Exploring the world one bite at a time

Category: Canada (Page 1 of 4)

Duffy’s Pub: “Traditional pub”

Duffy’s pub is a friendly place to eat, have snack or just have drinks. The interior is what you would expect from a decent pub: lots of wood, a nice bar and big tv screens. Service is friendly.

My boyfriend and I ordered poutine, a pulled pork sandwich and a wonton soup. The poutine was to share. To be honest I think we ordered too much food. Portions are big and the poutine in itself is a heavy dish. Everything was well made, but not exceptional. The broth of my soup (which was served boiling hot) needed more seasoning. The pulled pork sandwich was ok.

If you’re looking for a traditional place that serves honest food for a decent price, Duffy’s pub is the place to be.

Duffy’s Pub
1797 Pacific Way
Kamloops BC
British Columbia V2E 2H9
(+1) 250.372.5453

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Duffy’s Pub also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 4/5, food 3/5.

Yale Historic Site: “A pleasant surprise”

We hadn’t planned visiting this historic site beforehand, but I’m very glad we did. Really interesting stuff to see here. Loved the reconstruction of the gold miner tents. You really get a feeling of how life must have been during the Fraser River Gold Rush. The old church is also really lovely. Highly recommend visiting this place! A real time machine.

Yale Historic Site
31187 Douglas Street
British Columbia V0K 2S0
(+1)(604) 863-2324

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Yale Historic Site also on TripAdvisor.

Sushi Matsuri: “Lovely sushi and gyoza”

We were very tired after a long drive, so just wanted to have a quick bite to eat. My boyfriend and I both love sushi, so we decided on trying Sushi Matsuri, mainly because it was close to our hotel.

The entrance to this small restaurant is marked by a typical Japanese cloth, but the people working there are, I think, Korean. The interior isn’t much to talk about, but I liked the lanterns which gave the restaurant a lively feel.

Since we were there right before closing time, we decided on ordering some starters and a sushi combination to satisfy our hunger. We went for edamame, oyster tempura, gyoza, the Alaska roll and Combo C (some nigiri and rolls). Our order turned out to be more than enough. We even had some trouble finishing it all.

The nigiri sushi was really good. I loved it. The seaweed in the rolls was a little bit to chewy for my taste, but I enjoyed the rolls nonetheless.

Throughout the meal our tea cups got regularly refilled. Staff was very friendly. Really made us feel welcome.

I can recommend this place, if you’re looking for no nonsense sushi.

Restaurant Sushi Matsuri
239 Menzies St
Victoria BC V8V 1R9
British Columbia
+1 250-590-8110

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Sushi Matsuri also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 5/5, food 4/5.

Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lounge: “Nice pub”

We arrived at about nine in this pub in Field and it seems to me that was a little bit too late. We were lucky to get a table, because it was very busy when we arrived, but most of the people had already eaten. The restaurant doesn’t have any airconditioning, so it was rather warm inside.

I started my meal with some excellent sparkling wine. Really lovely. We had a beautiful day in Kootenay National Park so I was in an excellent mood.

So I didn’t mind too much that we had to wait very long for our order to arrive. I really think we arrived just before the kitchen was planning on closing.

When my dish arrived, I was disappointed. The grilled baby farm fresh mini peppers which were advertised on the menu were nowhere to be found and my broccoli stem was very small (I ordered the gnocci based on the plate I saw arriving at our neighbours’ table, my plate didn’t look half as good). The food was nice enough though and my boyfriend was so kind as to share his peppers with me.

I have to say, that after all the great reviews I’d read, I left the restaurant a little bit disappointed.

Truffle Pigs Bistro and Lodge
100 Center Street
Yoho National Park
British Columbia V0A 1G0

Visited August 2015. You can find my review about Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lounge also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 3/5, service 3/5, food 4/5.

