July 29, 2013
Sushi Han, Richmond BC
Crab Salad Nigiri
There were many individuals eating at Sushi Han so I decided to join them. The service was quick and friendly and the food was quite satisfying.
The Paris Roll had smoked salmon, avocado, and lettuce. I did not care much for the salmon but it was a good combination of savoury and creamy.
The Oyako Don lacked a tad of the sweet broth to go with all the rice but the flavour was light and delicious. The egg was nicely scrambled with the caramelized onions and the chicken was very tender and juicy.
The Geso Nigiri had a piece of very chewy squid. It had a mild BBQ flavour but could hardly be bitten through. It had wasabi between the squid and rice, the traditional Japanese way of eating nigiri sushi. The rice was vinegary and good.
The Crab Salad Nigiri had a lot of crab salad so the ratio of topping to rice was good. The imitation crab was mixed with plenty of mayonnaise to give it a creamy texture and bring out the natural sweetness.
Sushi Han is clearly very popular for casual lunches. The meal came in around $15 so it was definitely acceptable. I will be back for sure!
July 26, 2013
Taco Luis, Richmond BC
Veg. Crisp Taco
Bean Crispy Burrito
Richmond has never been a good place for Mexican food but a taco is a taco. I mean, how bad can it get? Well, turns out it can be pretty bad but still, it is at least identifiable as something with Mexican origins.
The Veg. Crisp Taco, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, carrots, banana peppers, hot peppers, rice, beans, and guacamole was the most un-Mexican Mexican food ever. I have never seen guacamole so liquid that it can be pumped out of a bottle. This one was though. At least the salsa was sweet and good despite not being authentic at all.
The Bean Crispy Burrito was good with the overly sweet salsa dips that had absolutely no chunks of anything in it. It was refried beans wrapped in a tortilla and fried so I did not expect it to be horrible.
July 25, 2013
Shogun, Richmond BC
Chicken Teriyaki Rice
I chose Shogun in the Lansdowne Centre food court for a healthy dinner option after yoga. They have a nice variety of rolls for a fast food place and your generic rice and noodle entrees.
The California Roll was okay. The rice was not the best – not enough vinegar and was a touch hard. The ratio of filling to rice was good but there was not enough Japanese mayonnaise mixed in with the imitation crab so it was not very creamy.
The Chicken Teriyaki Rice was a little disappointing. The vegetables were good and the sauce was okay. The chicken did not taste very fresh, though, and at first I thought it was a touch undercooked. However, it was white all the way through but I guess just not very fresh.
July 25, 2013
Jimmy The Greek, Richmond BC
Spinach Cheese Pie
Having had too many gyros back on campus, I tried the Spinach Cheese Pie from Jimmy The Greek for something flaky yet savoury. I wish there were more spinach and cheese. However, the flaky pastry was nicely toasted yet chewy and had a decent buttery flavour.
July 25, 2013
Sushi Ten, Richmond BC
Going out for lunch by myself, I decided to give Sushi Ten a try. They were pretty busy with take out orders for such a small store. There were always people either eating in or taking out.
The Tiger Roll was great, with ebi on the outside covered with spicy sauce, or rather gochujang. I love the mix of sweet and spicy. Inside was your regular California roll – imitation crab, avocado, and cucumber. Despite the slight simplicity, the roll was big and fresh, and thus very tasty.
The Banzai Roll was also tasty, with two prawn tempura inside along with kani, avocado, and cucumber. On top were unagi sauce and mayonnaise. This roll was also very good, thanks in part to the sauces for all the flavours. The prawn tempura was nice and the size was also very good for the price.
With most of these rolls around $5, Sushi Ten is extremely affordable. More importantly, it is very fresh and thus the sushi tastes great.
July 19, 2013
Ivar’s Seafood Bar, Bellingham WA
Fish ‘n Chips
I was shopping by myself in Bellis Fair Mall while my parents headed to Costco. Deciding I have had enough after 20 minutes and not wanting to wait for my salad from Costco, I went to the food court and settled for Ivar’s Seafood Bar.
The Shrimp Cocktail was simple yet refreshing. The shrimp were tender and sweet and the cocktail sauce tangy. The celery made it crunchy and light.
