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Eating Out Vancouver…You Are Calling Me Back

So, driving through Vancouver to and from Whistler = dining opportunity for me!!  I wanted to take full advantage of the selection that Vancouver has to offer and have a few options this time around.  Luckily my roadmates were also interested, and interested in a relaxing meal and road break vs. a quick eat and run.

Friday night’s drive to Whistler was heavy with traffic, particularly in Vancouver as our restaurant selection headed us right past the stadium at the very same time that the Canuck’s game was starting.  Caos!!  Amy selected an Italian restaurant for the way there and we found Yaletown Antipasto in the heart of downtown.  It was a teeny tiny restaurant with a very small kitchen.  The meal we had was tasty but pricey, and not spectacular if you asked me.  I enjoyed it but don’t feel like I would need to come back.

Our 2nd shared entree was the Ravioli alla Filly, described as lobster & crab stuffed ravioli served with a fresh tomato sauce, sauted tiger prawns & arugula.  Ravioli was too firm in my opinion.
Our 2nd shared entree was the Ravioli alla Filly, described as lobster & crab stuffed ravioli served with a fresh tomato sauce, sauted tiger prawns & arugula. Ravioli was too firm in my opinion.
Bryan and I split two dishes.  This is their Papperdelle Rosse, described as tomato sauce with an assorted meat ragu’ containing beef tenderloin, boneless short-rib, chicken & Italian sausage
Bryan and I split two dishes. This is their Papperdelle Rosse, described as tomato sauce with an assorted meat ragu’ containing beef tenderloin, boneless short-rib, chicken & Italian sausage
Amy's porcini mushroom risotto.  I tried it, it was good and creamy.
Amy’s porcini mushroom risotto. I tried it, it was good and creamy.

The real winner of the trip was on Monday night when just Bryan and I settled into what may have been our best meal ever.  I had found Grub On Main to try knowing I would love it and Bryan surely would.  It is my kind of place.  Small, minimalist style in decor but still very cute, mostly 20s and 30s dining that night, good but subtle music, and most of their menu on the fresh board, being daily changing and focusing on seasonal and local ingredients.  The potions were huge but at the same time phenomenal flavor, quality, and price.  They offer a three-course option that we selected for one of us to share the starter and dessert.  We chose the daily soup that was the best tomato soup either of us have ever had.  It was brought in a bowl twice as big as my head and was sooooooooo flavorful.

Best tomato soup ever.  The gin-infused roasted tomato soup with fennel cream.  YUM!
Best tomato soup ever. The gin-infused roasted tomato soup with fennel cream. YUM!

Bryan chose the half rack of lamb entree and I chose the rockfish entree.  Both were again massive and delicious but we both finished them.

My entree of the seared rockfish on a crab and leak saffron risotto with roasted pepper aioli.
My entree of the seared rockfish on a crab and leak saffron risotto with roasted pepper aioli.
Bryan's dish of the roasted half rack of lamb with cumin dusted potatoes, a spinach and paneer saute and mango compote.
Bryan’s dish of the roasted half rack of lamb with cumin dusted potatoes, a spinach and paneer saute and mango compote.

By this point I unbuttoned my points (not kidding in the least) before being served delicious coffee and the daily dessert feature of chocolate fondue with season fruit and pastries.  We both wanted to lick the fondue cup but were at least happy enough that we had spoons with our coffee to spoon up the rest after the dippers were gone.

Bananas, strawberries, pears, mini churros and mini slices of banana cake oh my.
Bananas, strawberries, pears, mini churros and mini slices of banana cake oh my.

We both left stuffed and happy and could have cared less that the long dinner didn’t get us back to Seattle to unpack the car and go to bed until after 11pm.  So worth it and we are already planning on revisiting Grub this summer.

Chelsea

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