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Bob | Jun 13, 2004 11:11 PM

Following up on my "Burnaby Week-end Visit" thread below, when we could not get into The Pear Tree there we had to decide where else to try.

Ultimately we elected to head further afield from our Burnaby Hotel and took a cab to West Granville and Cru.

We had a terrific evening and very good meal. We were joined by a couple of friends and opted for the small plates option and many glasses of vino.

A couple of glasses of Blue Mountain bubbly started the nite as our friends were being held up by downtown traffic.

That gave us plenty of time to peruse the colour coded wine list and menu. Very well chosen list with a lot of good wines by the glass. Yes, it is not cheap but I do not mind paying for a glass of better wine that what one customarily sees served by the glass.

I have seen the colour coded list criticized by others but we all thought it a good idea. If you are confident about what you want with your food you can ignore it. But for folks who are not sure, why not give them a "gentle" suggestion?

Once our friends arrived we ordered. One had the caesar salad and then the scallops. The other the evening small plate feature of seared foie gras topped with an apple and quince sauce followed by a hefty portion of braised short ribs with macaroni and cheese.

My wife had the roast aparagus with a lemon flavoured marscapone cheese accompaniment and then the grilled Italian sausage served with white beans and fennel.

I opted for the wild mushroom bruchetta served with some "rocket" [ie. arugula]shaved parmesan and aged balsamico. It was a delicious "woody" appetizer with aa touch of sweetness as well from the port it had been flavoured with.

For my main I had a delcious piece of duck confit. Just the way I like duck. Crisp skin over succulent savoury flesh.

We had a number of nice wines with the various courses ranging from a Sumac Ridge Sauvignon Blanc which I did not care for, a Chilean sauv blanc which my wife enjoyed, a Spanish muscat and gewurtz blend that was off dry and pleasing according to my foie gras fan and buddy.

We also had a few glasses of the Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc which I had wanted to try but have not seen back home as well as that relative newcomer, Osoyoos Larose which I had read about but never tried.

Others had desserts while I opted for a slice of Poplar Grove's blue cheese which was delicious.

A very nice evening. Good service. Nice decor. We would be regulars if we lived in Vancouver. Fits the bill nicely whether one wanted a fuller meal experience or just a glass of wine and something to snack on en route home.

Yes,it is certainly crowded, not the spot for an intimate quiet dinner but with the right friends and attitude. Lovely. I am usually not much of a fan of banquette seating but even it was comfortable.

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