Kits Daily – Bambi was Delicious

Heads up, the meal I had at Kits Daily included a plate that ranked within my All Time Favourite Plates. It was a mind-blowing gastro climax, I was instantly aroused and obsessed.

So before that epic climax…

The venison dish was a tad heavy on the black pepper. The venison was a quality lean cut but, I thought it could have been more thinly sliced, it was a bit tough. Overall, the flavours were outstanding. The broth was so flavourful and meaty. Not in the sense of the portion of the meat but, the flavor the meat imparted.

Venison
Venison

I had high expectations for this cod but, in the end it was unfortunately very under seasoned and lacked flavor. We did shake a few granules of salt on top but, instead of infusing with the fish it just sat on top and overwhelmed the flavor of the fish.

Kudos, to Kits Daily and our server Morgan she took the dish back and offered a replacement dish.

You ready for the epic gastro-utopia climax?

Bambi was delicious! White tail deer perched on pomme puree with a side of cranberry chutney. Although the deer was very lean, this succulent cut was very tender and cooked to perfection. Perfectly charred rim and when you look at it closely, the rarer middle was slightly elevated.  Shit, I’m getting a reaction just reminiscing about it. The richness of the pomme puree complimented the gaminess of the deer and the tartness of the cranberry cut through the richness.

White tail deer
White tail deer

It wasn’t just the meat, every single ingredient had its purpose and went so well together and, that is why Bambi ranked within my All Time Favourite Plates.

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Edible Canada – Seasonal and Local Ingredients

Granville Island is one of my favourite neighborhoods in Vancouver. There is so much culture, travelers and of course fresh and local produce.

I can’t believe I haven’t written about Edible Canada, I’ve been there so many times! This may be slightly overdue but, I promise it will be good.

They have a little gourmet snack and spread section at the back of the store carrying an array of delicious candies, spreads and, more sweets. The layout reminds me of Manzo at Eately in New York

The patio wraps around from the front to the side. As much as I love patio’s be wary of sitting close to the flower beds during bug season. There was a huge clusters of flies, not so appetizing. I always ask for a table inside. I’ll tell you about the horrific bug experience at Minami’s patio another time. I must warn you, it was so disturbingly graphic that I downed two shots of vodka to make me forget and that is saying something, I’m not usually a shots kinda girl. No really, not lying, I can hear you skeptics.

Edible Canada features a mix of local seasonal produce and seafood.

I just love it when I snap pics and you catch people discreetly checking each other out. In her case she had bug eyes and a smirk, not so discreet. I wonder if she got the guy?

Started with Togarashi Rice cracker crusted wild albacore tuna, warm fingerling potatoes, peas, kale, wild mushrooms $15. This was refreshingly pleasant on the palette. The dish was simply flavored, which allowed the quality of the ingredients to come through. 4/5

Togarashi Rice cracker crusted wild albacore tuna
Togarashi Rice cracker crusted wild albacore tuna

Sloping Hills Pork Duo, Slik spice crusted grilled 8oz pork chop, braised pork belly, hot & sour vinaigrette $24. A huge dish, the braised pork belly was so tender and flavourful. The grilled pork chop was a little over cooked making the meat a chewy. 3.5/5

Sloping Hills Pork Duo
Sloping Hills Pork Duo

PEACE COUNTRY BRAISED LAMB PASTA, rigatoni, wild mushrooms, peas, sorrel. $22 Lamb pasta was yummy, our favourite dish of our meal. 4.5/5

PEACE COUNTRY BRAISED LAMB PASTA

PEACE COUNTRY BRAISED LAMB PASTA

KASU & BIRCH SYRUP SABLEFISH, fava beans, asparagus, peas, northern beans, Swiss chard $26. Sable fish was silky smooth. I would definitely re-order this dish 4/5

KASU & BIRCH SYRUP SABLEFISH
KASU & BIRCH SYRUP SABLEFISH

LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD SALMON local Dungeness Crab croquette, wild salmon caviar, smoked tomato vinaigrette. We ordered this because they had crab croquettes. Apparently, it was very delicious I didn’t even get a chance to try it. I did try the salmon, which was very fresh 3.5/5

LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD SALMON
LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD SALMON

I’ve been back a few times already and the food has been fairly consistent. The service was a slow, it took 10 minutes to get our water refills.

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Fable Kitchen – Top Chef Canada Runner Up Trevor Bird

Appies

Canned Tuna – preserved lemon, salt canned in-house  Fable Kitchen’s server rightly described it as “The best canned tuna you’ll ever eat” and, she’s right. It was bit on the heavier side but, the flavours were creative blended well together.

Canned Tuna

Chickpea fritters, pickled red onion, shoots, curry mayo. This was good but not the highlight 3/5

Spaghetti and meatball, Duck meat ball, tagliatelle, mushroom sauce in the middle. 5/5. I rarely give 5 ‘s but, this dish deserved it. I understand why they made this an appie instead of an entrée, it is very heavy. My friend remarked, if he could dunk his head in this  it’ll be the best thing EVER.

