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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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On the rainy weekend in early December, Collin and I planned to go for lunch. As he had never been to this restaurant, we decided to go. First, when we tried to go upstairs from Hornby street as I did before, the door for the stairs was closed. So, we had to go back to Nelson street. There is another Japanese BBQ restaurant at the main floor, so we stopped by and asked them if they had lunch menu. The answer was no. Anyways, as he needed to work after that and we didn’t have time to grill on our own for lunch, we went to Guu Garden as planned. Stairs were accessible from the open space, not facing to the street.

We ordered from their lunch menu. Looking at my previous post for Guu Garden, I said I knew what I ordered next time. Well, I ordered the exact same one as last time. 😛

Collin’s choice, Ga-den Salad
(Prawn & Avocado Salad with Wasabi Dressing)

Ga-den Salad at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Wasabi in the dressing was quite strong for me, but he liked it. And, the dressing may be a bit watery so that the salad was soggy at the end.

Collin’s choice, Karaage
(Deep-fried Chicken Thigh served with Garlic Mayo)

Karaage at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Tonosama* Bento
(Deep-fried breaded shrimp & veggies, Grilled or Stewed fish of the day, Four kinds of Sashimi, Kobachi*, Rice and Miso soup)

Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

*Tonosama means king. Kobachi means a small plate. 

Zoom in for Kobachi, fried Daikon Radish

Kobachi in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Zoom in for Grilled Fish of the day, Mackerel with grated Daikon radish

Grilled Fish of the day in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Zoom in for Deep-fried Shrimp & Veggies

Deep-fried Shrimp & Veggies in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Although the menu on their site says “deep-fried breaded” shrimp and veggies, as far as I saw this picture, they aren’t breaded. Those veggies are Tempura. Don’t get me wrong. They were good. I was just a bit disappointed, because there weren’t breaded green beans, which I really liked last time.

Zoom in for Four kinds of Sashimi, Tuna, Prawn, Yellowtail, Salmon

Four kinds of Sashimi in Tonosama Bento at Kitanoya Guu Garden in Vancouver

Next time, I know what I would order. 🙂 (Am I sure?!)

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Kitanoya Guu Garden (Vancouver Downtown)

Address: M101 – 888 Nelson Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Above Gyukaku restaurant, go up stairs from Nelson street)
TEL: 604-899-0855
Facebook: page (accessible only when you login)
Twitter: @GuuIzakaya
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 14:30
[Sat – Sun, Holiday] 12:00 – 15:00

Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:30 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat, a night before Holiday] 17:30 – 0:30

Price Note
– Ga-den Salad $7.80
– Karaage $5.80
– Tonosama Bento $15.80

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My company usually does a Christmas party at one of my boss’ house, but this time she took a vacation early and longer before Christmas, so we had one at the restaurant. There is one co-worker who cannot take wheat and also the other who has allergy with shellfish. It was not easy to make a decision for where to go.

Minami has Omakase (prix fixe) course and they can accommodate with the special diet. The server came before we started to get served, and she asked how severe the diet would be. (Do you know some soy sauce even contains gluten?)

Minami Restaurant is located in Yaletown. Most of our members came from far by cars, and it seemed not to easy to find a parking spot.

Collin and I came here before and liked Yuzu alcohol, so we recommended to everyone, but one of my boss didn’t see the pricing until he paid, and he was so surprised how expensive it was and how much we drank. :p

Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml
(Citrus nose and smooth palate reminiscent of iced tea)

Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Omakase Shokai serves 6 courses.

Sashimi
(Chef’s Selection)

Sashimi for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Salmon, Hamachi (Yellowtail), Albacore Tuna)

Sashimi for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Two different soy sauce: Regular and Nikiri)

Minami Zen
(Selection of Signature Appetizer)

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(From the top, Slow Roasted Beets & Watercress Salad, Tuna and Crumbled Miso Tofu Tartare, Ebi Fritters, Shrimp Crab Gyoza)

Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish
(Kale Goma-ae, King Oyster Mushroom, Wasabi Pickles, Yuzu Miso Foam)

Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

I ate Kale Goma-ae first time and really liked it! It wasn’t bitter at all. I must have Collin made some at home. 😉

Soy Braised Short Rib
(Sterling Silver AAA, Yukon Potato Puree, Spinach)

Soy Braised Short Rib for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi
(Chef’s Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi)

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Aburi Hamachi, Aburi Red Tuna, Aburi Shrimp, and Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi)

Tea

Tea at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert
(Chef’s Selection)

Dessert for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Lemon Cheesecake with Rhubarb-Raspberry Sorbet)

After eating short rib, I was getting full. The last main was Sushi, so I was so stuffed after!

I enjoyed their food, but I realized something after I was talking to my boss. The restaurant is too dark to enjoy food by eyes. I’m glad that I had installed Flashlight app on my iPhone so that I could enjoy before starting eating. (Flashlight app was useful to take a picture by my digital camera, too!)

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Minami Restaurant

Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Burrard and Thurlow streets)
TEL: 604-685-8080
Facebook: page
Twitter: @MinamiYaletown
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Fri] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:30
[Sat] 17:00 – 22:30
[Sun] 17:00 – 22:00

Menu

Menu for Omakase Shokai at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml $38.00
– Omakase Shokai $80.00 per person

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