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My birthday is in December, and as it was on his day off, he planned making 10-course birthday dinner for me. While I was working, he went shopping for those ingredients.

The course was served as tapas style first and then two mains and two dessert!

1st course: Smoked Ham, Pear, and Goat Brie Crostini

Smoked Ham, Pear, and Goat Brie Crostini

2nd course: Broccoli Soup with Goat Brie

Broccoli Soup with Goat Brie

The last time he made was much better, I mean, this was a bit watery.

3rd course: Swiss Chard Sausage, Yam, Dijon Gravy

Swiss Chard Sausage, Yam, Dijon Gravy

This was interesting dish and delicious! I would order again! ๐Ÿ˜€

4th course: Bruschetta with Arugula & Tomatoes (for two)

Bruschetta with Arugula & Tomatos (for two)

5th course: Marinated Eggplant & Salmon

Marinated Eggplant & Salmon

This was my least favorite. I loved the marinated eggplant as usual, but salmon was lukewarm, which he said it was intentional but it was weird to me.

6th course: Lamb Chop, pan-seared Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Dijon red wine sauce

Lamb Chop, pan-seared Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Dijon red wine sauce

The lamb chop was beautifully cooked. We shared it, which is good, because I was getting full at this point.

7th course: Salmon, Crab Mashed Potatoes, and Turnip Hash

Salmon, Crab Mashed Potatoes, and Turnip Hash

The salmon was nicely cooked, too. The crab mash was a bit softer than the one he made before, so that it lost the texture. I really liked the turnip hash.

8th course: Spaghetti Carbonara with Prawns and Scallop

Spaghetti Carbonara with Prawns and Scallop

At this point, I was too full. I wished I can share, but he made this full size for himself as well. The taste was good, though.

9th course: Chocolate Panna Cotta

Chocolate Panna Cotta

I was too full to have two dessert, so he arranged this dessert, using both ingredients. Panna Cotta was a little loose, so it was like mousse.

This would be the last birthday dinner cooked by him, as he said he rather buy gifts next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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So, when one of our close friends’ birthday is coming up, we get together, which is now regularly planned. And, it was my turn! I’m the one, who usually pick up some restaurants and let the birthday girl/boy choose one, and this time, I picked some and had my friends choose one. My friends decided the one that was in my list for a long time since I saw a post on someone’s blog and that I wanted to go. Cool! I was so excited that I can finally go.

The Refinery is located on Granville street, close to Helmcken street, and once you reach, you need to go upstairs. They serve tapas plates, which I thought was good to share with five of us.

We ordered from their regular menu. One of our friends cannot eat fish, so we didn’t order any seafood dishes.

Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris, See You Later

Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris at The Refinery in Vancouver

Charcuterie, Antipasto Board
(A selection of salami and cheese, pickled and marinated veggies)

Charcuterie, Antipasto Board at The Refinery in Vancouver

Flatbread, Prosciutto
(Cured ham, pear, gorgonzola, walnuts, onion jam)

Flatbread, Prosciutto at The Refinery in Vancouver

Sauteed Tiger Prawns
(Tomatoes, Chorizo meatballs, white wine, butter, toast)

Sauteed Tiger Prawns at The Refinery in Vancouver

Bruschette, Tomato and Garlic
(served on toasted Belgium bread)

Bruschette, Tomato and Garlic at The Refinery in Vancouver

Beef Shortribs
(Slow braised beef, Italian salsa verde, roasted shallots)

Beef Shortribs at The Refinery in Vancouver

Meatballs
(Ground pork and beef, house made tomato sauce, pecorino, toast)

Meatballs at The Refinery in Vancouver

My request, Fried Risotto Balls
(Seasonal preparation)

Fried Risotto Balls at The Refinery in Vancouver

Fried Risotto Balls at The Refinery in Vancouver

For dessert, my girl friends made some custard pudding (creme caramel) and brought for me! It is one of my favorite dessert! Thank you, girls! So, these are NOT on their menu. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And, for one person, who doesn’t like eating pudding, he ordered from their menu.

Flourless Chocolate Cake
(Chocolate ganache, raspberry compote, balsamic reduction coconut cream)

Flourless Chocolate Cake at The Refinery in Vancouver

This is nut & gluten free!

Overall, their food was great. I definitely want to go back.

Oh, by the way, did you notice that most pictures are visible? I installed Flashlight app to my iPhone and take pictures by my digital camera, using Flashlight on iPhone. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Refinery

Address: 1115 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Davie and Helmcken streets)
TEL: 604-687-8001
Facebook: page
Twitter: @TheRefineryVan
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Dinner
[Tue – Thu] 17:00 – 1:00
[Fri – Sat] 17:00 – 2:00
*Private booking accepted: Sundays and Mondays

Price Note
– Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris $12.00
– Charcuterie, Antipasto Board $16.00
– Flatbread, Prosciutto $14.00
– Sauteed Tiger Prawns $14.00
– Bruschette, Tomato and Garlic $4.00
– Beef Shortribs $16.00
– Meatballs $10.00
– Fried Risotto Balls $9.00
– Flourless Chocolate Cake $9.00

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