Being the largest and most well known steakhouse chain in Canada, The Keg needs no introduction. Steak is probably my favorite food in the world, so as a disclaimer: I’m not approaching this review from the perspective of a steak-lover. You’re not going to find dry-aged prime steaks here, or descriptions of marbling, where a cow came from or what its diet included. However what you get is a consistent experience and prime rib that’s available every day of the week without breaking the bank too much.
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Say Mercy! opened during the beginning of 2020 by chef Sean Reeve and his group who also runs the MacKenzie Room. The opening was highly anticipated and I looked forward to trying their food, before the lockdowns in mid-March forced them to close shortly after. Fortunately they adapted quickly to the times and offered heat-and-serve meals and a patio-style sandwich bar over the summer.
Sashimiya is a takeout sushi and sashimi shop opened recently by Takayuki Omi, formerly the executive sushi chef at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge RawBar. While Vancouver seems to have sushi joints every block, there’s a gap in the market for higher quality offerings that don’t break the bank. I’ve been looking forward to trying Sashimiya since it opened: a successful chef who strikes out on his own to open a no-frills takeout restaurant is the kind of stuff foodie dreams are made of.
Despite being in my neighborhood, Chez Christophe in Burnaby Heights is one of those places I’ve passed by for years without visiting, instead opting to drive downtown or to the North Shore for my patisserie cravings. It wasn’t until I saw the socially-distanced lineups out the door at the onset of COVID-19 that prompted me to check the place out and realize what I’ve been missing in my own backyard this whole time.