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Have you checked out the Dine Out Vancouver website yet? Are you doing any prix fixe dinner? I was invited to a tour on the Granville Island to visit some restaurants for their menu preview. First up, Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel.

Dockside has been around for a long time. I remember going there for the first time for Dine Out back in 2008, then Christmas brunch with family in 2013, my bridal shower in 2015, then here we are again for Dine Out. Food quality was always solid and we always had a good time.

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There are three options for appetizer. First, the Winter Green Salad was so pleasing on the eyes. It’s colourful, with a good variety of vegetables. I like that it uses polenta as croutons; not only does it give a crispy texture, but also creamy, cheesy flavours.

Winter Green Salad

My friend JX loves her crab cakes, and I think she’ll enjoy these Dockside Crab and Shrimp Cakes. Perfect two-bite size, crispy on the outside and meaty inside. Not much filler there. The sweetness of mango salsa and creamy aioli balanced it really nicely.

Dockside Crab & Shrimp Cakes

My favourite appetizer was the Duck Prosciutto Tart. (more…)

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One Saturday afternoon I was going to take Mama Lam to a restaurant on Fraser Street for lunch, but that place was opening much later on that particular day than its usual hours so we were greeted with a “Closed” sign. We decided to go somewhere else for lunch. And we stopped at the doorstep of Jethro’s Fine Grub.

This is the second location of Jethro’s and the lesser known one, so the line up was not as crazy as the Dunbar location, where the “You Gotta Eat Here” episode was filmed. In fact, we were able to get a table as soon as we arrived.

Food

Jethro’s serves breakfast all day long. There is a wide selection of savoury and sweet items to choose from. Mama Lam and I chose one of each. The Crab Cake Benedict was smothered with a lot of hollandaise sauce. The crab cakes had a good crust and didn’t feel like having a lot of filler. The eggs were poached just right to medium softness. I wish the crab cakes were slightly thicker so it could hold up to the eggs. It’s also a carb-loaded plate, with lots of hashbrowns and four pieces of toasts on the side.

Crab Cake Benedict

For the sweet item, we opted for the Apple Cobbler French Toast. (more…)

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Being on the judging panel for the Chinese Restaurant Awards’ Food Bloggers Choice Awards has made me spend most of my time on eating out at Chinese restaurants these days. All of a sudden, it becomes a luxury to eat at a Western style restaurant. So for Papa Lam’s birthday, I took a break and went for French food instead. And we went to Bistro Pastis for a traditional take on this cuisine.

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Oh French food, how I miss thee! The four of us didn’t hold back with our orders at all. For appy, Mr. opted for the Steak Tartare, something we don’t see or order often. There was plenty of tartare to go around the table, and it was very well balanced with creaminess, acidity and meat flavours. The accompanying fries were nice and fluffy. I had to laugh at the fact that we were offered mayo for the fries, not ketchup; that’s the French/Belgian way of eating fries. Mr. didn’t dare asking for ketchup thinking it might offend them haha.

le tartare et les frites

Both Papa Lam and I went for my favourite, escargots. The Escargots were done slightly differently here. Each escargot was covered with a mushroom cap (haha get it?!). The garlic and herb were so finely chopped, the flavours were on the light side and not as garlicky and herbaceous as most other ones. It’s mostly oil on my plate so there wasn’t much to dip our bread with.

les escargots et les champignons

Mama Lam’s one big Crab Cake was nicely done.
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I was invited to sample the menu at Burgundy Restaurant, a quaint 30-seat restaurant in Gastown by the ACME Cafe.

Burgundy Restaurant

Each table got to share a few appetizers and entrees. But before that, we got to see and take photos of the full-size entrees – so we didn’t have to do that during dinner service. What a genius idea! That way we didn’t have to scramble to take the photos and could actually enjoy a hot plate of food. Really appreciate that gesture.

Take photos of entrees ahead of time

Food

First of all, we each had a Gin n’ Juice. What a refreshing drink on a warm day! It’s on the sweet side so it’s a bit deceiving – watch how much/many of this you’re drinking.

