Sage Bistro at UBC
6331 Crescent Road,Vancouver.
Ph: 604 822-0968
It has been ages, probably several years, since I had lunch at Sage Bistro. Before I chose to redeploy myself from university professor to on-line media professional, Sage Bistro was the place of choice for on-campus lunch meetings.
I was delighted to be invited to join a friend for lunch at Sage prior to attending a talk and curious to see whether the food was as good as I remembered. Luckily it was.
For starters my friend chose the salad of UBC mixed greens with white balsamic vinaigrette from their Fall menu. Our server recounted the specials for the day, among which was a tuna tartare with sweet and sour gelée with coriander and sesame oil.
Happy hour oysters? When a fellow oyster-loving friend invited us to join her for the happy hour oyster special at Cork and Fin in Gastown, how could we resist? Three of us enjoyed a brisk walk across town and arrived at the restaurant at six, still in time for happy hour (5:30 to 6:30).
I met a foodie friend for supper at Cibo before going to see the wonderful Tosca Cafe at the Vancouver Playhouse. The food was really great but the lighting was poor and unfortunately my food photos don't reflect how good the food was.
The first hint of the food quality was that the in-house baked focaccia was so perfect that we ate all four pieces of it within minutes of taking the first bite. And this was despite my resolution not to have bread because we had ordered two of the bruschetta selections and I thought that would be more than enough bread for one meal.
4025 MacDonald Street
Ph: (604) 730.6988
La Buca is a little gem of a Italian restaurant in the neighborhood of Arbutus Ridge. Although I have been a fan of Andrey Durbach's food since way back when he had Etoile on Hornby Street, I somehow had not yet got to La Buca for dinner. Tasting some of the delicious hors d'oeuvres that he prepared for a Blackbird Theatre fundraiser earlier in the summer reminded me of this and so prior to seeing a show out at the Frederick Wood theatre at UBC, I made a reservation for an early dinner.
Early this year, Edible Canada at the Market opened as a full-service 150 seat bistro located a few steps away from Granville Island Market and the two Granville Island stages of the Arts Club Theatre Company.
Kitsilano Daily Kitchen
1809 West 1st Ave.,
Ph: (604) 569-2741 or Reserve Online
As the choice for a pre-show dinner, before heading off to opening night of The Merchant of Venice at Bard on the Beach, I was eager to try Kitsilano Daily Kitchen, which had recently been recommended to me by another Foodie friend.
Milestones Grill and Bar Yaletown
1109 Hamilton Street,
We were walking back from Tinseltown, or as it now known, Cineplex Odeon International Village, where we had just seen "Midnight in Paris." To my surprise, not having been much of a fan of Woody Allen movies, I actually loved the film.
It was around 7 when the movie ended so we decided to drop into Milestones for a light supper.
We decided to share three appetizers and they proved to be more than enough to satisfy us, particularly aided by a glass of wine each. I had the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
Continuing my exploration of restaurants for pre-show meals in the South Granville area, I decided to check out The Marquis Grill before seeing The Great Divorce at Pacific Theatre. As it turned out, there was a Canucks game on that evening and the place was jam-packed with hockey fans. When I called for a reservation I was told there was a room at the back away from the TV screens that would be a bit quieter.
On arrival we were shown to a comfortable booth in the far side of the restaurant away from the bar area. We could still see the screens and it was pretty noisy but that was fine. When my companion commented that this was hardly away from the game screens, I had to confess that I did not mind keeping up with the action and I actually have an Canucks app on my phone that updates the results when a goal is scored.
1459 West Broadway
Phone (604) 677-4111 or Reserve Online
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.