Shaughnessy Restaurant-Zomato Meetup

Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own

I attended my first Zomato meetup last month at Shaughnessy Restaurant in Van Duesen Gardens. Since it was almost time for the Festival of Lights, the restaurant was already decorated with lights and I felt a lot more festive already! I didn’t really know too much about Shaughnessy Restaurant nor had I ever thought about dining there before. In fact, I feel like it’s a bit hidden away. Also, for some reason… I had the impression that it was for older people?

Shaughnessy Restaurant

For my drink, I went with the Shaughnessy Lemonade. Mostly because it had the word lemonade in it. It also had rosemary infused bourbon, chartreuse, and ginger beer. Read more

Lips Resto

My friend was moving to Taiwan for her new teaching job so we were going to eat with her before she left. We decided on Lips Resto since it just opened and it had nice pictures. The restaurant was empty except for one table when we arrived at 7pm. Turns out we didn’t even need a reservation. It’s never a good sign to have an empty restaurant! Even a new one. We appreciated the nice dining space though.

Lips RestoSo my friends wanted Oysters so we ordered 6 served with horseradish, fennel and dill slaw. I forgot what the two sauces on the side were. I literally forgot right after the waiter said it. Oops. We thought the oysters were really small. Read more

The Flying Pig-Olympic Village

The Flying Pig opened up their third location in Olympic Village recently which is right in ma hood. So of course we had to go for lunch on Friday! The interior looks really nice with a wood theme going on and the wall behind our booth was lined with wine bottles.

The Flying Pig Olympic Village

We started off with some Complimentary Bread served with EVOO on a large plate convenient for dipping. Probably a little too convenient since I accidentally drenched my slice of bread. Not sure what kind of bread this was but it was really soft and served at room temperature.

The Flying Pig-Olympic Village

We shared the Devilled Jumbo Chicken Drumettes served with a side of parmesan basil sour cream. As you can see, they gave us two huge celery stalks for the garnish which was really weird. Usually they cut it up into pieces for you! Not sure why they didn’t do it here… The drumettes were glazed with a sweet sriracha BBQ sauce and there was suppose to be sriracha sauce in there but I couldn’t taste any. The meat was very tender though but besides the BBQ sauce on top the meat had no other flavour so it felt like it wasn’t seasoned/marinated enough. The parmesan basil sour cream helped though!

The Flying Pig

This was one of the specials of the day. Jumbo Macaroni with cheesy garlic bread, chicken breast, bacon and a 3 cheese cream sauce. I was debating between this or the braised short rib jumbo macaroni. Despite how good it sounded on paper (or their chalkboard), we felt that the dish fell short of our expectations. It wasn’t bad per se but it could’ve been a bit cheesier or more flavourful. The chicken breast wasn’t dry though and the cheesy garlic bread was really good!

The Flying Pig

For our side dish, we ordered the Truffled Cauliflower Gratin. When we received it, we complained that it was too watery and our server overheard us and offered to replace it for us! My foodie friend suspects that it was frozen before so that’s why there was so much water.

The Flying Pig

This was the replacement and it looked much better. It was less watery and more cheesy but we still thought the 4 cheese cream sauce could’ve been creamier and thicker in consistency but it was an improvement.  The service was great! They even took it off the bill for us.

Maybe my expectations were too high since I’ve been wanting to try the Flying Pig for a while but our experience wasn’t as exciting as we hoped for. I would still like to try them again for dinner or happy hour though.

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Dine Out Vancouver: The Sandbar

The Sandbar actually extended their Dine Out menu to Feb. 8th which was when I went with my friends. Yeah it’s a little late to be posting it but you can always check it out next year! The restaurant actually has three floors and they also had a live pianist sing and play after a certain time that night which was really nice. It really added to the ambiance which was the dark and candle lit kind.

The Sandbar

We started off with some warm Complimentary Bread. It looks like a lot but it was for five people.

The Sandbar

This was the House Made Clam Chowder, a popular starter dish at the table. I tried some of this and it was rich and creamy! Not that much clam though.

The Sandbar

I had the Wok Charred Albacore Tuna with wasabi aioli, crispy wontons and pickled ginger. The tuna was lightly seared and crusted with sesame on the sides which gave it a slight nutty flavour. The tuna was really soft and almost melted in your mouth but the wasabi aioli could’ve had more of a kick to it. I avoided the crispy wontons though since they don’t usually taste like much. Wish there was more tuna though!

The Sandbar

This was the Raspberry Lemonade (not part of the dine out menu). Actually not very sour despite the ingredients in this! I thought it was well balanced and tasty.

