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Datsun

Datsun 380 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON It might seem like a weird thing to say at the age of 28, but when my parents came to visit last month, it was the longest I have ever gone without seeming them in my entire life! Three months feels like a long time when you are used to seeing your parents at least once a week. I was of course incredibly excited when they visited and couldn’t wait to show them some of my favourite Ottawa restaurants that I have tried so far. Although I had only visited Datsun once before, I knew it was a must when my parents came to town. Byron and I love all sorts of different Asian cuisines and Datsun does a lot of them really, really well. Put that together with an excellent cocktail list and awesome atmosphere and it was a no-brainer that Datsun would be a great place to show my parents a good time. The first thing we did when we arrived was look over the cocktail list and …

Pagolac

Pagolac 9642 54 Avenue Edmonton, AB I will always have a special place in my heart for Pagolac, because Pagolac is where I was first introduced to Pho. Satay Pho to be exact, but Pho none-the-less. My mom first brought me to the Southside Pagolac after one of her friends took her to the Downtown location for lunch and I really had no clue what I was in for. One taste of the deliciously rich and spicy broth and I was hooked. The funny thing about Satay Pho though, is that my mom and I call it “spicy soup.” We’ve called it that for as long as I’ve been eating it and although I know better now, I rarely call the soup by it’s proper name. Although the prices (absolutely) and recipe (seems to) have changed over the years, Pagolac remains a favourite. I love that the restaurant is randomly in the middle one of Edmonton’s Industrial areas (actually it’s now quite convenient for me) and the wood panelling on the walls just adds to …

King’s Noodle House

King’s Noodle House Pho Hoang 10615 97 Street NW Edmonton, AB I really enjoy reading Linda Hoang’s blog and following her on twitter. She has mentioned a few times that her dad owns a pho restaurant in Edmonton and I have been wanting to try it for a while now. I just needed a reason to be over in the Chinatown area, as I don’t live or work close by. That reason came a couple of weeks ago when my mom and I went to see Oprah. Oprah’s event was at 7 at Rexall, so we decided that I would head straight downtown after work, where I would meet my mom, and then we would go for dinner before seeing Oprah . Traffic seemed to be especially bad that day, so it took a little longer for my mom to get downtown than we anticipated. We weren’t too concerned though, as Vietnamese restaurants usually tend to be pretty quick. We arrived at King’s Noodle House at about 5:45 and after quickly browsing through the menu …

La Pagode

La Pagode 17024 90 Ave Edmonton, AB My mom first introduced me to pho about 10 years ago with a bowl of satay pho from Pagolac. For the longest time I didn’t stray far from my favourite “spicy soup” and I think even now it’s probably my favourite. Especially when I’m not feeling well, satay pho might be the best thing ever. Last night I met Lani for a quick chat and dinner at La Pagode, my favourite Vietnamese restaurant in the west-end. I think La Pagode must have some connection to Pagolac as their menus are very similar. The restaurant was not full when I arrived, but there was a steady stream of people coming and going. We both looked over the menu, although I really didn’t have to as I knew I would be going for a bowl of delicious satay pho. We started by sharing an order of green onion cakes. They were nice and crispy, but not overly oily. I like to dip mine in the spicy chili sauce that sits on …

Saigon Paradise

Saigon Paradise 13536 97 Street NW Edmonton, AB A couple of weeks ago I “crossed the tracks” and ventured to Edmonton’s North Side to hang out with my friend Irene. I actually had a very exciting start to the evening because it was my first time on the North part of the Anthony Henday ring-road… simple pleasures, I know… but it really is so much faster than before! 🙂 I met Irene at her house and then we headed down 97th street to her favourite local Vietnamese restaurant, Saigon Paradise, for dinner. According to Irene this is the best restaurant in the area. “I wanted to take Robyn to an authentic Vietnamese restaurant and if my Vietnamese friend recommended this restaurant– this is as authentic as it can get.” – Irene We decided to start with an order of green onion cakes to see how they would stack up against other green onion cakes we have tried. These were pretty standard; nice and crispy, but not too oily and had good onion flavour. For our …