Three Brits Public House, West End

With such a fantastic location and a busy venue, I expected more.

Service was slow, I actually enquired as to whether they had forgotten our meals.

I chose the cocktail the waitress recommended and was highly disappointed. It looked cute but tasted like off cider.

I ordered the special salad of the day – trout with asparagus and greens. There was barely a fillet of trout, just three little morsels and the dressing was over bearing.

Shame, but perhaps I caught them on an off day.

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The Bench, Penticton

Such a quaint little cafe with a beautiful outdoor patio, fantastic food and funky gifts.

Merica and I shared our meals, the bacon & egger and the yogurt with granola – both were delicious. I actually expected the bacon & egger to just be normal bacon and eggs so I had a surprise when they bought out an english muffin!

I also got a yummy take away almond cherry & chocolate cookie mmm

Cute place to brunch in the sun.

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Olympia, West End

After a huge stroll around the beautiful downtown Vancouver area we were craving a cheese and Oliver platter.

Finding Olympia in West End had a plate similar to what we wanted we settled in.

We ordered the feta and olives plate and the tzatziki plate with a cocktail for myself and a Long Island ice tea and Maeghan.

The feta and olives plate was very slap -bang. In that it looked like they’d just chopped up some feta, tomatoes, cucumber and bread then put some olives on it. Only $7 so can’t complain too much I guess.

Tzatziki plate was alright, lots of pita bread. Again only $6.

My Bloody Mary could easily have been a tomato juice and the Long Island ice tea a diet coke.

Average at best!

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Hidden Italian West End Gem

I can’t praise this place enough.

After a huge day moving we decided we were craving Italian. While West End, Vancouver has so many restaurants we hadn’t noticed Italian so headed to Urbanspoon to find one.

Adesso was down Haro, off Denman. We thought we were heading the wrong way until we found a gorgeous little outdoor patio area which was part of the restaurant. It’s unusual for a licensed venue to be in a residential area and they are lucky to have a clause to get them around it.

There is a great ambience, both outside and inside. Inside is decadent, a great place for a date or special dinner. Outside is more casual but still fine dining. We chose outside to enjoy the long daylight hours. Plus it was super cute with the hanging flower baskets and fairy lights.

Our server was very informative and passionate about the food. When we quizzed her as to whether we should get the bruschetta she immediately said no as we get complimentary focaccia and oils to start. She suggested the mushroom pizza, however we went for the margherita and the mussels in white wine and garlic.

The pizza was delicious, fresh and cheesy. The mussels – wow. The broth was amazing and they were cooked to perfection. We couldn’t get enough. Even though I said I’d have no more bread I couldn’t help but have some more with the broth.

I couldn’t decide on a main and asked for suggestions. Our server again was great, full of suggestions and knowledge. I went for the Taglietele Nera – black squid pasta with local ingredients. It was amazing. I ate it all even though I was full.

Susan really enjoyed her pasta as well. She had the clam with fettuccine, she also wanted to unbutton her pants – full to the brim! Or pants hem in this case.

We washed it all down with a carafe of red wine. We started with a glass each, I had prosecco and Susan, the red. We liked hers so much we ordered more.

When I quizzed about whether they had a twitter handle they bought out a card with all their social media links on it. Being from the digital industry I was very impressed and quick to tweet (and now blog) my praise.

A fantastic evening at an amazing restaurant. I will be back soon.

 


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True Confections

Cake, cake and more cake!

Huge cake!

Checked out True Confections for dinner on Wednesday. I figured cake for dinner was a good balance to my earlier 90mins of yoga. I am still sore!

There are so many cakes to choose from and they’re huge. HUGE!

I went with a milk choc hazelnut cake although could have quite easily gone a few of the others!

It was delicious – a huge slice cost $8 and I couldn’t eat it all. I would advise to share a piece – save your pocket and your hips!

It’s times like this when I really despise being lactose intolerant – so much cream and mousse and cheesecakes.

If you’re in West End it’s in Denman and Haro – in going for the almond cake with amaretto next!

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Yum Yum Gyoza House – needs work

This place has heaps of potential – prime spot and popular food but has to make some substantial changes to retain customers.

I’m staying with Kim this week so we thought we would go for a walk up the road to check it out.

The food itself was pretty good. We had prawn gyoza (can’t say it tasted prawn like), teriyaki chicken Gyoza, edamame, yakitori and pork Katsu.

They have a terrible operating system though. You walk in and it is a very narrow area where you sit by the bar – no issue there but you then have to get up again to go to the front of the store to order.

The staff weren’t particularly polite or pleasant. I ordered a lychee tea from their fridge but it turned out they had just sold the last one and offered me to purchase a creaming soda. No thank you. They should have additional stock ready, they only had a few cans left. We settled for water and was told there was a water station at the back.

After sitting down I dodged my way through people to the end where the water station is. I felt incredibly rude as there was someone eating in front of the cups and water jug due to lack of space so I had to interrupt them and ask for the 2 cups and jug.

Of course the jug was empty a I couldn’t get anyone’s attention so I took it back down to where we were (it’s a big open kitchen so there are chefs right in front of you) and advised that it was empty and could they please refill so we could fill our cups.

After a while I noticed that the jug had been returned to the spot at the back. I asked the lady serving food if we could have some water to which she replied ‘down back’ I tried to explain I had just given it back to be refilled and had given up when a chef requested her to fill it up for us. She was not happy and then only half filled our cups.

Half way through the meal I finished my water but we both felt too rude to go down and interrupt the lady in front again.

The other thing I noticed was the egg was still raw and runny in a lot of places on the Katsu.

If they can sort out their procedures it will be a good spot and I do recommend the yakitori!

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