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Raisu

Hi everyone! Long time no see 🙂

It’s been awhile since I posted a foodie post. Today, I wanted to talk about Raisu. I’m sure foodie lovers out there already know this place or heard about it. Raisu is a Japanese cuisine in Kitsilano, Vancouver. It’s located in the famous, W 4th avenue, where numerous famous restaurants are located at. Raisu is also part of one of the most famous Japanese restaurant group in Vancouver. This restaurant group contains Raisu, Kingyo, Rajio and Suika. All of these restaurants are very famous and known for delicious food in town! They are all worth checking into.

I visited with my family and my boyfriend for our early end of year dinner. This was my first time visiting the restaurant so I was very excited because I had few friends who recommended this place. Raisu is also very famous for their Sho Ka Do Bento, which is limited 15 serving per meal and Deluxe Seafood Bowl. We knew they had very few limited servings, so we made our reservation at 5pm, when they open for dinner time. Because we were dyeing to try them out, we had to make sure we were there when they first open for dinner.

This restaurant had a very nice Japanese vibe to the place and made it seem like an actual authentic restaurant located in Japan. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere itself was very nice as well. It can be a bit noisy at times because they usually greet customers very loudly in Japanese. Although it didn’t bother me, my dad was not a fan of this because he enjoys a quite place when eating. Also, not to mention the food takes quite a bit of time to be served and it is mentioned on the menu as well. I guess preparing for the food takes , but we definitely waited about 30 minutes for our food to be served. Here are some pictures of our food.

Overall, the food was very good but I was a bit disappointed with their famous, Sho Ka Do Bento (second picture). It was delicious but it wasn’t anything special nor did it wow me. I’m not quite sure why it has limited servings but it wasn’t a dish that wanted to eat again for my next visit. However, Deluxe Seafood Bowl (first picture) was very good! The seafood was very fresh and definitely had that authentic Japanese dish flavored to it. Both dishes were displayed beautifully and it was definitely Instagram worthy for all the Instagram addicts out there 😉 We also tried the Tonkatsu Teishoku, which was amazing with their sauce and Grilled Duck Marinated Sweet Soy, which I didn’t try because I don’t eat duck but heard it was amazing from my family. I was happy with the food and the service they provided. I definitely want to visit again in the future and would surely recommend to Japanese cuisine lovers out there!

Let me know if there’s any other restaurants that you guys want me to check out! I would love to hear. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram because I update where I visit.
Thanks for reading today’s post 🙂

Yew Seafood + Bar

Hello again to all the foodies! Welcome back 🙂

Couple days ago, it was my 21st birthday and I wanted to share with you guys the birthday dinner I had!

This was my first time at the Yew seafood + bar restaurant and I was very excited to go! For any special occasions, I often go find a new seafood restaurant in Vancouver because seafood is my ultimate favourite. You can never go wrong! Yew seafood is located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, that is also connected to the Pacific Centre. Because it’s a restaurant in a high class hotel, I had high hopes for it and I can definitely say that it met up to my expectations! At first, I was very surprised with the interior and the aesthetic of the restaurant. It had a very high ceiling, extremely interesting interior inside but very luxurious. I also loved that it was an open kitchen, so you could see the chefs cooking the food and the kitchen’s environment as well. The service was also outstanding as my waiter was very kind and helpful to decide on our menus.

Here are some pictures of the inside of the restaurant:

 

Appetizer

We decided to order Tuna tartar as an appetizer to start with. I’m usually not a huge tuna person but I wanted to give it a shot and it was well worth a shot! The tuna was amazing with the sauce they had as it melted right as I put it in my mouth.

 

Main Dish

I ordered the Seafood pasta because you can never go wrong with seafood or pasta! I was pleasantly surprised with how well they cooked the seafood. It wasn’t over cooked or under cooked at all. It was simply great! The sauce was a lobster based bisque sauce, which was very rich and creamy.

My boyfriend ordered the Seafood Platter. The seafood platter included prawns, scallops, salmon and something. Not to mention, their plating was phenomenal. Very eye catching and well presented.

 

After all, I was very happy with the food at the Yew’s and I would definitely recommend this place if you’re looking for a meal to treat yourself! The restaurant, the food and the service is great and it’s definitely one of the most luxurious places I’ve been. Especially for any special occasions, it would be a great place to go!

