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Spot Prawn Tasting Menu?

now_me_hungry May 8, 2009 04:05 PM

My first time on the Western Canada board! Does anyone know of any Vancouver restaurants serving a spot prawn tasting menu in May? (And no, I sadly won't be in town for the kickoff of the 2009 spot prawn festival tomorrow)

  1. Cancuk May 8, 2009 04:25 PM

    Fuel is doing a 4 course "boil" every Saturday at 7 PM. I believe 'C' restaurant has one as well.

    Fuel Restaurant
    1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

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    1. re: Cancuk
      now_me_hungry May 8, 2009 04:53 PM

      Thanks, Cancuk! I just found details on the "boil" on Fuel's facebook page. And I called C restaurant and yes, they have a 6 course tasting menu. Planning to be in town at the end of May to have my first taste of spot prawns!

      1. re: now_me_hungry
        fmed May 8, 2009 05:13 PM

        Also try: Raincity (very likely) and Nu (they had one last year). I'm sure there will be others.

        1. re: fmed
          now_me_hungry May 9, 2009 07:31 AM

          Hi fmed, thanks for the tip! I called Raincity and they said they are featuring 4 course spot prawn tasting menu only on May 25th, and probably will not do a100 mile spot prawn tasting for the entire season like last year, but will still feature spot prawns as a dish on their menu or their specials. Haven't checked with Nu yet.

          1. re: now_me_hungry
            now_me_hungry May 9, 2009 04:28 PM

            Nu is not doing a spot prawn tasting this year, but will be featuring spot prawns on their specials, though. And just in case anyone is interested, the chef of Cascade is teaching a spot prawn cooking class at the Cookshop at City Square on May 25th:

            1. re: now_me_hungry
              wasabica May 16, 2009 06:42 PM

              I just signed up for this class - thanks hungry!

              1. re: wasabica
                now_me_hungry Jun 2, 2009 09:45 AM

                Hi wasabica,

                How was your class? I had the polenta fries and the pork roast (Sunday roast special) at Cascade - delish.

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      islandgirl May 14, 2009 04:02 PM

      There's an article in today's Metronews:

      1. g
        gourmet wife May 20, 2009 10:04 AM

        I saw an ad for Le Gavroche in the Georgia Straight. They're offering 3 courses for $35.

        1. fmed Jun 2, 2009 09:57 AM

          I just checked your blog now_me_hungry...

          You ate a lot of prawns! C had a great looking tasting menu, I see. (These guys need better marketing. I should have assumed that they had a tasting menu since Chef Robert Clark is a cofounder of the prawn fest...I just didn't hear or read about it anywhere).

          I also noted your comment about the mushiness of the Prawns at Blue Water...wasabica made the same observation on another thread. That is for sure a sign that the dead prawns were left with the heads on for a bit too long. I have been cooking a LOT of spot prawns lately and the ones that have died prior to cooking were nearly always mushy. You literally have perhaps less than an hour to cook them. When you cook a living prawn - the texture is firm - al dente.

          Great blog!

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          1. re: fmed
            now_me_hungry Jun 2, 2009 12:45 PM

            Hi fmed! Thanks for reading my spot prawn post. And I totally agree with you that C Restaurant needs better marketing. I called them twice before my reservation to make sure they had the spot prawn tasting menu since there was no mention of it on their website. I just read wasabica's comment on Blue Water and based on the date, we must have been there the same night! Really disappointing, I'd heard such good things about the place. We were there really late when they were running out of spot prawns, so it makes sense that we didn't get the best specimens (but then they shouldn't have served them IMHO). My hubby did enjoy Yoshi's stamina roll though.

          2. now_me_hungry Jun 2, 2009 10:07 AM

            Hi everyone. Thanks for all your spot prawn tips! We ate spot prawns at least eight times over a 2 week period in Vancouver. My faves - Chambar's citrus olive oil poached spot prawns (sampled at a cooking demo on Granville Island), C restaurant's 6 course spot prawn tasting menu ($$$$), Vij's spot prawn appetizer, spot prawn "sashimi" right off Organic Ocean's boat at False Creek Fisherman's Wharf, and of course, my mom's home cooked spot prawns (don't forget to suck the heads!).

            I could only post 4 photos here, for the complete post (including Q&A with spot prawn producer/fisherman Steve Johansen from Organic Ocean):

            5 more weeks left in spot prawn season. Happy Eating!

            Vij's Restaurant
            1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

            Chambar Restaurant
            562 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3, CA

            C Restaurant
            2-1600 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L9, CA

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