Forage – West End, Vancouver, BC

Forage
West End, Vancouver, BC
http://www.foragevancouver.com/

I was after a good brunch in BC one weekend and I happened upon an article describing he brunch on offer at forage.
I enlisted a friend to help me order as much as possible on the menu and after careful deliberation we settled on the following: The double fried pork chop sandwich, the corned bison hash and the spiced lentils.

Moving out of the comfort zone we were playing it dangerous with the bison hash which was paired with kale, house-made sauerkraut along with an IPA mustard hollandaise as well as the spiced lentils which was served in skillet with merguez sausage, poached eggs, spring peas, pea tips, mint yogurt and toast.

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They all came out together and looked amazing. The first thing I noticed was that the eggs were cooked perfectly on every dish.

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I started with the pork chop sandwich, done very classically; almost too much so, the sandwich lacked any defining flavours and could have done with more moisture, and the bread along with the double fried chop were quite dry.
This was definitely my least favourite dish.

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I went with the hash next and was not disappointed, the flavours all complimenting each other and each ingredient accenting different textures. The egg yolk spilled into the hash and added an extra creamy depth to it. This dish was not as heavy as I was expecting it to be; the potatoes and hash were light and lean and while full of flavour not leaving you feeling heavy and unhealthy.

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Lastly the lentils; I was most skeptical about this dish; I wasn’t sure how well they would put everything together but boy was I wrong. The dish was superb, the flavours, creamy textures of the lentils, sausage and the perfectly poached eggs worked wonders with their sourdough toast.

If I’m ever in Vancouver and looking for a great brunch I will definitely making another trip to forage.

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Phnom Penh – Chinatown, Vancouver, BC

Phnom Penh
Chinatown, Vancouver, BC

I heard about Phnom Penh through a friend and she told me it was always busy.
She told me go for the crispy garlic wings and stay for the butter beef – and that’s exactly what I did.
I went with some family I have in Vancouver and got there early as I thought I’d be smart and beat the rush. There was no such luck, it was packed with a line out the door, our wait was 25 minutes and by the time we sat down the wait was 45.

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Thanking my lucky stars that we had a table I wasted no time ordering, we grabbed the crispy chicken wings, the butter beef and the fried shrimp that were done similarly to the chicken wings.

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The wings were crisp and garlicky and the shrimp were plump battered lightly.

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The butter beef was great, luscious beef that was very tender and served with great sauces.

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Definitely worth the wait, try booking ahead to avoid the line but definitely order those dishes.

Phnom Penh Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato