Posts Tagged ‘beer’

LEFT BANK

Dining room

751 Denman Street, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 687-1418

Web: http://www.leftbankvancouver.com/

Twitter: @LeftBankVan

Advice: Reservations suggested

Crispy Crab Roll

Crispy Crab Roll

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon

5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura

5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura

Roasted Lamb Tagine

Roasted Lamb Tagine

Tempura Green Beens

Tempura Green Beens

Truffle Frites

Truffle Frites

Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake

Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake

Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream

Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream

The bright room with red banquette seating and a marble top bar is a showcase for modern French bistro fare with a hint of North African flavours. Proprietor John Blakely and his creative Executive Chef Spencer Watts has turned this room into a charmer. I’ve dined a few times having tried many dishes including the Crispy Crab Roll, a beautiful presentation! Loved the Sockeye Salmon with summer peas, lyonnaise potto, and lemongrass cream an outstanding dish; also loved the 5-spiced Duck Confit Tempura du puy lentil cassoulet, wilted green and orange vinaigrette; followed by 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. For dessert after dinner, the Raspberry & Goat Cheesecake and the Chocolate Marquis with green tea ice cream were both divine.

Duck Confit Crepe

Duck Confit Crepe

Maple Custard

Maple Custard

On another visit for brunch, I had the delicious and unique Duck Confit Crepe, along with the outstanding Maple Custard with cinnamon puffs, apple sorbet, almond praline.

This is a great spot for eats, drinks and a wonderful ambience.

Review by: Richard Wolak

PORTUGESE CLUB OF VANCOUVER

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1144 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 251-2042

Web: https://www.facebook.com/PCOVCLUB

Twitter: n/a

Advice: Share dishes with friends.

Taking lead by one of my friends Avelino Santos who is from Portugal, Ali Hui and I all joined to explore some of the different dishes that originate in Portugal. This long standing restaurant has been around since 1977 when it first opened in this very same location. It is a popular spot for the Portugese men who want to watch a game, play some cards, have a drink and a meal.

Tomato & Onion Salad

Tomato & Onion Salad

Seafood Soup

Seafood Soup

Peri Peri Prawns

Peri Peri Prawns

Portugese Buns

Portugese Buns

Grilled Cod

Grilled Cod

Grilled Sardines

Grilled Sardines

Green Salad

Green Salad

Some of the dishes were shared and others were indulged solo. On the table Tomato & Onion Salad that I had on my own, Seafood Soup that Ali and Avelino had, Peri Peri Prawns, Portugese Buns, Grilled Cod with chickpeas and boiled potatoes and vegetables, Grilled Sardines and Salad that we all shared.

The portions are quite large and the menu is filled with seafood and meat dishes, this is a great spot to eat traditional Portugese dishes in the heart of the drive.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Chanukah Treats and Sweets

Chanukah is an 8 day Jewish holiday that celebrates the miracle of light it is a joyous festival of lights People celebrate by lighting the menorah, playing dreidel games, and eat festive foods. Of course there are the traditional festive foods such as the Potato Latkes, and Jelly Donuts.  This year the festival is celebrated December 16-24, 2014.

Here are some unique food and drink treats being produced locally for the holiday.

Star of David

Hannukah Chocolates – Apple-Cinnamon dark ganache

 

Gem Chocolates

2029 West 41st Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6M 1Y7

604.263.9878

Tues-Sat 11-7 / Sun 12-5 / Mon Closed

Twitter: @gemchocolates

Available December 11 – 23

 

chanukah beer parallel 49

Bubbie’s Brew Jelly Doughnut Ale is an 8% abc certified kosher jelly doughnut strong ale. The brew is a strong amber ale with raspberry extract.

 

Parallel 49 Brewing

1950 Triumph St, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 558-2739

Twitter: @Parallel49Beer

Available in the Tasting Room December 12 – 23

 

Chanukah lolly pops at purdys

Star of David Lolly

Crafted especially for Hanukkah, this Star of David Lolly is made from creamy Purdys milk chocolate.

Each lolly arrives in a cellophane wrapper.

See more Chanukah offerings here

Purdy’s Chocolates

(multiple locations)

Twitter @PurdysChocolate

Latkes

Latkes

 

Find more Chanukah treats at the following locations:

Vancouver

Maple Grill

  • Latkes, donuts

1967 West Broadway

(604) 568-4885

Place your order in advance at [email protected]

 

Naava Cuisine

–          Latkes, Jelly Dougnuts

950 West 41st Avenue

604-676-7632

Web: http://navacreative.ca/

 

Solly’s (3 locations)

–          Latkes, Jelly Doughnuts, Chanukah Cookies, fresh Apple Sauce

1) 368 West 7th Avenue – 604-675-9750

2) 2873 West Broadway – 604-738-2121

3) 189 East 28th Avenue – 604-872-1821

Twitter @SollysBagelry

 

