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Restaurant: Teatro - Part 3 Cuisine: Italian/French/Mediterranean/Canadian Last visited: September 13, 2013 Location: Calgary, AB (Stephen Avenue) Address: 200 8 Ave SE Transit: EB 7 Av S@ Centre St LRT Station Phone: (403) 290-1012 Pric...
Restaurant: Teatro - Part 3 Cuisine: Italian/French/Mediterranean/Canadian Last visited: September 13, 2013 Location: Calgary, AB (Stephen Avenue) Address: 200 8 Ave SE Transit: EB 7 Av S@ Centre St LRT Station Phone: (403) 290-1012 Price range: $50+ ($32-45 mains) 1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: FMF Must Try! Food: 4.5 (based on a la carte menu)  Service: n/a Ambiance: 4.5  Overall: n/a Additional comments: Since 1993 Executive Chef: John Michael MacNeil Fine dining/upscale dining Euro-Canadian Chef’s Tasting Menu available Seasonal menus Local/international ingredients Special occasions Extensive wine list Reservations recommended Lunch: Mon. – Fri. : 11:30 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm Dinner: Sat. – Sun. : 5 pm – 11 pm Twitter: @TeatroCalgary **Recommendations: Tasting menu, Dungeness Crab Risotto, Rib Eye (Rotisserie), Caramel Ice Cream with Black Lava Salt, Tiramisu I had two precious dinners on my own during Follow Me Foodie to Calgary, so I had to make them count. I knew what was on the itinerary so I didn’t want to overlap, but I also knew I wouldn’t be getting the full dining experiences at Feast of Fields, Top Chef Canada Dinner at River Cafe, and “The Really, Really, Long Table Dinner“. The events featured a good variety of chefs and restaurants but I knew I would only be trying a couple courses from each one, which wasn’t enough to satisfy my curiosity. I already had one dinner reserved for NOtaBLE (owner and chef Michael Noble is one of the culinary godfathers in Calgary, and we have mutual friends in the industry), so I only had one dinner left – and I made it at Teatro. There were at least 10 restaurants I wanted the full experience at, but Teatro was on my radar before I even got on the plane. I was looking for a fine dining experience and I was contemplating a few options, but eventually went with my gut. It wasn’t because Teatro is one of Calgary’s highest rated fine dining destinations, or that it was celebrating its 20 years, but it was actually because I’ve been sort of stalking the chef – creepy, I know. I wasn’t really “stalking”, but just Twitter creeping and his work caught my attention quickly. Chef John Michael MacNeil‘s dishes were sophisticated, progressive and playful. His plates were simple with few components, but each one well considered for. The execution was modernist without coming across as gimmicky, and it was interesting. I put it on my Calgary wish list, and the opportunity finally came. Teatro means “theatre” in Italian and the ambience is grand and perhaps stuffy, but the open kitchen and high ceilings give it air. I admit the open kitchen was a bit of a turn off and it wasn’t because it was open, but because it was huge. I immediately thought “mass produced” and the restaurant was busy so I assumed the food wouldn’t come out tasting personal. At times it might have been missing that personal touch, and it can feel corporate or just like any other big fancy restaurant in a wealthy city, but the personal service I got at the bar translated into the food and overall experience. Despite trying four appetizers, four main courses, and three desserts, I do not feel like I got the full Teatro show. At Teatro, the Tasting Menu is the way to go if you’re looking for an unique experience. It’s a special menu representable of chef and it’s normally what I would order at a restaurant of this caliber. Unfortunately Chef MacNeil was away and I couldn’t order the Chef’s Tasting Menu without participation from the whole table. However there was a gentleman beside me dining solo and he was enjoying the Tasting Menu, so I just had to live vicariously and in jealously from a distance. Although I ordered a la carte, which was less exciting, I still left with a memorable dining experience worth recommending.
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Restaurant: Teatro - Part 2 Cuisine: Italian/French/Mediterranean/Canadian Last visited: September 13, 2013 Location: Calgary, AB (Stephen Avenue) Address: 200 8 Ave SE Transit: EB 7 Av S@ Centre St LRT Station Phone: (403) 290-1012 Pric...
