Highly Anticipated Mosaic Grille French Tasting Menu

Highly anticipated Mosaic s Bar and Grille French tasting menu is now available.    When I think of French food I think of sensory indulgent, heart attack inducing goodness. Yes, I was right.

Foie Gras Parfait, rougie quebec foie gras terrine with a waffle biscuit on the side, plated on marcona almond butter. Marcona almonds, from Spain are heralded as the best almonds in the world, thus the exuberant price tag. The plate was sprinkled with calvados fluid gel and chives blossom. The parfait was very dense in texture and rich in flavor.  A little too dense to eat on it’s own but, would go great with biscuit or crackers.

foie gras parfait - mosaic bar and grille
foie gras parfait

Escargot, burgundy snails, shallots, roasted garlic and parsley. Pomme puree underneath the shells to keep them in place. The sprinkle of fine pumpernickel crumbs give it a nice grainy texture and, finished off with a drizzle of parsley oil. It was very garlicky on the noise yet it was not overpowering on the palette. Overall, the texture and the flavor of the dish was very well rounded.

escargot
escargot

The reaction that I get when I tell someone I cannot eat lobster or crab is comparable to if a hamster had died. Oh….tragic, my condolences.

My co-eater gleefully and albeit revengefully ate up two lobster dishes.  Chef Heinrich’s Lobster Thermidor, atlantic lobster tail, kale nori and lobster roe pomme puree. The lucky bastard also commented the lobster roe pomme puree was to die for. Yes, of course it was, it had lobster in it, I get it.

lobster thermido
lobster thermidor

I had the scallop version, it was very nicely browned and perfectly cooked. Sans lobster.

Scallop Thermidor - Mosaic Bar and Grille
Scallop Thermidor

Duck a l’orange, a classic French dish. The duck had been sous vide in orange juice brine. Plated with celery root puree, orange fluid gel, duck jus, and orange roll up and tarragon. He kept flavours to a minimum, the orange and tarragon flavours were repeated throughout the entire dish to enhance it’s concentration.

Pièce de résistance! Layers of pastry with salted chocolate in the middle, ice cream and baby poached pear.

mille-feuille
mille-feuille

Not overly sweet, love how the fluffy layers of pastry gives this dessert the illusion that it’s somewhat lighter. Mille – Feuille is a class French desert, light desserts just doesn’t exists in French cuisine.

Mosaic Grille & Bar on Urbanspoon

I Can’t Believe This is Homemade

Every once in a while I feature home cooked dinners. To qualify, the meal has to be extraordinarily scrumptious. My friend Gio, Michelin star chef in his past life, did just that.

He is big on spice, in fact his spice cupboard takes up 1/3 of his kitchen. Spices are imported directly from around the world in its raw state and then he grinds them up. I saw a jar of saffron, I can’t imagine the investment he has put into his spices. So you can imagine the explosion of flavours in the dishes he creates.

Also big on the quality of the ingredients, from the meats the vegetables and grains. Everything was fresh, no canned or preserved crap in his meals.

This was a homemade dinner that could rival any fine dining restaurant in Vancouver. His passion for cooking really shone through in each dish. He believes meals should be enjoyed together, “filling your stomach and soul“.

Moroccan spiced chicken with marsala wine. You could always try re-creating this dish with this chicken marsala recipe

Quinoa and chickpea salad, with cucumber, tomato, cilantro.

Chicken Marsala and salad

Pepper crusted bison steak with Chimichurri sauce. I am in love with the sauce. Look the picture of the meat on the bottom right, doesn’t that make you salivate?

Bison steak

3 way veal lamb pork meatball with marsala wine sauce, topped with ricotta cheese.

Lamb meatball

Stuffed peppers

Stuffed pepper

The night was finished off with new york style cheesecake.

Always the gracious host, well after he plates. In the kitchen, he is like a mad scientist, brushing off any attempts of assistance and harping at anyone who dares enter the kitchen.

