I saved the best for last. This was my favourite dine out menu this year! I picked this restaurant because it had a 6 course menu which was different than the three course option offered by most Dine Out restaurants.
Ambiance – 8/10. The restaurant’s layout is similar to a cafe. The tall open windows and seat cushions invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the busy Gastown street. The tables were evenly spaced so you did not feel cramped. The lighting, music and noise level were just right.
Food – 9.5/10. I enjoyed every single course on the menu!
I am usually not a big fan of salads, but the fried tofu in this salad really added flavour and extra crunchiness to the greens . The hamachi carpaccio was fresh and not too oily.
Next was the crab croquette and seared scallops. These two were my favourite. The crab croquette was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The potato filling was very creamy and delicious. I was surprised as fresh scallops usually have a very light taste. However, this one had the strong flavour of a dried scallop but the soft texture of a fresh one.
The entree was the short ribs and the seafood gratin. The short ribs were tender and the potatoes were cooked just right. The red wine sauce matched very well with the dish. There was also a light wasabi taste from the hot mustard vinaigrette. The seafood gratin was just a tad too dry but very creamy. I could taste the salmon flakes but definitely no traces of the shrimps.
We could not finish all 6 courses so we packed the entrees to go because we really wanted to try the dessert. We ordered the chocolate cheesecake mousse for an additional $8. I think this is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. The chocolate was very rich but not too sweet. I always find mousses to be too filmsy and cheesecake too hard. However, this dessert had the right balance of both. It had the texture of ice cream except that it doesn’t melt! I am definitely going to order this when I come back!
Service – 7/10. Servers are not assigned to particular tables. This may explain why they are constantly busy and did not have time to make small chats with the customers. Our food and bill came promptly.
Good to Know! – Come at least 15 minutes early to look for parking because parking is limited in this area of Gastown. We parked at the metered parking on West Cordova Street. The restaurant serves fresh oysters! Make sure you check out the special of the day written on the blackboard.
Overall – Definitely going to come back and try their regular menu! 😀