Restaurant: Teatro - Part 2 Cuisine: Italian/French/Mediterranean/Canadian Last visited: September 13, 2013 Location: Calgary, AB (Stephen Avenue) Address: 200 8 Ave SE Transit: EB 7 Av S@ Centre St LRT Station Phone: (403) 290-1012 Price range: $50+ ($32-45 mains) 1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: FMF Must Try! Food: 4.5 (based on a la carte menu)  Service: n/a Ambiance: 4.5  Overall: n/a Additional comments: Since 1993 Executive Chef: John Michael MacNeil Fine dining/upscale dining Euro-Canadian Chef’s Tasting Menu available Seasonal menus Local/international ingredients Special occasions Extensive wine list Reservations recommended Lunch: Mon. – Fri. : 11:30 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm Dinner: Sat. – Sun. : 5 pm – 11 pm Twitter: @TeatroCalgary **Recommendations: Tasting menu I had two precious dinners on my own during Follow Me Foodie to Calgary, so I had to make them count. I knew what was on the itinerary so I didn’t want to overlap, but I also knew I wouldn’t be getting the full dining experiences at Feast of Fields, Top Chef Canada Dinner at River Cafe, and “The Really, Really, Long Table Dinner“. The events featured a good variety of chefs and restaurants but I knew I would only be trying a couple courses from each one, which wasn’t enough to satisfy my curiosity. I already had one dinner reserved for NOtaBLE (owner and chef Michael Noble is one of the culinary godfathers in Calgary, and we have mutual friends in the industry), so I only had one dinner left – and I made it at Teatro. There were at least 10 restaurants I wanted the full experience at, but Teatro was on my radar before I even got on the plane. I was looking for a fine dining experience and I was contemplating a few options, but eventually went with my gut. It wasn’t because Teatro is one of Calgary’s highest rated fine dining destinations, or that it was celebrating its 20 years, but it was actually because I’ve been sort of stalking the chef – creepy, I know. I wasn’t really “stalking”, but just Twitter creeping and his work caught my attention quickly. Chef John Michael MacNeil‘s dishes were sophisticated, progressive and playful. His plates were simple with few components, but each one well considered for. The execution was modernist without coming across as gimmicky, and it was interesting. I put it on my Calgary wish list, and the opportunity finally came. Teatro means “theatre” in Italian and the ambience is grand and perhaps stuffy, but the open kitchen and high ceilings give it air. I admit the open kitchen was a bit of a turn off and it wasn’t because it was open, but because it was huge. I immediately thought “mass produced” and the restaurant was busy so I assumed the food wouldn’t come out tasting personal. At times it might have been missing that personal touch, and it can feel corporate or just like any other big fancy restaurant in a wealthy city, but the personal service I got at the bar translated into the food and overall experience. Despite trying four appetizers, four main courses, and three desserts, I do not feel like I got the full Teatro show. At Teatro, the Tasting Menu is the way to go if you’re looking for an unique experience. It’s a special menu representable of chef and it’s normally what I would order at a restaurant of this caliber. Unfortunately Chef MacNeil was away and I couldn’t order the Chef’s Tasting Menu without participation from the whole table. However there was a gentleman beside me dining solo and he was enjoying the Tasting Menu, so I just had to live vicariously and in jealously from a distance. Although I ordered a la carte, which was less exciting, I still left with a memorable dining experience worth recommending. I don’t know about consistency, but the team held down the fort. Teatro is celebrating it
1 day ago
@ocean_wise's @toasttothecoast is Oct. 18! Sustainable seafood from 11 restos + wine pairings! --> #TTTC13
@ocean_wise's @toasttothecoast is Oct. 18! Sustainable seafood from 11 restos + wine pairings! --> #TTTC13
2 days ago
Restaurant: Teatro - Part 1 Cuisine: Italian/French/Mediterranean/Canadian Last visited: September 13, 2013 Location: Calgary, AB (Stephen Avenue) Address: 200 8 Ave SE Transit: EB 7 Av S@ Centre St LRT Station Phone: (403) 290-1012 Pric...
