Reservations Open Now for Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Ready, set, eat!

Reservations are officially open for the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival. The yearly restaurant fest – the biggest in all of Canada – features hundreds of local restaurants offering special prix fixe menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points.

This year, a record 277 restaurants are participating, from the biggest names in Vancouver fine dining to ethnic eateries and brand new restaurants.  If you truly love to eat, the festival is a great chance to “taste drive” some of the city’s top restaurants, without breaking your budget.

You can see all 277 Dine Out menus and make reservations on the Dine Out website. A word to the wise: Reservations for the most popular restaurants tend to book up fast (as in, by the end of the day).

Here’s a quick peek at three tantalizing menus at $38, $28 and $18 price points.

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Chambar, the elegant Belgian restaurant in Gastown, takes home top honours year after year in the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.  For Dine Out, they’re offering a three-course menu for $38 (a steal) that features some of their most popular appetizers, entrees and desserts. (Diners choose one of each.)

APPETIZER

  • COQUILLES ST. JACQUES A LA ‘BOB’ Pan seared scallops, mint pea puree, tandoori papadum, pickled grapes.
  • SALADE D’HIVER Macerated kale, Belgian endive, sunchokes, poached pear emulsion, shaved feta, tahini dressing.
  • SOUPE DE CANARD Smoked duck & chanterelle soup, trumpet mushroom pasta, lingonberries, quail egg.

ENTREE

  • MOULES FRITES ‘Congolaise’ or MOULES FRITES ‘Vin Blanc’
  • TRIO DE PORC Pork tenderloin, shoulder & belly, Brussels sprout kimchi, tamarind glaze.
  • CURRY D’OMBLE DE L’ARCTIQUE Roasted arctic char, parsnip & miso curry, kale, sorrel, fresh pomegranate, pine nuts.

 DESSERT

  • LA BARRE DE CHOCOLATE Hazelnut praline chocolate mousse bar, dulce de leche, burnt cinnamon foam.
  • GATEAUX DE CHÈVRE Chèvre cheesecake, speculoos, green apple sorbet, quince caramel.
  • PLATEAU DE FROMAGE Selection of cheese, seasonal accompaniments, lavash cracker.

 

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Banana Leaf, the popular Malaysian Restaurant, has been a fixture on Broadway for more than a generation.  For Dine Out, they’re offering a three-course menu for $28 that features some classic Malaysian appetizers, entrees and desserts. (Diners choose one of each.) Diners can also opt for pairings of British Columbia wines (BC VQA) for an additional charge:

APPETIZER

  • Peppercorn Fried Oyster with mango kerabu
  • Roti Canai & Satay Chicken 
  • Cumin Mussel 

ENTREE

  • Gulai Scallop and Prawn with Okra and Eggplant 
  • Black Cod in Caramelized Ginger Sauce 
  • Rendang Beef Curry

DESSERT

  • Sambal Green Bean with Calamari (this can be substituted for a dessert)
  • Pisang Goreng with Crushed Peanuts and Ice Cream

 

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Image sourced from Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Las Margaritas has been serving up some of Vancouver’s best Mexican food in the Kitsilano neighbourhood for decades.  For Dine Out they’re featuring a three-course menu for $18 that goes way beyond tacos and burritos to offer some real Mexican appetizers, entrees and desserts. (Diners choose one of each.) Diners can also opt for pairings of British Columbia wines (BC VQA) for an additional charge:

APPETIZER

  • Scallop Ceviche Scallops marinated in fresh lime juice and mixed with tomatoes, red onion, red pepper, cilantro and jalapeno peppers. Served with flour tortilla chips.
  • Pozole: Our version of this winter classic soup. Chicken and white corn (hominy) simmered in a rich broth of mild guajillo chiles and spices. Served with chopped lettuce, diced onions, sliced red radish, oregano and lime wedges.
  • Tostadita: Little corn tortilla fried covered with refried black beans, lettuce, sour cream, salsa verde and feta cheese. Your choice of pork carnitas or vegetarian.

ENTREE

  • Chile en Nogada: A special dish in Mexico. A poblano pepper stuffed with ground turkey meat that has been sautéed with onions, peppers, tomatoes and fresh apple slices. Covered with a cool walnut cream sauce and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. 
  • Chile Colorado: Cubed sirloin beef simmered in a Chile Guajillo and New Mexico chile sauce. Served with white rice refried beans and corn or flour tortillas.
  • Tamal con Rajas: A hand made tamale made with corn masa, roasted chile poblano strips, cheese and then steamed in a banana leaf.

DESSERT

  • Pastel de tres leches or Three Milk cake, is one of the most popular cakes in Mexico.
  • Churros con Chocolate: Our homemade churros served with a rich hot chocolate for dipping.

You can see all of the 277 Dine Out menus and make reservations at the official Dine Out Vancouver Festival website.

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