Afghan Chopan at Richmond Public Market, Richmond

My family had wanted to check out the newly opened Afghan Chopan on the first level of Richmond Public Market a couple or more months ago. However, it only opens at 12:00PM and most of the time when we were around the area, it was not open yet.

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This time, we came here for dinner. The boys said how come the door has Chinese characters on it. This is because Afghan Chopan took over a Chinese restaurant in this location.

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At one far end of the restaurant, there is a raised floor area lined with cushion and carpet for people who would like to dine sitting on the floor. Definitely not for us.

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We went for the smallest special combos for family which serves for 4 to 5. It is $59.95.

First came to the table was three vegetable dishes, eggplant, mixed beans and spinach.

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You can eat the vegetables with pita bread which was served at the same time.

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Next came the rice with raisins and carrots. The boys likes the flavoured basmati rice, except for the sweet and plump raisins. Continue reading

Baghdad Cafe on Seymour Street, Vancouver

Nanzaro and I were in downtown to run errands. We had some time to kill before our next errand. We decided to get a bite as it was almost lunch hour.

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Nanzaro picked the Baghdad Cafe as he likes middle eastern food.

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Since I was not that hungry, I just taxed on his order. He went for the Mixed Kebab Platter. The server told us that it will take 10 minutes for it to be prepared.

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It came with two type of meat skewers, chicken and beef.

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You get to pick the sauces and Nanzaro got some of each which include garlic, hummus and tzatziki.

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He also got to pick a salad. As usual, I had most of the tabouleh. I made a simple wrap with the pita bread while Nanzaro had most of the rice and meat.

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Buffet Lunch at Tibisti Grill on Victoria Dr, Vancouver

On a Friday afternoon, Ben came home to pick up an old notebook to return to the office. I accompanied him and we had lunch on the way.

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It’s been a long while since we had Lebanese food. We stopped at Tibisti Grill to have the lunch buffet.

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It looks like Tibisti Grill had a face lift. It looks better now.

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I started off with some salad and appetizers. Continue reading

Shawarma Palace at Sands Plaza, Richmond

Nanzaro is a big fan of middle eastern food. When he found out that there is a new sharwama restaurant at Sands Plaza, he went to check it out.

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Sharwama Palace originated from Ontario.

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You order at the counter and pick the ingredients that you like, just like Subway.

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Nanzaro ordered a Beef Sharwarma Combo with a side of their recommended garlic potatoes. The potatoes was good, just like what he likes.

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The wrap was average as it was not spicy enough for him. He still prefers Abdul’s Sharwarma. Moreover Shawarma Palace does not have the lamb option.

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Menu uploaded on 20th Oct 2015; you can click on the menu to have a larger view. Check out the lunch special which is a good deal.

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Al Bhasa on Blundell Road, Richmond

Lorna called me to go for “yum cha” on a weekday. “Yum cha” generally meant to go for dim sum for Hongkong people.

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I suggested middle eastern food instead. I remembered Nanzaro told me about a sharwama place in Blundell and Garden City Road.

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This restaurant used to be operated by Filipino but now it looks like it’s more authentic as the owner is of middle eastern descendant.

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We ordered two items to share. Continue reading

Aladdin Cafe and Chatime on Robson St, Vancouver

On the Friday before the Scotia Bank Half Marathon, Nanzaro went to downtown to pick up his running kid.

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This will be Nanzaro’s third half Marathon.

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After picking up his running kit, he went for lunch on Robson St. He went to Alladin Cafe as he loves middle eastern grilled meat.

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You can click on the photo above to have a larger view. Continue reading

Einstein Wrap House on Abbott St, Vancouver

Nanzaro went to watch a Hockey Game between Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers on St. Patrick’s Day. He went to downtown early to have his dinner first before catching the St. Patrick’s Day celebration near the stadium.

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He went to Einstein Wrap House for some sharwarma. He loves the grilled meat and the spiciness of the hot chili sauce that comes with it. He ordered the platter version instead of the wrap for a bigger meal.

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The platter version comes with pita bread, potato and rice. It also comes with hummus and tahini as toppings.

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The meal came to $15 which also include a pop.

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Nanzaro picked the right day to go for a game as it was a historic day that Pat Quinn was honoured with a road named after him.

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Tibisti All You Can Eat

Ben saw a new banner at Tibisti on his way home from work. Tibisti now serves buffet.

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We went to check it out on a weekend evening. Frankly, we were kind of disappointed when we saw the spread for the dinner buffet.

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I started off with the above plate of appetizers and salad. The appetizers include Dolmah which is grape leave stuffed with marinated rice and hummus with pita bread. There were two types of salad. The first salad is Fatoosh which is a Mediterranean style salad made with fresh lettuce, cucumber, onions, tomatoes with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and garnish with oregano. The second salad is Greek Salad.

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For main, there are baked potatoes, rice, chicken, chickpeas curry and sausages. That’s all in the buffet.

Ben did enjoy the rice, chicken and sausage.

When Ben went to pay for the dinner, the owner only charged us for the lunch buffet price. That’s a more reasonable price for the spread of food. The owner/chef told us that we should order from the menu. The buffet is for people to grab a quick bite.

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Girls Night Out at Nuba on W. Hasting St., Vancouver

Angie of Seasaltwithfood.com, Polly, Whitney and I met up again in downtown Vancouver for dinner.

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Whitney who works in Gastown, shortlisted a few places for us to pick for the meet up and the winner is Nuba. We were there at 5PM and Nuba is still not busy yet. I think Whitney told us that Nuba only takes reservation after 5:45PM, so we just walk in at 5PM.

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We decided to order from the sharing menu, one order of Le Feast (for 2) and one order of Le Grand Feast (for 2).  LeFeast is a vegetarian option while Le Grand Feast has meat.

We got 2 servings of the above which include hummus, taboulleh, baba ghanooj and pickled cabbage.

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The above was served with pita bread.

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Angie had wine while Polly had ginger beer. Whitney and I preferred just water.

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The above is the main platter for Le Feast. It includes (starting from the salad clock wise) fattoush salad, macedonian feta, olives, mujadara (a Lebanese lentil dish), a vegan stew, crispy cauliflower and falafel. Continue reading

Tibisti Foods & Grill on Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Tibisti Foods & Grill has been on our wishlist for a long while. Ben had been away for business trips a lot. Finally we managed to go to Tibisti before his long assignment to Beijing again.

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Tibisti Foods & Grill is an all day grill which serves Mediterranean food and middle eastern food. It is a halal restaurant.

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We should have come on a Wednesday as the Roast Lamb Meal is at promotional price of $9.99 on Wednesday.

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There is nothing much on decoration in this restaurant. Just some tables and chairs which are spaciously set. I came here for the food and I’m not bothered by the decor as long as it’s clean.

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Ben ordered the Lamb Chop Meal for $14.99.  All the meal here is served with biryani rice, Greek salad, Tzatziki sauce and baked potatoes. Somehow, Ben’s plate is missing the baked potatoes.

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The server told us that the lamb chop is made with fresh lamb. There were 5 pieces of lamb chops. Continue reading