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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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Back in September, it was a birthday month of two of my friends. So, I picked some restaurants and had my friends pick one. They chose Trafalgars Bistro.

It is located in Kitsilano. I have been there for Oceanwise celebration and wondered if their regular menu taste good, too. There is $30 3-course dinner as well, which you can choose one appy from soup, green salad, or caesar salad, one entree, and one dessert from Sweet Obsession where is their sister restaurant at the next door.

Amuse-bouche, Risotto Croquettes

Risotto Croquettes at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Today’s Soup (as a part of 3-course)

Today's Soup at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

I can’t remember what kind of soup it was… But my friend (not only her but we all) didn’t like it and asked to change to the other soup.

Caesar Salad (as a part of 3-course)

Caesar Salad at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Octopus Carpaccio Salad
(Lemon Vinaigrette, Arugula & Mustard Greens)

Octopus Carpaccio Salad at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

I ordered this salad and really liked it. No longer in the menu, though.

Seasonal Salmon, Pistachio Crusted Coho Salmon (as a part of 3-course)
(Celeriac & Apple Remoulade, Carrot Puree, Parsnip Crisps)

Pistachio Crusted Coho Salmon at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

House Made Pasta, Halibut & Tuna Filled Paprika Ravioli (as a part of 3-course)
(Wild Mushroom White Wine Sauce, Crispy Leeks)

Halibut & Tuna Filled Paprika Ravioli at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Heritage Angus Beef Ribeye
(10 oz, Aged, with Horseradish Butter & Molasses Demi, Potato Fondant, Broccoli & Crispy Shallots)

Heritage Angus Beef Ribeye at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Pacific Northwest Halibut
(Israeli Couscous, Sea Asparagus, Side Strip Prawn, Cherry Tomato, Preserved Meyer Lemon)

Pacific Northwest Halibut at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

I ordered this dish. Although I generally don’t like couscous, this Israeli one is like pasta so that I could eat. It was surprising discovery. 🙂

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake (as a part of 3-course)

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Fresh Fruit Tart with Chocolate Mousse (as a part of 3-course)

Fresh Fruit Tart with Chocolate Mousse at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Warm Toffee Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream

Warm Toffee Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Chocolate St. Honore

Chocolate St. Honore at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

I ordered this. It was puffy pastry, like hard version of cream puff.

As they have a sister restaurant, Sweet Obsession, there are too many to choose from. I wish they have pictures on menu so that we don’t have to ask for each dessert’s details. 😉

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

Trafalgars Bistro

Address: 2603 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At Trafalgar Street)
TEL: 604-739-0555 ext.1
Facebook: page
Twitter: @TrafalgarsInVan
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 21:00
[Fri] 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Sat] 10:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Sun] 10:00 – 15:00
*Closed: Sundays night

Menu

Menu at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver Menu at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver Menu at Trafalgars Bistro in Vancouver

Price Note
– 2 oz taster of white wine, Pentage Pinot Gris $4.85
– Stella Artois $7.00
– 3-course Dinner $30.00
— Today’s Soup $8.00 worth
— Pistachio Crusted Coho Salmon $26.00 worth
— Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake $8.00 worth
– 3-course Dinner $30.00
— Caesar Salad $9.00 worth
— Halibut & Tuna Filled Paprika Ravioli $19.00 worth
— Fresh Fruit Tart with Chocolate Mousse $8.00 worth
– Octopus Carpaccio Salad $13.00
– Heritage Angus Beef Ribeye $30.00
– Pacific Northwest Halibut $26.00
– Warm Toffee Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream $8.00
– Chocolate St. Honore $8.00
– Coffee $3.00

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After eating cheese cake, my friend and I walked around Whistler Village. As my friend came from Japan, I asked her if there were something that she wanted to eat or what she felt like eating. She said tapas would be good because we can control how much or less we eat.

As we were walking toward Village North, I took her to Elements. It is located in the Summit Lodge & Spa on Main street. They offered $30 dinner, which comes with 3 courses that you can choose from a certain list. You can order one $30 dinner and share.

We ordered one $30 dinner and one additional dish to share.

Cocktail, Ruby Greyhound

Cocktail, Ruby Greyhound at Elements in Whistler

Iced Tea

Iced Tea at Elements in Whistler

Lettuce Cups with Poached Prawn & Avocado
(crunchy baby iceberg lettuce, julienne vegetables, seasoned rice noodles, soy roasted cashews, bean)

Lettuce Cups with Poached Prawn & Avocado at Elements in Whistler

Lettuce Cups with Poached Prawn & Avocado at Elements in Whistler

Stuffed Tempura Artichokes
(maple cheddar, goat cheese, tomato relish)

Stuffed Tempura Artichokes at Elements in Whistler

Stuffed Tempura Artichokes at Elements in Whistler

Chef’s Daily Feature, Soft shell crab on Squid ink Ravioli
(stuffed with Dungeness crab, tomato & saffron sauce)

Soft shell crab on Squid ink Ravioli at Elements in Whistler

Pork Belly Bites
(canteloupe pickle, honey & chili glaze)

Pork Belly Bites at Elements in Whistler

We didn’t really like this last one. Pork belly wasn’t crunchy enough for us.

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Elements Urban Tapas Parlour

Address: #102B-4359 Main Street, Whistler, B.C. (map)
(Summit Lodge, Village north)
TEL: 604-932-5569

Breakfast/Brunch
8:00 – 14:00 daily

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:00 – 14:00

Dinner (tapas)
17:00 – 23:30 daily

Menu for $30 dinner

Menu at Elements in Whistler Menu at Elements in Whistler

Price Note
– Cocktail, Ruby Greyhound $6.00
– Iced Tea $3.00
– 3-course dinner $30 (OK to share)
— Lettuce Cups with Poached Prawn & Avocado ($12.00 value)
— Stuffed Tempura Artichokes ($11.00 value)
— Chef’s Daily Feature, Soft shell crab on Squid ink Ravioli ($16.00 value)
– Pork Belly Bites $14.00

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