Happy Hour and Two Year Anniversary Specials at Le Parisien

Le Parisien LogoQuality French food from Le Parisien in downtown Vancouver’s West End.  Their latest 2nd Anniversary menu and specials.  Enjoy!

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Le Parisien’s 2nd Anniversary celebration continues with $20-or-less dinner entrees and our ongoing Live Music Thursdays. We’ve also introduced Happy Hour. Between 5PM and 7PM, beer, high balls and appies are 50% off; glasses of house wine only $4. There’s no better way to end the workday or start the evening.

Fresh local ingredients, the sounds of French and gypsy-folk music, the aromas of classic French cuisine; it’ll be easy to imagine that you’re on the Left Bank of Paris.

Reservations recommended: 604-687-1418 / www.opentable.com/le-parisien-vancouver

Regular menu mains are $20 or less
Live music Thursdays at 6:30PM and 8:30PM
30% off our wine list on Sundays and Mondays

Regular Menu Mains

HOUSE MADE GNOCCHI $15
Arugula, Parmesan, Hazelnuts Brown Butter Sauce

BOUILLABAISSE $19
Mussels, Manila Clams, Prawns, Pacific Cod, Braised Fennel, Saffron Tomato Broth

CATCH OF THE DAY $19 (try with a rose wine)
Ratatouille, Fingerling Potato, Arugula, Olive Niçoise

ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN $18 (rose works here too)
House made Spaetzle, Dates, Mint and Orange Jus

BEEF BOURGUIGNON $18 (try with a Pinot noir)
Red Wine Braised Beef, Bacon, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, Cavatappi Pasta

DUCK CONFIT CASSOULET $19   (I love cassoulet!)
Duck Confit, Smoked Bacon, Toulouse Sausage, Braised Cannellini Beans

GRILLED HANGER STEAK $20
Pomme Frites, Peppercorn and Cognac Sauce

Le Parisien
751 Denman St. Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6 | Tel: (604) 687.1418
www.leparisien.ca

Le Parisien Celebrates Second Anniversary with Food, Wine and Song

Have you had the chance to enjoy the French food at Le Parisien in the West End downtown?  If not, their 2nd anniversary is upcoming, and they will be offering a special dinner menu.  Details are below.  Enjoy!

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Charcuterie Platter

Charcuterie Platter

Celebrate our second anniversary with us from Friday, April 11through May 15. For the past two years, we are proud to have been welcomed so warmly into the West End community and we are always excited to get to know new people. So whether you’re a regular customer, or you’ve just been meaning to check us out, join us this Friday and be the first to try our new dinner menu featuring all main courses for $20 or less.

We’re also excited to present our new Spring Wine and Dine Menu value-priced at only $69 for two. Enjoy three courses of French bistro favourites: Charcuterie, Roasted Free-run Cornish Hen with Frites and a Dessert of your choice. All complete with a bottle of house red or white from Calona Vineyards , $69. For the Wine and Dine Menu Executive Chef Alexander Carriere has carefully selected local seasonal ingredients to feature in classic dishes from his favourite bistros in Paris.

Cornish Hen & frites

Cornish Hen & frites

What else is new at Le Parisien?  We pleased to present Live Music every Thursday night. We’ll be showcasing new local artists with music styles ranging from jazz through folk and more Next week, on April 17, we’ll be featuring  Pepper Really, a French vocalist who will be performing some original songs plus covers of popular French tunes. There are two sets a night at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

So come join us through mid-May as we celebrate our second anniversary with great food, wonderful wine and entertaining music. It can’t get more French than that!

Bistro Pastis Presents Menus Featuring Cuisine of French Influence

Lemongrass (photo Wikipedia Commons courtesy Hakcipta Mohamed Yosri)

Lemongrass (photo Wikipedia Commons courtesy Hakcipta Mohamed Yosri)

For centuries, France has had a notable impact on global culinary culture. Bistro Pastis presents a series of tasting menus that take guests around the world in order to experience a variety of cuisines influenced by French cooking. Every two weeks, a 3-course menu featuring a different destination will be available for $49.