Sabra’s

–         Latkes, Jelly Doughnuts, Chanukah Cookies, Tahini, Apple Sauce and Chocolates

3844 Oak Street

604-733-4912

 

Siegel’s (2 locations)

– Latkes

1883 Cornwall Avenue

604-737-8151

Twitter @siegelsbagels

 

Omnitsky’s

–Latkes, Jelly Doughnuts, Chanukah Cookies, Apple Sauce and Chocolates

5775 Oak Street

604-321-1818

Twitter @Omnitskys

 

Cafe Forty One

-Latkes and other favourites

Call to place your order early

5750 Oak Street

Tel: (604) 563-4141

Twitter @cafefortyone41

 

Phat Deli

1055 West Georgia, Level 100

www.phatdeli.com

Twitter @PHATRoyalCentre

 

Richmond

Garden City Bakery

– Jelly Doughnuts and Chanukah Cookies

9100 Blundell Road

604-244-7888

 

Apple Sauce is the side dish that complements your latkes and can double as a delicious and  dessert.

Chanukah only comes once a year (yes, it does last eight days), whether you are Jewish or not, pick up some treats and enjoy!

By: Richard Wolak

NOMAD

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3950 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-708-8525

Web: http://nomad-vancouver.ca/

Twitter: @nomad_vancouver

Advice: Reservations suggested.

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Imagination and passion is the driving force behind this new eatery and bar that is located in the heart of food haven Main Street. With a focus on making everything from scratch, Chef/owner Ryan Reed along with Chef/owner Scott Swanson, both long-time friends are passionate on creating dishes with top notch ingredients, working with local farmers and producers. Each plate has elements of colour, flavours and textures, and they designed their own kitchen with ease and flow in mind as well. Owner/partner Taylor Burnham runs the front of house and Owner/partner Matt van Dinther runs the bar, rounding up the 4 partners that are doing what they do best.

Sunchoke and Wild Mushroom Soup

Sunchoke and Wild Mushroom Soup

Fried Potato and Cheddar Perogies

Fried Potato and Cheddar Perogies

My friend Jason Tan joined me to share some dishes as we explored the seasonaly inspired menu. Started off with the delicious, vegetarian Sunchoke and Wild Mushroom Soup ($10); this was followed by the popular Fried Potato and Cheddar Perogies ($9) with crispy fried onions.

 Pakora

Pakora

Kabocha Squash Tart

Kabocha Squash Tart

As Jason is vegetarian, his pick was that we try the Pakora ($9) made with Chana flour, it was light and flavourful; the Kabocha Squash Tart ($16) with house made apple butter, charred onion, Papito gratin with in house grown micro greens was outstanding.

Lamb Cheeks

Lamb Cheeks

Hanging Tenderloin

Hanging Tenderloin

I then enjoyed the Lamb Cheeks ($22) Fenugreek Ricotta Gnocchi, Cauliflower; as well as the Hanging Tenderloin ($22) with parsnip Puree and vegetables, it was a very good dish!

Chocolate S'more

Chocolate S’more

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Creme Brulee

For dessert we both shared the heavenly and delicious, Chocolate S’more ($8) dark chocolate ganache, Gragham crust, Italian meringue and mint leaf; followed by the Pumpkin Creme Brulee ($8) with a chai spiced cookie base – WOW!

This is a spot you are going to want to visit as the seasons change, watch for more creative dishes and cocktails to match.

Review by: Richard Wolak

ABODE RESTAURANT

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1223 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.688-1411

Web: http://www.aboderestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ABODERestaurant

Advice: Takes reservations.

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry

A large an inviting room situated off of bustling Robson, the décor is inspired of mid-century design with warm tones of walnut and Calcutta marble, lots of banquets and communal tables throughout. There is a coffee bar for the morning, a bar area as well as the dining room where they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner thru late night. Chef Tannis Smith has retooled the menu offering many comforting classics with her unique spin. I visited for dinner on my own, having the Crispy Parmessan Cauliflower Poppers ($11) with a couple of tasty dips! To follow I had the Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank Curry ($22) a light tomato based house made blend of ginger, garlic, cumin, jalapenos, cinnamon, a mix of smoked paprikas and spices. Served on Pomegranate dirty rice.

The all-day menu features a good selection of appetizers as well as salads, handhelds along with seafood and a selection of pasta dishes.  There is also an extensive brunch menu filled will sorts of dishes including Marilyn’s Omelet, Horizon Hash and Handle Your Scramble.

Review by: Richard Wolak

DEVILS ELBOW HOUSE

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562 Beatty Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-0611

Web: www.devilselbowalehouse.com

Twitter: @DevilsElbow_

Advice: Sharing is the way to go here if dining with friends.

