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One Hundred Days (350 Davie St., Vancouver)

The location is the old Elixir Restaurant inside the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. Why it’s interesting is because it’s a temporary pop-up restaurant that’s only going to be open for 100 days (until December 31) until a permanent restaurant takes its place in early 2011.

Anyways this is Hunger Pangs so let’s cut the small talk shall we?

Lobster & crab bites - served with Hennessy and lobster bisque dipping sauce. $14

We started off with this appetizer which is essentially a crab cake, served in deep fried ball form. I say anytime you can serve food in ball form and on a stick, do it. The Hennessy (which you couldn’t taste) and lobster bisque dipping sauce was very creamy and good. The crab ball was not bad, but it wasn’t great either. It was definitely lacking something, like salt or seasoning. But the sauce made up for it.

Duck pot pie - duck confit, shallots, wild mushroom ragout, gratin potato crust. $17

I have to admit, I’m a huge fan of pot pies. When I think pot pies, I think buttery, crispy, flaky pie pastry. OOHH. So having never had a duck pot pie, I was really excited to try it. When it finally arrived, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. It looked really small, and there was no flaky pie pastry. Instead it was topped with gratin potatoes (ie. scalloped potatoes baked with cheese on top). Huh. Interesting indeed. On a somewhat related note, White Spot’s chicken pot pie is huge and delicious.

Anyways this pot pie was DELICIOUS. The wild mushrooms, whole garlic cloves, shallots, and chunks of moist, tender duck (lots of it too), all fit so well together. It was served with a side salad, and though it looked like a small serving, it was actually really filling. It was perfect.

Wild BC Salmon - salmon filet, dungeoness crab and sweet corn hash, avocado purée. $24

The salmon was very fresh and cooked through quite well. The sweet corn hash had a nice crunchy bite from the potatoes and corn. Sorry I don’t have much to say about this one, I was too in love with my duck pot pie to really care about this one. But all in all, this was also a solid dish.

Will I return? I want to try this place for brunch. I’d obviously come back again for the duck pot pie, but I also wouldn’t mind trying their lobster and crab mac & cheese. I recommend that you check this place out (and soon!). It’ll be gone before you know it.

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Milestones (Brentwood)

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Milestone’s. In fact, I’m not. But I thought I’d give it a chance because I was told that it was decent for brunch. So my hunger pangs led me there one fateful morning.

Prime rib hash - slow roasted, thinly sliced prime rib tossed with crispy potatoes, bell peppers, sweet onions, and roasted corn. Topped with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, roma tomatoes, and toasted French bread. $12.99

Californian omelette - double-smoked bacon, avocada salsa, roma tomatoes and cheddar. $9.99

Verdict: prime rib hash was salty, but tasty. The poached eggs were overcooked (I prefer my eggs to be on the runny side). The Californian omelette was pretty standard. I didn’t like that they just had 2 strips of bacon sitting inside the omelette. I would’ve preferred if they cut it up and cooked it into the omelette.

Will I return? Likely not. There are way better places out there for brunch.

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Pinpin Restaurant (6113 Fraser St., Vancouver, B.C.)

First time I’ve ever eaten at this place. I’d only previously had Filipino food once at a restaurant called Josephine’s on Main St. Not really a big fan of Josephine’s. I’ve had plenty of home cooked Filipino meals at friends’ houses though.

We tried the BBQ chicken skewer combo (served with rice and pickled papaya), lumpia shanghai (spring rolls), and crispy pata (deep fried pork hocks).

Verdict: BBQ chicken was delicious, crispy pata probably took 3 years off my life, and the lumpia’s were as good as any I’d previously had.

Will I return? Absolutely.

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