Posts Tagged ‘Communal Table’

BEYOND BREAD

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3686 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-733-3931

Web: http://beyondbread.ca/

Twitter: @bbbcafe

Advice: Check out their website for oven times for your favourite breads.

Apple & Brie Sandwich

Apple & Brie Sandwich

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Known for their outstanding breads, this artisan bakery and café is more than just bread. With a communal table and seating in the café they are serving a wide variety of unique sandwiches on their house-baked breads. I have visited a few times after discovering their bread which I had at The Farmer’s Apprentice. I absolutely loved the Apple & Brie Sandwich on the Fig & Walnut Bread with crisp organic apple, double brie organic greens and local honey drizzle; along with the Grilled Cheese melted aged cheddar between slices of grilled garlic potato bread. I have also had an Espresso Macchiato.

There are some amazing sandwiches, soups, baked goods that include croissants, scones and muffins along with a full line-up of espresso based and other beverages. Then there is the outstanding bread which sells out fast each day, so I would suggest that you get there early or call them to put a hold on your favourite loaf.

Review 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

BASHO CAFÉ

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2007 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-6276

Web: http://bashocafe.com/

Twitter: @BashoCafe

Advice: closed Monday and Tuesday.

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I love cafes that mix the owners heritage which in this case is Japanese. On the edge of East Village this family-run cafe is headed by Hiroshi and Miju Kawai, and their daughter, Moeno who have created a cozy paradise. The star of the warmly decorated 16 seat room is the communal table for customers to share. The family welcomes everyone to their place “Basho” where they have made most of the furniture and pottery themselves.

Tray of snacks

Tray of snacks

I visited over the weekend for some afternoon snacks, served to me on a tray, each snack which I had ordered individually was delightful. My favourite was the delicious and moist Matcha White Chocolate Brownie ($2), I also had a Matcha Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie ($1.75) and a Gomai Miso Cookie ($ .50) to go along with the Espresso Macchiato ($3) made with hand-picked, organic coffee beans from Handworks Coffee Studio.

The menu offers the usual espresso beverages as well as a large assortment of house-baked Japanese inspired treats, most are miniature in size which are similar in size to what you would find in Japan. You will also find some unique dishes for lunching such as the Tuna Tataki which I can’t wait to try on my next visit.

Review by: Richard Wolak

TIMBERTRAIN COFFEE

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311 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 915-9188

Web: http://timbertraincoffeeroasters.com/

Twitter: @Timbertrain

Advice: Communal tables for sharing.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Morning Glory Muffin

Morning Glory Muffin

I am purist when it comes to coffee, consistent flavour profile matters when roasters open their own cafes. Enter Timbertrain founded by Kevin, Min and Peter who have set up their own roastery in Langley to supply their Gastown café along with others down the road. The café features a unique set-up of communal sharing tables which maximizes the space and perhaps it’s a spot where you will engage and meet others from the neighborhood. I have been in a couple of times already having my go to bevy which is an Espresso Macchiato ($3.25) which I loved, last time I tried one of their Morning Glory Muffins. The menu is simple with a line-up of classic espresso based beverages as well as a pour-over coffee bar, there is also a changing selection of baked goods.

The café is stylish as are the guys behind the bar!

Review by: Richard Wolak

SHANTIS CURRIES

shanti 1 4191 Main St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-7699

Web: http://shantiscurries.com/

Twitter: @ShantisCurries

Advice: Communal tables for sharing. No reservations. Bring your own wine (they provide the glasses. And if you can’t finish the bottle they will re-cork it and seal it for you to take home).

Samosa Chaat

Samosa Chaat

Malabar Fish Curry

Malabar Fish Curry

Inspired by the food they grew up eating at home, co-owners Danila and Sonny have created a menu of delicious eats based on the recipes Danila’s mom Shanti cooked. It’s a wonderful place that is bright, sustainable and provokes sharing tables with others and perhaps conversation. I had the Samosa Chaat ($9) potato, peas, chutneys, yogurt, onion & cilantro made with 2 delicious samosas; I also had the outstanding Malabar Fish Curry ($15) with ling cod and a delicious sweet and spicy curry that was served with Non-GMO white basmati rice.

You will find an array of curries from chicken, beef and fish to vegetarian, along with samosas, raita and more, they are licensed with beer and ciders, and of course there is chai which is house-made.

