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Last fall, I was invited to a fun dinner at Tasty Indian Bistro where I was picked up in downtown Vancouver by the Vancouver Trolley Company then taken to the North Delta restaurant. While the food was great, it’s always hard to evaluate a restaurant based on the food they serve at an event. So when we were looking for an Indian restaurant for lunch the other day, we went back to Tasty to give it another try.

Lunch at Tasty Indian Bistro

Food

The Vegetable Pakora was very good. It was crispy outside, but light and pillowy inside. You could see and taste the pieces of vegetables in the batter. The tamarind sauce brought some sweetness to it, while the mint sauce added freshness to the fried dough. We like the size of the pakora, taking only two bites each.

Vegetable Pakora

I’m a fan of Saag dishes (in a spiced spinach cream sauce). Instead of paneer, this time we ordered Lamb Saag. The meat was tender, still with a bit of gamey taste, and it was really good. (more…)

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Believe it or not, to this day I still haven’t been to Vij’s. Yes, I know. The closest thing was Vij’s Railway Express, the food truck. So when My Shanti was opened last year in South Surrey, it presented the perfect opportunity for me to get one step closer to Vij’s. We invited WK and MS to join us on a double date.

Dinner at My Shanti

Food

Going to an Indian restaurant, it’s hard for Mr. to not order a Mango Lassi. So he did. It’s relatively light for a mango lassi, not overwhelmingly thick. There were lots of acidity from the yogurt but just a hint of sweetness from the mango puree. It tasted natural and Mr. liked it.

Mango Lassi

I ordered the Shaam Masti, a very fruit-forward cocktail. It reminded me of a mojito, refreshing but a bit more tart from the use of citrus juice and blueberry jam. I quite enjoyed it.

Shaam Masti

We shared a couple of appetizers to start. First, Chhatra Sagar’s Wild Boar Kebabs were nicely charred, well seasoned with a good mix of herbs and spices. To WK and MS it was a bit dry, but knowing that wild boar is leaner than pork I thought they were tasty with just the right amount of juiciness. The accompanying chutney offered some sweetness and tartness that worked well with the sausage-like kebabs.

Chhatra Sagar’s wild boar kebabs

We’ve had pakoras before, but never oyster ones. Here the Goan Oyster Pakoras were an excellent deal!
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Dinner with friends brought us to Saffron on Kingsway near Metrotown. Many years ago I ate there once; the fact that it’s still standing to this day must be a good sign.

Food

After we placed our order, we received some complimentary Papadum with a mint and lime sauce. It’s like the comp bread basket at a western restaurant, but chickpea-based crackers. They were crispy, not salty, and the dipping sauce had prominent minty flavours and some acidity from the lime juice. That whetted our appetite.

Papadum

Because it was a Saturday, dinner buffet was not an option. A la carte style only. Remembering how much I liked the Lamb Saagwala at Palki, I ordered a Saag Gosht with Lamb and see how it fairs out. It wasn’t as creamy as Palki but it seemed to have richer flavours from the mix of spices. The meat was tender, not gamey though, and some even had a bit of fatty parts so it was even more enjoyable. The meat pieces could be bigger.

Saag Gosht

According to the menu, each entree comes with basmati rice, but you could actually substitute it with naan bread. (more…)

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Think of a restaurant that you’ve been to once, and see if you can recall ten distinctive features about it. Personally, I often find that to be a challenge. When you walk inside East is East, you are greeted by servers with Chai Tea as you wait. As you look around you will see walls that are covered with Himalayan salt bricks, decorative rugs and cushions cover the bench seats, tables and chairs that are cut from whole driftwood tree trunks, high ceilings with decorative art, and the list goes on.

Before we even got to our table, East is East already managed to create a dining experience like no other. You can easily picture yourself as a traveller in the Middle East, walking into a dazzling local eatery after your day of adventures.

I’ve always been proud as the guy that can see past the sizzle and taste the steak. But attention to detail like this goes a long way to build a lasting impression. Of course, the real test is still the food, which will determine if it will be a good, or bad unforgettable experience.

A few weeks ago, Alice from East is East graciously invited Joyce and me to sample what they have to offer. And you can tell from the photos below, we weren’t shy about ordering.

So let me tell you a bit about what we had on this lovely evening: (more…)

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For the past 3 years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to attend the BC Healthy Chef Competition. Once again thanks to work, I joined a few other colleagues at this much sought after event. The purpose of the Healthy Chef Competition is to promote healthy eating while raising money for the Mix it Up! campaign, Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Chefs representing 9 units were competing against each other by cooking up some tasty entrees and desserts using fruit and vegetables. Here is the list of competing units this year:

  • The Art Institute of Vancouver
  • Copper Chimney
  • Dynasty Seafood
  • Grand Dynasty Seafood
  • The Hyatt Regency Vancouver
  • Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
  • Prestons
  • River Rock Casino Resort
  • Tivoli’s Restaurant
Guests waiting for the event to start

Guests waiting for the event to start

Besides cooking, the 9 restaurants also had to put together a creative display as they were being judged on that. Here are a few that caught my eyes:

Before we went on separate ways to line up for our entrees and desserts, each of us was served the Al a Minute Warm Smoked Salmon prepared by the team at Hyatt Regency Vancouver. (more…)

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Continuing my food truck adventures with KB and AM, our next stop was Soho Road Naan Kebab. It was their second last day stationed at the corner of Howe and Smithe. As of today, they should be at Granville and Georgia, a much more central location, in my opinion.

Soho Road Naan Kebab

Soho Road Naan Kebab

Food

I believe in “less is more” when it comes to menu planning, that excelling in a small menu is much better than doing mediocre in a large menu. Therefore, I was pleased to see a focused menu – just 4 items. Each customer also receives a sample of Mango Lassi for free. It’s really good but would be even better if properly chilled. Couldn’t tell whether you could actually order a full size drink or not.

Mango Lassi Sample

a Mango Lassi Sample

Of the three meat options, I chose Tandoori Chicken, given that they claim to serve “Traditional UK Tandoori” – it must be their specialty item. The skewers of tandoori chicken does look pretty good on the back of the truck.

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

It does take a few minutes for the food, but I know it’s freshly made. (more…)

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Every other Friday this summer, KB, AM and I would go enjoy the nice weather and stop by a food truck for lunch. When it was my turn to pick, I suggested Vij’s Railway Express.

Vij's Railway Express

Vij’s Railway Express

If you are slightly into food, you would know Vikram Vij. Regrettably, I have never been to Vij’s Restaurant or even Rangoli; so when I heard that Vij’s mobile truck is just around the corner of my office, it immediately got on my “hit list”.

Vij's Railway Express

Vij’s Railway Express

Having heard that line-ups could be long, we got there just after 11:30am and there’s already a line formed. The line never got any shorter from that point on. There was constantly 15 or so people waiting in line. We waited 10 minutes to place our order, and another 10 minutes for food. I really hoped that the food was worth the 20-minute wait.

Long line-up

Long line-up

Food

The food of Vij’s Railway Express is inspired by the railway journey in India. The menu changes on a regular basis, featuring items that represent different regions of India.

Decorations on the truck

Decorations on the truck

I ordered the Lucknow Lamb Kebabs, which has spicy ground lamb kebabs wrapped in a chapati, a thin Indian flatbread.

Lucknow Lamb Kababs

Lucknow Lamb Kababs – Inspired by the region of Lucknow

This was really good! (more…)

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