Gin n' Juice

Here are the appetizers we tried – full-size plates shared among the 4-5 of us at each table:

Tuna Nicoise was the table’s favourite dish. It was nicely seasoned, well balanced; the eggs were cooked well. I loved the use of tuna carpaccio instead of the traditional seared tuna.

Tuna Nicoise

The Crab Cakes is gluten-free, thanks to the use of quinoa as the breading on the outside. (more…)

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By invitation we checked out the brunch menu at the District Brasserie in North Vancouver. As suburbers, normally we wouldn’t trek all the way to North Van for food, but a couple of items on the menu intrigued us so we decided to give it a try.

The District North Vancouver

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And turns out they are also customers’ and staff favourites at the District, according to restaurant manager Cynthia. But before our plates arrived, we were treated to their home made Cornbread (vs. scones or muffins at some restaurants) with seasonal coulis – at first glance we thought it was hot sauce or ketchup but it’s actually strawberry coulis. The cornbread was in perfect bite size, moist, and the coulis had just the right amount of sweetness. I would’ve liked the sauce to be slightly thicker so it’s almost spreadable, but dipping in was just as good.

Cornbread with strawberry coulis

Then our plates arrived. First, the Crab Cake Bowl caught my eyes the moment I started studying the menu. It has evolved from the crab cake eggs benny that the restaurant used to offer. Now the two crab cakes sit on a bedding of potatoes, then topped with 2 poached eggs, arugula and Hollandaise sauce. The crab cakes were slightly crispy on the outside, moist inside. (more…)

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As one of my numerous birthday celebrations, my folks and I went to the new Chewies location in Coal Harbour. I’ve heard good things about Chewies but I’ve never been to its Kitsilano location. The second store has just opened its door recently and it’s located at the former Miku spot.

ChewiesChewies

Food

For a restaurant that uses oysters as a feature, of course we had to order some Fresh Oysters on the half shell. They are surprisingly affordable here, $3 each with the exception of a cheaper kind at $2.50. We ordered one dozen each of Kusshi (my fav!) and Shigoku (aka Fat Bastards at some restaurants). Oh wow, these oysters were delish! I have never had such good quality of fresh oysters at any other restaurants. They were big, plump (for their kind) and tasted fresh. They were all of equal size so you know it’s been picked through for quality control. The fresh oysters come with 3 housemade sauces and hot sauce, which all bring some various degree of acidity to the oysters. These were so good that we could have had a few more dozens of them, but we figured we should stop so we could eat other things too.

Fresh Oysters

Next, the Louisiana Blue Crab Cakes were probably one of the best crab cakes I’ve had in Vancouver. (more…)

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Part of a birthday celebration, six of us went to Monk McQueens for a Sunday brunch. It’s a great location for group dinner or lunch, because it’s a huge space. In fact, it’s one of the popular wedding venues.

Food

More people means more items to try. Yay for me! First of all, 6 of us shared two orders of Crab & Shrimp Cakes. What surprised us wasn’t the size or the number of crab cakes, but that each plate came with two crab claws. It was so much fun to crack open those claws and dip in the chipotle sauce. The crab cakes were of decent size, and I like that the crab and shrimp meat wasn’t minced to mushy patty. They were big chunks of meat so it still gave you a bite. Each plate also came with two slices of poached pear, nice and sweet, but feeling a bit out of place especially it was sitting right on top of a slab of chipotle sauce. Overall a great start to our meal.

Crab & Shrimp Cakes

Crab & Shrimp Cakes

I ordered the Fish Tacos, 3 soft tacos filled with fish, scallops and corn salsa, paired with two sauces – avocado & lime creme fraiche (like guacamole) and tomatillo jalapeno sauce (think hot sauce). As expected, it was quite messy to eat them. The corn salsa was a bit watery, so juices were trickling down my palms and front arms. Not recommended if you were all dressy, unless you are a trained soft taco eater. The tacos were great. I found the fish pieces a bit fishy, though, if weren’t covered by the sauces. Other than that, I would order it again. Very filling and great value.

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Being the traditional guy, Mr. picked Monk’s Classic Breakfast. (more…)

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