Posts Tagged ‘beer’

CAFÉ ONE

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1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-893-7205

Web: www.sheratonvancouver.com

Twitter: @WallCentreHotel

Advice: Reservations suggested.

Grilled Prawn & Lobster Tacos

Grilled Prawn & Lobster Tacos

Roasted Haida Gwaii Sablefish

Roasted Haida Gwaii Sablefish

Mango Panacotta

Mango Panacotta

Banana Choconutty Creme Brûlée

Banana Choconutty Creme Brûlée

Hidden off the street inside the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel is a restaurant with a creative chef who knows his craft well, Chef Stuart McQuade leads the kitchen cooking up flavourful dishes using as much local as he is able to source, season after season.  My friend Ajay Masala Puri joined me for dinner where started off with delicious Grilled Prawn & Lobster Tacos served on a bed of guacamole with citrus notes. Next we both had the outstanding Roasted Haida Gwaii Sablefish with a lemongrass sabayon sauce  bamboo jasmine rice, white and green asparagus and frisée. Lastly we each had two of their specialty desserts, first chef Stuart’s refreshing and delicious Mango Panacotta made with coconut milk foam topped with coconut; followed by Pastry Chef Gabriela Gandolfo’s Banana Choconutty Creme Brûlée with peanut butter, chocolate and sliced bananas which was also delicious.

The menu features a good selection of starters as well as mains covering protein rich dishes to pastas and more. I am looking forward to trying more of Chef Stuart McQuade’s dishes in the months to come and am eagerly awaiting his spring menu.

Review by: Richard Wolak

DAMSO MODERN KOREAN CUISINE

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867 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 632-0022

Web: www.damso.ca

Twitter: @DamsoRestaurant

Advice: Reservations suggested.

Yuja Lemonade

Yuja Lemonade

Yuzu Lemonade

Yuzu Lemonade

Exploring Korean cuisine has been of interest to me, I have had traditional dishes at other restaurants around, here the focus is on modern Korean and Chef Eric Lee takes charge with his spin. Over the past two visits I have tasted several dishes and drinks including the refreshing Yuja Lemonade ($2.75) as well as the Yuzu Lemonade ($2.75) to start each adventure.

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Condiments

Condiments

Beef Taco

Beef Taco

Kimchi Garden Salad

Kimchi Garden Salad

Matang

Matang

Pork Back Ribs

Pork Back Ribs

I liked how they served an assortment of pickled vegetables to begin the meal, as well bringing complimentary condiments to the table. I enjoyed the flavourful Beef Taco ($1.99) as a starter, as well as the Kimchi Garden Salad ($7.80) that was full of organic baby greens, Korean pear, homemade bacon, and kimchi vinaigrette; along with outstanding Matang ($5.80) sweet potato fries, red wine glaze, spicy Korean chili mayo. The Pork Back Ribs ($9.99) were braised for 36 hours, slowly cooked in sweetened sauce.

Yuzu Sorbet

Yuzu Sorbet

The Yuzu Sorbet ($4.25) shaped like a snowman, unique and so refreshing was the perfect finish to the meal. You will find a selection of different dishes on the Korean Tapas section of the menu along with some mains, soups, stews, Korean BBQ and their Bibimbop rice bowls. You may want to try one of their Korean beverages that highlight the menu.

Review by: Richard Wolak

KINGSTON TAPHOUSE AND GRILLE

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755 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-7011

Web: http://kingstontaphouse.com/

Twitter: @TheKingstonPub

Advice: Reservations suggested on game nights.

Red Wine Braised Beef Cheek Poutine

Red Wine Braised Beef Cheek Poutine

Duck Confit Salad

Duck Confit Salad

Cajun Flatbread

Cajun Flatbread

This is one of those hidden gems known for its comfort food, spacious two level dining room, a full bar in front and one of the nicest secluded patios in the city. Chef Simon McLeod and his team makes good food all from scratch, almost everything is made in house and the portions are quite large. I have dined here on many occasions including brunch on the patio. This time around I had dinner before a show where my friend and I shared the delicious Red Wine Braised Beef Cheek Poutine ($8), followed by the outstanding Duck Confit Salad ($15) sun-dried cherries, apricots, goat’s feta, candied pecans, preserved lemon tarragon vinaigrette; and the Cajun Chicken Pizza ($12).

The vast menu features salads, appetizers, a great line-up of burgers, pastas, pizzas, as well a selection of desserts. Additionally there is a large selection of cocktails as well as a happy hour menu, weekend brunch and a Gluten Free menu that is filled with more great dishes!

Review by: Richard Wolak

Touring Steamworks Brewing

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I had the opportunity to tour this spectacular brewery recently with Walter Cosman (President) who showed me around the 30,000 sq foot facility. Presently the only brewery located in Burnaby, it is not only large, it’s fully automated from brewing to bottling and packaging.

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Walter showed me the barrels of hops and yeast and explained their beer making process, they bottle and can year round.

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The bottling line is completely automated as is the canning line as well as the kegs which all feed into packaging.

Steamworks Brewing Company is part of the Steamworks companies owned and founded by Eli Gershkovitch in 1995. They have been brewing and serving its own craft beer for over 19 years. Steamworks offers distinctive, full flavoured brews, in addition to enjoying the beer in their own restaurants and pubs, you can also find their beer in liquor stores and establishments across BC and beyond. This coming spring they will be opening a Tasting Room at their brewery in Burnaby and will open to all those wanting to visit and taste their beers.

Steamworks Brewing Company is located at 3845 William Street in  Burnaby.

By: Richard Wolak

YALETOWN DISTILERY KITCHEN & BAR

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1131 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 669-2255

Web: http://www.mjg.ca/yaletown-distillery/

Twitter: @YTdistilling

Advice: The distillery is in the back of the lounge, dining room with cool communal table is on the restaurant side.

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The open kitchen provides for a great view in to watch the chefs at play, and the long communal table is the star of this warmly decorated room where I sat for my solo dinner. Above the communal table are the most unique light fixtures which look like salad straining bowls, a very cool and unique touch.

Fried Provolone Cheese

Fried Provolone Cheese

Baked Cornetti peppers

Baked Cornetti peppers

Veal Scaloppini

Veal Scaloppini

Started off with the Fried Provolone Cheese ($9.95) in a delicious marinara sauce with balsamic onions, olive oil and balsamic and cherry tomatoes; next I tried the Baked Cornetti Peppers ($11.95), stuffed with sausage, pinenuts & raisins. I then indulged in the Veal Scaloppini ($22.95), marsala wine sauce with mushrooms and spaghetti pomodoro so good, so big!

Olive Oil Gelato

Olive Oil Gelato

Cannoli’s

Cannoli’s

For dessert, why have one when you can have two and both of these looked so good. First the outstanding, house-made Olive Oil Gelato ($3) drizzled with olive oil; followed by the Cannoli’s ($3) ricotta filled to end my meal.

The vast menu offers a large selection of starters, flatbreads, pastas, salads, sandwiches and mains. I am looking to return soon to try their weekend brunch.

Review by: Richard Wolak

TAPAS 23

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3941 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-628300

Web: http://www.tapas23.com/

Twitter: @Tapas23YVR

Advice: Live music on Wednesdays.

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As a lover of all things Spanish, and yearning for more eateries serving dishes with flavours from Spain, we go to East Van. Run by owner Herschel Miedzygorski, he has put a latin spin on his latest eatery and he has done it oh so well. A wonderful surprise on the night I was in, music to my ears, with a fabulous classical guitarist playing for diners enjoyment.

Califato Fritters

Califato Fritters

 Duck Confit Croquette

Duck Confit Croquette

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese

For dinner I had the delicious Califato Fritters ($7) fried #GlutenFree eggplant, Rojo & verde; along with the outstanding Duck Confit Croquette ($11) with fig & ginger jam. Loved the Almond Crusted Goat Cheese ($6) with orange blossom honey for dessert.

Egg white Tapas 23 Omelette

Egg white Tapas 23 Omelette

Went back for brunch the other day and had the delicious Egg white Tapas 23 Omelette ($10) filled with chorizo, goat cheese, tomatoes with their Spanish potatoes and whole wheat toast. The menu has a well thought out mix of tapas, fish dishes, salads, sides and desserts. They also have a well thought out wine list featuring wines from Spain, BC and other areas, along with a small selection of sherry.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BAMBUDDA

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99 Powell Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-0301

Web: http://bambudda.ca/

Twitter: @Bambuddagastown

Advice: Bring a friend or two and share dishes. Reservations suggested.

Bread and Butter

Bread and Butter

Wood Ear

Wood Ear

Law Bak Go

Law Bak Go

Hot Water & Lemon

Hot Water & Lemon

The Cabin

The Cabin

With the abundant variety of restaurants featuring Chinese cuisine around the city, this eatery goes the modern route with a twist on the traditional in their focus on Modern Chinese. Chef Scott Korzack is creative and inventive in his approach with ingredients and flavours. I had dined previously on some snacks, this time around my friend Websturr joined me on a wonderful culinary journey. Started off with their house-baked Bread and Butter ($4) Ginseng honey; followed by the Wood Ear ($4) Wood ear mushrooms, ginger scallion, sesame oil and the outstanding Law Bak Go ($9) radish cake, smoked brisket, chili oil. Their bartenders are equally inventive with their line-up of cocktails, Bartender Buck Friend has created quite the cocktail list, I loved the Hot Water & Lemon ($12) Hendricks gin, homemade limoncello, ginger and rose tea and Websturr had The Cabin ($11) smokey lapsang infused brandy, cream and egg.

BBQ Pork Buns

BBQ Pork Buns

Grilled Octopus

Grilled Octopus

The Steelhead

The Steelhead

Lamb

Lamb

Eggplant

Eggplant

Next was the BBQ Pork Buns ($9) pulled pork in Chinese bbq sauce, seared buns and pickles and you get 2 of these buns in an order; the Grilled Octopus ($14) potatoes, salted duck yolk mayo, celtuce followed. The Steelhead ($19) house-made X.O. sauce, turnip, mizuna was a memorable standout dish with subtle flavours and a hint of heat from the X.O. sauce. As we were relishing through the dishes, the next two were outstanding yet again, so happy that I took fellow writer Nikki Bayley’s nod and ordered the Lamb ($16) Five grains, leek, cauliflower which was full of varying textures and flavours; I then added a side order of the Eggplant ($7) black tea, with popped grains and again wonderful textures and full of flavour.

Squash Cake

Squash Cake

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

Ginger Parfait

Ginger Parfait

My culinary journey or any meal in fact is never complete without dessert and we were so excited to try Scott’s desserts. He a chef who is not a pastry chef, has continued his flair of using textures and great flavours from the savouries to sweet. My favourite of all of them and we tried them all was the outstanding Squash Cake ($8) with apples, walnuts, dulcey cremeux, and osmanthus textures, flavours, WOW! My 2nd favourite was the delicious Rice Pudding ($8) served warm, it was light and refreshing with notes of citrus, Chrysanthemum, sesame & mandarin, huge wow factor in flavours and textures! Lastly we shared the Ginger Parfait ($8) White chocolate, and candied kumquat. This is a chef you are going to want to keep an eye on and it’s a restaurant you best get in to visit soon.

Review by: Richard Wolak

FAMOSO NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA

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1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-251-2292

Web: http://www.famoso.ca/locations/bc_commercial_drive.php

Twitter: @FamosoPizzeria

Advice: Gluten-Free crust available. Offers a $6 movie Tuesday special.

Funghi Pizza

Funghi Pizza

Moo Shu Bbq Duck Pizza

Moo Shu Bbq Duck Pizza

Sweet Bbq Chicken Pizza

Sweet Bbq Chicken Pizza

Oh my pizza pie, that’s my motto these days as my pizza hunt continues, it is an ongoing adventure, tasting pie after pie. At Famoso they offer more of a unique approach to ordering a pizza, you go up to the counter and place your order then a server delivers it to the table, this is a process that seems to work perfectly at this popular eatery on the drive. Specializing in the Neapolitan Pizza style, they have both the classics as well as a selection of New World Pizzas. I have indulged in a few on recent visits. I loved the Funghi Pizza ($14.75) topped with parmesan crema, fior di latte, roasted white mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, caramelized onions, white truffle oil and pecorino romano; I also enjoyed a taste of the Cavoletti Pizza ($15.25) topped with oven roasted brussels sprouts, prosciutto crisps, gorgonzola cheese, dates, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey. For something unique and different, I had the Moo Shu Bbq Duck Pizza ($15.75) topped with house-made hoisin sauce, fior di latte, pulled duck, green onions and chopped cilantro and wished it was also topped with peanuts to give it some crunch. Lastly I had the Sweet Bbq Chicken Pizza ($14.75) topped with honey smoked Bbq sauce, fior di latte, roasted chicken, smoked mozzarella, diced tomatoes, red onions and cilantro.

The menu is fairly large, you’ll find a selection of appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas as well as sandwiches and desserts. You will also find beer on tap, wine and cocktails! I am looking forward to visiting again for dessert as I want to try their Nutella Pizza.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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