Kitsilano Daily Kitchen offers a constantly changing menu by chef Brian Fowke focusing on fresh ingredients.
There are plenty of very good restaurants in town, but this one is now near the top of the list for me. Having read good comments about it both here and elsewhere, I decided to give it a try, and had the chef's tasting menu for $65. I chose a few dishes from the day's menu, and let the chef decide the rest. I ended up getting also a couple of dishes that were not on the menu, yet every dish was outstanding. They were of good portions, beautifully presented, and delicious. The brown butter clams, particularly, was very memorable. Only the dessert, a chocolate cake of some sort, was less than spectacular (but still good). For $65, that was good value for money. The wine selection was also very good. Highly recommended.
Went a weekday for dine out and it was not as busy as I expected for this promotion. It was only 3/4 full and this was at the prime time of 7pm. The chef sent out a bean and duck confit dish as a comp appy which was much appreciated, very good. The appies ordered took some time but when they arrived, very good. Had the duck breast - very nice and served chilled. Then had the lamb breast for the main which was very good. Nice and crispy on the outside and very tender. Had the chocolate brownie type of dessert which was also very good. Except for the slow arrival of the appies, service was very good. Wines are a bit on the expensive side with prices starting at $50. Ambiance is nice with a good lookign room. Value for the dine out was great. As for the normal prices, it seems a bit on the steep side.
Our third time here since November. We love the culinary adventures and changing menu that is very regional and seasonal. Lovingly executed food and presentation. Some familiar staff still try hard to romance the food but service has dropped a notch since Christmas. Will be back again. Good value for Kits.
I'd heard of Kitsilano Daily Kitchen a few times, but never had a chance to check it out. Finally made it last night, and it lived up to it's reputation. Known for a limited menu that changes daily based on what the Chef finds in the markets, the menu was really quite creative.
We ended up going for the 6 course "culinary adventure" which ended up being a small tasting of many of the menu items with some small twists. Started with a corn and dungeness crab soup, garnished with bacon lardon - and really, how can you go wrong with bacon? Another dish was a mission fig and bacon spaghetti which actually was quite nice - and perfect portion. The baby beet salad was another stand-out, finished with a goat cheese vinaigrette, the beets were cooked perfectly. The 'main' or final dish was a beautiful veal tenderloin, cooked perfectly, on a bed of wilted greens (baby char maybe?). Dessert was ok - a flourless chocolate torte.
The only negative about the food had nothing to do with the food itself - it was the plates. Everything hot was served on cold plates and each dish ended up being lukewarm at best. Noticed with the first dish (the soup) and thought maybe it was a one-off, but on each course after it was the exact same thing - the cold plates cooled down the food quickly. Maybe the plate-warmer was on the fritz?
Service was very good - friendly and casual without being too intrusive. The waiter seemed to know his stuff, described the items well and made some good recommendations on wine.
This is a great restaurant if you're open on your food - with only 4 starters and 4 entrees it is certainly much more limited to what you'd see in many restaurants, but if you like the idea of a constantly changing menu based on what's fresh it's certainly worth a try!
Went in to say hi to some friends I saw inside having a drink and ended up joining them for dinner. Started with some Bone Marrow and then Had some amazing Steak that I can't remember the name of. Everything was delightful. Bit pricey, but not crazy and definately worth checking out.