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Another new entrant in the Gastown resto boom

grayelf Jul 21, 2013 11:09 AM

http://tucrestaurant.com/about/community

I totally missed this one. Anyone been?

  1. LotusRapper Jul 21, 2013 12:32 PM

    Sherman's been already:

    http://www.shermansfoodadventures.com...

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    1. re: LotusRapper
      grayelf Jul 21, 2013 02:39 PM

      Thanks for the link, deffo looks worth investigating. It's been a while since I've seen sabayon on a dessert menu.

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      vancityfoody Jul 22, 2013 01:13 PM

      Popped in for a cocktail a few Fridays ago, wasn't too impressed. My drink tasted generic. The mood in the room wasn't doing it for me. We didn't try any food so I can't speak to that.

      1. k
        kinnickinnik Jul 22, 2013 10:06 PM

        I've been - quite liked the well prepared comfort food (mostly), comfortable vibe, friendly service and very reasonable prices.

        A tiny handful of beers on tap (4?) - Storm pilsner is a dry, lemony aperitif so had that. Cocktails aren't too complex and lean to sweeter flavours but I quite liked a bourbon one that featured a blob of fig jam (!) in the middle of the coupe glass - sweetness offset by plenty of lemon.

        Had orange lamb chops starter - falling off the bone tender - on the sweet side but offset by a tad of heat and salt. Also tried some pork belly crackling - crisply fried salty pork - what's not to love (though some bits were on the burnt end of crisp) and meatballs - tasty, a bit salty, and a bit dense.

        I had the chicken confit for my main - super moist and tender chicken on a bed of chopped kale. Came with a consomme in a little pour jar - didn't make much use of that as the chicken was plenty moist. Kale was abundant, didn't notice the pistou and the biscuit was stodgy.

        Had berries and sabayon - really love sabayon but this wasn't as flavourful as I'd hoped. Berries fresh and lovely but over sugared for my liking. Had a taste of DC's caramel popcorn ice cream and that was pretty awesome.

        I would definitely go again - pleased with most of my meal, keen to try more of the menu, liked the space and service and thought it a good value (wine list was quite fairly price).

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        1. re: kinnickinnik
          grayelf Jul 23, 2013 06:01 AM

          Thanks for the input, vcf and kinnick. Maybe I will watch this space for a bit. Not a fan of sweetish preps....

        2. k
          kati3 Jul 31, 2013 09:18 PM

          Went a couple weeks back, shared about 5 small plates and a beer and it was about $40 -- both left full.

          The cocktails, beer selection and decor weren't really to my tastes - nothing really remarkable here.

          The food was tasty and reasonably priced. We had the seasonal veg, salad, pork belly, deep fried white beans (these are dangerous) and their take on a scotch egg (wrapped in bacon instead of sausage). Really no complaints. It was a good night, will return.

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          1. re: kati3
            grayelf Aug 1, 2013 10:20 AM

            Pork belly, df white beans and scotch egg all sound worthy. Thanks for the feedback. It's not that I don't notice décor but it's typically not a huge factor for me, and I don't tend to drink much when I go out, but the beer selection is a potential issue for the SO. Do you mind if I ask what about that didn't work for you, kati?

            1. re: grayelf
              k
              kati3 Aug 1, 2013 11:22 AM

              I think it is a matter of personal taste, really.

              Just not really into the beer selection on tap and I hardly drink bottled (which is a bit strange now that I am saying it out loud) but I enjoy pretty bold craft beers. Overall, I feel the beer list is pretty safe and I get that for the target market. The cocktails for me, all seem a little on the sweet side, but I did not try anything off the menu.

              In terms of decor, it just didn't feel overly coherent and wasnt anything wow worthy.

              With that being said, I absolutely recommend the restaurant and would return no problems as I quite enjoyed my meal.

              1. re: kati3
                grayelf Aug 1, 2013 12:19 PM

                Thanks for the deets! Sounds like you and the SO would agree on important beer attributes, particularly wanting good draft options. Heck, he can drink bottled beer at home, right?

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