Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 3:51pm [Take-out]
Today I went to Meat & Bread for the first time and I picked up the porchetta sandwich.
I'm Italian and a fun of porchetta so when I heard that a restaurant in Vancouver was serving it I couldn't resist to give it a shot.
First off when I first got in I was surprised by the style of the place. I was expecting a much more fast foodish environment whilst I found a very nice gourmet style place. The staff was very nice too.
The sandwich was I little small there was good quantity of meat in it just the bread wasn't quite the size I would expect especially considering that including tax it was about 9 bucks. As a lunch it left me a little hungry.
The favour was pretty good but nothing amazing, I found the trimming to have too much fat in it but may it was just mine as it was from the ending part of the porchetta. I had much nicer porchetta on road side stand in Italy.
Will I be back? I think so, I'm curious to give a shot to the other type of sandwich so I may swing by again one these days.
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Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:19am [Dine in]
I've been at Chambar for dinner a couple of times and I have to say I always enjoyed it.
Last time I went I ordered the trio of appetizer which included escargot. It was the first time for me to eat snails and I really enjoyed it. For main course I ordered the venison it was cooked medium rare to perfection and served with different type of sauces. The mustard based sauce was absolutely amazing (and this comes from someone that don't usually like mustard).
My girlfriend is vegetarian and at the beginning were were a little disappointed that there were no vegetarian disces what so ever on the menu. The waiter tho was very help full that they cooked up a custom disc for her to order.
The ambience is really romantic although a little too busy during weekends.
Service was excellent throughout and the price on the expensive side.
I would definitely recommend Chambar for a special romantic dinner or just to enjoy some excellent food.
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Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:05am [Dine in]
I think the best way to define our experience at Gorilla Food is "unusual".
I had lunch at Gorilla with my girlfriend and her friend both of them are vegetarians. Ironically enough they were the most disappointed.
My girlfriend ordered the veggie burger, her friend a raw-men (or something like that) and I ordered the green wrap and the green tacos. Both of them were expecting something nice and hot as it's about 5 degrees in Vancouver these days. Raw-men turn out not to be noodle soup but a a salad with vegetable cut like noodels. The veggie burger was a cold padie on with some kind of flat bread substitute. My veggie wrap and tacos look pretty much what I expected.The taste of the food was pretty good but nothing to call home about. For dessert we ordered the carrot cake which with my surprise was actually full of good sized pieces of carrots. Taste was ok better than what one would think from the presentation. I gave a three for the food but I believe my two vegetarians friend would have probably gave a two.
The service was pretty much inexistent at the level of a fast food joint which is why I gave it a one. You sit yourself, grab a menu and some water and you go to order at the till. During the ordering proces the girl was totally unhelpful considering that almost all the food here is different from what you expect and the fact that we definitely looked new in the area some tips and recommendation would have been very welcome. At one point the girl brought us the dessert and when I gave her the dirty main course plates to take away she looked at me all weird, probably they don't usually even do that.
The ambience is what you would expect a typical laid back, artsy spot with some piece of arts of local artist on the wall that you can purchase.
I'm not planing to go back to Gorilla Food any time soon. It may be interesting during hot summer, may be...
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