Posts tagged Restaurant
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Greek • Italian
Take Out and Delivery
10-1800 Tranquille Road (Brock Shopping Centre)
One of my fave co-workers mentioned she’d seen a new Greek/Italian place in the process of opening at the Brock Shopping Centre on the North Shore of Kamloops. I was crazy curious, so hopped on the #1 Tranquille route bus today. Sure enough, there is Farros, plunked right into the former location of Big’s Awesome Pizza and formerly formerly Yaki Joe’s 2 for 1 Pizza.
Farros is still in the renovation stage with papered windows. They are very well papered, as I was unable to peek through any tears or folds (believe me, I tried.) I will return to the location in a few weeks time to see what I can spy with my little eye.
Farros is also absent as of yet in cyberspace, so far as I could find. I will keep my cyber-eye peeled and will keep you apprised of this possibly tasty situation, dear Readers
Sunmei Taiwanese Cuisine
Braving the biting cold, I recently ventured onto the North Shore of Kamloops. The North Shore is a favourite destination for me, as it remains a little less corporate in its businesses than the South Shore of this bisected city. A new example of this exists at 413 Tranquille Road, a restaurant featuring the food of Taiwan. I strode into this eatery at approx 1:15pm, a little late for the lunch rush, and was immediately greeted by the proprietor, a fashionable and soft-spoken young man. Tea (jasmine) was offered and so was a menu for me to peruse. It’s a one sheet affair - the menu here changes regularily, in order to feature a wide variety of dishes - this may change to a permanent menu in the future, I understand.
The special of the day was a spicy meatball soup. This intrigued me but instead I chose the Taiwan Lurofan for $7.95. There is a larger portion option of this for $9.95. Lurofan is a saucy dish with shortgrain rice topped with marinated tender diced meat (tasted beefy!), melt-in-your-mouth onions and sprinkled with fresh scallions. Served with the lurofan was a stewed egg (which was cold - similar to the cold boiled seasoned eggs served in the soups at Tiger Ramen). I enjoyed the egg, although perhaps mine had been stewed a little long - there was a faint blue hue around the yoke (which often happens with my own boiled eggs at home!). While there were no condiments on the table, any extra seasoning was unnecessary - it was not too salty and featured a complex and unfamiliar flavour combo that I liked very much. On the side was served a small bowl of pickled sweet/hot/sour cabbage and carrot. The sharpness of the pickle contrasted perfectly with the richness of the meat dish.
I also ordered one of the “Taiwanese Homemade Pastries” but alas, they had sold out during the lunch hour (more were going to be made for the dinner service). Luckily, the proprietor (gosh, I really should have asked his name!) brought me a pastry he’d been testing for the menu (I was not charged for this pastry! Success!). It was like a savoury turnover with a pastry not unlike filo pastry. Many crispy-but-not-too-greasy layers. Inside was a mild mashed curry filling. It was quite beautiful to behold (you’ll have to take my word for it, I was too shy to snap a pic with him there to get my opinion on it) - a single fresh cilantro leaf was glazed into the top of the pastry - quite stunning.
I had a chance to check out the open kitchen before I left. Now I understand the previous occupants, Warunee’s Thai Restaurant were popular (I ate there once and thought it no great shakes), but I must say the kitchen is much cleaner-looking now. The whole place has been spiffed up - the dining room isn’t fancy but it is newly reno’d by the looks of things. One odd thing I gotta mention: The background music at Sunmei is this weird MIDI-style music. Not obstrusive by any means, but…odd. I can dig it!
Before I departed the proprietor told me he might be planning on doing Saturday afternoon teas complete with a variety of homemade pastries in the future. I asked if updates will be available on the Sunmei Facebook page, and he said yes. Also, he said to check out the pictures on the fb page - some dishes featured there, while not on the current menu, are available for catering functions. Also available for catering are Western and other Eastern cuisines. https://www.facebook.com/SunmeiTaiwaneseCuisine
Check this place out, Kamloops. This guy is passionate about sharing Taiwanese food with y’all!
