Archive for the ‘Kerrisdale’ Category

BUFALA PIZZERIA

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5395 West Boulevard, Vancouver

Tel: 604-267-7499

Web: n/a

Twitter: @bufalayvr

Advice: The bottles of complimentary oils are unmarked, vegetarians should ask which one is the ham oil to avoid.

Gnocchi

Gnocchi

Pesto & Ricotta Pizza

Pesto & Ricotta Pizza

Finocchiona

Finocchiona

As a pizza lover, I yearn to try each new place that is a purveyor of the pie. Known restaurateurs James Iranzad and Josh Pape are behind this new neighborhood eatery that is bound to re-energize the Kerrisdale dining scene. It’s got a casual, rustic vibe with a 20 seater communal table for the single folk or small families to share in the centre of the room, comfy booths lining the side and cool décor. My friend and fellow writer Tara Lee joined me for dinner last night to try a couple of pies and an appy. We shared the Gnocchi ($15) which was a small bowl of polenta gnocchi with braised oxtail, English peas, mint, asparagus, and goat cheese for our appetizer. Then it was into the Neapolitan style pizza pies where the bianco won our hearts over the rosso, it was the delicious Pesto & Ricotta Pizza ($14) that stole the show so to speak, topped with basil pesto, fresh ricotta, pine nuts, grana padano, bianco; we also had the Finocchiona ($19) fennel sausage, smoked castelvetrano olives, caramelized onion, smoked provolone, and marinara.

The menu offers a selection of appetizers, as well has several specialty pizzas, some bianco (white sauce) and others rosso (red sauce), there are also a few desserts, cocktails, wine and beer. A selection of complimentary bottles of oil line each table for drizzling on your pizza, my favourite was the oregano followed by the parmesan, there is also a ham oil and a chili oil. I’d be curious to try the desserts next time around as well as brunch once it begins.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SOFRA MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN

2277 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-3287

Web: www.sofrakitchen.ca

Twitter: n/a

Advice: The platters are great value, call ahead for take-out.

Pide Platter

Longing for authentic Turkish cuisine in the city, I have happened upon a family run spot that is making a selection of vegi and meat Pide along with other traditional specialties. Having visited a couple of times, I’m quite fond of their Pide which is quite different (served flat then topped as opposed to being served filled with air from the oven) than I had previously. I have had the delicious Pide Platter ($10.35) Pide topped with ground beef, onion & pomegranate, served with fries, hummus and salad.

Pide with Spinach, Feta Cheese, Mushroom and Pomegranate Sauce

Zaatar Manakish Bread

I have also had the Pide ($8.95) with Spinach, Feta Cheese, Mushroom and Pomegranate Sauce along with the Zaatar Manakish Bread ($2.95) which was so good.

There menu is vast from traditional Pizzas in the woodstone oven topped with Chicken Shawerma on the Sofra Chicken, to Beef Donair on the “Vancouver”; there is also a selection of platters along with shared platters featuring Falafel and Dolma and Kebabs. They have Wraps and Kebab Wraps along with a selection of sides such as Pita Chips and Samosa. Rounding up the menu are a selection of traditional desserts.

Review By: Richard Wolak

FISH CAFE

2053 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 267-3474

Web: http://www.fishcafe.ca/

Twitter: @fishcafe

Advice: Make a reservation or drop by, open for lunch and dinner.

Fish & Chips

Blackened Salmon Salad

Recognizing an eatery who has been feeding neighborhood diners for over 10 years seems to be an anomaly these days, one of my favourites has been doing just that. Focussing on fresh fish and seafood, the Fish Café keeps it simple and seasonal, last summer they tied for 1st place in my Best Fish & Chips in Vancouver, this is one of those places worth visiting if you have yet to do. Asides from their grilled and fried fish, they also offer dishes with prawns, mussels and other seafood choices. I have had their delicious Halibut Fish & Chips ($18.95) 2 large pieces of halibut, fries, tartar sauce and ketchup with lemon wedges; as well as their Salmon & Chips ($14.95) 2 large pieces of halibut, fries, tartar sauce and ketchup with lemon wedges. Most recently I had the Blackened Salmon Salad ($12) filled with greens, tomatoes, corn and other vegetables topped with a large serving of blackened salmon.

Owner/Chef Marcus Stiller is in the kitchen, he knows how to cook the perfect fish which he has been doing since day one. It often takes a lot of passion and hard work to keep a restaurant going over a year, and Marcus has worked his craft for over the past 13 years. He has a simple wine and beer list, along with fish and seafood with flavour, and he is always up for an informative chat.

Review By: Richard Wolak

THE MAC SHACK

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

5395 West Boulevard, Vancouver

Tel: 604-267-4225

Web: www.themacshack.ca

Twitter: @the_mac_shack

Advice: If you are going with a friend and having any of the Mac & Cheese dishes then share a medium size or get 2 smalls and share.

West Coast Salad

Having a Mac & Cheese growing up was never as fun as my recent visit to The Mac Shack for dinner. My friend Cassandra Anderton joined me to indulge in Mac & Cheese oooey gooey cheesy goodness! We started with some greens and each had a small West Coast Salad ($5) with tossed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, mushrooms and honey roasted pecans served with a light raspberry vinaigrette.

