Wildebeest – Hot Gastown Restaurant

wildebeast kitchen

It was a packed house for Saturday night at 9PM. Upon walking in you sense the Gastown hipster vibe, you when it’s uber cool to be anti – pretentious, they are so cool that they are turning pretentious, without realizing it, it’s a personal observation.

Now the food…
Slow-cooked natural Angus beef short rib, smoked salt, hay-infused jus. One of the more popular items on Wildebeast’s dinner menu. Ribs were souveed for 2 days then finished on the grilled. As expected very tender and smoky. Great except for my first piece, I grabbed the rib on the left, the entire piece was fat and bone. 3.5/5
Ribs

Grilled beef tongue, wild mushroom consommé, toasted grains, mustard greens. Our favourite dish, the Asian inspired shiitake and dashi mushroom consume was made in-house, wow it was packed with flavor. I threw out my table manners and greedily slurped up the broth. 4.5/5
Beef tongue

Pork jowl, long pepper-scented oats, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup. Don’t be put off by the mush, which would remind you of oatmeal. Eat it together and you will understand and appreciate the combination. Sweet and salt with a little bacon fat, delicious. I mentioned, if my mom made oatmeal like this she wouldn’t have trouble feeding me in the morning. Yes, I was fussy even then. 4/5
Pig jowl

The service was satisfactory, it was great in the beginning then as the night progressed they got surlier. By the end of the night I was afraid to ask for a refill of water, less they gave me the glance that said “what you need water? Now?!

All in all  I would head back, the food was good enough for a second visit.

 

 

 

 

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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


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Cork and Fin – Old School Charm

Cork and Fin – Gastown restaurant and bar

Food Persuasion level : [rating=3]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $$
Cuisine: West Coast
Location: Gastown, Vancouver BC

Cork & Fin

Walking along the charmingly lite streets of Gastown we came upon Cork and Fin. Francis previously at Tapstree, flexed his interior designing skills and created a rustic cabin getaway.

Starting with the complimentary bread which was warm, take a hint, if you want to fill up at this resto load up on the carbs, the portions are relatively small. We loaded up on 2 baskets.

We started out with a drink, Pimm’s Cup, Pimm’s no 1, mint, cucumber and lime. I felt like I was drinking watered down juice. I love my alcohol and I love it bitter! The drinks and wine selection were creative, perhaps I am used to the multi-page cocktail and wine menu this was quite limiting.

Pimms Cup - Cork & Fin

Artic Char -$15 , pan fried on a bed of cauliflower puree topped with sautéed mushrooms. The fish was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Excellent

Artic Char

The Steak tartar – $14, topped with capers and parmesan with a 3 pieces of lightly oiled toasts. There is a subtle flavor of sourness in the end, it tasted like pickles. As a caution to diners that expect to be filled, this was tiny.

Steak tartar

All that being said the prices are quite on par with all the newer restaurants in Gastown.

221 Carrall StreetGastown(604) 569-2215

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