This satisfying 15 minutes canned tuna pasta recipe is quick, easy and delicious when you’re in a pinch for time or have forgotten to go grocery shopping! It makes one hella good midnight snack too! Worried that you don’t have enough ingredients to make a…
Torafuku in Vancouver’s Chinatown is now open for lunch service and I’m very excited. I’ve been a fan of this “Lucky Tiger” since it started as an Asian Fusion food truck “Le Tigre”. I’ve been here for events and during Dine Out Vancouver – not…
JAR Just A Restaurant located on Lyndhurst Terrace (Central, Hong Kong). It is inside the same building where one of my favourite outdoor patio and terrace roof garden is – Black Bird Bar Lounge. JAR is rustic with exposed ceilings and industrial bare lightbulbs, brick walls and rustic wooden floors. Clean, crisp white linen line the tables. My gf took us here whilst we were in town. After a month long diet on Asian cuisines, I was really looking forward to some Western classics and European contemporary comfort food.
The menu was presented on a single fresh sheet with daily features on board at your table. Which reminds me a lot of The Refinery with their selection of appetizers and even the menu layout.
Spiced Cauliflower: with spiced pepper yogurt. For those that follow our blog knows I have a tender soft spot for Nuba’s Najib’s Special (Crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon and sea salt). So it’s expected that I make comparisons. Although soft and roasted with a smokey flavor, JAR just doesn’t have that zing of acidic burst typical in the Middle Eastern dish. A valiant effort.
Fried Normandy Camembert: Served with caramelized onions and a dash of truffle oil. A take on Saganaki, fried Camembert has a mild, slightly salty taste of buttery flavor and a slight crunch.
Wild Mushroom and Truffle Pappardelle: Rich and flavorful with truffles, spores and cream. I do apologize for the horrid photos. I hadn’t realized until now. I must have either been really intoxicated or feeling rushed and pressured to steal time while my childhood friend sat waiting. What? You don’t understand my camera too right?
Tiger Prawn Angelhair: Served with roasted cherry tomato sauce marinara sauce. The prawns were fresh and had nice bite and bounce. The sauce on the other hand was standard, nothing spectacular that wowed us.
Smoked Dutch Eel Spaghetti: Pangrattato, garlic, chili and olive oil. I quite liked this dish with the earthy, robust and salty almost sardine/anchovy like seasoning on the eel. It was something different and included more elements and colors to the flavoring.
All About Duck Pasta: Long flat egg pasta with duck confit, braised sweet leeks, duck fat and duck egg yolk. As David Chang would have it and I concur is that fat also has taste, bold flavoring in fact. And when done correctly, can elevate a dish that much more. Too much, and it will be drowning. The duck confit was soft and fatty. This is a very rich dish and I wish there was some acidity to contrast, lift and cut some fat.
Hong Kong is really a beautiful city to visit. Not too sure I would live here given the workaholic lifestyle. But certainly, a foodie and shoppers heaven. Time like this, I wish I had carried my D90 out.
JAR Just A Restaurant
2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace | 中環擺花街8號2樓
Central, Hong Kong Island
+852 2543 8000
Wildebeest Vancouver unanimously wins Best New Restaurant 2013 for its “odd bits”. This restaurant specializes in everything from chicken hearts, sweet breads, to bone marrow. Depending on how adventurous you are, you can still find something tame for your glass stomach. Wildebeest is one…
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…
In the land of hipster and new restaurants. Wildebeest Vancouver dinner menu opens with bold, refine and complex flavours. It is located beside Woodward’s and Catch 122 on West Hastings (between Cambie / Abbott) . Their marvelous open kitchen faces high top tables and a large party “room” in the back. Almost everyone can enjoy the Chef’s Table, yearning for their food while looking eagerly as they prepare each dish.
Industrial lighting, wooden tables and game. A relaxing atmosphere with friendly service and complex flavours. The flavour profiles of each dish enthralls you unapologetically.
