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In early December, my company had a Christmas party at the restaurant. My boss went for brunch to this restaurant and apparently she really liked their food. All staff and their spouses were picked up by a limo and taken to the restaurant.

La Regalade is a French bistro in West Vancouver. It is further than Ambleside along Marine Drive. They have a sister restaurant in Kitsilano as a cafe, where I have been.

Maybe because of the special occasion, we were presented the menu in a big blackboard, appetizer and entrees, and dessert, separately. For the appy, bosses chose probably 5 different dishes, and all each chose an entree and a dessert.

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche at La Regalade in West Vancouver

This was sooooo good! It was creamy croquet, hot and tasty. I wanted to eat more than one! 🙂

Escargots en Crouton

Escargots en Crouton at La Regalade in West Vancouver

Blue Cheese & Pear Tart

Blue Cheese & Pear Tart at La Regalade in West Vancouver

There were more appy, such as Foie Gras or terrine, but by the time the plate came to my side, it didn’t look good to take pictures, although all tasted great.

Grilled Prime Rib, Shallots, Garlic, Wedge Potato

Grilled Prime Rib, Shallots, Garlic, Wedge Potato at La Regalade in West Vancouver

I chose this one, and so did most of the others. The prime rib was huge! You might not see it, but it was served in a frying pan, which was like 25cm wide. The meat was tender, grilled shallots and garlic was great.

Plet of Pork, Apple, Mash Potato

Plet of Pork, Apple, Mash Potato at La Regalade in West Vancouver

On the further table, the others ordered beef bourguignon and trout filet. Bourguignon was ordered by multiple people so that it was served in the family style, in a big pot for them. I didn’t know until then that French serves in a big plate.

Now, here are desserts.

Floating Island

Floating Island at La Regalade in West Vancouver

I ordered this. When I went to the cafe in Kitsilano, I couldn’t eat because they ran out the sauce. So, I had to order! It is meringue shared as hemisphere, with caramel sauce. It was quite sweet. I better shared with someone.

Well of Love
(Meringue, Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce)

Well of Love at La Regalade in West Vancouver

Collin ordered this. From the menu, it sounded so sweet. Well, he is a sweet tooth.

Sea Salt Creme Caramel

Sea Salt Creme Caramel at La Regalade in West Vancouver

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart at La Regalade in West Vancouver

Ah, I was so full. I’m glad there was a driver to take us home that we can just sit in a car. I felt that they serve quality food and the restaurant gives comfy atmosphere, so I would love to go back for brunch next time.

La Regalade

Address: 2232 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between 22nd and 23rd streets)
TEL: 604-921-2228
Twitter: @LaRegalade_Bist
Urbanspoon: page

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Tue – Sat] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:00
[Sun] 17:00 – 22:00
*Closed: Mondays

Menu

Menu at La Regalade in West Vancouver Menu at La Regalade in West Vancouver

Price Note
– Escargots en Crouton $12.50
– Blue Cheese & Pear Tart $12.95
– Caesar Salad with Bacon $9.80
– Grilled Prime Rib, Shallots, Garlic, Wedge Potato $31.95
– Plet of Pork, Apple, Mash Potato $26.95
– Beef Bourguignon with Bacon $26.50
– Trout Filet with Mashed Potato $27.95
– Floating Island Unknown
– Well of Love Unknown
– Sea Salt Creme Caramel Unknown
– Lemon Tart Unknown

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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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I had a meeting in North Vancouver, and the meeting took a long time. We called the restaurant till what time they are open for lunch. They open till 2pm. When we arrived after 1:30pm, the restaurant was packed with people. We even waited for a while, even though we had a reservation.

Hamaei Japanese Restaurant is in the Westview Mall and serves authentic Japanese food. They have lunch menu including bento box, which is well-balanced food.

We ordered from their lunch menu.

Tea and Miso soup

Tea and Miso soup at Hamaei Japanese Restaurant in North Vancouver

Amuse-bouche, Ebi Sunomono (Vinegared Salad)

Amuse-bouche, Ebi Sunomono (Vinegared Salad) at Hamaei Japanese Restaurant in North Vancouver

Daily Lunch
(Karaage, Gyoza, Edamame, Assorted Tempura, Marinated Tuna, 1/2 California rolls, 1 Salmon Cone)

Daily Lunch at Hamaei Japanese Restaurant in North Vancouver

Daily Lunch at Hamaei Japanese Restaurant in North Vancouver

The most of us ordered this, and one ordered the other one, which was same as the last time, so I took only this dish. The Daily Lunch was actually lots of food coming with. I was full afterwards.

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

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Hamaei Japanese Restaurant

Address: #620 – 2601 Westview Drive, North Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(In Westview Mall)
TEL: 604-987-0080
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon] 17:00 – 21:00
[Tue – Thu] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:00
[Fri] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:30
[Sat] 17:00 – 21:00
*Closed: Sundays and Holidays

Price Note
– Daily Lunch $14.75

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