During the last day of my school last November, Jenny, Joanna and I had Beef Noodles before I went to Kaya Malay Bistro to have another meal with Fine. It was quite hard finding the Kaya Malay Bistro because my cellphone had no more battery. Thus, I could not remember the address of the restaurant. As I was taking 99B, I only knew that I had to stop at Oak and Broadway. However, I walked towards the UBC direction and to my relief, I found Kaya Malay Bistro. Fine came soon after and we were both glad that we did not lose our way there.
Kaya Malay Bistro
1063 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 1E2, Canada
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When we first went to the restaurant, it opened not long ago. Kaya Malay Bistro is quite spacious and the seats and really comfortable. We had a great time walking around and taking photo of it’s simple interior. It is such a coincidence that the server and Fine recognized one another from their church retreat. Although she was busy and it was hard to get her attention to serve us, she is really approachable and even took many photos for us when we were unsatisfied. They even exchanged facebook contacts. We came to Kaya Malay Bistro feeling anxious because we could not find our way at first but in the end, we left the restaurant feeling jubilant!
Since I was still full from the beef noodles I had earlier, we decided to share the Char Kway Teow (1st-3rd pictures) and Appetizer Sampler (the rest of the pictures), which cost CAD$10 and CAD$8 respectively. The Char Kway Teow is basically fried flat noodle with sweet soy sauce, squid, egg, tiger prawn, fish cake and bean sprout while the Appetizer Sampler consists of chicken satay, calamari, roti canai, vegetarian samosa and salad. The Char Kway Teow is not very authentic because Kaya Malay Bistro is a fusion restaurant but I find the Char Kway Teow a lot tastier and more authentic than Kedah House because of it’s spicy and sweet soy sauce. The texture and taste of the roti canai is good as well. The other items are average in terms of taste but at least there’s some authenticity in it.
Ratings for Char Kway Teow: 3/5★
Ratings for Appetizer Sampler: 2.8/5★
My favourite dish that night was the Warm Mango Durian Puff, which comprises of baked puff pastry filled with mango and durian and served with durian ice cream. Although the dessert is such a small portion and costs CAD$7, it is definitely worth the price. Once I took a bite of the flaky puff pastry, the contents of the pastry immediately melt in my mouth. The durian ice cream had a distinctive aroma so you can tell that the flavour is durian the minute you smell it. Also, the flavour is rich and intriguing so it makes you craving for more after your first bite.
Ratings: 4.5/5★ (-0.5 because the ice-cream melted pretty fast)
The total bill came up to CAD$28 and we topped up about 10-15% tips.
Mon-Sat 11:30 – 15:00
Mon-Thu, Sun 17:00 – 22:00
Fri-Sat 17:00 – 23:00
Nearest Station: Broadway @ Canada Line or Skytrain
Food (taste & appearance): 6.87/10
I finally had time to blog as I am currently at Singapore running lots of errands before I head to Vancouver next month! This entry was again, long overdue since last November.
Janet and Marvin have always been interested in alcohol such as red wine and hard liquor so they decided to go for wine tasting at Salt Tasting Room and invited Dennis and I along. As Holly is an executive of the UBC wine tasting club, has taken the wine science class at UBC and an external wine course, I asked her to join us since her level of interests is so high and she is a good friend of mine.
Salt Tasting Room
45 Blood Alley Square
Vancouver, BC V6B 0C4, Canada
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It was really cold that night so we practically ”ran” from Waterfront Station to Blood Alley. We could not find Salt Tasting Room at first because it is not very prominent and the exterior is not as fancy as the interior. It has interior brick walls and blackboards drawn with the restaurant’s logo. There is also a huge blackboard at the end of the restaurant with lots of suggestions on the wine, cheese and condiments pairing with the wine. Do take note that the menu is constantly changing.
The server was very helpful pairing our wines with our preferences of condiments and cured meats or cheese. They asked us questions like whether if like spicy food or whether we prefer a cheesy or meaty taste and such. Since I was a novice at wine pairing, I decided to choose from one of the butcher flight provided. I ended up having Kanazawa Nomu White paired with Pork Rilette and Piparras Peppers, Golan Heights Mount Hermon paired with Cognac and Cipollini Onions and Vina Cabas Felino Malbec paired with Smoked Beef and Fig & Nut Bread. Although I enjoy drinking wine, I am an amateur when tasting it. However, I really love eating the condiments and cured meats/cheese when drinking the red wines. It enhances the taste and fit really well. The pork rilette and cipollini onions are my favourite cured meat and condiments respectively. The taste is so delectable and definitely worth a try. As I am not a fan of cheese, I did not pair any of my wine and condiments with cheese. Boy, was I wrong! I tried my friends’ cheese choices such as Aged Mahon and Valdeon and I adore the taste greatly!
The entire wine tasting is pretty good and since it is my first time doing it formally (not wine tasting at wineries) and I am not very experience rating the wines and such, so I will only grade the desserts.
I was quite full from trying everyone’s wine pairings and finishing off my own but I still had rooms for desserts. Since Salt Tasting Room offers unique desserts, we decided to get both the Eton Mess and Goat Cheese Cheesecake. The Eton Mess (CAD$8) is an English dessert that consists of cherry compote, whipped cream and meringue. I found it really delicious because it has a tinge of taste like pavlova. *Do you know Eton Mess was traditionally made with ice-cream/cream with strawberries (a traditional fruit for the dessert) and meringe was only a later addition to the dish? As for the Goat Cheese Cheesecake (CAD$8), I was surprised that for a non-cheesy lover like myself, I enjoyed it. It is yet another delicate dessert nicely made with Naramata, apricot compote and graham cracker crumble. Huge thumbs up for these palatable and unique delicacies with exquisite taste and less sweetness (except that the Eton Mess is a little sweeter). This is how desserts should taste like!
Ratings for the Eton Mess: 4/5★
Ratings for the Goat Cheese Cheesecake: 5/5★
Nearest Station: Waterfront @ Canada Line or Skytrain
Food (taste & appearance): 9/10
At some point of your life, you definitely got to give STR a try! No doubt that the price is a little steep but you pay for delicious desserts, good experience, service and ambiance and convenient location.
Both Janet and Holly are coffee lovers. So when Holly recommended me to head to Elysian Coffee as it has the best coffee in town, I introduced this place to Janet. We decided to go to Elysian Coffee one day after church and desserts at Sweet Williams.
590 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E9, Canada
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The cafe is pretty neat and cozy but really busy, especially on a Sunday. There is very few seats available as many people are using their computers and studying at the cafe. It is funny how there are so many people seated there when wifi is only available after 4pm though. I am really amazed by the awesome service though. Two male baristas catered to us recommending us amaretti for small bites and the type of coffee for Janet. They are so approachable and we had an engaging conversation.
Both Janet and I decided to get an amaretti each as we were so bloated from lunch at church and pavlova from Sweet Williams. I have never tried amaretti in my life before and I am so glad that I did it that time. Amaretti is basically an Italian almond flavoured macaron that is mildly sweet. Even though it is made with sugar, egg whites and almond, the sweetness is not as much as the usual colourful macarons you see in bakeries. Huge thumbs up for the great suggestion!
I do not know much about coffee and I detest bitter coffee and cannot go on drinking such coffee after a sip of it. However, Janet is a coffee lover and she loves the espresso served at Elysian. Cheers to Holly for the recommendation! Complementary sparkling water was also served to cleanse the palate before drinking the espresso. This is usually a European tradition as well, which is an eye opener for me to find such a cafe at the heart of Vancouver.
Nearest Station: Broadway and Cambie @ Canada Line
Food (taste & appearance): 9/10