The Sandbar

This was the Seafood Hot Pot with salmon, snapper, clams, mussels, prawns, scallop, and red coconut curry. Didn’t try this but we ordered extra complimentary bread so my friend could dip it in the sauce!

The Sandbar

This was the Wood Grilled Steelhead Salmon with tomato fennel broth, coconut jasmine rice and bok choy. Whenever I see bok choy, it makes the dish feel a lot more Asian! I could really taste the wood flavour in the skin of the salmon and it was a pleasant interesting flavour. The salmon was also not over cooked! It was moist and flaky and I could taste the wood flavour occasionally. I felt that the tomato fennel broth was a bit weak though and the rice felt too broken up.

The Sandbar

The more popular entree was the Braised Lamb Shank with rosemary, red wine, garlic mashed potatoes, and market vegetables. The lamb was very tender and fell off the bone easily while the mashed potatoes were creamy and buttery. I wish I had ordered this instead! But I was trying to be different…

The Sandbar

For dessert, here we have the Lemon Cheesecake with raspberry coulis. There was just enough lemon flavour present and you can taste the creaminess of the cheesecake. The cheesecake didn’t actually feel that heavy.

The Sandbar

This was the Chocolate Oatmeal Brownie served with a creme anglaise. The brownie was chocolatey and moist but may be too sweet for some.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at Yew Seafood and Bar <3

For Valentine’s day, I decided to go all out with my boyfriend by having dinner at Yew Seafood and Bar. They had a 4 course set dinner for $89. Yes that’s an exorbitant amount to me too. BUT IT WAS SO GOOD!!! (I’m a crazy person…) Read on to find out more (or just look at the pictures)!

Yew Seafood and Bar

Here was the menu! It was a 4 course menu but we both get the milk bun and then for the other 3 courses you get to choose what you want. I like how they named each course! Very appropriate.

Yew Seafood and Bar

First we started with some complimentary savoury scones: Smoked Salmon and Cheddar and Chive. Both flavours were flaky and warm and buttery!!! The smoked salmon was my favourite although it was a tad salty. These might be some of the best scones I’ve had! I knew the meal was off to a good start. =)

Yew Seafood and Bar

This was the Milk Bun with a haskap berry ham, tiger blue cheese and hazelnuts. The milk bun actually didn’t have much flavour by itself. I was expecting it might be sweet like a Chinese bun but that was ok since the blue cheese was very strong! This might actually be the first time I’ve had blue cheese and it felt a bit overwhelming for me. I thought about eating this like a sandwich but decided to just eat the two halves of the bun separately with the blue cheese.

I think the haskap berry jam was suppose to help balance it out but I probably needed a lot more jam! I’m not even sure what a haskap berry is… Nonetheless it was an interesting creation and if you like blue cheese, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it more than me. Funny thing is, this course is called the “Flirtation” and it turns out flirting with blue cheese doesn’t work on me.

Yew Seafood and Bar

For the first course “Temptation”, my boyfriend had the Black Pearl Oysters with northern divine caviar served with a dollop of creme fraiche. These were so remarkably fresh and tasty it didn’t even feel like I was eating an oyster!!! I can’t even describe the flavour going on here it was kind of acidic from the lemon juice and slightly salty. I’m not an oyster expert since I actually only had my first raw oyster last year. Yes I don’t know why it took me so long! The caviar is a nice touch but I don’t think I’ve learned to appreciate it yet since it didn’t actually taste like anything… or did it contribute the salty flavour? I have no idea.

For my first course, I had the Outlandish Scallops with kelp and sea lettuces and lime vinaigrette. I was so busy taking pictures of the oysters I forgot to take a picture of my own dish. FAIL. =_______= Anyway I will try to describe it for you. There were 3 medium sized scallops cooked to medium and they sat in a cauliflower puree. The scallops had a nice seared flavour on the outside and it was a bit salty and you can taste a bit of the lime vinaigrette. The inside was still slightly firm and pinkish. The cauliflower puree was very smooth.

Yew Seafood and Bar

My boyfriend had the Maple Apple Cider Glazed Kurobuta Pork Chop with wild mushroom composition and truffle jus. Based on the description, we were not expecting such a large and thick cut of pork chop! It even had the bone in. Our server let us know beforehand that the inside would be slightly pink due to the nature of the pork chop and we were fine with that. From the two bites I had, it was a bit on the chewier side for me even though at this angle it looks like there should be enough fat on the pork chop for it to not be chewy. Also, I thought kurobuta pork was suppose to be really soft but I’m not sure.

