While we tend to not expect the absolute and utter best of everything during the rush that is Dine Out Vancouver, we were utterly underwhelmed by Market by Jean-Georges.
Upon entering, we were greeted kindly by the kind hostess, who promptly seated us in the dining area with our menus. The room had lovely ambiance, all muted tones and soft music. Quite soothing in fact. And luckily so, as we needed to be soothed after waiting for over fifteen minutes for our server to come and do her initial check-in.
When she finally arrived, she stood awkwardly next to the table and asked if we wanted cocktails. We declined, and barely caught her to order our food before she booted it away from the table.
The appetizers arrived promptly. I had the beet salad, my partner had the tuna tartare. The beet salad was tasty, though rather tiny- about 1/2 a beet's worth. Nice balance with the yoghurt dressing and peppery microgreens. The tuna tartare was amazing, and a more than reasonable portion. Light and citrus-y, with a tart avocado puree, it was the best part of either of our meals.
It took a while for our mains to hit the table. The pork was nicely cooked to temperature, just juicy enough. The XO was a punchy counterpoint, though it could have stood a little more salt in the mix. The mushrooms were, well, mushroom-y. Not entirely thrilling. Just... mushrooms. My fellow's steelhead was beautiful cooked, though nothing entirely stunning. The mashed potatoes were very much mashed potatoes- the truffle was indiscernable, the brussels sprouts a mere shredded garnish.
Dessert was ok, but really, how difficult is it to mess up dessert? The cheesecake was light, the sorbetto and marmalade tart counterpoints to the creaminess. The bitter chocolate cake was lovely and rich, but nothing thrilling in the least.
Dine Out gives diners a opportunity to try eateries they may not normally frequent. We use it as a litmus test to find places we'd recommend for special occasions, or want to return to for the full menu. Sadly, in this case, Market did not fit the bill.