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Miku Restaurant

Soba Peperoncino | 19.5

Scallop, shrimp, squid, chili-garlic soy, sweet paper, shiitake mushroom, baby bok chop, jalapeño, crunchy tempura bits.

King Roll | 16
*Front

Prawn tempura, crab, tobiko, cucumber, sweet chili aioli.

Red Wave Roll | 17.5
*Back

Crab, avocado, wrapped in red tuna, misatake sauce.

 

Salmon Oshi Sushi | 17

Pressed BC wild sockeye salmon, jalapeño, Miku sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga-San | 14

Absolute mandarin, apricot purée, lemon juice, lone tree cider.

 

 

 

 

 

Taste: 5/5
Presentation: 5/5
Service: 4/5
Atmosphere & Environment: 4.5/5
Valet Option: No
Parking: Downtown street parking

Would I go again? A big fat YES. Miku is by far one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver.

Reservations: Strongly recommended. It can get REALLY busy on weekend evenings. It’s easier to find a table during weekday lunches but don’t count on it. This place gets busy, very fast.

Hours:
Monday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM
Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM
Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM
Thursday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM – 11 PM
Saturday: 11:30 AM – 11 P
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM

Website: https://mikurestaurant.com
Location: 200 Granville St #70, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4
Phone Number: 604 568-3900

Executive Chef: Kazuhiro Hayashi
Chef du Cuisine: Yoshitaka Miyamoto
Sous Chef: Shingo Fujiwara

Traveling to: ENGLAND

WHEN TO GO:

High Season: July – August & December
Best Weather: April – September

TIPPING:

0 – 10% Waitstaff
Bartenders: Round up £
Taxi Drivers: None
£1 Parties per bag
Tour Guides: None

ENGLAND BUCKET LIST:

— Palace of Westminster
— Tower of London
— Stonehenge
— Windsor Castle
— Buckingham Palace
— London National Gallery
— St. Paul’s Cathedral
— London’s High Street
— Shakespeare’s Home
— Guy Fawkes Night
— Tintagel Castle & Stairs

TABLE MANNERS:

— Keep your knife in your right hand & fork on your left. Don’t switch.
— Keep hands above the table even when not using cutlery.
— When finished, lay fork(tines up) & knife diagonal across the plate, handles to the bottom right.

MUST-EAT SPECIALTIES:

— Fish & Chips
— Muchy Peas
— Meat Pies
— Beef Wellington
— Full English Breakfast
— Yorkshire Pudding
— Scones & Clotted Creme
— Local Beer

BASIC ENGLISH:

— Awesome (ace)
— Bathroom (toilet/loo)
— Elevator (lift)
— Flashlight (torch)
— Unsteady (wonky)
— Nonsense (tosh)
— Exhausted (knackered)
— Loud mouth (gobby)
— Ruin (muck up)

OTHER:

— Pack rain gear no matter when you visit.
— Most pubs don’t take cards. Be sure to bring cash with you.
— A light handshake is an appropriate gesture in most circumstances.
— At the pub, individuals take turns buying rounds of drinks for their group.
— Don’t cut in any line. Brits take “queueing up” very seriously.
— Politeness is highly valued. Offer plenty of please, thank you and pardon me.

Traveling to: GREECE

WHEN TO GO:

Best Weather: April – June & September
Avoid: July – August Crowds & October Storms

TIPPING:

5 – 10% Waitstaff
Round up Bartenders
Round up Taxi Drivers
€1 Parties per bag
€5/day Tour Guides

GREECE BUCKET LIST:

— Go to the Full Moon Festival
— See the Acropolis and visit the museum in Athens
— Trek through the Samariá Gorge in Crete
— Explore the Blue Caves in Zákynthos
— Visit the Palace of Grand Master of the Knights in Rhodes

BEACHES TO VISIT:

— Voutoumi (Antipaxos)
— Megalos Simos (Elafonisos Island)
— Porto Limnionas (Ionian Islands)
— Sarakiniko Beach (Milos Island)
— Agrari Beach (Mykonos)

TABLE MANNERS:

— It is common to sample foods from others’ plates, but always ask first.
— Keep your knife in your right hand and fork in your left. Don’t switch.
— When finished, cross you life & fork on your plate, tines down.

MUST-EAT SPECIALTIES:

— Dolmades (Grape leaves stuffed with rice and fresh herbs)
— Avgolemono (Egg & lemon soup)
— Moussaka (Layered eggplant, minced meat, tomato and onion topped with béchamel sauce)
— Souvlaki (Grilled meat or veggies on a skewer or pita)
— Spanakopita (Spinach pie)
— Kourabiedes (Almond sugar cookies)
— Galaktoboureko (Custard wrapped in filo pastry with lemon syrup)
— Ouzo Liquor

BASIC GREEK:

— Hello (YAH-soo)
— Goodbye (AHN-dee-oh)
— Please (pah-rah-kah-LOH)
— Thank you (ef-hah-rees-TOH)
— You’re welcome (pah-rah-kah-LOH)
— Pardon me (see-GHNO-mee)
— English? (ang-glee-KAH)?
— Cheers! (yamas)!
— Yes (neh)
— No (OH-hee)

OTHER:

— Wine is often drunk at lunch and dinner.
— It is considered culturally impolite to simply nod. Say “yes,” instead.
— Acquaintances shake hands, friends and family embrace and kiss both cheeks (starting with the right)
— Greeks are very affectionate and open. It is not uncommon to be asked many personal questions.
— Haggling is expected at outdoor markets, but only say prices you are willing to pay.

Waves Coffee House, Lynn Valley

Grab your favourite pair of sweatpants and get some good studying done at Waves! I went with two of my friends on a Thursday and was there from 7:30pm to 11:00pm (till closing). We had no problem finding tables. However, if you do decide to go in a group and need more than one table, the staff have no issues with you moving the tables around. The staff are really friendly, easy going and hilarious (I saw one barista lip syncing and dancing at one point in the night). Even though it can get a little loud it’s a great place to get work done. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of sitting near the back right below the speakers). I would recommend sitting closer to the front of the coffee shop. Waves was recently renovated so the atmosphere is really nice but can seem a little dark in certain areas. But if you don’t mind the noise and the slightly dim lights, this is a great place to study.

I tried the White Chocolate Macha and it was one of the best I’ve tasted (and this is coming from a macha fanatic)! Other than coffees and teas, Waves also has smoothies, bakery items, sandwiches, soups and other stacks.

The best thing about Waves is their wifi. I know that may seem small but I find it extremely frustrating when I doesn’t have working wifi. The internet didn’t cut out once and was strong throughout our visit. Another great thing about Waves is the fact that they close so late! Most of the customers after 9 PM are usually other students who are studying so get o the train and try it out yourselves!

Would I go again? Yes! But I’d bring my earphones and sit under direct lighting.

White Chocolate Macha

Lighting: 3.5/5
Quietness: 2.5/5
Internet Strength: 5/5
Food/Drinks: 5/5
Seat Availability: 5/5
Parking: Yes

Wifi Network: Waves Free Wifi
Password: Happywaves

Hours:

Monday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Holidays: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Website: http://wavescoffee.com/our-stores/mountain-highway-lynn-valley
Location: 3050 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2P1
Phone Number: 604 990-8799