Restaurant: Teatro - Part 1 Cuisine: Italian/French/Mediterranean/Canadian Last visited: September 13, 2013 Location: Calgary, AB (Stephen Avenue) Address: 200 8 Ave SE Transit: EB 7 Av S@ Centre St LRT Station Phone: (403) 290-1012 Price range: $50+ ($32-45 mains) 1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: FMF Must Try! Food: 4.5  Service: n/a Ambiance: 4.5  Overall: n/a Additional comments: Since 1993 Executive Chef: John Michael MacNeil Fine dining/upscale dining Euro-Canadian Chef’s Tasting Menu available Seasonal menus Local/international ingredients Special occasions Extensive wine list Reservations recommended Lunch: Mon. – Fri. : 11:30 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm Dinner: Sat. – Sun. : 5 pm – 11 pm Twitter: @TeatroCalgary **Recommendations: Tasting menu I had two precious dinners on my own during Follow Me Foodie to Calgary, so I had to make them count. I knew what was on the itinerary so I didn’t want to overlap, but I also knew I wouldn’t be getting the full dining experiences at Feast of Fields, Top Chef Canada Dinner at River Cafe, and “The Really, Really, Long Table Dinner“. The events featured a good variety of chefs and restaurants but I knew I would only be trying a couple courses from each one, which wasn’t enough to satisfy my curiosity. I already had one dinner reserved for NOtaBLE (owner and chef Michael Noble is one of the culinary godfathers in Calgary, and we have mutual friends in the industry), so I only had one dinner left – and I made it at Teatro. There were at least 10 restaurants I really wanted the full experience at, but Teatro was on my radar before I even got on the plane. I was looking for a fine dining experience and I was contemplating a few options, but eventually went with my gut. It wasn’t because Teatro is one of Calgary’s highest rated fine dining destinations, or that it was celebrating its 20 years, but it was actually because I’ve been sort of stalking the chef – creepy, I know. I wasn’t really “stalking”, but just Twitter creeping and his work caught my attention quickly. Chef John Michael MacNeil‘s dishes were sophisticated, progressive and playful. His plates were simple with few components, but each one was well considered for. The execution was modernist without coming across as gimmicky, and it was interesting. I put it on my Calgary wish list, and the opportunity finally came. Teatro means “theatre” in Italian and the ambience is grand and perhaps stuffy, but the open kitchen and high ceilings give it air. I admit the open kitchen was a bit of a turn off and it wasn’t because it was open, but because it was huge. I immediately thought “mass produced” and the restaurant was busy so I assumed the food wouldn’t come out tasting personal. At times it might have been missing that personal touch, and it can feel corporate or just like any other big fancy restaurant in a wealthy city, but the personal service I got at the bar translated into the food and overall experience. Despite trying four appetizers, four main courses, and three desserts, I do not feel like I got the full Teatro experience though. At Teatro, the Tasting Menu is the way to go if you’re looking for an unique experience. It’s a special menu representable of chef and it’s normally what I would order at a restaurant of this caliber. Unfortunately Chef MacNeil was away and I couldn’t order the Chef’s Tasting Menu since I didn’t have participation from the whole table. However there was a gentleman beside me dining solo and he was enjoying the Tasting Menu, so I just had to live vicariously and in jealously from a distance. Although I had to order a la carte, which was less exciting, I still left with a memorable dining experience worth recommending. I don’t know about consistency, but the team held down the fort. Teat
2 days ago
(L-R) Back: Julian Bond, Jay Jones, John Neate Jr. Front: Hart House GM Edwyn Kumar (on behalf of Paul Smolen), Joy Metcalfe, Caren McSherry, Christine Coletta, Ernst Dorfler, Jeff Donnelly, Sean Heather, BC Chef Edgar Rahal (on behalf o...
