Hungry? Dine Out Menus and Reservations now Online

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It’s that time of year again.  The holidays are over.  The weather is terrible lots of the time.  So what do you have to look forward to?  Dine Out!  Vancouver’s annual restaurant festival runs from Jan. 20 – Feb. 5.   Hundreds of the city’s best restaurants offer up deeply discounted 3-course menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points.

All of the special Dine Out menus are now posted online, as well as links to make reservations (accessed through the menus).  Click here to be taken to the site.  In past years, the Dine Out website has crashed because so many people try to reserve all at once.  The site appears to be doing well this year, but reservations at top restaurants tend to fill up very fast.

To get your mouth watering, here’s a random sampling of some of the menus on offer (Warning: This may make you hungry.):

For $18, try one of the 3-course menus at Sanafir, the hip, sultry pan-Asian/Indian/Mediterranean restaurant on Granville Street.  You can start off with a pan-seared Tandoori prawn tabouleh salad, served with yellow coconut curry and lemon chutney. Then move onto Sanafir’s butter chicken with aged basmati rice and papadum.  Top things off with cardamom-dusted zalabias, an Egyptian treat made of sweet, fried dough, with cinnamon creme anglaise and chocolate bark.

teriyaki sirloin steak

For $28, treat yourself to a consummate French bistro menu at The Smoking Dog, an intimate neighbourhood restaurant in Kitsilano.  You can begin with a stuffed portobello with goat cheese, roasted red pepper, baby arugula and pine nuts.  Then try the bistro’s signature braised lamb shank with sun-dried tomato polenta.  Finish off the meal with their unique candied bacon chocolate fudge with hazelnut whipped cream.

Or for $38, indulge in a three-course meal at the perenially acclaimed Chambar in Gastown, a unique Belgian/French/Moroccan spot whose menu never disappoints.   You can start things off with their charred venison carpaccio, served with garlic chips and soba noodle salad.  Then, move onto an ale-braised shortrib (cooked in Chambar’s own brew), served with sage butter barley risotto.  End the meal with a lemon curd, with toasted meringue and thyme-scented shortbread.

Just a note, the choice above represent just one of the prix-fixe menu options at the three restaurants.  And there are 222 other restaurants to choose from.  Plus, this year’s Dine Out features a host of special events, from after-hours wine-paired meals at the Granville Island Public Market to Street Food City, when the city’s food carts converge for a big feast.

For more information, visit www.tourismvancouver.com/dine/dine-out-vancouver-2012.

Anyone make a reservation yet for Dine Out?  Where will you be eating? 

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