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One weekday in April, my friend sent me a text, asking if we can go out for dinner. I was busy with work and had lunch around 3, but I replied I can. Well, she was also busy and would leave her work after 7, so it was perfect. When she was off the work, we searched for where we would go. As she said she wanted to eat good tasty food, I picked this interesting place, although it would cost a little more than casual dinner.

My choice was Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. They are just around the corner of Burrard Bridge and serve French west coast cuisine, changing the menu daily. I say it would be difficult to plan ahead if you are a picky eater. Well, that was the reason I hadn’t been there. :p

We ordered from the daily menu. We shared appy and each ordered an entree.

Complimentary Potato Bread, Saint Agur Blue Cheese, Olives

Potato Bread, Saint agur Blue Cheese, Olives at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen in Vancouver

This potato bread was slightly sweet, but as blue cheese was salty, it was a great combination. And, I have to note that this blue cheese was amazingly tasty! We asked the name of cheese, because we wanted to get some from store.

Steamed Salt Spring Island Mussels & Clams
(Champagne Cream, Thyme, Desert Smoked Bacon)

Steamed Salt Spring Island Mussels & Clams at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen in Vancouver

Windset Farms Heirloom Gem Tomatoes
(Island Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil, Espelette Vinaigrette)

Windset Farms Heirloom Gem Tomatoes at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen in Vancouver

Both appy tasted good. For the juice in the mussels and clams, we wanted to have bread to soak. 🙂

Her choice, Rare-seared Breast of Mt. Lehman Duckling
(Northern White Bean Cassoulet, Grapefruit Gastrique)

Rare-seared Breast of Mt. Lehman Duckling at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen in Vancouver

My choice, Brown Butter Broiled Arctic Char
(Vanilla Scented Wild Rice, Serrano Aioli, Charred Corn Salsa)

Brown Butter Broiled Arctic Char at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen in Vancouver

Seared duckling breast was so tender and tasted great. My Arctic char was huge and was cooked perfectly. The salsa was a kick with some spiciness to eat with char.

After dinner, the server came to see if we wanted to have dessert. He explained verbally, so I don’t have any details, but they had chocolate ganache with goat cheese and lemon tart. We were full yet ordered one.

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen in Vancouver

Americano

Americano at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen in Vancouver

The lemon tart was quite sour to me, but I kept eating after a while. That’s a chef’s magic!

Although we can’t come back for the same dish, I would like to try another time again.

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

Address: 1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Half a block west from Burrard street)
TEL: 604-569-2741
Twitter: @KitsDaily
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservations?

Dinner
[Mon – Sat] 17:00 – 0:00
*Closed: Sundays

Menu at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen in Vancouver

Price Note
– Steamed Salt Spring Island Mussels & Clams $14.00
– Windset Farms Heirloom Gem Tomatoes $15.00
– Rare-seared Breast of Mt. Lehman Duckling $26.00
– Brown Butter Broiled Arctic Char $28.00
– Lemon Tart $8.00
– Americano $3.00

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As I mentioned in the previous two posts, my friend and I went to a mob dance event, had late lunch and had a tea time with dessert. When we left the cafe, it was around 7:00 pm. We could have gone home, but we walked around downtown a bit and I asked her if she wanted to go for small bites instead of dinner.

I had a couple of tasting places in my mind, so we headed to Gastown. Although we were checking the map on iPhone, it took awhile to find them. Salt Tasting Room is at Blood Alley Square, which is literary a dark alley and we didn’t feel safe when we walked along, especially at a rainy fall-winter night.

We ordered a tasting plate, 1 meat and 2 kinds of cheese, and the server asked us some questions about wine and arranged the pairing based on our answers. He was very knowledgeable and helpful to explain everything to us. I was really impressed.

Tasting Plate (Meat & Cheese)

Tasting Plate (Meat & Cheese) at Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver

Hot Capicola+Mostarda, Beemster Cheese+Fig Bread, Point Reyes+Pear

Wine Custom Flight (Three 2 oz tasters)

Wine Custom Flight (Three 2 oz tasters) at Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver

8th Generation Rose, Alvear Solera Cream Sherry, Gehringer Brothers Late Harvest Riesling

The sherry that he chose first for us was out of order, and he gave us better one. This was really strong one. We would have been so drunk if we didn’t have the tasting plate. ;P

I would definitely come back to try another combination or three course menu. Or, maybe I could come for lunch.

