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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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Beside the last two places, I had to check the menu of one of my favorite restaurants for Dine Out Vancouver. When I looked at their dine out menu, I really liked it and asked my friends, whom I went there with for Dine Out Vancouver last year, and one of them was excited to go there with me. 🙂

Fishworks serves seafood with reasonable price and decent amount, and moreover, it tastes good. It is located at Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver and in a walking distance from Lonsdale Quay Seabus station. The dine out 3-course meal was provided by $28.

A glass of White Wine, Cedar Creek Proprietor’s

A glass of White Wine, Cedar Creek Proprietor's at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Side dish, Pomes Frits and Truffle Aioli

Side dish, Pomes Frits and Truffle Aioli at Fishworks in North Vancouver

My friend liked this when we went there in their Halibut Festival, so she ordered again. 🙂

Her appy, Qualicum Beach Scallops
(Vietnamese style Salad Roll with Tamarind, Cucumber, Ponzu)

Qualicum Beach Scallops Vietnamese style Salad Roll at Fishworks in North Vancouver

My appy, Dungeness Crab
(In Coconut Soup with Enoki Mushrooms)

Dungeness Crab in Coconut Soup at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Dungeness Crab in Coconut Soup at Fishworks in North Vancouver

As you might have noticed, the bowl was bigger! It seemed that the chef gave me extra, maybe because I come often and take my friends. 😉

My friend liked her appy, as she loved cilantro. (I have no comments, as I don’t like cilantro. :P) I was worried about my appy, because I don’t like coconut texture, but it was smooth soup with kick of spice and I really liked that.

Her entree, Ling Cod
(Jerusalem Artichoke and Winter Vegetable Nage)

Ling Cod with Jerusalem Artichoke and Winter Vegetable Nage at Fishworks in North Vancouver

I tasted some, and the ling code was cooked perfectly and nage was seasoned just right. Jerusalem artichoke was texture like potato and interestingly good.

My entree, Nova Scotia Lobster Tail
(Smoked Bacon, Chowder Sauce)

Nova Scotia Lobster Tail on Chowder Sauce at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Here we go again! Thanks to the chef! He served two lobster tails on my plate. I let my friend taste one. 😀

Her dessert, Poached Pear
(Toasted Hazelnut, Vanilla Ice Cream)

Poached Pear with Toasted Hazelnut, Vanilla Ice Cream at Fishworks in North Vancouver

My dessert, Chocolate Mousse
(with Fresh Raspberries)

Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Raspberries at Fishworks in North Vancouver

I have heard they changed the recipe, so I got to order it. It was good and light, not too sweet, compared to the last year’s Dine out, so I finished to eat.

Oh, I’m glad I went there for Dine Out this year. I enjoyed much more than last year’s Dine Out.

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Fishworks

Address: 91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Two blocks from Seabus Lonsdale Quay station)
TEL: 778-340-3449
Twitter: @fishworkslolo
Urbanspoon: page
Reservation: accepted on Urbanspoon

Lunch
[Mon-Fri] 11:30 – 14:30

Dinner
[Mon-Sun] 17:00 – late

Menu for Dine Out Vancouver

Dine Out Menu at Fishworks in North Vancouver Dine Out Menu at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Price Note
– A glass of White Wine, Cedar Creek Proprietor’s $8.00
– Side dish, Pomes Frits and Truffle Aioli $5.00
– Dine Out Vancouver 3-course $28.00
– Decaf Americano $3.75

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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

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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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