We have a tradition every year to host a Christmas Dinner / Christmas Party with our dear friends. Last year we had an awesome time at Nuba Downtown with a family share dinner menu. This year we were excited that Kessel and March had an English Christmas Goose Dinner! Turkey is so 2012! 2013 Christmas Party celebrates with goose! Vancouver was just hit with a dump of snow and the streets were rather quiet. But at the Kessel and March upstairs dining lounge is cozy and private. The English Christmas Goose Dinner is 6 course at $35 pp (not including drinks). This is very reasonable and like always Tony and Sachi are truly amazing humans to chat with.
Frisee, fennel, watercress mint salad with pomegranate seeds. This refreshing salad is lightly dressed with vinaigrette. It is very aromatic.
I was very sad when Tony said the Tuna Tartare would be off the menu during the winter months. I think I cried. Or I tweeted him enough that he brought it back! The tuna tartare was not part of the Christmas dinner menu but a la carte. No problem! We ordered two to share. Kessel and March makes the best tuna tartare. It has a very sweet note. It is very light and bright. It consists of blood orange, capers and pine nuts for added texture. And of course, the tuna is very buttery and creamy.
Chestnut pancetta stuffed goose leg is a very rich dish. It is very tender and flavorful with juices of the stuffing of liver and pancetta bits. The skin was a bit fatty but the taste of fat was delicious!
Roasted cauliflower and radicchio is a simple vegetable dish that tastes amazing. Radicchio is a lef chicory and has a bitter and mellow spicy taste.
Everyone initially thought these were potato nuggets. But no, they are celery roots and rutabaga. They are rendered in goose fat and slightly seasoned with herb and salt. Rutabaga is a cross between the cabbage and the turnip and tastes almost like a squash. I think they are my favorite vegetable at the moment.
Roasted Duck Breast. Cooked medium rare and generously seasoned. Compared to the goose the duck was a bit tough. It was not as tender and melt in your mouth. But nonetheless juicy.
Oh Bread and Butter Pudding... Oh you get me! We each received our own dessert! Because no matter how much I love to share. I really want my own portion of the best Bread and Butter Pudding. If you are not finishing yours, you wouldn't mind if I helped you right? Kessel and March Bread and Butter Pudding is creamy, soft and not too sweet. I love the charred raisins to cut the fat slightly. Now, anyone have condensed milk also?
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