Tiger Ramen 2nd Anniversary Sale
On Saturday February 1st at 12pm, Tiger Ramen will open its doors for the day offering $2 bowls of ramen! Here’s a handy list of $2 Ramen offered on this day only (one bowl per person, does not include take-out, no stamps avail for this offer):
Tiger Ramen Facebook Page Anniversary Photo: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=634985379900042&set=a.281115195287064.67925.251950661536851&type=1&theater
Tiger Ramen Japanese Noodle Stand is located beside the Running Room in the Sahali area of Kamloops at 310-1210 Summit Drive. The #9 and #7 bus stops very close to this eatery (exit bus at the Royal Bank stop near Save-On-Foods).
After weeks of sweets treats I decided to enact some rare self-discipline at a recent meal out with family to Harold’s Family Restaurant at 1771 Trans-Canada Highway. For $11.45 a guilt-free meal called the “Calorie-Wise Plate” can be set before you including cottage cheese, fresh fruit salad (or tossed) and one of Harold’s signature char-grilled beef patties retro-garnished with a lettuce leaf/tomato combo. I very much enjoyed this plate o’ healthy vittles. I judge my fruit salads by the grape-ends and these were mush-free. I must admit that I avoided the winter-y pale tomato garnish. I live in Kamloops for gosh sakes! I eat my tomatoes in the summer, straight from the vine, yo!
Note: Eating with family is not a prerequisite to eating at Harold’s Family Restaurant. All combinations of human groups are welcome.
Harold’s Family Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 6am - 9pm and Sundays from 7am - 9pm. Call 250-372-2135 for more info.
Breakfast Features:6 am - 11 am
Lunch Features:11 am - 4 pm
Dinner Features:4 pm - 9:30 pm
Something very special is within our reach, Kamloops. It resides at 229 Victoria Street in Caffe Motivo. It’s that pastry case (top photo) filled with culinary wonders that would surely delight even Louis “The Sun King” XIV himself! The friendly and informative gentleman barista informed me the pastries here are prepared in-house by a red seal chef.
There were many items to choose from, but I wanted to try the small macarons. They are $1.50 each plus tax so I bought two, choosing cassis and blood orange flavour. Outstanding! I scurried out on to the street and gobbled them up on the sidewalk. The bottom photo shows the beautiful lavender-tinted cassis macaron surrounded by the delicate shards of blood orange meringue recently devoured.
If you’re looking to butter up a loved one, splurge on a box of assorted macarons for $18. Also available that day were giant macarons in passion fruit and also chocolate flavour for $4.75.
In closing, we live in an age more of culinary disappointments than wonder, especially in regards to dessert menus featuring the same old frozen-shipped culprits. The days seem much brighter to me after seeing the finely crafted small-batch goods available in the pastry case at Caffe Motivo.
Caffe Motivo is open from Monday - Saturday 6am - 7pm, Sunday from 8am - 5pm, closed Holidays. They also have a satellite coffee kiosk at the Royal Inland Hospital 2nd floor. Follow Caffe Motivo at https://twitter.com/CaffeMotivo for updates and events. Also for more information, visit their website: http://www.caffemotivo.com/
Great news, sushi fans of Kamloops! Royal Tokyo Sushi at 324 Victoria Street is officially open today, September 6th at 11am. According to the chalkboard inside (I was gawking from the outside last night), all-you-can-eat lunch is $14.95 and AYCE dinner is $22.95. Hours are as follows:
Mon - Thur 11am - 9pm
Fri, Sat 11am - 10pm
Sun 12pm - 8pm.
See you there!
I’m off work ASAP, but wanted to share what I saw on my way back from scoping out the Ribfest setup this morning.
Royal Tokyo Sushi looks to be opening in the future at 324 Victoria St, former site of the now defunct Cafe Fresh. I look forward to eating all I can at this new establishment.
I was walking downtown the other day and passed Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine at 354 Seymour Street. In the window were two signs I’d not seen before. Excitedly, I scanned these notices and saw many dishes I’m eager to try. It may be a while before I make a visit (crazy schedule until June), but at the same time I wanted to share these findings with you all before then. If anyone tries the above specials and would like to share their experience, please comment!
Lunch Specials (available during Lunch Hours every day):
Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine is open 11am - 10pm Monday to Friday, 12pm - 10pm Saturday Sunday and Long Weekends.
