Bella Roma

Bella Roma on UrbanspoonSheepie wanted to take me to an Italian restaurant he fancied trying out which had a real fire oven to make the pizza. After returning from Italy and indulging on lots of authentic pizza, Sheepie was craving for more. However, he seemed to have mixed up the address or the restaurant and we ended up at Bella Roma instead. But Bella Roma also had the fire brick oven, so we decided to give it a try.

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idearabbit-bellaroma2 idearabbit-bellaroma6 It was around 8:30pm on a Saturday evening, but the place was completely deserted. We thought it might be the time and the street was also empty, but we saw other restaurants across the street doing fine with customers enjoying their meal.

We were a bit concerned, but the server greeted us with a friendly smile and was quite perky throughout our dinner. The restaurant has a night cozy atmosphere, great for romantic dates. The tables are already set up as you would find in higher-end restaurants. It was a little lonely being the only ones dining though…

idearabbit-bellaromaBite-sized complimentary bread with toppings were really good. We were off to a good start. Later, there were two more bread (without toppings) that came.

idearabbit-bellaroma5The prices from the menu online and in actuality differs, so I guess their website hasn’t been updated yet. I thought I saw Linguini with white wine and clams, and that’s what I ordered, but I got the Linguini white Wine Vongole $16.99 instead. I didn’t complain as I was unable to decide for a long time since I was sitting on the fence on whether to go for a tomato base, or olive oil/white wine base. At the end of our dinner, I picked up their to-go menu and looked but the pasta with only white wine wasn’t there…so I guess I’m wrong? But I was sure…otherwise, why would I debate on which one…

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Anyways, the pasta was filling and satisfactory with lots of clams – yay! The pizza was not as good as the ones we had tried in Italy, but the server told us that she’s been to Italy and it’s pretty close. Not sure, but I think Sheepie makes better pizza (from scratch).

idearabbit-bellaroma3Medium Capricciosa $19.99

When I went to the bathroom, the server was checking stuff out on her phone. I didn’t see any of the yelling and rudeness that many people had complained about – I guess that’s a good thing.

Will we be back? I think it deserves another chance. Maybe not for pizza though.

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Mimi Buloveme

Mimibuloveme on UrbanspoonA very small cafe, but popular for desserts that I’ve been wanting to try for a while. It was already 8:45pm on a Friday night, but it was almost full, with people coming in for take out. The music was a bit loud (why do cafes and restaurants blast their music?) It’s something I’ve become really annoyed with since I not only go out to eat, but to converse with people.

idearabbit-mimibuloveme idearabbit-mimibuloveme2The actual physical menu is quite disappointing. It’s a 8.5″x11″ white sheet printed with your normal desktop laser printer. With use, it’s become crumpled and terrible. idearabbit-mimibuloveme3 idearabbit-mimibuloveme4 idearabbit-mimibuloveme5 idearabbit-mimibuloveme6 idearabbit-mimibuloveme9The decor is very simple, but clean. They have this gadget at the cashier where when you push a button on what looks like a box usually for oranges (only mini in size), a mechanical cat meows and pulls its paws out. Very cute, lol.

idearabbit-mimibuloveme8I ordered the Matcha Waffle $6.50 with Matcha gelato, mochi ball, gyumi, red beans, white chocolate matcha sauce, whip crean and raspberry. Mmmmmmmm!!! I love this! I think it’s fair price, and the portion is great. Nice presentation. Thumbs up!

idearabbit-mimibuloveme7Sheepie ordered the Hedgehog Parfait $7.50 with Hedgehog gelato, chocolate cake, marshmallows and whip cream. Again, very nice portions.

The interior could use a bit more character to it…well literally too…they could use more of the cat character throughout – like on the menu. I’m not sure why the cafe has the word ‘Bubble House’. The place certainly does have a bubble place feel to it. But to not put up their name is kind of weird. It’s easy to miss if it’s your first time going there, or worse, if you don’t know about it, you may never enter because you think it’s a bubble teahouse.

But despite that, they seem to be doing well. By the time we were getting ready to leave, there was a couple waiting for a table to open. Would love to come back again for more waffle desserts! :)

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Bistro Sakana on UrbanspoonSituated in the trendy part of Yaletown, Bistro Sakana is a up-scale Japanese restaurant. It has a very nice calming atmosphere with candles on each table. The music was playing a bit too loud which I’m always annoyed with. I hate raising my voice and trying hard to hear what the other person is saying.

I had seen the Aburi Hako Zushi (torched box sushi) and knew that I would order that for sure. I got the Sockeye Jalapeno Aburi $14 which had wild sockeye salmon layered with sushi rice and flame seared with their spicy mayo sauce and jalapeno peppers on top. I am a huge fan of Miku’s salmon aburi, but this was a good competition. I really liked it – lots.

idearabbit-bistrosakana6idearabbit-bistrosakanaidearabbit-bistrosakana2The Pork Gyoza $7.50 was satisfactory, but WAY OVERPRICED. Totally not worth $8. Though I guess the price comes with dining at a higher-end restaurant.

idearabbit-bistrosakana3 idearabbit-bistrosakana5Sockeye Jalepeno Aburi $14 idearabbit-bistrosakana4

Sheepie ordered the Mango Roll $7.00 (left) which was quite sad. It was really small and falling apart. It wasn’t flavourful at all. Another overpriced item. The Salmon Roll $3.75, Tuna Nigiri $2.00 and Salmon Nigiri $2.25 seemed well prepared. I had the Salmon Nigiri, and it was really good.

The tables against the walls were a bit tight and would have liked a little more room between the tables. There was one time when the server picked up Sheepie’s tea cup to fill up and she almost elbowed the other customer at the next table. She didn’t even notice though. But other than that, the service was great.

It was a nice restaurant, but some dishes way overpriced for quantity and quality. I would definitely like to come back for more Aburi, but will have to explore other dishes on the side next time.

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