Monday, September 15, 2014

West (courtesy of Lincoln Motors)

September 15, 2014

Braised lamb shank heirloom bean ragout, slow roasted tomato, natural jus - 2

J's comment > tender lamb but still firm; bold flavored ragout; loved that this didn't turn into stew, esp w the beans that could have so easily turned into mush - technique! Tad too much beans to lamb though

Tomato and gin soup aged cheddar gougere, basil emulsion - 2

J's comment > strong tomato flavor, good balance of acidity and sweetness; didn't get the gougere at all unfortunately; basil made a subtle appearance

The gougere and basil emulsion pre-pour

Wild point grey sockeye salmon salt baked beetroot, grilled octopus, horseradish dill sauce - 2

J's comment > lovely crisped salmon skin that I could actually eat (non-crisp fish skin grosses me out); salmon flesh firm, a tad overdone but well cooked, the fish actually flaked; octopus tender but flavor could be stronger

Biodynamic risotto side stripe prawn, summer squash, roasted peppers - 2

J's comment > loved the prawn, fresh and crisp; foam OK, but was more for show than actually adding anything; risotto OK but way too much rice to prawn

Complimentary bread, olive oil & butter - 2

J's comment > soft bread, served room temp; olive oil and butter OK

Chocolate maple pecan charlotte w orange coulis, chocolate sorbet - 2

J's comment > loved the chocolate mousse in the center, fluffy and rich but not heavy; soft sponge cake surrounding the mousse was a good touch but I would have preferred a crisper alternative; chocolate sorbet was too bitter for my liking; quite pleased to try a Charlotte cake for the first time - more info on Wiki

Oat panacotta with fresh okanagan peaches plum wine broth, oat crumble - 2

J's comment > panacotta much too firm; the oat embedded at the top just turned the entire dessert into a stiff oatmeal pudding; peaches were sweet though; didn't get much of the plum wine broth

Chocolate truffles - 2

J's comment > not bad; very fluffy truffle-y center; crisp chocolate edge good too, but had a slight oily after-finish

Kakkoii: Bombay sapphire gin, ume plum wine, cinnamon syrup fresh lemon - 2

J's comment > mild cocktail w a Japanese accent (the ume); cinnamon very light; easy to drink

Lingerie & Lace: Bombay sapphire gin, “ain’t jermaine” elderflower liqueur raspberry, lemon juice + soda - 2

J's comment > slightly sweeter than I'd prefer (strong raspberry flavor), but gin not too strong, so another easy-to-drink cocktail

Negroni: Bombay sapphire gin, campari, vya sweet vermouth orange zest - 2

J's comment > strong vermouth and campari flavors, still not my fav negroni, but much better than the recent one @ Siena which seemed intent on knocking me out in one sip

Old Fashion: Revised savoy version knob creek bourbon, old fashion bitters, sugar, lemon zest, orange zest + griottine cherry - 2

J's comment > practically identical to the one at Pourhouse, but my dining partner preferred Pourhouse's; FYI, we purchased this drink

Stanley Park "Noble" Pilsner 9BC) 5.1% - 2

J's comment > really really really light beer, definitely the lightest beer I've ever had in my life; I'm still not convinced this was beer

Food Menu

Drinks Menu

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Extra Comment
This meal was generously provided by the Lincoln Motor Company. After test driving the new 2015 Lincoln MKC, guests were treated to a three course meal with two beverages. FYI, all the items above are offered in West's regular menu.

Fun features of the 2015 Lincoln MKC
- you can open the trunk by making the motion of kicking the underside of the trunk (please don't actually kick the car)

- the car can auto-parallel park! you just control the speed with the brake and accelerator

- there are no gear knob nor handbrake, just buttons to change the gear! Funky...

Labels: event, fine dining, french, granville

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