Friday, July 17, 2015

Basil Pasta Bar - Kitsilano

Basil Pasta Bar:
1602 Yew Street

Basil Pasta Bar has opened a new location! With the original one on Davie Street, Kitsilano, Specifically Yew Street is the home of a new budget friendly pasta spot.

Create your own Pasta

If you are unfamiliar with Basil, they are known for their $7.95 create your own pasta menu. Of course there are up charges for special items like gnocchi, but for me, you can't beat the basics.

With choices like shrimp, smoked salmon, goats cheese, and asparagus, you can't go wrong. Dinner for two for under $20, makes me a very happy man. Click to add a blog post for Basil Pasta Bar on Zomato

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kits Sushi (Kitsilano)

Kits Sushi,
1518 Yew Street, Vancouver

Sushi = Good
Beach= Good
Sushi + Beach = Good Good

Kits Sushi is just off of Cornwall on Yew street. A prime location right by Kits Beach surrounded
by good other establishments like Hapa, Nook, and Local.

I come here every now and then since I just work down the street and get
there 2 item + miso soup $6.95 special.

Miso Soup

Miso soup...what to say, it is good, that's it.

Spicy Tuna Roll, Salmon Tempura Roll

You have the option to choose from a number of menu items. I am a sucker for Spicy Tuna Rolls
so I naturally chose it. Spicy Tuna Roll is quite good here, the Salmon Tempura roll was kind of 'bleh' but otherwise good. I have no really tried much else off of the menu
so cannot comment on how other things are.

Good quick eats
Does not break the bank
Middle of the road Sushi Spot

Kits Sushi on Urbanspoon

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cactus Club - Coquitlam (Schoolhouse/Lougheed)

Cactus Club Cafe
101 Schoolhouse St, Coquitlam, BC

Quick post, been a, life, all that stuff got in the way. Today the lady and
I headed to Cactus Club in Coquitlam for a quick bite.

They have a decent patio to sit and relax in, we went around 4:30pm and
had the place pretty much all to ourselves.

The Brazilian - fresh muddled kiwi, lime, sugar cane, shaken with bacardi white rum and soda, on the rocks

Beer, it was on special, nice clean taste, easy to drink..too easy..

Rob's Goat Cheese Flatbread - camrelized onions, grape tomatoes, basil pesto, wild arugula, balsamic glaze
We usually order the same thing when we come here...if it has goat cheese on it, chances are we will get it. This is a nice start to the meal, the sweetness of the balsamic vinegar goes nicely with the goat cheese.

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl - sauteed mixed vegetables, spicy yoghurt, braised red cabbage
We decided to share this. I'm not a fan of the water chestnuts but it is a pretty solid dish. Between the two of us the appy and entree were enough to leave us pleasantly satisfied.  Despite having a consistent income, I like to be cheap and share an entree.

Final Thoughts:
-I'm sure most people reading this have been to Cactus Club
so nothing new to report.
-Good food, good service, no surprises.
-They have some good drink specials throughout the week.

Cactus Club Cafe on Urbanspoon

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Boat House - White Rock, B.C.

4935 Marine Dr, White Rock, BC V4B 1C3

The Woman and I stopped by the Boat House in White Rock recently for some in between Wedding Ceremony & Reception eats.

Being that it was 4pm it was pretty quiet, so we grabbed a nice spot on the roof-top patio.

The Jalapeno Cesar $8.49 was great. Awesome drinks with a view...sometimes
life can be pretty tough.

We got a couple starters, one being the Ahi Tuna Tacos $13.99. These were great and thankfully it came with four so there was no resentment between how many we got to eat. They were not very filling but they tasted fantastic.

The Yam Fries $7.99 came with a masala curry ketchup and harissa mayo. I normally avoid ketchup
on everything but this stuff was good. A good value? Perhaps not, but my girlfriend and I both enjoyed them.

I feel like you could spend a lot of money here if you don't watch out. When I go out i'd prefer to just get a couple smaller items and share them so I was happy with what I got here.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Kitsaya Sushi - Kitsilano

Kitsaya Sushi
3105 West Broadway Vancouver, B.C.

I used to come here when it was called Kitsilano Sushi..I don't know when they changed names
but it had been a good 6 or 7 years since I had last come here. Much to the dismay of the servers, my dad and I (being frugal) would order their 18 piece sushi special and split it between the two of us.

I started coming back here in the Summer of 2012 and it was pretty much the same as I remember, they still had their $5.95 special, and now being a cheap student I would still get it.

My heart broke a little bit on this particular visit. Sometime in the last two months they changed
the $5.95 price to $6.95. I'm not sure which emotion I should be feeling..anger?..sadness? .. betrayal?
All kidding aside, I came for an early lunch and went with the special anyways.

So what does $6.95 now get you?

6 piece california roll
6 piece yam tempura roll
6 piece tuna roll
miso soup

I find the rolls to be usually pretty good quality here. I find they have made them a bit bigger
which may seem like a good thing but personally prefer a bit smaller.
For $7 I was satiated nicely and have no complaints.
I'm a little choked about the price increase, but they have had that going on for years and years and
eventually people raise their prices. 

In case anyone cares about miso soup (I know I do) here it is.
A funny little anecdote, a young girl, no older than 3 was having lunch
with her mom at the same time. When the waitress came to take their order,
she ever so quite elequently asked for miso soup, and yummy soba.I think
it was supposed to be yaki-soba but I can't deny that it is not yummy. I thought it was
cute/funny...don't judge me!

Kitstaya Sushi on Urbanspoon


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