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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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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)

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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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As usual, Collin said he wanted to eat Tonkatsu! Is it his routine in certain period? Or maybe, the addiction comes back every a few months. 😀 Anyways, on the Labour Day long weekend, we went to Kingyo Izakaya on Denman Street.

Kingyo Izakaya serves Japanese tapas dishes at night as well as lunch combo, including Teishoku. It is located in the midway of Robson and Davie Street.

We ordered from their regular lunch menu.

Iyemon Genmaicha Tea 

Iyemon Genmaicha Tea at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tea came right away, but our food didn’t come for next 40 min or so. When the next table, who ordered after us, got their food, and we realized one of their foods was what he ordered, Collin got frustrated, because he needed to leave as quickly as possible for work. And, finally the food came with the server’s apology.

Pork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo
(Deep fried pork cutlet, using only the finest fresh Japanese bread crumb Panko)

Pork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Right after this, the server brought this Sashimi salad below. We appreciated but at the same time, we knew we didn’t have time to finish eating.

Complimentary Sashimi Salad
(3 kinds of Sashimi on a bed of organic springs, dressed with soy-based vinaigrette & garlic oil)

Sashimi Salad at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

My choice, Kingyo’s Assorted Deluxe Bento Box
(Sophisticated & well designed Makunouchi Bento)

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Sliced Omelet with Grind Daikin

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Scallop Salad with seaweed dressing

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Udon Noodle Salad with Fried Tofu

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Fried Fish with Tartar Sauce & Lemon

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Pork Kakuni with Sauce

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Chicken Karaage

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tuna Tataki with Chili Sauce

Rice

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Pickled Daikon & Carrots

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tofu with Chili Sauce

Miso Soup

As you can see, I forgot to take a picture of whole food, because I got distracted by the salad that the server brought and the conversation with him for that.

Well, anyways, we enjoyed our food, and we asked the server for the salad to go.

They renewed their website so that we can see the lunch menu on site.

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Kingyo Izakaya

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

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 23:30
[Fri, Sat] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 1:00

Price Note
– Iyemon Genmaicha Tea $2.30
– Sashimi Salad Complimentary
– Pork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo $13.80
– Kingyo’s Assorted Deluxe Bento Box $16.00

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