About a dozen 'Hounds met up at The Greedy Pig for the second Vancouver Chowdown. It was great to meet all the newbies and lurkers and to put faces to names. Some of the familiar names include me (fmed), grayelf, Cancuk, Mawson Plan, tom_edo (aka Vancouverslop), twinkienic, and "the lurkers" - you know who you are ;-)
We all arrived at around 7pm on this foggy evening and were shown to an array of small tables pushed together to accommodate the crew. The service that night was uniformly stellar - friendly and attentive. We ordered individually...I had the Bone Marrow and Bread dish and a couple of pints of dark beer. I saw that others had Duck Confit, the Braised Short Ribs, some salads, and assorted other dishes. (Post your pics!)
My Marrow was great. It was roasted and topped with bacon. The marrow meat itself was expectedly unctuous, fatty, and buttery. It was served with bread, a side of salad and small dish of sea salt. Marrow is one of my weaknesses - I usually don't have it as a main dish - rather, it is usually a bonus part of another main - usually in a braise or a soup. I would say that this dish was more of great appetizer - and since I had partaken in a couple of pints - it was actually just enough to fill the gaps in my belly.
I also had a taste of the Braised Shortribs. It was tender and had a nice complex, slightly sweet and caramelized flavour. Definitely something I would like to order myself one day.
I have been to the Pig on a few other occasions in the past. I have had their lunchtime sandwiches (a particular favourite of mine is the Roast Beef with Foie Gras and Truffle - I'm not even sure if they still serve this). This is only my second time here in the evening - I think it is a great spot to drink and have apps.
The ambiance was great - though I found the sound system a tad loud. The nice interior design made full use of the exposed timber of the old building. The beer and wine list is nice and focused - it isn't extensive, but it had decent selections in the inexpensive side of the price range. (I didn't have wine tonight -- I felt like a beer.)
Off the the next Chowdown...Hunan cuisine, I believe, is our next meal.
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