First stop: Vietnam. French food began to permeate Vietnamese lifestyle after the French established a colony in Vietnam in the 1800’s. Many ingredients are now so ingrained in society, they are considered part of their culture. April 23 through May 5, guests can experience the vibrant flavours of Vietnam married to French technique and ingredients.

Second Stop: Morocco. Starting May 7, Bistro Pastis will showcase the incredible diversity of Moroccan cuisine. Morocco has been heavily affected by imperialism and trade; this long history is reflected in its food. Cafes, pastries and wine are the hallmark of the French colonization, heavily influencing the culinary culture of Morocco.

Reservations essential: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Vietnamese Menu (April 23 – May 5)

Cured Salmon Salad Roll
Dungeness Crab, Jicama, Mint & Peanut Kafir, Lime Mayonnaise

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Escargot Braised in Coconut Milk
Tamarind Oyster Mushroom & Tomato

– or –

Beef Carpaccio
Lime, Cilantro & Chili, Crispy Shallots, Fish Sauce

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Pan Roasted Rockfish
Clams, Potatoes, Vermicelli Star Anise Lobster Broth

– or –

Lemon Grass Braised Beef Short Rib
Crispy Rice, Carrot & Radish Slaw

– or –

Prawn Stuffed Chicken Breast
Warm Brussels Sprout & Herb Salad, Creamy Peanut Sauce

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Forbidden Black Rice Pudding
Fresh Mango Sabayon

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Coconut Crusted Banana
Dark Chocolate, Condensed Milk & Coffee Ice Cream

$49 / Person

Moroccan Menu (May 7 – 19)

Roasted Tomato Salad
Eggplant, Mint and Feta Cheese

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Creamy Mussel Soup
Saffron, Pumpkin & Coriander

– or –

Roasted Duck Kefta
Apricot, Pistachio, Pressed Yogurt

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Le Couscous Royal
Grilled Lamb, Chicken, Merguez & Vegetables, Couscous & Harissa

– or –

Ras el Hanout Roasted Half Chicken
Sweet Potato Mash, Green Olive & Caramelized Onion Rȃgout, Preserved Lemon

– or –

Chermoula Mahi Mahi
Spiced Yellow Lentils Slow Braised Campari Tomatoes

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Roasted Fresh Figues
Honeyed Pear, Fromage Frais

– or –

Orange Blossom Yogurt Mousse
Pistachio Shortbread

$49 / Person

Tasting Plates Vancouver Fall Edition – A Real Cultural Mix

The latest Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates Vancouver Fall Edition was last week, November 21.  It was the most diverse tasting of food since the Tasting Plates started IMHO.  There were 2 Chinese Tea shops, Moroccan cuisine, a raw oyster bar, a funky night club, a pizza food truck, and more chocolate (you can never have enough chocolate tasting), amongst other venues.  Here are my favourites of the night.

The Electric Owl

This night club on Main Street was quite surprising with their Asian inspired cuisine.  I thougth their Mini Eggplant Sub (a take off of a Vietnamese sub) was very tasty.  I liked the crunchy sub bun.  Lots of flavour, and not too spicy.  Also the Fukuro burger sliders were super ppoular.  I like the wasabi slaw that gave the burger some heat.  And the Mini Sakana Chipu, a Grey Goose battered ling code bite was done right; crispy and not greasy.

Fukuro burger slider from Electric Owl

Fukuro burger slider from Electric Owl

Grey Goose battered ling cod bite from Electric Owl

Grey Goose battered ling cod bite from Electric Owl

Mini eggplant sub from Electric Owl

Mini eggplant sub from Electric Owl

Harvest Community Foods

It started out as a cool night, so walking into Harvest Community Foods, with their steam filled windows was welcome.  They served a bone warming ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder and SOLE food radish.

Ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder from Harvest

Ramen with Fraser Valley pork shoulder from Harvest

East of Main Cafe

How many Moroccan restaurants can you name in Vancouver?  Well now you can say 1 for sure with the East of Main Cafe.  They offered a tasting plate containing:

  • Kefta skewer with spicy tomato sauce (I liked the tomato sauce)
  • Onion Soup (another bone warmer, with lots of flavour, and not salty as some onion soups can be)
  • Spanish torta with mojo sauce (I think my favourite of the items here. The mojo sauce had a nice smoky flavour to it)
  • Spiced almond labneh with preserved lemon and herb salsa on a pita chip
Tasting plate from East of Main Cafe

Tasting plate from East of Main Cafe

Oyster Express

You can never go wrong with getting a fresh local beach oyster on the half shell, with a squeeze of lemon!

Fresh beach oysters from Oyster Express

Fresh beach oysters from Oyster Express

The Chinese Tea Shop

This was very interesting.  As each wave of people entered the shop, we w0uld sit down and learn a bit about brewing tea the Chinese way.  I learned much about special clay tea pots, and size does matter (the smaller the better btw). Also the temperature of the water matters depending on which type of tea you are serving.  We tried the Cloud Mist Green tea (served at a cooler temperature) and a Mini Tao Black Pu-erh tea (at a higher temperature).

The Chinese Tea Shop

The Chinese Tea Shop

Pazza Rella Pizza Food Truck

This was my last stop of the evening.  I was stuffed like a calzone, but had to try a slice of pizza from their wood fired oven.  My slice was from a Margherita pizza, a blend of olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.  Nice thin crispy crust and flavourful toppings.

Pazza Rella wood burning pizza oven

Pazza Rella wood burning pizza oven

Beta 5

Last but not least was dessert for the evening.  Beta 5 offered a do-it-yourself hot chocolate milk.  They served you a steaming cup of milk, and your choice of a stick containing a block of milk or dark chocolate.  I went the dark chocolate route.  It was very filling.  They also had assorted candies anda  seasonal creampuff too.

Seasonal cream puff from Beta 5

Seasonal cream puff from Beta 5

Le Parisien Continues in November with More Tete to Tail

Le Parisien LogoIf you enjoyed Le Parisien‘s Tete to Tail menu for November 1-14, the menu is now changed for November 15-30. Below is the announcement for the treats available to tantalize your bouche!  The popcorn chicken livers look very tempting to me, to enjoy with a glass of wine, or beer. Enjoy!

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In the tradition of the great Parisian bistros like Pied au Cochon, Le Parisien continues its Tête (head) to Tail specials. From November 15 through 30, you really can experience the whole hog from Petit Plat Fromage de Tête to Slow Braised Pigs Tail as an Hors d’Oeuvre. Go ahead – give them a try – they’re ‘offally good.’  To see the regular menu, click here
Petit plats/$3.50
POPCORN CHICKEN LIVERS, curried apple chutney
FROMAGE DE TÉTE, cornichons, crostini
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Hors d’oeuvre
PAN FRIED CALVES BRAIN, cauliflower purée, parsley, caper butter, $9
SLOW BRAISED PIGS TAILS, balsamic, oregano, grilled baguette, $9
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Plats principaux
PAN SEARED VEAL KIDNEYS, Pappardelle pasta, grainy  mustard sauce, $17
PORK HEART RAGOUT EN CROUTE, wild mushrooms, celeriac, winter salad, $17
Le Parisien
751 Denman St. Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6 | Tel: (604) 687.1418
www.leparisien.ca

Get Your Tickets to Vancouver Tasting Plates Fall Edition

Tasting Plates Vancouver Fall editionTantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Chinatown, Strathcona and the East Side! This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

If you have not attended a Tasting Plates event in the past, here are links to my experiences:

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, car, transit, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

$3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight

Registration:

Beta 5 at 413 Industrial Avenue (parking lot) -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating Restaurants:

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

http://tastingplatesyvrfall.eventbrite.com/

Advance Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after September 28th. $100 for 4 pak of tickets or $120 for 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak (eventbrite fee extra). Tickets $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after November 18th.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Fall in Love with Le Parisien

Le Parisien LogoFor those of you who have been to Vancouver’s West End and tried the food of Le Parisien, you know how good it is. For the rest of you, there is added incentive to visit Le Parisien during the fall as they refine their menu and add in some special Petits Plats (think tapas), to go with a glass of wine, as the rain beats a steady cadence outside.  Here is the latest announcement about the refined Fall menu from Le Parisien! J’aime beaucoup!