Tableau Bistro Loden Hotel – Old School Comfort

Tableau Bistro, located inside the Loden Hotel serves a locally inspired French menu.

I’m sorry, I haven’t been blogging for a while, I was dying of exhaustion. It took me 12 hours of sleep on Sunday to fully recover from a week-long binge of drinking, eating and debauchery. Vegas is not a relaxing vacation spot. ;I’ve been thinking of going on a cleanse but, seriously who was I kidding, how could a restaurant blogger go on a cleanse and still be able to blog??

Now, I’m back!

I’ve been going to Tableau a lot these past couple of weeks. I always, love coming here, if I ever wanted to relax in a comfortable and nice environment, Tableau is the first place to come to mind and, admittedly it’s one of the closest restaurants to where I live. To my friends outside of downtown…I’m sorry I made you trek all the way downtown but, aren’t you glad you did?

This is a good first date spot. If your date turns out to be a bore you would also have other first dates around you for entertainment.

The service was attentive and the food for the most part was delicious. There were a few dishes that were off but, generally they rated 4/5. Tableau makes one of the best TWENTIETH CENTURY cocktails in Vancouver gin, white chocolate syrup, lillet, lemon and, egg white.

Absolutely DELISH!

I recently went to Bottleneck on Granville, review to come, I ordered the same cocktail and they came back with some disgusting licorice mouthwash concoction. Arghhh gag I can still taste it.

So on to the food….

Lamb chops – we all loved this dish. Unfortunately, this is a seasonal dish and is no longer available on their summer menu. The meat was so packed with flavor and the smokiness really came through. 4/5.

Lamb chops
Lamb chops

Mushrooms on toast, I know, I was skeptical at first, it’s mushrooms on toast, how phenomenal could this be? Our server told us this was one of their popular appetizers so we decided to give it a try. ;I was pleasantly surprised, this was good! ; Expensive for what it is but, I’m a big fan of mushrooms and this is now one of my favourite dishes on the menu 4.5/5

Mushrooms on toast
Mushrooms on toast

French onion soup, crouton-less, the fragrant was amazing. This rich soup was so flavourful, after I finished the bowl, I was pretty much full.

French onion soup, crouton-less
French onion soup, crouton-less

Burger and fries – Gruyère cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato. I rate burgers by the quality of the patty and the condiments. The patty was juicy and the bun was toasted. Other than the Gruyère there wasn’t much that set this burger apart from every other burger. 3/5

Burger and fries
Burger and fries

Rabbit Dijionaise pan-fried, although it tasted like it was braised. The meat was a sopping mess. 2/5

Rabbit Dijionaise pan fried
Rabbit Dijionaise pan-fried

Beef tartare, the quality of the meat was superb. 4/5

Beef Tartare  with quail egg
Beef Tartare with quail egg

Gnocchi pan-fried was nice and buoyant, often gnocchi’s are doughy, this was perfect. 4/5

Gnocchi pan fried
Gnocchi pan-fried

Garganelli pasta with meatballs was simple and delicious. 4/5.

Garganelli pasta with meatballs
Garganelli pasta with meatballs

Steelhead trout with quinoa 3.5/5

Steelhead trout with
Steelhead trout with

Banana cake and peanut brittle and carmalized and chocolate ice-cream. They ran out of peanut brittle, and cake itself was hard and too dense. 2/5 I was looking forward to the peanut brittle too.

Banana cake with peanut brittle
Banana cake with peanut brittle

Coffee cheesecake, light in texture and also in flavor. 2.5/5

Tableau Bar Bistro on Urbanspoon

JJ’s Restaurant – Best Lunch Deal

VCC culinary school is one of my favorite lunch spots and, definitely on my list of best lunch deals. It is delicious, cheap and usually booked up a week in advance. It took many attempts to get a table of 6. Apparently the buffet needs to be booked 2 months in advance. Yea, it’s that good.

What I love about culinary school’s or cooking schools is that they make everything from scratch, no processed shortcuts.

