Taste of Yaletown 2017: Xoxolat, Banter Room and The Greek by Anatoli
Hey Foodies! Yaletown Business Improvement Association Taste of Yaletown is happening now until October 27th. The 13th annual Yaletown festival is a popular community-based event that invites the public to try a variety of dishes from restaurants throughout the neighbourhood.
The two week dining event will feature 26 premier Yaletown restaurants and returning favourites like Brix and Mortar, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Bistro Sakana, Hurricane Grill and WildTale Coastal Grill. Restaurants will be offering special 3-course meals themed around ‘pairings and sharings’ for a set prices of $25, $35, and $45.
The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is also committed to giving back to the community and will be making a donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Taste of Yaletown has raised over $115,000 in efforts to support the local community since the event began in 2004.
The first stop of our Taste of Yaletown tour is Xoxolat on 1271 Homer Street. Xoxolat (pronounced sho-sho-la) is an edible gallery of all things chocolate displaying only the finest of the world’s chocolates, specializing in Single Origin and Estate chocolates and unusual flavours with chocolate.
Xoxolat is offering a $25 menu for two. It is available 4pm to 6pm Wednesday to Saturday and reservations is recommended.
Each person will have 3 whiskey tastings and a selection of 8 chocolate treats.
Our second stop is at the Banter Room on 1039 Mainland Street. The restaurant serves communal food meant to be shared among friends. The new concept is designed to bring people together.
The Banter Room is offering a special 3-course meal for $45. For appetizer, you have a choice of Creamy Tomato Soup, Nicoise Salad or Smoked Tuna Carpaccio.
My pick is the Smoked Tuna Carpaccio. The seared smoked ahi tuna with house-made ginger soy dip was delicious.
For the entree, you can pick between the Souther Fried Chicken, London Broil Steak or Vegetarian Thai Curry.
My favourite was the Southern Fried Chicken. The chicken was well-seasoned, crispy and juicy.
Vegetarian Thai Curry – rice noodles, mild chilli curry, peppers, asparagus, broccolini, tofu, mushroom, bean sprouts, garlic, ginger, shallots, cilantro, lime, peanuts
London Broil Steak – sliced sirloin steak, broccolini, carrots, au jus reduction, blue brie cheese
Southern Fried Chicken – fried boneless chicken breast, southern hot honey dip, coleslaw spicy onion rings
For dessert, you can pick between Chocolate Cake or Cheese in a Jar.
The 5 layer chocolate cake was my favourite. It was the ultimate treat for a chocoholic with decadent milk chocolate ganache centre.
Our last stop was at The Greek by Anatoli on 1043 Mainland Street. It’s a modern Greek eatery that focus on small share plates or mezze.
The Greek by Anatoli is also offering a delicious 3-course meal for $45.
For appetizer, you have the choice between Dip Tro, Spanakopita, Keftedes, Calamari, Greek salad or Caesar Salad.
My pick is the Keftedes. It’s a traditional greek meatballs in tomato sauce.
Keftedes – Greek meatballs in tomato sauce
Calamari – crispy, served with tzatziki
Calamari, Greek Salad and Keftedes
For entree, you have the choice between Moussaka, Vegan Moussaka, Country Lamb, 1/2 Roast Chicken, Rabbit Styfado and Chicken Souvlaki.
The Rabbit Styfado and Chicken Souvlaki was my favourite. Rabbit Styfado was pulled rabbit, Greek pasta, garlic white wine sauce, orka, cherry tomatoes, zucchini strings. While the Chicken Souvlaki was served with rice, potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
All of the participating restaurants for Taste of Yaletown 2017:
Brix and Mortar
Cactus Club Café Yaletown
The Distillery Bar + Kitchen
The Greek by Anatoli
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
Lime and Moon Pie Company
The New Oxford
Urban Thai Bistro
West Oak Restaurant
Yaletown Brewing Company