New Burnaby Restaurant: Green Leaf Cafe

So excited to hear that Green Leaf’s second location opened up right by Lougheed Mall. I’ve been wanting to try their original location in Vancouver (W Broadway) but haven’t had a chance to yet. I had heard a lot of good things about their aburi oshi sushi. Came here with a group of friends and the 4 of us ordered several items to share:

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Green Leaf-er ($19.50), Salmon Oshi ($10), Scallop Oshi ($12)

Green Leaf-er ($19.50) – comes with 3pcs of the snapper tempura, 6pcs of daily sashimi, and 6pcs of daily oshi. Highly recommend this if you want a good variety of items. It’s definitely worth it. Everything was so yummy, including the sashimi. We had 3 pieces of salmon and 3 pieces of tuna. The fish was fresh and almost melted in my mouth!

Salmon Oshi ($10, 6pcs) – similar to Miku’s signature salmon oshi; not as refined but well worth the price and still very delicious. The smokey flavour wasn’t overpowering and the salmon was fresh with a bit of heat from the jalapeno.

Scallop Oshi ($12, 6pcs) – I’ve never had scallop oshi before so this was a nice surprise and treat! It was incredible. I’m a huge fan of scallops so I really enjoyed this.

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Snapper Fritters ($9)

Snapper Fritters ($9, 6pcs) – snapper tempura with soy glaze and wasabi mayo sauce. OMG, this was my favourite. The batter was light and crispy, and the snapper was perfectly cooked inside — still moist and flaky. It was also served hot and fresh. Definitely recommend getting this!

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Linguine Alle Vongole Bianco ($13)

Linguine Alle Vongole Bianco ($13) – requested the noodles to be cooked very firm and they were perfect! This came with a LOT of clams too.

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Souffle Mushroom Risotto Omelette Rice ($18)

Souffle Mushroom Risotto Omelette Rice ($18) – probably my least favourite dish out of everything we ordered but it was still good. The risotto was a bit bland and missing the creamy, richness that I expect risotto to have. The omelette could have been cooked a bit less as well. However, still an enjoyable dish and I liked the mushrooms.

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Kabocha Creme Brulee

We also got to sample the Kabocha Creme Brulee. The maple syrup was served in a little pipet dropper, which was a nice addition and I loved the kabocha crisps. The texture of the creme brulee could’ve been more smooth, but the flavour was spot on.

Everything we had was so yummy and I can’t wait to come back! I’m looking forward to eating their aburi oshi and snapper fritters again! Huge thanks to the Green Leaf Cafe staff for their wonderful service as well. 🙂


Food – 9/10
Service – 10/10
Ambiance – 9/10
Value – 9/10

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New Coquitlam Restaurant: Shio Japanese Kitchen

There’s a new Japanese restaurant in town! Shio Japanese Kitchen has finally opened its doors in Coquitlam. It’s replaced where Legend Fish Cafe used to be on The High St. They have a pretty extensive menu with appies, tempura, donburi, udon, sashimi, and a wide variety of sushi (rolls and nigiri). The oshi sushi is what caught my eye though. I’m a huge fan of Miku’s Salmon Oshi so I wanted to try it here to compare the difference in taste.. and price! (Miku = $17; Shio = $12)

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Salmon Oshi Sushi ($12)

Clearly, the Salmon Oshi Sushi ($12) here wasn’t as pretty or as refined as Miku’s. The rice to fish ratio was a bit off (the rice is much thicker) and it didn’t have that melt-in-your-mouth feeling. However, it was actually pretty tasty. It had good flavours and you could taste the smokiness from the aburi. Being $5 cheaper than Miku and more accessible, I would definitely order this again.

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Pop Pop Roll ($12)

The Pop Pop Roll ($12) had prawn tempura, avocado, tobiko, motoyaki sauce, and mango salsa. This was another yummy roll. There was a bit of a nice, smokey flavour since the tobiko was also flame seared. I thought it was such a fitting name for the roll because when you bite into it, you do get little pops from the tobiko. 😛

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King Ebi Roll ($13)

The King Ebi Roll ($13) had amaebi (sweet prawn), ebi, avocado, cucumber, and wasabi mayo sauce. It was presented very nicely, with the head of the prawn too! It’s deep fried so it’s edible (I ate some of it). The sushi itself was very refreshing and the amaebi was fresh.

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Salmon Poke Don ($14)

NW and I were still a bit peckish after those 3 rolls so we ordered one more dish to share — the Salmon Poke Don ($14). I was expecting the salmon to be cut into little cubes but they were actually more like chunks. Again, another tasty dish! The salmon was fresh and marinated in a sort of sweet sauce. It was served with cucumber and avocado as well. I enjoyed this dish and it did the job to fill me up. 🙂

Overall, a really tasty experience here. However, I do have to say the wait times were terrible. It took over 40 minutes for our first order to arrive even though the restaurant wasn’t even busy. There were probably just 3 other small groups apart from us… The servers were very friendly and apologetic, though I do wish we didn’t have to wait so long to be served. That being said, even though the wait was unreasonable, I would go back because everything we ordered was yummy and the fish we had was fresh. I’m hoping that they become more efficient in the future. If so, this might just become one of my new go-to sushi spots!


Food: 8.5/10
Service: 6/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Value: 8/10

Birthday Dinner @ Kishimoto

I’d been wanting to try this Japanese restaurant for a while now so I was really happy when NW surprised me by taking me here for my birthday. 🙂 They don’t accept reservations so you have to be there pretty early or as soon as the restaurant opens (5PM) if you want to get a table right away. We arrived shortly after they had opened, about 30 minutes into the service and managed to take the last table for 2 available. Woot!

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I let NW do all the ordering since he had already been here before. Everything was delicious! I was not disappointed by a single dish we ate.

