Aladdin Cafe (Vancouver)

On a Friday afternoon, AJ and I wanted to grab something quick for lunch. We decided to try Aladdin Cafe on Robson and Seymour Street in downtown Vancouver.

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I went with the Shawarma Plate, and what can I say? The pictures tell a thousand words… 🙂

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I mean, the one other time I visited Aladdin, I wanted the fries that was advertised on their menu – but they didn’t have it because they’d just opened for that day and the fries wouldn’t be ready for while.

I ended up not getting anything that day, but the Shawarma Plate on this Friday afternoon was just what I needed.

Unfortunately, not everybody has had pleasant experiences here. The following is feedback left by a New Westminster (BC) resident on Yelp.ca from July 2018:

The food here was just okay. I found it a little overpriced, given the complete lack of ambiance and presentation. The Chicken Shawarma Arabi was better than the Lamb Shawarma Platter, and cheaper by a couple dollars, so I’d probably go with that if I came back.

Bizarrely, the man who served us would not provide us with tap water, and he charged us for bottled water even though my father didn’t say we’d buy any, which I found quite rude. I’m not sure I’ve ever been refused a cup of tap water before. Even the ultra-cheap places like Fresh Slice will give you a little styrofoam cup of it.

I don’t think we will be giving this place a second chance.

The person who left those comments gave Aladdin a one-star review. Yikes.

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Congee Noodle Delight (Vancouver)

Since I have been increasingly busy, I have had little chance to update this site – so, I have decided to rely on some friends to “guest post” once in a while. Here’s a guest post from H.W. 

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Wanted century egg and pork congee today so I went to my usual hole in the wall for lunch. Located in Tinseltown, Congee Noodle Delight is a place to go if you want affordable Chinese food.

When I got there, the place was empty and the staff were busy cleaning. What happened? Are they closed?

I was asked to seat myself as usual. Waited quite a bit as the staff were getting the place ready as customers were walking in.

Alas, there was no congee today. So, I opted for the Wonton Noodles with Thick Egg Noodles (it usually comes with the thin egg noodles, but I prefer to change it up a bit once in a while). The wonton noodles come with five huge pieces of wonton. I also ordered the Deep Fried Egg Plant as a side dish to go with my noodles.

Everything tastes A-okay today. The noodle soup was a little bland and the egg plant was just right. Not too salty.

 

Patsara Thai Restaurant (Re-visit)

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This post covers several visits to Patsara Thai Restaurant, which is located at Seymour and Robson Street in downtown Vancouver.

Back in mid-May, I was there for lunch and ordered their Moo Karitem Kai Dao off their lunch menu. This dish was their stir fried pork meal with garlic and served with fried egg and rice.

It also came with a starter of a small salad and fried dumplings.

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I just wanted to try this dish, but really, I wasn’t a big fan of it. The servers were friendly, though. They had smiles on their faces (which, for some reason, you can’t even take for granted these days anymore at so many other establishments) and refilled my glass with water every chance they got.

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On another visit, I had a different meal off their lunch menu. This time, it was the Panang, which was red curry in coconut milk with the meat of your choice (among chicken, pork, and beef). It also came with rice.

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Once again, the dish came with a small salad and fried dumplings.

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As for the meat that I chose for the Panang, I picked beef.

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I definitely liked this dish better than the stir fried pork. In fact, I would say I loved the Panang.

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I would say the one thing that’s been consistent in all of my visits has been the service. People seem to be cheerful and friendly at Patsara, unlike the customer service folks at certain London Drugs stores or Starbucks. What can I say? It is what it is.

Finally, one more visit some time later… This time, I had the Red Duck Curry, which didn’t come with rice (and you had to order it separately). This one was AWESOME!

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Since these three visits, I’d been back but I will post about those other meals next time! But Patsara is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the downtown Vancouver area. The service has been great and the red duck curry and panang have definitely been winners!

Cazba Restaurant

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Cazba Restaurant Vancouver, located on at 1103 Davie Street, was not that busy during one late afternoon in March.

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While there were daily specials going on, I opted for the Barg, which is a Persian-style barbecued and marinated beef kabab dish.

The server was very friendly and talkative. When asked about her accent, she gave a long story about her background. Very friendly, though.

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I would say the barg was a tad dry, but it was good enough. No complaints whatsoever.

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Overall, a delicious meal… The Penguins-Islanders NHL game was on the flatscreen, but I was not that interested in hockey during this particular visit. Good that the game was available, though, for sure.

Update on life…

It’s been a while since I last posted – but that’s because I’ve been busy with teaching and writing. Here’s an update about my life from earlier this week:

Ahhh…not a full day of teaching today but paid for the full day… And after that, errands and then back to my baseball biography writing…And oh, corresponded with Triumph Books regarding one of my latest projects. We’ll see what happens! Finally, another day, another cup…my first hot chocolate in at least three months…

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