Al Porto – Walk on the cobbled sidewalks into Italy

The other day, my honey surprised me with a reservation in downtown at 7 pm. The reservation was not a surprise, but the sudden dine-out was, as we usually decide on a day beforehand if we are going somewhere nice. Needless to say, I was rather excited and when I asked what sort of food we will be having, he replied, “Um.. their people use hand gestures a lot.” It was a funny hint, but I knew instantly there’d be Italian food on my plate.

The restaurant he took me was in Gastown and called Al Porto. It it at 321 Water Street Vancouver B.C. V6B 1B8. Check out their website for more info!


(Photo taken from their website.)

Al Porto is somewhat hidden in an alleyway and you’ll need to step on cobblestone before entering, but once you do, you’ll instantly feel like you are in Italy. The interior is warm and inviting, with a cozy feeling – much like someone’s home, except it is super spacious (maybe a rich Italian person’s home?). Click here if interested in pictures.

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Nan Chuu Izakaya – Japanese drinks meet Ramen

Just a place I feel like sharing.

The place is called Nan chuu. It’s a Japanese izakaya, but recently (no idea when actually) G-men (a ramen restaurant owned by the same company) joined them. Since I loved the ramen at G-men and Nan chuu’s food and drinks, this marriage was one I approved of greatly.

Click here for the location and other possibly helpful information.

Having been on an exchange to Japan last year, I got the opportunity to taste authentic Japanese ramen. The year before that, I also worked at a (not-so-authentic or tasty) ramen restaurant. Anyways, my point is, the ramen at Nan chuy/G-men is really good and made me feel like I was still in Japan.

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