(L-R) Back: Julian Bond, Jay Jones, John Neate Jr. Front: Hart House GM Edwyn Kumar (on behalf of Paul Smolen), Joy Metcalfe, Caren McSherry, Christine Coletta, Ernst Dorfler, Jeff Donnelly, Sean Heather, BC Chef Edgar Rahal (on behalf of Wally Shaw). Photo courtesy of Sophie Lui, co-host of Global BC Morning News By Mijune Pak , Follow Me Foodie – WE Vancouver Published: October 03, 2013 12:00 PM Updated: October 03, 2013 12:54 PM The 9th Annual BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Gala took place on September 30 at the Italian Cultural Centre, and 11 of BC’s restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, pioneers, and industry leaders were inducted. The awards recognize individuals making an impact on the culinary scene. Professional and personal accomplishments make them candidates for this prestigious award. The inductees represent a range of ages, industry professions, and experience (17-40+ years). It was an honour to be in the same room as the inductees — and their peers — who have worked hard to make BC a global culinary destination. Although the awards cover all of BC, many of the inductees were from Metro Vancouver. Our city is lucky to have such talented individuals supporting the restaurant industry. I commend the inductees for their passion and hard work. Read the full article and see the 11 inductees of 2013. See more Follow Me Foodie stories from Mijune in the WE Vancouver: FOLLOW ME FOODIE: The “Forget-Me-Nots” of Vancouver’s restaurant scene FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Wild BC spot prawn season begins FOLLOW ME FOODIE: The best thing I ever ate… FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Cooking up a career FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Father’s Day for Vancouver foodies FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Sushi 101: Part 2 – Try the nigiri FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Sushi 101: Part 2 – How to use comdiments FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Sushi 101: Part 3 – How to eat it FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Vancouver Food Cart Fest FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Vancouver’s High on Pie FOLLOW ME FOODIE: What is the definition of local? FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Why Mijune Pak writes about negative experiences. FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Hog Wild in Whistler FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Looking for “authentic” food or authenticity in food FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Modern VS Authentic Ramen FOLLOW ME FOODIE: We All Scream for Ice Cream FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Sous vide’s stock rising to the top FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Fresh from your local BC farm FOLLOW ME FOODIE: Evolution of the Stilton Cheesecake FOLLOW ME FOODIE: The Art of Sausage Making
3 days ago
Who will win @bcchefs Master Chef comp?!? @chefwilliamtse1 of @bcplace or chef kevin wall of @JOEYRestaurants?
Who will win @bcchefs Master Chef comp?!? @chefwilliamtse1 of @bcplace or chef kevin wall of @JOEYRestaurants?
4 days ago
Follow Me Foodie to The 2nd Annual Charity Long Table Event at BMW Langley! Last year, BMW Langley organized this Charity Long Table at their dealership in Langley featuring a 5 course menu by Bearfoot Bistro in support of Make-a-Wish Fo...
Follow Me Foodie to The 2nd Annual Charity Long Table Event at BMW Langley! Last year, BMW Langley organized this Charity Long Table at their dealership in Langley featuring a 5 course menu by Bearfoot Bistro in support of Make-a-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon. I was happy to support the event last year and it is with great pleasure we welcome the event back again this year. On Friday, October 25, BMW Langley is hosting their 2nd Annual Charity Long Table Event catered by Okanagan’s highly-regarded Joy Road Catering. Since they are located in the Okanagan it’s a rare opportunity to try them, but I’ve heard excellent reviews. The 4 course dinner will be created by Chef Cameron Smith and Chef Dana Ewart – see more about them here. Wine pairings will be provided from some of BC’s top wineries. Joy Road Catering is guided by the “Cuisine du Terroir” movement which means “food of the earth”. They work with local and seasonal ingredients and specialize in regional cuisine representative of BC and the Okanagan. The exclusive dinner event features a silent auction and of course opportunities to browse around their showroom and feel out some of their cars (sorry, no test driving on this occasion). It’s a sophisticated lifestyle event and social gathering for a great cause, so we hope to see you there! Meet new people, eat great food, and plan for a safe ride home, because you won’t want to waste these wines. Partial event proceeds will go towards Make-a-Wish Foundation, granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.        