Chinese, Food

I have been going to a lot of comfort food spots because I was very stressed with exams. I’m finally done so I can finally catch up on all my overdue posts. After I was finished with a very difficult project, I wanted noodles, but not Japanese ramen. Jacky was feeling the same cravings too so he took me to Deer Garden Signatures for their noodle combos.

When we arrived at Deer Garden Signatures at 6:30pm, the restaurant was already packed with a waiting list. I was worried that we would have to wait for a while but since it was only the two of us, we only waited for 15-20 minutes tops.

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Laksa Soup Combo

What’s in it: Rice noodles, assorted vegetables, mushrooms, sliced beef and beef balls.

The laksa wasn’t very spicy but it was very hot in a way that it makes you sweat and your body temperature elevate. For a cold winter day, this is quite perfect.

You can never go wrong with beef balls but I wouldn’t recommend sliced beef because it was too chewy.

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Tomatoes and Pumpkin Fish Soup Combo

What’s in it: Rice noodles, assorted vegetables, mushrooms, sliced beef brisket, and sliced beef.

On a lighter side, there’s the odd combination of pumpkin and tomatoes. Jacky loves this combo but I was never a fan of tomatoes in my noodle soup.  On the brighter side, this was actually very flavorful and healthy; at least a lot healthier than the laksa soup.

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American, Food

When Vancouver is cold and rainy, I have a few comfort food options that I would always choose from. Other than the usual Chipotle or ramen bowls, I decided I should find another version of comfort food. Of course, there’s the usual mac and cheese and chocolate cake, but I wanted stew.

After asking around, everyone told me to go try out Burgoo Bistro. The team of Burgoo Bistro prides themselves on the ultimate comfort food and they were right. We decided to go visit the one at Kitsilano and by the time we were there, a long line was already waiting there. We didn’t mind getting bar seats so we skipped the line up. No doubt, service was very attentive since the bartender was always present.

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We weren’t too sure that stew was enough so we ordered a healthy red quinoa to share.

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Beef Bourguignon

What’s in it: beef simmered in paprika caraway gravy with rutabaga, cabbage and homemade potato dumplings.

Cooked in a delicious, red wine and beef simmered gravy, this was a very hearty and rich in herb and meaty flavours.

The portion was pretty big and it was just packed with chunks of beef, potatoes and carrots. I really enjoyed that everything was smothered and drowned in the paprika caraway gravy. I can imagine myself eating this on a rainy day at home next to the fire.

If you want something musky and rich, I think the beef bourguignon is the best option at Burgoo Bistro.

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Irish Stew

What’s in it: Guinness braised lamb with rutabaga, green peas, fresh rosemary and homemade potato dumplings.

The Irish stew was a lighter version of the beef bourguignon but it was also very rich in its own way.

Filled with soft lamb and more vegetables than the beef bourguignon, this felt more earthy and light. Regardless, both of these stews were extremely hearty and rich in different ways.

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Food, Italian, Travel, Vancouver

I don’t usually go to Glowbal Group restaurants unless it is The Fish Shack. Since I was in West Vancouver, I decided to try out Trattoria. The location was perfect and since it was a sunny day, the restaurant had plenty of windows with sunlight shining in.

We got a small table next to the windows and even when there was barely any people at the restaurant, service was slightly slow for brunch. As the lunch crowd came in, service got even slower.

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They served us chocolate pound cake with coffee cream before our food came. I was a bit surprised that something that could be considered as dessert was served first.

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Crab, Lobster and Prawn Omelette

What’s in it: Rock crab, Atlantic Lobster, rock prawns mascarpone, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and potatoes.

Potatoes to omelette ratio was slightly off but the omelette was so packed with all sorts of seafood! Unfortunately, the “prawns” looked like those tiny pink shrimps you could get from a can.

This was a very filling breakfast because not only was there a lot of potatoes, but the omelette was also quite cheesy and every bite was stuffed with either crab or lobster.

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Penne Arribiata

What’s in it: Pancetta, garlic, tomatoes, burrata and peperoncino.

Since we were at Trattoria, it was only right to get at least one order of pasta. I ordered the penne arribiata since I wanted a tomato sauce without any slurping spaghetti or linguine messy eating.

The penne tasted like the average penne you could buy at a grocery store. Luckily, the sauce was quite delicious with a slight creaminess from the burrata and spiciness from the peperoncino. For a brunch, this was quite heavy but the flavour was definitely there.

Overall, I don’t think this was the best place for brunch and everything was pretty average and overcharged. I can name a whole bunch of other Italian restaurants or brunch places that are better than Trattoria.

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