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john blakely

John Blakely

“We’ve been open six months now and it was time to refine the menu” says owner John Blakeley of the changes he and Executive Chef Tobias Grignon are introducing to Le Parisien’s menu. ‘Refine’ might not be exactly the right word, as for Fall Le Parisien will feature more rustic dishes in addition to what Mr. Blakeley refers to as ‘nasty bits’ as daily specials.

The regular menu retains dishes that have become iconic favourites since the restaurant opened – French Onion Fondue, Steak Tartare, Roast Chicken for Two, Chicken Liver and Foie Gras Parfait.

New on the menu are Petits Plats – small plates that can be quickly ordered to accompany a glass of wine or cocktail as you peruse the rest of the menu. Priced at a very reasonable $3.50, diners will be hard pressed to choose between Pork Rillettes (Dijon Mustard), Baked Mussels (tomato and garlic), Oyster Rockefeller (bacon and Pernod), Crispy Calamari (saffron mayonnaise), Smoked Herring (warm potato salad) and Squash Croquette (goat cheese and apple chutney). Of course, you don’t have to choose, you could make an entire meal out of ordering several Petits Plats.

Fall weather demands heartier fare and Le Parisien’s regular Fall menu also includes such French comfort dishes as Choucroute Garnie, Boeuf Bourguignon and Crispy Braised Pigs Trotters.  “We wanted to add a rustic element to the menu,” says Mr. Blakeley. “These are types of dishes you’ll find in any bistro in France at this time of year. They are part of the harvest tradition, where every part of the animal is used, or preserved in some way for use in the winter. As Vancouver diners are now more open to trying offal, we’ve added some dishes as specials to see how well they are accepted. If people like them, then we’ll keep them on the menu.”  Nasty Bits Specials will be rotated over two week periods and appear in all menu categories – from Petits Plats to Plats Principaux.

Chef Tobias has worked his culinary magic to create tasty and satisfying dishes including: Duck Heart Tourtiere, Tripes à la Provençale, Smoked Beef Tongue, Slow Braised Pigs Tail, Popcorn Chicken Livers and House-made Andouillette Sausage to name a few. After trying Le Parisien’s new Fall menu, your taste buds will be singing ‘I love Paris in the fall.’ After all Le Parisien is Vancouver’s own little corner of the Left Bank in the West End.

751 Denman Street, Vancouver BC V6G 2L6 /  604-687-1418
www.leparisien.ca

Julia Child’s Special Theme Dinners at Bistro Pastis Till September

Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, Bistro Pastis sent me this email advising me that they will be celebrating Julia Child‘s centenary now through to early September, with new menus every two weeks.  So if you missed Menu #1, below is Menu #2 that starts today.  Maybe have a Julia Child’s pilgrimage to Bistro Pastis every other week?  Sounds fun to me.  You will see in the menu below, it shows the cookbook page of each item.  Nice.

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We continue the summer-long celebration of her centenary with a second menu inspired by recipes found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Menus will change every two weeks from now through early September.

Reservations are a good idea: 604-731-5020 / www.bistropastis.com

As Julia would say “Bon Appetit!”

