We spent an afternoon with the Strathcona Business Improvement Association folks touring their upcoming Made In Strathcona Tour Vancouver which will take place May 31st & June 7th 2014. Did you know that Strathcona is an area that many people have yet to explore, with little knowing…
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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What is the best place to sit in a restaurant. In my opinion it is the bar, the chef’s table. What better scenery do you have than to see a Chef prepare their food for you. As an added bonus, you also get to…
East of Main Cafe is a tapas / cocktail bar in Chinatown, more specifically it is located across the street from Phnom Penh and Caffe Brixton, around the corner from The Union, and The Parker. Within this 100m radius are some delicious treats… And when we first saw East of Main Cafe boarded up, cardboard boxes everywhere, chairs staking, and shelves empty restaurant erecting… we knew something good was forthcoming… I had to spy inside!
Now East of Main has been open awhile, the bar is fully stocked and the place is gorgeous and filled with origami cranes floating up top. We came here specifically for lunch (we were not overflow traffic from Phnom Penh as so many others have discovered this place)…
Chickpea Kale Salad sm 4 | lg 6: feta, roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, walnuts with added Egyptian spiced albacore tuna seared rare (+5). The kale didn’t have that raw green hard to swallow taste. It was well massaged and rested. The salad was light, bold and lightly acidic. The Egyptian spiced tuna tasted of cardamom and a similar mix to creole. If tuna isn’t your thing, perhaps option for shawarma chicken or harissa spiced snapper (+4). This salad is something I’ve mapped in my mind to replicate at home for lunch…
Harissa Spiced Pacific Red Snapper Pita Wraps 8.50: all pitas come with lemon yogurt, garlic tahini, hummus, green leaf lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. The snapper was deeply marinated with sweet paprika, cumin, coriander and sherry vinegar for that acidic fire. A generous portion and something different from the usual ham and cheese sammy.
So how was the food you asked? Definitely double tap worthy!
East of Main Cafe
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas Bars
Wed 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
223 E Georgia St Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z9
Valentine’s is quickly approaching. Although I feel it is another commercialized day full of gimmicks to sucker our hard earned dollars, it is always a great day to celebrate with some special chocolates. Last year, Dave got me a box of these sinfully delicious signature…
Not that I need another reason to love Strathcona. But the transformation is nice. It’s nice to see a few more independent eateries with unique culinary flare rather than cookie cutters on conveyer belts. Now I have another reason to go to Chinatown besides Phnom Penh…