First Taste of Left Bank Restaurant

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I attended a media preview last week and had chance to taste my way thru many of the dishes on the menu.

Dining room

Dining room

Seating by the windows

Seating by the windows

The new 60-seat restaurant features a 35 seat laneway outside patio which is the first of it’s kind in the city. The bright room has open windows onto Denman, red banquette seating and a marble top bar.

Executive Chef Spencer Watts (Left) Chef Rory Higdon (Right)

Executive Chef Spencer Watts (Left) Chef Rory Higdon (Right)

The team is led by general manager Guillaume Cagna, and Executive Chef Spencer Watts, as well as restaurant Chef Rory Higdon and it’s owner John Blakely.

Crispy Crab Roll

Crispy Crab Roll

Roasted Pork Belly

Roasted Pork Belly

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon

5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura

5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura

Roasted Lamb Tagine

Roasted Lamb Tagine

Tempura Green Beens

Tempura Haricot Vert

Truffle Frites

Black Sesame Pomme Frites

Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake

Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake

Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream

Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream

Selection of dishes off the menu that I enjoyed.

Crispy Crab Roll, a beautiful presentation! Next was a taste of the Roasted pork belly in a delicious truffle dashi broth, soba noodle & snap pea salad; this was followed by the Sockeye Salmon with summer peas, lyonnaise potto, and lemongrass cream and outstanding dish; another outstanding dish was the 5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura du puy lentil cassoulet, wilted green and orange vinaigrette; last in the mains was the delicious Roasted Lamb Tagine with date couscous, tomato ragù, raita, a melding of Moroccan and Indian flavours! A couple snacks served during the meal were the tasty Black Sesame Pomme Frites with Lemongrass mayo and the Tempura Haricot Vert with fireweed honey & grain mustard emulsion. Out of the desserts served the Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake and the Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream were both winners.

Cuisine is described as French cuisine “kissed by the colonies”.

Left Bank is open for lunch Monday to Friday, happy hour, weekend brunch and dinner nightly.

Located at 751 Denman Street in the Westend, call to reserve at 604-687-1418

Follow on Twitter @LeftBankVan

By: Richard Wolak