What a pleasure it was to preview the menu of 10th annual Taste of Yaletown. Taste of Yaletown festival returns October 16 – 30, 2014. In Summary, the press was split up into groups organized by Talk Shop Media. We were led to two out of twenty five restaurants that are featured in this year’s event. The list of participating restaurants will feature menu at $25, $35, or $45 per person. Not only are do you get a to dine on a selection of carefully crafted meals, a portion of profits from each meal served during Taste of Yaletown will be donated to The Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Keep in mind, our portions are totally different in this restaurant. This is just the amuse bouche version of what you will potentially be given. The goal is to have our viewers see a sneak peak of what they are served.
Provence Marinaside Taste of Yaletown Menu
$35 pp + optional wine pairing $20.00 pp
Tomato & Bocconcini: fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar with mixed green salad, Light caprese type salad is a great start to any meal
Trio of Smoked Fish: trout, mackerel, salmon, pearl onions, gherkins with mixed green salad. My personal favorite to start off the meal. The reason being it’s light, having the trio of protein cured. In comparison to the other two starters, showcases the technique and not being too heavy or strong flavors to start the meal.
Merguez Sausages: spicy lamb sausage with fennel in tomato sauce with mixed green salad. THAT’S A SPICY MEATBALL! I love me some spicy. For someone who has a heavier palate, this might not be a bad idea. I would love to have this as a main someday.
Wine Pairing: Montelvini Prosecco, Italy: This is my first time having Prosecco, which in food culture is a good alternative to champagne. I’d say it’s a good pairing for what’s to come.
Thyme Dusted Lois Lake Steelhead
grape tomato confit vinaigrette saffron pearl pasta, snow pea sprouts
My recommendation is not to order this with the fish trio for starter as it might be a little repetitive in terms of texture. It is extremely light, recommended for someone of a lighter meal, I am certainly not one of those individuals.
Bouillabaisse: west coast style, prawns, scallops, mussels, clams, fish saffron potatoes, gruyère et la rouille. This is a close second, and maybe a tie for first. The idea that fall is coming, and a nice warm tomato based broth with the finest seafood Vancouver has to offer. Cannot go wrong.
Duck Confit: savoy cabbage, baby carrots, mashed potatoes. I agree with the table, this is the best out of the 3 that I’ve tried. The duck confit was perfectly executed with rich flavours, off the bone textures. It took no effort to take that juicy duck meat off the bone.
This is my second time at Good Wolfe. We had the pleasure of sitting the owner of the business, Chef Richard Goodine. He has been one of the best hosts I have ever encountered. Before I get into the meal, I must stress: YOU MUST GET THE WINE PAIRING FOR THIS MENU. Chef Goodine has been in the sommelier part of the business and his attention has truly showed in this Taste Of Yaletown menu.
Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar Taste of Yaletown Menu
$35 pp + optional wine pairing available
Warm chevre on bed of field greens with pickled beet dressing: Simply put, fresh produce with quality goat cheese is a great way to start off the meal. I am not a cheese guy but the chevre is a match made in heaven on this salad.
Confit duck with orange-chili glaze served with lentil salad and lobster wontons. Duck l’orange is OLD SCHOOL. It’s MAD MEN, New York type of swagger. The Good Wolfe is reintroducing this classic dish in an Asian inspired way. First off, the lobster wontons with big fat chunks of lobster meet wrapped in deep fried wonton skin. From a Chinese guy who loves Xiao Long Bao. The delight is in the sauce that is inside the wonton wrap. I can just eat them wantons all day long. The duck with the orange-chili glaze. The perfect combination of sweet and sour. This overall dish is aces in my books.
Dark chocolate terrine with orange tuilles. A light desert is a great way to end off the menu, which is not easily achievable in a chocolate cake. I felt this was a great way to end the meal, and it’s interesting how everything fits quite well together from start to finish.
What an eventful belly-full day it was. We are very excited for all the great menus upcoming at Taste of Yaletown 2014. Which restaurants will you be going to? Let us know and tag us on @nomsscom or #instanomss.
Taste of Yaletown 2014 participating restaurants
Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar
Cactus Club Café
George Ultra Lounge
Good Wolfe Kitchen and Bar
Hamilton Street Grill
La Pentola della Quercia
The New Oxford
Urban Thai Bistro
Yaletown Brewing Company
Visit www.yaletowninfo.com for menu details from each restaurant.