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Words & pix: Henry & Stephanie Yuen
May be we should start we the food. Yet, with this familiar name – the well-respected Tina Fineza as the Consulting Chef, do we need to say more?
What we had the other evening - multiple courses of hearty Mediterranean tapas - was an absolute symphony of flavours. “The progression of food”, as phased by Tina herself, was stories of culinary culture and history. Take the Spanish-Style Braised Heritage Angus Beef for example, was tender chunks of BC briskets harmonized with smoked paprika, anche chili and patatas bravas (potatoes) drenched with delicious complexity. “I love to use the odd cuts where most flavour is sealed in.” Tina told everyone, “Hey, it’s about cost saving too!”
Cost saving that benefits others, one of which has to be that this dish is $8 only. Add a $3 Flat Bread, and a $4 Salad, you and a friend can probably go away happy and full. With the most expense dinner tapas at a mere $12 (Pacific Red Snapper, Lamb Tagine and Eggplant Moussaka), and the ‘Charcuterie & Cheese Board’ at $16 (changed daily); and a small but adequate and affordable wine list, East of Main massages your stomach and sets the mood in a very effective wallet-friendly manner.
But East of Main is no ordinary café. It is a trend setter here where Strathcona and Chinatown unite; it is a gallery, a beautiful, warm open space where great food meets inspiration. It is definitely a salon where conversations take place! Every Monday evening, the Café invites film industry folks who are directors, producers, screen writers and actors to come in to share their experiences and thoughts. Anyone is welcomed! Go to the website to check out who you will meet there next. www.eastofmaincafe.com
Project Limelight Society is what East of Main is all about, in a community caring and sharing sense. A mission the two sisters Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver founded as a give-back, fore fronted by East of Main and back-boned by Project Limelight, this is the haven where young souls are flourished, their lives restored and dreams weaved and humanity cherished. Once in a while, you can find the kids of Project Limelight performing and collaborating. They will be at the Chinatown Night Market this summer.
This is one restaurant where diners leave with both the body and mind feeling fulfilled!