Yew Seafood and Bar

For my main, I had the Red Miso Glazed Sable Fish with butter milk potatoes and cloud berries. I love sable fish so this was the perfect dish for me. The fish was perfectly cooked and very flaky. I wasn’t sure what red miso is suppose to taste like but the glaze made the edges of the fish slightly crispy which was nice. The butter milk potatoes were notably smooth and creamy. They also had a sweet chili type of sauce on the side of the dish. Not sure what the crispy chips were but they were a nice touch and provided some contrast to the smooth silky fish. I loved every bite of this! It was just so juicy and moist! I was undeniably infatuated! ;)

Yew Seafood and Bar

Finally we have dessert, “Sweet Enough for Two”; dessert is my favourite part of any meal! Yes I still had room for this. I loved the beautiful plating here and I was practically drooling as our server described each dessert. In fact I wanted to jump in before he finished talking haha I really appreciate how they take the time to describe every dish though! I wish more servers/restaurants did this.

On the left we have the Chocolate Bambolini with red velvet ice cream. The bambolini is a type of Italian doughtnut cream puff with powdered sugar on the outside and cream on the inside. The main attraction was the raspberry coulis covered chocolate pate surrounded with chocolate cookie crumble. The chocolate pate was rich and creamy like a mousse but heavier? It was very chocolatey! The red velvet ice cream had red velvet cake crumbs in it and helped make the dessert less sweet. At the back of the dish there is also an edible candied rose petal which tasted like sugar basically.

On the right we have the Passion Fruit and Vanilla Vacherin with lychee sorbet on a candied rose petal. I’m glad we had the Chocolate Bambolini first because this dessert refreshed our palates after. The frozen dessert was basically like ice cream so it was cold vanilla cream on the bottom and a very intensely flavoured passion fruit sorbet? on top. I forgot what it is but it’s similar to the sorbet but more dense and creamy? Then the top was decorated with cream and a meringue stick. The cold tart flavours were absolutely refreshing after the sweet chocolate dessert! The ball of lychee sorbet was also very flavourful and tasted exactly like eating real lychee.

DESSERT WAS DIVINE. *DROOLS*

These desserts were just the perfect way to end the night! The desserts were so good I couldn’t stop gushing about them and I’m pretty sure the tables besides us were looking at me weirdly… I don’t fine dine very often so this was all new and exciting to me! We also devoured dessert really fast!

Yew Seafood and Bar

But wait! There’s more!!! We were also served complimentary heart shaped shortbread cookies after. These were adorable! They were buttery with a hint of lemon in the icing. I was waaay too full at this point so I just had a few bites of my cookie. When the server brought it over he was like “You don’t need to chase the crumbs off [the dessert plate]!” *BLUSHES* I was trying to eat the rest of the cookie crumble hehehe ^^” I was really stuffed though! It was basically a five course meal + cookies. My wallet and waistline probably hate me.

This is the most expensive dinner I’ve ever paid for in my entire life but I feel like it was worth it for the fantastic food and service! On the other hand, I can’t afford to do this often so this is probably going to be a once a year experience for me but it was really good!!! Our water glasses were filled constantly and service was very friendly. I highly recommend visiting at least once! Except I still haven’t tried their regular menu yet soooo guess it means I’ll be back!

Thanks for reading if you made it to the end of this post!

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Dine Out Vancouver: Diva at the Met

It’s Dine Out Vancouver time! This year I chose to go to Diva at the Met. I actually had no idea where the Met was before but it turns out that it’s right next to the Hotel Georgia and across from Four Seasons so it’s in a very convenient location. The restaurant has a separate entrance beside the hotel’s main entrance. The restaurant has 3 small levels separate by a few steps but it makes it feel rather grand when you’re walking to your table. I also got a great view of the open kitchen!

Diva at the Met

To start, we were served some complimentary bread with butter. The server said it was a whole grain bread and there was also an olive bread but I think they were all whole grain since they all looked the same to me. It was soft and served at room temperature.

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Christmas Lunch at Cafe Pacifica

For our annual company Christmas dinner, we decided to go for the buffet at Cafe Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Hotel. *I’m so fancy* haha okay just kidding but this is as fancy as my life gets.

We were seated by the windows which was nice except we were blocked by one of the “white sails” so we couldn’t see much beyond that but the space is nice with the floor to ceiling windows letting in lots of light. The restaurant is located on the second floor and the lunch buffet was $58/person. There were only 4 weekdays to choose from for this buffet so it was mostly catered towards company lunches. Needless to say, I was super excited! Also it’s free! Bwahaha Each person also received one of those festive cracker things where you pull it and a small gift pops out. I ended up with a green plastic carabiner keychain and it will probably sit around until I throw it out.

Mostly this will be a picture post since I can’t remember the super long food descriptions and I was busy pigging out … so without further ado!

Cafe Pacifica Christmas Buffet

Some sort of chocolate mousse cake. Cookies on the top tray.

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