Taste of Yaletown is a dining event that is similar to Dine Out Vancouver except it’s just in Yaletown. Various restaurants participate and offer set menus for $25/35/45. Can you believe this is actually my first time participating? After perusing all the menus online, I came to the conclusion that Brix & Mortar would be a good choice and it seemed like I would get my bang for my buck.
Brix has two entrances, one on Hamilton Street and one on Homer Street. Today we entered through the Hamilton entrance as the Homer Street entrance was closed for a private event. The restaurant is a popular wedding venue. When I was browsing their photos on Instagram, there were more wedding photos than food photos!
Featured above is one of their summer cocktails. Yes you read that right, it’s a cocktail! This was the Big Flavours in Little China which had Absolut Mandarin Vodka, Lychee Liquor, Fresh Lemon, Clove Spiced Pear and Plum Bitters. I’ve never seen a drink served like this before! In fact I didn’t even know the container was that waterproof. It was fruity and sweet and I liked the combination of mandarin and lychee. Our server said that they’re slowly transitioning to winter cocktails so this may not be available soon.
We started off with some Complimentary Bread. This was incredibly soft! It was served with some whipped butter as well as some hummus. It would’ve been even better if it was served warm.
We all ordered the Spinach and Rocket Salad with warmed truffle and bacon vinaigrette, focaccia crumble, frisée and a poached free range egg. This was quite a memorable salad as it was very savoury from the truffle and bacon vinaigrette. It was well dressed and I loved that it came with a poached egg! I almost felt like I was eating breakfast. I’m all about the egg!
Again, most of us ordered the Brome Lake Duck Breast. It was sorghum brushed with chorizo sausage & cornbread sauté, juniper pickled peaches. I wasn’t sure how the duck would be prepared but I thought it could’ve either used a bit more seasoning, or more sauce or maybe it could’ve been more rare? It was just not as tender as I was expecting. On the other hand, the accompaniments were stellar! The cornbread saute was really tasty and I didn’t know cornbread could be used like this… in a non-bread form. I loved the contrast from the refreshing and juicy pickled peaches.
The other entree was a sweet soy brushed Wild Salmon dish with miso butter grilled corn & potato hash. The salmon was perfectly cooked and very moist! My photo was blurry so I’ll omit it.
For dessert there was only one option which was the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with fresh fruit compote (in this case cherry) and amaretti crumble. I was not a big fan of the cherry compote and it also had a liquor flavour to it. Everyone else enjoyed it though! The panna cotta was smooth with a creamy texture.
Service was attentive, our server came to check on us after every dish was served and our water glasses were always being refilled. I found the portions to be sufficiently large as well. Despite the rainy cold day, their patio remained well heated so that it was possible for guests to sit outside comfortably. There were even chandeliers outside! Overall Brix was a great venue for a girls night out.