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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.

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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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At almost the midnight of two nights prior to my friend’s baby shower, the organizer sent me a message that there was some idea of what we would do at the party, and she asked if I had time to look for and buy the materials. Although I wasn’t sure what she was exactly looking for, I told her I would try.

On the next night (as it was a working day), I went to a few places to search. With not much choices and early store closing time, I moved onto the stores quickly. When I thought this would be the last store that I can go on that night, and I was looking at the materials, my friend, who was also going to the party, sent me a text! Oh, my! It was a good timing. I called her right away and asked if she can come to the store. (Luckily, it was close to her place.) As a result, I was able to decide the right one to buy!

After a relief, we decided to have some bites. As she drove, we went to Main street without any ideas. We parked the car and walked on Main street back and forth, and we walked in Hyde Restaurant. It looked like a pub, and they serve some comfy foods. There were patio outside.

We shared all food that we ordered.

Lemonade

Lemonade at Hyde Restaurant in Vancouver

Zucchini Fries
(Made to order breaded Zucchini Sticks served with Tzatiki and in house ketchup dipping sauce)

Zucchini Fries at Hyde Restaurant in Vancouver

I liked this zucchini fries a lot.

Chicken Karaage Salad
(Chicken Karaage over mixed Asian Greens tossed in a light Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette with Green Beans, Radish, Cucumber and Crunchy Noodles)

Chicken Karaage Salad at Hyde Restaurant in Vancouver

Mushroom Spinach Pizza
(Loads of white Crimini and Portabello Mushrooms, Spinach, Caramelized Onions and Mozzarella Cheese on handmade thin crust)

Mushroom Spinach Pizza at Hyde Restaurant in Vancouver

The pizza was good, too.

We couldn’t finish them all, so I took the leftover home. There are no special things to mention about this place, however, not only was food comfy, but also the place was!

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Hyde Restaurant

Address: 2960 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between 13th and 14th Avenue)
TEL: 604-709-6215
Facebook: page
Twitter: @hyderestaurant
Urbanspoon: page

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 16:00 – 1:00
[Fri] 12:00 – 1:00
[Sat] 11:00 – 1:00
[Sun] 11:00 – 0:00

Price Note
– Lemonade $3.20
– Zucchini Fries $7.00
– Chicken Karaage Salad $13.00
– Mushroom Spinach Pizza $10.00

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Compared to hiking, walking for shopping makes me tired more. Well, I went to Shiatsu after having coffee. Once it’s done, I continued to look for a gift for my friend’s birthday. Eventually, time was up, I mean, it was almost 9 o’clock, and I thought I should have dinner somewhere.

Shizenya is located on Hornby street in downtown Vancouver, close to Robson Square. There is another store on Broadway, which I have never been. They serve organic and healthy Japanese food, using brown rice. Generally, I don’t like brown rice, but I can eat their food with no problem. At the last visit, I asked about quinoa dishes, and quinoa stuff is on their feature menu now!

Complimentary Tea

Complimentary Tea at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Natural Bomber Roll (5pcs)
(Tiger prawn whole wheat Tempura, juicy fresh crab, cucumber, and organic spring mix rolled with Organic brown Sushi rice, topped with organic avocado and homemade sweet sauce)

Natural Bomber Roll at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

This roll is always good! I ordered last time, too.

Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad
(Tasted Wild Black Rice, Organic Quinoa, Edamame, topped on Organic Tofu Salad)

Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

I wasn’t sure what wild rice was, although I asked the server, so I ordered this. Well, I seem not to like them. Sorry, those are not my thing.

Anago and Toro Tataki Nigiri Sushi

Anago and Toro Tataki Nigiri Sushi at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Anago (salt-water eel) is rare to have. Anago is sweet and softer than Unagi, if I have to describe the difference. Both Nigiri was good.

I have to make a note here that it looks like they open Sundays now!

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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

Shizenya Japanese Restaurant

Address: 985 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Nelson street)
TEL: 604-568-0013
Facebook: page
Twitter: @shizenya_van
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
11:30 – 22:00 daily

Feature Menu

Feature Menu at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Price Note
– Natural Bomber Roll (5pcs) $6.45
– Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad $4.95
– Anago Nigiri $2.25
– Toro Tataki Nigiri $2.50

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