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Category: Seafood

SEA MONSTR SUSHI

A – 55 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC

Sea Monster is part of the Mark Brand empire of restaurants. If you don’t know who Mark Brand is, he is the man who owns most of Gastown and is slowly taking over the Downtown Eastside. If any of his business ventures have failed yet, I haven’t heard about it. Everything he puts his name on is hip and unique, and Sea Monster is no exception.

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This is clearly a Gastown restaurant. Through the back of the restaurant you can walk right into Sharks and Hammers another “Brand” establishment, this one selling hip clothing and accessories. And the sushi itself is good. It’s not the best in the city, but it’s good. I had the “Combo C”. It had three pieces each of salmon roll, tuna roll, California roll and spicy tuna roll with a miso soup, for $9.00. Not bad, not bad.

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So next time you are looking for lunch in Gastown, check out Sea Monster! NOM NOM

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CARDERO’S

1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver, BC

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This past week I had my cousin from Jersey City, NJ visiting , so I needed to impress her with Vancouver’s scenery and foods. I’ve always heard good things about Cardero’s, but never been, probably because I’m not really a Coal Harbour kind of girl. But, Cardero’s has it all; beautiful waterfront views, fresh seafood and a weekday “Mussel mania” deal where you get mussels, fries and a pint for $12.

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Unfortunately, I guess I didn’t read the fine print, and we arrived two hours early for “Mussel Mania”. Too hungry to wait, we stayed and resigned ourselves to paying double the price. Wah wah… anyways, it was delicious.

Mussels Oceanwise coconut curry sauce, Asian herbs

Mussels
Oceanwise, coconut curry sauce, Asian herbs

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Thanks Cardero’s! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Delicious.

NOM NOM
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RED PAGODA

1408 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

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Time for a little Pho!!!! We went to Red Pagoda on a cold, crisp winter’s day, after a delightful morning snow-shoeing adventure up at Mount Seymour.

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Classy lil’ Pagoda

Red Pagoda doesn’t fit the mould for a typical Vancouver Vietnamese restaurant, but it’s on Commercial Drive, so that’s to be expected. Prices are slightly more than some other local Pho-eateries, but you won’t be disappointed by quantity or flavour! And you could take a date here because it’s not a grimy hole-in-the-wall.

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#26 Seafood and Pork Soup
(Sub veggies for pork)

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#17 Pagoda Hot and Sour Soup

Both the soups we tried were deeeeeliiciousss! Especially the Hot and Sour… I recommend!

Thanks Red Pagoda for the hot, tasty soups! NOM NOM

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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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TANGENT CAFE

2095 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

Tangent Cafe is the new restaurant at Commercial and 5th ave. Over the last 5 years there have been three different restaurants at this location. Commercial Drivers will remember Me and Julios, the fun Mexican restaurant with the cheap drink specials. They lasted 4 years. Next came Sorry Babushka, whose name had me expecting tasty Eastern European treats, but instead offered a weird 90’s club vibe and shitty drinks.
I had low expectations when I first checked out Tangent and was pleasantly surprised! The decor is fresh and new, the menu is creative and the prices are reasonable.

White Bark Ale Mussels

The menu is a mix of Western food, (burgers, salads, wings… ) and Eastern, which in this case means Malaysian. Kind of a strange combo, but it works. I went for the mussels with Yam fries. They gave me a LOT of mussels and they were tasty and fresh.

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Beef Rendang

From the East we tried the Beef Rendang. It was tasty and came with some spicy beans and buttery roti.

I give Tangent Cafe a NOM NOM. I can’t wait to try some of their other menu items. And I am happy to have a decent restaurant back at that location.
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