We wanted to try out John 3:16 for a while now and finally had a chance to do so on a Friday evening. The restaurant is known for Malaysian style food. It was quite packed already with quite a few parties waiting for a table.
We were a bit surprised to see the restaurant is quite big. It looks like 2 restaurants combined into one since there is a divide in between. There were people waiting at both the front and back of the restaurant.
We started with the Roni Canal. It comes in 2 pieces with dipping sauce and some white sugar.
This is the first time seeing this served with white sugar. It did have a unique taste when combining together with the sauce. The roti were both very fluffly.
Next we had the beef satay. It comes in sets of 4 skewers and you can choose the meat.
The beef was very tender and had good flavour. It was a bit too tender for our liking.
For our mains we first had the Nasi goreng ayam.
It is a piece of fried chicken thigh over some fried rice. The fried chicken was juicy and flavoured well while the batter was not too thick. The fried rice was a sweet and spicy flavour bu a tad too oily.
Next we had the Mamak mee goreng which is a fried noodle dish.
The noodles were cooked to the right tenderness and mixed well with the meat and veggies.
The prices here aren’t too expensive which is probably why it is so busy. The portion sizes of the mains we ordered today were a tad small though. Even the plates they used were small, like side plates.
Overall, service was good and the food was not bad at all. Portion sizes could be a bit bigger. They do have a good selection of food o the menu you can try. If you come on a weekend, be prepared to wait especially if you have a big party.
SFDD gives 3 out of 5 Delights.
We came to New West to do some errands and ended up at Ramen Hachi for some Ramen. Ramen Hachi is just located under the New West skytrain station. It was late in the afternoon so there were plenty of tables available for our late lunch.
They don’t have a big selection of ramen here. We ended up ordering the takoyaki to start. It comes with 5 pieces.
The takoyakis were prepared well, nicely rounded with tasty octopus filling topped with Japanese mayo.
We ordered the basic shio ramen.
It was a fair size with pork. What was unusual was that the soup was super clear. Too clear from the norm, like canned chicken broth. The noodles were also super thin. You don’t get a choice of type of noodles here.
Next we got the Kumamoto ramen. The main difference is the black garlic oil on top.
The garlic oil gave the ramen a bit more kick compared to the basic Shio ramen.
The ramen here is out of the ordinary when compared to the other ramen shops. This is mainly due to the super thin noodles, as well as the clear and light soup broth. It would have been better if they provided a choice of noodles and broth richness.
It’s convenient to get here if you take the skytrain regularly. If you drive, you’d have to do pay parking in this mall complex.
SFDD gives 3 ot of 5 Delights.
We were looking for a non chain coffee shop to meet up along North Road and found this Coffeeholic place from google maps. Reviews seemed fair so we came to try it out. It was a Friday early afternoon and there was not much of a crowd. It looked to be family run.
There was quite a few parking spots outside in this small strip mall. Just behind it is the Executive Inn Hotel.
We ordered a mango slushy drink:
It was made fresh and we saw them use some fresh mangoes to make this.
We also ordered a regular sized latte. They use JJ Bean coffee beans here. There was also some nice latte art.
Latte could have used a bit more espresso kick. I couldn’t quite taste the signature JJ Bean flavor though.
Coffeeholic is a good place to meet up. They also have a nice selection of pastries too. Aside from the relatively week latte, the service here was friendly and premises were well maintained and clean.
SFDD gives 3 out of 5 Delights.
We drove by Xing Fu Tang a few times during the last few months and noticed this place seems to have a long line up all the time. They serve specialised bubble tea drinks that use a unique type of brown sugar as part of their recipe.
When we walked by Saturday afternoon recently, there was no line up so we thought it must be a good time to try it out. As soon as you walk in, you can smell the fragrant brown sugar cooking from the kitchen. You can also see a someone near the counter stirring the brown sugar and bubble pearls at the front.
We ordered a basic brown sugar pearl bubble milk tea. It was just over $5.
The taste was indeed very unique. We can tell right away it was not like other bubble tea shops mixing it up with cheap instant flavoured powder. The brown sugar made the bubble pearls very tasty. Although it was brown sugar, it was not overly sweet.
While waiting for your drink, you can test your fortune by picking up a stick and then seeing what number door you can open to get your lucky (or unlucky) fortune. In the picture, this is located on the left side where you see the red sticks.
SFDD gives 4 out of 5 delights.
Horin Ramen is located on Robson street just west of Burrard street. We came here after seeing a long line up at the Ramen Danbo further down Robson. It was late in the afternoon on Saturday and Horin had no line up and there were only a few tables occupied.
Their menu has a history about the ramen style served here.
You can customise your ramen based on firmness, fat, chilli, saltiness of soup.
We started with gyoza dumplings. It comes with six pieces and a dipping sauce.
The gyozas had a delicious pork filling. What looked strange is the extra pan fried excess edges that came with the gyoza. We thought they forgot to remove it but noticed other customers’ gyozas looked the same too.
We ordered the first and second ramen items on the menu. This one is the Ajitama ramen. It comes with the soft boiled egg.
Next is the original ramen.
The ramen here is the thin type.
The Ramen here is pretty darn good. Being able to customise makes it even better. Maybe this place is too new that people don’t know about it so there is no line up?
We’d definitely prefer to come here to avoid the long line up at the other ramen restaurants further down Robson Street. Prices and portion size where reasonably good. The service here was also friendly and efficient.
SFDD gives 4 out of 5 Delights.