1629 Yew Street, Vancouver
Advice: Closed Monday. Advance reservations are a must. If you have any allergies, best to notify the restaurant at least a day in advance.
With the menu focus as French meets West Coast cuisine with an Asian influence; Chefs/co-owners Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng offer two set tasting menus creating a wonderous dining experience offering up a 3 course demi and a 6 course chef’s tasting menu.
Joined by my friend and co-host of our Food Glorious Food podcast, Zahra Alani, we had a chance to experience both the Demi (3 course) and Chefs (6 course) Tasting menus. Our tasting adventure began with an amuse.
The first dishes were the Kombu cured snapper, tofu sauce, crispy kale providing exquisite, levels of flavours and textures! The Mushroom Chawanmushi was a delicious warm egg custard; and the Nori bread with spicy mayo gave a totally different meaning to house made bread, it was incredible, reminded me of an Asian crusted pineapple bun.
The Dungeness crab noodle soup, with house-made noodles, was a stunning dish; the Crispy chicken & oyster, grains, broccoli was very good; while the Rutabaga (vegi dish from vegetarian menu, substituted from pork dish) was quite interesting.
We shared both desserts from both tasting menus, the Hibiscus Pear Pavlova was perfection, not too sweet, and yummy; while the Milky Hot Chocolate, with house-made marshmallow served with a pistachio & honey cigar on the side, was out of this world. To end the meal we were served a selection of Mignardises, a plate of sweet delights to end the culinary journey.
This is one of those special restaurants you are going to want to remember for an intimate night out with a friend or loved one, truly a gem in the heart of Kitsilano.
Review by: Richard Wolak