I had the opportunity to visit Edible Canada at the Market last night with a group of friends for Dine Out Vancouver 2013. It was a beautiful restaurant, with lovely ambiance set with dim lighting and tea-lights at every table. Unfortunately, the pictures I took are not great because of the very dim lighting… I apologize in advance! 😦
The service was great – our server Katie was very friendly, not overbearing and always came back to check if we were doing okay. After ordering, we didn’t have to wait long for our appetizer… the courses following it were also paced well.
I chose the “Spice Rubbed Albacore Tuna, Confit Tuna Belly Confit, Arugula and Tomato Dressing” as my appetizer. The portion was great — it was actually more than what I expected. The pieces were fat, juicy, and very flavourfiul.
My entree was the “Grangeland Leg of Elk with Creamy Grits, Glazed Carrots and Hunter Sauce”. The other two choices were a Mushroom Tarte and a East Coast Fish Pie… both sounded quite tasty but having never had elk meat before, I wanted to try something new!
If I was given a second choice to choose my entree, I would probably choose the East Coast Fish Pie instead. The elk meat was quite tough… hard to cut and even harder to chew. On the positive side, the meat was not gamey at all, and was rich and flavourful. I actually rather enjoyed the taste, but I felt like a cow sitting there chewing away at the meat :(.
I also wish they had include more greens: with four huge chunks of meat, there was only one sad carrot. I wasn’t too fond of the creamy grit either; it tasted like fake mashed potatoes with an odd gritty taste.
Finally, the dessert I chose was “Warm Chocolate Brownie with Hazelnut crumble and Alberta Rye Ice Cream”. The chocolate was rich and creamy, a little too sweet nearing the end of my brownie but still very good! On the other hand, I didn’t like the heavy alcohol taste in the ice cream and it eventually just melted into a big pile of goop on my plate.
One friend had the “Maple Sugar Pie with Pecans and Cinnamon Whipped Cream”, which in my opinion was the best out of the three choices (the third choice was Chai Creme Brulee).
All in all, it was a great meal! I felt so full afterwards and had a glorious food coma. Next time you’re at Granville Island, this one is worth checking out 🙂