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One and a half days in and I must say am very impressed with Vancouver eating and drinking, a quick reflection on what I have managed since arriving Friday evening from pei and the long journey from there.

La Quercia - an early sitting was ideal for us following the long journey of the day and the lack of needing to choose what to eat by opting for the tasting menu was a given. I can't recall everything but bread and oil was excellent, the buratta as a starter was creamy and giving, pastas were excellently prepared and so simple but full of flavour but a stand out dish, rare for me to choose a main for this, was hanger steak with rocket, Parmesan and pine nuts, depth of flavour incredible and meat like butter, very tasty indeed. Food was very good value at forty five dollars, wine on the other hand, although good, was very expensive, all in all an excellent start to three days in the city.

Saturday was all about grazing, too many places to try to sit and eat properly, so coffee was had at revolver, this came highly recommended by prufrock in London and it didn't disappoint. A fantastic flat white was poured, good milk texture and shorter than most serve so a real flavour of coffee withheld. A Colombian as pour over was also very good, although I think I stand by my preference for African beans in brewed coffee, shame they are shut today. A fantastic cafe.

Over the road to meat and bread for the porchetta sandwich, amazing! One of the great sandwiches of my life so far, chewy bread, a good thing, with very good quality pork, a hint of heat from the stuffing and salsa verde to pull it together, fantastic.

Mid arvo snack at gyoza king for some dumplings and noodles went down very well, the dumplings in particular had great filling, texture and flavour.

After yet more walking I headed to what I expected to be a shrine for beer, in fact I found a cathedral. Alibi room is massive! I was expecting a small bar with bearded men and note books, in fact I found a two storey bar full of all walks of life. The beer, needless today, was amazing. Two frat bats allowed me try a great selection, with a couple more third pints thereafter to quell my thirst. Can't remember all I drank, but the red racer ipa and storm lambic were stand outs.

Beer done and time for cocktails!

on to l'abattoir for these, and they didn't disappoint. Three fantastically prepared cocktails, no recollection of names, were prepared for me and two more each for my companions, all flawless in execution and bang on the money for delivery of our drinking preferences. The steelhead salad that was a suggestion on ch was also fantastic and helped with the alcohol consumption too.

Who knows what today may bring.

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  1. "Bearded men and notebooks"!!! Hahaha. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. re: flowbee

      Love the imagery. We do have a couple of those notebook wielding, bearded (and sometimes kilted!) craft beer aficionados here. Mostly, they are bearded, tattooed, pierced, fixie-riding types.

        1. re: flowbee

          I have sideburns, but no beard. Usually have notebooks and a bike though.

    2. Off to a great start, you are! Deffo looking forward to the followup reports. And glad you liked the steelhead salad :-).

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      1. re: grayelf

        Please note I have a beard and my brain tends to act as notebook.

        Day two here

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