Atlanta’s famed Cook Hall is being featured in Vancouver at MARKET by Jean-Georges through to October 31, 2013. I had the opportunity to enjoy some dishes during lunch last Friday that was prepared by Cook Hall’s Executive Chef David Gross & Market’s Chef de Cuisine is Montgomery Lau.
Under the direction of renowned Atlanta chef David Gross, Cook Hall offers global gastropub fare with an emphasis on shareable plates of varying size.
The menu highlights Gross’ passion for seasonal ingredients married with Atlanta’s southeastern inspiration. I tasted a variety of dishes off their lunch menu, which offers a 3 course prix fixe menu for $29.
Popcorn Shrimp with ranch dressing
Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Egg and Parmesan
Crispy Duck Tacos with Chipotle Coleslaw
House made Ricotta and honey and grilled flatbread
Pork belly Pizza
Grilled Steelhead with collard greens
Cavatelli with house made sausage
Flank Steak with parsnip puree
Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel
Deep Fried Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Creating a contemporary twist on the craft cocktail movement, the restaurant has created a “bottle service” equivalent with its famous Cook Hall Cocktail Kit. Order the kit and it arrives tableside, complete with instructions, in a basket brimming with fresh herbs, gorgeous carafes of sparkling soda water, wee droppers of housemade bitters, a heaping bowl of freshly sliced fruits and a selection of from-scratch shrub syrups. For those feeling bold, diners are invited to be their own mixologist and create a personalized concoction, or follow one of Cook Hall’s celebrated recipes such as the Lavender Gin Fizz or Jalisco Flip.
My favourite dishes from all the ones that I tasted were the playful Popcorn Shrimp with ranch dressing, the delcious House made Ricotta and honey and grilled flatbread, Pork belly Pizza with its barbq sauce flavours, and the outstanding Grilled Steelhead with collard greens in a sweet and sour carrot sauce on the savory side. For dessert the Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel hit the high notes and was the perfect finish to a wonderful meal.
MARKET by Jean-Georges
Level 3, 1115 Alberni
Phone: (604) 695 1115
By: Richard Wolak