Cinco of Howe Sound Beer

Cinco of Howe Sound Beer

Enter a Barbq house that is brick walled throughout with reclaimed wood paneling, a beautiful wooden bar sporting 15 taps for the Howe Sound Brewing beers along with 5 guest taps for other local brew. My friend Rob Kemp joined me for some barbq eats and ale, where sharing was key. I started off with a cinco of Howe Sound Beer having 5 tasters, the Blueberry wheat ale, Devil’s Elbow India Pale Ale, Rail Ale but brown, Sky Pilot Northwest pale ale and Porthole Filler Imperial Stout; Rob lined up several of the beer tasters as well.

Housemade Kettle Chips

Housemade Kettle Chips

Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

A feast of eats, we started with the outstanding and addictive Housemade Kettle Chips ($9) with a delicious mosque choux for dipping; then the House Smoked salt and pepper Chicken Wings ($13 gets you a dozen) ; then the Chopped Salad ($15) deconstructed with grilled romaine hearts, roma tomatoes, delicious smoked chicken and bacon, smokey house dressing which we had on the side.

 Trio of Meats platter

Trio of Meats platter

Smoked Chicken Sandwich

Smoked Chicken Sandwich

Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake

Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake

We then got the Trio of Meats platter ($39 for 2) we chose these 3 meats, my favourites were the delicious smoked brisket and tender beef ribs, followed by the pork back ribs, the huge platter was served with delicious baked beans, and coleslaw; the Smoked Chicken Sandwich ($16) was outstanding with smoked chicken, trio of smoked bell peppers, chipotle mayo, smoked bacon, romaine hearts! To finish off the feast, Deep fried Pumpkin Cheesecake ($8) in phyllo pastry, with vanilla ice cream was a game changer and one that we would order time and time again!

Review by: Richard Wolak

JAMJAR

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2280 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 252-3957

Web: www.jamjaronthedrive.com

Twitter: @Jamjarondrive

Advice: No reservations, sharing table for solo diners.

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Specializing in flavours of the Middle East, specifically with an emphasis in crafted Lebanese cuisine, Chef Bakhos leads the kitchen in this beautiful eatery on the drive. I loved the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at play, and watch them bake their Saj (Lebanese flatbread) on the domed Saj oven.

 Shish Tawouk plate

Shish Tawouk plate

I have dined here a couple times on my own in the past few weeks, on the 1st visit I had the Shish Tawouk plate with local Rossdown Farms chicken skewers accompanied by some of their delicious house-made Pomegranate Molasses, the plate was served with their Maple Chestnut Hummus, potatoes, brown rice, tabbouli along with some of their Saj bread.

Cauliflower Stew

Cauliflower Stew

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Chocolate Rice Pudding

Lazzakiyat

Lazzakiyat

On my next visit I had the Cauliflower Stew served on a platter with brown rice, mjadra, Fatoush salad and Saj bread. This time around I saved room for dessert, and since I couldn’t decide on which of the two desserts I wanted to try, I then ordered both. The Chocolate Rice Pudding was divine made with 70% chocolate, milk and light arborio rice and its served in a glass jar. The other was the Lazzakiyat, delicious Saj style mini pancakes layered with tahini and halvah.

The cocktail list looks as creative as the food, with wonderful flavours and a creative chef at bay this eatery has not only captivated me, it’s also got us foodies talking and enjoying.

Review by: Richard Wolak

STEEL TOAD BREWPUB

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97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-709-8623

Web: http://steeltoad.ca/

Twitter: @SteelToadBeer

Advice: Reservations suggested for the Dining Room upstairs, no reservations for the Dining Hall. Pizzas available for take out and eat in.

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Located on the edge of Olympic Village, housed in the old 1918 steel foundry, it’s a large brewpub dining hall with 175 liquor primary seats on the main floor and an 80 seat dining room upstairs. The large room features a 19’ screen for game nights, has a stage for live music and boasts their own wood fired burning oven for their pizzas. On the brewery side, Brewmaster, Chris Charron, is currently crafting 5 of his own beers and will create more as the seasons and demand progress. The kitchen is lead by Chef Robbie Robinson, who has quite the background of cooking in many fine dining establishments in Canada and abroad. There are a couple of different menus at play, however you can order from both if you like in each of the different spaces. You will find a mix of pub classics, pizzas, and selection of fine dining dishes, alongside a beverage menu that includes local and international beers, cocktails and wine.

Crispy Duck Salad

Crispy Duck Salad

Duck Confit Pizza

Duck Confit Pizza

Steel Toad Brews

Steel Toad Brews

My friend Gin joined me for dinner to taste through the menu, and I ordered a few from each of the menus. Started off with the Crispy Duck Salad ($12) with pickled daikon and black sesame; followed by the delicious Duck Confit Pizza ($15) with a slightly sweet bbq sauce, Gouda, caramelized onions and cilantro. I had a taster of 3 of their house beers that included the Rye IPA, Bitter and Stout.

