Suika means “watermelon” in Japanese. Suika is also the name of a Japanese restaurant located on West Broadway. It is an izakaya, like Guu. For lunch, Suika serve lunch sets; for dinner, they serve small plates. I heard that it’s not exactly a place you’ll get full from if you go for dinner.

Anyway, Mochi, Milktea, JL, and I, along with a few friends, decided to go to Suika for lunch one day.

Suika – Japanese Snack Bar

We arrived at 1pm for lunch and the place was packed. Good thing we made a reservation so we were seated almost right away. It was quite spacious inside, and everything was made out of wood: tables, floor, chairs; it gave the place a nice and rustic look. I especially liked their ceiling lights!

Ceiling lights at Suika made from beer bottles

Mochi was not too interested in their lunch menu, and so he asked the friendly waitress whether he can order from the dinner menu. She replied that it was perfectly fine.

I ordered the Double Tonkatsu Set from the lunch menu:

Double Tonkatsu Set – $12.80

I loved the presentation of this set. The pork loin cutlet was coated in panko (bread crumbs) and deep fried to perfection. It came with two different dipping sauces, a bowl of rice, miso soup, a bowl with sesame seeds, some kimchi, and some grated radish. MilkTea told me that the proper way to eat tonkatsu was to first mash up the sesame seeds, then pour one of the sauces into the bowl (soy sauce). The tonkatsu was then ready to be eaten by dipping them into the two sauces, and the grated radish was to help get rid of the oily taste.

The tonkatsu was crispy on the outside, and extremely flavourful. The miso soup was very good as well, and it had a few pieces of carrot and radish inside.

Deluxe “Suika” Box – $10

This box came with nine different kinds of appetizers. Some tasted better than others. I really enjoyed the tofu cup and the chicken cup. Others were a bit plain, such as the bread cup and the tomato cup. It was visually appealing though!

Complimentary Salad

Oh yes, I forgot to mention that Suika gave us a huge bowl of salad while we were waiting for our meal to arrive. It was a very simple salad, with lettuce and vinaigrette, but it was very nice of them to do that! :) It made the entire experience that much better.

Sashimi “Shake” Salad – $7.80

JL’s sashimi “shake” salad. We were wondering why it was called a shake salad until our server brought it over. The salad came in a jar. Basically, the sashimi, vegetables, and sauces are all put into a glass jar and then shaken up, hence the name “shake” salad. The greens and sashimi tasted fresh, and I especially enjoyed the tobico.

Sable fish?

This was on their special menu for lunch. I think it was sable fish. It was quite a small piece, and in terms of taste it was not bad. I just didn’t like having to pick the tiny bones out, which is why I tend to stick to cod and salmon sashimi.

Tuna Tataki – $6

Mmm.. Tuna tataki! It was drizzled with homemade chili oil, complete with scallions and sliced onions.

Negitoro Battera – $9.80

This pressed sushi was topped with tuna belly and avocado, and drizzled with a seaweed sauce. MilkTea really enjoyed this sushi. I thought it tasted good as well, and everything melted in my mouth. However, for almost the same price, I still preferred Miku’s aburi sushi.

The Good:
– Friendly staff
– Great service
– Creative food

The Bad:
– Parking was hard to find
– Have to order a lot to get full for dinner
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White Spot

I have too many food posts to write and not enough time to do it! I’m going to the States (more specifically Seattle and Portland) in less than a week so I will have more yummy food posts coming your way very soon! :)

I went for lunch at White Spot in Oakridge mall two weeks ago with A and M. I’ve only been to White Spot one other time before but A has never been there to eat, so we decided to go there. There isn’t really anywhere else to eat in Oakridge anyway (aside from food court).

When we got to the restaurant, it was a bit past noon and the place was crowded with people. Even though it was a weekday, we still had to wait almost 10 minutes for a table to clear up. We got a nice little booth inside the restaurant and sat down. It was quite loud and lively in there and the servers were really friendly and helpful.

Pardon the blurry pictures in this post. I didn’t bring my camera so I had to resort to my cellphone instead.

M ordered a beer and a Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger.

Nat Bailey Pale Ale/Lager (14.5 OZ)

The beer tasted refreshing and cool. I really liked the beer because I enjoyed the taste of the malt in it.

Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger

I think it’s interesting how White Spot doesn’t put the pickle in the burger but rather on the bun itself. Maybe it’s for those who dislike pickles? Save them the trouble of having to peel apart the burger and picking it out! I am a big fan of pickles in burgers.

I ordered a blueberry shake and a Monty Mushroom Bigger Burger:

Blueberry Milkshake

The milkshakes at White Spot are so delicious! I got it both times I was here. Last time I had the strawberry, and today I wanted to try the blueberry. It came with a refill tin on the side as well. It tasted very thick and creamy and wasn’t too sweet. I can’t wait to go blueberry picking this summer!

Monty Mushroom Bigger Burger

This mushroom burger was delicious as well. The fries were a bit oily and salty. The ones at Red Robin tasted better though. I enjoyed the cole slaw salad that came on the side though! It was a refreshing addition to the hearty burger and fries.

Needless to say, I couldn’t finish everything on the plate. I have a big appetite, but it still wasn’t enough to finish the burger, milkshake, cole slaw salad and fries.

A ordered an Asian Chicken Salad:

Asian Chicken Salad

It came with a LOT of toasted almonds. I had a little bit and it tasted very healthy to me. I still prefer White Spot’s burgers over their salads though!

