Tasting Plates is always an interesting event. You get to visit around 6 restaurants, tasting a sample from their restaurant. This Tasting Plates was held on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver and included 7 restaurants. Below are the restaurants with what they offered, along with my comments and pictures. Thank you to Vancouver Foodster for putting on these events and inviting me. Enjoy!
VIA TEVERE PIZZERIA
Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 2 items:
One slice of each of these 2 pizzas
- Margherita Pizza (V)
- Capricciosa Pizza
This was my last stop on the Tasting Plates scrum. While Via Tevere is a restaurant, they also have a mobile food truck. For us, the truck was parked beside the restaurant, cooking us Neapolitan style pizzas. The Margherita topped with San Marzano tomoato, fior di latte, and basil. The Capricciosa topped with Prosciutto cotto, salami, artichoke, mushroom, and Nicoise olive. Nice crispy rim, the toppings not overly thick, making it easy to eat, and not dripping on your hands, or in your lap. Nice fresh flavours, which went down too quickly. Can I have another slice?
FIVE ELEMENTS CAFÉ
Our Tasting Plate will include all of these items from one of these menus (your choice of Menu A, B or C):
- Crispy Spring Roll
- Green Papaya & Shrimp Salad
- Shrimp on Sugar Cane
- Creamy Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Menu B: Vegan option
- Crispy Spring Roll
- Green Papaya & Tofu Salad
- Coconut Curry
- Tom Yum Thai Hot & Sour Soup
Choose 1 of the Noodle Soup
- Phở- Rice noodles Soup -Choice of Chicken, Beef or Tofu & Vegetables
- Phở Saté Peanut Sauce: Rice Noodle Soup-Choice of Chicken, Beef or Tofu & Vegetables
- Hủ Tíu Nam Vang–Phnom Penh Mixed Seafood & Pork on Rice Noodle Soup
- Bún Bò Huế -Spicy Lemongrass Beef & Pork Vermicelli Noodles Soup
I had the Menu B vegan option as the Green Papaya & Tofu Salad looked very interesting to try. I did enjoy the salad. Did you know that green papaya can be used as a vegetable? If not, try a green papaya salad. The Coconut curry was quite spicy, so if you are spice adverse, I’d suggest staying away from this dish.
PASTURE TO PLATE
Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 4 items:
- A variety of sausages on fork sticks with garlic aioli and mustards.
- Herb crusted beef Carpaccio with roasted garlic aioli or a parmesan truffle aioli on crostini.
- Mini Pizettas made with bite size rounds of puff pastry. Caramelized onions, bacon and plum slice.
- Mini Porchetta bites on focaccia with an orange and pinenut gremolata & basil/arugula pesto. (V)
I do enjoy charcuterie, so I was eagerly anticipating trying these from Pasture to Plate. I did find out that they do farm biodynamically, which in my opinion, tries to enrich the soil, plants, and animals through non-synthetic chemical means, and works. (I’ve written a few articles in the past reviewing biodynamic wines, and these wines always seem very alive to me.) All the charcuterie was done very well and was very tasty, and I will come here again.
Our Tasting Plate will include all 3 of these items:
- Guacamole (V)
- Beans (V)
This restaurant was super busy, with both regular customers and the Tasting Plates customers vying for the chef’s attention. Once in we had a sampling plate with ceviche, guacamole and refried beans, and chips to dip. The ceviche had bright flavours and was a good mix of fish and vegetables. I also really liked the smoky flavour in the refried beans. I will have to try this restaurant on a non-busy day.
SIDDARTHAS INDIAN KITCHEN
Our Tasting Plate will include all of these items:
- Aloo Tikki (V)
- Chicken Goliya
These two dishes come as a small ball (chicken) or a patty (Aloo Tikki). While both were very tasty, accompanied by a mint chutney, I liked the Aloo Tikki a bit more. This patty is made with ground potatoes, so is nice and soft, lightly spiced inside, with a crunchy crust. I have been told their Butter Chicken is a very good dish to try.
GELATERIA DOLCE AMORE
Our Tasting Bowl will feature a surprise selection of gelato flavours specially offered for this event (V)
The surprise flavours from Gelateria Dolce Amore was hazelnut and strawberry. The hazelnut flavour was my favourite, with the very pronounced, fresh, nutty flavour of the hazelnuts coming through the gelato. It tasted like you were eating a handful of toasted hazelnuts. This Gelateria is a family run business. I spoke with one of the family members, who spoke so passionately about the quality of their ingredients and effort they put into making each gelato. I did ask if they have lavender flavour, which is my overall favourite (or mixed with lemon is my ultimate favourite flavour), and they did, and I tried it, and was delighted. Lavender may sound odd to some people, but get past the thought of it being floral, and try it. It is very refreshing. Just think of you sitting on a cafe in Nice, France, enjoying some gelato.
Our Tasting Cup will include one of the following beverages paired with the cookies.
- Iced coffee
- Iced tea
Mini cookies “with no name”.
Our first stop was Prado Cafe. The cookie with no name, was fresh and hot from the oven, and looked to be made with granola/oak flakes, chocolate chips, and topped with a tiny marshmallow. It was very tasty. To sip with it, I had the macchiato, an espresso coffee, mixed with a small amount of milk. A good jolt to start of my Tasting Plates adventure.