Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Grant: It was Vicky’s birthday and what’s the best way to celebrate? Brunch! This time we tried out Kurobuta’s unlimited brunch. It’s a bit strange as it’s mostly a buffet at the bar with a make-your-own Ramen station, and overall the food was just okay (there were a couple of really good things like the fried chicken and the sashimi on tortilla chips), but we did manage to get through quite a bit of booze in the two hour limit. Hopefully her day was spent well!
Becky: A catchup dinner with my bridesmaids was long overdue, so we picked (or rather, I picked!) Phnom Penh in Chinatown. This Vietnamese-Cambodian joint is my go-to spot for beef carpaccio, known as butter beef here. I bet you probably haven’t had it like this before: super rare beef, doused with a saucy mixture of lime, soy sauce, fish sauce, and rice vinegar, and topped off with tons of cilantro and fried garlic chips. This is hands down, THE BEST preparation of beef carpaccio I’ve ever had.
Grant: So Kerb recently opened up at Camden Market! They have a massive number of stalls, and I finally decided to take a break from catching Pokemon in parks to head up there and check it out. I went with an arepa from Arepazo Bros, and it was delicious. I fell in love with them when my friend Andy took us to an areparia in Barcelona, so I’m glad I found a place that does them well here. (Mostly because every effort I’ve made at making them at home as failed miserably. Now I feel like more experimentation must happen!)
Sanj: I had a relaxed dinner at The Ivy Kensington Brasserie this week, which opened at the end of last year. The brand and location mean you’re paying up for a fairly mediocre feed. The mussels with leek and cider were average; the crispy duck salad starter much tastier. The setting at least is gorgeous though, with the windows open out onto the street as it was a warm evening.
Yee Gan: I popped back to Pitt Cue, one of my favourite new restaurants this year. I’m a big fan of pork scratchings and I was intrigued to find them as a new addition to the menu since I last visited. They turned out to be a unique take on the pork scratching – slight chew but still crispy and light on the tongue as they’re so thin. Yummy.
Andrew: It’s that time again where Mr Hyde gets a whole bunch of traders together for some good ol’ fashioned burger fun. We came, we ate, we were conquered but loved every minute. My favourite was a surprise creation by Chai Ki which served up a spectacular rare patty in terms of beefy flavour topped with a spicy relish.
Becky: At 30 degrees, today was one of the hottest and stickiest days Vancouver has seen so far this summer. The family was invited over for dinner, and I needed to whip up something refreshing for dessert. I had a super ripe honeydew in the fridge, so I made a southeast Asian dessert: a simple mixture of coconut milk, simple syrup, sago, pandan, and honeydew. It was my first time making it, and I actually had to refer to Youtube on how to ball a melon >.< This was super easy to make, and really tasty!!
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Grant’s return to The French Laundry? It wasn’t as good as the first time, but they still met the legendary Chef Keller! Becky has the best chicken wings in Vancouver to tell you about, while back in London Jules has more art and cake suggestions while Radicals and Victuallers on Upper Street has lost Linzi as a fan at dinner time. And don’t miss the Michelin starred Indian food at Trishna says Yee Gan!
Have you got any foodie highlights (or lowlights!) to share from the last 7 days? Or maybe you’ve tried one of our favourites? Let us know in the comments below! Who knows, the Bunch might just check out your suggestions for a future review…