Menu #2: July 17 – August 5, 2012

– Appetizers –

Gratin d’Endives au Jambon (P. 156/497)
Gratin of Belgian Endives Wrapped in Ham, Sauce Mornay

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Oeufs en Meurette à la Bourguignonne (P. 121)
Red Wine Poached Hen Egg, Mushrooms, Bacon and Red Wine Sauce

– or –

Vichyssoise, Poireaux et Pomme de Terre (P. 39)
Cold Leek and Potato Vichyssoise, Chives

– Main Course –

Blanquette de Veau à l’Ancienne (P. 362)
Slow Cooked Veal, Carrots, Turnip, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Rice Pilaf

– or –

Sole à la Dieppoise (P. 214)
Poached Sole, Mussels and Shrimp, Pomme Vapeurs

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Epaule d’ Agneau de Pré-Salé (P. 335)
Braised Lamb Shoulder with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes

– Dessert –

Pêches Cardinal (P. 630)
Vanilla-Poached Fresh Okanagan Peaches and Raspberries, Vanilla Ice Cream

– or –

Crêpes Fourrées Frangipane (P. 652)
Crêpes Baked with Almond Cream, Dark Chocolate Crème Chantilly

$39.00 / Person

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com

Tasting Plates Vancouver Summer Edition – Get Your Tickets

If you like a bit of a restaurant crawl (similar to a pub crawl, but this one is food-based), then consider attending the Tasting Plates Vancouver Summer Edition.  Here are all the details you need to know, including participating restaurants, day and cost, from @vanfoodster ‘s press release.  Partial proceeds donated to support Project Limelight. I attended the February event and had fun. Enjoy!

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Vancouver Foodster presents “Tasting Plates Vancouver” – Summer Edition

Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates Summer Edition

Vancouver, BC – Prepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 6 to 10 p.m. as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents “Tasting Plates Vancouver” Summer Edition.

Participating restaurants will offer tasting plates of their food to the guests, thereby showcasing their restaurant and promoting their food and chefs.
The event is a roving tour that brings guests to the participating restaurants, cafes & food trucks, throughout the evening and they will walk, bike, transit, drive or car pool around East Van (Main Street, Fraser Street & Kingsway (between Main & Fraser) to the various participating restaurants.
Let your taste buds travel the city with Vancouver Foodster. Participating restaurants include:

More restaurants to be announced soon!

These are some of the tasty dishes to whet your appetite – offered at our previous event in February. and photos from our previous event in February.
Advance Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) before June 23, $100 for 4 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak (eventbrite fee extra) before June 23rd. *Regular Tickets $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after June 23 – ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket.  Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc
Tickets are available for purchase online only at http://tastingplatesyvrsummer.eventbrite.com/

Check Out the New Food Menu at Poor Italian Trattoria Ristorante

Poor Italian sign

I love Italian food and Italian wine; and was thrilled to be invited to try the new menu items from the Poor Italian Trattoria Ristorante on 3296 E 1st Ave Vancouver. In case you didn’t know, this restaurant is owned by Tony Parsons, the TV news announcer that has been gracing the Vancouver airwaves for many years.  The restaurant has a very cosy feeling with landscape paintings hanging on the walls, Italian pottery scattered throughout the restaurant, and rustic terracotta coloured walls.

Arriving there, I was offered a nice light, dry sparkling Italian Prosecco while the appetizer-sized plates of the new courses were brought in for us to try.  The dishes we tried were:

  • Roasted butternut squash soup with acacia honey, Dungeness crab and grape seed oil.
  • 3 types of Bruschetta. House made crostini with i) traditional fresh tomato, basis and olive oil, ii) chopped mushroom medley with porcini and truffle, and iii) tuna with olive oil marinated artichoke hearts.
  • Beef Carpaccio made with AAA Alberta beef , finely sliced and served with truffle aioli and Parmigiano Reggiano.
  • Crab Cake with Scallop.  A giant diver-harvested Atlantic scallop balanced over a fresh Dungeness crab cake, served with a spicy pomodoro sauce and micro greens.
  • Ricotta and spinach filled ravioli in a tomato sauce.
  • Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage, with caramelized onion and San Marzano pomodoro sauce.
  • Braised boneless beef short ribs with roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula and gorgonzola risotto
  • Deep fried cannoli tubes topped with marscapone cheese and chocolate
  • Lemon ice cream in a miniature ice cream cone

