2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Advice: Takes reservations for 6+, walkins welcome. Live music on Sunday nights.
After a couple of visits to this Spanish tapas abode, I always enjoy Yared Nigussu’s colourful mural which makes for a beautiful backdrop enhancing the ambiance at this one of a kind restaurant. Executive Chef/Owner Alexandre Carriere has created a menu filled with wonderous Spanish dishes with authentic flavours, it’s a gem that you are going to want to visit time and time again.
On one of my visits, I had the the fairly light, Risotto Galette ($8) with arugula and Parmigiano Regiano; along with the Smoked Patata Brava ($6) with piquillo sauce loved the subtle smokiness of the dish, also had the mixed Olives ($5) marinated with citrus & herbs.
First of the season Halibut ($15) was a stunning dish with green pea purée, Serrano chips, and cherry tomatoes; the Roasted lamb lollipops ($13), was tender with a butternut squash puree, potatoes & olives its the most popular dish in the restaurant. The Gateau Basque ($6) with almond flour, pastry cream was the perfect indulgence to a fine meal at night.
For brunch I had the delicious, Olive oil and Chocolate Pancakes ($8) with dulce de Leche, topped with banana and a sprig of mint, also had a side of the Rosemary and Olive oil Potatoes ($5) which were quite addictive. For a brunch dessert, the Chocolate Ganache ($6) with olive oil and a touch of Malden salt with dehydrated Meyer lemon was stunning in flavour and presentation.
You will find a good selection of salads, toasts, meat and seafood dishes, cheeses and desserts to go along with some inventive cocktails, Spanish wine and a selection of beer.
Review by: Richard Wolak