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Review From The Cellar

“Taste" fine foods and wines in restaurant reviews in my home base of Vancouver, on international travels on land and on cruise ships. Explore wines from boutique wineries in British Columbia, and the Pacific North-West, or around the world.

kampachi carpaccio

Provence Marinaside
1177 Marinaside Crescent
Vancouver
Ph: (604)  681-4144

Two years ago I was in Honolulu for a dance competition and took advantage of my brief time there to check out a small sample of the local restaurant scene (Fine Food in Honolulu). I love the simplicity and freshness of raw fish in its myriad forms whether called sashimi, crudo or carpaccio, marinated as in ceviche, or dressed with other ingredients as in poke, so my eyes inevitably sought out the sashimi options on the menus. At home one of my favorite sashimi choices has always...

Spotprawns
TenTen Tapas
1010 Beach Avenue, on the sea wall
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 689 -7800
 
What a great way to end a fun birthday day … Fresh from a 3 hour Hustle workshop (think Saturday Night Fever! but not the line dance), I strolled along the False Creek sea wall to a small restaurant overlooking the water, to share tapas and wine with friends and listen to cool jazz.  
Glazed salmon
Carderos Restaurant
1563 Coal Harbour Quay, Although I have frequently eaten at the other restaurants in the Sequoia group, The Sandbar, The Teahouse and Seasons in the Park, this was my first time dining at Carderos. Our reservation was for 5:45 PM but the patio was already very busy so we opted for a small, but comfortable two seater booth inside. 
Both of us were tempted to try the soup special, an Arctic Char and Leek Chowder. I wanted to see the portion difference between a cup and bowl so while my friend sensibly ordered the cup, I opted for
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Sablefish

I love eating the grilled fish from the fresh fish sheet at Sandbar so it is crazy that the memory that sticks with me from our Mothers' Day dinner was not the perfectly cooked Alderwood-grilled, miso-marinated Sablefish, but the potatoes that I got as a substitute for the regular rice accompaniment. The sablefish was delicious but it was the texture and smoothness of the potatoes that kept me having just one more bite, till - so much for my carb-restricted eating plan - my plate was empty.

Milos Special

Estiatorio Milos
125 West 55th St., New York.
Ph:  (212)-245-7400

Taramasalata, the piquant fish roe dish, is a favorite Greek meze of mine, and one of the tastiest versions I have had was at the Estiatorio Milos in Las Vegas. So when I discovered that the New York Estiatorio Milos was a short walk from the Manhattan Movement and Dance Center where we were to attend the Dance Gallery Festival Best of 10, that was my first choice for a pre-show dinner.

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