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Kintaro – Vancouver, BC

Back in July my husband and I went on a eating tour of Vancouver with the chefs from Revel.  Talk about my perfect weekend:)  We started off with some of the most satisfying ramen I’ve had outside of Tokyo at Kintaro in West Vancouver.  Open for lunch and dinner (closed on Mondays), this place is known to be one of the best ramen houses in Vancouver however don’t expect much for decor.  People come here for the food, not the ambiance.  And know that once you order there’s no going back…everything is already set in motion.

The first time we ate there we were seated at the bar overlooking the whole production line of what was to become our bowls of ramen.  I’m not a big “fat” person so I opted for the vegetable ramen (safe I know) rather than the fatty pork ramen which everyone else in the group ordered.  You have the choice of how fatty you’d like your meat and how fatty you want your broth to be.  At least there are options:)  *On our second trip there we ordered the gyoza which are delicious…I definitely recommend those!

Don’t expect to finish the whole bowl…it’s endless but you can take the rest with you to go.

All the broth working awayAll of our bowls being assembledTah-dah…my ramen!

Mongolie Grill – Whistler, BC

Oh wow…how do I put into words how much I love this place?!  Mongolie Grill is THE perfect place to stop for lunch after a great day of skiing.  Never before had I been to a restaurant set up in such a way.  You grab a bowl, go through a buffet of fresh veggies, noodles, meats, sauces and then you hand it to the person working the grill where they weight it and grill it to perfection.  It’s my kind of place.  I can make my own creation without feeling like an annoying restaurant patron who “wants this, but would like to substitute this with that and if it’s okay I’d like to add that as well”…you see!

My words of advice for this place are BE CAREFUL of how much you put in your bowl.  It adds up quickly and is expensive considering the price is based on weight!  So with that in mind, be conscious and smart about which foods weight more.  You can be smart about it if you try.  And in most instances…your eyes are usually bigger than your stomach.  Another thing to keep in mind…brown or white rice is complimentary so if you’re looking for a starch just use the rice rather than noodles.  I never do that because I like the noodles but just FYI!

*A little bit of advice…lunch is 20% off in comparison to dinner so go early in the day and save!

Before it goes on the grill…

The grill guy at work on our concoctions

TAH-DAH!!!

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