Resto roundup: Mak N Ming, Poke Guy, Olive and Ruby Café, 720 Sweets, and more

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      Here's a quick overview of new eateries that have opened up over the past few months, or are about to open.

      This roundup includes a Japanese-French spot, dessert places, a proliferation of more poké places, and more.

      Japan meets France in Kits

      In Kitsilano, chefs Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng (both PiDGiN alumni) have launched their restaurant Mak N Ming at 1629 Yew Street (the former location of Thai Star), a few blocks from Kitsilano Beach.

      It's an intimate affair, with about 30 seats in the 850-square-foot space and the menu features refined Japanese and French takes on West Coast cuisine.

      Mak N Ming

      So far, they've only had their soft-opening and full details aren't available yet so stay tuned for more information on this one.

      More poké to poke at

      Hawaiian-influenced poké shops continue to sprout up throughout the city. Unlike the ramen explosion, characterized by areas where ramen joints are concentrated in, poké places are fanning out a bit wider throughout the city.

      However, there are a couple that are a few blocks apart in downtown Vancouver.

      The Poke Guy

      The Poke Guy started up in September at 420 Richards Street (which was previously inhabited by Waffle Frenzy).

      Like other poké spots, this one also follows the build-your-own-meal model, allowing customers to choose rice or greens, seafood, toppings (such as seaweed salad, mango, cilantro, wasabi peas, and more), and sauce.

      They've also partnered with Ocean Wise to use ocean-friendly wild seafood, not farmed.

      Not too far away, Pokérrito opened up at 558 Dunsmuir Street, offering burrito-style poké wraps in addition to rice bowls and salads. More recently, The Poke Shop opened in Gastown at 306 Water Street.

      Poke Station

      Yet another new spot to find the Hawaiian seafood is Poke Station, which opened up at 102–500 West Broadway (at Cambie Street) where Big Smoke Burger formerly resided.

      Will poké shops become as populous as sushi spots in Vancouver? It's too soon to tell, but you can bet that there'll probably be a poké spot opening up soon in a neighbourhood near you.

      A healthy delight

      For those into health-oriented, vegetarian, or vegan food, the light and bright Olive and Ruby Café opened up in Kitsilano back in September at 2790 Broadway.

      Olive and Ruby Café

      The menu features all items made in-house, and includes cold-pressed juice, açai bowls, salads, toast (such as smashed avocado or chocolate hummus with granola), sandwiches, superfood smoothies, and more.

      Olive and Ruby Café

      Sweets to treat

      But for those who prefer to indulge their sweet-tooth in decadent ways, 720 Twenty Sweets & Etc. had its grand opening for its new location inside T&T Supermarket Metropolis at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby) on December 3.

      The opening marks the beginning of the dessert company's plans to open up locations inside all of T&T Supermarket's 22 locations in the country.

      720 Sweets & Etc.

      There'll also be a new location at 2675 Kingsway. The company, which serves soft-serve ice cream and signature drinks, also recently opened a new location at 1121–8338 Capstan Way in Richmond. 

      Its flagship store is located in Kitsilano at 3278 West Broadway.

      Meanwhile, Sweet Corner is in the works at 686 Robson Street. Details aren't available on this one quite yet so stay tuned.

      And as we previously reported, TMix Tea and Dessert Bar will be opening there new locations—in Kitsilano, Richmond, and Burnaby.

      Fast 'n' furious

      In the cheap 'n' cheerful department, here are two to-go spots at Granville and Broadway.

      5 Spice has taken over the spot at 1513 West Broadway, formerly inhabited by the grab-n-go Latin spot Boca.

      The new Vietnamese spot offers all the usual suspects: pho, banh mi, rice vermicelli and rice dishes, and more.

      Meanwhile, Oysi Express is slated to open at 1509 West Broadway, where Tarts Bakery once was. In addition to sushi, they're planning to also serve ramen and—there it is again—poké.

      And the eats go on...

      Here are some other recent openings and closures we've covered:

      Stong's Market and Deli reopened in Dunbar at a new location

      Stanley Park Brewing will open in Stanely Park at the former Fish House Restaurant location

      Klaus' Kaffee Haus opened in Chinatown and Klaus' Schnitzel Haus opened in North Vancouver 

      • American burger joint Johnny Rockets will open in downtown Vancouver 

      • Burnaby's '50s Burgers has taken over the Denman Street location of Vera's Burgers

      Yah Yah Ya Ramen opened on Robson Street

      Fife Bakery opened in Olympic Village

      • the English Bay location of Milestones has closed

      • Kürtősh Chimney Cake Café has closed in Kerrisdale

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