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On New Year’s night, Collin and I headed to Whistler to ski next day. We decided this stay at last minute, so when we went to some of the restaurants in Whistler Village, there were a lot of people waiting at the door, and the waiting time was more than one hour.

I suggested checking up 21 Steps Kitchen & Bar, because when I went there with my friend on a long weekend before, we were able to squeeze into the lounge upstairs, without waiting for long for the restaurant downstairs. As I thought, we were guided to the lounge called “The Attic” and waited for 15 min to be seated. 🙂

21 Steps is a tapas restaurant, located between Whistler Village Square and bridge to the Village North. From Whistler Village Square, the path turns left to the bridge. Just before the turn, you will see the stairs and menu board on your right.

We ordered from their dinner menu. There are small plate and big plate sections.

Hendrick’s Margarita Double
(Hendrick’s Gin, Triple Sec with fresh Lime & Cucumber)

Hendrick's Margarita Double at 21 Steps in Whistler

He seemed to like this very much so that he ended up ordering another one.

Long Island Ice Tea Double
(Vodka, Tequila, Gin, Rum, Triple Sec with fresh lemon and Coke)

Long Island Ice Tea Double at 21 Steps in Whistler

When I saw this, I had to order. This recalled one of my good memory that I spent time with co-workers in Whistler. Sentimental? Haha.

His choice, Steamed Tiger Prawns from Small Plate menu
(served cold with traditional cocktail sauce)

Steamed Tiger Prawns at 21 Steps in Whistler

 

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In early December, Collin said he wanted to go a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, where we went a while ago and liked their food. They don’t take a reservation, so we just headed to the restaurant. When we arrived, there were a lot of people inside standing, and we realized there was a note on the door, saying closed for private function. Sigh. We came all way down here and couldn’t go. We headed back to Stadium station and were thinking about an alternative.

Collin said he wouldn’t mind eating Sushi, so we went to Tsuki Sushi Bar. It is on Abbott street, close to Pender. They serve mainly Sushi, and I don’t think they have any deep-fry stuff.

We ordered from their regular and special menu.

Miso Soup

Miso Soup at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Negitoro Roll, Abbott Roll, Dynamite Roll

Negitoro Roll, Abbott Roll, Dynamite Roll at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Negitoro Roll at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver Abbott Roll at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver Dynamite Roll at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver

I liked Abbot Roll, which consists of Tuna, BBQ salmon, skin, lettuce, cucumber, mayo and Masago. We didn’t like their Dynamite Roll last time and totally forgot about it. We still didn’t like it. Their Dynamite roll was torched with Tsuki sauce.

Nigiri and Gunkan Sushi
(Hamachi (Yellowtail) Nigiri, Amaebi (Sweet Prawn) Nigiri, Ebi (Tiger Prawn) Nigiri, Uni (Sea Urchin) Gunkan on Special, Ikura (Salmon Roe) Gunkan)

Hamachi (Yellowtail) Nigiri, Amaebi (Sweet Prawn) Nigiri, Ebi (Tiger Prawn) Nigiri at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver Uni (Sea Urchin) Gunkan on Special, Ikura (Salmon Roe) Gunkan at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver

We are not a fan of Uni, sea urchin, but since it was on special, I ordered one. It was fresh, so I didn’t mind eating it.

Torotaku Roll, Kappa Roll, Rainbow Roll, Kani Special Roll

Torotaku Roll, Kappa Roll, Rainbow Roll, Kani Special Roll at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Rainbow Roll, Kani Special Roll at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver Torotaku Roll, Kappa Roll at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver

I liked Torotaku last time, so I ordered it. It is a combination of Toro and Takuwan (pickled Daikon radish). Kani Special Roll was good. It contained real Dungeness crab. I’m not sure if I liked Rainbow Roll, although we ordered last time, too. I wouldn’t order it next time.

We were full, but he had already decided to order this dessert since he saw it on their special menu.

Mochi Ice Cream 2pcs

Mochi Ice Cream 2pcs at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver

This is ice cream inside covered by Mochi (pounded sticky rice). There were two choices to choose from, vanilla or match. Collin ordered two vanilla, and I ordered one each. Mochi on match was little bit dry.

