O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar – Where the Rib-eye’s are bigger than my head

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]
Value: [rating=2]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $$$
Cuisine: Hotel Restaurant and Bar
Location: Downtown Robson, Vancouver

www.odoulsrestaurant.com

Odoul’s Menu

For my little 2 year old neice’s birthday we decided onO’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar, part of Listel hotel with its rich and dark decor and live jazz music. We got seated in their private dining room.

Happy Birthday Paige-gu

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Now the food…

Amusebouche– strawberry jelly, Carpaccio. jelly not sweet. It was definitely creative, I could not decide whether I liked it or not, my buds were too confused.

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Dungeness Crab and Pacific Shrimp Cake – $14, pea shoots, celeriac and apple remoulade, mustard caper pure. We loved it; it had larger pieces of crab and shrimp.

Cortes Island Mussel & Frites – $13, Storm Scottish cream ale, tomatoes, leeks, shallots, pomme paille. This was disappointing, the texture of the mussels were rubbery, as if it was previously frozen. This was a full-fledged sodium attack, after a few bites it got bitter.

One of their most popular menu item, rack of lamb – $34, garlic and Dijon herb crust, potato and yam gratin, seasonal vegetables, natural lamb jus. Mustard rub great but, for that price I have had a lot better at a lower price.

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Dry-aged Certified Angus Bone-in Rib Eye -$39, roast Pemberton potatoes, shallot “marmalade”, seasonal vegetables, peppercorn sauce. This was huge! I had to share it with one other person and we still ended up taking ¾ of it home.

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Although I realize rib eye’s are quite marbled but, it was too fatty for my taste.

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Service…

Granted it was a large table and several dishes were ordered multiple times everyone’s left over got jumbled up. We had a hunch that would occur so luckily everyone did a quick switch. Overall the experience was pleasurable. Would I go back? Probably for the rib-eye which I would then split into 3. In comparison to other Hotel restaurants, Showcase at the Marriott Hotel, Prestons at Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, Griffin’s Restaurant at Fairmont Vancouver, Herons at Fairmont Waterfront and, finally the last of downtown Vancouver’s Fairmont’s, Lobby Lounge at Pacific Rim, this was one of the better options.

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Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay- Divine Brunch Service

I am infatuated with brunch, it’s my favorite meal.

What could be more enjoyable then eating your weekend brunch on a patio surrounded by fashionably well dressed yuppies, in their Chanel and Prada sunglasses? The relaxed atmosphere and the delicious food puts everyone in a happy mood.

Now the food…

To start off and I apologize, I failed to take a pic of their freshly made mini doughnuts, presented in cute little dim sum containers. We inhaled it all within 3 minutes. They reminded us of the yummy mini doughnuts served at PNE.

The delightful Lobster Benedict -Atlantic lobster, poached eggs, lobster hollandaise crispy pancetta, cheddar biscuit  -$16.50. Lobster and eggs, a win-win combination . It was so rich and flavorful and, the eggs were perfectly poached.

Shrimp Benny
Shrimp Benny
The Glowbal Benedict – crispy pancetta, hollandaise, baby greens, potato hash – $12.50. This is my default dish. Yes, I’ve been here for brunch more than a few times and I love it every time. Everything was nicely cooked and fresh.
I sound like a broken record, trying to think of different phrases to describe Delicious.
Glowbal Benny
Glowbal Benny

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Twisted Fork Bistro – Popular Brunch Fare

Very popular brunch spot Downtown Vancouver on Granville serving benedicts to frittata’s

Food Persuasion Level: [rating=3]
Value: [rating=4]
Service: [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $
Cuisine: Brunch
Location: Downtown Vancouver
Twisted Fork Menu

Get there early, we got there by 10:30AM on a sunny Saturday and there were only a few seats left. By 11AM there was a small crowd forming outside, so get there early.

Every plate on their brunch menu “entree” size is $12.
We decided on their benny’s: Eggs Benny with toasted brioche, poached eggs, hollandaise and served with sautéed spinach, rosti and baked beans
choose your filler ~ chorizo, ham, bacon, roasted chicken, smoked salmon, avocado or roasted tomato.

Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon, the brioche was a bit soggy from the sauce. The hollandaise sauce tasted like it was made in house the smoked salmon, wasn’t really up to par. It tasted like it was bought from Costco. Not a fan of the beans, but my friend liked it. All in all it’s not a bad dish if you love smoked salmon but not something I would reorder.

Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon

Chorizo Eggs Benny was far better, that was delicious. The Chorizo sausages gave it a nice spicy kick. Again, the brioche was a bit soggy.

Chorizo Eggs Benny

It is a nice spot, a little cramped. I would return for their French toast and their frittata, which seemed very popular that morning but, would I wait for 45 minutes for a table? No.

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