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Eating my way through Vancouver - Day 1 (Go Fish and Octopus Garden)


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Eating my way through Vancouver - Day 1 (Go Fish and Octopus Garden)

bdachow | Jun 19, 2010 10:39 AM

After months of anticipation to come home for a visit, I finally landed Wed afternoon. After a quick bag drop, off I went with the BF. We walked down to Granville Island and hit Go Fish first. Had the salmon tacone with chipotle mayo, tuna tacone with wasabi mayo and 1/2 lb of spot prawns. The spot prawns were delicious, sauteed whole with heads on, with garlic and lemon, came with a salad and some tasty bread for soaking up all the delicious juices. Was in heaven, they were juicy, crunchy and sweet. The tacones were both really delicious as well with perfectly cooked fish and just a hint of kick from the flavoured mayos. Wasn't a big fan of the slaw that came on the side as I found it a bit bland and generic. The tortilla wraps were warm and had nice grill marks and were nice and pliable and really tasty. They held up well to the juices that were dripping out from the fish. Big thumbs up!

Wandered through GI afterwards and picked up a pistachio and chocolate macaron, a cranberry lemon pound cake and some sundried tomato and green olive sourdough flatbreads from La Baguette. The macarons were really nicely done. Very crisp shell with a nice chew to the cookie. They were a couple of bites each. I have to say that the chocolate one was very rich and would've been better if it was a bit smaller, it was so intense. The pistachio was really good with a good pistachio flavour to it. The flatbread (which is currently breakfast with some picante provolone picked up from Duso) is a little on the too dry and crispy side. I think I'll stick to the Raincoast crisps next time. The pound cake is delicious, nice and moist and dense with a great lemon flavour. Not too too many cranberries though which is good or bad depending on whether you really like cranberries (I don't love them so it's a good ratio for me).

Dinner was a wander over to Octopus Garden. We passed on the omakase this time (it was only 2 hours since Go Fish) and we needed to hurry it up with a tired 6 year old in tow. Started with the agedashi tofu (love it, the broth was nice and light), the tofu cubes were perfectly fried with a very light crunchy coating. Tofu haters, you really need to try it this way. They had takoyaki on special so had to try it. I've never had it and wasn't sure what to expect. They came out with sprinkled bonito shavings still waving from the heat and a light drizzle of sauce. I can't say I was overly impressed, they were all around squishy and only had a small nibble of octopus in each ball. Is it supposed to be this way? I thought it might be a little crispy on the very outer shell? Oh well, ordered up sockeye salmon, geoduck (mirugai), spot prawn, mackeral (aji), hamachi, braised black cod sashimi or nigiri (sadly they were out of uni). Everything was really fresh and really really good. The mackeral (which is a bellweather for me) was not fishy or oily and nasty at all which is such a relief. So different from the really fishy stuff that usually makes me gag and puts me off fish for ages. The spot prawns of course came with the deep fried heads and again...yummo! Also had a california roll (with real dungeness crab), salmon and tuna maki (for the munchkin), the yam and mango roll and the spicy tuna with tempura bits roll. The rolls I found to be only ok. I guess I grew up with the rice being a little more seasoned with a nice bit of vinegar and sugar but they were quite restrained in their seasoning of the rice. I think the tempura yam and mango and asparagus could've definitely used the extra hint of seasoning to help pick up the flavours of the roll a bit more. But otherwise, another great evening of sushi. Now I just need to get my uni craving solved.

After that, there was no more food to be put back. It was a roll home for a well deserved rest to the tummy.

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