Date: Friday, October 25, 2013        Time: 6:00pm Cocktail reception | 7:00pm Dinner       Location: BMW Langley                            6025 Collection Drive, Langley (Glover Road & Langley Bypass) Menu: Chef’s Four-Course Menu with wine pairings Buy tickets ($95) A Menu to Celebrate Fall Okanagan Bounty BMW Langley Charity Long Table Catered by Joy Road Catering Canapés (canapé) ling cod cakes with sorrel aioli & pickled pink shallots  ~  (canapé) puff pastry tart with Guanciale, crème fraiche, baked apple & melted onion  ~  (canapé) purple potato chips with trout rillet ~ Wine pairing: 2012 Tantalus Riesling   — 1st Course Heirloom squash & saffron sformato  house made ricotta with lemon zest & herbs  2 year prosciutto shavings from our JRC heritage pigs  micro arugula  Wine pairing: Meyer 2011 Chardonnay   — 2nd Course Wild white chantrelle brodo  roasted chestnuts, handmade agnolotti  parsley & chives Wine pairing: Blue Mountain 2011 Pinot Noir  — 3rd Course Beef short rib with an Upper Bench blue cheese butter  Sieglinde potato puree with fresh horseradish  beet puree, quince confit  anise jus  Wine pairing: Painted Rock Red Icon — 4th Course   Dessert Poires Belle Helene  Poached pears baked with hazelnut frangipane  with honey crème Anglaise & dark chocolate sauce *All-vegetarian menu available. Please specify any dietary requirements or allergies when you purchase your ticket. In support of:
4 days ago
Sushi from Minami Yaletown (See my post for their Shokai Menu) Follow Me Foodie to the 9th Annual Taste of Yaletown! On October 16 – 27th, The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is welcoming back their 9th Annual Taste of Ya...
Sushi from Minami Yaletown (See my post for their Shokai Menu) Follow Me Foodie to the 9th Annual Taste of Yaletown! On October 16 – 27th, The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is welcoming back their 9th Annual Taste of Yaletown! This year 30 restaurants are offering set menus at $25, $35, and $45. In the past it was always based on a 3 course menu, but this year they’ve changed that to allow chefs more flexibility. They’re also trying to work more with local and seasonal ingredients which affects costs and pricing. Menus can range from 3 courses all the way up to 7 courses and some even have beverage pairings. Additionally, they are putting an emphasis on lunch time menus and have introduced a free Yaletown Lunch Trolley service for the duration of the event. The trolley brings the public in downtown to Yaletown on Thursdays and Fridays for lunch and drops them back within the hour. I am always a bit hesitant with these events because it is not always a true representation of what a restaurant can do on a regular night. On the other hand, it’s something fun and social and it gets people trying restaurants they might not have before. Yaletown has had a nice surge of restaurants over the last couple years and many of the new faces are participating in Taste of Yaletown this year. 2013 Participating Restaurants: Bistro Sakana Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar Caché Bistro and Lounge Cactus Club Café DD Mau El Azteca George Lounge Glowbal Grill Steaks & Satay Good Wolfe Hamilton Street Grill Hapa Izakaya Honjin Sushi Hooker’s Green Hurricane Grill Kibo Restaurant La Pentola della Quercia Milestones Grill + Bar Minami New Oxford The Parlour Paulie’s Kitchen Provence Marinaside Raw Canvas Romer’s Burger Bar Society Urban Fare Urban Thai Bistro West Oak Yaletown Brewing Company Yaletown L’Antipasto Find all event listings and participating restaurants here. About Taste of Yaletown: Taste of Yaletown 2013 invites the public to experience the diverse culinary offerings, delectable wines and unique atmosphere of Vancouver’s premier dining district. Since 2005, Taste of Yaletown has become known as one of the top dining events in the Vancouver calendar, drawing crowds from all corners of the city to experience the best in dining and drink at an affordable price. A portion of profits from each meal served during Taste of Yaletown is donated to The Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Since the event began nine years ago, Taste of Yaletown has raised over $100,000 in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Follow Me Foodie’s Taste of Yaletown Contest! I’m giving away 2 gift certificates ($50 each) to dine at 2 of the participating Taste of Yaletown restaurants ($100 value total). The restaurants have already been pre-selected by The Yaletown Business Improvement Association and they can be used at your own convenience. How to enter: 1) Comment on this post with your favourite restaurant in Yaletown OR participating TOY restaurant you want to try. Note: The gift certificate may not reflect your answer. or 2) Tweet: RT to enter! Win $100 GC to dine out for @iYaletown #TasteOfYaletown from @followmefoodie http://bit.ly/1ga0ATT or 3) “LIKE” the Follow Me Foodie Facebook Fanpage and comment with your favourite restaurant in Yaletown OR participating TOY restaurant you want to try. CONTEST CLOSES OCTOBER 15, 11:59PM. Terms & Conditions: 1. Contest open to Canadian residents. 2. FollowMeFoodie.com retains the right to approve entries. 3. Prize not negotiable, cannot be exchanged or taken as cash. 4. Allow 15 days for prize delivery. 5. If winner does not respond within 30 days of the closing date of the contest another winner will be selected.
