Friday, January 17, 2014

Fruity Dine Out Vancouver 2014 at West

West Restaurant + Bar on Urbanspoon As mentioned in my Dine Out Vancouver 2014 tips post, some restaurants are offering a cheaper lunch menu, and West is one of them. The lunch menu is more limited than the dinner menu, but if you are vegetarian, that won't be a problem because the full dinner menu more or less just offers fish.
DINE OUT VANCOUVER 2014 MENU
Neighborhood:  South GranvilleCuisine Type:  West CoastDinner Menu Price:  $38Lunch Menu Price: $28
Gluten-Free Menu Option:  Yes
APPETIZER
LEEK ASH CRUSTED ALBACORE TUNA, SHAVED FENNEL AND RADISH, SAKE MISO EMULSION (dinner menu only)
or
GOLDEN BEET AND ORANGE SOUP, BACON PANKO, TARRAGON CREME FRAICHE
or
BABY CARROT AND WATERCRESS SALAD, AGASSIZ HAZELNUTS, PRESERVED STONE FRUIT VINAIGRETTE
ENTREE
PACIFIC PROVIDER WILD PINK SALMON, YUKON GOLD POTATO BLINI, SUNCHOKE PUREE, BLACK TRUFFLE AND PARSLEY MARMALADE (dinner menu only)
or
BRAISED VEAL BREAST, ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, PEARL COUSCOUS, THYME JUS
or
HANDMADE CARAMELIZED PARSNIP AGNOLOTTI, BRAISED KALE, BROWN BUTTER APPLE VINAIGRETTE
DESSERT
ROASTED PINEAPPLE, COCONUT WAFERS, CREAM CHEESE MOUSSE, TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD (dinner menu only)
or
CITRUS TART, SPICED WHOLE WHEAT CRUST, VANILLA RASPBERRY SWIRL ICE CREAM
or
MALTED CHOCOLATE CAKE, CARAMELIZED BANANA, SESAME SNAPS
I went with a "fruity" theme, and was pleasantly surprised by what they put together! Not excessively fruity so that you won't mistake your appetizer and main for dessert. But it's definitely fruity there.

Golden Beet and Orange Soup, Bacon Panko, Tarragon Crème Fraîche
  • Comes with lightly seared orange slices that are beautiful to look at. If you're taking pictures, try to snap one before they pour on the soup.
  • Orangey tasting, but not strongly citrusy-sour.
  • Totally missed the "bacon panko" part and thought I was getting a vegetarian option. Oops.
Handmade Caramelized Parsnip Agnolotti, Braised Kale, Brown Butter Apple Vinaigrette
  • For once, kale that is NOT bitter. Don't know what they did to it, but this turned out okay for a kale-hater like me.
  • Agnolotti not particularly tasty, so make sure to pair it with the creamy blobs of brown butter apple goodness.
Citrus Tart, Spiced Whole Wheat Crust, Vanilla Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream
  • Came out tasting more like a cheese cake than anything else.
Overall, I would have to say it was good, but more interesting than "wow". For $28, it's definitely worth checking out if you are curious.

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