just got back from a week of snowboarding (3+ feet in one week-- powder, powder, powder). first night went to rimrock cafe. this place is not in the village. it is in an area between teh village and creekside. took a cab there that cost 7CAD. anyhow, nice atmosphere with two fireplaces. for appetizer, got the venison carpaccio and for entree, got some fish dish which i forgot. got a nice bottle of leasingham shiraz also for 52CAD, i think. service is okay, they didnt' bring bread until we asked. bill for two people, after two entrees, two apps and a bottle of wine and tip was $210CAD.
third night went to hy's steakhouse. friendly upbeat waiter. got prawn cocktail for app and the alberta prime rib of beef with yorkshire pudding. never had this pudding before== seems to be a british thing. it looks like a round piece of pastry. are you supposed to eat it with the steak in the same bite? anyway, the prime rib was blackened with pepper and was way too salty for my tastes. but they cooked it fine. got another bottle of wine. the waiter also enticed me into getting a before dinner cocktail. a lot of seating here. they also ahve a bar where you can have your meal, with tv sets. next night went to thai one on in blackcomb base-- bad decision. my friend got the thai one on pad thai and it tasted like they used tomato sauce from a can ... it must've been geared toward the american palate. i got the spicy beef basil on fried rice..very blah, regular, nothing much to say about it. also got a pitcher of alexander something's india pale ale. last night went to monk's grill. got the smoked salmon app and the prime rib again. this steak was bertter than hy's imo. got a bottle of shiraz also, about 75CAD. all in all it was okay...
now, on to EN restaurant...wow. unbelievable. this place was great. got there at 8pm on a sunday night, perused the menu, was pleasantly surprised at waht they had. i chose three pieces of local toro and a piece of sea urchin sashimi. also ordered the soft shell crab tempura salad and seared ahi tuna. the soft shell crab was fantastic. great. mesclun salad on the side with a vinaigrettey sauce with endives. the crab was surrounded by shaved daikon to keep it apart from the colder salad. wonderful touch. the seared ahi spicy tuna was seared with a blowtorch, from what i read. it was on top of a mound of avocado and wasabi. great great great. got a bottle of yoshigawa (sp?) sake that cost $28CAD. friend got fried crispy sushi roll with salmon and shrimp in it, both cooked, also the dungeness crab mushi wan, which was a egg casserolish thing and raw scallop salad, which they gave 8 pieces of for a bargain $11CAD. this is an unbelievable price. had a taste and it was succulent. he also got a piece of unagi sushi. total bill came to only $160CAD. bargain bargain bargain. when i made the reservation, i told them i was coming from ny city and they took note of this b/c as our meal ended, our waitress came over and asked if we were from ny, i said yes, and they asked how i found out about it and i said i read about it on the bboard and that this chowhound board said it was vancouver's version of nobu. i think it is better than nobu. better prices, better menu. she said they were vancouver's first japanese fusion restaurant. then as my friend came back from the bathroom, the owner yami ran into him and asked him if he was the guy from ny, he said yes and they started talking and my friend remarked how cheap the prices were and he said it was his very intento to keep all prices under $20cad and he did. he gave us his businesss cards. i fully intend to go back there in the future. the place is wonderful.
following morning went to sun siu wah in vancouver, not rich mond for dimsum. packed house. waited half an hour to get a seat for two, but it was well worth it. having been to at least 50 dim sum sessions in ny's chinatown over my lifetime, i can say now that vancouver dim sum is head and shoulders above all else. started off with a deep fried crispy squid that came with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. then had a salad roll, then the fantastic special soup dumpling in sharks fin soup. this came one to a bowl and cost $4.75CAD, which is about US3 bucks. it was great. sexy, tasty, oh god, it was good. then also got duck tongue, which i have never seen in nyc. great. my friend thought it tasteed like fat, but i loved the texture and the way it cmae off the bone so easily. also got a scallop dumpling with roe and shrimp. this was great. never seen anything like this. the har gow were so much larger than the ones in ny also.
please let me know if you have any questions.