July 22, 2012

MENU TASTING x ESTABLISHMENT LOUNGE x BROADWAY x KITSILANO

Menu tasting at Establishment Lounge on West Broadway in Kitsilano on July 18, 2012.

Establishment Lounge | Kitsilano, Vancouver

A few foodies and fashionistas trekked down into the heart of Kits for a tasting of the relatively young Establishment kitchen's menu, courtesy of Alicia Quan. It was a delicious fork and knife affair.

Establishment Lounge | Kitsilano, VancouverEstablishment Lounge | Kitsilano, Vancouver

The Latin pan-seared scallops (sweet corn cake with avocado mouse and chipotle aioli) were a tasty effort as was the black truffle saccottini pasta (in vanilla Galliano cream sauce with sweet pea puree). Both were solid.

Establishment Lounge | Kitsilano, Vancouver

The bison sliders (with port-wine cheddar cheese and cranberry onion relish) proved to be a filling, toasted, miniature delight.

Establishment Lounge | Kitsilano, VancouverEstablishment Lounge | Kitsilano, Vancouver

The Okanagan goat cheese and fig soufflé (with golden beet carpaccio, drizzled with a maple truffle vinaigrette) was another fine treat. My favourite, the delectable shrimp and lobster cakes (almond crusted with chipotle sauce, miso saice, and jerk aoli), were cooked nicely and tasted great.

Establishment Lounge | Kitsilano, Vancouver

I also dug the Morroccan lamb lollipops (topped with a Chambord fig jam and goat cheese crème fraiche).

Establishment Lounge | Kitsilano, VancouverEstablishment Lounge | Kitsilano, Vancouver

I'll admit the Malaysian chicken satay (with peanut sauces and exotic spices) was underwhelming and lacking. However, the Thai tiger prawns (with cucumber raita) were quite scrumptious and grilled just right.

Establishment Lounge | Kitsilano, Vancouver

For myself, the lamb merguz frank crossants (with chipotle aioli, cucumber pico de galle, and honey-mint yogurt) was a misfire, combining too many competing taste elements, especially the sprouts and yogurt.

Establishment Lounge | Kitsilano, VancouverEstablishment Lounge | Kitsilano, Vancouver

Another trademark sampler included the vegetarian peanut soup (with coconut milk), a tasty, interesting mishmash, and the chilled raspberry soup, a pungent, fruity punch. Everything went down nicely throughout the meal, as we sampled wheat free Turkish Efes beers.

All in all, I enjoyed the variety of Establishment's dishes and interesting cuisines, combining different elements and cooking styles. It's definitely worth a try.

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