Lobster Mac

The Ultimate

Build Your Own

Bread Dippers

Next, we shared 3 of the Ultimate size of Mac & Cheese, all were served in large cast iron pans, the first was the outstanding Lobster Mac ($18) with asiago & Canadian cheddar, lobster meat, oyster mushrooms, lemon, dill, truffle oil and roasted garlic in a cream sauce. The second was The Ultimate ($16) with bacon, bell peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, chicken, chorizo, shrimp, with Mozzarella and Gruyere cheese in a tomato sauce. Third, was a Build Your Own ($16), which I built using the healthiest of ingredients on offer, ours had Aged cheddar and Asiago, along with whole wheat pasta, broccoli, caramelized onions, and mushrooms in a tomato sauce. We also added an order of Bread Dippers ($ .90) that perhaps was adding more carbs into the mix that we could have done without.

The Squish

The Skillet Brownie

We both thought dessert was in order to round up our comforting meal. We both shared The Squish ($4.75) double chocolate chip cookies filled with vanilla ice cream with a raspberry coulis, however it was the 2nd dessert that was the clear favourite for us both, The Skillet Brownie ($5.90) double chocolate brownie warmed in a skillet topped with vanilla bean gelato and drizzled with raspberry coulis.

The Mac Shack has taken Mac & Cheese to a new level, with the best cheese and quality ingredients this is surely Mac & Cheese that you are going to want to eat time and time again.

Review By: Richard Wolak

FAUBOURG PARIS

2156 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-266 2156

Web:  http://www.faubourg.com/

Twitter: @FaubourgBakery

Advice: The restaurant is located behind the café.

This Parisian caffe is the perfect addition to the Kerrisdale neighbourhood, I have been by a few times already and have enjoyed tasting some of their baked goods and most of all their coffee which is smooth and delicious.

You will find a French pâtisserie, bakery, cafe and restaurant all in one offering customers an exquisite selection of french pastries, buttery almond croissants, chocolate twists, pain au chocolat and sandwiches, along with an array of speciality coffee beverages. They also bake breads here including Campagne and Traditional baguette.

Chocolate Twist

Espresso Macchiato & Almond Croissant

I have had the Chocolate Twist ($2.55) a delicious pastry that was quite light, an Almond Croissant ($2.90) along with an Espresso Macchiato ($2.10). Next time I will visit for lunch in the dining room for one of their French specialty dishes and I would also like to visit for Afternoon Tea.

I could sit here all day long and people watch, each time in I have run into friends and if you stay awhile you will no doubt make new friends. The room is warm and inviting with a large seating area, the service was wonderful as well.

Review by: Richard Wolak

VIVO GELATO

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED
5395 West Boulevard,  Vancouver

Tel: 604-266-7637


Advice: Sample, sample, sample the flavours before you choose.

Two Scoops Gelato

Looking for some gelato in the Kerrisdale area, then this is the spot to visit. There are many, many and more flavours of gelato and sorbetto to choose and you will have no problem finding a favourite. I had 2 scoops in a dish ($4.25) with Cinnamon gelato and Peanut Butter Cup gelato. The menu features milkshakes, fredezza (made with espresso), gelato, sorbetto, gelato cakes and espresso beverages.

Review By: Richard Wolak

HEALTHEE

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED
2277 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-3100


Twitter: @gohealthee

Advice: Nutritional guide is on the shelf for your looking pleasure. Free parking located nearby in the Kerrisdale parkade.
I have eaten here several times over the past couple of weeks, for a healthy lunch this is the place to go. I love the BBQ Chicken Wrap ($8.95) filled with romaine lettuce, tomato, corn, black beans, cucumber, cheddar & jack cheese, bbq chicken with ranch dressing; and the Chinese Chicken Wrap ($8.95) filled with spinach, mandarin oranges, cucumber, edamame, red pepper, teriyaki chicken with ginger sesame dressing and so far these are my favourite lunchtime wraps that I have been taking to go. The menu selection is extensive with all sorts of different wraps and fillings, salads, soups and chili. They make their own Healthee bagels with all sorts of breakfast and lunch toppings that can be custom made into your own bagel sandwich. You will also find muffins such as the Super Fruit Muffin ($2.50) which I have had as well along with cookies, bars and more.

Wrap To Go

On the liquid side there are Healthee smoothies, juices, and espresso beverages. I hear children sizes of wraps will be on the menu soon, so your kids or your friends kids or the kids at heart will be able to eat Healthee too!

Review by: Richard Wolak

Afternoon Tea at Secret Garden Tea

Afternoon Tea is an art and should be an extraordinary experience one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for you to indulge in an Afternoon Tea experience. Each of the places is unique in what they offer along with the type of service and selection of sandwiches, pastries and desserts. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places.

Here is the sixth of many places that I have visited recently. Secret Garden Tea Co is located in the Kerrisdale neighborhood in Vancouver.