They open Sundays now. Their price seems up quite a bit, compared to the last time.

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

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

Tsuki Sushi Bar

Address: 509 Abbott Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Abbott Street)
TEL: 604-558-3805
Facebook: page
Twitter: @tsukivancouver
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 11:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 21:30
[Sat – Sun] 12:00 – 15:00, 16:30 – 21:00

Special Menu

Special Menu at Tsuki Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Miso Soup $1.50
– Negitoro Roll $3.50
– Abbott Roll $4.75
– Dynamite Roll $5.50
– Hamachi (Yellowtail) Nigiri $3.00
– Amaebi (Sweet Prawn) Nigiri $3.00
– Ebi (Tiger Prawn) Nigiri $1.80
– Uni (Sea Urchin) Gunkan on Special $3.25
– Ikura (Salmon Roe) Gunkan $2.80
– Kappa Roll $2.50
– Torotaku Roll $4.00
– Kani Special Roll $7.80
– Rainbow Roll $7.50
– Mochi Ice Cream 2pcs $6.00 each

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Collin’s birthday was coming up in early November. As he works on weekends, we planned a birthday dinner ahead at the end of October. He didn’t have any preference, so I picked a newer restaurant.

Homer St. Cafe and Bar was open sometime last summer. It is in downtown Vancouver , close to Yaletown area. They serve French cuisine and focus on roasting, especially chicken. Their dinner menu consists snacks, starters, cheese & charcuterie, mains, sides, and desserts. In addition, we were given a today’s special sheet.

We ordered from their regular dinner menu and special.

Ancient Mariner
(Gin, Rosemary infused sweet Vermouth, Cynar, Orange Vermouth, Maple Gastrique)

Ancient Mariner at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier
(2012 Naramata BC)

A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

His choice, Maple Butter Pork Belly

Maple Butter Pork Belly at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

I had some bite, and it was OK. The outside was crispy, but the inside wasn’t cooked enough for me. Collin loved this, though.

My choice, Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad
(Grilled Scallion, Kale Pesto)

Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

As a starter, this was a big salad. I liked every single elements. Within my order, this was the best. Too bad, it is no longer on the menu.

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items
(Boerenkas, Bresaola, Bleu Claire, served with Seasonal Pickles, Nuts and Fruit)

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

We chose two kinds of cheese and one kind of meat. We liked them all. Boerenkas cheese was salty. Bresaola meat was like prosciutto, but cured beef. The fruit was served as apple mustard jam.

His choice, Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow

Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Because of bone marrow, he ordered this. 😀 He said the pie tasted good, too.

His choice, Side Crispy Chicken Skin

Side Crispy Chicken Skin at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

He was too curious and decided to order this side. Yes, it was crispy, but it was smelly and oily to me.

My choice, Marinated Halibut Salad
(Olive Dressing, Tomato, Green Bean, Frisee, Potato)

Marinated Halibut Salad at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

This was from Roast of the Day on the special menu. I felt the halibut seemed a bit overcooked, but I enjoyed it. I didn’t realize this was a salad until it came to the table, and I ended up having two salads a day.

Double Caesar

Double Caesar at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

He ordered the second drink for his birthday treat.

We were too full to have any dessert here. Overall, the food was fine, but not so special. Maybe, I should have ordered chicken plate. He said he liked their food, though. They open brunch as well, so I want to try that.

And, the restaurant exterior and interior.

Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Homer St. Cafe and Bar

Address: 898 Homer Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Smithe street)
TEL: 604-428-4299
Facebook: page
Twitter: @HomerStCafeBar
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservations?

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00
[Fri] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 0:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 0:00
[Sun] 10:30 – 15:00

Menu

Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Ancient Mariner $11.00
– A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier $14.00
– Maple Butter Pork Belly $7.00
– Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad $16.00
– Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items $14.00
– Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow $20.00
– Side Crispy Chicken Skin $5.00
– Marinated Halibut Salad $20.00
– Double Caesar $13.00

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