food review

magret de CanardSalade de Fruits Cafe
1551 W 7th Ave
Ph: (604) 714-5987

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I have been to several plays at Studio 16 at the French Cultural Centre on West 7th and knew that there was also a place to eat there. Somehow I assumed it was a coffee shop rather than the French Bistro style restaurant that it turned out to be.  A group of us went to Salade de Fruits for an "au revoir" dinner for 2 friends who are heading off to France for the summer and had a great time.

My wicked Sangria got things goingIt was the turn of Margaret and her sous-chef Marilynne to prepare the food for the next SASSY Supper Club gathering.  Margaret, who had become familiar with Spanish cuisine when her daughter spent some time in Spain, decided on a Spanish theme.

appie assortmentThe idea of the SASSY suppers was for a group of us to try out new or family recipes in a no-pressure environment, and to enjoy simple meals in good company with great conversation. Somehow we never run out of things to talk about. Perhaps because the wine flows as freely as our words.

I thought the good company might enjoy my wicked white wine Sangria so I made a pitcher full and brought it over.  It was a lovely evening, one of the few we have had this rainy summer, so we moved out to the patio and tackled the Sangria.

cheesecake with sour cherry compoteDockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel
1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island.
Ph: 604-685-7070 or Reserve Online

We were going to see a play, Strickland's A Guide to Mourning at Performance Works, a few steps away from the Granville Island Hotel. Last year I had bought a ticket in the GVPTA's fundraising Ticketpalooza. And darned if I did not get a dinner voucher to Dockside. It would have expired in July so this was a perfect time to use it.

I have enjoyed several good meals at Dockside previously but my guests had not been there so I was looking forward to a good dinner for all of us.

foie grasFraîche
2-2240 Chippendale Road
West Vancouver
Ph: (604) 925-7595  or Reserve Online

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I had been meaning to get across to West Vancouver to visit Fraîche for at least a year. By the time I got there for lunch last week, there had  been a changing of the guard - chef, I mean. Chef Jefferson Alvarez, whose food I enjoyed on a pre-show visit to Divino Wine Bar  has recently taken over from Chef Dino Renaerts.

Caramelized onion tartCru
1459 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
Phone (604) 677-4111 or Reserve Online

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The last time I ate at Cru, I thought the Cellar Door Caesar salad that I had was about the best I had tasted but that was over a year ago. So a return visit to check out some of the other dishes was indicated.

We were going to see Hairspray at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, so we decided to catch the Aquabus over to Granville Island and stroll up Granville Street to Broadway for a pre-show dinner at Cru.

Oyama turkey sausage appetizer Whet Kitchen.Bar.Patio
1517 Anderson Road, on Granville Island

Ph: (604) 696-0739 or Reserve Online

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As a very regular theatre reviewer of productions at the eight or so theatre venues on Granville Island, who also writes about my pre-show meals,  I am always being asked for pre-show dining recommendations. So I keep a lookout for new places to eat on Granville island - especially those that I have not recently reviewed.

Moroccan Lamb stewCulinaria Restaurant - at the Art Institute of Vancouver
100 - 609 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Ph: (604) 639.2055 or Reserve Online

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We enjoyed a delightful dining experience at Culinaria before strolling down Dunsmuir Street to The Queen Elizabeth Theatre to see Vancouver Opera's La Traviata.

Culinaria is a fine dining restaurant that showcases the skills of students at the International Culinary School of the Art Institute of Vancouver. Among the programs offered are  Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, Restaurant Management and Sommelier training. 

Showing us the King Crab Fortune Garden Restaurant
1475 West Broadway
Ph: (604) 736-6868

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The essence of enjoying a banquet of Chinese food is sharing it with family or friends. A group of us headed  to Fortune Garden Restaurant for a banquet which started off with two dishes of Alaskan King Crab - a delightful beginning to our meal. After showing us the uncooked crab pictured above, they whisked it away to pepare the dishes.

In the meantime we settled in to drinking tea, white wine (Lindeman's Bin 65 Chardonnay) or red wine (2008 Mouton Cadet from Bordeaux ) or beer.

the Viva saladJoey Burrard
820 Burrard Street
Ph: (604) 683-5639

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Lunch at Joey on Burrard turned out to be a relaxing and enjoyable event before we went to see The Lincoln Lawyer at Scotiabank Cinemas.  I had not been to any of the restaurants of this chain and when my friend suggested it, I was expecting the usual casual style food and service that one gets at most chain type places.

Smoked salmon tarama with grilled pitaNu Restaurant
1661 Granville Street
Ph: (604) 646-4668 or Reserve online

Nu on Urbanspoon

I have previously enjoyed several leisurely lunches at Nu, seated on the patio overlooking the water. But since the format changed to feature food "inspired by the culture of the Mediterranean and the Aegean"  I had not had occasion to eat there. After several enthusiastic reports from friends, three of us decided to meander along the sea wall to Nu and have supper.


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