What to order YVR : Brendon Mathews x William Ho Wood Kuen #WhattoOrderYVR

Brendon Mathews

Judge of Chinese Restaurant Awards and Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

 The Story Cafe  
The Story Cafe is a new bar and grill in an unloved corner of Richmond half a block from the casino surrounded by light industrial buildings. They had the misfortune of accidentally choosing perhaps the worst date in human history to launch a new restaurant, March 13, 2020. Comfort foods fill the menu in this new enterprise. Look from the British Racing Green Spitfire parked out front and you’ll know you are in the right place.

What to order:
Try the fried chicken sandwich accompanied with an overly generous portion of excellent fries.

To savour: Call eatery (604) 697-8679 or Ubereats / Doordash / Skipthedishes
Menu: check out their takeout menu The Story Cafe

Address: 2800 Sexsmith Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1V5


 Lu Charcoal Grill  
Lu Charcoal Grill is a new breed of Chinese restaurant in Richmond, it has as much in common with a North American sports bar as it does with what we think of being a run of the mill Chinese restaurant. The decor (and copious big screens) shout sports bar, the menu does too actually, just with an east Asian flavour. Grilled cumin scented lamb skewers instead of wings. Cold beer is universal to both however. Lot of small dishes for sharing while watching the game.

What to order:
Grilled lamb skewers. A Beijing street food classic. Lu’s version is less grzzly
than anywhere else in Richmond. They travel better than you expect them to as well.

To savour: Call restaurant (604) 285-3399 or Fantuan

Address: #100 – 8031 Leslie Road, Richmond, British Columbia V6X 1E4


 Continental Seafood Restaurant 
Continental Seafood Restaurant is cavernous, not the kind of spot you’d expect to have takeaway. To the left of the main entrance is a small door and a neon sign reading Takeaway. A tiny vestibule opens onto the kitchen, where for a sum of money so low you’ll feel guilty you can get a lunch box takeaway of the staff meal. Always friend rice with two other Cantonese takeout classics. Braised beef and daikon, fried fish fillet, stir fried veggies, sweet and sour pork, you never know what is on that days offer.

What to order:
The takeout lunch box, rice and two proteins, you’ll get whatever they have made that day.

To savour: Call restaurant (604) 278-6331 or walk in

Address: 11700 Cambie Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1L5


First Place I dine after pandemic >>

 Oyster Express, Stem Japanese Eatery 
My wife and I have had extensive conversations about this, and after much deliberation came up with an answer. It’s gotta be somewhere that has a record of 100% excellence, the stake are too high to risk a substandard meal. Chinatown’s Oyster Express filles the criteria perfectly, a couple dozen briny bivalves washed down by a cold bottle of crisp white is the perfect reintroduction to leaving the house. Second place in the Mathews poll was the superb seasonal Izakaya in Burnaby, Stem Japanese Eatery.

Oyster Express
Address: 296 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X4
Phone: (604) 684-3300

Stem Japanese Eatery
Address: 5205 Rumble St, Burnaby, BC V5J 2B7
Phone: (604) 434-0250

William Ho Wood Kuen

Judge of Chinese Restaurant Awards and Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
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 New Fishport Seafood Bistro 
Although it has only been open for less than a year, New Fishport has become a hot spot for foodies in the city. Led by award-winning celebrity chef Sam Leung, the restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and private-home-cuisine dishes. Their signature dish Alaska King Crab can be prepared in seven or even ten courses!

What to order:
Soy sauce chicken
King crab
Phoenix layer cake

To savour: Call restaurant (604) 323-1318 Takeout / Fantuan

Address: 620 SE Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V5X 2T4


This small eatery on Fraser Street has been voted among Canada’s 100 best restaurants in 2018 and 2019. Owner and chef Masayoshi Baba creates some of the best and most beautiful omakase one can only find in western Canada.

What to order:
Masa ’s Bento
Tofu Cheesecake

To savour: Call restaurant (604) 428-6272
Visit their website to learn more about menu, take out and pick up. Edomae Chirashi, Ready to eat meal, and Staff Meal Program available.

Address: 4376 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4G3


This 4 year-old modern Pan Asian eatery near Chinatown serves unique and delicious fusion cuisine . Owner and chef Steve Kuan creates some of the menu items based on his mother’s family secret recipes from Taiwan! Their beef noodle soup is one of the best in town.

What to order:
Taiwan Beef Noodle
I love dumplings
Le Tigre style Pork belly

To savour: Call (778) 903-2006. They have a family for four at $89, dinner for two, frozen dumplings.
Visit their website to learn more about available menu, take out and pick up. Edomae Chirashi, Ready to eat meal, and Staff Meal Program available.

Address: 958 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1


First Place I dine after pandemic >>

 Fortune Terrace Seafood Restaurant 
The restaurant serves new dim sum creations during lunch; and in-house roasted suckling pig at dinner. Private VIP rooms are available at the premises.

Address: 6200 River Rd #130, Richmond, BC V7C 0B1
Phone: (604) 285-8980