Vancouver Hot Pot: Boiling Point 

Who doesn’t like hot pot? Especially a hot pot to yourself! Well Vancouver has these little hot pot places all to yourself! Where your food doesn’t get cold if your a slow eater and I’m a slow eater.  It takes me about an hour to eat a bowl to myself. So I like my food to stay hot. I’ve been here a few times and if your around the area it’s a great place to go, just not in the summer. I came here once in the summer and I was sweating like no tomorrow! 

Atmosphere: The atmosphere here can get really crowded, especially at dinner time. Besides having to wait for seats, it’s pretty loud since this is a family restaurant where you might hear babies crying or just people talking loud. So I wouldn’t recommend coming here on your first date. During lunch hour there usually is no wait. This place gets pretty hot, so don’t be wearing your wool sweaters and scarves here. 

Price: This place is pretty pricey for a one hot pot. You pick either rice or a bowl of vermecilli with your hot pot. The picture above us is about $12-15 per a pot. If you go during lunch time you get a free iced green tea or black tea of your choice. Dinner you don’t get a free drink sad to say and the hot pot are alittle bit more pricey but same size. 

Food: The food here is amazing! There are spicy and non spicy hot pot. You get to pick how spicy you want your dish. If your Asian and like stinky tofu, they got that here. On the table you get to make your own sauce to dip, which is great when you want different taste in your food. The house special is the go to if you don’t know which one you like (top picture) and the lamb hot pot (bottom picture) which is not spicy, but as you can see lots of stuff in the lamb hot pot. Pair is with a fresh milk tea! Underneath your hot pot is a fire lit with wax, it last for about 30 mins or more. But when you feel that you don’t need the fire no more you have the choice to ask them to shut it off. Which is a great thing, so your food is always hot.

Service: The service here are kinda not what you expect. Some of them have an attitude like getting annoy of customer, standing around and talk to their croworkers. Sometimes I know it gets busy but no need to place the bowl on the table so hard. The Richmond location has a lot of staff but only some of them would come around to fill your water or tea up and ask if you want your fire to be shut off. The Burnaby location not as much and it can be hard to get their attention when you need something because the way the tables are set up. 

Location: There are two location one in Burnaby and one in Richmond. If you have a chance stop by at any of these or even both so you can experience both restaurant! There are other location around the world so check out this website of there is one where you live in! Tell me  your review on it!


Vancouver Romantic and Family Restaurant – Provence Marinaside

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If you’re looking for somewhere romantic to take your special someone I recommend this nice restaurant called Provence Marinaside. My parents took me here for my birthday and it was our first time here, first impression? Not bad. It was lobster festival and they have the best lobster that I’ve tasted. This restaurant is based on their best seafood. So if your looking for steak or something, I wouldn’t recommend coming here. This is a nice place to go to on a sunny day, since it’s facing the Yaletown Coal Harbor.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is a bit loud but not loud enough that you can’t hear your table. There is a patio seating here, so I recommend making reservations since in the summer the patio is very popular. When I first walked into this place it was more like family and elderly people. I like this that way because when there is young people, things get a little too loud. So if you prefer family time and just a romantic time with your significant other, this is a good spot.

Food: The food was awesome, we got the lobster festival three course menu and yes I do love three course menus. We had bread served to us when we were waiting for our order. You get to try their appetizers, entrees and dessert menu, which is good for family dinners! For our appetizers (top row) we had a Lobster bisque soup , Lobster salad and Lobster with smoked tomato gratin. I had the Lobster salad, it was pure meat which is what everyone loves! For our entrees we had the Lobster Thermidor, Whole Atlantic lobster (last rectangle) and Seared Lois lake steel head with lobster. I had the Whole Atlantic lobster which was filling, lots of lobster meat. For our dessert we had a strawberry cheese cake and a coffee creme brulee.

Customer service: I find the service a little rush during dinner time, our server seemed like he wanted us to older fast and quick. Every time when we finish one plate our table was cleaned which was nice because some people do eat messy. Water was given to us frequently in between dishes.

Price:  For this 3 course Lobster festival menu was $56 per person, it was a good deal and filling. I had checked the menu as well it wasn’t pricey, just like any normal restaurant a entree would be around $30.

Others: After dinner I recommend taking a stroll around the Yaletown seawall. You get to look at the boats, water view and see across Granville Island.



