Shawarma Palace at Sands Plaza, Richmond

On a weekend evening, Ben, I and Arkensen went out for dinner. Nanzaro opted out to dine out as he was watching a hockey game. It’s the season for ice hockey again.

Ben wanted something light and picked Shawarma Palace as we have not been here before except for Nanzaro.

Customer orders and pays at the counter. The food is prepared right in front of the customers.

Ben and I shared a Mixed Platter for $12.99. The platter comes with salad, spicy garlic potatoes, rice and hummus. Continue reading

AnAr Restaurant at President Plaza Foodcourt, Richmond

When Ben and I were having our evening walk, we found a new Persian restaurant in the President Plaza Foodcourt.

I remembered Minoo had just mentioned to me about a Persian restaurant in a Chinese mall on Cambie Street that she would like to introduce to me before we stumbled upon this place. This must be it. According to Minoo, this restaurant is run by a brother and sister.

Ben and I shared a Kubideh which the owner told us is a skewer made with a combination of minced beef and lamb. It was a generous helping with grilled tomatoes and salad. It was the end of the day and we paid the $11 dollar dish with a $20 note. The owner gave us a change of $10 because she did not have small change and neither do us. She said it’s ok. But, we returned the next day with the family as I know Nanzaro loves Persian food. I paid her the $1 that I owed her the next day.

Nanzaro had the same dish. He loves it. Continue reading

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.

Baghdad Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

Shawarma Palace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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