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.
1797 Pacific Way
British Columbia V2E 2H9
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.
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
Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Yale Historic Site also on TripAdvisor.
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
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.
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 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
Vancouver V5T 1W5
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.
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
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.
Went to Troll’s for a quick lunch. This place has a really friendly vibe about it. Loved the interior (the canoe was a very nice touch and the caricatures were funny to look at) and the atmosphere. We got a seating booth near the window so we could enjoy the view on Horseshoe Bay. Our waitress was very friendly. We had a nice chat with her.
Food was great and very reasonably priced. I enjoyed some lovely salmon with mashed potatoes, while my boyfriend had a chicken burger. Portion size was more than enough. Toilet was very clean and spacious. Next visit I hope I will be able to have lunch on the terrace in the sun!
Can really recommend this place.
Troll’s Horseshoe Bay, 6408 Bay St, West Vancouver, British Columbia V7W 2H1, Canada
Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Troll’s Horseshoe Bay also on TripAdvisor. My scores: value 5/5, service 4/5, food 5/5.
Highly recommend visiting this gorgeous place. The Suspension Bridge in itself is fun, but the walk though the tree tops of the gorgeous Douglas-fir pine trees is unforgettable. Really enjoyed this experience. Oh, and the home made fugde is great!
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4J1, Canada
Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Capilano Suspension Bridge Park also on TripAdvisor.
This café next to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens is really a terrific place to have a drink or a small bite to eat. We only had drinks here, so I can’t commend on the food. You have to order at the counter, but your order is brought to your table. We sat outside enjoying a beautiful sunny summer evening.
I had ordered a mimosa, but the waiter came to our table to tell they were sold out. I was a bit surprised that they didn’t take away the placard that advertised this summer drink. The staff handled the mistake quite well, I didn’t have to pay for the price difference when I changed my order to a glass of white wine.
If you’re looking for a beautiful terrace to enjoy a nice drink with friends, this is a great place.
Truffles Cafe, 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1, Canada
Visited July 2015. You can find my review about Truffles Cafe also on TripAdvisor.
I absolutely adored this lovely botanical garden. One of the most beautiful gardens I’ve been to in my life. Such a gorgeous place. If you have the time, please go and visit. You won’t regret it. This place showcases the rich variety of plant life in Canada. Highly recommended.
Extra bonus points for the coyote just casually strolling around on the mowed lawn.
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1, Canada
Visited July 2015. You can find my review about VanDusen Botanical Garden also on TripAdvisor.