So after a long long wait, I've finally decided to give food blogging a try...and where better to start than my adventures at this year's Dine Out Vancouver! My first stop was Edible Canada which is located not too far from the entrance of Granville Island. You can check out their $28 dinner menu here. For anyone who's not too familiar with the location, be warned that (free) parking is not easy to find on weekends.
For my appetizer, I ordered the Fried BC Mountain Scallop- don't be deceived by the word "scallop" though since this dish doesn't feature your typical seafood scallop but instead offers fried lamb offal (intestines basically) over a mixture of beans and bits of bacon. This was quite the hearty start to a meal and I was pleasantly surprised with how well the cornbread on the side helped to balance the richness of the meat and beans.
I also got to try the Crispy Humboldt Squid which was paired with shaved fennel, sea beans, radishes and squid ink aioli. Compared to my lamb offal, the squid had a much stronger taste but was equally nice and crispy. The squid ink was mild enough to not overpower the squid itself and really helped add that tinge of flavour.
My main course was the Head to Tail Lamb & Barley Stew which consisted of braised lamb shin and shoulder in a stew of carrots, parsnips and barley with two slices of Faubourg baguette on the side. There was a generous amount of lamb which was tender and juicy but it definitely tasted more like duck than traditional lamb (not that it's a bad thing). The stew was a perfect match for the meat since it wasn't to thick but brought a lot of rich flavour. *side note: I'm a barley fan so this dish was almost an immediate win for me.* My favourite part of this dish however, was dipping the baguette into the stew- such a great combination right there.
I was only able to take a few bites out of the Seared Lois Lake Steelhead so I can't say much about it other than the fact that the fish was wonderfully juicy and flaked off easily.
After such a hearty meal, my sweet tooth started aching so I was more than happy when my dessert arrived. I ordered the Butter Tart which was a wondrous little warm caramel and Chantilly cream filled tart decorated on the side with macerated raisins.The caramel oozed out of the tart shell and adding the raisins in the tart created just the perfect balance of sweetness.Oh my god, I'm still salivating as I remember this. This was everything I wanted out of a dessert to help finish off my meal.
While my dessert was quite sweet, the Chili Dark Chocolate Pudding was more bitter with a hint of spice. To balance out the bitterness though, I found it good to pair each bite of the pudding with the maple whipped cream.
Overall, I was quite happy with my first experience at Edible Canada. The food was unique and filling enough to satisfy the $28 price point. I would recommend picking the dishes that feature foods that are new to you since I believe Dine Out is all about finding quality within foods that are not common in your everyday meals. The service was friendly but I would've liked it if they had better greeters at the door. I understand that Dine Out creates much more traffic than regular days but I don't think that's any reason to slack off on customer service. Like all the shops and restaurants in Granville Island, the ambiance and vibe at Edible Canada is friendly and lively with a touch of rustic warmth that is easy to enjoy.