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Tasting Summer Brunch at Market by Jean-Georges

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Yesterday I kicked off summer in style on the patio of Market at the Shangri-La Hotel downtown Vancouver, joined by my friend Kenji Maeda. Bubbles, Beats & Brunch takes places every weekend all summer long featuring an array of flavourful dishes, cocktails and live music with a dj spinning lively tunes.

Cashew Sticky Bun

Cashew Sticky Bun

Each table receives one of their delicious Cashew Sticky Buns to tempt the palate before brunching, a complimentary treat.

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If you decide to go the cocktail route, and if you are a Caesars lover like my friend Kenji, you should choose make your own Caesar, a server brings around their trolley and you select whichever ingredients and garnishes you fancy.

Caesar

Caesar

Lemongrass Soda

Lemongrass Soda

Kenji had the Caesar ($18) while I had a Lemongrass Soda.

Orange Flower Yogurt Sorbet

Orange Flower Yogurt Sorbet

Sucreme and Arugula Salad

Sucreme and Arugula Salad

For our starters, I had the delicious and refreshing Orange Flower Yogurt Sorbet ($9) with Hibiscus and local fruits. Kenji had the Sucreme and Arugula Salad ($14) with avocado and spicy corn vinaigrette.

Korean Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Pandan Waffle

Pandan Waffle

For our mains, I had the Korean Fried Chicken ($22) which had a sweet and spice kick along with house-made biscuits; Kenji had the Eggs Benedict ($19) with olive oil hollandaise and smoked salmon; then Kenji and I shared the outstanding Pandan Waffle ($16) topped with coconut cream, caramelized pineapple, and caramel sauce, so different and so good.

Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float

For dessert which is a must have anytime dining here, I had a Root Beer Float ($8) with bourbon-vanilla ice cream and Boylan’s root beer making for quite the frothy experience; Kenji had a scoop of the Grapefruit Sorbet.

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You can make reservations by phone at (604) 695 1115. MARKET by Jean-Georges is located on Level 3 at 1115 Alberni in Vancouver, you can follow them on twitter @MARKETjg_Van

By: Richard Wolak

Spice Market Menu Tasting at Market

New York’s famed Spice Market has been featured at Market thru April 18 with a special tasting menu. Inspired by the street food Jean-Georges enjoyed while travelling in Southeast Asia, the menu was created for a fun and flavourful culinary journey transporting diners to a Vietnamese street market or a Thai food stall.

Papadams and chutney

Papadams and chutney

I tasted a variety of dishes off their dinner tasting menu, which offered a 5 course menu featuring 10 flavours for $68.

Yellowfin Tuna, Lemon Szechuan Vinaigrette

Yellowfin Tuna, Lemon Szechuan Vinaigrette

Yellowfin Tuna, Lemon Szechuan Vinaigrette

Shrimp Dumplings, Lobster and Shitake Mushroom Sauce

Shrimp Dumplings, Lobster and Shitake Mushroom Sauce

Shrimp Dumplings, Lobster and Shitake Mushroom Sauce

Mongolian Lamb Satay and Spiced Chicken Samosas,

Mongolian Lamb Satay and
Spiced Chicken Samosas,

Mongolian Lamb Satay, Sweet Soy Glaze, Lemon and

Spiced Chicken Samosas, Cilantro Yogurt

Vietnamese Coffee Tart, Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Vietnamese Coffee Tart, Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Vietnamese Coffee Tart, Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Thai Jewels, Tropical Fruits and Shaved Coconut Ice

Thai Jewels, Tropical Fruits and Shaved Coconut Ice

Thai Jewels, Tropical Fruits and Shaved Coconut Ice

My take:

My favourite dishes from all the ones that I tasted were Yellowfin Tuna as well as the delicious Shrimp Dumplings with lobster and shitake mushroom sauce. The Chicken Samosa in Cilantro Yogurt which was amazing. I loved both of the desserts which had very different flavour profiles, Vietnamese Coffee Tart with Condensed Milk Ice Cream was smooth and creamy while the Thai Jewels, Tropical Fruits and Shaved Coconut Ice was filled with textures and flavours which was a fabulous finish to a wonderful meal.

