This Dine Out venture to Sandbar Seafood Restaurant at Granville Island was a last minute decision. It was also a lunch decision. Did you know that many Dine Out restaurants have a lunch menu? The lunch menu is usually at one price level below the dinner menu, and slightly smaller in portion. The Sandbar lunch option for Dine Out was $18. Very good value, for very good food and service I received today.
My lunch consisted of:
- Lemongrass Braised Short Ribs with 5 spice crushed peanuts, chili scallion relish
- 4oz Chateau Rib Eye Steak with Tiger Prawns, caramelized onion marmalade, creamed peppercorn demi-glace
- Spiced Pumpkin Cake with maple frosting
My wine pairing was Quail’s Gate Pinot Noir (sorry I didn’t see the vintage as the wine was by the glass). This is one Pinot I regularly enjoy from the Okanagan. The wine had a bay leaf, earthy, cherries and raspberries on the nose, with a big bouquet of violets on the palate. The high acidity of this wine really went well with the fatty braised short rib appetizer. The earthy, full flavours of the short rib was a nice complement with the lifted pinot flavours. The Rib Eye Steak with Tiger Prawn were very tasty. I especially enjoyed the cedary smoky aroma imparted to the tiger prawn. The Rib Eye steak was cooked closer to well than to medium well, but was still flavourful. The dessert, the spiced pumpkin cake was very similar in flavour to a carrot cake, but was a bit heavier. The cake was served cold, and I thought that it might taste just that much better if it was warmed up a bit and maybe served with a bit of vanilla ice cream.
Tomorrow is the last day for Dine Out Vancouver, so go out tonight and tomorrow for dinner, and don’t forget about lunch tomorrow too. Enjoy!