Marinated Black Cod

Marinated Black Cod

Potato Gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi

Mussels and House Ale

Mussels and House Ale

We then had the outstanding and favourite dish of the meal, the Marinated Black Cod ($24) in a citrus broth, Lap Chong, maple cabbage; also had the Potato Gnocchi ($17) with rapini and their saizon ale; along with the large pot of Mussels and House Ale ($20) grilled garlic baguette.

Butterscotch pot de Creme

Butterscotch pot de Creme

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Chocolate Bread Pudding

All of their desserts are made in a sort of collaboration using recipes by Lesley Stowe. My favourite of the two desserts we had was the Butterscotch pot de Creme ($6) followed by the Chocolate Bread Pudding ($6).

I am looking forward to visiting again to try their brunch as well as for more of the Duck Confit Pizza perhaps to go one late night!

Review by: Richard Wolak

BESTIE

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105 East Pender, Vancouver

Tel: 604-620-1175

Web: http://bestie.ca/

Twitter: @bestiewurst

Advice: No reservations, late night eats on Friday and Saturday til 1am.

Chinatown Ice Tea

Chinatown Ice Tea

 The Pretzel Board

The Pretzel Board

Pretzel Bread Puddin'

Pretzel Bread Puddin’

Known for their Currywurst this popular eatery features German street food in the heart of Chinatown, it’s a the merging of cultures that makes this eatery hum. In for an early dinner, I had the refreshing Chinatown Ice Tea ($2.50) followed by The Pretzel Board ($9) a large wooden board with a Pretzel, stinky cheesy sauce, a selection of mustards, farmers sausage, Chili smashed cucumber, pickled cabbage, gherkins and Chili onion jam. Then came the delicious dessert which was my original reason for visiting, Pretzel Bread Puddin’ ($5) with cinnamon, raisins, and dolce. De Leche sprinkled with Fleur de sel with a gentle squeeze of orange overtop!

You’ll find a cool room and a menu filled with sausages, fritten, and cheese fries to go along with beer on tap or by the bottle, wine on tap, soda pops, kombucha and ice tea. I can’t wait to return to try their Currywurst!

Review by: Richard Wolak

L’ABATTOIR

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217 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-1701

Web: www.labattoir.ca

Twitter: @LABATTOIR_VAN

Advice: Advance reservations suggested. Private dining room available for booking.

It’s all about the recipe that makes my experience one that is memorable, it’s also a testament to a long standing restaurant. The recipe for me is not only about wonderful food, it is also about good looking servers who excel at the service they provide as well as the ambience. I’ve been a fan of L’Abattoir since they opened, each dinner was one that was finished by dessert, it was the eye candy and the sweet ending that has made for memorable experiences. The restaurant has expanded recently adding a building behind the restaurant which has been outfitted with a new prep kitchen along with a multi-room set-up for private dining upstairs. With these new additions, they finally launched a weekday lunch service, and I dined along with my friend Rob Kemp who joined me.

Blueberry Ice Tea

Blueberry Ice Tea

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Steelhead

Green Salad

Green Salad

Halibut

Halibut

Beef Dip

Beef Dip

It was a beautiful late summer day, and I quenched my thirst with their Blueberry Ice Tea in a bottle, this cool presentation was a great start to lunch sitting at the bar. Jose is one of those servers that made my dining experience memorable. I had the Steelhead, fried potatoes, dill, horseradish to start, while Rob had the Green Salad, lettuce, vinaigrette, croutons. For our mains, I loved the Halibut with a capers grapes sauce, while Rob enjoyed his Beef Dip Tongue, salad, jus gras for dipping, thick cut fries.

Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee

Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee

Chocolate pot de crème.

Chocolate pot de crème.

As dessert is always a must for me when dining here, I enjoyed my sweet ending with a not so sweet, Classic Lemon Tart and a bottle of cold brew JJ Bean Coffee while Rob indulged in the Chocolate pot de crème.

As always I can’t wait to return.

Review by: Richard Wolak

MEET ON MAIN

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4288 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 877-1292

Web: www.meetonmain.com

Twitter: @meetonmain

Advice: No reservations.

