162 Water St., Vancouver
Ph: (604) 568-7022 or Reserve Online
I grew up in a small hotel where from time to time, the chef would prepare "marrow bones on toast" for the dinner menu. This was considered a great delicacy. The bones were sliced horizontally in cross-section so there would be a couple of round sections of bone on the plate with thin slices of toast. I remember digging out the small globules of marrow, smearing them on the toast and enjoying the rich creamy flavour. So when I saw roasted bone marrow with sea salt, radish and grilled bread under the appetizer section of this menu, I had to try it.
Les Faux Bourgeois
663 E.15th Ave.,
Ph: (604) 873-9733
Eating the most tender duck confit at a little cafe in the Mirepoix market while on a food-writing course in France almost 8 years ago remains one of my favorite food memories. I have heard great things about the duck confit at Les Faux Bourgeois and this French restaurant has been on my dining wish list for a while. Until now I have not got there but on the evening we were going to see Wide Awake Hearts at the Little Mountain Gallery theatre just off Main street, I managed to get an early dinner reservation for three of us.
Although we were there at 5:45 the restaurant was already buzzing with conversation and just about all the tables were occupied. I was the designated driver for the evening so I did not have any wine. We were served with a basket of sliced French baguette, crusty on the outside, soft inside. I couldn't resist a piece. Two actually!
Two of us decided on the same meal; La Tarte Flambe Alsacienne to start, and the duck confit to follow. The third guest picked the warm goat cheese salad, with goat cheese on crostinis, and organic greens with beets, walnuts and sherry vinaigrette. The main course choice was the classic dish, beef bourguignon.
Edible Canada at the Market
1596 Johnston Street,
Ph: (604) 682-6681 or Reserve Online
Conveniently located just steps away from the two Granville Island Arts Club Theatre venues, Edible Canada at the Market is a perfect spot for a pre-show meal, specially on a cold rainy Vancouver night. We were seeing Blue Box at the Revue Stage and opted to have supper at Edible Canada before the show..
I have not eaten at Chambar since they moved a short while ago to their new location just up the street from their first spot. This was a good choice for lunch with a friend before we went to a VIFF screening at the Vancouver Playhouse a few blocks away.
The new restaurant had a lighter more open feel. We sat at a table toward the back of the restaurant. It was very busy for lunch time but our service was prompt and efficient..
Earls Vancouver Downtown Test Kitchen
905 Hornby Street
After seeing a film at the Scotiabank Cinemas we exited the complex to find that rain was pelting down with gusts of wind blasting our umbrellas inside out. We speed-walked a few yards to the corner of Smythe and Hornby to have supper at the Earls restaurant round the corner.
We asked to be seated where it was reasonably quiet and the lighting was good. The area in the dining room where we sat was excellent. We were not bothered by any booming loud music as so often happens these days. The light was bright enough so that the menus could be read without the aid of my mini-flashlight, and the food photographs worked well too.
I liked the sound of the dynamite prawn and mango roll - a panko-breaded prawn and mango with avocado, cucumber, unagi maple and sriracha mayonnaise. It was beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked.
Urban Thai Bistro
1119 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Phone (604) 408-7788
After a hard day of training, the thought of my usual "nutritionally correct" supper of baked salmon and green salad was not really appealing, and instead we decided to head up to the local restaurant rows on Hamilton and Mainland Streets and pick somewhere for dinner.
To celebrate two January birthdays, three of us picked dinner at Minami, since we had all enjoyed previous dining experiences there. (Minami Restaurant and Minami Reprise). We all chose to sample the special Dine Out menu for $38.00. It sounded great and proved to be excellent value.
The first course was a sampler of aburi sushi. Aburi is the signature sushi at Minami and it's sister restaurant Miku, which incidentally has moved from the location it was in at the time of my review, to 70-200 Granville street. The raw fish is lightly seared with a blow torch allowing the juices and flavour to seep into the rice of the nigiri sushi.
Second course of Zen dishes: This was beautifully presented in a four compartment box.