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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Gastronomically Stunning – Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

Food Persuasion level : [rating=5]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating=5]
Price: $$$
Cuisine: West Coast Restaurant
Location: Kitsilano, Vancouver BC
Kitsilano Daily Kitchen Menu

Local celebrity chef Brian Fowke, previous chef at Rare Restaurant, delivers gastronomically stunning dishes at his new restaurant Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. He takes the revolution of “fresh and local produce” to the next level, visiting farms throughout BC and individually purchasing ingredients that will be cooked up in the next few days.

The menu is different every day, depending on what his fresh purchases of the day are, the menu gets posed on the website at around 4PM everyday.

Now the Food..

Starting off with the welcome dish aka amuse-bouche , fanny bay oysters in a light wine broth top with beans, pine nuts and cilantro. It was a nice starter, very lightly salted and with a hint of sweetness, that’s what you get when they are fresh!

Our Appetizer, which was divided into two plates, so portion size in the picture is halved. Sweetbread Veal  Spaghetti – $12, Sweetbread, not bread, the pancreas or thymus of in this case a calf, cooked in roma tomatoes sauce  and basil. The sweetbread was crispy on the outside and very creamy inside.

Veal Sweetbread Spaghetti - Kitsilano Daily

We ordered to share the Tri daily- $45, the best value and perfect way to explore the menu, with 3 entrees.

We happily dug into the Dry Aged Steak & Spot Prawns, over a bed of beets and potatoes, topped with rosemary butter sauce. The earthiness of the beet mixed nicely with the potatoes combined with a hint of tarragon.

Tri-Daily - Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

The Mixed Seafood Grill, Prawns, sockeye, sable fish, king crab in lemon butter, although very satisfying but, not quite up to par as the other dishes. The coleslaw like salad, fennel with a hint of orange, was refreshing.

The Star Dishes…

Our runner up the Tenderloin of Pemberton, freshly purchased in a farm you guessed it, in Pemberton over truffle mash and duck gravy. Lordy, the tenderloin was perfection, I kept on thinking, so this is what fresh meat tastes like?!? With TRUFFLE and Duck Gravy , I thought I was in heaven but alas, this Is only the prequel.

This gastronomically brilliant, rustic Pork & Beans dish stole the show. Pork Belly in a maple-tomato sauce with white Canadian beans gave me a delicious high. I am not only persuaded but, in love.

Pork & Bean - Kitsilano Daily

1809 W 1st Ave
(604) 569-2741

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