Steamed Kale

Steamed Kale

Sweet Chili Caulifkiwer

Sweet Chili Cauliflower

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters

 Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries

Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries

The Lovely

The Lovely

With a clever play on words, this new neighborhood eatery focusses on comfort food that is vegetarian and vegan forward. The room has an eclectic feel, the portions are large, and sharing is the way to go. My friend Jason Sanders just returned from travelling the globe and he joined me to share some dishes. Starting off with the Steamed Kale ($4.50) with a house-made cashew gravy, followed by the outstanding Sweet Chili Cauliflower ($8) beer battered with a tamarind chili glaze. Next we had the tasty Corn Fritters ($7.25) served with a spicy chipotle aioli dip, followed by  Satay Sauce & Mayo Fries ($8.50) topped with a house-made almond butter satay sauce and chipotle mayo with pickled onions in the mix. Lastly The Lovely ($12.50) a large and delicious bowl of almond nut satay sauce over brown rice, smoked tofu and veggies that included wilted spinach, broccoli, red pepper & toasted coconut. After this vegetarian feast we were stuffed with no room for dessert.

The menu is eclectic featuring handfuls, bowlfuls, six different types of fries done right, greenery and sweet things. The cocktails look as creative as the food, I am looking forward to returning for more another round of the Sweet Chili Cauliflower.

Review by: Richard Wolak

GYOZA BAR + RAMEN


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622 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-5563

Web: http://gyozabar.ca/

Twitter: @GyozaBarRamen

Advice: No Reservations, put your name on the list and come back for your table.

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Elevating the bar, Aburi Restaurants who own this restaurant went about creating a bit of a twist on the traditional gyoza and ramen while raising the bar above many of the more traditional restaurants offering these popular dishes. The room invokes an urban and rustic-elegant feel with its polished concrete, live edge maple, and BC pine beetle wood that complement the existing and timeless brick walls. Part of the kitchen is open to encourage guests to sit at the bar and see their food be prepared. A peek-a-boo window allows those interested to watch fresh ramen be prepared.

Orchard Fizz

Orchard Fizz

Miso Tofu Salad

Miso Tofu Salad

Teppan Gyoza

Teppan Gyoza

My friend Sheryl was visiting the city and she joined me for dinner, I started off with the refreshing Orchard Fizz non-alcohol Cocktail made with Yuzu-fig jam, apple juice and soda. We shared the delicious Miso Tofu Salad ($9.50), followed by their signature Teppan Gyoza ($8) an order of 7 (you can get a larger order as well) filled with Fraser Valley Pork served in a cast iron pan.

Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza

Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso

 Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt

Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt

The Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza ($12.50) crispy with feta, cherries, mushrooms, and zucchini, this preparation was outstanding and is the best gyoza I have had here yet.  I then had the Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with awasa triple miso ($14) while Sheryl had the same Free Range Chicken Broth Ramen with Mediterranean salt ($13.50), the version I went with was richer in flavour. The ramen noodles are handcrafted in-house using a special ramen-making machine and the broths are made from scratch with all-natural flavours and without any MSG.

Ricotta Crepe

Ricotta Crepe

Yuzu Komichi

Yuzu Komichi

For dessert we shared two of them, the Ricotta Crepe ($8) with yuzu-fig jam, and yogurt sorbet and Yuzu Komichi ($8) with cactus pear granita.

You will find sake on tap, along with cocktails, beer and wine. I can’t wait to return for more of the Miso Beef Short Rib Gyoza.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SIX ACRES

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203 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-488-0110

Web: http://sixacres.ca/

Twitter: @sixacres

Advice: On a nice day the patio is the place to be.

Four Winds Beer

Four Winds Beer

Mini Veggie Burgers

Mini Veggie Burgers

Pound O` Wings

Pound O` Wings

Every so often there is a restaurant that has been on my to try list forever, thankfully this popular Gastropub is still in the game. My friend Ami Sanyal and I dined on the patio which boasts one of the best people watching spots in the city. Catching up over a Four Winds Beer and some eats, I enjoyed their trio of Mini Veggie Burgers ($11) made with cauliflower & mushroom patty, aged cheddar, tomato, spinach, caramelized onion, aioli, house ketchup; while Ami had a Pound O` Wings ($12) house made with salt & pepper.

This is a great spot for food and drink in Gastown, housed in the Alhambra building, it is the oldest brick building in Vancouver. The drinks menu offers up a good selection of beer, wine and spirits. On the food side there are all sorts of dishes that complement the drinks list or vice versa depending on how you look at it. Several dishes caught my eye for future dinnerscapes and I’m looking forward to returning soon.

Review by: Richard Wolak

Deep Cove Craft Brewmasters Dinner at Craft Market

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I attended this wonderful dinner at Craft Beer Market on August 26th that featured a 4 course meal created by Executive Chef Cam McGowan paired with a variety of beers from local brewer Deep Cove Craft. It was great to have Chef McGowan explain each of the dishes as they were served as well as have the Brewmaster Kevin Emms on hand to talk about each of the beers.

Now on to dinner and the pairings!

A welcome beer was served during the reception featuring the Trapper John’s Lager.

