Never Heard Of It

The Awesome Chinese BBQ Joint Hidden in an Underground Parking Lot

Some of the best Chinese BBQ in Canada is made at the rightly-named HK BBQ Master under the Superstore in Richmond.

Feast on a Filipino Speciality at New West’s Cheap and Cheerful Hideaway, ‘Epic Grill Silogs’

Fernando Medrano takes us to an outwardly unassuming Filipino eatery where the speciality comes in many delicious guises.

Never Heard of Yaas Grill House? Here’s Why You Should Check It Out

The delicious amalgam that is Persian cuisine is affordably represented at this unassuming North Shore eatery.

East Van’s Little ‘Joojak’ Makes the Awesome Xi’an Burger You’ve Been Waiting For

Joojak's hearty, complex and aromatic Xi'an dishes might just help you through Vancouver's long descent into the wet of winter.

Lining Up for the Delicious Funk of Richmond’s ‘Too Two Sauerkraut Fish’

The “Sauerkraut” is their special housemade pickled mustard greens. These lend the fish soup its characteristic funk and tartness.

Never Heard Of It

Cleaning Up A Filipino ‘Boodle Fight’ Out At Surrey’s Grandt Kitchen

Just when you thought they were done and it was time to eat, they bring out one more dish.

The Delicate Shroom & Pork Crepes At Kingsway’s ‘Thanh Xuan Cafe’

I’m always on the look-out for these little shops that specialize in one amazing thing, and this is one of my all-time favourite finds.

Making Short Work Of ‘Grilled Fish’ At Li’s China Grill In Collingwood

Order a few appetizers, some beer and some dried plum juice (the kind you order with hot pot); some skewers (“chuan’r”) and finally one or two orders of grilled fish.

Loving Smoked Meat & Poutine At Estrella’s Montreal Deli In Langley

Pair it with a Cherry Coke, Montreal-made kosher pickles and one of their very good poutines (made with Fraser Valley cheese curds) for complete the authenticity picture.

The Fried Chicken And ‘Pho Ga Don’ Combo At My Chau On Kingsway

I tend to believe that this eatery and many others like it could only work in such a setting. With apologies to the great urbanist Jane Jacobs: “good food needs old buildings”.

Exploring The Goodness Of Guizhou At Collingwood’s ‘Yummy Mammy’

The eatery is run by gregarious chef-owner Lisa Yu. If prodded, she'll give you a lesson in the basics of Guizhou cuisine. (You can even ask her to make you her favourite dish which is not on the menu - pickled chicken gizzards - but you’ll have to pre-order it.)

Cheap, Saturday-Only Lamb Consomme At Molli Cafe On Burrard St.

The quality and consistency is nothing short of remarkable, pronouncing the value in bold relief. If you've never heard of Molli, you need to go!

Closed Kingsway Cult Legend ‘Nine Dishes’ Resurfaces In Richmond

The new location couldn’t be more different from its original Kingsway hole-in-the-wall setting. Set behind the Richmond Costco, it is the restaurant equivalent of a McMansion.

Surrey’s Street Food-Inspired ‘Apna Chaat House’ Is Strip Mall Gold

The menu is extensive. Try not to be intimidated. Even if you are with a group, it will be tough to make a significant dent. Place your order at the front, take the plastic number card and sit at a table.

Sexy, Forbidding Bowls Of Awesome At Tiny Cafe Xu Hue On Kingsway

The first thing you'll catch when sitting down at Cafe Xu Hue is the cup of cold tea being poured for you. The second thing you'll notice - as you wonder why your tea is chilled - is that you aren't reading a typical Vietnamese restaurant menu...

Filling Your Filipino Pork Quota At ‘Hapag Ihaw Ihaw’ On Victoria Drive

Inspired by inihaw (Filipino grilled meat), the owner of Hapag Ihaw-Ihaw opened his doors to share his love for the greatest hits of humble Filipino mainstays and BBQ.

The Restorative Power Of Pupusas At ‘El Caracol Cafe’ On Victoria Dr.

If you’re looking for a more immersive taste of Salvadorian flavour, dig into their sopa de mariscos (seafood soup) as a follow-up.

Capable, Comfortable And Cool: ‘Carp Bento Box’ In Mount Pleasant

The quick service eatery is only a year old, but they've got things figured out. The menu is as simple and straight forward as it needs to be for a quick-service, two-person operation.

Old School Ramen Done Right At Unassuming ‘Shibuyatei’ In Richmond

Unlike the rich, opaque, deep-flavoured, super fatty broths set on rolling boil for hours (ie. the sort ladled out in the West End), chef Sato’s is delicately light and clear...

Relishing In The Crusty Delights Of ‘Banh Mi Saigon’ On Victoria Drive

It’s nearly impossible to eat a good banh mi sandwich without feeling a bit like Hansel or Gretel, leaving behind you a light dusting of baguette crust with every bite.

Often Weird But Always Delicious Waffles At Kingsway’s ‘Off The Grid’

It's good looking, quick and easy, and there are four waffle irons firing hot at the same time. Nothing on the menu is over $8 dollars, which much account in part for its increasing popularity.

Duft & Co.’s Delicious Baking Makes Adventure To Abby Worthwhile

It's been a bustling, popular spot with a fast-moving line-up every time I've ever visited, and Cassie’s edibles are invariably as delicious as the room is aromatic, homey, and handsome.

Digging Traditional Thai Cuisine At ‘Bai Bua’ At 2443 East Hastings St.

I have a soft spot for places like Bai Bua in Hastings-Sunrise. It's a family-owned operation from front to back with the older generation pumping out traditional Thai cuisine and the younger generation filling the seats and handling everything front of house.

Malaysian/Singaporean Staples Pack The House At ‘Hawker’s Delight’

By name alone it would be hard to guess at the cuisines within, but once inside the exotic curry aromas and sizzle sounds leave little doubt.

Italian Market Cafe “Gigi Blin” A Charmer In The Heart Of Marpole

Aim for the ample panini sandwiches, hearty soups, and proper cortado coffees pulled from a Lady Victoria Arduino machine.

Longing For Dumplings, Wine Chicken & Tan Tan Noodles On Main St.

The small restaurant is made even smaller when it's packed, which is nearly always. The single server makes her rounds efficiently, keeping guest banter to a perfected minimum.

Eating Noodles Soaked In Awesome At Hoi An Cafe On Victoria Drive

Named after an historic port town in central Vietnam, the always buzzing eatery serves reflections of its namesake's signature dishes, most notably mi quang and cao lau.

Exploring Strip Malls In Search Of A Genuine Filipino Food Experience

Hidden away in a missable strip mall, the Kulinarya experience starts with a friendly server dropping off a few menus and a small dish of cornick, or Filipino corn nuts.