Sad news from the world of new Kamloops restaurants. According to the comment thread from my previous post about the Arabian (formerly Arabic) Restaurant, they will be closing on Monday due to lease confict with Chili King. Seriously? I’m not sure who put the gears into motion to get them closed, but this foodie ain’t happy about it. Please, Arabic Restaurant, don’t give up! We love you!
Thank you to both Regis Breaks Free and Lvoers for their input on this distressing news. Kamloops foodies unite!
Yesterday I finally got to visit a most anticipated eatery. The Arabic Restaurant is connected to Murphy’s Chop’n Block at 1415 Hillside Drive. It’s not a large space, and is much like a take-away counter with seating area (about 4 tables) and hot food served from a steam table. I went straight to the front counter and this worked well for ordering. I was warmly welcomed and asked if I would like to try samples of the different kinds of rice - both were delicious and it was difficult to make a decision between the two. I chose the Chicken Kapsa, which is red rice with chicken and mixed vegetables. The chicken (wing + breast) was moist and flavourful with crispy, complexly seasoned skin. The rice was cooked perfectly and tomato-tangy. The veg had good flavour, but I thought it was out-of-place that frozen mixed vegetables were a part of it. Maybe this is generally accepted in Arabic cuisine? I’m not sure, but I still enjoyed my meal immensely. I was very pleased to be offered a free cup of spiced tea (also available for sale in the Chop’n Block section). Very sweet and complimentary to the flavours of the meal.
I managed to snap a pic of the menu but it turned out super-blurry. Using the power of technology however, I’ve managed to decipher the blurry photo and bring you the menu items. First are the breakfast sandwiches, which I learned are only served until approx 1pm. These look so good and I’ll visit a little earlier next time to take advantage of these reasonably-priced sandwiches:
Breakfast Sandwiches (served to approx 1pm):
Falafel $3 Fried ground chickpeas mixed with parsely, onion and garlic.
Kebda $4 Small pieces of lamb liver prepared with tomato, onion and Arabic spice.
Shakshoka $3 Eggs with tomato, onion and green pepper, prepared at high temperature.
Mohakal $2 Combination of cream cheese, peanut butter and gam (“gam” - this word was too blurry in the photo to decipher completely - it remains a mystery)
Masloge $3 No description given.
Fried Egg $3
Main DIshes (Lunch and Dinner):
Lamb Kapsa $16 (Kapsa - “It is a favourite food in Saudi Arabic. It is red rice with lamb or chicken. It makes with tomato and onion and Arabic spice. Also, mixed vegetables topping.”)
Lamb Mandy $16 (Mandy - “It is white rice with lamb or chicken. It makes with tomato, onion and green pepper with another kind of Arabic spice”)
Lamb Biryani $16
Chicken Kapsa $13
Chicken Mandy $13
Chicken Biryani $13
Also on the menu is Kebab (no price given) - “4 skewer grilled Kebab, grind lamb, mixed with onion, garlic, and parsley. Come with French fries, grilled tomato and onion, and beta braid”
Fish (no price given) - “fried tilapia fish marinated in lemon, garlic and Arabic fish spice. Comes with saffron rice topped with raisins.
Give this place a visit, folks. It came off as a little disorganized, but keep in mind this is the first week. I’ll keep returning to this laid-back and friendly eatery with the Arabic cuisine. I gotta get at those breakfast sandwiches. I wonder what kind of bread is used for them?
The Arabic Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30am - 6pm, Sunday from 8:30am - 5pm and closed Mondays.
At this time, payment method is cash only.
I may regret this one, folks. This might all be the water retention talking from the crazy amount of salt I ingested this evening, but I must get this off my chest. Am I over-reacting? You be the judge.
