This was a fun afternoon here at Gorilla Whale which is a place that takes a spin on Japanese food. Nothing here is “traditional” but it’s exciting!
I wasn’t sure what to have, and one of the managers came and sat with me and introduced some of her recommendations to me. She told me to try their Chicken Chicken Bang Bang Noodle Soup so, I ordered that! This noodle was in a Japanese curry broth with chicken, crispy fried chicken skin, with pickled ginger! This was a really neat mix of ingredients and taste! The fried chicken skin was amazing and I would eat an entire plate of it!
The other thing we ordered was their Karaage Burger and this was really different. The fried chicken was really crispy and delicious. It was not greasy at all. The bacon was amazing and was almost he star of the show! The mixture of flavours here was unique and it compliments each other.
Overall, it was an amazing experience and definitely not your traditional Japanese restaurant. I enjoyed the modern twist and the fun spin!
1214 9th Ave SE
It was a cold evening and I really didn’t want to cook. All I wanted was a warm hug from the inside out. So, I requested to go eat out for dinner and the only thing I said was “I want to eat curry”. As a recommendation, Raj Palace came up and I have never been here before, so I figured it’s the perfect excuse! It’s not a big place and this particular evening, they had quite a few tables seated so we were seated by the door, which was extremely breezy when the door opened. Thankfully we weren’t there that long!
It seems to be a family ran location. I didn’t really talk to the waiter or anything as he seemed really busy with the orders in house and delivery service orders. It was a bit of hustle and bustle so I didn’t want to be bother. So, we just ordered our food and I decided I wouldn’t get my chai as I haven’t been sleeping well. We ordered more premium and got their Prawn Coconut Curry, and I can’t say I tasted the coconut, but it’s got a nice heat level to it. It’s a tomato based sauce with coconut cream which was perfect with the rice. The prawns were big, large portions, deveined and pretty amazing!
The other dish that we had was their Lamb Chettinadu and I got this because it was the only one under lamb/goat that was “boneless”! LOL! I was having one of those evenings. There’s not much to the description to the curry besides “chettinad spices in home style”, but it was tasty!
That’s all we ordered for curry, otherwise, it was our usual suspects of garlic Naan which was a nice treat because it wasn’t only smothered in butter with garlic powder on it. The texture of the naan here was one of the best we’ve had and I think they actually make their garlic butter! It was very tasty.
The other vehicle that I get with curry is Coconut Rice as I find it easier to eat my curry with and it absorbs the sauce, which means I wear less of the mess! The coconut rice was a large bowl and devoured in no time for me with that Prawn Coconut Curry sauce. It was my favourite!
Overall experience here was pretty amazing. It was a chill environment, no one was in a rush for anything, food and service was good. There wasn’t anything to complain about!
Raj Palace Midnapore
15425 Bannister Rd SE,
We have been driving out to Vancouver a lot for no good reason. Sometimes, we just have an itch to go eat at the wharf, and we’ll do crazy things like leave after work to stop at Salmon Arm or Sicamous, stay the night, wake up early on Saturday and arrive to spend a few hours in Vancouver. On Sundays it’s always just the drive back home to go to work on Mondays. With this trip done so many times, and always arriving when this cute pie place is closed, I wanted a special trip to Shuswap Pie Company on a day it’s opened. We made a special trip for pie!
For me, nothing beats a homemade Apple Pie à la Mode whenever possible. Once I saw a fresh apple pie on the counter, I knew it was what I wanted. The line was long, but absolutely worth the wait.
I normally drink a coffee, but this day I just ordered a London Fog and it was super! It was a nice blend and I appreciated this hot drink that didn’t take away from my pie!
As we got here for lunch, dessert wasn’t the only thing we ordered. I can’t survive a meal without meat, so we had a Chicken Pot Pie and that was amazing! The crust was perfect, the filling was tasty and hot!
The overall experience here was perfect. Well worth the effort and the experience was amazing. I still talk about driving here for an afternoon pie, but we haven’t done it again yet. I’m sure if I run out of ideas on things to do, it’ll be back on my list!
Shuswap Pie Company
331 Alexander Street,
Salmon Arm, BC