Recap: Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant by Vancouver Foodster

Mount Pleasant is among the many neighborhoods I have lived in the last 15 years. The food scene wasn’t as glamours back then. But nowadays, this Main Street neighborhood, stretching from Science World Station all the way to 16th Avenue, has become a known name for hip coffee shops, gourmet pastries, craft breweries and world cuisines.  This is why Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant came back early in 2018, and continued to tantalize foodie’s tastebud by showcasing 4 different culinary establishments in the area.

Maizal

2815 Main St, Vancouver;
(604) 709-0813 or maizalrestaurant.ca

We came here hungry and Maizal provided a tasty fix. The food here at Maizal is supposed to present agro-culinary Mexico and feature heirloom maize from Canadian farms. The bold flavours came out nicely due to the quality ingreidents.  We have tried the following bites:

  • Pastor Taco, the classic slow-cooked pulled pork taco;
  • Tostada, made with black bean puree, crispy corn tortilla, fresco cheese, sour cream and tomatillo salsa;
  • Churro with cajeta; and
  • Homemade Horchata
Maizal

Maizal

 

Pastor Taco

Pastor Taco

Tostada

Tostada

Churro and Horchata

Churro and Horchata

Maizal

Maizal @ Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant  

Ignite Pizza

2588 Main St, Vancouver;
(604) 564-2588 or ignitepizzeria.com

Ignite serves stone-baked artisanal pizza with fresh ingredients. They also use parmesan aged for 12-18 months and premium meats. Their low-sodium dough takes three days to craft and rest, making the pizzas light and easy to digest.  Their Main Street location is fully licensed. And they also have an express location near Waterfront Station in Gastown. We each had 2 slices from their daily rotating list of pizzas, such as the Margherita, PepperoniParma Prosciutto, Chicken Pesto, and Spicy Soppressata.

Ignite Pizza

Ignite Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Ignite Pizza

Ignite Pizza

Ignite Pizza

Ignite Pizza

Panidor Bakery Café

3080 Main St, Vancouver;
(604) 877-3588 or facebook.com/panidorbakery

Next stop was at Panindor Bakery Cafe, and it was a mini feast on French and European pastries and baked goods. The treats were all elegant and delightful. We tried:

  • Chocolate eclair;
  • Croquembouche
  • Chocolate croissant
  • Lavender scone
  • Almond brioche
  • Meringue pie
  • House espresso and hot chocolate
Panidor Bakery Café

Panidor Bakery Café

Panidor Bakery Café

Panidor Bakery Café @ Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant 

 

Panidor Bakery Café

Panidor Bakery Café

Meringue Pie

Meringue Pie

Peaceful Restaurant

43 E 5th Ave, Vancouver;
(604) 559-9511 or peacefulrestaurant.ca

Our last stop is one of Peaceful Restaurant newest location on East 5th Ave. Since Peaceful Restaurant opened its first location in 1997, they have attracted much attention from media, notably their signature Chinese dumplings and Beef Roll featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.  And we were fortunate to try these dishes today:

  • Peaceful Beef Roll, with five-spice beef, rolled in a crispy green onion pancake, and hoisin;
  • Spicy & Tangy Dumplings, with soft pork dumplings served in a spicy and sour broth;
  • Dan-Dan Noodles, with a spicy & tangy Sichuan peppercorn and peanut sauce, minced pork & spinach.
Peaceful Restaurant in Mount Pleasant

Peaceful Restaurant in Mount Pleasant

beef roll

beef roll

Pork Dumpling with Spicy and Tangy Sauce

Pork Dumpling with Spicy and Tangy Sauce

Dan-Dan Noodles

Dan-Dan Noodles

 

Peaceful Restaurant in Mount Pleasant

Peaceful Restaurant in Mount Pleasant

Another delicious triumph for the Tasting Plates adventurers. The next events are the following:

Pizza Palooza Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tasting Plates Coquitlamm Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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