West End resto roundup: Daily Catch Seafood, The Noodle Factory, and more

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      Here's a quick roundup of a few brief notes about a few new developments in the West End food scene.

      A casual Catch

      The Daily Catch Seafood Company has several locations, including on Commercial Drive, Davie Street, and Wesbrook Mall at UBC. But its 1059 Denman Street location is the first to start serving a menu with ready-to-eat items.

      If you're in the mood for something cheap and casual, four items are available at the moment.

      There's a poached wild salmon wrap (wild salmon, fennel-apple-carrot coleslaw, tartar sauce, tortilla; $6.50), wild smoked salmon grilled cheese ($6.50), tuna melt (local albacore tuna, Siegel's bagels; $6.50), and a Boston chowder (clams, wild salmon, halibut, lingcod; $5.25).

      You can combine the chowder with any of the menu items for a total of $9.98.

      To wash it down, there are Phillips Fermentorium hand-crafted tonics ($3.50).

      That's all available to eat in store (they've installed a counter to sit at) or to take home. In addition to their seafood, there are other deli items such as seaweed salad and albacore tuna salad.

      The menu thus far is only their beginning—there may be more additions or changes in the near future so stay tuned.

      Pho Goodness sake

      Q: Why did Pho Goodness cross the road?

      A: As anyone who's been to the popular current spot, they're in need of bigger premises. (As for why the chicken crossed the road, you'll have to ask the chicken.)

      Pho Goodness

      The Vietnamese eatery, which has been packing in patrons into its small current premises, will be making a move across the street from 1183 Davie Street to 1150 Davie Street.  

      The menu, offering pho, bánh mi, and more, will remain relatively the same but the seating capacity will grow from about 20 people to 35.

      The opening date of the new location is still to be announced but will be sometime in early November.

      Noodling around

      Amid all the ramen noodles in the West End, The Noodle Factory has opened at 1120 Denman Street, taking over the location formerly occupied by Chè-Licious.

      The menu consists of noodle soup, with options such as braised beef, mushroom, or pork slices (from $11 to $13); dry noodle, such as Sichuan style or with red-cooked pork and shrimp (from $7.50 to $11.50); and rice dishes as well as side orders such as pan-fried dumplings or simmered shrimp balls.

      More oodles of noodles

      The location former Spaghetèi at 1741 Robson Street is being taken over by Flower and Horse in Spring, a noodle house serving crossing-the-bridge noodles.

      This dish is a rice noodle soup from Yunnan cuisine, from Yunnan province in southwestern China.

      The location is set within the ramen explosion at Robson and Denman streets that continues to mushroom with no end in sight.

      Fitful food

      Despite the large number of eateries in the West End, there actually aren't a lot of health-food, vegan or vegetarian options.

      Thankfully, Fit Camp Foods opened on October 11 at 1107 Davie Street. It's a bit tucked away from the sidewalk at the plaza at the corner of Davie and Thurlow streets.

      Their grab 'n' go meals cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with some dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options available.

      Fit Camp Foods

      And there are even some health-oriented dessert options, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free donuts.

      Fit Camp Foods
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