5 days ago
Job details inside. Members of the Quails’ Gate team are well respected and viewed as some of the most talented in the wine and hospitality industry. Quails’ Gate fosters a positive and supportive work environment, ensuring each team m...
Job details inside. Members of the Quails’ Gate team are well respected and viewed as some of the most talented in the wine and hospitality industry. Quails’ Gate fosters a positive and supportive work environment, ensuring each team member has the tools needed to succeed. LEAD HOST The Lead Host conducts a range of tasks to enhance the overall customer experience.  The Hosts team takes restaurant reservations, welcomes guests and escorts them through the restaurant and manages table assignments.  The Lead Host would perform all such duties but in addition provide a level of experience, management and grace to the Host Team and to guests joining us at Old Vines Restaurant. Applicants must possess excellent customer service skills and have previous leadership experience in a fast paced fine dining establishment.  Applicants must be able to multi-task and look calm and collected while doing so.  Applicants should be comfortable in addressing large groups of people and have a genuine desire to please our guests. If you are seeking a position with a dynamic winery that is intent on establishing itself as Canada’s leading premium brand, please forward your resume with covering letter to: employment@quailsgate.com FINE DINING SERVERS We are seeking ambassadors to welcome our guests to Old Vines Restaurant and guide them through an incredible fine dining culinary and wine experience.  Servers are responsible for offering menu suggestions, wine pairing, and communicating all dietary requests and allergies in an effective manner to the Culinary Brigade.   Servers are to ensure guests leave Old Vines Restaurant completely satisfied and eager to return. Applicants must have previous experience serving in a fast paced, restaurant setting, with above average wine knowledge, WSET Level2 or equivalent.  Fine dining experience preferred, technical service and wine service skills required. Above average food knowledge and general cooking techniques knowledge is required.  Applicants must have natural communication skills and a genuine desire to please our guests. If you are seeking a position with a dynamic winery that is intent on establishing itself as Canada’s leading premium brand, please forward your resume with covering letter to: Human Resources Email to: employment@quailsgate.com _______ SOUS CHEF Our successful candidate will assume the support position and run the kitchen in the absence of the Executive Sous Chef and Winery Chef, with a specific focus on evening service. They will supervise the daily activity of the kitchen and participate in menu planning and development, while ensuring our team maintains the excellent standards of quality, cost, and reputation so well earned by Old Vines Restaurant. Applicants should have successfully completed a formal culinary training program and have Food Safe Level 2 certification. Inter Provincial Red Seal, an asset.  Applicants must have 2+  years’ experience in a similar leadership role, preferably in a fast-paced, fine dining establishment and demonstrate excellent saucier skills and complete understanding of meat and fish butchery.  Applicants must have significant leadership experience to effectively be able to step into this role and maintain seamless service.  As business levels fluctuate throughout the year, applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule. If you are seeking a position with a dynamic winery that is intent on establishing itself as Canada’s leading premium brand, please forward your resume with covering letter to: employment@quailsgate.com
6 days ago
Restaurant: MARKET by Jean-Georges – Part 3/3 Cuisine: West Coast/Pacific Northwest/Seafood/Fusion/Euro-Asian Last visited: September 25, 2013 Location: Vancouver, BC (Robson/West End/Downtown) Address: 1128 W Georgia St (Inside Sh...
