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For Collin’s birthday celebration, his family invited us for dinner. The restaurant they chose was Siena.

Siena Restaurant is a casual Italian restaurant, located in South Granville. Only a couple blocks away from Broadway. The restaurant was filled by a lot of people before 8pm when we arrived.

We ordered some appetizers to share, and we each ordered an entree.

Today’s Bruschette
(Red Wine Poached Figs, Caramelized Onion, Aged Balsamic)

Today's Bruschette at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Antipasti Selection (for two)
(Prosciutto, Sopressata, Mortadella, Polenta Frites, Roasted Garlic, Beets, Walnuts, Farro Salad, Roasted Squash, Olives, Grilled Focaccia)

Antipasti Selection (for two) at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Both appy came quickly, which was great. I liked both. I had polenta frites first time, and it was very interesting. I would try them again.

Today’s Salad
(Burrata, Soprasetta, Pear, Shallots, Mixed Greens, Raspberry Vin)

Today's Salad at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The salad came out way later than the previous appetizers. Both Collin and I like burrata cheese, so we liked this salad.

Now the time for the entree. It took over one hour after the first two appetizers came! We were wondering at some point if the entrees would ever come or not.

Fish of the Day
(Pan seared Arctic Char, Fingerlings, Green Beans, Leek Cream)

Fish of the Day at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Today’s Pasta
(Cavatelli Carbonara, Pancetta, Egg, Chives, Parmesan)

Today's Pasta at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Grilled Flat Iron Steak
(Balsamic-basil marinade, Caramelized Onion, Polenta)

Grilled Flat Iron Streak at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Collin had this dish before, but the ingredients were changed, although the dish name was same. He enjoyed, which was a good thing.

Chorizo and Squid Linguine
(Olive Oil, Garlic, Roasted Pepper Puree)

Chorizo and Squid Linguine at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

I and the other family member chose this one. I could tell mine was hot, as I saw the steam coming out of the plate, but hers, however, seemed cold and let the server know. She had to wait for her dish for more time, in addition to one hour of waiting…
It tasted so good, though.

Over previous and this visits, my impression is that their food quality control is inconsistent. When the dish was sent back, the reheated dish tasted good, so they could do better all time.

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Siena Restaurant

Address: 1485 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(A few steps east from Granville Street)
TEL: 604-558-1485
Facebook: page
Twitter: @SienaVancouver
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Dinner
17:00 – 22:00 daily

Menu

Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Today’s Bruschette $9.00
– Antipasti Selection (for two) $19.00
– Today’s Salad $16.00
– Fish of the Day $23.00
– Today’s Pasta $19.00
– Grilled Flat Iron Steak $24.00
– Chorizo and Squid Linguine $17.00

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There was a day in September that I would like to celebrate for myself. It has been a certain number of years since I moved in Canada, which I couldn’t believe how fast the time passed, and I felt I was deserved to treat myself well.

I asked Collin to come with me for dinner. For this special occasion, I chose West Restaurant. They are located at South Granville, a couple blocks away from Broadway. They serve contemporary regional cuisine. (It seems to mean modern and local, according to Collin.)

They have three kinds of tasting menu (7 courses); Sea Tasting, Land Tasting, and Vegetarian Tasting, and Collin chose Lane and I chose Sea.

Complimentary Bread with Olive Oil and Butter

Complimentary Bread with Olive Oil and Butter at West Restaurant in Vancouver

I don’t remember what kind of bread they were. There were 3 kinds.

A glass of wine, Grunderloch Fritz’s Riesling

A glass of wine, Grunderloch Fritz's Riesling at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Beldi

Beldi at West Restaurant in Vancouver

First dish, Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche at West Restaurant in Vancouver

I believe it was smoked salmon with pickled Daikon or celeriac. It was refreshment to start with. I should have taken a picture using flashlight…

Second dish for Land, Beef Tartar
(Sweet Onion and Soy, Sesame, Shallot)

Beef Tartar at West Restaurant in Vancouver

You see the pink one at the bottom. That was tartar.

Second dish for Sea, Wild BC Salmon
(Spice Cured, Baby Dill, Cucumbers)

Wild BC Salmon at West Restaurant in Vancouver

You see the thin sliced orange one at the bottom. That was salmon.

I liked both first dishes. For salmon, I wish there was more salmon. :p Both of them are still on the current menu, so we can order next time.

Third dish for Land, Twice Cooked Foie Gras
(Toasted Agassiz Hazelnuts, Green Strawberries, Brioche)

Twice Cooked Foie Gras at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Third dish for Sea, Albacore Tuna
(Octopus Chorizo, Black Olives, EVOO)

Albacore Tuna at West Restaurant in Vancouver

This octopus Chorizo was remarkable to us. The Tuna was nothing special.

Fourth dish for Land, Thiessen Farm Quail
(Espelette Glazed, Potato and Herb Rosti, Chevre)

Thiessen Farm Quail at West Restaurant in Vancouver

This was beautifully plated. Not only that, Collin admired how well the quail was cooked. He said it was perfect.

Fourth dish for Sea, Diver Caught Scallop
(Snap Peas, Carrots, Sauce Vierge)

Diver Caught Scallop at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Diver Caught Scallop at West Restaurant in Vancouver

This was also beautifully plated. The scallop was cooked perfectly as well. I wanted to eat another one!

