My Picks from the North Van Edition of Tasting Plates Vancouver

Tasting Plates North Vancouver editionVancouver Foodster finally did it; he ventured outside of the City of Vancouver.  Where did he go? North Vancouver, just a short Seabus trip to take.  What I enjoyed especially about this particular event is that all the restaurants were about within a 2 block radius.  Walking was a breeze, and it was a beautiful sunny day to enjoy the food.   The restaurants I visited are:

  • Cafe for Contemporary Art
  • Fishworks Restaurant
  • El Matador
  • Gusto di Quattro
  • Pier 7 Restaurant
  • Anatoli Souvlaki
  • The District

We all have our favourite tasting samples from an event like this.  My favourites were from Fishworks Restaurant and Gusto di Quattro, who put together I think something special for the event.  The other restaurants offered items from their menu, which gives you a peek at their menu.

Fishworks offered two items to taste: a Chef’s Creek oyster on the half shell, and a seared tuna served with watermelon, chili spice mayo and scallion (I hope I got the description right. Please correct me if wrong).  I loved the interplay between the meatiness of the tuna with the refreshing flavour of the watermelon, and the hint of spice in the mayo.  My overall favourite dish of the evening!

Seared tuna from fishworks

Seared tuna from fishworks

Gusto di Quattro, an Italian Restaurant, was quite innovative creating a cold Italian pasta dish with an Asian twist.  In fact the dish was served in a Chinese take-out container and you ate this dish with chopsticks.   The dish was called the Ori-talian Noodle Box.  It was a thin spaghetti noodle served with pickled vegetables, balsamic vinegar, garlic and crispy Parmesan wontons.   I enjoyed the different textures and flavours, plus it was cold and refreshing on the hot summer evening of the event.

Gusto di Quattro Italian Noodle box with an asian twist

Gusto di Quattro Italian Noodle box with an asian twist

El Matador served us some tapas; olives, a crusty bread topped with a slice of spicy chorizo, and a spicy prawn.  If you like tapas, give El Matador a try.  All the items were tasty.

Tapas at El Matador

Tapas at El Matador

If you like Greek food, there is solid traditional Greek food at Anatoli Souvlaki.  We were served Anatoli Souvlaki with with caviar spread, prawns, spanakopita, and roasted lamb.

Anatoli Souvlaki with tasting plate with caviar spread prawns spanakopita and lamb

Anatoli Souvlaki with Tasting plate with caviar spread, prawns, spanakopita, and roast lamb

The District offered us Belgian-style pomme frites (twice fried), and served either with a herbed mayo or ketchup.

Pomme frites from The District (image courtesy The District)

Pomme frites from The District (image courtesy The District)

More seafood was to be tasted at Pier 7 Restaurant; a large oyster on the half shell (not sure of the variety), a prawn, and seared tuna.  Pier 7 is located right on False Creek, so you have a spectacular view of downtown.

Pier 7 with sear tuna shrimp and oyster

Pier 7 with sear tuna shrimp and oyster

The Cafe for Contemporary Art offered two items, a Basa fish taco (open face), and a vegetarian taco (not sure the ingredients).

Cafe for Contemporary art with a fish taco and vegetarian taco

Cafe for Contemporary art with a fish taco and vegetarian taco

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