Category: First Taste

First Taste or Mukja Korean Cuisine

I had a chance to try a couple of dishes in this recently opened Korean restaurant owned by Kim Jic in the Kitsilano neighborhood. Built and designed the place themselves, the restaurant seats 74 people inside and they hope to…

First Taste of La Churreria

Co-owned by wife Adriana Orta and her husband Mazen Adas; they have recently opened the first Churros bar in Vancouver’s Westend neighborhood. The couple also own Los Amigos Taqueria across the street, at their three-year-old restaurant they began selling churros…

First Taste of Mon Paris Pâtisserie

With it’s focus on exquisite French pastries with a contemporary twist, Parisian-trained Chef Elena Krasnova has recently opened her first standalone shop in Burnaby’s Metrotown neighborhood. Complete with a 600 square foot open-concept kitchen, the clean and simple design of…

First Taste of Fife Bakery

I had the pleasure of getting to know Felix Yau a few years back when he was a Chef working with Joey Restaurants in Coquitlam. He had baked me some of his bread to try which I did, I remember…

First Taste of Faebrew

With a passion to create one of a kind brewing experiences, Vincent Wong did just that opening his own coffee brew bar, which is the only one of it’s kind in Canada. Named after Fairies, Faebrew is a coffee bar…

First Taste of Cacao

Notable Chef Jefferson Alvarez originally from Venezuela, has been working in the Executive Chef role at several restaurants around the over the past several years, some of which included Fraiche as well as most recently Secret Location. Over the past…

First Taste of Peaked Pies

A popular eatery in Whistler and one of my favourites when I have visited there in the past, Peaked Pies finally opened in Vancouver’s WestEnd neighborhood Co-owners are Kerri Jones and Alex Relf have been supplying Whistler with their delicious Australian meat…

First Taste of Café Lokal

A European styled café in the heart of Kitsilano, run by owner Zoran Milakovic who has years of experience working in other cafes here and back home in Serbia. Loved the seating options throughout the café with it’s unique table…

First Taste of Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria

Firecrust is a premium fast-casual Neapolitan pizza concept, this location is the first one in Vancouver as well as in British Columbia. The company has already opened restaurants in Dallas, Texas and Alberta. Mark Medalla, Managing Partner told me; Pizzas…

First Taste of Chi Restaurant

With a passion for cooking delicious cuisine, Owner/Chef Le Chi has recently opened her own restaurant in Kitsilano to offer diners a taste of traditional Vietnamese flavors in a contemporary and modern style. One thing they have learned is that…

First Taste of Pokerrito

Following along with the Poke trend, fast casual, Pokérrito has recently opened its doors on Dunsmuir Street with a fresh food trend that’s gaining popularity. Poké (pronounced poe-kay), is a raw fish salad traditionally served as an appetizer in Hawaii….

First Taste of Virtuous Pie

An elevated fast-casual restaurant, focused on handcrafted plant-based pizzas, non-dairy ice creams, and seasonal salads, featuring local beer and wine on tap. Executive Chef Jim Vesal who was previously the Head Chef at Cocktails & Canapes Catering and Earls Yaletown,…

First Taste of TAKO

With it’s focus on Korean style-Mexican food with a twist, TAKO is serving up tacos, quesadillas, burrito’s, along with rice cakes, tortilla chips and poutine. You will also find beer, cold brew coffee and other beverages. Owned by Kathy and…

First Taste of Gabi & Jules

With it’s focus on whole pies or pie by the slice, Gabi & Jules bakery has recently opened in Port Moody. Owned by Lisa and Patrick Beecroft, the bakery and the pies are named after the couple’s two daughters, 4-year-old…

First Taste of Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen

Serving it up old school, Chef/Owner Nitzan Cohen is making his own delicious pastrami, in fact his deli is the only one making it’s own pastrami on the Westcoast North of Portland, he brines the meat for 10 days, then…

First Taste of Caffe Mangia

Situated in a beautiful heritage house, owner Marvin Chu has created an Italian style eatery reminiscent of the North Burnaby area in which he was raised. Now open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday, there is seating inside as…

First Taste of Say Hello Sweets

With a passion to open her own ice cream truck Naomi Arnaut did just that. An ice cream truck with a mobile license, her colourful truck will be roaming all over the city from busy streets outside of the downtown…

First Taste of Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar

With several years experience as a Pastry Chef, Lisa Gardin’s passion was to open her own shop and that she did a couple of weeks ago. Located at 1007 Main Street, just north of the Main Street skytrain station, this…

First Taste of Honolulu Coffee

With over 38 locations extending from Hawaii to Japan, Guam and China, Honolulu Coffee has just opened their first North American café in downtown Vancouver. As I understand several more locations will open in and around Vancouver over the next…

First Taste of Nice Vice Cream

I toured Canada’s first vegan Ice Cream shop recently it is located a block away from the Yaletown Canada Line station. Owned by Chris White who founded the company; Jocelyn Heinrichs is the flavour creation and product tester manager. Nice…

First Taste of City Side Winery

I toured this new winery and tasting lounge recently, it is located a couple blocks away from the Olympic Village Canada Line station. City Side Winery showcases their passion in crafting independent and regionally produced premium wines. It has been…

First Taste of Thai Confusion

I toured this new eatery today that is located downtown in the Tinseltown/Crosstown area. Owned by Tai Keattivanichvily, he is no stranger to Thai cooking in this city as he also owns the highly successful Bob Likes Thai Food restaurants…

First Taste of Bao Down Gastropub + Raw Bar

I toured this new eatery that opened a few days ago in the Olympic Village neighborhood, Run by Owners Matt Adolfo and chef/partner Greg Edwards, they are serving dinner presently with brunch and lunch service to follow within a week…

First Taste of Prado Cafe on Fraser

I toured the new Prado Café that opened a few days ago in the Fraserhood Mountainview neighborhood. The café features seating for 20, a full kitchen and bakery. This is their 3rd location and owner Sammy Piccolo, said it was…

First Taste of Bon Macaron

Bon Macaron Patisserie has gained a cult following in Victoria, BC since opening there in 2013. They have recently opened their 1st Vancouver location in Kitsilano and will open their 2nd location here in mid-September inside the Granville Island Public…

First Taste of Royal Dinette

I had a taste of the food and drink at a preview dinner last night which was an impressive fete orchestrated by notable Chef David Gunawan. His new restaurant offers Downtown Vancouver a true farm-to-table feast for the senses with…

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