I dropped by to see Terry Deane at his soon to be open restaurant, Pizzeria Barbarella on Broadway & Fraser. Yes, this is the same Terry from Ah-Beetz, the famous pizzeria located all the way in Abbotsford for the New York Style Pizza. When I came by, the walls were being painted and I got to check out his reclaimed wooden tables. Sweet stuff, I’ve also been keeping up to date with how the place looks like on this pizza thread, and hope to drop by again before the opening.
I had just come from other errands, so I hadn’t eaten lunch and Terry suggested I go to Nha Trang just down the block and even gave me a specific dish to try out. From one food enthusiast to another, of course I had to honour this recommendation.
Hủ Tiếu Bò Kho $5.95
Rice noodle with beef brisket in special Vietnamese stew
Bò Kho, a Vietnamese stew that I would describe as a slightly liquid curry, gives off a delicious and intoxicating smell, consisting of lemongrass, ginger, chili, star anise, cinnamon, cloves and fresh basil and is typically enjoyed with rice, but fares just as well with some flat rice noodles. I took a long time to finish this, slurping and reading my book.. just so very comfortable and relaxing. For the price, I would much rather have this over regular pho. In fact, dare I say I am long over pho?
Cà phê sữa đá $2.99
French filtered coffee, condensed milk with ice
I’m no java junkie, but there are two exceptions I am willing to make, one of them being Vietnamese style coffee and the other Costa Rican coffee. Coffee from both these places are fucking good, so that should be an obvious reason why. My mom tells me that I would take portuguese buns and dip it into her coffee when I was a kid and nom nom nom.