A spa date with CC took me to North Vancouver and she suggested to try this restaurant called Tour de Feast. It’s located in a business complex next to an industrial complex. It’s not easy to spot in the dark and the interior basically looked like a cafe.
Taken a look at the menu and I was caught off guard by how fancy the menu was. Not a big menu, but with items that you would find at fine dining restaurants. The day’s special was a surf and turf with steak and sockeye salmon; I didn’t go for that because my mood didn’t call for it.
So for appetizer I ordered the Octopus 2 Ways. First, the tentacles were braised to absolute tenderness it could be considered borderline mushy. Haha the suction cups just fell right off as you took bites. The flavour was quite nice; it could be even better if using a bit of heat. Then, there was an octopus rillette. It’s similar to crab cake except it’s mostly dough with some pieces of octopus inside. It’s pretty good but quite filling. I think we were off to a good start.
With entree, I chose one of my favourite dishes, Duck Confit Cassoulet. The duck leg looked HUGE!! They actually butterflied the meat around the bone so it opened up. The skin was so crispy, and the meat was tender. There had been times when I got a salty duck confit, not in this case. It was seasoned just right and there was so much meat to go around. There was a hint of citrus in the sauce, which freshened this up. The boudin blanc was light, with a nice snap as you bit in it. A very satisfying plate.
CC didn’t opt for the typical appy + entree combo. Instead, she ordered 3 appies — the charcuterie plate, onion tart, and another order of octopus — all to herself!! Because I didn’t try them, I didn’t take any photos, so I can’t really share my thoughts. It did seem like CC quite enjoyed her dishes. It was too much food for her, though, with most of the onion tart packed to-go. I overheard the server talk to another table that 3 appies and 4 entrees would’ve been perfect amount of food for 4 people. I didn’t have room for dessert after my two courses.
This is roughly a 25-seat restaurant, so there was only two people in the front of house. But it was sufficient to offer timely service. We were there at 6:30pm on a Saturday; it was quiet when we first arrived, but the crowd slowly triggered in and the restaurant was full as of 7:30pm.
The parking situation could be an issue as there are only 3 parking spots at the back. If the next door businesses are closed, you could park in their spots; but it’s still not enough for its capacity and some customers would have to park on the opposite side of the street (no parking at the front of restaurant).
Oddly, there was a discrepancy in our bill again, just like Bistro Pastis. They charged us an extra $1 on one of the dishes. The computer system was probably updated with the new price, but they never updated the print menu. Not a big deal, and they rectified it.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this dinner. Food is reasonably priced, and my two dishes tasted good. And looking around, other customers were also going “mmm…ahhh…” as they dove into their dinners. Not easy to spot the restaurant, and definitely a hidden gem in the area.
Tour de Feast
319 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver