Peaceful and sophisticated are not words one would generally use to describe a typical day at the airport. Fairmont YVR, however, has revolutionized the way we perceive the airport experience, providing travellers and locals alike the opportunity to indulge in one of England’s most cherished traditions: High Tea.
Last week some of your favorite Vancouver food bloggers attended the Chinese Bites Signature Dishes Tour dinner at Fatty Cow Hot Pot. Voted as best Hot Pot from both Chinese Restaurant Awards and The Georgia Straight—we all went with high expectations.
I’m pleased to say that none of us were disappointed.
We had two hot pot bases going at full force—one was a Spicy Soup Base and the other a Peanut Satay. Surprisingly, all of us preferred the spicy one—and to my luck, I was sitting right in front of it. Win!
There was a vast assortment of meat and seafood, all of which was incredibly fresh. From raw lobster to chicken hearts to fish balls—it was any hot pot lover’s dream come true.
I couldn’t stop thinking about the freshness of the seafood. I kept thinking—where on earth did they get these massive scallops and oysters!? Then I found out that Fatty Cow actually owns Jumbo Seafood just a few blocks down. It doesn’t get fresher than this folks.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the beef chucks and the pork blood. Although the pork blood was due to personal taste, the beef chunks were tough and chewy—it was quite the mouth workout. The salmon was also filled with bones and I found it to be too much work and not enough reward.
The highlight of the night was the Scallops. My god, these were so incredibly sinful. When was the last time you saw scallops this size? It took me a whopping 3 bites to finish one off.
Fatty Cows got voted number one for a reason. Everything from the ambiance to the food was memorable. If you want good quality hot pot in Vancouver then this is your go-to joint. Although Fatty Cow offers a regular dinner menu—I would stick with the hot pot. They specialize in this and they do it exceptionally well.
Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot
5108 Victoria Drive
That’s all for today.
Small Girl BIG Plate Scale:
1.Don’t waste your money 2.Mediocre 3.Good 4.Very good 5. Nobel Prize Worthy
Items up for review:
1. Lavender Latte $3.60 (8 oz)
4/5- very good
– Very unique Latte flavor, especially for Vancouver where anything past a chai latte is difficult to find.
– Lavender flavor was present without being overwhelming
– Creamy & smooth mouth-feel.
– Absolute must-have if you stop by Cafe Medina.
2. Belgian Waffles $3.15 Per 1 Waffle + 1 Dip
5/5 – worthy of a Nobel Prize
-Perfectly crispy on the outside & delicate on the inside
-Beautiful nutty flavor
-These waffles are one of the best you will ever find in Vancouver
-Each waffle comes with a dipping sauce. We ordered the Salted Caramel and the Lavender Milk chocolate. I highly recommend both.
-NOT cheap at $3 a piece, but so, so worth it. I could probably eat 20 of these and still smile after.
3. Paella $13
-Decription: 1 baked egg, curried orzo, Hungarian chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padarno, watercress, avocado and tomato salad.
-It was very oily (most likely from the chorizo).It wasn’t good but it wasn’t bad either
-Flavors were great, but there was just something about it that we couldn’t quite put our finger on.
-However I loved the avocados in the paella. Pretty genius addition that also provided the dish with a great textural component.
-For $13 I don’t recommend this. For $8, maybe.
Conclusion & Cafe Medina Must-Knows:
-Hands down one of the best breakfast/brunch spots in Vancouver
-Not a secret gem! Will get jam packed on weekends.
-Very cute ambiance, although, some of the tables are uncomfortably close together.
-Items you must try: Belgian Waffles, Lavender Latte
Overall, Cafe Medina is an absolute must-try in Vancouver. The waffles alone are worth the 45 minute weekend wait .