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The culinary scene has definitely flourished in the past few years. One of which is the rise of guided food tours. Many companies have joined the playing field and offer food tours usually by the type of cuisine (e.g. food trucks) or by geographical location (e.g. Gastown). A few weeks ago I was invited  by Dishcrawl, a new player in the Vancouver market, to check out its Kits Bits & Bites tour.

Suggested by its name, it was a tour of four Kitsilano restaurants. Throughout the evening, we stopped by each restaurant and tried a trio of tasting plates. We didn’t know the list of restaurants ahead of time, only to be given a meet-up location and be surprised.

And so we met up at our first stop, Simpatico Restaurant, a Greek & Italian restaurant that has been around since 1969.  Can’t believe I’ve never heard of it! It is also the first ever restaurant Vancouver to introduce whole wheat crust pizza to their menu. I was quite excited to try this restaurant.

Simpatico Restaurant

Simpatico Restaurant

Simpatico Restaurant (2222 W 4th Ave)

Around the table we were given a few plates of Hummus and Pita to share. The hummus was creamy and smooth, with a citrusy, lemon finish. The pita bread was grilled nicely, crispy on the outside and soft and pillowy inside. Following that were two of Simpatico’s popular dishes. The Baltimore Benny Pizza was named after Simpatico’s chef and it’s a meat lover’s pizza. (more…)

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To reward Mama Lam for all the yummy food she cooks, I decided to take her out for some VIP treatment. Well, perhaps not to that extent, but I invited her along to share a complimentary package at SalaThai thanks to Kev and Billy at VANEATS.ca. This is their 6-course package called Oh My SalaThai! – to be available for sale as of April 18.

Sala Thai Interior 1

Sala Thai Interior 1

Before we start, please keep in mind that this is a special package so the following dishes are not necessarily available on its regular menu, and even so, the portion size may be different from what you see here. However, this post could serve as an indication of the food and service quality at this restaurant.

Food

Browsing its drink menu, a cocktail caught my eyes – Patong Cooler. It was nice and refreshing. The tartness of lime and grapefruit juice whet my appetite and I think it makes a perfect cocktail for spring/summer days.

Patong Cooler

Patong Cooler - Vodka, Sake, Cassis, Lime Juice with Splash of Grapefruit Juice

And then we dived right into our 6-course meal. First up, a trio of appetizers.

Appy trio

Appy trio

Som Tom is a green papaya salad, which was a bit too salty for my liking. However, I did enjoy the crispiness and crunchiness of the shredded green papaya and beans, as well as the little heat from the fresh chilies. It was just lacking some acid, so I squeezed the lemon wedge and then it was great. (more…)

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With an invitation to dine at the restaurant, we came to the door of Atithi Indian Cuisine. The word “atithi”, according to the restaurant, means “honoured guest”. I think it’s a nice gesture to use that as their restaurant name. It makes the guests feel special. Even I felt a bit more special just by knowing the meaning of the word.

Atithi decor

Atithi decor

Food

As soon as we sat down, we were given a serving of Papadum, like the warm bread you would get at a western restaurant, but crispy. It was served with two kinds of sauce, cilantro and tamarind. The cilantro one was quite strong, a bit spicy but refreshing; the tamarind one reminded me of plum sauce, rather mild but I did enjoy eating the Papadum with it.

Papadum

Papadum

At the same time, I went ahead and ordered myself a glass of Mango Lassi. It’s a traditional East Indian drink, and it helps that mango is one of my favourite fruits. I remember trying it out at another restaurant and found it way too thick. It was similar to a milkshake, but lacking the richness of ice cream and I could taste the sourness in yogurt. This particular one had just the right consistency – it’s light with a strong mango taste.

Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi

At Atithi, each entree comes with rice, naan bread and green salad. (more…)

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