Vancouver Fine Dining – Minami 

What is a good spot when you are looking for Japanese fine dining, not too pricey but still elegant but most of all filling. I would say Minami is a go to spot. I’ve only been here with my girlfriends for lunch when it’s not too crowded and loud. All this was about $90 for three. We had a table set in the middle for us so we didn’t get a window seat. Since this restaurant is located on a strip of resturants and shops, I don’t think there is a view. But a view of branches. 

Atmosphere: I find this restaurant very casual in the day time. It’s elegant and dim inside. Not too loud, because no one likes hearing plates, glasses and people talking so loud that they can’t hear a thing their table is talking about. This resturant is one of the romantic fine dining to bring your significant other with. Since it’s a different atmosphere at night but I can be wrong because I’ve never been here for dinner. 

Food: The part you all been waiting for and who can forget about the food. My girlfriends and I thought the food was really good and filling for lunch. We had a three course lunch menu. We had miso soup as our first course, then we got our 4 bowls of assorted tasting entree. From left to right: A salad made with arugula and goat cheese, topped with a sweet dressing. 2 piece of salmon sashimi, 1 piece of tuna sashimi with a little bit of wasabi sauce added on top. Roasted beef with sauce, purple yam and potatoes. Last is the Saba with broccolini. Our next course was the assorted sushi, they were the bomb! You have to eat this slowly, to absorb the yummy texture and flavour. Next was the raspberry sorbet, with berries and a Japanese cracker on top. We also order a roll of sushi, even though we were full at this point we were able to finish it all. 

Service: Our server was really poilte, she took our order giving us suggestion on drinks to pair it with. Our tea we’re always constantly being filled and our server made sure our food was good. The service were fast, food came out in 5 mins. 

Cost: The pricing in this menu can be alittle pricey but not too pricey to a point that it is not satisfying and not filling. A roll was $15 that had 6 pieces. My ice tea was $3 with no refill. 

Location: This is located in Yaletown -Mainland, Vancouver BC.


Quick Vancouver Food – Cathy House

On a cold rainy day like today in the city of Vancouver, you ask yourself “What is a quick fast go to hot noodle soup cafe” Well I got you there. There is nothing better than going to a cafe that taste like homemade food. I been coming to this cafe since I was in 8th grade and it had never failed me once.

Service: The owners are an old happy Asian married couple, who is always really welcoming. They know you’re a frequent customer once they know your name. They’ve always got something to gossip about. One time they told me that these two brothers had pet mice and snake, I know it’s disgusting but some kids find that not scary and gross. I have no idea why. Another time the wife told me she slipt down the stairs and had to close their business for two weeks. Their service is quick and fast, once the husband takes your order he radio’s it to the wife in the back to make it. While he makes your drinks and bring out cutlery for you. Find this sanitary because when cutlery are set out for too long bacteria start to grow on cutleries.

Food & Drinks: A must try is the “Curry rice noodle w/ fish ball” it kills on a cold weather day. If you’re not into the little bit of spicy taste, you can go for the “Wonton noodle soup” or the “Rice noodle w/ dimpling soup”. If your sick and not feeling the noodle, I recommend the shark fin soup (it’s not real shark fin). Don’t forget to order your noodles with a ” Cold Hong Kong style milk tea!” The hong kong style milk tea is up to how sweet you want it, they give you the sugar syrup and you decide how sweet you like your tea. My all time favorite bubble tea here is the “Dream of lover w/ pearls” it’s a mixture of mocha and chocolate blended together. If you’re looking for a more of a summer fruity drink order”Green apple, watermelon or strawberry w/ kiwi” you can never go wrong with a refreshing drink like these three.

Atmosphere: Other people would call this place a bit ghetto in there, because it’s not fancy or updated. But hey your going there for the food, you’re not living there! I recommend in the school year do not go there at 11:40-12:15 because that is lunch time for the kids. You will not find a table to eat here! Because kids call to make reservations for lunch. So let them eat during their lunch break since education matters to kids. After school closer to the summer hot days there are kids here that likes to order drinks, so line ups can be long at this time.

Cost: Their bowls of noodle soup and a Hong Kong Style Milk Tea is no more than $8. The prices are reasonable because of the kids that come here during lunch. It’s a great deal and what matters is that your full in the end!  If you just like curry fish ball or curry beef balls is about $4 for 5 pieces. It’s a great snack!