Summer Menu Tasting at Juniper Restaurant

Executive Chef Warren Chow recently launched his new Summer menu, I visited with my friend and podcast co-host Zahra Alani to try several dishes from their new menu.

1st dish:

Tuna Tataki

Tuna Tataki with cantaloupe and radish with ponzo sauce, a refreshing take on this dish.

 

2nd dish:

The Bread Board

The Bread Board with house-baked Sourdough and Poppy pretzel buns with Lemon parsley butter

 

Cocktail #1

Brooklyn G&T

Brooklyn G&T made with Dorothy Parker gin, cacao and coffee bitters, citrus peels, espresso beans, aromatic tonic

 

3rd dish:

Sheringham gin Steamed Salt Spring Island Mussels

Sheringham gin Steamed Salt Spring Island Mussels in a white wine sauce, outstanding.

 

4th dish:

Greens with a flax seed cracker

Greens with a flax seed cracker with basil vinaigrette with pear

 

Cocktail #2

Jungle Bird

Jungle Bird (Tiki Adventure cocktails) charred pineapple infused appleton’s reserve blend, campari, pineapple, lime, spiced tropical syrup, mint

 

5th dish:

Latke

Latke, a thick kennebec Potato pancake, king oyster mushrooms, miso braised leeks, romesco sauce, fried vegan Burrata and WOW!

 

6th dish:

Pan Seared Halibut

Pan Seared Halibut, Chili Braised Pacific Octopus, Romanesco Broccoli, Corn and Preserved Lemon Emulsion, Hannah Brook Greens, such a beautiful dish, loved the sauce.

 

7th dish:

Aged yarrow meadows duck breast

Aged Yarrow Meadows Duck breast, dijon spaetzle, red cabbage puree, seared endive, cherry preserve, hazelnuts, and this one of the best duck breast dishes I have had in a very long time.

Cocktail #3

Kingston Colada

Kingston Colada (Tiki Adventure cocktails) charred pineapple infused appleton’s reserve blend, spiced tropical syrup, lime, pineapple, coconut, egg white, absinthe rinse, nutmeg

 

8th dish:

Passionfruit Mousse

Passionfruit Mousse with guava sponge cake, fruits, honeycomb, guava gels and Basil tarragon oculus; wow wow wow, it is delicious and light.

 

9th dish:

Coconut Cannoli

Coconut Cannoli with coconut sorbet (vegan) with toasted coconut and shaved dark chocolate crumb ‘soil”, and marinated figs; very good.

This was the best menu Chef Warren Chow has put together since he took over the ranks as Executive Chef close to a couple of years ago, his incredible talent goes hand in hand with creative bar manager Gareth Jones who has put together and equally exciting cocktail menu.

Juniper is located at 185 Keefer Street in Chinatown. You can call them at 604-681-1695 and follow them on Instagram @junipervancouver 

By: Richard Wolak