Inside the Tea Room

You will want to make sure that you make an advance reservation as they often fill up in advance, bring along a friend or two or three to join you in the experience.

I had their Afternoon Tea service for $25.95 per person. First off, I chose my tea of choice from their selection of teas, I chose the “Cammy Darjeeling” and my friend Rosie had the “Mango Tea”.

3-tiered tray

A three tiered plate arrived to the table, we worked our way from the bottom plate to the top, the bottom layer was filled with an assortment of petit sandwiches that included Tuna salad and capers in croissants, Chicken club sandwich and Egg salad pinwheels on white bread. The middle layer plate had fresh baked Apricot scones served with Devonshire cream and jam along with Pumpkin Chocolate Cream Cheese Loaf. The top layer plate featured a selection of sweets that included Lemon Curd Tarts, Brownies and Apple Caramel Cheesecake.

Scones in the center

Apple Caramel Cheesecake center

My thoughts –The service was very friendly, our server Robyn was wonderful and this made for a delightful afternoon tea experience. The Tea store was cozy and comfortable and was full of mostly women. From the assortment of sandwiches I liked the Tuna on Croissant, the scones were moist, delicious and a perfect size, we didn’t care for the lemon curd tarts or the brownies but we both loved the apple caramel cheesecake. The Teas are a secret as they wouldn’t tell me where they were from.

Style: English Tea Service

Attire: Casual

Time: Afternoon Tea Service is offered 12pm – 4pm Daily

Secret Garden Tea Co

5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver

For Reservations, please call 604-261-3070

Reservations can be made for: 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm, every day of the week, and cost $25.95 for adults and $16.95 for children (8 and under).

Stay tuned to part 7 of Afternoon Tea in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

Afternoon Tea at Adonia Tea

Afternoon Tea is an art and should be an extraordinary experience one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for you to indulge in an Afternoon Tea experience. Each of the places is unique in what they offer along with the type of service and selection of sandwiches, pastries and desserts. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places.

Here is the second of many places that I have visited recently. Adonia Tea is located in Kerrisdale.

Inside the Tea Salon

In their Tea Salon, Afternoon Tea is served daily and there are 2 different Tea Services to select from. You’ll want to make sure that you make an advance reservation as they often fill up, bring along a friend or two or three to join you in the experience.

Pots of Tea

My friends and I each had their Afternoon Tea service for $23 per person. First off, I chose my tea of choice from their vast tea selection, I chose the “Darjeeling Tea” and a pot of tea arrived to my table.

3-tiered tray

A three tiered plate arrived to the table and for each of us to share, I worked my way from the bottom plate to the top, the bottom layer was filled with an assortment of petit sandwiches that included Tuna, Egg, Cucumber and Turkey. The middle layer included more savouries, a Basil tomato puff, Lox sandwich, Antipasto with portabello mushroom. As we moved to the top layer we were then selecting from a variety of sweets that included a Lemon tart, Strawberry chocolate cupcake.

Selection of Desserts

The servers then brought us some of their scones with devenshire creme and jam to share along with fruit cups, and then some of their housemade desserts creme caramel, tiramisu and pannecota.

My thoughts –  Their wasn’t anything special about the service nor about the savouries or the sweets, except that there was a fair amount to eat for the money. The decor is old english and it is quaint, I just thought that it was ordinary all around.

The other Tea Service offered are is the Petit Afternoon Tea at $14 per person..

Style: English Tea Service

Attire: Casual

Time: Afternoon Tea Service is offered 10am – 6:30pm daily.

Adonia Tea

2057 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

For reservations, please call 604-261-0049

Stay tuned to part 3 of Afternoon Tea in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

GAIA BISTRO

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UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED

2055 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-5022

Web: http://www.gaiabistro.ca/

Advice: Closed Sundays

Trio of tasting salads

Trio of tasting salads

Chicken Shwarma plate

Chicken Shwarma plate

I had heard about a restaurant serving Israelli cuisine and I had to visit. The décor is colourful in this Kerrisdale eatery specializing in Mediteranian & Israelli cuisine. I had intended to get my food to go, however after a few minutes, I quickly changed my mind and opted for a table for a delightful lunch which was delicious. Before my entrée arrived I was served with a complimentary trio of salads which were very tasty. I had the Chicken Shwarma plate (11.95) pomegranite marinated chicken with hummus, roasted potatoes, tabuleh, carrot salad and warm grilled pita and I loved it, the flavours were so tasty and it was so delicious. Everything on the menu looked great, and ever so tempting, I haven’t had Israelli cuisine like this since I last visited Israel. You can taste the flavours in the dishes here, fresh and inspiring. I then ordered the Luna Puff Pastry ($4) savoury pastry filled with feta, swiss and parmesan cheese and fresh herbs and ended up having this at home for dinner. There dishes are wholesome and made with organic ingredients whenever possible, other items that looked good and ones that I want to try is the Jerusalem-style Kugel, Imam Bialdi, and the Latkes. The desserts also looked amazing from the Pear tart to the Ricotta Lemon Cheesecake. Next time I am going back to try their special Saturday morning brunch!

Review by: Richard Wolak

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