Salt Tasting Room

Address: 45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Abbott and Carrall Street)
TEL: 604-633-1912
Facebook: page
Twitter: @salttastingroom
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Lunch
12:00 – 17:00 daily

Dinner/Bar
12:00 – 0:00 daily

Menu for meat & cheese on that day

Menu at Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver

Price Note
– Tasting Plate (Meat & Cheese) $16.00
– Wine Custom Flight (Three 2 oz tasters) $15.00 each

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I had bought a groupon deal for this restaurant early this year, which was 10-course seafood tasting menu. Spring and early summer have always a lot of events going on, so I kind of pushed the plan for this out. Yet, it was expired soon, so I had to plan.

This time, the experience with C restaurant wasn’t good even starting. First, their Groupon required to call them instead of online booking, but their website doesn’t say when they open. I tried to call day and night, but auto response answered, so I ended up leaving a message for reservation as it said. It said they would call back, which never happened even on the late night before the reservation day, so I called again to re-confirm. A man answered and said that they didn’t call me back because they were full. Really? Is that how it works? And, they could put us earlier time, but if we came late, as there was a reservation for the table after us, our time would be in rush. Seriously… So, you try to bring food as fast as possible and kick us out? Anyways, as I had to use the Groupon, I booked the earlier time for next day.

On the booked day, Collin and I arrived on time, which is dinner opening time. We were seated while no one was there yet, and we ordered some drink and ordered one each from the menu if there was alternative. The server came back, saying he forgot what Collin’s drink was. Now, when the expediter brought the first dish, we realized the server didn’t understand what we ordered. (So, we missed lobster bisque. :() Collin asked again, this time to the expediter, that we wanted to taste each one if there was alternative.

Food was great, though.

Bread

Bread at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Cocktail, French 75 (Gin base)

Cocktail, French 75 (Gin base) at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Glass of White Wine, J Pinot Gris

Glass of White Wine, J Pinot Gris at C Restaurant in Vancouver

First course, Cucumber Soup
(Smoked Sablefish, Lemonade Foam)

Cucumber Soup at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Second course, Tuna Tartare
(Nori Crackers, Ponzu)

Tuna Tartare at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Second course, alternative, Duo of Foie Gras
(Cranberry Chutney, Ginger Soda, Brioche)

Duo of Foie Gras at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Duo of Foie Gras at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Third course, Side Stripe Prawns
(Bacon Lime Tortellini, Jalapeno Fluid Gel)

Side Stripe Prawns at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Third course, alternative, Lobster Risotto
(Cognac Cream)

Lobster Risotto at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Forth course, Ling Cod
(Clams, Green Onions, Wasabi, Kombu Broth)

Ling Cod and Clams in Kombu Broth at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Fifth course, Crisp Halibut
(Minted Peas, “Tartar Sauce”)

Crisp Halibut at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Crisp Halibut at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Decomposed Tartar Sauce for Crisp Halibut at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Tartar Sauce for Crisp Halibut at C Restaurant in Vancouver

You make your tartar sauce from decomposed one. Fun!

Sixth course, Seared Salmon
(Saffron Potatoes, Ramp Soubise, Quail’s Egg)

Seared Salmon at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Seared Salmon at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Sixth course, alternative, Beef Tenderloin
(Watercress Pomme Puree, Red Wine Jus)

Beef Tenderloin at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Seventh course, Valdion Blue Cheese
(Poached Pears, Honey, Crostini)

Valdion Blue Cheese at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Valdion Blue Cheese at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Valdion Blue Cheese at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Spoons for next two courses were provided.

Dessert Spoons at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Eighth course, Sweet Corn Sorbet
(Crisp Tarragon, Brown Butter)

Sweet Corn Sorbet at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Ninth course, Chocolate Mousse
(Crisp Caramel, Puffed Rice)

Chocolate Mousse at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Petit Fours, one to share for a table
(Small Sweets: Macaron and Chocolate Brownie)

Petit Fours at C Restaurant in Vancouver

And, extra pictures, view from the restaurant.

View from C Restaurant in Vancouver View from C Restaurant in Vancouver View from C Restaurant in Vancouver

and more…

Flower on the table at C Restaurant in Vancouver View at 6:50pm from C Restaurant in Vancouver View at 7:10pm from C Restaurant in Vancouver

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

C Restaurant

Address: 2-1600 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(False Creek in downtown side, close to Granville Bridge)
TEL: 604-681-1164
Facebook: page
Twitter: @crestaurant

Dinner
17:00 – late daily
* Unknown for brunch/lunch

10-course Menu

10-course Menu at C Restaurant in Vancouver 10-course Menu at C Restaurant in Vancouver 10-course Menu at C Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Cocktail, French 75 $13.00
– Glass of White Wine, J Pinot Gris $14.00
– 10-course Seafood Tasting Menu for Two ($240 worth) $120.00
– Duo of Foie Gras $18.00
– Lobster Risotto $9.00
– Beef Tenderloin $12.00

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