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I was at Friday Night Market in North Vancouver with my friend in the middle of June. We tried the first truck, as I wrote in the previous post. Although we were almost full with their food, we walked around and decided to try another truck.

In case you missed information, Friday Night Market in North Vancouver is (was) held at Lonsdale Quay Pier, from 5 pm to 10 pm. There are lots of food cart gathering, in addition to bakery, products, and produces.

Our second try-out was Street Meet Truck. I had known about this truck for quite a while, but I just couldn’t catch them by now. I’m not sure what they serve, maybe Italian? There is bite-size dish, full-size dish, or sweets in their menu.

Street Meet Truck in Vancouver

We ordered one and shared.

Crispy Risotto Balls
(Spring Pea, Parmesan Cheese, Basil Truffle Aioli)

Crispy Risotto Balls at Street Meet Truck in Vancouver

Crispy Risotto Balls at Street Meet Truck in Vancouver

The inside was a bit mushy, but it was still good. I would love to try another dish, maybe veggie burger?

You can check where they are or when they open for special events at the app.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Street Meet Truck

Address: Location varied depending on days.
TEL: 778-838-3665
Facebook: page
Twitter: @streetmeettruck
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
Event schedule: check on the app

Price Note
– Crispy Risotto Balls $5.00

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So, I mentioned a couple of times in the previous posts that my friend’s birthday was coming up. I picked some restaurants for the dinner, and the birthday girl chose one, which was Siena. When I called them and asked if we can bring some cake with us, a lady, who answered the phone, said not allowed due to the health/sanitary concern. I understood their point of view. While I was discussing with my friends what we wanted to do, either change the restaurant, or no cake to bring but order at the restaurant or go somewhere else for dessert, I got a returning call from the lady, saying we can bring cake but they will charge $2.50 per person. Anyways, I made a reservation online at the end. 😀

Siena Restaurant is at lively South Granville, a couple blocks away from Broadway. They are a casual Italian restaurant where can serve maybe 40 people.

We were a group of five, and two boys decided to go for Prix Fixe, three course meal, and the rest of us, girls went for antipasti to share and ordered each entree.

Antipasti (for two)
(Asparagus Salad, Smoked Salmon, Olives, Salmon Mousse, Sopresetta, Orzo Salad, Roasted Garlic, Focaccia, Lentil-Pepper Salad)

Antipasti (for two) at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

This antipasti was enough to share with three people. We even offered to the others, who ordered Prix Fixe, to have some. I, personally, liked asparagus salad and salmon mousse. As we shared with everybody, we asked extra focaccia.

Focaccia

Focaccia at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Appy from Prix Fixe, Baby Arugula Salad
(Limoncello Vinaigrette, Parmesan)

Baby Arugula Salad at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Linguine con Vongole
(Clams steamed in White Wine, Garlic and Olive Oil)

Linguine con Vongole at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The birthday girl was so happy to have this. Actually, the reason why she decided to go to this restaurant was the picture of vongole on their website! 🙂 And, you know what? It tasted great!

Spaghettini alla Puttanesca
(Tomato, Chili, Garlic, Anchovies, Olives, Capers)

Spaghettini alla Puttanesca at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The other girl friend went for this, and she said it was salty. I tasted, and I thought the saltiness came from olives.

Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto
(Qualicum Bay Scallops, Oven-dried Tomatoes)

Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

This was what I ordered. The first bite of the risotto made me think. The second bite made me ask my friends to try. For the third bite, I asked salt, because it was so bland. Although the server brought salt, the owner or manager came and offered to make a new one. The scallop was perfect, though. Yes, the risotto was fine at the second time.

Entree from Prix Fixe, Grilled Flat Iron Steak
(Salsa Verde, Roasted Fingerlings, Arugula, Parmesan)

Grilled Flat Iron Streak at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Collin ordered this one. He said it would have been better if arugula didn’t hide steak.

Entree from Prix Fixe, Braised Lamb Ravioli
(Citrus Gremolata, Brown Butter, Pecorino)

Braised Lamb Ravioli at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The other boy friend ordered and loved this one. Yet, he wished there were more ravioli in the plate. 🙂

Dessert from Prix Fixe, Vanilla Gelato with Balsamic Fig Syrup
(Almond Thyme Biscotti)

Vanilla Gelato with Balsamic Fig Syrup at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert from Prix Fixe, Chocolate Hazel Torte
(Orange Caramel)

Chocolate Hazel Torte at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

And, the birthday girl received a glass of complimentary sherry (?) from the restaurant.

A glass of complimentary sherry at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert from a bakery cafe we brought in.

Dessert from a bakery cafe

I won’t reveal where those are from now. (Well, you must have known!) Look forward the next post.

Anyways, even though we were five of us, they didn’t charge the fee $2.50 per person for five, maybe because two of us ordered their dessert with Prix Fixe.

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
Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Red Wine Bottle, Chianti $45.00
– Antipasti (for two) $18.00
– Focaccia $4.00
– Linguine con Vongole $18.00
– Spaghettini alla Puttanesca $17.00
– Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto $24.00
– Prix Fixe $29.00 each
– Additional price for Ravioli $3.00
– Open Food to bring cake from outside $7.50 ($2.50 per person)

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My friend and I spent some time at the coffee shop until the time she had to go for Shiatsu appointment. I said good-bye to her and started looking for a birthday gift for my another friend. Having walked around for almost a couple of hours, I wanted to sit down.

I went in this cafe close to Granville Skytrain station. Caffe Artigiano is located in many locations and serves good coffee.

I ordered from their cafe menu.

Caffe Latte (tall)

Caffe Latte at Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver

They always make great latte in any locations!

(Picture taken by iPhone)

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

Caffe Artigiano

In many locations. This is one of them.
Address: 574 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Granville Skytrain station)
TEL: 604-688-3422
Facebook: page
Twitter: @caffeartigiano
Urbanspoon: page

Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch
[Mon – Fri] 6:00 – 18:00
[Sat – Sun, Holidays] 7:00 – 17:00

Price Note
– Caffe latte tall $3.48

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