Quick trip to Vancouver
Hi Everyone: Thanks for all your breakfast recommendations. Here is a quick breakdown of our enjoyable 24 hours in the city.
Friday lunch: Le Crocodile. My wife and I had never been here before so obviously were excited. The food was great and the portions were bigger than I expected, so we ended up eating overselves into an afternoon coma.
I had the classic alsation onion tart with curly endive salad for my starter; the salad was adorned with a little half quail egg. The flavour and texture were great. Lornna had the lobster tempura--also lovely (although odd to serve tempura at a traditional French restaurant, non?)
The server saw we were indecisive about the escargots and talked us into ordering them as a "between course" snack. This was my wife's favourite taste of the weekend.
My main was the seared scallops with black linguine; the sauce was a basil beurre blanc. My SO had the crab ravioli with smoked salmon in a cream sauce. I found the smoked salmon overwhelmed the delicate crab flavour.
Good wines (enjoyed the half-bottle selections) and lots of little extras (an amuse bouche was a small duck liver tart: hot, buttery, and delicate. Pear sorbet served with pear granita (sp?).
Quite expensive meal, but I'm glad it was lunch as the prices were much more reasonable than dinner and the portions were quite ample (i.e. my scallop dish had 5 scallops, which was not bad for $18).
After an afternoon siesta at our hotel and some window shopping, we made it down to Tuc Craft Kitchen where we met a party of 10 to celebrate my 40th. Prices were extremely reasonable and most of the tastes were quite good. I enjoyed the pickled veg in my starter salad and also enjoyed my rib-eye steak. My wife loved her lamb chop starter. Everyone at the table seemed pleased with their meals. My only beefs (pun intended) were that the restaurant does not have any proper stemware (little tumblers only, no wine glasses) and that the volume level was very high making it difficult to hear anyone other than the person immediately next to me or directly across from me. There was a big "standing room only" group of drinkers gathered around the bar and there was quite a din. Maybe not the best atmosphere for a 40th with friends.
Saturday morning: coffee at Kafka's on Main. I love the lack of pretension and low key vibe at this place. Plus the coffee is pretty great, too.
Brunch: I wanted to try Burdock and Co. but my wife thought the menu seemed too fussy and wanted comfort food. So a friend took us to a place called Yolks. I thought it was really good. We enjoyed croque monsieur sandwiches (the special, covered in béchamel sauce). The coffee was really good. The prices were reasonable. I'd go back.
All in all a good trip. I look forward to eating another lunch at some point at Le Crocodile. Their lunch menu is extensive and a lot of the menu items appealed to me (i.e. lamb chops in a Provencal citrus sauce)
Thanks for the tips.
Glad you had a good time! Shoulda warned you about the noise at Tuc, my bad. We try to get seated at the table "under" the stairs for that reason.
V. cool that you checked out Yolks. It is in the old Brave Bull location, a rather storied one. I've only had their stuff from the food truck.