Popcorn chicken hearts, crispy shallot dust, caper relish 6: We have no problems eating organs and tickers. This lightly battered heart fried is crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The acidity of caper relish breaks thru the heaviness.
Ranchland elk carpaccio, juniper emulsion, radishes, walnuts 12: Creamy. Melt in your mouth. This thinly sliced elk is not gamey and really is delicious in its natural flavours. Walnuts adds a nice crunch.
Grilled beef tongue, wild mushroom consommé, toasted grains, mustard greens 14: How do you like to French kiss a cow? Perhaps with some wild mushroom consommé? The tongue is tender and caresses mine while melting under the smell of mustard greens. A lighter, refreshing way to enjoy an intimate moment.
Roasted bone marrow, almond butter & tomato jam, grilled bread 13 | With Bone luge 3 / Über luge 6: As Anthony Bourdain indulged on some bone luge, you can also pour a shot down the hollow bone. Just try not to spill it on yourself! The bone marrow is buttery with some fatty parts. Almond butter is fragrant like that you churn at home. Spread it all over the bread and enjoy. Drown your bread in the fatty extract and savour.
Foie gras torchon, Earl Grey tea, orange blossom bread 18: Our last dish did not disappoint us which a hearty portion of fat: creamy. The tiny wonder-breads are uber adorable. I could eat compote jam all day long! A sweet finish to my fat liver.
Wildeebeest Vancouver advises sharing for all dishes. A great way to sample a variety of dishes. Do try their cocktails especially the Horseradish Sour – a frothy, citric gin with freshly cracked pepper.
120 W Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8
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Weddings are beautiful and the union of a couple in a marriage is magical. The perfect dream wedding creates memories to last a lifetime shared with friends and family for a fairy tale ending. However sometimes not even a beautiful venue with intimate gathering or lavish gala ball can compensate for a disappointment with horrendous service… Therefore it is always important to research well ahead and read reviews in order to find the perfect wedding venues. We were there witnessing a beautiful wedding, at a beautiful venue, however with such mediocre service and lack of professionalism I am truly disappointed. It saddens me to say the following that Swan-E-Set Resort & Country Club Pitt Meadows is truly disappointing.
To Swan-E-Set Resort & Country Club,
I am writing to you in reflection of disappointment in regards to the wedding event on XXXX 16, 2012. I was in attendance of my friend’s wedding and was extremely appalled by the level of service your team has provided to the guest in attendance. The catering staffs were rude, and it is apparent that they have performed a lackluster performance. I have never seen such a delay at the buffet table where the plates were empty while people were on their first lineup. I have never seen staff waiting and standing around, lending against walls and talking amongst themselves instead of keeping busy in a wedding as well.
I know it’s important to have cost saving initiatives when it comes to food, but even water was not poured to guest on a regular basis. In addition, at the open bar, particularly Sarah (lady with short brown hair) on duty was ridiculously rude. When asked to substitute Grey Goose for Smirnoff, she challenged me with a snarky comment if I could even taste the difference.
I am deeply saddened that my friend chose to invest their special day with your venue, and I would never recommend the West Coast Golf Group list of companies to anyone I know.
What continues to bewilder me is that Swan-E-Set’s response was that they “gather the itinerary of the evening ran long and started during dinner, we typically do not clear the plates during speeches or performances as we do not want to disturb or make noise.”
While I appreciate the thought not wanting to cause noises during speeches / performances. Frankly there were plenty of idle time in between the reception that the task can be rendered in such a manner that did not need to cause any disturbance. It is also not an excuse to use the “itinerary ran long” as it is a wedding they catering to… actually regardless of wedding or no event, the staff needs to carry out basic professional ethics… this should not even have been an issue…
Thank You but I will save my pretty penny elsewhere. That small tingle I had to host our wedding here when I saw the ballroom completely escapes me… and I urge you to reconsider if you are contemplating.
Swan-E-Set Resort & Country Club Pitt Meadows
West Coast Grill
Cuisine: Pacific Northwest, Golf Course, Buffet
Mon 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
16651 Rannie Rd Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 1Z1