Review by: Richard Wolak

33 ACRES BEER LOUNGE

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15 W 8th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604 620 4589

Web: http://33acresbrewing.com/

Twitter: @33Acres

Advice: Food Trucks parked in front change often, watch twitter for daily updates.

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Off the beaten track, on the edge of False Creek and close to Olympic Village, sits a very cool new tasting lounge with a large communal table, a bar with seating and a gift shop. You can get glasses of 33 Acres beer on tap, coffee, waffles on weekends, a range of snacks and ice cream daily. You will also find a food trucks parked out front for you to purchase larger meals which you can eat inside the lounge.

Gingerbread Waffles

Gingerbread Waffles

33 Acres of Malt Ice Cream & 33Acres Melaco

33 Acres of Malt Ice Cream & 33Acres Melaco

This is a very cool spot to hang out, I have been in a couple of times, on the first visit I am pretty sure I shocked the server as I wasn’t in for a beer, it was a late Saturday brunch and I was in for the outstanding Gingerbread Waffles ($7.50) served with orange butter and maple syrup. My next visit was on Saturday night pairing 33 Acres of Malt Ice Cream ($4) (made for them by Earnest Ice Cream) paired with the 33Acres Melaco ($2.50 6oz glass) (Robust Porter).

If you are looking for a place to hangout, eat some great snacks, enjoy a beer or not, this is a go to place you are going to love!

Review by: Richard Wolak

PIZZA CARANO

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4241 Fraser St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1270

Web: http://www.pizzacarano.com/

Twitter: @PizzaCarano

Advice: Closed Sunday/Monday. Limited seating. No Alcohol .

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As my ongoing quest for pizza continues, this shiner sits on the border of both Riley Park and Kensington-Cedar Cottage in East Van. Specializing in thin crust pizza with quite an array of show stopping toppings, the regular menu is fairly simple, the specials throw a curve ball and best of all customers delight. I like the fresh herbs growing in front of the kitchen for chefs to easily garnish the pizzas. It’s a fairly small room, with steel tables and stools and a nice communal table for sharing.

Sausage and Roasted Fennel Pizza

Sausage and Roasted Fennel Pizza

I had the very good, Sausage and Roasted Fennel Pizza ($15) with a delicious white sauce, ground sausage, fennel, fior di latte and arugula. Keep an eye out for their new special pizzas by following them on instagram and twitter. I am watching as I can’t wait to try their Spicy Coconut Kale Pizza.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CUCHILLO

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261 Powell St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-7585

Web: http://www.cuchillo.ca/

Twitter: @CuchilloYVR

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

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Off the beaten track, hidden away in Railtown is a gem that is already packed most nights with diners yearning for Latin American cuisine, personally I love the range of flavours and spices merging  from the Latin American cultures. Chef Stu Irving loves creating dishes that are latin inspired offering diners flavours and an adventure. His former restaurant Cobre guided our palates and now his new restaurant with partner John Cooper takes us on another exciting culinary journey.

Chipotle y Sea Salt Dusted Fry Bread

Chipotle y Sea Salt Dusted Fry Bread

 Local Albacore Tuna y Pipian Rojo

Local Albacore Tuna y Pipian Rojo

Corn Bread Azul

Corn Bread Azul

I have been in twice for dinner over the past month; I loved the Chipotle y Sea Salt Dusted Fry Bread ($6) which bodes well for sharing. The Local Albacore Tuna y Pipian Rojo ($13) with Peruvian double smoked bacon causa was superb, as was the Corn Bread Azul ($7) with Guajillo chili butter which gave it a nice heat kick.

Mole Lamb Albondigas

Mole Lamb Albondigas

Bison Ribeye Broil

Bison Ribeye Broil

Dulce de Leche with Churros

Dulce de Leche with Churros

The outstanding Mole Lamb Albondigas ($8) sardo parmesan browned are topped with garlic popcorn. Another outstanding dish was the Bison Ribeye Broil ($21) walnut manchego tostadas, topped with green apple chimichurri and valdeon cauliflower mash, the dessert menu boasts only one but divine creation, the outstanding rich Dulce de Leche ($8) with Churros.

The wine list is made up of wine from BC, Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina to marry the flavours of Latin America, Spain and the local ingredients found in our region. The cocktails list is creative as well and you will find an extensive range of tequila and mezcal. The servers are knowledgeable on the food and drink offerings, leave it to them to be your guide.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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