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Category: Chinese

ARGO

1836 Ontario St, Vancouver, BC

I had mixed feelings about writing a post on Argo Cafe. I was worried that if too many people knew about this amazing restaurant it would get too popular and I’d never be able to get a table, and the prices would go up. But then I Googled Argo Cafe” and realized everybody already knows. I was keeping a secret for nothing. Greedy.

For those who don’t know, Argo is a hole in the wall, off the beaten track. If you are having trouble finding it, look for the crowd of construction workers loitering on the corner. (OR, if you are looking for work as a construction laborer go stand outside the Argo, someone will pick you up).

Argo is open early, and closes early, so you want to get there for lunch. They’ve got a regular menu of standards; breakfast, burgers, clubhouse, chow mein, etc. But you must look past this to the “Daily Specials” menu. There you will find not one, not two or three, but ten or more (!!!) daily specials. And this stuff is gourmet! We’re talking duck confit , stuffed sole, salmon, LOBSTER!!! And now you’re thinking “so what?” or “I can eat that shit anywhere, I live in VANCOUVER!”. Well, the most expensive item on the “Daily Specials” menu is $12.50, that’s SO WHAT.

Justin had the Duck.

Duck with Blueberry Sauce.

Duck with Blueberry Sauce.

And I had the Salmon.

Teriyaki Salmon Salad

Teriyaki Salmon Salad with Mango Salsa

NOM NOM! Nuff said.
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3G VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

3424 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC

3G is another another restaurant in the style of “Three Jewels” on commercial (maybe 3G stands for “Three Gems”??!!!).

Chinese food a la vegetarian, which means it includes a lot of fake meat products. I’ve visited 3G before for dinner and I remember enjoying it. This time we went for lunch.

Wonton Soup

Started off with a little won ton. They were filled with spinach. It was very “meh”.

Self-explanatory

Next up was stir-fried tofu and vegetables in sweet chili sauce. Tasted like what you make for dinner when you don’t really feel like cooking.

Curry Noodles

This was probably the worst one. It had some kind of mild flavored curry sauce that dyed your lips and tongue fluorescent yellow.

As much as it sounds like this place is not a winner, I think I need to give it one more try. The menu is huge and I think it might be possible that we just ordered very poorly. At lunch time they also offer a dim sum menu that might be a better way to go. And seriously, some of the stuff on the dinner menu sounds really interesting.

***I just looked at their website and learned that the 3 G’s are…. Graciousness, Gratefulness and Generosity. Therefore I Graciously, Gratefully  and Generously will withhold judgement on this place until I have tried it one more time. Third “G” ‘s the charm!!
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