Pepper Lunch (Re-Visit)

This is a re-visit to Pepper Lunch in Richmond, where I stopped by one evening for dinner.

I had one of the items on their dinner special, which was Prawns and Sliced Angus Steak (C$18.95) and came with rice, Miso soup, a pop, and Mochi ice cream.

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The meal also came with two different sauces, which gave everything a very tasty flavour. Those sauces gave a kind of sweet flavour.

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At Pepper Lunch, you order at the front and pay first, before being assigned a table and then the food brought to you. And on this visit, I was in such a hurry that as soon as I finished all the prawns, steak, veggies, and rice, I grabbed my jacket and left.

The next morning, when I was marking a student’s essay, I saw the words “ice cream”…. and I suddenly remembered, right then, that I had forgotten my Mochi the night before!! I had ordered the mango flavour at the counter, and I had completely forgotten about it, taking off after finishing the rice. Oh man!

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Sushi Nanaimo

M, who enjoys Japanese food, dropped by the other day with something called Crazy Boy Rolls (C$6.25) from Sushi Nanaimo on Nanaimo Street and East Hastings in East Vancouver (350 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver, BC).

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I don’t normally eat sushi or rolls, but I thought these crazy boy rolls were good.

M, meanwhile, had had some nabeyaki udon but didn’t take a picture, so the crazy boys were all I got!

Osaka Sushi (Burnaby)

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Osaka Sushi, on Hastings and Gilmore in Burnaby, was voted the best sushi restaurant in Burnaby back in 2014 (according to signs posted outside the establishment).

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While their food might have won “Best of Burnaby” awards in the past, I would say their service was mediocre.

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The lady who served me looked grumpy. The staff spoke Cantonese – the lady and the cook did that – and also Mandarin – the lady did that to one of the younger girls working there. Remarkably, during the whole time I was there, there was just one phone call where someone ordered for a pick-up. And only one other person came in for another order – while nobody entered as a dine-in customer.

This was a Monday night at around 8 p.m. and one family of three was just leaving. The others eating at that time were staff. I guess the busy period was over.

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Speaking of period, the hockey game – Canucks vs. Wild – was on the flatscreen. I was there for most of the second period, and hahaha, the Canucks were losing.

I had the Prawn Teriyaki (C$9.95) and Karaage (C$5.50). Nothing special with the food, and definitely nothing good about the service. Perhaps the sushi’s better – the restaurant, after all, got an award for that a couple of years back!

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Chamnamoo Korean Restaurant + Others

Here’s another post that combines visits to several establishments.

Some time ago, I was in Langley and re-visited Chamnamoo Korean Restaurant on 88 Avenue in Walnut Grove. “Chamnamoo,” by the way, apparently means “oak tree,” and this establishment offers traditional Korean dishes.

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I had their Galbi-Tang, which was tender beef short ribs served with veggies and egg in beef bone broth. I found that the beef wasn’t as tender as advertised. I would say, overall, it was quite ordinary; the soup wasn’t particularly sweet.

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Just like other traditional Korean restaurants, Chamnamoo serves side dishes in addition to the meal.

The next restaurant that I went to a while back was Jun Sushi at Alderbridge Place in Richmond – but it has since closed down.

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Since Jun Sushi no longer exists, there’s not much point in talking about the food/service, but let’s just say it was one-and-done for me because they were just too slow with everything they did. Oh well, at least there are some pictures from that lone visit.

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Here’s some Wings from the local Church’s. They’re way better than KFC’s, that’s for sure.

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Finally, some take-out from Miyako Sushi (East Hastings and Nanaimo in Vancouver), where the service was mediocre. Anyway, the staff there weren’t Japanese; they spoke Chinese.

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Will post more items soon!

 

Sushi Royal House (Re-Visit)

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Volcano Roll – C$10.95

D.B. had never eaten at Sushi Royal House Japanese Restaurant before even though she lives in the area. So, one night on a Monday in October, we went there for some sushi.

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One funny thing that happened was D.B. wanted to order some alcohol – but she’d forgotten her ID so she wasn’t allowed to order. I guess she should take it as a compliment that they do check her for ID!

Meanwhile, I asked how big their spicy soft shell crab would be – to see if D.B. and I would be able to share – but the answer was that it would be enough for just one person. Oh well.

So, anyway, we went with the Volcano RollEbi Gyoza (5 pieces, pork & shrimp), Spicy Salmon Combo, and Chicken Karaage. As you can see from the pictures, it was a pretty good feast!

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All in all, a good dinner, great conversation, and all was wonderful. Everything, of course, tasted fresh. Haha, too bad D.B. couldn’t get a sip of alcohol. Too bad!