June 26 Tasting Plates East Vancouver Vegetarian Summer Edition

Join us for our next all Vegetarian edition of our Tasting Plates series as you visit some of our favourite restaurants in East Vancouver between Commercial Drive and Main Street. This evening vegetarian tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday June 26 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

See our last Vegetarian tasting plates event and what was served to guests here.

Registration: tba- this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants and Establishments

Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian

1392 Kingsway, Vancouver

Instagram @eatdochay

Cuisine: Vietnamese

New restaurant offering all vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese fare, infused with modern flavours.

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Maizal

2815 Main Street

Web: https://maizalrestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @maizalyvr

Instagram: @maizal_yvr

Cuisine: Mexican

Vancouver Foodster Review

Enjoy classic hand-crafted cuisine just like on the streets of Mexico. Enjoy gluten free dishes, real Mexican beverages and their famous soft shell tacos. Fresh corn tortillas made to order and more.

Watch for the lineup of Participating Restaurants/Establishments unveiled next month

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $36 per person through June 11, 2019

Advance Tickets $45 per person after June 11, 2019

Regular $60 per person after June 23, 2019

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (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 you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

My “Tasting Plates the East Van Edition” Selection #TastingPlatesYVR

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

  1. Margherita Pizza (V)
  2. 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?

Via Tevere not the food truck

Via Tevere not the food truck

Via Tevere food truck

Via Tevere food truck

Margherita and Capricciosa pizza from Via Tevere

Margherita and Capricciosa pizza from Via Tevere

 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):

Menu A:

  1. Crispy Spring Roll
  2. Green Papaya & Shrimp Salad
  3. Shrimp on Sugar Cane
  4. Creamy Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Menu B: Vegan option

  1. Crispy Spring Roll
  2. Green Papaya & Tofu Salad
  3. Coconut Curry
  4. Tom Yum Thai Hot & Sour Soup

Menu C

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.

Vegetarian option at Five Elements Cafe

Vegetarian option at Five Elements Cafe

PASTURE TO PLATE

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 4 items:

  1. A variety of sausages on fork sticks with garlic aioli and mustards.
  2. Herb crusted beef Carpaccio with roasted garlic aioli or a parmesan truffle aioli on crostini.
  3. Mini Pizettas made with bite size rounds of puff pastry. Caramelized onions, bacon and plum slice.
  4. 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.

Pasture to Plate

Pasture to Plate

Charcuterie from Pasture to Plate

Charcuterie from Pasture to Plate

LA MEZCALERIA

Our Tasting Plate will include all 3 of these items:

  1. Ceviche
  2. Guacamole (V)
  3. 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.

Ceviche beans and guacamole from La Mezcaleria

Ceviche, beans and guacamole from La Mezcaleria

SIDDARTHAS INDIAN KITCHEN

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these items:

  1. Aloo Tikki (V)
  2. 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.

Aloo Tikki and Chicken Goliya

Aloo Tikki and Chicken Goliya

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.

Admiring the gelato

Admiring the gelato

Talking about the hazelnut and strawberry gelato at Gelateria Dolce Amore

Talking about the hazelnut and strawberry gelato at Gelateria Dolce Amore

PRADO CAFE 

Our Tasting Cup will include one of the following beverages paired with the cookies.

  • Iced coffee
  • Iced tea
  • Macchiato

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.

Cookie with no name from Prado Cafe

Cookie with no name from Prado Cafe

Waiting for my macchiato at Prado Cafe

Waiting for my macchiato at Prado Cafe

Cuatro Restaurant in Maui

Last week I was lucky enough to vacation in Kihei, Maui. I had read good reviews about a Latin/Asian fusion restaurant called Cuatro, so decided to drop in, try their food, and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

Instead of ordering a main dish, and maybe missing out on many gems, we ordered 3 appetizers (pupus as the Hawaiians call them) dessert, and of course a nice glass of wine.  My wine selection was the La Czar Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Sonoma Mountain.  I had not come across this wine before in Vancouver.  I have read a bit about it since.  The vineyards for this wine are on east facing slopes at elevation, which gives the grapes morning warmth, but then coolness at night.  This enhances the flavour in the grapes yet keeps the acidity in the grape, which means that you will get a wine with good fruit flavour and refreshing acidity.  This Sauvignon Blanc, was very elegant.  It was not as high in acid as some New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but still enough to make your palate water.  The aromas and flavours were flowery with some citrus. Nice.

The appetizers were:
– Duck Breast Quesadilla,
– Calamari, and
– Seared Ahi Tuna on Roasted Vegetables.

The star of the appetizers to me was the Seared Ahi Tuna on Roasted Vegetables. The tuna was done just right.  Nice and red in the centre. A latin (cumin, chile) spice mixture was applied to the tuna before grilling.  It was topped with a caper condiment, then the plate had a creamy sauce with balsamic vinegar.  The La Czar Sauvignon Blanc went nicely with the tuna, balancing out the many flavours in the tuna.

The Calamari appetizer was cooked perfectly.  No chewy squid here.  The batter was nice and light, and the acidity in the wine balanced the deep fried calamari and the creamy dipping sauce.  The duck breast quesadilla came with 3 different sauces: a salsa, guacamole, and a slightly sweet creamy sauce. I liked the duck with the salsa the most.

The dessert was Ice Cream with Fruit and Caramel Sauce, and it was big enough for 2 people to share. It came with two scoops of vanilla ice cream,  chopped fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and banana), and topped with caramel.  Too bad they did not have any late harvest wine on the menu to pair with it.  Quite an enjoyable evening.

If you are vacationing in Kihei, drop by Cuatro. Cheers.