MARKET by Jean-Georges

Level 3, 1115 Alberni

Phone: (604) 695 1115

Web: Restaurant 

Twitter:  @MARKETjg_Van

By: Richard Wolak

An Artful Addition Afternoon Tea at Xi Shi Lounge

Afternoon Tea is an art and should be an extraordinary experience one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for you to indulge in an Afternoon Tea experience. Each of the places is unique in what they offer along with the type of service and selection of sandwiches, pastries and desserts. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places.

Here is the twenty second of many places that I have visited recently. The Xi Shi Lounge is located in the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver.

Ron Smid

Ron Smid

I have experienced Afternoon Tea in this lounge previously, this time around the Shangri-La Hotel has done something quite different. They created an artful afternoon tea experience that mixes in Canadian photographic works by renowned master photographer Ron Smid in his celebrated collection Canada: The Light on Our Land.

Guests can view the collection in Xi Shi Lounge and enjoy familiar Canadian flavours with the Artist in Residence Afternoon Tea. Smid will be in the lounge on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m., through to April 15, 2014. to speak about the collection, share tales from his journeys across Canada’s wilderness, and answer questions about his unique and rare photography process.

A passionate photographic purist, Smid uses a vintage 1936 large-format wooden camera to capture the elusive light on analogue film, without the use of digital technology. Over the past two decades, he has travelled more than a quarter of a million miles to document the geographic diversity of Canada in all its beauty. From a fiery Pacific sunrise on Vancouver Island to a final twilight crescendo of surf through The Arc in Newfoundland, this exhibit showcases the finest collection of Canadian landscape images. Smid’s work is found in private and corporate collections around the world, and is sold exclusively through the Ron Smid Collection gallery located in the Upper Village in Whistler, B.C.

Italian Almond Tea

Italian Almond Tea

First off, I chose my tea of choice from their selection of teas, I chose the “Italian Almond Tea” and my friend Avelino had the “Single Estate Darjeeling tea”.

3-tiered tray

3-tiered tray

A 3 tiered tower inspired by classic Canadian cuisine from coast to coast, arrived featuring an array of delicious eats, Lobster Salad Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese, Smoked Salmon on poppy bagels, lovely orange scones, and sweets that included maple dusted donuts, baked blueberry yogurt, butter glazed pecan tarts and Nanaimo bars.

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Scones

Scones

Sweets

Sweets

My thoughts – This is a terrific idea merging an renowned artist works as a backdrop to a beautiful Afternoon Tea service of delicious eats with a warm pot of tea while listening to a live pianist.

Style:  Artist in Residence Afternoon Tea

Attire: Smart Casual

Time: Afternoon Tea Service is offered 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel 

1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

For Reservations, please call 604-689-1120

Reservations can be made for every day of the week, and cost $38.00 per person.

Stay tuned to the next part of Afternoon Tea in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

Cook Hall Menu Lunch Tasting at Market

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.

Cook Hall’s Executive Chef David Gross & Market’s Chef de Cuisine is Montgomery Lau.

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

Popcorn Shrimp with ranch dressing

Popcorn Shrimp with ranch dressing

Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Egg and Parmesan

Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Egg and Parmesan

Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Egg and Parmesan

Crispy Duck Tacos with Chipotle Coleslaw

Crispy Duck Tacos with Chipotle Coleslaw

Crispy Duck Tacos with Chipotle Coleslaw

House made Ricotta and honey and grilled flatbread

House made Ricotta and honey and grilled flatbread

House made Ricotta and honey and grilled flatbread

Pork belly Pizza

Pork belly Pizza

Pork belly Pizza

Grilled Steelhead with collard greens

Grilled Steelhead with collard greens

Grilled Steelhead with collard greens

Cavatelli with house made sausage

Cavatelli with house made sausage

Cavatelli with house made sausage

Flank Steak with parsnip puree

Flank Steak with parsnip puree

Flank Steak with parsnip puree

Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel

Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel

Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel

Deep Fried Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Deep Fried Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Deep Fried Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Nutella Pie

Nutella Pie

Nutella Pie

Cook Hall Cocktail Kit.

Cook Hall Cocktail Kit.

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 take:

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

Web: Restaurant

Twitter:  @MARKETjg_Van

By: Richard Wolak

Fall Menu Lunch Tasting at Market

I was into Market at the Shangri-la Hotel to taste their Fall Menu last week, I tried some of the new dishes Chef Chef De Cuisine, Montgomery Lau has on the menu.

