Catch 122 (ver. 2.0)

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by Ed Lau on February 5, 2015

I was invited to check out the new menu so my meal was complimentary.

Catch 122 has gone through a bit of a makeover with a new chef at the helm and a new menu. I went to the media event when they first opened a few years ago and remember how much I enjoyed the food as well as how cozy yet modern the restaurant looked. The space still looks more or less the same but the food has undergone a complete change.

The take-out menu is gone and a chef Jason Vallee (previously of Glowbal Grill) has a number of all new dishes for us to try. [Click here to continue reading...]

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Cavu Kitchen Bar

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by Ed Lau on January 22, 2015

I was invited to try the menu at Cavu so the meal was complimentary.

The restaurants at suburban airport hotels usually aren’t great. I don’t know if they’re supposed to be but if they are, why do they always serve the same bland, monotonous menu? The restaurant that used to be at the Hilton in Richmond was like that. I ate there once, even took pictures but found it so uninspired that I couldn’t be bothered. It was just a thousand or so square feet of restaurant.

Looking to revitalize the space, the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel did a little renovating and late into 2014, opened Cavu Kitchen Bar. Helmed by Chef Alex Hancock, the menu now contains a little intrigue. Admittedly, I didn’t expect much given previous experiences but when I visited for the media opening, there were several dishes (bites of them as hors d’oeuvres anyways) that were not only interesting but absolutely delicious so I was excited to make an actual visit for dinner service. [Click here to continue reading...]

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Dinner by Bayan

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So I finally got around to releasing the second episode of Off The Menu for Vancity Buzz, where we explore some of Vancouver’s favorite restaurants and meet the people making the food. This time around, we visit Maenam in Kitsilano and talk to chef Angus An about Thai food, influences in his cooking and some […]

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This was a media event for the restaurant so our food and drink were on the house. When I got this invite, I thought I might be heading to a quaint little hole-in-the-wall. Little did I know I’d be stepping into probably one of the most glamorous-looking restaurants in Vancouver’s suburbs. Seriously, when you see […]

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