Appies…

Charred Vancouver Island Octopus, Chorizo and chick pea stew $4. A damn good deal! It was good and the portions were similar to Hawksworth entrée sizes.

charred Octopus

Roasted vegetable soup was hearty and healthy $2.50

Roasted vegetable soup

Salmon, prawn and scallion cake with Thai lemongrass sauce $4 had a nice layering of flavors.
Salmon cake

Entrees…

Scallops with truffled potato gnocchi and crispy artichokes $10. This creamy dish was very filing. My friend who can usually eat for 2 was full. I would have preferred if the gnocchi had more buoyancy, it was too soft.

scallops with truffled potato gnocchi

Slow cooked leg of lamb and pan roasted loin, rosemary jus $10. The meat was tender and flavourful. It’s $10 for lamb and loin!

Lamb leg and loin

I had to call attention to the sides, Cucumber and squash was pretty and delicious.

Cucumber & Squash

Related Lunch Deals:

Hawksworth at Georgia
Fairmont Hotel Waterfront – Herons
Joe Fortes


JJ's Restaurant (VCC) on Urbanspoon

La Petite France – Pears and Chocolate Cake

La Petite France

On a Saturday afternoon we strolled over to La Petitie France. This was one of my go-to cafés back in the day, 2005?

Sachet– raspberry between layers – We really enjoyed this, it was very dense and creamy.

Sachet

Choco Poire – pears between layers of chocolate cake. This was previously my favourite a few years back but, it had the taste of old refrigerator.
Choco Poire

I was surprised of the limited selection, there was only 6 choices! Anytime there is condensation on the display windows is unappetizing. Overall, my walk down memory lane was a disappointment.
Dessert Counter

La Petite France on Urbanspoon

Portland’s Hot Dining Adventure

Summary of places we hit up in Portland, OR and recommend or to stay away from.

Little Bird Bistro

Our fave dining experience, every dish was well balanced and perfectly executed.

Roasted Lamb
Roasted Lamb

Departure

Swanky penthouse lounge with a live DJ that serves japa fusion cuisine.

Departure - Nines Hotel
Wings

Ted’s Kitchen Happy Hour

$3 lamb gyros was a steal  of a deal. Recommend for a quick bite

Ted's Kitchen
Ted's Kitchen

Brasserie Montmartre

Out of this world Pork Belly Crepe and Duck Confit Hash

Pork Belly Crepe
Pork Belly Crepe

Voodoo Doughnuts – Every kind of flavour you can dream up 

Maple Bacon, Oreo, powdered lemon, rainbow sprinkles you name it they have it.

Voodoo Doughnuts
Voodoo Doughnuts

Wetlands Brew Pub – Never Again

Yes, they have a TV at every booth but, it smelled like cigs, sweet alcohol and sex.

Wetlands Brew Pub
Wetlands Brew Pub

Brasserie Montmartre – Indulgent French Brunch

Food Persuasion Rating: 3.5/5
Cuisine: French, Brunch
Location: Portland OR

This place is a hidden gem. The patio is very quaint and the service was superb.

We started with a choice of complimentary croissants chocolate or
butter. They were nice and fluffy

croissant

Pork belly crepe, this was delicious. Braised Pork, Goat Cheese, spinach, onion confit, arugula salad and peach coulis . 4/5 good

pork belly crepe

Duck confit hash,  yukon potatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Get prepared this is a heavy dish. What did you expect it’s confit hash! 3.5/5
duck confit benedict

Dungeness Crab Benedict, another heavy dish but, this was delicious. The crab was fresh and the eggs cooked to perfection. 4/5
dungeness crab benedict

Lobster Croissant, not much sauce so the lobster flavour really pulled through 3/5

lobster croissant

Egg Cheese Ham Omelette, this was average. Nothing special or creative about this dish but, the execution was good. 2.5/5

ham and cheese omelette

Brasserie Montmartre on Urbanspoon