Thursday, July 12, 2018

Bistro Wagon Rouge

Bistro Wagon Rouge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato A good friend of mine treated me to Bistro Wagon Rouge for my birthday this week. Lucky lucky! Lots of interesting neighbours nearby including The Pie Shoppe.

Our waiter was really good at describing/selling the menu items, so you'll want to be careful actually not to get too carried away by ad copy.

Complimentary Bread
  • A nice retro touch you don't see much anymore. Warm, and butter softened for convenience.
  • Really handy if you order moules frites (mussels and fries) to get at the tasty soup.
2018-Jul-11 Bistro Wagon Rouge - complimentary bread

House Burger ($18)
  • Touted as the best in Vancouver so obviously I had to try it.
  • Composition is nothing too adventurous. Sweet caramelized onions were a nice touch.
  • Fries were great - hot and and fresh, very crispy on the outside. Could have used something more sour as a dip to balance the heaviness of the meal though.
  • When they asked how I wanted my burger I went with medium rare and you can see from the pictures it did come out basically so though the center looks quite rare.
  • Very tender and juicy burger. And not being a big meat or burger connoisseur I'd have to guess that by "best burger" it's not in the interesting-ness of the burger but rather the really good patty inside.
  • At $18 it's pretty steep but it's a thick patty and a filling meal overall.
2018-Jul-11 Bistro Wagon Rouge - house burger

2018-Jul-11 Bistro Wagon Rouge - house burger medium rare

2018-Jul-11 Bistro Wagon Rouge - house burger

Asparagus ($12)
  • Always curious about ways to make asparagus tasty so I was sold on it by the description of the compound butter.
  • Turns out... this tastes like asparagus with just some butter on it. Whatever subtleties in the special didn't really come through for me.
  • And at $12... pass.
2018-Jul-11 Bistro Wagon Rouge - asparagus

Moules Frites
  • My friend's order. I got to try some of the thai curry (one of the options) and it was good.
2018-Jul-11 Bistro Wagon Rouge - moules frites

2018-Jul-11 Bistro Wagon Rouge - moules frites

House Made Lavender Lemonade ($4)
  • Lavender flavour in a not-too-sharp and not-too-sweet lemonade. Pretty decent.
  • The slice of lemon might fall sideways and block the flow of the drink so you might want to pull that out.
2018-Jul-11 Bistro Wagon Rouge - Housemade Lavender Lemonade

Pretty busy shortly after 6pm. Not many tables in the small place but bar seating is possible for dinner. Confident, pleasant, and not-pushy waitstaff.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria (Commercial Drive)

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Walked in on an unrushed sunny Wednesday afternoon. My first time, so maybe I shouldn't have ordered a new seasonal special, but too late now. With that in mind, this review is mostly about one particular pizza, so don't judge the entire menu by it, especially the less adventurous items.

Bombay Cauliflower ($17.65) mango chutney, fior-di-latte, marinated curry cauliflower, diced mango, red onion, jalapeno, mint yogurt, cilantro, lime wedge.
  • Rated "spicy", but except for when I plucked off a jalapeno slice and put that in my mouth on its own, I didn't find this spicy at all.
  • Dripping wet with sauce, from mango and/or chutney. Way too wet.
  • Tasted like mango-flavoured syrup. That dominated everything, sadly.
  • Other than a composition which wasted all the ingredients except mango chutney, the pizza crust seemed really good and not seared with large black burnt patches or bubbles at the bottom either, which can sometimes happen with Neapolitan pizza.
  • Price feels pretty steep for 12" but there are quite a few ingredients there. For one person it'd be okay but might not be filling for two persons.
Service was pleasant, attentive, and not pushy about selling beverages or upselling anything.

Dietary substitutions are available:
  • Free to change cheese to vegan Daiya cheese
  • Extra charge to change crust to gluten-free crust. +$2 for 7" pizza, +$3 for 12" pizza
2018-May-30 Bombay Cauliflower 12" pizza

2018-May-30 Bombay Cauliflower 12" pizza

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown)

Pearl Castle Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Last time I was at Pearl Castle Cafe at Old Orchard Mall near Metrotown, I had a pretty lame tea. This time another friend dragged me there for lunch (her treat, so her choice) and it turned out to be really decent and good quantity for price!
I didn't try their drinks/dessert again to re-review those.


Assorted Stir Fried Spicy Pot ($9.95?)
  • Spicy but not excessive and no lingering burn on the tongue.
  • Not secretly filled with cheap veggies -- it's a smallish looking plate but they don't skimp on non-veggie content. Two big prawns included.
  • You need to spend a couple bucks extra to "make it a combo" including rice. If another dish has rice already you might want to skip that depending on how much you can eat.
  • Spicy sauce obviously ends up at the bottom. Remember to scoop deep for it if you're having it with rice.
  • Simple yet delicious and a good mix of ingredients to keep it from being boring as you eat it.
2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - Assorted Stir Fried Spicy Pot

2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - Assorted Stir Fried Spicy Pot

Cheese Milk Seafood and Pork Hot Pot ($14.25?)
  • A mound of what looks like that processed parmesan cheese you get out of a shaker in supermarkets.
  • Doesn't taste milky at all -- tastes like salty parmesan cheese. Which in turn is comparable to a salty savory broth. So overall this sounds adventurous (milk in your hot pot?) but doesn't taste too strange.
  • A lot of soup so if you have too much of that it's filling just because of it. Don't plan to drink it all.
  • Contents include two big prawns, fish cake, fish balls, some vegetables (not that much and certainly not the majority of the content), slices of pork, mushrooms, a few squid tentacles. Nothing bizarre here and quite simple really. Just assorted stuff in broth.
  • Comes with one large bowl packed firmly with rice, so there's quite a bit of rice there. Depending on your appetite this could be good enough as a meal for two. Price for portion is really decent here as meals go, for lunch or for dinner.
2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - cheese milk seafood and pork hot pot

2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - cheese milk seafood and pork hot pot

2018-May-20 Pearl Castle Cafe (Metrotown) - cheese milk seafood and pork hot pot

Weekend lunch was busy! Service was courteous and not rushed though the servers were sort of scrambling to keep up right at the noon lunch rush.