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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L’Abattoir – Gastown, BC

L’Abattoir
Gastown, Vancouver, BC
http://www.labattoir.ca/

I originally wanted to go to cork and fin this particular night but it being close to Christmas they had a private event on; as I walked past I noticed L’Abattoir, a restaurant also on my list, I took it as a sign and found a seat at the bar ready for the ensuing meal.

L’Abattoir sits in Gastown, It was a sleek and modern concept interior that was oddly isolating and warming at the same time, the ambiance was similar in concept to the menu which I found very reassuring, a contemporary and refined cooking and plating of homely yet machined dishes.

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I was started off with a complimentary bread basket containing a bacon brioche, anchovy twist and a few pieces of sesame flatbread. Each one was house made and had great flavours I personally like the flatbread and obviously the bacon brioche; I wasn’t as big of a fan of the anchovy twist, it was a little dry and for me, overly salty.

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For dinner I decided to get an entrée and a main; to start I went with their yellowtail tartare, with pear, radish and citrus.
It came out looking simple, nothing but what was listed on the menu. The fish so fresh it could have been alive when I walked in and was prepared as I ordered; coupling that with the sweet crisp pear and the slightly tart radish, it was a well-crafted and refreshing dish, the addition of citrus and oil leaving a great flavour and taste on the pallet.

The main was a tougher choice, they had a duck dish, a beef dish and an Assiette of suckling pig dish.
After flipping coins and talking the bartender I chose the Assiette of suckling pig.

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It was a great dish, a trio of pork, a sausage, a chop and a belly roulade. All three of the meats were cooked and flavoured to perfection; I was particularly impressed by the chop. The sauces were matched to each type of meat well and the potatoes were cooked to a perfect fluffy texture.

I found it to be an overall satisfying dish but it was missing an element of fruit, in particular some sort of apple that would have tied everything together.

I really loved the atmosphere and the overall experience and would definitely go back to try the duck if I’m ever in Vancouver again.

L'Abattoir Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato