Posts Tagged ‘Communal Table’

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

LEAR FAYE ESPRESSO KITCHEN

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2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 484-9371

Web: n/a

Twitter: @lear_faye

Advice: Talk to the Baristas and learn more about the fine art of espresso.

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Our coffee scene continues to thrive when cool cafes such as Lear Faye excels in creating community. I wrote my first book about coffee and cafes over 20 years ago in Vancouver, the scene has grown immensely ever since. Owned by brother and sister, Jess and Dolly who both have quite the background in the local coffee movement. This café has further elevated the coffee scene on the drive. The hydra espresso machine is only one of 3 of it’s kind in North America, they welcome baristas who are top notch in their game to come and pull shots and join their community as they create a wider community of patrons.

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I loved the wooden handles on the espresso machine, turns out they were custom created locally by Doug Warren who also created some of their other wooden fixtures. The origin of the name Lear Faye is not only derived from both of the owners middle names, but its a celtic family name that means “Of the Meadow Shining Brightly”. I have had the Grilled Cheese ($8) with gruyere & Caramelized Onion on sourdough, with my addition of fig jam and it was delicious. I have also had my usual go to bevy an Espresso Macchiato ($3.50). In addition to a full line-up of espresso beverages, you will also find cream sodas, tea and other drinks. There are custom made sandwiches for breakfast and lunch as well as a selection of baked goods including some gluten-free options.

This is a café you are going to want to visit, another hangout to add to the growing number of great cafes in our city.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CAFÉ AL MERCATO

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2215 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: 604-922-4334

Web: n/a

Twitter: @CaffeAlMercato

Advice: Sit at the communal table.

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This Italian style café and market is filled with a large selection of fresh baked goods, such as breads, muffins, scones, cakes and cookies as well as an array of freshly made sandwiches, soups, pastas and pizza along with homemade gelato. I loved the long wooden communal table as well as the big windows, coated cement floors on the inside and the red Muskoka chairs on the patio.

 Truffle Mushroom Pizza and the Panzanella Salad

Truffle Mushroom Pizza and the Panzanella Salad

I had the special pizza of the day, Truffle Mushroom Pizza ($4) and the Panzanella Salad ($5) both were delicious and made for a great combo. The café also features Italian inspired coffees, desserts and pastries.

The owners of Mangia E Bevi Ristorante on the South side of the street opened this café directly across the street to welcome the community by day. There is a large deli section featuring fresh cheeses, meats and sauces for cooking at home. Looking forward to a return visit to try one of their desserts.

Review by: Richard Wolak

PLANTOPLANTO

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125 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver

Tel: n/a

Web: http://www.plantoplanto.com/

Twitter: @plantonorthvan

Advice: No reservations, check out their Foodie Friday bi-weekly feast.

Fruit Chutney & Brie Sandwich with a Quinoa Salad

Fruit Chutney & Brie Sandwich with a Quinoa Salad

Carrot Juice

Carrot Juice

Iced Tea

Iced Tea

 Gluten-free Carrot Cake

Gluten-free Carrot Cake

Specializing in plant-based foods, this mostly vegetarian café is a great to eat in spot for lunch on the North shore. You’ll love sitting at the high-top shared communal table which I did on my visit. I had their delicious Fruit Chutney & Brie Sandwich with a Quinoa Salad on the side that was full of feta, kale, cranberries and almonds. I also had a Carrot Juice as well as an Iced Tea which was the perfect refreshment to go with the yummy Gluten-free Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing in a jar that I had for dessert.

They offer something awesome for their customers and you can take part, every 2nd Friday for only $10 you can taste all sorts of new dishes, it’s like a foodie feast where you can try their newest creations before they end up on the menu. It’s a chance for you to give them feedback on the dishes you like and perhaps you may suggest a tweak, customer involvement is key and this is a great idea. The menu features a great selection of smoothies and juices along with sandwiches, salads and desserts. I can’t wait to try their Black Bean Chocolate Brownies on my next visit.

Review by: Richard Wolak

PIZZA FABRIKA

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1680 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.559.1680

Web: www.pizzafabrika.ca

Twitter: @PizzaFabrika_CA

Advice: Have a seat at the communal table if you are dining solo.

Dukkah

Dukkah

SPUD Pizza

SPUD Pizza

Duck Pizza

Duck Pizza

The most recent in the new wave of pizzerias is spot on, stepping up my love for pizza to another level with their chewy golden crust. Owned by restaurateur brothers Stephen and Michael Wiese these guys know that the secret is in the crust. It’s a simple affair here, serving up 8 pizza pies on the get go, perhaps more will be added to the stellar line-up down the road. Their crust is a yeast-leavened sourdough created via time-honoured kneading techniques. The tomato sauce is made from D.O.P. San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and Kosher salt, and the Fabrika cheese blend which you will see noted on the menu is a balance of full fat Canadian Mozzarella and Danish Fontina. I started off with the Dukkah ($6.50) crushed delicious blend of toasted hazelnuts & aromatic spices with EVOO & warm bread sticks. Then it was on to the pizza, the seriously good, SPUD Pizza ($16) which stole my heart, it was outstanding with sliced potatoes, oven roasted rosemary, fresh garlic, Grana Padano, red onion, cauliflower purée. I also had the Duck Pizza ($18) with Duck prosciutto, fresh pea shoots, and Fabrika cheese blend.

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Blueberry Lemon Curd

Blueberry Lemon Curd

Noting that you may want something sweet to end your meal, they have a couple of desserts on rotation in glass jars to eat-in or take to go, I had the Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse and Blueberry Lemon Curd on my visit. The restaurant is licensed and they have a selection of craft beer along with wines on offer. I can’t wait for a return visit for more of that heavenly SPUD Pizza.

Review by: Richard Wolak

THE JUICE TRUCK CAFÉ

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28 W 5th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 719-8861

Web: www.thejuicetruck.ca

Twitter: @juicetruck

Advice: Have a seat at the communal sharing table.

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As one of the juice movers and shakers, The Juice Truck’s founders Ryan Slater and Zach Berman started the ball rolling a few years ago with their bright pink mobile truck. They were one of the first purveyors of the city’s first cold pressed juice, now they have grown and added a juice bar café. The storefront houses a large new production facility for nutritionist-approved cold pressed juices, ready-to-go cleanse packages and smoothies, a community space, and a juice bar and café.

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The interior design is by Glasfurd and Walker with brightly coloured walls, playful fruit-inspired art and wallpaper, a fruity bathroom, and custom lighting by Gamala create a fun and inviting space for the community.

The Remedy

The Remedy

Hearty Salad

Hearty Salad

The Sushi

The Sushi

I have been a fan of their juices and smoothies for quite some time, happily you can get the ones that you loved at the truck in the café. I had The Remedy juice with Pineapple pressed with cucumber, kale, mint & ginger; along with one of their Hearty Salads that was filled with vegetables and grains along with a delicious garlicy dressing and The Sushi that is made with parsnip rice. In addition to their juices and smoothies, the café features grab-and-go meals, breakfast and lunch—think breakfast bowls and salads, and energy-boosting, indulgent snacks. Raw, gluten-free and vegan options abound, the retail space shelves are also stocked with superfoods like chia seeds, hemp seeds, and custom made tinctures, plus The Juice Truck cold pressed bottled juices to take home.

Review by: Richard Wolak

NOOK

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1525 Yew Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-734-3381

Web: http://nookrestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @Nookvancouver

Advice: No reservations.

 

Peach Soda

Peach Soda

Baked Ricotta

Baked Ricotta

Baby Dutch Pancake

Baby Dutch Pancake

I have always been drawn to Italian restaurants, with no Italian ancestry that I know of, it is a cuisine that I have loved. It’s approachable to most, flavourful dishes, and simple ingredients, at Nook’s original location they have been serving up delicious eats since opening. Nook #2 is their latest and they have done a fine job, there is a beautiful communal table on one side where I sat, and then there is seating on the other side, great ambiance and people watching to be had. I started off my brunch with a refreshing Peach Soda, then indulged in their Baked Ricotta ($10) with drizzled Honey and blacked pepper, a delicious dish that takes ricotta to another level. Next was the delicious Baby Dutch Pancake with roasted apples and mascarpone cream in a caramel sauce.

Their brunch menu which is only available at their Kitsilano location is fairly simple, you will find some starters, skillets, some specialities as well as their line-up of amazing pizzas. There is also wine, beer, and cocktails with or without liquor. I’m looking forward to my next visit to this Italian eatery near the beach, for their Meatball Sandwich.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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

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