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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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).
Society Dining Lounge
1257 Hamilton Street
Ph: (604) 629-8800 or Reserve Online
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.
The Edge Social Grille and Lounge
1100 Granville Street,
Ph: (604) 681-3433
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.
3689 West 4 Avenue
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.
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.