Updated: 2nd Jan 2015; This restaurant is closed.
We met up with Angie’s family for lunch on a Saturday. We actually got to know each other through chowtimes. We are still amazed even today how we had gotten to know so many people through the blog.
We decided to go to Vogue for lunch. Vogue is a popular Taiwanese restaurant located in the Continental Mall in Richmond. That mall, located on Cambie and Sexsmith, has quite a lot of eateries.
We were early that day. Vogue opens at 11:30AM but we were already there about 15 minutes early. They were nice and asked that we come in and allow them some time to setup. Needless to say, the place were empty at that time. By lunch time, the place were absolutely packed.
They have one of the more trendy and modern decor among Richmond restaurants. Not too fancy but really neat.
For me, I like places where they pay attention to the details. The bowls, plates, cups and chopsticks were logo’d. This is the kind of place where you are better off ordering dishes for sharing.
You know what I hated most eating out with people who knows I am the Ben behind chowtimes? They think I know so much about food that everyone leaves the ordering to me! Frankly, I did not really know what I was ordering and went by just the name. It turned out that all the dishes I ordered came out to be almost the same stuff. 🙂
The Ma Po Tofu above was $8.25. I ordered that because I know what it is and was feeling like tofu that day.
I also ordered their Spicy Organ Stew. They are supposed to come with pork blood but we don’t eat blood and had that substituted with tofu. There were tripes and intestines but cooked in about the same type of sauce with the Ma Po Tofu. $9.50. The intestines were good.
A lot of poeple swear that Vogue San-Pei-Jee is simply their best dish. San-Pei-Jee is mandarin translated to Three Cup Chicken. I learned from someone at work today that the reason why this is called 3-Cup Chicken is that it is cooked with a cup of soya sauce, a cup of cooking wine and a cup of sugar. $9.50 for a pot. Very nice and goes extremely well with steamed rice. This is one dish you MUST order when in Vogue.
Then I ordered the Sweet Chili Shrimps. LOL! This one looked exactly like the Ma Po Tofu and Spicy Organ Stew except that this one is with shrimps. Same sauce different ingredients. You see now how good I am in selecting dishes?
Oh … this sweet chili shrimps were really great — large and springy is the way I would describe it. You will like it but just don’t order that with Ma Po Tofu or Spicy Organ Stew. This is a bit more expensive … $15.00 but then all seafood are more expensive.
We also order the Chinese Green Onion Pancakes because Angie’s kids loves pancakes. But this one is really not as good. We expected this to be flaky but it’s a bit too dry and bland. $4.50. Don’t order this … order something else.
The total bill came up to $62.00 include tax and tips. Not bad for two families, huh?
BTW, they accept cash only. Weird … for a place like this. If you want to bring guest or friends our for a meal, Vogue is a great place to do that.