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Smoked Oshi ($5)

The first thing to arrive was the Smoked Oshi ($5), which was a single piece of salmon oshi infused with cherry wood smoke. Quite pricey for just one piece! However, the presentation was beautiful. The sushi was served in a glass cup with a lid on top and the inside was all smoky at first. Then, when you uncover the lid, the smoke dissipates, uncovering the sushi! It was delicious. Even though the smoky flavour was very strong, I could still taste the creaminess of the sushi. Yum!

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Tsukiji Sashimi Platter

Next to arrive was the Tsukiji Sashimi Platter, which was one of their daily specials and not on the regular menu. Apparently the fish is flown in from Tokyo’s very own Tsukiji Fish Market! There were 4 different kinds of sashimi here: Aji (horse mackerel), Hotate (scallop), Chu-toro (blue fin tuna), and some sort of white fish that was lightly grilled. Everything was so yummy and fresh!!! Our favourite was the hotate…

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Hotate Sashimi ($18)

…We loved it so much that we got another separate order of the Hotate Sashimi ($18). These are apparently Hokkaido scallops. They were so fresh and sweet with the perfect texture and chewiness. Comparable to the sashimi I had in Japan. This alone is worth the trip to Kishimoto!

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Agedashi Tofu ($7.50)

The Agedashi Tofu ($7.5) was also good. Soft, silky, and a good amount of saltiness from the sauce. It was served with some grated daikon and ginger on top.

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Salmon Oshi ($15) & Ebi Oshi ($15)

We obviously had to get the oshi sushi so we ordered the Salmon Oshi ($15) as well as the Ebi Oshi ($15). The salmon one was very much like the smoked one I had earlier but with more of the natural, fresh flavours of the fish. The jalapeno on top also gave it a nice kick. It was amazing — as good as Miku’s. The ebi oshi was interesting because it had basil pesto on top, giving it a sort of Italian flair. I enjoyed it as well but I personally prefer the salmon one.

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Karaage ($9.50)

Last but not least, we ordered the Karaage ($9.50). It doesn’t look very appetizing but it was also really yummy. The chicken was perfectly crispy and the batter wasn’t too thick. It was so flavourful from the sweet garlic sauce. I could have this as a snack any day. 😛

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SO PRETTY

The whole dinner was amazing and it definitely brought me back to Japan. You can tell that the restaurant uses fresh, high-quality ingredients. Everything was delicious but the highlights of the meal for me were the scallop sashimi and salmon oshi — those were superb. The smoked oshi was a fun experience too but probably wouldn’t order it again since it’s so expensive (thankfully I didn’t have to pay 😛 ). Definitely do try it once though. 🙂 Perfect birthday dinner! Highly recommend dining here for any occasion, even on a regular day.


Food – 10/10
Service – 9/10
Ambience – 8/10
Value – 7.5/10

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Rhinofish Noodle Bar

The sisters and I had dinner at this newly opened restaurant before seeing a concert at Rogers Arena. I loved the decor! There were beautiful paintings on the walls and the restaurant had a lot of personality.

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Menu

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Yan Su Ji ($8.50)

We ordered the Yan Su Ji – crispy chicken nuggets with parmesan & truffle oil ($8.50) to start. Mmm, they were tasty! The nugs were definitely crispy. I’m personally not a huge fan of parmesan but it was actually good. I think the notes of truffle oil elevated the dish as a whole.

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Liang Mian ($12)

For myself, I ordered the Liang Mian – classic Taiwanese cold noodles ($12) since it was a hot day. It had shredded chicken, carrots, cucumbers, and was dressed in sesame sauce. Out of the noodle bowls we ordered, this one was my favourite. I don’t normally get cold noodles but it was really refreshing. The chicken was tender and the noodles were adequately dressed with the sesame sauce so it wasn’t dry at all at any point 🙂

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Niu Rou Mian ($14.50)

DC got the Niu Rou Mian – Taiwanese beef noodle soups ($14.50). The beef brisket was extremely tender; no complaints here. The broth had very bold flavours but became too salty for my liking after a couple of slurps.

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Hua Diao Ji Mian ($14)

MC ordered the Hua Diao Ji Mian – rice wine chicken noodle soup ($14). It was served with a deliciously runny soft-boiled egg. The soup was more toned down compared to the beef noodle soup — good for sick days.

Price is a bit steep for Taiwanese noodle soup but you do get big portions. Also, the service was very friendly, attentive, and efficient. Would come back to try their other menu items!


Food – 7.5/10
Service – 8/10
Ambience – 8.5/10
Value – 7/10

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Le Petit Saigon

Came here after celebrating NW’s birthday at Playland since it’s close by. Although a hole in the wall, the restaurant was clean and comfortable. Service was great as well — our water was constantly refilled and staff were very friendly.

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I ordered a large Special Beef Noodle Soup Pho ($9.50) and NW got a large Grilled Chicken Noodle Soup Pho ($9.25). It came out piping hot, which was great. We both loved what we got. The noodles were cooked well and the servings were reasonable.

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#15. Special Beef Noodle Soup Pho ($9.50) and #16. Grilled Chicken Noodle Soup Pho ($9.25)

We noticed that the broth tasted different compared to other pho joints. YUM! It was slightly sweet here and less salty. Maybe this is what authentic pho is like! It was delicious without being too oily, nor did we feel the need to drink copious amounts of water after dining here. It was definitely much cleaner tasting and more refined. NW especially loved the grilled chicken in his pho, although he was slightly peeved by the bones of the chicken.

Definitely stop by if you’re in the area. I’m glad I discovered this little gem — it’s now my favourite pho place 🙂 They also accept credit card unlike other places that are cash only so that’s another plus!


Food – 9/10
Service – 8/10
Ambience – 6.5/10
Value – 8/10

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