First Course:

Spelt Risotto

Spelt Risotto

Spelt Risotto with sunflower greens, and roasted heirloom vegetables paired with the Sun Kissed Tea Saison Ale which is their helistyle German beer.

 

Second Course:

Spanish style Paella

Spanish style Paella

Spanish style Paella with Salt Spring Island mussels and Two Rivers Meats chorizo paired with the Loud Mouth Pale Ale.

 

Third Course:

Southern style Jerk Duck Breast

Southern style Jerk Duck Breast

Star Struck Rye IPA

Star Struck Rye IPA

Southern style Jerk Duck Breast with a watermelon salad paired with the Star Struck Rye IPA

 

Fourth Course:

Oatmeal Stout Cakes

Oatmeal Stout Cakes

Oatmeal Stout Cakes with whiskey cream and Okanagan apples paired with the Smooth Criminal Stout

Kevin Emms (Brewmaster) on Left, Chef Cam in middle and Shea de Jaray (Owner of Deep Cove Craft)

Kevin Emms (Brewmaster) on Left, Executive Chef Cam McGowan in the middle and Shea de Jaray (Owner of Deep Cove Craft)

My Take:

My favourite of the food dishes and pairings was the outstanding Southern style Jerk Duck Breast with a watermelon salad paired with the Star Struck Rye IPA, it had magnificent flavours all around and the duck breast was perfectly cooked. My Second favourite pairing was the last course, the Oatmeal Stout Cakes with whiskey cream and Okanagan apples paired with the Smooth Criminal Stout for the sweet finish to a fine meal.

Craft Beer Market offers Beer and Food pairing dinners monthly contact them for details at 604.709.BEER(2337) or visit them online at www.CRAFTBeerMarket.ca

By: Richard Wolak

TACOFINO COMMISSARY

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2327 East Hastings, Vancouver

Tel: 604-253-TACO

Web:   http://tacofino.com/

Twitter: @TacofinoCantina

Advice: Community sharing tables, so find a space and share your table.

 Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole

Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole

Tacos: Fish & Squash

Tacos: Fish & Squash

I have been a fan of their fish tacos ever since their food trucks hit the streets in Vancouver, soon after this restaurant opened. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve snuck in on occasion for some take-out. This time around my friend Sophia Cheng joined me for lunch and some delicious eats. We shared the Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Guacamole, then I had a couple of tacos ($6 each or 2 for $10), the Fish Taco with a crispy ling cod, cabbage, chipotle mayo, salsa fresca and the seasonal Summer Squash and Potato taco with leek, lacinato kale, cheddar, chili crema, and salsa fresca; Sophia had a Fish Taco as well along with a Pork Jowel taco and a Lime Slushi.

The lunch menu is fairly simple, the dinner menu takes it up a notch with offerings that include Queso and Corn Fritters, Chicken Karaage Tacos, and Tator Tots. There is also a wine, beer, cocktails and spirits on offer, most of all I am looking to return to try the Chocolate Diablo Cookies & Horchata Ice Cream Sandwich!

Review by: Richard Wolak

Gastown BBQ & Chili Fest Winners

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This past weekend I participated in the 3rd Annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival as one of the celebrity judges, I also had an opportunity to sample much of the fare during the weekend. It was Barbq madness creating a packed house at this outdoor festival on Carrall Street. Featuring 12 restaurants competing against each other, hosted by The Blarney Stone.

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe'

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

 

The winners were:

Overall Champion

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

3rd Place Winner: The Charles Bar

Best Ribs:

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: The Charles Bar

Best Wings:

1st Place Winner: Deacon’s Corner

2nd Place Winner: The Hastings Warehouse

Best Brisket:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: Gringo

Best Chili:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: The Blarney Stone

Best Side:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: Gringo

Best Pig Roast

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: The Blarney Stone

Chef Cullin David of Calabash Bistro

Chef Cullin David of Calabash Bistro

Chef Brendan - The Irish Heather

Chef Brendan – The Irish Heather

Chefs from The Charles Bar

Chefs from The Charles Bar

Best Corn Bread from The  Railtown Cafe

Best Corn Bread from The Railtown Cafe

The restaurants served up a menu of brisket, wings, chili and more featuring: The Blarney Stone, Chill Winston, The Irish Heather, TUC Craft Kitchen. Lamplighter, Peckinpah, Gringo, The Hastings Warehouse, Calabash, The Charles Bar, Deacon’s Corner, Railtown Café and Stateside Craft.

The Deep End (band)

The Deep End (band)

The event was Hosted by Joe Leary who also judged along with Richard Wolak (Vancouver Foodster), Chef Quang Dang (West Restaurant), Jason Garrison (NHL), Georgia Simmerling (Canadian Ski Cross Team), Angus Reid (BC Lions), and Jordan Harvey (Whitecaps). Music was provided by a few bands including The Deep End which were terrific, I missed closing headliner Bend Sinister.

