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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by Ed Lau on January 14, 2015

My meal was complimentary.

A couple of months ago, I wrote about Dinner by Bayan for Vancity Buzz. Some friends and fellow Vancity Buzz staffers introduced me and I was invited out to Narnia…er, North Vancouver, where I had one of the most interesting meals I’ve had in Vancouver.

I’ve often lamented that we don’t have a lot of “interesting” in Vancouver. Don’t get me wrong, we have plenty of good, even great food here but it doesn’t feel as cutting edge as culinary meccas like Tokyo, Paris or New York. We have a lot of safe bets but if you really want to be adventurous, your choices are somewhat limited.

That’s why I admire Dinner by Bayan as much as I do. There are hits and misses and the meal lasts damn near 5 hours but I struggle to think of something in Vancouver to compare it to. The ideas behind the plates are fresh and engaging, challenging you to rethink how some flavors go together, playing with your ideas of temperature, texture and aroma.

Several of the dishes I had on my second visit were the same as my first visit so I won’t go into to much detail on those ones. You can read more at my original post at Vancity Buzz. [Click here to continue reading...]

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WINNER of $100 GC to Maenam! (Best Spicy Food Story)

January 6, 2015
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We have a winner in our Off The Menu: Maenam contest! Thanks for all the great spicy food stories, everyone. If I had more prizes to give away, I certainly would because picking the best one wasn’t easy. There were several amazing tales of setting mouths on fire such as this one from Bernice: The […]

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Off The Menu: Maenam ($100 GC Giveaway)

December 11, 2014
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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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Tasty Indian Bistro

November 27, 2014
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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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Hamilton Street Grill

October 30, 2014
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This is a media event and therefore, dinner was paid for by someone that’s not me. A few weeks ago, Lincoln invited me out to Hamilton Street Grill for dinner and a test drive of their new MKC crossover vehicle. Even though I only drove it around a few blocks of Yaletown, it was quiet, […]

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