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The other restaurant that I visited during the Taste of Yaletown media event was La Pentola at the Opus Hotel. La Pentola also offers a 4-course menu for $45.

Food

It’s a big menu, with two salad options for first course:

Beets, Frisee, Pickled Onion, Hazelnuts, Whipped Ricotta

Beet Salad

Duck and Radicchio, Frisee, Grapes, Pecans, Balsamic, Parmesan

Duck Salad

Both salads were tasty. Frankly I was so focused on the hot dishes I only had a small bite of each salad. They looked good, with just the right amount of dressing. I probably would’ve chosen the beet salad because I like beets, but the duck salad sounded more interesting.

Second course is pasta. The Linguine Vongole was quite good. Pasta was al dente, clams tasted fresh. (more…)

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I was invited to the menu preview of the 2017 Taste of Yaletown. Organized by the Yaletown BIA and similar to Dine Out Vancouver, participating restaurants in Yaletown are offering a $25, $35, or $45 menu until Oct 27. At the preview event, I got to sample the menus at two restaurants, one of which was House Special, serving Modern Vietnamese cuisine.

Food

House Special offers a 4-course menu for $45. The first course was Mekong Wonton. Shrimp and monkfish mousse wontons were sitting in a sweet, sour and spicy tamarind seafood broth, which was inspired by a traditional Vietnamese dish Canh Chua Ca. It’s different from other types of Asian sweet and sour, or hot and sour soup. I could taste the sweet and sour combo from the tamarind but I was definitely caught by surprise when the pineapple flavour hit my palate. Being so familiar with the Chinese style wonton soup, this Vietnamese version was almost refreshing to me.

Mekong Wonton

The second course was Caramelized Pork Jowl Banh Hoi, which is their take on a lettuce wrap but with endives. (more…)

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Last weekend I went for a girls’ dinner with CC and LW. It’s Taste of Yaletown time, which means we were able to order a prix fixe menu for an affordable $25, $35 or $45. We initially wanted to try Brix because it had a more appealing menu; unfortunately they were closed for a private event so we were offered a table at the sister operation, George Ultra Lounge.

Food

Turns out both Brix and George offer the same menu, which is a combination of what was posted on the Taste of Yaletown website. They kept the best part of both menus, i.e. lots of appealing meat options, so we could order a few different things to try. And they operate out of the same kitchen, so it didn’t make a difference whether we dined at Brix or George in this case.

Bread

For appetizers, I ordered the Lamb Bacon Salad. I don’t think I’ve ever had lamb bacon before so that was quite intriguing. It was similar to pork belly; it had equal distribution of meat and fat, fried to a crispy yet meaty texture. It wasn’t overly fatty or greasy either. It had a bit of gamey taste but that’s partly why I enjoy eating lamb. The salad was well balanced with soft and crunchy elements, and hint of bitterness from the endives and radish; they used a pungent, blue-cheese like cheese, which I wasn’t a fan of.

Lamb Bacon Salad

CC and LW both ordered the AAA Beef Carpaccio. (more…)

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Taste of Yaletown will be running for the 9th year from Oct 16 to Oct 27, 2013. A record 30 restaurants will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings to tempt the most adventurous foodie. With a fresh approach to fixed price, flexible menus of $25, $35 and $45, restaurants will offer any combination of food and drink or even special in-house events.

Also new this year is the introduction of lunch features. Select participating restaurants will also be offering a lunch menu and diners can hop on and off the FREE Yaletown Lunch Trolley running between Downtown Vancouver and Yaletown on Thursdays & Fridays (October 17, 18, 24 and 25). This will make a great option for a pre-weekend express lunch.

Here are some lunch break facts (or myths, you be the judge) that were provided to me in a media release:

  • Just one in five employees take the traditional hour-long lunch break (well lucky them, my lunch break is only 30-minute long!), and the majority of workers take less than 30 minutes.
  • Skipped lunch break time adds up to 16 extra full workdays per year.
  • Desks and keyboards often harbour high levels of bacteria (sometimes even more than toilet seats) – why do we all insist on eating lunch at our desks?!
  • Moving around during work hours helps prevent the onset of musculoskeletal disorders (from prolonged poor posture) and potentially deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be caused by long periods of sitting.
  • Eating whilst continuing to check emails, etc. can lead to ‘mindless eating’ or over eating.

Click here to check out the list of participating restaurants and their respective menus. And here is the list of special events that take place during Taste of Yaletown.

For more information about Taste of Yaletown, visit the Yaletown BIA’s website.

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Taste of Yaletown returns for its 7th year. Running from Oct 19 to Oct 30, this event is similar to Dine Out Vancouver, but places the spotlight on only restaurants in the Yaletown area. Each participating restaurant offers a prix fixe menu at $25, $35 or $45.

Here is the list of restaurants:

  • BBQues
  • Bistro Sakana
  • Brix Restaurant
  • Cento Notti (formerly 100 Days/100 Nights)
  • Charm Modern Thai & Bar
  • Earl’s Kitchen & Bar
  • George Lounge
  • Glowbal Grill Steaks & Satay
  • Goldfish Seafood & Chops
  • Hamilton Street Grill
  • Hapa Izakaya
  • Hurricane Grill
  • Milestone’s Grill & Bar
  • The New Oxford Public House
  • PHAT (Pretty Hot & Tasty)
  • Provence Marinaside
  • Rodney’s Oyster House
  • r.tl
  • Section (3)
  • Simply Thai
  • Society
  • Urban Thai Bistro
  • Yaletown Brewing Company

Restaurants in this area tend to be more upscale, so it’s nice to see that most restaurants decide to offer a more affordable menu at either $25 or $35. To view each menu, visit the Yaletown BIA website.

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During the month of January, Yew Restaurant + Bar ran its 3-course No Passport Required Menu for $35 per person, featuring ingredients/food culture from the 3 Canadian Olympic cities: Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. I was intrigued by the offering, so Mr. and I went there on a weekday evening.

Food

Turns out there was a catch in the menu, that some dishes cost extra. On the other hand, there’s an option of ordering just 2 courses for $29. After putting on the amateur accountant hat, we decided to go ahead with those costly dishes despite paying extra for them, but only opt for one 3-course menu.

Our appetizers included Calgary and Vancouver. Calgary was the Bison Cannelloni. While the meat was flavourful, I wished there’s a more meaty sauce to go with the cannelloni. The carrot foam, which reminded me of the bacon foam I had at C Restaurant years ago, was too light and felt flat soon after a contact with the fork/knife. It didn’t do the job of enhancing the flavour of the pasta. Vancouver was Qualicum Bay Scallop Crudo and it added $5 to the bill. I enjoyed the combination of soft scallops and crunchy pickled radish and celery; a good contrast of texture. I also tried the scallop alone, but I have to say that it didn’t taste very fresh and I preferred having it with the vinaigrette.

As for entrees, we got Montreal and Calgary. Montreal was Duck Tourtiere, which according to our server, is a deconstructed version of a traditional French-Canadian dish – perfect representation of the Quebec province. The duck was crispy on the skin, and meat was tender on the inside; puff pastry was light and fluffy, not oily at all; and the mushrooms had that earthy flavour and the use of duck fat was an awesome move and just made the dish this much better. (more…)

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