Category: First Taste

First Taste of Mila

Specializing in Plant-based cuisine featuring inventive cocktails along with Globally inspired dishes; this restaurant and cocktail bar is owned by the same company that owns Virtuous Pie. MILA’s food program was developed by Red Seal Chef Jim Vesal, who’s put…

First Taste of The Kougin Café

Pastry chef Andrew Han has had a life-long dream to open his own bakery and he wanted it to be located in Chinatown where he grew up. His bakery is defined as; kouign (meaning brioche, pronounced queen) and amann, which…

First Taste of Tsujiri at OpenRoad Toyota Richmond

The latest outpost of Tsujiri recently opened in the OpenRoad Toyota dealership at the Richmond Auto Mall. This is a Japanese matcha infused cafe restaurant that features tasty Japanese soba bowls, sushi sandwiches, matcha beverages and desserts. Known for its…

First Taste of Free Bird Table & Bar

Specializing in the spirit of Southern food with the heart of the West Coast behind it, this restaurant opened a few months ago during the pandemic. Located inside The Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, the restaurant is owned by…

First Taste of Takenaka

Specializing in bento boxes, sushi and seafood bowls with fresh Japanese seafood and ingredients, Takenaka was first established as a Ghost kitchen, a virtual restaurant that provided their Japanese food for pickup from their commissary or for delivery. They have…

First Taste of Capo and the Spritz

Specializing in Italian cuisine featuring inventive cocktails and pizzas; this restaurant and cocktail bar is a partnership between Autostrada Hospitality and OPUS Vancouver. Autostrada Hospitality co-founders Dustin Dockendorf and Chef Lucais Syme are working with OPUS Vancouver and the focus…

First Taste of The Lunch Lady

With it’s focus on Vietnamese street food, this restaurant plays homage to The Lunch Lady in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The Vancouver restaurant is a collaboration between Nguyen Thi Thanh (aka The Lunch Lady) and Victoria Tran and…

First Taste of Sashimiya

Chef Takayuki Omi and his wife Kaori just opened this one of a kind shop in downtown Vancouver. It is a Japanese Grab-and-go shop/eatery that features a menu filled with sushi rolls and premium sashimi made fresh for takeout as…

First Taste of Hugo’s Churros & Tacos

With it’s focus on Mexican fare this eatery has recently relocated next door to their previous location in McArthurGlen Vancouver. The Garcia family has added some new dishes to the menu at this location and will soon have liquor available…

First Taste of Do Chay Yaletown

With it’s focus on Modern Vietnamese Vegetarian fare this humbled eatery has expanded outside of it’s original location in East Vancouver and opened another outpost in Yaletown. The interior décor has the similar bird cages hanging from the ceiling as…

First Taste of Casereccio Foods

This newly opened Italian eatery in Kitsilano is owned by Maria Clarkson, Alexandro Cascia and another partner, all from different regions of Italy. They have put together a wonderful menu of house-made pastas, sauces, desserts and more. In addition to…

First Taste of J Squared Ice Cream

Owned by husband and wife, both of their names start with the letter J, hence the name of this ice cream shop. While Jenny was pregnant she was craving ice cream and both of her favourite shops were miles away,…

First Taste of Yasmina Bakery

New Lebanese bakery opened recently on Main Street; it’s owned by Yasmine Mediterranean Foods a block way. In addition to the freshly baked breads and baked goods they are also carrying a small selection of Lebanese grocery items. I tried…

First Taste of Mazahr Lebanese Kitchen

Opening last month, is this Lebanese restaurant that took over from another Lebanese restaurant in the same location in the South Granville neighborhood. The restaurant is run by owner, Mohammad Halawi. They offer some inside seating as well as a…

First Taste of Jingle Bao

Opening late last year, Jingle Bao took over a spot on Denman Street that previously housed a few different restaurants most recently a hot pot restaurant. At this Westend spot they specialize in house-made dumplings as well as other Chinese…

First Taste of Bombay Masala Indian Cuisine

Bombay Masala Indian Cuisine opened a few weeks ago in West Point Grey, and they specialize in Indian cuisine primarily from the Punjab region of India. They were caught in a similar situation as many other restaurants around the city…

First Taste of Level V Bakery and Whisk Premium Matcha

Sharing the space, this plant-based tea shop and bakery are offering items that complement each other in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Whisk Premium Matcha is owned by Kimmy and her company has been wholesaling their Matcha tea across North America…

First Taste of Grano Pizzeria Napoletana

The new Plant-based Italian pizzeria that opened today is a collaborative effort between the owners of Via Tevere Pizzeria (brothers, Dom and Frank Morra) and another partner who is a close family friend (nutritionist, Lindsay Wood). The bright white walled…

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