Dine Out #3: Forage

It’s March and I’m still writing about my Dine Out experience, that right there, tells you how slow I am at updating my posts 😌😌😌

Anyways, the next place I had tried out for my dine out 2017 experience was Forage. I’ve always wanted try this place, since it was hyped on Instagram and I was glad I was able to make a reservation into my schedule. Surprisingly, I had forgotten to take pictures of the place inside, so I don’t have that many pictures of the structure, layout and ambiance of the restaurant.

One of the first two signs you see before you head in.

The other visible sign outside. You make a left to enter the place!
I liked how they included what day it was for the dine out event.

Forage is located at 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver and right beside another restaurant called Timber. To get there, you could take the #5 bus or either walk down from Robson street. There is the option of driving to Forage as well, but, hey, remember, this is Downtown Vancouver and most people would probably suggest that wouldn’t be a the greatest idea ੧| ‾́︶ ‾́ |੭

The hallway of Forage. The structure and decorations are all made from sustainable and recycled goods.

The place itself, is not too big. There are a couple of big tables, to fit bigger parties, but the majority of tables were small. Our waiter had greeted us and told us that Forage takes pride in having all of their furniture, decoration and structures completely made from recycled and sustainable goods.

The cutest idea for a recycled light, ever  😄

It was clearly evident as the smallest of detail, such as the lamp that was on our table, had showcased what Forage embodies. Our waiter had also informed us that the food we were eating were grown locally.

Of course, I can’t forget to take pictures of the dine out menu.

Forage’s $30 set menu had more options for their appetizers and entrees, than their desserts, which was a bit disappointing, seeing how I have a sweet tooth. I was also surprised to hear that each guest only had a 2 hour limit to dine in, as the other dine out places I’ve tried, did not have one (′°︿°).  

🍴Food Snaps🍴

Appetizer – Westcoast Prawn and Seafood Chowder

From the website, “Served with chicharron, soft poached quail’s egg.” I like chowder, I’ve always have, so, I knew I wanted to get this appetizer when I read the menu online. There wasn’t anything bad about this dish, but at the same time, there wasn’t anything that popped out.

★★★☆☆

Entree – Roasted Keta Salmon

From the website, “Served with crispy cauliflower, cauliflower fondue and nettle gnocchi.” Surprise! This time I did not get the salmon, my bf did, instead 😛 However, I will say this, I regret not ordering this salmon dish as my entree, because it tasted so good (╹ڡ╹)╭ ~ ♡ The skin of the salmon was crispy, savory and the meat of the salmon basically melts in your mouth. 

★★★★★

Entree – Gelderman Farms Crackling Pork Belly

From the website, “Served with celeriac pomme puree, spiced rutabaga, Okanagan apple, and birch syrup chutney.” Basically, for the first couple of dine outs, my choice of entrees always ended up being a dish involving with salmon. This time, I chose differently, as I’m a huge fan of pork belly and didn’t want to miss out!

That being said, I did not like this dish at all 😡😡😡. The pork, which was the thing I was most looking forward too, was salty, and the apple frites made my lips itch and tingle. I was really disappointed with my entree. Granted, it made me full, but the taste was not good.

★☆☆☆☆

Dessert – Chocolate Hazelnut Bar

From the website, “Served with raspberry textures and white chocolate kefir cream.” After not being too pleased with my entree, I was hoping my dessert would be a lot better. Thankfully, it was ( ᐛ )و Everything blended well together, I would say, that I enjoyed the raspberry sauce with my hazelnut bar more than the white chocolate kefir cream.

★★★★☆

Dessert – Golden Ears Neufchatel Cheese Puff

I didn’t taste this dessert, only because I was full and couldn’t eat anymore. But, from what I was told, the dish was good and it wasn’t too much on the sweet side.

Recommendation?

For me, Forage has it’s good points, but it also has some bad points as well. I would say YES & NO for dining out at Forage. Yes, because the Salmon entree and the desserts were great! Though, I would say No, because the entree I got, was salty and not good at all, which ruined a part of my dining experience. Plus, I didn’t like the fact we had a time limit to eat.

However, it is up to you, whether you want to try Forage or not. If it’s a place that interests you, go ahead! But if it’s a place that you would rather pass up, that’s fine as well!