(Editor’s note: Here is Mr.‘s take, part 2 of 2 of the Eat Vancouver series.)
New India Buffet & Restaurant – Butter Chicken with Rice
This was the first thing I ate at the event. So my judgement might’ve been a little blinded by hunger. I ordered the butter chicken (safe bet I know). I was almost too hungry to really taste it. But I have a feeling it was delicious. Compared to what my friends had, mine was bigger, thicker, spicier, more flavourful, oh and my butter chicken was better too.
I’m no expert in Indian food, but this gets a thumbs up from me. However words don’t mean as much as this empty plate.
Gramercy Grill – Mac & Blue Cheese with Meatballs
Blue cheese in Mac and Cheese? WHAT? For those of you that don’t like strong cheese, no need to worry. As thick and cheesy the sauce was, I could only detect a slight hint of blue cheese, for all I know I could’ve imagined it. The pasta was cooked just right, despite being scooped out of a warming tray. The meatballs must’ve been from two different batches. One was done perfectly, tender and moist, while the other was just a tad overcooked. Either way the seasoning was pretty spot on.
Even as the last thing I ate at this event, this slight twist on a traditional dish still appealed to my senses.
Korean Rice Cracker
We heard it from quite a few booths down, the pounding that sounded more like a nail gun than a rice cracker maker. With every slam of the machine, a round disc of rice came out. It might look and sound cool, it didn’t taste cool. It tasted like… nothing. If you can imagine popped tissue paper, that’s what this was like.
Although this won’t offend your senses, you might as well chew on your shirt for more taste.
Liberte Greek Yogurt
Rich, thick, high in protein and fat free. Does it sound too good to be true? It is. When it first hit my tongue, this yogurt seemed to be very good; It was all those things as described. The thickness of it fooled my brain into thinking it was rich and delicious. But after a couple spoonful, I realized it’s starchy, and tasted low-fat.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…well it didn’t.
I was pretty happy to see a number of new vendors at this event. Although I wasn’t impressed by all, I did enjoy the variety. I’ll be back again in a couple of years, Eat Vancouver!
Check out pictures of other vendors in the gallery below: