West Kelowna Yamato for Pho

I was wanting a quick bite to eat before heading to pick up my son from school last week so I headed over to the new mall by our place.  I was about to put the car in park outside of the DQ/Subway when I instead pulled out and headed over to Yamato for a bowl of Pho.

I had seen the Saigon Noodle Soup on their website and decided a bowl of soup was better for me then fast food:


By the description, I was expecting one large cooked prawn in with my chicken and was surprised to find three prawns throughout my bowl of soup.

Saigon Noodle Soup, West Kelowna Yamato

I am not a big fan of pepper so could have done without the seasoning on the chicken.  The size of the bowl was huge and I missed having my “squishy sauces”.

When I left, I felt so stuffed!

Dim Sum at Yamato in West Kelowna

After our last trip to Yamato West Kelowna and seeing that they have Dim Sum on Saturday and Sundays, my partner wanted to head back for Dim Sum.  I myself have had Dim Sum three times before and two of those experiences was not very pleasant for me and one was bearable.  This always has me hesitating to try it again but figured I would after having checked out the menu.

Beef Short Ribs:

Beef Short Ribs

Chive and Prawn Spring Rolls:

Onion Prawn Roll

Papaya Bubble Tea:

Bubble Tea

And of course, Sriracha Hot Sauce:

Sriracha Hot Sauce

Now, this is the reason I have never been a fan of Dim Sum:

Chicken Balls:

Chicken Balls

Prawn steamed dumpling:

Prawn Dim Sum

I love chocolate but I am also a texture person.  Even if the above had been made of chocolate, I still would not have liked it.  I enjoyed the Chive Prawn Spring Roll and the Beef Short Ribs, but anything else reminded me of exactly why I am NOT a fan of Dim Sum.

I tried and ate everything we ordered and for the most part, the flavours were great but the texture and feeling afterwards was enough for us to not want to go back again.  Please keep in mind that I am not a Dim Sum fan to begin with and normally would not even try it.

The flavours of the food was good and if it weren’t for me and my issues with gummy textured food, I would most definitely have it again.

Yamato West Kelowna

On my way home from downtown where I was touching up my resume, I drove through the parking lot of the new Lake Okanagan Shopping Centre that is at the new Westside Road Interchange to see if any more businesses had opened up yet.

The RBC doors were open, although the TD bank says it’s open 7 days a week, it didn’t look like it was open.  Now, in addition to the DQ, Sammy J’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, Landmark Cinema and Dollarama, the Yamato in West Kelowna opened up this morning!

When I mentioned this to my partner after returning home and us all being hungry and lazy in not wanting to make lunch, we headed up the road to try it out.  We ordered:

  • Yam Roll
  • Avocado Roll
  • Dynamite Roll
  • Tamago Nigiri
  • Edamame
  • Appetizer Sampler
  • Nutty Chicken

The food was amazingly good!  By far the best yam roll I have ever had!  The peanut sauce that came with the Appetizer Sampler and the peanut sauce (can’t confirm if they are the same sauce, I don’t believe so) with the Nutty Chicken was extremely flavourful.  I was happy to see the full sized shrimp in the spring rolls on the Appetizer Sampler.  I have never had Beef Lemongrass Skewers before and would definitely have them again.  I was also impressed with the size and amount of avocado in the Avocado Roll.

The only downfall was the bill which thankfully my partner covered.  Didn’t put much thought into the cost of the meal which was kind of akin to going grocery shopping on an empty tummy.   The service was great and I definitely would go back again – but not order so much food.  We left with two containers of leftovers which is never a bad thing but just under $60 for lunch before tip is a bit much.  We could have done without the Nutty Chicken and have gotten a smaller sized appetizer.

Unfortunately in my hunger, I didn’t even think to snap a photo until halfway through my soft serve cone over at the Dairy Queen.

Dairy Queen

Now that I am sufficiently stuffed, it’s time to work on helping can the 25+ pounds of cherries my partner picked up yesterday!