Vancouver Foodster took us to a brand new part of the lower mainland for his latest Tasting Plates experience, Port Moody. Located to the northeast of Burnaby, the restaurants and breweries wanted to show us what they have to offer. There are several breweries in Port Moody, and during this event we sampled craft beers from two of them; Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery. There was also sweet and savoury at the Tasting Plates. Enjoy the pictures that I took during the event, along with my brief commentary.
My Port Moody Tasting Plates Notes
Starting off with savoury, we visited Spacca Napoli Pizeria and Meat Craft Urban Butchery. Spacca was very busy, and from discussions, seems to be busy all the time. They offered us a meatball, frittelle (a fried fritter that had pieces of seaweed inside), Rigatoni Bolognese, and a slice of Neapolitan style pizza. I really enjoyed the flavour of the tender meatball along with the tomato sauce. The slice of pizza was also good, but could have been served hotter.
Meat Craft Urban Butchery offered us a choice of a mini-smokie in a bun topped with slaw, and a side of potato salad. Although the specialize in meat, their slaw and potato salad were excellent. One smokie was garlic flavoured, and the other two had beer from either Yellow Dog or Moody Ales. I tried the Moody Ales flavoured smokie. It was grilled lightly. You could get the flavour of the ale without it being over-powering. A place to visit to buy more smokies, kebabs or other meats for the future.
With some food in me, the next stops were to Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery. Both offered us 4 beers to taste. My preference was for the darker, brown ales, while my friend preferred the lighter lagers. Between the two breweries, and the others just down the street, there is something for everyone to enjoy. I have also been told that on weekends you can find food trucks beside the breweries, so grab a bite and a brew!
After our fill of savoury food and beer, it was time for dessert. First stop was Rocky Point Ice Cream, a well-loved establishment in Port Moody, and the new Gabi & Jules pie shop. Rocky Point Ice Cream made 3 special treats for us: a mini Sweet Georgia Brown sundae, a strawberry ice cream with basil and balsamic reduction in a chocolate cup, and a mini ginger-molasses and pumpkin spice ice cream sandwich. All were very tasty. I enjoyed the sundae and the chocolate cup the most. The sandwich cookie was a little too hard, and would have been spectacular if it was a bit softer. The basil and balsamic reduction showed flair and really worked with the strawberry ice cream. I highly recommend this place for ice cream.
Gabi & Jules rounded out the evening with a slice of pie; mine being apple and blackberry. Apple pie is in general my favourite type of pie. The blackberries, scattered throughout, added a floral note to the pie. It was not overly sweet, and the crust was very flaky. Enjoyed this with a cup of decaf coffee.
Thanks to all the restaurants and breweries for letting us sample from them, and for Vancouver Foodster for branching out of the well-known foodie areas of Vancouver.