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The weather forecast looked good in the middle of October. It was a Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, and my friend asked me what I would do on that weekend. I invited her to go for walking. We talked about where to go and decided to go to Stanley Park.

We started to walk from Denman Street, passed by Beaver Lake, crossed the HWY, looked down the Siwash Rock, and kept walking. After about 5km walk, we finally saw the cafe that we were planning to stop by.

The Teahouse is located in the western Stanley Park, between Siwash Rock and Third Beach. There are parking lots, but they were packed when we were there. The restaurant serves west coast cuisine but also you can have just tea and dessert. We were there around 4pm, but the tables were almost full. The reservation is recommended.

We ordered tea and dessert.

Tea

Tea at The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

Her choice, White Chocolate Cheesecake
(Graham Crust, Cherry Compote)

White Chocolate Cheesecake at The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

My choice, Chocolate Milano Cake
(Light, triple Chocolate Mousse, Almond Wafer Crust)

Chocolate Milano Cake at The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

It was nice to have sweets after exercising! Both cake was good.

And, an extra picture, the view from the restaurant entrance.

The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

The Teahouse belongs to the same company as Seasons in the park, or The Sandbar on Granville Island. They also attend to the Dine Out event right now, so you might want to check out their menu.

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

The Teahouse

Address: Ferguson Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-669-3281
Facebook: page
Twitter: @The_Teahouse
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 22:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:30 – 22:00

Menu

Dessert Menu at The Teahouse in Stanley Park in Vancouver

Price Note
– Tea $2.95
– White Chocolate Cheesecake $9.00
– Chocolate Milano Cake $9.00

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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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Continuing about Christmas Market in Vancouver, I claimed for the season’s pass when I got home. As I mentioned on the post yesterday, you will get the instructions once you paid. Anyways, when I claimed, the first email came right away, which didn’t have any information for season’s pass and I seemed to have to wait. On the next morning, we both got the second email for the pass.

Collin wanted to go on the next day, too! 😀 Well, let’s go, since it’s a free pass now. On the first day, we arrived after noon, so the line-up was a bit long but it was still quick that the line moved. On the second day with the pass, it took a second to get in, as you can get in from a VIP ticket booth.

Ticket Booth at Christmas Market

The pictures today were taken on our second visit.

We got some food for lunch, choosing different food. This time, we both chose the same one.

Haxen on a Bun from Black Forest Meat & Sausages

Haxen on a Bun from Black Forest Meat & Sausages at Christmas Market

I just realized this food was from the same company as Bratwurst. If you order the meal one, the haxen (ham hock) comes with bone. The meat was so tender and filled my stomach.

Black Forest Meat & Sausages at Christmas Market

After eating, we checked out the line-up for the ornaments in the building, but there was a long line-up already. Collin can’t wait because he had to go to work soon, so we had some dessert instead. Dessert again?! Yeah! 🙂

German Bakes & Cookies at Christmas Market

Strawberry Cake from German Bakes & Cookies

Strawberry Cake from German Bakes & Cookies at Christmas Market

Collin had this. I tasted, but it was too sweet for me. He, of course, liked it!

Tiramisu Cheesecake from German Bakes & Cookies

 Tiramisu Cheesecake from German Bakes & Cookies at Christmas Market

I liked this Tiramisu cheesecake. The crust outside was bit hard to bite, but the filling was tasty.

Here is an extra picture. There was a stage that people do some performance.

Stage at Christmas Market

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

Christmas Market in Vancouver

Menu

Menu at Black Forest Meat & Sausages Menu at Black Forest Meat & Sausages Menu at German Bakes & Cookies

Price Note
– Haxen on a Bun $8.55 + tax
– Large Dessert single for $7.14 or couple for $13.33 + tax
(Pricing is various based on the size displayed on each baked goods.)

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