Whenever I got a chance to stroll along 4th street, I would peek through the window of Suzette Bistro and check how busy it was. As a newly opened restaurant, it has been gaining quite a bit of attention. I constantly heard people around me mentioning about the wonderful French dishes it brought to the table. This summer, I got the chance to meet up with a fellow blogger, Candy from Candy Eats, for brunch. Since neither of us had dined at Suzette before, it made the perfect meet-up spot for food lovers like us!
French cuisine is one that I have not covered a lot in my blog. Whenever I think of French food, I automatically associate with “upscale”, “expensive”, “dressy” as well as the notorious stereotype of serving small, petite portions with arrogant service. I was afraid that I would be smirked at if I didn’t have an extensive knowledge of food and wine.
This month, I gathered up my courage and visited the newly opened French restaurant, Parc Cafe and Brasserie, on 17th Ave. Click to read more!
Recently, I have a growing appetite for modern fusion cuisine. Indisputably, the genuine taste of traditional dishes is a way to evoke fond memories of places. However, sometimes I get tired of eating the same dishes again and again. This is when I turn to fusion cuisine for new experiences and excitement. (We all need new stimuli in life once in a while, don’t we?)
We took a shot at Vero Bistro Moderne, which we’ve heard a lot of good words. The bistro is located in Kensington, presenting creative interpretations of Italian and French cuisine. Click to read more!
I never consider myself lucky in winning any lucky draw contest or lottery, but I was extremely fortunate this summer to become the winner for a free weekend brunch prize draw to Lava Dining as part of the Taste of Calgary event!! Kev and I had been eyeing this newly opened restaurant for weeks and this was a perfect opportunity for us to taste it for ourselves 😀 Click to read more!
We weren’t lucky with the weather when we travelled to Vancouver. It started to get rainy and cold the day when we arrived, but that didn’t stop us from the food search in the city. We met up with our friends for brunch at Cafe Medina, a bistro cafe in gastown that is known for its waffles. This place doesn’t take reservations so we ended up waiting for a loooong time (30~40 mins) in the cold before our names got called.
We were taken towards the back of the restaurant which have additional space to accommodate larger parties. The high ceilings, wood paneling, and abstract paintings on the wall gave this place a stylish and modern look.
Kev ordered the lavender latte ($3.85 for 8oz.). He really enjoyed the pleasant taste of lavender. It wasn’t too sweet.
The fricasse ($16) that he ordered came with 2 fried eggs, braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, balsamic onions, watercress and applewood cheddar, with grilled focaccia on the side. He was very happy with his choice. The short ribs were flavorful and very very tender. The remaining juice at the bottom of the skillet was slightly sweet which served as a perfect dipping sauce for the focaccia.
I ordered the paella ($13) which came with 1 fried egg, curried orzo, spicy chorizo, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grano padano, watercress, avocado and tomato salad. Some of the orzo was crunchy, the texture was like the Chinese crispy rice (guoba). In terms of the taste, this dish contained a mixture of strong flavours- the curry sauce was very sour and the chorizo was very salty and not spicy at all. I was very disappointed with it and could barely finish half of it.
For dessert, we ordered the waffle ($3.15) with white chocolate pistachio rosewater ($1) as the topping. The waffle was alright- a bit crunchy on the outside and moist and soft inside. Not the best I’ve tried in Vancouver. (If you want excellent waffles, Nero Belgian Waffle Bar is your to-go place) The white chocolate pistachio rosewater topping was an unique, excellent blend. On the other hand, their milk chocolate lavender was just ordinary.
My review: The dining experience at Cafe Medina is like the mail order jelly belly’s. It’ll take a long time before you can enjoy. Some people are going to like what they get, others will be disappointed.
After some slacking, I’m finally back to writing my reviews on the restaurants we visited last month in Vancouver. Twisted Fork Bistro is one of our favorite brunch spots. It is in downtown Vancouver, located on Granville st, close to Davie st. The restaurant is small though so it is easy to miss its entrance. It will be much easier to find it if you look for the rusted twisted fork icon.
I heard that this place is often lined up on weekends. Luckily, it wasn’t as busy on the weekdays so we could grab a table without difficulty. I liked the cozy atmosphere and the artsy vibe of this place.
All of their brunch dishes are of the same price, $13.50. I ordered the spicy Italian sausage and poached eggs, which are served with chipotle ratatouille, fresh fruit, sourdough toast and house made strawberry jam. The spicy sausage was a little crispy on the outside and a bit dry to eat it on its own, but it is a nice balance with the stewed veggies and poached eggs. We were really impressed with its sourdough toast and strawberry jam. The sourdough toast was very soft. Its housemade strawberry jam tasted natural and sweet, which served as an excellent complement to the toast. It was tempted to buy a jar of jam home (which was sold for $8.00 a jar).
Kev ordered the eggs benny with smoked salmon (as the filler), toasted brioche, poached eggs, hollandaise, and served with sauteed spinach, rosti and baked beans on the side. The brioche was dry if you ate it on its own. It tasted much much better if you poked the eggs, let the york run, and ate it together with the smoked salmon! The more you ate, the more you liked it. In contrast, the baked beans, sauteed spinach and muffins just tasted so-so.
My review: My experience of this place is like the pepperidge farm milano cookies- the more you eat, the more you want.