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On New Year’s night, Collin and I headed to Whistler to ski next day. We decided this stay at last minute, so when we went to some of the restaurants in Whistler Village, there were a lot of people waiting at the door, and the waiting time was more than one hour.

I suggested checking up 21 Steps Kitchen & Bar, because when I went there with my friend on a long weekend before, we were able to squeeze into the lounge upstairs, without waiting for long for the restaurant downstairs. As I thought, we were guided to the lounge called “The Attic” and waited for 15 min to be seated. 🙂

21 Steps is a tapas restaurant, located between Whistler Village Square and bridge to the Village North. From Whistler Village Square, the path turns left to the bridge. Just before the turn, you will see the stairs and menu board on your right.

We ordered from their dinner menu. There are small plate and big plate sections.

Hendrick’s Margarita Double
(Hendrick’s Gin, Triple Sec with fresh Lime & Cucumber)

Hendrick's Margarita Double at 21 Steps in Whistler

He seemed to like this very much so that he ended up ordering another one.

Long Island Ice Tea Double
(Vodka, Tequila, Gin, Rum, Triple Sec with fresh lemon and Coke)

Long Island Ice Tea Double at 21 Steps in Whistler

When I saw this, I had to order. This recalled one of my good memory that I spent time with co-workers in Whistler. Sentimental? Haha.

His choice, Steamed Tiger Prawns from Small Plate menu
(served cold with traditional cocktail sauce)

Steamed Tiger Prawns at 21 Steps in Whistler

 

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On the New Year’s Eve, there was no plan for me after work. Collin had to work until late night, so we made a plan to meet up. I picked him up, and we went to Gastown. We walked towards east and looked for a place to have some food and drink.

Luckily, The Flying Pig had some seat available at the bar counter. There were tons of people, wearing hat or dressing up, and it was quite noisy. TV was showing different places for New Year’s celebration.

We ordered some snack from their dinner menu, as he said he was starving.

A Glass of Prosecco

A Glass of Prosecco at The Flying Pig in Gastown

He ordered it for me, as it was New Year’s Eve to celebrate. 🙂

Double Beefeater

Double Beefeater at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I couldn’t remember what Beefeater was, so I searched and knew it was Gin. He really likes Gin! Whenever I try, I don’t know the taste.

Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread 

Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I already had dinner earlier, so I didn’t even try this. As he likes bone marrow and also cheese, this made him happy. 😀

Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak
(Matchstick Potatoes)

Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I tried this skirt steak. It was good. Yet, the steak portion was small, although there were lots of potatoes.

We ordered one more thing, but it didn’t come. When we asked the bill, it was included, so we told them about it and asked to remove. It was understandable, as the restaurant was filled by lots of people for the New Year’s count down, but it would be nice if we could have tried the dish.

Anyways, it was fun to count down with all strangers in the restaurant, while TV was counting down, and to watch people screaming, blowing horn, hugging, etc. when it turned to the New Year.

Here is a night view at Gastown on New Year’s Eve.

Gastown on New Year's Eve

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The Flying Pig

Address: 102 Water Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Abbott Street)
TEL: 604-559-7968
Facebook: page
Twitter: @FlyingPigVan
Urbanspoon: page
*Reservation accepted only for lunch and brunch.

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

Menu

Dinner Menu at The Flying Pig in Gastown Dinner Menu at The Flying Pig in Gastown

Price Note
– A Glass of Prosecco$8.00
– Double Beefeater $9.00
– Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread $5.00
– Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak $9.00

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For Collin’s birthday celebration, his family invited us for dinner. The restaurant they chose was Siena.

Siena Restaurant is a casual Italian restaurant, located in South Granville. Only a couple blocks away from Broadway. The restaurant was filled by a lot of people before 8pm when we arrived.

We ordered some appetizers to share, and we each ordered an entree.

Today’s Bruschette
(Red Wine Poached Figs, Caramelized Onion, Aged Balsamic)

Today's Bruschette at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Antipasti Selection (for two)
(Prosciutto, Sopressata, Mortadella, Polenta Frites, Roasted Garlic, Beets, Walnuts, Farro Salad, Roasted Squash, Olives, Grilled Focaccia)

Antipasti Selection (for two) at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Both appy came quickly, which was great. I liked both. I had polenta frites first time, and it was very interesting. I would try them again.

Today’s Salad
(Burrata, Soprasetta, Pear, Shallots, Mixed Greens, Raspberry Vin)

Today's Salad at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The salad came out way later than the previous appetizers. Both Collin and I like burrata cheese, so we liked this salad.

Now the time for the entree. It took over one hour after the first two appetizers came! We were wondering at some point if the entrees would ever come or not.

Fish of the Day
(Pan seared Arctic Char, Fingerlings, Green Beans, Leek Cream)

Fish of the Day at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Today’s Pasta
(Cavatelli Carbonara, Pancetta, Egg, Chives, Parmesan)

Today's Pasta at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Grilled Flat Iron Steak
(Balsamic-basil marinade, Caramelized Onion, Polenta)

Grilled Flat Iron Streak at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Collin had this dish before, but the ingredients were changed, although the dish name was same. He enjoyed, which was a good thing.

Chorizo and Squid Linguine
(Olive Oil, Garlic, Roasted Pepper Puree)

Chorizo and Squid Linguine at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

I and the other family member chose this one. I could tell mine was hot, as I saw the steam coming out of the plate, but hers, however, seemed cold and let the server know. She had to wait for her dish for more time, in addition to one hour of waiting…
It tasted so good, though.

Over previous and this visits, my impression is that their food quality control is inconsistent. When the dish was sent back, the reheated dish tasted good, so they could do better all time.

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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

Price Note
– Today’s Bruschette $9.00
– Antipasti Selection (for two) $19.00
– Today’s Salad $16.00
– Fish of the Day $23.00
– Today’s Pasta $19.00
– Grilled Flat Iron Steak $24.00
– Chorizo and Squid Linguine $17.00

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