understand why people would be upset about the service. It was a middle aged, asian woman in her 30-40’s who was serving us that night and in her tone she sounded impatient. Which was strange because we were the only customers. She would constantly, and I mean constantly ask us every few minutes whether we want tea, coffee, or soft drink. I understand asking once at the beginning of our meal but multiple times was a bit excessive. Once we were done eating, which was around 7:30pm, we like to sit around and chit chat and enjoy. She quickly came along, cleared up our plates and handed us our bill. I mean, you could say it’s quick service or it could also cause a sense of “kicking us out”. We decided to just getting bubble tea at Chatime and just chat there considering it was a bit awkward being the only customers there. When we stepped out of the restaurant the waitress went to turn off the “OPEN” sign right away. We checked online and they were suppose to close at 8pm, but I guess she was just in a hurry to close up early to go home. 

Food: 2.5/5

Price: $$
There’s a lot of similar style restaurants out there and they offer much higher quality food for a lesser amount. 

Overall Rating: 2.5/5

Have a wonderful long weekend everyone!
-Jess
Ricky's All Day Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato