Archive for November, 2007


Amarcord Restaurant (Yaletown)

Amarcord Restaurant (visitor reviews, restaurant web site, 104 – 1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, phone 604.681.6500) is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the upscale Yaletown district of downtown Vancouver. It has excellent service, outstanding traditional Italian dishes, and an unpretentious atmosphere. Mia Stainsby writes in the Vancouver Sun:

“Amarcord - a pleasant memory of good food, service and an Italian slice of life… The kitchen does gnocchi like nobody’s business – not too dense, just pillowy right… The tournedos of beef in a red wine sauce revealed its excellent quality when it came under the knife.”

And she wasn’t kidding about the gnocchi. I ordered the Gnocchi alla Reggiana which is soft gnocchi pasta served with Italian sausage, fresh tomato and basil sauce (pictured below, $12.95 at lunch), and this was a real treat – the sauce had just the right amount of garlic and tomato and left me wanting more. I also really enjoyed the Insalata alla Caprese, a salad made with Tomato, Bocconcini, and capers with fresh basil (also pictured below, $8.95 at lunch). Dinner prices are slightly more than lunch, around $16.95 for a pasta.

Gnocci pasta with Italian sausage
Gnocchi with Italian sausage served in a sauce made with fresh tomato, basil, and garlic.

Tomato and Bocconcini salad with fresh basil
Tomato and Bocconcini salad with fresh basil. Delicious and refreshing!

33,058 views - Posted Friday, November 23rd, 2007


Wild Ginger Restaurant (Tinseltown)

Wild Ginger Restaurant (web site, 604.893.8608, 2015 – 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC) is a spacious, 120 seat restaurant hidden away behind the Tinseltown Mall food court, on the second level of the mall below the movie theatres. The Asian Pacific post writes:

Tantalizing fusion cuisine mixes local flavours with those of the Far East. Fun dishes to try include Kung Pao Power, Sticky Ribs, Mayo Mayo, and Spring Blossom Rolls.”

The menu features a selection of Chinese and Korean fusion dishes, as well as cook-at-your table Korean barbecue. Visit at lunch time for the best deals: a large entree with soup and salad goes for approximately $6.99. At dinner time the average entree price is around $16.00. Pictured below is the “Happy Family” entree ($16.99), which is a tasty mix of choice seafood, meat, and vegetables stir-fried and served in a sweet ginger and garlic sauce.

Happy Family stir fry with seafood and bbq pork

26,711 views - Posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2007


SFU Pub (Burnaby)

Simon Fraser University (web site, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada) has a student-run pub (the “Highland Pub”) in the centre of campus, that serves a good selection of food as well as the usual drinks. The pub’s web site (click here) is the place to go to check out the upcoming events, which include live music nights, promotional fund-raisers, and televised sports events. The menu has been recently revamped to compete with trendy spots such as Cactus Club, and the prices have been lowered as well. I enjoyed my prawn curry rice bowl (around $8.00, pictured below) which was quite tasty!

Prawn curry rice bowl at the SFU Pub
Prawn curry rice bowl at the SFU Pub

SFU Jazz band performing at the SFU Pub
The SFU Jazz band performing at the SFU Highland Pub.

15,620 views - Posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2007