Appetizers

Trio of bruschetta

All the food we were served was delicious.  The first 4 items fall into the appetizer category. The butternut squash soup was very creamy and went very nicely with the pieces of Dungeness crab.  If you would like an appetizer, the trio of Bruschetta are all tasty.  The traditional tomato one and the mushroom medley both had a good amount of garlic, while the tuna one was light and citrusy flavoured. If you are on the more daring side, you may want to try the beef carpaccio.  This is thin raw slices of beef, topped with the garlicky truffle aioli and sharp Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. If you are a seafood lover, then try the crab cake with scallop.  The scallop slice was expertly grilled so it was still soft and juicy, and placed on a skewer atop the crab cake. The fresh hand-made crab cake was also cooked so it had a nice amount of crunchy texture, and tender inside.

Main Courses

Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage

The main courses covered 2 types of pasta and one risotto.  The ricotta and spinach filled ravioli in a tomato sauce could have been my overall favourite dish.  It was also the most simple.  The ravioli pasta was cooked perfectly al dente (as was the other pasta).  Inside was a mixture of ricotta cheese and spinach.  A simple tomato sauce was a nice complement to the richness of the ricotta and spinach filling. The Paccheri pasta and spicy Italian fennel sausage were very nice.  I had not seen or heard of Paccheri pasta before.  It looks like a very wide flat noodle that is rolled.  On top of this was the Italian fennel sausage and the spicy tomato sauce.  The pasta held the sauce nicely even though it was smooth. I think the amount of surface area covered by the pasta, allowed the sauce to adhere to the pasta.  Lastly the braised boneless beef short ribs was very rich and flavourful with a gravy/reduction made with roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes. To this was a creamy, rich gorgonzola risotto.  The gorgonzola was not overpowering so do not worry if you are not a blue cheese fan.

Desserts

Deconstructed dessert cannoli

The two desserts were both delightful. The first was a deconstructed dessert cannoli.  The cannoli tube was sliced into triangular pieces then deep fried, and topped with marscapone cheese and chocolate.  Nice texture between the crunchiness of the cannoli and the creaminess of the cheese. The lemon ice cream in a miniature ice cream cone was a simple dessert, but very refreshing with the citrus flavour cleansing your palate after trying the other dishes.

If you are wondering about their wine list, they have a wide selection of wines by the glass, which is important I think to keep you safe when you drive after your meal.

Sparkling Wines

  • Pergola Prosecco Brut DOC (Italy)
  • Mionetto Prosecco Brut DOC (Italy)
  • Sumac Ridge Stellars Jay Brut 2006 (BC)

White Wines

  • Valle d’Oro Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC 2009 (Italy)
  • See Ya Later Ranch Gcwurztraminer (BC)
  • Anil Macabeo 2009 (Spam)
  • Mt. Fishtail Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009 (New Zealand)
  • Pentage Pinot Gris VQA (BC)
  • Dr. Loosen Riesling (Germany)
  • Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio DOC 2009 (Italy)
  • Bourgogne Montvallon Chardonnay 2009 (France)
  • Di Lenardo Pinot Grigio IGT (Italy)
  • Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino DOC 2009 (Italy)

Red Wines

  • Cecchi Chianti DOC 2009 (Italy)
  • Valle d’Oro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2009 (Italy)
  • Cal y Canto (Tempranillo – Syrah – Merlot) (Spain)
  • Rosso Bello R0ss0 Piceno DOC (Italy)
  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese IGT (Italy)
  • J. Lohr Cypress Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (California)
  • Lucky Country Shiraz 2008 (Australia)
  • Kettle Valley Merlot 2007 (BC)
  • Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008 (California)
  • Mt. Boucherie Pinot Noir 2008 (BC)
  • Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Super-Tuscan IGT 2008 (Italy)
  • Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Ripasso DOC 2008 (Italy)
  • Cantine di San Silvestro Barolo DOCG 2006 (Italy)

I would recommend going to the Poor Italian.  As I mentioned, I really liked their pasta.  They have a wide range of appetizers to start off a nice lunch or dinner with friends or family.  Enjoy!