Eight 1/2 – Casual Hipster Restaurant

We decided to get out of downtown for a change and explore Mount Pleasant. Eight ½ is quite hidden but, they were bustling for a weeknight almost every table was taken. The atmosphere was casual almost hipster and the food reflected that.

Bacon sliders, the corn gave it a nice sweet flavor all in all it was decent. The patty was a little on the dry side but the sauce was rich. 3/5

eight 1/2 bacon burger sliders

Perogies, are supposed to be a little cirspy and seared on the outside and soft on the inside. This was just soggy and bland
perogies

Seafood Bouillabaisse Soup, the soup was flavorful and chalk full of seafood. This could definitely fill you up and more 3.5/5

boullbaise

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La Regalade – Delectable Comfort French Food

La Regalade – Delectable Comfort French in West Vancouver

Make Reservations La Regalade

West Vancouver’s best French restaurant offers delectable traditional French dishes in a charming rustic setting. They work on a rotating daily menu, a few items may not be available depending on the day of the week you go. This place gets packed very quickly even during weekdays

The mood was charming and inviting and, the service was attentive without being intrusive. So comfortable and warm it was as if I was eating dinner at my Gram’s house and, just as delicious.

Appies..
We started with the soup of the day, Duck Soup with Foie Gras – $9.50. A semi clear broth soup with a duck infused essence, with bits of foie gras and mushrooms and a dollop of cream. It was so intense as if drinking juices from directly from a duck.

Entrees..
Lamb shanks with apricot glaze and spices – $18.85 on a mixed with sweet carrots on a bed of cous cous. This was above average the sweetness from the carrots and the tanginess from the apricot was good. It was good but by far not the best lamb I’ve had.

Our comfort French dish of the night was the Beef bourguignon $24.50 with a side of potato gratin. The beef was very tender, the sauce mixed with mushrooms was perfect.

The potato gratin was creamy and flaky. I would go back just for this side dish.

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La Buca – Rustic Italian Fare

La Buca Restaurant – Affordable and Casual Italian Fare in Kitsilano. It’s become a neighborhood staple.
Food Persuasion Level: [rating=3]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Italian Restaurant
Location: Kitsilano Vancouver
La Buca Restaurant Menu

On a Friday night admist a packed room of hungry patrons, I sat sipping on wine while my friend refreshed me on his colorful and let’s say  “pg-13” update of his past affairs. While he continued to ramble I took a closer look at the space, cozy and unpretentious and, judging by the wait at the door was a hit with the locals.

One nagging issue stood out immediately when we sat down, the tables are so close together that whenever a server comes around and squeezed between the tables the distance from your face to their ass was too close for comfort.  You are forced to sit-up and lean back or it’ll look like you are whispering an intimate perverted secret to his butt while stuffing food in your mouth. Not a pretty picture.

Appies
Started out with the Porcini Mushroom Risotto, this was amazing. The stock they used was so flavourful and rich, an absolute recommend. I apologize for the poor picture quality, I took it with my iphone.

mushroom rissoto

Entrees
The tuna although was fresh and cooked perfectly was overdosed in salt. The steak was tender but, was swimming in salty sauce.

Tuna

I would go back  not for the entrees but, the amazing rissoto.

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The Next Local Hotspot – Nook Restaurant

Focus on simple and fresh local ingredients in West End. Italian Cuisine on Denman

Nook Restaurant

Food Persuasion Level [rating=3]
Value Service [rating=3]
Ambiance[rating=4]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Italian
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Nook Restaurant Menu

From the team that brought us the recently closed and long-time downtown community hot spot Tapastree brings us Nook, a neighborhood gem that focuses on fresh local products and simplicity. Nook, a cozy restaurant is quickly gaining a rep for being a new local hotspot known for their simple and affordable menu. They have a short and simple menu and wine list so don’t come in expecting a culinary smorgasboard, like truffle infused, red wine reduced…

I had the orecchiette pasta $17 with Italian sausage, fennel, rapini and chilies. A simple but well done dish, the pasta was cooked andante, the way I like it. My friend had the spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, tomato based sauce with beef. Both dishes could have used a little less salt but, the pasta was not swimming in a pool of oil as seen at many other Italian restaurants. I give them extra points for their noticeable effort in the quality of the ingredients.

Orecchiette Pasta - Nook Restaurant

As compared to the growing list of Italian restaurants popping up through Downtown Vancouver, Italian KitchenTrattoria Kitchen,   Cibo Trattoria  Restaurant is comparable, not only in the quality of the food but, also the value.  The pasta dishes at Nook range at $14 -$17 versus Italian Kitchen at $16-$18.

Bolognese Pasta- Nook Restaurant

The one thing that sets Nook apart when compared with the other schmoozey Italian restaurants downtown Vancouver,  is the neighborhood restaurant vibe, lacking of pretense, lambo’s valet in front or conversations on their next million dollar venture. I truly believe it is the patrons that create the atmosphere and here people were laid back and generally friendly.

Tip: As an up and coming local hotspot this place gets packed fast. I went on a Thursday at 6pm and a half an hour later there was already a 20min lineup.

Yet to try their pizza’s but, have heard rave reviews, so if anyone has tried it, let me know what you thought.

781 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC
(604) 568-4554

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