Secret Location

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Overall: 8

Ambience: 8

Food: 8

Value: 7

Cleanliness: 8

Service: 8

Located in the gastown district, the restaurant is linked to a contemporary boutique. Although it was late at night so the store was closed and we were unable to shop around, it was an interesting concept to have it linked to the restaurant. The urbanspoon ratings weren’t very high for the restaurant, so we were a little apprehensive at first. But I’m glad we came in to try the place out.┬áThe decor of the restaurant is contemporary and chic, and the food was pretty good. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive, so we really enjoyed the night. We ordered the 5 course prix fixe Valentine’s day special. Not bad…not bad at all.

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Chef’s Selection of Canapes – Clam chowder, Deep friend sweet potato, beef carpaccio, pork pate

The canapes were not bad. There wasn’t a lot of surprise here, everything tasted good, but nothing was exceptional. However, we were ┬ásurprised that this plate was meant to be shared. We sat there waiting for the second dish to arrive, finally realizing that we would have to throw rock paper scissors to decide who gets what piece… or try our best to cut everything in half. The deep fried sweet potato was interesting. It tasted like a sweet samosa, crunchy on the outside with a creamy sweet potato filling.

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Sunchokes Yoghurt & Grapes

We’ve never tasted sunchokes before, so this dish was a pleasant surprise. There were thinly sliced raw sunchokes with what seems like a boiled sunchoke in a mixture of yoghurt and grapes. The sweetness of the grapes and sourness of the yoghurt brought out the flavour of the dish and the texture difference between the raw and cooked sunchokes made the dish so good I’d like to research into how to replicate this salad at home.

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Roast Quail and Truffle – Roasted acorn squash, mustard, lentils du puy

The seasoning done on the quail was quite nice. I’m normally not a huge fan of lentils, but the consistency and flavouring on this was good, so I cleaned the plate.

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Scallops and Dungeness Crab – hidden rose apple, parsnip milkjam, smoked arctic char caviar

The scallops were seared just right and the dungeness crab was very fresh. The sweet sauce brought out the flavours in the seafood. The only thing I disliked about this dish was that we really didn’t want to share. Very nice!

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Grilled Elk Rib Steak – Slow cooked cipollini, parsley root, genever glace, sauce hollandaise

We’ve not familiar with this meat. It was a bit tough, but we’re not sure if that consistency is expected from elk. The flavour was quite rich so it still tasted pretty nice.

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Crispy Skin Arctic Char – Marble potatoes, dried tomato, cauliflower, seafood chorizo broth

The fish was done quite well. The skin was crunchy and the meat moist. The seafood chorizo was tasty. I didn’t read the menu very carefully, so I was surprised to find it on the dish.

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Wine Pairings

We did a wine pairing for $25.00. This came with 3 red/white wines and a dessert ice wine. We thought it was pretty good bang for the buck.

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Coconut & Coriander Dacquoise, Caramel Mousse, Clementine, Litchi sorbet

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Warm Manjari Chocolate Mousse, Cherry, Honeycomb, Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This was the highlight of the night. I loved the dish. It doesn’t look very nice in the picture, but it definitely made my tastebuds dance. It was the first time i’ve had peanut butter ice cream, it was mmm mmm melt in the mouth goodness. The honeycombs brought a crunchyness to the creamy and rich chocolate mousse. I might come back to the restaurant just to have the dessert again.

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2 responses to “Secret Location

  1. Try “L’hiver noir” for dessert next time. You will find all the mixed flavors in desserts too, not just sweetness.

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