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For my birthday weekend in December, I asked Collin to go for brunch. As usual, we left home later than we thought, we looked for a restaurant somewhere close to Waterfront station, as he had to go to work after. I suggested a couple of places, and he agreed to one of them.

It was Tuc Craft Kitchen in Gastown, close to Woodward’s. I have been there with one of my friends for dinner, but for him, it was the first time.

We ordered from their brunch menu.

My choice, Berries & Gaufres
(Fresh Waffles, Blueberry Compote, Cream Cheese)

Berries & Gaufres at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Vancouver

Gaufres are waffles in French. They were thin crispy waffles. If I liked it? Not so much, I mean, it was different. I prefer waffles like crispy outside and fluffy inside.

His choice, Crispy Chicken & Waffles
(Free run Chicken Breast, Savory Waffles, Dijon Mournaise)

Crispy Chicken & Waffles at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Vancouver

Unlike me, he liked his dish. He seemed to like the combination of savory chicken and waffles. According to him, the chicken was crispy outside and moist inside. Plus, he liked the sauce, too. I couldn’t find what the Mournaise is.

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Tuc Craft Kitchen

Address: 60 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Abbott and Carrall Street)
TEL: 604-559-8999
Facebook: page (Login required to access)
Twitter: @TucRestaurant
Urbanspoon: page

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – late
[Sat] 10:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – late
*Closed: Sundays

Price Note
– Berries & Gaufres $11.00
– Crispy Chicken & Waffles $13.00

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It was nice that we still had time to spend together on that weekend, even after Collin and I enjoyed afternoon tea. Since it was his birthday weekend, I wanted to get something special for him, so we went shopping in Kitsilano area. Time went by, and we decided to have dinner around the area. I suggested eating Yakitori at a Japanese restaurant, but they’re gone! There was a new restaurant instead. We went back where we walked from and went in this restaurant.

The Noodle Box is on 4th Avenue, close to Burrard Street. They serve Southeast Asian cuisine. They are a casual restaurant that I could even say it’s a fast food restaurant. I have been to the restaurant in different locations, but I still don’t feel comfortable when I order. 😛

On some dishes, you can choose the spice level.

Spice levels at The Noodle Box in Vancouver

His choice, Thai Style Chow Mein
(Basil, Thai sauce, Roasted Peanuts)

Thai Style Chow Mein at The Noodle Box in Vancouver

My choice, Malay Style Fried Rice
(Malaysian spices with Jasmin Rice, mixed with Free-run Egg and Asian Greens)

Malay Style Fried Rice at The Noodle Box in Vancouver

You can choose protein from chicken, beef, pork of Tofu. Prawns and free-run chicken are available with additional cost.

I ate chow mein before, so I chose this fried rice. There was some spice or ingredient that I didn’t like, but I couldn’t have figured out. I preferred chow mein.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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The Noodle Box

Address: 1867 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Cypress and Burrard Street)
TEL: 604-734-1310
Facebook: page
Twitter: @thenoodlebox
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:00 – 21:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:00 – 22:00

Price Note
– Thai Style Chow Mein $10.00
– Malay Style Fried Rice $12.00

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It was Collin’s cooking day. As I didn’t have any particular food that I wanted to eat, he chose what he wanted to eat.

He made Katsu with chicken, i.e., chicken cutlet. When he makes Katsu, he pounded and make the ingredient so thin, which makes it cook easier and quicker.

Chicken Katsu Cutlet

Chicken Katsu Cutlet

Bulldog sauce was poured when this was served.

I should remind him that I need more cabbage with this amount of meat. He is good at cutting them that thin, so he wouldn’t mind cutting more! :p

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