Spaghetti and meatball

Entrees

Duck Breast, scallion pierogi, fiddle heads, cauliflower. 4.5/5

Duck

Steak, an asian inspired sauce, ginger, black bean, soy sauce. 4/5
Steak

Potato Crusted Chicken and ratatouille. The crust had an interesting texture, reminded me of potato hasbrowns from McDonald’s. It’s not a bad thing just different. Chicken itself was tender. 4/5

potato wrapped chicken

Featured Entrée Slow cooked local salmon with Gnocchi, kale, leeks, spinach puree. The gnocchi was doughy and dense. The salmon was good, the dish other aside from the gnocchi was executed nicely. 3/5

Slow cooked local salmon

Desserts

Lemon Pot de Crème, lemon granita, gin foam. Holy cow this was soooo good. A nice refreshing end to our heavy meal. 4.5/5

Fable Lemon de pot cream

Peach Melba, sable. Sable which I apologize to my highschool French teacher translates to shortbread. Of course!! 2.5/5
Peach Melba

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Culinary Art School – Art Institute of Vancouver

One of the more acclaimed culinary school tucked on Granville. The quality of food is superb. Compared to VCC’s JJ’s Restaurant the price point was a little more expensive.

Service was impeccable and welcoming. It’s kinda endearing when young to be cooks shyly serves you.

Butternut squash with apples, this was delicious mmm…$7
Butternut squash with apples soup

Arugula & beet salad, portion is smaller than usual but, still very refreshing.
Arugula & beet salad

Braised lamb butternut squash risotto and pear. The risotto was a nice switch to the usual cream and loads of butter. $19
Braised lamb butternut squash risotto

I recommend reservations, this place gets packed for lunch.

Related Lunch Specials:

JJ’s Restaurant at Vancouver Community College

Joe Fortes

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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

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Kings Head Pub Brunch – Here Because There Was No Wait

Kings Head Brunch Menu
Kings Head Brunch Menu

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=2]
Value: [rating=4]
Service : [rating=2]
Ambiance: [rating=1]
Price: $
Cuisine: Brunch, Pub
Location: Kisilano

So, the “Tasty” brunch cafe had a 35 minute wait and we were starving. We looked across to street at patrons sitting at a rather empty patio enjoying their brunch and said, “why not, let’s do it”.

Well, there’s a reason why it’s empty. Granted it’s a pub, I don’t have a 5 star expectation of their food but, I could get better at Wendy’s

Starting of with the filthy patio, I might as well be squatting in an alley. It looked like the morning after a debauchery frat house party.

Between the two of us we shared 3 heaping entrée’s
Buttermilk pancake $4.99 – soggy pancakes. The berry sides were okay but, couldn’t hide the quality of the pancake.

Buttermilk Pancake
Buttermilk Pancake

BYO (Build Your Own) omelet– mushroom, peppers & roasted garlic, bacon, pan fried potatoes, toast $6.99. This was decent, the omelet had a bit too much cheese but, that’s just my preference. This was the best dish out of our brunch.

BYO Omlet
BYO Omlet

Eggs Benny, eggs were poached well sauce béarnaise sauce, suppose to have tarragon but didn’t taste any. We don’t’ have much to say about this dish, it was a saucy mess.

Eggs Benny
Eggs Benny

As nice as our server was she was too slow. Perhaps, she partied too hard at the pub the night before and is slightly hung-over. When we had to get our own utensils and hunt her down inside the pub for our bill we were not too pleased.

Was I persuaded to come back? Not unless all the brunch restaurants closed down and Wendy’s remove their brunch menu.

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Cafe Regalade – Brunch Hotspot

Cafe Regalade, a neighborhood brunch hotspot. Serving delicious casual french brunch. Very busy during the weekends.
Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]
Value: [rating=4]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $
Cuisine: French Cafe/ Brunch
Location: Kitsilano BC
Website:www.caferegalade.com

Cafe Regalade

Brunch is THE  favourite meal on the weekends and, everyone is in the hunt for a great brunch spot, where the food is delicious and the line-ups are a minimum. Cafe Regalade servers up an amazing brunch and is destined to be a popular local hotspot.

Recently opened casual french restaurant, sister restaurant of La Regalade is now open for business. If you ever been to La Regalade you’ll see some familar faces in the kitchen. La Regalade’s owners Alain and Brigitte were on hand for their first full service day. All the dishes are under $20 that includes the dinner menu.

Busy Kitchen of Cafe Regalade
Busy Kitchen of Cafe Regalade

Had the opportunity to try out Cafe Regalade’s amazing brunch service with two former industry cooks.

Up at the pastry counter there was an assortment of mouth watering goodies, for the sweet tooth they offer muffins to meringue. For savory goods they offer a selection of loaves to terrine.

meringue

The selection of terrine was creative and tasty. Terrine’s include duck hazelnut, rabbit, veal appricot and champagne (pork). We ordered the duck hazelnut and the champagne terrine.

I am a big fan of duck, dishes with duck fat mmmmm… This was our fave of the two, it was moist and the hazelnut taste added an extra intense layer of flavour. The champagne terrine was a bit dry, probably because pork meat is a lot tougher.

Duck & champagne terrine

Brunch….

Basque Breakfast – $13.25, 2 sunny side up eggs, piperade (onions and peppers), chorizo, aioli sauce, potatoes, salad and two pieces of the obsessively delicious aioli and saffron toast. They loved it, the portions was huge, potatoes flavourful and perfectly cooked. The piperade and chorizo went so well together.

Basque Breakfast

The Aioli and Saffron toast was so amazing we ordered a side plate of it.

Safron Aioli toast

Expert Tip: from my chef friends, quality saffron is very expensive and usually when you ordered it is diluted. To know the difference, saffron usually has a distinctive coppery, metal taste. In this particular dish the distinctive safron taste lingers in the end.

Lyon Breakfast-$12.75, 2 poached eggs, mushrooms, bacon, pearl onions, spinach,potatoes, and red wine sauce, salad. Red wine sauce made with veal bone and bacon. The smell was so rich and the taste perfect.

Lyon Breakfast

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