Tonight, slightly flush with cash, my sweetie and I decided we would attempt a nice meal out at the Noble Pig Brewhouse on Victoria Street. I ordered the fish tacos ($10), which I’d had a few times before and very much enjoyed. Tonight the fish in these tacos was very, very salty. I ate most of it (my Mama taught me to clean my plate!) before my sweetie suggested I let the wait staff member know, just so she could give a “heads up” to the kitchen. When I voiced my concern, I was very clear that I wanted to pay full price for this, and wasn’t grubbing for a discount. After deliberating with the kitchen, the wait-staff member returned, leaned onto our table and lengthily communicated to us how, according to the chef, the fish tacos have no salt added to them. Then the story changed that there was a small amount of salt in the pre-mixed cajun seasoning and maybe I had eaten a large salt crystal? She went on to expound on the greatness of the Noble Pig and how they make everything from scratch. Her rebuttal was quickly turning into an infomercial.
No, I hadn’t imagined the sodium content. It was saltier than a sailor’s tongue. They gave me a discount of 25% ($2.50 - a slap in the face. Why even bother?), a discount I had expressly asked to not to receive. I pay for what I order. Unless there is a food safety issue, I’m not going to haggle for anything gratis. Instead, I left the restaurant with a very bitter taste in my mouth. I shan’t be returning any time soon. For the record, this is not the first time I’ve had a disappointing experience at “The Pig”. I never wrote about those because I usually like to keep my blog for beautiful, delicious experiences.
A note to all restaurants (I say this speaking as one who is currently employed in the food service industry, and has been consecutively since age 17). If a customer complains about the food, tell the customer it will be looked into. Please do not tell the customer they are wrong.
Bah. I’m going to go and drink a few glasses of water to stop my salty stewing.
To gloss over my griping, here is a salt-related video by The Kids in the Hall (Canada’s greatest comedians…yeah, I said it!). Warning: there’s “salty” language in this sketch, y’all.
Recently, Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here! featured Kamloops on the February 15th, 2013 airing of the program - now on its second season. John Catucci is seen wearing a plaid shirt, as per usual, walking beside the building that houses Fiesta Mexicana at 793 Notre Dame Drive. He then tells a self-referential joke: “Why did the Catucc cross the road? Because you gotta eat here.” The Catucc, it seems, is still influenced by his other job, that of a comic.
Inside the restaurant, various customers wax rhapsodic about the food features. Phrases like “So good”, “Fantastic food fiesta” and “Like an old-style Mexican Cantina” are effused to the camera in rapid cutaways.
Next, we are behind the scenes with Catucci and chef/co-owner Albert Vazquez. The first dish to be showcased is the Enchiladas de Mole Poblano. The sauce looks to have a very complex flavour profile (almonds, wahio chiles and of course, chocolate make for but 3 of the 35 mole ingredients) - smothering three “mini baby wrap” pulled chicken tortillas with sides of pico de gallo, house-made gaucamole, mixed greens and a gorgeous, canary yellow rice.
Next up on the pass is a “barbecue-style” dish called Asada Zacatecas. Alberto and Catucci show how to assemble the dish’s components. In the dish are house-made chorizo (ground pork, ground cloves, chili powder, ground ginger, ancho pepper, garlic powder, red crushed pepper, oregano, cumin and vinegar), refried beans (the secret ingredient is pinto beans!) sprinkled with salsa de queso, mixed greens, guacamole and pico de gallo. Remember! “This is Asada Zacatecas, not Taco Zacatecas,” says Alberto as he slaps Catucci’s hand. You gotta roll the tortilla to accompany the dish, not just pile in the ingredients. These are Alberto’s Grandma’s rules. Best recognize.
Finally, we have the Burrito Guadalajara - in English this would be “humungous burrito”. This burrito is as long as a lady’s forearm! Inside the monster buritto is chorizo, chicken, rice, refried beans. After being wrapped in a flour tortilla (not corn, that would make it a taco), the burrito is enveloped in a Monteray Jack cheese sauce, then sprinkled with pico de gallo. Catucci digs into the finished product and is favour-shocked - reduced to making non-verbal, nom-style sounds. When he regains his sense of composure, he likens it to a Mexican fiesta…in his mouth!
I very much enjoyed this video segment, (but for the frequency and repetitive nature of the advertisements in the online version) and greatly look forward to sampling Alberto Vazquez’ cuisine.