Hime Japanese Restaurant: “Good sushi”

Hime Sushi is a no nonsense sushi place. Sushi is freshly made by the sushi chefs while you are waiting. The restaurant is quite small, so it is possible that you have to wait for a table. The restaurant isn’t fancy, but the sushi is very good, with some modern twists on the classics.

I tried the house vegetable roll with on the inside of the roll asparagus, cucumber, lettuce, carrot, mushroom and on top beet and avocado with green sauce of the house. Surprisingly good, to be honest. Very fresh en a nice combination of flavors. Really liked the green sauce. The sushi was also presented very nice. My boyfriend ordered the fire dragon roll, a little bit spicy, so not for everyone, but also very good. Prices are reasonable. Service is ok.

If you’re looking for a quick tasty sushi lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong with Hime sushi.

Hime Sushi Japanese Restaurant
315 E.Broadway
Vancouver V5T 1W5
British Columbia
+1 604-708-1616

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Hime Japanese Restaurant also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 3/5, food 4/5.

Sunwapta Falls Restaurant: “Quick and easy lunch”

During our trip to Canada we found this restaurant by chance. It was a lovely summer day, so we loved the fact that it was possible to have lunch outside.

We took our own beverages and ordered our burgers inside. We were given a number so we could pay our lunch at the cash register. After paying we took our cutlery and went looking for a place outside. Because it was such a gorgeous day lots of people were eating outside. We were lucky to find some empty chairs, although one of them was broken.

The system by calling out the numbers of the orders, didn’t work too well, because some people weren’t paying attention and didn’t hear that their numbers were called.

We were hungry, so we didn’t miss our call. Really enjoyed my portobello burger served with a small salad. Very nice. Would definitely eat here again.

Sunwapta Falls Restaurant, Icefields Parkway, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Sunwapta Falls Restaurant also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 4/5, service 3/5, food 4/5.

Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House: “Quirky place”

Update: The coffee house has a new owner and changed its name to Big Horn Café! Below my review of the previous Higher Ground Coffee House:


We stopped in this café for a quick lunch. My boyfriend enjoyed their caramel macchiato and ate a basic sandwich. I wasn’t very hungry so I only ordered a soup. The mushroom soup was ok, but served lukewarm.

I liked the interior of this café very much and the baked good looked nice (although I didn’t try them). Staff was friendly and the toilet was very clean.

Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House, now Big Horn Café
7527 Main Street West
Radium Hot Springs
British Columbia V0A 1M0
+1 778-527-5005

Visited August 2015. You can find my review about Meet on Higher Ground Coffee House also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 3/5, service 4/5, food 3/5.

Maligne Canyon: “Force of nature”

This Canyon truly is a testament to the force of Mother Nature. The view on the canyon from the bridges is breath taking. You only have to take a short hike from the parking lot to see all this beauty for yourself.

Maligne Canyon, Maligne Road, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada
+1 780-852-3583

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Maligne Canyon also on TripAdvisor.

Athabasca Falls: “Beautiful waterfalls, but can get crowded”

The Athabasca Falls are just a short stroll from the parking lot and very easy to reach. The falls are very beautiful, but I found that the concrete paths and railings took away from the experience, although I understand that these are safety measures.

Athabasca Falls, Hwy 93, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada
+1 780-852-6176

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Athabasca Falls also on TripAdvisor.

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure: “Amazing experience”

This really is a once in a lifetime experience, since there are only about 30 Ice Explorers in the world. The Ice Explorer is a very special vehicle with enormous tires that bring you up to the Athabasca glacier. The ride in itself is special and our driver, Tall Mike, really made it unforgettable. Such a funny guy!

You’ve got about ten minutes to walk around on the glacier and have a taste of the very cold glacier water. Wonderful to see the ice up close and enjoy a walk on a glacier! The fee for this attraction is high, but this experience truely is worth it.

Highly recommended!

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta T1L 1J3, Canada
+1 877-423-7433

Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure also on TripAdvisor.

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