Fairmont Waterfront Herons – Lunch Buffet

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel 2 for 1 lunch special. Buffet

Food Persuasion Level: [rating=4]
Value: [rating=4]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $$
Cuisine: West Coast Restaurant
Location: Downtown Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Restaurant, Herons

Herons Restaurant and Lounge – 2 for 1 lunch buffet is a great deal, working out to be aproximately $16 per person. If you have a two hour lunch break and the post lunch drowsy syndrome is of no consequences to you then I recommend this buffet. When “buffet” comes to mind, I think  nasty, soppy and overly greasy food, so I had my reservations.

Maybe it was because of our low expectations or the fact that once we sat down the grandeur of the room made us feel like we were on holidays, whatever the case we loved it!

Myself and my team of hungry co-horts launched at the buffet table like malnourished piranhas.

Starting with the cold menu

The crispy salad rolls was amazing, fresh and tangy. We also got an arrangement of salads from beans to Asian noodles and everything in between. Sushi to baked salmon, which was light and fresh with a hint of tang.

Hungry patrons loaded up on the mussels, which was empty every 10 minutes.

Hot Menu

The baked salmon was the highlight of our meal. Cooked to perfection, it was fresh and juicy had a hint of sweetness. You can tell it had never been frozen, frozen salmon n will always have a different texture. This was plump and the pieces easily fell apart. Divine!

People were loitering around this table like greedy lechers, I asked them what’s with the wait? Lamb chops! For gawd sake, you’d think they never had any before. Seriously, I think the wait was at least 10 minutes. Luckily I had one of my piranha-like co-horts stash me a piece. The wait was not worth it,  when I held up the meat, it rained oil.

Other hot plates includes broccoli and parmesan, Pesto Orrechiete, Tomatoes and roasted potatoes.

The Sweets

It was not amazing but, when you compare to Griffin’s dessert bar this was far better in terms of the quality and the choices available.

From new york and espresso cheesecake, nanaimo bars, fruit flan, chocolate cake, pear tart, coconut cake (my fave)  and fresh fruits.

Darren our server provided exemplary service. He was knowledgeable on his wine and we never had to ask for a water refill. All around the service was warm and friendly with no sign of pretentiousness, when a few declined on ordering alcohol.

We were persuaded and will definitely be back.

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Joe Fortes – Sweet Lunch Deal

Joe's Gold Oysters - Joe Fortes
Joe's Gold Oysters - Joe Fortes

Value: [rating=4]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $$
Cuisine: West Coast Restaurant
Location: Downtown Vancouver

Like most of us, we have one restaurant that stands above all others, our #1 Go To restaurant. We love that restaurant because it is cozily familiar, provides great service, and, above all, serves superb food. My #1 Go To restaurant for lunch—d no not Cactus—Joe Fortes. Their prix fixe lunch menu is my absolute favorite in terms of value. Two courses for -$14.95 or three courses for $17.95 is a steal for the high quality of seafood served. Available 11 – 4PM Monday thru Friday.

It took me less than 2 seconds to sell my friends on this deal.

We started off with our appies. The hefty portion of Mixed Greens Drizzled With a light Balsamic Vinaigrette was crisp and refreshing, unlike crappy restaurants where thegreens are drowning in dressing and taste like gooey slop over ripe green mush. – Pretty appetizing isn’t it?

Mixed Greens - Joe Fortes
Mixed Greens - Joe Fortes

The cup of clam chowder was a little smaller, not too rich, and had the right creamy consistency. Whole pieces of clam, bacon and thyme.

Clam Chowder - Joe Fortes
Clam Chowder - Joe Fortes

For our entrées my friends ordered the Maple Glazed Wild Salmon with Roasted Potatoes. The subtle smoky maple flavor gave it an extra layer of flavor.

Salmon - Joe Fortes
Salmon - Joe Fortes

The Shrimp Linguine with Basil Marinara Sauce was simple, too simple. The dish needed a spark of creativity that was missing. No cheaping out on the shrimp though. I split it with my friend, so double the picture below to get the true portion size.

Shrimp Linguine - Joe Fortes
Shrimp Linguine - Joe Fortes

To finish off, we all ordered the Vanilla Crème Brulée with Caramel Sauce. After my friend Soph, announced she was too full to possibly have another bite, she proceeded to attack the dessert voraciously, finishing it in record time. Apparently, it was that good!

Creme Brulee- Joe Fortes
Creme Brulee- Joe Fortes

It’s a popular hangout during lunch, so make reservations.

I do recommend making reservations for lunch, it’s a pretty popular hangout during lunch.

Simon Vortel
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When Simplicity is Bad – Commune Cafe

Commune Cafe
Commune Cafe

Food Persuasion level : [rating=3]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=3]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $
Cuisine: Cafe/ Bakery
Location: Yaletown, Vancouver
Commune Cafe Dinner Menu

Perhaps it was the adoration of the chic open space concept, or the sustainable and organic ingredients, I wanted it to succeed. For the chicness of the space, we were hoping for creative sizzling dishes, alas the food was too simple, lacking depth of flavour.

It is a great casual place to relax with friends and sip on drinks, their liquor selection is quite decent. The large covered and heated patio is a sweet spot for yaletown people watching, as I write this a muscle man wearing a T-shirt 5x’s too small walks by with his rat looking poodle.

Started out with Baba ghanoush and Flat bread -$6. In terms of value I recommend this dish similar to their hummus. Baba ghanoush, is an roasted egg plant dip, this lacked any flavour. It tasted like I was eating olive oil and boiled eggplant. The Iranian flat bread with sesame was light and crispy.

Babagalous & Seseame Pita - Commune Cafe
Babagalous & Seseame Pita - Commune Cafe

Followed by the Portobello and Goats cheese sangak Iranian flatbread -$12, only available on their dinner menu which starts at 5PM. The flat bread was soggy, the flavours was too simple, it didn’t give me a buzz and have me guessing “hmm..what other ingredients are in here other than the portobello and goat cheese?”

Portobello & Goat Cheese Flatbread - Commune Cafe
Portobello & Goat Cheese Flatbread - Commune Cafe

Finishing with the Butter Tart -$2, the pastry was not light or flaky and the filling was missing yet again another layer of flavour.

Butter Tart - Commune Cafe
Butter Tart - Commune Cafe
1002 Seymour Street
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