Friday, July 31, 2015

Bistro 101 on Granville Island

I love visiting the Bistro 101 Restaurant on Granville Island because of their rotating monthly menu and the great price for a three-course meal ($28). The food at Bistro 101 is prepared by students who are studying at the cooking school. July had sablefish as one of the main courses so of course, I had to bring my family since my mum is a huge lover of sablefish! The food was delicious and beautifully prepared and presented.

An assorted bread basket to start the meal.
An amuse bouche - tuna tataki on a crispy wonton.
Sautéed Clams with Chil, Thai Basil & Lime.
Korean Inspired Beef Tartare.
Miso Glazed Sablefish with Sweet Pea Risotto, Heirloom Carrots, and Ginger Butter Sauce.
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Provencal Flavours and Squash Puree.
10 Layer Cake with White Chocolate Struesel and Mango Sorbet.
Tiramisu Verrine with Mascarpone Mousse, Brown Butter Streusel and Espresso Granite.
White Chocolate Raspberry Pistachio Pave with Meringue and Raspberries.
An assortment of jellies (pineapple and raspberry) and chocolates.
Check out the August lunch and dinner menu here and make a reservation today!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tuc Craft Kitchen

I met up with a friend from California visiting Vancouver for the first time and she chose Tuc Craft Kitchen in Gastown for dinner. The food at Tuc is simple and rustic. Our group ordered a bunch of dishes to share! Many of the dishes are things you can find at pubs, though it's a bit pricer at Tuc Craft Kitchen.

Pork belly crackling.
Crispy bacon and egg.
Mussels and clams in white wine with pork crackling and croutons.
Parsnip fries.
Orange glazed lamb ribs with jalapeno pepper and orange glaze.
Steelhead salad with fennel and green apple salad, tabbouleh and panissa bread.
Cabernet braised beef cheeks with red wine glace, gratin potatoes, shallots and wilted spinach. A bit sour on the bottom, I wasn't too big a fan of this dish.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Ramen Butcher

The Ramen Butcher is one of the newer ramen places that has opened up in Vancouver recently. Located on Georgia St in Chinatown, The Ramen Butcher serves fresh ramen (7 types to choose from!) as well as sides such as gyoza and karaage. It is a bit pricer than some ramen places, with each bowl going for between $10 - $12. However, they do give you one batch of noodles for free - just save your soup and throw those noodles in! Any extra batches of noodles after that is $1.25. Pretty good if you have a large appetite! The ramen noodles are the very thin kinds, reminiscent of the noodles you get in wonton soup, and not as chewy. Not my favourite, but not bad either!

Spacious restaurant with cute pig knick knacks everywhere.
Ramen in tonkotsu broth with roasted garlic oil.
Chicken karaage.
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