By: Richard Wolak

Gastown BBQ & Chili Fest August 30 & 31

I am looking forward to being one of the celebrity judges at this weekend’s, 3rd Annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival. This annual festival and competition features 12 Gastown restaurants competing against each other, check out the full event schedule.

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The restaurants that will line the streets, serving up a menu of brisket, wings, chili and more are: The Blarney Stone, Chill Winston, The Irish Heather, TUC Craft Kitchen. Lamplighter, Peckinpah, Gringo, The Hastings Warehouse, Calabash, The Charles Bar, Deacon’s Corner, Railtown Café and Stateside Craft.

These Gastown restaurants will be competing in the most canning BBQ & Chili Cook off any street festival has ever seen. There are several new developments to this 2 day event; this year expanded the festival grounds, created a larger licensed area, an outstanding menu suited for the foodie in you and a headlining performance by one of Vancouver’s biggest up and coming acts “Bend Sinister”

The festivities will take place on the 200 block of Carrall Street, between Water St (Gassy Jack statue of Maple Tree Square) and Cordova Street (passing by the entrance to blood alley). The entire street will be closed to vehicular traffic. Large tents & BBQs will line the street which will be filled with picnic tables, a beer tent, restaurant patios, and a large musical stage hosting live music all weekend long.

There is the public voting and tasting, you can buy Taster Tokens will be available for all to sample the BBQ, Chili & Side items: 4 tokens for $10 or 8 tokens for $20 and then their is the celebrity judging panel.

Hosted by Joe Leary who is making his 2nd appearance as the celebrity Host for the 2014 Gastown BBQ & Chilli Festival, Joe has been a member of the Vancouver media on both radio & television for over 25 years, a career broadcaster and freelance writer who is also a former Restaurant owner, Joe brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this year’s event.

It’s two fun-filled afternoons of eating, dancing, pig roasts. Judges include Richard Wolak (Vancouver Foodster), Chef Quang Dang (West Restaurant), Casey Jo Loos (The Peak 102.7 FM), Jason Garrison (NHL), Georgia Simmerling (Canadian Ski Cross Team), Angus Reid (BC Lions), and Jordan Harvey (Whitecaps).

By: Richard Wolak

FEAST

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2423 Marine Dr. West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 922-1155

Web: www.feastdining.ca

Twitter: @feastdining

Advice: Reservations needed.

The communal table is the star in this eatery located in Dundarave Village, where Chef Kayla Dhaliwall has created a unique menu for diners to feast. Sharing would be the way to go if you have a friend or two joining. The menu is seafood forward yet does feature other meat and vegetarian dishes, it has an element of fun for foodies to enjoy. Each of the dishes are served on the beautiful black serving dishes which not only look great but are easy for serving. My friend Nikki joined me as we took a whirl sharing some of the dishes while dining at the communal table.

The Avocado & Beet “Fries”

The Avocado & Beet “Fries”

K’s 'FC

K’s ‘FC

English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms

English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms

Squash & Chickpea Curry

Squash & Chickpea Curry

The Avocado & Beet “Fries” ($12) are lightly battered and fried, topped with goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and a citrus gastrique were divine. K’s ‘FC ($22) is a half crispy free run fried chicken served with proper gravy, tender, juicy and delicious. The naming of this dish is a play on words depending of course how you look at it, there take is that it is named after Chef Kayla and it’s her fried chicken. Sides are needed to go along with a dish like this, and we chose the tasty English Peas & Foraged Mushrooms ($9) served in a black iron pot. We also shared the delicious Squash & Chickpea Curry ($22) with forbidden black rice.

Mini Donuts

Mini Donuts

There were only two desserts on offer, and we went with the Mini donuts ($9.99) holy amazing crispy donuts, a bag of home-made mini donuts with caramel and a strawberry sauce a true indulgence! Sharing is a must as there are 20 donuts in the bag.

I am looking forward to a future visit for brunch as they are featuring Chef Kayla’s amazing Chicken & Waffles.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BAN CHOK DEE

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20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Advice: Bring friends along to share the dishes.

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Lotus Root Drink

Lotus Root Drink

Red Lotus Smoothie

Red Lotus Smoothie

As Thai food is one of the many cuisines that I love, I have had the pleasure to eat at many of the Thai restaurants in the city, this time around I headed outward as friends highly recommended this spot. My meal turned into quite the feast as I sampled my way through their menu, starting off with a couple of their popular non-alcoholic drinks. The refreshing Lotus Root Drink which is a specialty in Thailand and the Red Lotus Smoothie which I enjoyed throughout my meal.

 lettuce wrap, Satay chicken, stuffed chicken wings & prawn wrapped crunchy noodles

lettuce wrap, Satay chicken, stuffed chicken wings & prawn wrapped crunchy noodles

Tom Yum Goong Soup and Herbal Prawn Salad

Tom Yum Goong Soup and Herbal Prawn Salad

An Appetizer platter to begin was filled with their popular lettuce wrap, Satay chicken, stuffed chicken wings & prawn wrapped crunchy noodles served with a delicious home-made peanut sauce. I loved the Tom Yum Goong Soup served with the flavourful Herbal Prawn Salad with tamarind and lime juice!