Fifth dish for Land, Yarrow Meadows Duck
(Confit Leg, Chanterelles, Corn, Plum Compote)

Yarrow Meadows Duck at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Duck was fine, but the sauce was rich and we felt it was a bit too much. The corn helped for the refreshment.

Fifth dish for Sea, Line Caught Ling Cod
(Gailan, Shimeji Mushrooms, Ponzu)

Line Caught Ling Cod at West Restaurant in Vancouver

The skin on the ling cod was crispy. I wanted to have little bit of punch on seasoning.

Sixth dish, Pre Dessert

Pre Dessert at West Restaurant in Vancouver

I think this was berry sorbet with peach compote. It was a great refreshment after eating three dishes.

Seventh dish for Land, Strawberry Lemon Cream Tart
(Fresh Strawberries, Mint Frozen Yogurt)

Strawberry Lemon Cream Tart at West Restaurant in Vancouver

This was a good dessert. We both liked, especially the mint frozen yogurt.

Seventh dish for Sea, Spiced Squash Cheesecake
(Banana, Ganache, Orange Squash Sobert)

Spiced Squash Cheesecake at West Restaurant in Vancouver

For the Sea Tasting, this dessert was the most heavy dish. 😀 I was wondering how squash works in dessert, but it was good.

Petit Four
(Chocolate Truffles)

Petit Four at West Restaurant in Vancouver

While I went to washroom, this was served, and Collin had his share already before I came back.

And, an extra picture of the restaurant interior.

West Restaurant in Vancouver

Overall, we both thought the Land tasting menu was better and worth trying than the Sea. The meat plates were so filling and you can bite repeatedly and taste well, whereas the seafood plates were small portions so that the ordinary person like me can’t remember what the detail taste was or even if it was something special, just having two bites. Maybe, I’m not high standard to try these restaurants yet. 😀

West Restaurant

Address: 2881 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to West 13th Avenue, west on Granville Street)
TEL: 604-738-8938
Facebook: page
Twitter: @westrestaurant
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Sat] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 0:00
[Sun] 11:00 – 14:30, 17:30 – 0:00

Menu

Tasting Menu at West Restaurant in Vancouver Tasting Menu at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– A glass of wine, Grunderloch Fritz’s Riesling $10.25
– Beldi $13.00
– Land Tasting Prix Fixe $85.00
– Sea Tasting Prix Fixe $78.00

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Oh, I was out almost whole day that day; hiking, lunch, shopping, and coffee time. And at the end of the day, my friend and I decided to have dinner. The cafe where we were at was on Fir street at 2nd avenue, so we had two choices, either going up to Broadway or going down to Granville Island. As I didn’t think we can find a restaurant we wanted to go in Granville Island, we headed to Broadway so that we could even take a bus to go somewhere.

When we were walking up the street, we felt we were pretty tired by then and were getting hungry, and we walked in Suika Snack Bar though we didn’t expect to be seated, as they seemed so popular. There were some counter seats available, limited by two hours, and we took it. If you go there, you might as well make a reservation.

They are a Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant, serving a lot of kinds of Sake. They are the same restaurant group as Kingyo in downtown. The kitchen was an open kitchen, and there were patio.

We ordered from their dinner menu and special.

Sencha Tea

Sencha Tea at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

It is not complimentary. There are a few kinds of tea, I believe.

Deluxe Appy Suika Box
(9 kinds of appy assorted box, limited 10 daily)

Deluxe Appy Suika Box at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

The ingredients must change time to time. On that day, the box came with chicken salad, mackerel salad, grilled duck, marinated eggplant, Tofu with original chili sauce, cooked whelk, toast with cream cheese, octopus with Kimchi, lotus Kinpira. All dishes except Tofu and toast were so good that we wanted to have more. The Tofu was fine, but just chili sauce wasn’t spicy at all, which I didn’t expect. The toast was fine, too. I just thought it didn’t fit to the other dishes.

My Ebi-Mayo
(Deep Fried Cilantro Battered Tiger Prawns with Chili Mayo)

My Ebi-Mayo at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Beef Filet Fried Rice
(Cured Beef & Garlic Fried Rice)

Beef Filet Fried Rice at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Although it was quite greasy, the taste was good. It is better to share with more than two. Otherwise, you might get heartburn. 😉

Nankotsu A-ge
(Deep Fried Chicken Cartilage tossed with Secret Curry Spice Mix)

Nankotsu Age at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

We loved it! I can’t really describe this… Have you tried the bone in canned salmon? The deep fried cartilage is like that, but much hard. When you bite, you can feel the crunchiness.

And, an extra picture of the interior.

Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Suika Snack Bar

Address: 1626 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Pine and Fir Street)
TEL: 604-730-1678
Facebook: page
Twitter: @SUIKA_IZAKAYA
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 1:00

Special Menu

Special Menu at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver Special Menu at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Sencha Tea $2.00
– Deluxe Appy Suika Box $12.00
– My Ebi-Mayo $8.50
– Beef Filet Fried Rice $11.00
– Nankotsu Age $4.80

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