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After having brunch and going to the donuts shop, my friend and I walked around Gastown and downtown and also went shopping. We spent time maybe for 4 hours with doing so, and it was 9pm when we actually checked the time! We were not so hungry but decided to have some bites.

Hidden Tasting Bar and Social Lounge is at the lobby level in Westin Grand Hotel, close to the Vancouver library. Once you go in the door, you have to go upstairs. They offer sharing dishes, like tapas, as well as main dishes. They also have fitness menu, which calories are calculated as low carb.

We ordered from their share menu and fitness menu and shared.

Cornmeal Crusted Calamari
(Shaved Red Onions, Lemon Wedge, Tzatziki Dip)

Cornmeal Crusted Calamari at Hidden Tasting Bar and Social Lounge in Vancouver

I didn’t read the menu properly, which I should have, because this was covered with cornmeal and I’m not fan of it.

Peanut Chicken Wraps
(Lettuce, Rice Noodles, Bean Sprouts, Peanut Sauce, Agave Syrup, Tamari)

Peanut Chicken Wraps at Hidden Tasting Bar and Social Lounge in Vancouver

This is only 261 cal. (7g fat, 29g carbs, 22g protein) Although it seemed too much noodles and tasted bland itself, it filled our stomach and fine with peanut sauce.

While I was writing this post, I found they charged for a wrong dish instead of wrap, which is fine, because the bill got cheaper. 🙂

Hidden Tasting Bar and Social Lounge

Address: 433 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Second floor of Westin Grand Vancouver Hotel)
TEL: 604-647-2521
Facebook: page
Twitter: @HiddenVancouver
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Breakfast
6:30 – 11:00 daily
Lunch/Brunch
11:00 – 14:00 daily
Dinner
14:00 – 23:00 daily
Bar is open until late

Price Note
– Cornmeal Crusted Calamari $14.00
– Peanut Chicken Wraps $12.00
– Tea $4.00

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So, as I mentioned in the previous post, my friend and I stayed at the coffee shop for 3 hours after 13km of walking. When we realized that long time being passed, it was about 9:00pm! I suggested we should have some bites somewhere, and we kept walking on Denman street, until we found a place where was still open at Sunday night.

I had an idea that Kingyo Izakaya would be open, but you never know! I’m glad that the restaurant is open till late. It is a good place to have some bites.

We ordered from their dinner and special menu.

Fresh Sashimi Salad
(Three kinds of Sashimi (changes daily) on a bed of organic greens dressed with a soy based vinaigrette and garlic oil)

Fresh Sashimi Salad at Kingyo in Vancouver

Fresh Sashimi Salad at Kingyo in Vancouver

“Aonori” Calamari
(Deep fried Squid with Aonori (dried seaweed powder), our special Shiso herb Salsa and Kingyo’s original Tartar Sauce)

"Aonori" Calamari at Kingyo in Vancouver

Lightly Seared Toro Pressed Sushi
(Lightly seared Tuna Toro pressed Avocado Sushi topped with plum seaweed & sesame sauce)

Lightly Seared Toro Pressed Sushi at Kingyo in Vancouver

Chicken Karaage
(Deep fried boneless Chicken served with real salt, Himalayan crystal salt & Hakata salt)

Chicken Karaage at Kingyo in Vancouver

A kitchen staff member showed up in the front and talked to someone. And, my friend noticed that she knew the staff, and they greeted each other. We talked about the served food a bit. After that, he brought some bread that he had just made as well as Salt Caramel Tiramisu (I think).