Restaurant: MARKET by Jean-Georges – Part 3/3 Cuisine: West Coast/Pacific Northwest/Seafood/Fusion/Euro-Asian Last visited: September 25, 2013 Location: Vancouver, BC (Robson/West End/Downtown) Address: 1128 W Georgia St (Inside Shangri-La Hotel) Transit: Vancouver City Ctr Stn Southbound Phone: (604) 695-1115 Price range: $30-50, $50+ 1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: FMF Must Try! Food: 3.5-4 (based on Fall Harvest Tasting Menu) Service: n/a Ambiance: 4.5 Overall: n/a Additional comments: Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant Fine dining/upscale dining AAA Four Diamond Restaurant West Coast/Pacific Northwest cuisine Euro-Asian inspired cuisine Seasonal menus Great heated patio Stellar wine room/list Private rooms 100% Ocean Wise Menu Neighbourhood menu on patio/bar – 5pm-7pm Breakfast: 7am – 1130am Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:30pm Brunch: 11:30am – 3pm Bar: 11:30am – 12:30am My post for Jean-Georges in New York My post for their Summer Love Tasting Menu My post for their Bourbon cocktail dinner Twitter: @MARKETjg_Van **Recommendations: French Toast, Sweet Pea Soup, Steelhead Sashimi with Crispy Rice, Warm Chocolate Cake, Fall Harvest Tasting Menu The name needs no introduction, but you almost need to give it one. Jean-Georges is one of the most well-respected chef names and we’re lucky to have his only restaurant in Canada in Vancouver, BC (take that TO!). The city is a risky market for big name restaurants of this caliber and fine dining in general, but MARKET by Jean-Georges is surviving, although not always as busy as one might think. It is located in the heart of downtown in a prime area, but the second floor location might be intimidating. The dining room and heated outdoor seasonal terrace is one of my favourites in downtown for an upscale restaurant, and if anything, the ambiance is just missing the coastal mountains and ocean views of beautiful BC. I’ve had the pleasure of dining here on a few occasions as well as at Jean-Georges in New York; and to be honest, that experience set the bar really high for other Jean-Georges restaurants. I can still come back to the one in Vancouver, but it’s just not the same, and fair enough New York is New York and Vancouver is Vancouver. The chef, ambiance, service and food are incomparable even though they are under the Jean-Georges brand. Usually with restaurants like these, there is a guiding standard to ensure consistency with the brand name, but in this case it’s a bit different. I’ve only dined at two Jean-Georges establishments, so I can’t compare others, but to be reasonable I have to appreciate the restaurant in the appropriate context of where it is located and for the intended clientele. As I mentioned, Vancouver is not big on fine dining. The city has some excellent fine dining restaurants, but generally it is much more casual; albeit the future of fine dining in North America. Places like MARKET by Jean-Georges is considered a special occasion spot or corporate expensed meal to many, unlike bigger cities were fine dining is a weekend (or even weekday) out. Therefore MARKET by Jean-Georges is catered to a Vancouver crowd, who prefers less formal dining and approachable food, which is a concept for a few of Jean-Georges restaurants worldwide. Keep in mind this is a Jean-Georges in collaboration with Culinary Concepts restaurant rather than a Jean-Georges restaurant. For me the ambiance is never the issue that makes me hesitate to recommend it, but it is the inconsistency in the menu. I’ve had fantastic meals here, and then some mediocre ones, but nothing ever disappointing or bad. However at restaurants like these a mediocre experience can be considered disappointing since you go in with high expectations. Sometimes I find it a bit confusing too because of the international options, eclectic influence and yet emphasis on local ingredients. The concept gets lost in translation and it can see
6 days ago