Vancouver restaurant review

Pourhouse Restaurant
162 Water St., Vancouver
Ph: (604) 568-7022  or Reserve Online

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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.,
Vancouver
Ph: (604) 873-9733

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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.

Havana Restaurant and Theatre
1212 Commercial Drive,
Vancouver, BC. Ph: (604) 253-9119

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Edible Canada at the Market
1596 Johnston Street,
Vancouver, BC
Ph: (604) 682-6681 or Reserve Online

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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..

p1150761-w500-h500.jpgChambar
568 Beatty Street,
Vancouver, BC:
Ph: (604)  879-7119 or reserve online
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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.. 

p1150769-w500-h500.jpgEarls 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.

 

img_0319-w500-h500.jpgUrban Thai Bistro
1119 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Vancouver
Phone (604) 408-7788

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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.

Yaletown L'Antipasto
1127 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2

Phone (604) 558-1174  or book online at Opentable
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After seeing a matinee performance of Except in the Unlikely Event of War at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, it was just a few minutes walk up Davie and past the Canada Line Station to Mainland Street, to find Yaletown L'Antipasto.

We almost walked right past the restaurant as the entrance was tucked away between the coverings of their patio  and that of Sakana.

 

Absinthe Bistro
1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Ph: 604 566-6903

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We were going to see The God that Comes at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Looking around for a different restaurant in the vicinity of the Cultch, I came across the Absinthe Bistro and thought we would give it a try. It was a good choice. A cosy, friendly, very busy restaurant, they offer a fixed price menu although you can also order the items  a la carte.

Kamei Baru
990 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone (604) 559 8588     Kamei Baru on Urbanspoon

It is very rare that I dine at the same restaurant twice within a week but the recently (6 months) opened Kamei Baru is conveniently located a few doors away from the Scotiabank Cinema complex where I just happened to see two films set in space, two days apart. The first night, on a rainy Halloween, after seeing Gravity with a friend, we decided to drop in and try Kamei Baru for a light supper.

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