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More W.E. Coffee

A few weeks ago I went back to W.E. Coffee for a second time to use up the coupons that I bought from Indulge Living. I went with A, M and J on a sunny afternoon to relax and eat some yummy food. We noticed some differences immediately upon arrival at the restaurant. Before, the server would lead us to a table and give us menus then take our orders. However, that has all changed. We must now go up by ourselves to the counter and give our orders and pay before we get our food. I don’t like this new change all that much.

I didn’t really have a proper lunch when I got there even though it was 2pm already. So first I ordered a panini to share with M. We got the smoked turkey panini. It came with smoked turkey breast, basil pesto, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, provolone cheese and dijon mustard on ciabatta bread.

Smoked turkey panini ($8.99)

A close-up of the smoked turkey panini

This was my first time having a panini. It also came with a salad on the side. It was extremely delicious! The panini tasted very flavorful and the bread was nicely toasted and had a nice crunch to it. The ingredients were really fresh and worked together perfectly. I thought that the vinaigrette used in the salad was a bit too sour for my liking though but I still polished off the entire plate with M.

J and A both got the tuna salad and fresh vegetables waffle:

Tuna and vegetable waffle Full ($12.99)

Tuna and vegetable waffle Half ($7.99)

A wanted to get the red bean green tea waffle at first. The first time that we came, the waitress told us that there was a new waffle flavour that has not been added onto the menu yet: red bean green tea. However, I guess it was not too popular so they no longer serve it! That was too bad. I think red bean and green tea taste great together.. especially on a waffle.

After the panini, M and I got the Strawberries and Ice Cream waffle for dessert:

Strawberries and ice cream waffle Full ($12.99)

A close-up of the strawberries, ice-cream and custard.

This is my favourite waffle flavour. Not just at W.E. Coffee, but just in general. There is just something about strawberries and waffles that I really enjoy. I prefer sweet waffles over savory ones as well.

All in all I must say that it was a very enjoyable and tasty experience. However, I think that W.E. Coffee is a bit pricey. However, a once-in-awhile indulgence is always nice!

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Dineout Vancouver 2011

Last Friday I went to Hyatt’s Mosaic Bar and Grill (located at 655 Burrard St.) for the first dineout of 2011. The atmosphere was really nice there and the server who helped us was super friendly.

Mosaic interior (restaurant side)

Mosaic interior (Bar side)

We came because we wanted to eat out for the annual Dineout Vancouver event that happens at the start of every year. There were 3 catgeories to choose from: $18, $28, $38. We finally settled on this place ($28).

We were seated right next to the window, overlooking a busy part of downtown Vancouver. The night view was very pretty from the comfortable place we were sitting, away from the chilly winds that blew outside.

Dineout Menu

I ordered the squash soup, rib eye steak, and tiramisu. My sister ordered something from the regular menu (a black cod). After much waiting and anticipation, the food finally arrived!

First came the appetizers:

Roasted Squash Soup - Winter Squash, Smoked Gruyere Cheese, Crispy Crouton

Fire Roasted Grape Salad - Organic greens, pumpkin seed, Goat Cheese, Sherry Walnut Vinaigrette

Bread and butter

The soup was very good and it tasted sweet and flavorful; it reminded me of Japanese pumpkin. Croutons are also one of my favorite and it soaked up the soup very nicely. The bread was also soft and went really well with the butter. I thought the salad was a bit on the sour side because of the vinaigrette and tasted strongly of goat (I personally don’t like goat cheese), but overall it wasn’t too bad.

Next came the entrees:

Rib Eye Steak - Mushroom Ragu, Grilled Brocolini, Anchovy Butter Bread Crumb, Sauce au Poivre

Ling Cod - Parsley Lemon Butter Crust, Sautéed Kale, Potato Fondant

Baked Black Cod - Queen Charlotte Black Cod with Miso and Sake Marinade, Dungeness Crab, Braised Potato, Spicy Prawn Bisque

The black cod was the one that my sister ordered from the regular menu. It’s not part of the dineout menu.

I have to say that I was pretty disappointed with the entrees.. The steak was good but I didn’t understand why they had to fry the vegetables instead of just boiling it. The sauce on the steak was extremely salty; at least they didn’t overcook it. It was just as I had requested (medium rare). As for the ling cod, the parsley lemon butter crust was really sour (thanks to the lemon). Otherwise the ling cod also tasted pretty good. The most disappointing order of all had to be the black cod.. The sauce was way too salty and made with so much mayonnaise that in the end my sister had to trade with my mom (she ordered the ling cod) since she couldn’t finish it all by herself. The taste was too heavy and overpowered the fish itself, even though it was very good at first. The subtle hint of crab in the sauce was a nice touch.

Last of all, the desserts:

Apple Gallette - Warm Caramelized Apple Crumble, Vanilla Créme Anglaise

Tiramisu - Lady finger soaked in espresso, Kahlua Mascarpone Cream

The desserts, I have to say, was my favorite part of this entire dineout experience. The apple gallete was warm and the vanilla ice cream topped on the apple pie tasted wonderful together! I liked it better than the tiramisu since tiramisu always tastes like tiramisu. The chocolate covered cookie balls on the tiramisu tasted great though!

I would give Mosaic an overall score of 6.5/10.

It has good ambiance, good service, but it really needs to improve on some of their food. The entrees were too salty and heavy in taste. I don’t think I would be returning again, even though the manager gave us some 2-for-1 coupons before we left. This was my first Dineout Vancouver experience. I can’t wait to try out more places next year!

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