Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ki Isu

Ki Isu | International Food Court | 530 Hornby St.

Ki Isu is a Japanese joint in the International Food Court. It is truly awful. I ordered "Lunch B" which is shrimp tempura with chicken, rice and salad. The problem is they put a layer of rice on the bottom of your bowl, and then some plain lettuce, followed by the tempura and mayo slathered chicken. It doesn't make sense.

The rice tastes like they threw some dirty socks in with the water. The shrimp tempura I will admit was tasty but the rest of the dish was a complete disaster. If you find yourself at Intl. Food Court avoid this place at all costs and go to India Abroad or the sandwich joint across from Ki Isu.


Steamworks | 375 Water St.

Steamworks is a decent spot if you've got a large group and need some nosh at peak hours. The place is quite huge and you can always get a table here. I tend to stick with the burgers which are quite good. The California Chicken Burger is a favourite of mine here. They also have excellent fries. As for the beer, it is pretty average. They do however, have an excellent fresh hop IPA available at the moment.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


Arturo's | Howe & Cordova

Arturo's is a Mexican food truck that is really close to my office. I'll start off by saying that I wouldn't likely eat here if it wasn't so close. I much prefer the fare over at La Taqueria but Arturo's does the job when I'm jonesin' for Mexican and don't have much time.

I would not consider Arturo's authentic Mexican - it's more of a Tex-Mex/Californian style Mexican. They have a fairly large menu but everything pretty much tastes the same! I usually order the "Calle Trio" which is 3 tacos. You can get beef, chicken and pork. It's a very generous portion and comes with rice and beans. I can't typically finish it all.

If you're into spicy food ask for it hot...their hot sauce is no joke. You have been warned.

Calle Trio

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Five Guys

Five Guys | 635 Robson St.

I hit up Five Guys on the weekend as my oldest daughter happens to have piano class right down the street. What a gem this place is. It reminds me somewhat of In-N-Out in California which I also highly recommend. The burgers at Five Guys are old school with nothing fancy going on. You order how many patties you want and what toppings.

The photo below is a "small" with one patty only. I did not order cheese as I believe they are using that mechanically pressed stuff that resembles plastic more than cheese.

Anyway, they have great fries too. And you can also eat peanuts here (on the house) and toss the shells on the floor. Great fun if you have kids!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fez Cafe Bistro

Fez Cafe Bistro | 1331 Robson St.

Sorry for the long lay off everyone! I've been getting over a foot injury that has seriously hampered my Lunch Warrioring!

Today I went to Fez Cafe Bistro. I've walked past this place a few times as it is only a couple doors down from Miko. The room itself is decorated beautifully.

I had the Chicken Basquaise which reminded me of a chicken cacciatore. It was quite good and the chicken was very tender. The chicken came with a flavourful tomato based sauce and stewed vegetables on top. The side potatoes were well seasoned and benefited from some delicious house made hot sauce. The dish was $15 and quite a large portion. I couldn't finish everything.

All in all, a cool spot to check out!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Sushi by Yuji

Sushi by Yuji | 2252 Kingsway

Please note: this review is outside the down town core.
I have been meaning to check this place out for ages as Yuji used to work at one of my favourite sushi joints, Shiro. Shiro has gone down hill as they have new chefs. Bummer.

I had miso soup, tuna nigiri, spicy tuna roll, and vegetable gyoza. Everything was top notch. The nigiri was the perfect temperature with nice big chunks of tuna and a small ball of rice. The vegetable gyoza was also fantastic. Highly recommended. If you like sushi, just go here. Trust me. It is really, really good.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Vij's Railway Express

Vij's Railway Express | Georgia & Thurlow

I had to walk up to Georgia & Thurlow today so I decided to hit Vij's Railway Express. It was a very good decision. I had the special which was lamb korma. The dish consisted of lamb meatballs, spiced peanuts, korma curry and basmati rice. It was flat out awesome. Easily the best lunch I've had in quite some time. Run there right now & get some!

Lamb korma:

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