Posted in Dine Out Vancouver, Dinner, Joyce, Meat, Restaurants, Seafood, Vancouver, West Coast, Yaletown, tagged Albacore Tuna, Beef Short Rib, beet salad, Chocolate Mousse, Dine Out Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver 2017, gnocchi, salmon, Seafood Chowder, WildTale, WildTale Coastal Grill, Yaletown on January 17, 2017|
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Did you know WildTale’s Dine Out menu is only $30 this year? When my family and I went there for Dine Out last year it was $40! I was invited to a preview of this year’s menu and I was curious to see how it has changed.
Turns out there are a couple repeating items on the menu, which makes this $30 menu a pretty good deal.
One of the repeating items is the WildTale Seafood Chowder. Well, it’s not entirely the same as last year’s, but the idea is there. The chowder was the most memorable appetizer last year, and this year’s chowder was my favourite appetizer on the menu. It was rich, creamy, flavourful – and the corn and crab fritter was nice and crispy, adding some texture to the soup.
If you look for something lighter in the appetizer, either the Organic Beets & Watercress salad or the Albacore Tuna Carpaccio would make a great option. I love beets, so any beet salad could easily win my heart. These beets were sweet, balanced by the hint of bitterness in watercress. It’s missing some tang and acidity, though – I love me some goat cheese in my beet salad. (more…)
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Posted in Bistro, Chocolate, Coffee, Dessert, Dine Out Vancouver, Dinner, French, Joyce, Neighbourhood Gem, Soup, Steak, Vancouver, tagged Chocolate Mousse, Daube de Boeuf, Duck Confit, Macaron, Mistral French Bistro on February 2, 2012|
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Continuing my Dine Out journey this year, we ventured out to Broadway to try Mistral French Bistro. The restaurant has been around since 2005, which is considerably long for Vancouver’s dining scene. Even though it’s on Broadway, it’s some ways out in the west end of Kitsilano, fairly close to the residential area and located in the same block as Thomas Haas.
Everyone has different preferences, so even during Dine Out time it’s difficult to find a menu with everything appealing to you. Mistral’s menu this year was one of the few exceptions, that I seemed to like everything on it. With that, I went with my parents so the three of us combined could taste everything on the menu.
As a whole, Mistral’s menu is predictable; there is nothing fancy or innovative. However, I realized its entrees were drawn from its regular menu, so the quality of the dishes during Dine Out would be a fairly accurate indicator of its food quality outside of this period.
For appetizers, I must point out the size of the Provencal Tomato Soup. The bowl was big and deep, thinking there might be 2 cups of soup! It was tangy and creamy, and I like the touch of pistou foam but it was more like creme fraiche than foam. But boy, it was a lot of liquid to take as the first course. I only finished half of the soup.
Provencal tomato soup
I recently attended a presentation on food trends, and one of the speakers spoke about the collision of worlds of flavours, how chefs these days combine flavour profiles of various cuisine to create their own concoction. The Albacore Tuna would be an example to this trend. It’s interesting to see soy sauce and sesame seeds play a part in French cuisine. The flavour was okay but the dish didn’t really say French to me. I wouldn’t call it marinated tuna, however, since it was more like a drizzle of soy sauce and black pepper on raw, sesame-crusted tuna. Probably a good thing though, or else it would kill the fish (again) and your palate. I would’ve preferred if they serve it with a green salad over sticks of celery.
Soya and Black Pepper Marinated Albacore Tuna
Smoked Salmon was a standard affair. (more…)
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