Twisted Fork: a brief review
My husband and I had tickets to an 8 pm concert at the Orpheum, and wanted to eat somewhere close by. We decided to try the Twisted Fork, and hoped we wouldn't have trouble getting a table at 6:30 on a Saturday night. We didn't - the restaurant was perhaps 90% full, but they had room for the two of us.
FOOD: We split the chicken live paté as an appetizer, the had the mussels (him) and the onion gruyere tarte (me). The paté plate was lovely; the paté itself was good, and went well with the mustard. The pickled Brussels sprouts were amazing - I really, really do not care for Brussels sprouts, but we were mildly battling over the last one on the plate. My husband enjoyed his mussels, and was, as many other customers were, mopping up the delicious sauce with his roll. My tarte was light and flavourful, and was complemented well by the pear chutney and pesto. While enjoying our own meal, we admired the dishes ordered by other patrons; everything was beautifully presented, and looked delicious. We did not have dessert, although they have a nice selection of them; I'd say the desserts are intended to be shared, as they are not tiny. Our meal, plus three beers, came to just under $60 (including tax, but excluding tip). It was not a large amount of food, but it was sufficient for our dinner, and we enjoyed it very much.
SERVICE/DECOR/LOCATION: The service was flawless and unrushed. I loved the ambience of the place - if you like La Brasserie, you'd probably like the Twisted Fork. As for the location, it was hard to find, even knowing the address - you practically need to be on top of it to know it's there (we couldn't spot it from across the street). As for the locale, well, it's on Granville between Helmcken and Davies, so the area is a mix of other restaurants, clubs, pizza joints, and adult-oriented shops. Not a problem for us, but not a place to impress most out-of-town visitors.