Dishcrawl Kitsilano (Review)
Last Wednesday, I was invited to check out Dishcrawl Kits. So what is Dishcrawl? It’s similar to a pub crawl but with restaurants. At each event, 30 guests visit 4 restaurants within walking distance of each other, sample each restaurant’s specialities and meet fellow foodies. Our guide, Jennifer, was great and very friendly.
Our tour started at Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods a new cafeteria-style restaurant that focus on fresh and local ingredients. We got to sample the Kale and Granny Smith Salad with radicchio and white balsamic dressing, choice of Lean Turkey Chilli with coriander and sour cream or Curried Butternut Squash Soup with yogurt and green onion and my favourite Double Chocolate Pistachio Cookies. The soup was delicious & rich, the best butternut squash soup I’ve ever had!
The second stop was Vibes Japanese BBQ and Sushi Restaurant, Vancouver’s westside only All You Can Eat Sushi and BBQ restaurant. We dine on an assortment of BBQ beef slices, beef short ribs, and chicken with homemade dipping sauce and King Crab Sushi Roll with avocado, king crab, and cucumber. The food was okay. However, the service was very slow as we have to wait for 15 minutes for the meat to be marinated.
Our third stop was The August Jack, a tapas bar and Vancouver’s only food and Craft Beer pairing restaurant. We sampled the Rosemary Polenta Fries with a basil nasturtium aioli and balsamic reduction, Truffle Popcorn with truffle infused oil and shaved grana padano & Leek and Barley Risotto with smoked cheddar and caramelized leeks along with truffle oil and red amaranth garnishes. All three dishes were outstanding. Barley add a nutty flavour that works really well with the risotto.
Last but not least, we had tea at O-Five Rare Tea Bar. Upon arrival, we were serve hibiscus tea. Some of the health benefits of hibiscus tea are lowering of blood pressure, reducing stress and improving our immune system. For desert, we try the Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crumble, Candied Hibiscus Flower with rich white chocolate flakes & Candied Organic Ginger rolled in raw cane and dark chocolate. I love the Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. The gingersnap crumble was a really nice compliment to the pumpkin flavour. It’s better than pumpkin pie.
The food at each of stops was wonderful. It was lots of fun to meet and connect with other foodies. I had a great time touring all 4 restaurants along West 4th. Overall, I highly recommend Dishcrawl to anyone looking for a food adventure. Be sure to sign up for the next Dishcrawl event at http://dishcrawl.com/vancouver