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Collin’s birthday was coming up in early November. As he works on weekends, we planned a birthday dinner ahead at the end of October. He didn’t have any preference, so I picked a newer restaurant.

Homer St. Cafe and Bar was open sometime last summer. It is in downtown Vancouver , close to Yaletown area. They serve French cuisine and focus on roasting, especially chicken. Their dinner menu consists snacks, starters, cheese & charcuterie, mains, sides, and desserts. In addition, we were given a today’s special sheet.

We ordered from their regular dinner menu and special.

Ancient Mariner
(Gin, Rosemary infused sweet Vermouth, Cynar, Orange Vermouth, Maple Gastrique)

Ancient Mariner at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier
(2012 Naramata BC)

A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

His choice, Maple Butter Pork Belly

Maple Butter Pork Belly at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

I had some bite, and it was OK. The outside was crispy, but the inside wasn’t cooked enough for me. Collin loved this, though.

My choice, Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad
(Grilled Scallion, Kale Pesto)

Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

As a starter, this was a big salad. I liked every single elements. Within my order, this was the best. Too bad, it is no longer on the menu.

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items
(Boerenkas, Bresaola, Bleu Claire, served with Seasonal Pickles, Nuts and Fruit)

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

We chose two kinds of cheese and one kind of meat. We liked them all. Boerenkas cheese was salty. Bresaola meat was like prosciutto, but cured beef. The fruit was served as apple mustard jam.

His choice, Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow

Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Because of bone marrow, he ordered this. 😀 He said the pie tasted good, too.

His choice, Side Crispy Chicken Skin

Side Crispy Chicken Skin at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

He was too curious and decided to order this side. Yes, it was crispy, but it was smelly and oily to me.

My choice, Marinated Halibut Salad
(Olive Dressing, Tomato, Green Bean, Frisee, Potato)

Marinated Halibut Salad at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

This was from Roast of the Day on the special menu. I felt the halibut seemed a bit overcooked, but I enjoyed it. I didn’t realize this was a salad until it came to the table, and I ended up having two salads a day.

Double Caesar

Double Caesar at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

He ordered the second drink for his birthday treat.

We were too full to have any dessert here. Overall, the food was fine, but not so special. Maybe, I should have ordered chicken plate. He said he liked their food, though. They open brunch as well, so I want to try that.

And, the restaurant exterior and interior.

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Homer St. Cafe and Bar

Address: 898 Homer Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Smithe street)
TEL: 604-428-4299
Facebook: page
Twitter: @HomerStCafeBar
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservations?

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00
[Fri] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 0:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 0:00
[Sun] 10:30 – 15:00

Menu

Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Ancient Mariner $11.00
– A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier $14.00
– Maple Butter Pork Belly $7.00
– Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad $16.00
– Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items $14.00
– Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow $20.00
– Side Crispy Chicken Skin $5.00
– Marinated Halibut Salad $20.00
– Double Caesar $13.00

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From May to October, there was an event, Friday Night Market, in North Vancouver on every Fridays. On the second week of Friday in October, I searched when exactly the event ended, but each site did say a different date or didn’t mention any. So, I decided to go there anyway, and there were some food trucks there and some tents open.

As October, it was a much colder day. I quickly walked in the venue and looked at which trucks were there. Not many choices. The first one I chose was Roaming Dragon. They serve Pan-Asian food.

Collin and I tried their food at PNE, so I chose something different. I ordered two of this.

Chinese Pork Slider
(Asian spice braised Pork, Pickled Cucumber and Green Onions, Hoisin Sauce, Steamed Bun)

Chinese Pork Slider at Roaming Dragon at Friday Night Market in North Vancouver

I liked the pork belly. Collin said it was OK, though he usually likes pork belly. Maybe because I waited for him finishing to work so that the food got cold.

Roaming Dragon at Friday Night Market in North Vancouver

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

Currently, Dine Out Vancouver is held. As part of this, so is Street Food City. If you haven’t tried their food, you have an opportunity at the event.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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

Roaming Dragon

Address: Burrard at Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-639-3335
Facebook: page
Twitter: @DragonTruck
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
Event schedule: check on the app

Menu

Menu at Roaming Dragon at Friday Night Market in North Vancouver

Price Note
– Chinese Pork Slider $5.00

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As I mentioned before, Friday Night Market in North Vancouver was held at Lonsdale Quay Pier on Fridays, from 5 pm to 10 pm, between May to October. It was August, and the day time was still long, so I decided to go there and meet Collin after his night shift.

When I started to walk along street food trucks, I found Le Tigre, where I wanted to try last time but they closed earlier due to sold-out. So, I ordered right away, even before checking around all trucks. They serve contemporary west coast, influenced with Chinese food, as I understand what their website says correctly.

Le Tigre at Friday Night Market

Le Tigre at Friday Night Market

I ordered their popular dish.

Kick Ass Rice with Pork Belly
(Cooked in Sake, butter, Dashi, and topped with a perfect Poached Egg, fresh herbs and Thai Chillies)

Kick Ass Rice with Pork Belly at Le Tigre at Friday Night Market

Kick Ass Rice with Pork Belly at Le Tigre at Friday Night Market

Poached egg was cooked more than I expected. The chilli was a bit spicy but yes kicked ass! 😀 I preferred pork belly to be cooked more firm. I would like to try it with chicken or another dish next time!

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

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Le Tigre

Address: Location varied depending on days of the week.
TEL: 778-990-2853
Facebook: page
Twitter: @LeTigreTruck
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
Event schedule: check on the app

Price Note
– Kick Ass Rice with Pork Belly $8.50

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