Curried Noodles

Curried Noodles

BBQ Duck Lychee Curry

BBQ Duck Lychee Curry

Halibut Ginger Shoo Shee

Halibut Ginger Shoo Shee

Next was the delicious Curried Noodles (a street food dish, popular in Chiang Mai) egg noodles curried with tender chicken, cilantro, red onion, green onion, chili oil and lime. This was followed by the yummy BBQ Duck Lychee Curry with tiny grapes and served with coconut rice. The Halibut Ginger Shoo Shee in a red curry was outstanding, this dish is usually served here with salmon, make sure that you ask them to substitute the salmon for halibut.

Hau-Mok Salmon

Hau-Mok Salmon

Pad Thai with chicken

Pad Thai with chicken

Lastly from the savouries, this Thai specialty was served in a coconut, the Hau-Mok Salmon along with shrimp rice and a dry ribs dish; followed by their egg swirl covered traditional Pad Thai with chicken.

Coconut Jello

Coconut Jello

For dessert I had the outstanding and refreshing Coconut Jello in a young coconut with sticky rice and mango. Asides from the many different Thai dishes they have on offer, you will also find a line-up of wine, beer and cocktails to round out the offering.

Review by: Richard Wolak

SPAGHETEI

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1741 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-1014

Web: http://spaghetei.com/

Twitter: @SPAGHeTEI_Van

Advice: Reservations suggested, walk-in welcome you may have to wait.

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Serving authentic Japanese style spaghetti, this takes the popular noodle and Italian mainstay to another level and I truly enjoyed it. The company was founded in Japan in 1975, opening in Vancouver a couple of years ago and has been a hit ever since. All of the dishes here are made with Japanese ingredients and their some interesting dishes, I’d suggest looking at the menu online first along with the photos guide you in your decision.

Miso Garlic Bread

Miso Garlic Bread

Yakiniku Chaliapin

Yakiniku Chaliapin

A slice of Miso Garlic Bread arrives before the spaghetti dish and it’s fairly small, I would suggest ordering a basket of this delicious bread which isn’t on the menu you just need to ask. I had the small order of the delicious Yakiniku Chaliapin ($13) with beef slices, garlic, tomatoes, and green onions. You will find an array of interesting dishes to choose, if dining with friends get a few and share. They offer the regular size and a smaller size which is $1 less for most of the dishes.

They have a small wine and beer selection as well as a Takara Plum Wine and sake.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BLUE EYED MARYS

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1735 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 921 2583

Web: http://www.blueeyedmarys.com

Twitter: @blueeyedmarys

Advice: Reservations suggested.

house baked bread

house baked bread

 Greens with a strawberry/rose vinaigrette

Greens with a strawberry/rose vinaigrette

Pan Roasted Halibut

Pan Roasted Halibut

I fell in love with this charming restaurant as I visited for the first time the other night. Known as the best restaurant over on Bowen Island for years, the owners relocated to the Ambleside neighborhood a couple years ago. The room is stunning with bright blue coloured walls, high ceilings, white linen tablecloths, it reminded me of dining in a country cottage by a lake, yet they are situated in the city. Chef/Owner Carol Wallace runs the kitchen and husband/co-owner Stephen Biddiscombe who was our server runs the dining room. Service is efficient making for a wonderful dining experience, I enjoyed it so much that I thought of staying the night and being the first in for breakfast the next morning. To begin we were served house baked bread and butter which is complimentary. Next my friend Nikki and I shared the Greens with a strawberry/rose vinaigrette ($9) that was topped with a delicious soft cheese Pate and piece of oatmeal shortbread. We then shared the outstanding Pan Roasted Halibut ($30) in a ginger-lemongrass broth, with a radish-cucumber salad & rice noodles and Asian greens.

Apricot Upside Down Cake

Apricot Upside Down Cake

Pecan Brownie

Pecan Brownie

Of course we had to finish the meal with some dessert, why share one when we could share two that was what came to mind and I’m glad we did just that. The Apricot Upside Down Cake ($9) with Ginger buttermilk ice cream and marmalade caramel was delicious; as was the Pecan Brownie ($9) with chocolate ice cream and cherry caramel a heavenly dessert indulgence.

There is a nice wine list which has been well thought out if you choose to wine and dine. I am looking forward to my next visit to explore more!

Review by: Richard Wolak

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