For those who have no idea what the title is about, let me explain.
Henry & I have returned to radio land! We now talk about food, wine & travel every other tuesdays at 10:30am as food bloggers/columnist on Deborah Moore’s morning show “Modern Deborah” on AM1470. This is a recap of the key topics on the most recent show which is somewhat semi-bilingual, since Enlgish is our lovely host Deborah’s first language. Having lived in Hong Kong for years before coming to Vancouver, her Cantonese is unique and colourful. The show broadcasts live on air and online to major cities such as Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. Hope you can tune in.
A) The Parlour Restaurant
1011 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. 604-568-3322 www.theparlourrestaurant.com
We walk into the newly opened ‘The Parlour’ on a Tuesday night. At 6pm, the room is already packed, a good sign for sure. The open-floor room is done in a contemporary casual style – grey stone walls, high ceilings and approchable art pieces and decorations – a place where one will feels comfortable, no matter what one’s wearing and what he or she’s going to order.
The restaurant consists of 2 areas: The front room where most couples and small groups occupy and where the TV/Bar corner station locates. The back room splits into two: the open kitchen and another dining area where bigger groups gather. Our table is may be 5 meters from the kitchen, we are able to see the non-stop action and smell the enticing aroma flowing about. With an open kitchen, the centre piece of a place like ‘The Parlour’, the dining experience starts off with a win right at the getgo!
What we tasted:
Salmon Tartare – I am a bit skeptical before its arrival thinking ‘it’s just another ‘fish tartare’, but am I awed! The steelhead salmon, smartly mingled with seaweed, bonito, sesame seeds and crushed macadamia nuts, was dressed with ponzu aioli and micro cilantro. Citrus, sweet and nuttines all come together in perfect harmony. Henry loves it from the moment he sees the word ‘Salmon Tartare’!
Meatball Minis – Mini burgers these are. Brioche is the bun, reggiano is the cheese and the meatballs are truly Italian. But the tomato sauce with sambal and caramelized onion sings a different tune. What I like – it’s tiny enough to hold and indulge, but not too filling so I can still enjoy the other stuff.
Yaletown Pizza – We never had tuna on our pizza so didn’t know what to expect. We both liked what we saw – with sliced of green and cream avocado on top, this pizza stands strongly on its own. The albacore tuna, raw red onion and green onion remind us of a fine Japanese sashimi dish. Adding not-too-hot jalapeno and spicy aioli, Yaletown is surprisingly light and refreshing.
Brocco – Broccoli pan-tossed in sweet soy sauce. This delightful vegetable is very west-coast, definitely Asian-influenced.
After note: I’m going back to try their Chicken quinoa soup and gluten-free pizza. Henry has his eyes on the Arugula Salad.
B) From BC, with Vodka!
Shouldn’t be surprised to find fellow British Columbians wetting their hands to make Vodka, since this is the land filled with hidden dragons and crouching tigers. Especially so in the F&B field, because these folks are all passionate about doing a good job with a healthy-conscience, both on the product and on taking care of Mother Nature!
Thanks to Forage Restaurant (on Robson) for hosting this eye, ear & palate-opening tasting event. And thanks to Chef Chris who once again, made a perfect appetizer trio to pamper us through the tasting!
All three Vodka distilleries love to welcome visitors to their tasting rooms and distillery tours. My suggestion? Check out their websites and make an appointment before you go!
Long Table Distillery: 1451 Hornby Street, Vancouer, BC. 604-266-0177 www.longtabledistillery.com
Pemberton Distillery: 1954 Venture Place, Pemberton, BC. 604-894-0222 www.pembertondistillery.ca
Victoria Spirits: 6170 Old West Saanich Road, Victoria, BC. 1-250-544-8217 www.victoriaspirits.com