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I cannot remember why, but I had something to do in downtown Vancouver on a weekday. By the time when I finished, it was almost 8pm. It was a really cold day in early January, so I decided to take something warm to home.

I went to Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant. It is a Vietnamese restaurant on Howe street. I have been a few times, and I always chose noodles. I had read a blog, talking about this restaurant and suggesting a different dish.

I ordered the one to go, as followed the blog’s suggestion.


Lemongrass Chicken on Steam Rice

Lemongrass Chicken on Steam Rice at Joyeaux Cafe in Vancouver

Umm, it was fine, but a bit greasy, and the skin wasn’t crispy enough for me. I would stick to noodles next time, although it might not be good for to-go. 🙂

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Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant

Address: 551 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Dunsmuir and Pender street, walking distance from Granville Sky train station)
TEL: 604-681-9168
Urbanspoon: page

[Mon – Fri] 7:00 – 21:00
[Sat – Sun] 8:00 – 20:00
[Holidays] 8:00 – 20:00

Price Note
– Lemongrass Chicken on Steam Rice $8.50

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On the New Year’s Eve, there was no plan for me after work. Collin had to work until late night, so we made a plan to meet up. I picked him up, and we went to Gastown. We walked towards east and looked for a place to have some food and drink.

Luckily, The Flying Pig had some seat available at the bar counter. There were tons of people, wearing hat or dressing up, and it was quite noisy. TV was showing different places for New Year’s celebration.

We ordered some snack from their dinner menu, as he said he was starving.

A Glass of Prosecco

A Glass of Prosecco at The Flying Pig in Gastown

He ordered it for me, as it was New Year’s Eve to celebrate. 🙂

Double Beefeater

Double Beefeater at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I couldn’t remember what Beefeater was, so I searched and knew it was Gin. He really likes Gin! Whenever I try, I don’t know the taste.

Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread 

Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I already had dinner earlier, so I didn’t even try this. As he likes bone marrow and also cheese, this made him happy. 😀

Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak
(Matchstick Potatoes)

Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I tried this skirt steak. It was good. Yet, the steak portion was small, although there were lots of potatoes.

We ordered one more thing, but it didn’t come. When we asked the bill, it was included, so we told them about it and asked to remove. It was understandable, as the restaurant was filled by lots of people for the New Year’s count down, but it would be nice if we could have tried the dish.

Anyways, it was fun to count down with all strangers in the restaurant, while TV was counting down, and to watch people screaming, blowing horn, hugging, etc. when it turned to the New Year.

Here is a night view at Gastown on New Year’s Eve.

Gastown on New Year's Eve

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The Flying Pig

Address: 102 Water Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Abbott Street)
TEL: 604-559-7968
Facebook: page
Twitter: @FlyingPigVan
Urbanspoon: page
*Reservation accepted only for lunch and brunch.

[Mon – Fri] 11:00 – 0:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:30 – 14:30, 15:30 – 0:00


Dinner Menu at The Flying Pig in Gastown Dinner Menu at The Flying Pig in Gastown

Price Note
– A Glass of Prosecco$8.00
– Double Beefeater $9.00
– Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread $5.00
– Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak $9.00

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My friend and I went for walking on the first day of the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. We walked on the trails in the Stanley Park, stopping by at the cafe. After we left the cafe, we kept on walking to the West End. On the way, we planned to have dinner somewhere, meeting up with her boyfriend.

Ap Gu Jung was where we chose. It is a Korean restaurant, and we had been there but loooong time ago. (5 years ago, as I just checked!) Their atmosphere has changed, and so has their menu! The atmosphere is more modern Izakaya style rather than authentic, and the menu is more narrowed down and provides small plates but easy to choose, especially for single person, rather than big family style of plates. I feel most Korean restaurants serve big plates and find difficult to collect friends to go, so this is a good news.

We ordered each plate. My friend and I also ordered one rice on side to share.

Pork on Rice (#1)
(Stir fried spicy Pork and Veggie with Rice: spicy level 3/5)

Pork on Rice (#1) at Ap Gu Jung in Vancouver

Banchan served complimentary

Banchan served complimentary at Ap Gu Jung in Vancouver

I like Korean Banchan set serving with the order. They also fill up if we eat them all. This is refreshing while we eat.

Soft Tofu Soup (Seafood or Beef) (#4)
(Spicy Soft Tofu Soup with Veggie: spicy level 3/5)

Soft Tofu Soup (Beef) (#4) at Ap Gu Jung in Vancouver

Soft Tofu Soup (Seafood) (#4) at Ap Gu Jung in Vancouver

My friend went for seafood, and I chose beef. (Look same! :D) I’m glad to choose this over non-spicy food. When I asked the server, he recommended this, and when I asked which was better, seafood or beef, he said beef. I made him guarantee the taste before I made up my mind. 😛 The spicy level was 3, but it was really spicy in MY spicy level, but so good. The server was relieved when I said this was so good! 🙂

It was nice to have spicy food when it was chilly outside. This picture was taken along Lost Lagoon, on the way to the restaurant.

Lost Lagoon at Stanley Park in Vancouver

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

Ap Gu Jung

Address: 1642 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Cardero and Bidwell streets)
TEL: 604-681-8252
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:30 – 2:00


Menu at Ap Gu Jung in Vancouver

Price Note
– Pork on Rice (#1) $9.95
– Soft Tofu Soup (Seafood or Beef) (#4) $9.95

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