We were travelling to British Columbia, into Vancouver as our friend wanted us to tag along to his work conference.. so we did! We’re not hard to convince to do things if we have some interest. We got off the plane, got our rental vehicle and made our way to Steveston which is in Richmond, BC. We were hungry and found ourselves gravitating towards Sockeye City Grill. When we got here, the rain let off and a bit of sun came out so we even sat on the patio.
There was 4 of us in total, and all we wanted was their Fish & Chip Platter, and thiw was amazing. A 2 tiered platter full of fried goodness right! This platter offered a piece each of cod, halibut and salmon, with 2 oysters, 4 prawns, and a giant portion of lemon coriander crusted calamari, and a bed of fries.
The service was great, the ambient was fun as we were outside on the patio watching both locals and tourists walk around. Most importantyly, the food was amazing and the weather held up for us! We even got to walk around and tried to find the areas where a show my friend watched was filmed. She was so excited! It was a great afternoon!
Sockeye City Grill
3800 Bayview Street
Richmond, British Columbia
I’m actually very confused about the name of this restaurant, but the name on the recipet says the restaurant is called Ramen Bar at NanChuu Japanese Izakaya, however it seems to be called G-men and you don’t see that name as the “dominate” name.
We were brought here by my sister-in-law and her husband, and this place was pretty decent! We started with some Gyozas which as usual, is my dish to order when I’m in the mood for appetizers at a Japanese restaurant. The skin here was really thin, and the filling was amazing! They pan-fried it to perfection!
The other appetizer we ordered was something I’ve never had before, and they call it Okonomiyaki which is Japanese Cabbage Pancake, which is shredded cabbage mixed into a batter and made into a “pancake”. The toppings here was pretty basic as I believe it was just bonito flakes! The dish was pretty amazing and it’s going to be something I’ll order more often!
For ramen, I ordered their Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen and this bowl of ramen is massive! It’s got lots of everything, so make sure you come with an empty belly!
We also ordered their Dan Dan Men which didn’t cross my mind as a japanese dish, as I’ve always associated as Chinese or Sichuan. But, regardless, we ordered a bowl, and it was full of flavour and spice! It was different from what I associate Dan Dan Mein to be, but it was a nice change from typical Ramen – although we were at a ramen place!
Overall, an amazing place! The place is pretty busy and pretty small, so be prepared to wait! But, it really helps build up your appetite as you wait so you can finish everything! Food is quite good, and the prices are very good too!
G-men @ Nan Chu
1160-8391 Alexandra Road
We got to stay at the Travelodge Hotel Vancouver which is right by the airport of Richmond, and it’s pretty strange of a location as it seems like the highway exits to this hotel from one side only – or we haven’t figured it out. Either way, the hotel is in a conveniently location as it’s near one of their main traffic arteries and near the airport.
We booked a 1-night stay here in their 1 King Size Bed Room and the room was quite nice! It was a corner unit/room that looks the front of the hotel so it wasn’t noisy or anything. The room was a little run down, but there’s tons of space and the hotel and room was really clean.
The bathroom offered their standard hotel amenities and if you needed more, you can always ask their front desk for some amenities if you forgot any during your stay. The interesting thing about this room was the coffee maker was actually in the bathroom – which is only strange as there’s a lot of room in the actual room! But I’m thinking they were short on outlets, or they’re trying to make it easier as you get water from the bathroom tap!
Our overall stay was very enjoyable! It was quick, but it was nice and comfortable. The bed wasn’t as bad as it looks and the parking turned out to be complimentary! So, it was a great place to crash for a great rate!