The Fish ‘n Chips were not good, though. Everything was freshly fried so the French fries were crispy on the outside and piping hot. However, they were still frozen fries. The fish was also not the best. The cod was not great, though. It was flaky but not moist enough. The batter was more like a powdery mixture and very thin. It was not sticking together either, just way to thin. The pieces were small and skinny as well.
I guess fish and chips is best left to piers and docks. Only then will there be quality and quantity combined for the best value.
July 18, 2013
Togo Sushi, Richmond BC
Who would want McDonald’s when you can have delicious sushi at similar prices right next door? That’s how Togo Sushi first caught my eye – displays of delicious-looking rolls were so tempting when you are lining up for McDonald’s. This little restaurant mostly has to-go customers but also a couple of seats for those who would like to eat there.
The Kamikaze Roll was salmon on top of a spicy salmon roll. This would be perfect for any salmon lover. The fish, even that in the spicy salmon, was very fresh. I liked how the spicy salmon came in pretty large pieces. It was spicy but not burning. The rice was also quite nice.
The Awesome Roll did its name justice. On top of the California roll was cooked salmon, masago, green onion, teriyaki sauce, spicy mayo, and a ton of yam strings. I loved the spicy and sweet from the two sauces. The salmon was nice and the imitation crab and avocado inside the roll were sweet and creamy. The yam strings made it outstanding though. With the sauces, it was sweet on two different levels and slightly spicy… and very crunchy.
Togo Sushi had very friendly service and reasonable prices ($6.50 for the Kamikaze Roll and $7.95 for the Awesome Roll). No, they don’t have reusable plates and chopsticks, but for such a small place in Richmond Centre, they really don’t need to. It’s still a great option – better than Umi up in the food court due to more variety and cheaper prices, and the fact that it is made-to-order.
July 16, 2013
Thai Express, Richmond BC
Shrimp Spring Roll
Tofu Pad Thai
Ever since Thai Express landed in Richmond Centre a few years back, my faith in food courts had been restored. It is seriously a great little stall with fresh, made-to-order generic Thai dishes. The flavours are usually pretty good, though!
The Shrimp Spring Roll was like one of those from Vietnam, with vermicelli, lettuce, carrot, bean sprouts, and shrimp inside, wrapped in rice paper. The peanut dipping sauce was sweet and lovely.
The Tofu Pad Thai had great flavour. No, it’s not real tamarind and instead, was more of a ketchup-based sauce. Still, it was good, and I did not really expect authentic. The portion was decent. I could have used more vegetables and the tofu did not really stay crispy but rather had soggy batter. The noodles were not overcooked though and it was still pretty good!
Now that Richmond Centre has built the Dining Terrace food court, the dining environment is so much more elegant, with comfy booth seats, high seats, group tables, couches, and convenient trash stations. This is certainly one of the best food courts I have been to, especially thanks to the decor.
July 13, 2013
Red Fish Blue Fish, Victoria BC
Cod Fish + Chips
Tomato Basil Chilli Cod Tacone
Each day just got hotter and hotter but I had to leave Victoria soon and I was not about to do so without having tried the most popular fish and chips in the city from the establishment of Red Fish Blue Fish, housed in a cute little shack on the edge of the water. I waited for around an hour on a sunny Saturday but my hard work paid off – the food was fabulous!
I started with Cod Fish + Chips. The batter on the cod was thick, crunchy, not too greasy, and had just wonderful flavours and texture. The fish was flaky and moist. The chips were fresh but the fish was fresher. The tartar sauce was nice and tangy, and the coleslaw was crunchy and by no means overdressed.
The Tomato Basil Chilli Cod Tacone was a daily special. The seasoned cod was grilled to perfection with the fish still flaky and moist but also very flavourful. I loved the coleslaw with the fish and the soft taco shell. The lime pickle aioli added another layer of flavour, making it tangy and fit for summer.
The Seafood Poutine, with shrimp, fish, and tuna belly bacon bits in a light, creamy miso-clam gravy, garnished with green onions and crispy shallots. It was quite salty but the texture was great and it was decently rich.
It is no wonder that there is always a long line down the dock outside Red Fish Blue Fish. They honestly need to speed up their ordering and cooking process as the line is just ridiculous. Very inefficient, if you ask me. The food, at reasonable prices, though, is just fantastic!