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Eating out in RC: Zoom fatigue? Favourite lunch breaks away from the home office

BY JULIE CHENG

Kopitiam Malaysia's chicken curry laksa is a favourite lunch treat.

Kopitiam Malaysia’s chicken curry laksa is a favourite lunch treat while on a break from the home office. Photos by Julie Cheng

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Basil Garden’s free-range chicken pho is a Vietnamese take on chicken noodle soup and just as comforting.

It’s been almost two years since I started working from home due to COVID safety measures. I miss the cycle commute to my downtown office, a good chat with my coworkers and all the usual lunch-hour eateries.

Now Zoom fatigue and work isolation are getting to me. For my mental health, I try to get some sun and exercise with a walk around the Renfrew Ravine. I also go out for a lunch treat once in a while.

These are my favourite restaurants within walking distance. In addition to delicious food, they have kind and friendly staff.

Mee goreng from Kopitiam Malaysia.

I love the sweet and sour flavours of the mee goreng from Kopitiam Malaysia.

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The Penang tofu is a family favourite.

Kopitiam Malaysia
3885 Rupert Street and East 23rd
604-566-9898
kopitiammalaysia.ca
The name of this Malaysian restaurant has changed (they are no longer part of the Penang Delight franchise), but the wonderful flavours of my favourites remain the same – chicken curry laksa, mee goreng and sambal green beans. Check out their weekday lunch special.

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Basil Garden’s vermicelli bowl with pork skewers and spring rolls is packed with flavour.

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Try Basil Garden’s healthy prawn or marinated tofu salad rolls with peanut sauce.

Basil Garden
2889 East Broadway and Renfrew
604-871-9998
basilgarden.ca
The hike down and then up the hill to Basil Garden is well worth it for me. All their pho is wonderful. I discovered their free-range chicken pho to be just as flavourful – I ask for no skin as a healthier option. Also healthy are their vermicelli bowls and salad rolls. It gets busy at lunch so go early or late.

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The pork in Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant’s Gamja-Tang hot pot is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety.

Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant
3280 East 22nd Avenue and Rupert
604-431-8887
damisushikorean.ca
This restaurant has been going strong since opening in Renfrew-Collingwood in January 2021. I agree with Paul Reid, in his Taking out in RC review, that the pork in the Gamja-Tang hot pot “is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety” –  just like the bone broths my grandma used to make. My favourites are the bibimbap and japchae.

The pork in Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant's Gamja-Tang hot pot melts is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety.

The ramen from Kami Japanese Cuisine is sure to warm you up on a winter’s day.

Kimu Japanese Cuisine
4441 Boundary Road and East 29th
604-563-0722
kimujapanesecuisine.com
Another bit of a hike from home, Kimu has long been a reliable lunch and dinner spot. In addition to delectable sushi, they have a good grill – I love their teriyaki meals. There’s even more reason to stop there now with Masala Meats next door.

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This iSushi lunch special consists of a teriyaki bowl and two sushi rolls. On a cold day, warm up with one of their udons.

iSushi
3883 Rupert Street
604-336-6553
isushi3883.wixsite.com/isushi
iSushi opened despite the pandemic and quickly pivoted to become a busy takeout spot. I like to dine in to enjoy the tea and the food fresh from the kitchen. You can choose from a variety of sushi and rice bowls to make your own lunch special, but I invariably order a healthy house salad and sashimi.


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Taking out in RC: Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant

BY PAUL REID

Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant
3280 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Phone 604-431-8887
Delivery via Ubereats.com
Open Monday to Sunday, 11 am─9 pm

Greetings food fans. Welcome to another segment of Taking out in RC, our COVID-19 version of Eating out in RC.

We’d like to remind folks that a global pandemic is no reason not to continue enjoying our incredible local food outlets. Even if dining in is not currently your thing, you can always order for pick-up or delivery. That’s what I did here with Renfrew-Collingwood’s newest addition to its culinary crown – Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant.

Dami celebrated its grand opening this past January, and already, the reviews are coming in that Dami offers quality food at affordable prices. Their dishes are inspired by modern and traditional Korean and Japanese cuisine.

I was quite taken aback by the sheer size of Dami’s menu. There are actually two full-size menus at Dami – a Japanese menu and a Korean menu. Either one on its own would be considered quite extensive, so to be able to produce everything on both menus must be quite a feat. But, Dami did it. In just 15 minutes my order-to-go was ready.

The Gamja-Tang hot pot is a pork back bone soup with Chinese cabbage, onion, green onion, potato and perilla seed, served with rice.
The Gamja-Tang hot pot is a pork back bone soup with Chinese cabbage, onion, green onion, potato and perilla seed, served with rice. Photos by Julie Cheng

From the Korean menu I ordered the Gamja-Tang hot pot. This is a pork back bone soup with Chinese cabbage, onion, green onion, potato and perilla seed with rice ($29.88). This soup was HUGE and was enough for about four people. I believe you will find this soup completely delicious and the pork is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety.

Also from the Korean menu, in the griddle section, I ordered the Bulgogi – thinly sliced beef marinated in a special Korean barbecue sauce ($17.88). I have always loved bulgogi and if you have yet to try it – Dami! Really good stuff.

So what’s nice about Dami is that you can go full Korean, but then, maybe because your spouse or your kids or even you must have some sushi rolls as well – Dami! You can get it all right here.

Dami's Fantastic Roll was, as the name implies, fantastic.
The Fantastic Roll was, as the name implies, fantastic.

From the special rolls section, we ordered the Fantastic Roll – crab meat, avocado, prawn tempura, spicy tuna, yam flakes and spicy mayo sauce ($9.88). It was, as the name, implies – fantastic!

There is too much to you tell you about Dami, but as usual I will urge you to go taste for yourself. The service was excellent; the food was fresh, delicious and way beyond what one makes at home, affordable and within your grasp. I recommend it. Bon appetit.

Dami opened in Renfrew-Collingwood in January 2021. In addition to take-out and delivery, Dami offers a spacious space for dining in.
Dami opened in Renfrew-Collingwood in January 2021. In addition to take-out and delivery, Dami offers a spacious space for dining in.


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February 2021 issue of RCC News is here

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News February 2021

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous lunar new year! Let’s stay connected to your community through the RCC News. Please stay safe while you’re out and about.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • St. Mary’s students stand against racism on Black Shirt Day: Theo’s story
  • Taking out in RC: Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant
  • Collingwood Corner: Prince Edward’s visit to Carleton school
  • Coping with COVID: Take a snow day – Cross-country skiing
  • Choosing to Move is a smart move for seniors
  • Celebrating the lunar new year – The year of the ox

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the February 2021 issue is January 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.