Fresh baked rolls

Fresh baked rolls

Freshly baked rolls selection

Tuna Tartare

Tuna Tartare

First dish was the Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Spicy Radish, Ginger Dressing

Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters

Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters

Second dish was the Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters, Asian Pear and Endive with pepper jam

Pacific Ling cod

Pacific Ling cod

Third dish was the Pacific Ling cod topped with Honshimeji Mushrooms in broth

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

Fourth dish was the Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar with salted caramel ice cream

My take:

It was nice to see freshly house baked rolls (selection changes daily) served to guests as they are seated. The Tuna Tartare was delicious with the ginger dressing undertones and the presentation was beautiful. The Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters, Asian Pear and Endive were outstanding and I loved the pepper jam underneath the fritters. The Pacific Ling cod topped with Honshimeji Mushrooms was flavourful and tender in a light broth. Lastly the heavenly Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar with salted caramel ice cream was the perfect finish.

See the lunch menu here.

MARKET by Jean-Georges

Level 3, 1115 Alberni

Phone: (604) 695 1115

Web: Restaurant

Twitter:  @MARKETjg_Van

By: Richard Wolak

Brunch at Market by Jean-Georges

Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for you to indulge in brunch. Each of the places is unique in what they offer along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places.

Brunch at Market by Jean-Georges is located in the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver.

There Brunch is $35 Prix Fixe that includes your choice of two plates and a dessert.

I had a sampling of several of their dishes as I was invited in.

Dungeness Crab Toast, Lemon Aioli

Spot Prawns Sashimi with Green Chili, Pistachio and Mint

Roasted Carrots and Avocado Salad, Crunchy Seeds, Sour Cream and Citrus

French Toast, Caramelized Apples, Bacon

Short Rib Poutine, Poached Egg, Arugula, Fontina Cheese

Mushroom Pizza

Strawberry-Yuzu Tart, Lemongrass and Caramel Brulé

Chocolate Pudding, Softly Whipped Cream, Crystallized Violets

Dishes that I ate included:

  • Dungeness Crab Toast, Lemon Aioli
  • Spot Prawns Sashimi with Green Chili, Pistachio and Mint
  • Roasted Carrots and Avocado Salad, Crunchy Seeds, Sour Cream and Citrus
  • French Toast, Caramelized Apples, Bacon
  • Short Rib Poutine, Poached Egg, Arugula, Fontina Cheese
  • Mushroom Pizza
  • Chocolate Pudding, Softly Whipped Cream, Crystallized Violets
  • Strawberry-Yuzu Tart, Lemongrass and Caramel Brulé

My thoughts – My favourite dishes from the ones that I ate were the Roasted Carrots and Avocado Salad, Crunchy Seeds, Sour Cream and Citrus; French Toast, Caramelized Apples, Bacon; Short Rib Poutine; Mushroom Pizza and I loved the Chocolate Pudding, Softly Whipped Cream, Crystallized Violets.

Style: PRIX FIXE

Attire: Smart Casual

Time: Brunch is offered 11:30am – 3pm on Sundays

Browse the Brunch Menu

Market by Jean-Georges

1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver

For Reservations, please call 604-695-1115

Stay tuned to the next part of Brunch in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

Spring Menu Tasting at Market

I was into Market at the Shangri-la Hotel to taste their Spring Menu last week, Chef Wayne Harris presented us with a 6 course menu of some of their new dishes.

Salmon Sashimi

First Course was the Salmon Sashimi with green chilli, pistachio and mint

Blue Fin Tuna Sushi

Second Course was the Ranched Blue Fin Tuna Sushi with crispy rice, spring onion and chipotle

Spring Pea Soup

Third Course was the Spring Pea Soup with parmesan

Crunchy Roasted Halibut

Fourth Course was the Crunchy Roasted Halibut with glazed mushroom, chilli and mint

Hanger Steak

Fifth Course was the Hanger Steak with broccoli, chilli and garlic

Marzipan Layer Cake

Raspberry Charlotte Sundae

Sixth Course was the Marzipan Layer Cake with mixed glazed berries, and sour cherry sorbet and the Raspberry Charlotte Sundae

I loved the colourful green and pink theme of the spring menu that Chef Jean-Georges has created for Market Vancouver, my favourite dishes were the Ranched Blue Fin Tuna Sushi, Spring Pea Soup, Roasted Halibut and the most delicious Marzipan Layer Cake.