Focaccia

Focaccia at Kingyo in Vancouver

Salt Caramel Tiramisu

Salt Caramel Tiramisu at Kingyo in Vancouver

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

Kingyo Izakaya on Denman (Vancouver downtown)

Address: 871 Denman Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-608-1677
Facebook: page
Twitter: @KINGYO_IZAKAYA
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
11:30 – 15:00 daily

Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:30 – 23:30
[Fri, Sat] 17:30 – 1:00

Price Note
– Fresh Sashimi Salad $10.80
– “Aonori” Calamari $8.80
– Lightly Seared Toro Pressed Sushi $13.00
– Chicken Karaage $7.80

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My friend sent me a link that said the restaurant held 30th anniversary event that offered $30 or $35 3-course food, and she asked me if I was interested. Why not? Although she preferred weekend, I had uncertain plans next two weekends, so we decided to go on a weekday.

The Boathouse is in multiple locations, and we went to English Bay’s. The area was full of people, maybe because of Friday, or maybe because of young people who just graduated. Anyways, we were seated in the window side seat. There were a few big group sitting at tables, so I guess reservation is recommended.

We ordered from their $35 3-course dinner.

Bread

Bread at Boathouse in Vancouver

Bread at Boathouse in Vancouver

Boathouse Bellini
(swirled with raspberry liqueur)

Boathouse Bellini at Boathouse in Vancouver

A Glass of Red Wine, Tyee Wines Merlot

A Glass of Red Wine, Tyee Wines Merlot at Boathouse in Vancouver

Her choice of starter, Boathouse Original Westcoast Chowder
(their own recipe created 30 years ago)

Boathouse Original Westcoast Chowder at Boathouse in Vancouver

My choice of starter, Crispy Calamari
(with Tzatziki)

Crispy Calamari at Boathouse in Vancouver

Her choice of entree, Mixed Seafood Grill
(Grilled Sockeye, Crab stuffed Jumbo Prawns, Pan-seared Sea Scallops & Fire-grilled Prawns, with tomato pesto orzo and vegetables)

Mixed Seafood Grill at Boathouse in Vancouver

Mixed Seafood Grill at Boathouse in Vancouver Mixed Seafood Grill at Boathouse in Vancouver

My choice of entree, Sirloin & Fire-grilled or Crab stuffed Prawns
(7oz Fire-grilled Steak with your choice of a skewer of Prawns, or Crab stuffed Prawns, with Garlic Mash & Seasonal vegetables)

Sirloin & Fire-grilled or Crab stuffed Prawns at Boathouse in Vancouver

Sirloin & Fire-grilled or Crab stuffed Prawns at Boathouse in Vancouver Sirloin & Fire-grilled or Crab stuffed Prawns at Boathouse in Vancouver

Sirloin & Fire-grilled or Crab stuffed Prawns at Boathouse in Vancouver

I asked medium rare, but it was more like medium. Well, I certainly like medium rare.

The worst thing of my dish was mashed potatoes. You know, I love mashed potatoes! One of the reason that I chose this over my friend’s was mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, this one was inedible. I ate one bite and wondered, and the second and third bites made me sure it was too salty. I told our server, and he brought some in another plate, but it was still inedible. Too much salt. (I don’t think they made new from the scratch, but just game me from the same batch.) Of course, I left them.

And for dessert, we both ordered the same one.

A Slice of Famous Mud Pie
(Mocha Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Ganache Sauce & Maple Almonds)

A Slice of Famous Mud Pie at Boathouse in Vancouver

And, extra pictures. View at 7:30pm and before 10:00pm.

At Boathouse in Vancouver At Boathouse in Vancouver

Boathouse in English Bay

Address: 1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(One block from Denman and Davie street)
TEL: 604-669-2225
Facebook: page
Twitter: @ToTheBoathouse

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:00 – 22:00 (Deck 11:00 – 23:00)
[Fri – Sat] 17:00 – 23:00 (Deck 11:00 – 0:00)

Brunch
[Sat – Sun] 10:00 – 14:00

Menu

30th Anniversary Menu At Boathouse in Vancouver

Price Note
– 30th Anniversary $35 3-course $35.00
– Boathouse Bellini $7.49
– Glass of red wine, Tyee Wines Merlot $8.69 matching the course (regular $8.79)

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