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As I mentioned before, I made some new friends at my friend’s baby shower. The birthday of one of them was coming up, and we organized a birthday dinner for her.

As she wished to eat paella, the organizer chose this restaurant, La Bodega. It is located in downtown Vancouver, close to Drake Street. They serve Spanish tapas food. What did we order? I’m not sure… Because when I got to my nearest Skytrain station, the shutter was down, and nobody could get in. I ended up taking two buses to get to downtown, and it took more than an hour and half. So, by the time when I arrived at the restaurant, most of food was shared and served. Oh, my kind friends kept my share in the plates. 🙂 Anyways, I took only one picture.

Tapa de Paella
(Seafood, Chicken, Pork & Saffron Rice)

Tapa de Paella at La Bodega in Vancouver

For the taste, I think it was much better than my last visit in 2011. The atmosphere was more lively than before.

(Picture taken by iPhone)

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

La Bodega

Address: 1277 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-684-8814
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 16:30 – 0:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 0:00
[Sun] 17:00 – 23:00

Price Note
– Tapa de Paella $12.95

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I had another craving for grilled fish. 🙂 Grilling fish at home is doable, but it causes smell, which neighbour wouldn’t like, and heat-oven may not work well sometime. Well, I have tried a few times and wished I had a gas-oven.

As usual, I went to Hachibei, an authentic Japanese restaurant, in a South Cambie residence area. The restaurant is really a cozy place.

After I looked at the menu, I asked the server what the today’s fish was. The choices were same as the last time. I told her that I wanted to eat grilled fish, but I ordered the exact same ones at last two visits. She was thinking a bit and suggested black cod.

Black Cod Saikyoyaki Teishoku
(Black Cod marinated with Saikyo Miso, served with rice, Miso soup, and two kinds of daily special dishes)

Black Cod Saikyoyaki Teishoku at Hachibei in Vancouver

Black cod is known as sable fish. The fish was marinated with Saikyo Miso and grilled. As you might have noticed, the small plates come with the Teishoku were exactly same as Today’s BBQ fish Teishoku last time.

(Picture taken by iPhone)

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Hachibei

Address: 778 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Willow and Heather street)
TEL: 604-879-3357
Urbanspoon: page

Dinner
[Mon – Sat] 17:00 – 21:30
*Closed: Sundays & Holidays

Price Note
– Black Cod Saikyoyaki Teishoku $20.50

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I was so busy with work, and on one Friday, I was waiting for co-workers to finish their parts. When my friend sent me a text message in the afternoon if I can go for dinner with her, I couldn’t say if I can for sure. Well, in my mind, I thought I could go. 🙂 At 7pm, I sent her a text back saying I can, as there was no progress seen on their parts.

Thinking about where to go, I asked her if she wanted to go to Italian. The restaurant was Campagnolo Roma on Hastings street, close to Nanaimo street. Their original place is on Main street, and this is a sister restaurant.

We ordered from their special and dinner menu.

Burrata, Pane Bianco, Olive Oil from Special

Burrata, Pane Bianco, Olive Oil at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

I love Burrata cheese! I liked their bread, too.

Tagliatelle, Octopus, Olive Oil, Basil, Calabrian Chili from Special

Tagliatelle, Octopus, Olive Oil, Basil, Calabrian Chili at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

This is not with white or tomato sauce, just seasoned with chili and salt, but it still tasted good.

Margherita Pizza
(Fior di latte, Tomato Sauce, Basil)

Margherita Pizza at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

This pizza had interesting texture. The edge was crunchy rather than crispy, but the dough was chewy a little bit. The taste was good, although this was not my favorite pizza.

Americano

Americano at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

Americano at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

Oh, I forgot this was an Italian restaurant. The Americano had Italian taste, sour! I don’t really like sourness in coffee.

And, we ordered dessert to share.

Maple Syrup Panna Cotta
(Rhubarb Preserves, Biscotti)

Maple Syrup Panna Cotta at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

Mmm, this Panna Cotta was so good! I will come back even just for the dessert!

Campagnolo Roma

Address: 2297 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(One block west from Nanaimo street)
TEL: 604-569-0456
Facebook: page
Twitter: @CampRoma
Urbanspoon: page
*No reservation accepted

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Mon, Fri] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:00
[Tue – Thu] 17:00 – 22:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:00

Price Note
– Burrata, Pane Bianco, Olive Oil $15.00
– Tagliatelle, Octopus, Olive Oil, Basil, Calabrian Chili $16.00
– Margherita Pizza $13.00
– Americano $2.75
– Maple Syrup Panna Cotta $8.00

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