Ramen Jinya – FAV’D – My first meal in Vancouver

Here we are! Our first instalment of FAV’D. For those of you who missed my previous post about FAV’D, please do go check it out to have a better understanding of what this is.

Anyways, since I arrived on a Saturday night, I didn’t get to do much that day. The next day, my friends and I went to see the Chinese New Years Parade put on by Vancity bank (a week late, but meh). The parade was alright, but fun nonetheless. We were all starving, so we head out to my first proper meal in Vancouver after many many years.

They took me to a place called Ramen Jinya; it is located at 270 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6B0E7.

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EDO – Winterlicious, the full on experience

I had the honour of being invited by my friend, whom I’ve haven’t talk to in a while, to a Winterlicious at EDO on the 28 of January. Usually, I would do research on the restaurant that I am going to eat at, but sometimes, it’s exciting to go into it completely blind. And that is what I did today.

EDO is located at 484 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, ON, M5N 1A5

Judging by the name EDO, I know it’ll be a Japanese restaurant. I had that thought in the back of my head as I walked in the restaurant, so I was quite surprised to see how much it differs from a typical Japanese restaurant. It gives off this “Hi, I’m a fine dining” vibe with a sushi bar added (Yes, I just personified a restaurant). At that point, I was quite confused about what the restaurant is, and that usually spell bad things to come, but I’ll get back to that later.

We had a reservation at 7:30pm, and my friend was there at 7:20 to secure the reservation. I walked in right on time to find my friends still loitering at the entrance waiting to be seated. Now, I know it’s hard to predict how long it’ll take for people to eat and therefore, it’s hard for them to always have a table ready for every single reservation. But when you walk into a restaurant that you had reservation for, and there are empty tables, you can’t help but question the credibility of the restaurant. We finally got seated at 7:50, which is a whopping 20 minutes wait. I think they’re missing the point of why people make reservations. Continue reading