If you’d like to check out this segment of You Gotta Eat Here online, go to http://www.foodnetwork.ca/you+gotta+eat+here/video/season+2/black+forest+inn+fiesta+mexicana+restaurante+and+cantina+the+churchill+arms/video.html?v=2335600194&p=1&s=dd#video
Fiesta Mexicana menu is available for your perusal at their website: http://fiestamexicana0.intuitwebsites.com/Menu.html
Rather belatedly, here is another flava I encountered on my recent North Shore of Kamloops day trip. Mervo’s Coffee Shop is located at the corner of 289 Tranquille Road and Knox Street. This cozy (re: tiny) restaurant is quite the opposite of a corporate cookie cutter establishment. It could have been transported straight from a small prairie town. Feeling slightly wealthy, I decided to order one of the most expensive items on the menu, which is the Pad Thai, ringing in at a budget-wise $7. This includes coffee, people! According to the signage, the process here is to order at the front and pour your own coffee from the large urn. Shortly after, my dish was presented. It is not a large portion and would qualify as a light meal. Through my eavesdropping ways though, I ascertained that full orders are available, but for how much I’m unsure. I tucked into my meal and devoured it. I can’t speak for the breakfast food here (having heard mixed reviews), but this Thai dish is sound as a dollar pound. Rice noodle, mung bean sprouts, green onion, egg, peanuts, prawns and sweet chili heat combine together for an exotic flavour profile. As an explanation for the culturally contrasting offerings here at Mervo’s, I’ve dug for some information and found out that Mervo is indeed the former owner of Mervo’s Pizza in Westsyde (now closed). His lovely and kind wife is Thai and on the day of my visit, was working front of house. I shall return to this friendly locale for more Pad Thai and coffee. Mervo’s is truly a community hub and purveyor of a tasty Thai fare.
Mervo’s Coffee Shop is open Monday to Saturday from 7am - 3pm.
Jay’s Good Eats
After much anticipation (and procrastination - on my part), I have finally visited Jay’s Good Eats, which is located in the Sprott Shaw building food court (along with Indian Aroma, Golden Dragon and Casey’s Caffeine) at 340 Victoria Street. Jay’s is one of Kamloops’ newest independent eateries, and I was most impressed with the nosh I scarfed while there.
I sidled up to the chrome diner-style counter and ordered a half order of North Carolina ribs (Real ribs, with bones and all! If you missed Kamloops Ribfest, get your fix here, srsly.) I had a choice of sides with the ribs and could’ve had mac and cheese, poutine, chili poutine, potato salad or cole slaw. Jay (the man himself) offered frites as well, and I could not say no. This would be the perfect chance to try the french fries au naturel, if you will. The frites were anything but plain. Interspersed throughout the crispy spuds are garlicky morsels. Served with the frites was a lemon aioli. Also available are Cajun and chipotle aioli. I dug into my meal, delightfully served in retro red basket with checkerboard paper lining. These ribs are so saucy, tangy and juicy you will definitely require the lemon-scented towelettes included with the meal. I was in flavour country.
I will be returning to Jay’s Good Eats, definitely. There is a good variety of house-made eats with a good variety of pricing as well. Here are a few items that caught my eye:
Jay’s is open from 11am - 8pm, Monday through Saturday. Word on their Facebook page has it late-night hours are coming soon. http://www.facebook.com/JaysGoodEats
Eden Bento Cafe Update
This well-received Japanese/Korean eatery has increased both its menu and hours of operation. They are now open for breakfast at 9am Monday through Friday (open at 12pm Saturday). The breakfast menu items are listed as “take-out”. They are as follows:
Other new menu items (available for dine-in) include:
Beef Bulgogi, Dakbulgogi, Squidbulgogi, Seaweed Salad, Agedashi Tofu, Spicy Tuna Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll, Chopped Scallop Roll, Beef Teriyaki Roll, Nigiri Sushi (Tuna, Ebi, Masago, Tamago, Salmon, Unagi, Inari), California Combo, Dynamite Combo, Nigiri Combo, Roll Party (40 pcs Roll), Sushi Party (40 pcs Roll, 5 pcs Nigiri), Donburi (Chicken, Unagi, Gyudon, Chicken Katsu, Bulgogi, Dakbulgogi.
Eden Bento Cafe is located in the Lansdowne Village at 223-450 Lansdowne Street in Kamloops.