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My friends and I were at a Taiwanese restaurant for our last dinner together until one year later. We were checking out their dessert menu, but we left the restaurant without having any dessert, as some of us already had milk tea and also we couldn’t find what we wanted to order.

On the way home, one friend said to go somewhere for dessert. We don’t have much information around the area, so we decided to go to Cactus Club Cafe near Metrotown. The restaurant is on Kingsway and open till late.

We each ordered some dessert or drink.

The Perfect Double Cuervo Margarita
(Fresh hand-squeezed Lime Juice, Cuervo tequila and triple sec, shaken with Egg Whites)

The Perfect Double Cuervo Margarita at Cactus Club Cafe on Kingsway

Apple Galette
(Flaky puff pastry, Caramelized Apples, Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce)

Apple Galette at Cactus Club Cafe on Kingsway

Chocolate Lava Cake
(Molten dark Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Coulis, Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream)

Chocolate Lava Cake at Cactus Club Cafe on Kingsway

I knew the galette would be big, so I chose the lava cake. I liked it, although I found it sweet. The sourness of raspberry coulis was helpful for that.

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Cactus Club Cafe on Kingsway

Address: 4653 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C. (map)
(Behind Metropolis from Metrotown Skytrain station)
TEL: 604-431-8448
Facebook: page
Twitter: @cactusclubcafe
Urbanspoon: page

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert
11:00 – late daily

Dessert Menu

Dessert Menu at Cactus Club Cafe on Kingsway

Price Note
– The Perfect Double Cuervo Margarita Unknown
– Apple Galette $8.00
– Chocolate Lava Cake $8.00

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Having a long meeting day (meeting after another), Collin sent me a text, saying come to the restaurant for dinner around 7. I thought he was going out for dinner with his father and family. Although I was still busy, I thought I needed to refresh my head, so I told him I would.

The restaurant he made a reservation was L’Abattoir in Gastown. It was in our wish list for a long time but didn’t have a chance to go even Dine Out event. My friend went to Dine Out, and she wasn’t impressed than she expected, so I was excited half and hesitated half to try out.

I don’t know if they change menu periodically. The menu on their website is different from what we saw. The picture of the menu is at the bottom.

My choice, Raspberry Lemonade (Fresh Juice)

Raspberry Lemonade at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Fresh raspberry smoothie and lemonade gives little sourness. I usually don’t like sour, but this one was just right for me.

Collin’s choice, Gin & Grapefruit

Gin & Grapefruit at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Anchovy twist, bacon brioche, and caraway flatbread. They served warm, which was nice.

Spring Salad
(Lettuce, Vegetables, Tallegio Croutons)

Spring Salad at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Warm Steelhead and Crunchy Potato Salad
(Ramps, Horseradish, Dill)

Warm Steelhead and Crunchy Potato Salad at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

This is from warm appy. I got some bite from Collin, and the steelhead was cooked perfectly!

Smoked Sturgeon with Fava Beans
(Grapefruit, Avocado, Mint)

Smoked Sturgeon with Fava Beans at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

This is from cold appy. Ow, I love fava beans! Well, the whole dish was great.

Steak Diane
(Charred Onions, Potato Fundant, Peppercorn Condiment)

Steak Diane at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

I had some bite from Collin. The steak was good. The triangle ones are made by potato.

Fillet of Pacific Halibut with a Parsley Crust
(Mussels, Potato, Artichoke)

Fillet of Pacific Halibut with a Parsley Crust at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Wow, the halibut was like silk, beautifully cooked. I should have taken a picture when I cut. The piece was quite big, and I enjoyed that.

I’m gonna tell my friend that she should come again on a regular day!

L’Abattoir

Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Blood Alley Square and Powell Street)
TEL: 604-568-1701
Facebook: page
Twitter: @LABATTOIR_VAN
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Dinner
17:30 – 23:45 daily

Menu

Menu at L'Abattoir in Vancouver

Price Note
– Raspberry Lemonade Unknown
– Gin & Grapefruit Unknown
– Spring Salad $14.00
– Warm Steelhead and Crunchy Potato Salad $15.00
– Smoked Sturgeon with Fava Beans $16.00
– Steak Diane $30.00
– Fillet of Pacific Halibut with a Parsley Crust $30.00

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When I checked all restaurants for Dine Out Vancouver, this restaurant was my first to check. Collin and I wanted to go there for long time, but they open only dinner time, which is difficult for him to arrange the time, and also I didn’t like their Dine Out menu last year so that we had missed opportunities. In spite of the fact that I was checking it right after the menu was revealed, the restaurant was almost fully booked! I manged to make a reservation for 9:15pm.

Chambar is a sister restaurant of Medina Cafe located to the next door. It is in a walking distance from Stadium Skytrain station. They serve Belgian food. I don’t know what Belgian food is at all other than waffle, so this 3-course dinner for $38 was great opportunity.

Bajan Tea
(Goslings spiced rum, Takara Japanese plum wine, iced tea & orgeat)

Bajan Tea at Chambar in Vancouver

I sipped and really liked it. So did Collin. I would order this next time for myself.

Glass of Red Wine, Pinot Noir/St. Laurence 9 Mile

Glass of Red Wine, Pinot Noir/St. Laurence 9 Mile at Chambar in Vancouver

His appy, Salade D’Hiver
(Winter Root Vegetable Salad, Belgian Endive, Apple Cider Emulsion, Chervil, Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette)

Salade D'Hiver at Chambar in Vancouver

My appy, Carpaccio de Thon Rouge
(Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio, Mint & Cilantro Pistou, Lime & Chili Mayo, Jalapeno Dressing, Grated Grano Padano)

Carpaccio de Thon Rouge at Chambar in Vancouver

His entree, La Piece de Boeuf au Bleu
(Char Grilled 10 oz reserve Angus New York Steak, Celeriac Puree, Black Kale Chips, Roquefort Butter, Balsamic & Shallot Jam)

La Piece de Boeuf au Bleu at Chambar in Vancouver

My entree, L’Omble de L’Arctique
(Pan Seared Arctic Char, Saffron & Lemongrass Risotto, Peashoot & Pickled Vegetable Salad)

L'Omble de L'Arctique at Chambar in Vancouver

L'Omble de L'Arctique at Chambar in Vancouver

His dessert, Parfait au Citron
(Frozen Lemon Souffle, Coconut Dacquoise, Toasted Meringue, Pie Crust Ice Cream)

Parfait au Citron at Chambar in Vancouver

My dessert, Pate au Chocolat
(Dark Chocolate Pate, Sour Cherries, Coconut Sorbet)

Pate au Chocolat at Chambar in Vancouver

Oh, I really liked all my choices! And, this chocolate pate was the best ever! It is on their regular dessert menu, so you must try.

Chambar

Address: 562 Beatty Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Skytrain Stadium station)
TEL: 604-879-7119
Facebook: page
Twitter: @chambar
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:00 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat] 17:00 – 1:00

Menu for Dine Out Vancouver

Dine Out Menu at Chambar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Bajan Tea $9.00
– Glass of Red Wine, Pinot Noir/St. Laurence 9 Mile $11.00
– Dine Out Vancouver 3-course $38.00
– Additional for steak $10.00

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