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This year’s Dine Out brought us back to some restaurants that we’ve been to in the past. Baru Latino was one of them. We checked it out for Dine Out 2010 (when it was held in April to not get in the way of the Winter Games), and six years later we’re intrigued to give it another shot.

Food

The Beef Tiradito was like beef carpaccio; instead of the usual vinegar-based sauce that we are used to, it came with a chimichurri sauce. The beef itself didn’t have much flavour, but the chimichurri was seasoned well with herbaceous notes. There was a lot of flatbread to go with just a few pieces of beef slices.

Beef Tiradito

Between the two appetizers we ordered, I liked the Baru Ceviche more. There was a decent amount of ceviche, with a good mix of seafood, tomatoes and avocado. It tasted fresh, and creamy, but it could use a bit more acid to brighten it up even more, so make sure to use that lemon wedge on your plate.

Baru Ceviche

Mr. opted for the Chicken Mole Stew. (more…)

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To write for the blog, Mr. and I eat out quite a bit. So when it comes to special occasions/celebrations, it’s extra difficult to come up with unique ideas. For my birthday, Mr. surprised me by taking me to Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. As suggested by its name, the restaurant crafts its menu on a daily basis, depending on the ingredients owner/executive chef Brian Fowke finds in grocery stores, local markets, etc. We had no idea what we would be eating until we arrived at the restaurant and looked at the menu. Little did we know, we still had no clue what we were having until the very moment the dishes were served.

Kitislano Daily Kitchen's Daily Menu on Dec 10, 2011

Kitislano Daily Kitchen's Daily Menu on Dec 10, 2011

Food

After perusing the menu, we were tempted by the idea of the “Culinary Adventure”. According to our server, it’s a 6-course tasting menu that may or may not incorporate some of the dishes listed on the daily menu. Feeling a bit adventurous on that day, I convinced Mr. to try it with me.

While we were waiting for our food, we received a serving of home-made Potato Bread. It was moist and fluffy. And the poppy seeds added a bit of a crunch. Interestingly, it was not only served with the ordinary olive oil and vinegar, but also some sea salt, a few pieces of kimchi and green olives & sausages. The savoury and spicy taste of these ingredients worked pretty well with the bread. You  may find it strange, but the combo of kimchi and potato bread was quite good.

Home-made Potato Bread with Poppy Seeds

Home-made Potato Bread with Poppy Seeds

The tasting menu turned out to be quite an adventure. We saw components of various regular menu items in our dinner, however, they were presented differently that allowed us to see them in a different light. Let’s talk about it course by course. Compare our dinner to the regular menu above, and you’ll know what I mean.

Salt-cured Coho Salmon, Spicy Couscous and Charcoal Aioli

A light start. The cured salmon was buttery and flavourful. A bit salty at certain bite but it was fine if combining with the couscous. The charcoal aioli was a surprise. It really did have the char taste to it, as if you were eating something burnt pretty badly. (more…)

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I made a promise to myself that I wanted to go to Burgoo before my birthday in December. Why? I’ve heard some good things about it which got me really curious about this restaurant, yet every time I went it was just too busy that I couldn’t bear the long wait. Finally came the day I celebrated my birthday with some friends, I told myself I had to make it happen. No matter what.

So, I tweeted them asking if they took reservations for a party of 8; they advised me to phone and they’d try to accommodate. Unfortunately, when I called to make a reservation, I was told that they don’t take reservations on the weekend. I was then advised that I should get there by 5pm or 5:30pm if I wanted to secure a table for 8.

Burgoo Bistro

Burgoo Bistro

So here we were on a Saturday evening, Mr. and I got to Burgoo on Main Street at around 5:30pm. Sadly to learn that there’s already a party of 9 in front of us waiting, so likely they wouldn’t be able to seat all 8 of us together. It would need to be 2 tables of 4. Well, I said I would make it happen no matter what, so I did. I took their offer. When it’s finally our turn to be seated, about 20-25 minutes later, our two tables were a bit far away, not the ideal side-by-side situation. Close, but not close enough. We ended up having one less person, so 7 of us tiny Chinese people ended up squishing around a table of 4. Seriously, we made it work. Cozy but it worked.

Food

After this long-winded intro, let’s talk about food. I heard the cheese fondue was good, so I ordered not 1, but 2 fondues. The Fonduemental uses Gruyere and Emmenthal, the fundamental (lol get it?) ingredients of a traditional cheese fondue from Switzerland. It was rich and savoury, and I could taste the pungent flavour of the two cheeses as well as white wine and herbs. The Brie Fondue, on the other hand, was creamy. It’s rich, but relatively lighter, and the roasted garlic definitely popped in this one. The 7 of us shared these as appetizers, and it didn’t take long before we finished them all. We even got a second serving of bread. Tummy felt really good afterwards and I was looking forward to entrees.

Brie Fondue

Brie Fondue

And that turned out to be a bit of a letdown. (more…)

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Mr. and I often eat out at West Coast restaurants and French bistros. To diversify our culinary experience, we took the opportunity to look for something different for Dine Out Vancouver. We decided on Latin American; we chose Baru Latino as per Frank’s recommendation list.

Food

Honestly, I have limited knowledge about Latin American cuisine, so I went to the restaurant with an open mind and hoped for a great meal. First I noticed that its actual Dine Out menu is different from what’s on the Tourism Vancouver website: Tuna Caribe is replaced by Baru Ceviche; and only 2 Empenadas will be served, instead of 3 as stated online. Second, I concluded that they have 3 main ingredients in their dishes: tomatoes, lime and cilantro.

In addition to the Dine Out menu, we ordered some Latin Empenadas, because we (read: Joyce) like food so much. Because it’s off the regular menu, we got 3 empenadas and we chose a mix of 2 beef and 1 cheese. They came with a smoke salsa, which was roasted tomatoes with chipotle seasoning. I personally found the flavour of the stuffing a bit too mild. I could taste it, but it’s not quite there. To Mr., they were “artery clogging goodness with simple flavours”. (more…)

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