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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Merchants Oyster Bar – Truffle Baked Oysters

Merchants Oyster Bar, a cozy new oyster bar on Commercial Drive, will seem familiar to some. That’s because it’s the sister restaurant of Cork in Fin in Gastown. Similar in concept and design, the menu is a bit different. From when I walked in to when I left, the service was warm and helpful.

Merchants Oyster Bar

Our server Doug was very knowledgeable, he knew exactly how our food was cooked to where it was sourced. I love that, we’ve all been to restaurants where servers weren’t sure of the ingredients in the dishes they were serving, embarrassing.

My main take away from my experience at Merchants Oyster Bar, was that their ingredients were fresh and every dish was prepared with care. Their dishes were simple and on the lighter side and, it suited me just fine.

Starting with raw oysters, of course we had to order oysters it’s an oyster bar. It was fresh and absolutely scrumptious. I love oysters of any kind, so I could be bias.

Raw oysters

Baked truffle oysters were amazing. My eyes actually rolled when I popped it into my mouth, I absolutely recommend the baked oysters. There are other styles, miso baked oysters was good but, the truffle was excellent.

Truffle baked oysters

Flat Iron Steak, butter poached with potatoes.

Flat Iron Steak

The cooking method was interesting, I forgot the term. They submerge the vacuum bagged steak in water in controlled temp water, ensuring that the meat is evenly cooked throughout. You can tell how evenly cooked it is by the edges of the steak and, how it is still pink to the very edge.

steak cooking method

Pomme Au Gratin, not as heavy as traditional French gratins but still creamy.

Pomme au gratin - potatoes

Bison Tartare, cornichon, homemade mustard, a simple flavored dish.

Pork belly with Provencal salad. I would have liked a bit more flavor to the pork belly. Overall this was a nice light dish. Usually I don’t associate pork belly with refreshing but with the combination of the light flavors from the salad this is a good summer dish.

Pork belly salad

Roasted Bone Marrow with parsley salad was delicious! I could eat this all day.

pork belly with salad

bone marrow

Overall, it was a generally nice experience. I would definitely go back again.

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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.

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