Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse Tees Off at Dine Out Vancouver

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy dineoutvancouver.com)

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy dineoutvancouver.com)

This is the first year that the Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse participated in Dine Out Vancouver.  It’s sister restaurant at the Riverway Clubhouse in south Burnaby has participated the past two years plus this year, and I’ve had excellent meals there, so I was looking forward to my Dine Out meal on Burnaby Mountain.  It was a great value at $18 and had the following menu:

Appetizer

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP Cajun crispy chickpea & basil cream
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Chardonnay

or

LOUISIANA FRIED CHICKEN freshly made waffle, tomato & jalapeno chutney, sour cream

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

or

ONSEN EGG CARBONARA guinness cheddar, bacon, edamame, linguine

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

Entree

8 OZ. CERTIFIED ANGUS NEW YORK STEAK Yukon Gold roasted garlic mash, market vegetables, green peppercorn sauce
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Merlot

or

CHAR BROILED MAHI MAHI southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, fresh pineapple salsa

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Pinot Gris

or

SWEET CORN & CREAM CHEESE STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM herb cornbread, market vegetables, barbeque sauce

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

Dessert

DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE IN JAR oreo cookies, shaved chocolate
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Merlot

or

STRAWBERRY SUNDAE IN JAR vanilla ice-cream, strawberry coulis, chocolate & coconut brownie

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Summerhill Cipes Sparkling

or

APPLE CRUMBLE IN JAR granny smith apple, vanilla ice-cream

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series Kerner Icewine $10

My Review

I was very happy to see that they had a BC VQA wine pairing suggestion for each food item served.  My wine was the Red Rooster Chardonnay, which I sipped through the appetizer and entree, and was a nice match.  My dining partner and I picked different items so that we could double up on our food samples, and were happy with both sets of appetizers and entrees.  The only thing that was not quite up to par was the desserts, which were a bit too sweet and not at the same level of quality as the appetizers and entrees.  But dessert is probably the least important aspect of your meal, so I would say to savour the rest of the meal with wine, and then to finish with a coffee, ice wine, or liquor.

I loved the Louisiana Fried chicken with waffle appetizer.  The chicken was not overly spicy so anyone could enjoy it, plus the waffle and a bit of sweetness from the Chutney to go with the savoury chicken is a nice combination.  This dish could be turned into an entree easily.  Also the butternut squash soup with Cajun crispy chickpeas and basil cream was very good.  Again not too spicy.  The drips of basil cream and crunchy chickpeas added bursts of extra flavour and texture to the soup.

Louisiana Fried Chicken on a waffle

Louisiana Fried Chicken on a waffle

Butternut squash soup with cajun crispy chickpea and basil cream

Butternut squash soup with cajun crispy chickpea and basil cream

I had the Angus New York steak with Yukon Gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables and green peppercorn sauce.  The steak was done Medium Well as I had ordered.  I loved the nice char on the steak, and the flavour from the green peppercorns.  I paired the steak with the Red Rooster Chardonnay.  The pairing worked as the Chardonnay as it was quite full bodied thanks to the Sur Lie aging.  The garlic potatoes were really buttery and added to the feel of a decadent main course.  The char broiled Mahi Mahi was quite flavourful, paired with the pineapple salsa, but was a tad over cooked.  Still very tasty.

Angus New York steak with Yukon gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce

Angus New York steak with Yukon gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce

Char broiled Mahi Mahi with southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, and fresh pineapple salsa

Char broiled Mahi Mahi with southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, and fresh pineapple salsa

The dark chocolate mousse with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate was a bit too much sweetness and chocolate in one spoon.  I do love dark chocolate, but maybe this could have been lightened up a bit.  The apple crumble was not quite as sweet but I found the oat flakes a bit hard to chew.

Dark Chocolate Mousse in a jar with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate

Dark Chocolate Mousse in a jar with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate

Apple Crumble in a jar with Granny Smith apple and vanilla ice-cream

Apple Crumble in a jar with Granny Smith apple and vanilla ice-cream

Overall a wonderful meal, and I would try the Clubhouse again, especially on a sunny day in the summer, sitting on their patio.

 

Into The Fray at Dine Out Vancouver #DOVF

The Fray

The Fray

Have you ever entered a restaurant and felt transported back to the 1950’s?  I have recently at The Fray on Fraser Street during Dine Out Vancouver.  The room is filled with memorabilia from the past, there are stacks of puzzles and games in boxes for you to open and play during your meal, and even sharpened pencil crayons are on each table and a activity sheet for you to draw on.  The Fray is NOT pretentious at all.  Just enter and relax.

Fray’s Dine Out menu is typical diner fare; filling and flavourful.  With my dinner guest, our selections were:

  • Appetizers: Steak Mushroom Bites and Portobello Mushroom Fries
  • Entrees: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Salad and Maple Bacon Jam Burger
  • Dessert: Apple Crumble

The Steak Mushroom Bites appetizer was a big hit for both of us. Marinated chunks of AAA-beef, sauteed in red wine with quartered mushrooms and chipotle lime aoili dipping sauce.  I didn’t need the dipping sauce, as the sauce from the red wine/mushrooms/beef was so flavourful on it’s own. It had some black pepper heat to it.  The beef was exceptionally tender, and we could have had a second plate.  The Portobello Mushroom fries were served as a Jenga stack with sun-dried tomato aioli dipping sauce.  The fries were good, and benefited from the dipping sauce, but it was hard to compete with the Steak Mushroom bites.

Steak Mushroom Bites

Steak Mushroom Bites

Portobello Mushroom fries

Portobello Mushroom fries

I had the Pulled Pork sandwich; quite thick, with a good amount of slaw in the bun together with the pulled pork.  The pulled pork was very tender, but the sauce was a little too sweet for me.  The menu did say that it was candied pulled pork, so if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you would probably enjoy this one more than me.  The side salad with it, was fresh and had a nice tangy sauce.  My dining partner had the Maple Bacon Jam Burger.  It was a monster with a 1″ thick patty, grilled just right; not overdone and dry.  Fresh tomatoes and lettuce together with the maple bacon jam.  My friend said that there was a lot of bacon flavour in this burger.

Pulled pork sandwich with salad

Pulled pork sandwich with salad

I didn’t mention that the entrees were large, but they were, and very filling, so the Apple Crumble, was like trying to conquer Mt. Everest.  When I ordered the dessert, I had visions of a small slice of apple pie with a crumble top.  On my plate, served hot from the oven, was a small-medium sized apple pie, accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.  The apple slices were hot, still with some crunch to them, and accompanied by sweet spices. Take another bite with the cold vanilla ice cream, and you have memories of mom’s apple pie.  A wonderful way to end the dinner.

Apple crumble with ice cream

Apple crumble with ice cream

Thank you to The Fray for paying for this Dine Out dinner.  I do not doubt that I will be back to have more of those Steak Mushroom bites as well as trying their other menu items.  Enjoy!