Friday, October 16, 2015

Taste of Yaletown 2015 - La Pentola

La Pentola - Opus Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Most of the items on the Taste of Yaletown 2015 menu for La Pentola are on their current seasonal menu, so keep in mind that this review is really only for their Taste of Yaletown 2015 menu, and doesn't necessarily reflect on the restaurant itself.
That said, you could infer that they won't always blow you away with their creations on the 7- or 10- course family-style dinners. But with so many courses per dinner, there will be bound to be some hits and misses.

$45 Taste of Yaletown Dinner Menu
1st course
Cauliflower and Endive Salad with bagna cauda and pecorino
Parmesan Soufflé with roasted beets and balsamic carrots (veg)

2nd course
Taglierini with octopus, arrabiatta and bottarga
Tagliatelle Bolognese

Taglierini with arrabiatta, bocconcini and basil (veg)

3rd course
Grilled Skirt Steak with arugula, pine nuts, balsamic and parmesan
Ling Cod with roasted tomato purée, peppers, baby squid and black olive oil
Wild Mushroom Risotto

Lemon Cream and Biscotti


TIP: Don't worry about making sure your Taste of Yaletown choices have enough filling carbs as they give you apparently unlimited baguette slices.

I went with the Vegetarian Option. For $45, vegetarians should consider eating elsewhere.

Parmesan Soufflé
  • Airy soufflé had a slightly eggy flavor. Not much parmesan flavor even with the parmesan shavings. Somewhat bland. Pass on this.
Taglierini Arrabiatta
  • Basically tasteless bocconcini did not help the boring noodles which had some kind of weak tomato sauce that had a wimpy amount of spicy-heat. Pass on this.
Wild Mushroom Risotto
  • Visible chunks of mushroom, nice creamy texture. But too salty.  Pass on this.
  • Deconstructed and with a sour chocolate paste at the bottom. How are you supposed to eat this? Unless you smush it into a paste, it probably won't taste like tiramisu. Pass on this.
Dolce Vita (?)
  • Some sort of non-alcoholic cocktail which sounded interesting but turned out to taste like a not-too-sour lemonade. At least half my glass was ice.
  • I was quoted $6-7 but it turned up as $9 on my bill. Pass on this and get a lemonade instead.
TIP: While you are in the washroom, look for the monitors with grainy video feed of the lounge where you can spy on what your friends are doing while you are freshening up (or, in the case of guys, taking a leak).

TIP: Check out the glass wall separating the mens' and ladies' washrooms. There are chain curtains on either side, but that glass ain't no mirror...

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