See the full menus here.

By: Richard Wolak

Afternoon Tea at Shangri-La Lounge

Afternoon Tea is an art and should be an extraordinary experience one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for you to indulge in an Afternoon Tea experience. Each of the places is unique in what they offer along with the type of service and selection of sandwiches, pastries and desserts. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places.

Here is the tenth of many places that I have visited recently. The Shangri-La lounge is located in the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver.

I had their Afternoon Tea service for $34.00 per person. First off, I chose my tea of choice from their selection of teas, I chose the “Earl Grey Tea” and my mom had the “English Breakfast Tea”.

3-tiered tray

A three tiered plate arrived to the table as well as a plate of fresh scones, we worked our way through the tiered plate from the bottom to the top, the bottom layer had assortment of sandwiches that included Pickled Cucumber with tarragon cream cheese, Shaved Roast Beef with Shiraz red onion jam, Pacific Candied Salmon with arugula cream cheese, Free Range Egg with watercress on a baby croissant.  The middle layer was filled with assorted canapés from their Asian inspired seasonal menu that included Fortune Chicken and & Wonton Salad, Char Sui Profiteroles, Silk Chive Crepe with Japanese eggplant marmalade. We then enjoyed the homemade raisin Scones served with clotted cream and housemade mango compote. Then it was back to the tiered plate to the top layer to indulge in Gogi Blossom Gelee, Smiling Budha Sesame Ball, and Opera Cake.

Sandwiches

Canapes

Scones

Sweets

My thoughts –From the assortment of sandwiches I liked the Free Range Egg on the croissant the best followed by the Pickled Cucumber with tarragon cream cheese. From the canapés I loved the Fortune Chicken and & Wonton Salad. The scones were moist and absolutely delicious with the mango compote and a dot of cream. From the assortment of sweets, we both loved the Opera Cake! The experience was relaxing and we were able to slowly make our way thru the tea service.

Style: English Tea Service

Attire: Smart Casual

Time: Afternoon Tea Service is offered 1pm – 5pm Daily

Shangri-La Hotel Lobby Lounge

1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

For Reservations, please call 604-689-1120

Reservations can be made for every day of the week, and cost $34.00

Stay tuned to the next part of Afternoon Tea in Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

Signature Spice Market Dishes at Market thru November

Anthony Ricco, Executive Chef of Jean-Georges’ Spice Market NYC

For three weeks in November, a spicier side of Jean-Georges comes to life in Vancouver.  From November 8 to 30, guests of Market by Jean-Georges will have the opportunity to taste the dishes and spices of the famed Spice Market, New York (NYC).

Karen Gin, chef de cuisine for Market by Jean-Georges

I was in recently to taste these new menu offerings, these items have been added to the menu for November and are Asian-influenced recipes that offer something unique to a community that gravitates to truly authentic and sophisticated flavours.

Shaved Tuna, Chili Tapioca, Asian Pear and Lime

Six signature Spice Market dishes have been added to the dinner menu.  Available a la carte, C$10 – C$30, or as a tasting menu, C$68, these six dishes top Spice Market’s list of favourite items with the ingredients readily available in Vancouver:

– Shaved Tuna, Chili Tapioca, Asian Pear and Lime

– Spiced Chicken Samosas, Cilantro Yogurt

– Black Pepper Shrimp, Sundried Pineapple

– Cod with Malaysian Chili Sauce, Thai Basil

– Vietnamese Chicken Curry

– Ovaltine Kulfi, Caramelized Banana and Spiced Milk Chocolate Sauce

Ovaltine Kulfi, Caramelized Banana and Spiced Milk Chocolate Sauce

Spice Market NYC, located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, was inspired by the street food Jean-Georges enjoyed while traveling in Southeast Asia.  Since opening in 2004, the cuisine and lively atmosphere of the famed New York eatery has transported diners from Vietnamese street markets to a Thai food stalls.

Market by Jean-Georges is the first restaurant in Canada for the three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the signature restaurant of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver.  Market, open seven days a week from breakfast through dinner, is located on the hotel’s third floor and accessible through the hotel or directly off Alberni Street.  Reservations can be made by telephone at (604) 695-1115 or via the restaurant’s website – www.marketbyjgvancouver.com

By: Richard Wolak

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