restaurant review

Natsumi Restaurant

226 West 50th Street, between B'way and 8th Ave

New York

Ph:  212- 258-2988  or Reserve Online

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Quite out of character for me,  I had not  got round to researching and making a dinner reservation for the evening when we were going to see the musical, Fela at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. I picked up my theatre tickets and then decided to wander around and spontaneously pick a restaurant that looked as if both  Mike and I would enjoy it.

grilled peppered shrimpWest  Bank Cafe,

407 West 42nd Street

New York

Ph: 212-695-6909  or Reserve Online

West Bank Cafe on Urbanspoon

While I was picking up my tickets for The Screwtape Letters I asked the box-office person for a few suggestions for somewhere to have dinner.  One recommendation was for the West Bank Cafe, a block away from the theatre, so I strolled back along 8th Avenue and turned west on 42nd Street to check it out.

tuna tartare with quail's eggVox Populi,
755 Boylston Street, Boston.
Ph: (617) 424-8300
On the Autumn East Coast Dance Cruise, our ship, the Queen Mary 2, called in at Boston harbour for a day. After taking one of the Boston Duck tours, a friend and I went shopping. I was hoping to find an elegant black and white dress for one of the formal nights on board.
I do not enjoy shopping but it certainly worked up my appetite so we wandered around to find somewhere for a light lunch.

rib eye steak with pont neuf potatoFive Sails at the Pan Pacific Hotel

999 Canada Place,

Vancouver, BC

Ph: 604-844-2855 or Reserve Online

Five Sails on Urbanspoon

spicy tuna tartareTapastree Restaurant

1829 Robson St

Vancouver, BC

Ph: (604) 606-4680 or Reserve Online

Tapastree on Urbanspoon

Bison carpaccioAdesso Bistro

1906 Haro Street,
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-568-9975 or Reserve Online
Adesso Bistro on Urbanspoon
We were heading off to see Singing in the Rain at Theatre Under the Stars  at  the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park so we thought a restaurant in the West End would work well for us. I had  previously dined at the Haro Street location when It was Parkside , but had not been there recently. 
Adesso Bistro is new and we were interested to try it out. Parking is a bit of a problem in that area so we used the valet parking service. We decided that as the evening was so pleasant,  dining outside on their enclosed patio would be great.
For two people we figured four of their appetizer portions would work just fine so each of us selected two from the menu. 
arancini on pepperonataThe first up was the Arancini with risotto, prosciutto and mozarella, pepperonata - a  selection of my dining companion. They were delightfully crisp on the outside. 
 The second choice was Vitello tonnato - chilled poached veal with creamy tuna sauce.  The sauce was so tasty that we both wished we were cats, so to speak.
My two choices followed:
The Carpaccio of bison with beet vinaigrette, parmesan cheese and crispy thin sliced garlic was beautifully presented and satisfying.

hamachi sashimiMarket by Jean-Georges

1128 West Georgia St.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Ph: (604) 689-1120 or Reserve Online

Market By Jean-Georges (Shangri-La Hotel) on Urbanspoon

I have enjoyed two dinner meals at Market by Jean-Georges and on both occasions have been impressed by both the quality of the food, and the impeccable service.  I also had the opportunity to sample the black truffle fontina cheese  pizza and the rice cracker-crusted seared tuna on Michelle Ng's recent Downtown Foodie tour: (Guest Reviewer Amanda takes the Vancouver Foodie Tour).

crispy calamari with red papper aioliSociety Dining Lounge
1257 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604) 629-8800 or Reserve Online

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We have previously enjoyed several meals at Coast Restaurant, the previous Glowbal Group restaurant at this location on Hamilton Street but since Coast has been re-incarnated on Alberni Street, and the eatery at this location was reborn as Society, we have not had the opportunity to visit either the new Coast or Society.

tenderloin beef and blue cheese flatbreadThe Edge Social Grille and Lounge
1100 Granville Street,
Vancouver. BC
Ph: (604) 681-3433

The Edge Social Grille & Lounge on Urbanspoon

The Edge Social Grille and Lounge was one of the restaurants we visited on the recent Foodie Tour hosted by Michelle Ng:  Foodie Tours rediscovers Granville Street 2010. I so much enjoyed the flatbread samples at The Edge provided for the tour, that I vowed I would return for a meal at the Grille as soon as I had an opportunity to do so.

parmesan souffle  with saved asparugusLa Quercia,
3689 West 4 Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604) 676-1007 or Reserve online

Continuing my exploration of supping locales close to the theatres at UBC and  Jericho Arts Centre  (where we were going to see The Misanthrope), we booked at La Quercia, on West 4th Avenue, near Alma.

This is a small intimate Italian restaurant and obviously a  neighbourhood gem because there was not an empty table by the time we left. Their wine list features Italian wines exclusively.  I had a glass of the Riff 2008 Pino Grigio.

lamb "two ways"Our server explained the fresh sheet items that were additional to the regular menu. The specials were also written on a large chalk board on the wall.


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