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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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The conversation with my friends for Dine Out Vancouver was continued, even after we decided to go to a restaurant for lunch. We wanted to go somewhere for dinner as well, but there were so many choices. Using all the communication tool (Facebook message, text, phone), we finally came to a decision. 😀

We decided to go to Yaletown L’Antipasto. They serve Italian food, located in Yaletown, as you can see their name. We all had never been there, so it was a good try-out with $28 Dine Out dinner.

We all ordered from their Dine Out menu.

Complimentary Olives

Complimentary Olives at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

Antipasti, Bresaola
(Dry cured lean Beef, Arugula salad, Lemon extract, Mushrooms, Shaved Parmiggiano)

Antipasti, Bresaola at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

Antipasti, Saute di Vongole
(Manilla Clams, sauted in white wine, extra virgin olive oil, garlic & chillies)

Antipasti, Saute di Vongole at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

Both antipasti was good. Yet, I think my Vongole dish wasn’t so hot. Well, the taste was good, and the server brought some bread for us to have the broth with.

Primi, Pappardelle with Mixed Meat Ragu
(Beef Tenderloin, Italian Sausages, Chicken Breast & Boneless short ribs braised in a Tomato Sauce)

Primi, Pappardelle with Mixed Meat Ragu at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

Primi, Risotto alla Pescatora
(Arborio rice, simmered with Tiger Prawns, Mussels, Clams & Calamari)

Primi, Risotto alla Pescatora at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

Risotto was strange. When my friend and I started eating, it was so good. Then after one third was eaten, more we continued to eat, saltier we tasted. At the end, we both needed to drink water and I was eager for my dessert.

Dolci, Lavender Creme Brulee

Lavender Creme Brulee at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

Dolci, Vanilla Panna Cotta

Vanilla Panna Cotta at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

Oh, I liked the panna cotta. And, my friend really liked the creme brulee, too.

Here is a box that our bills were in.

Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

And, extra pictures of the restaurant interior.

Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

I would like to come back for dessert, definitely. My friends would agree to that. 🙂

Yaletown L’Antipasto

Address: 1127 Mainland Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Helmken street, across Minami restaurant)
TEL: 604-558-1174
Facebook: page
Twitter: @Lantipasto
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Wed] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:00
[Thu – Fri] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00
[Sat] 17:30 – 23:00
*Closed: Sundays

Menu for Dine Out Vancouver

Dine Out menu at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver Dine Out menu at Yaletown L'Antipasto in Vancouver

Price Note
– Dine Out Vancouver 3-course $28.00

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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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