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Edible Canada Vancouver, one of Zagat rated excellent restaurant located in the heart of Granville Island Public Market. I was afraid of tourist traps but this place proved itself to be unpretentious, delicious and adventurous. This was a place I’ve always wanted to try because of its fresh local ingredients. We came to Edible Canada Vancouver for Valentine’s and were greeted by a stressed out waitress. Was V-day patrons really that demanding? Possibly. I can sympathize. I liked the fact Edible Canada Vancouver did not overbooked the space, we were not rushed during our dining experience and there was a market place for waiting guests to explore.
Joie farm Unoaked Chardonnay 2001 11.50/glass: a rather bland blanc without the crisp & pure granny smith apple, citrus and pear notes
Tantalus Riesling 2011 12.00/glass : Much preferred than the above with characters of vibrant acidity, citrus and lengthy minerality.
I liked how there was an optional Valentines set menu at Edible Canada Vancouver,; which was a 4 course meal for $55 complete with bone marrow and crab cakes. But we decided on optioning for their regular menu with more variety.
To start we ordered 3 appetizers which would have been more enjoyable if it was brought out quicker. By the time it reached our table, the soup, octopus and meatballs were lukewarm.
MARKET INSPIRED SEAFOOD SOUP 13: Mmmm lukewarm seafood soup brings a sense of fishiness to the experience. Slightly spicy with a creamy lobster & coconut broth, mussels, clams, seasonal sustainable fish, Thai basil, cilantro. I swear I would like it more if it was at the right temperature!
ALBERTA BISON MEATBALLS 15: Cooked medium and juicy. Fiore lardo, crispy shoestring potatoes, lingonberry gravy. A generous size without the taste of game.
SPICED GEORGIA STRAIGHT OCTOPUS 15: A beautifully charred octopus that was left on the counter slightly too long. Served with butternut squash, black beans, Libertè yogurt, pesto.
YARROW MEADOWS CONFIT DUCK LEG 24: A juicy, crispy, golden duck leg served with northern white bean cassoulet, glazed radish, parsnip puree, roasted livers, and duck jus. The roasted livers was an adventurous addition: creamy and extremely rich. The meat was tender and lean.
DAILY NOSE TO TAIL 29: Fiore Farm heritage breed pork served with 3 different cuts; served with pureed grits and market vegetables. Deliciously tender and a great variety.
We paired our meat with a red syrah from Road 13 Seventy-Four 2011 $12/glass. It was a great marriage of complex, meaty, savoury spices which lingered in our mouths.
Must say tho, my whole experience was rather discounted by the co-ed washroom arrangement. While I may share the idea of equality, but I never quite like to share a public water closet with the opposite gender. Points for improvement!
And of course beautiful flowers always charms its way into a girl’s heart… even if she is allergic!
Edible Canada Vancouver,
1596 Johnston St Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
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Fridays Patio doesn’t stop just because we were on vacation. In fact, all the more reason to find a great marina view in a hot summer’s day. CANOE BREWPUB Restaurant and Marina is located in the emerging Design District of Victoria, BC. This waterfront patio with ample space is one of along Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
CANOE BREWPUB Restaurant has Stone tables, patio seats, and two section patio space. Private parking lot with free (up to 4 hours) and a stylish interior. Highlights seasonal organics, local quality meat and Oceanwise sustainable seafood and slow farming methods with local suppliers.
Canoe Brewpub makes their own in house handcrafted beers are brewed in small batches to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 using only the finest malted barley, hops, yeast and water. They are naturally carbonated, unfiltered and created without the use of additives or preservatives. Their beers have become legendary in Victoria and throughout the Pacific Northwest for their crisp, clean & pure flavours.
CANOE BREWPUB Beers:
- red canoe lager
- siren’s song pale ale
- beaver brown ale
- river rock bitter
Dave had the river rock bitter. He often stays away from honey lagers and alike because the bitter after taste is what forms the complexity of the beer for him. I took a sip, and in my opinion it was more fitted for a dining beverage but taste great regardless.
I couldn’t help myself but to order a Bloody Caesars $6. This bloody caesar came with olives and a shallot for garnish. I wish there was more salt on the rim and a little more kick.
Mussels Siren’s Song Pale Ale $14.50 add fries + aioli for $2: These mussels swam in their specialty beer along with fresh chili, leeks, garlic, tomatoes and served with garlic crouton. We wanted to see how these babies measure up to Biercraft and Cadero’s or even the now closed El Barrio Restaurante Latino.
Crispy Cod Fishwich $16: Upgraded Filet O’fish flash fried in pale ale battered and served with aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce, pickle, brioche bun. The fish was juicy and the bun wasn’t soggy. But for $16? It was kind of pricey. So I’m not quite sure about that. Seasonal greens, fries or daily soup came as a side.
Aussie Pub Burger $17: The fallen tower of natural beef patty can to our table. It looks like all the weight from the beetroot, bacon, aged cheddar, fried egg (Yes! Fried Egg), signature sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, brioche bun and pickle was collapsing the presentation. The creaminess of the yolk against the juicy beef was sinister. House special ketchup was light and tangy with a lil kick. More seasoning on the beef patty would be preferred.
Hours later, drunk, fed and somewhat sun burnt. I was developing a lobster like glow we left to explore downtown Victoria. I had a pretty good patio experience at CANOE BREWPUB overall. I do find our tab to be a tad expensive. Alas, the prices we pay for a waterfront patio panorama.
CANOE BREWPUB Restaurant and Marina
Cuisine: Pub, International, Canadian
Monday – Wednesday: 11:30am-11:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am-1:00am
450 Swift St, Victoria, BC V8W 1V4
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