Happy Canada Day to all.
The wife and I made it up to Vancouver last week from SF and had a great time. Although not enough time to try all the places I was hoping to try. But here is the brief run down ..
Dinner night 1- West- Wow what a great meal.. I would have to say for such a nice meal and atmosphere I was a caught off guard by the casual dress of some of the patrons and the extreme mark up on wine. But other than that it was a truly delectable meal and I would urge all looking for high end modern cuisine to try a meal there. We surprised by the delightful flavor of the Strawberry Gazpacho amuse bouche, Followed with a stuffed morel mushroom starter that was excellent. We also enjoyed the Foie Gras terrine and roasted red pepper risotto with scallop. For the main course my wife figured that the if you were to ever eat beef tongue and veal cheek, it might as well come from a beautiful kitchen like Wests kitchen. And it was wonderful, melt in your mouth veal cheeks and firm and flavorful cubes of tongue, I salute her for her daringness! It was worth it. And while I have a heaping mound of duck breast I did find it a bit tough but that was over come by the accompaniment of a foie gras bon-bon! A deep fried morsel of ecstasy! And the desserts were fantastic all in all an enjoyable meal.
Day 2- Breakfast and lunch from Granville Market as we went orca watching. Dinner on night two was at Parkside on Haro. I found it to be a clean comfy place with a large patio area where we dined that evening. Here the wine was a bit more reasonable as they had a few offerings by the half liter. Very lovely meal, but I found my veal chop vastly under salted, but in all a place I would happily dine again.
Day 3- Breakfast at The Kolachy Shop. A disappointment, both my wife and I understood the concept and were excited to try but found the filling dull and flavor less. I had a sausage and egg, which was supposed to have cheddar cheese in it but have found more cheese flavor standing next to a box of Cheez-its and the sausage was dull if there were any flavor to describe it. My wife opted for the sweet over savory and found the same results I did, found the bread part to be ok and the internal flavors to be mild and dull. If you are starving at the corner of Beatty and Smithe and had a choice btwn a Kolachy and the 7-11 I would say go to Kolachy, but I would not go out of my way for one. Luckily we saved by lunch at the Mouse and the Bean. The sparse interior matched the rustic meal of very delicious Mexican food. I would seek this out if in Gastown or in Vancouver searching for Mexican food. Dinner that evening was in Kits at Olympia Pizza on Broadway, while no one in our group tried the pie we all found the Greek food to be quite tasty especially the rice.
Day 4- We found ourselves in the small store front that is Patisserie La Beau and both fell in love with the Belgian Waffels, heaped with fresh fruit, whipped cream and custard. The only problem was it filled me up and I was not able to try one of the savory waffles on the menu. And then next door to La Beau we discovered Les Amis du Formage and picked up supplies for our picnic on Granville Island. I am surprised I had not read about Les Amis du Formage on CH before, it is a must for all to see and just a short walk from Granville Island. We purchased a blue goat cheese from BC, a BC aged cheddar and hand packed Camembert, all not available in SF if not the entire US. From there we head to the Public Market and nearly bought one of everything from the Oyama Sausage Company, the best purchase being a goose prosciutto. It was so good that if given the option to buy only one thing in Vancouver it would be the goose prosciutto. Full of fatty flavor and trust me that is what we all like! Seek it out. Dinner that night was above avg sushi at Hi-Nippon in Kits. A hint for US CHs Sushi is incredibly cheap in Vancouver compared to the states, almost makes up for the wine mark up.
Day 5 departure day- La Bretagne Creperie on Jervis at Robson served a well priced wonderful crepes. It is a decent stop for a crepe fix. Lunch before our departure was at mediocre Milestones, think TGI-Fridays. We were stuck there due to unfortunate timing.
On the whole a wonderful time and great food. We are planning to come back soon to try Vijs, Bishops and Guu and more ..