Vancouver Salad Challenge 2017 Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster Salad Challenge was a success featuring several Salad creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their salad creation from July 20 – August 13, 2017. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Alyssa Dawson, Josh Rimer and Steph Wan.

The Winners are: 

1st Place: 

Mosaic Grille

Ahi Tuna Poke Ball

Price: $18

Created by: Chefs Jo Ong, Jeff Szombaty

Description: avocado, pickled bulb ramps, ikura, ogo, fermented cabbage, finger lime, togarashi rice crisp

Offered: Dinner only

Mosaic Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-639-4768

Web:  https://vancouver.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Twitter:    @HyattVancouver

Instagram: @HyattVancouver

Chefs Jo Ong, Jeff Szombaty and team

2nd Place: 

Hearthstone Brewery Tap & Forno

Summer Squash Salad

Price: $14

Created by: Chef Shane Marriott

Description: Summer Squash, pickled Mustard seeds, pickled black Okanagan plums & greens, topped with Two Rivers Coppa, Ricotta cheese & Pumpkin seed vinaigrette and chilli flakes.

Ingredients: Two Rivers coppa, summer squash, pickled black Okanagan plums, ricotta cheese , pumpkin seed vinaigrette , crushed dried chilis , pickled mustard seeds , greens, salt, pepper

Offered: All the time we are open 11 AM-10 PM Sunday to Wednesday, 11AM-11PM Thursday- Saturday

Hearthstone Brewery Tap & Forno

1015 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 984-1842

Web: http://www.hearthstonebrewery.ca/

Twitter: @hearthstonebeer

Instagram: @hearthstonebeer

Chef Shane Marriott

3rd Place (tie): 

Pacific Poke

Ahi Tuna and Pomegranate Salad 

Price: $14.00

Created by: Chef Ryan Mah

Description: with spicy Gomae dressing.

Ingredients: Premium ahi tuna, Shredded kale, shredded cabbage, fresh pomegranate, pickled shallot, red beet, spicy gomae dressing, crispy onions, yuzu and lime

Offered: all the time

Pacific Poke

625 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-5304

Web: https://www.thepacificpoke.com/

Twitter @pacificpokemain

Instagram: @PACIFICPOKEOFFICIAL

Rajat Khare & Gordon Fai

3rd Place (tie):

The Poke Guy

Loco Lomi Poke Salad

Price: $13.75

Created by: Chefs Reno and Jak

Description: Smoked Sockeye lomi lomi, and albacore poke on a bed of roasted sesame dressed organic greens. Served with a house yuzu slaw, avocado, kani, sweet mango, topped with peashoots, masago, crispy onions and furikake.

Ingredients: Ocean wise smoked salmon, Oceanwise Albacore tuna, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, Hawaiian alaea salts, roasted sesame, yuzu slaw, avocado, polluck, peashoots, masago, mango, crispy onions, dried seaweed, sesame seeds.

Offered: all the time, while quantities last for the day.

The Poke Guy

420 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-8455

Web: http://thepokeguy.ca/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @thepokeguyyvr

Chefs Reno, Jak and the team

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Salad creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

The Poke Guy

Loco Lomi Poke Salad

Price: $13.75

Created by: Chefs Reno and Jak

Description: Smoked Sockeye lomi lomi, and albacore poke on a bed of roasted sesame dressed organic greens. Served with a house yuzu slaw, avocado, kani, sweet mango, topped with peashoots, masago, crispy onions and furikake.

Ingredients: Ocean wise smoked salmon, Oceanwise Albacore tuna, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, Hawaiian alaea salts, roasted sesame, yuzu slaw, avocado, polluck, peashoots, masago, mango, crispy onions, dried seaweed, sesame seeds.

Offered: all the time, while quantities last for the day.

The Poke Guy

420 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-8455

Web: http://thepokeguy.ca/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @thepokeguyyvr

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Sabai Thai Restaurant

Sizzling Salmon

Price: $12

Created by: Chef SamleePanpadungkul, Chef Saeng Pongpradith and Jau Sekhon

Description:

Ingredients: Fresh Salmon, Oil, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, roasted rice, Pennywort, red onion, fresh greens, Dill, Lao Cilantro, Green onion

Offered: everyday for lunch and dinner.

Sabai Thai Restaurant

10391 150 Street, Surrey

Tel: (604) 588-9819

Web: http://allianceweb.ca/sabaithai/

Instagram @sabaithaisurrey

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

West Village Café

Local Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Price: $9.99 (optional: add chicken or wild sockeye salmon for additional $3.99)

Created by: Chefs Tim Cuff and Jas Bhangoo

Description: shaved and roasted gold beets, sliced radish, tender greens topped with crumbled goat cheese. It’s the guests choice of dressing but we recommend our signature balsamic & olive oil. Guests may also add wild BC salmon or roasted local chicken from Rossdown Farms.

Offered: daily after 11am

West Village Cafe

#160 – 5620 152nd Street, Surrey

Tel: (604) 372-2083

Web: https://www.facebook.com/West-Village-Cafe-618382875024012/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @west_village_cafe_

Thank you to all the chefs, restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their Salads on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Salad creations! See all the creations here.

By: Richard Wolak