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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. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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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In the last September, although it was raining a bit, I decided to go to Friday Night Market in North Vancouver. It was held at Lonsdale Quay Pier on Fridays between May to October. When I headed, I told Collin I would be there and meet me after work.

First, I looked around which food trucks were there, when I got there. There were a few new trucks, but I didn’t feel like eating their foods and went for one of the famous food trucks, which was Feastro. They primarily serve tacos. I watched their food on TV, and since then, it was on my wish list.

Feastro at Friday Night Market

I ordered their primary dish, four tacos, two for me and two for him.

Two Jerk Chicken Tacos
(Jerk Chicken, Tomato & Star Anise Chutney, Shaved Cabbage, Chipotle Aioli, Sour Cream, Corn Salsa, Pickled Jalapenos)

Two Jerk Chicken Tacos at Feastro at Friday Night Market

We both liked this tacos. Everything came together, and it tasted so great.

Pulled Pork Tacos
(Slow Roasted & Smoked, Refried Beans, Tomato & Star Anise Chutney, Shaved Cabbage, Chipotle Aioli, Sour Cream, Hand cut Salsa, Pickled Jalapenos)

Pulled Pork Tacos at Feastro at Friday Night Market

Tuna Tacos
(Grilled Albacore Tuna, Tomato & Star Anise Chutney, Shaved Cabbage, Miso Aioli, Wakame, Pickled Ginger, Tobiko, Bonito Flakes)

Tuna Tacos at Feastro at Friday Night Market

We took those two tacos home, so they looked awful, but it was our fault. We should have eaten at the market. It was raining, and we didn’t want to stay there. Anyways, he ate the pulled pork tacos and liked it, but he preferred jerk chicken. I ate the tuna tacos and really liked it.

You can check where they are or when they open for special events at the app (truck1 or truck2).

Feastro

Address: Two locations (two food trucks)
Thurlow at Cordova (map), and Howe Street near Art Gallery (map)
TEL: 604-868-9339
Facebook: page
Twitter: @coastfeastro
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
Event schedule: check on the app (truck1 or truck2)

Food Fest Menu

Food Fest Menu at Feastro at Friday Night Market

Price Note
– Tacos Single $5.00 each

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For my birthday night, I chose this restaurant, because I saw the Klip magazine that they would provide a complimentary food for your birthday. I called them a few days prior to my birthday and asked how it works. They will provide the service on or one day before or after your birthday by showing your ID.

Octopus’ Garden is a Japanese restaurant in Kitsilano. It is close to Kitsilano Beach. I talked to the owner and they have been really long time for this business. He is a funny person so that even though I went there alone, he entertained me a lot.

As I showed my ID, they prepared for the complimentary Chirashi Sushi Box. I felt bad about not paying anything, so I asked the owner if I can order something that I can eat with Chirashi (portion-wise). He asked about Wagyu (Japanese beef) Nigiri, so I ordered them.

Here is a cute chopstick rest that shapes like an octopus.

Chopstick Rest at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

A Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris

A Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box

Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

There were a lot of kinds of seafood in it, such as red Tuna, Albacore tuna, mackerel, bonito, squid, salmon, salmon roe, yellowtail, etc.

The owner showed me a hunk of Wagyu, and he also explained how well cows were raised so that the beef was expensive and showed me its certification. This is Noda Beef.

Noda Beef (Wagyu) at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Mmmm. So good! Melting in my mouth! I really thought I could die on that day. ๐Ÿ˜€ He said he would make two Nigiri, but he gave me three! It was very nice of him.

Certification for Noda Beef

Certification for Noda Beef at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Green Tea

Green Tea at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

And, a gummy shaped like an octopus came with the bill.

A gummy at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Oh, I’d love to go back on special occasion for that Wagyu! ๐Ÿ™‚

Octopus’ Garden

Address: 1995 Cornwell Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Maple and Cypress street, close to Maple street)
TEL: 604-734-8971
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Tue, Thu] 15:00 – 21:00
[Fri – Sat] 15:00 – 21:30
*Closed: Wednesdays
*Lunch menu is available until 17:00.

Price Note
– Glass of White Wine, Hillside Estate Pinot Gris $9.00
– Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box $0.00 (Complimentary with the coupon book and ID)
– Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi $15.00 each
– Green Tea $3.50

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