Posts with tag "drinks"

Alibi Room

If there was an epicentre of Gastown’s finest, smartest, and/or techiest, it would be Alibi Room. I truly say that with affection. Even though I have my stucco and cement habitat in Yaletown, I call Gastown my second home. So being the epicentre, the Alibi Room is constantly busy with an expected wait time of at least 15 minutes.

When we arrived, I immediately noticed various Vancouver .com players and fellow Twitterers making themselves comfy in the room and dining away. We ended up getting seated at the rails area which was prime people watching spot. I was warned the portions were enormous…and I rarely pay heed to warnings ;)

I wanted to start off with appetizers and the chicken wings caught my eye

When the dish arrived, it took us by surprise. It was the smell coming from the dish that preceded the sight and taste: a strong almost pungent vinaigrette smell. The whole combination was odd. Somewhat crispy chicken wings with garlic, chilli, and herbs in a pool of vinaigrette like sauce. On the menu, it said that there was honey in it and I wish it was honey instead of the sauce.

Next came a deceptively sounding healthy pate

This plate I really liked and and almost finished the whole thing too! It’s a mushroom & hazelnut Pate with truffle oil, whole roasted garlic bulb & crostini. The pate was very smooth and easy to eat.

I knew that with ordering appetizers I should getting something light as my main dinner. That didn’t happen.

I ordered the mezze plate which consisted of cumin hummus, lemon parsley goat feta, spicy kalamata olives, marinated peppers & cucumber with warm flat bread. The plate is best shared by two or more people and not by one individual who’s already full. The flat bread was indeed nice and warm, and reminds me of the navajo bread that’s served at Bin 942.

I’ve been to Alibi Room a few times over the years, and always enjoy the food and friendly service. It has definitely gotten popular in recent years and pretty cool to see the who’s who in tech and design in the same room.

Alibi Room
157 Alexander Street @ Main
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The Greedy Pig

There’s only a few places around town where you feel that certain local vibe. The kind of vibe where it seems like everyone knows each other and the wait staff treats you like a long lost relative: The Greedy Pig is that kind of place.

As much as I fell in love at first sight, I ordered the wrong first dish.

I have a soft spot for the rustic, quaint, and unpolished. Like the very many Gastown restaurants, Greedy Pig is in a historical room.  They serve great sandwiches and showcase local bands. You would think I’d try one of their signature sandwiches but instead I had an urge to be adventurous.

We first ordered the ploughman’s plate which made me feel nostalgic about my times in England

It’s a plate of pate de campagne, dilled ricotta, guinness cheddar, fresh tomato, pickled quail eggs and fresh bread. It was a simple plate of a bit of everything and I liked the variety.

My friend ordered a wild mushroom salad while I poorly decided to go with the marrow & toast

It was roasted veal bones, garlic confit & maldon sea salt with a watercress & orange bouquet, served with toasted baguette. There was more fat than marrow which made me think this fellow didn’t work out that much. And only 2 or the 3 bones on plate were edible. I seriously do not know why I would order such a dish at such a place.

I really liked the Greedy Pig and the super sweet waitress who served us. I would venture back again for drinks and food but next time I’ll get my friend’s approval before making an order.

The Greedy Pig
307 W Cordova St
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Calabash Bistro

Calabash Bistro is one of those restaurants that is so charming that you can’t really give it a bad review. And that opener is a hint of how I truly feel about the place but I’m holding my fangs back (sorry in a True Blood mood)

When we arrived at this new Caribbean restaurant, the host greeted us warmly and asked where we wanted to sit. We were curious of what downstairs was like before deciding to sit in the main area. The downstairs is a moody secluded lounge-like area where you can enjoy a watching a band or dj. I wanted to sit upstairs to enjoy the early evening light and do some people watching. Of course, Caribbean/Jamaican music was being played.

A couple of us tried their popular cocktails while picking at the ginger banana chips

And then we waited…and waited…and waited…for our meals

There was the Jerk Chicken that comes with Rice & Peas and Seasonal Vegetables.

And we also shared the Ackee and Saltfish Sauteed with cilantro and spices, bell peppers and tomatoes, made fresh to order. With Rice & Peas and Salad

The food was maybe a reflection of the image of the Caribbean: laid-back and easy going. Whatever was missing in the food was compensated with the friendly owner, the drinks, and the general charm of the restaurant.

For me, Calabash is the type of place to go to after a dinner to chill out and have refreshing cocktails while chilling out to some cool music. The restaurant is a nice addition to the ever growing variety of the Gastown food scene

Calabash Bistro
428 Carrall Street
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