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Fried Chicken Friday at Fuel --- Vancouver, pics


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Fried Chicken Friday at Fuel --- Vancouver, pics

fmed | Jun 1, 2008 04:40 PM

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Fuel is turning Fridays into a special occasion by offering their interpretation of the Southern style fried chicken. They are having this lunch special all summer just go. Now.

They first marinade the chicken in buttermilk - then they place it into their sous-vide set up to tenderize prior to flash frying it. This method results in a tender chicken that is flavourful and just greasy enough to taste authentically southern. Having experienced other meats that have been done sous-vide, I had actually expected the chicken to be much more tender. The meat still had a good chew and didn't have that cut with a butter knife almost livery texture that often results post-sous-vide.

The chicken was served with a gravy (did I taste a hint of white wine?), "coleslaw" and chive biscuits. It was well worth the $18 I paid. For $18 you can get and entire bucket of KFC....but oh well.

I also had the Foie Gras Torchon (an object of controversy - as anti-Foie protesters had been picketing Fuel and neighbouring Gastropod for weeks prior to this meal). It was done to perfection - well seared on the outside and rare on the inside. It was garnished with sauteed rhubarb, croutons and what seemed to be cubes of proseco gelatin(?).

My companions had a slew of other dishes - many of which I had stolen a sampling or two. The pork schnitzel was a hit - the breading had excellent crunch and the pork was for tender. The scallops, served on a vegetable puree, were also a hit - one was seared and the other was tartare. The salmon was excellent.

Fuel kept delivering right into the dessert course. I had the Tahititan Vanilla Brule which I paired with a Batasiolo Moscato d'Asti. They paired very well together owing to the shared citrus notes. The Dulce de Leche pound cake was amazing - with the tart rhubarb contrasting well with the sweet caramel dulce. The Manjari chocolate mousse was the most elaborate of the bunch - darkly sweet and well presented with a confiture and pistachio brown butter ice cream. I didn't have a taste of the rice pudding - which was really more of a croquette. My colleague assured me it was delicious.

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Fuel Restaurant
1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

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