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.


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


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!


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).


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)


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).


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


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.


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!





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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Will post more items soon!


Sushi Royal House (Re-Visit)


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.




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!






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!