Manzo at Eately – Black Truffle and Foie Gras Heaven

I love this restaurant, by far one of our best dining experiences in New York, Wall Centre. Part of Food Persuasion taking on NYC series.

Manzo was definitely my most memorable experience in New York. The restaurant is situated inside Eately, an upscale Italian market. Manzo, is the only restaurant inside the market that accepts reservations. Trust me, advanced reservations will be required.

Manzo at Eately New York
Manzo at Eately New York

With Chris Rock sitting only a few meters away and, Foie Gras and Truffle in my tummy, I was in heaven.

My first dish Seared Foie Gras with Figs A smashing 5/5, I had a mini orgasm. This dish was ordered a la carte off their 7 course tasting menu.

Foie Gras
Foie Gras with Figs

Seared Striploin with Foie Gras & Cherry Aceto Balsamico, was rich and decadent. As expected the Striploin was seared to perfection. The Cherry Aceto Balsamico complimented very well with the meat and created a well rounded explosion of flavor. 5/5

Seared Striploin with Foie Gras
Seared Striploin with Foie Gras

Carne Cruda al Coltello with Enoki Mushrooms & Black Truffle Bruschetta (Carne Cruda, steak tartare. 4/5

 Carne Cruda al Coltello
Carne Cruda al Coltello

Entrée’s

Guinea Hen with Chanterelles, Foie Gras Sugo & Black Truffles, was phenomenal. Don’t let the white meat fool you, this dish is rich. With the 3 shared courses down, I was dying half way through my entrée.  Yet I couldn’t stop! This dish had all my favourite ingredients. 4.5/5

Guinea Hen with Chanterelles Foie Gras and Black Truffles
Guinea Hen with Chanterelles Foie Gras and Black Truffles

Tagliata with Sweet Potato, Funghi Misti & Bone Marrow Agrodolce. (Tagliata, thinly sliced beef) Suck my fingers kind of succulent. Again, cooked to perfection and the bone marrow gave the dish a melt in your mouth finish. 5/5

Tagliata with Funghi Misti and Bone Marrow
Tagliata with Funghi Misti and Bone Marrow

Lamb Loin with Belly Confit, Cranberry Beans & Green Onions. Indulgent dish, think about it, belly confit with loin, I was rolling in fat and deliciously happy. 4.5/5

Lamb Loin with Belly Confit
Lamb Loin with Belly Confit

Yukon Gold Crocche, a potato side dish. If you have a limitless belly I suggest you order this side. Luscious potato croquette covered with crispy breadcrumbs. 4.5/5. I was delirious by this point, I could only frustratingly eat one.

Potato Croquettes Manzo at Eately
Potato Gold Crocche

If you are looking for restaurants to try in New York I recommend Manzo. For the ingredients alone it is very affordable. The bill came out to be $100 each between the three of us and, that includes 3 glasses of wine.

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

Ensemble Restaurant – Featuring Canada Top Chef Contender

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Ensemble Restaurant – Chef Dale McKay – Canada Top Chef Contender

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=3]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Tapas West Coast
Location: Downtown, Vancouver
www.ensemblerestaurant.com

For the second day of Ensemble being opened this restaurant was busy. Every table was taken, luckily we made reservations.

The décor and layout remained pretty much the same as the previous restaurant Corner Suite Bistro.

All dishes are to be considered small plates and meant to be shared.  All dishes are under $20.

ensemble menu starter

Now the food…

We started with the sweet and sour eggplant stuffed with baba ganoush, yogurt and tomato -$7.50 My friend couldn’t stop craving about it. There was a teaser of mushroom and anise spread gave it a nice earthy licorice taste. We gave it a 4.5/5

sweet and sour eggplant
sweet and sour eggplant

Pulled pork sandwich, apple horseradish slaw, watermelon -$8.50. This was exactly what was written on the menu. I thought, “hey, watermelon that’s an interesting, how are they going to incorporate it in the sandwich. It was a freaking slice a watermelon on the side of the dish, like a garnish. The presentation was compared to a elementary school cafeteria This was disappointing, a 2/5. The sandwich itself was uninspiring and comparable to what we could have gotten from Re-Up (pulled pork sandwich food cart)

Pulled pork sandwich
Pulled pork sandwich

Five spice pork belly with cauliflower, pear and cashews – $13. It was a little sweet, probably due to the pear juices. The meat was tender and flavourful. Overall, this was a flavorful dish. 3/5

Five spice pork belly
Five spice pork belly

I really wanted to like this restaurant; they had a local heavyweight chef, Dale McKay, previous chef DB bistro and a Canada Top Chef Contender. They garnered a ton of hype and, generally prices are decent. The service was friendly and without pretension. Unfortunately, the dishes were a hit and miss, some we absolutely love others were average.

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Diva at the Met – Steal of a Lunch Deal

Diva at the Met – Metropolitan Hotel

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=3]
Price: $$
Cuisine: Cafe / Bakery
Location: Kerrisdale, Vancouver
www.metropolitan.com/diva

As we walked through the grand Metropolitan Hotel lobby into the Diva at the Met we were met with soaring ceilings and an impeccable mannered greeting. Hello, Ms Lau, how are you this afternoon? Your table of 12 is ready, I can take your jacket for you.” First off, how did she know my name??

Most of us ordered the 3 course prix fixe lunch menu -$28

Amuse bouche- parsnip pancetta with a little bit of maple syrup. This received mixed reviews, some like the parsnip flavor some don’t, I frankly, thought it was too sweet.

parsnip pancetta - Diva at the met
parsnip pancetta - Diva at the met

We received a nice assortment of breads, crackers.

Assorted Bread
Assorted Bread

Smoked Salmon Sausage with pea and risotto croquette drizzled with caviar dressing. We all loved the salmon sausage. It was so flavorful and it was so soft it just dissolved in my mouth.

Smoked Salmon Sausage - Diva at the met
Smoked Salmon Sausage - Diva at the met

Pan roasted duck with trumpet mushrooms, butternut squash pea and onion croquettes, butternut squash purée and hazelnut brown butter sauce. Overall, this was a decent dish but, nothing really stood out. I expected a lot more from the Diva, the highly rated fine dining restaurant.

pan roasted duck - Diva at the met
pan roasted duck - Diva at the met

Yes, it was one my birthday celebrations. The espresso creme brûlée was heaven, I finished it less than 3 bites. Oh, it was so velvety smooth and rich.

espresso creme brulee
espresso creme brulee

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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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http://glowbalgrill.com